Monday, November 5, 2012


Thanks to everyone who participated in the Healer's Destiny Media Blast!

We had 10 winners, out of over 900 entries. Here are the winners and the great prizes they won:

Natasha May winner of the $50 Amazon Gift card and an eCopy of Healer's Destiny, compliments of author Julee Page

Kristin Erker-Campbell winner of an eCopy of Healer's Destiny, compliments of author Julee Page

Brandy Rocha winner of an eCopy of Healer's Destiny, compliments of author Julee Page

Giedre Sliumba winner of an eCopy of Soul's in Peril compliments of author Sherry Gammon

Trisha Custer winner of an eCopy of Snow White compliments of author Cindy C Bennett

Amber Nicole winner of an eCopy of Temptation compliments of author Jamie Canosa

Sheena-kay Graham winner of an eCopy of The Elephant in the Tree House compliments of author Maren Dille

Jennifer GW winner of a mystery prize compliments of author Felicia Rogers

Claire Taylor winner of an eCopy of Adrift compliments of author Elizabeth A Reeves

Lea Martin winner of 3 bookmarks compliments of Nikki at Vamps and Stuff

If you see your name here you should be receiving an email from the sponsor of your particular prize. If you haven't received an email, please let us know at

Again, congrats to all the winners, and thanks to the participants as well as much gratitude to everyone who so graciously donated a prize, and to author Julee F Page for her donation of the gift card and for hosting the giveaway to bring awareness of her book Healer's Destiny.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Celiac Disease

So while everyone that meets me personally learns quickly that I have Celiac Disease, I thought I would share it with all of my fans too. I was diagnosed in February of 2004. I had been in and out of the hospital, sicker than I can ever remember being. At one point my mom said a doctor had told her, "Her (as in me) body is shutting down and she is dying, but we can't figure out why." Being so long ago I had never even heard of Celiac Disease. I didn't know such a thing existed. At 5'8" I weighed 89 pounds at my thinnest and sickest. My dear sister used to say I was "concentration camp victim thin". It wasn't until they knocked me out and biopsied all of my insides that they discovered the truth behind my mysterious illness.

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder. Every time I eat anything with GLUTEN (wheat, rye, barley, and most oats) my body sees it as a foreign object and enemy. In retaliation my body wages war on the gluten inside my small intestine. Problem # 1: my body can't differentiate between the gluten and itself so in the process of this war my small intestine also gets attacked and damaged. Problem #2: Being an organ attached to me this causes severe pain and complications. Since the small intestine is where most absorption of nutrients occurs the person with this disorder cannot receive adequate nutrition even if they eat a balanced diet.  

Symptoms I suffered from were constipation, severe abdominal pain and bloating, body aches, malnutrition, brittle bones, brittle hair and nails, no enamel on my teeth, recurrent infections like RSV, etc.

To correct this disorder a simple gluten-free diet is prescribed. I can tell you that within a week I was feeling better! Sure it takes months to years to correct so much damage to the small intestine, but removing the problem made a serious impact on my overall health and feeling of well-being.

We have since discovered that this genetically passed on disease has been in fact bestowed so graciously on our two sons. Symptoms they suffer from when exposed to gluten include severe abdominal pain and bloating, severe diarrhea, skin rash, wearing down of the enamel on teeth, lack of appetite, headache, grumpiness, and restlessness.

It is important to know that because it is an autoimmune disease it means your immune system goes into full on war mode and more than just the intestines are affected. Our oldest son has permanent scarring on his legs from the rash he developed before we turned him gluten free. While the rash cleared up completely, the scars are a constant reminder of his gluten sensitivity. He also has no enamel on his teeth and has had several thousand dollars worth of dental work to try to correct the problems associated with no enamel.

Also, everyone with Celiac Disease shows different symptoms. Some people don't even know damage to their intestine is occurring while others, like my sons and I, get seriously ill when exposed to gluten. If you are concerned you may have this disorder I strongly suggest you speak with you Primary Health Care Provider (PCP) before going gluten free. If you remove the problem and try to get tested for the disease the results will be inaccurate because the immune system will no longer be fighting gluten. While this is of course the overall goal, it is important to remember there could be other factors at work and by changing your diet you might miss the chance to truly find out what your body is fighting. Something more serious could be going on and only your PCP can diagnose you with Celiac Disease.

Personally, I am grateful for my diagnosis. While eating gluten free sucks sometimes, I don't have to take medications to treat my condition. Without gluten in my diet I am a healthy individual and can lead a normal life. If I had to choose a problem to have, this would be it. For more information on this disease you can visit and I strongly advise you to seek an audience with your PCP.

A Sequel?

I have been having a lot of questions regarding a sequel to Healer's Destiny lately... for all who have read it know it is definitely the first of a series. I have good news: I have actually started the writing process for unnamed book two! I have most of the story already, just got to get it all on paper. How long does this usually take you may ask? Well... as a mother of two, a full time nurse, a wife, and everything else in between it could take me much longer than I would prefer. Just know it is now a work in progress and each day brings it closer to a reality! Thank you to all my family, friends, and fans for all of the support I have received with Healer's Destiny, it has given me the encouragement I have needed to start the next of the series! And thank you to Prose by Design for all of the hard work they do for me! I promise to keep you updated on said sequel and even give sneak peaks along the way at my discretion!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Healer's Destiny Media Blast

Welcome to the media blast for Healer's Destiny, the great new novel from author Julee F Page.

Not only are you entered for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Julee F Page, you also have the chance to win a copy of Healer's Destiny, as well as lots of other prizes from other authors and bloggers. In total there are 8 prizes to give away. That means 8 winners!

Enter on the Rafflecopter on this page, then hop on over to the other participating blogs listed beneath the Rafflercopter for more chances to enter.

A war is waged on humanity when the kingdom of Kavorin realizes only male heirs are being born. The curse can only be broken by a young girl brought up in secret. Her heritage protects her from human magic, but in order to break the curse she must leave everything she holds dear and face the most powerful man in the kingdom.

The daughter of a gifted blacksmith and student to the great magician Gethin, Eliana finds her world turned upside down as she leaves her home to fulfill her destiny. Trolls, heartless bandits, and dragons are only a few of the dangers Eliana will face on her journey. What she doesn’t expect to find is an angry god behind the chaos her world has been suffering from for so many years.  
About the Author
Julee Page is an RN from SLC, UT. She lives with her husband and two beautiful sons. Reading has always been a passion of hers and writing followed easily behind. While she loves all types of literature, Fantasy and Science Fiction are her favorites. She hopes her works will be enjoyed by many in the years to come.

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Newest Obsession

So, I have a list of obsessions that I am not always proud of (picking zits, crocheting, pretending to know how to sew, making up new recipes, and watching Glee), but my newest is by far the most addicting for me. Thankfully I have a husband that keeps me focused on the important things because if it wasn't for him I would totally forget about everything and watch every episode of ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' in one sitting. Whoever wrote this story should seriously go down in history for being genius. I don't want any spoilers because at a steady (but slow) pace my hubby and I are ticking one episode off at a time, SIGH. Man I hate responsibility sometimes. I truly aspire to write something as epic as this tale. The fact that my husband will sit and watch it with me, a man who hates to sit still and feels watching a movie is torture, is testament to how awesome this story really is. Someday I will be the writer of something just as great!  


For all who don't know, Prose By Design (run by best selling authors Cindy Bennett and Sherry Gammon) has changed the face of my book completely. And I don't just mean the cover. These two amazing women have put so much time and effort into my book marketing that I can never even begin to thank them enough! This book blast has really had an impact on how much exposure my book has gotten and will get in the future and I am so excited! They have been so patient with me when I haven't been able to put as much time into this as I would like and they haven't given up on my book. Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again! I couldn't do it without you! Love, Julee

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Media Blast for Healer's Destiny with a $50 Gift Card

Author Julee Page is sponsoring a media blast for her novel, Healer's Destiny, along with Prose by Design. She'll be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card, as well as copies of Healer's Destiny.

We're accepting anyone who has a blog to join in. It's pretty easy. We'll send you the info you need for the post. You post it anytime between Oct. 30 - Nov. 2. Your post will include the cover, blurb, and purchasing info about the book. Other options you can choose from are: reviewing the book (we'll send you an eCopy), interviewing the author, or having the author guest post on your blog on a subject of your choice.

What do you get? For posting a blog, you get a spot on the Rafflecopter to have entrants either follow you on FB, Twitter, or by GFC for extra entries. We'll also have a link to all of the blogs that participate.

If you are an author with a book you'd like to give away in the contest, or even a book blogger with swag you'd like to give away, we'll add that along with the prizes Julee's providing. This is great advertising for you with a single day's post. To have a giveaway, you must also have a post on one of the days listed above, the same as any other blogger.

Fill out the form below to enter.