Thank you for your service!
My husband and I were shopping at Cosco when an older man stopped us and asked him about the Durango, Colorado shirt my husband wore. I took a trip to the lady’s room while the two of them spoke about Durango. When I came back there was a woman, who I thought was the daughter of the older man, standing beside him waiting patiently for the conversation to end. She was around our age.
My husband and the man shook hands and we turned to walk away. The woman said to the older man, “Sir, I would like to thank you for your service.”
I hadn’t taken notice that the man’s hat said Vietnam Vet until she spoke.
When we finished shopping, the two of them were eating together in the small food service area. I take my hat off to this woman. I know she made that man’s day. She also made mine.
The people we take for granted.
Every Tuesday we collect the garbage from our trash bins, empty them and move the large outside bin down to the street. The trash is picked up at around 11am.
I love our front deck and it’s a great place to read a bit and catch the morning sun. It’s high above the street which offers a bit of privacy. I was lost in my book when I noticed the loud rumble of the garbage collection truck turning up our road.
The young boy who lives next door, about five or six years old, ran to the road to watch the truck. He was jumping up and down and waiving at the driver. I couldn’t hear what he was saying, due to the noise, but there was something in his hand. The driver stopped his truck, turned off the engine and jumped down to see what the boy had.
Here is the conversation…
“My dad is teaching me to whittle and this is what I’m making.”
“That looks mighty fine. Remember to be careful with knives and be sure to show it to me when you’re finished.”
“My dad is teaching me to be careful too.”
“He sounds like a great dad. You be a good boy, now.”
He turned and went back to his truck, started the engine, and picked up the garbage.
These small acts of kindness made me smile.
My goal in 2016 is to pass it on and hope that someone somewhere smiles over something I do.
Happy New Year,
Amazon removed thousands of books from their site yesterday.
Books were removed because of three keywords located in the title’s information page in the keywords section: Free, Bestseller and Kindle. It didn’t matter if your book was free, an Amazon bestseller, or a Kindle eBook; Amazon pulled the plug.
Approximately two weeks ago, authors received notices from Amazon giving them five days to comply with Amazon’s Terms of Service (TOS). If you’ve ever looked at Amazon’s TOS you might understand why the biggest problem was identifying words that Amazon now claims are a no no. Many authors missed “Kindle” in the long boring diatribe known as TOS and suffered the consequences. Yesterday, November 4th, also known as National Stress Awareness Day was Amazon’s We Removed Your Book Day.
Maybe it’s only me who sees the humor in all the stress this entailed.
Authors suffered overwhelmingly and relived the tragedy online in many writer’s groups. I don’t have the exact numbers but I’m sure many were hospitalized or even died as a result of having their books removed and their sales plummet. When I have a casualty list, I’ll update this post. Please send me a death certificate to accompany all claims of heart attack, stroke, or choking resulting in death so I’m not accused of exaggeration.
I have decided to take a stress-free approach at least as far as Suzie Ivy is concerned. Bad Luck Cadet & Officer, The Forever Team and The Forever Delinquent are no longer for sale on Amazon. You heard me… nope, nada, zilch, nanny nanny poo poo.
But, have no fear Kindle users (we’ll now call this the dirty, K-word) my books are available in mobi edition on such sites as Smashwords, Chat eBooks and Gumroad (my buy direct store). And if you own an Apple device, Nook, or Kobo reader, you will find my books available at their stores because they play nice with others. The paperbacks will still be carried by Amazon for a limited time. That change is coming soon, though.
You might be asking if I’m really taking a bite out of Amazon by removing my books? Honestly, it won’t even be a blip on their quirky, ever-changing radar. But, I feel better and that’s what counts. I’m cutting my dependency on Amazon by removing books and ordering books and goods through other retailers. In my opinion, K-word Unlimited is the worst tragedy to happen to authors since the last book burning, but, that’s a whole other blog post, Air For Sale.
Whether you’re with me or against me; I’d love to hear your comments.
Months ago, my husband and I were watching a movie when I came unglued over a scene where the police made a woman wait 48 hours before reporting her friend missing. This is total BS and is harmful to the public. My dissing an incorrect police procedure from Hollywood is a common occurrence in my house but I don’t usually jump out of my chair and scream at the television. My poor husband almost had a heart attack.
A few days ago, I was reading a really good romantic thriller and ran across the same situation. I marched downstairs, Nook in hand, and read the passage to my husband. He was working on his fantasy football draft. I must give him credit because he listened patiently to what I had to say. When I finished, he asked, “Didn’t that recently upset you in a movie we watched?”
So Authors! Get your facts straight. The 48 hour rule is not just a myth, it’s dangerous to the people who read your books and believe you know what you’re talking about.
As a detective, a woman in my community waited 48 hours to inform the police that her son was missing. I helped dig his burned body from a shallow grave. This is why I scream and stomp my feet. If you write mystery, thrillers, police procedural, the last thing you want to do is spread false information that could possibly do more harm than good.
48 HOURS IS A DANGEROUS MYTH!
So let’s take a look at the truth:
- Police take the totality of circumstances into consideration. It’s not against the law for an adult to take a trip and leave without telling anyone however police will always file a report.
- Did the missing person pack clothes, toothbrush, wallet or other essential items? What about their vehicle, is it gone too?
- Was there a family fight? Police can and will place an alert on a vehicle license plate.
- Is this a common occurrence?
- Do you live with the missing person and if not have you checked their home? The police will do what’s called a welfare check. I’ve done my share. Many are for the elderly after out of town relatives call. Several have ended in finding a person dead of natural causes.
- Does the person have special needs; medication, mental or physical disabilities requiring assistance?
- Why do you feel they are missing and endangered?
It should go without saying that any missing child, 18 years of age and younger, is endangered.
Stop the myth and do your job as an author. Research please. Screaming fits in my living room are extremely bad for my husband’s health and my blood pressure.
The Forever Team is available in paperback ($5.99) and eBook (99 cents).
Six months ago The Forever Team released as part of 10-Code Project to raise money for the national Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. I don’t have the figures yet but I’m very excited to see how much money we raised. Thank you everyone who purchased a copy.
I worked very hard this past month to make The Forever Team appropriate for age 10+ readers. This means I cleaned up the language and sexual innuendos that made it true to life. The changes don’t effect the story but for the first time, my grandchildren can read a book I’ve written.
As a long-time rottweiler owner, I want you to know this story is very close to my heart. I had just lost my six-year-old Rottie to cancer when I wrote The Forever Team. There were so many tears shed it was hard to see my computer screen at times. I’m hoping there are a few more Detective Jolett books in me because I really want to revisit her world.
New Cover and #FREE through June 6
Bad Luck Cadet & Officer has a new cover and to celebrate, it’s FREE at Amazon through Friday. I really need some reviews on the combined version so if you’ve read both or missed them, please grab a copy of the combined books while they’re free and consider leaving a review, thank you.
I’ve decided against writing another Suzie Ivy adventure. This decision relieves my mind because I’ve always been worried about the victims of crime. Instead, I want to fictionalize some of my adventures and possible use Detective Jolett as my alter ego. We’ll see where these thoughts take me. Right now, my romance writing is keeping me busy.
Buy link: Amazon Kindle
If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited several of my books are available for you as a free download. Bad Luck Officer & Cadet and writing as Holly S. Roberts: Play, Strike, Kick, Slam, and Crimson Warrior.
Dragons Don’t Forgive is Live
If you read my steamy paranormal books, Dragons Don’t Forgive, the third book in the Fire Chronicles Series releases today too. There are four books planned and I’m hard at work on the final installment. I’m adding an extra dose of humor to this one because Dragons Don’t Forgive is a tad on the heartbreaking side. It does have a happy ending, though so don’t let me turn you away if you’re interested. Just think Gor meets Little House on the Prairie. If that catches your interest you might want to read the series. Dragons Don’t Cry is book I and Dragons Don’t Love is book II.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XJTQPKI
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XJTQPKI
Now I need a vacation! We leave next Monday and I can’t wait!
It’s time to stock up on summer reading and I have just the book. Best of all it’s 13 brand new stories and the cost is only 99 cents. My friends; New York Times, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors, got together and published Romancing the Paranormal with fun and sexy stories for hours of reading on a sandy beach, back yard lounge chair, or favorite under the ceiling fan reading spot. It boils down to 8 cents per hot guy and is worth every penny.
My book in the collection, Fang Chronicles: Tyboll, can be read as a standalone and is a humorous tale of a grumpy bear shifter who meets his match with a bear shifting witch. I promise you’ll laugh at what it takes to straighten him out.
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUI7KK6
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TUI7KK6…
On a side note, I will get the rights back to my latest police story, The Forever Team, on June 1st. It’s currently available on Amazon in the 10 Code collection and all proceeds benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, DC. When this story returns to my hands, the gritty content will be removed making it appropriate for age 10 plus readers. The original story will no longer be available so if you don’t have a copy and want to read it with true-life verbiage here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PR9QWJM
Now if the weather would finally get warm and stay there, I could pretend I was on a beach!
As a child I had a fascination with police officers.
They represented authority, an awesome uniform, and a courageous presence that I found intriguing. Why do kids grow up wanting to be cops? What will the next generation bring to the badge?
Cowboys and Indians were big when I was a child. I always wanted to be the Indian; wild and fighting back against the big bad cowboys. Yes, I know this is politically incorrect today, but in the sixties it was big. I had a small bow and arrow set and fought, totally out-gunned, against metal cap pistols. I played with the boys because girl games were boring. Add small plastic dinosaurs and Match Box cars when indoors and I could entertain myself for hours on rainy days.
Read more of this post at Uniform Stories. The pictures, including the banner at the top, are of me as a child. And yes, I caught those fish all by myself.
Until next time,