Book Report: Susan has about finished her final editing on "Badge and the Cross: The Rookie" and we have to plan out the cover idea. Initial plan is to have my 1981 Dillingham Police patch, my old Dillingham shield and a wooden cross. The Rookie is loosely based on my time with the Dillingham PD, which was my first civilian police department after leaving the military. In fact, I was on my final time of leave when I took my police officer's oath in Dillingham. Somewhere around 90% of the cases I use in the book are my actual cases, but I have of course changed all the character's names. "Stronghold", is the second book in the series and Susan will need to edit it sometime this summer. The third book in the series is complete, entitled "Political Action", but I need to edit it one more time.
Currently I am working on "Arizona Rangers- Geronimo", book 3 in the series and this is my final editing. I am proposing to write 5 or 6 books in the series, depending on whether or not the sales picks up. The story on Geronimo is really interesting, he was a serious desert fighter, who commanded 30-40 warriors and held off 3,000 American soldiers & Ranger, plus over 4,000 Mexican troops. He hated the Mexican Army for joining with the French troops, and it was the French who butchered his wife and children. Woe to any French troops he caught alive. He had a similar dislike for the Americans, mainly because they had been able to get his mentor-Cochise to surrender and took many of the warriors he wanted to live out their lives on a reservation. Cochise, one of the most remembered Apache chiefs, lived out the remainder of his life on a Arizona reservation and when he died he was buried in an unmarked grave so no one could find his remains. But it was Geronimo who allowed an American photographer to take photos of him and his warriors. I really believe this is the best of my Arizona Ranger stories and I hope you'll enjoy it.
Life continues to move along here. James and Becca sent us some photos of their trip to Disneyland. Great shots of the kids. Reminded me of all the trips I've taken to Disneyland. Even my high school grad night celebration was held there. Each night for a week, 80 high schools were invited there from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., only adults were the workers and security staff. I went there with my fiance and we danced to the music of Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. A really cool night and everyone slept on the bus for the ride home. Last time I went there, Mona and I went on the new Space Mountain ride. Sort of reminded me of the old "Mouse Trap" roller coaster ride, but in the dark. You had to stand in line for hours.
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That's about it for now. Last week it felt like an early spring and then it got cold again. I was told that in Valdez, this is where Patrick-Canaan's husband, is working, the temp dropped to 30 below zero. He works mostly outside, so hold him in your prayers. Easy to get hurt when it's so cold. My coldest was in 1979, when the temp was minus 81 and that lasted for a week. Odd how the Fairbanks region used to see such cold weather and now its been warming up over the years.
Oh, Mt Redoubt is still smoking. We headed over there to Soldotna and I noticed the smoke and talked with a couple locals over there who have been watching it. It is still listed among the top 5 volcanoes active in the Ring of Fire. And, we are still having minor quakes in the 1 to 5 range. I always know when one has hit during the night because it either wakes me up or the smaller ones knock some of my cop toys off the shelves.
Time to go wake my wife up, I don't need her getting too much beauty sleep. Might have to chase off the men-folk with my shotgun if she gets more beautiful. I sure do love that woman.
Enjoy the winter, GOD Bless, BILL