Today is a holiday in the USA. It is Independence Day, more familiarly known as the Fourth of July. It is the day we here in the states commemorate our separation from Great Britain and the forming of our own nation.
We’ve come a long way since those days in the 1700s. We’ve seen a lot, we’ve done a lot, we’ve endured. Good and bad, up and down. Today is the day to think about all of it, and maybe give some thought to where we should go from here.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that. If you are celebrating today, enjoy! If you are among those who must work, especially our first responders, please know there are those who appreciate your sacrifices and your service. If you must celebrate with fireworks, please be at least a bit considerate of those, both human and animal, that are not as enamored as you are with the noise and flash. I’m not trying to squash anyone’s fun, but do stay within your area’s legal restrictions. If that includes a ban on fireworks, do uphold it. There are plenty of public displays you can attend. And if you are going to do your own show, do be careful. Things that explode violently are not to be toyed with.
Go, now. Go and have fun with your friends and family. Take the boat out on the lake. Have a picnic in a park. Or in your backyard. Eat. Drink (responsibly). Be merry. Enjoy the summer, even if it is hotter than you-know-where in many places. We need these moments of joy and fun. Embrace.
Reminder- All my fiction is on sale at Smashwords until the end of the month. The short stuff is even free! A novel and a collection of short stories are half price. It’s sci-fi, fantasy, and urban fantasy. If that’s your thing, I’d appreciate your checking them out. If it’s not your usual thing, check them out, anyway. You never know- something might strike your fancy. As always, if you do purchase and read, a review is appreciated! Many, many thanks!
Coming in December 2018: Two’s Company, a sci-fi novel in the space opera tradition. Artificial intelligence, corporate plots, spaceships, a heroine with an attitude. More details soon!
Available now :
After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Learn more here
A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.
A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.
In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
Feed My People is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free. Learn more here
Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?
Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here
Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.