Shedding Your Sales Shark

 

Shedding Your Sales Shark: Lessons from a Recovering Shark for Social Media and Life

Meet Shelley Roth, author of this valuable, resource book available November 28, 2012 on

Blogtalkradio at 2:00 PM MST or  Call into 347-994-1903

Listen to the show for all the FUN bonus gifts at the launch party the day of the show! 

 

Shelley Roth, M.Ed., is an entrepreneur and social media trainer, speaker, consultant and author. As founder

and president of her company, Springboard, she is dedicated to helping people, organizations and teams get

real, know their purpose and bring who they really are to their business – all with the aim of improving results

via social media. Springboard’s methodologies and services are based on over 25 years of successful

business development, sales and educational leadership of individuals, early-stage companies, small

businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.

Professional sales people from the last  few decades could be having serious issues with the right

techniques to communicate with today's consumer!  

If you are not performing at your peak in today's market this show is for you! 

Shelley is  a recovering  sales shark and shares some ideas from the book.

  "Social media has completely shifted the

   sales and marketing landscape and how

   business gets done.

   Corporate environments often thrive on an

  intense “eat-what-you-kill” approach.

  The inclusive community-driven nature

  of social media is sending traditional sales

  sharks, and their  shark tanks, the way of the dinosaur.

  This book is designed for those looking for effective ways to

  engage with their clients and community via social media

  networks. Shelley Roth, a recovering sales shark turned

  social media consultant, shares her discovery of how social

  media’s demand to be transparent opens doors to creating

  new abundance in business and in life."

 

         

 

From concepts in the book we will be discussing:

            Getting out of your own way

            Why being flawsome is awesome

            Evolution from Competition to Cooperation

            Engagement Marketing: The New "Non-Sales" technique

            Digital Body Language

            Adding value to your community

 

  We close with sharing how the social media revolution has sent the sales shark

 up the river  & how to use top social media tools to set you & your  business  free. 

 

Set a reminder at the show link for November 28, 2012 2:00 PM MST   Call into 347-994-1903 and join the launch party for Shelley Roth's second book: 

"Shedding Your Shark Sales."  Lessons from a recovering Shark for Social Media and Life.  

Listen to the show for all the fun giveaways at the launch party the day of the show. 

Some of the fun bonus gifts will be Free books and entry to a drawing for a critique of a facebook page or linkedin page ($125.00) value.                   Everyone that buys a book on the launch day will receive a seat to Shelley's Marketing Webinar to be held December 3, 2012 in Houston, TX  a $35.00 value. 

Connect with Shelley Roth all over cyberspace!

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The Chosen: Are you one?

 

 

Does Science Fiction keep you captivated while reading about different galaxy behaviors?

Meet Author Shay West aka Dr. Shay Fabbro celebrating the first book "The Chosen" from her Portals of Destiny series: Stargate meets Star Wars in an epic battle to save the galaxy.

Shay has an amazing talent for writing and you will find themes in the book series which touch on concepts from: Mad Max, ET, Men in Black, Star Wars, Hunger Games, Stargate and the new TV series, Revolution. 

Dr. Shay Fabbro is a Colorado native, lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with her husband Rich and two cats.  When she is not writing science fiction thrillers she teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University.

We will be live on blogtalkradio Friday, August 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m PDT talking about those who are "CHOSEN."

Call in (347) 994-1903 or join us in the chat room to ask your questions about writing and Dr. Shay's work.

The planets are the story……

"Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans.  But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death."

The cover of the book had me at first glance! The purple vortex with gold characters really made me feel at home in the Cosmic Cow Pie! 

Then I read the 1st chapter from Dr. Shay's blog and I was hooked! 

"Brok shuddered as he recalled his past journeys through the portal. The unimaginable, excruciating pain as his atoms were pulled apart, his familiar form being changed into something strange and alien. He cringed at how awkward it was during those first few moments after emerging. It was not easy to walk upright on two limbs on solid ground, especially when one was used to swimming.

“The fate of the galaxy now lies in the hands of the Chosen.”

How exciting to know that "The chosen" is book one of the Portals of Destiny series so there will be more to come!

Some concepts we will cover on the Cosmic Cow Pie blogtalkradio show :

  1. Explaining the Portals of Destiny series
  2. Lessons in the book
  3. Character development
  4. Comparison of the books to other authors and series
  5. Feel free to leave questions you might have in the comment section! 

Set a reminder right here for the live on blogtalkradio show with Dr. Shay Fabbro, Friday, August 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m PDT talking about  her first book in the Portals of Destiny series " The CHOSEN."

Call in (347) 994-1903 or join us in the chat room see if you could be one of "The Chosen." 

Check out the book trailer! 

Connect with author Dr. Shay on facebook for exciting announcements as the Portals of Destiny series unfolds!

Follow her on the website for the August 20th Launch party details and give aways:  Free paperbacks, Amazon gift cards and more!

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The Hunger Games and Easter

The Hunger Games and Easter

"Sacrilege" shouts the crowd waiting for the games to begin.

Some may think I am a "Fruit Loop" in a "Cheerio" world and the thought might go as far as a "Frosted Flake" as you read on about The Hunger Games and Easter but give it a chance.  Going to movies, reading books, experiencing the world has taken on a whole new meaning as I dig deeper to connect the dots in everything I do.  Could be that the final judgment of my work will be complete "space case."  Cast your vote in the comments at the end and share what you think about this movie review, let it rip.

The Hunger Games is a box office phenomenon raking in more than three hundred-sixty million dollars and the numbers are still rising.  The only reason my husband and I went to see this movie came down to the fact we did not want to see any of the other 10 choices playing at our local theater.   I posted a question on facebook as to what movie to see on date day and three out of ten responses said "The Hunger Games." Spring is not the season for "great movies" so the time is right to attract movie goers that might NEVER have gone to see this YA or Young Adult film.   As a vintage player in this 21 century world I initially heard about The Hunger Games as a mention in broadcasting at the 2012 Academy Awards. By the name I did not think it was something I would like to see.  I must have been under a rock in the YA world since the book series started in 2008 by best selling author, Suzanne Collins.  The Hunger Games book trilogy includes "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire (film to be released November 2013) and Mocking Jay."   Over 23 million copies are in print in the United States alone and the series has developed a massive global following.  It was on the New York TImes Best seller list more than 160 consecutive weeks.  The books are published by Scholastic Press internet portal and book club for the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books.  Visions from my past came to my mind when I discovered Scholastic Press published the trilogy. The light came on ONLY after watching the film this was a "Harry Potter, Twilight" reader/viewer and I had just been caught up in the latest buzz. For the record, I was a Harry Potter fan before he was cool. 

Reading the book before the movie is a mantra that many people subscribe to.   Fortunately, I went to see The Hunger Games with absolutely no preconceived ideas of the plot, the characters or the message of the film and was delighted with my movie going experience as I had no expectations.  The title made me squirm because reality shows are of no interest to me, at all.   After watching Survivor the 1st season I decided that teaching viewers, including children of all ages to lie, create false alliances, misrepresent and manipulate people with premeditation and malice for a million dollars was something that I did not need to waste my time with.  Consider "The Bachelor" are you kidding me?  It is hard to fathom the beautiful girls going on National TV to be humiliated and duped in front of the world.  To think you are going to find your soul mate in six weeks and have it be a lasting relationship is really the definition of having your "light bulb burnt out™."  What can I say about the Housewives series, if you have ever watched one episode you will know that money and fame creates deranged behavior beyond comprehension. The stage had been set for me to watch The Hunger Games with an open mind, except for the dislike of reality show and get whatever message there was for me to absorb. A steno note pad is a standard issue for going to the movies however, I forgot to bring it and all I had in my purse was an envelope which I opened to remind myself of important quotes and thoughts.  As the plot thickened I had to tear open my popcorn bag to continue with my note taking so I could remember what stood out during the first viewing of the film.  

Suzanne Collins wrote this book for Young Adults however the message is for ALL mankind. Her background as a screen play writer made the transition into film appear seamless.  The movie gets a two thumbs up from me as I connected today, Roman behavior and Easter dots all from one Hunger survival game. I only cried three times and left wanting to know "the rest of the story." 

The film is set in a "1984" dystopian type atmosphere in the country of Panem after a terrible war on the futuristic ruins of North America. The Hunger Games is the story of 24 children known as "tributes"  selected through a lottery system known as the Reaping, to represent their District.  The game includes slaughtering one another in a terrifying government sponsored reality TV competition which was considered a national media event.  The games are a twisted punishment for a past uprising of the people and an ongoing  intimidation tactic by the government.

The story deals with brutality,and mortality of young characters from 12 districts.  The selection process starts the saga and the viewer is riveted to the seat the entire length of the film leaving exhausted from the journey. 

The winning tribute or survivor and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely with food and plenty. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a warning to the Districts to remind them of the Capitol's power and lack of remorse for the past uprising.

The Hunger Games explores issues of life, love, survival, death, and corruption. Watching teenagers in peril and starvation is uncomfortable to say the least but to see the heroism and fight come alive for a cause is thrilling as the plot unfolds.

The storyline depicts the games of life through the ages comparing the Roman gladiators to the "tributes."  We see those who have been highly trained their entire lives to survive as participants, be pitted against those who only have innate survival instincts to pull upon as their resources to make it through.  There are impossible choices that have to be made in the arena against life and love. 

Let the games begin…. The theme through the film repeats “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

As the tributes prepare for their Roman gladiator type experience they are wined and dined in luxury they have never experienced.  Basically they are having a "last supper." Twenty-three of the children will die so the welcome oratory exclaims "Tributes we welcome you and we solute you for your courage and sacrifice."  This was not a choice for any of the children it was for the glory of those in power and for entertainment and intimidation to stop future uprisings.  If everyone stopped watching there would be no games so it appears the public holds to key to the success or failure of the sentiment. The game is designed and manipulated to create desire to watch the killing and how it is played.  Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch, a former winner 20 year ago from the poorest Distric 12.  He tells Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, the bakers son from District 12 as they eat, he should "embrace the probability of your eminent death."  Haymith tells Katniss Everdeen, the girl tribute from District 12, played by Jennifer Lawrence, she should try and get people to like her so she can have sponsors who will send life lines to her in the field as the war rages. The concept of creating an image or doing something that was not honest was foreign to Katniss but she listens and responds to do what she needed to do to try and survive with poise.  After spending time with Katniss, her mentor, Haymith tells her to be herself because she is so strong.

Katniss and Peeta the two tributes from District 12 discuss who they are and how they want to play the game to survive  They know that they do not want the game to turn them into something they are not.  This starts the beginning of an alliance and maybe more.  Katniss has left her widowed Mother, and 12 year old sister at home with her soul mate and hunting friend Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth. 

From the Capitol's standpoint the games at the arena were partly staged to provide a distraction for the growing, underemployed and hunger of the people, just like the ancient Roman working class and the gladiators.  Focusing on the games kept the public from rioting in the street. In the film we see similar Roman games of gladiator vs gladiator and even gladiator vs computer generated animals to keep the public from thinking about what is really going on all around them and the devastation of the country. 

As the games progress and the alliances are formed there appears to be a support sentiment that the President did not like.   The oppressors state that "the only thing stronger than fear is HOPE." so they decide to change the rules of the game to manipulate the crowd and their feelings about the game.  They want to give the public something to cheer for, an underdog.  The games are scripted just like the reality TV shows of today and the rules change when the sentiment moves.  When watching he movie you can decide if the change in engagement created hope and was that good for the oppressor or bad?

Watching the movie the question arises how anyone can see entertainment and joy from watching people kill each other.  Think about the "mind games" that go on in life and relationships in general.  Children of divorce with parents deceiving each other for custody, business alliances to capture market share, couples trying to justify behavior.  This film makes one think about the games people play under many circumstance and then how distracted we get about injustice and cruelty that takes place with these games. 

The Hunger games very possibly could awaken the viewing public and take away the numb feeling about what is going on in the world today by the themes that are present in the film.

  1. Family Love and dedication to helping those that are in emotional need.
  2. Hunger, physical and mental
  3. Love triangle confusion
  4. Rules of engagement and living with change
  5. Fear and Hope
  6. Knowing who you are and staying true to that ideal
  7. Doing uncomfortable things we don't want to do
  8. Romeo and Juliet devotion
  9. Judas complex
  10. External control of our lives
  11. Standing out
  12. Creating a plan for survival aka strategy
  13. Taking the high road
  14. Working with others, creating a team

Wouldn't it be great if every person and family that watched this film discussed the 14 or more ideas expressed in the movie or the book and applied it to their own individual lives?   I believe that The Hunger games is possibly an  Academy award winning film which is going to make a difference in the way people think.  History is history so looking back at the Roman times and parables in the Bible a few thoughts about The Hunger Games and Easter might include:

Easter and The Hunger Games

 

 

 

 

 

Was Judas the ultimate alliance partner to end competition from Jesus and his healing to turn attention back to Caesar?

What did Judas receive for showing the chief priests who Jesus was?

Could there possibly be a connection in the crowd wanting Jesus to be crucified and the mentality of those watching as the children murdered one another?

Was there a possibility of a game changer when Pilate asked the crowd if they really wanted a death sentence?

Did the termination of the ultimate good, Jesus, extinguish the HOPE that resides in many people today? 

Did the crucifixion need to take place to show the public the way? 

Ponder the different possible endings as related to The Hunger Games.

What good ideas are we trying to kill today?

The story from the King James Version of the Bible gives the answers to the questions. 

Matthew 26:14-15

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him (Jesus) unto  you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

The alliance.

Mark 14:43, 45 

43 while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords, and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  45 And as soon has he was come, he goeth straightway to him and saith, Maser, master and kissed him.  They they laid their hands on him, and took him.

The sign, the kiss of betrayal.

Matthew 27:1-7

1.  When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; 2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.  And they said, What is that to us?  see though to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Remorse for the alliance and betrayal.

John 19:1 Pilate, 10, 11 (to:), 12 (to1st:), 14-18 and he, 38, 41, 42

1.  Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  10  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me?  knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: 

Pilate could release Jesus humanly. Jesus explained the real power.

12 And from thence forth Pilate sought to release him: 14 and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? 

Pilate gave the power to the people to release Jesus but they wanted to CRUCIFY him.

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Crowd loyalty was to Caesar.

16  Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.  And they took Jesus, and led him away.  17  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:  18 Where they crucified him and tow other with him on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 

Jesus was crucified.

Matthew 28:1,5,6,7

1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.  5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  6  He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  7.. and go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead:

Jesus arose from the dead proving that life was eternal giving men HOPE.

Luke 24:50-52

50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.  52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

I Corinthians 15:57 thanks

57 thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Victory over evil even though the king of the Jews was crucified what he stood for lived on.

This film shares how to act strategically to possibly combat established power structures, how to take the high ground and position yourself to survive.  The controversial topics showing an imperfect world brings the movie goers to a place of questioning and a desire for more. I encourage you to see the film, discuss it with your family and friends and make a difference.

Do you think there is a connection between the people in Jesus time and the crowd in Panem?  The Hunger Games and Easter, what do you think?

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Will Your Business Be Around in Five Years? Socialnomics

Have you asked the question, will my business be around in five years?  What will it take to stay in the game?

Meet Erik Qualman: called a Digital Dale Carnegie and author of the best selling book Socialnomics. Erik describes how social media transforms the way we live and do business. He shares how survival of business today needs to be addressed and what  any business is going to have to do to keep playing in this volatile market.  He will be my guest on blogtalkradio Friday, October 14, 2011 9:00 a.m. PDT.  Set a reminder here and call in with questions 347-994-1903 or join us in the chat room.

A frequently requested International speaker, Qualman has been highlighted in numerous media outlets including: Business Week, The New York Times, WSJ, Mashable, USA Today, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Nightly News, and The Huffington Post. He has been fortunate to share the stage with Julie Andrews, Al Gore, Tony Hawk Sarah Palin, Jose Socrates (Prime Minister of Portugal), Alan Mulally (Ford CEO), Lee Scott (CEO/Chairman Walmart), and many others

Currently Qualman is an MBA Professor at the Hult International Business School. For the past 16 years Qualman has helped grow the digital capabilities of many companies including Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo and AT&T. He is the founder and owner of  socialnomics.com which PC Magazine ranked as a Top 10 Social Media Blog.  He sits on the Advisory Boards of Manumatix, ShopVisible and Bazaarvoice Inc. Qualman holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from The University of Texas.  He was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and still finds time to follow his beloved Spartans while living in Boston with his wife and daughter.

Qualman has recently advised/given keynotes with the following: Coach, Facebook, UGG Australia, Starbucks, M&M/Mars, Cartier, Montblanc, TEDx, Polo, UGG Australia, Nokia, Google, and more. Qualman gave the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of McCombs Business School (University of Texas). 

Meet Erik on Cosmic Cow Pie Blogtalkradio show Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.  Set a reminder here and tune into the show with the link.  Call in with questions 347-994-1903 or join us in the chat room as we discuss Socialnomics and what business needs to do to survive as the Cosmic Shift Happens™.

Qualman produced "Social Media Revolution" which is one of the most watched social media videos in the world. He has a great story about having to take down the 1st version of the video and you will hear it on the blogtalkradio show.  If you do any sharing of social media this youtube link tells the story in an easy to follow format.  Fast Company Magazine listed him as a Top 100 Digital Influencer so be sure you tune in.

Don't miss our discussion with Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics as we talk about:

  • Digital Dale Carnegie… where did that come from?
  • What he talked about with the employees at facebook?
  • Why was he on the stage with Julie Andrews, Al Gore and Sarah Palin?
  • What are the best social media venues to be participating in as a business?
  • What is going to happen to businesses that do not get on the social media bandwagon?
  • What three things should a business be doing today to survive?

What people are saying about Erik Qualman's book:

“In Socialnomics, Qualman brilliantly prescribes that the key to social media success is doing rather than deliberating. This is a must read for anyone trying to leverage the social graph rather than be squashed by it.” – Steve Kaufer, CEO, TripAdvisor

“Erik Qualman has a very bright future.” – Angelo Pizzo, Award-winning writer and producer of Hoosiers and Rudy.

“Qualman makes a powerful case that social media has forever changed the way we live and do business. Socialnomics helps make sense of it all.” – Dr. Stuart, Levy, Professor, George Washington University

“Social Media isn’t just for the Next Generation – it’s for every generation. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a media professional, a college student or a mom, social media will shape your future. Don’t be overwhelmed by it; read Qualman’s book instead.” – Jane Wooldridge, Award-winning journalist, The Miami Herald

Talk to Erik on blogtalkradio 347-994-1903 October 14th 9:00 a.m. PDT or join us live in the chat room.

Connect with Erik Qualman:

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Vigilante Justice —- Fact or Fiction?

Do stories of vigilante justice peak your interest?

Is talking about child abuse, pedophilia and human trafficking out of your comfort zone? 

Frankly, it is WAY out of my comfort zone!  After speaking to Marie Crist, author of the "Citizens Out" book series and listening to her explain what she and her mother, Pamela Wright are working on I felt more at ease about the subject.  They have a message that will help the average citizen be able to spot possible abuse situations which could save a child's life.

My stomach was churning after thinking about our conversation and their book series. I found myself thinking about situations in my own life where maybe I could have made a difference had I known a few signs that could be red flags for children that might need help. Recently I had written a blog post about human slavery on our journey around the world in far away places like Nepali but Marie Crist and Pamela Wright are showing us how this child slavery problem is right here in our own backyard.

The short conversation with Marie Crist again, made me think about a month ago we had a child trafficking ring broken up in Flagstaff, Arizona at a Bridal Boutique that I drive by 2 times a week. I never dreamed that young women from Viet Nam were working as human slaves in fear of their lives inside those walls which are now closed with the US Marshals sign posted.  Marie and Pamela are trying to wake us up to see what is going on right in our own communities.

My thoughts then wandered to real estate and where sex offenders live and how any citizen can find out if there are any listed in their communities.  The 1994 rape and murder of seven year old Megan Kanka prompted public demand for a broad based community notification of registered sex offenders.  On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan's Law.  Megan's Law requires two components:  Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification.  Each state has individual requirements so further research and education by state is highly suggested as this issue just seems to keep being a problem around the world.  An easy resource to find about about sex offenders in the area is supported by United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website

Tune into Cosmic Cow Pie blogtalkradio show on Thursday September 8, 2011 9:00 a.m. PDT you will be more alert to the signs that are waddling and quacking right in front of us!  Call in during the show to ask questions at 347-994-1903 or join the chat room and post your concerns.  You can also ask questions on the comments below and we will have Marie and Pamela answer on the show. 

"Actor Corey Feldman Says Pedophilia No. 1 Problem for Child Stars…"

Corey Feldman of "Stand By Me and Goonies" fame talked on ABC Primetime  about the problem of pedophilia in the movie industry with child stars and how his experience still haunts him and in his opinion had a horrible ending  for his friend Corey Haim – Lost Boys co-star  with his recent suicide.

"I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It's the big secret," Feldman said.

Marie Crist and her mother Pamela Wright are "actively" fighting child abuse through a series of books with vigilante thrillers and you can call in and talk to them on the blogtalkradio show.

Their books make readers re-evaluate what can be done to save world’s young victim

Both debut authors, Crist and Wright have released separate novels this summer introducing readers to fictional secret groups dedicated to protecting the innocent. Readers find themselves rooting on these passionate citizens who hunt down and kill sick and twisted child molesters before they are able to strike again.

Pamela Wright says: “If there are such groups in real life, I’m not aware of them. But I am very aware of the public sentiment that is growing stronger with every lost loved one,” …. “That sentiment is, the public is sick and tired of a failed system that continually favors the rights of pedophiles over the rights of victims.”

Pamela Wright grew up in Seaside, OR and later studied creative writing and Journalism at the University of Texas.

Writing for local papers under her personal by-line was rewarding and then Ms. Wright began fostering and adopting children through the DCBS of Kentucky.

Ms. Wright studied child psychology through the department for years and is currently involved in the care of medically fragile children requiring trained services around the clock.

Ms. Wright states:

"I’ve personally seen the devastation of children whom have been abused in every conceivable way. My entire family has been committed to these children. We know the psychological damage and the years of rehabilitation it takes to recover their self-esteem."

Pamela Wright brings her work with abused and neglected children to a series of novels collectively known as The Justifiable Series in which she brings together various elite teams intent on finding and freeing sex slaves…and eliminating those responsible.

Having parented numerous children placed in foster care over the years has given Pamela an insight into the psychological devastation sexual abuse brings to the lives of children. Pamela hopes to bring awareness and a sense of commitment to stopping these crimes against all people.

In the first installment of The Justifiable series, Justifiable: Oregon, Pamela Wright introduces her readers to the private lives of Dan Morrison of Morrison Investigations and Sarah Knight, a wealthy widow and photo journalist returning home after a long and mysterious absence. What ensues is a web of intrigue that entangles them in the brutality of a Mexican drug cartel, and those exacting justice.  Pamela's website.

 

Marie Crist was born in Astoria, Oregon and while her family has maintained a home in Kentucky throughout the later part of her

childhood and into the present day, she never developed a sense of standing still. Her parents traveled with their children constantly, with home being a place that was used only for an occasional rest and recharge. With these frequent moves and accompanying need to adapt to new circumstances and people, Marie developed a sense of independence and adventure that has served her well.

Marie has taken an interest in the welfare of children for many years. Her own parents have served as guardians for the foster care system for more than a decade, giving Marie the opportunity to meet many children who have come from troubled backgrounds. All too often, the children Marie encountered were victims of sexual abuse, either at the hands of their biological parents or while living in one of the temporary foster homes in which they had been placed. Marie saw the lasting effects that a child who is the victim of abuse can carry well into adulthood and made the decision to be their advocate through her talents as a writer.

Crist’s new book series Citizen Out captures the emotions of anyone who has felt helpless in the wake of tragic violence or who works in law enforcement and understands the frustrations officers can feel when investigations are hampered by bureaucratic hurdles. Marie and her mother hit the streets this summer and fall for events across the country to raise awareness, educate and inspire citizens to take action against child brutality.

“Every time I turn on the television, I see another child has been taken, molested or murdered. I’m infuriated,” Crist said. “Now, I can’t go around and enact vigilante justice on these people. The only thing that will end it is for the stories to be told, to educate parents on how to protect their children and avoid those that wish them harm.”

"Sometimes a child doesn’t recover from the psychological damage and sometimes they become an abuser, repeating the cycle of damage perpetrated on others.

The safety and protection of children is everyone’s business and everyone’s charge.

Be committed to the preservation of children and the world will change."

Through the pages of The Citizen Chronicles: Citizen Out, Marie Crist is able to use her first-hand knowledge of children who have been abused and the adults in society who feel compelled to protect them to create a powerful statement about justice and the role as individuals in strengthening communities. While citizens are not intended to operate within a secretive and complex organization to eliminate the evildoers in society, Marie challenges the reader to think about improving the lives of those around us. It is through her personal encounters with victims of abuse and her observations in diverse social compositions around our country that Marie is able to provide a strong testament about the role of each citizen.

Check out the book trailer and see what you think.  MarieCrist.com

8 tips from the mother-daughter team on keeping your children safe:

  1.  Know where your child is … always.
  2.  Stay in contact with their friends’ parents, as well as your children’s teachers and coaches.
  3.  Be a parent first, friend second.
  4.  Make time each day to have conversations with your child and listen to what they have to say. Don’t be afraid to check   things out to make sure everyone is on track.
  5.  Know your neighborhood. If you see something or someone unusual, check it out or phone it in to the police.
  6.  Change your routine frequently. Pedophiles will watch and wait for the few minutes your child is usually alone. They know parents are busy and routines are how families keep it all together.
  7.  Subscribe to a website that alerts you when a predator moves into your area.
  8.  Be vigilant in speaking with your children about safety and take them to any workshops put on in your communities.

 

What Would Make You Take the Law into Your Own Hands?

Listen to Cosmic Cow Pie blogtalkradio on Thursday, September 8, 2011 9:00 a.m. PDT as Marie Crist and he mother Pamela Wright explore the idea of a sophisticated and covert organization that seeks justice for the most innocent among us. 

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