I found a new outlet to learn some artistic skills: gift basket making 

Recently I signed up with Avon as a way to make extra money. It’s hard when you have a serious illness and can’t do the things you used to do because your energy is sapped. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, had chemotherapy treatments. Thank God it was found early and treatments worked. However, some cancer cells spread to my right lung. Now I’m going to be facing radiation treatments. I can’t get around as much as I used to due to some underlying ailments. I feel debilitated at times. Not to mention dealing with hypertension. I do get out and it’s a challenge at times. For years I’ve spent time learning creative writing and writing erotic and romantic poems and short stories. Now I’m learning how to be creative marketing an Avon business through gift basket making. Below are some of the baskets I made this morning. Not too bad for my first attempt.  


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Review of Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:

By Debbie Hagan

fall“The assignment is to write what we’d like to be someday. One of the most regular questions of childhood, yet it seems I’ve never been asked it. Maybe because I’m one of seven children in a family headed by a woman without a husband or a career and we live in a neighborhood brimming with similar women, people who did not plan as children to wait tables or clean hotel rooms or stand on porches and corners, watching as the world passes.”

Reading Sonja Livingston deliberating the perennial childhood question—What do you want to be when you grow up?— in her new collection, Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses, I’m taken back to Mrs. Dowdy’s class. I’m ten years old, chewing my pencil, trying hard to picture myself setting out at sunrise, swinging a metal lunch pail, going I don’t know where…

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Release Blitz Week: Frisk Me by Lauren Layne! @_LaurenLayne

Originally posted on Talk Books to Me:


After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York’s most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the “American Hero,” Luc’s boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn’t mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who’s been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.

Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC’s lead anchor-but to get there, she’ll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava…

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