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It is no secret that human trafficking is rampant, not only in other countries, but it is a big problem right here in our own backyard.  Don’t you find that appalling?  I do and this prompted me to search for a way to do something about it.

Thousands of people have read my SEALs Series outlining the workings of the criminal organization of human trafficking.  This series of books was written as fiction in a way to encourage our young people to read about this problem.  While it is true that older people are sometimes the victim of this crime, the majority are young females.  In fact, 85% fall into this category.

Many of the victims are ordinary people that have been abducted to be used, sold and abused.  The correct term is slavery.  We all know what goes on behind closed doors when this happens; so I chose to spare our young people the gory details.  What I hoped to accomplish was to educate our young people by revealing how easy it is to fall victim to this crime.  This material was written in such a way that parents do not have to be concerned about the language or content.  But, at the same time, we need to humanize the heroes that are willing to fight for the release of the victims.

There are more than 30 million people being held against their will, and the worst part is their lifespan consists of only 5 to 7 years under those abusive conditions.  In the SEALs Series I give people hope when the chips are down.  From the beginning with The Twelve SEALs and continuing through book six entitled The Lady SEAL, I have provided the reader a larger than life hero.  The victims of human trafficking have no way out.  They are drugged, abused, and stripped of their dignity.  In the first story of the series, a team of former Navy SEALs come from retirement to help a buddy find her sister.  Chelsea Steele, the first Lady SEAL, has a younger sister who has fallen victim to human trafficking.  Without giving away the story, Navy SEAL Commander Bart Nelson (the Ghost) is called upon to help her, along with four more survivors of their last mission.  Becoming separated after that tragedy, they now feel compelled to come together to help a friend in trouble.

Over the course of time, the reader is able to see how a crime of this magnitude is allowed to flourish right under our nose.  Our young people are disappearing at an alarming rate as human trafficking is now the fastest growing crime in the world at $32 billion!  How can this be?  What is law enforcement doing to combat it?  Well, not nearly enough!  And that is the reason I would like to introduce the scum involved in this atrocious crime to the former SEALs, Bart Nelson and Chelsea Steele.  They have a message for those who are destroying the lives of our young people, along with countless members of their grieving families.  That message is compelling:  “If the Ghost doesn’t get you, the Hammer will!”

In a few weeks I plan to release a book dedicated to this amazing guy:  Navy SEAL Commander Bart Nelson (the Ghost).  Bart is tough.  He is smart.  But above all, he is kindhearted and would die for you.  It is not about numbers with him.  Every single person, no matter how insignificant they may seem to others, is important to Bart.  He has proven that countless times as he is prepared to die if necessary to save the last victim.

Bart’s skills are innumerable.  He is adept as a helicopter pilot.  While stationed near Miramar California, where the navy trains their pilots to be the best of the best – “Top Gun” as we know them, Bart was afforded another skill.  He was fortunate to become highly experienced at flying an F-16 which is used by naval pilots in their special operations units.  Of course his physical conditioning and martial arts training, along with knowledge and experience using an array of weaponry, has prepared him for anything.  These many skills come in handy as you have already learned from reading previous books in the series.

Book 6 of the  SEALs Series – The Lady SEAL – was devoted to “the Hammer” and how Chelsea Steele’s skills entitled her to become the very first Lady SEAL.  Just as she had a beginning, so did “the Ghost.”  Now we are prepared to reveal how he earned the code name he is so famous for.  Make ready as we are about to release The Ghost SEAL!

In closing I would like to say something to the brave men and women in our armed forces.   We owe you everything and above all our respect.  It is because of you that we have our freedom. 

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This blog is specifically written for my twitter friends, but I am certain anyone can benefit from it.  The things I would like to share with you apply to all facets of our lives.  In order for us to become successful, we must be willing to help others along this amazing journey in the circle of life.  There is a balance of nature; and as we learn from animals of the wild, only the strong will survive.  But taking that one step further we can conclude that a network of beings is more formidable that any single entity.  When the network stands together, even the strongest opponent against them will fall under their power.

It has been my good fortune to meet many wonderful people on twitter.  Since beginning the remarkable journey during the month of November of 2011, meeting incredible people there has brought me much satisfaction.  I like to think that others have gained from my presence as well.  You see, the meaning of life is much more than our selfish desires.  It is seeking the good of others and placing them above ourselves.  When we do that, we find this kindness coming back to us many times over.

Twitter is like that, whether we understand it or not.  This is an excellent place to network with others.  In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to realize how this powerful social media could possibly be useful to anyone.  It only took a few weeks for me to understand how this could, in fact, be an amazing opportunity to network with people all over the world.

The possibilities are unlimited if a person learns how to use twitter properly.  By properly I mean with kindness, as well as showing consideration for others and their needs.  Within these few short months, I have met people of all walks of life.  It’s to my surprise that many have been watching me and my approach to this process.  To be candid with you, I did not fully understand where it would lead when I first began the journey.  Now it is very clear that there is a network of people in my following and those I follow back.  When we have something important to say, others in our network quickly come to our aid and “retweet” the message to thousands of their followers.  Before long our message has been shared with literally hundreds of thousands of people, all through our network.  There are hundreds of millions of people on twitter, all wanting to meet others with common interests, networking if you will.

In the beginning of my experience, it became obvious to me that many of my followers were authors, all attempting to build their presence in the world of self-publishing.  Since I own a publishing company, they were in essence looking for some sort of guidance as to the process of getting their work recognized.  Some even told me they were hoping for some input from me.  I made the promise to share what I could as I unraveled the mystery of self-publishing.  Some of those ideas have already been shared through my tweets.

Many of you may be of the opinion that I have forgotten about this promise, but not so.  We have been researching and testing our ideas before releasing the details to others.  Most of you know by now that I am not one to offer advice that has not been proven.  Thankfully, after much hard work, we have something very valuable to share with you.

There are distinct differences between self-publishers and major publishing houses.  Our number one concern was to find those differences and see if we could mimic their strong points.  Surprisingly there are some major weaknesses in those powerful giants as well, things that self-publishers must avoid in order to be successful.  This ambitious project has produced some astounding findings.  We have taken those discoveries and written a book about them.  We also feel there are some distinct areas where self-publishers, as a whole, fall short of those giants in the business of book publishing.  But there is a way to use these weaknesses to our advantage.

Even big publishing houses will admit that only 5% of their projects earn back the advance paid to the author.  This would entail that the other 95% fail to turn a profit.  Can a self-publisher do a better job with that?  Of course we can, but we must work prudently.  Most emerging authors do not have the funds or the desire to throw money away on a loser.

One thing that we have learned from three decades of publishing newsletters is that every project must be fully tested before committing a large amount of capital to it, especially to something that is destined to fail.  So, why not test your book in the same way?  It can be done.  If there are flaws, then fix them before sinking thousands of dollars in the project that will never be recovered.

Do not be surprised if many well-known authors soon move into the field of self-publishing.  They can use the principles we have laid out for them to make the next release much more rewarding, all while managing the entire process in an orderly manner.  Hopefully, we will be finished with the final analysis of this project within the next few weeks, releasing the book on the subject shortly afterwards.  It will be available in both e-book and print format.

In closing let me say something about my friend Dr. Jimmy Star who goes by the twitter name @DrJimmyStar.  It has been my good fortune to be a guest on his show.  Soon afterwards I began to realize how powerful this syndication really is.  The Jimmy Star Show is being broadcast to 155 countries and is listened to by celebrities everywhere.  Known as the “King of COOL” among his own peers, Jimmy has his act together.  He knows everybody and everybody knows him.  After appearing on his show, my book sales skyrocketed and are still climbing.  Now how COOL is that!  Thanks, Dr. Star, for allowing me to become a part of your far reaching network.  In case you missed the show, here is the link to the entire podcast.  My appearance is about 40 minutes into the show, and don’t forget to hang around for Bubba of Forrest Gump right after me. http://bit.ly/QDaCz6 

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As we begin the New Year, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the past.  I am a firm believer that in order to chart the course of our journey into the future, we must take a look at where we have been.  It would be appropriate at this time to thank all my loyal supporters and the 1700+ who have read my blogs. I must admit the response to “The Greatest Gift of All” and “A Christmas Wish” was more than could have been anticipated.  The ripple effect was felt around the nation as kindhearted people put this wish into practice.  It was all over the news, bringing a smile to my family.  There were hosts of mystery people helping others without revealing their identity.  Can you imagine the feelings of the recipient of such a gift?  Better yet, can you imagine the feeling within the individual who offered such an act of kindness without receiving any praise?

With that being said, let’s carry this thought forward and pay tribute to the true heroes in our lives.  The world is filled with kindness and those who are sacrificing everything in order to help others.  Yet, to accomplish that requires more than we realize.  Our police officers protect us from those who would do us harm.  It is because of their sacrifice that we can move about freely, carry on with our wishes, and expect to be safe while doing so.  Can you imagine what it would be like if it weren’t for those dedicated officers of the law? 

I wrote many stories of the Wild West, days of the frontiers, and of the times when our survival was left up to us as individuals.  Thankfully that has changed.  It is not perfect.  There is corruption, bribes, and dishonest judges who pervert the law; but as a whole, most are descent, dedicated keepers of the law.  It is a disgrace to them to learn of bribes being taken by their own to pervert justice.  To those who are truly devoted to keeping the oath they have taken to uphold the law, our deep-seated gratitude goes out to you.

It is only fitting and appropriate to praise the many individuals in our armed forces and to pay tribute to them.  They leave their families and the comfort of their homes to enter harms way in order to protect us.  Many pay the ultimate of sacrifices so we can have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This great nation stands today as tribute to centuries of men and women who have served their country.  Without their sacrifice, we would most likely find ourselves under the control of a dictatorship or sovereign power, stripping us of the many privileges we enjoy today.

But, alas not all is well.  Unfortunately problems do exist.  They will be waiting for us in the future, just as they have persisted in the past.  One that I would like to touch on is human trafficking.  It is a global crisis and is out of control.  I have written “The Twelve SEALs” and two sequels for the purpose of creating public awareness about this subject.  Education is the key.  The next release is about to hit the bookstores, and you will certainly acquire a new level of appreciation for the SEALs after reading of these heroic efforts by some of our finest.  In these stories the president has become fed up with the tolerance of human trafficking.  Corruption is at the root of the problem, and the love of money is the driving force that is destroying the lives of many of our young women.  You may know of someone that has disappeared, never to be heard from again.  I do!  Is human trafficking behind it?  We are beginning to suspect as much.

In an effort to put a stop to the abductions, trafficking, and abuse of these unfortunate victims, the president has called upon the elite.  Who better than the Navy SEALs is there to protect our young women?  When victims are abducted, leaving behind no evidence to follow, and the police reach a dead end, it suddenly becomes a job for a team of former SEALs.  These guys are dedicated to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.  Their training has prepared them for the task, and now they issue a warning:  “We got Bin Laden; and if you are involved in human trafficking, we will get you too!”  Young women are disappearing at an alarming rate and need someone to rescue them.  They wait, desperately wanting to be found.  Now there is hope, and soon the victims will be returned to the loving arms of their families.  Here is a tribute to our finest!

Recently I had the good fortune of being a guest on Dottie Laster’s Here Women Talk Radio.  If you would like to listen to my southern accent, click on the link below and choose archives.  My portion is the final twenty minutes of the broadcast.  Those who are concerned about my accent need not worry.  Once the ink touches the paper, the accent melts away.

If you would like to learn more about ways to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking, please consider “The Twelve SEALs” out now, and its sequels soon to be released.

Thank you!

 Roger Grubbs

  

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For more information about The Twelve SEALs, click here:

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On this glorious day of the 4th of July, our nation celebrates the day of our independence.  As I awakened this morning, there was a certain feeling in the air.  It is difficult to explain, but I sensed the presence of an unseen spirit.  Maybe it is Thomas Jefferson himself celebrating with us.  I sincerely hope so.

History tells us it was this brave individual, with the help of four others, that put everything on the line in writing the Declaration of Independence.  Upon completing the final draft, fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it, setting into motion the most profound event in our nation’s history.  Those stately words continue to echo throughout our nation and around the world.  There is comfort in hearing and repeating the message.  The committee of five consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin were geniuses, or could it have been they were divinely guided? 

When you read the beginning it becomes evident that there was a powerful force at work.  It states:  

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

This portion of the Declaration set out the reasons for what this committee was about to do, but it is the powerful words that follow that move us to greatness. 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

You and I, my friend, have the right to be treated equally.  Included in that are certain indisputable rights – that being:  Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  No individual, no court of law, and no agency on earth has the right to take that from you.  Of course we can give up those rights by breaking the laws of our land, but law-abiding citizens have the constitutional right to all the privileges provided in this Declaration. 

As I close my eyes for a moment to reflect upon this prestigious day, I realize something.  Our forefathers gave up everything for our freedom.  Men and women do that every day to insure that our freedom is protected.  Now I need to do my part to make certain our great nation preserves this freedom.  It is certainly a privilege to live in this remarkable country, and I hope Thomas Jefferson is smiling upon us as he cherishes this moment that began on July 4th, 1776.  Make him proud by celebrating with us this auspicious occasion.  It is because of men and women like him that we have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

Roger Grubbs

Author

www.BooksByRogerGrubbs.com

www.Dr-Andrew-Rogers.com

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There is something on everyone’s mind at this particular time.  On July 8th our nation will commence the ending of an era, yet with that it will bring the beginning of a new one.  It is hard to believe the space shuttle has been around since the first launch of Columbia on April 12th, 1981.  For approximately thirty years this craft has been the primary source of manned space travel.  This massive structure will no longer be used to deliver astronauts into outer space, nor will it carry a payload of up to 50,000 pounds into orbit.  Upon the final voyage of Atlantis, the space station will be completed, fully stocked for future visitors via a new system.

Space travel by shuttle has not been without its problems.  Seven brave crew members lost their lives when Challenger disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean only seconds into its flight on January 28th, 1986.  Seventeen years later, while onlookers gazed into the skies, Columbia broke apart as it re-entered the earth’s atmosphere on its 28th mission.  All seven astronauts were killed on that tragic day of February 1st, 2003.

In fulfilling their dreams, these courageous souls have left us something useful.  They have proven it is possible to travel in space.  It is because of their efforts the brilliant pictures of the vast beyond have been returned to us from the Hubble telescope.  Through this unique craft, we have had the privilege of locating a galaxy some fourteen billion light years away.  That reveals something for us to think about.  The size of our universe is mind-boggling, and all of this has a beginning.

One of the main characters of the Dark Side of the Sun, Mr. Steven Lucas, has discovered a way to travel beyond our galaxy.  To do that, he must be able to travel faster than the speed of light which we know to be 186,000 miles per second.  Why is so important for him to be able to do that?  Because he is convinced the sun is about to enter into a supernova.  Yet, his opponents quickly remind him that the size of the sun is much too small for that to happen. 

As the sunspots and violent explosions begin to erupt, Mr. Lucas is convinced it is coming.  Now he must find a way to tap into the energy that produced the Big Bang Theory that gave birth to the universe, but he realizes the source of that energy is divine in nature.  If he can only figure out a way to unwrap time from space, he could achieve warp speed.  Needing a source of energy, he finds it in the mysterious black energy that fills the universe.

Before Mr. Lucas could convince anyone of his discovery, the sun begins to act up.  Now it is time to leave, and he knows exactly where to go if only he can find a way to get there.

At the moment this is all sci-fi, but the future holds all sorts of possibilities.  As these events unfold and come to pass, we need to remember the brave souls who journeyed where no man had gone before.  Many of those courageous men and women gave up everything – even their lives – to explore the vast universe that lies before us.  As overwhelming as it may seem, we have only scratched the surface.

                                                                   Roger Grubbs

                                                                    Author

 www.BooksByRogerGrubbs.com

www.Dr-Andrew-Rogers.com

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Harrison Ford does not know me, but let me tell you how we met.  One night I got the surprise of my life when I spotted him coming from a secluded building at a local theme park.  He had on a hat exactly like the one worn by Indian Jones.  Other than that, there was no disguise.  So, naturally I spoke to him. 

Before I had time to explain what was on my mind, he had already figured it out.  Mr. Ford, being the perfect gentleman he is, located a bench to the side of the walkway.  I could see it in his eyes.  He was thinking, ‘Here goes the spill.  So, I just as well get comfortable.’ 

When he sat down, I began to explain how my character, Dr. Andrew Rogers, would set the stage for a perfect meeting with Indian Jones.  Andy is a well-known archeologist who travels the world, searching out and proving or disproving the authenticity of ancient artifacts.  The only problem:  during those searches, he awakens a host of demons.  If that is not enough, he has gangsters trailing after him, attempting to take his discoveries from him.

When I mentioned the two of our characters meeting in a sequel, Mr. Ford looked up, made eye contact, and smiled.  He was about to speak.  But guess what?  We were interrupted.  “Hey, Spiel,” he said while waving at a gentleman pushing a stroller.  It was none other than Steven Spielberg.

With my heart pounding, I explained my idea to Mr. Spielberg.  After all, Mr. Ford had introduced us.  Pointing to his friend, Mr. Spielberg quickly replied, “That fellow’s character deserves his own billing.”

Then, I said, “You are right.  I’ll just create a story for Indian Jones, a sequel.”  Now that had gotten Mr. Harrison’s attention.  He looked up from underneath the brim of his hat and said, “You write it, send it to me, and I’ll read it.”

I was ecstatic.  With that being said, he rose to walk away to follow after Mr. Spielberg.  It took a moment for this to sink in.  When it did, I realized I had overlooked something.  Mr. Ford had not told me where to send the manuscript.

And, then, I awakened from my dream.  Before you come to a conclusion about this chance meeting in my slumber, you need to know that my dreams quite often come true.  Today I received a magazine with Harrison Ford’s picture on the cover.  That is why I’m telling this story.  For you guys out there who are wondering . . .  Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are the nicest people you will ever meet – if only in my dreams.

Sincerely,

Roger Grubbs

Author

Dr. Andrew Rogers’ Adventure Series

www.booksbyrogergrubbs.com

www.Dr-Andrew-Rogers.com

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