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Happy Independence Day!

While you’re enjoying fireworks, barbecues, and the company of family and friends, remember what this fabulous holiday is all about:

I give thanks every single day for the blessing of being an American citizen — something only made possible by the courage and sacrifice of men like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the Founding Fathers.

Yes, I am proud to have an American Heart:

And I don’t want to imagine the world without her, which is why I highly recommend watching Dinesh D’Souza’s outstanding documentary:

Happy Independence Day!

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Writestream Tuesday: ‘A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer’

I am excited to announce that Maureen Miles Bucci, ovarian cancer survivor and author of A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, will join me on Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Maureen recently hired me to edit her manuscript, guide her through the independent publishing process, set up her social media platforms and train her on how to use them, and assist with special events.

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Getting to know Maureen personally has been an incredible experience. She’s one of the bravest, strongest, and most determined women I know. Are you coping with ovarian cancer or know someone who is? Please tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. During the interview, Maureen and I welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

In the second hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty, The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart, and Ms. Always Right!

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Interested in purchasing A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer for someone currently undergoing treatment? It’s now available in paperback on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful, practical, and uplifting gift.

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Book Review: Tracy Lawson’s ‘Counteract’ a Dystopian Thrill Ride

‘Question Authority’? More like ‘Submit to Authority Without Question’. 

CounteractOnce upon a time, the Flower Children passionately exhorted us to “question authority.” Somewhere along the road to the 21st century however, their mantra transformed into “submit to authority without question.” Carried out to its extreme, the latter philosophy ultimately leads to the tyrannical, dystopian society brilliantly described by author Tracy Lawson in her debut novel, Counteract.

Although classified as YA fiction, Lawson’s fast-paced narrative, well-defined characters, and spine-tingling plot combine for a perfectly paced ride through a world in which rugged individualism, free will, and individual liberty have been all but eradicated by central authorities wielding an agenda of control. And what better way to control the masses than through the installation of irrational fear of an undefined, unseen external enemy?

In the oppressive society of Counteract, the United States as we know it has been fundamentally transformed into a series of quadrants, each run by a government agent known as a “Quadrant Master.” Gone is the rich diversity of 50 states bound together by the United States Constitution. In this freedom-killing society, the President and an oppressive government create a false enemy, followed by a government-created solution. In response to the threat of airborne chemical weapons which may or may not exist, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has mandated an antidote to “protect” and “save” the American population.

Author Tracy Lawson.

Author Tracy Lawson.

This final and most insidious step is the last in a series of top-down mandates including the banning of cars (for anyone but government-approved individuals), grocery stores, sporting events, travel and virtually anything that makes life a more rewarding and beautiful experience.

Yet as Lawson proves, there is no antidote or restriction that can fully eviscerate the human spirit. The character development of her two main characters – teenagers Tommy and Careen – dovetails nicely with the plot as they ultimately find each other and begin to unravel the mystery of what’s actually happening versus the propaganda that invades their consciousness on a daily basis through Orwellian-named devices like “PeopleCam.”

In Counteract, Lawson creates a depressing, joyless, and paranoid world but she also provides readers with glimmers of genuine hope in the form of all of the characters that comprise “The Resistance.” Expertly juxtaposing plot and characters, she makes it nearly impossible to put the novel down until the very end — which left me wanting more. Good thing she has a sequel planned for release in early 2015!

As a freedom-loving patriot, determined activist, and voracious reader, it does my heart good to know there are authors Like Tracy Lawson who can fuse entertainment and information into a compelling fictional narrative like Counteract – which has more power to affect the culture and the ultimate direction of our country than a dry, non-fiction book most people will never even bother to pick up, let alone read.

For more information, visit CounteractBook.com, where you can test your knowledge of fact versus fiction with a cool feature called Can You Guess?

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Shlomo Attia on Writestream Radio

Did you miss my interview with Steps To Salvation author Shlomo Attia? Just click to listen.

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