Blog Tour Ends! Kindle Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to everybody who participated in the King of Paine blog tour and entered my Kindle Giveaway Contest. My blog hosts were terrific, as evidenced by the excellent reviews, interviews and guest posts now populating the widgets in the right sidebar of this site. They do it all for the love of books and the joy of discovering new authors who inspire and enlighten them. Each blog reflects the personality and preferences of its host, but they are all beautifully crafted and fun to browse. I hope you’ll visit them often in your quest to find intriguing reads.

I’d also like to thank two fans who have read King of Paine and been inspired to comment enthusiastically at every stop on the blog tour. Lori M. and Suzie W. are the type of fans every author dreams about–so connected to the book that they are moved to shout about it from the rooftops (or their digital equivalent). They make all the hard work of creating a novel worthwhile.

I wish I could send Kindles and gift cards to everybody, but economic reality being what it is, that’s just not practical. The contest winners were chosen randomly (numbers were assigned and drawn at random.org) from almost 2,000 entries (per contest rules, multiple entries were awarded for specified promotional activities).

Grand Prize (Kindle Touch 3G): Leslie Wright

$25 Amazon Gift Card: Vanessa Booke

$10 Amazon Gift Card: Darlene Goodman

$5 Amazon Gift Card: Stacey Donaldson

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all for helping promote King of Paine.  I hope you will take a look at some of the fabulous reviews the book has received and continue to spread the word.

Happy holidays!

2 comments on “Blog Tour Ends! Kindle Giveaway Contest Winners Announced

  1. Congratulations to all the winners will participated in helping Larry get the word out! I will enthusiastically continue to support him and I hope you will too!

    Have a great holiday season Larry and anyone else who reads this!!!

  2. Congrats to all the winners. I hope everyone enjoys there win. Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah

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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.