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A Shocking Diagnosis Produces One of the Author’s Most Memorable Novels to Date

50 HOURS by Loree Lough

If ever a book was predestined to be written by an individual, it was 50 HOURS by best-selling author Loree Lough. You will indeed find a piece of the author in between each page. Loree, healthy at the time she was commissioned to write the novel, was diagnosed with a similar terminal illness as her main character! The shocking diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma allowed her to write one of her most memorable novels to date. It is not by any means a depressing story that smacks of defeat or worse self-pity, but of all things, is a story of redemption, peace, second chances, friendship, forgiveness and of course, LOVE!

The famous novelist Catherine Lanigan of Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, and a multitude of other works, wrote, “This is the kind of book that wins Pulitzer prizes,” the highest compliment for any literary fiction novel.

Loree, admittedly, found it challenging at times to write 50 HOURS and early on confessed to Kevin James O’Neill, the screenplay writer the novel is based upon and a movie producer, that she wasn’t sure if she could handle the story or workload. However, for over a year and a half, through twice-daily chemo, plus a stem cell transplant, Loree could not get the characters out of her head and had the overwhelming desire to finish the novel. Wanting more than ever to show readers whose lives had been touched by this dreaded disease, cancer, that, “There’s always plenty of reason to hope and have something to be thankful for,” Loree forged ahead.

The realization that millions of others were facing the same prognosis as her self and her main character, Loree decided to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. For her, it was cathartic, and she hoped it would be for her readers—not just cancer patients and their families—too. Loree has always believed she was fairly tough; living by the “Never let ’em see ya sweat” and “Never let ’em see ya cry” codes, and continued to think that way as she poured her heart and soul into her novel through her characters Aubrey, Franco, and Dusty.

Aubrey is living with the constant knowledge that her life is slowly ebbing to an end, but she’s determined to squeeze as much joy from every precious moment she has left. Still, she’s lonely, exhausted, and no matter how hard she tries to hide it, terrified! Meeting Franco gives Aubrey a thread of hope to grasp onto, as she realizes that her long-held dream of painting autumn, in of all places Savannah, has come true with his help. Franco, burdened by the belief that he’s partially responsible for the car wreck that killed his wife, turned him into a man who eked out his existence by merely putting one foot in front of the other because he doesn’t know what else to do. After meeting Aubrey, whose zest for life is infectious, his 50 hours of community service tick by, as he finds himself drawn to her strength.

Loree found herself putting words into Aubrey’s mouth, that she’d only ever said in the privacy of her own mind. Talking with her fellow patients proved she wasn’t alone: A lot of cancer patients keep things to themselves. They do it to spare their loved ones, already worried and afraid of an uncertain future, who aren’t entirely sure or know how to comfort their loved ones. Through Aubrey, Loree was able to tell them that she expected nothing, quite literally, except to be with them (her family and friends). It isn’t easy watching someone you care about suffering the side effects of drugs and treatments. Loree, through Aubrey, showed friends and family that she appreciated their steadfastness. Aubrey’s relationship with Franco and her mother helped her make that point.

Her research and interviews proved there are far too many “loved ones” like Aubrey’s ex-husband; Michael who put on a good show of being the dutiful spouse…until the condition, like Aubrey’s, deteriorated, taking the spotlight off him and putting it back on her. It’s an ugly fact, but a fact nonetheless: The occasional loved one will leave. Through Aubrey, Loree hoped to show cancer patients and family members alike that they can survive even that!


Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for her grandchildren but mostly, she just writes full time. Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 7 movie options, and over eighty 4- and 5-star reviews. There are NEARLY seven million copies of Loree’s books in circulation, and by year-end of 2018, she’ll have 119 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. Loree shares her [i]learned-the-hard-way[/i] lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad. A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations. She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and “wolf stuff.”

Spreading the word about this book increases the opportunity for Kevin James O’Neill to take make it a feature film as intended. Royalties from 50 HOURS go toward Cancer Research. Specifically, the Multiple Myeloma ResearchFoundation.

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Article Copyright © 2018 by Amanda M. Thrasher 


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Character Quotes from Food Truck Hero by Dellani

character-quotes-imageAs the crowd thinned, I spotted Rowena coming out of the building. She was with Bernadette again, doing her best to get away.

I nudged Jake. “Call out Hey, Rowena and wave,” I said.

He did what I asked without question, giving her a big grin and a hearty wave. Surprised, she took the cue and excused herself from Bernie’s less than congenial company. Making her way over to the food truck, she grinned up at us.

“Hey, y’all! How you doing, sugar?” she said to Jake.

“You ain’t from around here,” he replied, laying on his own luscious drawl.

“No, baby, I’m from Mizzippi.”

“No! Really?”

I watched Bernie glower and fade into the background, her dark eyes blazing as she watched the interchange between Jake and Rowena.

“Pass Christian,” she added with a grin. “You ain’t from around here, neither!”

Jake laughed loudly. It was the most comfortable sound he’s ever made. “Nope, true enough. I’m from around Natchez.”

“How’d you end up here?” she asked.

“Was gonna ask the same thing.”

“I go where they send me.”

“Me too.” He nodded, shuffling his feet.

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Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes - 200“Weird thing in both rooms, sir.”

“Oh? What’s that?” Scott was almost defiant, his arms crossed in front of him.

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character-quotes-imageI was giggling so hard, I thought I was going to pee myself. “Oh, we got the Ladies, if you sit on a boy’s lap, you should sit on a phone book speech from Sister Mary Claire. She wouldn’t ever tell us why, though. I don’t think she really knew herself, it was just the speech she was supposed to deliver.”

“Why a phone book?”

I’d left both the men puzzling over that one for a moment.

“Because,” I winked wickedly at Duncan, “if he gets a woody you won’t feel it.”

“My God, Rose, I don’t believe you said that.”

Duncan and Bill were laughing so hard they had tears in their eyes.

“She’s an expert on phone books now, is she?” Bill’s eyes were twinkling.

“Either that or she’s an expert on woodies, Bill. Which do you think?”

“Oh, you’re evil.” I smacked him playfully on the arm.

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He held his cigarette toward me like a microphone. I stared at him for a second, then glanced at Duncan. He had that look on his face, like he was waiting to see how I was going to weasel out of this one.

“I dunno, Bill.” I raised an eyebrow and let my eyes travel down to his crotch. Putting on my best Mae West voice, I replied. “Why don’t ya show me one of each and I’ll let ya know.”

I sashayed back into the hospital, the automatic doors swishing open and shut behind me. I heard their laughter half way up the hall.

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character-quotes-image“Who was your date to prom?” I asked.

“Sophomore, junior or senior year?”

“You went in tenth grade too? Lucky!”

“Older girl dragged me along. Sad thing, I didn’t get laid after.”

“Why not?”

Jeff laughed suddenly, shaking his head. “She thought I was gay. She invited me cause she was gay and didn’t want to out to her parents.”

“Oh, bummer!”

“Junior prom was better.”

“Did you get laid after?”

By the way he chuckled, I knew the answer to that one. “Her name was Julia Child. Her folks named her after the French Chef.”

“Poor girl. Could she cook?”

“Not in the usual, or acceptable sense, but she was damn hot.”

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character-quotes-image“I really am fine, Davi. You don’t need to drive my car home.”

“I saw you when I walked in that door, girl. I’m not gonna let you drive and that’s final. When your face is as white as your lab coat, it’s time to let someone take care of you. Now shut up and tell me who the hunk is.”

Tanya looked up at her friend, uncomprehending. “Hunk?”

“The guy with the great teeth and the tight ass! Where did you find him?”

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“Ooh, I love a mystery! Well, if you play your cards right, maybe he’ll stay awhile.”

“I don’t want him to stay awhile. I want to go home and go to bed.”

“Girl, you want it so bad, you don’t even know it,” Davida said, tossing her long, curly hair over her shoulder.

“I don’t want anything but a good night’s sleep.”

“Uh huh….” When Davida used that tone, the conversation was over.

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he-needed-killin-cover“You need to put some weight on,” another waitress, Vivian said. She was probably old enough to be his grandmother. Short, plump and gray haired, she had sparkling blue eyes and a sunny smile.

“If I eat like this too much, I’ll blimp out.”

She giggled, pinching his cheek. “Women like a man with some meat on him.”

“Oh, I’ve got meat,” Dill said. When he realized what he’d said and how it could be interpreted, he blushed.

Viv patted his cheek and went off giggling.

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He Thought He Saw redMr. Finley talked to the sergeant who had been at Brian’s house. He wove some story about coming out here for a cookout when an earthquake struck.

“Brian must have been right on a fault line,” he said. “Sucked him right in. We dug him out, but he was in a bad way. Fortunately, we had Dr. Beauchamps here and another fellow who used to work as a paramedic. They got him squared away until the ambulance got here.”

“That’s quite a story, Mr. Finley.” She didn’t sound like she believed him.

“Well, maybe you’ll like this one better. We came out here to hunt a demon that’s been causing trouble around town. When he went back on down the abyss, he dragged Brian with him and we pulled him out by magic.”

The sergeant laughed, shaking her head. “Clifford Finley, you were always the best story teller in school. I swear, I don’t know how your wife puts up with you.”

“Cause I keep her laughing,” he replied.

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character-quotes-image“Yeah. See you, princess.”

“Love ya, Romy.”

He chuckled, making kissing noises in the phone. “Would that were true, love. I’d be all over that.”

“Rom, you’d be all over anything that stood still long enough.”

“Shh, keep it down or Gran will worry about the cat.”

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Under the Western Sky by Dellani Oakes - 500Bobby had to admit that nothing beat a miniskirt for being erotic and evocative while still covering up the most important bits of a woman’s anatomy.

“Okay, Mom. I’ll call you when I get in. Love you too!” She hung up and smiled at Bobby. “Put your tongue back in your mouth.”

“You wear an outfit like that and don’t expect me to look? Or are you a tease?”

“You can look all you want. But you aren’t allowed to drool.”

“Can I touch?” He wanted to badly.

“Maybe.” At least she didn’t say no.

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