Clean Indie Christmas

After you’ve filled your Kindle with Smashwords sales, you may be interested in Clean Indie Reads.

No smut allowed!

This sale only runs December 26 – January 6.

This sale offers 40 free or discounted books in a variety of genres.  Something for everyone, without the stress of unnecessary indecency. Clean doesn’t mean religious though.  In fact, my clean books have no mention of religion at all.

Some of the authors in this sale have other books that may not be as clean, so if you follow their lists check for their ratings on their own books.

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Holiday Book Sales

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Some upcoming book holiday sales dates:

10/17/17 – 12/31/17 Bending the Bars – $0.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook – $4.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains – $2.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meats – $ 2.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables – $2.99

12/01/17 – 12/31/17 The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice – $1.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Learning to Live Gluten Free – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/15/17 Journey Through Life Lists – $0.99

All of my books can be found on a variety of platforms: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, Pronoun, Smashwords, and various affiliates.

I am also attempting to set up the process to have two of my books set up for audiobook.  No one has auditioned yet.  Still waiting.

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#WritersPersevere My story

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I commented like crazy yesterday on the Twitter stream. For a bit. I actually found out some interesting bits about myself, and why I wrote some of the books I did.

No knowledge of who my ancestors are, or my place in flow of the land, and sky, did not prevent me from writing. Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – my first work – explores this from another point of view.

Surviving severe physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse did not prevent me from writing. Bending the Bars and The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is the result of my knowledge, of me, and millions of others.

Severe memory loss and brain damage didn’t make me stop writing.  If anything, it gave me more reason to write.  To bring my memory back.  At least the good parts.  Out of this came – Journey Through Life Lists.

Learning to live gluten free didn’t slow down my writing. In fact, as I learned to cook gluten free, people begged for my recipes. Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is the result. As is the coming of age novel that accompanies them.

Losing my hearing, and my vision slowed me down. Only because I wanted to be able to continue after all of my vision was gone. There were no guides for an adult to learn how to use a screen reader after using a mouse to control their computer for decades. So, I spent a few years learning, and wrote VoiceOver with the Brailliant Braille Display so I could continue writing. And after the latest OSX update – I had to turn to it to find out why my braille display wasn’t working right!

Somewhere, lost in the depths of time, I wanted to see more science in novels. So I started the Trails series. Still hope to finish the last pair.

I tend to write in pairs. #writerspersevere

I want to write Karma’s Children to describe the millions of stories when adults have smacked down my needs. Don’t have a baby and female – Not qualified to work a job, give it to man, or a woman with someone to support. Don’t have a car, and not willing to drive an hour each way? You aren’t serious about working a job. That novel will be fun.

And it’s pair will cover even more scary features.

Then, there are the short stories I am trying to finish up. Only, I keep having more ideas for short stories.

And the two novellas I want to write.

Deafblind, and doing fine, most of the time. Difficulty walking, talking, and doing many daily things. Yet, I too am a #writerspersevere person.

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Inspirational Native Americans – Finding Your Ancestors

No matter who your ancestors are, it can be difficult to find them.  This is doubly true if you were adopted, whether you knew it or not.  And if that is the case, you have to decide if you want to trace your adoptive family, or your biological family.  And in many cases, your biological family may not be who they think are.  Throughout history, children were adopted, names changed, and not told.  Or, if they knew at the time, after a few generations, the knowledge was lost.
As a person with Native American ancestors more than a few generations, tracking your ancestors may be nearly impossible due to the Indian Removal Act, Indian Adoption Act, and the shame of Native American ancestors.  If you do find which tribes you are descended from, you have to determine if you can reconnect with your heritage.  You may want to.  The tribe may not be looking for lost members.  Especially ones who have never been part of their own, or similar culture.
A good place to begin your search is listed in the Works Cited.  This article discusses how to begin your search, and there are links to further information about various tribes, and articles that may help you in understanding your ancestors.  Your acceptance by your ancestral tribe, or tribes, will vary.

In my writing, Terra in Crosswinds discovers she is a lost member of the mixed tribe that she is staying in.  Keama hoped she was the missing granddaughter, though she wasn’t sure, till she met her, and heard her words.  In Trails 2, Corbo finds out how he is connected to a specific tribe in Arizona.  In both cases, the connection, and acceptance will be a lifelong journey.

Works Cited:
Steps to your Indian Ancestry.  Indians.Org.
http://indians.org/your-indian-ancestry.html. Access Date: August 31, 2016

Inspirational Native Americans – Reservations Present

Living on a reservation isn’t easy.  Some are large.  As large as a small state.  Others are small.  In some ways, the smaller ones are more likely to be better off.  The people who live there can leave the reservation every day to go to a job and return home at night.  On the larger reservations, this isn’t as likely.  Most of the jobs on the reservations are in teaching or law enforcement.
Even after over 100 years, the land is not usually good for producing food.  Families often live in over crowded situations, with limited water, food, or electricity. These leads many young people to leave the reservations in the search of a better life.  Though, they often don’t find it.  What they do find, is they don’t fit in off reservation life either.
I tried to portray the starkness of reservation life in Crosswinds.  However, this was doubly difficult.  First, Terra, the main character, finds the starkness and silence refreshing and peaceful.  However, her primary opponent, Vasa, does not.  She is working to make everyone leave the reservation.  The reservation is shattered.  Families are split. They simply don’t know how to connect the life available to them on the reservation, with the life off the reservation.
Perhaps, this is because I value that way of life.  However, one friend, who has lived on a reservation, said it did not portray it well at all.  She thought I didn’t make it desperate enough.  And another friend who did live on a reservation a few decades ago, felt it was almost too desperate.

Works Cited:

Living Conditions.  Native American Aid.  A Program of Partnership With Native Americans.  http://www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageServer?pagename=naa_livingconditions  Access Date:  August 31, 2016.

Inspirational Native Americans – Federal/ Not Federally Recognized

The legal status of Native Americans is so complex, entire encyclopedia sets could be written about it. This article will mention a few specific facts.  Native Americans, who have lived here over 10,000 years only became citizens of the Untied States in 1924.  Their right to vote came even later. In some states, it was as late as 1962.  Long after women and other minorities.
Native Americans living on a reservation are subject to the reservation’s local laws.  The reservations function in many ways much as a state, and only federal laws can override the reservation laws.  This applies to the 567 federally recognized tribes.  It does not apply to those who belong to tribes the government does not recognize. Many reservations have tribal governments, including courts, police, and jails to deal with most crime that occurs on the reservations, and by tribal members.
Federal recognition of a tribe is not a quick process.  There are three routes to recognition: Congress, court, and an administrative process.  Many smaller tribes were not federally recognized, or have merged with other tribes and did not have the ability to be recognized in the past.  Perhaps in the future, some smaller tribes may return to the tribal roles.

In my writing, I did not cover federal recognition.  I did however, cover Terra’s village receiving funding and support from the governing village on the reservation.  Many of the villagers are afraid to stand up to the governing village, where many of their family reside.  They are afraid they will lose everything they have.  And that isn’t much.

Works Cited:

U S Department of the Interior Indian Affairs.  Frequently Asked Questions.  http://www.bia.gov/FAQs/. Date Accessed: September 3, 2016.

Tribes Listed by Area. National Congress of American Indians. http://www.ncai.org/tribal-directory.  Date Accessed: September 3, 2016.

Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Sociology 220 Lecture.
http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~oliver/soc220/Lectures220/AmerInds/AmerInd%20FAQs%20from%20BIA.htm. Date Accessed: September 3, 2016.

Inspirational Native Americans – Indian Child Welfare Act – 1978

The year 1978 was the beginning of hope for Native Americans.  Religious practices were no longer outlawed.  They could begin to rebuild their cultures.  This was continued with the Indian Child Welfare Act.  This act was designed to keep Native American children in their home culture, and not adopted out, or away in boarding schools.
This protected children.  It also protected parents legally from being forced to send their children away.  There have only been 38 years (less than 2 generations) to heal the wounds of the 118 year (6 generation) project to remove culture from the Native Americans.  What this often means, is that the generation growing up on the reservation is experiencing something their parents cannot relate to.  Many of their parents, and grandparents, had been forced to abandon their parents to go away to school.  Or fear being taken to be adopted outside the tribe.

In Crosswinds, we see the result of this, both an Terra’s actions and thoughts, and in Vasa’s insistence that the community leave the reservation if they want to survive.  Keama’s story implies her fear, even as a spiritual leader, when one generation before, Terra had been brought to her as an infant.

Works Cited:
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  The Adoption History Project. http://pages.uoregon.edu/adoption/topics/ICWA.html.
Date Accessed: September 2, 2016.