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Thursday, April 18, 2013


Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. Learn more about Lynn and her books at her website. -- AP 

Temporary Roommates is a novella set in the Central West End of St. Louis, next to Forest Park, where the 1905 World’s Fair was held, and, down the street from the hospital where I spent the majority of 2007.

The writer handbooks all tell you to write about something you know, so when I stared out the window after being told I had breast cancer, instead of focusing on the fear of what might be, I spun a story about a nurse who needed a place to live.

As the treatments continued, I had a lot of time to think about this story.  As the months passed through spring and into summer, I, like my heroine yearned to be outside.  Maybe not running like Annie enjoys, but at least walking, hearing the birds and feeling the sun on my face.

I’ve been cancer free now for five years and although I still haven’t taken up running, I’m a lot like my spunky nurse heroine, always trying to find my way in the world without help. But I’ve found that taking care of each other is a calling.  So I wanted to share my top five gifts for any friend undergoing cancer treatments.

1-Offer to help. No, scratch that, don’t just offer, show up to clean their house, or drive them to chemo, or even sit and talk on the porch. 

2- Ease the boredom.  I tell everyone I know the best part of cancer was time to read.  If your friend isn’t a reader, crosswords are great, too.  Just something to pass the time while waiting for the next appointment.

3- Food. As time passed, the chemo made food less appetizing. So I ate a lot of mashed potatoes and ice cream.  Find out what your friend loves, then stock their fridge.

4- Be an exercise buddy. Studies have shown some advantages for people who exercise through the months of treatment.  Added strength, energy, and maybe even just a healthy dose of the feel good stuff that floods your brain after working out.  (Be sure to clear plans with your friend’s medical professionals.)

5-Offer to take your friend to their appointments.  I found myself wondering about the future way too often when I was alone. Having someone there kept me in the moment and focused on getting better.

Annie Baxter, my heroine in Temporary Roommates is given doggie duty, escorting a puppy through the halls to meet patients. I tend to agree with my character, there’s nothing quite so healing as a big wet puppy kiss.

Blurb: Annie Baxter has her dream job.  Now, all she needs is a cheap apartment close to the hospital.  Troy Saunders knows his life as an intern is all about the long hours. He doesn’t have time to play doctor to some Nurse Barbie.  So when his sister finds a great apartment walking distance to work and next to the best running paths in the city, he’s sold. Two leasing agents, two prospective renters, one apartment.  Can they co-exist without fireworks?


woolfcindy said...

Your book sounds great. I tried to go buy it but it's not out yet. When will it e available?

Kwana said...

This sounds wonderful Lynn and I think you tips are great. Best of luck!

Lynn Cahoon said...

Tomorrow Cindy! :)

Thanks Kwana!

Anonymous said...

Glad your cancer story has a happy ending! How neat about the genesis of the book. Congrats on it!

Also, thanks bunches for those tips!!!!


Lynn Cahoon said...

Thanks Brenda. I tend to find stories in the strangest places. :)

Lynn Cahoon said...

woolfcindy - It's available now - Here's the link - http://www.passioninprint.com/ShowBook.php?CR=LC_TMPRMATES

Unknown said...


What a great post. Your tips are so true. People assume that your immediate family will pick up on the chores, but that's not always the case.

A friend or family member coming in to help clean the house or take cancer-battler to appointments can make all the difference in someone's mental state as they fight the disease.

Big hugs to you for your 5 year remission.

I can't wait to read your latest book!

Margaret Carroll said...

Lynn & Lois, thank you for sharing this wonderful story which I needed to hear. I wrote my first romance in the wee hours when I couldn't sleep following my husband's sudden death. I needed for it to be springtime somewhere, with people drinking tea at The Plaza and having fun and falling in love....even if it was only in my head. I went on to sell that book and others (one went on to be nominated for a Rita). I just saw the link and had to write. April 19 is the anniversary of my husband's death. What a great message on this day. God bless and keep writing. Kind regards, Margaret Carroll

Lois Winston said...

Margaret, sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. So glad you found Lynn's guest blog yesterday.

Lynn Cahoon said...

Mary - People sometimes just don't know how to help, and, some, like me, don't know how to ask for help. Thanks for stopping in.

Margaret - First, big hugs for you. And congrats on the Rita nomination. I'm so glad you took the time to stop by and comment. Writing does take me away from the real world - which sometimes I don't think is a bad thing.

Margaret Carroll said...

As a very dear friend of mine - he is also a literary novelist and cancer survivor - says: "writing is cheaper than therapy." Absolutely! All best, Margaret