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As I said in yesterday’s post, I have completed uploading the revised edition of “The Shifting Sands” complete with new cover and the first ever print edition of the book. To celebrate this, the Kindle edition of “The Shifting Sands” will be available free on Amazon for the next two days, starting at midnight tonight.
After that, starting Monday, the Kindle edition of “Firedancer” will be free, and then “Snake Charmer”.
And with little fanfare, there is the new cover, designed by artist Don Graham after reading a description of Mike Ritz and the ideas I wanted to convey: a soldier trapped in two worlds.
The reveal of this cover also serves as the reveal for something equally important: “The Shifting Sands” is now in print form! It has taken me a while to get to this point. If you recall, I never intended to publish “The Shifting Sands” at all. It was simply a labor of love for me.
It has been a long few months since I last updated. The introduction of my son to my family has, understandably, had some dampening effects upon my time and ability to write. As life has resettled into a semblance of normalcy, however, I am picking back up.
I thought I was reading Mike Ritz’s voice from “The Shifting Sands” when I read this…then I realized Mike Ritz is essentially me…which means this man successfully put to words the thoughts and experiences dancing in the back of my mind.
One of the most frequent comments I hear about “The Shifting Sands” is how it gives an honest look into what it is like to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and subsequently live with it. I’m not certain about the second part: Mike doesn’t live with his PTSD, he runs from it. Which is a very common reaction to it. But it isn’t “living” with it.
I was thinking about it this morning. While, in general, the public has become more accepting that PTSD exists and can prevent us from engaging in otherwise normal social activities, I still get the idea they don’t quite understand the power it can have over us. I was trying to come up with a way to explain this, and I think the easiest way to do it is to explain anxiety/panic attacks.
At its heart, an anxiety attack is nothing more than the “fight or flight” response kicking in quite unexpectedly. So, first of all, you need to understand what that means. Think back to that time you were nearly in a car accident, or a bar fight, or when you thought you lost your child in the store – your heartbeat doubled or tripled in an instant, you suddenly felt very hot from the increased rush in blood. Your hands were shaking – your eyes jumped from one thing to another with spastic unpredictability. You unconsciously balled your hands into fists and relaxed them, over and over. It felt like a someone was sitting on your chest – your breathing came in shallow, quick, gasps. Your knees itched – right under the kneecaps, where you couldn’t reach it. Your legs wanted to take you somewhere, anywhere, but you didn’t know where to go.
“The Shifting Sands”, a book written by a soldier about the war in Iraq and dealing with PTSD back home, is available on Kindle and Kindle-enabled devices.
“The Shifting Sands” is “A well written book of a ‘fictional’ (I will use that term loosely here) series of events that lets people see into the mindset of a Soldier as he becomes who he will be for the rest of his days.” – Amazon Review.
And “Anyone who has served or have family that has served should read this book, if only to get a better understanding of what really happens while ‘over there’. ” – Amazon Review.