WLBW: The Kidney Donor’s Journey by Ari Sytner

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Discover why someone would donate a kidney to a total stranger! 

After an unexpected year-long journey of exploring kidney donation, Ari Sytner became a kidney donor to save the life of a single mother of 3 children. The experience was so inspirational and transformative, that Ari revealed the entire journey in this first ever question and answer book, outlining the 100 questions he struggled with before deciding to proceed with his transplant and give the gift of life. The Kidney Donor’s Journey walks you through every stage of Ari’s process, from researching, struggling and telling his family, to testing, undergoing surgery and recovery. The book inspires readers to weigh the personal and ethical values of kindness and human life, while sharing a moving and uplifting tale of one man’s journey to make a difference in the world. 

Some questions include:
– How do I tell my family?
– How risky is the surgery?
– Who pays for the surgery?
– Can I back out if I change my mind?
– Will my insurance go up?
– Do I meet the recipient?
– Will I have to take medications forever?
– Can I still drink coffee or alcohol?
– How long will I be in the hospital?
– Can anyone be a donor?
– How long will I be in the hospital?
– Will I regret my decision later on?

Plus many more powerful questions and answers!

**Review Coming Soon!**

 

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We Love Books Wednesday: Novel Spotlight

34879387I’ve had a crush on my best friend’s brother for years. Which wouldn’t be a problem, if he wasn’t such a cocky jerk.

It’s okay, though. My crush is based on shallowness, a simple attraction, so my heart isn’t at risk of getting broken.

Well, that is until my best friend decides she needs to teach her brother a lesson and take his cockiness down a notch. Her plan: I’ll get Carter to fall in love with me and then break his heart. At first I’m not fully on board with her plan, not only because it seems cruel, but I also highly doubt Carter will fall in love with me.

But then Carter does something that pushes me over the edge and I decide to go through with it.

Not only does the plan work, but Carter ends up being different than the cocky jerk I thought he was. At least I think so.

I might be falling for him.

He might be falling for me.

But not everything is what it seems.

We both might end up getting our hearts broken.

Please note: The Unexpected Way of Falling in Love is the first book in the Unexpected series and is not a standalone. 

**Review coming soon!**

We Love Books Wednesday: 2017 TBR List

Good morning, lovelies! For the first We Love Books Wednesday post of 2017, I thought it’d be a great idea to share with you the list of books that I’ll be reading this year. These books are based on a challenge my sisters and I conjured up amongst ourselves.

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  1. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  2. Ain’t No Sunshine by Leslie DuBois
  3. Exactly Where They’d Fall by Laura Rae Amos
  4. My Fate for Yours by Steph Campbell and Mia Josephs
  5. The Girl Who Didn’t Die by Tim Kizer
  6. Somehow, Someday by Tamaika Belen
  7. And Then She Was Gone by Christopher Greyson
  8. Girl Tripping by Ginna LaManna
  9. Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly) by Lauren Layne
  10. Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
  11. The Goode Fight by Seth King
  12. The Secret Ingredient by Misty Evans
  13. All the Frogs in Manhattan by Carrie Aarons
  14. Write a Novel Outline from Scratch! by Andrew Butcher
  15. The Year I Became Isabella Anders by Jessica Sorensen
  16. White Lies by Emily harper
  17. Wife By Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
  18. The Secret Life of a Witch by Jessica Sorensen
  19. Jackpot! by Jackie Pilossoph
  20. Halloween Treats by Alexa Riley
  21. The Practice Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin
  22. Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
  23. Within This Frame by Lindy Zart
  24. A Sister’s Place by Savannah Page
  25. Last To Know by Micalea Smeltzer
  26. Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer
  27. In Your Heart by Micalea Smeltzer
  28. Take a Chance by Micalea Smeltzer

I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading this year. Also, what books on my list are you hoping I’ll review here on the blog?

 

We Love Books Wednesday 4: Sliding into Love

Good morning, lovelies. Today’s We Love Books Wednesday is going to be a little different. I’m not highlighting an author or their novels, instead, I’m talking about my novel, Sliding into Love, and the man behind it. My novel is still a work in progress, but it doesn’t stop me from talking about it, or my reason for writing it. Five years ago, my father was diagnosed with Kidney Disease. Five years ago, I got an amazing idea in the form of a story idea to bring awareness to this disease. Kidney failure has ran in my paternal family for years, and I thought Sliding into Love would be an amazing way to show it. I’m not embarrassed that this disease runs in my family. In fact, I’m proud of it because it’s a part of me and my family. Kidney disease has made me aware of my health. Because of this disease, I know the signs and symptoms. I know to keep my sodium intake to a minimal level. I know the importance of drinking lots of water or increasing the protein in my diet. Speaking of increased protein, the man behind my novel, has reached his protein goal. After five long years of his protein going up and down, my father has finally gotten his protein to 4.0, which is a good thing. We’ve waited so long for this moment, so I couldn’t wait to share the news with you guys. Pictured below is the man, the myth, the legend; my father, in his Al Bumin shirt!

As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.

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We Love Books Wednesday 3: Expanding Our Horizons

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Hey Lovelies! If you’re reading this post, I’m asking that you start (or end) your day by spreading some love. After all, we need all the love we can get right now.

Today’s post is not only inspired by the recent events that took place in Florida, but also by a newsletter I received by the wonderful Jenny Bravo, over at Blots & Plots. Click here to check out her site.

As you all know, a lot of people lost their lives this past weekend. Why? Because we, as Americans, are quick to judge and even faster to react. I agree with the millions of people who say we need better gun control. It’s true. But we also need a better understanding of each other and the lives we’re living.

Lovelies, please take a stand against these things. If you, or someone you love, starts to turn this mass shooting into an anti-Muslim ordeal,  tell them about themselves. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Caucasians are racist. And not all African Americans are ghetto. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, black, white, Muslim, Catholic, Atheist, or Baptist, it doesn’t matter. We can be the generation to narrow all these “categories” down to one; humans.

I’m a very picky person. I’m picky about the foods I eat, the books I read, the movies I watch…basically everything. As I said earlier, we’re quick to judge. How many times have you thought, “[insert food here] is disgusting. I’m not eating it.”? Have you ever tried it? Or here’s a better example:  “that girl sure wants to be white.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hear that line about myself. Yes, my English is proper and I don’t talk in slangs. Yes, my hair is curly. And yes, I find white men attractive. I find guys of all ethnicity and religions attractive. Does that make me a sell out? No. Does it make me white? No. I’m still a black woman, and even more so, I’m still human. We all are.

The year is halfway done, so let’s start learning about others. Let’s take a walk in their shoes. And you can do this by reading, watching TV, or just by talking to them.

I tend to read New Adult books. It’s my go-to genre. Why? Because I can relate to them the most. But I’m expanding my horizons.

In honor of the lives that were lost, and with all of you as my witness, before 2016 is out I’m going to expand my horizons by reading 5 books outside of my preferred genre. I think my list will look something like this:

A novel with a male main character
A novel with a same sex couple
A romantic suspense novel
A fantasy/supernatural novel
A nonfiction novel

I also might try a few different dishes that I wouldn’t normally eat. I know this post was all over the place, but I’d love to read in the comments what you’re going to do to expand your horizons. 

 

We Love Books Wednesday 2: Book Series

jessica sorensenBecause I haven’t had much time to read, or much less review a novel, I’m going to be talking about a series I’m hoping to finish this year. This series is by Jessica Sorensen, she is a New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers’ author, and she just so happens to be one of my all time favorite authors. The first book I read by Jessica was The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden. I’m hoping to finish this series some time this year. I’ve listed the books below.

  1. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
  2. The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
  3. The Destiny of Violet and Luke
  4. The Probability of Violet and Luke
  5. The Certainty of Violet and Luke
  6. The Resolution of Callie and Kayden
  7. Seth and Greyson

What are some books or series that you are hoping to finish by the end of this year?