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Celebrate Hillary’s Ascension!

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In convenient bumper stick size, in case you see any heretics whose incomplete bumper stickers need a touch up. Easy to download and print ready!

That's right, kids!  Hillary Rodham Clinton (who has a vagina) is days away from beatification by the Democrat National Committee and the major American press as the Democrat candidate for President of These Racist, Sexist, United States.

So, join all your accomplished betters like Hollywood's Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer, DC's Michelle Obama and Cherokee Princess Elizabeth Warren, and everybody's favorite failure, Battlin' Bernie Saunders in saying "I'M WITH HERD!"

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Mid-western modesty

Tends to forbid me from singing my own praises.  It’s not natural for me to tout reviews for my work.

Back in Nebraska (the Nebraska of both my youth and my imagination), understated acceptance of praise was an art form in itself, because, hell, everybody who worked the fields, everybody who had to get up before daylight to feed the animals before going to school, everybody knew the work was hard.  So when someone complimented your efforts, there had to be a touch of humility in your reply, along with a very wry acknowledgement that it was just your luck to be noticed.

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America, can you hear me?

No, not you guys.  America Ferrera, actress and Hillary’s newest BFF in waiting, wrote a panting love letter to Hillary Clinton entitled “Why Hillary Clinton Thrills the Hell Out of Me.” It began thusly:  There is a view, often expressed on my social media feeds, which maintains that I am voting for Hillary Clinton because I’m a stupid, uninformed, misguided feminist who only knows how to vote with her ignorant vagina.”


I felt compelled to respond (and not just because she was talking about her naughty bits).

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The Reviews Are In…


For By the Hands of Men, Book Two, Into the Flames (some of them include Book One of the series, The Old World, as well), and they’re pretty nice.

My favorite so far is this one, from BookBlogger, Carrie K, who wrote:  “Wow…That is the best word I can find to describe these books. Wow!  So Good!”  I think I like that one best because she sounds so surprised (which she actually explains a bit further into the review).

A very lovely blogger known as Mrs. C wrote, “If you are a romantic, lover of history, and appreciate great writing which could be described as classic, you will enjoy this excellent work.  I have the sequel to The Old World at my side, ready to open as soon as I complete this review. ”

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Nice reviw for “By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World”

By book blogger “Mrs. C.”


My Thoughts

About the time I discovered my grandfather’s role in WWI, I received a request from this author to review this beautiful novel set during The Great War.  Author Roy Griffis has the rare talent of writing vividly descriptive narrative which places the reader inside the scene as a nonparticipating character.  His impeccable research has allowed this novel to be compared to Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms.

This novel begins on the battlefield during the Christmas Day truce, and takes off like a bullet thereafter.  Charlotte, a nurse, physically cares for Robert, an officer, man of mystery, and eventually emotionally cares for him.  Charlotte longs for him, and he her, the only bright spot in their war.  Eventually, they part, but not their hearts.  Even in deepest despair, Robert remembers the giver of a cross he wears around his neck.

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Nice Review for “Into the Flames”

Roy M. Griffis’ By the Hands of Men

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I’ve complained a bit lately (“lately,” you say?) about the various horse-puckey mechanisms that encourage Americans to ignore all but the most formulaic and famous of our national fiction. But part of this is perhaps the fault of writer-reviewers; even if we produce novels ourselves, we both avoid and screw up fiction reviews, because they are hard (and also not conducive to clickbait, you barnyard Internet animals).

The more enthused a reviewer is about a piece of fiction, ya see, the less we want to spoil its surprises—be they plot twists, turns of phrase, or a sweet new massage of a time-honored theme. We know the writer worked hard to come up with that left turn, dammit. Thus we overcompensate, giving the reader only the vaguest idea of why he would profit from the story, and the writer’s hard work is all for nought.

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