I recently attended the Alzheimer’s Association’s Reason to Hope breakfast in my hometown knowing these bleak facts. During the course of the event, I discovered the reason to hope is in the research. Alzheimer’s patients are participating in studies now to help find a cure. Research has also brought hope to families where early-onset Alzheimer’s is almost a certainty. Treatments are being tested on family members who test positive for the disease before symptoms even begin. Caregivers have access to support groups and information to help ease their burden while caring for their loved ones. Through research, there is hope.
I’m forming a walk group, Team Tangles, and am participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 19 in Yakima, Washington. I encourage you to join the fight either by joining a walk team (mine, if you are in the northwest) or donating to a team member. Together, we can make a difference.
Releases May 14, 2015
Can tragedy mend a wounded family? While faced with the challenge of his mother’s escalating Alzheimer’s disease, Logan McKinnon discovers secret journals that leave him questioning everything he knows about his family. With no one left to ask, Logan must find a man mentioned in the journals to discover a truth he may not want to know.
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Logan woke to the smell of bacon frying and thought how wonderful Melissa was to fix breakfast, when he knew she’d been up with the baby during the night. He stretched and yawned, savoring a contented moment. For the most part, he had a good life. He had a beautiful and intelligent wife, three great kids, and was successfully self-employed in his profession. When the smoke alarm screeched through the calm, his eyes flew open, and he remembered he wasn’t home. His mother, not Melissa, was frying the bacon. Jumping from bed, he ran through the house in boxers and bare feet. Smoke filled the air, and he was reminded of the flaw in his perfect life. He arrived in the kitchen to find his mother staring at a grease fire threatening to spread. Menacing flames shot from the skillet, nipping the wall.
“Damn it, Mom!” He searched under the sink for the fire extinguisher. Unable to find it, he grabbed the baking soda from the cupboard and dumped it on the flames, dousing the fire. “Are you trying to burn the house down?” He turned on the stove fan and fanned the smoke with a towel. Lois stood still with a faraway look in her eyes.
“I can’t do anything anymore,” she said and walked from the room.
Hours later the stench of burned bacon lingered in the air. And if that wasn’t bad enough, while he cleaned the mess in the kitchen, Lois spent her time in Logan’s room. He’d searched an hour before finding his razor and toothbrush stuffed in his jacket sleeves. At this rate, he’d be insane in less than a week.
“Mom!” he called as he searched the house again. It seemed he was forever searching for her and usually found her tearing something apart or piling junk. Somewhere in the house he knew he’d eventually find a carton of soured milk and a bunch of bananas, but he hadn’t located them yet. They’d disappeared a week ago, and he waited for a rotten stench to guide him. It was possible she’d thrown them in the ocean, and that worried him. Having no physical impediments, Lois moved fast, and he worried she would make it to the deck and fall off the cliff to the ocean below.
A thought crossed his mind, making him ashamed. What would it matter if she fell off the cliff? Her mind was gone. She spent her days in fear and confusion. What kind of life was that?
The guilt came. She was his responsibility now. He owed it to his father to care for the woman he’d loved. Even though Logan himself had never been able to understand her, he’d do his best for her now. He’d do it for Joe.
He found her where he feared, standing on the deck gazing expressionless out to sea. The previous night’s storm had cleared, but the sky remained sullen and gray. Rough November waves crashed with violent anger on the jagged rocks below. If Lois fell, she’d be gone in a moment. Something needed to be done, and fast.
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Book one in the CAUGHT series
When country music superstar Clay Masterson finds his supposedly dead father, he wants to do two things: buy dear ol’ dad a beer to thank him for being a great father for the ten minutes he spent at it, and kick his dad’s sorry butt to Montana to face an eighteen-year-old murder charge. Harlie Cates will try to stop him. Happily ever after could be a problem for them.
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Book two in the CAUGHT series
When Tallie Peters lands the job of assistant to Nashville’s premier music manager, she’s sure things are finally looking up for her and her son. Meeting gorgeous former bull rider Tom Black confirms it. But Tallie’s new life dives into a chaotic spiral with the premature release of her brutal ex-husband from prison. He wants his son and will stop at nothing to take him from Tallie. Tom offers Tallie and her son refuge behind the gates of the Masterson-Black Ranch, but he soon finds that the best security measures are no match for a determined ex-con with nothing to lose.
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Sharleen Scott lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Brett, two college kids, and two spoiled cats.