We welcomed in the New Year with nachos and egg nog and a salute to Dick Clark for having
the guts to be out there, vital and active, after his devastating stroke. There was a time
not that long ago when we expected stroke victims, cancer patients, and anyone else in less
than perfect health to withdraw quietly into the shadows and leave the business of living
to more robust specimens of the species.
January is an important month for me. Not only does it mark the start of a new year, January
marks another year as a cancer survivor and, believe me, that is definitely cause for
celebration. Twenty-eight years ago today I was given the news that I had uterine cancer
and twenty-eight years ago today I vowed to kick its ass. So far, so good! (No, I don't
take good health [or good luck] for granted.) Yeah, we've definitely come a long way since
then. The bad news is that cancer strikes almost every family at least once. The good news
(and it's very good news) is that the number of survivors out there is growing by leaps and
The point to this mini-lecture? Schedule your annual pap test and your mammogram. Keep an
eye on the blood pressure. You don't have to be paranoid, but a little vigilance can't
hurt. I'm living proof that early detection makes all the difference.
JUST DESSERTS hits the bookstores around Valentine's Day. (See the trailer below.) Am I beginning
to pace the floors in anticipation of the book's release? You know me too well. The
stomach pains and sleepless nights have already begun! No, it never gets easier. I
thought it would but I was dead wrong. The nail-biting frenzy of anticipation/terror
gets worse with each book.
Just Desserts by Barbara Bretton
Book Video by Romance Designs, LLC
So what's new and notable this month?