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We hold these truths…

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on July 4, 2011
Posted under My Heroes

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton


A Mother’s Love

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on May 8, 2011
Posted under My Heroes
“What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love,
fixed in permanent outline forever?”
~Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Small Cowper Madonna, Raphael, 1505


Happy Mother’s Day

I used to get horrendous sore throats when I was a kid, so bad that I couldn’t eat anything solid for days at a time. My mother would slip off to the store and buy pineapple sherbet so she could make me pineapple milkshakes. We didn’t have a blender, so she’d smoosh the sherbet up by hand and whip the milk in, and carry the milkshake up in a special glass on on a special tray.

What little thing did your mom do when you were a child that told you how much she loved you?



Romance Trading Cards, Bribes, and other fun

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on March 20, 2011
Posted under Contests & Giveaways, My Heroes, The Books

A couple of weeks ago on Twitter, four or five folks were chatting about heroes when someone asked, “Why aren’t there romance hero trading cards.” Well, that’s all it took. Within two days there were templates and a website (thanks to author Jeannie Lin), and writers and readers all over the web were getting excited about trading RTC’s, including me. I had cards designed for each of my heroes so far, and I’ll keep adding to the set as more books come out.

The first three came in a couple of days ago. I’d have posted earlier, but my mother-in-law was coming and I had to clean — you know how that goes.  But here they are.  Pretty snazzy huh? (Especially Gunnar. Mmm…Gunnar)

Want some of your very own? (keep reading…)




I’ll have them with me at the RT Booklovers’ Convention in LA (April 6-10, 2011)—particularly at the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, April 9, 11am-2pm.  Afterwards, if there are any left, you’ll be able to get a set by sending me an SASE.


You can get some NOW for FREE. (This is where the bribe comes in :))

Post a new, legitimate* review of Immortal Champion on Amazon or B& between now and April 3,  and I WILL SEND YOU A SET OF AUTOGRAPHED  TRADING CARDS. Yep, I’ll pay for the stamp. You just have to post the review then notify me via the Contact form here on my site with the user name you used and the mailing address where you want me to send them. If you’re Canadian, you can post your review on or If you already posted a review on Amazon and want to get in on this, great. Just post your review again on another major site and let me know about it. I’m easy. Really.

Remember: The review must be newly posted between today, March 20, and April 3, and I must have your info by midnight, April 3 (because I’m heading to LA immediately after that and want to get these in the mail before I leave). So hurry and get that review up now. And be sure to let your friends know.  The more reviews, the merrier.


*Legitimate does not necessarily mean favorable, although it would be great if you loved Gunnar and Eleanor as much as I do. Legitimate means thoughtful and demonstrating that you actually read the book.

International Women’s Day

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on March 8, 2011
Posted under My Heroes

Today, March 8, 2011, marks the Centenary of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. The holiday was first marked in 1911 as a celebration of the Suffragettes who fought so hard for the right of women to exercise the most fundamental of citizenship rights: the right to vote.

This year, the theme of IWD is equal access to education, training, science and technology. And if you think that because you live in a western country, you already have all that…perhaps Daniel Craig and Dame Judith Dench can enlighten you:

Of Horns and Heroes

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on September 10, 2010
Posted under My Heroes, Research, The Books

Every time I turn around, I see yet another Viking in a horned helmet. Movies, books, graphic novels, anime, football games, even Society for Creative Anachronism events and Renaissance Faire events, where the people should know better.  And every time I see one, I want to explode. So let me be clear.

Vikings did not wear horned helmets. Ever.  Viking chieftain's helmet

According to contemporary artwork and archeological findings, they went into battle either bareheaded or with the simple dome or cone helms that were common at the time (with or without nasal). Even their great chieftains/kings were buried with the same kind of simple helmets — some highly decorated and trimmed with precious metal. The helmet in the photo is that of a lesser chieftain, but shows the common shape (Photo credit:  John Erling Blad, from Wikipedia Commons)

However, back in the 1800s, a thousand years after the fact, some fellow in Sweden illustrated a translation of an Icelandic saga and decorated the characters’ helmets with cow horns.  And at about the same time, the image really took off in productions of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen.  At least the image is justified for those operas: there is good evidence that pre-Viking era* Germanic and Celtic peoples used winged or horned helmets in rituals, and since Tristan is based on an ancient Celtic legend and Der Ring comes from equally ancient Germanic legends, wings or horns are fine.  They belong there. Unfortunately, the combination of illustrations + operatic Valkyries fused horned helmets and Vikings in European and  American imaginations

Horns do not belong on the Immortal Brotherhood or on any other Viking. Ever.

No horned Vikings.

Horny Vikings, though? Now that’s an entirely different matter….

* The Viking era runs 793-1066 A.D., or Lindisfarne to Hastings (when they conquered England — Norman = Northmen = Vikings — and settled down forever)

For more photos of Viking helmets, visit Hurstwic Viking Reenactors. There’s other terrific info in their history section, accessible from the bottom of their Home page.

Now you see him…

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on August 16, 2010
Posted under My Heroes, The Books

Or does he see you?

Looks like the winner was Gunnar’s eyes. Or rather, eye. One really intense eye…

Yes, he has both. Just not here.

On the other hand, several people wanted a peek at that little Y of hip/6-pack, so check it out after the jump and let me know what you think in comments.  (And be sure to come back tomorrow for the whole delicious package.) Read the rest of this entry »

Hope in a time of disaster

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on June 4, 2010
Posted under Life Life, My Heroes

Cherie Priest has put together the links you need in order to help with the BP catastrophe. Please visit her site and find one thing you can personally do, then do it. Follow through. Don’t be like BP and try to pass responsibility, because we are *all* responsible. Every time we start our car, use an unnecessary plastic bag, or drink bottled water*, we are responsible.

What you can do about the oil spill


*The bottles alone use 17 million barrels of oil each year, and then there’s the shipping — of what’s almost always just municipal water.


Poking my head up

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on March 15, 2010
Posted under Life Life, My Heroes, The Books, Writing Life

I apologize for being so delinquent about posting here. I have an excuse that’s both good and bad.

The good part:  I’m writing my brains out on the third Immortal Brotherhood book, IMMORTAL CHAMPION, which will be hitting the shelves in January 2011. It’s the story of Gunnar the Red, who was briefly mentioned in Immortal Outlaw.

The bad part:  I’m overdue getting the manuscript in. I got way behind last fall when the whole family fell victim to H1N1 and haven’t every managed to catch up. That’s bad news, because I have the fourth book due soon too.  That’s really why I haven’t been posting here, because I have trouble justifying time spent blogging when I need to be doing my paid writing.

To help make it up to you and tide you over, here are a couple of pics of the lovely Steven Waddington, my major model for Gunnar.

I am closing in on the final chapters, so I’ll be back here on a more regular basis soon.

Hang in there, Viking lovers.


Posted by Lisa Hendrix on February 1, 2010
Posted under Contests & Giveaways, Friends and Visitors, My Heroes

My dear friend Lucy Monroe, one of the most generous women I know, has a new book out tomorrow, so I wanted to give her some Monday love. Let me tell you, I do crave this book — and that Highlander werewolf! Be sure to check out the contest at the end (below the trailer, which you should also check out):

Moon Craving

Feb 2010 – Berkley Sensation
ISBN-13: 978-0425233047
Children of the Moon Book 2

If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…

Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…

Read an Excerpt | Buy the Book

Watch the Book Trailer

As a special thank you to readers, Lucy is giving away a prize pack of pamper yourself products and paranormal romance. All you have to do to enter is send an email with Moon Craving Contest in the subject line to moon_craving at yahoo dot com before February 28th, 2010. The drawing will be held March 1st and the winner will be announced on her blog at

Tracking Santa

Posted by Lisa Hendrix on December 24, 2009
Posted under My Heroes, Wanderings

The official NORAD Santa Tracking site went live as of midnight. santa in sleigh

According to the site, the US Military started tracking Santa when a Colorado Springs Sears store inadvertently misprinted Santa’s phone number and children started calling what was then the Continental Air Defense Command. Possessed by the true spirit of Christmas, Director of Operations Col. Harry Shoup had the radar operators check their screens so they could provide updates on Santa’s progress to the kids who called in. The tradition was born, and the Christmas Eve updates continued even after CONAD joined with the Canadian military to form NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Col. Shoup passed away earlier this year, but his legacy lives on. NORAD’s Santa team also posts updates to Facebook and Twitter.


Colonel Harry Shoup. Christmas Hero. (Photo from NORAD Santa website)

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