George Mathews with the Greenbelt Police Department responded with the following information:
At 2:50 am multiple calls of shots heard near the area of Roosevelt Center came in. A seasoned police officer responded to the call and witnessed a male individual near the Mother and Child statue. The officer witnessed the individual self-inflect a gunshot wound. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is unknown at this time if and how the sound of gunfire earlier is related to this incident. There is an investigation ongoing.
The victim’s name is not being released at this time until notification of next of kin.
I wanted to come back and add in a helpline number and link for those who need help. Please, just take a breath. Take a moment. Make the call. It can save a life.
Remember that time it snowed like crazy in Southern Maryland and I asked a bunch of women to meet me at a friend’s house and get naked and take photos? Well, that was like five years ago. It’s crazy snowing here in Greenbelt, Maryland and I am reminded of that snow shoot. Here are a few photos from that snow storm in Southern Maryland. There are tons more photos from this shoot – some will be featured in my Goddess Next Door book at some point. I’m currently working on my second book in the Red August series (paranormal romance fairy tale re-imagining). But once I get that manuscript finished I can focus on getting Goddess Next Door into shape! (Ignore the “Heather Bartlett Art” watermark – I’m no longer a Bartlett).
I have received an interesting review from book blogger Reading is Better With Cupcakes. It’s a thoughtful review – click on over to her site and see it and the others she has there. She’s a busy reader, so you’re sure to find something from her list that you’ll want to read.
Her review got me to thinking more about why I put sex in my stories. I already kind of knew why, and I address some of it in a podcast before the release of Red August – if you want to hear that you can hop on over to Raven Heights Radio and listen to that podcast episode HERE.
Some people aren’t bothered by sexual scenes in a story. Some people even seek out books with sexual passages. Then, there are some readers don’t like sex in a story, and regardless of my reasons for including…
“Grab a fan, because the teen hormones are raging, in full, intimate detail! Red August by H.L. Brooks is not your childhood fairytale come to life, but rather a contemporary version starring an older Red, caught between womanhood and childhood. Filled with wonderfully quirky and kind secondary characters, a feisty grandmother, an ancient feud, death, misunderstandings and a cameo appearance by the Woodsman, H.L. Brooks has taken May-December romances to an entirely new level…”
“I absolutely loved this book and the characters! I immediately fell in love with August she is such a smart young lady, takes crap from no one and is a very relatable character; Oh, and Faolan, gosh that man is complete perfection such a gentleman and he loves to read, he is very swoon worthy. The side characters also have a place in my heart; the way H.L. Brooks wrote them just makes them so lovable.”