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Monday, October 7, 2013

Winners!...and those dagnab losers

         Today's post deals with a few real winners and a controversial question about what some may think of as a "win" but I'm not totally sure that this is the case.  Stay with me now as I participate in the cover reveal for the the next installment of what has been one of my favorite book series.   Then I will announce the outcome of last weeks Battle of the Bands on Tossing  It Out.  Recognition of a winning blogging debut.  And more questionable government actions where one has to wonder what exactly is the cost of winning.

ESCALATION is on its way!

         I discovered author Stephen Tremp early in my blogging career and soon became a champion of his book Breakthrough.  This contemporary action sci-not-so-fi adventure is the first of a trilogy featuring professor Chase Manhattan.  The second book Opening raises the stakes in an international intrigue that threatens the existence of the world as we know it.   The upcoming third and final book of this series has a title that indicates that we are in for even bigger things.  This book is Escalation.  The nuclear blast on the cover hints at something scary.  I'm looking forward to the release of Tremp's Escalation to see how this whole thing ends up.

Escalation Synopsis:
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”Albert Einstein
      In Escalation, the final installment to Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Trilogy, a seemingly innocent discovery in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, becomes a Pandora’s Box—opening doors to other unexpected and unpredictable realities such as parallel universes, time/space travel, and an evil hitchhiker from another dimension.
      Chase Manhattan has survived attempts on his life from numerous sources in his effort to destroy the technology. But he is far from safe. Now Chase and his cohorts must not only break world renowned physicist Professor Nicholas Fischer out of prison a second time, but also smuggle him across hostile borders in Europe and the Middle East to prevent events threatening to spiral into World War III.
      At stake: an end to Western civilization as we know it. The result: an epic clash where science and the supernatural take center stage, vying for mankind’s destiny. The setting is global as the world divides into an East vs. West climactic battle. The action is swift, adrenaline-charged, and non-stop. Unending twists and turns will keep the reader turning pages and wanting more.
      Together, BreakthroughOpening, and Escalation follow the lives of the unlikely participants from innocence to a coming of age through sacrifice, betrayal, passion, lust, unconditional love, and hope. Escalation will appeal to fans of modern-day science fiction, action, and horror.

    If you haven't read Breakthrough and Opening yet, you still have time to catch up to the action that precedes Escalation.   Find out more at Stephen Tremp's Blog.

Battle of the Bands Results (10/1/13 edition)

      I was somewhat surprised at the outcome of this song battle.  If you missed the entries you can listen to the songs here.  My Battle pitted Dee Dee Warwick's version of "You're No Good" against the hard rocking rendition recorded by the band Potliquor.  

      Even before Linda Ronstadt made her version of "You're No Good" a hit in 1975, I heard this song on an album by Potliquor.  This group's album blew me away with a powerhouse line up of tough rock and roll songs.  The version of "You're No Good" by Potliquor is the one I was most accustomed to hearing before Ronstadt took over the airwaves with it and essentially made the song her own.  Potliquor's version is still my favorite and that's the one I'd pick over Warwick's very pleasant and listenable original take which I'd never heard until I was trying to decide on the match up for Potliquor.

     Despite my vote, Dee Dee Warwick's old school pop version of this song wins with 11 votes to Potliquor's 10 votes.  Close but no good enough.  Three write in votes (2 for Ronstadt and 1 for Swinging Blue Jeans) might have swayed things but since I had no indication which way to go regarding the official candidates, we don't know what could have been.  One thing I'm pretty sure of though is that Ronstadt would have probably won if her version had been included.
     The official winner of this round on Tossing It Out is Dee Dee Warwick.

For the winners of the Battles on the other participating sites:

A Winning Blogging Debut

      If anyone hasn't heard of Alex J Cavanaugh or the Insecure Writer's Support Group then welcome to my blog.  Alex's group has been so prevalent in the world of blogging that they'd be hard to miss.  So just in case you missed it, The Insecure Writer's Support Group has it's own web site that is an ever growing compendium of helpful information for all writers. There is also a new FaceBook group that has been all abuzz since opening up.  Check it out if you haven't done so already.  

U.S. Government:  Losers!

     Lots of bloviating buffoons on all sides are claiming that they're winning the debacle of the shutdown and financial crisis that looms ahead.  They're all idiots are far as I'm concerned.   Logic and common sense are being tossed out along with the baby, the bathwater, and all of the rest of us citizens.   Nothing is making much sense anymore as smoke screens and misdirection are being used to divert our attention from what's really happening. 

     For example over the weekend we received the news about raids in Somalia and Libya where Navy Seals killed one of the alleged perpetrators of the Kenyan mall massacre and captured a high profile terrorist in Libya.  Yay!  

       But wait, how much did these operations cost the U.S. and how valuable was it all to us?   I don't know that much about all of this but it sounds suspicious to me and not very impressive when you really start thinking about the facts.  Besides, we are bringing the captured terrorist back to the U.S. to stand trial?  How much will all of that cost us in the end?  If we keep him in a prison, how does that benefit most Americans?   How many other terrorists will be shaking in their boots and deterred from other acts against those they deem as their enemies?   

      I don't know what's coming in the weeks ahead, but Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough book series is probably closer to the truth than anything we'll get out of our self-serving government.  

Winners in the Government Shutdown Fiasco

      There have been many individuals and groups who have been fighting for all of us who are not part of the elitist government.   The Obama administration has been playing politics to get their way and won't listen to reason where it comes to things like keeping parks and historic sites open.   There are places and agencies that have little to do with anything concerning this government show that have been shuttered for the rest of us.  

      Kudos to people like Ed Mitchell, mayor of my adopted hometown of Maryville, Tennessee.  He and his county government are offering to pay to keep the Great Smoky National Park open during the shutdown period.  There have been other stories out there of various entities offering to step in to keep things going where it affects the livelihoods of businesses and employees who just want to keep their own heads above water.  Ed Mitchell and others like him are the real winners during this time of American political stupidity.

      Have you read any of Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough series?   Were you surprised by this Battle of the Bands outcome?   Have you heard of any heroes trying to step up to keep open the places the federal government has shut down?    Where do you think this whole government fiasco is heading?

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  1. Who is that Alex dude?
    Congratulations to Stephen! Another awesome cover and a great way to send the series out with a bang.
    And everyone currently in office needs to be fired - both sides. Next election, not one of them should win.

  2. I really like Stephen's new cover.

    It looks like the end is in sight for the government shutdown and my husband might actually go back to work today. The planes haven't been flying for a week though, and that's really bad. It's set the program back a couple months, not just one week, which will cost a fortune to make up.

  3. Thanks Lee for the shout out! Its nuch aooreciated.

    And the entire Congress should be thrown down a wormhole. Where they end up is non of our concern.

  4. CONGRATS to Stephen. I've read the first two books, so looking forward to reading Escalation. Great cover!

  5. Have been reading of Stephen's book all day, should sell very well. This Alex man must be clever not only does he turn out Amazon best seller books, plays guitar, forms an insecure writers group a web site and facebook page has emerged. oh to be clever!!!!!
    Great post Lee. have a good week.

  6. I really don't know what's going on in American politics right now but what I do see boggles my mind. Get along people. Seriously. Grow up.

    As for Stephen, congrats! And I've just joined the IWSG page.

  7. Alex -- Maybe a few of the officeholders could stay, but with some reprimand.

    L.Diane -- It's ridiculous that the shutdown is because of lack of money and in turn it's going to cost a lot of money. Makes no sense.

    Stephen Tremp -- Let's hear it for wormholes!

    Susanne-- I've enjoyed the Breakthrough series.

    Yvonne -- It's difficult to keep up with Alex without clones of our own.

    Cathy -- Quite frankly I don't think anyone really knows what's going on with the U.S. government including those in the government.


  8. I haven't read the Breakthrough series, though it looks very good. I will have to add it to my list.

    As for the Shutdown... I have lots of thoughts about this ridiculousness, but I am afraid my comment would be longer than your post.

    I will say this: If anyone thinks this Shutdown is an "accident" than they should think again. If the ultimate goal of the IB is to ruin our economy and make things worse than The Great Depression (to the end that we willingly toss out all of the freedoms our Constitution affords us in order to throw in with One World Government)... than this looks a yardstick measure to me.

    Both parties are playing their parts admirably well. However, if this was really about Obamacare, wouldn't the Republicans have made their stand back when it was for approval to be made into law? Instead, they rolled over. BUT, it is very unpopular with their constituents, so this is big opportunity to play party politics when everyone knows (anything) already knows the outcome.

    The bigger question is why would the IB want a shutdown? Shutdowns ultimately cost more, further wrecking the economy (a win). Shutdowns give the opportunity to evaluate how well the populace deals with the pain (fact-finding). In this case, it is a win for the IB. A few days in and we are screaming like stuck pigs. They must be licking their chops. It is really gonna hurt when they force us into a Greater Depression, hyper-inflation goes into effect, blah blah blah. I imagine they are placing bets on how long before we beg for a One World Government (that they run).

    Winners: International Bankers
    Losers: Everyone Else

  9. Yeah, the government is shut-down but continues to pour money into killing people. The irony of it all. One good thing about this mess - if there is one, which there really isn't - is that anyone with half a brain agrees with anyone else with half a brain, regardless of political views. It COULD unite us as a people. Sadly, it won't.

    Stephen's book looks and sounds great.


  10. Sometimes you have to make your own wins. Yay for keeping the park open. Go BTB!

  11. Congrats to Stephen!

    Hmm, last I checked, We the people elected them.

    No Navy SEALS were killed in those operations.

    We were assigned to the Kenyan embassy for three years. Lost a lot of friends. I'd gladly pay your share of the cost to keep that murderer in prison for life. There are some things more valuable than money. Sorry, but you asked!

  12. You covered so much in this post here Lee but I enjoyed it all the same haha, the government are definitely the losers here, the situation they're in is absolutely ridiculous, they're a bunch of clowns!

  13. I will lose all faith in the American public if we don't do a sweep of the current politicians in the next few elections. All must go.

  14. Robin -- As you so frequently do, you have left an insightful comment. Let's hope more people start realizing this.

    Rawkin' --And if we put all those brain halves together we might have whole brains. Then again that could be a dangerous proposition.

    Sheena-kay-- Closing the parks seems absurd. The rangers are still on the job to enforce the closures.

    Kittie -- A military tribunal and execution makes far more sense than keeping these guys in jail at taxpayer expense. I think it's fair to consider what the terrorists do to be acts of war and should be treated as such.

    Yeamie -- And the worst part is that the citizens are the losers as well. It's a mess.

    Susan G/K -- The guys in office will need to be held accountable for what they did or did not do.


  15. AGRH! What a mess. At least Stephen's cover is awesome.

  16. Regardless of who won this 'Battle' it was fun to be introduced to a new band. I really like Potliquor. Thanks for going that extra mile and using a popular song, but pitting two more obscure artists covering that same tune against each other.

  17. I haven't read Stephen's books, but they sound fabulous and must be with such a glowing recommendation from you, Lee!
    If we vote them all out, won't more just like them surge up to take their places? Those that want the jobs tend to be of a certain type, it seems to me.

  18. Hi Lee! Congrats to Stephen :D

    Yes, I think our government needs to donate their paychecks to our debt-they help create! Grrrr

  19. Southpaw -- Yeah, I'm going to try to forget about the news and just read apocalyptic and dystopian novels. They make more sense.

    Faraway -- I like the idea of the obscurities since I already know the versions that made the hit parade.

    Sabrina -- I do recommend Stephen's Breakthrough series for anyone who likes a touch of sci-fi mixed with current events. And you're right--politicians are like vermin for the most part.

    Ella -- Let the worthwhile government agencies continue to operate but shut down the guys who do the so called governing.


  20. I love Stephen's idea of throwing your government into a wormhole. I think our government should join them.

    Love Stephen's books.

  21. I think they both won! I like both versions.

    Stephen's release rocks!

    As for politics - it all sucks because in the long run, when these idiots come up for re-election - they'll win - cause 'our' guy isn't the one causing the trouble. Yeah, we get what we vote for!

  22. Hi, Arlee,
    I've seen Stephen's cover around a few times since yesterday. Hope the book does well.

    I gotta admit that based on our model of government in Jamaica I don't understand the immediate effects, such as govt departments shutting down and people out of work.

  23. Congrats to Stephen! It's wonderful to hear about people who are going above and beyond to keep things running during the shutdown.



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