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I’m not on holiday, she told herself, but it’s my first time out of Germany, and I’m not going to waste it. She’d wanted to help with the war effort, and now she had her chance. Even after the invasion, everyone back home still thought Germany would win—Hitler told them so, and the propaganda films left no doubt. Why wouldn’t she believe it as well?

–From Wolves At Our Door by Soren Paul Petrek

Soren Paul Petrek

Soren Petrek is a practicing criminal trial attorney, admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1991. Married with two adult children, Soren continues to live and work in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Educated in the U.S., England and France Soren sat his O-level examinations at the Heathland School in Hounslow, London in 1981. His undergraduate degree in Forestry is from the University of Minnesota, 1986. His law degree is from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota 1991.

Soren’s novel, Cold Lonely Courage won Fade In Magazine’s 2009 Award for Fiction. Fade In was voted the nation’s favorite movie magazine by the Washington Post and the L.A. Times in 2011 and 2012.

The French edition of Cold Lonely Courage, Courage was published January 2019, by Encre Rouge Editions, distributed by Hachette Livre in 60 countries. Soren’s contemporary novel, Tim will be released along with the rest of the books in the Madeleine Toche series of historical thrillers.

Wolves at Our Door

Book Description:

The Allies and the Nazis are in a deadly race to develop the ultimate weapon while supersonic V-2 rockets rain down on London. Madeleine Toche and Berthold Hartmann, the German super assassin who taught her to kill, search for the secret factory where Werner von Braun and his Gestapos masters use slave labor to build the weapons as the bodies of the innocent pile up. The Allied ground forces push towards Berlin while the German SS fight savagely for each inch of ground.

Finding the factory hidden beneath Mount Kohnstein, Hartmann contacts his old enemy, Winston Churchill and summons Madeleine to his side. While she moves to bring the mountain down on her enemies, Hartmann leads a daring escape from the dreaded Dora concentration camp to continue his revenge against the monsters who ruined his beloved Germany.

Together with the Russian Nachtlexen, the Night Witches, fearsome female pilots the race tightens as the United States and the Germans successfully carry out an atomic bomb test.

Germany installs an atom bomb in a V-2 pointed towards London, while the US delivers one to a forward base in the Pacific. The fate of the Second World War and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Welcome, Soren! Your new historical/action/adventure novel sounds thrilling! Can you tell us how you came up with the idea?

Soren: Wolves at Our Door is a sequel to the anchor book of the Madeleine Toche Series, Cold Lonely Courage. In Wolves, I wanted to directly address aspects of the Holocaust, the race for an atomic weapon and to feature Madeleine and her mentor in the field fighting together.

Can you tell us a little about the main characters?

Soren: Madeleine Toche is a young French woman who found her way into the Resistance during WWII, helping Jewish children escape the Nazis. Later, after she’s raped and has exacted revenge by killing the German SS officer who raped her, she escapes to England and finds her way into the British Special Operations Executive, Winston Churchill’s army of the shadows.

They say all books of fiction have at least one pivotal point where the reader just can’t put the book down. What is one of the pivotal points in your book?

Soren: I try to keep the readers hooked from the beginning. I have hundreds of reader and editorial reviews that mention, I couldn’t put the book down. What a joy it is to read that and know that those readers will remember my books fondly.

In Wolves, when we first meet Madeleine Toche her remarkable talents, skills and courage capture readers who then cheer for her, worry about her and most of all wonder what she’s going to do next.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?

Soren: I use Grammarly and have a professional editor who works for major publishers both as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. Her name is Hannah Eason. I couldn’t have a better fit for the way I write.

Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?

Soren: The cover needs to draw attention but should have a clear connection to the storyline. I like covers that are unique.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

Soren: A Marine Biologist. I loved everything Jacques Cousteau.

What is one thing you’d like readers to know about you?

Soren: I want people to be happy. If I can contribute to their joy of reading, then I’ve accomplished a great thing.

Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers and fans?

Soren: I write for everyone. My characters appeal to men and women alike.

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LOVE NEVER QUITS: SURVIVING & THRIVING AFTER INFERTILITY, ADOPTION AND REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER
by Gina Heumann
* Memoir *

Title: LOVE NEVER QUITS: SURVIVING & THRIVING AFTER INFERTILITY, ADOPTION, AND REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER
Author: Gina Heumann
Publisher: MadLand Press
Pages: 246
Genre: Memoir
WHACK… At three in the morning Gina was sound asleep, yet somehow she
was smacked in the head. She looked over at her husband, thinking
perhaps he accidentally rolled over and flopped his arm on top of her,
but he was sleeping soundly and facing the opposite direction. She
turned to the other side and glaring back at her was her eight-year-old
child.“Did you just hit me?”

“Yes, and I’d do it again.”

“Whyyyy?”

“Because you took away my video games.”

“That was EIGHT HOURS AGO. And you’re still mad about it?”

“I wish I could kill you.”

This is the true story of the hell one family lived through parenting
a child with reactive attachment disorder, a severe diagnosis related
to children who experienced early-childhood trauma.

This inspirational story covers over a decade of daily struggles
until they finally found resolution and made it to the other side. The
family remained intact, and this once challenging son is now achieving
things never thought possible.


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So let’s talk about this diagnosis
that we now suspect: Reactive Attachment Disorder. RAD is a fairly
controversial diagnosis as far as psychological afflictions are concerned, but
one that is extremely serious. Although this is not a diagnosis that is solely
reserved for adoptees, it is by far more prevalent in children who had some
sort of disrupted attachment. The
Institute
of
Attachment and Child Development defines Reactive Attachment Disorder
as “a disorder in which children’s brains and development get disrupted by
trauma they endured before the age of 3. They are unable to trust others and
attach in relationships.” Since adoption is a result of a disrupted attachment,
it is most common in children who are adoptees, foster kids, and step children,
but it can also occur in biological children who’s primary caregiver was
hospitalized, in prison, deployed, or had some other traumatic event that
separated them, even for a short time. Not all adopted children have RAD. And
not all children who suffer from RAD are adopted.
Symptoms of RAD include: severe
anger, lack of empathy, inability to give or receive affection, lack of cause
and effect thinking, minimal eye contact, lying, stealing, “mad peeing”
(urinating all over the house when angry or bedwetting into the teen years),
indiscriminate affection with strangers, inappropriately demanding,
preoccupation with fire, blood, and gore, hoarding food, abnormal eating
patterns, learning lags, and lack of impulse control. These can be more serious
in some patients than others, of course, but over the years, Maddox suffered
from most of these. In extreme cases, symptoms can include verbal, physical,
psychological and emotional abuse of the mother (yes), self-harm or threats to
others (yes), and hurting or killing pets (thank god, no). As hard as things
were for us, I read this list and know it could have been a lot worse.
RAD was in the news recently as
one of the descriptors of Nikolas Cruz, the school shooter at Stoneman Douglas
high school in
Parkland, Florida. Internet support groups for parents dealing with Reactive
Attachment Disorder were a buzz with comments like “that could be my kid
someday.” Honestly there was a time I thought the same thing. And of course,
the comments about the school shooter were focused on the parents: “why didn’t
they spend more time with him?,” “they should have given him more hugs/love,”
“why wasn’t he in therapy?,” “he needed more discipline,” “a good spanking
would have whipped him into shape”… judgments, judgments, judgments. I was so
accustomed to judgments from other parents, strangers, and even my own family.
Relatives gave us books on “Love and Logic,” gave Maddox timeouts that only
made him angrier, and yelled at me for my lack of mothering skills. No sticker
chart was going to resolve this issue.
In the heat of a rage, a child
with Reactive Attachment Disorder seems to be afraid of nothing. Maddox didn’t
respond to typical parental requests, bribes, or threats. If we would yell, he
would yell back, louder and meaner. “Go to your room” was never met with compliance,
and running away from home was an ongoing issue.
But underneath it all is a
powerful sense of fear. Fear of never being loved or accepted. Fear of not
making friends. Fear of not fitting in with normal society. As a mother, I
feared he might grow up to be the next school shooter.
Starting even before he was born,
his birth mother, desperately poor and managing a special-needs child at the
age of 17, was sending stress hormones to his brain in the womb, setting him up
for a lifetime of anxiety.
After his birth, he went directly
to a foster home, where he was neglected. Mistrust of adults and caregivers was
ingrained in his brain, and anger was his primary emotion.
It is hard to believe that the
first six months of life can have such a profound impact on a child and make it
so difficult to lead a normal life without serious intervention and extreme
love and care.
Being a RAD parent is one of the
hardest and loneliest jobs on earth, and that’s true without even counting all
the judgment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gina Heumann is a true Renaissance woman: wife, mother, architect,
designer, instructor, author, speaker, and sales rep for an
award-winning Napa Valley winery. She and her husband, Aaron, adopted
Landrey in 2001 from Guatemala and then went back for Maddox three years
later. Gina’s love of learning and dedication as a mother inspired her
research of different treatments and therapies that eventually led to
this inspirational success story about conquering Reactive Attachment
Disorder.Her latest book is Love Never Quits: Surviving & Thriving After Infertility, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website Link: www.ginaheumann.com

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/loveneverquits

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Vernon Ennels grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and now makes Arizona home for he and his family. After a long day at work in the business world…he found that writing his book was most productive in the evening hours sitting by his swimming pool. Vernon holds a BS and an MBA in Business Management.  “I was inspired to write my book thinking of my own six-year-old son,” he asserted.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Author website: www.vernonennels.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/vernon.ennels

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Vernonennels

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vernonennels/

About the Book:

Page six of Vernon Ennels, Jr. book, THERE’S SOMETHING YOUR SON NEEDS TO TELL YOU, reads, “I still remember his face, his breath, and hear his voice demand me to lie on my stomach. He would down my pants my mother so proudly dressed me in. And then my Superman underwear…When he was done, he walked me to school and warned me, ‘If you tell anyone, I’ll kill your mother.’”

Author Vernon Ennels, Jr. lived with the horrible secret of being sexually abused and ashamed for some 40 years before he was able to recently summon the courage to tell his own family. “Studies show that one in six men have been sexually abused,” said Mr. Ennels. “Most are afraid to talk about it.”

This book reflects the experiences of males, specifically black males, but encourages both men and women and those from various racial backgrounds to recognize the signs of sexual and mental abuse and to combat the epidemic. “My book,” emphasized Mr. Ennels, “is a mirror of my abuse to shed light on an on-going issue to inspire others to take immediate action when they suspect child sexual abuse. #Saveoursons is my mission to help spread awareness and spark change to save current and future victims of sexual child abuse.”

Forty-something Vernon Ennels, Jr. says his new book THERE’S SOMETHING YOUR SON NEEDS TO TELL YOU  is an “open letter” that prompts other men to step forward and share their very own experiences of child sexual abuse in order to save other young boys from the hands of an abuser.

My moniker ‘Save Our Sons’ encourages discourse and social activism to help boys and men who have been sexually abused,” said Mr. Ennels. “Many, many people believed these victims were lying, making up a story for attention. Since I am a certified ‘non-celebrity’ I wrote my book for every child abuse victim out there who is terrified of stepping forward.”

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Would you call yourself a born writer? 

No, this is my first book. Never thought I’ll ever write a book.

What was your inspiration for There’s Something Your Son Needs To Tell You? 

My 6 year old son. When I look at him I saw myself at his age and realize I was abused at 6 years old.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Sexual Abuse, Childhood Trauma, Mental Illness, Masculinity, Christianity, and Empowerment

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I completed the novel in 3 months.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

In order to stay focus I had to cut a few people off. Because I travel for work I found myself writing at night in the hotel room or next to the pool when no one was around.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Reliving my experience was extremely difficult.

What do you love most about being an author?

Hearing others stories and how my book gave them a voice to share their story.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision? 

I decided to self-publish my first book. I was happy with my decision at the end but it was a little stressful during the process. When you self-publish the all the weight falls on you.

Where can we find you on the web?

Website: www.vernonennels.com

Instagram: @vernonennels

Facebook: Facebook.com/VernonEnnelsOfficial

Facebook.com/VernonEnnels

Twitter: @VernonEnnels

 

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