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Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient in Room 2 by Donna Helen Crisp, JD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Sigma Theta Tau International
$29.95, paperback / $28.45, e-book
ISBN: 978-1940446844
June, 2016
Nonfiction: Medicine
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

“With unimaginable serenity, Crisp takes us on her Shakespearean journey with superb skill, startling courage, and searing introspection. Her nightmare reveals a frightening level of dysfunction in our increasingly impersonal medical system. In the words of Othello’s Desdemona: 'These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope, they do not point on me.' Those of us in medicine must not ignore this tragedy, or the heroine who survived it.”
—Byers W. Shaw Jr., MD, Professor, Department of Surgery University of Nebraska Medical Center

When a surgeon unknowingly damages the intestines of a nurse who expects to stay only one night after surgery, thus begins a chain of more tragic events, which cause the nurse to have five surgeries and stay a month, most of it in a coma on a ventilator.

When she awakens and realizes no one will tell her what happened, she embarks on a years' long journey to find the truth. Along the way, she discovers that hospitals can be very dangerous places, especially when corporate profit is valued higher than patient safety.

This book was written to inform and inspire the reader to be aware of the dysfunction that underpins many hospital organizations, especially teaching hospitals, including the silencing of the patient, provider arrogance, flawed coordination of care, poor communication, and lack of ownership for outcomes.

Donna Helen Crisp, JD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, became a nurse in 1992 after working in social work, law, and music. After earning her BSN and MSN degrees, she became a mental health Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult psychiatry. She has worked with clients of all ages in various hospitals, longterm care facilities, clinics, homes, and private practice. Whether in the role of staff nurse, supervisor, administrator, consultant, or teacher, her nursing practice of care focuses on the person's suffering.

After teaching in the community college system for five years, Donna Helen became an assistant professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where she taught for six years in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her nursing research has focused on chronic illness, suffering, quality of life, advance directives, ethical decision-making, and forgiveness. She has taught on these topics at numerous conferences. Her abiding passion continues to focus on the recognition and amelioration of suffering, wherever it exists. She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she works as a nurse and writes about nursing.

PRISCILLA: Engaging in the Game of Politics by M.J. Simms-Maddox

M. J. Simms-Maddox, Inc. in consultation with Professional Woman Publishing, LLC
$19.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-578-17899-8
April, 2016
Fiction: Relationships/Politics
Available from the publisher

Set in the 1980s, PRISCILLA portrays a bright, carefree, enterprising young woman strongly bound to her father—a Methodist minister and consummate politician about who she has conflicted feelings. Shortly after she begins her career as an assistant professor of political science at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, her father mysteriously asks her to relocate closer to home (Prendergast, New York). She contacts an Ohio state senator for whom she performed an internship during her graduate studies at The Ohio State University and with whom she had an affair. The senator offers her a job as his legislative aide. She accepts. The story is off and running.

Throughout, PRISCILLA: Engaging in the Game of Politics—the series’ prequel—takes a deep look at the forces which made her what she is: her family roots in highly-segregated Mississippi, her upbringing in upstate New York where subtle racism leaves its scars despite her loving father’s protection, a campus date rape that leaves her with unhealed wounds and, a scintillating season as a high-powered legislative aide in a life-altering political scandal.

The Priscilla Trilogy is the debut for political science Professor M. J. Simms-Maddox as a fiction writer.

M. J. Simms-Maddox is a tenured-professor of political science at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She earned her PhD. in political science from The Ohio State University, served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, has operated a public relations agency and has published in various academic, community, and religious publications.

She is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Women, the Professional Woman Network, the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Women’s National Book Association; and she is a founding member of the Livingstone Writers Club—an informal group of faculty whose writings cover the gamut.

In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, watching culinary and travel shows, and writing; and she enjoys getting her hands dirty pulling weeds in the landscapes of her yard.

Satchel: A Cherokee Girl Tells All by Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain

CaryPress Publishing
$15.00, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1631030208
March, 2016
Fiction: Historical
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

This historical fiction set in nineteenth century Salem is written by Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain, just in time for the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, NC.

Throughout her lifetime of tragedy and triumph, the indigenous American girl Madaya carries treasured relics in her satchel that represent both her own story and those of her companions, from the Trail of Tears, back to Cherokee, and to the Moravians with whom she lived in Salem.

The story of the hunt always glorifies the hunter until the lioness tells her tale [African Proverb]. In Satchel, Madaya the lioness tells all. She reveals hidden secrets, forbidden sex, extraordinary discoveries, and lost stories of Cherokee Chief Junaluska and Squire, an enslaved African who lived among the Moravians.

Chamberlain reminds us that telling one’s story bridges the gap from past to present, connecting us not only to one another, but also to those yet unborn, lest we forget, lest we die like the endangered species we are.

“If you don’t tell it, who will?” she asks.

Martha Gunsalus Chamberlain moved from Virginia to Old Salem with her husband four years ago to research Cherokee Chief Junaluska. Finding so much more, they bought the Van Vleck house in Old Salem, built in 1831. They grasp the significance of walking "on common ground" among departed spirits and ancient bones of early settlers in this Moravian community.

A graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing, United Wesleyan College, and George Mason University, her other books include: A Love Affair with India and The Ultimate Flight. She nurtures the seed of telling one's own story, not only for connection to one another, but also to link past through present to those yet unborn for survival of us all.

E-Book Time, LLC
$13.95, paperback / $5.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-60862-639-7
March, 2016
Fiction: Romance
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Wilderness Passion is the story of a man that had his life changed because of the horrors of war. After returning home, the emotional stress was more than he could bear. He left family, friends, and civilization and walked deep into the wilderness of Minnesota. He built a cabin on a lake and lived without seeing anyone for years. He fell in love with nature. After years of living alone he meets two men that change his life forever. Eventually he meets a woman from the city and falls madly in love. However he was a wilderness man and she was a city woman. They were so different. Would they ever see each other again? Could there be a compromise?

The cover was designed by Larry's artist/graphic designer daughter, Leonor M. Crossley.

Larry W. Fish was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In 2004 he moved to North Carolina with his wife Lina. First he lived in Jacksonville, NC, and in 2013 they moved to Raleigh where they now reside. Larry is a lover of animals and nature.

Chasing Chaos: A Novel by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Velvet Morning Press
$10.99, paperback / $5.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0692621004
June, 2016
Available from www.Amazon.com

"Pryal pierces LA’s film industry veneer to find complex and relatable characters and then winches the ties between them, pulling the reader right into the fray. The result is as psychologically astute as it is engaging."
—Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling

Love, friendship and betrayal in glamorous, yet often vicious, Hollywood.

Daphne Saito, a beautiful and talented Hollywood screenwriter, might look like she has the perfect life, but on the inside she's lost. She's wandered from one meaningless relationship to the next, and now—just as she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Dan—she meets someone new, someone she could fall in love with. But Daphne, still traumatized by an accident involving her best friend, Greta, five years earlier, is afraid to love. Harm has always come to those close to her.

Over five life-changing days, Daphne lets her guard down and steps toward this new love. But trouble is never far behind. Dan, angry at Daphne's departure, has targeted an innocent young woman, someone close to Daphne's new love, as part of a plan for revenge. And an enigmatic woman from Daphne's past returns with a vendetta of her own. Danger is on the horizon for all of Daphne's friends—and for her.

Tana French meets Donna Tartt in this tense, evocative love story. And fans of Lisa Scottoline's Betrayed will enjoy the strong female protagonists found in Pryal's novel.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and sometimes lawyer in Chapel Hill. She is the author of the Entanglement Series, which includes Entanglement, Love and Entropy, and Chasing Chaos, all from Velvet Morning Press.

As a journalist, Katie contributes regularly to Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The (late, great) Toast, Dame Magazine, and more. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing through Duke University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, works as a writing coach and editor, and writes her next novels.

You can find Katie on Twitter at @krgpryal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/katieroseguestpryal, and on her blog at http://www.katieroseguestpryal.com.

Hats Off! to Annie Frazier whose poem "Waterfall" won Second Place in the 2015 James Applewhite Poetry Prize and will appear in the North Carolina Literary Review 2016, out in July.


Hats Off! to Caroline Taylor whose short story "Finding Avery" was published by the Saturday Evening Post on June 24, 2016.


Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose poem "Picnic" appears in West End Poets Newsletter (June/July/August 2016), from the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department.


Hats Off! to Katie Winkler whose short, short story "Ballade" will appear on The Flash Fiction Press website. In addition, her adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has had its first reading and will premiere as the fall production of Blue Ridge Community College's drama department on Halloween weekend.


Hats Off! to Marilynn Barner Anselmi whose short film "You Wouldn't Expect" can be viewed online. Set in the backdrop of 1960s southern America, the film follows the horrific experiences of a mother and daughter as two of the almost 7,600 victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Program. The film was an Official Selection of the 2015 ITSA Film Festival.


Hats Off! to Michael R. Hassler whose essay “Marve[‘s summer 2016 Conversation about Race” was just published in Easy Street.


Hats Off! to David E. Poston, who has two poems forthcoming in The Well-Versed Reader, an anthology of narrative poetry edited by Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey.


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose ekphrastic poem "Powhattan's Mantle—Pocahantas' Magic Cloak" is forthcoming from AlgebraOwl. Another piece, "At the Flower Show," is forthcoming from Expound Magazine. And her poem "Bridge to Freedom!" will appear in Indiana Voice Journal, while her poem "Virtuoso" ran recently in the My Imaginary Skill series from Silver Birch Press.


Hats Off! to Catherine Carter whose poem "First Witch" took Third Place in the Asheville Poetry Review's 2016 William Matthews Poetry Prize contest, judged by Joy Harjo.


Hats Off! to Terri Sherrill whose essay "Playing Catch" appears in Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness, an anthology published in June, 2016, by In Fact Books and edited by Lee Gutkind.


Hats Off! to Margaret A. Harrell who was interviewed by Victoria Lynn Weston on AYRIL Talk Time radio podcast. Margaret is the author of the memoir series Keep This Quiet!, which explores her relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, and others.


Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose poem "Light Show" is forthcoming in the Summer, 2016, issue of Westward Quarterly.


Hats Off! to James Breeden of Durham who has stories forthcoming in the North Atlantic Review and Crime Factory.


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