Branded is a great suspense story about innocence lost. BISAC = Law & Crime.
Hayden Heyer and the Twin Guardians is a wonderful tale about acceptance and love. BISAC = Love & Romance.
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Here is a moral question – is it less of a crime if a parent abducts their own child?
In my eyes, abduction is abduction and it doesn’t matter who is doing it. Parent, grandparent, or stranger, it doesn’t matter. It is still wrong. If the courts choose one person over another, there is usually a very good reason behind the decision and that decision should be honored and upheld.
From the child’s point of view, they do not understand what is going on. Why they are being taken in the middle of the night, or why they can’t go home after school. They are lied too and sometimes beaten if they don’t obey, left crying and confused. Then suddenly their lives are turned upside down and they are now in a strange place, surrounded by strange people and living on the run. Is this right? Is it fair? The stress of being forcibly removed and lied too, leaves permanent scares and it doesn’t matter who it is, child or adult. Would you put your child through it? Would you want to go through it?
Here is another moral question – as a community, should we look away if we know the abduction is because of a custody battle?
Shouldn’t we be more concerned for the victim, which is the child, then what others think? Why should an innocent child be treated like a piece of meat dangled in front of a pack of hungry animals?
What should be done? Should laws be stricter? Should children be taken out of the divorce settlements and custody cases handled separately? Should we just look away and ignore the entire issue? What is the right thing to do for the innocent and abducted in our communities? In the world?
Should prostitution be legalized? Do you think that will eliminate the problem and stop the traffickers from abducting children, or will it just give them cause to continue doing so, but legally? The attached link discusses this avenue. What do you think the answer is in protecting the innocent from being abducted or kidnapped?
Actions are being taken to make it harder for trafficker and johns to walk away from a compromising situation and making them responsible for their own actions. The new legislation can help, but it is state based and not all states are approving it. If the industry is ever going to change, laws must be carried out by every state and nation world-wide. We cannot allow traffickers to pick up and relocate to another state or country just because the heat is on. This just allows them to take our children across borders and making it harder for us to find them and get them back.
I don’t know what the answer is to stop this horrible crime but I do know doing nothing is not the answer. Doing nothing gives them our permission to continue growing their business. Even something small is a step in the right direction until we can install righteousness into the minds and hearts of those committing the crimes. For now, my recommend is to ask every parent, school, and government agency to fingerprint their children to make sure their identities are on file. Maybe the government can even start an entirely new database for non-criminals. This would make it easier to find people that have been abducted, since they eventually get arrested at some point. Even applying for a job like bartender, would raise a red flag in the system then for a child that was kidnapped and raised by another family.
My other suggestion is to know your neighbors and their habits. I’m not saying interfere in their business or tell them what to do, just know what is going on in your area and try to friend them. This way you have a better understanding of who, or what, is in your neighborhood and when something is not right. Let’s face it, who knows more about our neighborhoods then us? We have to live in them. We should also be looking out for each other and helping those in need. However, if they become hostile or violent, that automatically tells you something is wrong. They could be going through a rough time emotionally or they could be up to no good and trying to hide it. If you sense foul play or danger is eminent contact the Police immediately! Most states will allow you to do so anonymously too. I’m not asking you to be known as the area pest, but to contact the Police when you feel something illegal is going on or when someone’s life may be in danger because of the abusive yelling.
What are your thoughts? How would you protect the innocent from predators?
This past month, I have been looking for ways to get some sort of eBook out there on Branded. There are many options but most are costly. After searching the web for cheap ways, I finally found one through the publisher that published Branded – Createspace. They now have a program that will convert a member’s book for the Amazon Kindle for only $69. This was a welcome surprise! Right away, I contacted them to get the process started. They are currently working on it now.
In the last few weeks I have received numerous comments and compliments regarding my expertise on the subject of abuse and abduction. I don’t want to mislead anyone, so I thought I better clarify a few things. First, I am not an expert. I do not have a PHD in Psychology or a degree in Behavioral Sciences (although there are times I wish I did.) To be an expert, I would need to acquire some sort of educational degree in these subjects, which I have not.
So then, what makes me knowledgeable of this area? Well, I have done research on the subject prior to writing the book Branded, and continuously follow up on the FBI website for current information. I have taken a couple psychology courses and have an idea of the human psyche. I was almost abducted when I was in elementary school, but a crossing guard saved me. My sister was abducted when she was two, but was found 4 blocks away, still with her abductor. I knew a person who vanished and watched the family spend every dollar they had on investigators to look for him. I comforted teens who were hit by their parents or ran away from home and seen the desperation and pain that filled their eyes as we talked. Plus, I have taken in family members who fell on hard times and lost everything, watching them go from hopeful to hopeless within weeks.
Now, I am an author trying to market and sell books and found a way to incorporate pieces of the above into the stories. I make the characters vulnerable in some way – something we all can relate too. Then the question is how will it be implemented? Will it make the character the hero, the villain or the Good Samaritan? What do they do? What is their reaction? Find out for yourself.
The questions I have listed under the fan section of my site only gives you a glimpse into the world of Cat Johnson, the main character in Branded. Those that actually read the book write me about how real it was for them. One fan read Branded over 300 times because she relates to the emotional undertones in the story so much it became comforting for her. (True story) She can’t wait for the sequel. Problem is, I’m not ready to write it yet. I have 3 other books to finish first.
I’m confused. Schools are teaching our kids about evolution and scientific theory (one persons opinion as possible fact), but forbidden to learn about God and the Bible, which actually explains all creation, and has been proven to be historically true. Why is this?
Every few years, science books need to be revised, whereas the Bible doesn’t. Not because more information has been added to support the evolution theory, but because information was discovered proving it false and needed to be taken out – but no one publicizes that information. They keep it on the QT. Still, educators are required to continue teaching false doctrine to our children. Why is that? Why can’t they learn from history and archeology, that God and creation are real, and allow that information to be taught in our schools?
I am doing what I can to open the eyes of everyone to the truth, and hope you will join me. I found a great website that does the same that I would like to share with you. Here is a link to a specific area on their site about dinosaurs being real and part of God’s creation – not evolution. Please take the time to listen to the two videos on “Dinosaurs and the Bible” (especially part 2), they are only 15 minutes each, and let me know what you think.
The children of a recession seem to be in the middle of a financial war today. Public and private schools are decreasing their funding to make ends meet, while others are merging schools and eliminating teachers. But what happens to the children who need their skills and time? Are they put-off to the side until the economy gets better? Or crammed into an area with inadequate educators and struggling to comprehend the material?
Sure, parents do have the option to send their children to other schools or find other ways to get the help the child needs. But let’s face it, in today’s economy families are also struggling financially. They don’t have the additional funds necessary to place their children into private schools and most don’t even know how. It seems like money is more important than a child’s needs in a recession and it is disconcerting. Granted, there are plenty of experienced educators out there wanting to help but they don’t have the organization to back them, to do so.
So what is the answer? Do we wait until the government and the economy are back in the black or do we take the time out of our stress filled lives to make a difference ourselves. I am suggesting that people and organizations temporarily get involved. Community Centers are perfect for holding classes but other organizations and businesses can also help. Most unemployed people have the additional time and experience to volunteer but may feel overwhelmed by their situation. Yes, they need to look for work and go on interviews, but volunteering only takes a couple hours a week.
I too am unemployed, looking for work in a field that is saturated right now. However, I still volunteer my time to help 4th graders with their reading comprehension at the local community center. It only takes 1 hour of my time a week and gives me a nice break from thinking about my problems. I enjoy it and look forward to meeting new kids and families every few months. Also, I recently signed up to be a youth minister at my church. It is only once a week on a Sunday for a few hours but the rewards will be so great. Therefore, I am thinking others can volunteer their time too, until the economy is back on its feet again.
Help to educate a child who is struggling, whether academically or otherwise. There are so many areas that need to be addressed: reading, math, history, geography, physics, sports, swimming, cooking, wood working, auto repair, or any other area where a child needs assistance. The hard part will be finding a location where to hold an informational class outside of your home. The local community centers or library should be able to help. However, businesses could take in a child assistant in addition for a short time which teaches structure and discipline while at the same time understanding how academics works in the real world. The possibilities are endless; just think what you could learn from them; out of the box thinking for one.
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I’ve been thinking about what to do with the book Branded and its royalties (if any) if something happened to me. I want to continue bringing awareness to the child trafficking and child abductions issues and would like to give the royalties to a charity, but which one? I did some research online and found the GEMS organization and then checked to see if they were legit – they are. I think they are a perfect match for Branded and my message. They protect and support children that have been trafficked, and fight for changes in government that can help the victims and catch those responsible.
I’ve recently learned that some people think Branded is a sexually graphic and abusive read that tells the industry the way it really is, but that’s not true. That would make the book X-rated and it’s not. The Branded story lacks the violent torture and graphic scenes that exists in the real industry. I would say Branded is more of a thriller or crime story then a pornographic read, allowing me to open the subject up to a whole new audience (teens, parents and grandparents).
The majority of the reading public doesn’t know I’m out here. I believe it’s because I am a new writer and author. That’s why I decided to donate $1 to GEMS for every copy of Branded sold between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. The money goes to a good cause and it will help get my name circulated.
If you believe in me or my message, or just like my writing style, tell your friends to check out my site and order a copy of Branded. There is a listing of online book sellers on the home page of my site making it convenient for you to order.
Let’s have some fun and make the $1 for GEMS message go viral!
We live in a world filled with hatred, greed, violence, injustice, and casual sex, all things the Lord opposes, so why are we shocked when He brings devastation and death. It’s kind of expected, isn’t it, for opposing Him? Still, we are. Mostly because we have already surrendered to the injustice and selfishness of this world. Violence and death have crept into every aspect of our lives, from video games, movies, and television, to the classroom, daily news, and the neighbor next door, and it’s becoming the norm. We keep to ourselves as much as possible. But that is only making the matter worse. It damages our social skills and any eloquent way of speaking up against injustice so people will listen and take action. We avoid getting involved in any and all activities that will put us in with other people. We even hate going to parent teacher conferences because it takes us out of our comfort zone and puts us in an area that has been known for violence (schools). We’re afraid, and this fear is crippling us.
Deep down, we know there has got to be a better way to live. One where violence is minimal and people actually care about each other. Well there is, but it is going to take a lot to get back to that point and it will not be easy. What we need to do is change the way we think. There is no reason why we have to be self-centered and self-absorbed about every little thing. In a perfect world, we, as a people, would be more concerned about the other person and their needs, than our own. In return, our needs would be taken care of because others would be doing the same for us. I am not talking about government involvement or socialism. I’m just suggesting a step up in community activity.
There is so much we can do to make this happen. Let’s start in our own neighborhoods. There is the widow down the road who feels alone, the neighbor next door in a wheel chair who feels forgotten; the teen across the street who feels unappreciated; the unemployed mother across the alley who need help finding work; the family on the corner who does not have enough food for the week; or the elderly man 3 doors down who needs help cleaning house and cutting grass. We need to get involved and start by knowing whom our neighbors are and what their needs are. Think about it! If we kept tabs on the needs of our neighbors there would be less violence and more caring people.
People are generally good. The ones that are not usually have been hurt by someone and want to be left alone or are up to no good. The hurt ones you can help by showing that you care and are there for them if they need something. The other ones, you should be cautious about and report any odd behavior to the police and other neighbors. Maybe you will be the one who finds a robber in your neighbor’s house while they are gone, a missing or abused child held against their will, or a person who is making bombs in their home, all because you were familiar with the comings and goings of your neighborhoods and their surroundings.
Getting started is as easy as saying hello when you see them in their yard, at the store, at a block party or cookout. I once met my neighbors for the first time 1400 miles away at a Taco Johns when we were on vacation. We sat in the restaurant together for a good hour laughing and talking. Don’t put hundreds of miles between you and your neighbor before you realize there is something special about them. Say hello now!
Most people view love as a feeling, but feelings can be misleading. Others view it as a relationship, but not all relationships last. So what is love? How about a spiritual journey? If you view it as a spiritual journey, you will find hope, acceptance, and joy – three very important elements in love.
Spirituality is critical. It is how we learn about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. It is also how we deal with the problems all relationships go through. We usually see our own flaws when we let someone into our confidence. The question is how much do you know about yourself and are you willing to take the time to learn something new?
Hope is a primary element in the beginning of all love relationships. We have hope that the relationship we are starting will be meaningful. Hope that the person we are with is honest and trustworthy. Hope that they will be forgiving and understanding when we do something wrong; and hope that they take time to learn about our needs, wants, and desires.
Acceptance is also a primary element. We learn to accept our partner’s flaws. Accept that they have different views than our own, and accept that they have a past.
Then when you learned enough about yourself and your partner that you can accept everything they are without question, than you have a good foundation to build a “loving” relationship and find joy. Joy is the longevity in a relationship. It keeps the relationship fresh and alive. It keeps your partner loyal, more important it keeps you both happy.
I have been doing research on Cuzco, Peru. I am thinking about adding it to the Hayden Heyer and the Twin Guardians storyline in book 2 but recently found out the next Da Vinci Code movie is all about the demons in Peru. Now, I’m wondering if I should add it. I don’t want them thinking I stole their idea, and I understand the movie would be released before my book. Not sure what to do? Could use some suggestions from an experienced writer. What are your thoughts?
After six months, I found myself smiling for the first time in a long time. Mostly, because of the freedom and the fact I made friends. My first friend was a horse named Marshmallow, because he had a white square on his forehead. I rode him every chance I could and at night you could find me in the stables grooming him. Marshmallow helped me see that things could always be worse than they are. I needed to learn how to accept my current situation if I was ever going to be happy again, just like he had too.
The second was a girl named Rebecca. She was from Southern Mississippi and was the same age as me. We looked a little alike, so Patrick would set us up together on assignments. We became friends and would stay up at night making fun of the assignments we had that day. She got me to laugh again.
Whenever my day would drag on endlessly, or I would be out with an assignment that was a real loser, I would think about how we would make fun of him later and I would grin. That alone would get me through the day and the next few years.
The Goodreads giveaway of my book Branded ended on November 30 and I am very pleased with the outcome. Copies of the book where just shipped out to FL, TN, and WI.
In addition, I had 582 people in the drawing wanting a copy and 120 actually added it to their reading list. I’m hoping everyone one of them purchase a copy for the holidays. I really want to get the message out, to beware of stranger danger.
For information on the winners, go to Goodreads.com and check it out.
We live in a world filled with hatred, greed, violence, racism, injustice, and casual sex, all things the Lord opposes, so why are we shocked when He brings devastation and death? It’s kind of expected, isn’t it, for challenging Him? Still, we are. We have already surrendered to the biases, injustice and selfishness of this world. Violence and death have crept into every aspect of our lives, from video games, movies, and television, to the classroom, daily news, and the neighbor next door, and it’s becoming the norm. We keep to ourselves as much as possible, but that is only making the matter worse. It damages our social skills and any eloquent way of speaking up against injustice so people will listen and take action. We avoid getting involved in activities that will put us in with other people. We even hate going to parent teacher conferences because it takes us out of our comfort zone and puts us in an area known for violence. We’re afraid, and this fear is crippling us.
Deep down, we know there has got to be a better way to live. One where violence is minimal and people actually care about each other. Well there is, but it is going to take a lot to get back to that point, and it will not be easy. What we need to do is change the way we think. There is no reason why we have to be self-centered and self-absorbed about every little thing. In a perfect world, we, as a people, would be more concerned about the other person and their needs than our own. In return, our needs would be taken care of because others would be doing the same for us. I am not talking about government involvement or socialism. I’m just suggesting a step up in community activity.
There is so much we can do to make this happen. Let’s start in our own neighborhoods. There is the neighbor in a wheel chair who feels forgotten; the widow down the road who is lonely; the teen across the street who feels unappreciated; the elderly man 3 doors down who needs help cleaning house and cutting grass; the unemployed mother across the alley who can’t find work; or, the family on the corner who does not have enough food for the week. We can make a difference, but we need to get involved! Start by knowing who your neighbors are and their individual needs. Think about it, if we all kept tabs on the needs of others there would be less violence and more caring people in the world.
People are generally good! Those that are not may have been hurt by someone and just don’t trust anymore. Then again, they could be up to no good too, but you won’t know unless you get involved. You can help the hurt ones by showing that you care and being there if they need something. The other ones, you should be cautious about and report any odd behavior to the police, and any neighborhood association you might have. Maybe you will be the one who finds a rapist, robber, or abused child held against their will, all because you were familiar with your neighbors.
Getting started is as easy as saying hello when you see them in the yard, at the store, or at a block party or cookout. I once met my neighbors for the first time 1400 miles away at a Taco Johns when we were on vacation. We sat in the restaurant together for a good hour laughing and talking. Don’t put hundreds of miles between you and your neighbor before you realize they are special and want to call them friend. Say hello now!
It breaks my heart to find out that parents are physically abusing their children to the point they need medical assistance and where it stunts the child’s growth. The story of the Madison girl in the attached video was locked in the basement, burned, raped, starved, forced to eat her own feces, and clean the house naked so they could tell if she was stealing food. No one should be treated this way, especially an innocent child that depends on their parents for support and guidance. My question is where were the other family members like cousins, aunts, uncles who could have stepped in? Where were the neighbors? Wouldn’t they notice the girl was never around? Even if they didn’t know there was a child living there, don’t you think that someone would have heard her scream and called the police?
Thank God, the child was able to find the strength to crawl out the window. Also, thank God for the person who had the courage to stop and ask her if she needed help and then quickly taking her away from the area.
I cannot stress this enough – we need to be more active in our communities. Evil seems to be more active then it use to be and we need to do something about it. If we stick together and work as a unit we should be able to make a difference before it’s too late. Neighborhood watches, church activities, community center involvement, etc; anything to get involve and meet the people we live near.
I will not be discussing this subject forever and would like to get the message out while I can. Help me, by spreading the word to get involved and meet your neighbors. Help me make a difference in the life of an innocent. Help me to get the book Branded in people’s hands, it makes them think.
Question – what do you think should be done to parents that physically torture their own children?