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Hear ye! Hear ye! A major announcement…

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Conquest of a Queen, the very first book of my Courtships of Quendaris series is published at last! It was a long and hard journey and I look forward to writing more adventures featuring Isabel, Nancy, Prince Alaric and the rest of the crew. The ebook is now available on Smashwords and is coming soon to a bookstore near you. In the meantime, you can buy it in print here.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m stepping away from the realm of Baelcrest for a bit but I’ll be back with more adventures soon. Stay tuned for news about my next book already in progress.

Book Review: The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood

New Adult Contemporary
Date Published: 5/7/2013
 

Kayla Marlowe is slowly vanishing…

Last year, Kayla’s world imploded. Her beloved father died, leaving her alone with a narcissistic mother who

is quick to criticize her daughter’s appearance. During her winter break from college, Kayla’s dangerous

obsession with losing weight begins.

Kayla feels like her world changes for the better overnight. Being skinny seems to be the key to the happiness

she has desperately been seeking. Her mother and friends shower her with compliments, telling her how

fantastic she looks. Kayla is starving, but no one knows it.

Cameron Bennett explodes into Kayla’s life. He’s sexy and kind—he has every quality she has been looking

for in a guy. As Cameron grows closer to Kayla and learns of how far she’s willing to go to stay thin, he

becomes desperate to save her.

Kayla’s struggles with anorexia and bulimia reach a breaking point and she is forced to confront her body

image issues in order to survive. She wonders if Cameron could be the one to help heal her from the pain of

her past.

 Review

College junior Kayla Marlowe has her share of personal demons. Since her father’s sudden death two years earlier she’s been fighting guilt over leaving her sister with her crazed mother, a former pageant princess obsessed with appearance, while she goes off to college. Everything comes to a head when criticism of her weight over Christmas vacation sets Kayla on a downward spiral with anorexia and bulimia. Even when she meets the delicious Cameron who falls head over heels for her, she can’t get it into her head that she’s too fat and worthless to be loved by anyone.

The Disappearing Girl is a damn good book! Not only does it cover how a young woman could seem completely normal while battling with psychological and emotional problems but also how eating disorders affect friends and family as well. You’ll absolutely fall in love with Cameron, the sweet, sexy and intelligent man who stands by Kayla through thick and thin from telling an old girlfriend to piss off after her pathetic attempt to make Kayla believe the two had just slept together to telling off her the evil Mrs. Marlowe for warping her daughters’ minds and nuking their self esteem. Whether you’ve suffered or are suffering from an eating disorder or know someone who is or you just want to read a really good, well written story, The Disappearing Girl is a must read. Just make sure to have lots of tissues ready!

Excerpt

I was gasping for air when I moved my mouth away from his. Kissing his neck, I said in a teasing voice, “You do realize I never got to see that tattoo you told me about.”

His laughter was choked with desire. His eyes were feverish as he stared down at my body, watching how I straddled his waist. My hands inched under the edge of his t-shirt and he helped me remove it. This was the first time I had seen Cameron shirtless, and I was desperately trying not to drool.

Every part of him was cut and lean. My eyes were immediately drawn to the hard muscles of his abs. His arms and chest were toned as well, and I imagined how it would feel to have my lips on his exposed skin.

The tattoo was on his left side, placed inches above his hipbone. The tattoo was of a tombstone, and it held the epitaph, “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt.” The words resonated with me and it brought upon feelings I’d tried to bury. I swallowed audibly as I searched my memory for the source of the quote.

“I didn’t realize you were a Kurt Vonnegut fan. It doesn’t fit with your cheerful persona,” I said.

“It’s my mom’s favorite quote. I’ll warn you again about how it’s never a good idea to get a tattoo after you’ve been drinking.”

I leaned down closer to get a better look, but snapped back up when I realized the suggestive position I’d put myself in. Cameron lightly gripped my hair behind my head and gazed at me intently. “You have no idea how badly I want you right now, but please tell me if we’re moving too fast. I’m trying to show restraint and not rip off your clothes and haul you off to bed.”

I was instantly aroused by the growl in his voice. I couldn’t resist anymore and ran my hands slowly over every hard plane of his sculpted upper body. Stopping at his tattoo, I mindlessly began to trace the outline with my fingertips.

“I want to be with you,” I said, but I couldn’t meet his eyes. “But I’m a reserved person and I’m nervous about getting undressed in front of you.”

His hand rested against my cheek. “You have nothing to be nervous about. I think you’re absolutely beautiful, but I get the sense …” he hesitated. Then he said, “That you don’t realize how gorgeous you are.”

I ducked my head shyly. “You don’t have to say those things; you’ve already won me over.”

Cameron didn’t let me finish. “Kayla, stop. I’m serious. I’ve noticed how little you eat and how much weight you’ve lost since we first met. I have a younger sister, and I understand how extreme some girls can get about their weight. She’s always trying some sort of crazy diet.”

He was scratching at the truth, getting too close to the heart of the matter. I was suddenly ashamed, understanding I hadn’t been able to hide my weaknesses from him after all. Cameron wanted to know all of me and he wasn’t going to permit me shutting him completely out.

Standing up, I felt myself at a crossroads. I could leave, run away from the only happiness I’d known since my father died. Or I could try to work through my issues and trust Cameron not to break my heart.

“You never showed me the rest of your place,” I whispered.

He rose from the sofa and held me tightly. I rested my head against his chest and listened to the frantic racing of his heart. I smiled to myself and found myself falling more and more for him.

 

New Adult Contemporary-Ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.

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Heather Wood

Author Bio

Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the Second Sight series and the standalone The Disappearing Girl.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.

A breakthrough for women’s health in third world countries

While it’s no secret that mortality rates for women in third world countries are far worst than in developed countries, scientists and researchers are making strides to change this. For the past 12 years women living in the slums of India have had access to a simple vinegar test that successfully detected cervical cancer in lieu of expensive Pap Smears and HPV tests resulting in cutting the number of cancer deaths in women by 1/3!

The doctors who presented their findings at the latest cancer conference in Chicago believe tens of thousands of lives could be saved in developing countries with this cheap test which would allow for early cancer detection and treatment. Reportedly the test can be conducted by locals with only two weeks of training, swabs and diluted vinegar which causes abnormal cells to change color for a short period of time. It’s estimated death by cervical cancer could be slashed by 31% preventing 22,000 deaths in India and about 73,000 deaths annually worldwide.

Indian officials are now making plans to expand the new vinegar test to more people and two companies who produce the HPV vaccine has announced they would be dramatically lowering the prices of their vaccines in Asian and African countries with the intent to vaccinate over 30 million girls in more than 40 countries within the next 7 years.

I’m too sexy for my country!

In what could possibly be the epitome of first world problems, poor Omar Borkan Al Gala a photographer/actor/poet could be deported from Saudi Arabia because officials are concerned that he and two other men are too irresistible and Saudi women would fall for them and be tempted to sin.

Welp, guess I’m going to Saudi Hell;)

While I wouldn’t exactly throw this cutie out of bed I think I can refrain from turning into a blithering idiot in his presence and I’m pretty sure the women of Saudi Arabia could say the same. Although I have to say, dude is definitely a poet. Check out what he wrote on his Facebook page recently: “Last night I looked up into the stars and matched each one with a reason why I love you. I was doing great untill I ran out of stars.”

ZOMG! :p

Breakfast Just Got Sexier!

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If there was ever a reason to be a foodie this could be it. Our neighbors to the North have invented what they’re calling Sexcereal. Inventor Peter Erlich formulated this cereal to provide nutrients that he says promote hormone balance and sexual function. The cereal contains ingredients like bee pollen, wheat germ, an Incan “superfood” called maca, cacao nibs and chia which is blended in accordance to sex. Men have one version of the cereal while women have another. I’m assuming this is to pertain to the fact women have different hormonal needs than men and there wouldn’t be any adverse affects if you ended up eating the wrong one.

I’m telling you girl, that new Sexcereal works wonders for me. I’ve never felt better!

While Erlich and his company aren’t claiming their Sexcereal is an instacure and to throw away your viagra, WebMd says that in the long run ingesting these ingredients could provide the desired result. Many of the nuts and seeds you’ll find in the cereal have shown evidence of improving sexual function or libido. For instance, Cacao, or chocolate in the buff, is packed with antioxidants that make the heart happy and improves circulation as well as phenylalanine which is a close cousin of dopamine. The ginger used in the women’s cereal has been known to boost the circulatory system and stimulates nerve endings while in ancient times bee pollen and maca found in the man’s cereal has been used to boost libido and stamina.

Those ancient doctors REALLY knew what they were talking about!

While I’m not exactly a skeptic, I just can’t justify dropping 20 bucks on a bag of cereal. You can probably run to your local Whole Foods or nature store that keeps these seeds, nuts and granola on hand and make your own for considerably less.  Of course, unless you’re a nutritionist or an enthusiast who makes your own granola, you probably won’t get the exact formula down but from my experience eating cereal containing the above mentioned ingredients is much healthier than the preserved crap found on supermarket shelves. It tastes better and hey lookit that, eating better makes the body feel better! Suffice it to say if the body is feeling better your chances of being in the mood rises (among other things) and you’re both in the mood to play hide the cannoli more often.

Sadly there are no humorous cannoli pics on the interwebz