Author Tom North Gathers Courage to Tell True Story About the Seemingly Perfect Movie Family – A Story about Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in New Book, TRUE NORTH

Carmel, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

After years of struggling with the decision about whether or not to tell his true story of growing up in the Carmel family made famous by a hit movie, author Tom North gathered the courage needed to write his book, TRUE NORTH – THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT “YOURS, MINE AND OURS. It wasnt easy to write about a subject that many people consider too private and that would make them feel uncomfortable. After all, the idyllic seaside community might be shocked to learn the truth about the famous local family they had grown to love and admire.

Tom North explains, In the 47 years since the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda became the 4th highest grossing film of 1968, it has not been unusual for one of my siblings or me to be asked what it was like to be part of that big wonderful family. Having seen the film many times, I must agree that what became known among my brothers and sisters as the big lie was actually a very charming film and a well-told story. Would that it had been true!

The book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Toms mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with 10 children, and she moved her family to his house in Carmel, California. The North children were adopted and their names were changed to Beardsley, and they went from a life filled with love and happiness to a living nightmare. The stepfathers violence, abuse, and even sexual abuse created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for the North children. All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out.

TRUE NORTH is the story of my journey through a life of domestic violence and child abuse, North remarks. Along with suffering from the abuse and the shame, my siblings and I also had to carry the additional burden of secrecy because we were famous. There was no one to turn to. Who would believe this perfect family was so far from perfect?

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Currently there are over 10,000 victim service organizations working to help victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes in the United States. Yet, the silence that surrounds domestic violence and child abuse is deafening. The traumas experienced by children as a result of domestic violence and sexual abuse all too often are carried into adulthood in the form of poor academic achievement, lower IQ scores, poor language skills, low self-esteem and trauma-related symptoms. Victims frequently travel down destructive paths which include drug abuse, crime, and even continuation of the child abuse cycle as they abuse their own children.

Siobhan Greene, Director of Voices for Children-CASA of Monterey County, California, (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) states: Tom North takes his readers on the painful journey of child abuse with honesty, candor and even humor. He reveals the shame, sense of betrayal and outrage, as well as the inevitable poor life choices that are a young persons response to persistent and often cruel maltreatment. While the reader might wish child abuse were not part of our world, North bravely tells the truth; the very thing that gives way to healing and forgiveness.

North notes, My mission now is to reach out to people who feel isolated or misunderstood in the world and help them understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives when they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. The healing never stops. Every day is another day of coping. But there is help, and hope.

TRUE NORTH – THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT “YOURS, MINE AND OURS is published by True North Productions, LLC, and scheduled to be released in July 2013. For more information, visit:

About Tom North: Thomas R. North is a writer, poet, and adventurer. As the 11th of the 20 Beardsley children made famous in the film Yours, Mine and Ours, Tom had first hand experience of what it was really like to grow up in that family in Carmel, California. Having spent his formative years growing up in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, Tom was guided to seek solace and sanity in nature and later, Eastern Meditation.

He has become a successful financial advisor, writer, poet, and motivational speaker. Tom has written extensively about scuba diving, jade hunting in the wilds of Big Sur, and spiritual topics as well. He is working on his second book, The Economics of Spiritual Transformation.


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Linda Sauget Offers New Book of Inspirational Quotes

Davie, Fla. (PRWEB) October 26, 2011

The law of attraction, a new metaphysical idea, gained substantial media attention with the film and subsequent book The Secret, a cultural phenomenon fueled by Oprah Winfreys endorsement. The general idea of this philosophy is that positive thoughts bring about positive results and that people get the things they want if they imagine having them. Offering her own take on the law of attraction, Linda Sauget delivers If You Think It (published by Balboa Press), her new book of quotes which define the philosophy she has used to achieve happiness and prosperity in her life.

Sauget says, The single most important determinant in creating a quality life, achieving success in any endeavor, and living the life of your dreams, is simply this: each thought has the power to impact your life positively or negatively and at every moment you decide. Adding validity to her statements, she presents a number of quotes from such notable people as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Blaise Pascal, Henry Ford and Abraham Lincoln.

The famous quotes are gathered into three sections: thought, belief and manifestation. Sauget introduces each section, briefly describing her philosophy and perspective, and offers inspirational thoughts and commentary. She writes that, We can choose our thoughts, reactions, and attitudes. We can choose what goals we have and what actions we take to achieve them.

An ideal, thought-provoking coffee-table book, If You Think It will inspire discussion while prompting readers to consider their outlook on life.

About the Author

Linda Sauget grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and received her masters degree from the University of Illinois. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she is the vice president of a healthcare consulting firm, active member of Toastmasters International and a naturally optimistic, positive thinker.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.


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Engaging Childrens Book Explores Higher Consciousness

Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) October 04, 2011

From author Emma Lee who brought readers The Importance of Being Green comes another delightful picture book. Carolann Gets Her Wings is another engaging tale that people of all ages will enjoy reading.

Gather Close, Best Beloved Ones, while I tell this tale. It is a tale of having Faith and following Ones Inner Guidance. It is a tale of Miracles and Dreams Coming True. It is a tale of Getting Ones Wings, so begins Carolann Gets Her Wings. In The Importance of Being Green, readers got to know about Delmer and the society of Frogans from the planet Ribbetton. In this story, we learn a little more of Delmer and his adventures, as the story unfolds.

Carolann Gets Her Wings takes place in the Magical Realm on the Plane of Plenty. The Plane of Plenty is part of the Glorified Rose Galaxy in the Quadrant of Ultimate Qualities. Here, young readers will meet a new set of characters like Allie the Alligator and Carolann the Unicorn. Their paths will cross with others, which will take them on adventures they never imagined.

Just like Lees previous book, Carolann Gets Her Wings tells a simple tale portraying a complex journey to achieve higher consciousness. This book is part of The Mystical Adventures of Delmer the Frogan series. For more information about the book series, visit Carolann Gets Her Wings will also be featured at be featured at the New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on November 2-5, 2011.

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About the Author

Emma Lee is both a gifted writer and healer. She integrates spirituality and healing energy within her daily life as well as in her group and one-on-one healing sessions. For more information, visit her website at

Carolann Gets Her Wings * by Emma Lee

Publication Date: September 15, 2011

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