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Writestream Tuesday: Karen’s Lyme Story

In a previous post I discussed my work with Karen Franks, proprietor of the blog Karen’s Lyme Story:

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Lyme disease. But did you know how truly insidious and complex it is to treat? Or how politicized the process of diagnosis and treatment has become — to the detriment of Lyme sufferers (often ostracized as hypochondriacs) and the dedicated doctors who care for them?

Enter my friend and client, Karen Franks. Karen and I reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, having originally met in high school (more than a few years ago ;) ). She is truly one of the most decent, kind and caring people I’ve ever met, someone who always has a smile on her face no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Until she hired me recently to revamp her site, Karen’s Lyme Story, I had no idea how incredibly difficult her experience with Lyme disease has been. After decades of illness, she’s finally on the road to recovery, mainly due to her determination to find a doctor who could help her. Putting her experience to good use, Karen is now an advocate for Lyme patients, those who care for them, and the courageous medical professionals who treat them – often under a microscope used by skeptical medical colleagues and organizations.

Karen-Niagara Falls-Foe Website
Karen Franks, Lyme disease advocate and proprietor of the blog, Karen’s Lyme Story.

On Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern, Karen joins me live on Writestream to share her experience with Lyme disease, inform listeners about the complexity of Lyme and other tick-borne infections, and — as she says — help Lyme sufferers “hold on to hope.” Her journey to recovery has been fraught with a multitude of challenges – including finding a Lyme literate doctor with an effective treatment protocol – but Karen persisted and eventually overcame the odds.

Now that she’s made significant strides on the road to wellness, she’s focusing most of her attention on her advocacy work, with a stated goal of helping Lyme sufferers and their loved ones find the answers and the care they need. Part of this effort involves supporting legislation and enlightening the public and the medical community about Lyme disease.

During the live broadcast, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the the chat room.


And in the second hour, stay tuned for some public service satire with the Right Wing Riot and the Luminaries of Liberty: Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right and The Prince of Whitebread.

See you on Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern!


Writestream Tuesday: ‘A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer’

I am excited to announce that Maureen Miles Bucci, ovarian cancer survivor and author of A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, will join me on Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Maureen recently hired me to edit her manuscript, guide her through the independent publishing process, set up her social media platforms and train her on how to use them, and assist with special events.


Getting to know Maureen personally has been an incredible experience. She’s one of the bravest, strongest, and most determined women I know. Are you coping with ovarian cancer or know someone who is? Please tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. During the interview, Maureen and I welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.
Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

In the second hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty, The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart, and Ms. Always Right!


Interested in purchasing A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer for someone currently undergoing treatment? It’s now available in paperback on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful, practical, and uplifting gift.




Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson

Can’t get enough dystopia? Then tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I’ll interview Buddhapuss author Tracy Lawson about her debut novel, Counteract:

CounteractTwo strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.
Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.
Or is it…

Sounds hauntingly familiar, doesn’t it?

Here’s a bit about Tracy from her bio at Tracy Lawson Books.com:

Author Tracy Lawson.
Author Tracy Lawson.

Tracy knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Princeton High School. While in a student there, she turned her writing efforts toward journalism. She was an editor for the school newspaper, news director for the Princeton Instructional Television station, and also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Suburban Press weekly newspaper.

She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree.

After working for a time in advertising and as an investigative analyst for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Tracy settled into a career in the performing arts, teaching dance and choreographing musicals.

Tracy has had a long-time interest in her family’s history and genealogy, and she never lost the desire to write.

I am looking forward to a fascinating interview on Tuesday and invite you to call in with your questions and comments at (347) 945-7246. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Tracy Lawson and the Right Wing Riot.


Speaking of, at the 2 p.m. hour The Prince of Whitebread and the Riot Gurlz, Scary Smart and Ms. Always Right stampede the airwaves with their “Public Service Satire” on the political and cultural news of the day. Laugh until you cry with the Luminaries of Liberty!

We’ll see you on September 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern for Writestream Tuesday.


Love Liberty & Lip Gloss relaunches with guest Cindy Papale! UPDATED with two new guests, Marina Fontaine and Sue Bolich

Lisa Tarves and I are delighted to announce the relaunch of Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m. Eastern with our special guest, author and breast cancer survivor Cindy Papale. Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cindy will talk to us about her journey through treatment and recovery, the evolution of her book The Empty Cup Runneth Over, and her tireless activism on behalf of women, cancer patients and those who love them.

The vivacious and indefatigable Cindy Papale.
The vivacious and indefatigable Cindy Papale.

Cindy and I have been pals for several years, having met on a mutual friend’s Blog Talk Radio show back in 2009. I am absolutely thrilled she could join Lisa and I on October 2 on the new and improved Love Liberty & Lip Gloss!

To listen online, click on this link to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Cindy Papale. You can also listen by phone by dialing (347) 945-7246. We look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen but positive turn of events, Cindy will not be able to join us. However, we’ve booked another wonderful guest and breast cancer survivor, Marina Fontaine. Marina will share her experiences with us, along with advice on how we can all help women dealing with this serious disease. Lisa and I are grateful to Marina for filling in at the last minute and hope you enjoy the show! Call in with your questions and comments at (347) 945-7246. Thank you.

UPDATE TWO: We now have two guests! Author and breast cancer survivor Sue Bolich will be joining us as well. Very grateful for her participation and look forward to a fun, informative broadcast!  Please visit her website here.



Writestream Tuesday with author Susyn Blair-Hunt and the Right Wing Riot

Several weeks ago, the beautiful Lisa Tarves hosted psychic, astrologer and author Susyn Blair-Hunt on Just Believe, where she offered free readings to listeners. If you missed Just Believe with Lisa Tarves and Susyn Blair-Hunt, click to listen.


As Lisa’s call screener during these broadcasts, I have the opportunity to listen in. I was very intrigued and impressed by Susyn’s abilities, and the way she interacted with every caller seeking answers.  And since she’s also written a book entitled Tarot Prediction & Divination: Unveiling the Three Layers of Meaning, I decided to invite her onto Writestream Tuesday. During this interview on September 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern, there will be NO live readings; the exclusive focus will be on Susyn – her background, career, book, and knowledge of the metaphysical. I also plan to ask her to clarify the many misconceptions and stereotypes about psychics and psychic ability.

If listeners would like to call in to ask questions about the psychic profession, we welcome them to do so at (347) 945-7246. The chat room will also be open.


In the second hour, The Luminaries of Liberty – Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right and The Prince of Whitebread – ignite the Right Wing Riot, their unique brand of Public Service Satire on the current political and cultural issues facing our country.  Will Aunt Scary Smart read a fairy tale to Pajama Boy? You’ll have to tune in to find out! ;)

Join us for Writestream Tuesday with author Susyn Blair-Hunt and the Right Wing Riot at 1 p.m. Eastern on September 9. 

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