A VIRTUAL VACATION

Have your vacation plans changed because of the pandemic? Mine have. I had planned to go to the Caribbean not only for vacation but also to do research for my upcoming suspense novel.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know I just released Book One of the Colt Jessup series. It is called, ROCK BOTTOM. The Kindle version is on sale right now for 99 cents on Amazon.

In my upcoming book, we find Detective Colt Jessup taking a break from police work. It’s a good time for him since he’s on administrative leave following an officer involved shooting. He is looking forward to fun stuff like fishing, boating, snorkeling, and sailing. Unfortunately, trouble follows him to the island, or so he thinks. In any event, he’s getting shot at and he thinks he has a good idea who is doing the shooting. But he could be wrong.

It’s been awhile since I was in the Caribbean, so I needed a refresher course. With Covid-19 spreading like wildfire, it’s risky to fly. My backup plan has me relying on the internet to get into the spirit of a tropical paradise.

Also setting the mood just right is listening to reggae music. I wish I could be there in person, but since I can’t, this is a nice substitute.

Look for my novel, RELENTLESS, to come out sometime next year.

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HEROES BIG AND SMALL

There is a lot of talk about heroes during this pandemic. They’re the doctors, nurses, mail carriers, store clerks, sanitation workers, first responders, just to name a few. Occasionally, we’ll hear a feel-good story about what children are doing to help out such as raising money, making mask, helping neighbors out, and donating food.

Maybe you have seen a story about 9-year-old Kamryn Johnson and her friends. Out of boredom and the need to do something, the children started making friendship bracelets. Kamryn’s father, former NFL player Ron Johnson, thought the kids might raise around $50. Wrong! They have raised over $100,000! Yes, you heard right. People travel from all around to buy a bracelet, give a donation, or drop off supplies.

Good can come from the bad. I say this because Kamryn lives in Minneapolis and was moved by what was happening to her city after the death of George Floyd. Businesses were vandalized which hurt the most vulnerable people in society. Initially, she and her friends wanted to raise money to help businesses get back on their feet and to buy supplies for residents in need. Proceeds now include giving to food banks.

If you would like a bracelet and help the charity, “Kamryn & Friends” Bracelets for Unity and Justice, click here to go the GoFundMe page.

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STRONG WOMEN ON DEMOCRACY

Eleanor Roosevelt – Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?

Sojourner Truth – Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.

Susan B. Anthony – I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Rosa Parks – I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.

Harriet Tubman – I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.

Mercy Otis Warren (American Revolution) – The rights of the individual should be the primary object of all governments.

Abigail Adams – Great learning and superior abilities …will be of little value and small estimation unless virtue, honor, truth and integrity are added to them.

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THE UNEXPECTED CALL

In my soon to be released suspense novel, ROCK BOTTOM, you will meet Isabella Luca, an aspiring opera singer living in New York. Isabella is still grieving over the death of her sister when she listens to a voicemail message from her former boyfriend. She hasn’t seen him in over four years, not since the day he walked out and moved thousands of miles away. Then, the phone call. But why and why now? Here is an excerpt from the book:

His out-of-the-blue phone call puzzled her. Did he want to get back together? All forgiven? If he thought she was like Madam Butterfly, waiting years in the wings for her lover to come back, he was wrong. The last lines of the aria from Act II: Io con sicura fede l’aspetto, translated into English meant, I with steadfast faith await him. Not this woman. No way. She moved on, and she’d tell him so. But she chose not to return his call, at least not now. She couldn’t bear a conversation about Brianna’s death. She’d wait until she could speak without bursting into tears.

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