Monday, July 24, 2017

I Know My Own Suffering, But Not That Of My Neighbor.

When I wrote "Ways of War" I had no idea it would "open up a can of worms" so to speak. I wrote the book as a form of entertainment, yet it has sparked a debate among readers.

I have never been one who passes judgment on others. Nor have I ever questioned anyone's views, beliefs, or behavior. I must say am I surprised by the responses I have received from a few readers who I will never name. I am a writer of fiction. In this case historical fiction. I first and foremost want to entertain. Apparently, the era I chose to write about is still far too real to some people. Understandably so and I respect that.

It was not my intent to open old wounds or cause anyone pain. So before I continue writing I want to make sure I apologize for any pain "Ways of War" has caused! My deep desire is to entertain. But now that "Ways of War" is out there I have been given a new task. During my research, I found many people who were affected negatively by the War and the fallout from the War. That is to say from all the decisions and actions of the many who chose to play "God" for lack of a better word.

"Ways of War" is a book about the Vietnam War. It was written from the perspective of an American woman who works at the University of  (Madison)Wisconson. The main character is surprised to learn about the lies and manipulations not only within the Government but throughout humanity. I don't believe any of what I have put on the page is news to the American people. I think it is difficult and sometimes represents the evil that we all wish didn't exist, but I don't think it is news. I will let the reader decide.

I mentioned above that the response relative to "Ways of War" has provided me with a new task. While yes I have the task of writing the next book in the series, I believe I have been given the responsibility of assisting in healing. I'm a writer, not a doctor, so the challenge that stands before me leaves me with the question, how? How can I, an author of fiction help anyone heal? Maybe I can't. I can, however, assist in other ways. I can listen, I can learn, I can teach and I can fund (though in a minor way currently).

I can listen. As I listen to the stories, challenges, and struggles of the many Veterans suffering from PTSD and other disorders and illnesses, my heart breaks. I know there has to be a way to help. I know as I make my way into the "limelight" or public eye, I can be a voice. As time passes I will be that voice if the public desires it. I will offer myself and whatever resources I have to support organizations that have a true desire to help.

I can learn. I will use all the information provided to me and learn. Those that suffer can teach me plenty. I will do what I can with what you teach me.

I can teach. With all the suffering that exists, we must be able to match that suffering with our resources and ideas. There are ways to help, we just need to make the connection. Once you teach me I will help make that connection.

I can fund. I have already promised to donate 10% of all profits from not only "Ways of War" but of profits from the complete series. It may not be enough, but it will grow over time.

I have been told by a few that they can't read my book because it would be too painful. Sometimes the first step in healing comes with facing our fears. That statement is not a challenge or a disrespectful statement. I know my own suffering, but not that of my neighbor. Only the sufferer can know when the right time is to reach out and take hold of life. My hope is that each and every person suffering would be able to find the strength to do so. I do understand if that can't happen.

I will never judge anyone. I won't condemn or ridicule. I will only honor and respect those that give their lives for what humanity sees as the greater good. We may all be looking at that greater good through rose colored glasses, but at least we are looking. As long as we continue to look; as long as we don't give up, I have hopes that someday we will be able to live together if not in peace, in tolerance.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Launch Day Has Arrived! Free Download For a Limited Time!

"Ways of War" is a work that has inspired me to take a closer look at human nature. We all have to deal with certain issues, and we struggle with behaviors that are a result of our environment. Whether we learn our behaviors from childhood or our experiences are learned as adults, we are all products of our environment. 

"Ways of War" in particular touches on the issue of PTSD through early programs that were labeled "mind control” before PTSD became the official term used for those suffering from the trauma relative to psychological abuse. Though some of what I discuss in the book may be extreme from one perspective, there are many people today that experience as much pain due to exposures that we might compare to those of the Cold War Era.

In future novels, I will be addressing or exposing if you will, the trauma of military personnel during the Vietnam War Era. Which will eventually spill into more recent wars and struggles that cause our military and their families so much stress and heartache.

I spent many hours researching the topic of mind control relative to the Cold War Era. What I learned is there are not enough hours in my lifetime to begin to touch on the mess made in the name of scientific advancements. No life is indispensable. No individual is disposable, and it breaks my heart to see the pain, so many people suffered in the name of science and for the sake of government power.

I’m only one person, and the series that I will continue to write on this topic is for entertainment sake. I know that my writing will not change what has happened to the many men (and women) who suffered and continue to suffer the pains of war. I may not be able to change anything that has happened, but I hope I can make a difference, even if it’s small one. I will be donating 10% of all profits from not only “Ways of War” but for each book, in the series to our Veterans and their families. My heart goes out to anyone who has or will struggle with these psychological disorders.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

"Ways of War" Launch Date is fast approaching!

New Release



Ways of War

This book will be hitting book stores in the US on July 15th
I’m excited for people to discover Anna Windsor’s  story.
And for a limited time, you can get the e-book for FREE on Amazon!

  

The paperback is now being released on July 15th




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Excerpt


The day had barely begun, and Grant and his men were boarding the USNS Sultan. The men had orders to stay back in the stern of the ship. They would be three days en route to Pearl Harbor and would do what they could to keep from becoming bored.
Grant stood looking out over the water. It was a warm sunny day for January. The breeze coming off the water blew through his hair, the sun warmed his face, and the sound of the vessel cutting through the waves was somewhat comforting. The sound of the water splashing against the ship hypnotized his mind to recall better times. But thoughts of Vietnam kept invading Grant’s thoughts. Each time he tried to focus on something else, a vision of war would intrude, would tunnel through his memories, causing him to lose himself. He looked around, out at the ocean and the birds as they passed, envying them for their freedom.
Grant’s thoughts were interrupted yet again, this time by a hand on his shoulder. He turned around and smiled. “Hey there, Bill. What’s going on? Are you ready for this tour?”
Bill walked up to the railing and leaned over it, resting his elbows on the rail. “Yeah, sure, a piece of cake. I imagine it’ll be like all the others. Making the rounds, watching, making sure everyone behaves themselves. Kind of monotonous, but it’s better than being in combat, that’s for sure.” Bill turned his glance toward Grant.
Grant agreed, “You got that right. I just hope this mission doesn’t turn into a combat mission.”
“Gee, Grant, you don’t sound too sure we’ll avoid that mess over there. Do you think we will become that involved? I mean, to risk the lives of American men? That wouldn’t make any sense. How could it be justified? I don’t think it has become that personal.”
“Not yet anyway.” Grant looked Bill in the eye. He couldn’t help but think how young he looked. He was young, but what did that matter? He was still good. He was one of the best in his field. He was a communications operator who spoke four different languages. Grant understood that Bill’s assignment to this battalion was for that specific reason. He spoke and understood the Vietnamese language. He had even been there. Though God only knows why.
Bill was happy-go-lucky. He was tall, lanky, and full of energy. Always in good humor, a real morale booster to the guys. He’d be alright. No matter what, Grant knew Bill would make it through whatever hell he was doomed to face.
“Do you think it will happen? I mean, well I suppose, I guess anything is possible. I hope you are wrong though. I’m not looking forward to dealing with that mess.” Bill shook his head in disbelief.
“I wouldn’t worry about it yet. I haven’t heard anything that would indicate we will end up in Vietnam. At this point, we’re just keeping the peace.” Grant straightened up, pushing himself away from the rails with his arms.
“I know you’re right, but now you got me thinking. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”
“Yeah, famous last words, ‘We’ll have to wait and see.’”
The ship’s horn blew to warn its passengers they would be docking soon. Grant looked out at the ocean one more time before heading down to collect his bag. They were in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and would remain in Waikiki for a night of liberty. Liberty, Grant thought. I won’t have liberty until I return home. With that, he headed out.
Grant walked down the gangplank as he looked out over the horizon. In the distance, he could see the Arizona. A group of men sped past him, talking fast, making plans for what they would do for the evening. Grant just smiled, remembering his early years and how exciting it had been to see all these new places. He continued on his way. He walked down to the beach, where he dropped his bag and sat down. He leaned against the bag and put his arms behind his head and thought, I’m going to enjoy the peace and quiet.” His thoughts turned to Anna. He fell asleep on the beach with his thoughts of Anna to keep him company. That’s where he remained until it was time for dinner.
The evening passed quickly. Grant spent part of it in the bar talking to a couple of the captains from the base at Pearl Harbor, but it wasn’t long before the smoke and noise level got to him. He excused himself and left the bar. Grant walked down to the beach again. It seemed like that was the only place he could find peace—not only from the world but himself as well. He walked along the shoreline, the breeze gently caressing his face, blowing through his hair as if to comfort him. The ocean was his only solace—outside of Anna, that is.
After a while, Grant turned and headed back to his quarters for the night. They would be leaving for Okinawa in the morning. His final destination . . . he hoped.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Launch! - Become Part of the Excitement!

"Ways of War" has been a constant work in progress. I have spent many months laboring to bring to my readers a story that will intrigue and entertain. I am excited to tell you the
blood, sweat, and tears have finally paid off! I am ready to present “Ways of War” to the world. If you are interested in historical fiction, and would like to be part of a book launch team, this could be your opportunity to help launch “Ways of War” to the masses.

·         I am looking for avid readers (to read and review)
·         Marketers (to provide marketing advice or expertise)
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If you are interested in working with us, please complete the Launch Team Application form below.                                  

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I look forward to the next leg of my journey, where I hope to make some good connections. I am excited to see where this road leads, and curious to see who I meet along the way.
Thank you for considering the opportunity to be part of my launch team.
Tracy Gregory

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D-Day Tribute


Seventy-three years ago today the U.S. military landed on the beaches of Normandy, France to begin the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. The liberation of Europe from Nazi control was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s rule.
Let’s remember a time when men rallied around an idea that would free all humankind from a tyrant, who intended to eliminate a complete set of people, and terrorize those that stood in his way….

Close your eyes and picture the scene. It is the morning of June 5, 1944 and General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives orders to begin Operation Overlord. This operation would come to be known as the largest amphibious military operation in history. General Eisenhower orders 6000 landing craft, ships and other vessels to transport 176,000 troops to begin its decent on the beaches of Normandy. Throughout the night 822 aircraft along with an additional 13,000 aircraft headed for Normandy where parachutists jumped to their possible deaths. By early morning 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground. The landing was the beginning of what would become one of the most talked about battles in history. By day’s end 155,000 Allied troops would successfully storm the beach, though 2000 lives would be lost at Omaha Beach.

The battle may not have gone as planned the Allies however, by the end of June were able to pose 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy where they began the march across Europe.
This story and many others will be told throughout history. Most will never tire of hearing the tale of good winning over evil. This scene along with countless others will be the light we hold in our hearts. It is the sacrifice of men, young and old who gave their life so others would be free from such tyranny.

The story may be 73 years old but the hope is still strong today. It stands the test of time and serves as a reminder to all that the pursuit of happiness comes at a price. The cost of life and limb is a very high price to pay, yet men will continue to sacrifice their precious lives for the idea and hope that all humanity can live together in peace. So today and every day of my life I salute you. I salute all those that sacrifice their time and their life to keep us safe and deliver a message of peace throughout the world. Today I repeat the words that have been sung throughout the ages, “Let Freedom Ring”.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day - As We Remember

 
Each day is a day of which to be thankful. But as I reflect on this day I am thankful for all those that have given their lives that I may enjoy the freedoms I experience today.

I sit here thinking about the many men and women who, today are far from home protecting an ideal that stands above all. They protect freedom. Not just for us here in the United States, but also for those around the world that desire peace, yet still struggle to experience it.

We live in a country where people sometimes take for granted our freedoms. We think we have a right to, or we are entitled to freedom. Those that think that way are misguided. The freedom we enjoy today comes at great cost of life and limb, of blood and tears. For all those that sacrificed family, time and life, I salute you and thank you for your sacrifice.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Ways of War" Has Taken on a Life of Its Own


I've spent the last two years writing then publishing "Ways of War". It is a process that has involved many sleepless nights and long days at work in anticipation of returning to the storyline that evolved over time. “Ways of War” has taken on a life of its own.

Tonight as I sit back and reflect on this journey I realize that not only have I created something from nothing. Watching it expand and grow has shown me that while I have been on a journey to complete a novel I have also been on a journey that has tested me and made me question myself and my strength. I have learned many things about myself. Some of which surprise me. The biggest surprise is I have completed it. The second is that I have become brave enough to share it. I think the third surprise is one that I find most amusing. I am having fun with it.

“Ways of War” is becoming my compass. The experience is one that I will use to guide me as I continue on this journey. “Ways of War” will soon be available in bookstores all over the country (maybe even the world). As I reflect on this I realize what I’ve accomplished. It is still early in the game, but with the help of friends and family and the many souls on fire that lifts me and encourages me I will continue on my quest. I will complete “Usher of Truth” which should be published on the heels of “Ways of War”. I will then return the pen to page and create “Days of Doom” which I hope will continue to inspire and intrigue.

My final hope with this series is to be able to create a connection. Even though the series is one of intrigue, it is also a series about people, and the struggle to survive during a time of war. This series will show how resilient human nature can be. It will also demonstrate compassion for those who in a way have been forgotten. If I can communicate a message to my readers, it will be one of hope. We must always strive to reach out to one another and be of service to those who could use a helping hand. Remember those that have served before you that you may do justice to them by serving others after they are gone.