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.

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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.

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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

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Bending the Bars

Book Title: Bending the Bars

Genre: Abuse Survival (case studies)
Age: Adult

Anne’s story need never be written.  If existing law had protected Anne, Ruby’s Law would never have been written.  Instead, Jo and Lennie begin a 20 year trek to find and rescue Anne from her abuser.  Along the way, Ruby’s senator sister pens a law that would have protected Ruby’s kidnapped children, and Anne.  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.  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.

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

Keywords
Abuse survival, dysfunctional families, religious abuse, abuse survivor law, abuse survivor recovery, co-dependency, self-esteem, Body Language & Nonverbal Communication, PTSD, crime, legal system, domestic violence

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Amazon (ASIN: B06VVNW5XR) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVNW5XR

Apple I books (1206001161 ) https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bending-the-bars/id1206001161

Barnes Noble

6 x 9 https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6939263
Create Space (ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-1543151978 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1543151973)

7 X 10 https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6939274
Large Print – ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-1543152036 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1543152031

Digital 2 Draft (co-publishes at) (9781386437451): https://draft2digital.com/book/223168
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Kobo (1230001546293 ) https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bending-the-bars-1

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

Smashwords (co-publishes at): (9781370498086) https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704008

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The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice

Short Description

Mistie Jolin dreams of a future like the ones she has read about. Her past won’t get her there. Only escape will. She uncovers secrets that will haunt her, and hundreds of others. She 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.

Long Description

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 of others till they die. She 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. Often, they’ve no where to go. 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 Character: Mistie Jolin
Length: 80,000 words

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

Apple I books (1206051809) https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-stork-mis-delivered-twice/id1206051809

Barnes Noble
6 x 9 https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6939384
Create Space (ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-1543152845 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1543152848  )

7 X 10 https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6939388
Large Print – ISBN-13:978-1543152920 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1543152929

Digital 2 Draft (co-publishes at) (9781386817253): https://draft2digital.com/book/223206
24 Symbols
Inktera
Scribd
Tolino

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

Kobo (1230001546507 ) https://writinglife.kobobooks.com/ebooks#ebookdetails/general?bookId=75b71b43-bacf-48bf-bc0e-d702b6f438e6

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

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

Stockholm Syndrome.

Today’s post is about Stockholm Syndrome.
A devastating syndrome, in which victims sympathize with their abusers.
This was first recognized and studied in victims of bank robberies and such types of events.
It was later categorized to explain why victims stay with their abusers, and refuse to leave.
We see the symptoms of it everyday. They have been increasing in the last two decades. Someone will be talking, and they will go into a trance-like state, say something nonsensical, or self-abusing, and then shake their head and return to semi-normal conversation.
Sometimes these victims, mostly women, escape their abusers for a time. It may be months. It may be years. Usually, some well meaning other victim, often a family member, or friend, pulls them back into the pack of abused women.
This is mostly about women. Though, it can occur in anyone, particularly any minority or disabled person, whom society values as less than a full person.
One way to recognize this, is someone who does not value themselves. Who does not respect themselves. Who does not recognize their value. One who does not respect the value of others, by pushing their abusers values onto those in their care.
If you don’t respect yourself, you can’t respect others. Women should be valued. Their value is worth more than any paper money can replace.
Sadly, too many see themselves as less than.
That is extremely mentally and physically unhealthy.
As a society we need healthy people of all ages, regardless of gender and ethnicity. People who value themselves enough to want to live to help others.
Without self-value, there is no room for valuing others.
Without self-care, they is no ability to care for others.
Without self-worth, there is no ability to see the difference anyone can make.
Without self-trust, there is no trust in others.
With no self-respect, one cannot respect others.

The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice and Benidn ghte Bars

Bending the Bars and The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice are now available in ebook format.
These novels combat domestic abuse and sex offenders. Something that has run rampant in the last twenty years. This is a serious social ill that should have been eradicated thousands of years ago.
Humans are the only species that would consider sexual interest in a female who is not of child bearing age.
Sadly, our laws protect the abusers rather than the survivors.
In addition, the laws, courts, and society further enact victim blaming against the survivor – often denying them family, friends, jobs, a safe place to live, and all rights as a person to their privacy, access to food, water, clothing, or shelter.
Sad.
Someday, humans may decide to treat people as equals, and actually allow abusers to be properly removed from society.
Were they once abused? Often.
Yet, for every abuser left in a community, they create thousands more.

Stranger Danger

Last night was funny. Bailey pup decided to howl. It was such a odd howl, as his often are. I thought it was hubby making fun of him.
I was able to use my Bluetooth hearing aids to listen to my novel yesterday as I edited. It left a major headache.
In Bending the Bars, which should have never needed writing, I talk about Ruby’s Law. It is a start. Not enough. Her law allows people to escape their abusers with their children. They can legally leave the state and live in a fenced in area where they can recover from their abuse. Many will never leave. They feel safer inside than outside.
I dream of the day the first child is born that will never meet anyone who has been abused. That will be at least a century. Abuse, particularly sexual abuse, runs rampant in this country, in our world.
Until we have laws that will protect the victims, not the abusers, it will.
We need two aspects to that law:
1. Women (and children) can smack the abuser at the first touch.
It has been proven that when a male first begins his first grooming tactics on his first victim, if she physically stops him, 9 out of 10 will not become abusers.
2. Children need to be taught about bad touch. Used to be called stranger danger. And while strangers are a danger, 95% of abusers are family members, family friends, or others known to a child. They begin grooming children for abuse, often from the moment they are born. By the time they reach school age, most teachers can recognize which children have been groomed for sexual abuse. Even if full sexual abuse has yet to occur.
3. Sex abusers know they can get away with their crimes. Forever. And, they can give their victims deadly diseases. Also, by abusing one person, they open up an entire network of that person’s contacts, family, friends, co-workers to potential abuse. Abuse never ends with one victim. We need a justice system that will attack the problem. The system we have now, allows the abusers access to their victims. And they know they will never be safe as long as the abuser is alive. If the abusers were tried, convicted, and sentenced within 48 hours of an attack, more would be reported.
I long for a day when a woman can walk anywhere she wants without fear of sexual attack. There is no reason for these attacks. 99% are never reported. The survivors often bury them. Forget them. Hide them. Lash out at others. They know there is no hope of their attacker being brought to justice. Now, they even brag about sex abuse on national tv. They know they won’t go to jail.
And so it continues.
One abuser can create thousands of victims in one lifetime. Of those thousands, many will become abusers themselves. Even if they don’t, they often live a life of fear and hiding. Which affects every person they come in contact with.
We need stricter laws. Sadly, the sex offender laws have been loosened in the last few decades. That has led to many issues. Offenses against another person’s body need to be taken seriously. As an offense against life. It is a form of murder. As it murders self-esteem, self-respect, hope, dreams, and the future of the victim, and the dozens of people in their lives.

Point of View

I have to write the blurb for Bending the Bars, and find the blurb for The Stork Mis-Delivered – Twice.
A few more bits.
These will be ready to go soon. Very soon.
The original version of Bending the Bars, is the very first “novel” I wrote.
It deserves quotes. At the time, I thought it was complete. I didn’t realize what a mess it was. Full of filter words. Half the chapters were little more than a summary paragraph. The connections didn’t work.
When I re-wrote it, I found a way to weave it together. I needed the thread story to be different than in the original version. This made two chapters, that were fully written, very difficult to re-construct.
One especially, since it was apparently in the POV of the survivor, instead of the rescuers. I really didn’t understand POV when I wrote it. Though, I can understand why I did it that way. It gets the reader into the head of the survivor, and why they stayed in the abuse situation.
It would work for a movie. Not a book. Readers aren’t use to head-hopping. TV watchers do it all the time, and don’t realize it.
In some ways, I’ll be glad to finish and publish these two dark novels. They tell the tale of a dark and evil time in our history. Let these books reach survivors now, and help our world recover to stop the abusers. To stop the abuse.
Not all the characters live. Those who, are often scarred beyond the ability to live a normal life. There only hope is each other. And the safety behind the bars, hidden, legally safe from their abusers.