“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Dr. Maya Angelou

Read more of this remarkable poet and civil rights activist. April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014

I believe this is what Dr. Angelou had in mind.  

Jonathan McCormick

BA, M.Ed, Black Belt Jen Do Tao

Writing of a world as it could be.

“Work to create a world as it should be.” Michelle Obama

Find Inspiration in the “J Team Series” 

Don’t live a life of fear. Regain control as so many other women have.
Wyoming Secrets, 30,000 Secrets, Santa Barbara Secrets, Barkley Sound Secrets, Vancouver Secrets  and the “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which embolden and motivate women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives.

Enjoy the characters’ journeys and consider applying their advice and tactics to your own life. There is never a reason for any woman to be controlled by anybody. Read what other women have to say about living life to the fullest on their terms https://www.fempositive.com/women-in-their-40s-give-advice-to-their-20-something-selves-and-its-worth-the-read/

“Live alone for a while. Many women jump at the chance to have a roommate or worse, live with a man. These women have zero transition from living with parents to spreading their wings. To do things without thinking of anyone but themselves.” https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/its-worth-the-read-women-in-their-40s-give-advice-to-their-20-something-selves/

“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry lipstick. Those days are over.”

Bella Abzug

Barkley Sound Secrets (page 380)

View McCormick’s interview with British Columbia’s CFJC’s Tanya Cronin’s interview with Jonathan McCormick, where he discusses “30,000 Secrets”, his passion for helping women overwhelmed with violence in their lives through the female characters in his novels. All the female characters are martial artists and struggle with human dilemmas. Their relationship successes and failures are situations to which we can all relate and navigating through these challenges provides an insight for readers on managing their personal challenges.

100% of royalties are donated to women’s centers, sexual assault counselling centers and women’s shelters.

Some times you just need an example, a leader from whom you can draw courage. Listen to Donna Summer explaining her problem and solution.

Do you ever ask yourself why you don’t have the power to make decisions which could change your life? Often the solution is viewing a Hollywood adaptation of an extreme case of convictions. Watch these seniors’ reaction to an attempted robbery.

Don’t scoff at seniors defending themselves. I have taught groups of seniors, numerous with mobility challenges and to a person they learned and demonstrated skills they use to keep themselves safe. The lessons raised their personal safety awareness and gave them confidence in being able to control their own environment.

The “J” Team

“Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets”, “Barkley Sound Secrets”, “Vancouver Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their environment, the challenges of restarting their lives and receive support and motivation through the problem solving skills of Rebecca, Kimberly, Karen, Jessica, Penelope, Elise and Elisabeth.

The novels’ inspiration develops through United States Secret Service Special Agents, Rebecca SimpsonElisabeth Peltowski and supervising agent, Jessica Fukishura,  Joining the agents are; Dr. Penelope Barker (retired veterinarian turned private sleuth), Santa Barbara Detective Elise Pelfini, RCMP Members Karen Winthrop, Kimberly Breyman and Combined Forces Enforcement Unit’s Cpl. Anne-Marie Clark. The agents’ physical and emotional responses to antagonists draw the reader to the protagonists’ techniques and style used to overcome adversity.

The characters deal with homophobes with whom the women get into a fight, enjoy outstanding Santa Barbara and Vancouver, BC cuisine and taking down drug and money laundering cartels

British Columbia’s CFJC’s Susan Engle interviews McCormick regarding his first novel, “Wyoming Secrets”. McCormick explains that “Wyoming Secrets” is a suspense thriller with a plot that moves through North Africa, London England, Washington, D.C. Arizona and Wyoming. Holt Renfrew’s champagne fashion review, Whistler’s Araxi, Toronto’s Revival and the collision of careers and personal agendas shape characters with emotional substance and develop the quirky psychology of political dissidents.

Wyoming Secrets embraces sex, love, mystery, suspense, and martial arts and blends them with a well-researched plot to locate and eliminate Christians for a Better America, CFBA…well organized, disgruntled, right wing political misfits being trained by Middle Eastern assassins on Arizona and New Mexico reservations.

30,000 Secrets sees the Team collaborate with various local law enforcement agencies to track Christians for a Better America and prevent the murder of several hundred political delegates.

In Santa Barbara Secrets, Jessica Fukishura infiltrates a Southern California cocaine cartel by accepting a position as an attorney with local barrister Katrina Barbados. The Team works out of retired agent Rebecca Simpson and Dr. Barker’s rural ranch to interface with the LAPD Drug Squad and Santa Barbara Police Department in tracking multi-million dollar shipments from Colombia.

Barkley Sound Secrets draws the RCMP and Secret Service closer to track the California cartel’s cocaine expansion into Canada. RCMP Sgt. Karen Winthrop, Kimberly Breyman, and Tom Hortonn are challenged to locate the Vancouver suspects financing the cocaine shipments. They are aided by retired Members, CST Roy Davidson, CST Rick Drought and current Member Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood.

Vancouver Secrets sees Winthrop, Breyman and Hortonn joined by  Combined Forces Special Enforcement Corporal Anne-Marie Clark. The quartet investigate money laundering and the funneling of washed currency to domestic and international terrorist organizations.

Rebecca Simpson

Cuisine and fashion enhance readers’ identification with the protagonists as the agents dine in some of the country’s finest restaurants and shop at Nordstrom in Denver/Vancouver, BC., Toronto’s Holt Renfrew and specialty boutiques from coast to coast.

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