Staying in with A.K. Mills

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I often wish I had more hours in the day to read, review and support more authors. Today’s Staying in with A.K Mills on Linda’s Book Bag has brought that desire home even more acutely. If you read on I think you’ll see why.

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Staying in with A.K. Mills

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, A.K. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Thank you for having me!

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

I’ve brought along The Snow White Effect.

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(I understand The Snow White Effect is published today A.K so very many congratulations and happy publication day.)

I’ve chosen it because it’s my most recent work and the most important to me. It was inspired by my sister’s battle with leiomyosarcoma, a rare and fatal form of uterine cancer. In October 2013, she underwent a hysterectomy for a presumed benign condition. Her cancer was upstaged and her prognosis made worse during the procedure because the tool used introduced the cancer into her bloodstream. After her diagnosis, I wanted to do something to help share her story and spread awareness. Unfortunately my sister passed away in May of last year. However, my family continues her fight. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Snow White Effect will be donated to The Slay Sarcoma Research Initiative in my sister’s name.

(Oh my goodness. What a story. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You have my utmost respect for doing something positive through your writing in memory of your sister.)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Snow White Effect?

You can expect to laugh, love and cry. The Snow White Effect is a love story wrapped in a medical drama. My goal when I started the book was to fictionalize the story so that many people can relate and understand. When my sister was diagnosed, I thought to myself, “If it could happen to her as doctor, what did that mean for someone like me who is not medical at all?” Told through four main characters, the story shines a light on the controversial medical procedure known as power morcellation and explores the different ways cancer can affect us all.

(Such an important subject for fiction A.K. as I think everyone has been affected by cancer in their life at some point, either directly or for someone they love. I think it is so important to allow readers to explore challenging themes through narrative.)

What else have you brought along and why?

I’ve brought a link and green tea. The link is a video we put together when my sister decided to shave her head before losing her hair to chemotherapy. Along with some of her friends, my other sisters and I shaved our heads with her. This video encapsulates the effect of power morcellation and why it is important to spread awareness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQA4bpdzWxo&feature=youtu.be

(I’ve stayed in with several authors A.K. but you are the first one to reduce me to tears.)

I also brought a box of my favorite green tea. I drink a lot of tea, especially when I write. It’s my comfort beverage of choice. It’s also supposed to be very good for you and is said to possess cancer-fighting agents.

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Thank you so much, A.K. for staying in with me to introduce The Snow White Effect. I had no idea that you were going to bring along such an important book. I wish you EVERY success with it and with your Slay Sarcoma initiative.

Thank you so much for having me and The Snow White Effect on Linda’s Book Bag. I appreciate you taking the time and opening your blog to me.

(My pleasure A.K.)

The Snow White Effect

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Dale knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Cindy from the first moment he saw her. Forty years later, nothing has changed. She is his best friend, his soul. When she dies shortly after having an elective procedure at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, he is left heartbroken with a million unanswered questions. Dale may not have a fancy medical degree, but he is convinced medical malpractice killed his wife.

At thirty-eight years old with four children and a promising medical career, Emma Speck is living her dream. Being a doctor married to a surgeon, she finds comfort and normalcy in their hectic lifestyle. When her beloved life of chaos is brought to a screeching halt after she receives a phone call no one ever wants to get, Emma is forced to question everything she once believed in.

Richard Oakley, surgical department chair at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, makes no apologies for his successes or failures. When his department comes under fire for harming patients, his attitude is no different; medicine isn’t perfect. Despite his attempts to ignore the meritless accusations, they’re not going away. In fact, the accusations are mounting, bringing with them elements of his past he had hoped to keep suppressed.

Having children was always a part of Addison’s plan. However, after suffering a miscarriage that nearly killed her, Addison decides it’s time to stop trying to get pregnant. Instead, she opts for a surgical procedure that will end her hopes of conception. The surgery, unlike her fertility, is straight forward and safe. The hospital, Kendal Slate Memorial, is reputable. Why wouldn’t she trust her doctor?

Four individuals. One hospital ignoring the truth. In this case, what you don’t know can kill you.

The Snow White Effect is available for purchase here.

About A.K. Mills

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A native of Pennsylvania, A.K. Mills gave up a job in Information Systems to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She is the author of The Parts I Remember and its sequel, The Parts That Followed. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and new puppy, Jersey.

You can find out more about A.K. Mills by visiting her website. ou can also find her on Facebook.

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