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Monday, October 2, 2017

DEATH AND TRAGEDY IN MY HOME TOWN OF LAS VEGAS



HORROR AT MANDALAY BAY ROUTE 91 MUSIC FESTIVAL OCTOBER 1, 2017

I haven't posted on this blog in quite some time, but yesterday's events require more than a Facebook post because I have a lot to say. However, before I express my feelings I wish to extend my sympathy to the victims of the horrendous shooting at the Mandalay Bay Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and their families and friends.

I have lived a long time, sometimes more years than I would like to say. Of that time I've spent 15 years in Las Vegas, first part time and progressing to full time in 2013. Very honestly, I never dreamed I would see such carnage in my lifetime caused by one person. At this point no one knows what motivated his actions, but the FBI and LV Metro are conducting extensive investigations. At this point, 9:45am on October 2, the death count is 58, possibly 59, with over 515 injuries. ALL CAUSED BY ONE MAN WITH AN ARSENAL OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.

Many gun fans have posted on Facebook and social media with statements like: "The liberals will say it was the guns at fault." To them I say you probably won't agree with me, but my feelings are strong and have been for many years.

Every time there is a shooting tragedy resulting in mass murder and injury, this is the stance so many gun lovers take. You are correct that the gun is an inanimate object, not capable of aiming or shooting by itself. BUT, without access to such weapons of mass destruction that take multiple lives and injure others in the blink of an eye, such devastation would not be possible.

You say what about knives? Could one person with a knife kill nearly 60 people and injure 515 more in the matter of seconds?

I challenge those who take this stance to justify even one reason a private citizen needs one, or in this case an arsenal, of high capacity magazine assault rifles. This is not a case of needing it for defense. This is insanity in my humble opinion.

I appreciate the right of hunters, target shooters and those who wish to defend themselves to obtain appropriate weapons through legal channels. I in no way agree that any private citizen needs military grade assault weaponry. 

Will the deaths of 58, possibly more, innocent people and the injuries--some life-threatening-- of over 500 more who were having a good time enjoying a music festival, finally bring some sanity to gun control laws? Did all of the past awful incidents with lesser amount of deaths and injuries do it? No. Because of the attitude that guns don't kill.

If rational laws are passed, the police are not going to come into your home and confiscate your weapons. But, this craziness has to stop somewhere.

Consider this: You, Mr. or Ms. advocate for no restrictions on what kind or how many weapons an individual can buy--YES, YOU, could have been one of the people in the crowd yesterday who was killed or maimed or injured by a madman. What would your answer be then? That is, if you were one of the ones who survived, perhaps with life-changing injuries?

WOULD YOU STILL BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE NO RESTRICTIONS ON PURCHASE OF HIGH CAPACITY, HIGH SPEED ASSAULT WEAPONS? If you were there at that festival, would you be one of the lucky ones who still had the ability to answer that question?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LA RUE THE LLAMA HELPS HIS MAMA WILL BE FREE AUG 18-20

If you have little ones who love picture books, mark your calendar. 

The Kindle edition of LA RUE THE LLAMA HELPS HIS MAMA will be free on August 18, 19 and 20. This is the very first book I ever wrote (and illustrated) so many years ago, but just published recently. It is also the only children's book I've written. Download a copy for your little one. La Rue is a charming little critter who means well, but...well, check out the book to find out how he winds up in so much trouble.

And his Great Aunt Fay is also quite the character. A feisty motorcycle-riding old llama. What's Mama Llama to do?

I've been so busy with other projects, this is the first time I'm really promoting it and offering it free. Share with other mommies.

Monday, June 8, 2015

MAKING MURDER FUNNY -- IN BOOKS, THAT IS


And my blog hopping continues. Today I'm over at Christa Nardi's blog http://christanardi.blogspot.com/ talking about making murder funny--at least in books. With three comical Silver Sisters Mysteries, the crime caper Ripoff and the just released Bumping Off Fat Vinny, I have a little experience with this. Check it out, leave a comment and share. Thanks.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

TODAY I GUEST POSTED ON MADELINE GORNELL'S BLOG ABOUT "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PUBLISHER GOES OUT OF BUSINESS"

https://mmgornell.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/morgan-st-james-is-visiting-today/#comments
 
Some of the new books

First of all, I want to say thanks to Madeline for asking me to talk about this. Most authors are so excited  when their book(s) get picked up by a publisher, they never ask themselves the question: "What happens when your publisher goes out of business?" I was no different.

When L&L Dreamspell picked up 5 of my books, I became one of their 200 authors. It seemed like it would go on forever and they were anxious to consider anything else I'd written.

Then tragedy struck. One of the partners died of cancer, and the other was so devastated she closed the business and gave all of the authors back their rights. Overnight, I  had 5 books out of publication and had to make a decision.

Betrayed, was formerly two books ( Devil's Dance and The Devil's Due) when it was with Dreamspell. All of the Silver Sisters Mysteries, including the book that had been recently published before the closed, Vanishing Act in Vegas were affected. Since being republished with new covers, some edits and updates, all of the books that went out of publication are selling again. So, it isn't "the end of the world." Keep positive and think logically.

Check out my post on Madeline's blog for the way I solved it, and while you are there please leave a comment and share. This is something all authors should include in their knowledge base. Thanks. My personal website is www.morganstjames-author.com .

Friday, May 1, 2015

A very moving and inspirational story

I received this in my email today, and upon reading it knew I had to share this story with as many people as possible, so here it is. As a cancer survivor myself, I found it particularly moving. Sometimes things happen that have no logical explanation. We often call those things miracles.



  AN EAGLE KISS
   
  This is the kind of story you need,
When it seems like the world is spiraling out of control…
   



Not many people get a picture of this proud bird, Snuggled up next to them!

FREEDOM AND JEFF

Jeff says: Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery;
It was broken in 4 places.
She's my baby.
 
 
When Freedom came in she could not stand
and both wings were broken.
She was emaciated and covered in lice.
We made the decision to give her a chance at life,
So I took her to the vet's office.
From then on, I was always around her.
We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off,
and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper,
for her to lay in.
I used to sit and talk to her;
Urging her to live, to fight;
and she would lay there looking at me,
with those big brown eyes.
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.
 
 
This went on for 4-6 weeks,
and by then she still couldn't stand.
It got to the point where the decision was made,
to euthanize her, if she couldn't stand in a week.
You know you don't want to cross that line;
Between torture and rehab,
and it looked like death was winning.
She was going to be put down that Friday,
and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.
I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday;
Because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized;
But, I went anyway, and when I walked in,
everyone was grinning from ear to ear.
I went immediately back to her cage;
and there she was,
standing on her own,
a big beautiful eagle.
She was ready to live.
I was just about in tears by then.
That was a very good day.
 
 
We knew she could never fly;
So the director asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove,
and then to jesses,
and we started doing education programs,
for schools in western Washington .
We wound up in the newspapers,
radio (believe it or not) and some TV.
'Miracle Pets' even did a show about us.
 
 
In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed
with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
I had stage 3;
Which is not good
(one major organ plus everywhere);
So I wound up doing 8 months of chemo.
Lost the hair - the whole bit.
I missed a lot of work.
When I felt good enough,
I would go to Survey and take Freedom out for walks.
Freedom would also come to me in my dreams,
and help me fight the cancer.
This happened time and time again.
 
 
Fast forward to November 2000.
 
 
The day after Thanksgiving,
I went in for my last checkup.
I was told that if the cancer was not all gone,
after 8 rounds of chemo;
Then my last option was a stem cell transplant.
Anyway, they did the tests;
and I had to come back Monday for the results.
I went in Monday, and I was told that,
ALL THE CANCER WAS GONE.



So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey,
and take the big girl out for a walk.
It was misty and cold.
I went to her flight and jessed her up,
and we went out front to the top of the hill.
I hadn't said a word to Freedom;
But somehow she knew.
She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me,
to where I could feel them pressing in on my back,
(I was engulfed in eagle wings),
and she touched my nose with her beak,
and stared into my eyes,
and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long.
That was a magic moment.
We have been soul mates ever since she came in.
This is a very special bird.
 
 
On a side note:
I have had people who were sick,
come up to us when we are out,
and Freedom has some kind of hold on them.
I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us,
and I let him hold her.
His knees just about buckled,
and he swore he could feel her power course through his body.
I have so many stories like that...
 
 
I never forget the honor I have of being so close
to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.
 
 
Hope you enjoyed this!
 
 
A SMALL REQUEST..



93% won't forward; But I'm Sure You Will.
 
 
A small request.. Just one line...

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it's only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know,
Who has been struck down by cancer,
Or is still living with it,
Or just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY
 
 
 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

BUMPING OFF FAT VINNY - COMING SOON

It should have been easy - their plan was foolproof - so what went wrong? A funny crime caper from true crime author Dennis N. Griffin and me. Watch for the release in May 2015.

We had a ball writing this and devising schemes that would backfire. Murder can be funny--when it's in the hands of Morgan St. James and Dennis N. Griffin.