Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gun owners rejoice--it's here!

Heh heh. Please forgive the self-effusiveness, but I just got word that Above Reproach is now live and available for sale and download on Amazon.com.

I'd teased it a bit a few weeks ago, calling it the "novel for gun-owners written by a gun-owner."

In doing so, I got some interesting feedback, all of it positive but one remark in particular stuck out. My apologies for not remembering exactly who said it, so I'll paraphrase.

"It's not just a gun-owner, but a GUN-LOVER. . ."

So true.

I love guns and the gun world. Yes, we have a very tiny minority of assholes in our midst, but they are just that--a tiny minority.

On the side of this blog, I have linked to A Girl And Her Gun one of THE most succinct self-expressions about what it means to become a gun-owner and join this non-exclusive group of now just over 100,000,000 Americans, and who knows how many more life-loving, freedom-seeking individuals in other nations like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Central and South America, Europe and elsewhere.

Gun-owners. We are a special breed. We are of all colors, races, religious creeds, economic backgrounds. . . we're white collar and blue collar and sometimes no collar at all. We are a rare group that strives to be inclusive rather than exclusive. We WANT more people to legally own guns and join our inclusive group because we stand for a lot of things like individualism, independence, freedom, patriotism and self-sufficiency.

Unlike so many other groups, if someone doesn't like firearms, we're okay with that too--just as long as you don't try to take ours away from us. I have nothing against vegans. . . right up until they tell me what I should be eating. Then they have a fight on their hands.

That is a challenge we face daily here in America, but thank God we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our friends in other countries are not nearly as fortunate.

In the forward remarks of the book, I salute my "many friends" from these countries and hope that the words and scenarios in the pages therein give you inspiration and reason to continue fighting for your RIGHT to self-defense and self-determination.

A lot of things went into Above Reproach and its writing, but above all, a lot of love of country, of my fellow citizens and for the freedoms we have directed the course of the book. And at the base of all of that, is the Second Amendment which protects and gives strength and teeth to the other amendments.

Many other fine writers have acknowledged gun-owners, but I've only seen a handful of other writers who openly embraced the Second Amendment and the armed citizen as he and she is embraced in Above Reproach. Matthew Bracken does it in his books, William W. Johnstone did it in his, especially the Ashes series and a few one-offs.

What I attempted to do in Above Reproach was to present everyday Americans--people just like you and me--who unwillingly found themselves in a situation in which the police could not help them. It was either take your own defense into your own hands, or suffer the horrible and all likelihood fatal consequences. The scenarios are all too real and all too easy to happen, and without armed citizens, all too likely to succeed.

Between the advance copies sent out (and my thanks to Old NFO for graciously volunteering to be an advance reader--his feedback was invaluable and much of it incorporated into the first round of revisions), proof copies and discussions on a handful of gun-related discussion forums, word is beginning to get out. I've been approached with several radio interview requests, a couple of mid-sized newspaper interview requests and more opportunities. Some gun stores are requesting posters of the cover, and I've received over a hundred requests for signed 5x7s of the cover.

And this is all before the book was even available for purchase and download! To say I'm both humbled and overwhelmed would be a Texas-sized understatment, if such an oxymoron is even possible. But this is simply another indication of how tight the gun-owner community is. We take care of our own--as A Girl And Her Gun point out in her post--and we take care of those who take care of us and who do not demean us.

We're finishing up the cover and copy for the print edition and it should be available by mid-May. By that time, Above Reproach will be available at the iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony e-Reader, Baker & Taylor, Kobo, Copia and a host of other retailers and e-tailers.

The second novel is in progress, entitled Altar of the False Gods and in which the Second Amendment plays the role of protector against Big Business and Big Government and Wall Street as small and independent businesses develop a strategy and tactics to not only ensure their survival, but to continue growing and profiting by taking market share away from the heretofore untouchable colossal giants of business.

To all who have helped, all who have read and all who have supported me on this journey, you have my unending gratitude. The title of my blog is "An Ordinary American," and is epitomizes what we can do, as ordinary Americans, in this great nation by banding and standing together and being the best we can be.

Thank you.

9 comments:

North said...

Sweetie (AGirl) is a helluva person.

She completely nailed things with her statement. Her "These are my people" brought her to us and us to her.

She is my person. :-) I'm tickled to be friends.

North said...

I'll nab Above Reproach when it is Nookable.

Old NFO said...

Thanks AOA, but YOU did the work... And go buy it and read it! Very well done, plausible, and the guns ARE right... I'm even going to buy my own copy :-)

Michaelene said...

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, leeches, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, and meatheads, hippy dirt bags , voice’s of treason, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.--Since you hate guns and we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.
You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.
We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, protests, druggies and illegal aliens.
We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.
We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood
You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
You can have the peaceniks and war protesters, occupiers,l etter writers, boy-cotters,etc. And when our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness, Jane Fonda,Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Streisand, Bill Maher, Michael Moore,
Sean Penn, and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and over-sized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
You can give everyone healthcare, Obamacare and all the taxing that goes with it if you can find any practicing doctors.
We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."
I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".
We'll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete.
Thank you and Good-bye.

agirlandhergun said...

Well, golly geez, you and North blind sided me...you already know how I feel about you!

Great post!

Congrats and I can wait to read it!

kymber said...

here, here. Canadian gun owners here who are looking forward to getting a copy of your book! congratulations!

Tango Juliet said...

Cool!! Congratulations!

EzzZee said...

My god you are stupid, sadly uninformed and quite the hater/racist. You are a Fox/Rush parrot.

Nugent is a moron who publicly crapped his pants to get out of the draft. Is that what you call a patriot? Really?

Despite the GOP's attempts to suppress the vote in the 2012 election by requiring ID, Obama will win big. Funny how the loony wingnuts always throws the founding fathers in our faces when it serves them but when it comes to protecting the right to vote-one of their biggest causes-they throw them under the bus.

An Ordinary American said...

EzzZee--

I wasted a few moments looking at your blog. Your ignorance is astounding, but not surprising. After all, you admit to having proudly voted for the Kenyan socialist in 2008 and plan on proudly voting for him again.

Also, news flash: You call Poland a "communist country." Er, you might want to actually check your facts on that one.

But the biggest laugh is in one of your almost illiterate posts where you rant against socialism and social medicine--but then proudly proclaim you are a fervent Obama supporter.

Again, your ignorance is simply astounding.

But I find it funny that you rabidly support a man who rams a law through requiring every American to prove that they're insured. . . but sics his racist AG on those states who wish that every voter simply provide ID to prove that they are who they are before casting their vote for men and women that can/will change the course of this nation.

It's an open admission to the fact that the only way the liberal moonbats figure they can win elections is by voter fraud.

As far as Nugent goes. . . a good many of us here are veterans. What is your military status and what have YOU done for our veterans lately?

--AOA