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.
Romance: Alluded to.
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
Time: Modern, 1 month later
POV characters: Amber, Alex, Livia, Corbo
Communication has been cut off. No electricity. No phone service. Fuel is reserved for military missions.
Most people evacuated to the north.
Amber and Alex continue to survey the damage, and make sure those who remained behind are safe.
People died without air conditioning to cool their homes. Or medicines they depended on to control life threatening illnesses. Two children who live with their grandmother are rescued from starvation. Another infant born to a woman who dies in childbirth. A death that is no longer preventable.
Desperate men roam the streets of the towns where most have evacuated. Communities melt as the walls betweens human population groups rise again. Men, women, and cultures clash as if they had never learned to live together in peace.
Livia and Corbo have a mission of their own in Arizona. Corbo is in a race to find his birth father, whom he has never met. His fate unknown. Without electricity, or fuel, they have to try to find him.
The military's needs get in the way. Including a stop at a nuclear power plant to verify it is safely deactivated.
Livia releases zoo animals. They have a better chance of survival on the plains of Arizona, than locked in cages to die of starvation and dehydration.
Everyone thought Arizona would be forever safe from earthquakes, volcanoes, and shifting water tables.
Only, they aren't.
Yellowstone's impending rupture will lead to a year-long winter, and global cooling for a generation, or more. Without seeds, farming techniques, and other life skills long forgotten, those who remain won't survive the coming year.
Together, the survivors must build a future in a tangled environment of fear, hunger, cold, and desolation.
Rating: PG 13.
Profanity: Alluded to.
Sex: Alluded to.
Violence: Natural disaster
Length: 313 pages 81,940 words
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.
Profanity: Obvious, unprinted.
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
Genre: Abuse Survival
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?
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.
Book Title: Bending the Bars
Genre: Abuse Survival
Rating: PG 16
Romance: In passing.
Violence: Some. Car chases, shootings, survivors of abuse
Length: 80,000 words