on betsy devos – because i can’t be silent

a diary of a mom


Image is a photo of Besty DeVos at her Senate Confirmation hearing yesterday. 

Just two days ago, in celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, I shared one of his many oft-recited quotes here.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Today, I picked up the phone and called Washington.

I called my state’s senators. And then I kept dialing.

I called every single senator on the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee. I pleaded with them to block the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. My plea was less articulate than I’d hoped. It was emotional. It was urgent. I found myself shaking. In the middle of one call, I had to wipe away tears before…

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Plagiarism and The Shit That Happened on #TheWalkingDead (#SPOILERS #TWD)

Jena Gregoire - Author of Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

This weekend was a little bananas.  Between the plagiarism debacle and the shit that happened on The Walking Dead, my head is still spinning.  To those who have NOT watched last night’s episode of TWD, no worries, I put in a huge banner to let you know in advance before we start spewing spoilers, so you can read this post without anything being spoiled for you.  Don’t you worry!  I’ve got your back!  *winky face*

As for the other thing, the dirty P word, that’s right ladies and gents, we have a proven thief among us.  I hate even typing those words.  Ugh………….  But it is what it is.  Now it’s up to US to choose how we react and handle the situation.


Jena Sig XXX

In This Post:

  • The Plagiarism Shit and How It Should Be Handled
  • The Shit That Happened on The Walking Dead

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I have sat here all day. Well not really sat. But, well you know what I mean. Thinking about how I was going to do this reveal. I usually don’t do reveals. Better yet, I have never done a reveal. I feel the urge to do this one. Some of the books in this box series are amazing.

Hi, I’m Nikki. An indie book junkie! My kindle is full of authors that are indie authors. I can’t wait to get my hands on some the other books in this set.

Without further ado…


Genesis [jen-uh-sis]
Definition: an origin, creation, or beginning.
From demons, weres, and vampires, to dragons, shifters, and angels, GENESIS is the ultimate must-have boxed set for any urban fantasy & paranormal romance fan. GENESIS brings you eight new worlds to sink your teeth into. From some of the genre’s brightest talent, each title in this boxed set is the first installment of the authors’ respective series.
Featured in Genesis:
– The Devil You Know by J.M. Gregoire
– Ghost of a Threat by Beth Dolgner
– Entwined By Fate by S.A. Price
– Fallen by Julie Morgan
– Spark by K.C. Stewart
– The Mortal One by Shannon Bell
– Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Melissa Snark
– Juan by Crystal Dawn
Dig in your claws and hang on as these eight authors take you on a wild ride in GENESIS!
This is a box set as I said before. You will be able to pre-order December 15, 2015. I personally can not wait.
Here are some links you should follow to check it out further. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

GUEST POST by J.M. Gregoire: One man’s rainy drizzle is another man’s monsoon….

I’m not really sure what my intentions were when I started writing this blog post, but such is the life of a bestselling author/blogger/mom/PR rep/personal assistant/day-jobber with A.D.D.  Sometimes, collecting my thoughts isn’t as easy as it is for most.  Throw in a hefty dose of anxiety and the helpless feeling that comes with raising a teenager (or any kid for that matter), and you have yourself a frazzled momma bear with a temper problem.  Let’s call it a self-analyzing stream of consciousness.

Let me back up.  First, hi.  *waives like a lunatic hopped up on Pixie Stix*  My name is Jena, and Nikki, the brains behind Our Twisted Road, has been my best friend, my heart, my other half, since we were twelve years old.  It’s been 20+ years and too many miles to count, but she remains a soul mate.

Stop right there!

Put……the calculator…….down.

Now is not the time to be worried about figuring out how old we are.  There are far more important details to focus on.  *shifty eyes*

Back to the story.

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Let me set the stage….

Its about 11 pm on Tuesday night.

Thr kids are in bed after a long day of playing, swimming and just plain enjoying the summer. It’s just 4 of them this week. Lou and Belle are with their grandparents for VBS. Eldest and Boy-child were with their grandmother for the night. So it was just the twins and I home. All in all, a quiet night.

Most of you know, we have 6 kids and 4 furkids. This is kinda important.

Anywho. 11:15pm, I hear what sounds like someone/something coming through the wall pas5 the kitchen. The Eldest’s bedroom is off the kitchen and I swear on all that is holy it aounded like something had broken into the house.

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6 years ago…….

****This may scare the shit out of people. I’m letting you know in advance. Please don’t use this as anything but my story and how my girls made their presence. Nothing about this pregnancy or delivery was normal nor easy. I have been having flashbacks to what happened and felt this was the way to get it out.****

6 years ago….

I had gotten up on the morning of May 4, 2009. It wasn’t that early. Around 645. My sister was staying with me. I had kids to get up and get off to school. I was helping the boy-child get ready. He was 5 and still needed help with his shoes. I bent over, and felt that dreaded “pop”. I look up, my sister asks whats wrong, I tell her “Either my water broke or I just pissed myself”. I do the pee test… yep.. pretty sure my water had broken.  I call my sister from another mister.. whom happened to just be going to bed… and tell her what happened. She comes and gets me, while my other sister takes the Eldest and Boy-Child to school.

After it was determined that my water had indeed broken, I was being transferred to a bigger hospital at 32 weeks pregnant with twins. Having been released from the bigger hospital the night before, after 4 weeks on hospital bed rest.  I was not a happy camper to say the least.

Twin A’s water had broken and my hospital couldn’t handle babies under 4lbs.

I was scared shitless.

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Road Trip Baby!!!!


A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. About 10 days ago, I was invited to join the Original Bunker Punks!! Holy Shit!!! I totally freaked out. I was absolutely fan girling. It was totally awesome. And still is. To be part of an amazing group of people, it’s just amazing.

What is your most prized possession? If we are talking materialistically, I don’t have one. Those can be replaced. If not, then it would be my children. They could never be replaced. They have made me a better person, mother, individual.

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