#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

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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.

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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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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

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Playster

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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
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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