Monthly Archives: June 2015

Church Security Conference ~ August 7-8 in Colorado Springs

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The 11th Annual National Church Security Conference will be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 7th and 8th.

This event sounds like something more and more churches would be interested in due to today’s precarious environment. Incredibly, it’s estimated 75% of all American churches have no security plan in place. They have never discussed with their leadership and volunteers what to do in a violent emergency.

This conference is a way for pastors and church leaders to raise their awareness in this crucial area. The keynote speaker is senior pastor at New Life Church Brady Boyd who promises to deliver “real meat” for developing a church security team.

Among the topics to be presented are:

  • Preparedness
  • Clear and Present Danger, what are the current and new threats against churches
  • An integrated example of a multi-tiered team; both armed and unarmed
  • The New Life Church medical team will speak on gun shot wound treatment
  • pastoral protection
  • a speaker from the Department of Homeland Security will speak on current threats
  • a special screening of the film “Obsession – Radical Islam’s War Against The West”

 

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Assaulted by a Cat ~ I’m Almost Ashamed To Say

Mimzie, our feral cat.

Mimzie, our feral cat.

 

I have several cuts on my arms .

If I wasn’t most definitely in my prime, some might speculate age 39 (ooops my nose is growing) ~ though a lady never should tell her age… At any rate, if I wasn’t well beyond my teenage years, one look at my armss and some might think I was an adolescent cutter. Not so! Not at all.

I have a feral cat named Mimzie and was merely trying to clean her ears. [Shh, don’t tell her I said so, but feral cats are somewhat deranged.]

The upshot is, she got away without me achieving my goal. So, I tired to sneak up on her the next day.  She’s partially deaf, which makes the sneaking up not too difficult, but she’s quick and determined not to be held onto.

You’ll notice her crooked lip-line. That’s due to lost teeth. However, what teeth she’s got left sunk into my arm, fortunately, not too deeply.

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This soon became a two-woman operation. I enlisted the help of my daughter Delayne, and we had to block the staircase so Mimsie couldn’t get up there to hide.

 

 

 

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I can’t help but be reminded of that old meme, “How To Give A Cat A Pill.” Ah, the joys of cat ownership. I promise you, she’s not choking the cat, just trying to hold onto her.

 

 

 

For those of you who would like to lead “cruelty-free” lives (meaning you purchase products that do not test on animals, here’s a short and very incomplete list of affordable companies who sell in drug stores and supermarkets, and do not test on animals.

Cosmetics and Personal Care:

Aveda [Estee Lauder]

Caswell-Massey: fragrance, bath & body – can be purchased on Amazon

Elf Cosmetics: Target, most chain drug stores

Kiss My Face: skin care –  in most chain drug stores and supermarkets

Milani Cosmetics: sold in most chain drug stores

Paul Mitchell Hair Products:  most chain drug stores and beauty supply stores

Physicians Formula: make up – sold in most chain drug stores

Queen Helene: hair products, skin care, personal care – sold in most chain drug stores and supermarkets

Shiff: vitamins, in most chain drug stores and supermarkets

Toms of Maine: toothpaste – in most chain drug stores and supermarkets

Wet ‘n Wild: cosmetics, nail products – in most chain stores and supermarkets

White Rain: hair products, in most chain drug stores and supermarkets

 

Household Products:

Bon Ami: scouring cleanser, sold in supermarkets

Brillo: scouring pad, sold in supermarkets

Nature’s Miracle: pet odor destroyer, PETCO, most pet shops

 

Most of these products are “made in America” and do not have ingredients that will cause cancer, or cause other physical harm. Why do you suppose the other companies test on animals? It’s because they’re using potentially harmful chemicals.

Note: the box must say “cruelty-free” “no animal testing” or have a bunny on it. Most of the companies who a few years ago didn’t test on animals have gone back to testing. Why? Because China requires animal testing to sell in their country and these companies quickly gave up their principles. You’ll notice that most celebrities no longer do “cruelty free” ads. That’s because they’re signed with large cosmetics firms that have gone back to testing. How quickly they too gave up their principles.


HARMFUL INTENT NOW 99cents ~ FATHER’S DAY SALE

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This meme is courtesy of author Tammy Doherty. Thx girl, for helping me out.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all dads, grandpas, step-dads, uncles, big brothers (the blood kind and those who volunteer),  foster fathers, and anyone who steps into the gap and takes on the role of dad.

In honor on Father’s Day HARMFUL INTENT will be on dale for 99 pennies until midnight Sunday, June 21st

 

Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

 

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Won the Grace Award 2014 in the Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historical Suspense category

 

You can purchase HARMFUL INTENT AT Amazon.


One Night In Tehran by Luana Ehrlich ~ a review

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I read ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN by Luana Ehrlich as a judge in the Grace Awards. Right in the first pages, its authenticity  floored me and made me want to keep reading.  The author has such a vast knowledge of CIA protocols, one wonders if she’s had some type of connection to that highly secretive world.

The story begins in Tehran. Titus Ray, an undercover American CIA agent is being hunted by Iranian authorities, but manages to escape the country. Back in the states, he learns he’s been targeted by an Iranian assassin. The CIA gives him a new cover story (a legend) and ships him to Oklahoma for his own safety. The rest of the story plays out on American soil and is a skillful combination of detective novel and spy story.

This book was a finalist in the Action-Adventure/Thriller/Western/Epic Novel category of the Grace Awards 2014 because it’s main character, CIA agent Titus Ray, was deeply affected by the Christian family who gave him shelter while he hid in Tehran. Thus he began a personal, spiritual search and converted to Christianity. The faith element of the novel doesn’t at all intrude on the action-adventure, spy story. It simply gives the main character depth.

The novel is well written, exciting, actually. It kept me fully engaged. My only criticism is that it seems to end abruptly with a major string untied. This is deliberate on the part of the author, a literary choice she made. I recommend this novel and will indeed be reading the sequel.


HARMFUL INTENT Gets The Meme Treatment

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Everything is graphics today. Creative memes abound all over social media.

 

I tried to make my own meme for my first contemporary detective release HARMFUL INTENT. It came off looking like what it was…made by a novice.

 

 

 

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So, Jennifer Rodewald (author of the just released BLUE COLUMBINE) volunteered to help me out.

 

It’s really nice when getting a bit of help from your fellow authors.

 

 

 

 

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This one is my effort. You can see it’s amateurish.


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