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Helpless: A True Short Story

A dramatic short story from experienced foster carer Rosie Lewis.

Baby Sarah is born to a crack-addicted mother on a freezing cold night in December. Rosie is woken a few short hours later, at 1am, and taken to the maternity unit by police escort to collect the infant and take her to a place of safety.

But it soon becomes clear that Sarah is suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms. Knowing that separation is inevitable, Rosie tries to maintain a professional distance but that's easier said than done.

Kidnapping My Daughter

At just twenty-years-old, Rachel Jensby finds herself faced with a desperate reality: either continue to hand her nineteen-month-old daughter over to the man who is sexually abusing her as the court has ordered her to do, or go into hiding to help her child escape the certainty of further sexual assaults. Kidnapping My Daughter is the true account of a mother who spent more than two years on the run, first from local and state authorities only, and then eventually from the FBI as well. As more and more children are faced with court-licensed abuse every day, Rachel Jensby hopes to be a voice among many; joining other mothers who are effecting change by finally finding the courage to come forward with their stories.

Kidnapping My Daughter is an account of events leading up to, and all that transpired during, this family's life on the run.

A second volume, titled Bringing Cheyenne Home, tells the story of what happened afterward - starting with the family's first day back in court and goes on to detail the tumultuous years afterward, including a peek into Cheyenne's life today. Bringing Cheyenne Home will be available soon on Amazon for Kindle.

Worms On Parachutes: Mystical Allies In My Cancer Survival

"What a brilliant book! Congratulations on writing Worms on Parachutes. "- Lorraine Kelly. "The most incredible, wonderful, very moving book which I've read. I urge everybody to read it."- Gaby Roslin. "Incredibly emotional and well-written." Penguin Sarah's journey and spirit are incredible. Sarah's writing is from the heart." - Richard Amos, Operational Lead Proton Therapy. University College Hospital London. "A candid and well-written story. A beautiful book." - Wendy Woodward, Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Centre. ENDORSEMENTS: Worms on Parachutes is recognised by Cancer Research UK as suitable reading material in the biography section for Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Care in Perth, Western Australia also feature Worms On Parachutes in their boutique reading library, as an inspirational read for those facing breast cancer today. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer on the 15th June 2007. I remember that day so vividly. It will be ingrained in my memory forever as it is the day I felt my perfect little world crumble. I remember hearing those terrifying words, "I'm sorry it's cancer" and falling to pieces. I hollered as my mind froze and my body went numb. I was frightened, felt incredibly vulnerable and my greatest fear stared me in the face. I could potentially die, and leave behind my two beautiful daughters and a husband who is also my best friend, and the person I love to have at my side . I'm pleased to report those initial feelings softened as time past. Now it is important to share my story to give hope, encouragement and inspiration to others faced with a life threatening illness. I believe that sharing stories helps to inspire those who are touched by cancer. You seek hope reassurance that treatments can be very successful today. Breast Cancer isn't the only illness I have overcome. I had a near death experience in Africa as a child, I was an accident prone youngster and the sickly one in my family. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, a

Bought and Sold (Part 1 of 3)

A heart-stopping story of lies, brutality and fear. British girl Megan Stephens tells the true story of how an idyllic Mediterranean holiday turned into an unimaginable nightmare when she was tricked into becoming a victim of human trafficking and held captive for six years by deception, threats and violence.

While on holiday with her mother at a popular Mediterranean coastal resort, Megan fell in love. Just 14 years old, nave and vulnerable, she had no reason to suspect that the man who said he loved her would commit the ultimate betrayal of her trust.

When her mother returned to England, Megan stayed with Jak, who said he would find her a job as a waitress and promised they would be together forever. But when Megan travelled to the city with Jak, his attitude quickly changed and instead of finding her work as a waitress, he allowed her to be raped and then sold her to a human trafficker.

Abandoned by Jak but still unable to accept that everything he'd told her had been a lie, Megan was coerced by threats and violence into working as a prostitute in private homes and brothels. Then the trafficker threatened her mother's life and it was Megan's turn to lie: sending her mother the staged photographs that had been taken of her apparently working as a waitress in a cafe, she told her she was happy.

Too frightened and bewildered to trust or reach out to anyone, Megan remained locked in a world of brutality and abuse for six years. In the end, there only seemed to be one way out.

Megan's powerful story reveals the devastating realities of human trafficking and the fear that imprisons its victims more effectively than any cage could ever do.

Damsel For Sale Aileen Wuornus: The Tragic Tale Of a Female Serial Killer (Women Serial killers)

DAMSEL FOR SALE Aileen Carol Wuornos is probably one of the most notorious women serial killers of our time. Much has been written about Aileen, some of what has been written is true, and some of it is wrong. Much has been written to sensationalize, and to monetize her story. She was described in the media as the first US female serial killer, yet nothing could be further from the truth. There had been decades of women serial killers long before Aileen was conceived. What makes her stand out from most other women serial killers, if that what she was, is that Aileen killed with a gun, and her victims were strangers. Aileen, never denied shooting her victims, but claimed it was in self-defense. The majority of women serial killers normally use poison and their victims are usually (but not always) acquaintances or family members. I invite you to the tragic life of Aileen.

Betrayed: Part 1 of 3: The heartbreaking true story of a struggle to escape a cruel life defined by family honour

Betrayed can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.

This is PART 1 of 3.

You can read Part 1 two weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

In the much-anticipated follow-up to Sunday Times bestseller Trapped, foster carer Rosie Lewis tells the heartbreaking true story of 13-year-old Zadie.

When the young teenage girl runs away and is discovered hiding on the city streets by the police, it is clear that all is not as it should be.

Taught to believe that Westerners should not be trusted, when Zadie is initially delivered into the experienced hands of foster carer Rosie she is polite and well-behaved, but understandably suspicious of the family around her. Through Rosie's support and understanding, gradually Zadie begins to settle into her new surroundings, but loyalty to her relatives, and fear of bringing shame on those around her, prevents her from confessing the horrifying truth about her troubled past.

When the shocking truth finally emerges, Rosie and her family can hardly believe that Zadie had managed to keep the shocking secrets to herself for so long.

I Miss Mummy: Free Sampler

Discover the incredible memoirs of internationally bestselling author Cathy Glass with this free extended eBook sample of I Miss Mummy, the story of Alice, a young and vulnerable girl who is desperate to return home to her mother.

Alice, aged four, is snatched by her mother the day she is due to arrive at Cathy's house. Drug-dependent and mentally ill, but desperate to keep hold of her daughter, Alice's mother snatches her from her parents' house and disappears.

Cathy spends three anxious days worrying about her whereabouts before Alice is found safe, but traumatised. Alice is like a little doll, so young and vulnerable, and she immediately finds her place in the heart of Cathy's family. She talks openly about her mummy, who she dearly loves, and how happy she was living with her maternal grandparents before she was put into care. Alice has clearly been very well looked after and Cathy can't understand why she couldn't stay with her grandparents.

It emerges that Alice's grandparents are considered too old (they are in their early sixties) and that the plan is that Alice will stay with Cathy for a month before moving to live with her father and his new wife. The grandparents are distraught - Alice has never known her father, and her grandparents claim he is a violent drug dealer.

Desperate to help Alice find the happy home she deserves, Cathy's parenting skills are tested in many new ways. Finally questions are asked about Alice's father suitability, and his true colours begin to emerge.

The Boy No One Loved: Free Sampler

Discover the incredible memoirs of internationally bestselling author Casey Watson with this free extended eBook sampler of Casey's first book, and Sunday Times bestseller, The Boy No One Loved.

Justin was five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin addict, had left them alone again. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care.

Six years on, after 20 failed placements, Justin arrives at Casey's home. Casey and her husband Mike are specialist foster carers. They practice a new style of foster care that focuses on modifying the behaviour of profoundly damaged children. They are Justin's last hope, and it quickly becomes clear that they are facing a big challenge.

Try as they might to make him welcome, he seems determined to strip his life of all the comforts they bring him, violently lashing out at schoolmates and family and throwing any affection they offer him back in their faces. After a childhood filled with hurt and rejection, Justin simply doesn't want to know. But, as it soon emerges, this is only the tip of a chilling iceberg.

A visit to Justin's mother on Boxing Day reveals that there are some very dark underlying problems that Justin has never spoken about. As the full picture becomes clearer, and the horrific truth of Justin's early life is revealed, Casey and her family finally start to understand the pain he has suffered...

A Stolen Childhood: Part 1 of 3: A dark past, a terrible secret, a girl without a future

A Stolen Childhood can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.

This is PART 1 of 3.

You can read Part 1 two weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

Bestselling author and teacher Casey Watson shares the horrifying true story of Kiera Bentley, a 12-year-old girl with a deeply shocking secret she's too young to even understand.

When Casey first meets Kiera, a small slight girl who's just lashed out at a fellow pupil in assembly, she immediately senses something's wrong. Something in Kiera's eyes alerts Casey that this is an "old head on young shoulders", and with Kiera's constant tiredness and self-soothing habit of pulling her hair out, she follows her instinct and takes Kiera under her wing.

At first the answer seems simple enough; Kiera's parents aren't together and they don't get on, which makes life hard for Kiera as she's so close to her dad. But as the weeks roll on, Casey begins to understand that there's something much darker going on behind closed doors. And when she finally learns the truth, she's terrified she won't be able to save Kiera from it.

Damaged: Free Sampler

Discover the incredible memoirs of internationally bestselling author Cathy Glass with this free extended eBook sampler of Cathy's first book, and No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller, Damaged.

Jodie is a violent and aggressive 8 year old who has already been through numerous foster families. Cathy Glass is her last hope ...

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

The Shelter (A Short Story)

The world around ten-year-old Sunni Brown is crumbling. War, disease and crushing poverty are everyday realities. For a while, she counts herself amongst the lucky. But will she survive when she's forced to live in an abandoned parking structure?

This is a scary future; but there are no werewolves, vampires or zombies...in this future, human beings are the scariest creatures of all.

"The Shelter" is a dystopian short story of 5500 words in length or

approximately 25 pages. It is the prequel to the full-length novel NEW HOPE CITY, a dark

coming-of-age story set in post-apocalyptic America.

New Hope City now available: amazon.com/dp/B00AF2D3HA

Listen, Just Once

BASED ON A TRUE STORY

This is a story of a young girl who experiences things no child should ever experience. Lizzie tries and tries to get the attention of her mother to get it to stop, to get her to help. She is also left with the duty of protecting her sister, Rose from the monster. A man who makes both girls shiver when he comes to babysit them. If only the one person who SHOULD be there to listen, WOULD just be there for them. If only her mother would listen, just once...

Bangles to Mom: Letters From Pakistan

In 1992, when Marsha Marie boarded a plane with her two small children and her second husband, Zain; they had one-way tickets to Pakistan and a plan. Their destination: Zain's birthplace in the remote village of Kalu Kalan. Their reason: to escape the toxic influence of Marsha's abusive ex-husband, David. Their goal: to join Zain's relatives and live free from David's domineering interference.

In Bangles to Mom: Letters from Pakistan, Marsha shares her intriguing new life in vivid details with her family back home in the States. The letters raw and revealing were written in 1992, during her first year in the village. Marsha thought that she would never see these letters again; but as fate would have it, they reappeared during the writing of Bangles: My True Story of Escape, Adventure and Forgiveness; and she knew that they would be a perfect accompaniment to the first edition of this heart-stopping memoir series.

Ghost: Honor Thy Parents: The Rick Watkinson Story

Enjoy a A FREE First Chapter ONLY SNEAK PEEK of the full-length novel - "Ghost - The Rick Watkinson Story"

One is supposed to honor thy parents. At least that's what the Bible says. In the prequel to Ghost - The Rick Watkinson Story, "Honor Thy Parents", tell of the fateful night that 16 year old Rick Watkinson picked up a semi-automatic rifle and fatally shot his father and his step-mother. Why did he do it? What was his state of mind that led to his actions? This prequel sets the stage for answers to those questions and more. Find all of these answers and more in the full novel - Ghost: The Rick Watkinson Story.

Rick Watkinson was a typical American kid growing up with his mother, father, and brother in California. Idolizing his father Robert, a pilot, the young boy reveled in their shared passion for flying and fostering their adventurous spirit sailboat racing and travelling. But the strength of that father-son bond was crushed when his father filed for divorce soon after moving the family to Oregon. Ten-year-old Rick was devastated - unable to comprehend his father's wicked betrayal of the family. With his bitter and vengeful mother's help, the love for his father quickly turned to hate. The center of his universe became the center of his scorn. Consumed by her own hatred and personal issues, his mother was unable to offer him the support and security his confused psyche needed and craved. God would save them she said. God would look after them. They just had to believe and pray - don the armour in the fight against Satan and his army of demons. Ricky would lead the way, with his 'special gift' he was 'Christ's Little Warrior'.

Darkness, light, light, darkness. With his emotions slammed tight behind an iron wall of resolve, Rick and his lost soul took to the streets, finding comfort and his voice, among the criminals and socially angry young adults. They became his strength. They became his guide. If fences needed to be jumped, things stolen or sabotaged, it was often 'crazy little Ricky' who was asked to do the deed. This built confidence, and finally made him feel like he was a part of something again. Unable to control him, his mother kicks him out of the house. Trapped into coming home, Rick is confronted by his father and given a choice - either come live in Alaska with him and his wife or be dropped off at the police station. Rick chose door number one, the apparent lessor of two evils. With that choice his fate was sealed, and for the next thirteen months, his life in Alaska was a cage match with each party throwing punches; the violence and tension escalating with each round.

"Ghost" is the true story of Rick Watkinson, his journey from a tumultuous childhood, to his current stay and personal growth behind the thick steel bars in an Alaskan State Penitentiary. Who is this man and what causes a person to cross the boundaries of humanity? Can these events be strictly traced to upbringing and environment, or do some people have an inherent propensity for evil? Is redemption or rehabilitation even possible?

Stripped down to its core, this is a story of a boy who just wanted to be loved. A boy who just wanted to belong, and be a part of a family, whatever that incarnation of a family might have been. He is not asking for forgiveness nor is he expecting us to give it. His life is his life, and his mistakes are his mistakes. He cannot change the past or give life to his father and step-mother. He can only move forward, continuing to find the light in a life of darkness.

Confidante: The Brothel: a biography (Confidante Trilogy)

Ok, I'll admit it - My mother in law used to be a sex worker. She worked in a brothel, as an escort and, as a madame in and around Sydney Australia in the late '80s. It's something that she has confided in few people outside her immediate family until me. We are polar opposites in many ways but we get each other - as a result I have become the confidante in her life which is how this series has been born. The exact year was 1989; Angelien was 32 when she made the decision to enter a brothel to help support herself and her two sons. She quickly became the most popular girl there with her Kathleen Turner looks and her excellent 'acting' skills. This is a biography about friendship, discovery and of course sex. Confidante: The Brothel is a collection of Angelien's most memorable stories during her month working in the brothel. Confidante: The Escort & Confidante: The Madame will be released shortly visit us at http: //lillianaanderson.weebly.com/blog.html for progress reports.

The Saint of Pakistan: an extract from Paramédico

Abdul Sattar Edhi, a simple Pakistani grandfather, heads the largest ambulance service in the world and has never had a day off in his life. In this mini-ebook, he tells Benjamin Gilmour about his life in Pakistan.

The Saint of Pakistan is a free extract from Paramedico - a collection of adventures by Australian paramedic Benjamin Gilmour about his work on ambulances around the world. From England to Mexico, and Iceland to Pakistan, Gilmour takes us on an extraordinary thrill-ride with his wild coworkers. Along the way he learns a few things, too, and shows us not only how precious life truly is, but how to passionately embrace it.

Sadie Sugarspear and the Weeping Willow (The Sadie Sugarspear Chronicles Book 1)

In a small town called Muddlewoods, young Sadie Sugarspear endures intolerable cruelty at the hands of her brutal stepfather. Sadie finds solace in the one thing her real father, Sam Sugarspear, left behind: a book about an imaginary land, ruled by a king who grants wishes.One day, when her stepfather's cruelty reaches unimaginable depths, Sadie runs away and hides inside a crevice in her beloved willow tree. To her surprise, the tree opens up, sending Sadie falling down into the abyss, into a land she's only ever read about--where she must begin a long, terrifying, and heartbreaking journey home.This book is intended for mature audiences and contains disturbing content that may cause the reader to delve into his or her own land of fantasy...just like Sadie.This is the first novella in Nicole Arlyn's epic dark fantasy series, The Sugarspear Chronicles.

Praise for The Sugarspear Chronicles:"This book is to the literary world now what Wes Anderson films are in a world full of Magic Mikemovies. It will challenge you...But if you open your mind and stretch back to the bygone era of literary symbolism that was Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, you will appreciate the shining jewel that is this book." --A.D. Marrow, author of Chaos and Moonlight, Book One of the Order of the Nines series

Family Incest Treatment

This article describes family incest treatment, which is rare in the United States, but whose treatment goals provide important information for family members who have experienced incest. Topics covered are expression of emotions, responsibility, understanding incest, making amends, understanding human sexuality, and safety plans.

The article is an excerpt from the book Shame, Blame, and Child Sexual Abuse: From Harsh Realities to Hope, available on Kindle, , lulu, and for many mobile devises.

A Pubescent Loaf of Bread

A Pubescent Loaf of Bread takes the reader on a mostly energetic, sometimes tumultuous, journey of a gawky adolescent boys encounters on the road to maturity. It's both humouros and emotionally endearing. It helps of course if your parents are eccentric and your friends continuously exhibit off the wall behaviour.

THE DESTRUCTION OF INNOCENCE - THE STORY SO FAR...

After being abducted by her mothers rapist, Holly spends a childhood of extreme sexual abuse in his captivity cut off from the outside world. She is freed at the age of sixteen, but finds it hard to adjust. Only one thing is on her mind and when she gets to age twenty four she takes it.....

The Sundial Part 6 Advent. (The Sundial Series)

Though the Chilterns shiver in cold chill air and snowflakes swirl through the trees, the children are drawn towards a special sparkling new season. Advent arrives like a pocket full of gold or a chest of treasure. The children are invited to take part in its magic and open its treasure chest, to dress in fine cloths and to re-enact and fully participate in the wonderful pageant that is Advent...

Memories of Days Gone by

CANCER: Through A Mother's Eyes

Moving On...from Victim to Survivor

If you, or someone you know, has been subjected to sexual abuse in childhood then this book is for you. It has an easy to read format and is presented in a simple way, cutting through jargon to offer down to earth help and support. From Victim to Survivor has been born out of the author's personal experiences. It offers positive help and practical ideas for dealing with the trauma brought about by an abusive childhood. The text is purposely short with chapters which can, if desired, be dipped into rather than read from cover to cover. It is a guide to the journey of regaining your self-respect and love of life, in order to live your life as a whole person and finally shake off the shadows of the past.

Incest & Its Effects on Families

Incest hurts children and confuses them. This general statement fits most if not all incest cases, but from there each family situation is different. This 8-page article shows that professionals and family members who want to understand particular families where incest has occurred must be open to a multitude of possibilities and only come to conclusions when they can document them. It does no one any good for professionals and family members to believe and act as if all families where incest has occurred are the same.

The more that individuals know about the variations within families where incest has happened, the more prepared we are to turn beliefs that incest is wrong into actions that foster children's recovery and their chances for fulfilling lives. This article is from her book Child Sexual Abuse: From Harsh Realities to Hope.

Cut: Free Sampler

An exclusive FREE extended eBook sampler of million copy bestselling author Cathy Glass's memoir about the first girl Cathy ever fostered, Dawn.

A seemingly well-balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.

The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Damaged tells the story of the Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.

During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank. She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children. It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.

Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends. More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood. Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.

When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.

Please Don’t Take My Baby: Free Sampler

Be moved by No.1 Sunday Times Bestselling author Cathy Glass's 10th fostering memoir, with this free extended eBook sampler.

Jade, 17, is pregnant, homeless and alone when she's brought to live with Cathy. Desperate to keep her baby, but little more than a child herself, she struggles with the responsibilities her daughter brings.

'I'm going to love my baby and give her lots of attention,' Jade said. 'I'll show my mum she's wrong.'

Cathy is worried as soon as Jade arrives: she's never looked after a pregnant teenager before, but none of the mother and baby carers is free, and - seventeen years old, seven months pregnant and homeless - Jade is in a desperate situation.

But Jade doesn't want to listen or advice and although her daughter is born safely it isn't long before Jade's in trouble with the police.

Cathy knows that Jade loves her daughter with all her heart, but will she be able to get through to Jade in time to make her realise just how much she might lose?

Messy Warrior...first: Three Years. Twenty-Two Foster Homes. One Journey.

"I watched the little girl with long dark hair and striped pajamas stare at her mom, silently pleading to be saved, believing that somehow, if she just thought hard enough, her mom would magically feel it...but her mother's eyes stayed closed. Blissful. Silent. Unaware."

After being removed from an abuse home, I spent three years moving through twenty-homes until I was pregnant at 15 and had to make a choice about my identity.

Victim or Victor?

This is my story.

The Sundial,Part 7, Agnes (The Sundial series)

Agnes, Dear Agnes was the schools oldest offering, - a nun who seemed to the children to be interminable, ageless, and certainly way past 100. They feared her at first, as some creature straight from mythology, but in fact this dear old lady looked back over a long and substantial oral tradition whose secrets and anecdotes enlivened their lives immensely...

Ordinary Abuse: A true story of incest & rape (A Dear Lilith Sex Ed Column)

I've been raped...multiple times.

I am not a victim; I'm a survivor. Here's my story...

Ordinary Abuse is Lilith Darville's unapologetic response about one of her characters. Throughout her teen years, Lilith Darville was sexually assaulted repeatedly--by her stepfather and neighbors. Through her eyes, we see a few of the horrifying secrets hidden behind the facade of a functional middle-class family. She tried to get help. No one believed her. They told her she asked for it. Lilith survived, and shows us her her strong sense of fierceness and vulnerability as she tells us why she will not consider herself a victim.