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Independence Day

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4 July 2017

Happy Independence Day, America!

Wanted to share a photo with y’all, and of course the annual posting of the Declaration of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

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 decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:

Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:

William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:

Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:

William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:

Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Happy 241st birthday to our beloved Corps!

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The United States Marine Corps is one of the greatest organizations in the world! The people who serve in it are some of the best we have to offer in this country. If you know a Marine today, tell them happy birthday please.  Here are a couple of my favorite quotes about the Marines:

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they have made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” – President Ronald Reagan

“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!” – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Hope y’all have an outstanding day!

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Voting, Free Books, and Great Pictures (Weekly Roundup)

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Happy Monday folks!  Hope y’all’s week is off to a great start.  Lovely fall weather here. Couple notes before we get started on all the kind people and their photos and posts of Countryside.

First, if you live in the US, please, please go vote on November 8th!  It’s so important; I can’t stress that enough.  No matter what you think, or which candidate you are voting for, please take some time and go vote.  There are a lot of people who have paid a steep price so that you can exercise your conscious.  Thanks very much!

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Second, and much, much less important is that “Countryside: The Book of the Wise” will be FREE on Amazon Kindle from November 22-26th next week!!!  If you are an eBook lover, don’t miss your chance; it’s normally $3.99.

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Pictures and Words

Finally, here are some of the great photos of Countryside from last week.  If you have a chance to check out these accounts please do.

Tea @deadlywendyhadley

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J.M. @jmstorinbooks

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Mags @staybookish

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Anna @throne_of_book

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Rebecca 
@paperbackpatronus

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Shelly @vixenreads

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Vy
 @thelibrocubicularist

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@the.bibliofiles

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Thanks so much to all of you who are helping to spread the word about Countryside, whether you are talking about it or taking photos of the books or reviewing them!  I hope y’all have a wonderful week, and we’ll talk soon! – JT

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Amazon Kindle Version of Countryside Free!

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Just a heads up for all you kindle eBook lovers out there …

‘Countryside: The Book of the Wise’ will be FREE, but only on Amazon, and ONLY from November 22-26! It’s normally $3.99 so make sure you pick up a copy! Hope you’ll check it out!

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Instagram Review Page!

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Morning all!  Well, there’s no one page like on Goodreads or Amazon where you can see all the reviews of Countryside from Instagram … so my awesome web team MADE one!  It’s nothin’ too fancy, but you can check out all the reviews with links to the Instagram picture (or in a couple instances Goodreads page) where they were made.  I couldn’t be more humbled by the kindness being shown to Countryside and me.  Please take a moment and see what these fine folks had to say about Countryside!

You can check out the review page here.

Hope y’all have a wonderful day and that the weather is just the way you like it wherever you are.  Thanks so much to those who have read Countryside and those who are just getting started with Luke on the journey!  We’ll talk soon.  – JT

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Pictures and Words (Weekly Roundup)

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Happy Halloween folks!  What went on over the weekend?  What plans for tonight?  Did a little more pumpkin carving … and Christmas music listening.

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Here are some of the great photos of Countryside from last week.  If you have a chance to check out these accounts please do.  Hope y’all had a great Halloween!  Oh, and there’s a Countryside giveaway running over on Instagram through this Thursday if you’d like a chance to win signed copies of the first two books!

Pictures and Words

Meme, @meme.granger

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Asma, @oasisgirlmd

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Emilie, @thebookranter

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Mia, @cosyreads

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Minerva, @pagesandcup

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Carly, @thedarlingsdiary

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Thanks so much to all of you who are helping to spread the word about Countryside, whether you are talking about it or taking photos of the books or reviewing them!  I hope y’all have a wonderful week, and we’ll talk soon! – JT

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What People are Saying About Countryside!

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Evening all.  Hope y’all’s week has gone great!  Just wanted to pass along a few of the recent reviews on Countryside!

“A perfect book for parents to read to their children before bed, as well as for older readers who enjoy a trip back into the world of fantasy.” – Heather, KrimSuun Pages Blog, on The Book of the Wise

“If you like Harry Potter, you’ll love this!” – Asma, @oasisgirlmd, on The Tears of Adina

“I highly recommend this series to middle school readers … the Tears of Adina is a great second book.” – Abi, @thesqueakycupboard, on The Tears of Adina

“I had high expectations for this book and was not disappointed!  I enjoyed everything about it!” – Tea, @deadlywendyhadley (Goodreads Account), on The Book of the Wise

Thanks to all these folks, and thanks to all of you out there who are reading and reviewing and spreading the word about Countryside!  I’m so grateful for all your words.  Drop me a line anytime.  Looking forward to talking with y’all soon!  – JT

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The Countryside Courier!

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The Countryside Courier is the newsletter brining you news straight from the heart of Countryside!  Fashioned after 1800’s newspapers and published every two to three weeks, the Courier will bring you the latest happenings in the world of Countryside.  It will also contain blogs of interest, book recommendations and other exciting tidbits.  You can sign up for the newsletter here, as well as on my Facebook page.  Let me know what you like and don’t, and what you think could be added or removed.  Hope you’ll take a look and please spread the word around; I’d really appreciate it!  I’ll talk with y’all soon!

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Pictures and Words (Weekly Roundup)

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Happy Monday morning folks! How did the weekend go for y’all? Anything exciting to pass on? It was a good weekend here, actually made it to the pumpkin patch and did a little carving and apple pie baking … and we might have listened to a little bit of Christmas music … maybe.

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Just wanted to pass on the pictures and kind words about Countryside from last week. If you have a chance to check out these accounts please do. Hope y’all have a great day! Oh, and a little bit of news from the world of Countryside will be coming out tomorrow morning …

Pictures and Words

Melinda (@basement_bookcase)

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Aleema (@aleema_s)

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Tea (@deadlywendyhadley)

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Kristen (@books_faith_love)

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Liz (@bookishbonbon)

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J.M. (@jmstorinbooks)

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Breanne (@the.roaming.library)

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I really appreciate all of y’all out there spreading the word about Countryside these days. It helps a great deal and means very much. I hope y’all have a wonderful day too, and I’ll talk to you again soon! – JT

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What People are Saying About Countryside!

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Morning all.  Hope y’all’s week is going great!  Just wanted to pass along a few of the recent reviews on Countryside!

“Easily the best middle grade book I’ve read in years.” – Rachel, Never Too Many Books Blog, on The Tears of Adina

“Whether you’re a 10 year old or 80, you’re bound to like this book!” – Asma, @oasisgirlmd, on The Book of the Wise

“… a wonderfully woven fantasy tale that really sucked me in.” – Coral, Reading My Life Away Blog, on The Book of the Wise

 “… reminiscent of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and with a touch of Narnia thrown in.” – Bex, @outofthebex, on The Book of the Wise

 “I highly recommend this book! … any age would love it.” – Kristen, @books_faith_love, on The Book of the Wise

 “… gripping and exciting … a world full of fantasy and adventure.” – Heather, KrimSuun Pages Blog, on The Tears of Adina

 “Fans of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Percy Jackson will love the Countryside Series … I couldn’t make myself put it down!” – Mel, @bookish.mel, on The Book of the Wise

Thanks to all these folks, and thanks to all of you out there who are reading and reviewing and spreading the word about Countryside!  I’m so grateful for all your words.  Drop me a line anytime.  Looking forward to talking with y’all soon!  – JT

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