Mirror Worlds Release

Mirror Worlds

Explore worlds, not quite as you know them. Alternative Earths, or human-like beings on other planets. Other times, history has changed. A forgotten past. An unreached future. A dream of places that may, or may not, be. Various short stories that stir the soul, and grasp at long forgotten truths which beg to be heard again.

A variety of stories, at various lengths, slip between ten categories:

Other Worlds and Other Worldly

Dystopia

Medical Science Fiction

Future Endings

Future Beginnings

A Future We Won’t Remember

A Past Forgotten

Paranormal

Childhood Exploration

Poetry

Rating: PG.

Profanity: None.

Romance: Alluded to.

Sex: None.

Violence: Light.

POV Characters: Multiple.

Length: 57,087 words in 38 short stories and 2 poems.

Published: 04/14/2018

https://uncoveredmyths.wixsite.com/uncoveredmyths/mirrorworlds

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CCJ37LN

books2read.com/MirrorWorlds

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action

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Sexual assault is something that should not occur. It does exist however. In fact, the majority of women are sexual assault survivors at some point in their lives.

Whether they will admit it, or not. Many don’t recognize the abuse when it happens, or even later.  They explain it away.  Which is called Stockholm Syndrome. And a variety of other conditions play a role in the refusal to recognize the abuse. Including being conditioned to think it is normal behavior.

It doesn’t usually just happen  In most cases, there is sexual harassment before the assault. That may begin moments before, or years before the assault. If only moments before, the victim is more likely to recognize the danger. Especially if the person is a stranger. Though they may not have a chance to escape (jobs, shopping, medical care).

However, often, sexual assault begins in childhood, by people known to the child, and often, their family.  The sexual harassment begins with touches, and comments that seem typical, and acceptable behavior between often the adult and a child.  Spread out over years, people don’t notice the escalation of behaviors, like they do when the harassment is skipped.

Although it should not exist, it does.

I’ve written two books on the subject of surviving sexual assault and other forms of abuse.  Both books delve into multiple stories as to why it occurs, how it is hidden, and how the minds of survivors may work.  As no two cases are identical, no two survivors have the same outcomes.  Some realize they are victims and try to escape.  Others refuse to accept that they are victims, and may even stay with their abuser for life.  Most, fall somewhere in between on a continuum of surviving sexual assault.

Bending the Bars

Laws currently protect #abusers. Survivors abandon children, condemning them to worse abuse. Ruby’s Law is a weak start, a chance to bend the bars of abuse, without breaking the survivors. Legal limbo, safe from #abusers, surrounded by other survivors, little hope of full recovery. Few make it beyond the bars where Ruby’s Law protects #Survivors and their children. #StockholmSyndrome #Abusers stalk. #DomesticViolence #PTSD #CoDependency https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVNW5X https://books2read.com/BendingtheBars

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice

Mistie Jolin repressed childhood abuse. She awakens haunting fear to save others. Will Mistie to recover become a real person, rather than a shadow that creeps and follows on the wall? There is no easy answer as to why survivors do not escape. Often, they’ve no where to go. Generational damage caused by abuse, neglect, and pain leads to Stockholm Syndrome. #DomesticViolence #AbuseSurvivor #PTSD #SexualAssault https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVBZVQB https://books2read.com/Stork

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Autism Acceptance and Normalacy

According to Holiday Awareness calendars, April Is Autism Awareness Month.

Being aware that differences in thinking and living can co-exist is vital.

However, for most autistic people, the awareness model is too close to the medical model for comfort and safety. As if autism is something that can be, and should be, cured.

Autistics are altruistic. They think deeply, of all the cause, effect, and consequences, before they act or speak. Often, losing track of conversations, and confusing those, who are not autistic.

Pete Warmby’s thread on Sensory Overload: https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/983043921075941376 This happens anytime I am around more than one or two people I know. Even in places I feel safe, and know everyone there.

More from Pete Warmby on Autism and being more than just aware it exists. People need to accept it and understand how it affects every faucet of a person’t daily life. Every routine, subroutine, waking, eating, sleeping, and organizing. And yet, it’s so much more than just those stereotypes. It is a way of life that searches for meaning in every word spoken, every deed done. This means that everything you do that is out of the routine is being fully analyzed every second. To understand, cause, effect, consequences, and more. This why it can take more than a split second to make decisions. Every facet must be weighed continuously. It can be exhausting to do anything out of the daily routine. https://twitter.com/commaficionado/status/980521548967792640

If you want to follow Pete Warmby, he has a blog with his recent autism posts at: http://petewharmby.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/my-twitter-threads-on-autism-all-in-one.html . He also has a few articles on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lets-be-accepting-of-autism-not-just-aware-of-it_uk_5ac3f055e4b07e4d9bac4a57 and of course, his Twitter account: @commaficionado.

There are dozens of great autism accounts to follow on Twitter. Another of my favorites is on Twitter and Facebook as: The Girl With the Curly Hair @curlyhairedalis. I agree with about 99% of the posts she posts. And by agree, I mean, I feel as if she has taken the words right out of my mouth, and spoken them for me.

Autism, Aspergers, whatever you want to call it. It is normal for me. To think before I speak, or act. To look before I leap. To see the things that others don’t, even with only 10 degrees of vision. To hear the things, that others forget, even with limited hearing. To prefer silence. Alone time. Do the things that matter in life. Without constant speech, sound, or motion. Saying what you mean, and not leaving the listener, or reader, to guess.

I have a few interesting thoughts and connections of autism. For those who understand and work with genetics, it would be a questions for them. So, I’ll not voice it here. Only to say that I see connections between autism and some of my ancestor’s way of life.

National Week of the Ocean

The first week of April is the National Week of the Ocean.

A perfect time to think about the ocean.  Not just the beaches.  Though they do matter.  The beaches are like the leaves of the ocean. They stretch out to join ocean and Earth.  Ocean and sky.  We see the health of the ocean through its natural beaches.  Those less travelled by humans.

Oceans were once teeming with life.  Now, many sections are left barren by overfishing.  Empty places, with little, or nothing to fill them.

Beaches show this by their lack of living, mostly mammals and crustaceans, who once lived on the beaches, the border between the land and the sea.

Oceans are now filled with debris.  Much plastic, and other garbage, that floated into them from the mountains, down the once pristine streams, to glutted rivers, and deposited in the ocean. Animals eat this plastic, thinking it is food.  Or, in the case of filter feeders, there is no escaping as they open their mouths to eat.  In many ways, plastic in the oceans, is like smoke in smoke-filled room.  No escaping it.  It is in your clothes, lungs, food, drink, hair, and everything there.

We see the devastation on many beaches. Covered with garbage, brought in by the waves.  Garbage that did not originate on that coast, or even that continent.

Europeans are doing their part to enact laws to cut back plastics use, and help clean up oceans, regardless of where the trash in them came from.

Our beaches show us the life and death struggle of the animals that live both in the depths, and those that live on land.

Once, the beaches teemed with life.  Both ocean life, and terrestrial life.  Sleeping, feeding, and raising families.  Now, many are lifeless, empty, eroding without the animals to keep them safe from harm.

Ocean Garbage : https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/03/22/great-pacific-garbage-patch-grows/446405002/

Ocean Cleanup:  https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

Ocean Cleanup on Beaches where the garbage did not originate.  People drink this water.  Fish from it.  Bathe in it.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/modern-life-rubbish-helping-mumbai-clean-up-beach-india-city

It doesn’t have to be this way.  There are plenty of teens inventing solutions to collect the garbage from the oceans.  As much as possible.  Of course, millions of jobs could be created.  Governments choose not to, as they’ve no place to put all the garbage.  Though, it could be sorted, recycled, and broken down into less dangerous particles.

Garbage Bin: http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2015/12/a_clever_new_automatic_ocean_trash_collection_system_called_the_seabin_is.html

A list of options: https://upliftconnect.com/clean-up-the-ocean/

There are dangers to fish being trapped inside the garbage collection devices.  And most of the choices will not collect microplastics, especially microplastic beads. Which tend to fill plankton, that are eaten by larger fish, and larger fish, up three or four sizes before being eaten by humans.

Microplastics https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

Another option is bacteria that digest plastic.  They could eventually help clean up our oceans, and our landfills.  https://phys.org/news/2016-03-newly-bacteria-plastic-bottles.html Again, creating millions of jobs to grow the bacteria, disperse, it, and evaluate the landfills as they shrink from plastic disappearing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the ocean, and its beaches teeming with life, rather than litter?

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week

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Check the #Smashwords Read an Ebook Week!  March 4 – 10!  Several of my books are temporarily reduced in price.  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/uncoveredmyths

April D Brown’s fascination with history, science, and social science lead her on a quest to uncover forgotten societal mythology. New solutions to old queries will be uncovered in the future, through studies of the past. Her novels and novellas, while adventures, are written in a more classical style, without extreme action, romance, or violence. Characters think before they act. Sometimes, this leads to trouble.

Her nonfiction is often written at the request of others. #Gluten (and allergy) free #cookbooks, include tips for tricks for people with multiple common #disabilities, including poor memory, low vision, and limited dexterity. Journey Through Life #Lists was written at the request of friends with serious memory loss planning their future, and desperate to remember their past. #VoiceOver with the #Brailliant #Braille Display was designed for personal use, when there was no written manual for learning to use a screen reader for the first time as a middle-aged adult.

The clear path April D Brown dreamed of as a child had roadblocks no one could foresee. Of those, the loss of memory caused far more concern, than the loss of hearing and vision. #Deafblind and doing fine, most of the time. After all, vision, and hearing, can be internal, as well as external. With the help of her husband, cats, and dogs, she wanders along the path that unfolds slowly before her. The one she tried to push away as a teen. Writing doesn’t come as easy now as then. Though, it seems far more impactful. Full of hidden vision, wonder, and forgotten sounds and odors.

April D Brown’s books can be found at: http://uncoveredmyths.wix.com/uncoveredmyths.

Sign up for her newsletter (http://t.co/Q5kSUlKV2a), or check out her social media pages for the latest up to date information on her journey through writing while deafblind.

What myths will she uncover next?

Twitter: http://twitter.com/UncoveredMyths

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trails-Through-the-Myths/150518575019766

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/UncoveredMyths

Google Plus Page: https://plus.google.com/b/115348857339561655733/115348857339561655733/posts

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/UncoveredMyths

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-brown-ab5904132

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aprilbrownextra

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aprilbrownwrite

List of my books:

Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – https://books2read.com/u/mV9LJ3 or https://books2read.com/

CrosswindsTrails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – https://books2read.com/u/4X1A1b or https://books2read.com/

TrailsFaultLinesTrails 2: Trails Through the Volcano – https://books2read.com/u/bpx1Jb or https://books2read.com/TrailsVolcano

Trails The First Generation: Fault Lines and Volcano – https://books2read.com/u/4N1GO8 or https://books2read.com/

TrailsFirstGenerationTrails 3: Trails Through the Tales – https://books2read.com/u/bWvyY4

Trails 4: Trails Through the Garbage Mines – https://books2read.com/u/47odL4 or https://books2read.com/TrailsGarbageMines

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook – https://books2read.com/u/4A5rN4 or https://books2read.com/

CookbookCoffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains – https://books2read.com/u/m27ar4 or https://books2read.com/DessertsandGrains

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meat – https://books2read.com/u/bzkYj3 or https://books2read.com/Meat

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables – https://draft2digital.com/book/91412 or https://books2read.com/Vegetables

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Novel – https://books2read.com/u/b5KaGm or https://books2read.com/GlutenFreeLife

Journey Through Life Lists – https://books2read.com/u/m2O0R4 or https://books2read.com/LifeLists

VoiceOver With the Brailliant Braille Display – https://books2read.com/u/mvMQz3 or https://books2read.com/

Fill Your Ereader!

Fill your #Kindle or other #ebook reader with great deals on books by UncoveredMyths!

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – $0.99 #Apocalyptic #Earthquake #Scifi #ScienceFiction

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Learning to Live #GlutenFree – $0.99 #GlutenFree, #ComingOfAge, #SocietalExpectations, #FoodAllergies, #AllergyFree

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – $0.99 #FindingSelf #FindingHome #ComingOfAge #saga 

12/24/17 – 01/15/17 #Journey Through Life #Lists – $0.99 #MemoryImprovement, #TimeManagement, #StressManagement, #LifeStages, #HealthyLiving

12/24/17 – 01/15/17  #VoiceOver With the #Brailliant #Braille Display – free or $0.99 on Amazon #VoiceOver, #Brailliant #BrailleDisplay, #Braille, #Mac, #deafblind, #blind, #deaf, #OSX, #Sierra, #Accessibility

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Apple iBooks
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
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Smashwords

Clean Indie Christmas

After you’ve filled your Kindle with Smashwords sales, you may be interested in Clean Indie Reads.

No smut allowed!

This sale only runs December 26 – January 6.

This sale offers 40 free or discounted books in a variety of genres.  Something for everyone, without the stress of unnecessary indecency. Clean doesn’t mean religious though.  In fact, my clean books have no mention of religion at all.

Some of the authors in this sale have other books that may not be as clean, so if you follow their lists check for their ratings on their own books.

https://mariannesciucco.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-clean-indie-reads-12-days-of.html  #CR4U #CIR12DaysofChristmasClean Chriastmas.jpg

Smashwords End of Year Sale

Looking for bargain books to fill your #Kindle or other #ebook reader?  Look no further than Smashwords for all of your favorite Uncovered Myths Books!

#Smashwords End of Year #Sale!
December 25 – January 1

Free:
Life After Life
The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice
Bending the Bars
#VoiceOver With the #Brailiant #Braille #Display
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines
Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine

Half Price:
Trails Pit Miners
Journey Through Life Lists
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The #Cookbook
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Desserts and Grains
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Meat
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Vegetables
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: #Learning to Live #GlutenFree

Newsletter Sign Ups

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One way I reach my readers with more content is by newsletters.  I am changing  my newsletter process and hope to incorporate Instafreebie links.

I don’t send newsletters daily.  Weekly.  Or, even monthly.  I send them when I have a new book out.  Or when I am participating in special sales.

My author team will receive extra newsletters, when we try to work together to help each make more sales.

Readers are welcome to choose to be a part of any of these newsletters.

What would you like to see and read in author newsletters?

Author Team Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qr7z

Fiction Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qrBX

Nonfiction Only: http://eepurl.com/c9qrL9

 

Holiday Book Sales

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Some upcoming book holiday sales dates:

10/17/17 – 12/31/17 Bending the Bars – $0.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook – $4.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains – $2.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meats – $ 2.99

11/1/17  – 11/30/17  Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables – $2.99

12/01/17 – 12/31/17 The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice – $1.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Learning to Live Gluten Free – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/10/17 Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – $0.99

12/24/17 – 01/15/17 Journey Through Life Lists – $0.99

All of my books can be found on a variety of platforms: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, Pronoun, Smashwords, and various affiliates.

I am also attempting to set up the process to have two of my books set up for audiobook.  No one has auditioned yet.  Still waiting.

If you need a specific link for a specific store, please let me know.

If you have readers in your circle of family and friends, please share this newsletter with them, so they can enjoy great new reads as well!

Which societal myth would you like to see explored in writing?

Other places to find, follow, or friend me:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Google Plus

Facebook

Amazon

Apple iBooks

Barnes and Noble

Bookshare

Goodreads

Google Play

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Instafreebie Giveaways

 

I am also trying some Instafreebie Giveaways.  In order to be in these giveaways, I have to share them in my newsletter. All books in all three giveaways will be free. All three of these Giveaways are for my science fiction, both Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines, and Trails: First Generation. 

Patty Jansen (11/1 – 11/15) https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/BYERiNUxid18cPCda6T6

Scott Ferrell (11/10 – 11/17) https://www.instafreebie.com/gg/qmMb25JA9Z0g2TrYZtSw

Dean Wilson (11/13 – 11/19) http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

I have a few other items on Instafreebie all the time.  You are welcome to share these links with your friends and family.  Time to load up your ereader for the winter with fun books of all kinds!

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Resources and Appendixes – https://www.instafreebie.com/free/buD5O

VoiceOver With the Brailliant Braille Display – https://www.instafreebie.com/free/dyKT1

Four Science Fiction Short Stories – https://www.instafreebie.com/free/6zQMu

Thunderclap

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook

I am trying a program called Thunderclap. 

It requires you have 100 social media accounts agree to share an advertising post at the same time. 

They share on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. 

  I tried Bending the Bars (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63605-bending-the-bars-survival), Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook (https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63606-easy-gluten-free-cooking), and Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines (https://www.instafreebie.com/book/45103).  If I have trouble getting enough supporters, then I won’t bother again.

Bending the Bars

Bending the Bars did post, and no sales yet.

I am hoping my readers here will be interested the Cookbook and Trails 1.

If you have read any of my books, please support these campaigns to let others know they exist.  The more support, the more readers know about them.

#WritersPersevere My story

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I commented like crazy yesterday on the Twitter stream. For a bit. I actually found out some interesting bits about myself, and why I wrote some of the books I did.

No knowledge of who my ancestors are, or my place in flow of the land, and sky, did not prevent me from writing. Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine – my first work – explores this from another point of view.

Surviving severe physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse did not prevent me from writing. Bending the Bars and The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is the result of my knowledge, of me, and millions of others.

Severe memory loss and brain damage didn’t make me stop writing.  If anything, it gave me more reason to write.  To bring my memory back.  At least the good parts.  Out of this came – Journey Through Life Lists.

Learning to live gluten free didn’t slow down my writing. In fact, as I learned to cook gluten free, people begged for my recipes. Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is the result. As is the coming of age novel that accompanies them.

Losing my hearing, and my vision slowed me down. Only because I wanted to be able to continue after all of my vision was gone. There were no guides for an adult to learn how to use a screen reader after using a mouse to control their computer for decades. So, I spent a few years learning, and wrote VoiceOver with the Brailliant Braille Display so I could continue writing. And after the latest OSX update – I had to turn to it to find out why my braille display wasn’t working right!

Somewhere, lost in the depths of time, I wanted to see more science in novels. So I started the Trails series. Still hope to finish the last pair.

I tend to write in pairs. #writerspersevere

I want to write Karma’s Children to describe the millions of stories when adults have smacked down my needs. Don’t have a baby and female – Not qualified to work a job, give it to man, or a woman with someone to support. Don’t have a car, and not willing to drive an hour each way? You aren’t serious about working a job. That novel will be fun.

And it’s pair will cover even more scary features.

Then, there are the short stories I am trying to finish up. Only, I keep having more ideas for short stories.

And the two novellas I want to write.

Deafblind, and doing fine, most of the time. Difficulty walking, talking, and doing many daily things. Yet, I too am a #writerspersevere person.

#writerspersevere

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook Thunderclap Campaign

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook

 

The holiday season is upon us!  Have you prepared to cook the holiday meal to include your food allergy positive relative?  Are you ready to include your visually, or physically challenged, family member in meal preparation?

I have attempted to use the Thunderclap program to help my books reach beyond my tiny follower collection. If I don’t succeed with the two I have chosen to try during the holiday season for books, I won’t try it again.

The problem is, you have to have up to 100 supporters. Each, click for each of the three social networks, counts as a supporter.

So if you want to help, click the link, and add support on each of the three networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr).

Share the posts, so others can click the links.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: the Cookbook needs 90 more supporters in less than nine days to be posted. At this point, if it posts, it will reach a potential audience of 170,000 plus all additional audiences added by the remaining 40 supporters. Don’t worry if one of your networks only has a few followers.

If it doesn’t get enough supporters, it will not go out at all.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook is a helpful resource guide for all cooks, and even includes options for the physically and visually challenged to any of the over 189 recipes included.

It may not be for you, or your audiences.

However, shares may save a life. And that saved life, may save millions more in descendants, health or technology breakthroughs, and many other ways.

So, please support this book, or share the link to those who can.

If this book is not for your audiences, please support my other book.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63606-easy-gluten-free-cooking

Cooking gluten (and allergy) free for the whole family can be affordable, with easy to recognize ingredients, either from your local store or your own garden!

Successful, simple, and affordable, 189 comfort food recipes for every cook. Step by step directions are easy to read, and easy to follow regardless of cooking knowledge.

Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free shares checklists for most major allergies that might be included in the ingredients of a dish. Add names of family or friends beside an allergy, to know which allergens to skip for each meal.

Many dishes are completely grain free. Most meat dishes are accompanied by typical vegetable dishes. Or, choose a favorite from the vegetables section of the cookbook.

This cookbook does its best to include as many people as possible. There are directions for low vision cooks, and those with limited dexterity. Many basic cooking instructions are covered at the beginning. If you don’t need those, simply skip to the main meals.

Make allergy free familiar comfort food look easy! It’s affordable, and enjoyable by all.

Available recipes include:

Cake: Basic Cake, Chocolate Cake, Pudding Cake, Strawberry Pudding Cake, Strawberry Banana Cake.

Cookies: Basic Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies.

Brownies: Butterscotch Brownies, Brownies and Cream, Chocolate Chip Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies.

Fruit: Baked Apples, Baked Peaches, Berry Medley, Strawberries and Bananas

Fudge: Butterscotch Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge.

Ice Cream: Cinnamon Ice Cream, Cookie Crumble.

Peanut Butter Candy.

Pies and Cobblers: Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie.

Pudding: Banana Pudding, Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Pudding.

Drinks: Apple and Ginger Ale Cider, Apple and Tea Cider, Honey Lemon Tea, Hot Chocolate – Microwave, Hot Chocolate – Stove Top, Hot Tea, Salt Water, Sun Tea, Sugar Water.

Smoothies: Banana and Strawberry Smoothie, Mixed Berry Smoothie.

Grain: Biscuits, Biscuit Gravy, Bread, Cornbread, Pancakes, Pasta.

Pizza: Breakfast Meat Pizza, Breakfast Sweet Pizza, Combo Pizza, Meat Pizza, Mexican Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Vegetable Pizza.

Beef, Beef Pasta or Grain Dishes, Beef Breakfast, Burger Dishes (Beef or Turkey), Chicken, Chicken and Grain, Pork, Pork and Grains, Pork Breakfasts.
Seafood and Fish: Baked Fish, Clam Stir Fry, Lobster Stew, Salmon or Mackerel Patties, Shrimp Stir Fry, Seafood Salad.

Turkey, Turkey and Grain.

Beans: Grilled Baked Beans, Oven Baked Beans, Pan Baked Beans, Fresh Black Beans, Frozen Black Beans, Baked Dragon Beans, Boiled Dragon Beans, Baked Green Beans, Baked Green Beans, Squash, and Ham, Boiled Green Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Green Beans and Potatoes, Grilled Green Beans, Baked Pinto Beans and Cornbread, Baked Pinto Beans and Onions, Boiled Pinto Beans, Fried Pinto Beans, Bean Salad.

Broccoli, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Greens, Onions and Mushrooms, Potatoes, Peas, Squash, Vegetable Casserole.

Full Length: 944 pages – 111,850 words
�Desserts and Grains – 237 pages – Arial size 14.
Meats – 341 pages – Arial size 14
Vegetables – 269 pages – Arial size 14
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#glutenfree

#Bake
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#Chili
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Bending the Bars Thunderclap Campaign

Bending the Bars

 

I have attempted to use the Thunderclap program to help my books reach beyond my tiny follower collection. If I don’t succeed with the two I have chosen to try during the holiday season for books, I won’t try it again.

The problem is, you have to have up to 100 supporters. Each, click for each of the three social networks counts as a supporter.

So if you want to help, click the link, and add support on each of the three networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr).

Share the posts, so others can click the links.

Bending the Bars needs 41 more supporters in less than nine days to be posted. At this point, if it posts, it will reach a potential audience of 170,000 plus all additional audiences added by the remaining 40 supporters. Don’t worry if one of your networks only has a few followers.

If it doesn’t get enough supporters, it will not go out at all.

Bending the Bars is a painful book for some people. It may not be for you, or your audiences. However, shares may save a life. And that saved life, may save millions more in descendants, health or technology breakthroughs, and many other ways.

So, please support this book, or share the link to those who can.

If this book is not for your audiences, please support my other book.

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63605-bending-the-bars-survival

Book Title: Bending the Bars
Genre: Abuse Survival
Age: Adult

Anne’s story need never be documented.
If existing law had protected Anne, and Ruby’s children, Ruby’s Law would never have been written.
Jo and Lennie begin a 20 year trek to find and rescue Anne from her abusive husband.
They rescue hundreds of other women, children, and the occasional man.
Often, the survivors have known no other life.
They have been conditioned to believe abuse is normal.
The search for Anne continues. Their hope begins to fade.
Bodies burn out.
More stations open.
More people try to escape. Stuck in the legal limbo land, where they are safe from abusers, while surrounded by other survivors, with little hope of full recovery. Few make it out to live beyond the bars that Ruby’s Law has given to protect them. It simply isn’t safe. Abusers wait out there. Often barely beyond the fence.
Can the New Underground Railroad Project stay on track to train abuse survivors to live abuse-free on their own?
Or will they remain behind the legal bars that protect them from their abusers?

Other notes:

Bending the Bars is a journey though recognition of abusers, and survivors in the United States. It recognizes how the laws protect the abusers at the expense of the abused. It also conveys reasons why so many stay when they are abused. They often feel there is no escape. Often, there isn’t. If they have children, they have to leave without them, potentially condemning their children to worse than if they stay. Legally. It shouldn’t be that way. Ruby’s Law is a weak start to grant safety to survivors, and a place to bend the bars of abuse, without breaking the survivors.

Author’s Note:
Book Title: Bending the Bars
Genre: Abuse Survival
Age: Adult
Rating: PG 16
Profanity: None
Romance: In passing.
Sex: Mentioned.
Violence: Some. Car chases, shootings, survivors of abuse

POV Characters: Jo Forester, Lennie Darendale
Length: 80,000 words

#Abusesurvival, #dysfunctionalfamilies, #religiousabuse, #abusesurvivorlaw, #abusesurvivorrecovery, #codependency, #selfesteem, #BodyLanguage& #NonverbalCommunication, #PTSD, #crime, #legalsystem, #domesticviolence #thunderclap

Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine

Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine

As a cultural anthropologist, Terra is always outside, looking in. After studying and recording hundreds of cultures around the world, she thinks she lives to record the past, to save it for the future. Her winter reprieve in a tiny village of mixed heritage families should be no different. Terra expects these life stories of the elders to be simple and routine.
Only. Never before has she been expected to participate in the village life. Sure. She’s rocked a baby, cooked a meal, shared memories. No more. No true connection to anyone. Not in a village. Not in Boston. Only one person she calls a friend.
This tiny village of people stuck between cultures is different. Their fragmented stream of life sweeps her off her feet, and threatens all she knows of her own past, and future. Some members wish the whole village to flounder on the border of the only homeland they know. She must tame the stream back into its banks, and strengthen it for the future. Terra risks her past, future, and one friendship in the world, to try to rescue this village. And the children she has begun to call her own.

Author’s Note:
Rating: PG.
Profanity: None.
Romance: Alluded to.
Sex: None.
Violence: Light. Anger and fear.

POV Characters: Terra
Length: 43,060 words
Regular Print – Arial Size 12 – 173 pages
Large Print – Arial Size 16 – 218 pages

Amazon (ASIN: B00K518LSM)

Apple IBooks (AppleID: 1270884533)

Barnes and Noble Nook

Book share

Digital 2 Draft (co-publishes at)
(ISBN 9781311267931)
24 Symbols

Playster

Inktera

Playster

OverDrive

Scribd

Tolino

Books 2 Read

Goodreads

Pronoun (9781537829159)

Google Play

Kobo

Smashwords (co-publishes at): (ISBN: 9781311267931)

Baker Taylor Axis
Baker Taylor Blio
Gardner Libraries (Askews & Holts (A&H) and VLeBooks)
Library Direct
Odilo
Tolino

#Crosswinds #History #Home #FindingSelf #findinghome #comingofage #saga #journey

 

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice – Abuse Survivor

Stork

 

Mistie Jolin dreams of a future like the ones she has read about in books. Her past won’t get her there. Only escape will.
College goes downhill when she realizes health care isn’t available to students with real medical needs.
The army is her last hope. Once there, she is pulled back into a past better buried, to uncover secrets she never dreamed existed.
Secrets that will haunt her, and hundreds more till they die. Mistie must face her fears, the past, and those she has come to trust. Her hope is that they will allow her to recover, and become a real person, rather than the shadow that creeps on the wall and follows her every move.

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is a tale that could have happened. Many aspects have happened to many young girls, women, and even men. This is a violent tale. One that looks at the generational damage caused by abuse, neglect, and pain. There is no easy answer as to why survivors do not escape. Most have been conditioned since childhood to believe the abuse is normal. Or, they hope by bearing the abuse themselves, it prevents others from being abused. Often, survivors have nowhere safe to go. Or financial resources to reach a safe place. Laws bind children to their abuser. If they do escape, abusers follow, and bring them back into the endless cycle.
While any of these events could have occurred, this tale is not based on any real life, or combination of lives.

Rating: R.
Profanity: Obvious, unprinted.
Romance: None.
Sex: Off the page. Acknowledged. Violent acts acknowledged as well.
Violence: Alluded to. Court case that covers child sex abuse victims.
Originally written: 2010.

POV Characters: Mistie Jolin
Length: 80,000 words

Amazon (ASIN: B06WVBZVQB) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVBZVQB

Amazon Print: https://www.amazon.com/Stork-Mis-Delivered-Twice-April-Brown/dp/1974309622 and https://www.amazon.com/Stork-Mis-Delivered-Twice-April-Brown/dp/1974309614/

Apple I books (1270998922) http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1270998922

Barnes Noble Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stork-mis-delivered-twice-april-d-brown/1125887511

Bookshare https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/1489630

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34305975-the-stork-mis-delivered—twice

Kobo (1230001546507 ) https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-stork-mis-delivered-twice

Smashwords (co-publishes at): (9781370698851) https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704039

Soon to be available on Google Play!

#Abusesurvival, #dysfunctionalfamilies, #religiousabuse, #abusesurvivorlaw, #abusesurvivorrecovery, #co-dependency, #self-esteem, #BodyLanguage&NonverbalCommunication, #PTSD, #crime, #legalsystem, #domesticviolence

Bending the Bars – Abuse Survival

Bending the Bars

 

Book Title: Bending the Bars
Genre: Abuse Survival
Age: Adult

Anne’s story need never be documented.
If existing law had protected Anne, and Ruby’s children, Ruby’s Law would never have been written.
Jo and Lennie begin a 20 year trek to find and rescue Anne from her abusive husband.
They rescue hundreds of other women, children, and the occasional man.
Often, the survivors have known no other life.
They have been conditioned to believe abuse is normal.
The search for Anne continues. Their hope begins to fade.
Bodies burn out.
More stations open.
More people try to escape. Stuck in the legal limbo land, where they are safe from abusers, while surrounded by other survivors, with little hope of full recovery. Few make it out to live beyond the bars that Ruby’s Law has given to protect them. It simply isn’t safe. Abusers wait out there. Often barely beyond the fence.
Can the New Underground Railroad Project stay on track to train abuse survivors to live abuse-free on their own?
Or will they remain behind the legal bars that protect them from their abusers?

Other notes:

Bending the Bars is a journey though recognition of abusers, and survivors in the United States. It recognizes how the laws protect the abusers at the expense of the abused. It also conveys reasons why so many stay when they are abused. They often feel there is no escape. Often, there isn’t. If they have children, they have to leave without them, potentially condemning their children to worse than if they stay. Legally. It shouldn’t be that way. Ruby’s Law is a weak start to grant safety to survivors, and a place to bend the bars of abuse, without breaking the survivors.

Author’s Note:
Book Title: Bending the Bars
Genre: Abuse Survival
Age: Adult
Rating: PG 16
Profanity: None
Romance: In passing.
Sex: Mentioned.
Violence: Some. Car chases, shootings, survivors of abuse

POV Characters: Jo Forester, Lennie Darendale
Length: 80,000 words

Apple I books http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1270997398

Barnes Noble Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bending-the-bars-april-d-brown/1125892483

Bookshare https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/1489631

Kobo (1230001546293 ) https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bending-the-bars-1

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34304993-bending-the-bars

Soon to be on Google Play!

#Abusesurvival, #dysfunctionalfamilies, #religiousabuse, #abusesurvivorlaw, #abusesurvivorrecovery, #co-dependency, #self-esteem, #BodyLanguage&NonverbalCommunication, #PTSD, #crime, #legalsystem, #domesticviolence

Human Rights – Legal Rights

Human rights that have generally been accepted, although they too are now at risk of being lost.

Legal Freedom to:
Peaceful assembly
Vote
Recognition as a person
Legal Equality and Recourse
Fair and Public Trial
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Seek asylum in another country
Nationality
Social Order

The United States was founded on the belief of equality.  The right to assemble with others was essential to the beginning of our country.  Whether that assembly occurs indoors, or outdoors, should not matter.

The right to vote.  That has been debated since the beginning of the country, as to who should have the right to vote.  All humans should.  Regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.  The only exceptions should be murders and sex offenders.  At one point, voting was considered a holiday.  Perhaps we should go back to that since so many companies refuse time off for employees to drive 20+ miles away to vote.  Or, create an online system that only takes a few moments.

All people should be recognized as people.  There has been much recent legislation to deny women as people, and take away their rights.

More prominent legal issues revolve around more serious matters.  Social order is vital to allow human rights to exist for all.  This requires an innocent until proven guilty justice system.  That justice system is required to grant people proper representation in a fair and public trail within a reasonable amount of time.  Not years or decades later.  Nor, should it punish those whom have been victimized.

No person should be denied their basic human rights based on their nationality.  Yet, this occurs every day.

Humans rights bring equality.  Those who demand their rights, while denying others equal rights, are hurting themselves as well as the person they are denying personhood to.

Some people like to say life isn’t fair.  We as people, as humans, should try to make it as fair as possible.  Treat others the way we want to be treated.  Raise others up, don’t trample them in the mud on the rise to the top.  There is no point standing on the mud flats with no one beside you.  Help them up with you, and bask in the beauty of the sunshine.

#Humanrights #womensrights #health #safety #life

#BendingtheBars examines #dysfunctionalfamilies, #abuse, #PTSD, and the legal system keeps #Survivors with abusers. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVNW5XR

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice is a violent tale that could have happened. #Domesticviolence #selfesteem https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVBZVQB

Human Rights – Right to Community

This list of human rights is the one that should be simplest.  Those rights you want for yourself, you should also want for your neighbor.  However, these seem to be the most contentious.  People want these rights for themselves, and yet they want to dictate to others what they can, or cannot do.  While you may be able to request that a person not do (or say) certain things within your home, or business, it hurts everyone to do so.  There may be certain reasons, such as PTSD, that may okay caution in some rare cases.

Freedom to:
Own property
Religion
Express thoughts and ideas
Privacy of home and correspondence
Economic security
A job, a fair wage, and a trade union
Travel
Marriage and Family (including adoption)
Education
Create Intellectual Property
Community Responsibility

Every person should have the freedom to own property.  For some reason, our society counts success as owning objects.  When  whole segments of the population are not allowed to own anything, they will never be viewed as successful, which leads to a magnitude of problems.

Religion.  A contentious subject.  As it should be.  It is private and personal, and should remain that way.  No one needs to know, unless they live in your home.  Or, their religious choices hurt or kill others.  Then, those people fall back into the legal human rights category.

All humans, regardless of age, gender, or background should be able to express their thoughts and ideas in mediums they choose, as long as they do not hurt others.  These thoughts and ideas do have consequences.

All humans should have the right to privacy, both in the home, and in public.  Their health, and other records should never be available to the public.  Very rare instances should any of these documents be made available to doctors, police departments, and employers.

Although, it could benefit deafblind individuals for police to know there are deafblind individuals in the community.  They sometimes need specialized to training to realize that a deafblind person may not hear them, or recognize that a police office is there.  Some deafblind individuals have died in recent years due to being shot by police who were unaware that a person walking with a cane was not a threat, and had no way of knowing they were there and yelling at them.

All humans should have the right to live with, and financially support the people they choose to.  Whether as a spouse, or a friend.  This support should be extended to include insurance (until national payer exists) housing, ad hospital visitation.

All people should have the right to adopt a child if they are deemed a fit parent.  Some parents may work outside the home, while others, who remain at home, can care for the children who need a full time parent.

All humans should have a right to fair and safe employment.  This includes fair wages, equal wages -regardless of gender, age, or ability.  In this case, ability applies to accommodating visual, hearing, and physical disabilities, not the ability to do the job.

All humans should have the right to have vacation.  Time to read, rest, and be around family.  Working every waking moment for 30 or 40 years simply leads to disability, and a wasted life.

All humans should have access to health.  Both healthcare, and real health opportunities.  Healthcare is vital to well being.  Without time off, and short enough work days, people cannot eat or exercise properly to maintain their health.

All people should have a right to an education.  Education stretches the mind and keeps the person busy and happy.  It helps people relate, understand, and empathize with others, regardless of their situation.

An often forgotten component of human rights is the concept of community responsibility.  If a community normalizes abusers, they should not be surprised at the results – damaged community members who cannot fill the roles society expects them to.  If you see someone abusing another, it’s important to stand up for them.  It is the only way abuse will stop.  These survivors need to know they have community support.  Even if that support is simply agreement, and preventing of victimization.

The list goes on and on.  Basically, if you feel you have a certain right, then so does the person next to you.

#Humanrights #womensrights #health #safety #life

Secrets will haunt Mistie, and hundreds of others till death. #PTSD #abusesurvivor The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVBZVQB

Survivors feel there is no escape. Often, there isn’t. Legally. It shouldn’t be that way. #codependency #BendingtheBars https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVNW5XR