May 08 2016

#WhosYourHero Giveaway Hop #story

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Who's Your Hero Giveaway Hop on @JLenniDorner blog #WhosYourHero

This month we’re celebrating the men and women (and animals too!) that rock a uniform–whichever uniform that may be. Military, Police, Firefighter and all others who serve and protect. So…Who’s Your Hero? Stop by each blog for a giveaway and to find out who OUR favorite fictional and real life heroes are…

Who is my hero?

The trouble with this question is that every time I have a hero, they let me down. I don’t blame the hero in every case. After all, if you force someone onto a pedestal and then shake it all the time, they are bound to fall eventually. People have flaws. Some people spend their lives looking for those flaws. I don’t know why that’s a job, but apparently it is and it pays well.

I have plenty of flaws. Please, never put me on a pedestal. Leave me in a tree or feed me to a wolf.

There are those who regularly commit heroic deeds. Police, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, etc — in every one of those groups, there are those who have also committed atrocious crimes.

I’m going to give you an old story now. Did I write it? Well… I don’t know if anyone else has ever written it down, but I’m not the first to hear it, either.

The Tale of Red Sky

Red Sky came from a land far away. The Great Turtle allowed him to cross to our lands.
“I have come in search of a wife,” he told those who greeted him.
“What would you give one of our women to marry, mate, and join our tribe?”
“I am a great warrior. I fought many battles against our enemy from the water.”
“Why then have you not married in your own tribe?”
Red Sky fell to the ground, his heart too heavy to allow him to stand. “Though my village defeated many enemies, there was one we could not fight. Our mountain roared and reached to the heavens, striking at a god. The sky bled red. The god struck back, breaking the mountain open. The air was sucked away as the god and the mountain yelled at each other. Boiling blood from the battle rolled down, destroying all that it touched.”
Our people considered all that he said. They brought him food and drink so that he might rest while they debated.
“When the mountain struck the god, you were doomed. How did you get away?”
“Our enemy from the water had lost a great ship in a battle against us. I gathered those who would come. Our sky is red! We must go before the angry god strikes. I pleaded with my people, but only a few believed.” Red Sky took a long drink. He shifted on the ground, fingering the grass beneath him. “We knew not the ways of the water. Many who came died soon after we left. Some from watching as our home vanished. Others from the black air. Two of us made it to this land.”
“Where is the other?” our people asked.
“He died two moons ago. I am the last. So I must take a wife to keep my people from dying out.”
One of the unwed women stepped forward. “Red Sky,” she called him, for he had no relation to any gathered, “you bring only your word of this. I will require proof.”
And so a group set off with Red Sky to journey back to his home. When they got there, the sky was not bleeding. The mountain did not roar. It was easy to breathe the air, all of which was clear. There was no sign of a village or reason to believe that anyone would have settled here.

Red Sky had left his home. He went on a long journey to seek another place to live. But that was all that could be known for certain. So Red Sky, who perhaps was once a great hero, was left on the shore of the place he once called home. Five days rations were given. No woman decided to stay.

The lesson: You are only a hero if there’s proof, but villainy can be stumbled on accidently.

So who is my hero that serves and protects?

Indie Authors. The only way to improve publishing is to get out there and do something. Many indie authors have said “no” to ridiculously high prices, too-low prices, ebooks priced higher than paper or hardback books, and other bizarre twists from the publishing world. They’ve made their own marketing plan, figured out cover art, and found their own editors. They’ve scheduled book tours, given out ARCs, and created mighty email lists. It’s brave. They serve the writing community. Indie authors, and small press publishers, challenge the publishing community– forcing them to protect authors’ rights, hard work, and contributions. Underdogs? Maybe. But none are better suited to bring positive changes in the world of books!

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Peregrine “Perry” Eckert is one of my favorite fictional heroes.

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    • H.B. on May 8, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Favorite fictional character hero is Ty Grady from Cut & Run.

    • Trix on May 8, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    I love Griff Muir from Damon Suede’s HOT HEAD!

      • Trix on May 8, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      I messed up on the Rafflecopter, so here’s the Couldn’t Put It Down hop link:

    • Celesta on May 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    My favourite real life hero is Jesus.

    • Patricia Barraclough on May 8, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    My favorite hero is my husband. He was in the Air Force for 24 years and flew combat missions in Vietnam. He looked good in his flight suit and his blues. He now looks great in his Air Force tartan kilt.
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    • Mai T. on May 9, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite fictional hero is Hermione Granger.

    • Stephanie on May 9, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    My favorite literary hero is Kyon Ensin from Amy Bartol’s Kricket series.

  1. Heroes is a great idea for a blog hop! I’m looking forward to your reflections on A to Z.

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    • Diana Tidlund on May 9, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    firemen… especially after 911 and their heroics and willingness to die
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    • bn100 on May 12, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    would say the military are heroes

    • Jen B on May 14, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    I love all the men in Zoe York’s SEALs undone series.

    • Catherine Bates on May 15, 2016 at 3:37 AM

    The Military are my real life heroes

    • Santanu on May 16, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    This is a great initiative. Really military people are real role model of many people.
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  2. Firemen are my favorite heroes.

    • Laura on May 18, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    All of our law enforcement are heros in my eyes. They put their lives on the line for us everyday!

    • Jerry Marquardt on May 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    I like Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk. Hulk always rescues people in need.
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  3. Poor Red Sky. How sad. Maybe he shouldn’t have told them he was great. If you tell people you’re awesome, then you have to prove it. He should have just said they’re all dead and I’m alone. Pity often works better.

    I do love Indies and small pubs. I see them as pioneers, striking out and forging their own paths.
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