Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making a Difference - Eradicate MS




I try to host a health related post each week in The Locker. I like to share my experiences in the hopes of helping someone else. I've decided to make a little turn and have a guest host for the next few weeks.

My friend Brian is a beast. He cycles more miles in a year than I probably drive in my car. He has a passion for health, and shares an equal passion to eradicate MS. Please be kind to Brian and give him a warm welcome.

Hugs-

 
 
My name is Brian Jones. 
I am an avid cyclist riding to rid the world of Multiple Sclerosis.

 


As I celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the many things I am thankful.  A loving wife, a roof over my head, food on the table, a good job, and many wonderful friends and family.  It’s funny how the one thing I tended to forget to be thankful, is the one thing I took for granted…good health.  In my association with the National MS Society, I have met many wonderful people who live with his disease.  While many may be quick say they would rather not have MS, they are still thankful for the disease, as it has shown them how precious, not only their health is, but life in general.  Further, they are genuinely thankful for each, and every, person who bikes, walks or runs through a mud-laden course in order to find a cure for MS.  Through these endeavors, strangers become friends as we all unite to end MS forever.

 
Finally, I am thankful for everyone who has made a donation that benefits the National MS Society.  Without your generosity, the great strides that have already been made, and the ones yet to come, would not have been possible.

 
Please visit my page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brian2015 to make a donation.  Thank you.

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trading Downloads for Food Donations...Yes, I Am!

Ahoy and very Merry Christmas!

Tis the season of giving, and I'm ready to do my part. I'm offering my newest release, Split the Uprights, free on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes/Noble until 12/25. For every download over 100, I'll donate one pound of food to the local food bank.

We are doing great so far!

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full and sample downloads 151!

So, 51 pounds of food as of now! But, I want to give more!!

Please spread the word, I'd love to give from what I've received from you. You get the gift of a free read! Someone gets a meal...makes me feel good.

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Split the Uprights Blurb--What happens when you mix men and women in a fantasy football league? Lots of sexy competition and instant rivalries. Owner of Fantasy Leagues, Lola Fontaine, maintains two identities, one as loving matchmaker and the other as ball busting Dominatrix. In the LockHim Room, her muscle toned guys never know what to expect.
With reclusive statistician, Eugene Carlton, they believe they have the perfect formula for romance. All their success takes a place on the Wall of Flame. But, do they really know anything about true love connections?
She takes awkward Danika Parker under her wing and teaches her everything she doesn't know about love. However, in the process, they establish risky boundaries, pushing the envelope normally established for just friends. Danika takes an interest in fellow participant, Finn Maxwell, the man still searching for a plan.
Unfortunately for Lola, time is running out on secrets from her past. Living on borrowed time will catch up with her in a way she least expected. She will hurt the ones she loves, no matter how she tries. But, will they ever forgive? Will Lola get more than she counted on?
Learn about grilled lemonade, love jam, fantasy football, and safe words all wrapped into the fun of Split the Uprights.

Quote From Book:

“I realize you live in a world of certain parameters, so to speak. It’s like always eating cake without frosting. One day you try frosting and cake eating arrives to a whole new level of fabulous. Maybe you should add some icing, Eugene.” – Lola Fontaine

thank you so much for your consideration- Merry Christmas! Davee

Thank you Summer's Book Blog!  See Full Review Here Split the Uprights Review
1st 4/5 Star review blurb--

"Right from the beginning there was a lot going on at once. However, the story did eventually pull me in and I did end up falling in love with the characters, especially Lola and Marty. I even cried at one point.

“I won’t say it doesn’t hurt, but, I will tell you it’s ok.”

By the end of the book I found myself wanting to read more, something I did not expect when beginning the book. I am interested to see how everyone’s story evolves during the next book in the series. And, there was one line that I will take with me…

“Let me say that again, if you remain an option, you will never become a priority.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday Tales - I'm a Survivor

 

Happy December Tuesday Tales... Today, I return to my current WIP, a Game of Inches,
for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week our group writes to the following word prompt, dance. Will Sharlyn survive?
“When I made this decision, I didn’t have to think. I moved into action mode and wanted to get it done. Now, I wonder, will I ever dance at my sister’s wedding? Will I even be invited?”
“Marty, you’re an incredible man, with a huge heart. I’m only sorry I didn’t see it sooner. I suppose I did, I just pretended it was all a lie.”
I was so torn, I still loved Lola, but, I couldn’t forget what she did. Every time I see Sharlyn, I see Lola. The beautiful younger version, full of the goodness and kindness Lola never had. I knew it from the beginning, but, I’d hope she would change.
People don’t change. “Lola, if I’m lucky enough to be a part of Sharlyn’s life, I don’t know how to do it and avoid you. It kills me so much inside, wanting you so much, loving you so much. I don’ t know how to let go, I long for you down to my soul. You could be the death of me.” Why the hell did I want to say these things? Something about the possibility of death makes people say the words locked within their heart. Lola was locked within my heart, and I was merely a prisoner in hers.
“We have to think Sharlyn will pull through this. She has to. I won’t accept anything less.”
A knock on the door interrupted anymore drivel I would spout to Lola. It didn’t do any good.
“So, Marty, how are you today?” The doctor eyed Lola. I don’t believe a person alive could ignore her.
“I’m okay, still sore, but, I’m not complaining.”
“You still have a fever, we will have to keep you until we make sure the infection is gone.”
“I understand, doc, it is what it is.” I had to ask, I could only hope he’d  tell me. “How is Sharlyn?”
The doctor sighed, flipping through a clipboard. “She’s fighting, that girl is a fighter for sure. I can’t say much more.”
Dear Lord, Sharlyn may have more of Lola’s best than I ever realized. A fighter. Just like her momma.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Making a Difference - Eradicate MS


I try to host a health related post each week in The Locker. I like to share my experiences in the hopes of helping someone else. I've decided to make a little turn and have a guest host for the next few weeks.

My friend Brian is a beast. He cycles more miles in a year than I probably drive in my car. He has a passion for health, and shares an equal passion to eradicate MS. Please be kind to Brian and give him a warm welcome.

Hugs-



 
My name is Brian Jones. 







I am an avid cyclist riding to rid the world of Multiple Sclerosis.


 A sobering stat I learned while attending the National MS Leadership conference in Ft. Worth, TX.  More than 50% of MS patients will develop a progressive form of the disease, which can lead to diminished motor functions robbing the patient of the ability to walk, or even hold utensils to eat.  While there are FDA approved modifying drugs to treat relapsing forms of MS, there are still no treatments for progressive forms.  Money raised thru events, such as BikeMS, are currently funding research to treat progressive MS, which may lead to a cure.  Please join me as I ride for those who can’t.  Please visit my page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brian2015 to make a donation.  Thank you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday Tales - It's a Whiteout...Maybe



Happy December Tuesday Tales... Today, I return to my current WIP, a Game of Inches,
for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week our group writes to the following beautiful picture prompt. Will Lola ever find peace? Just 300 words for this captivating image. Enjoy

“I wasn’t always a slutty alcoholic, right?”
“Those things, they…they weren’t your fault. Besides, those do not make who you are, just some choices you made. Negativity or positivity isn’t intrinsic, neither defines us.”
Who the hell made mother some existentialist? “Mamma, I made choices. I can’t blame an evil twin.”
“You didn’t do bad things on purpose.”
“Stop making excuses for me. I’m trying to work the steps. I can’t do it with blinders on. I accept responsibility.”
“No!”
“You don’t know how much this hurts if you don’t accept my amends, accept my sins. I need this from you.”
Laverne gripped her purse tightly in her lap, as if it was a life preserver. “Can we talk?”
“It’s what we’re doing.”
“I failed you. I failed you in the worst way, but, I took care of it.”
“I forgive you about all the puzzles, dissing my business, and meddling in my life.”
“Speaking of puzzles…” Mom pulled a tray up off the floor. It looked like something she’d use for breakfast in bed. “Look what I’ve been working on for you. I know how much you love snow.”


“Wow, Mom, I can't believe this image is only a puzzle. This looks like somewhere we should move.  I want to get away, go somewhere I don’t know anyone. I’m starting to resent my life, shit, I’ve resented it since I can remember.” The hissing fissure deep inside holding me together started to quake. I wanted to blow up, disintegrate, go somewhere I’d never hurt anyone else again. My own daughter was dying, I remembered her kicking me from inside. I thought I had horrible gas. Now, the fissure sometimes spewed hot reminders through my guts. The playful kicking of my infant became twisting, cramping, reminders of the emptiness my daughter filled before I gave her away. I just gave her away like a discarded toy. I walked away from her never looking back. “Momma, make the pain go away.”



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Making a Difference - New Feature in The Locker - Eradicate MS


I try to host a health related post each week in The Locker. I like to share my experiences in the hopes of helping someone else. I've decided to make a little turn and have a guest host for the next few weeks.
 
My friend Brian is a beast. He cycles more miles in a year than I probably drive in my car. He has a passion for health, and shares an equal passion to eradicate MS. Please be kind to Brian and give him a warm welcome.
 
Hugs-
 
My name is Brian Jones. 


I am an avid cyclist riding to rid the world of Multiple Sclerosis.


 



10 years ago I began my journey with BikeMS, an event to raise money and awareness for MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system.  I ride in honor of seven amazing women who live with MS every day.  My goal is to raise $100K ten years.  To attain this goal I need to raise $20K in the 2015 event.  Please visit my page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brian2015 for more information, and to make a donation.  With everyone's help we can: STOP disease progression; RESTORE what's been lost; and END MS forever!!!  Thank you.

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Executing a Raid on Tuesday Tales!

Happy Fall Tuesday Tales... Today, I return to my current WIP, a Game of Inches, for my Fantasy Leagues series. This week our group writes to the word prompt raid. What kind of raid are we talking about? You'll just have to keep reading.

CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL! Book One of the Fantasy Leagues is now available. You can get a hint from there. Free on Smashwords!






“When planning a verbal raid, you better come prepared with enough emotional ammunition.” Lola walked the floor, occasionally chewing her thumbnails.
“You told me chewing my nails was a disgusting habit.”
“I don’t give a shit, I have so many disgusting habits, one more isn’t going to hurt anything today.” She yelled, flinging her arms into the air.
“You look like shit, again. Have you been drinking?”
“No, absolutely not, I haven’t touched a drop. But, thank you for reminding me. The roar in my brain wasn’t loud enough to get the point across.”
“What kind of verbal raid are you talking about?”
“I need to talk to the old codger’s cold fish wife. Surely there’s a shriveled up reminder of a heart underneath her scales.”
“Do you really know Mrs. McDonald? Is she so horrible?”
“Really, Danika? Come on, how about a little support. There’s a girl dying and she won’t help.” Lola’s hands kept shaking, she was going through severe tremors. Although my imagination could be getting away from me, the tremors had gotten worse since I arrived
“How do you know Marty even approached her?” Nothing Lola told me indicated she had one ounce of proof Marty even told his mother.
Lola’s face turned beet red, staining all the way to her ears and down her neck. “He’s too good of a man not to ask. He’s too good of a man for me.” She slumped to the floor and began giggling.
“Lola! Lola!” Well, hell, this detox was worse than I thought. While drinking alcohol could set off her irrational behavior, the more I observed her, the more convinced I became she was withdrawing. She needed a hospital right away. “Lola, we are going to the hospital.”
“You’re coming to take us away…” She shrieked before convulsing. She flipped and flopped around on the floor. I moved furniture and other obstructions out of the way so she wouldn’t hurt herself. I dialed 911. “You gotta come quickly. We have a female, late thirties in the middle of alcohol withdrawal. She is now convulsing.” I’m a doctor, but, the ambulance couldn’t get here fast enough for me.





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