Thursday, July 19, 2012

Danger ~ Deception ~ Devotion

In my new romantic suspense series, Walk the Right Road, I've introduced some interesting characters one of which is Dan McKenzie, a man who is not as he seems. But as a man he is in fact a predator. If you've read The Choice you may identify with how Marcie was preyed upon and maybe you too had at one time in your life been the victim of a predator? Or could you be now?

There are many species of predators. Do you understand the difference? A predator is something that hunts prey. Prey is something that is attacked. A predator feeds off his prey.

There’s a particular predator that has the ability to slip in under the radar and prey on women’s vulnerability. With an ability to cloud the invisible barrier of right and wrong. From my novel, The Choice, Dan McKenzie is the epitome of this type of predator.

This is a moral dilemma, a social problem. At which point does it become criminal? Who holds these predators who flood society accountable? How does society fuel a predators power? Would you recognize the signs? Predators have the ability to focus solely on you with that intense charm, charisma--that gifted ability in an instant to transfer all their attention on you.

Who’s their target?
The special needs, smart educated women, professionals, single mothers, married women, children, a specific race. No one’s immune. And they choose their victims carefully going after the weak that lack self esteem and are filled with self doubt. They read your thoughts. They know how to feed your ego with compliments. The attention is bewitching. They feign interest in everything you do. But make no mistake this an illusion.

They seem to understand and completely get you. They reel you into their web of lies with a gift to make you want to do anything for them. What would you do for someone you love?

Who are they and where are they? Don’t be fooled they’re everywhere, and they can present themselves as respectable members of society. They can be careworkers, politicians, teachers, contractors, church workers, and police officers. They are gifted with an ability to mimic emotions without feeling them. They have an explosive charm that seduces you. Reeling you in.
Then they hurt you. And this can be done in any subtle form. Physical, emotional or spiritual. And remember, after, their genuinely sorry. They do this to keep you off balance for what they truly are. Someone with no remorse--no conscience, and no sense of responsibility.

They’ll take the credit; but never the blame. And when they hurt you again, it was your fault, or you made him do it. They truly believe you are fortunate to be given their time and attention.

Why do they need to hurt you? It is their sole purpose. To them it is pleasure to create much emotional turmoil, guilt, self-doubt and depression. They practice this trickery--honing their skill.
Similar to darkness, the only way for it to survive is to destroy the light. The goal is to destroy you emotionally.

Ask yourself if you have what it takes to stand up to a predator?

Remember Rosa Parks? She is known as the woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man. Her quotes:
The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.
At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of people joined in.

As times change so do predators. They come in many forms and not always the same skin.
And remember a predator will come again and repeat the performance.

So what is a predator? Someone whose sole purpose is to eliminate your power. Like Marcie in The Choice, have you ever had to stand up to a Predator?

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