Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Harker’s Hell. Early settlers thought they’d found a western re-creationist’s heaven. Instead this new world became a hellish version of the Old West.

 And now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life…


 Dissonance Walker is in a world of trouble. Sold by her parents for the price of a cookstove, she is used as a lab rat by a secret organization. Even though her ability to

disobey was ripped away by a brutal experiment, she isn’t ready to give up. When she escapes her captors, Dissonance believes the worst is over. She’s dead wrong. She’s captured again…and this time, sold as a pleasure slave.

 The key to reversing the experiment lies hidden in the stretch of arid waste called the Badlands. Only the too-sexy bounty hunter who bought her stands in her way.


Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he has a little unfinished business he needs to attend. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed hadn’t been part of the plan. Then he discovers the only way to set her free is to marry her.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the past is about to slam into the present. Only trust in each other can save them from a shocking evil…but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.

 Author Bio:  Alvania Scarborough is compulsively interested in a wide variety of topics, everything from space to the Old West. Oh, and ghosts. She loves writing about strong, sexy men and the women who are their equals. She is delighted for the opportunity to share her stories.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Wow. It's been a long time since I posted anything here but life has thrown me a few curves lately, health wise. Having a pretty good day today so thought I might see how long I can last sitting in front of the computer.

Had an interesting conversation with my daughter last night. I'd been telling her about my container gardening efforts...10 of those Home Depot buckets. Last time I tried to grow tomatoes, it was a dismal failure as we have so many bugs here in Florida, especially nematodes, which apparently love veggie plants. Yes, I know tomatoes are technically a fruit but we use them as veggies. ANYWAY, I digress.

So I'm telling her about my tomato plants that I hand pollinated yesterday. They're all in those orange HD buckets. I drilled holes in the bottom and in the sides, mixed the Miracle Grow soil with sand to enhance drainage and they're growing like crazy. My pool deck looks like an advertisement for Home Depot...lol.

She was all "Yum" and then told me she and her hubby bought into a crop club. They pay X amount of dollars and get X amount of fresh veggies and fruit when harvest comes around. Never heard about that before but it's pretty cool.She has lots of memories of puttering around the garden and eating tomatoes right off the vine, still warm from the sun.

We talked about canning veggies, which I used to do when she was little. We always had a garden. Had two, actually, and grew tomatoes, green beans, carrots, beets, edible pod sweet peas (so dang good), cukes, kolrabi, and even our own horseradish. I was a canning fool. I even used to make my own ketchup, if you can believe that. I now know what to get them for their anniversary...she wants a boiling water bath cooker and a pressure canner. And she wants to grow herbs so I told her how I did it, just in pots on the patio. Not only do they make your food taste yummy, they're so pretty. Especially the dill and rosemary plants.

My little potted herb garden consists of: two flat leaf Italian parsley plants, cilantro, dill, rosemary, and Greek thyme. Oh man, that Greek thyme is good. I also have a stevia plant. Only one because I hear they can be temperamental to grow so wanted to see how it goes before I totally commit to stevia. If it does well, I can clone the plant and grow as many as I want, so I'm kinda jazzed. Jazzed about the tomato plants my wonderful sister picked up for me, too, but she got a flat of 8 and I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with 8 producing tomato plants. Will have to get a food mill and turn the extras into juice to make soups and sauces with, I guess. Two of them are cherry tomatoes, and that's my favorite snack food. One beefsteak for kitchen sink tomato sandwiches. And they're all heirloom tomatoes so I can collect the seeds for next year's crop. Take that Monsanto and Con Agra, you GMO turds.

So, had a lovely little shower this morning and my babies are happy to have gotten a good drink. Sounds like the birds are happy too. Quite a few have come up to the pool for a drink and a quick bath. Deer have begun to come and feed off the jasmine hedge. They aren't particularly afraid of me and will feed on the hedges while I'm sitting on the patio. One even brought her baby with his little spotted butt. So cool. Man, country living is fine.

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Near Death Experience From Something Simply Resolved...If Only I'd Known

I started feeling bad on Tuesday night but I went to bed thinking it was the same old stuff...sciatica, severe lower back pain from an impinged nerve. Wednesday night I called a friend to see if she would take me to the hospital if I felt I needed to go. She said yes but I didn't call her until Wednesday morning at 10. She was there by 11 and had brought some pain medication and muscle relaxant from a previous fall. She didn't tell me she had the meds, instead she took one look at me and put me in the car and brought me to the emergency room. An hours or so later, I was being given an IV along with several kinds of drugs whose names I cannot remember. It seemed my magnesium level was dangerously low, my potassium level was 1.7, also a lethal number and had I avoided going to the hospital much longer I would have died.
What started as a simple urinary tract infection (we older gals get them more frequently as the bladder drops and don't empty completely) turned into a bladder infection, then moved into my kidneys and began to fester. This happened because the original antibiotic did not resolve the initial infection and allowed it to "move on up to the east side" if you will. I felt a lingering pressure after treatment but it went away quickly and left me no more the wiser.
So, for the want of a nail, the shoe was lost and for the want of a shoe the horse was lost, for the loss of a horse the battle was lost, for the loss of the battle, the kingdom was lost. The point being this: the original antibiotic was my nail and I know now with the symptoms I've read up on about low potassium, that I nearly lost my little kingdom, my life. I also know that I'd been sick for much longer than I ever imagined.
Potassium is a vital electrolyte that regulates water absorption into our cells. It's only one electrolyte chemical but it's a vital one and too  much or way too little can literally make your heart stop beating. All because I had a uti that was not resolved with antibiotics. So ladies, I tell you this...if you've been treated for a uti and you still feel a tingle or pressure after you've finished you medication, go back to your doctor and get a blood test to see if you've got a lingering infection. If you do, a simple urine culture will identify the nasty little bug so the doc can clear it up once and for all.
If you're sexually active, or an older woman who is having urinary incontinence issues because of that dropped bladder, you are at risk of the same thing happening to you. And the scary thing is, once it moved from bladder to kidney, you don't know you're sick until you spike a sudden fever after having back pain. Trickier for me because I have chronic lower back pain so it was nothing new to me.
Symptoms range from:
Dryness of skin - curse of older women
Muscle cramps - over exercising? statin medication like Lipitor?
Numbness and tingling - in my case d/t chronic back condition
Increase in urine output - just call me Polly Pissypants
Nausea - every time I turn on the news
Palpitation - just realized this was happening more frequently, even last night in the hospital
Weakness - had been more clumsy and stumbly than normal
Fatigue - yes, but that's part of not exercising or eating right and depression
Depression - mine seemed to worsen in the past few weeks
Dizziness - head rush anyone?
Low blood pressure - yeah but I'm meds to make it low
 Here's the more serious ones, which I also had:
Gastrointestinal Problem
Potassium maintains the level of fluids inside the digestive tract. When there is a lack of potassium in the body, large amounts of fluid from the food get absorbed into the intestines. As result, the intestinal contents harden up and their passage through the tract becomes difficult. This results in irregular bowel movements or constipation. Severe form of constipation often lead to abdominal cramps, bloating and lack of appetite. CHECK. I had not eaten much for days before I was admitted.

Irregular Heartbeat
As I learned, potassium sends electrical signals throughout the body. The brain controls contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the body through these signals. When this function get affected by low potassium in the body, then the heart muscles that regulate the heartbeat do not receive signals on time and fail to maintain the normal rhythm of its contraction and relaxation. In case, there is a severe deficiency of potassium, then it can lead to life-threatening condition like cardiac arrest when the heart stops beating. ALMOST CHECK The EKG they did in emergency showed I was tachy.

Muscle Damage
The effects of low potassium can be dangerous for the entire muscular system of the body. It fails to initiate a normal voluntary contraction of the muscles of the limbs during activities like standing, walking, lifting, etc. As a result, the muscles becomes so weak that the patient may find it difficult to stand or move their limbs around without any support. The skeletal muscles of the body may even suffer rupture and the condition is known as rhabdomyolysis. Serious form of untreated potassium deficiency can even lead to paralysis and the entire body becomes stiff. MISSED THIS ONE BECAUSE SOMEONE RECOGNIZED I WAS NOT THINKING CLEARLY AND GOT MY ASS TO THE HOSPITAL. I AM ALIVE BECAUSE OF THIS GOOD WOMAN FRIEND.
As women, we often put the needs of others before us. We're raised to be that way. So the medical profession often treats us as over reactive when we say something is wrong but they cant resolve the symptoms with male symptomology. Because, let's face it, ladies, if there's not a dick attached to it, it probably isn't a serious. So...BE PROACTIVE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CUZ YOU CAN BET NO ONE ELSE WILL BE. UNLESS YOU HAPPEN TO BE GIFTED WITH THE SLIGHTLY WACKY, ALWAYS OUTRAGEOUS, AND DEEPLY CARING WOMEN IN YOUR LIVES AS I HAVE BEEN. THANK YOU VICKI AND DONNA FOR PUSHING ME TO ASK FOR HELP. THANK YOU SKYE FOR BEING THERE. THANK YOUR DITA FOR CHECKING ON THE HOUSE AND GATHERING THE SHIT I JUST CANT LIVE EVEN A WEEKEND WITHOUT. I LOVE YOU ALL AND I WILL BE YOUR KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR WHEN YOU NEED ME. I GOT YOUR BACKS.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

8 Sentence Sunday

Happy WeWriWa Sunday one and all. This next 8 takes place shortly after the last 8 sentences. Alice will learn her fate pretty soon now.

          “You will be pleased to know I’ve sent my man ahead to deliver the good news to Lord Selwyn.”
          She paled at that. So, she was not set on the marriage to Robert Selwyn. Perhaps it was just as well, for the man surely would not have her now. Not since she’d been in the hands of Welsh warriors and in the bed of Nicholas Warde. Surely, there would be hell to pay when Selwyn came to Gray Cross.
           “Do you feel up to it, my intention is to ride for Gray Cross this morn. Tis but four leagues from here.”
          “Whatever you think best,” she replied. “But I must tell you, I am not much of a horsewoman.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

8 Sentence Sunday...Alice's continuing adventures in the 13th century

Move ahead a bit, copied and pasted and left out the yadda yadda. She's trying to think on her feet and give him answers that can't be checked out.

Have you any idea where you were held or how you came to be in the water?”
           She looked down at her hands, twisted them in her lap. “No idea,” she insisted. “Though I believe I must have been running away. That would make sense. That somehow I slipped away and fell into the river?”
He gave her a nod. “Indeed, lady, it does make sense.”

Thanks for all your kind comments and the encouragement. I'm anticipating another 6 weeks - fingers crossed - for the first draft to be complete. Then the real work starts.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

8 Sentence Sunday

Honestly, I'm really enjoying writing this book but I'm hearing over and over again that there's not much of a market for time travel. I've given about 2 seconds thought to changing it, taking out the TT component but this thing is practically writing itself. I'd sure hate to put the hoo-doo on my mojo by changing it around when I've just figured out how this thing is going to end and how the legend of the black knight came into being. So, without further argument from the little devil on my left shoulder, I am continuing with The Black Knight of Gray Cross as it's come to me. And so, Alice's situation is becoming curiouser and curiouser...

She took a deep breath. “Alice. My name is Alice Talbot.”
His jaw dropped and he sat down heavily on the bench before the hearth. “God’s teeth, Lady Talbot, the entire country has been looking for you these many months.”
Alice shook her head, the impossibility of that statement rocking her. “I…that’s not possible. How can that be possible?”


Sunday, May 5, 2013

8 Sentence Sunday

Continuing where we left off, no secrets revealed yet but here's 8 more sentences from The Black Knight of Gray Cross:
The room was too chilly and she snuggled closer to the warmth of the large body lying next to her. With a contented sigh, she decided to give in to urge to go back to sleep. Until a thick arm curved around her and drew her closer into its embrace. Her eyes flew open and she found herself staring into a pair of blue eyes that rivaled the turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. With a shriek, she thrust away from him, moving so fast she tumbled off the end of the bed, hitting the floor with a resounding thud.

The brute sharing the bed with her offered up a lazy smile, then sat up, idly scratching his broad chest. “Good morrow, lass. Did you sleep well?”