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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Heroes and Angels

I received something from my uncle (Hi Unk!) today that really touched the very heart of me. He entitled it "Rednecks". But, I think I might have a better title. I'll paraphrase what he said to me:

Hundreds, maybe a thousand small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They're using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and the bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there's a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners.

These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just "know" they're so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones. They don't wear masks and tear down statues. They don't, as a rule, march and demonstrate. They've never participated in a riot. Never burned a flag. Many of them consider sushi as bait. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they'll spend the next week or two wading in cold, dirty, germ-infested water; dodging gators and water moccasins and attempting to side-step snakes and fire ants. Eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the gratitude; the tears, hugs and smiles from the terrified people they help. They'll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more. Tirelessly. For hours. Without rest.

When disaster strikes, it's what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they'll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they've never met before, and talk about the fish they've caught, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their pick-up trucks, or Jesus, or their classic cars they'll restore. Someday.

And the next time they hear someone talk about "the patriarchy", or "male privilege", they'll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they'll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work's done. For as long as they are able, even pushing themselves when they know they aren't.

They're unlikely to be reimbursed. There won't be medals. No parades. No gratitude of a nation. There won't be a spot on any news feed. They won't care. They're heroes. And it's what heroes do.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Interview today in Authors Talk About It (ATAI)

I had the opportunity to be interviewed for the "Author's Talk About It" blog (ATAI). Janelle and Rob Alex write this amazing blog, and it's packed with useful information every day. In the interview, I open up a little behind my drive for writing The Right Side of Wrong, as well as other titles.

To see the interview, click here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cover Reveal - ISAN: The world has changed. Scientists warned it would happen.

Mary Ting
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a training mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

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Author Bio:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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