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The world demands balance….
…The great goddess Durga demands it at the tip of her sword.
Vampires live in hiding. Mostly in harmony with humans, but there is a small number of vampires who unsettle the world, killing the innocent.
Lark is a simple yoga instructor but has always had a terrifying ability to see the creatures of the night who walk among humans. She knows her life is in danger if she lets her talent be known.
Nobody saw the great goddess coming until the balance tipped too far, and then it was too late.
Too late for the vampires and too late for Lark to slink back into the shadows.
The goddess Durga has risen. All those who defy her will pay the price, and Lark will be the hand that wields her sword.
If you love high-action Urban fantasies with a slow-burn romance, then you will love this first installment of The Goddess Durga series.
Buy And a Meadowlark Sang to start the adventure today.
“I so enjoyed the plot on this book that I had to get the 2nd one.” — Amazon reviewer.
“New take on vampire hunters. Fun & exciting.” — Amazon reviewer.
Welcome back blog readers,
There is a bit of news that I am excited to share with all of you. The results of the Best Local Author have been announced, here’s the link.
This is quite an honor considering that I came out publicly a few months ago as a local author. While my book has been available online for two years now, I’ve only maintained an online presence up until January of this year.
Having coming forward publicly/locally has been very rewarding, not only as an author but personally. Once a few co-workers caught wind that there was an author among them, word spread like wildfire. Since my debut/ first local appearance at the Author Showcase in February, I have sold 10 paperback copies (private sales) of my book during the month of March (to co-workers), making March 2020 the best month for sales, so far.
While selling 10 copies in one month may not sound like a lot, it’s not about the number of sales that was ever important to me; but rather the conversations that are prompted once the reader finishes my book. Four of those readers have a personal connection and share a similar experience. Three of those readers have a daughter, a niece, a family member that is trying to cope with the trauma they endured and are recommending my book as a means of helping them through a tough time. One reader is a mother and wants her oldest daughter to read my book so she can be aware of the potential dangers of teenage dating and learn how to recognize signs of an unhealthy relationship.
It’s that kind of support and recognition that helps to validate that sharing my experience as an adult of childhood sexual abuse worth the effort.
To all of you that have purchased a copy of Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor, Thank You! To all of you that took a moment to cast your vote for me, Thank You! To those of you that opted to leave a review or rate my book on Amazon or Goodreads, I appreciate each one, Thank You!
That’s the Author News for now. ~ Hannah
This week in the Author Spotlight is this #fiction #sorcery #EpicFantasy Hidden Power: Princess of Kerehba Book One, by Samantha Harris.
Rachel was crazy. That’s what everyone told her. She was seeing and hearing things that no one else could. That’s the definition of mental illness, isn’t it?
While confined to a mental hospital, she meets an orderly that actually treats her with respect and kindness. She feels so comfortable with him that she tells him about the hallucinations that she hides from her doctor. Hallucinations of fighting monsters, flaming swords, and magical powers.
She soon learns that her hallucinations are actually memories, reminders of a forgotten life. Rachel must quickly remember that life so that she can return home to Kerehba and save her people from a madman who has been oppressing the land and enslaving its citizens for close to 700 years.
The closer she gets to the evil she must fight; the more blood is spilled and the more obstacles she must overcome. Many support her in her cause, but ultimately the responsibility of fighting the evil madman is hers and hers alone. Will her power be strong enough to defeat someone who can level mountains?
Welcome back blog readers,
Scientists and Medical Health Professionals/Experts that have studied and researched infectious diseases and viruses are sharing their advice and tips on how to protect ourselves and each other.
I’m taking advice from, the experts who are at the top of their field. Not social media, not religious groups and certainly not those who feel that this pandemic doesn’t apply to them. Covid-19 applies to all of us.
There is not a single country that is prepared for a pandemic that is a new strain that doesn’t have a cure or vaccine at this time. This virus is spreading rapidly, so fast that hospitals and testing facilities can’t meet the demand.
I have read several comments on social media, people are worried and concerned. I’d say that’s a healthy and normal reaction to this situation. Within reason of course. This is unknown territory for everyone.
There are not enough hospital beds, doctors, nurses, test kits, ventilators for every person. The testing facilities are backlogged and processing as many tests as quickly/accurately as they can. It’s not that your doctor or your local hospital doesn’t want to test you, they either don’t have the test available or perhaps they are screening those that ARE showing symptoms or those that know they have been in contact with someone that had tested positive. The tests may also be reserved for those working the front line to ensure the quality and safety of the patients they are caring for.
Yes, I understand, we all want peace of mind. Until adequate tests are made available, it’s best to assume that we are all carriers because there is no way to confirm every single person at this time.
That is why social distancing is so important. Assume everyone you encounter is infected, they are thinking the same about you; try not to take it personally. Do your best to stay at least 6 feet/3 meters away from them. Cough/sneeze into your elbow, or into a tissue and dispose of it properly, then wash your hands properly. Most importantly, STAY HOME.
While many businesses, schools, gatherings, events, and non-essential services are closed; the post office, grocery stores, and essential services are still open, for now. To ensure they remain open, we all need to eat and restock, it is essential that we all self-isolate and only go out when it is absolutely necessary.
I know, pandemics are such a drag, right. This one comes along and tries to ruin Spring Break and other really cool plans that we had booked months ago. All we want to do is enjoy life, spend time with our friends and have a good time. We don’t feel sick and we’re so bored being confined to our homes.
Here’s an idea! How about you watch the movies Outbreak and Contagion to visually grasp why you should STAY HOME!!!!!!!! While you’re at it, stop coming into the stores and coughing on produce for your own shits and giggles. Stop coming into the stores because you’re bored and want something to do. These stupid internet challenges have got to stop. Nobody is going to think that you’re cool because you’ve filmed yourself licking a toilet seat or threatened to cough on an elderly lady.
These are my thoughts and opinions, nothing more. I encourage you to think for yourself, do your own research and hope that you act with integrity.
As to no bombard social media with any more Covid-19 related posts, I will edit/update this one should I feel the need to vent about it in the future.
Before I get into this post, I will preface by stating that at this moment (Saturday, March 21, 2020) I have not been tested or screened in any manner to confirm whether or not I actually have contracted this virus. Nor am I feeling ill to prompt me to seek testing.
Due to the fact that I work in retail/grocery, I am now considered an “Essential Worker” and my responsibility to show up as scheduled has not changed. If anything, I am picking up more shifts.
Our store, as I suspect with many businesses that are still open, are understaffed. That’s not a complaint, just the fact considering many parents can’t work while their kids are home. Some are home taking care of their family members that are at a higher risk due to their health concerns and some are probably home, self-isolating for their own concerns.
For me, my life hasn’t changed dramatically since last Thursday when the panic in my area (just outside of Ottawa) set in. I’m an introvert by nature, I go to work in town, I don’t leave the 2-mile radius often.
Am I concerned about contracting this virus? I’m realistic in assuming that it’s very likely that I will get it, but I feel that I’m healthy enough to recover from it. My husband works from home and we are stocked with enough food and OTC meds to get by should we have to self-quarantine.
The act of disinfecting the kitchen/bathroom counters, knobs, handles, and switches have been an additional chore that I have incorporated into my morning routine.
On social media, I’ve been encouraging the public to help us (retail workers) practice Social Distancing. Help Us Help You. We understand that you have to restock, you have errands to run, the kids are home and they’re getting cabin fever. This is not the time for a family outing to the store. Please allow ONE family member to do the shopping if you can help it.
Obviously, we are aware that some customers need assistance, some customers are single parents and have no choice but to bring their child(ren) into the store. We get it, no judgment, we are not policing the situation.
I had to clarify my statement when I suggested that one family member should do the shopping while leaving their family in the car. The comment was meant in the scenario that both parents or a responsible adult could remain in the vehicle with the child(ren). But people misinterpret and thought I was suggesting that a single parent leave their toddler in a car seat unattended in the parking lot… I didn’t think that I had to spell it out, but clearly, I do.
For the most part, residents in this area are practicing social distancing. I see others are not. Both parents and their 3 kids in the store running through the aisles, NOT social distancing. A group of teenagers wandering the store because it’s something to do, NOT social distancing. Four college bros shopping together, NOT social distancing. A resident that just came back from Florida, coughing claims they were “tested” at the airport, NOT social distancing or self quarantining for that matter.
Being screened at the airport (temperature is taken) is NOT the same as being tested for coronavirus.
Again, I get it. You’ve been away and just now returning home from abroad, you need food and to restock. Ask your community to help. Social media pages are set up in this area for that purpose. There are healthy people offering to assist with running errands and picking up groceries to drop them off at your door. Let them.
I know that social media is being flooded with all sorts of information, some helpful, some misleading and only creating more panic. Choose to get your information from the source, not some third party and certainly not through memes.
While I do have plenty to say, I will refrain. Lately, my opinions encourage others to treat me as their virtual punching bag.
I’ll leave you with this…
We are in this together, doing the best that we can. While most people will recover from Covid-19, many are at a huge disadvantage. If you have already started the self-isolation process, Thank You. If you have not because you feel it doesn’t apply to you, You are part of the problem. That last bit doesn’t apply to all of the essential workers that are being asked to put themselves at risk.
Stay calm and wash your hands 🙂
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