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Monday, May 30, 2016


CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith for the Years of Winter… ©

If you read this blog regularly, you’ve already seen the information about my novel, VETS. If you have already bought a copy, read no further. I just received my royalties statement from Black Opal Books, though, and it looks like there are a few folks who have not gotten a copy yet.

Since this is Memorial Day, and since my royalties go to help homeless and handicapped veterans, I’d like to suggest you buy a copy.

Granted, most of my readers don’t like bad words. Neither do I. There are some in the book, though, so as you read, remember that it is the characters who are saying bad words, not the author. A book about soldiers would be “slightly” inauthentic without a few bad words, even the “F” word. [Fooey.] If bad words are just too much for you, buy a copy and give it to someone you don’t like. The royalties will go to the same place, regardless of who does the reading.

I wrote VETS [yes, it’s all capitals when you order it or ask for it] because I became disturbed by the huge number of military suicides, both veterans and active duty. I don’t have the experience or credibility to write non-fiction about the problems of veterans, but I can tell a story about them.

Here is the synopsis for that story:

They called them heroes. They said, “Thank you for your service.” Then forgot about them. Joe Kirk lost a leg. Lonnie Blifield lost his eyes. Victoria Roundtree lost her skin. “Zan” Zander lost his mind. Four homeless and hopeless Iraqistan VETS who accidentally end up living together on an old school bus. With nowhere to go, and nothing else to do, they lurch from one VAMC [Veterans Administration Medical Center] to another, getting no help because, like the thousands of other Iraqistan VETS who are homeless, unemployed, and suicidal, they do not trust the system and refuse to “come inside.” After another fruitless stop, at the VAMC in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a doctor is found dead, and the VETS are accused of his murder. Distrustful, strangers to America, to each other, and even to themselves, they must become a unit to learn who really murdered the doctor, so that they can be free. In doing so, they uncover far more, about themselves and about their country, than they dared even to imagine.

Available from your local independent book store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOKO, Books-A-Million, Black Opal Books, and almost any place else that sells books. $12.99 for paperback, and $3.99 for ebook. Free if you can get your library to buy one.

Should you need the ISBN for ordering from an independent store, the print version ISBN is 9781626943131 and ISBN for electronic version is 9781626943124.

If you’d like to write a review for Amazon or Goodreads, etc, that would be nice.


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