What Does Freedom Mean To You?

Today’s post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-Licious Blog Tour, a fantastic blog hop that brings together bloggers of all genres, backgrounds and locations. In today’s hop, the blog featured before Ryder Ilsington’s Blog is “Bookfare.blogspot.com”. The blog featured after Ryder Ilsington’s Blog is the fascinating ” http://janukulkarni.blogspot.com/ “. Do stop by and say hello plus some of us are having giveaways and contests. Enjoy!

So now, back to freedom, and what it means to me. I think we American’s have lived under freedom for so long that we take it for granted. We are free to work at any job we are qualifed for, and we have the freedom to receive an education regardless of our color, sex, gender, or political affiliation. We are free to go where we want, eat what we want, live where we want.

I’m always shocked by documentaries showing how oppressed the citizens of some countries are. In North Korea the citizens do not have internet access. Their newspapers, television and radio stations are owned by the government. This is unfathomable to citizens of the U.S. We expect, even demand, that our government not be involved in the process of religion, the free press, the or the rules we have in our households regarding sex, discipline, smoking, drinking, etc. Sure, there are limited laws to protect children from abuse, but overall, parents have the freedom to raise their children as they see fit.

Freedom here  in America allows me, an author, to write about anything I want. I can protest against any part or member of the government, in writing, or the streets of Washington, D.C.. When I hear about people of other countries being murdered because of their political beliefs, or because they tried to tell the truth about women’s rights, or birth control…well, it makes me sick. It makes me angry. It makes me cry. And then it makes me appreciate all the freedom I have.

Below is a list of all the blogs on this blog tour. Please put them on your list of things to do and see.

1. Sonia Rumzi – http://soniarumzi.com/
2. DK Levick – http://dklevick.wordpress.com/
3. Dora – http://peacefrompieces.blogspot.com/
4. Karen – http://britsunited.blogspot.com/
5. La Vonya – http://www.Battered-not-broken.blogspot.com
6. Simon – http://simonmhunter.blogspot.com/
7. Jim – http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com/
8. Jennifer – http://remembernewvember.blogspot.com/
9. Lucy – http://lifethrulucylasticaslense.blogspot.com/
10. Shelley – http://bookfare.blogspot.com
11. Ryder – https://ryderislington.wordpress.com/
12. Janki – http://janukulkarni.blogspot.com/
13. Tosh – http://totsymae.com/
14. Dennis – http://www.bryanrdennis.com/
15. Karen – http://karenvwasylowski.blogspot.com/
16. Dora – http://blogaliciousblogs.blogspot.com/


Party Time! My First Book Is Out There In The World!

The big day has arrived. My baby is out there for all the world to see. My first published book! I woke up this morning and stumbled to the computer before I even had a cup of coffee. I just had to see how my book looks at the publisher’s address, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And I found it at GoodReads too. I’ve really enjoyed the emails of congrats from good friends.

So, here goes. I’m popping the champagne.  Did you hear that?

I’m giving myself twenty more minutes before I go to my laptop and crank out another thousand words on book two of the series. And then it’s back to the web, looking for opportunities to share my success with others.

I plan to post a couple of book reviews soon. And now I should have a little more time for blogging.

And one more thing. YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!

The Inspiring Women Summit.

I just signed up for a great free online event called the Inspiring Women Summit.

It’s about bringing women together from all over the world, so we can be inspired to give our greatest gifts and make the biggest impact possible.

You’ll learn from amazing women leaders such as Geneen Roth, Lisa Nichols, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marci Shimoff, Lynne McTaggart, Jean Houston and Marcia Wieder.

This event is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your gifts, bring your big dreams into manifestation and learn the steps to becoming an inspiring woman leader.

Learn more at http://www.inspiringwomensummit.com

I’m excited to participate, and I hope you’ll join me!

Inspire others with your writing,

Revisions Are Finished But The End Is Nowhere In Sight

I remember clearly when I wrote THE END on the Ultimate Justice manuscript. And then there were a couple dozen revisions as I learned more about writing, and added layers of depth to characters and filled gaps in sub-plots. When it felt polished, I remember working on the synopsis and cover letter, and then the search for agents and publishers interested in the genre. And who can forget the rejection letters?

Then several editors were interested and I was giddy. The hardest part was over. I found the perfect publisher for me and my book. It was a great feeling. Finally, all that hard work would pay off. Ultimate Justice A Trey Fontaine Mystery was going to be published.

Then came working with the editor. Maybe the hardest part wasn’t over yet. But I was getting close. The revisions felt like they’d never end. But then the final revision was sent. Now, surely, I would be able to take a break.

Not so fast. The day I sent the final revision in, I was feeling pretty good. Until the next email brought a long list of things to do!  Now it’s my bio, and a headshot for the back cover. A blurb for the back cover.  Blurbs for the press kit. Ideas for a cover. A teaser for book two of the series. And I am to choose an excerpt of 500 -800 words to place on the website. Oh! And the website!

And now that I’ve written the teaser for book two, well…uh…I guess I better get crackin’ on book two!  My energy died a few weeks ago. My imagination is fried. My wrists are in braces and my back swears I cannot sit in a chair for one more minute. So, for now, I’ll go take a break. And then I’ll figure out how to start again.

Meet Trey Fontaine, FBI Special Agent In The Upcoming Novel: ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

While writing ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery, I pictured David Boreanez as FBI Special Agent Trey Fontaine. He is thirty-two years old, six feet tall, and has light brown eyes and dark hair.  Trey has been an agent for nine years. When he was twelve, his dad, a cop in his hometown of Raven Bayou, was killed on the job. His dad’s partner was Russell Coleman, who was featured in a previous article. Russell is Trey’s godfather. Russell has a new partner who brings back vivid memories for Trey.

Trey was a good student, a college football player, and a cop in Raven Bayou while waiting to be old enough for the Bureau. In college, he studied Linguistics and Ethnicities, so he can tell a lot about a person by their syntax, word choice, and accent, as well as being able to give an educated guess about ethnic origin.

He drives a Hummer called Streak. He has a distant relationship with his mother, who changed drastically when her husband, Trey’s dad, was killed.  He’s single, very career minded, and has no time for a long-term relationship.

At the story opens, Trey is on limited duty as a result of a gunshot wound, and playing handler to a female agent who is undercover at a local casino trying to get information on the whereabouts of several young women who have disappeared.  They are in his home town. He is strong and intelligent. I think you’ll find Trey Fontaine can be a really good guy. When he’s not being bad.

Meet Russell Coleman, Homicide Detective in the upcoming book: ULTIMATE JUSTICE

I wanted to give readers an opportunity to meet some of the characters who live and/or work in Raven Bayou, Louisiana, the setting for the upcoming book, ULTIMATE JUSTICE. The book is set in 2005.

While I was writing, I envisioned Morgan Freeman as Russ, an African-American man in his sixties, who has been a cop on the Raven Bayou Parish Sheriff’s Department for close to forty years. He has a high school education, but he’s intelligent, and street smart. Russ believes in gut instinct. He reads people really well.

He was married at twenty-five to a lovely young lady named Julie. After thirty-seven years of marriage, Julie died as the result of an automobile accident. She was the only one in her car, and the driver of the other car was charged with involuntary manslaughter. That was three years ago, in 2002.

As ULTIMATE JUSTICE starts, that man’s trial has come to an end, and Russ is waiting for the verdict. This is only one of the things on Russell Coleman’s plate. His godson was injured on the job and is recuperating in town. Russ is handling a homicide case, the first one in Raven Bayou in years, and is also working the case of a teenage girl who was beaten and raped. And there’s more to come. The killing continues. And so do the attacks on girls and women.

I think you’ll like Russ. He’s pretty easy, and laid back. He doesn’t talk a lot, but what he says is usually important. He makes allowances for the mistakes of friends and relatives, and has always been faithful to those he loves. Except for that one time, years ago.

But that’s for later.


I thought it was time to introduce you to ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine FBI novel. This psychological mystery is set in Raven Bayou, Louisiana, a fictional town modeled after many small towns in the state. Raven Bayou is situated about half way between the northern border and the Gulf, on the westernmost side of the state, not far from the border of Texas. It’s far enough south for Spanish moss hanging from the trees, boggy bayous, aligators, and frog leg dinners.

The population is under eight thousand, large enough for strip malls and two casinos, small enough to  have its police force made up of Sheriff’s deputies working out of a city building. There is a town square in the center of which is the Courthouse, built in 1825. The four streets surrounding the Courthouse are all one-way, with other city buildings, a parking lot for the jury, a small park with a gazebo in the middle, and small businesses including: Knit One–Pearl Two, a craft and fabric shop, Tammy’s Lunchenette, The Hair Raising beauty parlor, and The Dog House Bar and Grill. And in the summer old Sam, the black lab that belongs to Tammy, usually lies in the middle of the street, requiring drivers to swing around him while he enjoys the sunshine on his old bones.

Most of the characters in book one, ULTIMATE JUSTICE, were born in Raven Bayou, though not all stayed. As I write about each one, you will learn a lot about their histories. The town is somewhat divided, with those of Cajun blood living near the bayou, in the poor part of town, and others living in nicer and nicer areas as their socio-economic class allows. The farther away from the center of town, the less compact the neighborhoods, with houses separated by large pieces of land a couple of miles from downtown, while a small, compact yards, with small compact houses sit a couple of blocks from the Courthouse.

The bayou for which the town was named is only a few acres in size, situated just outside the city limits. And less than a mile from the bayou is a large park bordered by woods on two sides, with a baseball diamond on the side closest to town. Boudreaux Park is named after the richest family in town, the patriarch of whom is Alton Boudreaux. His ranch is located on the north edge of town and his thourough breds are known at all the race tracks in the country.

On the main highway there are several restuarants, including a Waffle House, The Crab Shack, a Sonic, The Donut House, and a Golden Corral. This is where the gas stations, convenience stores, and the two motels can be found.

Thanks for coming. I hope you will enjoy visiting Raven Bayou many times in the years to come.