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When real life crosses with fiction

I've always said that Promises and Lies is my red-headed stepchild.

From the Urban Dictionary:

A child who is obviously not your own, a child who is treated worse than other children in the family.

Okay, well the book is obviously my own, but I've always felt it was treated worse than my other books. On the other hand, I am highly-sensitive so it might be my imagination.

Recently Promises and Lies has sold a few more copies. For a book that is nearing its third anniversary I think that's a good thing. It has also gotten a few new ratings at Good Reads. Three star ratings for what is overall considered a three star book. I always feel like I don't know how I missed the mark with this book, but I did.

The climactic portion of the book deals with Jeff (one of the MCs) and how he is stricken with appendicitis. I spent a lot of time researching appendicitis. I've never had it myself, but I've known people who have. Apparently the editor also had know people who have had appendicitis before, and we clashed over many of the symptoms, and even the way I portrayed the medical language. One of the classic ways you can diagnose appendicitis is through looking at neutrophils. The editor insisted I enlighten people that neutrophils are a kind of white blood cell. All of this stuck in my head.

So, how does this cross over to real life? Have I had appendicitis myself in the interim?

No, but I did have a scary encounter with neutrophils.

As I have shared before, I'm battling breast cancer. At this point in time I am cancer free, but I'm suffering through chemotherapy as a means of making sure the cancer doesn't return. I've had two of four major doses of chemo. The second round reaction was more normal. Fatigue, loss of appetite, and other ailments I'm too ladylike to admit ;) The first round reaction, though, brought me right up against those nasty neutrophils. I suffered something called a neutropenic fever. According to the oncologist it's not common to have this sort of reaction. For four days I was wracked with chills followed by very high fevers. Eventually I was given an antibiotic, and I slowly got back to normal. My plastic surgeon is the one who told me that it's called a neutropenic fever, and because it sounded vaguely familiar, I looked it up. Ah...the neutrophils.

Unfortunately, I have little energy for anything beyond playing solitaire on my phone and watching CNN. I'd love to take advantage of this enforced down-time to whip out a novel, or at least a novella, but I don't think it's in the cards.

In case you're curious, here's the info about Promises and Lies.


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Sue Brown
Oct. 7th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
I've got a few books like this. I've never worked out why they haven't sold but they are my forgotten books.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
I guess it's inevitable that everyone has a book like this.

Thank you. I'm sure in a year from now this will all be a memory, but living through it hasn't been easy.
Oct. 7th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)

Oh, this can't be easy. Please be good to yourself. Hugs and lots of positive vibes. I wrote one of them there forgotten books too. I still remember it. heheh.
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Today I slept in! I feel a lot better, sleep is a great healer :)

I think we're all destined to write a great forgotten novel ;)
Oct. 7th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm still praying for you, and I won't stop :)

continue to take care of yourself <3 Neutropenic fever is scary :(
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you...all those prayers really add up!

The fever was so unexpected that I wasn't frightened about it until it was all gone. I hope it does not come back...ever!
Oct. 8th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine how scary it must have been!! I hope it doesn't come back ever either!!!

BTW, I downloaded Promises & Lies through Scribd through their $8.99/month program and can get unlimited DSP book reads!! I'm so excited to read this, and I will let you know what I think :) Well, after I finish my other book reviews I've promised Elisa for Rainbow Reviews 2013. . .sigh, I *think* I overcommitted myself again ;)

Oct. 8th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
I was so out of it that when I took my temperature and my Walgreens' thermometer said 104.7 I thought, "gee...that seems high" instead of a rational reaction of "Holy crap! Get me to the hospital!" :O

Take your time with Promises and Lies...I hope you enjoy it, but most people seem to think it's just "okay".... ;)
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I will enjoy it :)
Oct. 8th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
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