Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Justina Chen

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The beautiful dedication, a treasure

So how does it go when your bestie is asked by Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books, to write a story of a teen living a sun-limited life when you yourself, a YA author, have lupus? How is it for your award-winning YA author bestie who has walked beside you in the dark for years to write the work?

It is strange. Justina Chen has completed the beautiful Lovely, Dark, and Deep while I am working on my own memoir which will share life with multiple autoimmune diseases, including lupus. As Justina's book launches, I have not yet begun to write a YA novel featuring the journey of a teen with lupus, or RA, or Sjogren's. I'm still living the experiences and gathering meaning, but I wholeheartedly celebrate Justina's work. Here are four quotes I gathered while thinking through the experience:

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With rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome among my autoimmune diseases, I am not defined by them, not denying, praising, or damning them. I am here looking for light and being filled.

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I hope the beautiful Lovely,Dark, and Deep shines into the darkest corridors readers pass through.

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As I complete my memoir, it was fascinating to have Justina, who has walked so lovingly and faithfully beside me in the dark, write about a teen adjusting to a sun-limited life. Justina is Zoe Washburne to my River Tam.

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It is imperative health care is available to all. Medications for autoimmune disease have exorbitant costs. Prices can prevent one from living and contributing to society with full potential. We can’t leave anyone in the dark alone.  

Godspeed to Lovely, Dark, and Deep. May it alight in the hands of beloved readers and spark.

"A luminous read that will rekindle your faith in the indomitable human spirit." -- Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook



by Justina Chen
Arthur A. Levine Books, July 31, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dear Starbucks: Gold Star Marketing

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In a world seeking light in the midst of lies, corruption, famine, and natural disaster, this pales, but I'm taking a sec to note it. This recent email is not helpful. In the least, it is not socially responsible marketing:

YOUR STATUS HAS CHANGED. 

YOU'RE BACK TO GREEN.

Since you didn't collect 300 stars in 12 months, you're at the green level again and your star count has been set to zero. 

You say I am no longer a Gold Star Member. You label me Green. I will buy coffee when I choose to buy coffee. This only makes me not want to buy coffee at Starbucks. I reject your label. I wish I had noticed this when you designated me Gold.

Yes, I wrote a book with the former President of Starbucks, Howard Behar, titled The Magic Cup. But I'll see you when I'd like to. Apparently, you can't see the gold star stuck to my forehead. I put it there, and you don't get to take it away. My status hasn't changed.

Roll your eyes, but rethink this marketing message. 

Lorie Ann Grover
#wordsmatter #Starbucks

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dry Eye: Solutions, Part Seven, True Tear

I tried a device called True Tear, that I wanted to share. It relies on neurostimulation. Essentially, it fits up your noise, zaps the nerve at the top of your nasal cavity which in turn makes your eyes tear.


It doesn't hurt, but it may be a tad uncomfortable. Side effects can be headache and nosebleeds. The cost for me was $1,200 with $100 new tips needed each month. Neither is covered by insurance. The aim is to replace the use of artificial tears. 

I'm returning the device within thirty days of purchase for a full refund as I didn't find my eyes were able to tear with Sjogren's and my past cancer treatment. Other people are having success though. Here are more details. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dry Eyes: Part Six, TearCare


So, I had a new procedure added to the effort. In living with lupus, Sjogrens, and RA, I tried out TearCare by Sight Sciences for dry eye. This was similar to LipiFlow, but I found faster results. 

After the sticky tabs heated, the doctor then used little metal tongs with flat ends to squeeze my oil glands. It was uncomfortable, at times painful, but the result was worth it. As a test subject, I wasn't charged, but the procedure may end up being about $1,000 or so. I expect for it to be repeated as needed.

I recommend this. Specialty Eyecare can help you out. Onward!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Top Shelf: A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Cover

Feed my soul. I walk instep with James Comey. Here was a man caught in a web doing the best he could. Yes, I was furious with him before the election, but I understand. (Why does no one hold Anthony Weiner responsible?) Well done, Mr. Comey.

"The higher loyalty is to lasting values, most important the truth."

"We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded."

"They must ask themselves to what, or to who, they hold a higher loyalty: to partisan interests or to the pillars of democracy? Their silence is complicity--it is a choice--and somewhere deep down they must know that."

by James Comey
Flatiron Books, 2018


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Publishers Weekly: Rights Report, Wonderful Me

Celia Lee at Scholastic/Cartwheel has bought world rights to Lorie Ann Grover's self-empowerment board book series, Wonderful Me, illustrated by Cocoretto. The series begins with two books, I Love All of Me and I Know I Can. Publication is scheduled for 2019; the author represented herself, and Emily Coggins at Astound represented the illustrators.

Publishers Weekly

Woohoo! :) 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dry Eyes: Solutions, Part Five, Amniotic Membrane Bandage, Prokera

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AMNIOTIC MEMBRANES! In my eye! For $3,500, for one eye, I'm wearing this bandage ring for a week. (My insurance pays 80%) The membranes, harvested from generous women who have C-sections, are reducing my inflammation. It's not possible to see through the lens, especially as it clouds over time, so I am wearing a patch. The ring is uncomfortable.

The brand I am using is Prokera. The insertion and removal (I was checked midway) is simple. The contact is about the size of a quarter. If feasible, the other eye may be treated or this one repeated.

I've received several messages from folks seeking help for their eyes. Maybe this option will be useful to another, as well. I'll update when results are in.

Note: my treatment is for Sjogren's and Lupus, dry eye.