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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Caught in the Act

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Guest Post: Please Don’t Let it Be Him by Leslie Tentler


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My name is Dr. Lydia Costa. I’m an ER doctor at Mercy Hospital in downtown Atlanta, a large, level one trauma center. In my work,Friday nights are always busy ones for myriad reasons. People are geared up for the weekend – they’re rushing home from work, driving too fast, or maybe they’ve gotten an early start on partying and do something foolish or downright dangerous. Whatever the reason, our ER is typically packed.

But this Friday night has an especially dark cloud hanging over it, created by the ten-double-zero that was just announced. It’s police code for officer down, something that’s slipped into our medical staff’s vernacular over the years. Multiple GSWs, two to the chest and one to the abdomen, we’re forewarned over the paramedics’ radio. Intubated at the scene. The wounded officer is incoming, two minutes out.

As the shift’s attending physician, residents and interns are under my charge. But as I’m shouting orders and readying the assembling team, a singular plea passes through my head.

Please don’t let it be him.

My ex-husband is a detective. He works Homicide for the Atlanta PD. And all we know is that the officer being brought in is plainclothes. We don’t yet have an ID. There are hundreds of police in the city, but still, there’s always that chance…

Don’t let it be Ryan.

As the ambulance arrives outside with lightbar flashing, that appeal stays in my head.
No matter what happened between us – the long silences and tears, the grief-filled chasm that couldn’t be bridged after our terrible, tragic loss – I don’t want this for him.

As paramedics roll the gurney inside, my heart is pounding, my throat tight. I begin to breathe again only when I see the wounded officer. It isn’t Ryan lying there, unconscious, shirt ripped open, blood covering his mangled chest. But that relief is fleeting. I knowhim. Nate Weisz. He’s a Narcotics and Vice detective from Ryan’s own precinct.

The lead paramedic gives us Nate’s vitals, the information making it clear he’s hanging by a thread.

“Get him into trauma three,” I call out as our team takes over, whisking him away.
Once inside the suite, a well-timed choreography occurs as lead wires and sensors are attached, IV poles and drips set up. But even as we go to work, I’m aware that Ryan will be here soon. News of the shooting will spread quickly and the ER lobby will become a sea of midnight blue uniforms.

I tamp down my emotion as I try to save Nate’s life. 

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Leslie Tentler is best known as the author of the Chasing Evil Trilogy (MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT). She was named as a finalist for Best First Novel at ThrillerFest 2012 for Midnight Caller, and as a finalist in the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense for Edge of Midnight. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. Her newest romantic suspense novel is titled FALLEN.

Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild and Novelists, Inc. A native of East Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta. Visit Leslie Tentler’s websiteFacebook and Twitter pages for more info!

Wild Things Festival Was WILD!

This past weekend we visited the Wild Things Festival, that was held as part of the National Wildlife Refuge Week, at the Southeast Louisiana headquarters office complex, at the Big Branch Marsh Refuge in Lacombe, LA.

"Wild Things is a showcase of the National Wildlife Refuge System and our area wildlife refuges, and provides a wholesome recreational and educational experience for the whole family", with FREE admission and activities for the kids- put it on your calendar for next year!


Ugh everyone is holding me.....


Doesn't look so big here does he? Miss Grace was ready to give him back when he started squirming!


LONGEST line was for archery! Proof that kids LOVE shooting a bow and arrow!


Louisiana bobcat- he's HUGE! He slept most of the day!
Handler said he likes to ride on their shoulders- can you imagine?


Great activity- open the egg, find the animal and test your knowledge as to where that animal lives- forest, wetlands, marsh, plains.


Gorgeous cypress trees and trails about at the refuge!


EWWW- dissecting owl pellets. Miss Grace found a mouse skeleton head. She was psyched!


PINK hats for the girls- they were thrilled!


Shooting the fire hose off the Marsh boat- oh yeah, 2nd longest line! LOL


Casting at the pon (beware the alligator) was also a fun activity!


Up close and personal!


HUGE - almost as big as the bobcat! Who knew?


Ewwwww- she touched it! More than once!


BUT would NOT hold the tarantula! Go figure...


Checking out squid parts with microscope.
All the kids declared the dissected squids to be "gross".
Go figure!


The kids, 4-13, ALL had a blast and we'll be going back next year!

you can go out to the refuge during the year- they have hiking trails, the ponds, a butterfly garden and more. Check out their website for more info!

Book Review: Fallen by Leslie Tentler

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Synopsis:

“If it wasn’t an armed robbery, it was a hit. An execution.”

Amid a sultry Atlanta summer, someone is targeting police...

The investigation becomes personal for APD Detective Ryan Winter when a colleague and friend is shot dead, the second victim in just weeks. But even as he finds himself being drawn into the tense hunt for a serial cop killer, he is forced to re-examine his own shattering personal tragedy.

An ER physician at Atlanta’s busy Mercy Hospital, Dr. Lydia Costa is no stranger to suffering. Still, the recent police slayings reopen barely healed wounds—and bring her face-to-face with her ex-husband, Ryan Winter. 

As the body count rises and paranoia tightens its grip on the police force, Lydia and Ryan are pulled together by circumstances and fate...causing old passions to reignite despite their painful shared past. But as Ryan moves closer to discovering the killer’s identity, someone is watching, placing both him and  Lydia in mortal danger.


Review:

This is a super quick read, and is easily defined as a romantic suspense novel. You can see the plot of the romance in the beginning, but it is the mystery that leads to the suspense and the thrill of 'will they/won't they' get back together! The book reads very realistically, and you know the author really did her research to get all the little nuances right. Ryan and Lydia are great characters and I wouldn't be surprised to see them back in another book! If you're looking for a romantic getaway, check out this book!

Right now the ebook is on sale on Amazon for only $3.99!


About the Author:

Leslie Tentler is best known as the author of the Chasing Evil Trilogy (MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT). She was named as a finalist for Best First Novel at ThrillerFest 2012 for Midnight Caller, and as a finalist in the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense for Edge of Midnight. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. Her newest romantic suspense novel is titled FALLEN.

Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild and Novelists, Inc. A native of East Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta. Visit Leslie Tentler’s websiteFacebook and Twitter pages for more info!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Green Virgin Extra Fine Moringa Powder is YOUR Energy Source this Busy Fall Season!


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Green Virgin Products , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it



If I told you there’s a great, healthy way to give you all-day energy and mental clarity, you’d be interested right?  What if I mentioned that it contains no Caffeine—and unlike energy drinks that last 5 hours, there are no health hazards, no crashing or nervousness…just a clear feeling of alertness.  You’d want to learn more, wouldn’t you?

Enter Moringa.  The tiny leaves of this miracle tree are among the most protein-dense leaves of any plant species, loaded with high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. I told you about it recently, when we reviewed some Moringa soap!


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What is Moringa? 

Moringa is the most nutrient dense plant ever tested. It has more vitamins, minerals, proteins, anti-oxidants and amino-acids than any other food. Moringa is a plant that is native to the areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make natural medicine. Green Virgin uses only the leaves (which have the highest concentrations of nutrients) in their products. Moringa has many uses, including treating anemia, asthma, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, immune system booster, joint pain, kidney stones, stomach  if taken internally. Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin, as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, and other bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections, or wounds! You can call it an all-around natural treatment! 

Although fresh leaves are very high in nutrition, dried Moringa leaf powder, like the Green Virgin Extra Fine Moringa Powder I was sent for review, contains the highest nutritional content. Just look at these amazing nutrient comparisons: 
10x the Vitamin A of carrots
17x the Calcium of milk
15x the Potassium of bananas
25x the Iron of spinach
9x the Protein of yogurt
4x more Fiber than oats
1/2 the Vitamin C of oranges

Not all Moringa is created equal. Do your homework, and keep in mind that the leaves of the Moringa plant are by far the most nutritional component of the plant (which is why ALL of Green Virgin’s moringa is 100% leaf powder). Avoid products that state “proprietary blend” as this can be a deceptive marketing practice.  Read the fine print and know what you are buying.

Also, Moringa is very susceptible to oxidation. If not packaged properly most of the nutritional value will bedestroyed before you even open the package. Talk about a waste of time and money! It MUST be packaged in oxygen free (not just air tight) packaging that also blocks 100% of light. As you can see from the picture above, Green Virgin's powder is!

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 Their special three-layer, resealable pouch shuts out 100% of the light and sucks up all the oxygen inside.  They are the only manufacturer to take the time and effort to package in this manner And you can SEE the difference above- which powder would YOU want to consume? Yup, the Green Virgin Moringa on the left!

The extra fine powder is super easy to mix and dissolve in liquid, be it warm water for tea, smoothies, or even your favorite iced coffee! Remember your liquid can't be over 40 degrees, or the nutrients will be destroyed! It can be a tad bitter, and adding a tablespoon of your favorite sweetener (or having sweet ingredients added), will make it more palatable. I've found that it is great for adding to your morning tea/coffee, for that extra burst of energy to get you through the day, or in protein smoothies, for your exercise routine! You can also add it into your favorite baked snacks! It works really well in breakfast 'energy' bars or cookies! Once you feel the difference in your energy level, you'll be hooked! Plus you may see less illnesses, as your immune system really kicks up a couple of notches! I highly recommend it!


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About Green Virgin Products 
Green Virgin Products is a family-owned business created in 2009 to fulfill a specific need in the marketplace. Ken Marion, founder, lost his brother to cancer, and is a cancer survivor himself.  These experiences were the foundation of the Marion family’s vision—to provide high quality, non-toxic, eco-friendly products that actually work, and can save money compared to the toxic polluting products.

Green Virgin Products is dedicated to selling only completely non-toxic and eco-friendly products.  Based in Tampa, FL, Green Virgin Products are currently available online.  For more information and special offers, go to  www.greenvirginproducts.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenvirginproducts.

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