Friday, December 21, 2018

Gifts for Any Season

I’ve written before about preparing for Christmas. Typically, we make a list and exchange it. As I get older, my list has certainly changed over the years. I mean, I love music and movies, and I do collect them. A lot of them. And, I can always use a dress shirt and tie as I weed out my closet from time to time.

But as I stated, at my age and as I continue to get older, my list has changed. So have my priorities. I would like to share with you some gift ideas that are unbelievably inexpensive. These gifts do wonderful and magical things to one’s heart and soul. So much so, that as you give them, not only do they benefit the giftee, but they also benefit the giver.

It costs nothing, but what a wonderful difference it can make in one’s life. And, it can be given in any number of ways: a gentle touch, a smile, a small note, letting a car go ahead of you as you travel in and out of a parking lot, buying the meal for the car behind you in a drive through. Just about anything.

So many times we want to be heard. At times, maybe a lot of the time, no advice or sage wisdom isn’t needed (or wanted). But to give the gift of your presence, your time, your ear, can not only bring about the peace in someone’s soul, but it can bring about peace in your own.

A Smile, A Hello, A Have A Good Day
They cost nothing. Nothing at all. But, the receiver is welcomed. There is a connection, even for a brief moment. You never know how much something like that can impact someone’s day. And did I say they cost nothing? Yes, I guess I did, but it’s important to remember that.

A Text Message, Phone Call
Back about twenty or thirty years ago, Bell Telephone had a slogan, “Reach out and touch someone!” When there is distance and time between you and someone you love, a simple text or phone call out of the blue can make someone’s day. You know how you feel when you receive one, right? And the nice thing is that it further connects you and doesn’t let the two of you drift apart.

I Love You
Those three words are magical. Right up there with “You mean a lot to me!” or “I’m thinking about you!” The thing is, we don’t hear that enough. We take it for granted. We assume. But then something might happen and we never again have that chance to say that to someone who is important to us. Don’t let that happen. Don’t let moments pass by. Don’t put it off. Again, you never know . . .

Some gift suggestions from an older guy who has seen and experienced quite a bit in life. My wish and my gift to you. Something to think about . . .

Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!

To My Readers:

Just In Time For The Holidays! My new book, Spiral Into Darkness is Available for Preorder
The cover description reads as follows:
He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. He also has a list and has murdered eight on it so far. There is no pattern. There are no clues. There are no leads. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.

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My book, Caught in a Web was named as a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Thriller Fiction! I was nominated by a reviewer and received notification in the last week or so. It is also on the list for “one of the best crime thriller books of the year!” by Best Thrillers. I am both proud and humbled.

Thanks to all who have read Caught in a Web. If you are interested in a copy on either Kindle or in Paperback, you can find it on Amazon  or on Barnes and Noble

If you do read Caught in a Web, Spiral Into Darkness, or any of my other books, please leave a rating and a review. I would appreciate it. Thanks for this consideration!

Caught in a Web:
The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.

Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives discover the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

Book One of the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives:
Two thirteen year old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members might be involved.          

Book Two of the Lives Trilogy, Shattered Lives:
Six men escaped and are out for revenge. The boys, recently freed from captivity, are in danger and so are their families, but they don’t know it. The FBI has no clues, no leads, and nothing to go on and because of that, cannot protect them.          

Book Three of the Lives Trilogy, Splintered Lives:
A 14 year old boy knows the end is coming. What he doesn’t know is when, where or by whom. Without that knowledge, neither he nor the FBI can protect him or his family.

The Lives Trilogy Prequel, Taking Lives:
FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they don’t know one another, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11 year old Brett McGovern, and 11 year old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their lives are in jeopardy as each search for a way out.

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