1. jhknightley
    April 18, 2015 @ 7:05 pm

    I really enjoyed the story, but it was kind of hard to follow for me. For one thing, I hate reading anything in present tense. So the fact that I read it all the way through is proof of how interesting the story was! Second, I think it would have been easier to read if the FB messages had also been separated from the story, with quotation marks, or italics or something. Having said that, however, I wish this was a longer story. I’d love to read more.


    • Kristy K. James
      April 18, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

      I apologize. I wrote the story in Word, then pasted it here – without bothering to check to make sure the formatting was still okay. The messages are italicized in that file, and I’ve fixed it so they are here too.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story though. I’ve never written anything in the first person before A Country Love Story, so this was just my second. I’m still a lot more comfortable with third person/two POVs. 🙂


  2. lynnkelleyauthor
    March 25, 2015 @ 1:22 am

    Oh, and maybe Curtis, the male nurse, is in love with Heather. And the plot thickens. Too many characters?


  3. lynnkelleyauthor
    March 25, 2015 @ 1:20 am

    Okay, Marge’s ICU heart breaking real life patients reminded me of an incident in the ER, only not such dire circumstances.

    Twenty-five-year-old Shelly has chest pains. Yes, she’s young, but being unemployed, broke, and the bills piling up, well, she’s been on edge lately. She has no health insurance and can’t afford to go to the ER and get checked, but those pains are bad and she’s having problems breathing, too. She finally gives in and drives herself. She can’t afford to not get checked. It could be serious.

    Curtis, a young male nurse in triage takes her blood pressure, heartbeat, and gets her history. The ER is busy but they find a bed for her and run tests.

    Her heart rate was normal…until the white curtain is whisked aside. “Hello, I’m Dr. Jordy.” Why oh why at this moment does the BP machine have to kick on? Shelly’s heartbeat is sky high and her cheeks are on fire.

    “Looks like all the tests came back negative, although your heart rate is a bit fast right now.”

    Shelly wanted to hide under the sheet, but instead stared at the blood pressure cuff. “Sometimes it does that.”

    Okay, sheesh, I’m getting carried away. I’ll let you pick Dr. Jordy’s first name. Anything but Gordie! Haha! Have fun with this one. And if you want to throw in a nurse named Heather who has a massive crush on the doc, have at it! 🙂


    • Kristy K. James
      March 31, 2015 @ 1:14 am

      Thanks, Lynn! And I LOVE the idea! Wouldn’t that be embarrassing to have a heart monitor speed up when a cute doctor came in the room? I could have a lot of fun with that. 😀


  4. lynnkelleyauthor
    March 25, 2015 @ 12:37 am

    I loved The Birthday Surprise! That was really cool! Great idea, Shineka. Hmmm, I need to think up a good story premise for you. How fun!


  5. Marge Bernard
    March 22, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    I would like to leave you an idea from a true experience of mine. Miki, an ICU RN on the 7pm to 7am shift, Karen, a 14 year old star on a swim team, Jack a college student working the dinner shift at a suburban restaurant and Julie a 18 year old depressed recent high school grad.

    Miki comes on duty to find 3 new patients Karen dove too shallow and broke her neck and is paralyzed from the neck down. She wants to live and walk and be normal. Jack hit a deer on a dark road on his way home from work and flipped his van and has no feeling or mobility from mid chest.. while he has little hope he too wants to live and be normal.

    Julie cut her wrists and took an over dose of medication. She wants to die as badly as the other two want to live and cried “I’m so stupid, so useless I can’t even kill myself and do it right”

    This all happened on one night shift although it seemed like a life time. Trying to deal with all the emotions and care for them was exhausting and one of the most difficult times in my nursing career.


    • Kristy K. James
      March 23, 2015 @ 4:08 am

      Wow. I can’t even imagine dealing with one of those problems and not being heartbroken for the victim, but three in one night? And all basically teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them. They might not have realized it at the time, Marge, but6 you did help them. And I’ll see what I can do about working your experience into a story. Thank you so much for sharing what was obviously a very difficult night for you – and your patients.


  6. shinekarobinson
    March 20, 2015 @ 7:16 am

    I could be biased since it was my idea but I personally loved it!!! 😀


    • Kristy K. James
      March 21, 2015 @ 4:32 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Shineka. I’m sorry it was so late in coming, but I’m glad it’s finished. 😀


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