Sunday, May 25, 2014

Love Always Kate -- D. Nichole King

Love Always, Kate
Author d. Nichole King
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Dear Diary, 
Leukemia’s been my life since I was eleven. Now, six years later, I want my life back. Only I’m not sure what that is.

The test results came back today. 22,000. Which means I’m officially out of remission—again.

I have three options:
1. Another round of chemo.
2. A super-new experimental drug.
3. Dump it all— forget the meds and treatments and enjoy the time I have left.

I think I know what I want.

Then, in walks Damian, changing everything.

I mean, everything. 

He’s got his own set of issues. It binds us together, you know? We understand what it’s like to lose what matters most in seconds. 

Still, the last thing I need is to have someone else to crush if I can’t fight hard enough. And the last thing he needs is someone else to grieve.

Never mind. I’m down to two options now.

Somehow I know that whichever one I choose, the result will be the same. With the sand in my hourglass seeping to the bottom, I hope there’s enough left to show Damian that life’s worth living. Worth fighting for.

Worth dying for.

Love Always,

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Damian sighed and adjusted his nametag. “I’m the son of Jackson Lowell, Doctor Extraordinaire. That means I have a lot of time to myself. I play the guitar. Write music. I’ve beaten every Assassin’s Creed game. And I don’t live up to my father’s expectations. Hell, I don’t know if I live up to anyone’s expectations.”
“I’m sure your dad just wants you to be happy.”
Damian grunted. “Whose definition of happy? His? Mine?” His eyebrows rose. “Yours?”
I shrugged. “Doesn’t happy only have one definition?”
“Does it? Are you happy?”
I thought about it for a few moments. I had beaten my disease twice before, and I was determined to do it again. More than anything, I was happy just to be alive. “Yeah, I am.”
His eyes narrowed. “Having a tube sticking out of your chest, being hooked up to toxic drugs, getting sick—that makes you happy?”
“Oh, well, no. But…”
“Not that easy, is it?” The edge in his voice pricked at me. I couldn’t tell if he was talking about me or himself.
“The outcome of—”
“You don’t know the outcome.” He sounded angry, his eyes blazing. “You only hope it will make you happy. When it might kill you. That’s reality.”
I pulled my lips tight. “True, but it makes my parents happy to see me fight.”
“Bullshit. They’re not happy having a daughter who has to battle cancer. And if you die, well, how can they be happy about that?”
Damian cut me off. “Yeah. If. So much is based on that word, and there are no fucking guarantees attached to it. What makes you happy now may be what destroys you later. Or those you love. Then what? Sometimes, being happy isn’t worth the risk.”
“And sometimes it is,” I said quietly.
Damian brightened again, offering a slight smile. “See what I mean? Nothing in this shithole life is easy.”
“Just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.”
“So tell me then, is it worth it?” His blue eyes searched mine. “Worth all the time in this place?”

About the Author

Hey! Thanks for stopping by!

Since I was born and raised in Iowa, I like to create stories where my home state is the setting. There's nothing like small-town Midwest scenery to create the perfect backdrop for an amazing tale!

I've always loved to read and write. I'll read anything: Classics, fantasy, contemporary, mystery, horror. It doesn't matter as long as it draws me in. As a kid, I was raised on authors such as Lurlene McDaniel, R.L. Stine, Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, and Shakespeare.

Writing-wise, my fondness lies in the YA/NA genre, though I do have a couple of women's fiction stories swimming around in my head.

When not writing, I'm usually curled up with a book, scrapbooking, or doing yet another load of laundry.

Along with her incredible husband, I live in small-town Iowa with my four adorable (yet ornery) children and their dog, Peaches.

The Spirit is the first book of The Spirit Trilogy, and is my debut novel.

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Book Worms review left by Leigh, thank you Leigh. 
Book Worms gave this book 5 stars. 

Book review for Love Always,Kate

Kate just found out that her cancer is back after being in remission for just 
one year. The only way she knows to express her feelings is to write in a 
journal since she doesn't have any friends to talk to about her feelings. She 
wants to be strong for her parents, so she doesn't show all of her emotions to 
them. The diary is her only outlet until she meets her oncologist's son, Damian, 
while he's volunteering at the hospital. 
Damian is suffering from his own loss and battling his own demons when he 
meets Kate, who is one of his dad's patients. Kate is the one thing in his life 
that is good for him, so he has to be honest with her about his past that still 
effects his present. He also has to deal with the fact that Kate is battling her 
own demon in the form of cancer. 
Together they face their demons and learn to live life even through the pain. 

This book would get all the stars in the sky if I could give them to it. For now 
5 out of 5 will have to do. 

Let me start by saying that I usually write a review as soon as I'm done with 
a book so it's fresh on my mind and I won't forget anything. Well, I had to wait 
a few days after reading this book to write a review. I didn't have to worry 
about forgetting any part. I'm pretty sure I will remember it all. It was just 
that good and really pulled me in emotionally. 
So, I was crying after the first page. I wasn't even sure I was going to be 
able to read this book. Cancer is a horrible and very real situation. It's a 
very emotional ordeal to watch someone go through. So,to have to read it from 
the point of view of the person with cancer made it even harder to read. The 
only reason I didn't read this book in one day is because I have a baby to take 
care of and I needed all my attention in this book while reading it. I'm pretty 
sure I woke my husband up crying several times while reading this book. 
The characters were awesome. Kate was such a strong young girl for her age. I 
was sad that she didn't have any close friends, but at the same time I was happy 
to see that she still saw the positive side of life even without things like 
close friends. Some of the things that she said just brought me to tears. Some 
of the images that were in my head as I read what Kate wrote in her diary made 
me sob like a baby. When she wrote about how carefully she washed her hair yet 
it still fell out I just couldn't take it. My heart was breaking for her. She 
just kept telling herself, "It's only hair. It will grow back."
I can't imagine having to be a teenager and have to go through that. She fought 
her fight with as much of a positive attitude as she could. 
What can I say about Damian? He's awesome! Who cares about the fact that he's 
been in a lot of trouble. He was going through a lot. Then he was such a 
blessing to Kate. Don't we all wish a guy could see past the physical 
deficiencies and love us unconditionally because of who we are and not define us 
by what we have or don't have? I LOVED that he loved her without her hair. He 
even encouraged it. 
Another thing that had me in tears was the heart felt dialog between Kate's 
parents and Kate and her parents and Damian. It just made me think that her 
parents had a lot of hard decisions to make and that those are real scenarios 
that people have to deal with when their kids have cancer. What would you allow 
your kid to do to let them be comfortable and happy? 
This book is a must read. Make sure to have enough tissues to last you from 
the beginning to the end. 

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