Monday, September 29, 2014

New Review!

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of It's A Night Mare September 27, 2014
It's A Nightmare is a fantasy that is a page turner and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This book would make a fantastic movie!! The Night Mare is a demon that rules over all. She does not allow dreams or baby girls. When a baby girl is born they must be thrown in the river. If the girl survives she has a horrible life ahead of her and will be known as a breeder. The Night Mare gets her power from dreams stolen from people that have dreamed. Then a baby girl is found in a willow tree by an older couple who live in the Off Grid. They raise her and discover she has special abilities, she can see visions and disppear and reappear. The Night Mare is on a quest to find Mina, only she does not know the child's name. She only knows that she dreams visions. Mina is destined to become the Night Mare's mortal enemy. All females are labeled as Breeders who are treated as quasi-humans. They are sold as slaves, pets and prostitutes. I highly recommend It's A Night Mare. Buy it today and find out about the city of Winkin, the Night Mare and the monsters and Off Gridders. Read it today and see how Mina overcomes the Night Mare!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

'When we rape we feel free': Congo soldiers' shocking stories

Congo soldiers' mass rapes: A mass rape victim and her son in Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

New interviews detail horrific atrocities in war-torn Congo where victims and rapists gave firsthand accounts to a British filmmaker.
The rampant sexual violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has made many headlines, and now a filmmaker is shedding new light on the atrocities by sharing shocking accounts from the rapists themselves.
British filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies traveled to Congo — where a long-running civil war has left over 5 million dead — and interviewed government soldiers (FARDC) who participated in mass rapes in a village in the volatile eastern part of the country.
"We raped and we destroyed everything in our path," one soldier bluntly stated.
Congo has been called "the rape capital of the world." One study estimates that nearly 2 million Congolese women have been raped. Earlier this month, a U.N. official said one hospital in the region treats 300 rape victims a month, and that's "just the tip of the iceberg." But Lloyd-Davis' footage reveals what the statistics do not: the motivations and thoughts of the perpetrators and the victims.
The M23 rebel forces in the Congo have earned an international reputation for committing indiscriminate killings and rape, but the Congolese government's own troops also have a grim record on human rights violations, as illustrated by a horrific incident in November 2012 in the town of Minova.
After being overwhelmed by rebel forces in nearby towns, angry FARDC soldiers retreated to Minova. The soldiers, many of whom fled their hometowns leaving behind wives and children, said morale was low among the humiliated troops.
"There were over 2,000 soldiers out of control, with no orders," said one soldier whose face was blurred in Lloyd-Davies' footage that she shot on assignment for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the BBC.
"We'd lost all hope," said another soldier. "We weren't thinking like human beings anymore."
The soldiers recount in candid detail how they went about raping the women of Minova.
"You see one, you catch her, you take her away and you have your way with her," one explained. "Sometimes you'd kill her ... When you'd finish raping then you'd kill her child."
"Raping gives us a lot of pleasure," said one soldier. "When we rape we feel free."
Victims said the soldiers attacked the town in a frenzy and without warning.
"There were three who raped me," one woman said. "I thought I was going to die."
Is justice possible in Congo?
At least 102 women and 33 girls were raped or sexually assaulted by government soldiers in Minova, according to a U.N. report, but many observers believe the actual numbers are much higher. Eleven army officers have been arrested in connection with these incidents, but only two for related cases of rape, and no trial date has been set.Twelve army commanders have been suspended, but none have been arrested or charged.
The suspensions are a step in the right direction, say human right advocates, but do not go nearly far enough.
"It's hard to be optimistic about justice in Congo," said Rona Peligal at Human Rights Watch. "We've seen some positive movement, but the challenges and obstacles are great."
The Congolese military has been collecting evidence and conducting interviews, but the investigation is reportedly delayed because many victims cannot identify their attackers.
"How can you see someone who is punching you in the eyes?" asked one victim. "How do you recognize someone who is inserting a gun barrel in your mouth while another man is between your legs?"
There is legal precedent, however, in cases where the attackers cannot be identified, to put their commanding officers on trial. Some of the soldiers interviewed said they were ordered to rape civilians.
"The commander gave us an order. He was the one who started to do it," said one soldier, who claimed to have raped 53 women ranging in age from 30s and 40s to 3-year-olds.
Putting commanding officers on trial would be a bold move and a significant step in the army's effort to enforce its zero-tolerance policy.
Lloyd-Davies, who was in Congo recently, said she sees signs of political will to prosecute the officers.
"Rather than hold our hands up in horror and say Congo has failed again," said Lloyd-Davies, "we need to report this and keep the issue alive. There has to be a change and people have to be punished."

Friday, September 12, 2014

My kick-ass heroine just wants to be normal

Guest post by Nicole Quinn at


A kick-ass heroine is a brave, empathetic, critical thinker. She’s Lizzy Bennett and Princess Leia, and even Mary Poppins.  Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, and Katherine Hepburn played her.  The Hunger Games and Divergent are resurrecting her.  Herodotus wrote of her as, Cassandra, Clytemnestra, and even Helen. She’s the Goddess of the Druids and the Sumerians.  She’s Boadicea, Joan of Arc, Lilith, and half of the Viking warriors.  She’s a mother. She’s all women, when they choose to live proactively, in a world designed to keep them in a reactive place. She’s me.
I’m a fan of the reluctant hero, someone who would rather just be left alone to live their lives, but who also understands the impact of her participation with the social contract, with the greater good. A kick-ass heroine acts, because she recognizes that not to will be cataclysmic.  A kick-ass heroine knows that in order to effect change, she must participate in it, dream it, maybe even instigate it. She knows that making something happen, is more potent than waiting for something to happen to her.
It’s a Nightmare’s kick-ass heroine, just wants to be normal, though it’s evident that she’s not.  Mina was found inside a willow tree.  She can race the wind, and jump into tall treetops, and she can dream, in a world where only nightmares are legal. She’s humane, though we suspect that she’s not human.
My kick-ass heroines, because all of my female characters are kick ass heroines, grew up with me in a girl’s finishing school, where we were raised to be gentlemen’s ladies, a moniker which never made much sense, since the nuns taught us. Single women, living in community, taught us how we were to behave in a world ruled by men.  Wall yourself in, eat well, and pray? Yes, but they also taught us how to learn.  They taught us to think. By the time the dogma was supposed to have taken root, my kick ass heroines had discovered that there was another way – first, do no harm, then do what you want without waiting for permission.  So we also learned to apologize.
Kick ass heroines are not underdogs, but they are not part of the herd.  The something that makes them different, also allows them to empathize with others who have not been made in a mold — the downtrodden, the misunderstood, the disenfranchised.  My kick ass heroines, like me, enter worlds where they are not like everyone else, where they have been singled out, intentionally set apart.  I’m not white, I’m of color, and so are many of my characters.  I integrated that boarding school when I was eight, the year after my family moved into a white neighborhood, despite the petition drawn up to keep us out. So my heroines learn early to be brave.
I was adopted as a baby, and while I have flirted with wanting to understand the circumstances surrounding my birth, I realized early that my imagination was stimulated by not knowing. I could be anyone, from anywhere, and like me, my kick-ass heroines are not confined to what is, to the legacies created for them by those who came before. They are unfettered by the past, to be who they will.
Kick-ass heroines live in every woman who is not interested in being cast as a damsel in distress, as the victim.  All of the women who do not dream of rescue, but dream of rescuing themselves.  My kick-ass heroines enter inhospitable worlds and make them home.
They threw me into the dragon’s lair when I was eight.  By the time I was finished I was seventeen, and I’d learned to breathe fire.


about the author

Nicole Quinn is a writer, director, actor. A member of Actors&Writers, she has written for HBO, Showtime and network television. Audiobooks narrated by Quinn include, Desiree, Hawk of May, and The Queen of Last Hopes,The Story of Margaret of Anjou. Her feature film Racing Daylight (writer/director), starring Melissa Leo and David Strathairn, is streaming everywhere. It’s a Nightmare is the first book in The Gold Stone Girl Trilogy. More at:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ROLL RADIO 9/6/2014

I'll be talking about IT'S A NIGHTMARE and the politics of gender with Phillip Levine on Roll Radio

9/6/2014 5pm.  Listen in!   tune in to WHVW live at 5pm at 950 AM on the local radio dial or log onto the internet stream at