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Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex Trade Survivor was written by Patti Wicklund and Jane McCormick  and published by iUniverse.com in 2010. You may purchase it at Amazon.com. Visit the author here: http://breakingmysilence.net/

By Patti Wicklund & Jane McCormick

“Breaking My Silence”, is an unembellished non-fiction memoir about Jane McCormick’s life and her survival from child abuse, domestic violence, prostitution, and human trafficking. It is co-written by Jane McCormick and Patti Wicklund, that is an absolute must read for everyone desiring to protect and prevent other innocent lives from being negatively impacted by the very perpetrators who unceasingly prey on them.

Every now and then a book comes along that gives me a good long reality check, reminds me of how torturous, unkind and disillusioned life can be- yet, the story completely and totally entertains me at the same time.  This is such a book.

In this book,  Jane McCormick breaks her silence and shares with us a life that was so filled with pain and torment- that pure grit and determination to make things right for herself and her two little girls propelled her into a life that most of us could only dream about.

If you are a woman, imagine if you can, of finding yourself, all of a sudden, in bed with a superstar entertainer. If you lived during the 60’s the names Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra come to mind. The author became a high price Las Vegas call girl and found herself in bed with several big names of the time, including  all of the above; but as adventurous and exciting as it all seems- the reality of it all is much different.

This story, even with its dark side, is perculating  and tantalizingly exciting but it also comes with a very strong and important message that many should pay attention to.  This is a book that should be read by anyone who has been sexually abused and or anyone who is thinking about heading to the bright lights of Vegas in search of riches. I read this book in record time and couldn’t pull my eyes away from the pages.

I give Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex Trade Survivor a solid 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: www.tomriddell.com

Jane McCormick will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday March  18th, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost” was written by Dawn Whidden and published by Brighton Publishing LLC in 2012. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author here: http://achildistorn.homestead.com/

By Dawn Whidden

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

Something  unthinkable has happened. A ten year old boy has killed both his parents in cold blood and the first thing he does after is to go and play a video game. As I sat down to read this tale I learned the gruesome details in the description of the book. My first thought? Brad is an evil child. But the feelings and images that are associated with evil were soon swept away after I read the first few pages- when a psychiatrist named “Hope” has hope and is determined to find the answers that will save Brad.

The imagery and feeling that the author employs in the opening of this story will grab you and keep you reading until the last page is turned.  The ability to bind evilness and goodness together is key in holding the interest of the reader- especially when the main character is a traumatized ten year old little boy.

The story is well written and the interest level remains throughout. The only problem I had with the book is when the sub story lines of the other characters took me away from learning more about Brad and what drove this young boy to do what he did. But even so, the author has the skill to keep the reader’s attention and all of the characters in this story are interesting and likable; so much so that we want to know more about them.

Dawn Whidden has successfully made her mark in the publishing world and I look forward to more from this skillful first time author.

I give A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost” 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: www.tomriddell.com

Dawn Whidden will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday March  14th, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.