The kids in Colorado know better than a narrow-minded school board

Originally posted on musingsofanoldfart:

The story out of Jefferson County, Colorado * has gotten a lot of airplay and it should. Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald, whose column is picked up in numerous papers, had an excellent editorial. In essence, the Jefferson County Colorado school board made the decision that a whitewashed version of US history should be taught which focuses more on the positive things that happened in our country, glossing over the many trial and tribulations. The story takes a positive twist when the students from six high schools walked out of the classroom in protest to place a spotlight on the school board’s narrow-mindedness. The school board recanted saying you misunderstood the new requirement, to which Pitts notes, they understood it all to well.

This reminds me of what the Chinese government has done. They have effectively expunged the occurrence of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 that led to the deaths…

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The Thirteenth Tower – Sara C. Snider – Automatic On Netgalley

Yes, I am pushin’ the Netgalley again! Bad Leiah! Bad Leiah!

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The Thirteenth Tower

Sara C. Snider

Double Beast Publishing

Pub Date   Mar 17 2014

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In adversity lies strength beyond imagining.

Abandoned as a baby, young Emelyn’s life as a housemaid in the quiet village of Fallow is unremarkable—and empty. That is, until a host of magical creatures arrives and inflicts terrible misdeeds on the townsfolk. Inexplicably immune to their enchantments, Emelyn joins a pair of Magi intent on stopping the cause of the trouble—and who claim to know of her parents, promising Emelyn answers to a lifetime of questions.

But the answers Emelyn seeks prove to be more elusive than she hoped, and the world outside Fallow more perilous than she imagined. Magical creatures roam the land over, attacking yet another town before coming after Emelyn. The key to her survival—and finding her family—lies deep within her, if only she can conquer her doubts and believe she is more powerful than she ever dreamed.

In a journey that explores facing one’s fears amidst the uncertainties of an unknown world, The Thirteenth Tower is a magical tale of discovery, growth, and of love’s enduring strength.

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Taxpayers DO NOT Pay For First Nations; First Nations ARE Taxpayers

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Originally posted on Blog Woman!!! - Life Uncategorized:

Part 2 to September 22, 2014 post:  Pathetic and Dense; You HAVE To Be an Indian.

I’m not an authority on all things Indigenous.  I am only an authority on being one. Despite my great-grandfather, Henry McCorrister, being an Indian signatory on Treaty 8, most of the information regarding our history with government oversight is new to me, as I expect it will be to most of you.  What a shame this statement is.

use your heartbeats wellI have questioned leaders on both sides of the ‘cultural divide’ to explain why many details of our histories, like the ones I’m passing on now, aren’t common knowledge by now, instead of common misconceptions.  I haven’t received any replies yet, but trust that I will share those when I get them.

I’ve condensed a huge amount of myth debunking information here, which I sincerely hope you’ll find interesting, enlightening, and worthy of sharing.

If you’ve ever read general media stories on…

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Book Partners In Crime – Check It Out!

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If you haven’t found Book Partners In Crime yet, I recommend it!  They are currently running a promotion for Dead Man’s Carve by Kym Roberts, but there are a lot of other promotions there as well. Here is a bit about the ladies:

We’re Tabitha, Delene, and Margaret. We found each other through our love of books, and what started as a friendship based on Facebook and Blog combined giveaways, grew quickly into a desire to help out all the author’s who we have “friended” over the past months and years.

And yes, I stole the Release Day Blitz directly from their site (blush) but hey, geting the word out is getting the word out, right?  You know me – anything Boxer Dog and donations for veterans gets my heart every time!


Monday, September 29, 2014

10/27: Release Day Blitz + Review Option – Dead Man’s Carve by Kym Roberts

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Dead Man’s Carve
by Kym Roberts
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 27, 2014

****Kym is donating all proceeds from the sale of this book to a wounded Veteran organization – let’s help her get the word out and sell lots of copies for this great cause!****
HTML and a media kit will be sent out as soon as they are available, but no later than three days prior to the tour start date.

If you request a review copy, it will be sent within two days of your request.

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Seven Unholy Days – Jerry Hatchett – – 99 Cents Today!

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Seven Unholy Days

By Jerry Hatchett

In the wake of a crippling attack, tech-wizard Matt Decker must stop a lunatic from bringing the Book of Revelation’s apocalypse to life. With over 250 five-star Amazon reviews, this is “a thriller not to be missed!” (James Rollins).

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What A Crappy Day

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So, today was the day I picked up Colin’s ashes from the funeral home.  My best friend, gone forever. And when you don’t have a lot of those, you cherish every one you have.

I leave the house under grey skies, and the bottom falls out. By the time I get to the funeral home I can barely see past the hood of the car.  Lightning, thunder, flooding, you name it. My Boxer, HiJinx, is with me, and she is shaking like a leaf. And of course, I left my driving glasses at home, so it is a real pain in the backside to drive anyway. Then add in the flooding…. sigh.

Picked up Colin’s ashes at the funeral home, sobbing like a baby, but I also have to drop off stuff in Golden, so I do that. Not fun getting home through the storm.

Then, the UPS man comes. Now, don’t get me wrong, he is a sweetie. He has been my UPS man for years, and he is always cheerful. But today? Well, hell. I set up an account with UPS a few days ago, and had a package for him to go to Bob Bird in Canada. Bob bought the ereader cover that I had on the site the other day and I had it all nicely packaged. But. . . for some reason, UPS decided that they wouldn’t send along a label!!! HUH?? They ALWAYS send along a label!!! I set the box out and they pick it up and it gets where it is going . . . so, what the fuck????

Contacted UPS – well, since I have my own account now instead of Etsy or Amazon, I don’t GET labels!!!!

Oh, and, BTW???   Stuff it up your butt if you think you are getting a refund!!!

I. WILL. NEVER. USE. UPS. AGAIN!!!!!!

Grabbed my package and headed to the post office. Yep. Still raining like the end of times . . .

Get there, and realize…. the postal code isn’t on the sheet I printed out.

Bashes head on counter.

And USPS DOESN’T HAVE A LISTING OF CANADIAN ZIP CODES!!!!

Well, fuck me sideways!

So, back to the house in the driving rain, with a stopover at Walmart for a new two-tier Lazy Susan for the kitchen (yes, I am left handed and the teakettle steams off to the right. Fine. Get over it. The Rubbermaid melted. The new Walmart special is bamboo, I bet it can take what I dish out.) Oh, and the liquor store, because no matter that I try not to drink, being that I suffer from (as you all know) serious depression, I really need wine – and LOTS of it…..

Oh, and I decided to do something other than my Yellow Tail Shiraz Cabernet – though in several years of wine tastings I usually come back to that one. Found a Fantini Farnese Montepulciano that is a bit dry, very intensely fruity, and yes, very almost gone already…. will be returning to this Italian Winery again.

So, here I sit, having gone to the USPS site and gotten EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED EXACTLY THE WAY I WANTED IT…. I have a new Lazy Susan, four bags of Halloween chocolate (no, there will be NO trick-or-treater’s, that shit is all mine!) a tummy warmed by Montepulciano, and my best friend’s ashes sitting here on my desk.

Everyone knows I would never let my depression interrupt my editing (Promise, Marcel!) but when I finish this glass? Yep. I’m going to bed and listening to Passenger’s Whisper and passing out. Tom0rrow has GOT to be a better day!

 

Third Daughter – Susan Kaye Quinn – Free on

OK, who doesn’t find this a fascinating concept? Steam punk meets Bollywood! Free today – go to Bookbasset.com!

19472467Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs, Book One)
Susan Kaye Quinn
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Genre: Science Fiction | Romance

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Skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue… and, of course, kissing.

The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance that takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.

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When does a multi-author promo NOT work?

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Originally posted on deborahjay:

Marketing is difficult enough as it is!

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It REALLY doesn’t need to be compounded by wasting time preparing a promo that is aborted at the 11th hour.

In a previous post, I extolled the virtues (and fun to be had) of taking part in a multi-author promotion. Now I’ve seen the other side of the picture, so I thought I’d better share the negative experience also.

A friend I’ve made on a facebook author group recently invited other authors to join with her in a promotion she’d just found on Shelfari (so many places to be on the internet!)  So far, so good. I joined said group and expressed my interest in being a part of this promo. I was welcomed into the fold, and, along with at least one other member, was assured we would hear about a date for the proposed promo, just as soon as the number…

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