Saturday, September 15, 2018

You may move along

If dieting related posts annoy you!

I am going to do occasional updates on diet, because I have found it to be almost miraculous. So bear with me!

Last spring I started researching anti-inflammatory diets. I have arthritis areas and there are so few treatments. I tried NSAIDS, they rip up my stomach--as in bleeding stomach (so not good). A primary doc I saw put me on gluten/dairy free with probiotics. Expensive, yucky (I have a texture thing) and I still craved sweets and carbs twice a day, late afternoon and evening. The Cheetos, cookies and Dr Pepper still called my name, and I answered.

My neck pain was horrible and exhausting, but I know what happens--steroids. I have already taken many steroids over the years for my knees and for asthma, with all the side effects, including sky-high blood sugar that would settle down a few weeks after ending the pills. My day job involves two large monitors, so looking straight ahead all the time is impossible. I, who never nap, my preschool years spent bouncing on the bed during my hour nap time, suddenly started napping in the early evenings. My sleep cycle was more than disturbed. My writing life evaporated due to exhaustion.

I felt much older than my age.

My internist said that in the 10 years I'd been seeing him, my weight had not changed significantly, and my asthma was never really in control, despite many medications, ER visits, hospitalizations etc. Some people, he counseled, see great improvement in their asthma by losing at least 20% of their weight. He mentioned a new board-certified weight loss surgeon.

I considered it. But surgeries have a high risk of complications. Scary. Expensive, and I have no faith in health insurance covering costs, they so often weasel out, leaving me with the huge bill.

So back to my least favorite thing, diet.

When you research anti-inflammatory diets you get Keto diets. I researched for about six weeks. The book Keto Clarity, several free books from Amazon Kindle, YouTube videos--the ones I liked the most were the Dr Ken Berry Videos because he links to actual studies and doesn't try to market his supplements etc.. I got his book, also.

Facebook groups. There are tons. Some are entirely dramatic, scolding and cliquish. The one I found to be most helpful is Keto for Women Over Fifty. It also has resources posted.

I got all my stuff and started eating keto lunches several weeks before starting. I have done low carb/high protein in the past, but never made it passed the carb craving stage. When I finally started on May 26, I had a plan for those cravings. A high fat keto snack and electrolyte water. My hubby is diabetic adn like low carb eating so he was happy to make a protein and veg dinner (he is The Cook). My daughters have been super supportive and learned to amke KetoLasagne with zuchini!

It worked. In the dreaded afternoons, instead of Cheetos I had celery with cream cheese. In the evenings I had a cup of coffee with sweetener Erythritol, though now I also use Monk Fruit drops. By the way, I hate spelling the first sweetener so I will call it Ery, lol.

After the first week, no cheats, my neck pain and lower back pain vanished. Poof. Gone. Let me repeat that: After the first week, no cheats, my neck pain and lower back pain vanished.

The carb cravings dropped. I kept with my snack/coffee program because I did NOT want them returning. So many diets crashed due to cravings for sweets or bread. I was free from that.

After the second week I bought a scale and weighed myself. I knew my starting weight from my April doctor visit. I couldn't believe my eyes. 18 pounds in two weeks! I knew it was all water from inflammation, but still. Nothing else had gotten rid of all that inflammation and swelling!

I lost five more pounds and went into a stall, but things were still happening. A number of long-term cysts, which I thought would have to be surgically removed, vanished in August. The spots are plain, ordinary skin now.

I fluctuated two lbs up and down for the next six weeks. One week my husband was hospitalized for an infection, I was pretty sure cortisol alone would keep me from losing anything.

In early Sept I took all my measurements.

I lost 1lb as of today and redid my measurements. Somehow, with a 1b loss and in two weeks, I have lost 8 inches off my gut ( hip measurement over the belly, below belly button). I sure have noticed how my pants are so baggy. So many reports on the Keto group mention inches lost but no weight loss. Now I see it for myself. Pretty amazing.

In the past couple of weeks my appetite has changed so I am rarely hungry and easily satisfied. I have stopped the afternoon snack so I will be hungry enough to eat the tasty keto dinner Hubby cooks! I have more energy, which is great, and no longer feel eighty years old. I might even publish something before Christmas.

My neck never aches.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Event! Fort Collins Comic Con

Yes, it is my annual get-off-the-couch excursion into a real-life setting!

The wonderful Carol Van Natta author of terrific scifi and paranormal romances and I will be sharing a table. Drop by and say HI! 

We will also be holding a panel geared for authors: Don’t Be A Diva: How to Succeed as an Indie Author. It’s 2:50 pm - 3:50 pm in the Millennium Falcon Room. We strive to present useful information about the current indie author market.

We will also be doing a panel for Local Authors with Matt Angelo at 1:55 in the Tardis Room. So if you are in the area, come on by! The con is not expensive and it benefits libraries!

At least two of my adult daughters will be coming with me, to keep me out of trouble, and the third might join is so that is fun for me! We will be in the Big City for a weekend!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Featuring KG Stutts Birthday Sale!

A Birthday Sale!

KG Stutts will be celebrating her 36th birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate, she's putting all eight of her sci-fi romance books on sale for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Find your new sci-fi addiction with the Mirror trilogy or Amethyst Chronicles
1st book in the YA trilogy. Madison Mackenzie Rhodes has a comfortable life with a daily routine. When her life is disrupted by an unexpected stranger, she learns there is nothing typical. Her entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone, created to hide the secret that we are not alone in this galaxy. Her counterpart, going by the nickname Mack, works for the Intergalactic Security Commission, which works with a coalition of other planets that protect each other and create technology. As if that wasn’t enough, she can’t stop thinking about John Brooks, one of Mack’s teammates. When an enemy rises from within the ISC that targets both Maddie and Mack, they must work together to save their lives as well as the planet.

With everything changing, and now with her heart involved, saving the world might be the easiest part of it all.  

Get it at Amazon or download for free at Barnes and Noble. Please let Amazon know Barnes and Noble has it for free!

2nd book in the series. It’s been two years since Maddie discovered the truth of her origins. No longer living the ‘comfortable life’ she has become a valued member of the Intergalactic Security Commission surpassing all expectations. Life isn’t easy as the ISC struggles under new leadership. Adding to the adjustment, the new leadership uncovers details that shake Mack and Maddie to their core.

Amid the chaos of what has become, Mack, Maddie and their team are sent off world on a mission that eventually fails, as they narrowly escape with their lives. En route to home their most trusted ally, the Isgurd, delivers more bad news. The team is left with the knowledge that the ISC never existed and the option to repair damage done by the time altering Synth.

Returning to 1965 is the easiest decision they face.
Get it at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble.  

Final book in the trilogy! The ISC’s most dangerous foe, the Synth, is threatening Earth.

Mack, Maddie, and their team scramble to come up with a plan to defeat them once and for all. As the planet’s safety is in jeopardy, the team will have to put it all on the line, or give their lives in the process.

When the dust settles the world will stand together in support of those who are lost.

Learn about how it all started with the A Mirrors Beginning short story series. Book one, John Brooks, and book two, Seth and Logan Brooks. Coming soon: Jackson Gray.

Book one in this NA series! Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC and the west coast of the United States.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?
 Get it on Amazon or download for free at Barnes and Noble. Please let Amazon know BN has it for free! 
Book Two: Ember lost it all when she lost Amethyst.

Now, as she recovers physically she must come to terms with her new reality. The struggle to find herself again will push those who care the most away even the men who love her.

In time, an opportunity to recreate her transformation presents itself. Will she risk herself to find what she had? Is it worth her team? Her heart?...
Recently released third book in this series! An accident sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!

Amethyst was on a mission to recover a time travel device when it accidentally turned on and sent Ember back to the year 2017. She comes face-to-face with the ISC legends who shaped the future: Dr. Maddie Brooks, Dr. Mack Rhodes, and their families. Ember was expecting to lay low and get to know the men and women she has idolized since she was a child. However, destiny has other plans. While trying to figure out how to get Ember home, the team learn she is the only one who can protect a heavily pregnant Maddie from a threat. Shawn Silvers, the leader of Caeruleus team from Ember’s time has also traveled with plans on changing the future.

For so long, she has kept her heart out of her missions, except this time it might not be possible. The more time Ember spends with the legendary group, the more she feels connected with them. Especially with Logan Brooks, the handsome, enigmatic warrior who is as fascinated with her as she
is with him. Her new goal is clear: protect Maddie from Silvers and return to 3018. However, how much of her heart is she willing to leave behind when she goes home, if she returns at all?
Get it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!  
All eight books will be $.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY! Love among the stars was never as exciting. 
About the author: Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, KG Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites. A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, KG draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. Find her on her blog at or on her website at Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Snippet: On the Road to Hobb

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Bitsy pulled the covers over the boy. “What is your name?”
He bit his lip, eyes wide with fear. “I have two names. Dav is what they call me. My old name is Shandel,” he whispered.
Shandel. Shandel. Could this be…? She swallowed hard. Can this be the lost prince? Surely not. But the family he had accompanied looked like nobles.

I have a fantasy romance novella (Orc In Winter) that takes place in the land of Hobb, a magical place with orcs, fauns, dwarves and other magical people. I enjoy Hobb so I have a new story set there. My heroine Bitsy and her Aunt Huda are part Black Dwarf. They are preparing to move to northern Hobb, near their dwarf relatives. Bitsy finds a small boy hiding in the market.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Snippet of a New SFR WIP.

I've been working on a new series for the past couple months and hope to have Book One out in late 2018. Too much politics has invaded my mind! This is a series about young women who escape from a violent patriarchal society to space. The protags are quite bit younger than my usual characters, and so far, smexy scenes haven't fit! But like a lot of romantic adventures, everyone is so busy! 

A Snippet from WIP.

Working title: A Ship of Their Own
Series Working title: Space Sisters

I've been working on a new series for the past couple months and hope to have Book One out in late 2018. Too much politics has invaded my mind! This is a series about young women who escape from a violent patriarchal society to space. The protags are quite bit younger than my usual characters, and so far, smexy scenes haven't fit! But like a lot of romantic adventures, everyone is so busy! 

A Snippet from WIP.
Working title: A Ship of Their Own
Series Working title: Space Sisters

The historical building was on the north side of the campus, a large round domed building. It was the oldest building on the campus and once held the Senate. As a school child, Tamsyn had visited the museum several times.

Professor Clell took them around to the rear. There was a rectangle seam in the wall, no hinges or door handle. She produced a metal key and slid it into a thin slot in the seam. With a creak, the door cracked open. “Okay, we’re in.”

They made their way down to the basement, through the utility and storage areas of the museum to a door. Professor Clell ignored the finger identifier and again used a metal key. “I found the keys in my father’s things after he died. Without them, we could not have studied the Chamber, it wouldn’t have been allowed. The textile department has their own staircase to a storage room in the basement. We could slip down here with no one noticing.”

“No one pays attention to the textile students. We’re just here to keep us busy until our parents marry us off.” Gina said.

Tamsyn thought of her own parents, hidden deep in the north woods, with gratitude.

Inside, it wasn’t dark because the room was filled by the light of an oval platform glowing neon blue.

“All right. Are we ready to do this?” Professor Clell asked.

“Yes. Our future here is bleak,” Helene said.

The others nodded. Forced marriage or servanthood if they rebelled, near slavery. That was the future mapped out for them under General Tervis’ regime.

“ Put our prisoner on the platform. It is probably best to sit down.”

Millie pushed Professor Clell to a console where she keyed in information, glancing at her handheld tablet. She poked her finger with a needle and placed blood drops on a slide that slid out of the console.

“We have a one minute delay, Millie, get us onto the platform.” Millie helped her carefully to the floor of the platform.

They all sat on the glowing blue floor. Professor Clell counted down.

Nothing happened.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Solstice SFR .99 Sale!


Check out the Sale!

My entry is Escaping Poison. This is book four in my Diaspora Worlds Series, but all the books can be read as stand alones. I enjoyed reading both Pet Trade and Aydarr and look forward to reading the others!
About the story:
Karvar is the scholarly brother. The one that didn’t join the New Prague Protectorate Guard. Instead, he worked in a lab. While his brothers got caught up in wild adventures and found the loves of their lives, Karvar escorted his mother to social events and lived in his luxurious suite in the palace.

He marries a young woman from their circle of friends, the daughter of a general. Brielle is gorgeous and loves her little sisters. She knows how to move in society. They will have a fine marriage, even if he doesn’t love her. On their wedding night she collapses, and he learns she is part of a plot against his family.

They hide in the alien jungle, the Big Poison, while she recovers. Later they will dissolve the marriage. One night they leave the science station to see a night blooming flower and the station is destroyed. Someone wants Brielle dead.They flee into the rainforest.

Upcoming Appearance!

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, and More:
Author Panel Discussion
With Carol Van Natta, and Matthew Angelo


Don't Be a Diva
(How to Succeed as an Indie Author)
With Carol Van Natta

We do try to spout helpful stuff for writers!

Take care and happy reading!
Melisse Aires

Sunday, June 3, 2018

I'm Not A Pantser and Other Important News

I decided to try pantsing. I have spent several months pantsing away, free as a bird. Except it doesn't work for me! I write myself into weird tributaries of plot and end up at cliffs. Back away, Back Away!

 I bought a notebook. And dug out a bunch of writing books I own on plot. I have been taking what I have already written, and figuring out where to go!

Here's the book I am working with. It uses a graphic visual plotting planner I like a lot. 

I guess it is good to know for sure!


Later this month I will be part of a fun SFR .99 Sale! Keep your eyes peeled.

In August I will be part of two panels at the Fort Collins Comic Con!

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, and More: 
Author Panel Discussion
 With Carol Van Natta, and Matthew Angelo 


Don't Be a Diva 
(How to Succeed as an Indie Author)
With Carol Van Natta

We do try to spout helpful stuff for writers!

In more personal news:

One of my darling twins is now a college professor at University of Wyoming! She just graduated with her Masters!

Her twin will join her at UW!

Lucky for me, daughter #3 will live at home so I don't get empty nest syndrome!