Time is a funny thing. Those milestones and seemingly significant dates come and go until one day you wonder where it all went.
Back in the 1990′s (yes, over a decade ago) I began working on a manuscript that I had planned on shopping around in 2000 chronicling 5 years as an EMS volunteer. Life happened and I never really got around to finishing that manuscript. I worked on it piecemeal over the years, starting on an Apple IIC, going to the IBM PS2, then on a Pentium powered machine, moving it to a dual-core PC, and finally on my iMac. It started in a software called FrEdWriter, moved to MS Word, and was finished in Scrivener. It’s been stored on floppies, flash drives, and the cloud.
Today I am happy to announce the launch of that manuscript as an Ebook that has been almost 20 years in the making, a true labor of love that has been a proverbial millstone around my neck whether I wanted to admit it or not.
The Pride of the Hills: A Vollie’s Memoir is now available on Amazon.com for the Kindle platform.
The ebook is available at the launch price of $.99 for this week only and will go back to it’s regular list price of $4.99 on 11/23/13 so get your copy NOW !!!
Here’s the description from the Amazon.com page:
Turning around and away from her, my eyes fell on the scene at the end of the basement. Along the wall were roughly a dozen men. All of them had their arms above their heads with their palms pressed against the concrete wall. Their feet were spread apart. Their heads were hung in either shame or fear. None of them were fully clothed. Some were missing their shirts, some were missing their pants, and one of them was completely naked….”
Lace up the boots with an authentic 20-year EMS volunteer in one of the world’s biggest EMS systems, New York City. Going from a bumpy start in the service, through to those teenage rebellion years as a new provider running on calls for help, and culminating to a point of maturity often never reached in an industry known for eating its enthusiastic young with an astronomically high burnout rate.
Ride along to discover what it’s like to be an EMS provider, plunge head first to unlock the secrets of a misunderstood EMS system, and discover the shocking truth about who’s winning the life and death struggle that human nature declares we wage in the quest for immortality.
Volunteering in EMS has been an aspect of my life now for nearly 20 years. I don’t think it often gets the credit or explanation that it deserves. Altruistic in nature, these EMS agencies and their providers are not in it for monetary gain. While the community hails them as assets and everyday heroes in public, behind the scenes the support offered to us dwindles. They are often looked down upon by their fiscally compensated counterparts as overly enthusiastic blunderers placing a higher emphasis on maintaining the moral high ground as opposed to adequate training and experience. Founded on the ideals of community participation, volunteerism, and neighbors helping neighbors in a country where the economic feasibility of that type of service is diminishing, we struggle to survive as agencies and as individuals. After all, it’s a matter of life or death, right?
Yeah… maybe not so much. To find out, you’ll have to read the book! Reviews, constructive commentary, and feedback as always are welcome and encouraged… especially if you get it at the ridiculously low launch price of $.99!
For those of you who like nothing more than the feeling of dead tree in your hands, the trade paperback will be most likely available in early December.
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