😍‼️🔥Black Friday Book Freebies!

HAPPY (almost) THANKSGIVING, Y’ALL!

On November 23rd (WHOO! Thanksgiving!) through the 27th, both of my novels in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy will be FREE for the Kindle! I’ll also be giving away a paperback copy of BOTH The Witches’ Sleep and World of the Beasts. (To enter, follow directions at the end of the post). Continue reading →

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The Warlock’s Awakening Excerpt + update

Lately I’ve been working on my website here! Can you tell? 😉 I think it looks a lot nicer than before. There’s still a couple of things I’d like to work out, tiny details that bug me, but so far I really like it. I also went a little crazy creating these images for my header:

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Obviously I chose the latter one. 😀

I also created some promotional material that I really am excited to share Continue reading →

What a writer needs to know about the medical field

Because we’re nurses and love our jobs, Beloved and I watch fictional medical TV shows like House M.D. and (sometimes) Nurse Jackie (not Beloved’s favorite for some reason).

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And, because we are nurses and work in a hospital, there are things we see in every single episode that is either wrong or unrealistic. I’m not saying we know everything, because we don’t. I’m not talking about the diagnoses. I’m talking about the little things that don’t seemingly matter, but in real life would be a big problem.

In House, we constantly see that the IV is almost always in the hand and almost always facing the wrong way (only once have I seen it done correctly on House).

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If you look close enough, you’ll see the IV line is going towards his fingers. This is a huge, huge, huge mistake. The IV catheter should always face towards the core, so if the IV is in the hand, it should face up towards the shoulder. If in the foot (happens sometimes, though you need someone else besides a nurse to do this), you face the IV upwards towards the core. Always.

Also, they never reinforce the IV. Sometimes it’s just hanging there like, “Hey, I’m ready to get pulled out at any given moment, especially considering the likelihood that this fellow will go into cardiac arrest ’cause that happens on every episode of this show.”

Which brings me to my next point.

Everyone always has a heart attack.

What’s with this? I’ve only seen one cardiac arrest patient and they ended up passing away. Not everyone has heart attacks. Not every day is a “let’s shock them back” day.

The heart attack.

Which brings me to my next point.

They shock them back without syncing to their heart.

Did you know you could kill them if you shock them when the heart is beating at the wrong moment? I can’t explain in detail about it. Just know these few things: they don’t use paddles and rub them together anymore. We have stickers that we put on the chest and attach to a defibrillator. The defibrillator then calculates when the best moment is to shock a patient according to their heart rhythm. Also, they hardly ever shock a patient’s heart back into normal rhythm without giving them a sedative… Because it hurts. Duh.

(Disclaimer: I’m sure that there are exceptions, and I’m sure some places use the regular ole paddles. I’m just saying what I’ve seen and experienced myself when someone crashes.)

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WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT POINT.

Someone crashes, only three people (only doctors apparently) are there to help.

In TV shows, you see someone crash, they yell, “Get a crash cart in here,” or for some reason it’s already right there even though a second ago the patient was 100% okay and they were planning discharge.

Here’s the reality of a code blue: You have someone from respiratory, you have maybe one doctor, if there’s a doctor around on the floor at the moment, probably 3 nurses from that floor and then a team that is trained to respond to a code blue (which is reported over intercom and where it’s at) rushes to the scene and fills the entire room. Literally, the whole bed is surrounded and everyone has a job. They push meds, they defibrillate, they do a bunch of stuff.

My point? It’s never a couple of people. It’s a whole team.

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There are many other things that I could point out, but maybe I’ll save them for another time.

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I found my mom unconscious

I’m back, guys!

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So in this week’s blog post I’m going to cover what has been going on these past couple of weeks, which has sadly affected my attendance on Facebook as well as anywhere else, including right here (as I am sure you could tell when reading last week’s post… talk about yikes).

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Let me lay it out for you as simply as I can. (Warning: long post ahead! Also, I did indeed receive permission to tell this story from the person it involves.)

February 29th

On this extremely eventful–and not to mention stressful–day, Beloved (which is what I am from now on going to refer to my boyfriend as) began his first day of orientation at 8:00 AM sharp at a local hospital he was hired at. How exciting, right?! (And for those who don’t know, Beloved and I met in nursing school; we are both nurses).

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Around 8:40/9:00-ish, I was barely dragging my lazy bum out of bed when I heard my 13-year-old brother (who is homeschooled, so don’t ask why he wasn’t in school) yelled for my mom. At least I thought he was yelling for her. (He tends to yell instead of getting up to find the person; it can be vexing for me sometimes). Then, not 20 seconds later, I heard him running to my door. He yelled, “Kaitlyn! I need your help! Come quick!” Then he ran off.

**Before I continue, I need to make one thing clear about my brother. He tends to be slightly dramatic. If water boils over onto the stove, I would expect (and have received) the same reaction. So, I just yelled back as he ran off, “I’m coming,” not too concerned about it being a pressing matter.**

So, I walk out of my room and follow his voice into our dinning room… where I find him squatted down next to my mom, who was face down flat on the floor.

Now, I’m a nurse, like mentioned earlier. And, in the past I’ve handled worse situations with ease and calm. I’ve seen full codes, intubations, cardiac arrests, even death. But there’s something about seeing your own mom unconscious on the tile floor that jumbles your thinking and scatters your thoughts everywhere else in your brain other than the nursing side.

But I still acted calmly, which surprised me later once I had the opportunity to think back on how I handled it. My brain wasn’t thinking of what to assess for, but I calmly knelt down next to her and was able to wake her up in a calm manner. In the meantime, I attempted to calm my panicking brother by telling him to breathe and sit down, then giving him the task of calling my dad.

I didn’t think that through, though, of course. Because him saying out loud what he witnessed happen (and he did witness her pass out and fall) made him panic a little more. So, I told him to give me to phone. I spoke with my dad, who was suddenly calm after hearing how calm I was. I told him she needed to go to the hospital immediately, and he asked if I could get her in the car or if an ambulance needed to be called.

I knew I could get her to the car, and I knew, too, that an ambulance would take far too long to get to our house (which is a good 15 minute drive FOR AN AMBULANCE) and make it to the hospital. I knew I could get her there in the same amount of time as well as keeping us busy by feeling like we were taking care of her. I knew sitting at home, twiddling our thumbs, feeling useless, would make it worse. For her, too, not just us. I also knew since she was regaining consciousness, that it was simply a syncope episode–nothing worse and nothing too hard to come back from after some simple treatment. What I worried more about was the for-sure concussion she had. There was no blood or anything like that. But she fell out of a chair onto the tile floor–face first. I knew she had to have a concussion.

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My brother finally went and got my sister (who I didn’t realize was home, and thank God she was; I needed her help calming my brother and keep Mom awake as I drove us). The three of us after a few minutes of slowly getting my mom to sit up, then eventually help us stand her up, took her out to the car and drove her to the emergency room.

In the car, (I have to share this because I think it’s funny still, though be warned now that there are spoilers of the last episode of THE WALKING DEAD… If you do not wish to be spoiled, please proceed to the dotted line) my sister was trying to keep her awake by getting her to answer questions with short answers (short answers because after a syncope episode, patients are generally extremely weak, so it takes a lot of energy to say anything). Here’s the dialogue between them:

Sister: “What show did we watch last night?”

Mom: *Stares blankly at her for several seconds, obviously processing the question* “The… Walking… Dead…” she whispers slowly.

Sister: “That’s right. What happened in the episode?” (She had told her previously to give one word answers if she couldn’t give more).

Mom: “Hilltop.”

Sister: “Yes, they found Hilltop. Anything else?”

Mom: “Jesus.”

Sister: *amused* “Yes, Jesus was there.”

Mom: “So funny.”

Then everyone is confused. My sister asks, “What’s funny? Jesus?”

Mom: “Rick.”

I’m thinking, Uh… Okay? My sister probes, “What about Rick, Mom? What made him funny?”

Mom: “Fight scene.”

Sister: “Okay, but what’s funny about the fight scene?”

Mom: “What?”

Sister: *Repeats question*

Mom: “No…” Then she attempts to emphasize the word, “What?”

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Everyone gets what she means then and laughs a little. My sister: “Yeah, that was funny.”

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Anyway, she was starting to regain more and more consciousness as we spoke to her. Of course, she’ll be weak for a long while, but at least she can crack somewhat of a joke.

Long story short, we get her to the ER where my dad was waiting and they wheel her to the back immediately. Tests are run and an infection is found. She’s pumped full of sodium chloride (normal saline) and then given IV antibiotics. She’s then discharged after several hours with a prescription for pill-form antibiotics.

For the curious ones out there, she passed out because severe infections (as well as dehydration) can cause hypotension (low blood pressure). Her blood pressure dropped and then she did… right onto the floor. Of course, this is just the best observation that can be made. If she passes out again, we’ll be taking her back to the ER for more tests just in case syncope isn’t a symptom of the infection. But so far, that’s what it looks like.

She’s doing well now. Weak and tired, which is expected, but still doing well.

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That evening, I received a call from the same hospital that Beloved is now working at and was informed that I had a job offering by–get this–the same manager as Beloved for the same position (nights: 7 pm – 7 am).

So, yes, we will be working in the same unit, but calm down; I promise you that the nursing life is nothing like what you see on TV. We barely have time to drink any water or pee. What makes you think we have time to make out in a closet? Besides, we have more dignity than that.

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Amy, the recruiter that called me, said she would call me the next day with more information.

March 1

Amy called me! I officially accepted the offer and she gave me the run down of what would happen, what my starting rate would be, and the day I start! (I start on March 14th, by the way.)

March 2 – 4

Now I’m just waiting on some things to fall through and straighten everything out.

On the note of writing The Warlock’s Awakening, I haven’t done much these last couple of weeks due to applying to job openings and interviews and mom getting sick and having to help my brother with school as she recovers. Are there times I could have worked on it and just didn’t? Yes. Lots. The thing is, I have run dry on inspiration… and I’m just so exhausted right now. For the moment (and JUST for the moment) it is a back-burner project.

If you guys could please keep my mom in your prayers, that would really be appreciated.

Until next time,

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The Warlock’s Awakening: Summary

Welcome back to my blog! Last week I did something different and fun, but this week I’m going to give you guys something I think you’ll like a lot more… For one, it’s short and sweet. For two, it has to do with the third book in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy!

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So what am I posting about, then? The not-so-final* back-of-book summary of THE WARLOCK’S AWAKENING.

*emphasis on the not-so-final part

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Tell me what you guys think! Does this make you want to read it even more? If you see any errors, please don’t hesitate to point them out! I encourage criticism! (Just not unnecessary criticism, and you all know what I mean by that: those mean, ugly trolls).

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SUMMARY:

It’s been sixteen years since the war began. Victory, son of Sunlight and Kindness, is different from his fellow witch counterparts. With no end to the war in sight, it is determined that the time of a Warlock is needed, and young Victory has been chosen as the next Warlock of his time. But, with every Warlock, a sacrifice is required…
Along with his friends and family, Victory will face many unsettling trials. Torn between his destiny as the Warlock, the ultimate savior of the universe, and saving those he loves, Victory must make a choice. Will Victory succeed in his quests? Or will he lose those he loves the most?

Thanks for checking in this week! See y’all next Friday!

Love you guys so much!

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Infinity Dreams Award

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I was tagged by Alyssa at writinganyone.wordpress.com!

Eleven Facts About Myself:
1) I published my first novel at age 17.
2) I published my second novel at age 19.
3) I just turned 21.
4) I’m a Christian.
5) I have the best boyfriend in history (actual fact; not biased *wink*)
6) I’ll be get my braces removed in just one month! (FINALLY)
7) I’m currently a third of the way through my third novel.
8) I have blue eyes.
9) Stephenie Meyer is the first author that got me interested in YA fiction at only 13 years old.
10) Suzanne Collins was my inspiration for my first novel, THE WITCHES’ SLEEP.
11) I still haven’t read any of J. K. Rowling’s books (but I have them all, and I really want to).

Questions From Alyssa:
1) What is your favorite book?
This is such a difficult question. Hmm, I would probably have to say THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer simply because I’ve read it twice and I still, every now and then, go back to re-read my favorite parts.

2) Do you like snow or rain better? Why?
Snow, because I never see any! (I live in South Texas where our winters are never below 50 degrees in the day, lowest is 40 at night).

3) What’s your favorite thing about reading?
I love getting lost in a writer’s world. It’s almost like getting in their head and seeing their dreams. I love to look at it like that. Also, I love getting away from reality, forgetting about life’s problems and taking up a “new identity” as the main character.

4) When you read, do you use a bookmark? (Sorry for all the reading questions!)
Haha, yes I use a bookmark! Ugh, I can’t STAND when people dog-ear book pages. It makes me want to cry.

5) What is your favorite board game?
Let’s just skip this because I may or may not prefer child games. *Internally screaming Candy Cane Land*

6) If you could ride any animal (pretending that it was the proper size, not a viscous, blood thirsty creature, etc.), what would it be?
A TIGER! OH MY GOODNESS, PLEASE, YES.

7) How do you feel about bananas?
I love bananas!

8) What is your favorite state (assuming you’re all Americanos, and ignoring your home state)?
IGNORING TEXAS?! Now you’re just being ridiculous. I can’t even answer this question because there is no right answer except for Texas.

9) Least favorite letter?
X. There are so few words that actually start with an X. At least the ones I know.

10) What birthday has been your favorite so far?
My 21st was pretty awesome. I went out to lunch with my mom, brother, and boyfriend, and then we took a nap at my house. Then, we ate dinner that my mom made for me and just sat at home with my family and watched Hotel Transylvania 2… with candy (that’s special; we never eat junk at the house). Not even joking. That’s all we did. It was great.

11) And lastly, which question has been your favorite?
That banana one was great.

Tag 11 Bloggers:
1) Elisabeth Wheatley
2) Lena Tesla
3) Tialla Rising
4) Jayci Paige
5) Momma Birdy
6) Devyn
7) C. B. Cook
8) Trish Marie Dawson
9) Stephanie
10) ….
11) I don’t have a lot of friends

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  • Guidelines for Tagged Bloggers:
    – Use the Infinity Dreams Award picture
    – Thank the blogger who tagged you (that’s me, Kaitlyn Deann!)
    – Tell us 11 facts about yourself
    – Answer the 11 questions (below)
    – Tag 11 bloggers

The Questions YOU Answer:
1) What’s your favorite quote?
2) What’s your least favorite holiday?
3) How many books in a year do you normally read?
4) Do you have a pet(s)? Tell us about it/them.
5) What’s the meaning behind your name?
6) If you could live in any book’s world, where would you live?
7) What book has inspired you the most in your writing?
8) What do you prefer to do on a hot summer day?
9) Stargazing or netflixing with someone you love to be around?
10) Do you watch TV? If yes, what’s your favorite show?
11) And lastly… What’s your life motto?

 

Thanks for tuning in! Come back next Friday for a VERY SPECIAL blog post! (It may or may not have to do with The Warlock’s Awakening!)

Also, the giveaway is still live! Go enter it now for a chance to win a signed copy of THE WITCHES’ SLEEP from me! ❤

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/83a90a9b10/

Love you bunches!

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Word Wars: the pen is mightier than the sword

Word Wars. What are they, you may ask?

Wikiwrimo (which, by the way, I had no idea they existed until I did this research) says here that, “Word wars may be conducted with specific goals in mind… races to see who can write the most in the set amount of time, or simply a set period of time to write as much as possible in the Write or Die fashion.”

ISN’T PUSHEEN JUST THE CUTEST?!

Basically, 2+ writers set a date and time and agree on an amount of time (start to finish style) and whoever writes the most words in said amount of time wins the “war.”

This is a great motivator to GET THAT FIRST DRAFT DONE, in my opinion. Does it make you sloppy while you write? Heck yeah, but you’re going to edit that sucker like 4,000 times so you just need to focus on finishing the first draft. Besides, experts say that writers who try to write their first drafts perfectly run a high chance of not finishing their manuscript. (True story, bro).

So what say I about Word Wars? Bring them on!

I want to get a decent draft (not first, but I’m not going to stretch so far and say the final draft) of THE WARLOCK’S AWAKENING (Book Three in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy) completed by New Year’s Eve. I think I can do it, especially if I continue to do these Word Wars in my Goodreads Group.

I have the best Goodreads writing group. If you guys are interested in joining, it’s Year-Long NaNo. If you’re not friendly, don’t bother joining. We don’t want you. But if you’re a writer, encouraging, a good sport, then please! Come join us!

For anyone else, I challenge you to try out Word Wars with another writer. You’ll find out quickly how awesome it is!

‘Kay then. I’ve said what I wanted to say.

Love you guys to pieces!

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