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Hey everyone,

Have you ever heard of Smashwords?  It’s a publishing platform that helps independent authors distribute their digital works.  As part of my expansion of my works, three of my available projects are released through them, making them open to purchase at Barnes and Noble and other great sites.  Well, I have good news.

Those of you that have been on the fence about getting some of my work, I have a present for you.  From July 1st to July 31st, only on Smashwords, and only eBooks, there will be something for FREE.

The promotion will be as follows:

Morning Warning, which is currently $0.99 and runs 4,500 words, will be FREE.

 

 


Shattered Reflections: A Poetic Collection, which is currently $2.99 and runs 20,000 words, will also be FREE.

 

 

Shattered Reflections: Poetry in Chaos, which is currently $2.99 and runs 18,000 words, will be discounted to $1.50.

 

 

Click here to check out my Smashwords Profile and to get the eBooks

These eBooks are available in multiple formats, so any device can read them.  All I ask is that you leave an honest review after reading, both on Smashwords and on Amazon.  These sites increase exposure of a book as the number of reviews go up, so any help would be incredible.

Remember, the promotion runs from July 1st through the 31st.  Since July is my birthday, give me a present by taking a copy, reading and reviewing it for me.

Thank you and have a blessed day,

A.M.Sawyer

Here again Soldiers of the Lord

Rise again, Soldiers of the Lord.
For the war has changed some how.
The pen indeed, is mightier than the sword.
And words are the ultimate weapons now.

Faith has a new enemy within irrational fear.
Hysteria caused by a single misplaced word.
People now doubt what isn’t crystal clear.
Even then, the truth gets lost in what we’ve heard.

Opinion has replaced facts within the law,
and faith is overwhelmed by division and hate.
We pick apart each other through every single flaw.
Long before we even consider how we can relate.

Now come, Soldiers of the Lord, the fight grows desperate.
For ignorance and hate can attack without identity.
War has now reached the safety of Heaven’s gate.
Challenging everything faith could ever be.

Our sacrifices may indeed go in vain,
If we don’t rise together within all our strength.
No matter the religion, we all have much to gain.
Hand in hand, taking kindness to great length.

God Bless.

The internet is a great tool.  Sadly, that can be said for both good and evil.  Social Media has turned the war for our souls into a abyss of lies and rumors.  Facts are lost and deleted, replaced by whatever agenda people have within the world.  Trust is replaced with doubt, and community has be turned over into a mob.  Negativity flows freely without question while anything positive meets a barrier of critics.  Faith is no exception here.

I believe in God, and I’m a Christian.  Does this mean I have to hate a Muslim?  No.  Does this mean I should fear Muslims?  No.  The fact is, there are elements in every religion that want to abuse faith for hatred and personal agendas.  There are cults and factions, some very violent, that use the faith of others against them.  There are even people who use faith as a justification for their own personal hatred.  In the past, this was manifested through open direct conflict.  Now however, words have replaced swords as the tools of evil.

Life is difficult enough without irrational fears and ignorance pushing in on our lives.  We need to reinforce and bring back the meaning behind the word community.  Differences in each of us should never be our weaknesses, nor should they scare us.  In fact, our differences are what should make us stronger, when we work together.  So, don’t let the darkness in this world win.  Love thy neighbor, and do not judge others for what happens in their lives.  In the end, we aren’t meant to be the judges of others, only their peers.  Friends.  Family.  Community.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.

A.M.Sawyer

 

Want to read more poems of faith, including the first “Soldiers of the Lord”, you can find them within the pages of my two books of Poetry:

and…

Click on the pictures to buy them on Amazon, either eBook or Paperback.

Push, Pull, Give and get – Life is life

In life, each day is marked by pain.
Agony falls on you like rain.
You feel like you’ve nothing to gain.
Than again, life is life.

I know, gloomy and brief.  Between being sick still, and finances being finances, it’s been a rough weekend.  However, life being life, it will go on and it’ll get better.  The fact is, whenever you have pain, understand it and learn from it.  There’s always something to be gained from pain, regardless of how much you may actually lose.  Most people don’t recognize this, mainly because of the pain overwhelming any rational thinking.  Think about it, for it can change a great many things in your life.

Think of all the moments, and the sorrow that follows, that could’ve been changed by how you respond to pain.  True, there will never be any immediate resolution to drastic loss, such as a death of a loved one.  However, most other pains are far easier to push through than we allow.  So, push, pull, give and get, for life is life.  Pain will always be a part of that life.  Push forward, and pull through it.  Give the pain it’s moment, and then get back to work.  It’ll all work out in the end.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.

A.M. Sawyer

Down with the sickness…literally

Coughing, wheezing, fever, sneezing.
Oh, the joys of being sick.
Congestion, aching, itching, irritating.
Symptoms coming on quick.
Throbbing, burning, stomach churning.
Every sound beating on my head.
Dizzy, sleepy, painful, weepy.
I’m going back to bed.

Yes, it’s true.  I’ve been laid up due to illness this past week.  Most days, I could fight through it, but not today.  My body told me to get off my feet and stay there.  It needs to do some hard work to get this crap out of me.  So, since my brain is fizzled with fever, and body aches too much to type, I shall leave this post here.  Before I go however, I’d like to share something:

Here’s to the rain, and the sun that’s sure to follow.

A.M.Sawyer

Standing on the edge

Every time I think I’ve won,
Thinking this task is finally done,
something happens to ruin my fun,
and I realize I’m on step one.

Every time I think it’s complete,
Thinking I can finally get a treat,
I seem to lose my seat,
and have to start over from the defeat.

Every time I think I can stand tall,
Thinking I’ve made it through it all,
Life yet again almost makes me fall,
It’s like standing on an edge so very small….

…and Life gives me a push!

This isn’t as bad as it sounds, depending on the type of push life gives you.  True, it could lead to a free fall in life that is terrifying to say the least.  It could however, be a push to a new beginning that you never thought possible.  The challenge is, figuring out which push is coming before the consequences hit you.  That’s where the quote above the poem comes in.

The reality is, you really are on a metaphorical tightrope, and life is throwing off the balance, even as you read this post.  You can’t avoid it, and you can’t run from it, so what do you do?  Ditch the pole and take chances in life.  Realize this however, as you take a leap into the unknown.  You should still have that rope tied to your back as an anchor.  This means although taking chances is a good thing, you also need to realize that you’ll have consequences.  It’s always good to secure a bit of insurance on life (Not the same as paid life insurance, remember we’re talking metaphor here), and have that safety wire in case you fall.  It doesn’t have to be much, but it should be enough to get back to where you started without too much stress.

So, what will happen if you decide not to take a chance?  Well, nothing.  You’ll still be hit with challenges by life, as it unbalances you.  That part is unavoidable, as it’s life.  The big thing is, you’ll miss out on what could be there for you.  You know, the big “what if” that usually terrifies people.  It isn’t always a negative, and it doesn’t have to be a source of stress.  Look at something in life, and say to yourself, I want to do that.  Is it above your pay grade?  The real question is, does that even matter?

Personally, I’ve always had the ability to make a penny work as a dollar.  To stretch a very limited budget to achieve goals the same as those who make two or even three times as much as me.  So, why haven’t I achieved so much more in life?  Simple, I aired on the side of caution, which led to a life full of reacting instead of acting.  Basically, I would wait until life unbalanced me, and then I’d right myself again, but never actually taking a step forward.  So there I stand, in the same metaphorical spot as I did years ago.  This has been a lesson learned in the worst ways.  Instead of being prosperous, I’m starting over from step one yet again.  This time, I’m dropping the pole.  This time, I’m following my own advice, and taking the chance I should’ve done ten years ago.  I will succeed, for as I like to say:

Now, I need your assistance, and yes, it will cost you.  The plus side is, you’ll enjoy what you get, and it’s not expensive at all.  Heck, I’d do this all for free, if I didn’t have three incredible kids depending on me.  Please check out my short story:

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Morning Warning

It’s never too early to be on alert, especially when the weather is concerned, and for Anthony and his family, one morning could mean the difference between life and death.
Friday has always had special meaning during the spring for this 11 year old boy, his 14 year old sister Rachel, and their 17 year old brother Alex. It wasn’t just the last day of school for the week, but also counted as one week closer to summer vacation. However, after a night of heavy thunderstorms and several tornado warnings, this particular Friday has started off with droopy eyes and jingled nerves. With no watches or warnings, and little more than a drizzle outside, it seemed like a smooth day ahead. Fate, it seems, may just have other plans. As they say, it isn’t the weather you get warnings about that should worry you, but rather the weather that catches you by surprise. Will they survive the morning? Read on and find out in “Morning Warning”.

Click on the book cover to head to Amazon, or simply check any online book retailer.  eBook is only $0.99 and it’s also available as an Audio Book.  This is a short story in all aspects, so if you want a quick, yet powerful read, get a copy today.  Save an author, save the world, and please leave a review.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day,

A.M.Sawyer

 

Site Updates

As part of my building push to be a top tier author, I’ve been developing a strategy for this website.  I’m sure you may have noticed a recent change in structure and added content.  To further this process, and to balance website content with my story writing, I will be following a set posting schedule starting next week.  The posting dates will be as follows:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
(Times will still vary, and these days will be subject to change)

Also, expect more changes to how the website looks, as I update it to be user friendly for all devices.  As of right now, it’s designed for computer setup, which does make mobile devices a bit cluttered.  I’m working on this issue.  Thanks again, and happy reading.

How to deal with a bully – Rant

There are plenty of bullies in this world.  There are more victims of those bullies.  The problem is, we’re taking the worst approach ever in how we deal with bullies.  Seriously, a child gets suspended for protecting another child from a bully.  Since that bully didn’t “Start” the fight, he/she gets away with it.  In what realm does this make any sense?  I understand that parents want to protect their kids.  That in no way should mean making them defenseless in a world that won’t hesitate to stomp down on them.

Here’s an idea.  Instead of making useless rules and laws that cannot be properly enforced, we should teach our kids honor and respect.  They need to know how to stand up for themselves and each other.  I’m not saying to train them to do serious harm, but bullying is only effective if the victim feels helpless.  Remove that helplessness through honor and respect, with an added bonus of building self-esteem, and bullies fade away.  Yes, they will never be gone forever, but at least those who would be victims aren’t alone, or helpless.

There’s simply no place in handicapping people by making them think they’re safer due to a few sentences on a piece of paper.  Especially teenagers, who don’t realize that anti-bullying laws only work after the crime is committed, and the damage already done.  Furthermore, those that think these rules will deter bullying drastically underestimate the fundamentals of hatred.  It defies reason, rules, logic, and all rational thought.  It’s a disease, planted in teaching, grown through pain and ignorance, and expressed in violence.  Laws and rules simply do not work.

You hear stories, such as the girl who committed suicide when a photo was shared that humiliated her.  Apparently, she was forced into the photo in the girls’ locker room by a bully, who posted them online.  Laws and rules didn’t help her, but her classmates could’ve.  If the lesson they’re taught is that they all deserve, and yet have to earn respect, they would’ve either ignored the post, or responded to the bully.    The event may never have had a chance to happen.  Another child shot up his school, a very evil thing to do.  There’s no excuse for this action, but there very well could’ve been a way to avoid it.  The child had mental issues, but the presence of bullying pushed those issues in such a direction, that violence was the only response.  There are two types of people in this world, when faced with a mental snap due to bullying.  They either become homicidal or suicidal.  Neither is an acceptable outcome.

The fact is, we’re putting a band-aid of a response to a broken leg of an issue.  We’re training victims while performing pointless slaps on the wrists of bullies.  We’re teaching these kids that to stand up for themselves or others is to be punished.  We’re teaching them that the only course of action is to run and tell someone in authority, only to find those authority figures absent when needed most.  Basically, we’re teaching cowards while life itself will create monsters.  We’re unbalancing things that need to be balanced, and scratching our heads at the resulting chaos.  This needs to stop.

Education is the single greatest weakness of the modern world.  Our governments fill our heads with useless knowledge while we grow dependent on them.  Instead of teaching us to survive on our own, they’re teaching us how to submit completely to them.  Our schools need shop, home economics, financial economics, crafts, and more arts.  Our kids need to be taught how to survive, and more importantly, how to give.  They need to end this cycle of greed.    Things need to change.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day,

A.M.Sawyer

Save the author, save the world!!

Be at one with each word,
whether written or heard,
For stories can take you anywhere,
Characters in which you can hate or care,
and your imagination gets stirred.

The written word is subjected to incredible scrutiny.  Every single sentence we as authors bring to the page gets ridiculed, picked apart, and falls victim to redefinition.  In fact, almost everything ever written has been interpreted to mean something other than what the original author intended.  Nobody is immune to it, from the elites of Stephen King, to the newcomer just getting started.  This has led to many new authors becoming afraid to get the help they need to improve and succeed.

Want an editor, you have to take the chance and pay someone, hoping they won’t turn around and sell your work to better connections.  True, there are contracts, but if there’s one thing the modern court system has proven, is that the one with more money wins the case.  Oh sure, they can lose at first, but they’ll just appeal, and appeal.  As no money changes hands until the final appeal is decided, the one with deeper pockets will win out.

As an author, I’ve always been hesitant to openly show off my stuff.  It’s not that I don’t want to share my stories with everyone, but I don’t want someone to steal my stuff.  I’ve never wanted to become rich, but I’ve always wanted to do the thing I love and still support my family.  I find the only safe way to do this these days is to go in independently.  However, this choice has it’s own set of problems, as all of the financial and technical issues a book faces to make it to market, is now on my shoulders.  I, personally, have no issues with this, but I do need help.

This is where you come in.  The request isn’t a difficult one, and you’ll get something out of it.  Here’s the deal,  buy any one of my books already out for sale, read it, and leave a review.  You get a fun short story, or maybe info on Autism, or even some great collections of poetry.  Paperback, eBook, or even Audio-books are available.  Don’t forget to follow this website, and sign up via email.  Click on the right side of this page to join in.  Most importantly, Here’s the link to find all my stuff on Amazon (Note: it isn’t exclusive, so feel free to look on other sites if you’re opposed to Amazon) :

A.M.Sawyer’s Amazon Author Page, Click here

 

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day,

A.M. Sawyer

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