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MEET YOUR NEW APACHE PROTECTORS – The MEN OF TRIBAL THUNDER

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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WHAT IS TRIBAL THUNDER?

My new series, APACHE PROTECTORS: TRIBAL THUNDER takes place on the Turquoise Canyon Apache Reservation in Arizona.  Tribal Thunder is the name of the warrior sect of the tribe’s medicine society.

WHO ARE THE HEROES?

Carter Bear Den – (TURQUOISE GUARDIAN #1) Captain  of the tribe’s elite wildfire fighters, the Turquoise Canyon Hotshots, and former U.S. Marine.  He’s been charged with delivering a message to the shaman’s niece, his former fiancé who left him without even a Dear John letter.

Ray Strong – EAGLE WARRIOR #2) the groups bad boy, hotshot and the one your mother warned you about.  He’s got a habit of making bad decisions and he’s been tapped to keep watch over the daughter of a killer.

Dylan Strong – (FIREWOLF #3)  is every mother’s dream son-in-law, so why isn’t he married?  He’s a former US Marine on an errand for the tribe’s shaman that might just get him killed.

Jack Bear Den – (THE WARRIOR’S WAY #4)  is a detective with tribal police and Carter’s twin who needs to convince a career-driven FBI explosives expert to throw away her future to help his tribe.

TURQUOISE GUARDIAN Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder

TURQUOISE GUARDIAN

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(Paperback December 20 – Digital January 1)

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EAGLE WARRIOR #2 Apache Protector: Tribal Thunder

EAGLE WARRIOR

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Crazy Florida – December 2016

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

 

Life is just as crazy here!

Life is just as crazy here!

CAR CRITTER

My Crazy Florida Life now includes this. Look closely at the photo (below), that’s not a mechanic under that hood. Here in Florida, folks often leave their cars down south for months while they live up north. Friends start their cars, drive them occasionally. My friend was trying to charge a friend’s car battery when he noticed a possum nest under the hood. This included one annoyed possum. I was loo2016-10-09-19-19-41aking forthe nest and nearly got my face nipped by the little guy curled up on the air filter. Lucky for me the critter politely hissed at me first. That’s when I took this shot.

 

TAKING HOGFISH

News alert – You might need to know that Florida now only allows the taking of one Hogfish per day in season. The article does not say where you are suppose to take it.

Source: Sun Sentinel, November 20, 2016

 

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Florida Woman Creates Her Own Half-Marathon Course

Perhaps the first time you run a half-marathon it should not be in the woods on unfamiliar trails. Perhaps when she noticed there were no other runners she should have stopped runners. Perhaps when she finally found a jeep trail, she should not have assumed that this was the very same trail on her race course. She didn’t make those decisions and so, when the race coordinator’s worst nightmare came true (missing runner) they began the search and located the lost runner, missing for 12 hours . The runner “ended running over 16 miles before the park’s department located her in the reserve about 7:30 p.m.” Half marathon = 13 miles. Go her, she did it in only 12 hours. I wonder how many years she took off the race director’s life?
Source: News 6 Tampa, 12-5-16

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FREE Prequel Available Now!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
FREE insiders prequel to my new series, APACHE PROTECTORS:TRIBAL THUNDER

FREE insiders prequel to my new series, APACHE PROTECTORS:TRIBAL THUNDER

I just sent out a FREE forty-two page prequel short story to my newsletter subscribers to give them insider hints to the threat facing them men of Tribal Thunder.  This 42 page picture book prequel can be read on my site, but only if you are a subscriber.

My insiders list also gets a FREE advanced peek at CHAPTER ONE of each book in my upcoming APACHE PROTECTORS: TRIBAL THUNDER series.

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Cray Cray Crime – December 2016

Friday, December 23rd, 2016
#CrayCrayCrime is a feature on Jenna Kernan's blog and Facebook pages

#CrayCrayCrime is a feature on Jenna Kernan’s blog and Facebook pages

Wrapped Around His Finger

Most fathers will do anything for their little girl and more than one daughter has taken advantage of this. But this goes a step too far when a female bank robber convinces her father to be her getaway driver. Oh, he didn’t agree to drive the getaway car (it was an SUV), he agreed to drive his daughter to a “job interview.” While pop was waiting, daughter-dear changed into a wig, hat and sunglasses and robbed at TD Bank in Fort Lauderdale. When she returned with the loot, she explained that the interview had gone so well that the potential employer had given her an advance – because that always happens!
Worse yet – this was not the first time she’d bummed a lift. Nor the second. Nor the third. FOUR. She had her dad drive her to FOUR robberies!
Summary: Don’t believe everything she says, even if she is your little girl.

Source: SunSentinel, Fort Lauderdale News article by Adam Sacasa, 10-14-20

Cray Cray Beaver

BAD BEAVER BURGLAR

You aren’t the only one doing some last minute shopping and getting frustrated at not finding what you’re looking for on the shelves. A Maryland Police Department responded to a break-in call at a local shop and found this beaver trashing the Christmas section. Damages included an unfortunate artificial tree. The beaver “attempted to flee the area,” according the the official report and was apprehended and released unharmed. I’m very impressed that the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Officers carry such tiny handcuffs.

 

CANDY MAN REPAIR

A Winter Haven restaurant is short one gumball machine after a “repair man” took the machine outside to be serviced on 11/4/16 and then drove away. This gumball machine had a racing-theme and $800 worth of gumballs! Police are seeking information on anyone who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and/or rapid-onset tooth decay.
Summary: Gumball machines hold $800 worth of candy!
Source: UPI article by Daniel Uria

 

TOYS FOR TOTS VOLUNTEER IS ON NAUGHTY LIST

That’s what should happen when you make up the names of children and their fictitious parents and add them to the list of real children in need. A Polk County woman who drives a Caddie and receives public assistance assisted herself to 118 unwrapped new toys (found in her home) and, oh joy, she was a volunteer last year, as well. But now she’ll be the recipient of a new wardrobe and free meals for the duration of her stay in jail.

Source: FOX 13 News, Tampa, staff reporter, 12-14-16
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APACHE PROTECTOR: Tribal Thunder Origin Story – Mayberry on Acid

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Bisbee, Arizona. Mining town turned tourist town

Bisbee, Arizona. Mining town turned tourist town

A Gal Walks into a Bar…

I was sitting at the bar of an overcrowded well-recommended restaurant in Tucson, Arizona when the guy in the next stool asked me where I was from.  Well, he was a local and I was traveling.  He told me there was a cute mountain town, Bisbee, just south of Tucson in the cool mountains just 8 miles from the Mexican border and, after dinner, off I went.

Little did I know that Bisbee would provide the inspiration for my new romantic suspense series, APACHE PROTECTORS: TRIBAL THUNDER, beginning in January 2017.

Tombstone, AZ was on the way.  We stopped, but I wasn’t inspired by the tourist town.  The real Tombstone mostly burned down just after the OK Corral.  The graveyard there is wonderful and I highly recommend that.  No inspiration struck me there, so back in the car and heading south.

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There’s a nearly deserted main street beside the Lavender Pit south of Bisbee

Bisbee – “Mayberry on Acid”

I never heard of Bisbee but they have t-shirts for sale in the shops there that say “Mayberry on Acid.”  It’s a strange and wonderful place and, for me, an inspirational one.  This town was founded on copper, mining company town, running shifts 24/7.  Cave-ins.  Strikes and Union-busting–The whole shebang.  The buildings all perch on the mountain with the firm but precarious hold of a mountain goat. The place is steeped in history and emerging as a resort town because it is higher, cooler and has cleaner air than Tucson and Phoenix.

The Copper Queen Hotel - is said to be haunted by three ghosts

The Copper Queen Hotel – is said to be haunted by three ghosts

The Copper Queen Hotel

We visited the mining museum, did a walkabout and checked in to the Copper Queen, a really interesting hotel that resides across the street from the original entrance to the Copper Queen Mine. This hotel is purported to have three resident spirits and is a popular destinations for paranormal enthusiasts.

The Lavender Pit -the fenced remains of an open pit copper mine

The Lavender Pit -the fenced remains of an open pit copper mine

The Lavender Pit

The first mine, The Copper Queen, was underground.  It was closed as unprofitable to be replaced by The Lavender Mine nearby.  This open-pit mine closed in 1974, so it is basically just a huge 900 foot deep hole in the earth.  A mountain that has been moved, uprooted and the tailings spread over miles.  The entire thing is fenced with much signage to Keep Out and No Trespassing, punctuated with threats to prosecute and garnished with razor wire.

I was reminded of the not-so-familiar verse in Woody Guthrie’s popular song; This Land is Your Land.

    As I went walking I saw a sign there

And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”

But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,

That side was made for you and me.

The Lavender Pit Offices on the edge of the cliff

The Lavender Pit Offices on the edge of the cliff

 

The Ah-Ha Moment!

It was here, standing on the lip of a huge empty hole, humming “This Land is Your Land”, that inspiration struck!

What an eyesore!  Also what an environmental catastrophe.  And, do I see turquoise just inside the fence?  And where did they keep the blasting cord and canisters they used to shake the rock loose from the walls of this pit?

The bartender at the Copper Queen told me that some migrating geese landed in the standing yellow water at the very bottom of the pit and died instantly.

Yeah – this mine that was the livelihood of the town, did so at great cost to the landscape.  Was it a violation of the earth or an industry providing the country necessary raw materials?

 

The Unanswerable Question

And there is the crux of my series.  We need to protect the environment but at what cost?  When is it right to defend the earth and at what point does this become radical extremism? Most of us recycle, but would you attack a whaling boat?

I see developments eating farms in Pennsylvania.  I see our coast lines gobbled up by rising condominiums.  But I live in a condo and I like the proximity of the beach.  I didn’t like that hole in the earth.  It felt wrong.  But I like my copper pipes in my condo.

I love a problem where both sides have a winning argument–where neither is all right or all wrong.  I tackled illegal immigration with a book (Shadow Wolf #1 in the Apache Protector series).  In Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder, I explore man’s need for raw materials, energy and land versus man’s duty to protect the earth.  It’s a whopper of a problem.

I wonder what Woody Guthrie would think.  And more importantly, I wonder what my readers will think.

I’m a long time contributor to many charities, environmental rights being one.  I’m also a gold prospector and love nothing better than digging a hole in the ground to find precious metals, crystals and other treasures.  I walk the beach to search for hatching sea turtles and guard them from birds as they run for the sea.  Then I go back to my air-conditioned apartment to congratulate myself on a job well done.  They hypocrisy of this does not escape me.

If you’d like to order a copy of one or all of the Apache Protectors: Tribal Thunder series, I’ve provided the links I have as of this writing:

Turquoise Guardian #1 January 2017

Eagle Warrior #2            February 2017

Firewolf #3                     May 2017

The Warrior’s Way #4    June 2017