Saturday, February 21, 2009

Contest Winner

First, thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and many thanks to the ones who entered my contest. Since I know people's name and my hubby doesn't, I let him pick his favorite story. So the winner is...

Ericka Scott!

Congratulations, I'll send you a PDF copy of All For An Angel. Happy reading.

For everyone else, I'm sure I'll have more contest in the future.

Jasmine

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Journey Home


My short story THE JOURNEY HOME has been accepted for Coming Together: Al Fresco. CT:AF will be available in April on Earth Day and will benefit Conservation International. It will be in e-book format only to support a Greener world.
There are tons of authors in this anthology. Check it out at http://allromanceebooks.com/product-comingtogetheralfresco-14361-166.html
Happy reading!
Jasmine

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Post V-Day Contest!


Want to win a free e-book? Then make me laugh! Post your funniest date story for a chance to win a PDF copy of All For An Angel. Contest ends Saturday Feb 21. So post those stories. 18+ only.
Jasmine

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fibro and Me

So, I'm one of the lucky ones who have been blessed with Fibromyalgia.

Fibro-my-what?

Yeah, that's what I said too. Like what is this thing I can't pronounce or spell?

Well, the word fibromyalgia means wide spread pain.

Okay, that doesn't tell me much. I know I'm in pain most of the time. Pain free moment are far and few in between. I can't remember the last time I had one of those moments, let alone one of those days.

The name really doesn't describe the chronic illness. The symptoms seem endless, no one know what causes it-even though everyone has a theory-, there is no cure as of now, and nothing really seems to work to help it.

There are tons of articles and website addressing fibro. Like :
http://www.fmaware.org/
http://www.fibromyalgia.com/

There are also tons of products on the market that claim to "cure" fibro. I don't put much stock into them. I just don't because they are everywhere. If they really cure the illness, why aren't doctors using them and why do they cost like the $19.99 or $29.99 price like you see on tv products?

But what does it really mean to some who has it? I like how this website describes it. http://www.fibroandfatigue.com/aboutfibromyalgia.php

"The underlying cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. Research is ongoing, but there is agreement that Fibromyalgia patients have an enhanced pain sensitivity and response originating from the central nervous system. Traumatic illness or injury may trigger the disease. Additional research is continuing to determine other factors that may lead to the development of Fibromyalgia including: genetics, environment, autoimmune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies and connective tissue disease.

Frequency, degree and location of pain vary from day to day. Any given day a Fibromyalgia patient's level of discomfort may range from mild muscle stiffness to extreme, radiating pain so severe they feel completely debilitated and unable to carry out simple activities."


Okay, so what are the symptoms? Just to name a few.
  • pain and fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • morning stiffness
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • painful menstrual periods
  • numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • restless legs syndrome
  • temperature sensitivity
  • cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)

Oh yes, that list above is just a few of the symptoms and lucky me, I have them all. I'm also very moody and I have depression. Hence- stay on the meds. I think the one that drives me crazy the most would be the numbness and tingling I get in my feet and legs. That really drives me up a wall. Oh yeah, and don't touch my fingertips or I might just slap at you or snap. I can't stand to be touched on the tips of my fingers. Hurts like HELL. But these are still just a few things that I deal with on a daily basis.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to complain or whine, just raise some awareness and give my readers a glimpse into my day to day life. Next month I won't go through all the background story to fibro and I'll probably make fun of something stupid I did because of it. Like today I had to pick up my daughter from dance camp at school. Twice, yes twice, I had to turn around from where I was because I forgot to turn correctly. The second time, I drove right by the school and forgot to turn into the parking lot. Yes, you have permission to laugh. I am.

Jasmine

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Author Web Site

Time for another author's web site. This month I'd like everyone to check out Sutton Fox's web site. Fox is a great new author who writes romantic stories with horsepower. Her series Traveling Circus is emotional writing at its best. Her characters are real and will have you rooting for them from the start. This is a series that anyone can read. It would be a great series for a teen to read her first romance all the way up to any woman who wants a sweet romance with depth.

Check out her stories- Lion Tamers and Center Ring- the first two book in the series. The third book-High Wire- will be out soon.

Be sure to check out her new blog Fox Tales at http://suttonfox.blogspot.com/


Jasmine





Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Feb. Goals


February is a short month and we are already at day 4. But here is my list of goals for the month.


1. Keep with my blog schedule. Hopefully my Internet will stay up and allow me to do so.

2. I have a story coming out on the 14th, so I would like to send it out to at least 5 review sites.

3. Work on my blog site and add things like links.

4. Start chapter 4 on my WIP.


Okay, short list yes. But like I said before, this is a short month and my daughter has me gone 4 nights a week with ballet and play practice. Plus, I have fibromyalgia and I took a nasty fall off my front steps. I landed pretty hard and I'm afraid my fibro is flaring up. Of course, I expected it to when I fell, since fibro symptoms flare when there is stress or trauma.

Jasmine

I'm Back

My modem is in and my Internet is up and running. I know I have fallen behind from my schedule, but I'm going to try to get back on track.

Jasmine