Friday, August 9, 2013

Ella Jade's Birthday Blog Hop: The Last Birthday

Happy birthday Ella Jade! I'm excited to be part of Ella's 40th Birthday Blog Hop which runs from August 9 to the 11th.

Each participant is doing a birthday post and giving away a prize, including me. Find out more at the end of my post, and be sure to visit the other bloggers and read their posts to see what you have to do to be entered. You can find them here: 
There's also a Grand Prize!
Ella is giving away a $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (Winners choice) Gift Card. All you have to do is leave a comment on any/all the blog posts and leave your email address. The more places you comment the more chances you have to win.
The Last Birthday

At the turn of the century, I suspected my mother had Alzheimer’s disease. She'd become extremely forgetful, and argumentative, and she got lost walking around the same neighborhood that she'd lived in for fifty years. When she started calling me at work to complain about strange men or animals fighting in her basement, I took her to a specialist. Despite the suspicions, the diagnosis still came as a shock. With the doctor's words came the hard reality that mom was not going to get better.

Mom lived with my brother, but he worked long hours and she was on her own most of the time. When she broke her hip, it became obvious that she could no longer be left alone. My brother and I decided against a nursing home, so mom came to live with my family. My house has an in-law suite, and with everything mom needed on one floor, it was just easier to care for her.

Everyone pitched in with her care, even when mom stopped talking and became bedridden. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, but we took one day at a time, and enjoyed the moments when mom still knew who we were and could interact with us. On her 82nd birthday she was still able to sit up and enjoy her birthday cake. As caregivers our world revolved around mom until she died in her sleep. Endings aren't easy, but now we cherish our memories—especially mom's last birthday.

Please leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win an ebook copy of my new release:
Symbiotic Mates 6: Lane and the Lycans

Lane Kata is on a mission from hell. Spy on the wolf-shifters and report back to his vampire master. Things go horribly wrong when a bear decides to have the cat-shifter for dinner. Two lycans intervene, and Lane is sure he’ll end up as wolf kibble instead of bear meat, but Nicky Birch is a do-gooder wildlife enthusiast, and he’s determined to keep the lynx safe. His mate, Doug Wilder, agrees, but only until Nicky finds a wildlife sanctuary that will care for the cat.

Lane discovers that not all wolves are savages as he was led to believe. When he develops a crush on his captors, he can’t help shifting to his human form and jumping into their bed. The sex is great, but Lane knows there's no future for a cat and two dogs. He returns to the vampire Colony, but his master has already replaced him, and his days are numbered.






ceagles said...

Hi. I feel ya. My mom past 25yrs ago. But we as a family took helped my Dad for years care for her. Every weekend my husband and 2 children went on Saturdays and Sundays to relieve this at home. At the end was all there mentally but a quardraegic.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Hien Huynh


Jessica said...

Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


Kyla S. said...

I want to win! Happy Birthday!

Sierra McBride said...

: )

laurie said...

Happy birthday to ella

Unknown said...

happy birthday to ella and thanks to you for being a part of this blog hop!:)

Joseph Hawkshaw said...

Happy birthday Ella Jade. Thanks so much for the great

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Ella!!

Pam said...

Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop.


Melissa Keir said...

If I could have anything for my birthday it would be to spend time with my mom and grandparents again.

daringzoey at

BLHmistress said...

I got all I want for my Bday last year my ex and I got back together.


Koala Reading Den said...

I understand, my mom is going to be 94 yrs this month and she is having a lot of medical issues now.

Happy Birthday Ella! Great Blog Hop.

Anonymous said...

The book looks amazing!


Unknown said...

It's awesome that you took care of your mom. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. Happy Birthday Ella!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!!

H.B. said...

Thanks for taking part in the hop and for offering up a great prize.

H.B. said...

opps forgot my email:

humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

JanD said...

Happy Birthday Ella!
bituin76 at hotmail dot com

Stormy Vixen said...

Love the excerpts. My mom makes us what ever kind of cake we want for birthday, I started asking for something with fresh strawberries, (they come out around my birthday) so she would make strawberry pie. Thanks for sharing Ella's wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

Happy Birthday, Ella!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Ella! Have a great weekend.

vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

Having a cake up in the air in a small plane was quite a surprise.. other than that my birthdays have and were

Chynarey said...

Thanks for joining the hop!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Gale Stanley said...

Happy Saturday Morning! Thank you all for reading my post and sharing your own birthday memories. Ella's Blog Hop runs until the 11th so there's still time to enter. I'll announce my winner on Monday. Have a great weekend! Gale

Samantha Darling said...

Happy Birthday Ella! Fantastic blog hop!

TwiMom22580 said...

Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for the blog hop!!

Unknown said...

Happy B-Day Ella!! What an awesome idea for a hop! And so many awesome books to add to my TBR list!


Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of your mother. My own mother has recently received the same diagnosis and I dread the future as my mom has always (and still is) the light of my life. She is so strong and brilliant and I will do anything to help her.

Happy birthday, Ella.

Sue Ellen Robertson said...

Happy birthday Ella!!!

Thank you for all that you do and also for all these wonderful covers and authors I am meeting. :)

Love the cover and you have a heart of gold Gale!!!

Jennifer Mathis said...

Happy Birthday Ella

Nay Nay said...

Happy 40th Birthday to Ella!
I lost my mom to cancer about 8 years ago and I still miss her. She was my best friend. I cherish the memories of her and whenever the family gets together we always share memories of her.
Thanks for being part of Ella’s birthday hop and thank you for the chance to win your prize. <^_^>
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

LhasaLuma said...

Thanks for the great giveaway hop and happy bday Ella! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

Just love this site.. love the wolves!!

Happy Birthday Ella~!!. what a treat.

vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

Cassandra said...

Happy Birthday Ella!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

Happy birthday Ella!!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
GFC: BookAttict

BookLady said...

Happy Birthday, Ella! I love birthdays. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Ella.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

bn100 said...

Nice cover

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Ella!

Thank you for sharing such a touching story.

My favorite birthday was my 40th. I went shopping with my mom and got one of my favorite tattoos, a garter that goes around my thigh with a derringer tucked in.

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Tanya conaway said...

Happy birthday Ella! My mom has ms but i am very grateful to still have my mom with me. Thanks for being part of the hop!

Katie Amanda said...

Great tribute to your mom.
Have a great birthday, Ella.
Thanks for participating!

Unknown said...

Birthdays really are the best - no matter your age!
Ella, have a fantastic birthday month and enjoy the hop!
Thanks for inviting us all to celebrate.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, Ella! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!! Thank you for your generosity,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ella & Thank you.