Run Fast, Run Happy

October 19, 2009 at 5:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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First, I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to my new book cover!  Isn’t it pretty?  Lone Wolf is the sequel to The Moon: Tigress by the Tail and will be released in December with Tease Publishing!  I can’t wait.

Once the victim of scientific experimentation by the Government Control of Supernatural Activities (GSA), Damon doesn’t have a past, and he isn’t sure he has a future. He doesn’t even know if his ability to change from human to wolf is a virus, or magick. But the instant he lays eyes on the pretty cop from the local police force, he knows he has to learn the secrets of his past before they destroy her future.

Krystal is the best animal cop on the police force, hiding magickal talent beneath layers of excuses and quick thinking. For five years she’s tracked Peter Burke, a butcher who steals any form of canine to supplement his dietary needs. The day she saves a wolf from losing his head at the sharp end of an axe, her entire life changes.And then there is Damon, the mysterious, sexy ex-soldier with no memory of his past who awakens fantasies of dark and sensual nights.

But the GSA isn’t finished with Damon, and when the shadowy government agency joins forces with Burke, Krystal too finds her life in jeopardy, the target of men and women led by their own desires. Damon and Krystal must work together to stop evil and destroy years of illegal research.

Ok, please watch this video before you go further down on this post, otherwise you’ll never come back to it.🙂 Lisa will understand.

Next, I’d like to share my awesome news with a friend. Her name is Lisa Kristof. For the last couple of years, we have talked about the lighter side of life.  Okay, the darker side of romance novels, but thepinkribbon lighter side of life.  One thing our shifters never have to deal with is cancer. That’s not necessarily true about their human mates.

When I wrote Tigress by the Tail, our hero’s mother was dead.  She died of Cancer.  I never specified what kind of cancer, and for the rest of that story, you’ll have to read the books.  I remember one of my reviewers said how sad it was even in our fantasy worlds, the C word manages to break in and cause just as much pain there as it does in real life.  But there are reasons I chose cancer for Lance’s mother.

I met Lisa online. She was originally from New Zealand, living in Texas. She was an avid animal lover who worked for many years in canine rescue, specializing in the hard to place rottweilers. Several dogs found wonderful, loving homes because of Lisa.

Lisa was one of those rare people who developed cancer at age 32, long before the age 40 when our doctors start to at least watch for it.  So early in fact, her doctors insisted she did not have cancer, that the pain in her arm was not related to the lump in her breast.  She had to return to New Zealand for a family visit and see a doctor there in order to force the mammogram, where she was diagnosed with cancer, MONTHS after the physical symptoms. Lisa left us on May 6, 2008, after 7 years of fighting this horrible disease. She left with a strength of character that most of us can only write about in our books. She left a legacy of honor, strength, love and purity. Lisa, you shall always be missed.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I thought I’d share a video taken of Lis just before her death in 2008.  Her message:  Run Fast, Run Happy.  My message:  Don’t let youth stop you – if you find out you have a lump, please push your doctors for a more specific diagnosis. Don’t let what happened to Lisa happen to another.

Learn more about young women and cancer.

WEBMD about Younger women with breast cancer.


Lisa Kristoff, 1969-2008
Run Fast.  Run Happy

3 Comments

  1. Sherree said,

    Thank you for the tribute. Lisa has been an inspiration to so many! She would have celebrated her 42nd birthday this October 5th had it not been for the cancer, so the timing of this is perfect.

    Run Fast, Run Happy!

  2. Teresa D'Amario said,

    Hi Sherree, glad you dropped in. I haven’t seen you online in a while.

    Here’s what Pat, Lisa’s friend asked for: http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

  3. Cathy said,

    26 years ago a very close friend put on a “Cher” costume and impersonated Cher for her sister, then under 40, with breast cancer to cheer her up. Her sister survived and my friend spent the next 22 years impersonating Cher for “Special Kids” and Make a Wish fundraisers. 4 years ago Nov she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 3 years of fighting she lost the battle last Nov. During this time my neighbor, and daughter’s MIL also went through this. Both are survivors, but my friends and family was shown up close and personal that life can be very short and painful.
    When I had bad abdominal cramps last Feb it wasn’t until I had read a paranormal book in April that dealt with Ovarian cancer that I even knew to get checked for it. It turned out to be other than cancer, but my problem may have gotten worse had not the symptoms been similar and scaring me into the doctor.
    I look at fiction as an escape for my life for a short time, but if I don’t learn something new in at least 1 out 5 books I feel cheated some how. That very funny book may have saved my life.

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