Thursday 22 June 2017

new FREE Paranormal short story and Catch-Up Post

Survival of the Fittest

by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Lil is the Sheriff of a small rural town and its chief witch - she keeps the balance between the supernaturals and the humans. When Dan Winters, alpha male of the local werewolf pack, shows up dead, she must prevent a supernatural showdown.


I know it's been a while since I have posted anything and I wanted to let everyone know that it's not because I have abandonned this blog. I will be coming back properly late July/early August and hopefully I will also get a few posts in before then.

My Dad is having chemo for prostate cancer at the moment and he has just had his penultimate dose of six. This sometimes leaves him unable to get out of bed, let alone drive and my Mum doesn't have a licence, which, during the week, leaves me as the only person who can drive her shopping etc. I also have to take my Dad to all his appointments. This has been eating into my time.

I've also finally admitted that it has been stressing me out as well. The whole family is affected by it and it has eaten a lot of my get up and go. Especially when my Dad collapsed a few weeks back and had to be admitted to hospital. He's much better now and they have him on all the good drugs to see him through, but the side effect of one of those drugs is that it makes him even more tired, so he's not really up to doing much except in the last week before his next treatment (they are every three weeks). Hence even more of the rest of the family having to pitch in.

All his results are good, except for the fatigue, and his consultant is very possitive and is pretty sure the cancer is beaten. So we're all breathing a sigh of relief and looking to the finishing gate.

To any who are going through similar things, my heart goes out to you. This is something that is very hard to understand until it is your family that is going through it. I never really understood how it puts a toll on those around the person having treatment as well as the one who is ill. When my Mum had breast cancer nearly 15 years ago my Dad was always there as the pillar of strength to take the strain.

Best wishes to all and see you soon on the blog.


  1. My family is going through something very similar right now. I'm glad to hear the treatment is going well and seems that everyone is keeping it together. Fingers crossed for you that it continues on a positive course! It is hard. Life sucks sometimes.

    1. I am sorry to hear your family is going through something similar - I hope all is going well.

  2. Hi Tasha - thanks for letting us know ... having been involved in care of my mother - the visiting sort for strokes - that lasted over 5 years ... even visiting is very taxing - so I do completely understand what you're going through. Never knowing what happens next ... I am so glad your father is improving and is looking positively forward together with your mother and the rest of the family ...

    I did 7 days a week - and only on occasions got a break ... which one seriously needs.

    My thoughts to you and the family and I'm sure he will pull through ... he needs these times with you all - all the very best - Hilary

  3. I'm sorry to hear about this. I'm also going through something like this with my family, although I don't talk about it much. It does cause a strain for all involved. At least your dad seems to be coming out the other side and I hope the recovery goes well. Congrats on the new story.

  4. Sending you good thoughts. So glad to hear the results are positive. Best wishes for continued strength and happy outcomes.


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