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A Ranty Waste

Midsummer bonfire closeupI’ve been noticing that more things than usual are pissing me off lately. Most of the time when something pisses me off I write a book. Say, like when I watched a documentary on child sex trafficking and was so appalled I had to set the anger free by writing Bad Traffick. Or when I learned about the escalating violence of drug cartels and how they’re pretty much ruining life for a whole lotta folks in Mexico and beyond and all they really care about are how they look in a selfie on Facebook. And, of course when women perpetuate the whole “I need a man to become complete” myth, or, better yet, when one of us sets feminism back hundreds of years in one fell swoop (Fifty Shades of WTF anyone?).

But lately, there’s just been too much and really people, I can’t fucking write that fast.

Rant #1: Here in the US our politicians can’t figure out how to be politicians, or, you know, grow up and actually govern the country. And, they get paid a lot of money to act like schoolyard dickwads, not to mention enjoying paid-for-by-the-government health care (cue the irony theme). When I look at the leaders for both parties I can’t help but get a mental picture of two spoiled little white boys with snot running down their noses and sucking on their bottom lip in a pout because the other side won’t play by their rules. Waaah.

Rant #2: How celebrities like Miley and Kim and Paula Deen can suck the life out of the headlines when there are people in the Philippines who don’t have any clean drinking water or medical supplies and how hundreds are dying because we can’t get supplies to them fast enough.Or when people are selling their kidneys so they don’t have to live underneath someone else’s squalid shack.

Rant #3: And, the ever present fact that the only thing large corporations are concerned with is the bottom line, e.g. profits, screw being honest or neighborly or even giving a rat’s ass about their customers. Don’t get me started on how most corporations treat the environment, not to mention a whole lotta people who either just don’t get it, or don’t care. One earth–capiche????

And yes, I’ve been a daily meditator for several years now and should be able to relax and be all ohm and shit, but some days I. just. can’t.

The latest thing that set me off was an article about how a percentage of writers in the US avoid using the Internet to research certain subjects because of fears of the NSA spying on them. Seriously? What the hell happened to the proud tradition of writers bucking the system? Of being subversives? Of fighting back? When I read that article it pissed me off to the point that I had to do something, so I went to the pool and swam laps. Hard. I stopped (mostly) self-medicating years ago and swimming is now my go-to release. It took the edge off, but as I sit here at my computer I can still feel a flame of anger flickering in my gut when I wonder, if what these writers were doing was legal and for research, why anyone in the US would remain silent because they were afraid of a government agency watching them?

That’s so unbelievably scary, I can’t tell you. That tells me that Americans are becoming afraid of their government. My first response to the article, other than anger, was to assume these writers were wimps–scaredy pants, namby-pamby (insert wussy word here) milquetoasts who would jump if someone said boo.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized my knee-jerk reaction (love the ‘jerk’ part of that saying) of calling these folks whom I don’t know wimps was wrong. I’m a HUGE proponent of fighting back: if you’re being attacked, however that attack is being carried out I believe it’s your responsibility to fight back with all you’ve got. Yes, there are some times when you need to pick your battles, but in general, fight the asshats trying to keep you down.

But this is different. This avoidance of using the interwebz goes deeper than that. Now we all know the NSA has overstepped its bounds, and has done so probably since its inception. But it hasn’t really affected most law-abiding citizens in a quantifiable way. However, when I hear or read that writers in the US are modifying their behavior because of fear of retaliation from the government, that makes me sit up and take notice. Mainly because I consort with a lot of writers, and almost every one of them has a least a modicum of rebelliousness in their bones and will do whatever in hell they want to. Some are nice about it, some aren’t. Some go the passive-aggressive route and act nice but end up doing some seriously un-nice things. But I’ve never heard one of them say they were afraid of what the government would do to them, unless what they were doing was illegal. But here’s the results of a poll of 520 writers where 16% admitted to curtailing their online activities because of fear of the NSA.NSA-square

My friends will tell you that yes, I’m opinionated, but am certainly not given over to hyperbole or conspiracy theories. I understand writers/journalists in China, or Iran, or Mexico being afraid–death or torture is a real possibility in those countries. But the US is supposed to be different. Americans are supposed to be different. It’s a slippery slope to censorship and clamping down on freedom of expression. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but it does give me pause.

I’m really interested in what people think about this. Is this some paranoid delusion rearing its ugly head in response to me killing all those little brain cells so many years ago, or do we need to be a little more vigilant, a little more aware of what’s happening in our world?As the article I mentioned above states, “It’s not the surveillance, treacherous as it is, but that some writers, at least, already appear willing to capitulate.”

In the immortal words of Winston Churchill: “…we shall fight in the fields and in the streets; we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
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we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
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we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
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Selling Books

dollar and keyAre your books not selling as well as you want them to? Read this post by Martin Crosbie. There’s some fabulous information in here:


Welcome Michael O’Gara to Author Blog-In Day 5!

“My book “The Happenstance Marshal” will be released in print on Amazon and major retailers this upcoming week. To enter to win a copy please go to my website by clicking on my websites Current Contest page
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About “The Happenstance Marshal”

Millie’s Life Lesson #1 – When life gives you lemons set out to save a town and get the badge and a gun you’ve always wanted.

Millie’s life presently sucks but she has not let things beat her down and they are about to change. It’s bad enough Millie is subjected to prejudice but then she loses her job and her best friend. Given the economic problems of the City of Safe Haven Harbor, Millie’s prospects don’t look good. The City is broke, business is bad, and everyone’s struggling but a new reform Council has been elected to get to the bottom of the mess. They’ve hired a real hunk as the new city manager and if Millie thinks her life is complicated now she has no idea what’s around the corner. Millie will be thrown into the midst of mystery, sexual temptation, adventure and misadventure, as well as life threatening danger. Through it all she will learn she has a natural talent that will change her life and open the door to her dreams.

To purchase an eBook copy go to Amazon Kindle or Smashwords for other major e-Readers.


Author Blog-In Day #4!

Happy Monday! Today is my day on the Author Blog-In, so instead of re-posting about my book, BAD TRAFFICK, below are the links to the other participating authors where you can see a post about–you guessed it–Bad Traffick :-):

Kate Policani

FC Etier

Michael O’Gara


Author Blog-In Day!

Hey everybody!

Serial DateToday is the first day of the Author Blog-In!  I’m featuring my latest release, Bad Traffick, and will give away a print copy of the first book in the series, Serial Date, to one of the commenters on this blog! Stop back often, as each day I will post another participating author’s book. The blog-in runs through January 21st, so be sure to leave a comment on any of the blog-in articles posted here during that time to win!

BAD TRAFFICK, A Leine Basso Novel
Bad Traffick is the second book in the Leine Basso Series, and was picked as one of 5 BloodWrites Best Indie Picks for 2012 :
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn’t commit and required to stay in L.A., ex-assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier, who believes he is the target of kidnappers. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity, while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen, a game she knows she can’t win.

Bad Traffick

Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. She confesses her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted by sex-traffickers and she’s desperate to get her back, hoping that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.

Leine learns from a contact at a rescue organization that Mara escaped and is alone on the streets in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to the powerful client who purchased her for his twisted ends. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

BAD TRAFFICK can be purchased on Amazon.com. To find other Author Blog-In authors or to participate, go here.


Places to List Your Free Books

Picture of Books, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, The Latin Quarter, Paris - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.comIn perusing the interwebz in order to promote an upcoming free day on Amazon for Bad Traffick, I came across several more places that you can list your book for free. Some also offer guaranteed placement for a nominal fee. I’ve decided to use both paid and free sites, and I’ll write a post on my results after the promotion runs on January 19. In the mean time, here are some of the sites I found: (as with all listing sites, MAKE SURE your book is actually going to be free on the day you list)

Ask David This is a cool site I discovered that has you list your book, website, social media links, book trailer, etc. all for a simple link-back to the site. You don’t even have to do that, but it will take a bit longer for your book to show up. And really, isn’t helping those who help you what it’s all about?

Free Kindle Books and Tips This is a site run by Michael Gallagher who is a Top 10 Reviewer for Amazon. He reviewed Bad Spirits and listed the freebie on his site a while back and my downloads increased significantly. At first I had no idea who he was (I had submitted to several free sites and didn’t realize he ran FKBooks&Tips), but a bunch of folks (145+) clicked on his review as helpful, and I quickly realized how lucky I was to have him review the book.

The Frugal E-Reader This is a popular site that lists Kindle books under $9 and has some inexpensive promo options.

The Author Marketing Club I just joined this site, and from what I’ve seen, it’s full of great ways to promote your book. Hmmm. Possibly a post for the future on the results I get from posting my book for review…You have to sign up, but it’s free.

Indie Book Promo This site has both paid and free options for promo. Haven’t used this one before, but am going to for the 1/19 free day. We’ll see what happens. I’ve heard good things.

Pixel of Ink One of the biggest and most-used sites.

EReader News Today I’ve had stellar luck with these guys. Don’t be afraid to show ’em some luv if they post your book.

There are too many of these sites to list here, but these are a great start. Good luck on all things promo!


Awesome News!

To put in the ‘very cool’ category, I was just interviewed on Blood Writes, and Jen picked BAD TRAFFICK as one of her Top 5 Indie Picks for 2012! Click HERE to read the full article. Find out which I find easier to write: action or sex? Hint: it’s all about the grenades…


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