Monday, April 3, 2017

Two Great Things About Writing



Two Great Things About Writing

Before I became a writer I wanted answers to a life I had not yet lived. I engaged in a constant battle with myself. Physically, I lived in the present, traveling across the country in my twenty-four foot Winnebago motorhome with my cat, Sportster. As  the day  rolled on by my windshield,  my  mind reached down the road, around the bend and  into the next hour, day or  year, wanting to know about  my future, my  next adventure. How many times did I miss the awe of the picture-perfect scenes scrolling past? I didn’t cherish the softness of the pine scented breeze, brushing my face, which drifted into the open window.  No, I let it all pass me by.  I wanted to know what was down the road. I wanted answers to a life I had not lived.

Today I am an author. I write novels. My mind creates stories from the places, the people and adventures I have experienced on the road. I don’t wait for what is around the next curve.  I create my own answers to all those “what if…” questions as I cruise along a thousand, forgotten country roads. Feeling the warm hue of fluttering, falling leaves, or filling up my heart with the promises from the green sprouts of spring, I lean back in the driver’s seat. The steady hum of the tires sing their freedom song and glide along the ribbon of asphalt.

 I shout, “OK Google, take a note.”
 

I don’t need answers to the life I haven’t lived.

I am an author, I can make up my own answers.

 
 
Before I became an author, I suffered many failures. Two marriages, many relationships, and worst of all, I failed as a mother. And when I really examine my past, my role as a daughter was dismal, too. The disappointments and heartaches I suffered would have driven many into depression and even suicide. I admit, I waded in those dark pools. During those dark days of desperation, I shared the miserable details of my existence with a friend.  
My wise mentor responded. “That is good, “she said. “Now you will be able to tell someone else who is going through what you are now that you have been  there. And you will tell them how you survived.” Your failures will be their hope.”
I didn’t take the dive into the deep pool of eternity. Do you know why? The fear of failure. What if I failed the suicide attempt?  To me, that failure would be the ultimate failure, so instead, I pressed on.

So what is the second great thing about being an author?  

As an author, I enjoy the success of those failures.   In simplest terms, I can incorporate my tragedies into my books. The experiences of those dark days and the process of trudging through them have miraculously evolved into the success I enjoy today. They are threaded into my stories and have changed people’s lives.

For me, the future has been a scary, unknown place, and yet in contrast, transformed into an exciting and rewarding world beyond my imagination.

Contrast, tragedy, and overcoming great odds. Makes for a great story, a page turner, a BEST SELLER!!

Enjoy the success of your failures.
It’s great to be a writer!!





Friday, March 17, 2017

David Alan Binder's Interview Questions - My thoughts and answers

I love to be interviewed . During the process, I am forced to look inward. I always discover something that even I didn't know about myself!

David Alan Binder Interviews Author Judy Howard

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How do I begin? ....Once Upon A Time...


How do I begin?

First, you must be passionate about your story.

 Before I ever begin a book, a seed or an idea begins to grow. Just a niggle, a notion really. Something, or someone touches me, turns my head, and turns me on.

  I have been writing seven years. Not a long time. The  single most important  thing I’ve learned is, not only must  the story  be one  in which my readers will care about , but also  the story, must be a subject in which I care deeply.


Coast to Coast With A Cat And A Ghost, was not just my personal  story, but also a universal one of  accepting and understanding one another through the difficulties of  a relationship,  and in the process evolving  and becoming stronger and better as a result. I wanted the reader be able to close the book and believe there is life after the death of a loved one.

Second - write what you know.

If you don’t know, make sure you find out.”  To date, Masada’s Marine has been the  most difficult book  I have written. It is the story of a Marine veteran who comes home, unable to function in the country he had so proudly defended.

Much of the  two years writing  Masada's Marine I spent researching the subject of the military, specifically the Marines and the Iraqi war, all of which I was ignorant.  But the theme of the story –– overcoming difficult odds –– was a struggle I did know.

When my readers  read Masada's Marine I  wanted them to  step up,  push on with my veteran, and cheer as he marched through the events in his life. I wanted my readers to believe the possibility that what was happening could happen to them. I wanted them  wonder, “What would I do?”


What will your readers  feel?
 
What will  your readers understand?



 
When they turn the last page of your book and say farewell to your characters?  What message to you want them to learn?  The more deeply you care about the theme the more involved your reader will be in the story.

 Be passionate about the subject of your story.
Write what you know.
And write.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When her husband of 25 years passes away, Judy Howard is faced with confusing feelings and an overwhelming sense of loss. Accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and a stuffed doll whose uncanny and somewhat unsettling resemblance to her late husband leads to her calling it Jack Incarnate, Howard takes to the road on an RV trip from her home on California’s Pacific coast to Florida’s Atlantic. And what happens next surprises even her.
 A touching, poignant, and empowering journey of discovery—and self-discovery, Howard’s debut is an inspiring road story full of surprises and universal truths.

 
 
 
 
In this mystery-romance, widow Judy Howard drives her RV along Route 66, encountering the ghosts of her teenage past when she was drugged, raped, and forced to undergo an illegal abortion.

         Tragedy strikes when Judy is drugged and date raped on a Saturday night in the parking lot of the town’s roller rink. But her high school crush Brad comes to her rescue, helping her deal with the crime perpetrated against her, even going as far as to arrange an abortion for her, though the practice is illegal. Judy must live in fear as the drug prevented her from knowing the identity of her attacker. Racked by guilt over the abortion and panic over the sexual assault, she accepts a college offer in California and flees to West Coast and begins a new life

         After four decades of marriage, her husband dies and a high school reunion invitation from Brad threatens to shatter her illusory peace. Nonetheless, she summons up the courage to go, loading up her motor home and heading out on Route 66 with her cat named Sportster.


           
Masada and her Marine, who were born two decades and two thousand miles apart, both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues him as they become the best they can be.
 Judy Howard is a writer whose debut novel is fictional, even if she happens to share the same name as her protagonist. She has traveled alone in her motor home with her cat, Sportster, throughout the country.
 
Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.
As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.
She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.
Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.
 
A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
Sportster the cat always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild. And he is in the Olympic Forest
ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters that he never imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a top ranking Amazon author, Judy Howard’s writing career expands across many genres –– memoir, romance thriller, travel, reality-fiction, and young adult –– but the theme is always the same –– overcoming life’s difficulties.
following her two passions, traveling and writing, Judy Howard and her cat Sportster, travel across country in a Winnebago, which Howard calls “The Big Story,” and towing a Smart car she’s titled, “The Short Story.”
Described as an inspiration and a firecracker, Howard has earned her titles as Motivational Speaker and Writing Expert.
When Judy and Sportster are not traveling, she and her cat Sportster reside in Sun City, California.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


 
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Seven Things I Have Learned

Seven things I have learned.

I am responsible for my life, my feelings and my actions, no one else.

The day I wrapped my mind around this powerful concept, my life changed.

We all experience doubts. I am no stranger to the silent arguments, the whispers of   what if and coulda, woulda, shoulda.  I should have been a better mother. I could have worked harder, saved more money ….If I hadn’t been so blind, I would have seen…….If I had only followed my dream… We are quick to blame others, our parents, or situations, the economy, or our relationships for our failures and our lost opportunities.

Whether we take responsibility for our lives or not, the accumulation of all our past decisions, experiences, and reactions mold us into the life we are living today. We cannot change that.

No one can   claim complete certainty about the paths they choose. I have made decisions whose aftermath clearly took me to the ground. Today I take responsibility for them, no matter what   grief, anxiety or heartbreak resulted.

What I have learned is that owning our feelings and actions is the key to acceptance and a carefree life. Without excuses in the way we can rise up, push on –– adapt and  
overcome

Today, as a full-time author and Rver, my lifestyle is beyond anything I could ever have imagined.  The forty-eight states which I have toured have inspired me, leaving me breathless from the beauty of this country. On my journeys I have met seemingly unassuming people who have shared their unbelievable and extraordinary stories.

My future is the promise of my dreams coming true if I just believe the concept - What the mind perceives it can achieve.

We all have goals and dreams. If just for today, we   take personal responsibility for our feelings, actions and life, the external events will be easier to accept.  If loving someone doesn’t turnout as expected, if situations and events happen to disrupt our plans, or if something just plain goes wrong, we can be comfortable knowing we made the best choices with what we knew at the time.  So for that reason, whatever decision you made  was the right one.

The secret to achieving your life purpose?? Don’t wait for the perfect moment.  The feeling of certainty never comes. Whatever the reason we are here on this earth and how  we are meant to live, it  is different for each of us. Ultimately, your life purpose is what freedom looks and feels like to you, not to anyone else, just you.


Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising  down Route  66. 
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau --
“How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”








 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hit the New Year Running!!


Are you an RVer, or a wanna be RVer? Check out the Family Motor Coach Association Rally at the Indio fairgrounds in California January 11th through the 15th .
The rally is open to the public.  Everything for and about RVs and the RV lifestyle will be available at this rally. It is one of the largest rallies in the southwest region. It is not a sales lot, though there will be plenty of RVs to drool over. 
Attend the many  seminars and demonstrations covering recreational vehicles and the RV lifestyle and many other subjects.
I will be presenting two of my most popular seminars about how to pursue your inspirations and dreams of writing a book, blog or memoir.

Have you ever thought about writing? 
 What Makes A Good Story?


Bring your questions  to  the  seminars.  I’ll be presenting at the rally on Thursday January 12th at 9:30 am and Saturday January 14th at 10:00am. Did you know that 80% of the population has thought about writing?  I’ll cover the basics of how I began in this career and became a top ranking Amazon author, earning money on the road. Come early seating fills up fast. I hope to see you there.
And if you miss my workshops in Indio, come to the International FMCA Rally in Chandler, Az. March 7th  through March 11th. I will be presenting these two seminars as well as a third, Where is the Inspiration?


And finally, whether or not you have the RV fever, come to Quartzite, Arizona after Indio.
Quartzite, Arizona is the RVer’s mecca. Once a year, the little town whose population is less than 2000, becomes a BIG, little town during January boasting  a temporary population of over a million, mostly RVers.

 


Quartzite is a shopper’s mecca. If you like to shop for anything or everything, this is the place to be. It has been called the largest swap  and craft meet, gem and mineral show, and RV show in the country. Plan to spend several days to take it all in.  The phenomenon is indescribable…it must be experienced.


 Experiencing The Readers Oasis Bookstore is a must. The owner, Paul Winer was known as “Sweetie Pie” in his younger days as a strip dancer in Canada. These days Paul is known as the desert’s naked bookstore owner and operates his bookstore as naked as the law will allow.  Click on the link below to watch the video of his store. Nakedness aside, Paul has an amazing collection of rare books and hard to find editions.
the Readers Oasis Bookstore

 


Paul hosts an Authors Fair every year in January. I have participated in the past  and  enjoyed meeting  many other authors. This year Authors On The Road will be presenting  an authors' MEET AND GREET. The  attendance at this event of authors, readers and those who  just come by to meet Paul, the “main attraction”  is always high.  

Oh!! I almost forgot!!


You must squeeze the two little towns of Ajo and Why, Az. into your schedule!

As founders  of The new Authors On the Road Facebook Group, Deb Sanders and I  will be kicking off  the  debut of this new exciting group at the Ajo Library on Friday, January 20th.
 
 
Deb (D.S.) Sanders is a full time author and RVing nomad, meandering around America's back roads with her husband, Golden Retriever and Johnny Ringo, a daisy of a cat who also serves as her muse. When not researching local myth and lore for her next book, she enjoys hiking, taking countless photos of sunsets and washing them down with a good glass of wine.
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Here's what Deb has to say about Authors On The Road

"WELCOME!!! Traveling full time in an RV can be fun, hectic, confusing, quiet, reflective, and awesome . . . kind of like being an author. When you combine the two, it can also be challenging. Judy Howard and I are building an online community where members can offer suggestions and tips for balancing travel and writing. If members are in the same area, meet up. Share your thoughts with the group. Skype conference. Support each other. Organize a writer's retreat. This group will be as active and involved as its members.
So introduce yourself. Tell us a little about your projects and travels. Judy and I will start off."


 And while you are visiting the area. Discover all the things to do!!


 
Parks & Monuments
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
  • Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico
Historic & Points of Interest
  • The intersection of of Highways 85 and 86 from which Why, Arizona got its name. 
  • Ajo Plaza, a Spanish Colonial Revival town square in nearby AJO was built in 1917. The picturesque plaza is lined by tall palms and flanked by mission churches and Spanish-style buildings. Festivals are held in the plaza. It was built at the direction of mining pioneer John Greenway and his wife Isabella, who later became the first woman elected to Congress by Arizona
  • Ajo Historical Society Museum - mementos from Ajo's past 
  • Ajo Train Depot - 1915 - aka Ajo Depot - served the Tucson, Cornelia, Gila Bend railway.
  • Golden Ha:san Casino (1.5 miles east of Why)
 
For those of you in the Inland Empire area, Don't forget to drop in on the next meeting of  The Diamond Valley Writers Guild at the Hemet Library in Hemet, Calif. on January 28 from 10am to 12pm. Always a great bunch of writers at all stages of writing for you to talk your craft and ask questions.
 
JANUARY - Top Tips on Craft from a Panel of Expert Writers
 




"Happy New Year! For this first meeting of our program year, a panel of authors and writers will share their top tips on the writing life, craft, and business. Guild president Lynne Spreen will moderate, and the audience is encouraged to participate. Lets make sure 2017 is one of artistic and success for you, the writer. Please note that a short board meeting will be held after the main topic. All are welcome to attend."
 
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Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, that follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
The audiobook is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement, says Howard. It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery. Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the listener.

 

Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost: In this mystery-romance, Judy Howard ( who shares her name with the author) drives alone on a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years when she was drugged, raped, and had an illegal abortion.
She discovers the ruins of Rt. 66 as she travels alone in her motorhome with her cat Sportster and a life-sized, stuffed doll named Cowboy Jack. Will she also discover who was responsible for raping her forty years ago? Will her attacker pay for his crime four decades later? And will she find the love she lost 40 years ago?
As a widowed baby boomer, Judy Howard approaches her tortured past, her old high school crush, and her 40th high school reunion. She reaches out for what seems impossible. Will she find justice… and love?


Activate Lion Mode:Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest! ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 


Masada's Marine:
Masada and her Marine were both born two decades and two thousand miles apart, and both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues the wounded warrior, as they become the best they can be.

MASADA’S MISSION

Walking Point For A Hero

The Making of A Service Dog

By Judy Howard

 

Masada's Mission: Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.

As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.

She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  

When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.

Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.

A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Limited Imaginations.


Where do I begin?
One year ago today?
January 2016, I sat at my computer  contemplating  my past and my future as I do every year and  I struggled for words to define  my  extraordinary 2015 experiences. Looking back that day I was humbled by the fact the universe had opened up a life to me beyond anything I could have imagined.

I remember laughing at my limited imaginations and understanding concerning the myriad paths which life can offer us. When forced to say good bye to my dying sister, I believed my future was inevitable, that my road would be a rough one, struggling  with loneliness and heartache as I trod into 2016.

The loss of my sister’s love and understanding was going to leave a hole that I was positive no one could fill.  She had made the grief of losing my husband bearable. Becoming my editor and sounding board for several of my novels, he picked and pushed me to be the best that I could be. She was my best friend and my best critic, always keeping me on track.
 
 
Another of Dali Lama’s principles of spirituality is, “Each moment in which something begins is the right moment.” (And I assume when something ends is the right moment, too, because “there are no mistakes according to the Dali Lama.)


 The very next day after my sister passed, my daughter, whom I had been estranged from for sixteen years, contacted me. From that perfect moment on, my daughter’s love rushed in, overwhelming me and   giving me no time to grieve.
If the sad thought of my sister’s loss popped into my head, it remained only a second, because the joy of my reunion with my daughter filled me.

I believe my sister’s new position in the place where kind generous people go when they cross over, gave her the power to arrange this miracle reunion. Her wonderful family, my son-in-law, two granddaughters and two great grandsons all embraced me.
In my limited thinking, when my sister was so ill,  I believed the only way for my fears of loneliness to be calmed and my dreams  to come true was  for my sister to survive her cancer.
“If you already know how to make your dream come true, you are thinking too small.” Jack Canfield.
I was dreaming too small.
Today as I sit  at my computer, gazing into my future,  I could not dare to  imagine what the new year holds for me. But I do know that  2017 is going to be the best year ever!!
How can I expect less?  
2016 blew me away.  

I
2016 became a year of reunions.
 I connected with my best friend, Jan Gingold, from high school. We were nearly inseparable then. And yet those whom  we loved with a purity and innocence when we are young somehow get lost in running and the races of growing up. But now as I dust off the memories, time is thin, and I treasure  the love and the laughter, every moment  then and now.
Because all us are connected, our reunion led to other classmates, some whom I didn’t remember and a few others whom I will always hold a place in my heart.

Check out the books of my fellow classmates!


The Lavonne Houlton Compendium
LEMON CREEK
 

The New Year is going to be monumental!
 
Click here: Something's Coming! 
 
 
Something good!



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Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost is an autobiographical account by Judy Howard, that follows the author's road trip across country after the death of her loving yet at times abusive husband.
When her husband of twenty-five years, Jack, passes away, Howard is faced with an overwhelming sense of loss. She takes to the road in her Winnebago on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by her cat, Sportster, and Jack Incarnate, a life-size stuffed doll she creates with an eerie resemblance to her late husband. During their travels she and Sportster experience the beauty of the land as she resolves her troubled memories through conversations with the doll. She comes to terms with her deep love for her husband despite the abuse that was part of their relationship and discovers how she became a stronger woman for it.
The audiobook is a narrative, both of physical travel and of emotional and spiritual evolvement, says Howard. It leads the reader through the hills and valleys and provides insights to fear and bravery. Howard aims to weave an emotionally-charged narrative with humorous anecdotes and a unique perspective on life, engaging and inspiring the listener.

 

Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost: In this mystery-romance, Judy Howard ( who shares her name with the author) drives alone on a journey into her past, encountering the ghosts of her teenage years when she was drugged, raped, and had an illegal abortion.
She discovers the ruins of Rt. 66 as she travels alone in her motorhome with her cat Sportster and a life-sized, stuffed doll named Cowboy Jack. Will she also discover who was responsible for raping her forty years ago? Will her attacker pay for his crime four decades later? And will she find the love she lost 40 years ago?
As a widowed baby boomer, Judy Howard approaches her tortured past, her old high school crush, and her 40th high school reunion. She reaches out for what seems impossible. Will she find justice… and love?



Activate Lion Mode:Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest! ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.
 

Masada's Marine: Masada and her Marine were both born two decades and two thousand miles apart, and both aspired to do be the best that they could be. But first, they had to meet.
Masada began her journey in Illinois as a bumbling golden retriever puppy and emerged twenty months later as a proud, confident American Service Dog, ready and able to protect and preserve the life of Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC.
Alex’s journey began in California as an ambitious boy who only dreamed of protecting and preserving life for the Corps, his country and his family. Twenty years later, he emerged as one of “a few good men,” and served with honor, courage and commitment …until he came home….
“An unseen attacker, camouflaged in the crowd, cooled its heels like a terrorist. It waited to follow Alex and his family home. How could he have known what lurked on the sidelines? Another war, an invisible war, he knew nothing about and had not been trained to fight.”
Follow Iraq veteran, Alex March, USMC and his American Service dog, Masada, who rescues the wounded warrior, as they become the best they can be.

MASADA’S MISSION

Walking Point For A Hero

The Making of A Service Dog

By Judy Howard

 

Masada's Mission: Masada, a bumbling golden retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.

As part of her training, the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and the ache of loneliness.

She forms unusual bonds, first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population as well.  

When she walks point for her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.

Will the readers also be led down the wedding aisle?  Brad and Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,  who have reunited after a forty-year separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.

A touching yet educational story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.
 
Click on the link below to reach