No, I'm not talking about those cute doggies with the mushed up mugs.
I'm speaking of humans who use their size, status, position and power to intimidate and hurt others whether physically or emotionally. We've all met one at some point in our lives. They've certainly been in the news a lot lately.
Maybe it's the boss who makes sexual innuendos because he knows he can get away with it. You need that job, right?
Or, maybe it was the kid on the bus, who'd threaten to beat you up if you didn't give over your lunch money or that Twinkie. You really wanted that Twinkie!
Perhaps it's a co-worker, who never does their share but has an "in" with the supervisor, so you end up picking up the slack. What do you do?
It has often be said if you stand up to a bully they will back down. I've found this to be the case more times than not. Each person must make their own decision about how much they are willing to take. But, what if their decision affects others? Then what?
If you get your boss in trouble for sexual harassment and he closes the business, will your co-workers have to find other employment?
If you don't give the kid your lunch money and Twinkie, will he just pick on someone smaller?
If you go over your supervisor's head to the top dog and your co-worker gets fired, will everyone get stuck with the extra work and they'll all be on your case?
How do you know when to bite the bullet or stand your ground? What's the answer?
Readers have a lot to look forward to this summer. There will be many new authors (myself included) and new titles appearing in the next few months, so check here often for the latest blubs, covers and excerpts from my friends.
There are two new ones up right now, Khyber Run by Amber Green and Dragon's Wish by Judith Leger. As well as a coming soon, Lillian Grant's, Speak to Me of Abduction. from Siren-Bookstrand Publishing.Take a peek on my News and Reviews Page.
Enjoy and have a safe Memorial Day. Please remember what this day really means as you spend time with family and friends.
What is going on with the weather? Places that never receive rain are getting it and those of us who are used to wet, stormy springs are getting washed/blown away. No wonder some thought the world was coming to an end.
Unfortunately for some, it did. God rest their souls.
Has the weather been the cause of my absence? Could be. The power has been off a lot. Power poles were down. My already lousy dial-up has been lousier than usual.
I'm still awaiting edits on Dare to Dream but my dear friend, Lillian Grant, got hers. Look for Speak to Me of Abduction June 15th! I'll have an excerpt and cover shot here real soon on My News and Reviews Page. She has a couple of other books in the line up as well, so I'll keep you posted!
New York still has the first two manuscripts from my Legacy Series. I await their verdict.
Another friend, Amber Green has a new release via Loose Id, Kyber Run. Her cover an excerpt are up now, so go check them out!
I haven't been sitting on my . . .laurels? . . . I have been writing! I just completed Mr. Fix-it, a contemporary romance. I am polishing and prepping as I write this, preparing it for submission. Wish me luck! In the works are a Sci-Fi romance, Red Sun Rising and book #4 in my series.
See, I'm really not wasting time . . .
If you have had your TV or radio on this week you know about the horrible weather we have had in the south. Thunderstorms with high winds, hail and lightning have wreaked havoc and spawned killer tornadoes. The devastation has been vast and merciless.
One small town in Arkansas was practically removed from the map as were areas in Georgia and Tennessee. People lost not only their homes but in many cases their lives to nature's fury.
I have been lucky, (so far) with only minor damage to an outbuilding and loss of power for a couple of days. Of course we aren't out of the woods yet. Flash flood warnings have been issued statewide and the rain is still pouring down.
The rescue efforts have been no less than we have come to expect from our citizens. Southern folk help one another. If you would like to contribute to the efforts, check with your local chapter of the Red Cross to see what is needed. BUT, if you have no expertise in rescue please STAY HOME. The last thing needed in these areas is a bunch of lookieloos sight seeing.
Live power lines are still down, debris is everywhere and rescue personnel need what roadways are clear to remain so, so they may do their jobs.
Please remember these towns and their populations in your thoughts and prayers.
And, in case of another power failure, Chapter 14 of Tom's Story will be up on Some Write it Hot 2 this Friday, May 6th.