Day 32

Day 32

Today dragged on forever waiting for the Robinson’s to check in. Mom and Dad tried every trick in the book to keep us busy, but not too far away from the radio.  The call never came in. That night no one could sleep other than Brooke. I hope Will and Beth are okay.

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Sneak Peek

                                                        Veteran of the Wastes

Blood matted the cuff of the man’s pant leg, as he limped along, moving with a strength that belied the haggard look on his face. He stoically ignored each passerby, as they stared, then hurried away.

Always with the plague victim treatment.

He winced as he pulled himself up the stone steps and knocked at the back door of the doctor’s simple home. A riveted igloo, the dwelling did not have the usual electric fence other homes required. The owner, Doctor Harvey, had no gardens or livestock to protect. As the leading medical man of Helix, his service was all he needed to earn his rations.

The bleeding man waited. He heard the raised voice of the doctor through the door, “Rebecca that had better not be you. You still have a whole month before that baby comes. I know you’re—” a freckled, middle-aged man, opened the door and paused at the sight of his visitor’s pale face. “—worried,” the doctor finished his outburst. He grinned. “Maazer Basilisk.”

“Doctor Harvey.” The wanderer stumbled into the small, curved kitchen and settled himself in at the table

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“Who is this barging in here, all soaked in blood?” The pear-shaped nurse said eyeing the man like he was something the cat drug in.

“This is Maazer Basilisk. He’s made of steel and sinew.” Harvey clapped him on the shoulder. The patient grunted. “He isn’t the biggest guy around, but he’s got the biggest presence, you’ll ever see. Don’t get on his bad side, he won’t hesitate to knock some teeth out if he thought it would do any good.”

The nurse harrumphed, “Don’t give him the right

to come in the back door. We see patients in the exam

room. Not the kitchen,” as she went back to the clinic.

The doctor shouted, “I don’t need your attitude, Phoebe. And get back in here, I’ll need your help.”

“Always someone special, always an emergency. I swear if I ever—.”

“Phoebe, pretty please?”

“Pretty please, Phoebe. Get me the bandages, Phoebe. Stop the attitude, Phoebe,” she muttered, as she scrubbed her practiced hands at the sink.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you in here, all bloodied up.”

Maazer humored him with a weak smile, his eyes closed.

The nurse helped remove his leather duster and rolled up his shirt sleeve, in order to insert an IV into his arm. The doctor was eager to chat, once the color had gradually returned to the wanderer’s face.

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He was glad to see his adventurous friend despite his infrequent, and mostly self-serving, visits. Not only did he enjoy Maazer’s visits, but he always looked forward to seeing the better half of the duo. The dynamic raven-haired beauty that was Madalynn Dove, Maazer’s partner. No power source in Helix could light up a room the way she did, and few were more dangerous.

“Where’s my girlfriend? I’m surprised the charming Madalynn’s not hovering over you, with an injury like this.”

“She won’t be coming,” Maazer replied in a cold and tired tone, opening his eyes momentarily. The doctor swallowed his disappointment. Silence followed. Harvey tried to remember ever seeing one without the other. A few moments passed, before the significance of her absence sunk in. Madalynn Dove wasn’t off running errands. She would never come.

“What happened?”

Maazer gave no response.

“Is Madalynn dead?”

Maazer swallowed, nodding once. Doctor Harvey sat back.

The silence was deafening.

The nurse busied herself, organizing the already clean linens, so as not to intrude. Grief sucked the air from the room. When Doctor Harvey looked up to his face, Maazer appeared to be asleep. The doctor was momentarily grateful; he was at a loss as to what to say, how to comfort someone like Maazer

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In his unconscious state, some of the naked emotion began to show in the creases around the man’s eyes and lips. He seemed much older.

With the wound still calling for attention, Doctor Harvey couldn’t wait much longer. He lifted his patient’s right arm carefully and traced his finger along Maazer’s skin.

Each wanderer had the unique and alien companionship of a symbiote that provided them with the ability to survive the toxicity of the wastes. Doctor Harvey fantasized about the day he would be able to study one. At the doctor’s touch, Maazer’s eyes snapped open and he yanked his arm away.

Sitting up, he pulled out the IV, muttering, “Thanks for the fill-up, I was exposed to some high toxin levels.”

Harvey sat back. Maazer tried to sit up, but the doctor knew just the right place to apply pressure to keep him in the chair. The wanderer yelped and shot daggers with his eyes.

“Sit,” Harvey challenged, and in a softer tone, “Please… we need to stop the bleeding on your leg. Your symbiote in combination with the painkillers might make you feel superhuman, but you’re still mortal. You’ve been wounded in more ways than I even know.” Harvey paused, waiting for a reply, but none came.

“Maazer, you’re my friend,” the doctor stated. “Maazer?”

“What?” he hissed.

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“We are fixing that leg.”

Maazer glared. Finally, he gave in and allowed them to move him to the recliner in the exam room.

Together, the doctor and nurse gently cut the blood-soaked fabric from his leg. Turning him to his side, they revealed a deep gash with ragged edges. Both Doctor Harvey and the nurse let out a hiss at the sight.

“I don’t know how, but your hamstring seems intact. Suppose we should start with a gel coating to stifle the bleeding and stifle the pain,” Doctor Harvey said to the nurse.

As a cool, tingling sensation gradually covered the wound, Maazer let out a sigh. He could feel pressure from the prodding, but the pain was gone.

“Old Man, if you weren’t a wanderer, you would’ve snapped this femur the second you put weight on it. You’re tough as nails.”

Doctor Harvey’s voice faded as Maazer drifted toward unconsciousness. Finally, the vibration from the drilling of his bone woke him.

“Hand me the hernia mesh,” Doctor Harvey requested with an outstretched hand. The nurse and doctor delicately inserted a thin artificial layer of skin. The mesh was a sort of patch that held the fleshy bits in place while allowing the damaged skin to stitch together. Another thin gel coating was applied across the gooey attempt to reconstruct the leg.

“You had a large bone shard break away from your femur, I had to reattach it with a couple screws. I

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Think you were with us for the rest of it.” Maazer sat up and stretched.

“Much appreciated, Doc,” Maazer said. He slowly stood. The nurse helped him back into his worn leather duster.

“You’re just going to stroll—well hobble, on out of here aren’t you? Wanderer wonders never cease,” the doctor said.

“I’ve got wandering to do.”

“You’re going to call a SAW Ceremony because Madalynn’s gone,” Harvey stated as a matter of fact. His ability to be tactful was usually lacking. Maazer looked at the doctor and nodded curtly, his face long, tired, and expressionless.

“Got no choice. We all gotta’ do what we gotta’ do.”

“Best graduation ceremony in the west.” The wanderer shook his head. “Come watch their faces when that first name is called. Come stare at the families, while they give up their children,” he harrumphed. “Only two wanderers will be called, and no one will want it to be them, but someone’s got to do it,” Maazer growled. Harvey made a face. “No one volunteers to be a wanderer.” Maazer hopped carefully on his whole leg and slipped on his pack.

“I know the timing is all wrong,” the Doctor said. “But when are you going to give me a chance to study those things?”

“Just things, are they? Those things, are the reason we survive. The reason anyone in this forsaken town survives, I don’t have time for…”

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The wanderer opened the back door. “Some other wanderer might give you a chance to study ‘em, to poke around in what you don’t understand, but it ain’t me. I didn’t choose this.”

“Forget I asked. Not now, not that… Look, I’m sorry. You will be the best mentor anyone could ask for. Just go easy on ‘em, the ones you pick, okay?”

Maazer Basilisk felt the eyes of the curious homesteaders peeking through the windows in the evening light. When he was chosen years ago, he felt the sting of their disassociation. Now they were the least of his concerns. He wished the same agent that numbed his leg would work on his mind. He raised a hand in greeting to the tower guards, as he hobbled through the wrought iron gate of the city. He could hear the sizzle of the spiked electric fence as the top portion reconnected. Gaps in the iron palisade provided insulation to the bottom half to prevent it being electrified.

Bolves, dark hulking bear-wolf creatures, whose shoulder stood as high as a man, sniffed the air. Though they caught the scent of Maazer’s blood, they remained loyally, at the bottom of the metal look-out tower, where their young masters kept watch.

The trip to the Wanderers’ base took longer than normal. At the foot of the fortress, Maazer brought out a massive wreath of keys and fumbled for the one that would open the entry door. Once inside, he removed

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his duster and boots, with some difficulty. What was left of his pants had to be cut free. He wrapped his freshly patched thigh with a clean towel and wobbled into his bedroom and dug through his desk for food. Energy would help the healing process.

Maazer bit into a dense ration bar and held it between his teeth. He used his now free hand to rifle through the desk. Finding an earbud, he pressed it to his ear, suppressing a yawn. The meal bar dropped to the floor. Maazer grumbled and touched a large data screen. It flickered to life with the insignia of a blazing green hydra. The last thing he felt like doing was making a report, but he carried the mantle of leadership.

“This is Maazer Basilisk reporting on the trip to Silent Crossing. It was a success. The outpost is fully supplied. I am wounded, nothing that won’t heal in a few days. Madalynn… I… I lost her.” He stuttered the last sentence. He paused for a moment, his head bowed. He faced the screen again. “I will be out of contact for the next couple days while I sleep it off. I will need to return to the Grove to retrieve the symbiotes. I will make a full report later. Madalynn Dove is dead. I have requested an early SAW to take new wanderers from this year’s Mill. Maazer out.” He swiped the screen and it went dark. He removed the earpiece and dropped it into a drawer.

Still compressing his wound, Maazer hopped away from the desk, lurched to his bed and collapsed on the worn, faded quilt. He could summon no words to describe the shock nor the depth of grief that had been

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crashing over him in angry waves. Doctor Harvey was right; he wouldn’t have made it without his sym. At the moment, he’d rather be fighting for his life than enduring the emptiness of the sanctuary without Madalynn Dove.

Sneak Peek Here is a PDF of the first chapter to.

Short book review Awaken the Giant Within

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I just finished  Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins and boy it was a good book. It is rare that I find a self help book that is of actual quality and this one was the best.  I would put it right there with Rich dad poor dad for eye openers. Usually with these self help books you get the same message over and over again without  guidance on how to change. This book not only give practical knowledge, but methods to make it happen. If you are looking for a book that can change your views and make you a better person look no further.  I highly recommend this book.  Here is link if you would like to by it https://www.amazon.com/Awaken-Giant-Within-Immediate-Emotional/dp/0671791540. Also be sure to check your local library this book is usually in stock as well.

Early Reader List

Hey all,

This is Sarah Linder contributing tonight. I know Jake and I have spoken to many of you in person or over social media about becoming early readers for “The Wanderer’s Curse” and sci-fi young adult novel coming out this summer… (May is the goal). Naturally, as early readers you will receive the book before launch day. With this special status comes some much appreciated responsibilities to help promote the book- assuming you are willing to commit.

To be an Early Reader for our book you must commit to the following:

1. Give us your email- We have to send you a link to get the book. (e-format) Fill out the form here: http://eepurl.com/dk1l5z

2. Read the book! You will be given it a month in advance. (Hopefully April, maybe May)

3. Review the book. To do so you need to be a member of Amazon and Goodreads. The goal is to get 100 posts on both sites on launch day in order to elevate the book’s sales to being a top seller.

4. Not required, but it would be wonderful if you share our book on social media launch day.

Please make sure you are willing to follow through with the book review on launch day, your feedback will be the best means possible to promote “The Wanderer’s Curse”

Thank you for your love and support on this endeavor! Jake and I with the support of our families and the editors at HBE Publishing have been working hard to bring this novel to light. We can’t wait to share it with you.

~Sarah

Incarnations of Immortality Series Review Book 1

Incarnations of Immortality Series Review Book 1

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It was over ten years ago when I was first introduced to the author Piers Anthony.  Piers Anthony is a science fiction and fantasy author who has written over a hundred books.  The most popular series is set in a magical land called Xanth.  To date there are forty books in the Xanth series.  I have only read a handful of that series, but will always be grateful to the girl who recommend the books to me.  Years later while talking to a coworker about fantasy books Piers Anthony was brought up.  My coworker at the time told me about The Incarnations of Immortality series also by Piers Anthony.  As luck would have it, the coworker owned the books and loaned each book to me so I could read them.  I later purchased my own set.  There are currently eight books in the series.  When I read them there were only seven and I have only read the first seven.  I will be reviewing the seven books from the series that I have read over the next seven weeks.

The first book in The Incarnations of Immortapalehorselity series is On a Pale Horse.  Each book is a story about a different incarnation.  The incarnations are death, time, fate, war, nature, evil, and good.  This book focuses on the incarnation of death.  The story is set in a world where science and magic both exist.  Zane is broke and alone.  After the death of his mother he has no money and no one.  After trading a possible soul mate for a wealth stone that doesn’t work as he had expected, Zane decides to commit suicide.  Not even that goes as planned.  Instead of killing himself, he kills death and becomes death himself.
He learns how to run the office of death with the help of his pale horse and the other incarnations.  He falls in love with Luna, a mortal woman.  Zane comes into his own as death and changes the way people view death.
Things I like about this book
  1. To become death, you must kill death   I was really fascinated with the idea that to become death, you must kill death.  I know this is not an original idea but, I liked that is gives the person who holds the office of death mortality.
  1. Death doesn’t have to be something we fear Zane runs the office with compassion.  I think it sometime compassion can be controversial.  This book is no exception with Zane showing mercy to people who live only because they aren’t being allowed to die.  Zane also warns people to change their ways before it is too late and gives second chances when he can.

  1. Zane When we first meet Zane he seem to be a down on his luck guy.  So much so that he feels his only escape is death.  He is also rational and passionate about what he believes.
  1. Mortis Death rides a pale horse.  I really liked how Piers Anthony modernized Mortis, the pale horse, to be able to change into whatever death needed him to be.  He could be a horse, a limosine, a flying carpet.  I thought that was very clever.
  1. Good vs Evil This book wasn’t religious as much as good vs evil.  The evil is very obvious in the form of Satan but it really isn’t about religion.  It is good trying to win against bad.
I would say this is more for an mature audience as some of the themes may be hard for tweens to comprehend.  This book has some adult themes  and the author is obviously a fan of the female figure, but it doesn’t have any intimate scenes.
As the first book of a series it is important to read this book first to understand the world.  If you are interested in reading this series you can purchase On a Pale Horse on amazon at the link below. https://www.amazon.com/Pale-Horse-Incarnations-Immortality-Book-ebook/dp/B006XWYDXY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478546928&sr=1-1&keywords=on+a+pale+horse
Don’t forget about your local library.  Copies of this book as well as many others can be borrowed for free and if the library closest to you doesn’t have a copy in stock can often be requested and sent to the library of your choice.
Lynndee Theson

Bearing an Hourglass Book Review

Bearing an Hourglass
Book Two in the Incarnations of Immortality
By Piers Anthony
Book overview and review by Lynndee Theson
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This is the story of the Incarnation of Time.  Norton lives a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a park in the middle of it all.  He enjoys his quiet life.  Then one day he meet a ghost named Gawain.  Gawain changes Norton’s life.  First by introducing Norton to Orlene, the woman Norton falls in love with, and then by helping Norton become the incarnation of Time.
I’m going to change it up and go over what I didn’t like about the book first.
What I didn’t like about this book
  • Very Technical
Piers Anthony spends a lot of the book trying to explain how the office of the Incarnation of Time works.  It is very technical and to be completely honest, over my head.  It is so technical that some parts of the book can be skipped or skimmed through without losing the main story plot.
  • Slow

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This book drags on and on and on.  So much of the book is Norton trying to understand how to be Time.  The office of Time is unlike any of the other offices that none of the other Incarnations can help him learn to do his job.
  • Hard to get through
The technical aspect of the book makes it hard to read.  Because it is slow, it is a challenge to finish.
Things I liked about the book
  • Living backwards
I really like the idea that in order for the Incarnation of Time to know what will happen in the future, he must be from the future and as the Incarnation live backwards.  This is where it gets so technical.
  • Essential to the series
This book is so important to the series.  If you don’t read this book, you will miss the connections in some of the other books.
While this book is my least favorite of the series it introduces us to some important characters.  I would recommend this book young adults and up.  Get a copy of Bearing an Hourglass on amazon.  Many books can also be found at your local library.

There is no fate but what we make

With a Tangled Skein
Book Three in the Incarnations of Immortality Series by Piers Anthony
Review by Lynndee Theson
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With a Tangled Skein is my favorite book of the Incarnations of Immortality series.  Each book in the series focuses on a different aspect of an incarnation.  This book is about Fate.   Niobe is considered to be one of the beauties of her generation.  She is from a time when women married young and so at twenty-one she is married to sixteen year old Cedric.  She doesn’t love Cedric.  The marriage was arranged by her father who feels this is a good match.  Niobe slowly falls in love with Cedric over the next year.  It is before Cedric turns eighteen that Niobe has her first child.  Unfortunately, Cedric dies and Niobe is left alone with a new baby.  Trying to discover why Cedric had to die, Niobe seeks out the incarnations.  When offered the position of the youngest aspect of fate, Clotho, Niobe accepts.
Why I liked this book
  • Flowed really well
This book is so easy to read.  I really liked the story and maybe because Niobe is a female I was able to relate with her better than Zane or Norton.  I was able to read this book in two or three days.
  • Niobe gets to be two different parts of fate
Niobe first becomes Clotho, the youngest aspect of fate.  This happens really fast in the book.  After being Clotho for three decades she leaves the office and becomes mortal again.  Years later, she returns to the office of fate as Lachesis.  I liked that her story continued.
  • Really start to see the connections between the other books
This book really starts to connect the other books.  Some of the characters from the other two books reappear in this one.  These are not main characters so it isn’t until this book that readers discover that they are significant.
  • Niobe doesn’t age well
I found it very realistic that while she was mortal she let herself go a little and didn’t have the perfect body anymore or the youthful good looks.  Again, I felt like I could relate to her.
Things I didn’t like about this book
  • Niobe is of average intelligence but really attractive
Maybe it is my feminine sensitivity coming out but I didn’t like that Niobe was beautiful but no smarter than average.  Why couldn’t she be pretty and smart?  It’s like defining her by her beauty.  Once her beauty is gone she is just a middle aged woman who was once beautiful.
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  • Confusing timeline
Niobe becomes Clotho around 22 years old and doesn’t age for almost 40 years.  So at 62, she still looks 22.  Then, she has another baby around the same time her first child who is now almost 40 has his first child.  She babysits for her son and both girls look so alike people think they are twins and her children.  Her now husband is also the father of her son’s wife.  WTF!  So her and her husband are the grandparents to a child who is the same age as their child and she still looks 22.
  • Leaves her baby
This is the mother in me but I really don’t like that she chooses to leave her infant son to try and figure out why her husband had to die.  Don’t you think you would stay home and cherish your child that much more since he is the only thing you have of your husband?  It would be very hard for me as a mother to justify leaving my kids.
If you are interested in reading this book, it can be purchased from amazon.  If you want to read it but not buy it be sure to look into local libraries where you can borrow books.  Find your passion for reading.

Only the dead have seen the end of War

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Wielding a Red Sword
Book Four of the Incarnation of Immortality series
By Piers Anthony
Book review by Lynndee Theson
I had a lot of trouble relating to this character.  Mym is an Indian Prince who runs away from an arranged marriage and falls in love with Orb.  Family duty forces him to leave Orb.  He returns to his kingdom where he is once again forced into a relationship.  After accepting that he can never be with Orb again, Mym falls in love with Rapture who is an Indian Princess.  Although they don’t marry right away, it is assumed that they will since it is a good match.  When family duty once again requires him to give up the woman he loves, he goes into an angry rage.  Since the world had no conflict, the office of war was not needed and the previous Mars was able to pass on to the afterlife.  Once conflict started again, the red sword was drawn to the person with the most anger.  It is at this exact moment that Mym is in a rage so the red sword appears to him.  He takes the sword and becomes War.
What I didn’t like about this book
  1. Mym easily falls in love  
    I felt Mym falls in love way to easily.  First he falls in love with Orb. Then Rapture, then Ligeia, and then the demon Lila.  The book only takes place over a few years so that is falling in love with multiple women very quickly.
  2. Concubine  
    Mym takes a concubine and his partner is okay with it.  What?  It is because he is a prince.  He can have mistresses and everyone seems to be okay with it.  Well, I’m not.
What I enjoyed about this book
  1. Overcoming his disability
Mym has a stutter.  He has always had a stutter.  It is with Orb’s help that he learn a way to communicate without stuttering.  By singing.  So he sings instead of talks.  I like the idea that he is able to find a way to overcome his disability.
  1. Recognizing the need for conflict and how to handle it
Mym comes to understand that his job is not to stop conflict but to make sure it is handled in a fair way.  This idea is hard for everyone, even the other incarnations, to understand.
Overall, Mym’s story is good.  It is a good vs evil story with good coming out victorious.  Evil has not given up yet though.  It has just moved on to a different incarnation.