Blog Tour Day 19: Guest Post on CMash Loves To Read, “My Inspiration for King of Paine,” & Book Giveaway

CMash Loves to Read”= King of Paine melds two wildly different story lines. In one, Special Agent Frank Paine hunts an online stalker who’s taunting him with crimes hinting at the agent’s own kinky past. At the same time, reporter Roger Martin is guided by an angelic woman to investigate missing senior citizens across the country. Given the book’s split personality, readers of today’s guest post on CMash Loves to Read entitled “My Inspiration for King of Paine” will not be surprised that it was inspired by two distinct ideas, but you’ll never guess what they are. Join me and my host, Cheryl (“CMash”), for my final guest post of the tour and a book giveaway.

If you’re a mystery/suspense fan, you’ll feel comfortable on Cheryl’s warm, homey blog. Her favorite genres are suspense, mystery, some contemporary romance and/or fiction, but this appears to be a vampire-free zone. If horror, paranormal, sci-fi or fantasy are you’re thing,  look elsewhere! Another great thing about CMash’s blog is that she loves to do book giveaways, and she does them with a flourish. She has a few interesting ones underway now and a couple more in the pipeline. Stop by, browse, and enter for chances to win free books. Sounds like  a great way to start the week!

I’ll be responding to your questions tomorrow on my Goodreads Q&A, live from 1PM to 2PM and from 7PM to 8PM (you can leave questions any time). On Wednesday, Natalie at Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews will wrap up the tour with a review, author interview, and book giveaway. And don’t forget to submit your entry for the King of Paine Kindle Giveaway Contest by midnight on Wednesday. Good luck!

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.