A special post today to update you on the release of my novel about Lyme disease, Over the Edge. Remember, if you’ve submitted your Lyme story to this blog, you need not buy the book. A free copy will be sent to you after the book is released on May 1. But for all your friends and family, I want you to know I just found a special price for Over the Edge on Amazon. This pre-order price of $9.99 is a full one-third off the regular store retail price of $15. Pre-ordered books will be sent to buyers as soon as the book is released in May.
Over the Edge has garnered some wonderful endorsements from people well known in the Lyme world, including Dr. Nick Harris, President/CEO of IGeneX; Dr. Christine Green, an experienced Lyme-literate doctor in California; and Jim Wilson, founder of CanLyme, the Canadian organization for fighting Lyme disease.
Folks, I’m very excited about the release of this novel. The story is suspenseful and fast-paced—fulfilling my brand of Seatbelt Suspense®. At the same time, interwoven into the story is a lot of information on Lyme disease and the Lyme wars. Lyme patients will feel validated in reading this book, because Jannie displays many of the symptoms they struggle with. And your friends and family will better understand those of you fighting Lyme. Even my close friends, after reading the manuscript, all said, “Wow. We saw you go through the disease, but now we have such a better understanding of what you had to fight.” This is exactly what I want to hear! I know many people may not pick up a nonfiction book about Lyme disease. But they may read a suspense novel for entertainment, never realizing—until the book is done—how much they’re going to learn about the disease and its medical challenges.
In addition to the story itself, in the back of the book I’ve included a rather lengthy Author’s Note that explains the Lyme wars and the challenges Lyme patients face. The Author’s Note also includes links for further information about Lyme, and for learning about Lyme symptoms, testing, and how to find a Lyme-literate doctor.
A New York publicity firm is setting up radio and TV appearances for me in May—Lyme Awareness Month. I will keep you informed. Whenever I appear, I will not simply be talking about the novel. I will use the novel’s platform to talk about the plight of Lyme patients and to emphasize that changes in the medical system must be made.
Back cover info about Over the Edge:
Janessa McNeil’s husband, Dr. Brock McNeil, a researcher and professor at Stanford University's Department of Medicine, specializes in tick-borne diseases—especially Lyme. For years he has insisted that chronic Lyme disease doesn't exist. Even as patients across the country are getting sicker, the committee Brock chairs is about to announce its latest findings—which will further seal the door shut for Lyme treatment.
One embittered man sets out to prove Dr. McNeil wrong by giving him a close-up view of the very disease he denies. The man infects Janessa with Lyme, then states his demand: convince her husband to publicly reverse his stand on Lyme—or their young daughter will be next.
But Janessa's marriage is already rocky. She's so sick she can hardly move or think. And her husband denies she has Lyme at all.
“Welcome to the Lyme wars,” Janessa.
You can read the prologue of Over the Edge here.
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Pre-order Over the Edge now from Amazon.