Independence Day

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While we spend the week lighting off fireworks, grilling, enjoying time off and generally doing all thing American, take a minute to pause and remember the moral and physical courage demonstrated so long ago by our Founding Fathers as they gathered on this date to declare their independence from England and began the journey that we’re still traveling today.

It’s not always easy to do what must be done. It’s not always enough to play it safe. Sometimes we have to take the road that is not only less traveled by also the road that is most dangerous and entails more risk.

We have a great deal to live up to in America, and an ideal that is worth protecting from any enemy, whether foreign or domestic. We have to have the courage to do that, regardless of how difficult it might be at times. And sometimes it is difficult.

So enjoy the holiday. Enjoy time with family, eating, drinking, making merry, sleeping in, staying up late, all those things that we’ve come to associate with a week long celebration.

But don’t forget why we’re celebrating. Don’t forget the men and women who are this very day making it possible. And don’t forget the courage of men and women throughout history who have shaped this nation. Who had the moral and physical courage to stand and deliver when it counted.

Please have a safe and fun filled holiday!

 

NCR

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MY SENSE OF TIME (or lack thereof)

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I exchanged messages with a reader earlier who had become worried about me when I didn’t update my blog. Possibly one of the nicest messages I’ve gotten since I started this whole thing so long ago.

I am horrible at that sometimes, just like I am at other things simply because I literally have no sense of passing time when I’m working. I will be willing to swear that I posted something a week ago, only to look and see that it was actually LAST MONTH.

And then I have to admit all over again that I had no idea how long it had been.

It’s not that I don’t try, because I do. But I swear I’d forget to eat if I didn’t have a wife who will eventually come and ask ‘have you eaten today?’.

At which point I will actually have to stop and think about it because I can’t remember. “Did I have that bowl of cereal this morning? Or was that yesterday morning?” 😛

I will do my best in the future to be more frequent with updates to this blog and maybe try and post some stuff on FaceBook. In the mean while, try to overlook and forgive an absent minded writer who usually can’t even find his phone. (In fact I’m now looking to see if my phone is here. . .it’s not.)

 

NCR

Shall not be infringed

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I have for the most part avoided any of the multitude of arguments over so called ‘gun control’ that have arisen of late. One of the main reasons I have done so is the simple fact that the Second Amendment to the Constitution, listed under the original Bill of Rights, flatly and completely ensures the right of the American citizen to both keep and to bear arms.

Some people try to say that applies only to the militia, but if you look at how the amendment is written, you can see that it is because of the necessity of a standing militia that the right to keep and bear arms is afforded the regular citizenry. Not as part of the militia, but as a way to resist that militia should it be controlled by a tyrannical government.

I am the first to admit that the recent spate of school shootings, hell ANY school shooting is bad. And that something has to be done about it. But looking at facts, when did such events begin to occur?

Americans have been owning firearms since before we were an actual nation. We have had access to such rifles as the AR-15 for a long time. When I was a boy, you could have searched the vehicles in the parking lot and in at least one out of three cars or trucks found a shotgun or deer rifle waiting for a student who was going hunting following school hours. We never had a school shooting even though all these guns were on school property at any given time.

Access to firearms is obviously not the issue, or else these problems would have arisen long before now.

So when we look for a solution to the problem, we need to start looking for when the problem started.

There’s no one thing that is likely to blame for what is happening right now. Certainly bullying seems to be a part of it. Ostracizing of students and marginalizing them can lead not only to resentment but a need or desire for revenge. Another problem is the so called “Gun Free Zone” acts.

Surely it has dawned on people by now that criminals simply don’t obey gun laws. These laws only serve to disarm good people who otherwise could be armed to defend themselves. I have read many times of brave, selfless teachers who placed themselves in front of their students in an effort to protect them. Jesus said there is no greater love than when someone lays down their life for their friends. Surely such love is demonstrated by an unarmed teacher facing certain death to try and protect their students with their last breath.

It’s time to eliminate Joe Biden’s Gun Free Zones. It’s time to place real protection at the entrances to our schools. Armed men and women who become the sheepdogs that protect our lambs.

Place true armed protection at our schools. Not ‘Resource Officers’ and not “Truancy Officers,” but real and true armed protection that is there for one reason only; protect our students. Limit entrance to the grounds to where any potential shooter must go through that protection to get to our children. We have a multitude of returning veterans who would make excellent protectors of our schools and would be proud to serve in such a capacity.

Allow willing teachers to be trained and certified to carry firearms for the protection of students and themselves. Don’t force any teacher to do so, and don’t allow every teacher to do so just because they want to. We can administer the same testing and training for them that we do for such officials as police officers. No, the teacher doesn’t have to pass the physical tests of a police academy, but they do have to pass the standard firearms training and certification if they want and are willing to be armed as a deterrent to attacks on their school.

In more than one instance we have seen that these shooters are doing these acts for notoriety. They choose targets that are ‘soft’, or incapable of fighting back.

Maybe it’s time we changed that.

Changing gun laws won’t stop a rampaging nut job from taking a stolen weapon and shooting his or her way through a school of unprotected children.

An armed and prepared protector could.

 

NCR

Time truly does fly

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I cannot believe how long it has been since I made an entry on this blog, but it actually seems as if I just did it last week or so. I literally cannot comprehend how fast the last month has passed me by. I admit I have been extremely busy, but I didn’t know I was that far behind the time.

I have finished Book Four of the Fire From the Sky series, called Firestorm, and it will be sent to the publisher probably on Friday after I have read through it one more time and made sure there are no glaring errors. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY A PROMISE OF RELEASE DATE! I don’t want to go through that again. This, as I promised before, is simply letting you know that it’s done on my end. Remember that editing, cover art and so on still have to be completed before it’s released. When Creative Texts gives me the release date I will post it here and on FaceBook, and on Twitter if it allows me to.

There is a bit of a love hate relationship between me and Twitter. I love to use Twitter to inform people about my book, and they hate to let me do it 😀 We’ll see if they let me this time or not, lol.

Anyway, with summer coming up, I hope all of you that are traveling are able to do so safely. Be aware of your surroundings and take proper precautions whenever possible.

As for me, I am already back to work on Book Four in the Parno series, entitles “Parno’s Peril”. I suffered a massive writer’s block on that project for far too long but finally had an epiphany a little while back that I think has solved the problem and so far it’s working.

Enjoy your summer!

 

NCR

Misunderstandings and what not

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So. . . . . .

 

Apparently my publisher received complaints from Amazon that had been forwarded by readers about two missed release dates on my books. Since we’ve never announced a release that wasn’t already set to go, and since none of them has ever not been released on the date set by the publisher, all I could figure was that it was coming from the updates I sometimes post here about what I’m working on and when I hope to have it available.

But all that has ever been, all it was ever meant to be, was simply letting anyone who wanted to know what I was doing get an idea of where I was on a particular book and when I hoped to have it ready for delivery. I’ve never posted a release date, by which I mean an actual “book available on such and such a date”, that we have missed.  There have been times when I couldn’t get a book out in the time I had meant to, most recently with Trial by Fire, but that was simply a case of my believing I could get the work done by then, only to discover that I couldn’t. There had not been a ‘hard’ or set delivery date for Trial by Fire, just an estimate that I had provided based on where I was in the book and how quickly I thought the rest of the book would develop.

In view of this difficulty, though, in order to avoid any further misunderstandings or misconceptions that might create difficulty for my publisher, and ultimately for me, I have decided that in the future I won’t give updates like those. Doesn’t mean I won’t respond to questions, and I can still reply that “Such a percentage finished” for whatever book in question, which is probably a better way to do things like that anyway had I thought it through. Hopefully doing things this way will smooth out any problems and make for better communications about future projects.

I apologize if my estimating when I could have something done has led to this misunderstanding, and hope this new way of doing things will make things better.

As always, thanks for your support, your encouragement and your patronage.

NCR

TRIAL BY FIRE PRE-ORDER!!

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Trial By Fire, (Book 3 in the Fire From the Sky series) is now on a countdown to it’s release day on MARCH 12. It will be available for pre-order on Amazon, possibly as soon as today, and then will officially ‘drop’ on March 12. Creative Texts, my publishers, are doing a live countdown for the release on their website.

Here’s a peek at the cover!

Fire From the Sky Book3

TRIAL BY FIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

Just a brief note to let you know that Trial By Fire is now on it’s way to the publisher. Sorry for the delay. We returned from a trip to visit family to find that a pipe had burst and ruined much of our home. We have just finished repairing the damage today. As in today when I’m writing this, and finished proofing Trial By Fire.

Thanks for your patience. When I know the release date I will post it here, and on FB.

 

NCR

Merry Christmas!!

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I’d like to wish everyone a safe, happy and blessed holiday season. Many will be traveling this year, myself included, and I hope you have a trouble free and pleasant journey.

I’ve had many inquiries about “Trial by Fire” which is the next Sanders’ novel. I had, as I said before, hoped to have it released before Christmas but due to circumstances completely out of  my control that wasn’t possible. Making a long story short, my doctor didn’t like my check up and ordered me up a rather invasive test to check my heart. Bad news was that it cost me a trip to Rocky Top with my family, put me weeks behind schedule, and hurt like a – – – – it hurt. A lot.

GOOD news was that the test revealed there was nothing wrong. So, while regretting the difficulty it caused, I find it difficult to be angry about things. The doctor gets paid to look after me and did just that. And I got good news. How often does that happen? So I decided to be thankful for what I had and hush.

Meanwhile, my schedule for next year is pretty intense and now Trial by Fire will be added to that as the first novel out of the gate after the new year. Assuming the Lord is willing, plans for 2018 will include a number of projects, including at least two Sanders’ novels as well as the fourth Parno novel and third Stormcrow novel. There MAY be others added to that as time goes along but until I see how quickly work progresses I will not be adding to the ‘official’ schedule.

Thank you all so very much for a wonderful year. That seems so inadequate and yet it’s all I can offer you, other than to keep writing. And I promise to keep writing so long as any of you want to read.

God bless and may you all have a prosperous, healthy and happy new year!

 

NCR