Friday Review: The Wheezes and the Sneezes (or The Head Cold from Hell)

“With the wheezes and the sneezes, and a sinus that’s really a pip.”

Of course, those are lyrics from “Adelaide’s Lament”, a song from Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser. And that pretty much sums up how I have felt this week. The BaldMan brought some sort of killer virus into the house. Now, it’s my turn to be hit in the kisser by it.

*cough cough*

It started with an olive oil press that someone shoved inside my head when I wasn’t looking. Along with a little operator who cranked and cranked and cranked that sucker down hard. I’m surprised my head didn’t explode. My teeth hurt. My nose was so blocked by that thing, breathing was tough. Breathing through my mouth made my throat sore. Trust me, an olive oil press in your head is not optimal.

Oh, but that was just the beginning.

*Ah choo*

As the press tightened, all the “stuff” blocked up inside there was squeezed out. In the words of one of our girls when she was little” “The snot is running out of my nose like a river.” (You are welcome for that wonderful bit of imagery.) Irritating my nose and throat to the point of coughing and sneezing fits. Sleeping was not impossible, but broken up and uncomfortable.

*sniffle drip* *wipes nose*

All this meant that reading was a bit slow this week. I haven’t finished the book I’m reading, even though it is quite good. I tried. I sat down, opened it up, and read a couple pages. Then my eyes would start to swim and my brain, squished by that damn olive press, couldn’t function.


All in all, I think I have to rate this summer cold 1 of 5 stars. Next week will be better, I hope.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me while I go find a fresh box of tissues.

*sniffle* *sneeze*

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Two days left to get my books discounted at Smashwords. The sale ends July 31. Two are half off, and two are free!

Here are the books and relevant information:


tn_Circle Unbroken Cover (eBook)

When your family runs the mining operation on a planet that supplies a long-depleted Earth with needed resources, there are bound to be those who would like to see you fail. After five years away with the Interstellar Security Corps, Kaili is coming home after the death of her grandmother as a key participant in the ceremony to install her sister as head of the company and the ruling planetary council. She and her partner land in the middle of old resentments and new threats.

Like all of her people, Kaili is gifted with psi abilities developed over generations living in close harmony with their world- what outsiders see as magic. The ceremony investing her sister with her new positions will be a formal ritual, and Kaili, as her sister’s closest relative, will complete the binding Circle.

Accidents and unrest are growing in the mine operations, and Kaili and her partner, Jeff, uncover evidence that her sister will be formally challenged at the ceremony. When Kaili goes missing right before the ceremony, and returns with no apparent memory of the past few days, Jeff knows something is not right. He will need to use a little magic of his own to make sure Kaili is ready to face the family’s enemies. If not, it could mean both sisters’ lives.

“Circle Unbroken is an awesome mix of two genres, masterfully woven together into a strong story.” From a review on Readcommendations

The novel “Circle Unbroken” is on sale now through July 31 at 50% off its regular price of $3.99. Coupon code is PL25C

tn_Six of One

“Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy” by M.A. Kropp is a set of six short stories, set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Included are:

A Girl, An Elf, and a Shoe– An elf causes a mix-up the day before the big race
With Pen In Hand– A wizardly writer creates his own audience
Impish– An apprentice sorcerer lets the imp out of the bag- or box
Where Angels Tread– What if Heaven and Hell are more like The Sopranos than Seraphim? A noir style story in two parts, where a vital piece of Heavenly equipment goes missing.
Siren Song– A young accountant has an encounter with a mermaid and her companion and must think quickly to save his father.
Peepers– A young man visiting from the city finds the nighttime song of some tiny frogs irresistible.

“Six of One” is also at 50% off its regular price of $1.99. Coupon code is EW65A


tn_Survival of the Fittest (Front Cover)

A hundred years after Earth’s final environmental collapse, the human population is scattered, living in deep caves or underground to escape the heat and radiation that still ravage the planet. But some species adapted better to the changes. Sam, a genetically engineered lizard, is part of an ongoing program to discover what allowed his kind to evolve so quickly. Intelligent, able to communicate, and make decisions, is Sam a person or an experiment? When another survivor of the devastation threatens the promising food crops being developed, Sam may be given the chance to prove himself.“Survival of the Fittest” is FREE until July 31. Coupon code is WW27A.



Feedmypeople-thumb    The climate is ruined. Cycles of torrential rain and snow alternate with heat waves that make it dangerous to be outdoors for long. Most of the farmable land is either underwater from rising oceans or destroyed in the severe weather cycles. Food is in short supply, and Beni Oligowma controls the distribution of what there is in his local area. Grocery store owners Frank and his father have to live with whatever Beni decides is fair. And that usually means Frank can’t afford the best that’s available. When a university student returns home with an experimental method that may provide a new way to grow food, Frank is determined to help the system succeed, even if it means a confrontation with Beni.
“Feed My People” is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free without need for a code.