Monthly Archives: December 2015

Gratitude And Responsibility

Pic. We not me

This has been one of the happiest years of my life. So many things have been so right—whether it is writing or art—things seemed to have unfolded to bring tremendous joy into my life. I am really happy.

Yet I can’t ignore the sadness and hatred all around me.

Hatred: it seems to be exploding everywhere around the globe, and the ugly rebirth of fascism in our own country is beyond distressing and alarming.

No matter which is our political party, how can any of us tolerate the things that are being thrown at us every single day, and yet, be silent. This is exactly the way it was when Hitler was starting his rise to power.

What is wrong with us as a country if we can tolerate and seriously consider the filth and hatred coming out of the mouths of our politicians?

And Donald Trump? A “physically healthy” war monger who received medical deferments to stay out of the military, is willing to send our men and women to their deaths without blinking an eye.

Do you honestly think this narcissist, this fascist, this ignorant fool and others like him will make our country safe?

Facisim will not make us safe.

If our planet is not safe—whether it is from global warming, the extinction of animal and plant life, or the proliferation of war and hatred—we are all in jeopardy.

Fear is the enemy and there is no place to hide.

America is part of a global community.  In that spirit of cooperation, as the Canadians have demonstrated, we have to care that people are displaced from their homes and thrown out into nothingness.

The Syrians are our brothers and sisters—we have to care that they will die if we do not help them.

It is time to understand and revel in what it means to be human—it is a heavy responsibility, but a joyous one, as well.

As 2015 ends, I’m hopeful that sanity will win and we will turn away from the hatred and ugliness that is trying to poison all of us—instead, recognize the beauty that makes us all one.

 

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                                  Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

 Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett
Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black
Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring
Writer & editor

 

The Killing Vote cover 2

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

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A CHEESE DAY

Pic. THEKILLING VOTE BP Event

  YESTERDAY AT BOOK PASSAGE– CORTE MADERA

A friend’s bright little boy, wise beyond his years, always called his happiest days, cheese days. To him those days were times when everything turned out the way he wanted—he had all the toys or books he wanted, played with many friends—when  he could smile and smile and smile.

What can I say: the kid loved cheese and would have eaten it all the time if his parents had let him.

Well, yesterday was that kind of day for me and my love, J. J. Lamb.

We were having a book event at Book Passage in Corte Madera for our latest  book, THE KILLING VOTE.

And yes, it was an exciting thing, but I was worried that no one would come to hear us—especially during  this season when we are all too busy for events like this.

On a scale of 1 to 10, our big moment was maybe a minus 2 for other people.

When we sent out notices of the upcoming launch, response after response told of seasonal family visits and other things that were far more important than anything we were offering. And although it was disappointing, it was really understandable.

As the day grew closer and closer for our Book Passage event, all I could see was J.J. and I talking to an empty room. Well, I knew some dear friends would come. But they’d heard about the book ad nauseum.

But yesterday, the day of the event, was amazing!

People we hadn’t seen in years came and other new, wonderful people gave up their time to hear two writers try to tell what they consider to be an important story.

We love every one of those people for giving us a huge CHEESE DAY!

Lest you think our heads have swelled—here  is a description of the event by one in the audience:

The audience at Book Passage decided, unanimously, not to make any noise and allow the authors to nap in peace.  They held their questions until the authors were awake 45 minutes later. They all read the books they had purchased during the nap and as a result, came up with some interesting questions. The cookies were excellent.  Book Passage has decided to build in nap time for future events when the participants are older than 65.  Audience members of all ages will be invited to nap along with the special guests should they choose to do so. Meditating during presentations is also permitted. Contemplation may be allowed if navels remain covered;-)

Charlie Lucke,
Reporter for the Silent Sentinel

This reporter is obviously not on our payroll.

 

                                  Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

 Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett
Writer & Teacher

“The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black
Amie Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring
Writer & editor

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote