Bulwark Anthology: Review

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I realize I haven’t done a book review for a while but thought I would on these 2 books. They are the 1st 2 books in the Bulwark Anthology. There is a total of 9 books in this anthology. I was fortunate enough to win a contest and the prize was the first 2 signed books in the Bulwark Anthology by Award Winning Author Brit Lunden. I will be reviewing each book separately. 

What is a Bulwark? A Bulwark is: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

The first book is called Bulwark. First of all, I normally don’t read books like this but judge each book by their cover and blurb and also don’t stereotype a book right away just because I haven’t liked other other author’s books like this.

How I Rate Books

1-2 stars = To much vulgar language and that includes the F Word. To Erotic and Graphic.

3 stars = OK plot with not as much vulgar language or doesn’t use the F word as much.

4 stars = Plot is better and author doesn’t use graphic sex, F Word (maybe once) and sometimes talks about sex.

5 or more stars = No vulgar language, no use of the F word, no graphic sex, Plot is very interesting, Has twists and turns, Book is a page turner and I don’t want to put the book down.

**Please note** If a book that would normally be 4 stars  can become 5 stars if the book is interesting enough.

So what rating did I give the books Bulwark and the Knowing? Well to be honest, I rated the books from the time I read the blurb and saw the cover. You see both books started out at about an 3 1/2 stars. Then I started reading the book and I quickly up the rating to 4 1/2 stars. Once both books were read and judged on their own merit I ended up giving both of these books 5 stars.

So what is my recommendation?  Let me put it to you this way, If you have preteens or younger, I suggest you read this book yourself and judge for yourself if it’s appropriate for your kids and grandkids. I want you to make the choice.

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Animal Bites

WELCOME

Hello and Welcome Everyone. Today I would like talk about a pet subject we don’t often talk about. Don’t know what I’m talking about. The subject I’m talking about is Animal Bites. 

WHY I’M WRITING THIS ARTICLE

Why am I writing this article? Well… I’m writing this article so others know what to do and what not to do. I hope you can learn from these experiences. Whether it’s a Dog, Cat, Snake, Guinea Pig or some other animal you really need to be careful. One thing you need to do is be alert of your surroundings, your neighbor’s pets actions and your pet’s actions. 

What do I mean? Well let me tell you my experience then I will tell you about my friend’s experiences. First my experience. 

MY EXPERIENCE

2 or 3 years ago in the Spring/Summer I had decided to go for a short walk because the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day. That gorgeous day turned into a bad day for me, 2 of of my neighbors and 5 cats.  Let me start from the beginning. As I said previously it was a gorgeous day. I had just started out on a short walk. To say the least, I didn’t get far. 2 sidewalk squares if I was lucky. Now when I go for a walk I always look around. I try to be alert of what’s around me. Now my one neighbor had at least one big dog. It looked liked a Black Lab. I had seen it before many times. I wasn’t even close to that house so I really didn’t worry. I was looking around when I saw 2 dogs going after my neighbor. I’m thankful someone was with him or he would’ve been on the ground. Once I saw both dogs out of the corner of my eye, they were up in front of me in no time. When the dog that I thought was a Pit-Bull Mix started going after me and trying to bite then eventually did bite me, I screamed bloody murder. How loud is that? Well both my parents were inside the house and I screamed so loud they heard me. When Dad came out and saw what was going on, he came and rescued me then once he was back up on the Front Porch he took a thick piece of wood to keep the dogs away from him. Please understand, he didn’t hit these dogs with the thick piece of wood. However, we eventually found out from my neighbor two doors down that he got bit on the ankle by the one dog. I think it was a Pit-Bull mix. Anyhow his one kid rescued him. How? I’m not exactly sure. I do know his wife took a picture of the injured ankle. 

I do know called the dog person. That was useless. So Dad Called the Police. That was useless too. The policeman we got was in “vacation mode”. He was getting ready to go on vacation. Of Course he didn’t get back to us. The woman he did get to talk to well she refused to tell him what to do. Which was probably good.

This happened on Labor Day or there about on Labor Day. Do you know what’s it like to see your Dad go outside to meet everyone and tell them they have to stay on the Front Porch or stay inside. My niece and her boyfriend at the time had enough respect to stay for awhile but not as long they would’ve. They left early.

What Happened

We tried to do something but got told since we had no pictures they could do nothing. Did they come for the dogs? OH they came. In fact, the policeman that came had the nerve to get the dogs in the back of the police car then turn around and tell us the dogs weren’t mean with him. Well of course not if you have treats. I wonder what would’ve happened if he didn’t have those treats. Later on we found out the person’s name(which I will not name) and that she was a veteran. She worked 3 jobs. One of those jobs was at a bar. Sadly, we also found out these dogs killed 5 cats.(4 kittens and mamma cat). Then we found out a few weeks later that these dogs got out again and almost killed a dog. The dog was severely injured.

What Have We Learned?

1.) Don’t make eye contact(peripheral or otherwise).

2.) You must take pictures of bite on you or have your doctor or nurse take the pictures.

3.) If you or your neighbors have kids to do something you must have proof(also in pictures).

4.) Police and dog person are more interested in cases that involve minors rather than adults.(At least that was the case with me).

5.) We found out to rescue someone you can use a gun(not recommended and always use as last resort).

 

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ADOPT ME PLEASE

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Hi everyone, my name is Scrappy Doo and I’m a Maine Coon Mix. I’m also a Male and Medium Size. I need a furrever hope and would really, really, like it if you could adopt me. I’m in a No-Kill shelter but want to find a furrever real soon PLEASE HELP ME. !!  To find out more about adopting Scrappy Doo you can do so by going to SCRAPPY DOO  .

I am trying to help get SCRAPPY DOO adopted. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN. 

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My Book Update

As most of you know, I tried to write a poem for a friend but the poem never developed in fact, I ended up writing my first book which was very unexpected and surprising. If you didn’t get a chance to read my post or maybe want to just to refresh your memory you can do so by going to MY ACCIDENTAL WRITING PROJECT. I do hope you click this link.

I have made a lot of progress since I last posted about my writing project. The last time I reported I was at 26,350 words. However as of 3-15-2019, I am now at  51,420 words. I haven’t decided yet but there may be a book two or I may put that book in with this book and they’ll be together. But if I do that, that will be one thick book. If I ever decide on a Book 2, I think it will be called The Royal Sentence. I’m really excited that I’ve gotten this far. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll see my published. That would be a dream come true.

I’m already living part of my dream. For those of you who have big dreams or even small dreams, keep dreaming and working your way toward them. You never know when they’ll come true. 

NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

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Notification Technical Problems

I am very frustrated right now. I just tried to reply to your comments and your blogs but for some reason WordPress is having technical difficulties. Gravatar is not even up and over at the Forum they tell you not to make anymore threads on this problem. So I ask all of you for your patience since it will probably be a while to I answer you. Please accept my apologies for this inconvenience. It’s not my fault it is WordPress’s. I will be posting this post on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). Thanks Again for your patience.

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PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE

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WELCOME

HELLO AND WELCOME TO WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) AND CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. Glad you are here and reading.

WHY WE ARE HERE

We are here because of the 9TH ANNUAL PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE. Why look back on the previous year(2018)? I think that if we do that we can not only usher 2018 out properly but look on what good we accomplished for the animals. I ask you to join us for the PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE. To learn more you can go to GO PET FRIENDLY . The PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE goes through January 20-26. If you would like to read, compare or both my post for the PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE can be found by clicking HERE. Do check last year’s post out. Now onto answer some questions so you can learn a little bit about me and my blogs but first a BRIEF LOOK BACK ON 2018.

LOOKING BACK ON 2018

As I look back on the year 2018, I find that like any blogger I had ups and downs on my blogs. I was on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE more than WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) since I had some personal issues I had to take care but hope to be on it more in 2019. Now let’s get to those questions.

QUESTIONS FOR THE PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE

1.) For those who may be visiting your blog for the first time, how long have you been blogging and what’s your main topic? I have been blogging for 2 years with WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)(January 2017) and almost 2 years for CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE(April 2017). My main topic is Animals but I also like to talk about Country Living, Family, Poetry and so much more.

2.) What was your proudest blogging moment of 2018? Reaching my 2 year blogiversary on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)(January 2017 – 2019) and my 2nd year blogiversary on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S SITE(APRIL 2017 – 2019). OK, it runs into 2019 but not very much.

3.) What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2018, how did/will you tackle it? My biggest blogging challenge was dealing with some personal issues and I didn’t blog as much. However, I tried to post at least once a week on at least one of my blogs.

4.) Which of your 2018 blog posts was your favorite and why? I had trouble picking which posts were my favorite so I just chose one. As it happens it comes from CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. The post is called Friendly Fill – Ins. The link is FRIENDLY FILL – INS . Why? It’s fun and I got good results. specifically, I got 21 comments and 14 likes.

5.) Which of your 2018 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well? Since I took my favorite post from my other site I took the post from my other site. One of my posts that did so well was DAISY MAE’S CAT QUOTES. Why did it do so well? I think it’s because my readers like animals and cats and could relate to the quotes when they read them.

6.) Did you implemented a new series, feature, or practice on your blog in 2018 that you’re enjoying? YES. I do more blog hop posts which are fun, I go to blogs that have blog parties or meet & greets,  I’m checking and double checking All comments and I enabled comment moderation on WordPress.

7.) As the social media landscape changes, how are you promoting your blog posts and connecting with new readers? I’m currently on Google+ and LinkedIn. I’m. I also have all the WordPress sharing buttons so Others and myself can share. I’m attending more blog hops which gets me in touch with other readers. I also try to attend blog parties too.

8.) Looking forward to 2019, if you accomplish only one thing through your blog, what do you hope it is? Learning how to code. I tried in 2017 and 2018 with no luck.

9.) What steps are you planning to take to ensure you reach your goal? Keep Trying.

10.) Now it’s your turn! How can we help? Is there an area where you could use some advice,or an aspect of your blog you’d like input on? Coding, How to get guest authors to write posts after they accepted(not the ones who accepted but then contacted you with a reason they couldn’t do it). All SEO.

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