Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Discounts galore

Lots of treats on offer today. I'm pleased to say that The Hit List has gained its second 5-star review at Amazon where Sirius11214 describes the novel as "humorous and touching". Thanks, Sirius - I'm deeply grateful! As a rather lovely coincidence you can now buy the book at a 25% discount all through June direct from Amber Allure - so stock up for the summer before the rains come down ...

In addition all Untreed Reads books, including my own, are now available at a 20% discount from Coffee Time Romance, so it's definitely time for some serious browsing. I'm also delighted that my quiet literary lesbian story, The Girl in the Painting, is a Recommended Read for June at Queer Magazine Online - so thank you, Anders, for that.

Meanwhile, I've reviewed Nik Perring's Not So Perfect Stories at Vulpes Libris today - which is a fascinating collection even though, to my mind, some of these stories remain unfinished. Certainly much to think about there.

In terms of health, I've been pretty dodgy all week (so no change there then!) and have seen the specialist at the hospital today, who is a totally lovely woman and always cheers me up, hurrah. So the upshot of my appointment is I've taken another couple of blood tests - one for the CA125 marker and another to see what my oestrogen levels are doing, if anything. My, what fun I do have on my days off, eh - we Essex Gals certainly know how to live! At the moment, we're going to leave my HRT as it is, pending on test results, but the doctor suggested that, in order to lift my increasingly grim and fragile mood, I should try taking St John's Wort. Which I'm more than happy to do, as I've wondered about it before, so I picked up a bottle at the Health Shop today while I was in Godalming, and I've taken my first pill. I'll start off at one per day, as per the Health Woman's advice, but I can apparently take up to three if nothing happens. Even with the HRT, so that's good news. So, if you hear tell of a manic woman downing her essential Happy Pills and running through the Surrey meadows whilst laughing hysterically, you'll know it's me. Just so you're warned, eh ...

But before that, here's a meditation poem. I've only had time for one, what with one thing and another:

Meditation 369
When you judge a man
as worthless
from the start

then he’s likely
to live up to that charge
in good measure.

This weekend we'll be on holiday for a few days, so I'll catch up when we're back. Don't forget however that gay fantasy comedy, Angels and Airheads, will be published by Torquere Press on Saturday 12 June, and gay fantasy, Martin and The Wolf, will be published by Amber Allure on Sunday 13 June. Enjoy!

Anne Brooke
The Prayer Seeker's Journal


Jilly said...

I hope the St John's Wort helps Anne - it's supposed to be very good. Hugs

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jilly - I'm hoping it might help :) Axxx

Jason Shaw said...

I've often heard of St John Wort, although I must admit I thought it was 'wart' and not 'wort' which puzzled me no end for ages.

My granny swears by the stuff and she'll be 101 next year! Mind you she also tries to pilfer and guzzle a nip of gin when matron isn't looking, so I'm not sure we can trust her!

Anyway loads of hugs for a healthier time. xxxx

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jason! And good for your granny! :)) Axxx

RosyB said...

Hope you're feeling better soon, Anne. x

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Rosy. Axxx