My “read” on Labor Day

I’m 40. There’s a good chance you know this already. I’m a veteran of 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. And I’m a full-time student. Sometimes I work on a friend’s farm.

Today is Labor Day. Most everyone else I know is off. I’m working. On accounting and oceanography. And organizational leadership. Fun, right?

If you said yes, I know a few counselors you can speak to.

If, like me, you don’t think this is a fun way to spend a day “off,” maybe you’d be interested in a few books I have enjoyed recently.

I’m going to start with the “Battlespace” anthology. Several friends of mine host a podcast called The Science Fiction Show. They all also happen to be veterans and they wanted to do something that reflected their geek and veteran aspects that benefited people who needed help. They decided to ask people to submit short stories for an anthology, the sales of which would benefit the Warrior Cry Music Project, which helps wounded warriors by teaching them to connect to the world through music. It’s only $3.99.

Oh, and you don’t have to own a Kindle or Nook. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have free versions of their readers available for use on PC, Mac, Android and iPhone.

Speaking of free, have you read Michael R. Hicks‘ IN HER NAME books yet? How about “Season of the Harvest?” NO?!?

Wow, well, check this out. Mike is offering some of his books for free right now. Why? Because he wants to get you hooked. If he was a drug pusher, we’d all be in trouble, but he chose to use his marketing powers for good. After two years of being prodded to read Hicks by my friend Mario — and having downloaded a few to my Kindle — I was ready to start. Amazingly, that same day Mike came up as a new follower on my Twitter account. That was the extra prod I needed. I started with “IN HER NAME: First Contact.”

Whoa. I’m hooked. I couldn’t put it down. OK, honestly, I could, but I didn’t want to and it is probably a huge part of why I’m behind in two classes right now. A good book beats a text book any day. Amiright?

So, how do you obtain these? Go to Amazon, go to B&N, get the reader app you need if you don’t have a Kindle or Nook and then …

Check out Mike’s Amazon page or his B&N page.

It’s that easy, folks. I hope you check these books out and I sincerely hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Why? Because reading shouldn’t be a labor, it should be a joy.

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1 thought on “My “read” on Labor Day

  1. Dude, the second trilogy… Wow, that was mind blowing. Simply amazing work!

    Josh has been using my Nook to play the Android version of Minecraft (??!!!?!?!?!), so he keeps running down my battery and I haven’t had a chance to crack open First Contact, but I’m dying to do so. It’s been a while since I’ve been in that world.

    Also REALLY looking forward to Bitter Harvest. =D

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