As of this afternoon I received a phone call letting me know that I, or rather my book Gabrielle, lost made me a BEST SELLER on Amazon for today Dec. 18, 2018 at 2:00pm Pacific Time.
I am so excited I can hardly sit still! If I could I would be doing summer salts all over the house! As of right now I am ranked #6 on Amazon, one step ABOVE E.L. James Fifty Shade of Gray!
December 13, 2018
Leaving the service doesn’t have to mean leaving your community behind. While women are on track to being the fastest growing population of veterans, finding that community of sisters-in-arms can be challenging once you take off your uniform.
Here is a list of local and national organizations focused on strengthening the women veteran community:
Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
Did you know that each VA has a designated women’s health provider? If you don’t know who yours is, you need to ask. CWV is the national hub to ensure women veterans services are “on par with male veterans.” The advocates on behalf of all women veterans and their needs and its website regularly post news and resources women veterans should know about.
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI)
Founded in 2009, by a once homeless women veteran, WVI advocates for women veterans through “advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification.” With national chapters and events, women veterans can find their community and learn more about how to transition from the military to civilian life.
American Women Veterans
Through outreach campaigns, professional development projects, and retreats, American Women Veterans is working to stretch their reach with chapters on a national and overseas scale.
Women Military Aviators
Formed in 1978, this organization educates and promotes the legacy and future of women pilots, navigators, and aircrew. Their Women in Aviation conference brings together over 400 members each year.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
With almost 2.5 million female service members in the U.S., SWAN is an amplifying voice within the military women community. From research and legislation to community events, SWAN’s goal is to support military women with the tools and access they need to succeed in and out of the uniform.
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association (Army Women United)
Originally founded during WWII by mothers of women who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). THE CHANNEL, the organization's official publication keeps its members up-to-date about their national convention and other events. You can also join their Facebook group, which boasts nearly 4,000 members.
Women Marines Association (WMA)
The smallest branch with the smallest percentage of women serving, the Women Marines Association promotes the strong legacy of female marines. The organization holds volunteer events, awards scholarships and a national convention. Their next biennial convention will be in 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Women Veterans Network (WoVen)
WoVen is a nation-wide network of peer support for the women veteran community. Groups are made up of 6-10 members, led by two women veteran peer leaders. Through group meetings, the veterans build connections and share resources on everything from career transition to health and wellness.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA)
Formally created by Congress in 1901, the ANCA is a voluntary membership organization that supports active-duty, Reserve, Guard, and veteran Army nurses. ANCA offers nursing scholarships, hold a biennial convention, and fosters networking through their quarterly newsletter, The Connection.
Army Women’s Foundation (AWF)
AWF supports the history and future of current female soldiers and veterans. Originally WAC, the Women’s Army Corps Foundation, the organization raised funds to build a museum honoring the history of the Women’s Army Corps. The museum opened in 1977. Each year, its annual summit brings together experts and women soldiers to talk about the roles and challenges that Army women face.
Women Veterans ROCK!
A coalition of women veterans and military families, the organization supports women veterans in civic engagement roles and supports them through community events like resource fairs and leadership training.
I don't think we do enough for our U.S Veterans, especially our women VETS. Both of my parents are/were VETS. My Mom and Dad were in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era. So, when someone would say "Your Mom wears combat boots." I would reply "Yes, she did" Proud of her for that. She was in the Army during a time that is wasn't normal for a women to do so. It took courage to go against the norm of what was expected of women during that time.
Cured! First Adult Canadian Woman Cured of Sickle Cell!
(Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
A Canadian woman just set the bar for possibly many more to be healed of sickle cell anemia after becoming the first adult in Canada to be cured of the disease. She has God, the doctors, and her sister to thank after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant.
Revée Agyepong, 26, of Edmonton was diagnosed with the disease as a toddler and has never known life without it.
“I remember as far back as elementary feeling sickle cell complications and not knowing what it was,” she said.
“I thought that everyone would go out for recess and play, then come back with a terrible headache and body pain, couldn’t breathe…eventually I realized it was just me.”
Stem cell transplant cures children with sickle cell anemia, says Alberta hospital
Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease in which red blood cells change into a semi-circular shape and block blood vessels. Symptoms vary from patient to patient but it puts every organ in the body at risk.
Agyepong’s disease manifested as chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath.
Back in 2015, 33-year-old Iesha Thomas became the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with a chemotherapy-free procedure at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the University reported. Thomas was one of 12 adult patients cured of sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial at UI Health that used stem cell transplantation from healthy tissue, matched from a sibling donor.
Findings from phase I/II of the clinical trial are published online in the journal Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation.
Agyepong said when she found out about the success of the treatment in pediatric patients, she was at a point where her health was declining and she was running out of treatment options, but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.
That left her devastated.
According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the health risks which can even result in death.
But Stephanie Amoah, Agyepong’s older sister, said she could no longer watch her sister struggle in constant pain and started to research which other centers were testing the treatment on adult patients.
“My persistence, my sister’s persistence, and they said my dedication to wanting a cure, was enough for them to just say, you know what, she’s going to be the person, let’s do this,” Agyepong told the CBC.
([Sisters] Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
Stephanie Amoah, Revée Agyepong’s older sister, was a 100% donor match. She said she’s happy to have been part of a process that will give her sister a new life.
Amoah was tested and was found to be a 100 percent match for her sister. Daly said the odds of siblings being a perfect match is one in four.
The transplant, which took place at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, involved Agyepong taking drugs to suppress her immune system and doing a course of low-dose radiation. Amoah underwent a process called apheresis that collected her sickle-cell-free stem cells, which were then given to Agyepong.
“Over the past few months, what we’ve seen is that Revée’s sister’s bone marrow has taken over the production of Revée’s red blood cells,” Daly said. “The amount of sickle cell hemoglobin in her bloodstream has decreased almost to zero.”
Today, Agyepong’s blood tests don’t show any signs of the disease, which makes her essentially cured. Amoah said the change she sees…in her sister is amazing.
“It’s phenomenal. I’m just so happy to have been part of a process that will give her a new life, a new hope and be able to do the things she’s always wanted to do,” Amoah said.
Agyepong said she is still recovering from the transplant but when she is one year out, she plans to dedicate her time to advocating for the disease, and just live her life like a normal person.
“I want to travel somewhere exotic and somewhere warm and feel dehydration like anyone else would because I couldn’t with sickle cell, I would be dehydrated and end up in the hospital,” she said.
“It sounds so insignificant but it’s really exciting just to be able to be more spontaneous.”
P. Gould, BDO Medical Contributor
This is big news! Had to share.
I absolutely love the little community that we have moved to outside of Reno. Only in communities like this can you meet gracious people and read about how someone's pet pig keeps getting out of their pen. Not only that, apparently a goat and a llama have escaped from another home. There is community Facebook page where everyone can post up about loose animals or needing advise or recommendations for just about anything.
My husband and I lived in the San Francisco area for so long, this is a nice change of pace. Definitely different from living in the "City". I was hoping that a change of scenery would help inspire my creativeness to complete some of my 1/2 done books. I may not finish all of the ones I have started, but I definitely have gotten some new ideas for books. LOL
Major International Media Campaign for "Gabrielle, lost" is well into it's 3rd week and the response has been overwhelming. Many news outlets and radio stations are picking up on the story. Lots of things happening in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned to my blog or catch all the updates on my Facebook page or twitter account.
Looks like Winter has finally arrived in Reno, Nevada!
We had white stuff on the lawn this morning, but by 11am it was all melted.
Perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate, or glass of wine, in front of a fire and read a good book.
So I had better get writing and finish my latest adventure.
Cancer injection eliminates tumors in mice
By: FOX26Houston.com staff
(FOX 26) - Scientists have taken a giant step towards curing cancer, according to a new study.
Stanford university researchers have found a way to clear cancer in mice with immune-system stimulating injections.
The report published in the Science Translational Medicine Journal last week shows promise in terms of destroying tumors.
The new approach is a form of immunotherapy, which uses the body's own disease-fighting power to battle cancer.
McGraw-Hill's Taxation of Individuals 2017 Edition, 8echegg.com
Scientists report using compound injections to effectively eradicate cancer tumors in mice.
According to the study, their approach worked startlingly well -- even in mice who had lymphoma in two different areas of their body.
They injected minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice and saw that it eliminated all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases.
"In this way, 87 of 90 mice were cured of the cancer. Although the cancer recurred in three of the mice, the tumors again regressed after a second treatment. The researchers saw similar results in mice bearing breast, colon and melanoma tumors."
It's been tested on mice with lymphoma, breast, colon and melanoma tumors.
A clinical trail is being planned to test the method on human lymphoma patients.
For more information, please go to,
This was Very Happy Reading
McAuliffe: Va. is first state to 'effectively end' veteran homelessness
Virginia provided housing to 1,432 homeless veterans last year, more than double the 620 identified in January as part of an annual one-day count of the homeless.
That qualifies Virginia as the first state in the country to effectively end veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial.
State and federal leaders acknowledge that the achievement, known technically as a “functional” end to homelessness, doesn’t mean that no veterans in the state are without shelter.
But it’s still a tremendous achievement, they say, that the state now provides housing to more veterans during the year than the number identified during the annual January homelessness count.
McAuliffe promised that for any veterans who find themselves homeless in Virginia in the future, “it will be a rare, nonrecurring experience and brief.”
“We cannot stop here. This is not a one-time effort,” McAuliffe told the crowd of hundreds gathered at the War Memorial’s amphitheater. “We have an obligation to take care of them and their families.”
The governor challenged all Virginians to help make sure veterans don’t fall through the cracks. Anyone who knows a homeless veteran, he said, can start the process by calling 211 to alert the state so it can begin to help.
Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also spoke at the event, relating that during an hour-long meeting with McAuliffe earlier Wednesday morning, the governor told him about 101 times that Virginia is the greatest state in the country.
“Today, y’all have a strong claim to that,” he said. “Virginia truly is showing that we can meet this challenge.”
This is a major accomplishment that all of our States need to reach for.
All of our Veterans deserve the right to free medical, discounted if not free housing. They should never be homeless on the streets with nothing to eat, no warm dry place to lay their head at night and clean clothes.
I come from a military family and I am proud of that. The State of Virginia should be very proud of what they accomplished.
U.S. warns its citizens in Tanzania before anti-gay crackdown
by Nuzulack Dausen,Reuters
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after the commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the country.
In an alert on its website late on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania advised Americans to review their social media profiles and internet footprints.
"Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of Tanzanian laws regarding homosexual practices and explicit sexual activity," it said.
The alert said any U.S. citizen who was detained or arrested should ensure the Tanzanian authorities informed the embassy.
Dar es Salaam's administrative chief Paul Makonda said on Wednesday that a special committee would seek to identify and punish homosexuals, prostitutes and online fraudsters in the city from this week.
The foreign ministry said Makonda was voicing his own opinion and the planned crackdown did not have national government support.
"The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that those are his own views and not the government position," the ministry said in a statement.
Last October, at least 12 men were arrested at a Dar es Salaam hotel in a raid on a gathering which authorities said was to promote same-sex relationships.
President John Magufuli has cracked down on homosexuality since winning power in 2015, and a conviction for having "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" could lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in jail.
Homosexuality remains taboo across much of Africa and gay people face discrimination or persecution, with rights groups often reluctant to speak publicly in defense of gay rights.
In 2016, Tanzania banned non-governmental organizations from distributing free lubricants to gays as part of efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, even though some health experts warn that shutting down such outreach programs could put the wider population at higher risk of infection.
(Additional reporting and writing by George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by Catherine Evans and Adrian Croft)
I'm sorry people, but do they not realize this is the 21st Century?
Yes, I support gay rights. My son is gay and I am proud of hm and happy that he has found a life partner. As a Mom I just want my children to be happy.
I'll just post this up right here. It pretty much sums it all up.
One picture is worth a thousand words.
We are all equal, except for the pirate of course.
Holy Guacamole Batman!
I am seeing a MAJOR jump in action on my website.
I just check the stats and page visits are by 267% in the past week.
WOW! Thanks Fans! You're the BEST!
Now if I can just turn those website visits into actual book sales. Hmmmm
My new office is just about set up. I still have a few things left to do. I have so many office supplies. I need a shelving unit or storage cabinet of sorts to store all of it in. LOL
Thanks to my wonderful husband, our new house is beginning to look and feel like a home. Furniture is in, family pictures are up and of course you know y kitchen has been set up since day 2. LOL With the holidays coming I will need to start baking soon.
The area that we live in has a bit of wild life, mostly coyotes. There are a lot of quail and jack rabbits and I hear we have bobcats. I haven't seen a bobcats, thank God! I have seen a lone coyote near our area and we have a flock of quail that like to stroll through our front yard occasionally. Rabbits run around here and there. I have small dogs so I hope not to see a bobcat or coyote on our street or in our yard.
Our normally outside bird, Clyde, our Mullaccan cockatoo is now an inside bird. It has taken him awhile to adjust. I don't think he is is completely adjusted yet. He is used to a 10' x 8' outside aviary when we lived in the Bay Area. Here is a bit different. Windy and cold in the Winter. Clyde now has an inside cage in the "Man Cave". LOL
Working on a new novel. I know, I know, I have about 6 of them started already, but I like this idea. Already into chapter 6.
time to get working on it.
Now that I have your attention. LOL I know I have been abscent from the BLOG scene for a few months. There actually have been a lot going on.
On a personal level, I lost my dearly loved Grandfather unexpectedly in January. I needed to handle his estate and get his things in order, arrange the funeral, clean his house, sell his house. The list goes on and on. Anyone that has been put into the position I was asked to be in knows exactly how draining, emotional and time consuming it can be. None the less, a promise is a promise.
After that was taken care of, hubby and I decided it was time to move after 28 years in the Bay Area. We only stayed there because of my Grandparents. Our kids kept telling us to move for the last 10 years or so, but we stayed because we both dearly loved my Grandparents. They were the best people I could ever know. They played such a large part of my upbringing and forming my adulthood. I could never say enough good things about them. They are dearly missed. I think of them daily and miss them beyond words.
We would periodically discuss moving with our grown kids. Neither one of the wanted our family home were we had raised them. They said sell it. We drug our feet a little longer. It was only when our son and his partner decided they were going to move to New Zealand did we decide to go ahead and make that jump.
So, we put the house up for sale and moved to Reno Nevada!
The Bay Area being pricey as it is, basically just for the ground (dirt) the house sits on, we were able to catch a great price for our home and get a larger one in Nevada. Now hubby has a MAN CAVE and I have my own office to write in. I hope I will be able to focus more being that now I can close the door to the office and block out the world if need be. LOL
On a Business note, while I have been focusing most of my attention on my first novel, Fears Revenge, as far as marketing, my 3rd novel, Gabrielle, lost has taken the lead in the market all on it's own. So I have decided to change gears and focus more on Gabrielle, lost.
There are A LOT of things in the works for Gabrielle, lost. I will keep you posted as to its progress.
Happy Thursday Everyone!
I know I have been absent from my BLOG, but I will try to post as often as I can. Life is very hectic right now, as I am sure some of you can relate. Since the passing of my Grandfather, my life has been mainly focused on family. Now with his passing, my husband and I are moving away from the San Francisco Bay Area. It is time. We have spent the last 28 years here. Raised our children here and enjoyed the weather. Now that we are no longer the spur of the moment, young and partying group anymore. It is time to move away from the crowds.
My husband and I were both born in small towns. We even lived in the middle of nowhere Alaska for a few years. We thoroughly enjoyed it. So maybe it is time to do it again? Not sure of what lies in our immediate future, but I hope it will give me time to finish the 6+ projects (books) I have already started and need to finish.
I am still planning (hopping) to do another book signing tour next year (2019) So I need to get off my butt and finish a good book.
Now that Gabrielle, lost (my 3rd novel) have been recommended for a studio feature film, I need to focus a little more time on doing some marketing on that one. Funny, I always thought that "Fears Revenge" was my best work so far. LOL
Now that my 3rd novel is getting more attention, I have phone calls from everyone and their 4th cousin, 3 times removed Dog calling and wanted to partner with me on something or other. LOL I'm just thrilled that people are liking my books.
That's all for now. I will try to post up things more often.
I know it has been a few months since my last post.
As all my fans know I ended my 2017 Book Tour in November of 2017. Then I took some time off to recuperate and spend time with my family for the Holidays. I fully intended on finishing one of the many novels I had already started working on for release this year. That plan unexpectedly, had to be put on hold.
In January of this year my beloved Grandfather took a really bad fall. Since then my family and I had been on round the clock care giving duty. Unfortunately, our dearly loved Grandfather passed away at the end of January. Since then I have been completely engulfed in caring for his estate. All this in addition to caring for my Mother, who has stage II Alzheimer's. It was her father that passed.
I am so grateful for all the love and best wishes from you all. It was most welcomed.
I will be making a few appearances this year, as opportunities arise, but I will not be on tour until 2019. that is plan at this time anyway.
I will try to add to my blog more often to keep you all in the loop of the adventures of "Lynn and the Killer Estate" that may drive me insane yet. LOL
Happy Reading Everyone.
Mystery Book Signing Tour 1017 has come to and end.
As may of you know, this was my first ever book tour. It was fast paced and hectic and so worth doing. I would do another one in a heartbeat, but I would prefer to have a P.R. person handling all the scheduling and details. Whew! That was rough, but thanks to my assistant, Sara, and my wonderful and very supportive husband, Dan, we made it to everyone of the scheduled stops on time and ready..
I want to send out a very BIG Thank You to all the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore managers and assistant managers for all your support and smiles. You made my first book tour easy.
I meet quite a few young authors as well as a few later in life authors, like myself. I encourage you all to stay in touch and let me know when you have your work completed and wish to start advertising it. I will gladly advertise your works on my blog. Just contact me through this website on the Contacts page.
If you have a group or club that you would like me to speak at, please send me a message through my contacts page and either Sara or myself will contact you to arrange a date and time.
Happy Reading and Writing to you ALL!
Now, to get back to working on my next novel!
The Great Valley Bookfest was a huge Event and a Huge Success!
If you did not get a chance to come out and visit the event this year, you definitely need to plan on doing it next year.
All the authors were located in one giant circus like tent. I had the absolute pleasure to personally meet and talk with so many of them. It was almost overwhelming, but in a fun way. My assistant wouldn't let me leave the table for very long as there were so many people stopping by to look at my books and talk with me personally. It was WONDERFUL!
The event wasn't just for authors, there were many other vendors there as well. Everything from the local school district to BBQ and food trucks.
There was a a kids costume parade. Cooking competitions, Superheros a talking robot trash can. There was a really long extended bounce house for the kids.
I don't even thing I can describe everything this event had to offer. You should go to their website and check it out and plan on being there next year. I will be!
My assistant has been on vacation lately, so we will have some pictures up in the next few days.
Sorry I haven't posted on my BLOG in a while. I caught that nasty virus that has been going around this area. It totally kicked my arse.
So, I had to cancel my book signing that I had planned for the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Antioch, CA for today. The manager was so nice about it. I felt so bad. I hate canceling or even being late when I am expected somewhere, but, alas, it was out of my hands.
Please check back often as the manager has allowed me to reschedule for a future date.
And don't forget to come visit me at the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, CA on Saturday, October 14th.
Check out my new trailer for my latest novel "Feathers in the Wind"