Monday, January 20, 2014

How I Do A Shot

I bet you're all thinking about alcohol, right? Nope. I'm talking about Enbrel Mondays, and how I do my weekly shot.

What is Enbrel, you ask? According to the Enbrel website, it's... well, it's...

ENBREL is a prescription medicine that can be self-injected. It is used to treat five long-term inflammatory diseases: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), adult chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy, psoriatic arthritis, moderate to severe juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
ENBREL is grouped within a class of medications called biologic response modifiers, or biologics. By working on the immune system, biologics block proteins that contribute to the disease process. Because ENBREL suppresses the immune system, patients are at a greater risk for getting serious infections.
The science behind ENBREL
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is a substance made by your body's immune system. People with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis have too much TNF in their bodies. ENBREL reduces levels of the active form of TNF.

Which is to say, I have no idea, but it works for me, so I'm happy. So here I am, sitting on a Monday morning, getting ready to do my shot. It's simple, really. Here's how it usually works.

First, set out Enbrel auto-injector. DO NOT SHOOT THIS SHIT COLD! It's mega-painful that way. Make sure you warm it up before using it. I made that mistake once.


Then, once the injector is at a temperature that does not induce nightmares, set out to induce some nightmares. That is, put the ice pack on your thigh until your skin goes numb.

There, that ought to do it.

Now, take your alcohol wipe, and clean off the numb part of your thigh. Make sure you get any area you might choose to inject, plus the surrounding skin. Embrel lowers your immune system, so you need to be careful of infection.

You're all set to inje....

Open the second alcohol wipe and clean the spot again, because the dog just sneezed all over you.

All right! You're ready for your injec...

Open the third alcohol wipe, and take care of the spot the cat just walked over. Too bad the ice pack is no longer cold, because you felt it that time.

Uncap the injector pen. Make sure no furbabies are anywhere near you. Line up the pen, press it against your thigh, click the blue button on top, and...

Slap a paper towl over the bleeding spot, and you're done! See? Wasn't that easy? And guess what? You get to do it all over again next Monday!


Monday, January 13, 2014


The next installment of the Halle Shifters comes out next month, and we all know what that means....


So. Who wants to win an eBook ARC of Bear Naked, Halle Shifters 3? Ryan and Glory finally go on a date!

Bear Naked
Halle Shifters Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-61921-838-3

To win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own.

Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come back. Try convincing her emotions.

When Glory finally agrees to a date, Ryan feels like shouting hallelujah. He only left his mate to hunt down the man who’d shot her, but convincing the stubborn woman she has a permanent place at his side is tougher than he thought.

Their date takes a turn for the bizarre when Glory thanks Ryan for the series of romantic gifts—gifts Ryan never sent. It seems her past is coming back to bite her, and before it has a chance to sink its teeth in and tear her out of his life, Ryan will have to bare it all, right down to his soul, to protect the woman he loves. Even from herself.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, a blue-haired heroine, and a hero who isn’t afraid to get all kinds of naked.

To enter the contest, go to my Write to Dana page and send me your name (or nickname, if you don't want your name on the web), your email address and your preferred eBook format. That's it! If you win, I'll send your book to your email address.

The winner will be announced February 10th.

The eBook formats are:

ePub (Nook, iPad, Kobo)
prc (Kindle, Mobi)
pdf (Everything)

NOTE: Only one entry per person. Any entry missing one of the three pieces of information (name/nickname, email address, format) will be deleted without being entered. However, if you hit SEND and realize you forgot something, send it to me again, and you'll be entered.

Good luck!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Two Winners: Print Copy of THE HOB, and Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop!

First, I'd like to thank everyone who entered both contests. Second, I hope everyone had a happy new year!

So let's announce some winners, shall we?

The first winner, from the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop,the one who won any ebook on my backlist, is...

Blogger Melanie Tikalsky said...
Awesome Giveaway!! Thanks for the Chance!! Merry Christmas!!
December 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Congratulations, Melanie! Contact me at danamariebell AT gmail DOT com with your choice of ebook, and I'll send it to you.

The second winner announcement today is for the print copy of The Hob!

The Gray Court Book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-61921-638-9
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Robin Goodfellow has met his match.

When the Black Queen kidnaps one of the White Queen's nephews, Robin Goodfellow is sent to ensure that the young prince safely returns to the bosom of his family. True to his role as Oberon’s Hobgoblin, he is ready for anything…except meeting his truebond, the very delicious, very human Michaela Exton.

Michaela has dreamed about a flame-haired rogue named Robin Goodfellow since she was a little girl, but everyone knows Puck doesn’t really exist. In real life, it’s a dark-eyed man named Ringo who makes her heart beat faster.

She is closer to her dream man than she thinks, and nobody knows it better than Robin, who wears the guise of Ringo. But there’s competition for her love in the form of Lord Raven, who holds a secret that will rock the foundation of Robin’s world. As a Black Court delegate does the unthinkable, leaving an enraged, grief-stricken Robin hanging onto his humanity by a thread, only Michaela has the power to bring him back from the killing edge—if she survives.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, Robin Goodfellow and... Really. Do I need to say any more?

And the winner is...


Congratulations, Sandy! The winner has been emailed. The next contest starts next week, for an ebook ARC of Bear Naked, so keep your eyes on my website and my blog!

Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford