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author Heather Fahy Serrano
Hi, my name is Maggie.
I have a story to tell you. It’s about my man and my marriage. Well, it’s about a lot of other stuff too…but it all ties in. When the whole thing started, with him, I mean, I had a dead mamma and a gay daddy. I loved daddy but I rarely saw him. He left the dry heat of Texas to go live in a different kind of heat in Los Angeles with his new man. I was alone. I had been on my own for years. Even living with my folks I was alone. Then one fateful night I met Bruce and he began to sweep me off my feet. Girls, he was handsome and flaunted the money and promised a grand life. My coupon cutting days were over! Well, it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. He turned out to be a real rotten peach. And so was most of his family. On the outside we looked like the perfect. Behind closed doors it was a whole other story with emotional and physical abuse. I’ll leave it at that for now to keep this “G” rated. When I begin my story I was approaching my tenth wedding anniversary…and I knew it was going to be my last. I had a plan. I had been working on it for some time. Solid plans do take time. I wasn’t about to just walk away with nothing! So please take a look at my story. I want you to know I made it! I am happy! And the funny part is, it didn’t happen quite the way I’d planned…
One nightmarish day, during the Civil War, a strong, southern woman, Melissa St. Andrew loses her parents and her sister is raped by Union soldiers. While journeying west she is abducted by Blue Thunder, a handsome White Mountain Apache. Both being strong willed individuals, they fight the strong attraction as they travel through the hot desert. At his village, Melissa subsequently saves his life after a serious injury but she’s attacked by a jealous Indian maiden, who wants her dead. Her life is spared but while Blue Thunder is unconscious from his injury, the chief sends her to a fort. Blue Thunder discovering Melissa missing, goes after her and brings her back to the tribe. Once Melissa is accepted, she and Blue Thunder wed, but still, their life doesn’t run smoothly as they have to contend with hate, and prejudice. This is book 1 in the series
This leads to two sequels, Love by Dawn, and Star Gazer.
“Sergeant, Sir! The men are tired and hungry.” A young soldier in a blue uniform spoke from behind Sergeant Brant Bergeron as he wiped his sweaty brow. He knew he could never adapt to the hot, humid southern climate in Georgia. He and his men were separated from their unit two days ago when the rebels attacked and they had been lost and unsure of where they were heading. He had six soldiers with him, not much older than himself. He didn’t want this war to be his war anymore than the others, but he was here and had to make the best of it.
The men were grumbling. They all had that look in their eyes after seeing friends cut down. It was a look that sent shivers down ones spine. Revenge! Even though he couldn’t get used to all that bloodshed he had to try to keep his men together. He moved slightly in the saddle, trying to get the kinks out of his tired and sore backside. His muscles screamed for attention but he ignored them. Would he find their way back to the main column? He didn’t know this countryside and feared he and his men had wandered too far from the front. This was a quiet place where his detachment sat in the shade. Because horses were scarce, three of the men were on foot but two days ago they fought near a small town, taking the enemy’s soldier’s mounts, the spoils of war. Out here in the countryside the fighting hadn’t arrived, yet. In time, these beautiful fields would be covered with bodies, and the smell of gun power and the stench of blood. Burnout homes will mar the lands. This damn war was taking its toll, not only on people, but on the green land. Man is the only animal in the universe that can cause such destruction; and we call ourselves the civil world. Disgusted and hungry, he turned to his unit.
“We’ll ride a little further. Maybe we’ll come to some sign of life soon. If not, we’ll make camp and hunt for our meals.” The men grumbled to themselves, but they continued until late that morning, when one of the soldiers called, “Look Sarge! Smoke’s coming over that ridge.”
Brant grabbed his spy glasses to get a better look. “Smitty,” he said, “go and check the area, it may be Rebs.” The private gave a sloppy salute, “Yes, Sir.” His men made themselves comfortable and stretched out, closing their eyes for a short nap. He sat and continued to look through the spy glass until he saw Smithy galloping back. Most of the men had started this war on foot, but they managed to get themselves a mount one way or another and he never asked. The private dismounted and grinned. “It’s a cotton plantation, Sarge. The smoke is coming from a chimney. My guess,” Smitty licked his dry lips, “someone’s cooking.”
“Okay, we’ll go peacefully,” Brant suggested. “With any luck, they’ll be just plain folks and---”
“Sure Sarge, just like the Rebs that ambushed us, killing most of the men,” snarled, Smitty. “Me, I’m not waiting to be cordially invited to dine.” Refusing to hear his objection, Smithy jumped on his mount, slapped the horse on its withers, and spurred away. Taken by surprise, Brant tried to call him back, but his orders fell on deaf ears. He was not happy about the feeling in his gut that his men were looking to even the score. The rest of the unit jumped on
their mounts and followed Smitty, also ignoring his pleas to remain civil. But his men were out of control. He knew they were trouble from day one, believing they were intending to desert the first opportunity. He kicked his horse forward and prayed.
This book targets adults who need more skills to be assertive or who have the skills but feel guilty or uncomfortable being assertive. It contains a range of strategies and exercises to help people be assertive. A number of scenarios about situations where people are aggressive or passive rather than assertive are given to illustrate these behaviors. Examples are then given to illustrate assertive responses instead.
Liphar on Literature, Photography and Art Still hanging in there campers? I hope so, because Liphar Magazine has been traversing with a mix of stimulating material in this energized issue.
Behind the Lens: Wojciech Toman with his view on HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, as opposed to "traditional" photography. Joyce Dickens refers to her photography work as "Infused Artography" and considers herself a contemporary photographer/digital artist.
Art for Life: Carolyn Roper plunges us into the world of body painting, where this unfamiliar fantasy domain to most, is brought to reality.
Articles: Post Net Fiction, states literary fiction is seriously off the rails where the need to right again this once powerful and beautiful voice of real discovery and language. Criterion of Beauty, challenges that art has no exact science of the beautiful and pleasurable; it just makes us more human with our own rational freedom. Scrazzle, the new kid on the block, which seeks to invade Twitter territory by one upping what Twitter offers.
Thought Food: Advent of belief, where the real question is, why do you believe what you do?
Stories: A Game of Cards, where two ghosts sit at a square granite table and one says, "I am starting to think this ghost business isn’t all you made it out to be." Maladjusted A twisted tale MOO, "To believe in dreams is a manifestation of insanity." Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Trains by the River, why did Hamlet trouble about ghosts after death, when life itself is haunted by ghosts is so much more terrible? Chekhov, Notebooks, 1892-1904
Wojciech Toman, a 27-year-old landscape and HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographer from Warsaw, Poland enlightens us in an interview. His stance on HDR is more of a realistic approach than ‘traditional’ photography, because it allows images to be created with a dynamic range that is closer to reality. Love or hate it! Two of the most innovative and influential American photography masters of 20th century photography, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston inspired Joyce Dickens to pick up a camera. She refers to her work as "Infused Artography" and considers herself a contemporary photographer/digital artist. With major industry awards, a double World Body Painting Champion and recognised as one of the best body artists in the world today, Carolyn Roper plunges us into the world of body painting. Where seeing is believing with her images in an interview, this unfamiliar domain to most, fantasy is brought to reality.
Two women convicted of murder. Only One may survive. Zandria Adams, living in the present, is executed for murdering her cheating husband. She meets a handsome angel. He informs her that she’s been given a second chance,to return to earth to live again. 1856 Selma is being hanged for murdering her cheating husband. To her horror Zandria awakens in the eighteen hundreds just as a rope around her neck tightens and the floor falls away from her feet.. The angel Seth is sent down to earth as a human with no memory that he’s an angel, to help save one of them.
Editors Note: Many characters in this book have accents and or different speech patterns. The author has attempted to illustrate this phonically. These are not spelling errors.
fell in love and finally married his high school friend, Sandra Collins. He becomes a writer in the tradition of his family and begins to unravel the truth of his great-great-great grandfather fiction. After publishing a time travel novel he is visited by an android from the future that saves his wife’s life from an alien. Then all hell breaks loose as he becomes immersed in his families history and future.
God discoers that Lucifer has betwitched his wife, that she is with child. There ensures the greatest story of love and betrayal which reverberates down through all of human history, and continues to affect the fate of human kind. A war in heaven ensures, a tremendous conflict in which the human soul is at stake. This is the entire story of the bible told as a story of love and betrayal, God, Humans and Lucifer and Lilith.
You find yourself in an alien world. You don't have any memory of how you got there. All you know is that you live in fear of the other inhabitants. Some are vicious and others benign. All you have left are the memories you brought with you. Surviving becomes the only thing you have to look forward to. Demons are everywhere but they may be just as confused as you