FIT@50 / week 20

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Sweet surprise:

Last Sunday was 7 weeks married. We’ve known each other for a while now, but we always talk about the kids.

Blended families are not to be left to an assumption they’ll just work out. They take effort, patience and understanding.

There’s a fine line to balance in these relationships. Sun Tzu said that the leader who is complimented for his pleasant personality in his first year of command, is mocked because of it every year since.

I’ve based every command assignment I’ve had on that secular and other biblical principles. You have to be a parent–not a friend. Still, I worry about the coming together of so many unique individuals.

Last week Liliana Hart​ snapped this pic, and there it was. The sweet surprise of confirmation that our efforts are paying off.

Do good,
Scott

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FIT@50 \ week 19

 

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FIT@50 \ week 19

Sidelined

Growing up playing every sport imaginable, the idea of being sidelined was inconceivable. As I’ve grown more “fit”, the idea of shining light on others while supporting from the bench is amazing.

I considered what a difference a week makes. We were in NYC for a thriller writers’ conference dominated by a different crowd – okay, it’s still very much a boys club.

Liliana Hart​ stood aside as authors introduced themselves to discuss crime and mystery writing and my career in law enforcement. It was different to have writers not recognize her, but she genuinely encouraged me to go off and talk “shop.”

This week, the table’s been turned as NYC has been taken over by romance writers during the Romance Writers of America​ conference. I must confess that I enjoy cheering from the sidelines while my wife shines.

Giving praise and support to others is a blessing for all.
Do good,
Scott

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Amazon Kindle World Series is Out of This World

NYT Bestselling Author CJ Lyons​’ Kindle World’s popular Shadow Ops Series is now LIVE. Included is a trilogy I wrote for the Shadow Ops world. You know there’s going to be plenty of Cajun flavor in these, but each romantic suspense is filled with crazy-wild adventures as well.

Danger's Desire 1 finalShadow Ops: Danger’s Desire – (Book 1)

The last thing Krystal “Voodoo” Laveau wants is a partner from her past, especially a playboy like Hollywood. But when the safety of the United States is at stake, she’ll do what it takes to get the job done.

 

 

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Shadow Ops: Danger’s Heat – (Book 2)

The Rougarou’s path of destruction has arrived in Chicago, and the clock is ticking for Hollywood and Voodoo to discover its identity. Hollywood’s own worst enemy is the fear of betrayal, but overcoming his past is the only way to clear the path for the future.

 

Danger's Desire 1 finalShadow Ops: Danger’s Passion – (Book 3)

Falling in love was never in Hollywood’s plans, but he learns the one person he can trust is the woman he almost loses. Can he save her in time to get everything he never knew he wanted?

 

 

Amazon Kindle World Series is Out of This World

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FIT@50 \ week 18

FIT@50 \ week 18
Broken: Don’t Do It

“They broke me.”
Those words were hard to hear.

“I know. It’s what they do,” was all I could say.
The somber, wooden expression in my friend’s face showed what two decades of service could do to even the most dedicated.

Some professions require a certain adherence to its culture, although not part of the official policy. Mavericks, self-starters and long-haired freaky people need not apply.

Unfortunately, the conflict between old school tradition and today’s demand for change has proactive employees caught in a clutch.

To lose the fire of passion that first drew you into your profession is the greatest loss of all. To suffer the darkening of vision for serving the greater good because a handful of naysayers fear change is a disservice to all, but mostly the fearful.

“Stay faithful,” were the words that came to mind. Don’t grant others the power over your life’s passions. Just don’t break.

Do good,
Scott

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Fit@50 / week 17

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Fit@50 / week 17
The more things change:

The last time I was in NYC was the early 1990’s working a wiretap for the DEA. My partner and I came up to join with the NYPD & DEA’s New York field office to track down criminals operating across country.

WOW, that was a long time ago, but coming back this week also included lots of concentration on crime and dastardly villains.

I’m presenting and attending International Thriller Writers Organization​’s ThrillerFest while on vacation. Everyone from Lee Child​ to Steve Berry​ to John Gilstrap​ to Liliana Hart​ (you had to guess that one), plus many more.

My hotel is a lot nicer than the shanties we were stuck in during surveillances and sting operations in the 90’s. Our food is sit down and eat, instead of grab it and go. And instead of a submachine gun strapped around my neck, I have a conference layard.

What I thought would be true, still very much is–I’d prefer the company of those men and women in blue who’d sacrificed so much if only to make the world a little safer for a brief moment in time.

I enjoy the embrace of writers who so meticulously craft stories about those same cops I’ve served with over the past 25 years. But if I had my choice, I’d be back behind the binoculars with a submachine around my neck waiting to snatch the next bad guy who surfaced from his hole.

It’s important to never, ever forget where you come from. Even if it meant long days and sleepless nights to get somewhere else.

Do good,
Scott

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