A Thought for Every Word

ConvergenceBookReviews has given A Bell For Andy 4 out of 5 stars!  Please check out the review here: ConvergenceBookReviews

Thank you Curtis! I’m glad you liked it!!

Scale of Importance

People place importance on issues, ideas and objects in varying degrees.  The fact that the new car has power windows may be more important to someone living in a major metropolitan area with it’s noise and smog levels, whereas someone living in a rural area may not need the quickness of a powered window.  The importance of the luxury of the power is subjective to the need of the power.  The same principle applies to rules and laws.

Anyone can place the importance of following a rule somewhere within the boundaries of their own need for that rule. Feeling remorse associated with the breaking of the rule is dependent on what is influenced by the act itself.

What then is the importance of following the rules?

Rules—for one reason or another—we often choose to follow when the consequence of not following the rule is something we are not prepared to face.  You don’t place your hand on the stove top burner if it is hot. Why? Because you know that breaking that rule will cause you pain and suffering.  Rules are there to protect you from the momentary lapses of common sense.

A four-way stop sign allows for the flow of traffic to be regulated so that no two vehicles will occupy the same space at the same time. If there is no one else at the four-way stop and you cruise through the intersection is it really such a big deal? You could argue that the law wasn’t even broken because no one was there to be affected by the governing law. But what if your action affected someone else and you were not even aware that there was that possibility?

I wondered this very question while sitting in the alternate juror spot during a short, but emotionally draining trial.  The evidence presented to the jurors passed through the gauze-like filaments of the conscious mind to come to rest in the subconscious areas of the mind that often seek release in dreams.  As an alternate juror, I wasn’t given the opportunity to express my opinion or thoughts on the evidence presented or the potential outcome of the possible verdict. I had to take my thoughts home with me.  The dreams that came were vivid and brutal.  For days after the trial, I awoke with the same thought: What could have been done to change the circumstances of the incident that led to the trial.  What law was broken, what rule was not followed.

Following the law, though seemingly trivial when it appears that no one other than yourself will be affected, is the most important thing you can do as a member of the human community.  If the law calls for you to be continually vigilant and observant, ever aware of your surroundings, then that is the law.  Even if the law at any given time only extends to just one person, it is in place to protect everyone.  Each life is worth that little inconvenience of having to follow the law. If that law means coming to a full stop at a stop sign even when no one else is around, someone somewhere is grateful and thankful that particular law exists.  No act is inconsequential when you remember that you are a part of a community of like human beings.  Cause and effect ripple out among the community and no one is immune to the negligence of others. How long do you think it takes for the dreams to lessen and the visions to dissipate?

What then is the importance of following the rules?  No matter how small or great the amount of importance you place in following a rule or law, it is the consequence of not following that rule or law that will affect the rest of the community one way or another and put you in full view of the judgement of your peers.

 

Check out my interview with FRANCIS XAVIER at Examiner.com where we chat about my new book A Bell For Andy.  Here’s the link to the interview: http://www.examiner.com/article/writer-gl-roberts-discusses-her-new-book-a-bell-for-andy

And check out Xavier’s other articles and interviews at http://www.examiner.com/fringe-artists-in-los-angeles/francis-xavier.

Thanks Xavier!!  And thank you to all my blog followers.  Without YOU I’m not possible. :)

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abfa4 4 STARS!

The Novel Approach Reviews gave 4 stars to A Bell For Andy.  Thank you Rena!

Here’s a snippet from the review:

TWO MEN SHARE A HISTORY, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IN GL ROBERTS’ “A BELL FOR ANDY”

Review: I’m an absolute sucker for reincarnation stories. It’s the idea of a second chance (third, fourth, or fifth, even?), of righting what was wrong once upon a time, of redemption, closure, etc., that gets me every time…

A Bell for Andy is all about being given another chance (a third one in this case) at correcting a past tragedy, but it comes with a wrinkle. Each man involved returns in a new life with the same personality and behavior, and with this being a love triangle, the odd man out always turns around and screws things up for everyone, forcing the process to repeat in future lifetimes until everyone gets it right. In this case, it’s Brian whose past life memories are the most important; he needs to not only remember all the events that’d led to their dilemma in their current lifetime, but also be the catalyst in finally putting things to right and allow everyone involved some closure. Motivations behind the past tragedy figure largely, and that not only involves Andy, Brian, and Mark, but also peripheral characters such as the gypsy woman who played a key role that got the ball rolling…

…The mystery is also not as straightforward as it seems at first, which is gratifying on several levels. When I thought I’d figured things out about midway through, the grand reveal proved me otherwise and kept the predictability of the tragedy at a minimum. No, it’s not a hundred percent unpredictable, but it at least veers off far more familiar paths.

Read the full review here at: The Novel Approach Reviews.

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Thank you again Rena, for the great review!

abfa4 4 STARS!

The Novel Approach Reviews gave 4 stars to A Bell For Andy.  Thank you Rena!

Here’s a snippet from the review:

TWO MEN SHARE A HISTORY, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, IN GL ROBERTS’ “A BELL FOR ANDY”

Review: I’m an absolute sucker for reincarnation stories. It’s the idea of a second chance (third, fourth, or fifth, even?), of righting what was wrong once upon a time, of redemption, closure, etc., that gets me every time…

A Bell for Andy is all about being given another chance (a third one in this case) at correcting a past tragedy, but it comes with a wrinkle. Each man involved returns in a new life with the same personality and behavior, and with this being a love triangle, the odd man out always turns around and screws things up for everyone, forcing the process to repeat in future lifetimes until everyone gets it right. In this case, it’s Brian whose past life memories are the most important; he needs to not only remember all the events that’d led to their dilemma in their current lifetime, but also be the catalyst in finally putting things to right and allow everyone involved some closure. Motivations behind the past tragedy figure largely, and that not only involves Andy, Brian, and Mark, but also peripheral characters such as the gypsy woman who played a key role that got the ball rolling…

…The mystery is also not as straightforward as it seems at first, which is gratifying on several levels. When I thought I’d figured things out about midway through, the grand reveal proved me otherwise and kept the predictability of the tragedy at a minimum. No, it’s not a hundred percent unpredictable, but it at least veers off far more familiar paths.

Read the full review here at: The Novel Approach Reviews.

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Thank you again Rena, for the great review!

abfa4 4 Stars! Joyfully Jay reviews A Bell for Andy

Brian and Andy became instant friends the moment they met in 1950s Boston. They attended the same Catholic school, shared a passionate interest in Ireland, and even shared a hospital room when they both had Scarlet Fever. They grew up having the same intense dreams that took place in a time they had not lived or studied about, involving people they had never met. Their need to be near each other was something they could not explain…
read more here:
JoyfullyJay.com

 

Coming July 24, 2014 from Seventh Window Publications

abfa4  Brian Gallagher and Andy McGrath grew up in the south end of Boston in the 1950s. They went to the same catholic school, had the same interest in Ireland, had both been hospitalized for Scarlet Fever–they even shared a room–and grew up having the same dreams that took place during a time they did not live and involved people they did not know.

Some of us are meant to relive history…

One night during a party, Brian and Andy share a kiss that changes their lives and their friendship forever.

to remember a past that is not our own…

It isn’t until high school that Brian realizes that he loves Andy, but his love isn’t returned in kind and the two boys go their separate ways… but the dreams continue.

discover a curse that rules our lives…

When Brian learns that Andy is in the hospital after being hit by a car, his life becomes torn apart. For the only way to save Andy is to discover the truth behind their shared dreams and uncover a history he’s not sure is real.

and will be relived again if it’s not broken.

For Brian and Andy share a secret that spans time and have a connection that runs deeper than friendship.

A Bell for Andy Available this July 24 at Seventh Window Publications

Post Mortem

If it no longer beats, it is useless.
If it is useless, throw it out,
Can’t be missed if it no longer beats.
Won’t be noticed among all the clutter.

If it no longer beats, it is useless.
Useless things are discarded,
Out of sight, gone, and forgotten.
So many broken and empty shells.

If it no longer beats, it is useless.
To remove it you could use a spoon,
A pry bar, an icepick, a velvet glove.
Or words like razors that slice.

If it no longer beats, it is useless.
Can’t be reused or recycled,
Recharged, reclaimed, or rekindled.
And no one cares if it died.

The pops and the bangs began at twilight
M80’s boom in the distance.
Burgers and chips and pink lemonade
and sparklers light up little faces.

Do they remember the words so penned
that to this day we hold close to our hearts?
The sweet sight of cloth, red white and blue
standing tall above the battered ramparts.

When freedom was not for granted taken
but dearly held close to the breast.
Those who fought then determined and brave
gave us the nation we know as the best.

So raise a toast to this good country
where the oppressed have oft longed to be
And remember the reason we celebrate
the birth of the land of the free.

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light-and-shadow4.25 out of 5 stars for Light and Shadow!  Linked here is a nice review from Feliz over at Reviews by JesseWave.  The story of Cody, Nick and Ray continues to be a recommended read!

An excerpt from the review by Guest Reviewer Feliz:

…well-written story of endings and new beginnings.

First of all, this is a quiet book. Architect Cody comes to a small town in Oregon to renovate an old lighthouse. He meets and gets to know artist Nick, who is here on vacation with his partner Ray. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Nick and Cody come closer, realizing they are kindred spirits. But Ray can also see the attraction, and starts fighting for Nick the only way he knows how: by guilt-tripping Nick

This story isn’t about cheating, and Cody is no relationship wrecker. Still, I can clearly see why some might think so and despise this story for it. The “normal” m/m trope would’ve had Ray out of the picture already, and Nick, wounded and hurt, find solace with Cody. This isn’t the case here. Ray IS still there, very present, and all three men have to deal with the fact that people can fall IN love, but can fall out of it too. I thought the premise of this book realistic and well executed, and I (c)an recommend it.

Read the entire review here:

Reviews By JesseWave: Light and Shadow

Thank you Feliz!

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