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BLOGWORDS – Monday 20 November 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

 

DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!?!?  BROKE 5K TWO DAYS IN A ROW!!! That’s what I’m talking about!!!

and i hit another teensy milestone yesterday!

 

 

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #NaNoWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

 

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BLOGWORDS – 20 November 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA RODANTE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LINDA RODANTE

 

 

Wow. Robin asked me to write about sex trafficking because I blog and also frequently post about the subject on my fb site. I spent eight years with the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Our group was privileged to hear from victims of trafficking, and city, county, and state law enforcement as well as nationally from other groups like ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

I say wow because today someone famous actually made a real apology and took the blame for his “sexual misconduct.” I am talking here of Louis C.K. The sexual misconduct mentioned in this article is nowhere near the horror of what sex trafficking is. But it is a start of something that men need to see when they think of sex.

 

In short, sex trafficking is keeping someone against their will for the specific purpose of sexual use. The legal definition can sometimes lose the horrific and explicit meaning. Women, girls and boys are abused and sold for sex by family members, someone they know or abducted by someone they do not know.

 

It is estimated that worldwide sex trafficking brings in around $32 billion, and today most of that is going to cartels and organized crime. Drugs have been and still are the number one money maker when it comes to crime. However, sex trafficking is fast approaching that status. A girl or boy can be sold over and over again, after all, while once a drug is used, it’s gone.

 

During a sting by law enforcement just a week or so ago, an undercover officer was offered an eighteen month old to have sex with. Truthfully. Eighteen months old. What is wrong with us today? Crazy comes up short as an adjective.

 

A woman that I met through the anti-trafficking group in Clearwater was raped by her father starting at age four. He continued to sexually abuse her during the following years and then began to sell her to others. She was told she had to do whatever they wanted or he would beat her. She’d already had numerous beatings and didn’t want others. As she grew, her father demanded that she “earn” her keep by “servicing” other men. It wasn’t until she was sixteen and married a “boyfriend” from high school that she managed to get free. Only years later did she realize just what had been done to her.

 

Many girls brought up with abuse don’t recognize it as such. Even though they know intrinsically that it is wrong and hate it, they think that this is life. My friend’s healing came after she came to know Christ, then heard about sex trafficking and was able to identify that this was what had happened to her. She later received counseling. Today, she openly gives her testimony to private and political groups. She went from victim to survivor to one who helps survivors.

 

Other girls or boys are abducted and gang raped, beaten and drugged until they become compliant. You cannot understand the trauma or fear these children and young adults go through. Some are locked in closets for days with no food or bathroom, some are forced to watch the videos of their own rape, others have their families threatened with death. If someone tries to escape, they are often beaten so severely that they either die or wish they had.

 

Some young, “hot” guys will pretend to be kind, romantic and helpful to a girl they meet at the mall or pick up at a bus station or theater, but their sole aim is to get her off by herself, or get her to go someplace with him. Then he kidnaps her to add her to his “stable” of “ponies”—girls that he sells on a regular basis, sometimes up to thirty times a night.

Most likely, she will never see her friends or family again. The few that have escaped have exposed the horror of trafficking as we know it today.

 

Sex trafficking has all sorts of roots, but the desire for more and more deviant sex as portrayed in pornography has given the last couple of generations of men a desire for something their wives or significant others are not willing to do—so they seek out pimps who sell girls or boys (today’s new slavery) that are coerced into doing whatever the buyers (“johns”) wants.

 

We’ve taken sex out of the box that God designed for it, and in so doing have opened a box of serpents.

 

Pursued, a book dealing with the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation, is due out later this month. Christian romantic suspense.

 

 

Born and raised in Florida, Linda loves the salt water, the sun and the swamp lands. She rescues turtles and injured birds.

She lives with her husband in Tarpon Springs, FL and has two sons. Her mother was a missionary to Israel and Indonesia and had a great influence on her life. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Linda has always loved reading–especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels. Years ago, she found authors Agatha Christie and Mary Stewart thrilling, as well as British mysteries and police procedurals. Today, she still reads voraciously while writing her own books. Christian romantic suspense is her favorite.

A number of years ago, Linda began speaking about human trafficking with the Tampa Bay area’s Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking Task Force (now called FREE). That and domestic violence still are subjects close to her heart. Her blog Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking can be found at https://lindarodante.wordpress.com/.

 

 

http://lindarodante.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lrodante

https://twitter.com/lrodante

https://www.amazon.com/Linda-K.-Rodante/e/B012OITZ2Y/

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Fact, #NWNF, Guest Post, Linda Rodante, Sex Trafficking, Pandora’s Box

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 November 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

 

 

There’s a wealth of things I could say about thankfulness. Benefits, the endless goodness of God, or an inane list of things I’m thankful for.

 

But today, I just want to offer thanks to our heavenly Father for being Who He is. For loving me and holding me in the palm of His hand.

 

As we enter the holiday season, and as we celebrate in whatever way this week, may be thankful to Father for His love and devotion and faithfulness to us.

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Thankfulness

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 18 November 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

 

 

Knocked it OUT OF THE PARK yesterday!! After spending Thursday feeling like warm jello, I felt great yesterday and that translated into new words! reached the 40K mark in the manuscript (not nano total, nano is just over 20K)

 

Now that The Tilting Leaves of Autumn is wrapped up and copies ordered, I can turn my focus to The Silent Song of Winter and NaNoWriMo!

  • marketing for #TheLongShadowsofSummer – not so much
  • writing #TheSilentSongofWinterYESSS
  • dabbing with #TheWhisperingWindsofSpring – l’il bit…

BUT…

#TheTiltingLeavesofAutumn

  • read through, revisions and edits – check
  • beta readers revisions and edits – check
  • [GO BACKS] – check
  • format for CreateSpace – check and CHECK
  • and… ORDER COPIES!!! CHECK

#Seasons, #authorlife  #ammarketing  #amediting  #amwriting  #amresearching #amjuggling

 

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #NaNoWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 17 November 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

 

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

Yesterday was bad. I was not well. (blood sugar dropped) It took effort to sit up. So I didn’t. I had a nice lie down and watched a movie. Didn’t do the trick. I was still jello. I tried but finally gave in and went to bed early (for me.)

 

Today’s a better day and #amwriting. I did take time to reformat The Long Shadows of Summer, so all four books are consistent. Easy peasy, though. Hoping to get in a good writing groove and knock some words out! It’s early still so there’s hope! And I have a good sense of direction with where the story needs to go.

 

 

 

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

 

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #NaNoWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 17 November 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, now hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

In honor of the release of my next book, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Book 2 in my new series, Seasons, I am featuring each of the books in the series this month.

 

THE BLURB:  

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

 

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:

She looked so familiar to me, but I couldn’t place her.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together!

 

GENRE:

Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery and Suspense

 

STARS:

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Long Shadows of Summer, Robin E. Mason, Seasons Series Book 1

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 16 November 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – NANOWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

 

Not too shabby!! Still not quite enough to catch up to win NaNo—gonna have to write 2K per day for that—and definitely not enough to reach my personal goal to finish this story by end of month—THAT will take 4500 per day m I’m just not sure that’s gonna happen! Whaddya think? Can I do it???

 

As productive as yesterday was word-count-wise, the whole day was riddled with all.the.little.foxes!!! one thing after another! Good things, just not writing things. Still, the story is moving and although not plotted, I do know where it needs to go!

 

 

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together!

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #NaNoWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

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