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Initial post: Apr 7, 2013 11:57:52 PM PDT
Leo Little says:
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Posted on Apr 7, 2013 11:59:21 PM PDT
SF Reader says:
Heya, Leo. Good morning and good start (of the week, too) ;)


Posted on Apr 8, 2013 12:02:38 AM PDT
Does anybody know what happened to ereaderiq? I mean, at least here in Japan it just tells me that they can't put up stuff like they used to do. I assume that everybody gets the same message. Why did Amazon make them stop doing? Was there a lawsuit brought? Where can I read the details of what happened? I want more information please.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 12:05:39 AM PDT
Leo Little says:

"They say when you set out for revenge that you should dig two graves. What they don't tell you is that the second grave isn't always yours. But I can guarantee there'll be times when you'll wished to hail it was."


Florescent lights chased the shadows into the corners of the stall where I knelt gasping for breath as Tim Crouch the tall dark haired first string quarterback of the varsity team, shoved my face into the swirling wave of shyte, floating around in the porcelain bowl. Steve a Viking sized linebacker complete with blonde hair blue eyes and a fully grown Fu Manchu and Terell, the 5'11" African American running back with brown eyes and a shaved head, stood guard, laughing as they watched the door.
The fouled water seeped up my nose and I jerked back coughing and gasping for air.
"Listen you little dweeb. You stay away from my girl. Don't even look at her or I'll come back and finish drowning your ass. You hear me, you little shyte."
I nodded in terror as he shoved the back of my neck toward the bowl and let go, then walked out the door with his buddies in tow. I caught myself inches from the water and pushed myself to arms length from the bowl, hands clenched to the edge shaking as my rattled nerves took some time to settle.
My right pant leg stuck to the dried piss on the floor as I pushed myself to my feet and staggered to the sink. I peeled off my half-soaked T-shirt, plunged it under the running water and wrung it out over my head several times to wash the worst of it from my stringy black hair. I looked in the mirror disgusted at the teary eyed scrawny wimp that looked back. I pumped the soap dispenser dry and washed again, but I still smelled like shit as made my way outside to the bike rack. Unlocking my rusted, second hand bike, with grey duct tape on the seat and a broken reflector on the fender, I got on, only to realize the back tire had been slashed.
Gees! You'd think I'd asked her out on a date or something.
It wasn't my idea to even talk to Sheryl. She came to me. All I did was to help her with her homework. Not that I wouldn't like to take her out on a date.
She was hot!
Sheryl was every guy's dream-a brunette cheerleader with emerald green eyes and smile that would melt your socks off. She had great personality too, wasn't stuck up like the other cheerleaders. She was Junior there and her dad was the football coach.
But guys like me didn't go out with girls like her. Hail, guys like me didn't go out with anyone. Even Bridget the four-eyed redhead with no tits had turned me down. I was the only charity case at that upscale private school.
The sun burned a path down the western horizon, hiding behind some of the taller buildings as I turned down 47th Street. Warehouses lined both sides of the street with alleyways that were choked with overflowing trash bins where homeless people made their beds for the night. Our apartment building was on the other side behind a Chinese market and taco stand.
My mom would be working as usual. She worked as a waitress most nights at a truck stop along I-10 and continued her education by day, studying to be a nurse and just this last year she started her residency Mercy Hospital. My dad was gone-had been since before I was born. Died a hero in the Marine Corp, Mom said, but I knew she was lying. Oh I believed her when I was little, and I told everyone who would listen about him. But as I got older I noticed that a lot of the little details were missing. Where were the pictures of Dad or his medals? Even the flag given to every dead soldier's family was noticeably absent.
I didn't let Mom know I knew. She lied to me about Dad and I lied back. Neither of us wanted to make other feel bad. She was all I had and I was all she had too.
Mom had lost both her parents in a car accident when she was just ten years old. She grew up in foster care. The only thing she had going for herself was her brains and her looks.
I know all guys say their moms are beautiful, but mine really was. Pictures in her yearbook and of her high school graduation, showed that in her day she was every bit as hot as Sheryl. Mom still looked great, though she colored her brunette hair now to hide the few strands of grey. Her face only showed a few signs of the stress and hard work she'd endured raising me all alone. Her eyes were still a pale aqua blue and her smile when she showed it these days was as infectious as ever. I know if she tried, she could get a date in second, but Mom wouldn't hear of it. "I don't have time to date," She'd say. Or, "maybe later after you finish college."
Mom was smart too. She was the only cheerleader to win a science scholarship at her school. She had been in the top of her class in the nursing program too. Everything would have been great for her if I hadn't come along.
She had to quit school halfway through her third year just to take care of me. I was too young to know but we live off welfare until I started the first grade, then Mom got a job as a CNA at a convalescent hospital. The pay was lousy and the work was very hard, but she put up with and with me I'm ashamed to say it didn't make easy for those days.
I got beat up really bad in seventh grade and she pulled me out of public school. After that, I don't know how she managed it, but somehow she got me into one of the most elite private school in Sacramento.
I was always a misfit at school. Public school was a nightmare. Most of the teachers thought I was too stupid to learn so I got stuck in the remedial group where all the bullies hung out. That was dream though, compared to Chilton's Christian Academe. As I said before I was the only charity case at the whole school, a token poor boy to make all the big wigs who run the place look good. From my very first day I was shunned like an outcast. It was like I went around with a LoSeR sign glued to my forehead.
I tried to get my mom to send me back to public school, but she wouldn't hear of it, so I did only other thing I could. I buried myself in books and study and actually learn a few things along the way. I found that I really liked historical artifacts. Each piece seemed to tell its own story of the past. All I had to do was touch something and my imagination would carry me back in time to a world where I actually belonged.
I wheeled my bike up the stairs to our apartment and shoved it into my room. Then I stripped everything off and jumped into the shower. Anger over what had happened to me burned inside like hot coals, and I daydreamed of retribution as the cleansing water flowed down the back of my neck. I knew I couldn't really take on Tim and his friends. They were too big and too well connected. Tim's dad was state senator bidding to be the next governor. Terell's dad was his hot shot lawyer and Steve's dad well he was Senator Crouch's personal body guard, but rumor had it, that he was also connected to the mob and that he took care of any dirty work that senator might need done.
There was nothing I could do except bide my time for the last year of high school and stay away from Sheryl as well as everyone else at school.
I woke up the next morning to the alarm and stumbled over my bike on my way out to the kitchen for some coffee. Still in her robe and slippers, Mom sat at the dining room table nursing a cup of strong black coffee.
She looked up as I passed by. "Are you going to tell me what happened yesterday?"
"Wh-what do you mean?"
"I found your t-shirt in the hamper, soaking wet and smelling like a sewer. Now tell me what happened."
I poured myself a cup, filling it a little over half full with coffee and rest of the way up with Irish crème. "Mom it was nothing. I can handle it."
"Oh yeah like you handled it before and ended up in the hospital. Look either you're going to tell me what happened, or I'm going to go down to your school and find out."
I stood rooted to the floor at the edge of the kitchen and lifted my gaze to look Mom in the eye. "It was just a misunderstanding, Mom. One of the guys thought I was interested in his girlfriend and he told me to back off. I was just helping her with her history assignment. It's no big deal, Mom really."
Mom held her arms open. "Come over here and let me look at you."
I hesitated a moment before I took the four steps to close the distance between us. Mom pulled my face down and checked for bruises then she held me close for long moment and patted my back before she turned me loose.
I pulled away from her, catching her gaze with my own and giving the most sincere look I could muster. "I'm okay Mom. You don't have to worry."
"If something like this happens again I'm going straight to that school and I'll put a stop to it, one way or another. You hear me."
"I hear you Mom. Now let me get breakfast while you shower and change for school."
I breathed a heavy sigh of relief after Mom pushed herself up from the table and headed down the hall. She would have made things at school ten times worse.
After breakfast I walked to school and kept my head down as I walked through the hallways. No one noticed me. They never did and I found out early on that that's the way I wanted it.
Being ignored is better than being laughed at or beaten up.
Eight rows of folding white tables with pink bench seats covered more than half of the black and white checkerboard floor of the cafeteria. I walked up to the steam table at the front of the room and inhaled the mixed aromas of Italian spice, garlic and something that smelled suspiciously like the thick globules of algae floating on a pool of stagnant water. It offered lasagna, cheeseburgers and some kind of overcooked vegetable that had lost its shape and probably its flavor. I opted for the lasagna and an empty plate for the salad bar which lined the far wall over by the cashier. I paid the lunch lady for my food and gravitated to no man land-a table in the back corner that stayed empty through most of the lunch period.
Half-way through the overcooked lasagna, I looked up to see Sheryl stepping over the bench across from me. She set her food tray with a cheeseburger and a salad on the table, as she struggled out of the straps of her backpack and sat down.
An angry growl roughened my voice. "Look, I don't want any trouble just stay away from me."
Sheryl's face showed the hurt and surprise my words inflicted. "What did ever do to you?"
"Uhh. Nothing. I...I'm sorry. I just can't help you with your homework any more. Okay."
"Why not?"
I grabbed my tray and stood up, then froze as Tim and his buddies walked through the cafeteria doors. I stepped backward over the attached bench seat while my eyes still tracked the movement of Tim and his gang.
"I just can't," I said. Not anymore."
Sheryl followed my gaze to the other side of the cafeteria. "Did Tim have anything to do with this? What did he say to you?"
"Uhh, nothing. Just leave me alone. Okay."
"He and I are through and he knows it. He has no right to tell me who I can and can't see. I'll take care of him just wait."
"No, please I don't want any trouble."
"Well that's too bad, `cause like it or not trouble has decided to be your friend."

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 12:06:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013 12:10:05 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 12:15:20 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
I think Amazon changed their policy on payment for websites that link to free books.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 1:46:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013 2:41:07 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Daniel H. Wieczorek
I wrote to eRIQ via their "Contact us" link and asked what was happening, and since they are very nice people there they replied (I posted their reply about a week ago on FB&C)

Anyway if you go to their web page and click on the tab "My Subscriptions" you may well see, as I do from Europe, that you can download a CSV file of the books you were tracking. (if not then contact them and ask what to do)
Then you can add books/authors again - they had to make changes to the site altogether that is why we "lost" our lists of books, but they have kindly collected data from their earlier database to make the csv files (hope that they have done that for the Japanese users as well)

Also to be able to see a better list of free books eRIQ themselves suggest

which is customisible like their old page was

Hope the above helps, let us know

Edited to add more info

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 2:28:17 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Leo Little
Hello and thank you for the great start today (I will save your story for when I get home)
I do hope that today is a sunny healthy day for you.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 3:39:46 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Only the Truth by Pat Brown (Literary Fiction)

Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of earlier American authors - John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for the coldblooded murder of the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 3:39:51 AM PDT
Susan says:
Great start Leo!

From my wish list, surprised it was free today

Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring
Follows bestselling "Heart in the Right Place" which was ranked #1 on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Science, and Medicine in August and September 2012.

A collection of the most memorable moments from old-school rural physicians who each practiced medicine for more than 50 years in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hilarious, heroic, heartwarming true stories of miracle cures, ghost dogs, and much madcap medical mayhem.

Jourdan's work is often compared to James Herriot and Bill Bryson. Her first book is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. "Heart in the Right Place" was chosen as Family Circle magazine's first ever Book of the Month, won the Elle magazine Reader's Prize, named #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 3:42:49 AM PDT
Susan says:
The Chakra Diaries
Balance your own chakras as you learn how these "energy centers" affect love and loss, health and happiness, life and death for the participants in a chakra workshop. You'll laugh, cry and and maybe even jump for joy as you experience their transformation with them! Whether you're an avid yogi or yogini or have never heard of chakras, you'll find this look at the human condition and the miracles that can happen through forgiveness, love and energy healing to be both enlightening and entertaining. You'll learn about: Chakra Meditation Chakra Yoga Affirmations for Chakra CleansingCrystal Chakra HealingMind-Body Healing This is not a how-to book.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 4:26:08 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The Heart Of A Gypsy by Roberta Kagan (Historical Fiction)

During the Nazi occupation, bands of freedom fighters roamed the forests of Eastern Europe. They hid, waging their own private war against Hitler's tyrannical, and murderous reign. Among these Resistance Fighters, there were groups of Romany people (gypsies).

The Heart of a Gypsy is a spellbinding love story filled with Romance, and spiced with the magic of the Gypsy culture.

It takes place in Poland during the time of the Third Reich, while World War Two was raging. This is a tale of a people who would rather die, than surrender their freedom.

Enter into a little known world, where only a few have traveled before... The world of the Romany.

If you enjoy romance, secret magical traditions, riveting action, and steamy will love "The Heart of A Gypsy."

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 4:51:28 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Leo....Great start and I was happy to have the maple rolls back....your food wasn't real tasty last week!!

@ Zoo and BJ,

Hope you 2 are starting to turn the corner and feel better. We miss you both!

@ LOB,

I hope your appointment goes really well today, with a clear plan of action and lots of answered questions. What time will you be there? I'll be thinking of you! 💖

@ redandwhite,

More snow? Really? I think I'm going to get my snow tires removed and plant a pot of pansies and then......keep my fingers crossed!! 🌸🌞🚲

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:37:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013 6:38:52 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Morning Leo

Yes, thank you for putting in a large stock of the maple bars - I forget I have to share those. I am in need of one of my more healthier snacks this morning :)

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:45:23 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start, Leo.
Some of the books I picked up this morning:

Below the Equator (The Hunter Series) - Anna Scott Falcon - Literary Fiction
Fight or Flight - Jamie Canosa - Romance
Saucy On The Side - Jen Purcell - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Mountain Treachery (an Elijah Stokes novel) - Matt Reid - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Cailín (Lass) (Anam Céile Chronicles) - Rosalind Scarlett - Romance
The Unknown Neighbor - Shaun Horton - Horror
Melody - Amilee Turner - Drama
A Surgical Plight - Paul E. Hardy - Action/Adventure
Martha's Medicine - C C McMillan - Humor
Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell Book #1) - Tracie Peterson - Historical Fiction

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:49:59 AM PDT
Irish M says:
Thanks for the start, Leo! Love the maple bars too, they go great with coffee! I have been away, but not been anywhere :(. hope everyone is on the mend, it is a very pretty day here. I'll be starting in the a.m. tomorrow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 7:17:34 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Leo, the Maple bar selection is getting a little low here....

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 7:30:52 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
Thanks for the start Leo.

I just got online and saw all the supportive messages from yesterday. I really appreciate your thoughts. I realize that a lot of my funk is not having a car and not getting to the pool to exercise. Having your support and help is priceless. {{{HUGS}}}

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 7:35:18 AM PDT
Suze says:
I only had 2 this morning, so someone else (???) must have eaten quite a few!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 7:47:46 AM PDT
Size, I'm glad I'm not the only one who notice what Leo offered last week for snacks. Lol. Great start, Leo.

I am also wishing everyone well.

Death In The Dark (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 7:56:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013 8:00:20 AM PDT
Suze, I think it was After last week's snack offer, I think I over did it today.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 8:04:52 AM PDT
Lyn says:
I know you all love Bailey and try to protect him but he is a big boy - well, according to him, he is skin and bones... - but I saw a little of the maple on the rug that he missed.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 8:16:19 AM PDT
Susan says:
Bailey is always getting blamed for something - poor "little" guy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 8:19:07 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
I had to go back and see last week's snack. hmmm...There's black bean tea and iced cold headcheese...thinly sliced on the counter. There's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled chicken breasts, crabapple soup and honey mustard bars on the counter. Warm soured milk is in the cabinet beneath. Plus a special bonus via Parkers Pork Products...fictitious name BTW

.....Ham...Bacon...Sausage...Pork Roast...and slow roasted rotisserie Long Pork with special barbeque dry rub...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 8:23:10 AM PDT
Susan says:
maple bars sound much better.... :)
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