Wednesday, October 21, 2015

TBR Day. Deadly Descent / Kaylea Cross. 2011

So in my previous post I reported that I'd be having a hysterectomy because I had an early form of uterine cancer. I'm now home recovering, doing very well, and grateful for a pathology report that said the cancer was contained and further treatment isn't necessary. Just regular screenings.

I didn't think I'd get a TBR post done because I wasn't paying close attention to the calendar and thought it'd be too soon after surgery. But I got it done! It's short, but it's done. Yay me.

It's paranormal/romantic suspense month in Ye Olde TBR Challenge and I chose this military suspense novel that's been languishing on my Kindle for way too long. This is Book 1 in Kaylea Cross's Bagram Special Ops series. The series involves American military personnel stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Deadly Descent is the story of Devon Crawford, an officer and Black Hawk pilot, who is fighting her attraction to Cam Munro an enlisted Pararescueman. Cam is off-limits because of anti-fraternization rules in the military. But just when Devon allows herself to explore a romantic relationship with Cam, despite the rules, they are both caught up in a dangerous mission that finds Devon and her crew shot down behind enemy lines with Cam nearby attempting a rescue before it's too late.

I really, really liked this book. I know very little about the military or conditions in a war zone, but the descriptions felt very authentic and real to me. The suspense element was extremely well done. I was totally caught up in the second half of the book when Devon is shot down. Cross did an excellent job of describing all of the things that made the rescue difficult and building the tension until they are all finally out of danger.

A number of characters are introduced in the beginning of the book--clearly characters who will show up in later books. But they weren't shoved in my face, and several of them were integral to this story. I am now very interested in reading the rest of the books in the series. So if you like a tense thriller, and have an interest in a military romance, I do recommend this book.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A personal update

I've been, for the most part, a pretty deep lurker during my years on the Internet. Lately, I've taken lurking to new depths. Life has taken some difficult turns, one of which I want to share now.

Last spring I experienced some post-menopausal bleeding and saw my doctor in early June about it. I'd been taking hormone replacements and I'm overweight. Bleeding is not uncommon because of the way fat cells store estrogen. I stopped the hormones and the bleeding stopped. But my doctor never saw a fat woman who could go home and forget about it. She said we still need to check it out.

The pelvic ultrasound was negative. The biopsy (which didn't happen until August, for Reasons) was not. On August 17 I learned I have uterine cancer.

People, I have the best doctor. I took her flowers.

So Thursday I'm having a full hysterectomy. The cancer cells taken in the biopsy were "level 1," which is a good thing. Still, you never take anything for granted. They'll do a pathology report and I'll find out next week what comes next. Hopefully, just radiation and lots of checkups for the rest of my life.

I'm looking on the bright side. I'll be home through the playoffs and World Series. I can stay up and watch those games that don't end before midnight and not have to get up for work the next day. I can read, and read, and read. Although I doubt there'll be a TBR post this month.

I'm good. Really I am. Cancer is a damn scary word. But so far, every indication is I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm surrounded by lots of love. I'm good.