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Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow couldn’t be more different. Beautiful and enigmatic Cassie is a struggling artist, working nights at a bar in Austin, Texas to make ends meet while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Luke is an Army trainee, about to ship out for duty, who finds comfort in the mental and physical discipline of service after a difficult time in his life. But a chance encounter at Cassie’s bar will throw them together in ways that they’d never expect.

Cassie has been barely getting by financially ever since discovering that she has diabetes. Even with her basic insurance, she is drowning in medical bills. Added to her worries are concerns for her mother, who’s getting older and has no one else to look after her. So when she runs into old friend Frankie, now enlisted in the Army, she proposes a deal: a marriage license in exchange for better insurance for Cassie, and Frankie will keep the increased paycheck he’ll get now that he has a “family” to look after. Frankie says he can’t help her because he has a girlfriend, but to Cassie’s surprise, Frankie’s annoyingly intense friend Luke volunteers to marry her instead. Unbeknownst to Cassie, he desperately needs the money to pay off his old drug dealer from before he got clean.

The two of them make a pact: they’ll get married for a few months, make the money they need, and then get divorced when Luke has returned from duty and the time is right. But when a devastating injury overseas throws Luke back into Cassie’s life, they must make their marriage seem as real as possible to army personnel or risk being sent to jail for fraud. And sometimes, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s just pretend.


When not producing fiction for young readers, Tess Wakefield works in Golden Valley, Minnesota as a copywriter, an amateur comedian, and a caretaker for several thriving plants. PURPLE HEARTS is her first novel for adults.

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Book Review: The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers

New Book Explores the Virtues—and Dangers—of Spiritual Teachers

A spiritual teacher isn’t an ordinary member of the clergy. They are a perceptive, caring, trustworthy human being who provides one-to-one, in-depth spiritual direction.

Celebrities such as Madonna and Russell Brand, and writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Deepak Chopra, have all worked with spiritual teachers. So have millions of people from almost every major religious tradition—as well as millions of others who are spiritual but not religious.

A new book, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers, provides invaluable guidance for anyone who is curious about spiritual teachers—or who wants to work with one but doesn’t know how or where to begin.

This user-friendly book also offers practical wisdom for anyone who already has a spiritual teacher, and wants to make the most of that relationship.

Still more important, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers helps readers spot and avoid the predators, narcissists, charlatans, and cult leaders who call themselves spiritual teachers—and who have ruined many people’s lives.

The book’s author, Scott Edelstein, has studied happily and productively with spiritual teachers for the past four decades. He has also served as editor and literary agent for several spiritual teachers. A longtime practitioner of both Judaism and Buddhism, he is a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers was published on March 21 by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom also published Edelstein’s previous book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, which examines the all-too-common problem of sexual misconduct among spiritual teachers.

Edelstein’s website on spiritual teachers,, provides more information on the subject, as well as book excerpts, related articles, and links to media interviews with Edelstein.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers
By Scott Edelstein
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Somerville, MA
ISBN-10: 0861716108
ISBN-13: 978-0861716104


Publishers Weekly: “In this short handbook, Edelstein guides readers through choosing and working with spiritual teachers. Drawing on his four decades of experience working with spiritual teachers as an editor and agent as well as a student, Edelstein addresses a surprisingly wide range of topics to help readers make the most of their relationships with spiritual teachers.”

Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Living: “A small book with a big message.”

David Rynick, author of The Truth Never Fails: “A wonderful resource. This guide is down-to-earth and offers a broader perspective about what to expect and not expect from spiritual teachers.”

Tim Burkett, author of Nothing Holy About It: “Finally, a well thought-out, easy-to-read guide to help folks assess whether a given teacher may be prone to abuse his power over them or is genuinely interested in empowering them.”

James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: “Scott Edelstein’s guide is simple, practical, and useful. It cuts through most of the confusion in seeking a spiritual guide with the clarity of someone who has been through it all. I recommend it to anyone embarking on the spiritual path, or thinking maybe they should be looking for a spiritual guide.”

What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

“Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be inherited and are varied both in how affect the body and in their genetic causes. They are generally characterized by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal), skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than normal), and tissue fragility.”

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‘Most neglected disorder in modern medicine’ receives major classification update

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The American Journal of Medical Genetics publishes new research on the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes

The Ehlers-Danlos Society, representing a recently formed international consortium of over 90 experts on the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, will release the culmination of two years of review on Wednesday, March 15th. This publication clarifies the bases for the diagnosis of and updates the descriptions of more than a dozen different types of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. This long-awaited review updates the diagnostic criteria for the first time in 20 years, and provides management and care guidelines. It also introduces the newly-described hypermobility spectrum disorders.

“This publication is a game-changer for the Ehlers-Danlos community,” says Dr. Clair Francomano, Geneticist and Director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society Center for EDS Research and Clinical Care, and a co-author of the publication. “Up to this point, research into the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes has suffered from a lack of coordination and much of it has been based on outdated and incomplete diagnostic criteria. Moreover, clinical care for these patients has been compromised because physicians and other health-care professionals are generally not familiar with the wide range of manifestations and comorbidities that may be seen in these conditions. There have been no standardized guidelines for care. We hope that this update will help educate the healthcare community and promote greater awareness and understanding of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.”

Echoing the anticipated benefits of the new publications is Lara Bloom, Co-Executive Director of The Ehlers-Danlos Society and author on the publication. “One clinician, who has worked with people with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes since 1965, has referred to Ehlers-Danlos as, ‘the most neglected disorder in modern medicine’. That call resonated with patients who, with their doctors, struggled to find guidelines for diagnosis and care that reflected the emerging understanding of the guises under which Ehlers Danlos hid and the many manifestations that may have seemed unrelated. This new summary provides guidance for families and caretakers so that neither geography nor specialty determines your quality of life,” said Bloom, citing the difficulty of finding knowledgeable clinicians outside of major research hubs. “This international collaborative effort of dedicated clinicians and researchers worked tirelessly to crystallize our current understanding of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes in ways that are immediately applicable to care and provide the medical community with tools that they have long awaited.”

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a collection of multi-systemic, heritable connective tissue disorders affecting collagen, the most abundant protein in the body. With the exception of the hypermobile type of Ehlers Danlos syndrome, each type is a distinct entity defined by mutations in a single or small set of genes. Common features among the types include joint hypermobility, skin fragility, chronic pain, and fatigue. More severe types, such as Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can be life-threatening, as fragile blood vessels and internal organs can spontaneously rupture. The greatest challenge for the consortium was to bring clarity and specificity to the clinical definition of the hypermobile type of Ehlers Danlos syndrome and to assess how the core features were related to comorbidities that could cloud the path to diagnosis and treatment. This effort is highlighted by the several papers in the collection that propose constructive solutions for the present and pathways to further understanding.

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is a global community of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and supporters, dedicated to saving and improving the lives of those affected by the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and related disorders. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information about the Society can be found at

Full paper will be published at on March 15th.

Media Contact:
Lara Bloom
Co-Executive Director of The Ehlers-Danlos Society
(240) 654-1074

Visit Ehlers-Danlos Society’s Facebook page, the Ehlers-Danlos Society Inspire Online Community, or look through the Resource Guides.

Thanks to Lara Bloom and The Ehlers-Danlos Society



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Book Promo: The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce

The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers Don’t Tell You

The journey of divorce is highly complex, and daunting. Sara A., speaker and divorce coach, wants to guide women to find courage and to think through the process better prepared and well-informed with The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce; What Lawyers don’t tell you (WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan).

“We know what you’re going through and what’s up ahead. We call it, ‘Divorce Dizziness,’” Sara A. says. “The discovery, the documents, the details and the delays. The dizziness will only last for a season. For most of us, of course, we never expected that life would bring us here. Unfortunately, sometimes, we find that divorce may come into our lives. Sometimes, life brings change.”

The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce includes sixteen chapters of clear, chapter by chapter guidance on topics such as Calendaring, Lawyering, Divorce Coaching, Documenting, Organizing, Protecting, Empowering, and Moving Forward. The Tools section covers “Over 25 Key-Areas of Concern” to be sure to consider, and “The 30 Most-Costly Mistakes” to avoid.

Sara A. is the founder of Divorce Buddys, and has been divorced twice. This book is not about Sara, and it is not intended to talk people through rebuilding after divorce. “This book has never been done before,” she says. “This book is to guide you through, with ‘insider-thinking.’ We think it through with you.” Sara A. provides valuable insight into selecting the best attorney, preserving the family nest-egg, limiting financial losses, and smart ways to cut billable hours and control the costly back and forth.

Following a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The University of Texas, Austin, Sara built a resume of business development. With a heart to encourage, in 2012 she was inspired to launch Divorce Buddys, providing key information, wisdom and insight for women walking through the complex journey of divorce. She is a certified divorce coach. In 2015, she founded G.O., Gals Only, encouraging single women in a focused discussion setting with foundational truths, faith-based inspiration, outreach and community. In all her work, Sara A. is inspired to encourage women to “Put on Courage.” She is currently available for speaking engagements, radio interviews, TV interviews and meeting with individual clients.

For more information on Sara A. and her new book, please visit the website:

Twitter @TheSmartGals
Instagram @thesmartgalsguide
LinkedIn Business Profile  Sara A. Davis

The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce
What Lawyers don’t tell you.
WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan
Available online everywhere, and from the publisher:
ISBN: 9781512733631


What readers are saying about The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce:

“This book is a priceless resource for any woman facing the daunting challenges that the divorce process inevitably presents. Sara A. has done a superior job of writing a user-friendly, well organized guide….No woman needs to go through a divorce alone! With The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce, women now have a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that has the answers to all those questions that no one ever thinks to ask… until they are in the situation themselves!”

“If you are going through a divorce or even thinking about getting a divorce, I highly recommend The Smart Gal’s Guide thru Divorce. As a counselor, I give this book to any of my clients facing the challenges of a divorce.”

“…not only an easy read but very informative!  Sara has helped others by giving excellent examples of guidelines to follow…[and] great resources for outside help such as lawyers, counselors and websites for support.”


Book Review: The Ice Merchant by Dr. Paul Boor

A Century Ago, When Dead Bodies Were In Demand For Medical Research, Scientists Called On The Ice Merchant

The Ice Merchant
, the latest riveting thriller by Dr. Paul Boor, goes back in time to 1889 Galveston to explore the dark history of trafficking in corpses to be used in the medical schools that were popping up across America. In a tale that combines the perfect blend of intrigue, thrills, romance and human weakness, this plot makes for one heck of a page-turner!

Nicolas Van Horne, a shrewd Yankee ice merchant, is happy with his profitable side business. On this particular trip, his first delivery for Galveston’s new Medical School, he’s carrying human cadavers wedged between huge blocks of ice deep in his ship’s hold. When he becomes enthralled with Galveston’s lady scientist Rene Keiller, he makes the gruesome discovery that he’s been trafficking in murdered boys!

With Rene’s help, Nicolas eventually solves the puzzle behind his grisly cargo. But it’s not quite that simple; he must first overcome his addiction to morphine, even as he becomes completely enmeshed in Rene’s experiments on the most dreaded killer of their time…Yellow Fever.

Dr. Boor’s vast background as a scientist and professor at Galveston’s Medical School lends added realism to an already thrilling plot. Also home to the highest-level, infectious Bio-Lab in the nation, Dr. Boor put this experience to work in his first novel, The Blood Notes of Peter Mallow ― a modern biomedical thriller acclaimed as “real, raw and on the edge.”

Dr. Boor is a world-renowned, Harvard-trained pathologist and scientist whose contributions to science are highly respected. He was the recipient of both a Young Investigator and an Established Investigator Award from NIH’s (National Institutes of Health) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Passionate about writing, the credibility he brings to his riveting storytelling is making Dr. Boor a hot contender in the thriller and suspense genre.

For more information, please visit:

The Ice Merchant
Publisher: Argo-Navis
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786754931
ISBN-13: 978-0786754939


Excerpts from reviews on

“This book is a true gem… Well written throughout …it is quite different from most books I have read and tells a haunting tale with the story happening in Galveston, TX, and upstate New York, written with great authority and historical insight. The story is realistic for the time (the end of the 19th century) and the language has the right tilt for the time. And last but not least, the book kept my interest from the first to the last page and offered a number of unexpected twists and turns.”

“Here’s a book to ‘sink your teeth into!’ I thoroughly enjoyed the story partly set in Galveston in 1899. Intriguing premise about procuring bodies for a medical school – very believable. The characters were believable and I cared about the welfare of the protagonist and others who were struggling to find the cause and cure of yellow fever. A ‘must read’ for Galvestonians and anyone interested in the history of the Gulf Coast prior to the devastating 1900 storm.”

“This book is extremely good. The plot is very intriguing and suspenseful. The subject is one that I have never read about …Be aware that once you start reading The Ice Merchant, you should be prepared to not get anything else accomplished. The book captures you. I highly recommend this book.”

“Great book. I hope there is a sequence in the making. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and didn’t want it to end.”

“A colorful story of the moral, legal, and scientific challenges of a century ago.”

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Six Ways To Honor Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital encourages pet owners to honor the occasion by being as informed and proactive as possible. “Every year, DoveLewis provides emergency veterinary care to more than 12,500 patients,” said Dr. Christy Michael of DoveLewis. “No one expects or hopes to deal with a pet emergency, but it’s important to be prepared so you can remain calm and focused in any type of situation.”

1. Take a free pet first aid workshop. DoveLewis is proud to offer free pet first aid workshops taught by leading veterinary professionals, including 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year Megan Brashear. The next workshop will be held on Thursday, May 8 from 7:00-8:00PM. Those interested in attending may register online here. All workshops are held in the DoveLewis Community Room at 1945 NW Pettygrove Street in Portland, Oregon.

2. Pack a pet first aid kit. Keep a first aid safety kit on hand at home and in your car. Not sure what to include? Download this free list of pet first aid kit supplies. Make sure to also include essential medical record information including your pet’s name, age, breed, sex, microchip number, vaccine history, and any pre-exiting health problems with any kit. This will make it easier to relay this information to a veterinarian if you call for assistance.

3. Keep important phone numbers on hand. It’s a good idea to keep key resources at your fingertips, so that you can act quickly in an emergency situation. Add the following organizations’ phone numbers to your contacts: DoveLewis (503.228.7281), Animal Poison Control Center (888.426.4435) and Pet Poison Help Line (800.213.6680).

4. Know where you can take your pet for emergency veterinary care. Often times, your regular veterinarian will be equipped to handle a pet emergency. But many general practice veterinary clinics are not open in the evenings or on the weekends. Remember DoveLewis is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, every single day of the year (even on major holidays). DoveLewis also accepts referrals, so if your pet requires emergency care that is beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian, the staff at DoveLewis is here to help.

5. Set aside some money to help pay for emergency veterinary care. Just like emergency care for humans, emergency care for animals is not cheap. Set aside a bit of money every month so you’ll have funds to draw from if an emergency situation arises. Low-income families facing a pet emergency may qualify for financial assistance through the DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund, a donor-funded program. Its $120,000 in annual assistance is one of the highest totals provided in the entire country.

6. Consider getting pet insurance. If you’re on the fence about it, you might want to read this article by Canine Journal and then do some of your own research to determine what’s best for you and your pet.


About DoveLewis
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Ore., is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. DoveLewis provides donor-funded programs to the community, including one of the United States’ largest volunteer-based animal blood banks, a nationally recognized pet loss support program, a partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to bring animal-assisted therapy and education to the community, 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray and wild animals and financial assistance for qualifying low-income families and abused animals. Celebrating 40 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated over 500,000 animals and has been deemed one of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits by The Portland Business Journal for seven years! For more information, please visit

(courtesy of Media Contact Shawna Harch)