Friday, August 3, 2012

What Weirdness Have You Encountered?


Congratulations to "Christina", the winner of Dee's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

The third book in my Adrenaline Highs series is here! Dangerously Close deals with a few topics, but one in particular is close to my heart. Before losing her sight in a fall, Ashley suffers from occasional migraines. I didn’t have to do a ton of research on migraine headaches since I suffered from a few as a teenager. Those headaches put pressure on my optic nerve and caused temporary blindness. I could always tell when those migraines were incoming because of the checkerboard vision I got beforehand. One time, I think I was in fifth or sixth grade, I was taking a test and I couldn’t read the test questions. Every time I read the same question I saw different words. “Town” became “own.” “This” became “his.” Etc… You can see how this would scare an elementary school student. 


When I realized what was happening and told the teacher, my sight was already beginning to tunnel. I remember walking to the nurse’s office and by the time I made it there, I could only see directly in front of me. By the time my mother picked me up about ten minutes later and we walked to the car, I was completely blind. You’d think I’d have been terrified, but I was actually more astounded that I couldn’t see anything. I mean think about it… thirty minutes before I could see fine and now, out in the bright sunlight, feeling the heat of the day on my face, and I couldn’t see a thing. Keep in mind, I’d watched my sister go through the same thing a handful of times before me so I pretty much knew what was happening and knew I’d get my vision back, but it was the oddest sensation to have my eyes open and see nothing but blackness in the middle of the day.

I can honestly say that most of my characters have some part of me in them. Ellie (from Danger Zone) and I shared a learning disability and now Ashley inherited my migraine headaches. I've had some very weird things happen in my life and I’m afraid they might all find their way into many of my characters.

I’m giving away a digital copy of Dangerously Close to one lucky commenter.  Can you tell the most interesting or weird thing that has happened in your life or someone you know? 


You can find Dee J. at her Website, on FaceBook and Twitter.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 3rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

26 comments:

  1. I'm lucky to say I've never had a migraine... but I guess I can make up for it by receiving a thyroid cancer diagnosis at 24! It's really surreal to be told that at that age, especially being completely asymptomatic, but at least it was the least invasive & malignant type of cancer and it got me a few weeks off labwork :P. And it really taught me to not sweat the small stuff.

    cmontero(at)wustl(dot)edu

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    1. Hi Christina,
      Oh wow! That would be surreal! I think everyone is handed something different on their plate. You certainly had a full serving of something major! Sounds like you're doing great though so yay you! A diagnosis like that will definitely teach a person not to sweat the small stuff!

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  2. As a baby, I was diagnosed with asthma and kept my parents up many nights as I fought to breath. Come to find out, I was allergic to the medicine the doctor had told them to use to help me out. Once they stopped, I grew out of the asthma.

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      Wow! Good thing they stopped using that medicine! Hopefully you were too young to remember any of it. Glad you grew out of the asthma too. I grew into it then out of if myself. Weird.

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  3. Just reading this blog post made my stomach flip. I had a migraine on Monday. The first clue that it's coming on is the aura. It comes out of nowhere, but I run and take my meds. I am very fortunate my migraines only last a few hours, then I feel groggy for about a day. I feel terrible for people who have chronic migraines. Everyone I know who has migraines, gets sympathy nausea when someone mentions one. That's me now. :)

    I've had migraines most of my life, but the aura (wavy/tunnel vision) happened for the first time about twenty years ago when I was driving home from work. Very scary when you're driving. Okay, must stop talking about migraines.

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    1. Hi Alison,
      My mother used to get auras too. Sorry to bring up a subject that made you queasy! I won't say another word about it. I will say thanks for stopping in!

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  4. I've never had a migrane (thank God!) but have been plagued by ear problems and a hearing loss since I was a kid. Started with "swimmer's ear" of all things and resulted in several surgeries. Thankfully, it only effects one ear and I've learned to adapt. Most people don't even know I have a hearing loss!

    BTW, the book sounds awesome! So glad I found this blog :)

    maeclair(at)maeclair(dot)com

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    1. Hi Maeclair,
      Well, migraines are no fun, but wow, neither is swimmer's ear or hearing loss! Sounds like you've learned to cope so that's awesome! Glad the book sounds good to you and thanks for dropping in!

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  5. My sister had one of those ocular migraines out of the blue. She was in the shower and thought she was having a stroke because she suddenly lost vision in one eye. Did she call 911? No, she gets in her car and drives to work, crying because she can't see well and thinks something is seriously wrong. I wanted to slap her when she told me the story. (Although I probably would have done the same thing. We're both weird that way...don't want to inconvenience someone.) It's never happened again.

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    1. Hi Kendra,
      Wow... that is weirdness. It seems so random, right? The brain is so complex. LOL on wanting to slap her. That must be a sister thing as I often feel the need to slap my sister too. Haha. Thanks for coming by!

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  6. My sister gets painful migraines. She says that hers are extremely painful. My mother and I get the ones that just cause the little light flashes. It is odd when it happens, I get these strange little streaks of light flashing across my sight that last for a short time frame. I would rather have the odd lights than the pain.

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    1. Hi Colleen,
      I never had tremendous pain but I always woke up with a shadow headache and had to take it easy for a full day. It was like I'd experienced a concussion. I'd rather have the light flashes too instead of the pain. Non of it's fun, that's for sure.

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  7. Congratulations on the book! For something interesting, I've met Mario Lopez.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi bn100,
      That's cool! He seems really nice! Hope it was a fun meet.

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  8. Congratulations on the next book in your series! I'm reading the first one - and Oh, I'm right there in the action with your heroine!

    I'm drawing a blank on an odd or weird precursor showing up in my stories, but I do find bits and pieces of myself or people I know in my characters. The secondary character in the novella I'm writing is loosely based on a woman who was the best kind of foster parent (yes, they do exist). Not only does her inherent goodness show, but I hear her unique speech patterns.

    Would love to add the next book to my e-reader :)

    cpperkins (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Cathy,
      Yay! Hope Dangerous Race continues to satisfy your "action" jones. LOL. I know a foster family out here. Wonderful people. I know there are plenty more as well. (Sounds like that character you're writing might be a bit of you. )

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  9. my sister woke up one morning hurting in neck her husband called me said they had been at hospital 4 hrs and me to come out there i said wow should have called earlier so got to hospital dr says she has a anterisum about to bust they fly her to hospital she has sorgury and 4 years later she is working and leaving life to its fullest she said god was with her and i believe it dr said most people leave this world with something like that she sure is a miricle sister thanks for the chance
    tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Wow! What a story! That is definite weirdness! Life is so strange. Good thing she had the instinct to go to the hospital! That is serious stuff! Glad she's well and living life to the fullest! We all should take note.

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  10. I had hearing problem when I was in high school. I was studying for a history and chemistry exams. The television was on. But as I was focusing on my study materials, I was tuning out the TV noise. I thought I was totally in the zone that I couldn't hear the television. I didn't know I went deaf that night until my Mom tapped me on my shoulder. I saw her mouth moving but I couldn't hear her. I couldn't hear my Dad or my sisters. I went into a panic.

    I was rushed to emergency. It turned out I have an infection in both ears. Anyway I did regained my hearing back. I never took hearing for granted ever since.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kai,
      Wow! How scary! I can imagine the panic you must have felt. So glad you got your hearing back! Whew! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  11. I hate migraines - I've had one for over a week now - a low nagging pain.


    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Oh, man... so sorry to hear that. They are the worst. Hope you feel better soon and thanks for stopping in (even with the migraine).

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  12. Congrats on the newest release! Your books come so highly recommended, I feel like I live under a rock since I haven't read them yet :)

    Ummm... I'm sooo glad that I never suffered from migraines... I had major health problems in my late teens (had leukemia) and am lucky to be pretty much free from health problems now (knock on wood!).

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Erin,
      Wow... that is definitely major! So glad you're well now. (YES, I'm knocking on wood too!!) LOL on living under a rock. Sometimes I feel the same way. Thanks for dropping in.

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  13. Congrats on your latest release, Dee. I'm with the others - I'm so glad I don't suffer from migraines.

    A few weeks ago hubby and I were walking our puppy. We both heard the sound of a large dog behind us, and when we turned there was nothing there. We both said how we were convinced there was a dog behind us. We walked on and the neighbors' dog ran out on the road, right in front of a car. Unfortunately it was the end for poor Casper. Hubby and I are convinced a "ghost dog" came to guide Casper to doggie heaven.

    This will probably end up in a future book.

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  14. Hi Shelley,
    You totally just gave me chills. And a few tears too. Poor Casper, but I love that another dog guided him home. Glad you don't suffer from migraines. They do so totally suck.

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