Quarantine Charity

Hey all.

These are dark times. Some of the darkest I’ve ever seen. Heck, my grandmothers are in their nineties, and while they’ve certainly seen dark days before (WWII, anyone?), they’ve never seen anything quite like this.

I, personally, am doing okay. Frankly, I consider myself to be literally one of the luckiest people on the planet. My family and friends are almost all healthy (well, at least in terms of Coronavirus). The few people I know personally who have contracted COVID-19 were young (well, early middle-aged like myself) and healthy and as such have recovered. Both my wife and I have jobs that are in no immediate danger of being shut down by the pandemic, and both of us are able to work safely from home.

All of which means it’s my responsibility to help out in any way I can. If you would also like to help out, I have a few suggestions for you:

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Dreams of the Boardwalk Still Available for Free Download!

Hey all! We are halfway through the giveaway for Dreams of the Boardwalk! Thursday is your last day to download this novella of urban fantasy and romance absolutely free.

After all, in these dark, isolated times, what better way to escape than to read about that long hot summer where love was young and true and perfect…

Literally perfect…

So perfect that you maybe start to wonder if there isn’t something going on here…

Want to find out just what the heck is going on here? Download the book!

If you like the story, please leave a review, and remember that the whole library of my work is always free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

Stay healthy!

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Download Dreams of the Boardwalk For Free!

Hey All! The shelter-in-place continues, and I have one more book to share for your entertainment: Dreams of the Boardwalk. This one is a story of hot summers, bright beaches, better worlds, and the dreams of the city. Maybe the best thing I have to offer for these troubled times, and it’s free to download now through Thursday, April 2. Careful, though. This one is rated R. And don’t forget, once you’re done with Dreams of the Boardwalk, ALL of my stories are available for free reading on Kindle Unlimited! Take care and keep healthy everybody!

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The Truth of Rock and Roll Is Available for Free Download!

Hey all!

Well, St. Patrick’s Day has passed, but even more of us than before are now trapped inside to avoid the Coronavirus.

So you all can have something to do until we can all go out again, my novella The Truth of Rock and Roll is now available for free download on Amazon. And remember, my entire library is always available for free reading on Kindle Unlimited.

Stay healthy! Or get well soon. Whichever applies to you.

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Clan Brennan Free Giveaway for St. Patrick’s Day

So how’s this for a St. Patrick’s Day, I ask you? No parades. The bars are still open for now but highly inadvisable. Even mass is affected in a bunch of little ways to avoid sending those older parishioners off to their reward before their time. But we all do our best, don’t we? My wife and my sister and I had our own little celebration with corned beef and cabbage and potatoes and a viewing of The Boondock Saints. In the same spirit, you might consider making it part of your celebration to read the story of an Irish family who continue St. Patrick’s tradition of driving out the dark things. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, The Clan Brennan Family Album is available for free Kindle download now through Thursday 3/19. And hey, if you still need something to read after that, my entire library is always available for free reading on Kindle Unlimited. PS – If you like Clan Brennan, please leave a review!

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I Answer Questions From My Fans #1

At last count, Hometown was up to 57 reviews, and most of them were very positive (52% 5 star and 25% 4 star bay-beee!). Unfortunately, I haven’t received the boost in readership that I expected when I hit fifty reviews. Apparently, while something does in fact happen at twenty reviews, the additional boost at fifty is a hopeful indie writers’ urban legend.

As I read through these reviews, though, I’ve seen a number with questions or issues that I’d like to address. And no, that’s not my way of saying I’m going to go through and curse out my 1- and 2-star reviewers. That’s just self-destructive and pointless. There’s some genuinely interesting stuff here.

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President’s Day Thoughts On The State of the World

How do you celebrate President’s Day? Other than mattress sales, I mean. Most holidays have a theme of some kind, something you’re supposed to contemplate as you go about your day off, but President’s Day is just celebrating these two vastly different men’s lives. It isn’t even their birthday. But what is the one thing they had in common? Politics. And so…

Three quotes that sum up our moment in history:

  1. “The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of whom will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.”- attributed to Davis X Machina, at Balloon Juice.  And the reason for this is…
  2. “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” (Origin unknown) (I would argue “Equality or even relative decrease of privilege feels like…”)
  3. And for the upper echelons of conservatism: “Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and a king ain’t satisfied ‘til he rules everything” – Bruce Springsteen

The lady in this next one lets the mask drop and shows what she really believes in. She says it was taken out of context, but what context she gives us doesn’t make it better.

“Pro_Life” Activist Does Damage Control After Whining About The Baby She “Saved”

Next, Fred Clark reminds us what true righteousness means:

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Then we have an example of how White America has denied black Americans as much of the wealth of the land and the full benefit of being American as possible:

How The GI Bill’s Promise Was Denied to A Million Black WWII veterans

“Fun fact”, mentioned in the article: New Deal programs were also deliberately structured to exclude as many black people as possible.

And finally, something from back in the Fall, to remind us what “ready for school” means these days.

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