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I have revisited a story that I wrote in the mid 1990’s. It’s the sixth book that I wrote but its first book that I ever tried to get published. It was shot down by thirty publishers. Anyway, after a revision, I may put the story out there. It’s called Jackson Ridge. You can read a quick synopsis if you jump over to the Books section.

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I have a lot to put out right now so hold on to your ass and let’s get to it. The first thing is that a revised version of ‘The Day of the Dead’ is out and available on Lulu.com. Second; my new book, ‘The Valley of the Shadow of Death’ is out. The first reviews are saying that it’s a lot better than ‘The Day of the Dead’. With this story I received a lot of input from Malcom Cayne. He is credited on the title page so I guess that I should explain his involvement in the book. I met Malcom Cayne almost twenty years ago. We quickly become solid friends, he helped me get through a pretty rough time in my life. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t call to many people his friend but once you are in the group, it is for life. When I had the idea for the character Garrett King in ‘The Valley of the Shadow of Death’ I used Malcom Cayne as a model for the character. Cayne and King have a lot of similarities in real life; King had to possess a certain skill set in the book. He is a martial arts expert and though Cayne would never call himself an expert at anything he holds black belts in four different styles. King had to be a computer wiz in the story and Cayne knows his way around a hard drive. Anyway, the part of the character that really drove home the model was Cayne’s attitude. Malcom has kind of a weird sense of humor, most people would think of him as a smart ass but he really just likes to have a good time wherever he is. When Malcom got a rough draft of ‘The Valley of the Shadow of Death’ he called me. The first thing that he said was, “Who in Garrett King?” Cayne thought it was hilarious that a fictional character was modeled after him, but he put in that if it really was him then he would do a few things slightly differently. We started to discuss the differences and I decided to use Cayne’s input in the final version of the story. He had a great time embellishing the story. So my old friend, Malcom Cayne, is now a part of the story both in the written work and in inspiring a great character.

Focus on books

I haven’t posted anything in a long time. I decided to focus on posting information about my books and other important stuff and I’ve wanted to stay away from all of the political crap that’s hurting our nation right now. I will say one thing about the state of our country; Stand up for the flag, stand up for those who served, stand up for the country, and stand up for our president. You may not like D. Trump, but like it or not, he is the legally elected president of the United States of America. He will be worse than some and he’ll be better than others. As Americans all that we can do is hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. We will recover from this president just as we have recovered from all of the others. We will recover because we are strong, we are brave, we are Americans.
Now, on to news about my books. I am very close to publishing book two in the Father Vic series. It is called; The Valley of the Shadow of Death. Look for it sometime over the next two or three weeks. Also, I am pulling book one: The Day of the Dead off of the shelf so that I can do a revamp of the story. This revamp is long overdue; the book never should have gone out in the condition that it was in. There were way too many mistakes made during the publishing process. Both books will be made available soon on Amazon.
Finally, I have decided to come out of hiding and make a public appearance. The details about that will be posted before the end of the year.

First reviews

The first reviews are in for The Day of the Dead. The story was well received and the readers enjoyed it, however they did point out some errors. The mistakes were not in the storyline or plot development, the errors were in my use of the English langue. There were a few word usage issues. Some improper grammar and a few misspelled words. People enjoyed the story but were somewhat distracted by the errors. I am sorry for the mistakes but I would like to point out that I am an old fashioned story teller, not a professional writer. I write for the sake of telling the story and expressing my ideas. I have fun with what I do and I manage to entertain a few people along the way. So I ask that people read my stories, enjoy them for what they are, simple action adventure, and don’t dwell on the errors. Thanks to everyone who read the book and provided feedback.

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Note the time; 9:54 pm on November 2, 2013; The Day of the Dead became available to the public on Lulu press and is now available on Amazon and on the lulu press web page.  It took a lot of work to get to this point and I am excited to finally be published, but not too excited to thank the important people in my life.  First of all I need to thank my loving wife who has stood by me for all of these years, I thank my children, who inspire and motivate me every day.  I need to thank my father, who believed until the day that he passed from this earth, that I could achieve great things.   And above all, I need to thank my mother, who put her love of the written word, into my soul and made it a part of who I am.

Day of the Dead release date : 2 November 2013

It doesn’t seem like it’s been almost a year since I last logged in and posted anything, but it has been.  A lot has happened over the last year so I guess that I have more than a few things to write about.  First of all, the book; The Day of the Dead, has been delayed in its release due to a rewrite that I undertook to enhance the story.  The book will definitely be out this year. The release date is now set for 2 November 2013.  In case you missed the significant of that date, 2 November is the Mexican holiday, the day of the dead, which is pertinent to the story-line of the book.  Look for it at Lulu.com or on Amazon.

My second book will probably be out a year after The Day of the Dead.  It’s a story I wrote about 15 years ago called Jackson Ridge.  It was rejected by 30 different publishers when I first tried to get it out, but what do those people know about storytelling anyway?  Now in the day of self publishing I can finally get the book out.  It’s the story of a man who survives a bloody battle at the tail end of the American civil war. For those of you who don’t like western fiction, there is a lot more to the story than cowboys, six-guns and horses. It’s about a man who comes full circle, moving from a simple life to a battle hardened warrior, and the fight to return to a simple kind of life.  You can read more about the story under the books tab of this page.

A lot has happened in the world since I last posted.  I feel the need to post my views.  My personal views of the world may differ from many people since I consider myself a lot more conservative than most.  You can agree with me or not, it makes no different to me, the point is that you have the right to speak your mind just as I have the right to speak mine.  As long as your views don’t interfere with someone else’s views or lifestyle, then feel free to speak your mind.

The thing that I have to rant about today is the fact that we failed to find Mr. Obama a new job.  It boggles my mind that we, as a people, elected him in the first place, then after four years of complete incompetence, we reelected him.  How is that possible?  The man failed at everything that he touched, yet we let him keep his job.  I believe that President Obama was a man of good intentions when he first ran for office.  I didn’t vote for him back then nor did I vote for him this time around.  He and I differ greatly on many key ideas; however I do believe that, in the beginning he was a man of great integrity. Now I see him as a man who is the puppet of his party.  He does not lead the Democratic Party, he is a tool for the party leaders to use at their will.  The party leaders only wish to stay in power.  That’s where the money is.  The Republican Party is no better than the Democrats; they just want the power back and no one gives a crap about the American people.  The power struggle going on in Washington is embarrassing to the political parties and to the American public.  We have evolved, primarily under the Obama administration but also from years of incompetence from both parties, into a country of sheep.  I am a patriot who loves this country, and I love our system of government but the two party system has failed America, not because the system is flawed, it isn’t, but because of the people who we elect to serve the system.  I would encourage everyone to help take back our country by voting.  And remember; RE-ELECT NO ONE.  None of the ass clowns in Washington deserve to have jobs.  Let’s find some people who care about the American people and send them to Washington to work for us.  God bless America!

One more thing, probably not as important as my views on Washington, but anyway; I miss Hank Williams Jr. on Monday Night Football.  I am a huge Hank Jr. fan.  I saw him in concert more than a few years ago and it was one of the best live shows that I’ve ever seen. He was fired from Monday Night Football because he spoke out against President Obama.  Hank is a man with strong views and he is not afraid to speak his mind consequences be damned. He spoke his mind and it cost him a great gig but I respect him for having the guts to say what he thought, and the last time I checked, this is America and we have the right to speak our minds consequences be damned.

Help find Mr. Obama a new job

I recently saw an interview on local news with a man, an illegal alien, who was very happy that he had received authorization to legally work in the United States under President Obama’s new plan.  This man is illegally living in the US.  He does not pay taxes, yet he can send his kids to public schools.  He does not support his community, yet he can go to any hospital in the country and get medical care.  If he’s in trouble, he can call a cop or an ambulance, yet he doesn’t pay for any services.  I served my country in the US military for over twenty five years. I have given my share of blood, sweat and tears in that service and I would do it all again to protect this great land.  I pay my taxes and I give to my community.  I have earned the right to live and work here, and not just because of my place of birth.  I am an American.  I realize that most of our ancestors came from somewhere else, but they entered this country legally, and abided by the laws of the land.  They contributed, in some way, to the shape of this country as I’m sure other immigrants will do in the future, but let them come to our country legally so that they can support their communities, pay taxes and provide for the common good.  With unemployment at over 8% in this country, honest, hard working men and women, who have never broken the law in their lives, now must compete in the job market against people who are breaking the law simply by standing on American soil.  I have never been a supporter of President Obama, but this policy of allowing illegal aliens the same rights as US citizens even though they have not contributed one red cent, is an insult to all of us.  I am not a huge fan of Mitt Romney but it is time for a new person to take charge.  Join me in voting so that we can help find Mr. Obama a new job, maybe one that he’s more qualified for, hopefully he won’t have to compete against an illegal alien for the job.

26 things to think about

1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

3. Colt: The original point and click interface.

4. Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

8. If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.

9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

10. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.

11. What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

16. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.

24. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

26. Real gun control is, breath control and proper trigger squeeze.

 

The thirteen rules to gunfighting that everyone should know

A friend of mine posted this, It’s the thirteen rules to gunfighting that everyone should know.  I don’t know who the original author is but I thought I’d pass it along.

1. Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.

2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.

4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.

5. Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.

6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.

8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets…You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, cause it’ll be empty.

9. If you’re in a gun fight:
If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
If you’re not shooting, moving or loading, you’re probably dead.

10. In a life and death situation, do something…It may be wrong, but do something!

11. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?

12. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.

13. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.

“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading,” — Thomas Jefferson

Don’t become a white chalk outline

I would like to take a moment to recognize a member of our society who chose not to live in fear.  You may have seen the video footage of the Samuel Williams, a 71-year old man who stopped a robbery at a Florida internet cafe when he shot two would-be assailants.  The two robbers burst through the doors of the Palms Internet Cafe and ordered everyone to get down on the floor as they waved a handgun at dozens of customers.  The two robbers didn’t expect Samuel Williams to pull his gun and open fire. Williams managed to shoot Davis G. Dawkins’ left arm and Duwayne Henderson’s left buttock and his right hip.  Dawkins and Henderson were taken to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Samuel Williams legally carried a concealed weapon and will not be charged with any crime.  Maybe we should take a lesson from Samuel Williams.  Isn’t it time that more Americans took a stand against crime. Don’t risk becoming a white chalk outline because some low-life wants your wallet or your car.  There is nothing in my wallet that’s worth dying for, but if my life is in danger, or the life of my wife or children, then stand back and take cover.  Buy a gun.  Learn how to use it.  Get a permit to carry a weapon.  Comply with all state and federal laws. Don’t become a white chalk outline.  Be an armed American.

 

J. Sterling MonRoe

The Armed American