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Writer of serious prose, humorous erotica and romance, and everything in between. My nonfiction book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Disabling Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too is coming soon.

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It's the Iron: Brooke Shields and Postpartum Depression

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapter "Celebrity Profile: Brooke Shields and Postpartum Depression."

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It's the Iron: Finding Iron Deficiency and Finding Cancer

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapter "Finding Iron Deficiency and Finding Cancer."

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It's the Iron: "Happy New Year! January 2016" and "I've Recovered! (I Think)"

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapters "Happy New Year! January 2016" and "I've Recovered! (I Think)."

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It's the Iron: "It Begins" and "My Bucket List, or How a Half-Assed Hypothesis Helped Me to Manage My Pain"

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapters "It Begins" and "My Bucket List, or How a Half-Assed Hypothesis Helped Me to Manage My Pain."

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It's the Iron: The Problem with Osteoarthritis

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapters "The Problem with Osteoarthritis."

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It's the Iron: "Introduction" and "Pain"

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapters "Introduction" and "Pain."

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It's the Iron: Coffee and Tea, the Iron Thieves

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapter "Coffee and Tea: The Iron Thieves."

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It's the Iron: Iron Deficiency and Fibromyalgia, The Case for Confusion

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapter "Iron Deficiency and Fibromyalgia: The Case for Confusion."

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Italians vs. Puerto Ricans: Or When Racism Exposes Its Ludicrous Side

A short essay on racial relations between Italians and Puerto Ricans.

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It's the Iron: Iron Deficiency and Depression, the Known Link

A free preview of my forthcoming book It's the Iron: How My Iron Deficiency was Misdiagnosed as Arthritis, and Why Your Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain and Fatigue Might Be Low Iron, Too. This memoir details the story of my own misdiagnosis, and relates how, after five terrible years of physical pain and emotional anguish, I recovered in just a few weeks with the help of iron. Part personal history, and part medical treatise, It's the Iron discloses, through patient histories and clinical evidence, how and why the remarkably common but oft-hidden state of iron deficiency is frequently mistaken for other conditions.

This preview includes the chapter "Iron Deficiency and Depression: The Known Link."

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The Other Three of Us: Free Preview

This is a PREVIEW (first four chapters) of my novel The Other Three of Us, the sequel to my original friends-to-lovers romance Just the Three of Us:

In Just the Three of Us: An Erotic Romantic Comedy for the Commitment-Challenged, we learned the story of Sam and Kathy and Ted, three good friends who become even better lovers. Now find out what happens to the author when her real-life inspirations read her book...

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Just the Three of Us: An Erotic Romantic Comedy for the Commitment-Challenged

Three close friends get too close for comfort in Just the Three of Us: An Erotic Romantic Comedy.

Meet Kathy, a thirty-seven-year-old drifter who’s constantly on the move: to new towns, new jobs, and new relationships. Imagine her surprise when she’s befriended by lifelong friends Sam and Ted, attractive young men who, though ten years her junior, are far more settled than she thinks she’ll ever be. Cheer them on as their three-way friendship succumbs to passion, then passion to romance, and romance to… well, surely it couldn’t be love. Could it?

With plenty of heat, dialogue that will make you laugh out loud, and a plot to tickle your most sentimental of spots, Just the Three of Us promises an entertaining read for fans of romance looking for a unique take on love and sexuality.

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Brother No More

“An inner-city girl dies… and her big brother is reborn."

Brother No More was written for the Story Shares Teen & YA Literacy Project, offering stories for young adults that are "hard to put down but easy to read."

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Romance Shorts: Love Stories by Lori Schafer

A collection of romantic short stories by author Lori Schafer. Features author commentary on individual pieces.

"Delayed Connection"
"The Sublet"
"Fluffy Robes and Slippers"
"Beach House"
"Careful"
"Last Date"
"Missed Call"
"Anything Can Happen"

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Me and Fat Marge: An Erotic Short Story

"She dives into me like I'm as smooth as a chocolate creme pie and twice as tasty..."

Brent and Marge have only been married a short while when Marge's weight grows dangerously out of control. It's up to their good friend Kat to make sure she starts eating healthy again - and once they get started, she can't bear to stop! This funny, sexy short story will forever change the way you think about dieting - and possibly make you yearn for a fat Marge of your very own.

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Detention: A Preview of On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened

I was sixteen when my mother became mentally ill. I experienced first-hand the terror of watching someone I loved transform into a monster, the terror of discovering that I was to be her primary victim. For years I’ve lived with the sadness of knowing that she, too, was a helpless victim – a victim of a terrible disease that consumed and destroyed the woman I had called Mom.

She died in 2007. No one will ever know her side of the story now. But perhaps, at last, it’s time for me to tell mine.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an EXCERPT from my memoir On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened. It is NOT the full book.

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Moving In, Moving Out, Moving On

I was 16 at the onset of my mother's psychosis. I experienced first-hand the terror of watching someone I loved transform into a monster, the terror of discovering that I was to be her primary victim.

My mother's illness took everything. My family, my home, my friends, my future. A year and a half later I would be living alone on the street on the other side of the country, wondering whether I could even survive on my own.

But I did. That was how my mother - my real mother - raised me. To survive.

She, too, was a survivor. It wasn't until last year that I learned that she had died - in 2007. No one will ever know her side of the story now. But perhaps, at last, it's time for me to tell mine.

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Funeral for Charlie

"I bowed my head as Bob plunked our deceased friend respectfully into the deep. I listened quietly as he somberly activated the flusher. And then I watched as the water swirled away, taking Charlie on one final miraculous journey to the home of his ancient ancestors, to the ocean the abrupt end of his short life had precluded him from ever going to see..."

A routine goldfish funeral goes awry in this humorous short story.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A Critical Analysis

A lighthearted analytical look at the most beloved television Christmas special of all time - Rankin and Bass' Claymation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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To All the Penises I've Ever Known: Erotic Shorts by Lori Schafer

To All the Penises I’ve Ever Known: Erotic Shorts by Lori Schafer. Ranging in style from funny to filthy, this collection features author commentary on selected stories and my open letter to you-know-who.

"Morning After"
"Ballroom Dance"
"To All the Penises I've Ever Known"
"Missed Connection"
"Complete Your Assignments!"
"Lori Schafer: I Write Erotica"

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