Bully

Lee Hirsch’s BULLY is shocking, informative, and thought provoking as it takes the audience on a dangerous and terrifying journey into a realm where bullies rule. This realm spreads out across America like a devastating infection, claiming lives and ruining youthful days better spent pursuing dreams.

The children in this movie—Kelby, Ja’Meya, and Alex, all have a story of their own to tell. Each story is filled with deep sadness. Each story pulls on a person’s heartstrings. David and Tina Long recount about the actions of bullies that eventually became too much for their son, Tyler. Tyler, only 17 years old, hung himself.

On The Bully Project website, it was stated, “Over 13 million American kids will be victims of bullying this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation.” Okay, that number is just as shocking as the documentary, which is why neither should be ignored. Children deserve to feel safe going to school, learning at school, and then returning home. The website is full of tips for parents and schools who are interested in taking action against this frightening situation. Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about this. If your child is being bullied, or if your child is a bully, helpful information is there.

Watching this movie, I could not help but to wonder…

Why was there no accountability placed on the actual bullies? The victims were the ones hassled, interviewed, and made to feel like they deserved what they got.

Were any of the schools held accountable for what was happening on school property and buses?

Were any of the bullies referred to social workers to try and figure out why they were being so cruel? Were their parents or caregivers involved at all? What about consequences?

Do states require schools to have and enforce some kind of action plan for educating students/staff about this issue, and then if so…how is this action planned enforced?

Now, many, many more questions are bouncing around in my head. This movie certainly is a call to action, so I must do more research and find out if our local schools are actively fighting against bullying. The Bully Project/movie is powerful and memorable. I was encouraged after the movie to see snippets from the proactive segments that showed how initiating bully awareness and educating children on what to do really did make a drastic difference.

What are your thoughts about this issue? Do your neighborhood schools have a bully awareness program/protocol?

Thanks for visiting!

Giveaway! Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Holiday greetings to all! Today will be a joyful day, indeed…because Cambria Hebert is visiting the Noracast. Her debut novel, “Masquerade,” has received outstanding reviews, and I’m thrilled to say, it is a fascinating read you will not forget. Take a minute and read my review here! Leave a comment to enter her GIVEAWAY for one e-book copy. Giveaway ENDS January 4th! CONGRATS, Margot! You’ve won “Masquerade!”

“Masquerade” by Cambria Hebert         

What if you sensed you were being watched….

But whenever you looked no one was ever there.

What if you knew you looked hideous….

But someone called you beautiful.

What if you surrendered your heart….

Only to have it betrayed.

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined.  I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Nora: So, Cambria, Heven gets super tired of her mother cooking chicken for dinner. (So funny!) I know you have a great fear of chickens, but do you cook them for your family? You’re not afraid of the packaged ones, right? LOL

Cambria: LOL!! I do cook them for my family. They don’t scare me without their feathers!! LOL. I will say that the whole chickens? (Turkeys too) I hate to touch those, and putting my hand in them to get out that bag of – er – parts is NOT happening. My husband opens it up, puts it in the pan and I literally throw an onion and lemon and stuff inside it. EW!

Nora:  Sam and Heven enjoy Bubble Tea, and the video on your website that shows you making it is AWESOME! Check that out HERE.  Did you like Bubble Tea enough to make it again? If so, what flavor will be your favorite? Also…what is the most unusual food or drink you’ve ever tried?

Cambria: Sure, I will make Bubble Tea again! I would love to try a flavored one. I haven’t had a chance to try that yet. I can’t say for sure which flavor I would like the best but I usually like caramel and chocolate stuff the best! Most unusual food or drink? I have to admit I am not very adventurous. I get grossed out easily. LOL. The grossest thing I have eaten is escargot I guess. Which is snails. Nasty, nasty little things. I didn’t even swallow it. Yuck.

Nora: I loved the suspense and truly terrifying moments in Masquerade. I wondered how it would all play out, and I must say, I was totally shocked by Sam’s identity. What is something (other than those chickens!) that has chilled you to your bones? Would it be snakes, spiders….the dark?

Cambria: Hmmm. There are lots if things I don’t like – like crickets- but chill me to the bone? Not much really – stuff that has that strong effect on me is more reality based – like someone breaking into my house, being kidnapped, etc….. Also, I think an experience with a ghost would be very chilling but I haven’t experienced one of those (yet).

Nora: Another aspect of Masquerade is the constant presence of Hope. I loved this aspect of your book. Are you generally an optimistic person? If so, what is something you hoped for and it finally came true?

Cambria: I like to think I am optimistic. Lol. I try to be. I am a stress monster though. I worry about stuff a lot. All kinds of stuff – even stuff I can’t control. Lol. But I always try to quell my worry with positive thinking. I try and tell myself that there is always hope – a constant presence of it. One thing I hoped for was this book in print. I hoped and dreamed of seeing this book published for soo long and it finally came true. It’s been fantastic.

Nora: Are you most like Sam, Heven, Cole, or Kimber? Why?

Cambria: I think I am most like Heven. I relate to her most, I think. I have never been scarred or disfigured on my face but there have been times in my life when I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. There were times as a young kid that I got made fun of at school and wanted to blend in and be left alone. I also like to think that I bounced back from those things and found my inner strength. There’s also a side of me that liked to have fun like Heven. 😉 And if I am being honest I have some Kimber in me too…. I love clothes. LOL.

 Quickies!

 Favorite book? This year its Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Two movies you could watch over and over: Transformers and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (frickin hilarious!)

Favorite food & drink? Coffee and cereal

Camping/hiking, an exotic beach location, a cruise, or stay at home and relax vacation? An exotic Beach location! Camping and hiking? – uh, unless it comes with a 5 star hotel and a shower – forget it!

Cats or dogs? Both.

Favorite holiday? Halloween and Christmas

Thank you for visiting the Noracast, Cambria! I thoroughly enjoyed “Masquerade,” so I can hardly wait to see where you’ll take Sam and Heven next.

Thank you so much for having me! I had so much fun with your interview and your review was so wonderful and such an honor to receive. 😉

 GIVEAWAY: One Ebook copy of Masquerade (from smashwords) Please leave a comment to enter and your contact info!

About Cambria 

Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper.

Cambria Hebert is an author who wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. It was terrible. But the passion for writing never went away so years later when she opened her laptop and started typing she worked until she wrote a book – Masquerade – that she hopes everyone will be as excited about as she is.

Cambria is obsessed with werewolves and is terrified of chickens (they are creepy!) She is an animal lover that would choose coffee over food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries (Hell-O Damon!)

When she isn’t writing you can find her stalking the young adult aisles at Barnes and Noble.

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 Thanks to all who came to visit Cambria and enter her giveaway!