Don’t Punish Pain Rally in your state, SOON

When I was in Kindergarten, there was a kid, Ben, who was always getting into trouble. The teacher would always punish the whole class for his behavior. Finally, one day, we had been forced to put our heads down and turn out the lights, and I started crying.

“What’s wrong, Kristie?”

*sniff* “I didn’t do anything wrong.” *wipes eyes*

“…” *Shuffles feet*

She wasn’t sure what to do. Finally, she told me that I could put my head up. I looked around and wondered why no one else said anything. Were they okay with taking the blame for Ben’s horrible behavior? That certainly wasn’t fair of the teacher to punish us for Ben!

So, why are doctors punishing their patients for the behavior of drug addicts?

Well… Our current president called for a war on opioids. The CDC answered with guidelines for prescribing. The FBI took up the torch and decided to punish doctors for over-prescribing. Most doctors don’t over-prescribe, but they were very afraid to be labeled as such. So they started reducing their patients’ doses and not treating new pain at all. After exhausting all other options, patients demanded strong meds. Doctors told patients they’d have to go to a pain specialist for stronger meds. Pain specialists popped up everywhere as people in pain scrambled to find help.

In comes the media. The media jumped onto the bandwagon because it would make great headlines. They broadcasted made-up statistics and outright lies, and then another media organization picked it up and changed their lies to be even worse. On and on it went until people were, and are, worked up into a complete frenzy.

Not only are the ill-informed public in a frenzy, shaking their fists at doctors for treating pain (as they were called to do in the 90s and 00s. Remember the faces and the number scale? That was from guidelines for treating pain, and new in the 90s), but now people in pain are panicked because we are losing our right to live life. We’ll be stuck in bed and house-bound without strong pain medicine. It’s just downright CRUEL to deny us medical care.

Don’t Punish Pain!!

Don’t punish patients in severe pain because 15% of patients abuse their meds. The rest of us are responsible and never abuse them. We take them as prescribed, and have been for many years. It’s the only way we can function in society and not remain house- or bed-bound. Don’t punish me for having a spinal tumor, Arachnoiditis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Neuropathy, and Migraines. I did not choose to have this crappy body. Addicts choose to take too much of a drug. I choose to play by the rules.

Don’t Punish Pain!!


Reviewers wanted



I know I have plenty of loyal fans, as I’ve received lots of good feedback on my books! I’m very excited and glad that you love my stories. I’d love to share them with more readers, but, as most human beings, readers tend to stick with what they’re used to, their favorite authors. They don’t venture outside much. To persuade people to buy my books, I can only mention the book and advertise here and there. In reality, reviews sell books. I very much need help from my fans, so more readers can enjoy reading about Rachel’s and Candy’s lives. There is also a bit of a life lesson in each book. πŸ™‚

If you could, please go to my trilogy page and each book’s page (Chivalry, Wounds into Wisdom, Turn of the Tide) and write a good review. Tell new readers what they’d want to know. Were the characters likeable? Was the story line believable? Was it entertaining? Were you sucked into reading more than you thought you’d read in one sitting? Was it hard to put down? What did you think of the characters, good and bad? Relationships? Talk about how you felt while reading.

I have more to come in the near future. Some of you are reading Julia’s story for me, and I hope to have that one out by summer. After that, I hope to publish Peggy’s story. Remember Peggy from Chivalry? Rachel’s high school friend who dated Erick for a while? Her character is an interesting one, and I thought she’d be a great protagonist. I’ve also got one nearly finished about Don, Candy’s brother. Next, I will be working on a story for Billy, Rachel’s quiet brother. Poor guy needs some attention. πŸ˜‰

As always, thank you, SO MUCH for your help!

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Turn of the Tide is live!

Turn of the Tide is live now!

At the end of “Wounds,” Candy escapes and goes back to New York. Surely, Demetri would know that she’d go back there. It’s home. Will he follow?
Find out if she can ever get away from this awful man.

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Horse Community Comes Together After Fire

If you love horses and follow horse and horse racing pages on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve heard about the fires in CA that struck San Luis Rey Downs recently. If you saw the video of the groom releasing horses while choking on smoke, urging scared horses to run for their lives, you can tell how much these backside workers love all horses, not only their horses. They live for the horses. All day, all night, their focus is always on the horses first. These are the people I write about, and I hope to capture some of their spirit in my books.

In the past few days, we’ve gone from horrific scenes to scenes of miles and miles of trucks and trailers carrying horses away from the fires, displaced backstretch workers (they lost their homes, too!) lining up for fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, toiletries…and this…this video is a tear jerker, so bring the Kleenex. One assistant trainer finds one of the horses he had to set free on Thursday. He wasn’t sure he’d ever see him again, and I bet the horse wasn’t sure he’d ever see Mr. Alvarez again. You can see it in Worthy Turk’s body language, he was happy to see his trainer.

Nobody can convince me that these huge-hearted people don’t love their horses. These are not abused horses. They’re coddled and well cared for. They’re spoiled, they’re treated for every little booboo, checked repeatedly for anything wrong. At this point, most of the horses are at Del Mar being assessed and treated for burns and smoke inhalation. They are doing everything they can, and sympathize and feel awful for the hurt horses. Backstretch workers take very good care of their horses. They love horses and think of them first, always. Next comes family, and now that most of the horses (sadly, some are still missing…ugh) are reunited with owners, trainers, jockeys, and grooms, the family is coming together to help one another.

If you’d like to donate toward helping displaced backstretch workers and horses, please click here. Read about where our donations are going here.

If you’re in Santa Barbara and can help with displaced animals, click here.

For more updates, check Facebook and Twitter. Barbara Livingston has great updates. And great photos. πŸ˜‰

What I see happening from my viewpoint is a family of like-minded individuals, all with a deep love for horses, working together for the good of the horses and for their family. Just the way it’s always been.



Turn of the Tide’s cover reveal!

Thanks, Brett Lyerla, expert graphic designer that he is. He has outdone himself this time. Beautiful cover, and my favorite so far!

“Turn”‘s release date will be January 1, 2018. If I can figure out how to pre-release, I can do that, and you’ll get it the second it’s published. I’ll also be releasing the trilogy. More on that later. Book four, “How (not) to Grieve,” will be out, hopefully, by summer 2018. It all depends on my readers, Brett’s design, and how fast he can work.

It will be released first on Amazon. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Amazon, since they’ve been blocking authors and their fans from writing reviews. Amazon is shooting themselves in the foot because of this. They’re losing authors left and right. Unfortunately, as an author with a small fan base, I can’t afford not to go with Amazon just yet. I’ll have to publish with them, but I’ll also go to Smashwords. Smashwords sends it out to a bunch of ebook sites, like Barnes and Noble.

Keep an eye out for more posts from me about the release. Fingers crossed that it all goes well and I can publish on time, Jan 1, 2018!

(Click on the cover to see the full cover, front and back.)