Personal-Help us Stop Child Sexual Abuse

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These novels were written since the problem is so widespread the whole world needs to know and try to stop it.

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This book was written after decades of foster care and working with challenging children. It was then we discovered at least 50 % of those kids had been sexually abused.

Dan and Jo Ann Wentzel have been retired for a couple years but even after working with challenging children and dysfunctional families for decades decided they wanted to do something more. As Christians, they prayed about it and recently found their answer.

They never made much money as they spent most working years in foster care or in programs designed to help kids and families. With no money, they decided if they wished to retire, it must be on a very small budget- just social security. The one way they could do this was to live full time in a small and old RV. This motor home works for living but never runs too well. They are presently living in New Mexico since it is one of the least expensive places to live.

They feel their proposed mission is God inspired and will follow his command but need money to replace or fix this vehicle. There will also be other types of expenses from gas to office supplies in order to accomplish their goal. Their mission is to drive to places to speak or train as parenting and foster parenting experts. Some organizations have tiny budgets and can more easily afford speakers or trainers who do not need to fly or live in fancy hotels. They hope to earn money for these opportunities and sell books. Jo Ann has authored four books on related topics. The past two novels introduce the fact that sexual abuse of children is very widespread not only in this country but also probably among your own neighbors.

If you love children and wish to help stamp out child sexual abuse we ask you that you please support our mission. We believe God is leading us to do this work and to start a Go Fund Me Campaign. We will appreciate any help you can give us. To learn more about the Wentzel’s please visit our website at authorjoannwentzel.com

Can you help our cause?

 

Dan and I feel uncomfortable asking people for money but Go Fund Me said we should start with our everyday contacts to make them aware of our new mission.

Our mission is a challenging one. It is to spread awareness of a taboo subject. We hope to be the voice of children who in the past have and presently are experiencing sexual abuse. They are alone, frightened and confused as those they trust hurt them. Often times, they are not believed and even ridiculed for such accusations. This means they are victimized again.

After decades of working with children and families, we know at least 50% of the kids suffered sexual abuse and endured this indignity. Many were broken individuals who could not function in a normal relationship. They could not trust, love or be loved.

We have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to collect donations. We are not a non-profit so the government looks at these donations as Gifts of Love. Please help us help stop this heinous crime. Help us save children. Help us bring this topic into the light. It cannot continue to be a dark, hidden secret if it is ever to stop.

If you can donate, we need it to start our mission. Once we reach the goal, the project will be self -sustaining. Either way we ask you to share this message with all your contacts across all your social networks.

Dan and I thank you so much for taking the time to read this message.

https://www.gofundme.com/fmyfgx

Just Released Ultimate Obliteration

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Ultimate Obliteration is the sequel to Ultimate Betrayal by Jo Ann Wentzel.

My first ever novel is Ultimate Betrayal. It is a “What if book” set in the time just before End Times when the Bible signs appear. The book’s genre is a sci-fi and dystopian combination. It examines an explosion of one criminal element and a technological advance happening at the same time that offers an unacceptable solution. Those making the choice to use this unholy answer as the best possible solution think they are doing something so right that they feel justified. It is their last resort to save the children.

Andrew Zenith, a local TV reporter became aware of the situation when an unbelievable story comes his way through a usually reliable source of his. The story seems like it could never be true, but another infallible source confirms it.

After a short time, Zenith decides he must join the fight against such behavior and takes on the warrior position of fighting good versus evil. The book explains the widespread nature of the problem and the mission to save the children. The good in people of faith give the story the hope needed.

The second book, the sequel, is Ultimate Obliteration and takes place in a time still just before End Times when a faction of society take matters into their own hands. It goes on to describe the violence that is the result of the continuing spread of this problem with no solutions in sight. The books name describes the mission to rid us all of all the criminals hurting and killing children. The answers this time are final as this group considers themselves to be doing God’s work and have no guilty conscience as they complete their mission.

I value all my readers and hope to connect with them to learn their opinions about these books. Please feel free to comment at joann@authorjoannwentzel.com and visit our website authorjoannwentzel.com

You can read these books on Amazon in print and e-book formats.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BA441Q8

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Note: This is a topic close to our hearts. Dan and I have decided to try to get opportunities where we can help spread awareness to others about the problem of Child Sexual Abuse.

Book Review of Acts Beyond Redemption by Suzanne Burke

 

Acts  Beyond  Redemption by Suzanne Burke is a must- read book. You will not want to miss this psychological thriller, clever mystery, exciting adventure novel and page-turner. The complicated plot with many turns and twists, keeps you on the edge of your assumptions throughout the whole story.

You will enjoy the covert operation scenes written with such credible believability in this thriller. The expertise adds to your feeling that you are inside the story and truly part of it. Perhaps S. Burke has a secret life other than just being an author!

She handles the characters in such an authentic way that you really want to know some of them better in real life. You find yourself identifying with them. Her character Sheila is quite memorable, but this woman is one you probably will not want to get to know better.She is a seriously scary person. Be warned-keep your distance from that woman. There are moments when you can almost admire this character’s cunning and ability to fool so many experts and prominent men of the world, but then her cruelty and inhumanity make you cringe. For a book however,  she is an exciting character. Be prepared, as she will evoke a variety of emotions from you as you read.

Burke weaves a web of facts and lies to tease and seduce you until you are obsessed with rushing forward to discover the answers. Reading while offering you more insight into the amazing mind of Burke makes you even less sure of your deductions as to the conclusion of this mystery. She leaves you guessing right up until the end. Good thing there is a sequel. In several days look for the release of Acts of Betrayal at Amazon. Getting anxious to grab a copy of my own and continue this frightening but addictive journey.

 

 

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Book Review for Pearseus/Schism by Nicholas C. Rossis

 

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This is a Prequel to the Pearseus Series. If you heard of the Perseaus Series by Nicholas C. Rossis you know how popular it is and for a good reason this work blends so many things together flawlessly. It is a combination of fantasy and Sci-Fi. It includes Greek mythology and history. Rossis has also created a most perfect study of human nature.

The plot starts with the crash of a spacecraft of humans from earth. One minute the Earthlings were celebrating New Years and the next they were counting survivors and grieving over their dead. The planet they now live on is amenable to their human physiology and they sincerely believe the original inhabitants are also not a threat.

Instead of concentrating on their great luck at surviving the crash and still being alive their human nature took over and they began to put into practice all the things that have killed off civilizations since time began. They began to quarrel and set up separate factions politically motivated but, not without the thirst for revenge. Of course, greed and power were the driving force in the struggle to come out on top and have their will imposed on others. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

The prequel is an introduction to the new world, its creators as well as those who wish to replicate Earth along with all its mistakes. The power struggle is evident as in any kingdom where all want to be in charge and reign.

A very good novel. I highly recommend it and the series that follows sounds very compelling to follow.

 

 

 

 

RRBC FIRST VIRTUAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO!!!

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Did you hear about this great event? You didn’t? Oh no, where have you been? This is the most exciting thing that ever happened to RRBC and that’s saying a lot because the Rave Reviews Book Club offers excitement every day. You really need to check out this club. You will be amazed at all it does but, that is nothing compared to the support our members give each other. Want a place to fit in, a family who works toward your success, not just theirs? Here is the link to check out      https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/     This is the place you want to be but, I digress.

This virtual conference is open to writers and readers. It will be helpful for the most experienced authors and be a Godsend to the inexperienced beginner. The most successful writers will be presenting the sessions. Their long time experience will be evident as they explore topics like marketing. Now which author doesn’t need that information? Another topic will be how to format easily. Am I the only one who needs to confess to uttering a few not so ladylike words when forced to do that task? For those of us that blog, the session on that topic should be invaluable. There are so many more sessions to choose from but, register now. Here are the links you need to check it all out

*Conference Dates: December 1st thru 3rd

*Registration Deadline: November 23rd

*Registration Link: https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo.wordpress.com/registration-general-information/register-now/

*Pricing Link: https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo.wordpress.com/registration-general-information/registration-packages-pricing/

*Offered Sessions: Blogging For Success, Marketing 101, Formatting Made Easy, Social Media Dos & Don’ts (More sessions can be found on the website, if you would like a full listing.)

This conference is going to be all online so you can even come in your pajamas. It will be casual, fun and informative just like any other conference without the cost of travel and staying in an expensive hotel room. The sessions will be presented in different ways so it should never be boring and keep you interested.

If you only go to one writer’s conference this year-let it be this one. I invite you to check it out. Hurry and register since time is running out.

 

My New Book – Just Released – A Collection of Jo Ann’s Thoughts

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I just released my new book called A Collection of Jo Ann’s Thoughts. This was a way for me to answer the many questions I get from readers and chat room attendees. It was a way to corral the numerous pieces of writing in one place and still this book certainly does not contain all my articles.

This book is available on Amazon in e-book and print format-https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N05161P

You may also purchase this at Create Space-https://www.createspace.com/6689159

For decades I wrote articles for websites online and print offline. Many of them were addressing parenting and foster parenting issues. I specialized in many different types of articles for specific websites. For example I wrote hundreds of articles about party planning and celebrating holidays for Suite 101. As an Examiner, I covered small business issues and rescue pets topics. There were many more issues especially when covering newspaper stories.

When you are involved in the social services field for foster parents, dysfunctional families and challenging kids, topics you deal with daily results in articles you wish to share. Sometimes they are a form of advice and some of mine have even been used in parenting and foster parent training. Dan and I used them in doing our job and others have included some of them in their agencies training as well. Many of my articles were also reprinted in newsletters for various foster care and adoption agencies.

Some articles discuss terms and concepts which I found vital when working with at risk kids. These include “Success is Relative,” “Unconditional Love” “Separate the Kid from the Behavior” and “Foster Care is a Different World”

While working with whole families, it became apparent that some parents do not know how to provide activities for their children which led to a whole series of articles such as starting your children on a collecting hobby or tracing your roots for your kids.

Kid’s parties and I believe in celebrating holidays of all kinds even when money is short. There are non-expensive ways to keep the holiday and at least include its recognition. Since I love theme parties, I have included several plans in this book.

Relationships have their own set of issues and being married to the same man for over 52 years, I think I found a few of the answers to popular questions about marriage. Communication is one topic discussed in this book along with how to choose friends and mates.

Since wring for such a long time, almost every imaginable topic has been explored in my articles. Of course they are not all in this volume. The miscellaneous section includes such things as an essay of food, how to organize a bedroom closet, spiritual issues and my take on gun control.

This book includes 60 articles. All fairly short and easy to read. Lots of topics not discussed here. If this book finds interest, there are enough articles to at least do two more books.

Please grab a copy since I will need readers and reviewers. Thanks to all who have supported me.

Book Review-Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

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I cannot give this book enough praise. I believe Mr. Weeks hit the mark perfectly when he described the era and the culture in the poor, dilapidated sections of the southern cities. He lets you into the grungier part of town where vice is expected and the cost of getting what you want or need can be very high. This is not society of The Great Gatsby though the motives and desires may have been the same. Gatsby gave you the cleaned up version.

He introduces us to Baby Teegarten, a -would -be -jazz singer just trying to break into the places where that type of music is allowed. The girl is very young and very small but, with a big voice, enough to make those church women cry. All she wants is to sing jazz and eventually get to New York to perform where she expects to find fame and fortune. But, she must start somewhere so here in rural Mississippi and New Orleans she tries to get her break. The problem isn’t talent but she is too white for those speakeasies.

Emily Ann, in many ways more child than woman, is experiencing her coming of age and the realistic emotions and desires many of us experience go much further when her curiosity leads her into many dangerous and unsavory situations. However, this girl never gives up.

This is a must read book but, be warned of the realistic portrayal of sex and violence if such things would offend you. The book is worth the read in spite of these things. I highly recommend it.