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

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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

Women’s History Month – Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw (1847 – 1919) spent her life fighting for women’s rights.  She came to this country when she was four years old.  She witnessed the Civil War and World War 1 in the US.

She decided to go to college, at time that women often did not.  She also decided to be a preacher, at a time that women simply didn’t.  Or, didn’t become licensed to do so.  She was the first female Methodist Protestant minister.

She didn’t end her education.  In 1886 she earned her medical doctor degree as well.  Although online reports don’t show how she used this degree, it fit in well with her other accomplishments, and helped break down doors for future female doctors.

She used her position to preach politics, and women’s wrights.  Susan B. Anthony was among her friends.  She chaired many committees over the years for women’s rights, temperance, and national defense group for women.

Her death from pneumonia occurred a year before women gained the right to vote in 1920.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.biography.com/people/anna-howard-shaw-9480841

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anna-Howard-Shaw

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

Women’s History Month 2017

Women’s Rights have been a serious topic in the Americas since the late 1400’s.  Before that, women often led, and owned the ownable tangible items in American societies.  Not all of them of course.  Many.  Women were valued for all of their abilities – to create a future generation, homes, clothing, cooking, story telling, and more.

Since the Europeans arrived, Women’s Rights have eroded.  At first, the settlers treated women well.  Without women, men would have had to cook, clean, sew, and more on their own.  As the generations passed, women began to be ignored. In recent decades, even with the laws passed, women have lost rights in the workplace, in education, and in life.

It isn’t uncommon for employers to hire a bunch of people, and then choose who they want to work, not based on skill, or ability, rather on gender, and how many children they have to support.
Married men with children have the first right to a job.  Then, men with children.  Then married men without children.
Once employers work their way through male applicants, they weed out the women.  Unmarried women with children have first priority.  Then, married women with children.  After that, employers debate on the remaining women.  Those who are single are determined to have more rights to a job than married women.  Yes.  Employers, female employers, have fired me multiple times over the first ten years I worked in the late 1990’s. simply because I did not have children.  They’d keep a woman with children who refused to learn the job, and was hired after me, promoting her, so she would maybe learn responsibility. Several female supervisors told me this was their reasoning.  Without a baby, I didn’t have a right to work.

As recently as age 40, I was told to go home and have a baby to take care of me.  That isn’t biologically possible.  Never was.

In education, I was steered away from science fields in college by bad male professors who did not want women to compete with them.

Domestic violence is on the rise.  New laws being written to do away with protection from domestic violence.  We need the ACLU more than ever, to return basic human rights to women.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

https://www.hrw.org/topic/womens-rights

https://www.aclu.org/issues/womens-rights

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline1.html

http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/alphaindex/a/biographies_a.htm

Healthcare

Today’s post is about healthcare.
There was an interesting infographic about Britain’s healthcare system versus the US healthcare system.
The first part covered the percentage of people covered and uncovered.
We have almost as 8.6% of people not covered by healthcare in the US. Of those covered, a large percent have been without healthcare, and preventative medicine for years, decades, possibly their entire lives.
In other words, they have not had the necessary healthcare to become, or remain healthy.
The average yearly cost for health care in Britain is $2,008 per person.
In the US it is over $5,000 per person per year.
If we switched to universal healthcare today – it would still take 80 years to have a healthy population.
First – we would have punish abusive employers. Employers who force employees to work more hours than is healthwise safe. If you work more than five hours a day, you aren’t getting healthy meals, or a healthy amount of sleep. It isn’t possible.
Also, days off. Employers are known for forcing employees to work ten day shifts without a day off. Or overtime pay.
No amount of overtime pay is worth what working more than four to five days a week will do to your body.
We know what we need to do to be healthier.
We need to be able to do those life saving activities. Sleep, eat, exercise, interact with family and friends.
As it is – it will take four full generations before those who are alive will have had access to preventative healthcare, proper diagnosis, and a chance to live a healthy lifestyle. If we fixed the laws today.
Of course, without enough medical staff, it still won’t work. Most medical staff work double shifts. And burn out too fast.
There is also another serious issue. One some people mention when they hear about universal healthcare. The time it takes to get an appointment.
If you talk to people that live in those countries – if someone is sick, they have instant care. Just like we do.
However, in only a few instances do they have the access as unbalanced as we do.
A boy child will be seen instantly by a doctor if he even has sniffle.
A girl child – in a day or two.
An adult male – same day, or next day.
A woman with children – within a week.
A woman without children – doctor’s offices don’t even know when the next available appointment is for someone as unwanted as that.
Our healthcare system is seriously broken.
It needs fixing. For the people who will be born in 60 years. Those who are alive today will continue to bear the costs of the last 80 years without adequate access to healthcare.
Before that, if there was a doctor, they took care of any patients that came to them, if it was possible.
We’ve seen what 80 years of healthcare for only the rich, and those with high paying jobs can do to the health of our nation.
High paying jobs are mostly gone.
So is our health.

Workaholicism

What has our current work environment done to our population?
First, it separates families. People have to move hundreds, or thousands, of miles from their families to find a job. Especially if they want a job that pays above minimum wage. For every job that does pay a living wage, there are over 10,000 that do not.
Second, the number of hours worked (including transportation time). 10+ hours a day, five to six days a week. Basically, they crawl out bed, stumble to work, stumble home, and back to bed. Not much of a home, mostly a sleeping place.
This should leave a person with 8 days a month to live.
Except.
They have any repair work. Grocery chopping, cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, baths, laundry, taxes, and any other vital chores. Males use two days for this. Women are expected to do the majority of the work. Still. So they use up six of those days on keeping the house running.
That leaves about 16 hours a month to live. Not much time broken up over three to four days.
Especially if they have any other obligations.
From the time a person starts working, until they retire, they have 16 hours a month of actual living time. Mostly spent resting and recuperating from the over stresses of the week before.
People wonder why parents miss their kids growing up. They may see them five minutes a day. Parents claim their kid is small child, when in reality, they are eighteen.
Something is wrong when people spend so much time away from those who should matter most.
Something is wrong when people have no time to do the things that matter in life – cooking, building and repairing their homes, sewing clothes, the things that make life live-able. The pieces that make life really alive.
We’ve known this for generations. TV, books, radio, and songs. Remember the song “Cat’s In The Cradle?”
We need clean air, clean water, and an opportunity for equality for all. Life for all.