Santa Fe High School Shooting

I’m sorry to bring down Far Side Friday, but this had to be shared. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD?? When did it become so much easier to kill people than to share feelings and challenges?? TO TALK?!?!
Words cannot describe the rage and sorrow I am feeling right now.
I can’t understand the turn this world has taken.

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After a school shooting in Dixon, Illinois was prevented on Wednesday by a school resource officer who shot the 19-year-old gunman before he could harm anyone, another mass shooting has taken place this morning at Santa Fe High School in Texas. 

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Reports are still coming in, but right now local news affiliates are reporting there are at least eight fatalities. I honestly can’t say much else except to say as usual my thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, and first responders. (God, I am sick to death of saying this!)

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is the twenty-second school shooting of 2018. On average, that’s one school shooting per week. Kind of leaves you speechless, doesn’t it?

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Vote for “Fender” by Brent Jones for 2018 Reader’s Choice for Literary Fiction

Hello All!! I know…. it should be Cozy Sunday… And I’m SO SORRY!! But, I decided to go see Super Troopers 2 instead, like a degenerate….. But, on a MORE IMPORTANT NOTE!!

One of my favourite authors who I talk about CONSTANTLY,Brent Jones, has been nominated for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards for Literary Fiction!!

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So, if you haven’t read this book, check out my review HERE AND PICK UP A COPY FOR YOURSELF! and then you need to go and VOTE FOR THIS BOOK!!!!

VOTE FOR BRENT’S AWESOME BOOK HERE

 

While you’re at it, you may as well pre-order the first Novella in the Afton Morrison series  . My review will be coming soon for this one! SO EXCITED!!!

Feel free to check Brent Jones out for yourselves at his Website!

Star Wars-Battle at Yavin THE THRILLING CONCLUSION!!

Hello all!! Welcome back for the “thrilling” conclusions to “The Battle at Yavin”! (Just remember, I was reading this a long with you all….so, forgive me. Ha ha!! I WAS 12!

Anyways, if you need to play some catching up, feel free to do so… I’ll wait.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

PART 6

Now on to the Conclusion of our tale!! (I SWEAR!!)

 

Back on the Super Star Destroyer, Cray made her way stealthily to the door of the chamber where they were keeping Luke. The door opened as she approached it and she entered the room. The man in the room was sitting in a chairwith his back to her but Cray could sense who it was,

“Takyeesh. ” She said keeping her voice level, “What have you done with Skywalker?”

The f igure in the chai r turned and Takyeesh favoured her with one of his bright smiles,

“I knew you were getting to close t o discovering your past and then when I realized how strong Skywalkers powers were I realized bringing him was a bad idea. He’s being taken away to be, shall I say, put to sleep… permanently.”

Cray jeered at him, “Thanks for the info.” she said in a fake sweet tone. Then there was a flash of light and Takyeesh slumped to the floor, “Thanks alot.” Cray said as she returned her blaster to its holster at her side and ran out of the room.

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Luke wasn’t worried. Even as he was being led to his death by the two burly guards he knew that he could leave at any moment. He only stayed be cause he felt Cray following close by. In a few minutes he would be free.

Then the moment came. They reached the doorway where Cray was hiding and the ambush struck. The two guards were enveloped with light that had enough strength to hurl them against the wall, in front of which they were standing.

“Nice timing,” Luke said with a smile. But, Cray just turned and hurried down the hall, “I know where we can get a ship!” she yelled over her shoulder just as the sirens began. They reached the Bay door. Luke turned to Cray as she fiddled to get the code to open t he door,

“What do those sirens mean?” He asked worridly.

Cray replied without looking up, “It means we’re under attack so we have one minute to get out before we’re blown to smitherines.” The doors hissed open.

Luke’s smile vanished and as he rushed through the door after Cray he replied, “Oh. Is that all.”

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The New Republic fleet had arrived with Admiral Akbar in command. As they approached the Super Star Destroyer they wondered how long this was going to take, and how many of them would get out alive.

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Luke had the impending sense of deja vu as he sat in t he cockpit of the cramped little ship with Cray. MY VISION! Luke realized, we ‘re going to ;et caught in the blast when this ship explodes if we don ‘t hurry!

“Cray, why is this ship going to be destroyed so easily?” He asked cautiosly.

Cray glanced up at him before returning to her work of flying the ship,

“Because I turned off the shields.”

Luke had to s mile at this remark, well, at least she the same old Cray,

“Well, I suggest we hurry. Fast.”

“Luke.” Cray said quietly, Luke noticed that Cray was looking out the windows. He followed her gaze and realized that all of t he New Republic ships were powered up and ready to fire, I don’t think we have time.” Cray whispered as the first shot lanced out .

On Yavin 4 the young Jedi Knights could do nothing but wait. The shots were all damaging the Super Star Destroyer, and they all waited for that last shot that would cause it to explode.

Then something unexpected happened. The Suoer Star Destroyer burst into hyper speed and disappeared. The Jedi Trainees were awe struck. They hadn’t won. The Empire would live and the only thing they could do contiue their training and wait for the battle.

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Luke and Cray sat in disappointed silence,

“I can’ t understand it.” Cray murmured shaking her head silently.

“It’s simple . Luke replied, “Takyeesh was better in command then we both thought and was able to get things together in time.”

Cray looked up, and overpronouncing her words as though she herself couldn’t believe they were true said, “Takyeesh is dead.”

Surprised, Luke asked, “Then who…” But he let his words drift it was clear that whenever they got rid of one warlord, another would take their place and luke realized, They had won the battle, but not the war.

Star Wars- The Battle at Yavin, Part 6

Hello all!!! Welcome to Part 6 of my 12 year old tale! (….as in, I wtoe it when I was 12… not that it’s 12 years old. Sadly, it’s MUCH MORE than 12 years old!!)

If you’re just joining the party, feel free to check out the other parts here!

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

And, on we go!! WE’RE ALMOST DONE!!!

 

 

Han sat up numbly, wondering where he was. Looking a round he saw smooth metallic walls before noticing the crumpled form beside him,

“Hey, sleeping beauty.” He joked to Lando Calarissian who was beginning to rise shaking his head,

“Whoever heard o f getting a hangover without drinking.” He mumbled angrily, his eyes half closed.

“Do you have any idea where we are?” He asked slowly.

Han shook his head non-commitally.

Looking around the room they were in showed that they were in a sleek metal room with no windows, Han couldn’t even figure out where the door was, until it opened with a swish a minute later. Han winced at the blinding glare of light that shot through the door as it opened and it took several minutes for his eyes to focus on the figure in the doorway,

“Cray?!” Han asked in surprise. He had only seen her a couple of times before, but he could remember her as though he had seen her yesterday. She had the same blonde hair, though it was cut short, she had the same lean figure, though she was thinner, she looked tired and haggard but the one thing he recognized first was her striking clear blue eyes,

“You . . . you know me ? ” She asked stumbling over her words .

“I should have figured you wouldn’t remember me. I only you a couple of time s when you were on Yavin with Luke.” “Yavin…”Cray’s eyes took on a strained look as though were trying to place memories with the name, “Luke? ”

“Cray, what’s wrong?, Don’t you remember Luke? Skywalker? and you giving your life to save Callista from a computer?” Han looked worriedly at Cray. How could she not remember? Then Cray’s face took on a look of realization,

“Luke?! Luke’s here! I can feel him nearby, he’s in trouble! We have to help him! ”

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Luke woke up, dazed and confused. What had happened? His Jedi powers had all of a sudden disappeared, and Luke knew the only thing that could do that to him was the species of lizard called the ysalmirian that kept an invisible shield around itself to block out Jedi powers.

But where was he? His powers were back and he could sense lifeforms nearby, although he didn’t know where because of the distorted feeling running through him.

Looking around the room he noticed that he was in a comfortably furnished living quarters. The door to the far side of the room opened quietly cutting off Luke’s train of thought ,

“I expect you slept well?” Asked Takyeesh as he waltzed majestically through the open door.

“Yes. If you call that sleeping.” Luke replied miserably.

Takyeesh’s smile was beginning to annoy Luke so he looked away pretending to study the walls of the chamber,

“You want something from me.” Luke said slowly, sensing his intentions.

“Oh, on the contrary. I simply want you, shall we say, out of the way for a while.”

Luke’s head shot up at the feeling that was being emitted from Takyeesh, it was pure malevolence,

“Why?” He demanded sharply, but his thoughts revealed the secret, “You plan to test your weapon on Yavin!” Luke shouted angrily. It was clear Takyeesh hadn’t expected this from the look of surprise that shot over his face before he turned and stalked out of the room.

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The trainees put all of their energy forth to destroy the combat units that were being released from the star destroyer. They knew that without Luke to over see them they had no real attack plan and that the battle was already lost and nobody wanted to think of the fact that they didn’t have the kind of firepower to go up against a super star destroyer so they had only one choice,

“We have to call trough to Admiral Akbar to bring ships from the New Republic Fleets!” Jacen called over the thundering shots and ricochets. Jaina nodded and made a run for the comm unit.

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Cray had let Lando and Han free, but now he had no idea what they had gotten into. Sitting in the escape pod, Cray had forced them into he noticed for the first time that outside the window below them was Yavin 4 .

All he knew was what he had been told by Cray. Bit by bit she was beginning to get her memory back, she had told Han and Lando to go to Yavin and wait for her there and that she would get Luke. His arguments against this were futile because he knew that if he stayed they would notice that he was not supposed to be there and have them all found out before they even had a chance to see if Luke was alright.

Now was the hard part . He would have to sit and wait to see what the future would hold.

 

Star Wars- The Battle at Yavin Part 5

For those just joining, this is some fan fiction that I wrote when I was 12 years old. For the full story, and for those brave enough to begin at the beginning, here are the prior parts!

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

CHAPTER 5

 

When they walked into the temple the 5 Jedi trainees were met by the sight of a circle of trainees doing their routine excersizes,

“Mom!” Jacen called,  his voice slicing through the silence.

Every head in the room turned at the sound, including Leia’s who immediately began to walk  regally towards the group at the door,

“What are we supposed to say to her?” Raynar hissed in his ear. Jacen gulped at the thought,

“I guess we should have thought of that before we barged in here.” But it was too late for them to slip out unnoticed, for Leia was already with them,

“You bellowed? ” She said with a small smile, “Well … ” Jaina let the sentence trail off, “We kind of wanted to apologize to you for giving you the cold shoulder back there.” Jaina finish in a rush, and by the look on Leia’s face she knew that they were already forgiven , “Time to get to your excersizes.” She stated. Which meant end of conversation.

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Lando and Han sat, ill at ease, in the cockpit of the Lady Luck. They both had a very bad feeling of dread  even though neither of them were about to admit it,

“So where are we going? ” Han asked , even though he tried to sound happy, the wo ry seeped through,

“Ummm . . . ” Lando intoned with the same worry, “I was thinking the Nyrror system.”

Han nearly fell out of his seat,

“The Nyrror system?!”

The Nyrror system was out in the middle of nowhere… literally, it was at least 50 light years away from any remotely populated  planet.

“and what do you expect to find there?” Han asked suspiciously. He had known Lando since back in their smuggling days so whenever Lando came around for help it always meant one of two things, big trouble, or big business.

Lando held up his hands in surrender , “Hey, you know I’m totally legit now. No more work with the underdogs  It’s been this way ever since the little mishap at Bespin.” Han cringed at the memory of Lando turning him over to the Empire to be frozen in carbonite and shipped off  to the notorious Jabba the Hutt to set a trap for Luke,

“Hey, that was a big mistake on my part, I’ll admit that. But, I think I’ve mad it up to you,” Lando promted with a charming apologetic smile, “Just think of all of the times I’ve saved your sorry behind from the clutches of the Empire.”

Han didn’t answer. He was too busy looking out the viewport at the two huge Super Star Destroyers that were sitting motionless directly in their paths,

“I’d say you’re about to add one more time to that list.” Han replied slowly as the Star Destroyers sighted them and powered up.

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After landing of the closest planet in the system Luke wondered if it had been a good idea . The city around his was in ruins. Building were crumpling with age and from lack of repairs, roofs of some of the houses that looked like, at one time, they may have been nice, were caving in and the paint was chipped and peeling .

The weird thing was Luke could still get the faint feeling of life radiating from the planet.

He looked around trying to pinpoint where the feeling came from and spotted one house that looked more intact than the others and thought maybe someone was still living there. He was wrong.

“Master Skywalker. I’ve been excpecting you.” The voice radiated from the doorway even before he reached the house. The voice sounded young and strong and when Luke reached the door he saw why he thought that . The man was somewhere between young and middle aged and he covered his age well.

“Who are you?” Luke asked . “I figured you may not recognize me, but my name i s Admiral Sonaz Takyeesh.”

“And let me guess , ” Luke asked wearily, “You’re the new warlord for the Empire… or what’s left of it.”

Takyeesh smiled, showing his dazzling white teeth as he stepped further into the light, allowing Luke’s first good look at him. Takyeesh was tall and muscular with broad shoulders and tanned skin. His long dark hair was streaked purple and pulled back at the nape of his neck ,

“Why are you here?” Luke asked, his voice growing harsh.

Takyeesh, still smiling, answred slowly as if savouring each word, “I’m here, because I have something you want.”

Luke glanced around to see if there was something hidden in the runnle of the room they were standing in.

“Oh, you won’t find it here.” Takyeesh replied noticing his quick nervous glances, “No, not here.” He murmured to himself .

“What is it?” Luke asked. He was beginning  to get tired of this game.

There was a long pause as Takyeesh carefully hissed the words, “I have Cray.”

Suddenly Luke’s powers were dosed out and his mind went numb and the last thing that went through his mind was ysalimiri before his mind went blank.

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On Yavin 4 all of the Jedi trainees were in a frenzy as they tried to pull together their skills and get ready for the fight that was predicted to begin. There was an edge in the air as all of the Jedi grew more and more alert to their surrounding.

Jaina, Jacen, Zekk, Raynar, Tenel Ka and Lowie were all training together near the river in the forest outside t he Jedi Academy.

Raynar was standing in an attack stance getting ready to parry against the violet blade of Jaina’s lightsabre when he suddenly flick the switch to his own lightsabre causing the glowing blade to retract and he dropped the casing to the loop on his belt where it usually lay,

“What ‘s wrong?” Jaina asked a worried edge to her voice.

Raynar thought carefully with his brow creased but before he could answer Jaina felt it too. She looked over at her friends to notice that they all had sensed it too. It felt as though there was something wrong. Dead wrong,

“Where did Uncle Luke go?” Jaina demanded wracking her bra.in to remember,

“He never said.” Zekk answered immediately, “But I get why you want to know. I f elt it too.”

“I also felt the disturbance in the force.” Tenel Ka spoke up, “And l’m afraid that Master Luke may he in grave danger if we do not help him.”

“We’ll have to ask mom.” Jacen said, turning to Jaina, “Let’s go.”

But he realized that there wasn’t the time. From above he heard the rumble of engines and he noticed that a shadow had fallen over him and his companions,

“Or maybe we’ll have to just stay here.” He contradicted quietly as he glanced up at the giant Super Star Destroyer that hung motionless over the forest.

“Here are the times that I wish I had trained more.” Jaina said trying to make a joke out of their situation, but the meaning of the joke was lost as the Destroyers opened fire.

 

Star Wars-Battle at Yavin Part 4

Anyone still with me?? Some of you asked for this…so I blame you entirely!

Anyone just joining, this is a fan fiction that I wrote when I was 12 and George Lucas broke my little girl heart, telling me that I was infringing on copyright… so, I’m posting it now to stick it to the man for “May the 4th Be With You!” *SHHHHH!!! DON’T TELL DISNEY!!* Those brave enough to check it out who may have missed the beginning of the story, feel free to find them here:

PART 1

PART 2 

PART 3

“Bye uncle Luke!” Jacen yelled as Luke headed for his X-Wing, “When will you be back?”  He threw shoulder at his mother. “I may be gone a while.” Then he noticed the nervousness in Jacen and added quickly, “Don’t worry about it.”

Winking at Jacen to show that he knew what Jacen was nervous about, actually he was worrying about the same thing, and climbed into his X-Wing setting down in the cockpit for the, probably lengthy, ride.

“You all set back there Artoo?” Luke asked the R2 unit in the droid socket in the back. Hearing the droid’s affirmative beep he started firing up the X-Wing.

With one last wave to t he crowd of Jedi bunched in a crowd on the landing pad below he turned to the console. Looking at the screen as he got in, Luke noticed an inquiry as to where he was planning to go. It was from R2D2,

“I actually don’t know.” He admitted, “I guess I’ll have to figure that one out.” He shrugged and said, “Just fly around awhile until I figure out that part of the mission.” He smiled when he heard Artoo’s indignant beep, “I don’t know where I want to fly around. This is your choice, after me telling you where to go all these years, there must be somewhere you want to go.” Luke prodded.

Turning to the screen, the only words there were:

\The Nyrror system\

“The Nyrror system? ” Luke asked in surprise Why would Artoo want to go there? Luke asked himself, Oh well, I gave him the choice and that’s what he chose. 

“Okay Artoo. If that’s where you want to go, then that’s where we’ll go.” He said firmly, more to himself than Artoo . He had a bad feeling about this.

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“Okay,” Lei.a said nervously, “So, what do we do now?” Jacen looked at his sister and their friends who gathered around, they all shrugged at her and turned towards each other to converse,

“Well , I guess if you don I t need us…” Jaina conceded, “Can we go on with what we were doing before Luke left?” Leia looked at the group making sure to sense the feelings in each one. She sensed anxiety, towards me, Leia thought . When she had agreed to come here to help she had thought it would be a great idea to take over for Luke for the time he would be gone. She had thought it would bring her closer to the twins, but now she just felt as if she was butting into their live , lives she just didn’t seem to be part of anymore ,

“Okay.” She uttered.

Walking towards the main temple only one thought came to mind. would this turn out okay?

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“Mom being here sure is weird. ” Jacen commented as they walked away,

“Yeah we know.” Raynar commented coming up behind them, “It kind of feels as though she’s invading our space.” Jacen looked around at the group and saw that everyone else was shaking their heads in agreement,

“So this is how you all feel?” Jacen asked in astonishment, “I’ll admit it is weird with her here since it is in some ways “our territory” But still, think of how weird she must feel being here .” The Jedi all looked down, ashamed,

“You know what brother? You’re right” Jaina piped up, “Here we are griping about someone very important being here when the Jedi are supposed to be understanding and knowledgeable . I say we should give her the proper welcome.”

They all decided that was the right thing to do and went up to the temple.

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“What do you mean trouble?” Han looked around the hanger and noticed that people walking past seemed to be slowing down and gawking so Han lowered his voice, “Lando, What did you do?”

Lando looked down and wondered how he could tell him this because he knew it would be really bad for Han to be around him at this time, but he didn’t want it to ruin their plans together,

“Well… I’m in a little bit of trouble with the Empire.”

“What?!” Han cried in astonishment. This was Lando’s cue to rush into the story before Han could lose his temper,

“Okay, it’s like this. You didn’t know this, but I’ve been doing a little business with the Empire. Just for about 5 months. Well I found out there was a new person taking over the lead spot so I thought, new and inexperienced in the pricing of things, so I kind of tried to cheat him. I was wrong about the inexperienced part and now he’s got some people out after me!” Han just stared at him for a couple of minutes and Lando tried to read his expression so he would be ready for whatever came next , but Han had always been good at masking his feelings so Lando just had to guess until Han finally voiced his thoughts. “Lando, why didn’t you tell me this earlier? But wouldn’t that mean you wouldn’t want to run into any Imperials in your ship?” Han inquired. Lando found that he had no answer to that question so he just said whatever came, so as not to lose the argument,

“Well your ship is more noticeable. I mean everyone knows the Millenium Falcon by sight and reputation…”

“Hang on a second! ” Han cut  in, “Your ship isn’t unknown either! I mean a lot of people know the Lady Luck through everything we’ve been through.” Lando had begun to look uncomfortable with the conversation,

“Okay. The truth is, I’m the one in trouble and I would feel much more comfortable in my own ship.” Han looked as though he were about to protest against this but seemed to change his mind and just smiled sheepishly and said,

“Well , why didn’t you say so ! Let’s go.” He turned and began to walk away, then suddenly turned back , “Where are we headed again?”

Lando sighed, turned and walked slowly to the sleek ship in the corner of the hanger .

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Luke had s e t the ship on autopilot and was now leaned back against his seat and closed his eyes still wondering why Artoo would want to go to the Nryrror System. There wasn t much there, well a couple of planets but nothing centre of the galaxies big… or even close to that big for that matter. Luke thought to himself. As this thought came to mind a beep jolted him out of his daydream and he realized that it had come from Artoo.

“What is it? We can’t be there yet… coul we?” After hearing the affirmative beep he glanced over at the chronometer, wondering how long he had been dreaming for and realized with a start that a day had passed and that the Nyrror system filled the view screen which was, after Luke thought about it, nothing as far as the eye could see, and according to Luke’s senses, nothing further than that.

“So, any particular reason you wanted to come here to the middle of nowhere?”

To Luke’s surprise there was no answer,

“Artoo?” Luke asked, beginning to get worried because he realized that Artoo hadn’t said a word since waking Luke up,

“Artoo?” Still no answer. Luke decided to try to twist around and look at the droid socket in the back, but twisting around was not going to happen anytime soon in the tight cockpit of his X-Wing, so he decided to try to land on the first livable planet in the system because he suddenly got the feeling that something was wrong. Dead wrong.

 

 

Blog Tour- The Venerate Order by Troy Dukart

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Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me to be a stop on this Tour!

Pub. Date: February 26, 2018

Publisher: Creativia

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 217

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository

Synopsis

Strafe Rocknus has suffered hard losses in his life, but now things are looking up for the college graduate.

He has a sizzling girlfriend, good friends and a bright career ahead of him. But one day, Strafe awakes in a mysterious cavern, discovers an ancient artifact, and unwittingly ignites a war that spans two worlds: his own, and one he never knew existed.

With the abyss of the unknown before him, Strafe enters the swirling darkness. Desperate, he must navigate a new and hostile world on the brink of catastrophe, and learn the truth of who he is, while facing a darkness with the power to destroy everything Strafe has ever cared about.

Soon, he will discover that his greatest strength comes from those he fights for.

Giveaway Details!!

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE VENERATE ORDER, *US Only*

Click HERE to Enter!!

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Troy Dukart is the author of the Venerate Saga (The Venerate Order, The Venerate Redemption, sequels to follow).

Troy grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. Troy is recognized by Toastmasters International as an Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze.

He’s lived in Japan as well as California. He loves to travel.

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The Venerate Order is Best Served with a

Harvey Wallbanger

Okay… this is a bit of a joke as the characters in the novel are initially building a catapult and this entire story begins with the protagonist, Strafe, getting the bright idea that he should be the test dummy to be thrown across a chasm to see if it works… he is tied to a safety rope that is to save him from slamming into the chasms wall in case he doesn’t get the height he needs…. hence the WALLBANGER… GET IT?!!! ….I think I’m HILARIOUS!!! 🤣😂🤣😂 By the way, have you ever wanted to drink a creamsicle?? Because, now’s your chance!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Galliano L’Autentico
  • Garnish: orange slice and cherry

Directions

  1. Pour the vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Layer the Galliano on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.
  4. Cheers!!

If you’d like to check out more of the tour:

Week One:

5/7/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review

5/7/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

5/8/2018- The BookWorm Drinketh- Review

5/8/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt

5/9/2018- The Genre Minx Book Reviews– Excerpt

5/9/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Guest Post

5/10/2018- Zooloo book blog– Review

5/10/2018- Mythical Books– Guest Post

5/11/2018- two points of interest– Review

5/11/2018- Book-o-Craze– Excerpt

Week Two:

5/14/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Spotlight

5/14/2018- Reading for the Stars and Moon– Review

5/15/2018- Paperback Princess– Interview

5/16/2018- BookHounds– Interview

5/16/2018- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Excerpt

5/17/2018- Kat’s Books– Review

5/18/2018- Books A-Brewin’– Excerpt

5/18/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

Star Wars-The Battle at Yavin Part 3

Well, I’m sorry I’m late with my continuation of my wonderful Star Wars story written when I was 12 years old. I had some issues with my PDF scanner trying to get it on my computer! I know that you were all SO DISAPPOINTED that you had to wait!! Ha ha!

*P.S. I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY ERRORS IN GRAMMAR OR SPELLING. I HAVE LITERALLY PULLED THIS WITH A PDF SCANNER FROM MY VERY OLD PRINT-OUT’S POSTING THEM EXACTLY AS WRITTEN. SO, FEEL FREE TO POINT OUT ANY ISSUES AND I’M SORRY!*

You’ll notice a different name on this post. We’ll, I found my title page and that’s apparently what I named this masterpiece!

If you missed the beginning of this tale and you’re brave enough to catch up feel free to here

PART 1

PART 2

And, on we go!

CHAPTER 3

The Millennium Falcon touched down on the landing pad in front of the temple and lowered the ramp. Leia had a bad feeling tugging at her ever since she had received the call from Luke asking her to come immediately and as she walked up to the meeting room, Han and Chew a ca flanking her, her stomach knotted with fear.

She was met at the door by two young Jedi trainees,

“We’ll bring you to Master Skywalker now Counsellor Organa, ” one of them said. She was a young girl with red hair in an old Datjomirian style and a red lizard hide tunic. Leia had seen the girl with her children more than once, but couldn’t recall her name. She remembered the girl’s parents Teneniel and Isolder Djo. Studying the girl she figured it wouldn’t be a good idea to inquire, since she looked as though she was taking up her mother’s Dathomir heritage.

“Leia, Han, so glad you could come!” Luke said standing up from his seat at the table as Leia and Han walked through the door. When Leia got a clear view of him she had to force herself not to gasp. He looked sleep deprived, weak and rumpled, and it was almost the worst she had ever seen him.

“Do I really look that bad?” he asked with a tired smile.

“N-n-no!” Leia stammered, but it was no use. He could sense her feelings no matter how hard she tried to keep them.

The pity for Luke’s condition must have showed, for he burst out laughing.

“Now, don’t feel sorry. I’ve been in worse shape and you should know it!”

His eyes turned serious and motioned for them to sit down,

“Well, I guess I should get to the point of my asking you here.” he said, his voice solemn,

“Well,you know how I told you about The Eye of Palpatine,” he said slowly, “and I told you about Cray…” his voice trailed off,

“Yes?” Leia prodded gently, she knew this was a touchy subject for him and brought back some bad memories,

“well….Cray is alive.” He finished bluntly.

Han, who had been silent through the whole conversation had to struggle to keep his mouth from falling open,

“Hey kid, I’m sorry to bring this up but, didn’t Cray give her life for Calista?” he asked lightly.

“Well, yes. I guess she didn’t give her whole self to Calista, just some of her mind… That must explain why Calista didn’t get the Jedi powers, Cray must have them!”

“Hey now! Slow down! I don’t want you getting your hopes up too high. I mean, this is a pretty unlikely theory Luke.” Han said, raising his hands in defense, but Luke wasn’t listening. His eyes were shining, and he turned to look at Leia,

“I have to find her!” Luke said, a note of exasperation in his voice,

“I understand,” Leia whispered soothingly, “but I don’t understand what all of this has to do with me.”

Luke looked at her in amazement, probably surprised the she hadn’t figured it out yet.

“Well Leia, while I’m gone…” his voice trailed off and his eyes met Leia’s with a pleading look. Leia suddenly caught on to what he wanted,

“No way Luke! I’m needed back on Coruscant! Why not ask one of your more experienced Jedi?” she asked, amazed that he would even suggest such a thing.

“Come on Leia, it’ll only be for a little while!” Luke pleaded,

“No Luke, you know I can’t do this!”

She looked over at Luke who poked tired, his face was as hen and he looked totally defeated and realized he had her caught. Why does he have to be so good at that? She asked herself silently. She knew she had no choice,

“Fine. I’ll do it. ”

Han hated it when they did this to him. He felt as though he was listening to half of a conversation, so he finally asked,

“will somebody please fill me in on what is going on?!”

Luke and Leia turned around and stared at him as if they had just remembered he was there. Han was about to ask his question again when Luke broke into a grin and replied,

“Leia just VOLUNTEERED…” Leia threw him a dirty look, “ok. I begged her, but Leia just AGREED to teach my class while I’m away.”

“What?!” Han asked in surprise and disbelief, “Leia” He turned to her.

“It’s true Han, I have to help! It’s my job!” She looked quietly at him, “Anyway, it will give me some time with the children.” Han was beginning to realize that Luke wasn’t fully at fault for this, it was also Leia. He knew how she must be feeling, she had such a connection with them that sometimes he was even jealous at the way they would sometimes leave him out of their Jedi ways,

“Fine then, I’m staying with you.” He answered firmly,

“No,” She countered, “You have to take my place on the Council f or a while, they need your help on Coruscant. I will go back just t o get s ome things, then I will be leaving and Anikan will stay with Winter.” Han began to mutter angrily under his breath knowing that there was no use in arguing, because he had already lost. When Leia had her mind set on something it stayed there and there was no changing it.

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Back on Coruscant Han stared around the now empty feeling room wondering how he could put up with this for even a little while. Chewie had gone for a visit to Kashyyk and wouldn’t be back for at least a couple of weeks so he was on his own.

He wandered around aimlessly for a bit and found himself at a local cantina . As he sat at a booth and began sipping the Corellian ale he had ordered he heard a voice speak up behind him, “Hey old buddy! Didn’t expect to find you here.” Han knew who the voice belonged to even before turning around,

”Lando, what are you doing here? I thought you were still on Knoll!” Lando Callarisian, the man who always seemed to show up when things were getting tough, sat down in front of him,

“Taking a little vacation and decided to stop on Coruscant and see how my friends in high places were doing !” “You mean your friend in high places” He said skeptically .

“Whadaya mean?” Lando asked couriously, ” Where’s the family?”

“All on Yavin 4. The kids, you know, are training there and Leia is taking over the job of Master as Luke goes on a little mission.” he replied boredly,

“Feel like a vacation?” Lando asked curiously, “I was just heading down to the Nyrror system for one of my own.”

“Why the Nyrror stystem? ” Han asked suspsiously.

”Okay! so I want to do a little business while I’m down there . All the better! I can do my business and you can just relax for a while, “He paused  o look over at Han, “How about it?”

Han thought it over and realized he had no other offers except … “Well … Leia did ask me to take over her duties” He said slowly. “Well, I’m sure she didn’t mean take over he duties, that’s not your line of work . ”

“Yeah,” Han agreed, “You’re right! I could just ask Mon Mothma to take over for a couple of days , and if she did really need some help she could always call. ” Han remarked, “Yeah. I think I will take you up on that offer.”

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“So you were about to explain to me why we just have Lady Luck for our little gettaway vacation. ” Han said sourly.

Lando looked around the hanger searching for his ship, and his explanation,

“Well, you see, it’s because ever time I go somewhere with you I always seem to end up in the middle of some kind of Imperial entanglement but with my ship maybe they wouldn’t recognize you.” He stammered realizing that was the best thing he could come up with.

“Yeah right, they’d recognize your ship just as fast as they would recognize mine, and plus yours doesn’t even have any weaponry.”

“But my ship has good shielding because it has to get through the heat on Knoll!” Lando called in exasperation . The note in Lando’s voice must have been what caught Han’s attention because he stopped and turned around , looking at his friend more closely for the first time since they had met up. Han noticed something weird about his friend, he stood rigid and fidgeting and every once i n a while glancing a round nervously as if checking to see that he wasn’t being followed .

“Hey Lando! Calm down! ” He conveyed, “What’s up buddy?” Han was becoming concerned at the way his friend looked,

“Han . .. I’m in trouble.” He said quietly.”

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Here is some food to help you celebrate!!

Bean and Cheese Dip

Ingredients

    • 1 15 ounce can refried black beans
    • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese
    • 1 packet taco seasoning
    • 1 15.5 ounce jar salsa
    • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar A Mexican cheese blend, or pepper jack would be good too)
    • 1 jalapeño, sliced
    • 1 bag tortilla chips

Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      2. Add refried beans and cream cheese to a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 45 seconds or until warm enough to stir together.
      3. Add taco seasoning to the bowl and mix.
      4. Spread bean mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish then top with salsa, shredded cheese and jalapeño slices. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool slightly, and serve tortilla chips.

Chili Lime Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of corn
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Directions

  1. Mix corn and chopped cilantro together, set aside.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, chili powder and lime juice. Mix well.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture to corn mixture.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I enjoyed all of this with a shot of Don Julio Tequila. But, if that isn’t your thing then try out a nice Margarita!! Check out my recipe here!

Game On! Rick and Morty Total Rickall

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Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game is based on the Rick and Morty episode of the same name. You don’t need to watch the episode to enjoy the game, but it definitely doesn’t hurt!

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Rick has locked the family inside their house. Why? Because the family has grown. Parasites masquerading as family and close friends have infiltrated and have inserted pleasant memories into everyone’s minds to make them think they’re real — and more keep coming! You must figure out which of these new, zany characters are real and which ones are parasites that need to be exterminated. Think you’ve got what it takes to save the world?

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This is a co-operative board game where everyone either wins or loses SO WORK TOGETHER PEOPLE! Using your action cards find out who is a parasite and take them out! You have to be careful not to shoot any “Real” characters though because 4 real kills and you all lose.

Place identity cards face down on the table in rows of 3, and place character cards face up on top of those. Each player gets action cards that they will play to try to determine who is “Real” and who is a “Parasite” or to shoot characters. The challenge is that you HAVE to play an action card EVERY TURN! Sometimes this can be a challenge as you may only have kill cards and you may have no idea wt that time who is, or is not, real! Do you have good luck?? We’ll find out!!

Total Rickall was a lot of fun! It’s a challenge if you don’t strategize properly as you all have to put down you action cards at the same time so, depending on how they play out… this can end VERY BADLY! You do not have to be a Rick & Morty fan to enjoy this game (BUT UNDERSTANDING THE REFERENCES DOES MAKE IT A LOT FUNNIER!)

There is also an advanced mode where you form teams and become characters that are either “Real” or “Parasites” and try to take out your opposing team. With a couple of different play modes it keeps the re-playablility high.

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