special AuthorChat, #redwhiteandblueanthemforever

“We have an official language for a reason. That is equivalent to putting pics of other birds on our national seal! And no we’re not a melding pot (which by the hints at a homogeneous not multiethnic cultures). We’re more like a tossed salad. But we agree to use certain specific garnishes and one dressing. Ok that metaphor is lol.”

— Adrienne Lewis-Wagner, Facebook

First off, this was not planned, but it really grinds me. It also wavers from the traditional AuthorChat format. However, I just couldn’t ignore it.

For starters, I’m NOT racist by any means. However, what I AM is pro-American, the greatest nation on the Earth; the same nation that’s had so many men and women die for the meaning behind OUR National Anthem. I was never honored enough to serve in our armed forces, but have many friends/relatives who have; THANK YOU!

I heard something today about there being a possibility that OUR National Anthem will be sung in different languages on national-event stages. Therefore, the following are the top-five reasons why OUR National Anthem should remain unaltered, ENGLISH.

5. The National Anthem isn’t the International Anthem.

The land of the free and opportunity; why wouldn’t someone from another country take advantage? However, they’re coming to America; they’re not “coming home.”

“Oh say can you see/by the dawn’s early light . . . ”

C’mon.. THAT’S  America, only; that’s US!

4.Honor EVERYONE so we don’t leave anyone out! (said w/sarcasm, Sheldon)

To appease non-English speakers, the Anthem could be sung in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Islamic, . . . ??? Where’s it end?

If that’s the case, the end zones of the Super Bowl, the batter’s box’s in the World Series, … or any other sporting event, should have every team of every league written on the ground. Wouldn’t want to honor JUST the game’s two representatives who are there through hard work, aka the American way…oops…maybe that should be changed to the World way?  (again, sarcasm, Sheldon)

3. Times change; it’s time to change that, too?

WTH?

The National Anthem stands for freedom, bravery, character, independence, resiliency, integrity… Our service men and women protect those values, every day. They protect the same things that our fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, … did. (Again, THANK YOU)

Now, some of you think we need to accommodate the foreign population by altering one of the most recognizable things in American culture. What next? just disregard the flag after the anthem.

Melting pot, my ass. THIS is America!

I, for one, am not ready to say b/c of the influx of immigrants and changing society, we should sacrifice even more of OUR values and customs at HOME.

2.The Anthem distinguishes us Americans.

I don’t have a problem with singing THEIR Anthem for a particular player represented in the game or an entire team, i.e. hockey; that’s totally cool. BUT, as long as we’re on American soil, let’s take ever chance to recognize that we are here, “The land of the free and the home of the brave;”  there’s ONLY one.

Every time we hear the Anthem, we stand, salute, or put our hands-on-hearts. We’re honoring OUR military and OUR country and OUR forefathers; just as we’re honoring OUR Anthem.

1. PRIDE

You can spray paint a dog turd any color and pepper it with glitter, but it’s still a turd. Likewise, you can sing the Anthem in any language you want, it’s still OUR Anthem.

That’s what some will say, “Aw, it’s still your anthem.”

However, as an American, don’t you feel pride that it’s OUR Anthem?  It shouldn’t be sung in any language other than what it stands for, what our Troops stand for. We’re the land of the free and home of the brave . . . not home of the accommodating!

If the Anthem is not important, what next, United States colors turn Green, Yellow, and Orange?    

We’re unique, and we’re Americans!

#redwhiteandblueanthemforever

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Christa Lynn 2/3/14

“He pulls away after nibbling on my bottom lip, and gently pushes me to my back, lowering his toned body over mine. I suddenly don’t care about the muffin top and love handles that adorn my body. All I can think about is having this man on me. In me.                                                                                                                        excerpt  — Running from Destiny by Christa Lynn

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If readers watch CSI, Criminal Minds or any other crime show, they may have wondered what happens to the prospective crime-scene detectives who choose not to hack it? In one writer’s case, she turned to the world of writing.

With childhood dreams of becoming a criminal profiler, the married mother opted for another career path, instead. After giving college a shot, Christa Lynn fell into marital bliss seventeen years ago, two years before giving birth to her 15-year-old son, a die-hard hockey player–as she put it, “There is still hockey in the south.”

“I never even imagined it nor thought of it,” Lynn answered when asked if she had ever given much thought to writing as a career choice. “One night I was lying in bed thinking about a really bad book I had tried to read and thought, ‘I can do this.’ So, the next day I started on my first book, which currently hides in the bowels of my laptop collecting dust.”

The mature adult/erotic romance writer admits she loves writing. Also, though, she admits it’s been quite a struggle at times.

“I think about jumping off (a bridge) every day,” the lifelong southerner joked.  “It’s a dog eat dog world out there and for a newbie like me, it is extremely hard to compete and get the exposure that the better-known authors get.”

While working a full-time job through the week, Lynn reserves her weekends for writing . . . when she’s not attending hockey games. Her first book, Running from Destiny, and its sequel, Accepting Destiny, are both available on amazon.com in the Destined Series.

Furthermore, the Stephen King fan has another work in progress. Thus far, Lynn is 30,000 words into it.

When readers are finished with one of her books, the weekend writer knows exactly what she wants them to feel. The more she kicks out, she hopes readers will look at her, essentially, as the little engine that could.

“I want readers to feel complete,” Christa pointed out about her erotic romances. “I want them to want to spread the word after the story left them satisfied.”

Christa Lynn is accessable through the following:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christa-Lynn-Author/186996248141318

Website: http://authorclynn.wix.com/christalynn

Twitter: @authorclynn

*Are you an author who wants to appear on AuthorChat OR Do you know an author who should be on AuthorChat?   Email me or have them email me, AuthorBlueStour@Gmail.com         HELP SPREAD THE WORD! 

Along w/THE Sidda Lee Rain, Blue is ½ of the erotic romance tag team champions of the WORRRRLLLLLDDDDDD!!!! :  http://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Third-GAME-TIME-SERIES-ebook/dp/B00I204UBK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390940026&sr=8-2&keywords=blue+stour

AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Sidda Lee Rain 1/31/14

It damn sure ain’t your mama’s romance books.

In fact, it’s not even close! Sidda Lee Rain’s work is about strong, independent, take-no-sh*t women . . . and their amazing alpha men—far from mama’s secretly-stashed reads.

“I want readers realizing that reality is romantic, and everyday fairytales are just as freeing as the cheesy sh*t in some of your mom’s romance novels,” Rain, a proud Minnesotian, said.” I’m not against those; hell, that’s where I began reading. I’m just saying open your minds. The days of women hiding their sexual beings are over. One-handed reading is here, and that’s one of the best compliments you can give an erotic author.”

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Rain was pretty blunt and to the point in most aspects during our interview. However, as she even said, herself, mix in a little “Cuervo” and she would have been even more forthcoming; a statement indicative of her hilarious personality.

Rain is a country girl through-and-through. As a child, she envisioned herself owning horses and boarding stables as an adult. Even though the graduate from the University of Mankato’s Technical College for E.M.T.s didn’t follow her childhood dreams, she still works with . . .  horses . . . and cowboys . . . sort of.

Today, Rain writes what she likes to call Modern Day Western Erotic Romance. It’s a genre she invented simply because, quite frankly, nothing else fit her wants and desires. Judging by her amazing reviews and ratings on amazon.com, the best-selling author isn’t alone.

“I adore romance but wasn’t finding MY kind of romance,” said the woman insanely loyal to her Minnesota Vikings. “I like it less corny, less sweet. Crank up the reality and make mine extra dirty while you’re at it. Those kind of books were hard to come by–outside of the full-on bdsm, which wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted hard-working, blue-collar men who loved the land, their animals and their women, not necessarily in that order.”

In her first year of writing Modern Day Western Erotic books Ms. Rain has already reached the top-ten book-selling position with Quick on the Trigger. The extremely modest author was surprised when she noticed that the book had cracked the top-100, launching her into the esteemed category. Then, a friend called and notified her that the novel had rocketed to #26. The next morning, Sidda looked on in shock and excitement as the book had climbed to #3.

Numbers are great, but Rain gets the most satisfaction knowing that she touched a reader. To her, that feeling is worth more than the price of any book.

“Because of a leading lady in one of my books and her acceptance with herself, they (readers) are now embracing themselves, imperfections and all,” Rain said is the most flattering compliment she receives. “There’s honestly too much self hate, especially among women, so to hear that I may have had a tiny hand in that . . . bet your a** I’ll take it.”

Expressive and no-holds-barred may best sum up her writing.

“My books have warnings on them, so if you don’t like the explicit sex–yes there’s a lot and yes, its my foul mouth—that’s your issue, not mine. I’m a broad who happens to like filthy sex and I adore the word f*ck like no other, but you’ve been warned.”

Eventually, the Facebook-o-holic has plans to step outside of erotic romance. A journey which began as just one book has evolved into more because of the tremendous success; like McDonalds, readers are lovin’ it. In the future, she plans to write in other genres under a pen name, but it looks like the true erotic-romance side of Sidda Lee Rain is here to stay for a while, at least.

That news will make many readers happy. After all, the fiesty red head’s work is nothing like their mamas used to hide . . . errrr read!

Sidda Lee Rain’s books can be found on amazon.com in paperback or eBook.

A)  Denim Series Book 1) Quick on the Trigger 2) Steel Horse Cowboy

B)   B) Crooked E Ranch Series Book 1) Sweet as Candy 2) Pure as Snow

C)   C) Game Time Series with Blue Stour 1) Stranded at Third

               Coming soon

Dirty Denim #3, Roping Him In

Crooked E-Ranch #3, Sexy as Sin

Game Time Series #2, Kept on Ice

Sidda Lee Rain can be contacted easily. Reach her at the following:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siddalee.rain

http://www.facebook.com/BlueStourandSiddaLeeRain

Twitter: @Siddaleerain

Website: http://www.SiddaLeeRain.com

*Are you an author who wants to appear on AuthorChat OR Do you know an author who should be on AuthorChat?   Email me or have them email me, AuthorBlueStour@Gmail.com         HELP SPREAD THE WORD! 

Along w/THE Sidda Lee Rain, Blue is ½ of the erotic romance tag team champions of the WORRRRLLLLLDDDDDD!!!! :  http://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Third-GAME-TIME-SERIES-ebook/dp/B00I204UBK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390940026&sr=8-2&keywords=blue+stour