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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Ya Gotta Laugh by Barbara Alldritt - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Barbara Alldritt and her new book, “Ya Gotta Laugh,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Barbara and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Ya Gotta Laugh

by Barbara Alldritt


GENRE: Short Stories, Contemporary



In "YA GOTTA LAUGH", Barbara Alldritt presents a series of short stories based on her own experiences, and those of others, about living life with joy & happiness, in spite of life's challenges.

While pursuing an academic career, Barbara was hit hard by a debilitating disease. She quickly determined she needed a new direction in life. Always interested in writing, she turned to creating stories about this new path.

These are stories that show that even in trying circumstances, there are still ways to find humour.



I’ve heard there are people called breatharians. They’re sort of like vegetarians, except they get all their nutritional needs from the air they breathe, not from vegetable matter they eat. For a time, I thought seriously about looking into what it would take to become a breatharian. Eating, whether animal or vegetable, always felt like walking through a minefield. Every choice I made was fraught with perils. Foods in my “safe” category moved into the “red flag” category with lightning speed. I did my best to eat on a four-day choice rotation plan, but I soon did not have enough variety left in my safe vegetable category even for this.

After eating, I often had to spend the rest of the day with poor balance, altered sensory capacity in my hands, cold legs and feet, a foggy brain that just wanted my body to lie on the couch with no regard for commitments, urinary urgency, disabling fatigue, or unexplained irritability that could turn to anger on the snap of a finger. There were other problems as well, but you get the picture. If I made the wrong choice about what to eat just to survive, never mind for pleasure, life became, as they say, hell on wheels. And they aren’t referring to my wheelchair.

I’d always been a practical person, a problem solver, not prone to spending too much time feeling sorry for myself. I believed that if I used my clear-headed time to investigate these food sensitivities, I’d be able to resolve them.

After several allergy tests, the doctor confirmed that the range of foods I could safely eat had reduced precipitously. I felt sure that the process that was causing the allergies was ongoing, and that the overall number of my “safe” foods was continuing to decline.



Author Barbara Alldritt was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and although there was always work around the farm she preferred hiding behind the couch reading a book rather than be out in the fields hoeing potatoes or washing dishes in the kitchen. After High school she travelled extensively in Western Canada and then set out on a 2-year adventure around the world and met her husband on that trip in Western Samoa. They returned to Canada settling in Calgary. Barbara then returned to higher education at the University of Calgary and completed her Honours Degree in 1988, and was awarded the Faculty of General Studies Gold Medal and the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for that year.

They then moved to Vancouver, BC, and Barbara entered a master’s program at UBC. In the throes of completing her MA and preparing to start her PhD, MS hit her hard and put a stop to her academic work.

Needing a new direction and given her interest in both research and writing she looked into many options for maintaining her health from taking up aqua-fitness to nutrition and what she should and should not eat. She also became active in the MS Society and produced their newsletter, in which she wrote stories that looked at the humorous side of living with a disability.

Many who read her stories were inspired to contact her to tell their own tales and adventures. She interviewed them and added them to the newsletter, resulting in this compendium of stories.





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  1. Barbara ~ Good morning!! Welcome to FAB!! It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

  2. Sounds good, thank you for sharing.

  3. Great excerpt, Barbara, Ya Gotta Laugh sounds like a delightfully fun read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular day!

  4. I love the cover and the excerpt.

  5. Do you have a longish list of "safe" foods?