Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terri Morgan

Red carpet at night.




A Red Carpet Day  for Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terrie Morgan.  this great book has been on tour all week and at each post there has been an excerpt.  Put all together it creates a whole peice.Today is the last day of the tour but if you want to read the preceding excerpts and gain the whole section I have included the previous stops at the end.

Todays part of the whole :

“My name, at least the name I go by now, is Caitlin. That’s the name I chose for myself 18 years ago when I fled my childhood home of horrors.”


Caitlin Kane knows more about the impact of schizophrenia than most people could imagine. Both her parents were afflicted with the devastating mental illness, a disease that tends to run in families, and Caitlin and her brother grew up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two schizophrenics. Her tumultuous childhood left Caitlin determined to forge a peaceful and serene life for herself. Now 32, she is living her dream. Married to her best friend, she and her husband are raising two bright young children in the suburbs of Seattle. While her unusual upbringing has left Caitlin with emotional scars, she enjoys the love and support of her extended family and her challenging career as a pediatric nurse. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t shake the obsessive fear that the family illness will strike again, robbing her of her mind or stealing away the sanity of one or both of her children.

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“My name, at least the name I go by now, is Caitlin. That’s the name I chose for myself 18 years ago when I fled my childhood home of horrors.”

The eBook will be FREE on February  20, 21, & 22.


About the Author:

Terri Morgan is a book junkie and freelance writer from Soquel California. She reads at least 3 books a week, and gets nervous if she doesn’t have new reading material available. When not reading, she is often found writing. Over the past three decades, her work has appeared in hundreds of different magazines, newspapers, newsletters and on websites. The author of 4 non-fiction books for young adults, and the co-author of four additional non-fiction volumes, Terri released her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, as an e-book in late 2011. Now, Playing the Genetic Lottery is also available in paperback.
 Connect with Terri: Website * Facebook * Twitter
To read the whole excerpt visit the stops below

Monday Feb. 18

Alli’s World (1)
Java John Z’s Giveaways and Reviews (2)
izz “pingle” bookish place & (3)
Bubbles. Deux. (4)

Tuesday Feb. 19
Library Girl Reads & Reviews (5)
Recent Read (6)
Lindsay and Jane’s Views and Reviews (7)
Brooke Blogs (8)

Wednesday Feb. 20
Mary’s Cup of Tea (9)
Books R Us (10)

Thursday Feb. 21
Ali’s Bookshelf (11)
Tyrneathem (12)

Friday Feb. 22
Alberta Ross (13)
Uttley’s Take – (14)

Donna Huber
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Sulky pouts and curses:alberta’s check in


In the real world I belong to the U3A and run two groups for our local branch.  The local branch has decided to hold another open day (last one three years ago) early March, and us group leaders have been asked to put on displays of our groups.  Moi, I am not a team player and I hate crowded type events such as open days and what is more have no more room in either of my groups.  So with much sulky pouts and curses have been forced to begin planning for a non event!

Miserable old woman you mutter – well not so bad I guess, and my splendid members have flooded me with imaginative ideas for the table display.  I shall have just the one table, for both groups, and neither are really easy to grab attention.  There’s Living History which is basically memoir/autobiography and there’s writing which is basically, well, writing.  However with many telephone conversations, and a couple of meetings and I am sure all will be well on the day.  I shall still hate being in the crowd but I have been well trained through life to smile and be pleasant to strangers:) It is only for a few hours.

The initial planning has already eaten into my time this week, still inclined to pout a little:)

So how did my non-writing week go.  Not so bad at all.  I do feel refreshed after these weeks, maybe I have found a way to pace myself at long last!

ROW80 This week:

1)  Blogs:  I put up one blog this week just sliding in at the last moment:(  on Sefuty Chronicles,) bit more about how easy it is to trash a world.

I also re-jigged my post on Spellwright last week, making it more of a review for my Alberta Reads which is linked to Goodreads.

2)  Memoirs:  I have collected 40,000 words of my blogs and run them through a quick edit.  Found some places where away from cyberspace they make less sense , have marked those passages for correction. Played around with the order, do I put them as they appeared or collect them into categories.  Haven’t decided yet will wait until the workshops begin.

The autobiography of my childhood, I have begun researching an historical timeline to run alongside.  This piece will need some vigorous editing!

3)  Reading:  FinishedPlaying the The Genetic Lottery by Terri MorganTwisted Reflections by Shay Fabbro and Time’s Fugitive by Jennette Marie Powell these count towards my e-book and new authors challenge.  Also, Steel and Snow, the 1st part of the 3rd part of A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin. This will count for Chunkster and for my keyword challenges – the’ snow’ standing for the keyword. Also my Goodreads challenge, so good progress there.

What I am bad at is putting reviews up and I really must do better on this, I know how frustrating it is when folk say they like a book you have written and then don’t bother to put a review up to others might be tempted – so slapped wrist and she must do better.  Must also write about them more on albertareads.

4)  Networking:  Have kept up, just,  but haven’t had machine on much this week.

5)  Workshop: have now three brand new short stories from the flash fiction workshop, one more to go:) I   have also signed up for a Scrivener workshop– this month – hopefully I’ll get the hang of this software and use it properly:)

Next week:  This is a writing week so back to my Ancestor’s Tale,  and word counts:) I had a wonderful moment while taking my boiled egg from the pan when my brain told me how to connect Ancestor’s to the (5th) next in the series and also how to connect the short stories to 5th (I had been planning a collection of short stories sometime, concerning some of the minor characters or those whose tales have not fitted into the series. Great stuff:)

Hope to get ahead on the blogging and also some more research is needed to help with above.

Do you want to beat winter time blues?

Red carpet at night.I am welcoming Terri Morgan, author of Playing the Genetic Lottery,back on the Red Carpet today, with her Beat the Winter Blues give away (and who doesn’t need to beat the winter blues:)

Beat the Winter Time Blues Giveaway
Does winter have you down? Perk up with a $50 Amazon gift card from Terri Morgan, author of Playing the Genetic Lottery. Enter to win below.
Caitlin’s story touched me deep in my soul” ~ Marina, Chick Library Cat
Terri Morgan’s depictions of [schizophrenia] are realistic as well as haunting.” ~ Allizabeth Collins, The Paperback Pursuer
Playing the Genetic LotteryWill Caitlin succumb to the disease that has claimed her
parents and brother? Will her daughters be the next victims of the
family curse? Find out in Terri Morgan’s fictional memoir Playing the Genetic Lottery.
Available at Amazon and in paperback directly from *
*$1 of every paperback purchased from Terri’s site goes to support mental health research.

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