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DreamCatcher, Failure Was Never an Option

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

How many of us go through life saying, “Some day, I will make my dream happen.” Or I wish I could do so and so. Or if only things were different I could do this. Or if I could only get a break, or If only someone would help me.

Well, let me tell you a story about a man who was dealt a hand in life that he couldn’t change, he didn’t get breaks and he wasn’t supposed to be able to do anything, not even walk. This man was born at a time when the challenged and he was challenged was put away in asylums, forgotten and let alone in the darkness of their minds. They were the forgotten ones.
Stan wasn’t forgotten. He wasn’t put away and he never ever said, “if only”. He accepted the hand he was dealt, he played the hand he was dealt and he used his handicap for good. He never complained about the hand he had been dealt, for one thing it couldn’t be changed so it did no good to complain. He never pitied himself because he was different and he never felt sorry for himself. He accepted his handicap and used it to become a better person.
Stan was born in 1952 when the challenged was put away because they would “be a burden” to the family. That is what the doctors told my mother to do with him. The logic was that he would be to much to deal with and she already had one child and would have more. It was a though Stan was just a piece of yesterday’s newspaper to be tossed out because it was no longer useful.
Mother refused to listen. Even though the resources for looking after the challenged was non-existent she found all she could on brain damage and she taught herself how to care for him and how to expand his brain to make it work. She listened to her instincts as a mother. She believed that the brain which is a muscle could be taught to work against all odds. And the odds of Stan being anything but a vegetable were slim and none.
Stan was told he would never be able to go to public school- He didn’t believe it and neither did mother, so he proved them wrong. Stan was told he would never learn to talk, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never learn to read, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never go to high school again he proved them wrong. He was told he could never work in the public sector, again he proved them wrong. He has been working since he was sixteen years old.
Stan has been dealt some pretty hard blows, he has been cruelly teased, taken advantage of, laid off because of his disability and treated as if he only had half a brain. He has also touched lives, been loved without condition and grown into a wonderful caring, loving, son, brother and friend.
He has refused to allow defining negative moments in his life define who he is. He has refused to allow his handicap to define who he is or define how he lives his dream. He has refused to allow society to define who he is or what he does. He refuses to live with regret.
Stan takes each day as it comes. He lives each day as if it were his last, he loves himself for who he is not what he as. He loves his job not for the amount of money he makes but because he is able to make that money. He doesn’t draw any government assistance. He has always said he would work for his money. He does’t believe that he should have that which he has not worked for.
He lives his life to the fullest everyday.
Those of you who live in the shadows who truly believe that you are owed something just because you are on this earth- or because life has dealt you a lousy hand- or you were born into circumstances that were in your mind less than kind to you- read this book- there are lessons that Stan can teach you.
For those of you who have someone in your life who is handicapped and you ask yourselves why me read this book, it will help you to understand that we play the hand we are dealt with humor, tears and love.

For those of you who don’t believe you can live your dream read this book- it will give you the strength and will to strive to fly with the eagles. He is my yardstick.

For those of you who have spent your entire life bullying, abusing and generally being an ass when it comes to those who are different and teaching your children the same nasty traits, read this book- it is very humbling maybe it will give you a change of heart. Maybe you will be able to see into your dark soul and understand that your attitude is because of you and the way you see yourself.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option will inspire you to aspire- it will give you the reader a look into not only the life of one who has struggles, dreams and detours, but it will also teach you that even though all those things were factors, they didn’t become the factor of his life- they became stepping stones for him to reach his dream. Failure was never an option because Stan made the choice for it not to be. He never allowed the negative to keep him down, he turned it around to make it work for him.

He never felt sorry for himself he always without fail made things work out not matter what. Stan who is handicapped believes in himself, his family and his God. He has faith and with that faith comes success on many levels. He continues to work toward impossible goals because he can – not because he thinks he will reach them but because he can.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option is indeed a book that will make the reader stop and think. It will make the reader wonder why the pity party is not over. There is no room for a handout in Stan’s life, only a hand up. And he is usually the one reaching down to give that hand up.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Have you ever wondered if someone you met or saw who appeared to be challenged had any thoughts of unfulfilled dreams? If they thought like “normal” people or if they were a drain on society and their families. Have you ever wondered how a family could embrace and love someone who is “different” Have you ever wondered what that family felt, how they coped or how they managed their lives around someone who is challenged?

Do you take the time to treat someone who is different with the same respect that you would want to be treated with? Have you ever considered that they have feelings, they love, hurt and feel pain and loss like the rest of us? Have you ever stopped to listen to what they have to say or are you to busy to take that extra moment in order for them to articulate their thoughts out loud because it takes them longer? Have you ever taken the time to pause to listen to their opinions even thought it takes them longer to be understood?

Have you ever looked into their eyes and seen the large capacity of love and total acceptance they have for themselves and those they love? Have you ever taken advantage of someone who is challenged simply because they are an easy target? Do you make fun of them behind their backs with remarks like “riding the short bus?”

Have you forgotten that in some way we are all challenged? We all have things about us that make us not only different but unique. Yes, even the geniuses of this world don’t fit. The reason they think on a higher plane than most of us.

When Stan was born in 1952 children like him were put away in back rooms and asylums in order to shield them from the prying eyes of the public. That was not the real reason. The reason was the families were ashamed of these children who were not “perfect.” They were an embarrassment and a drag on the family. Most of these children died behind locked doors, had experiments used on them, were abused mentally, physical, sexually and emotionally all in the name of science. Any chance they had of being productive in society was destroyed by doctors, caretakers and even families.

Stan however, was one of the fortunate ones. His parents refused to allow him to be put away “for the good of the rest of the family.” He was taken home and taught how to be a productive person within the family unit and in society.
However, society was not always kind or considerate to him. He had his trials and tribulations. He was taken advantage of ridiculed and cruelly teased. But through it all he learned to be the wonderful productive man he is today.

He learned to control the anger that welled upside of him when people would tease him cruelly, he learned how to be passed over in jobs, how to accept demotions when it suited his employer because they could and he wouldn’t fight back. He learned how to work at jobs that most of us wouldn’t because he wanted to work so bad. He learned that his greatest asset was his family who always had his back.

He learned that women used him not for friendship but for the money he had. He learned that trust is a very fragile thing that is often times broken because of greed and lies. He learned to hide his pain and hurt behind his mantra “It’ll be alright.”

He can never marry or have children, something he has always wanted. He can never be totally independent because of the evil in the world and he has no defenses to fight it off.

However, he is living his dream, he is loved, he works and makes his own money. He travels by air to Florida and he is surrounded by those who guard him with the blanket of love and care. He has dreams and goals some of those he will accomplish and some he won’t – but he is still successful simply because he works toward those goals and dreams.

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never an Option is his story. It is the story of one’s man’s success at a time when failure was the only option given to his parents. Sadly even though we have fooled ourselves into believing that we have put the ugly past behind us and that our special people are in a different place they aren’t.

They are still ridiculed, abused, teased, ignored and treated like they are a piece of furniture. Parents have taught their children to bully this wonderful people, to abuse them and to see just how miserable they can make the life of these unique and wonderful individuals. They are treated with disdain,and rudeness in the work place and in public.

We give lip service to how wonderful we treat them, but it is a lie. They are expected to perform at the same level as “normal” children in schools, act and behave like “normal” children at all times, and when they don’t they are thrown in handcuffs and hauled off to jails and juvenile halls and hosptials.

Not all handicaps are visual, many are emotional and mental. It is time to take these children out of the dark, put them in the light and allow them to grow at their rate. With love, the correct type of discipline (there is no one size fits all) and most of all acceptance. Unconditional acceptance! They didn’t ask to be born different, they didn’t ask to be brought into a world who refuses to accept anything they can’t explain away. They have just learned to play the hand they have been dealt. Help them to be a winner. Give them a hand up and a shoulder to lean on. Be their friend, a true friend who always has their back.

September 18, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Places to Find All of My Books

The Last Rites

This is the latest release

As an Indie author, that is one who is not published by a vanity press or a traditional publisher, none of my books are sold in what we call box stores. That is brick and mortor stores. The reason is they buy all of their books from Lightening source or Baker and Taylor on consignment. They shelve the books for 30 days then pack them all up and send them back to the distributor. The author is paid in advance the royality for that sale. When the books go back the author is charged back that royality and has to give the money back.
As an independant author I have no distributor. I am the distributor as well as the marketing and PR person. I control my destiny. So all of my books are sold online. Which is not a bad thing. They are best sellers.
For those of you who have been reading my books for years you know where to find them. But for all of you newbies, there are so many places to find my books.
You cand find them at Lulu.com both as a paperback and download on Amazon.com as well as Amazon Kindle. You can also now find them on Barnes and Noble Nook Book. Yes, boys and girls they are available on Nook. All of my books can be read on any electronic equipment you have from iphone to ipad to computer to kindle and nook. Unlike many authors I believe the reader should be in control of how he wants to read his book.
The best part of being an independent author is that if you the reader want a signed copy you don’t have to wait until I have a signing. You can order one anytime you want to at my online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com When you order your book, you receive a thank you note as well as other goodies. It is just my way of saying thank you for being a reader.
Subscribe to my blog because it is a way of staying up dated on my latest news and appearances.
I have just released my second true crime novel and am currently working on two new books. One I am co-aurthoring with my friend and fellow author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc it is the second in the Harrington and Morgan Series.
I am also working on another historical novel. This one is about Jean Laffite one of the last Pirates. The history is real the story is fiction. I am including a bit of a twist simply because it makes it more fun.
Think Voodoo Queen.
So subscribe and enjoy the ride.

August 27, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dream Catcher Failure was Never An Option

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review for Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dear Yvonne,

I want to let you know how much I enjoyed Dream Catcher. Stan’s story is so important, a story for our time, in helping us to see how essential it is that each child is accepted, included, and embraced in society and what they have to offer. Stan was fortunate that he had family and friends who fought for this and who believed in him. Thank you for writing this book, for sharing the gift of your family’s experience — the gift of Stan’s story. It is so perfectly titled.

Back in the eighties, I volunteered at a church for what was called Saturday School for adults with Down’s syndrome and autism and other cognitive challenges. Class was usually followed by a church service that these beautiful people themselves led and conducted. I thought they were pretty amazing. They understood alot more than what we often gave them credit for. I sometimes wondered what they were doing in a class all by themselves and had alot of mixed feelings about it. It seemed that the class was more for the “benefit” of others who didn’t want these people mainstreamed, aside from the “once a year” services when they were actually included. I remember thinking that this is how it should be every Sunday.

I used to be in total amazement of a little girl at one of the schools I used to substitute teach in. She was about seven and blind and was allowed to be in a regular classroom. Do you know that little girl could type word for word a whole story that I would read to her? She would type as I spoke. I would wait between sentences, but she let me know in no uncertain terms that I didn’t need to wait for her to “catch up”. She was always one step ahead of me.

The other side of that coin are schools who group all “special needs” or cognitively impaired children together, shut up in a classroom by themselves with no interaction with other children, even for lunch. I realize the challenges but there’s something wrong with this. It seems that all it does is foster and reinforce old stereotypes. Both sides lose.

Some years ago I suffered neurological symptoms that affected my speech and mobility. My entire life was flung upside-down in a matter of moments. I was pretty much homebound for sometime afterwards and I will never forget the intense pain of the isolation I felt. But many of these children endure isolation even into adulthood for all their lives.

When friends at my current church asked for help for the Buddy Walk (for Down’s children), I volunteered. They have a son with Down’s and had been involved with organizing the walk for several years. It was very rewarding to be involved with an organization that promotes inclusion of these children and interaction with them. We live in a society that loves and worships what is “normal” (if even that can be defined), a society that often doesn’t have the time or capacity to cope with people on a personal level out of the ordinary “stream” of life.

Your book offers hope by standing strong against stubborn stereotypes. I heartily recommend it to every parent and teacher. It should be in every educator’s library. Thank you, Yvonne, for investing in writing this book. I believe it will be a strong voice for acceptance as more and more people are inspired by it.

Wishing you continued success!

Yours always,

Cindy

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option – A Video Excerpt

January 25, 2010 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

       Florida Author Yvonne Mason has given us a story of success in a time of failure for the challenged. She has given a voice to a child born in 1952 who became challenged. In her newest release “Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option”, Ms. Mason brings to life the story of success of a young man, her younger brother, Stan Robinson who is challenged.

       Stan was born in 1952 when there were no options for the challenged. He was never supposed to succeed. His only option was failure. His parents were advised to put him away in an asylum and forget he ever existed. They made the loving choice not to do that. They made the choice to allow Stan to become successful when Failure was his only option.

         Ms.Mason puts pen to paper and brings Stan’s Story to life as he catches his dreams and makes them real. She brings to life Stan’s belief in who he is and what he is about. She shows the reader how one man has made a difference in every life he has touched.

        Ms. Mason takes the reader into the life of Stan’s family as they deal with an older child as well as a baby who is challenged. She brings to life the pain, heartache and deep emotion of the mother as she learns to cope with Stan. Ms. Mason also brings to life the hope, the love and the deep abiding loyalty of the family as more siblings are added to the mix.

        The stories bring tears, laughter, anger and feelings of hope, success and belief that behind all of us there is the ability to succeed even when we feel we can’t.

         She shows how even those who are not considered “normal” can catch their dreams and own them.

          Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option is the yardstick by which Ms. Mason patterns her own life and success. She says, “Had it not been for Stan I would have given up a long time ago in my quest to be an accomplished author.”

          Ms. Mason has proven that she is indeed that. She has several books currently on the market, including “Silent Scream” her true crime, the story of the victims of Gerard Schaefer who was Florida’s first serial killer, This book is becoming a best seller. Her other works are Tangled Minds, Brilliant Insanity and her newest release  When Fates Collide  which was co-authored with bestselling author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.

        All of her books can be purchased as Lulu.com, Amazon.com and her online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

       Currently Dream Catcher, Tangled Minds, Silent Scream and Brilliant Insanity can also be purchased for Kindle Readers at Amazon.

        Ms. Mason is always eager to correspond with her readers. She can be reached at ysam51@yahoo.com  check out her websites at www.myspace.com/yvonnemason and her ning site at http://reivewabook.ning.com          

dream catcher for poster

October 10, 2009 Posted by | Author, Books, yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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