The Case of the Killer Leaf

As many of you know, I’m pretty fearless. Unless it’s a spider or a wasp. I have no explanation for the fear of spiders, other than having been chased by psychotic black widow after Katrina. Wasps, bees, any flying thing with stingers, I’m allergic to. I tend to avoid them. Usually, a “leave me along” suffices for them to fly away.

Today, while out taking my daily walk to the road and back–don’t laugh, I live in the country and it’s a decent walk–I heard the proverbial buzz of a flying creature. I told it to leave. Several times. Then, suddenly, something hit my head. It was at that moment that I became quite adept at walking on air. More like bucking and twisting like a bronco while yelling, “Get out, get out!” Somehow, I managed to do a record breaking dash back toward the house, when, at the door’s window, I noticed the overly large offender sticking out of my hair. Turned out, all that exercise and martial arts was brought on by a colorful Fall leaf.

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Fall into Reading with Shanon Grey

I am blessed to be able to enjoy two careers. By day, I work for an amazing enterprise that has put its money and its talent out there to help others during this difficult time. When I leave work, I transform into Shanon Grey, author, where I build a world filled with suspense, relationships, and the evolved capabilities of mankind.

This has been a very tough time for everyone. What better way to escape than to read. Join me in a world where science and magic merge. Available in digital or print! Take your pick for a Fall escape! Stay safe and stay well!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Shanon-Grey/e/B004Z9TS7I?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1599331210&sr=8-1

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Shanon+Grey

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Shanon+Grey?_requestid=1195237

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Shanon Grey Talks Hobbies at Reader Entertainment Magazine

First, let me congratulate Loretta Wheeler for winning a signed copy of Currents of Destiny in the drawing at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! That was such fun!

Today, I am being spotlighted at Reader Entertainment Magazine, talking about my hobby. I know you are wondering, “When does she have time for a hobby?” Between working full time and writing full time, there isn’t much time left. Well, in my world, a hobby isn’t just to fill “leisure” time. It’s a passion. And, I have many. This particular one is to create “FairyScapes.”

Why don’t you drop by and enjoy! https://www.readersentertainment.com/blog/2020/authors-and-their-hobbies-shanon-grey/

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Shanon Grey is Over at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s Today

Dropping in quickly to let you know my alter ego — Shanon Grey — is over at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s today with an excerpt of Currents of Destiny, a quick and easy recipe for Banana, Coconut, Pecan Loaf, and a drawing for a signed copy of Currents of Destiny. Drop by and say hi!

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with CURRENTS OF DESTINY, #Contemporary #Romantic #Suspense by Shanon Grey

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As dreams go ~

He sat in the grass as I stepped around the house, rose, and followed me to the front door. About the size of a large cat, he had a longish neck and a brontosaurus type head. His round eyes were amber and his skin was a mottled burnt orange. He seemed to want to stay close to me and chortled, wanting to be petted. I opened the door and he followed me inside, happily hopping up onto the arm of my recliner. His skin had a soft kid-like leather feel to it with what appeared to be elongated side slits/folds that I assumed would later become wings. When I woke, he was leaning against me as I browsed Facebook, licking ice cream off my finger with a raspy tongue.

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Doctor in the Bowels of Hell

Most of you don’t know that I spend my days working in the corporate world. I don’t normally mix the two. But, these are unusual times, and I wanted to share part of my day with you.

Our CEO holds a virtual meeting every day to give us an update. They are always interesting. I’ve learned more about my company than I ever knew. I am prouder to work there than any place I’ve ever worked before. This crisis has brought out the very best in people and we have had to pleasure to listen to many. I often find myself leaving the meeting wiping tears. This morning was no exception.

Today, we were introduced to a doctor who, having been away from practice for years and working in a prestigious position in our enterprise, heeded a call for doctors to come help in the worst of the worst—New York City. Upon hearing the request, he talked to his wife, who is also in medicine. His concern wasn’t the virus, but the fact that his skills might be rusty. She talked about going as well, but they decided someone needed to stay home to handle “things” in case he succumbed to the virus.

With our company helping to expedite the nitty gritty—things like credentials, licenses, insurance (it had been 10 years since he’d practiced)—he headed to New York, where he was assigned to Bellevue. For those of you that don’t know, Bellevue is one of our country’s oldest public hospitals, and was inundated with covid-19 patients when the virus hit New York City. In other words, he was thrust into the bowels of hell. But he took it on, saying returning to practice was kind of like riding a bike, quickly adjusting. Plus, with everything happening so fast, he didn’t have time to worry about his own insecurity. In everything he said, he gave most of the credit to his team. They work together. They are one.

For the patients who are in crisis mode in the ICU, the volume of which is incomprehensible, it takes a variety of specialists to care for one patient. Intubation is far more than sticking a tube down one’s trachea. Besides the pulmonologist, anesthesiologists, possibly surgeons, nephrologists, cardiologists, and even dentists may be needed. Covid-19 proved difficult. Kidneys and other organs began to fail. Clotting  quickly occurred. They found that turning  patients on their stomachs, known as proning, could help. With a patient intubated, it takes an entire team to do this, all the while keeping the patient alive. Now, picture an ICU overrun with possibly 120 patients, all in distress, filling a straight 12 hours of your day.

Once they have done their twelve hours in these plastic draped halls, surrounded by the constant sound of hissing ventilators, they have to clean themselves and their gear and head to self-contained, quarantined accommodations where their only contact with their families and the outside world is on a flat screen. Mostly, they eat and drop into bed, needing as much rest as possible before stepping back onto the front lines once more. Even when his “tour” is over, he won’t be able to just go home. He will be in quarantine for however long it takes to ensure he doesn’t expose others to the insidious disease attacking our country. As I watched him talk, I noticed the dark shadows under his eyes and the creases on his face from the goggles he had pushed up on the head covering. His mask hung around his neck but its marks still reddened his skin. His emphasis was on all of us protecting ourselves and our loved ones so we don’t find ourselves in need of his care.

He did say one of the things that means the most to them, besides having each other to bolster one another as they trudge through these trenches, is hearing from people. So please, if you know someone who is on the front line or someone who is the family or friends of someone on the front lines, let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing. Send a card. Write a note. Send a text, an email. Whatever means you can, let them know you are thinking of them. They are, after all, the only thing that stands between life and death for so many.

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Reduced Prices on All Books on Amazon

20200419_rosebkmrkblkresize5We have so much going on right now, I decided the least I could do was adjust my book prices. All of my books on digital are now $2.99. The print prices vary because of fees, printing costs, etc. They are all set, except for Meadow’s Keep, which, hopefully, will be reduced by the end of the week. If you haven’t had the chance, I invite you to enjoy the stories about Ruthorford and her “special” descendants–The Shoppe of Spells, Meadow’s Keep, and Twisted Fate. Oh, I can’t leave out Pennyroyal Christmas, another Ruthorford suspense. My other two are suspense–Glynda’s Dare and Currents of Destiny, my newest release. It’s true that authors put a little bit of themselves into their work. I have been quizzed by my readers to reveal what they are. My reply, “It’s your job to figure it out.” If you do, I won’t lie. Have fun.
Here is a link to my Amazon page and the books. Fun reading!
https://amzn.to/35dzs5H

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Kanaloa, the Octopus God

Toward the end of summer, the owner of the Surf and Turf gathered the children of the beach, many with no place to go, and held a cookout around a large bonfire to ensure they had one great experience for the summer. He ended the event by sharing the story of Kanaloa with them, his subtle way of warning them of the dangers of the ocean. For some, it worked. For others, not so much.

Kanaloa

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Inside the Currents of Destiny

3D CoD Cover for transRecently, I published Currents of Destiny, a story created from a time in my life long ago, in a place that I love, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Though the story is fiction, many memories were brought to the forefront as I wrote it. A dear friend, Nanci Campbell Tatem, was very excited about me doing this story and encouraged me along the way. Sadly, near the end, she found out she had cancer and passed away before it went to press. Also, right as it went to publication, the novel corona virus’ spread took off. We are still in the middle of this horrific pandemic and I pray each day that it can be conquered. I know everyone, everywhere, is fighting to stay safe, while researchers are trying fervently to find a cure and a vaccine.

Although I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, my family had not been there for years. My arrival back in the area came by virtue of the kindness of my aunt, who took me in when no one else would have me. A wayward, bitter teen, I was befriended by a rather diverse bunch of people, all different and not singularly in alignment with one another. They managed, in their diversity, to offer a bedraggled girl friendship, family, and community. It is to their credit that I was able to create many of the characters in Currents of Destiny. I will leave it to your imagination to determine which ones.

Currents of Destiny is available in both print and digital: Amazon – COD-padtranshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0863T17Q1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

As we go forward, please stay safe, stay away from others, and wash your hands. Pray for an end to this scourge and for the safety for all those incredible people on the front lines.

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International Women’s Day 2020

20200308_133753aI have been around long enough to see the world transition to and from and back again with regard to freedom and equality for women. The pendulum always seems to be swinging. In the US, lately, it seems to be swinging in circles. Women are hitting new heights in achievements, yet laws are being considered that would restrict them from making the most important decisions about their own health.

I am fortunate in that I have been granted many more opportunities than a lot of women and live in a household that fully supports me in all of my endeavors. That has not always been the case. I have lost jobs to men, I have been assaulted, I have been condemned because of my intellect, my beliefs, and my “audacity” to interlope into a world I didn’t “belong”. And today, I am glad to say, I hold a position of respect in a field still dominated mostly by men.

So, thinking back, I want to express my gratitude to several people who helped this happen, probably not knowing at the time that they were doing so. The first couple are actually men. Taking a chance, a professor of neurophysiology at a medical school, offered me a research assistantship, bucking some pretty significant standards at the time. He taught me how to hard-wire equipment, collect and analyze data using computers (very primitive at the time), and edit scientific articles. Because of him and what he taught me, I garnered a research assistantship at the university, where I furthered my capabilities, using, heaven help us, a DEC PDP-10. I also gained a reputation as a pretty good ghost writer (which, by the way, paid a whole lot better than the assistantship), writing and editing articles for publication in highly respected journals. (I actually got my name attached to one of them.)

Because of this, and my early forays into computers and programming (remember Fortran, Cobol, RPG, and APL) I was offered a position with a contractor as an Executive Assistant to one of the Vice Presidents, a woman. As those of you in the IT industry may realize, SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) sometimes have communication skills limited to technology. It was during a conference with a potential, and much needed, customer that I saw a disconnect. They took a risk and let me step up, explaining what we were offering in terms the customer could understand and appreciate. We got the contract and my career was born.

I have spent many years availing my expertise to highly technical fields, expanding communications across enterprises. I have also raised a family and published five novels (soon to be six).

I am blessed to have been encouraged and promoted by valiant men and women who were more interested in progress than “norms”. It is to those men and women that I pay tribute–and to the  women determined to step forward and offer their capabilities to the world. May every day be International Women’s Day!

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