I am an author, blogger and an un-apologetically patriotic American. I enjoy martial arts, shooting sports and writing. I currently live in Cary, NC with my German Shepherd named Sophie.

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Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills

Mixed Reviews on Goodreads? Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #1: Golden Beach

Bear Tales from the Adirondack Park Adirondack Bear Tale #1: Golden Beach It was dark at the Golden Beach Campground! When the lights go out in the Adirondacks, it gets pitch black. A twelve-year-old girl squirms in her sleeping bag. Her mother had warned her not to drink that last bottle of Coke Cola before going…

A Superhero Who Fights To Beat Cancer!

A Superhero Who Battles Cancer … Dominic “Billy” Austin is a former cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts. And he is also a real superhero! Austin was born on March 8, 1975, in Washington, D.C.  Billy graduated from Kempner High School in Sugarland, Texas where he stood out as an outstanding scholar and athlete. After graduation…

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Interview: Success Comes One Step At A Time!

What are you doing to succeed as an author? My first ever interview as an author! After reviewing my novel, Serpents Underfoot, John Purvis was gracious enough to interview me for a post on his blog, John’s Notes! I feel honored! My very first interview as an author! How absolutely cool is that? I will do…

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Thoughtful Solitude … A Source Of Strength!

Thoughts in Solitude Some of my readers may have noticed I took a small break in posting to my blog. Sometimes life can take the wind out of our sales and we simply need some time to get our feet planted firmly back under ourselves. I recently found myself in such a state. That is…

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The World War II Heroics of a Very Special Ship

Luck Lady: A very special ship What makes the USS Santa Fe such a special ship? On March 19, 1945, a Japanese bomber dropped two 500-pound bombs through the deck of the USS Franklin, killing hundreds of officers and enlisted men, and thrusting the lives of nearly 3,000 other American seamen and aviators into mortal…

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Healing: A Trip To The Adirondacks Is Good For The Soul!!

 The Adirondack Park in upstate New York I had a need to take trip to upstate New York this weekend. I flew into Syracuse and drove up to Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Park. My family has a small camp (called a cabin in the South) at Raquette Lake. We built it ourselves when I…

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The Ninja: Death on a Moonless Night

A return to Flash Fiction … 500 words this time. Death on a Moonless Night. It was a dark, moonless night. The humid air lay heavy, almost suffocating those trying to sleep after the day’s long battle. A lone Union sentry, posted about twenty yards from the general’s tent, shifted his tired feet. He glanced…

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How to Correctly Celebrate Memorial Day!

What is the Significance of Memorial Day? Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to remembering the people who died while serving in this country’s armed forces. This holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. The date has changed in recent history. From 1868 until 1970, Memorial…

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Freedom … And Three Simple Steps to Something Free!

Freedom  And Sacrifice … And Thanks! Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is certainly not free. Memorial Day is not a day to honor Veterans who are still here although we certainly appreciate it. Instead, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of…