children's books, Good Gus Books Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions.  If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong.  It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed.  For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone.  She finds a picture of him with another woman.  She instantly begins jumping to conclusions.  She believes he is cheating on her.  She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens.  She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him.  Then, one day he comes home with the woman.  She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he  tries to explain.  He finally forces her to calm down.  He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red.  She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her.  Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed.  This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant.  Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart.  He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Many families have problems because of feeling unwanted. It arises primarily from jealousy.  One member of the family may appear to be doing everything and receiving all the praise.  If one person stands out, there may be another member of the family that lacks confidence, becomes jealous and starts feeling unwanted.  This always leads to hurt feeling and frequently foolish actions.  In many of the old stories, in books and on TV, a relative may visit and start doing things around the home.  They may even be a better cook than either parent or a grandparent depending upon who is handling everything.  Sometimes the person who is feeling unwanted makes up a story and then packs their suitcases and leaves. Then everyone is upset.  When people are feeling unwanted they frequent make changes thinking that it will fix everything.  They may dye their hair a crazy color, shave it all off, do multiple piercing and/or tattoos, or even start dressing in unusual ways and hanging around with the wrong crowd.  It all boils down to getting noticed because they don’t feel loved or wanted.  In many cases, it is all in their imaginations.  It can also be part of having a victim type of personality.  In any case, they should be open and honest and resolve their issues without letting it fester in their brains and causing issues.  In the Good Gus series no one felt unwanted. The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who felt unwanted and it was reflected in the various estate plans.  You can read the book online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  It is amazing and sometimes surprising how super jealous people can be.  If a parent compliments one child, they have to compliment any and all others or one or more will become super jealous.  I see this frequently as an Estate Plan Paralegal.  The fights over sibling rivalry are ridiculous. Most parents divide everything equally.  If they don’t, the anger and super jealous people cause trouble.  That is part of the reason I wrote “Misplaced Trust.” When I started telling the stories about my work days, everyone suggested I write a book, “Misplaced Trust.”  However, in love relationships, if one person has a super jealous personality, things never work out.  Frequently, that is why lovers quarrels occasionally become deadly.  Of course, that is what makes the plots for the mystery stories and movies. The interesting parts of these stories is that people make a strong effort to frame another person so they can get away with it.  They almost always get caught.  I think the worst part of anything negative such as a crime is that people are super jealous of people who have money.  They try to steal it, harm them or take their possessions because they think that somehow they will feel better.  In the end it pays nothing.  Being super jealous of anyone isn’t worth the time or effort.  In the Good Gus series I made sure there was no sibling rivalry or that any character was super jealous. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Frequently people listen to others such as their friends or associates. It’s easy because you are sure they have your best interest at heart.  However, often they do not and their personal goal is to ruin you.  I have seen several videos about this and here are a few examples.  Two women were best friends.  One was definitely more attractive than the other although the less appealing woman was more powerful and controlling over the attractive woman. She continually told her that any man she met was not the right one.  One day, however, the beauty met and eventually married a wonderful man.  The less desirable woman began accusing her husband of cheating on her and over time destroyed her marriage.  After a few years, the beauty realized that she had made a terrible mistake and ended her friendship.  Her now ex-husband hadn’t remarried.  She located him, asked for his forgiveness and the chance to start over.  He was a kind person and agreed to start over.  A second one was about a blind man who decided to listen to others.  He had a wonderful wife who never cared that he couldn’t see.  His friends told him his wife was ugly.  He believed them and began treating her poorly.  Finally, she couldn’t take it anymore and left him and divorced him.  A few years later a new technique was developed that gave the blind man sight again.  He was elated.  One day he accidentally met up with his ex-wife.  He recognized her by her voice.  When he saw her, he was flabbergasted.  She was gorgeous.  He spoke to her and she knew instantly that he could see.  He complimented her on her beauty.  Since she had left, she had also remarried and had a child.  He then realized how foolish he had been to listen to others.   There are many stories in the Good Gus series where it was important to listen to others such as in book two, “The Cattle are Restless.”  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who did listen to others which made their lives miserable.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding site at: :



 Once again the Markle family is showing just how jealous they are that Meghan is happy and living a dream life. Her sister is planning to release a tell all book right at the time her baby is due.  Her family clearly has been bitten by the jealousy bug and just can’t seem to stop themselves.  It’s almost as if they want to destroy her because she is happy.  Anyone who has a jealous nature is very difficult to deal with.  They act foolishly, often out of control and make terrible mistakes.  They usually regret what they may have said or done and apologize profusely.  However, it still doesn’t change the fact that their jealous nature is destructive.  The plots in so many movies and TV shows use jealousy as a focal point of the story line.  The characters at least display their jealous actions and make the viewer aware that their behavior is undesirable.  Many celebrities have been stalked and some injured due to the uncontrollable feelings of jealousy people have towards them.  A jealous rage, in real life, often leads to dire consequences.  How many stories in the news discuss a person losing control and then harming the other individual sometimes permanently.  A person who has this condition needs to recognize it and seek help before they do something they will regret for the rest of their lives.  In the Good Gus series, there is very little jealousy. It would have been an poor example for the young reader.  In the U.S., Thanksgiving is approaching which means Christmas sales.  The series, available on Kindle,  is an ideal gift for the young readers on your list.  In “Misplace Trust” there are characters with a jealous streak.  They are easy to spot.  The books is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

children's book, children book, christmas book, christmas story All families have rifts of one type or another. Lately, it seems that the Markle family really needs their fifteen minutes of fame. They spend an inordinate amount of time promoting sibling rivalry and family rifts.  Megan’s sister cannot seem to stop insulting her.  She apparently needs to be noticed and the press is obliging.  Sibling rivalry is standard for most families.  However, as they mature they learn to accept their differences and become friends or at least get along.  They prefer to live happy lives without family rifts.  There are families who become angry at one another and stop speaking sometimes for a number of years.  This behavior often turn into long standing grudges. Eventually, they realize that life is too short and they should reacquaint themselves with their families.  The rifts occur frequently when money is involved.  If a person passes or a parent gives more to one child than the other, the fighting, anger and hostility flares up.  None of it is necessary.  Parents always try to be fair but they do have children who are more successful than others.  They try to do the right thing yet not everyone agrees.  Rifts at work lead to serious issues.  People can be fired, made redundant or even quit.  It’s never worth it for the most part.  The only character in the Good Gus series that loved to establish rifts was Bad Bart.  He was proud of his name.  However, sheriff Gus taught him that starting trouble, holding a grudge and being rude was unacceptable particularly in Pecos, Texas.  It’s a good lesson for the young reader.  Available on Kindle, the series offers a style of writing and story line that isn’t the same old tired theme we see so often.  Rifts are almost the basis for many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust.”  They thrive on them.  The book is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 The internet and TV’s have been filled with the recent royalty wedding of Harry and Megan. It has also included a sidebar about Megan’s half brother. If anyone was to hazard a guess, it would be that he is a poor sport, is quite jealous of his sister particularly marrying into royalty or good old fashioned sibling rivalry.  I suggest it is jealousy.  His letter was a rant about how horrible his sister is and yet no one else made any negative comments.  It has to be embarrassing to the Queen that someone would stoop so low to get their name in the news.  The same is true of Megan’s father.  If they were smart they would have just kept quiet and not tried to ruin her day while trying to make money from her.  The royalty were smart, they ignored all of it.  Often if you give too much attention to something or someone negative, it will continue to dominate the tabloids, magazines and the internet.  If you stand firm, ignore it, eventually something else will occur and all the previous negative publicity will be replaced.  The royalty have a right to their privacy the same as everyone else.  They don’t need or probably really  desire all the unwanted attention they receive on a daily basis.  The worst part is that the writers tend to overplay everything right down to the smallest, minute detail.  Believe it or not, royalty does come to Pecos in book fourteen, “The Surprise in the Sky.” The published books are available on Kindle worldwide.  There are no royalty in “Misplaced Trust.”  Only liars, cheats and thieves.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 As the saga continues from the former co-worker, he is still attempting to seek revenge.  He seriously needs to move on from his revenge project.  Unfortunately, there are people literally around the globe who seek revenge.  Wars have been started.  Families have broken up over it.  The workplace has become difficult for many individuals.  Often it can be something as simple as jealousy.  However, if a person’s ego is wounded, they seem to go to great lengths to extract revenge.  Life is too short for this yet people can’t seem to stop it.  I know of a custody case where the motive of the father is pure and simple.  He doesn’t want to pay and wants to hurt his ex and child as much as possible.  Sadly, this is common and not unique to anyone.  Look at the workplace.  Individuals will sabotage their workmates.  They may tamper with their projects, sneakily put in place items that may not be noticeable but will ruin someone else’s work or idea.  How many movies have you seen where jealousy takes over and a workmate will steal a co-worker’s idea and present it as their own?  It’s a theme in many movies.  The point is that egos will always be bruised, pride will be more important, and jealousy will rear its ugly head often in the name of revenge.  In the Good Gus series there were no acts of revenge.  It is important for children to read positive stories without monsters, violence, political agendas, etc.  Always available on Kindle, the series is a good start for summer reading once school is out.  If you are wondering if “Misplaced Trust” has chapters about revenge, you are correct.  You would be amazed what individuals will do.  The book, ideal for early evening reading, is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Why do people seek revenge rather than let things go? Why must they always get even? Seeking revenge is foolish and a waste of time, yet people can’t stop doing it.  It starts when we are young.  Another child may do something that is hurtful and because we are immature we strike back.  If not curbed, individuals mature and any time anything negative happens they seek revenge. For example, what happens when one person breaks up with another and it wasn’t expected or they wanted to do it first.  In the “olden” days, the girls’ name was written on the men’s room wall with an added phrase such as; “She is easy,” Looking for a good time,” etc.  They set out to ruin the girl’s reputation which was all you had during that tine.  There was no real social media just the rumor mongers going crazy.  Now, however, people can be destroyed on Facebook and other social media outlets very quickly. Look what it does to celebrities.  Many teens and preteens have committed suicide simply because someone didn’t like them and started a social media campaign against them.  It could be anything but more often I think it’s jealousy so they seek their revenge behind a computer screen.  The old Mafia days were all about revenge but even they have seen that it is useless and a waste of time.  It’s more intelligent to mature with grace and learn to accept defeats rather than want to strike back or seek revenge.  You should never allow anyone to push you about or bully you.  It is always important to stand up for yourself but revenge is never the answer.  In the Good Gus series, not one story was themed with revenge.  It’s a terrible lesson for the young reader.  The series is always available on Kindle worldwide and to test it to see if your child will like the books, go to Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  “Misplaced Trust” on the other hand has several chapters about people seeking revenge.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Every once in a while we all reach the breaking point.  It usually arrives when there has been too much stress.  If a person is unemployed, and they have applied for what they feel is the perfect job, only to have it pass to someone else can turn into the breaking point.  Families can often cause anyone to reach the breaking point.  They can be too demanding, argue too much, criticize or just be obnoxious.  All that can affect you until one day, it becomes so difficult that you reach the breaking point.  Even when you tell them to stop, somehow they just don’t listen.  It’s as if they are always right and you are always wrong.  Even when you do your best to solve an issue, break up an argument, explain you are too old to be told what to do, or to just end the criticism, they never seem to listen.  There are people who believe that if you are related that you never do enough for them.  Even when you do your best, it is never enough.  A couple of friends of mine who have adult children have expressed that if you only have two, each one believes that you, as the parent, are doing everything for their sibling and nothing for them.  Then, there appears to be a jealousy factor.  Each child, no matter how much you do for them, somehow they are jealous of the other child.  Clearly, as parents, even though the children were raised the same and treated equally, somewhere along the line we failed.  Is a millennium thing?  Who knows?  It does, however, cause us to reach the breaking point and  some individuals completely lose it.  In the Good Gus series, Sheriff Gus does not reach the breaking point.  When there is chaos, he is cool, calm and collected.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you have reached your breaking point, find a quiet relaxing spot, grab your tablet and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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