Stolen, by Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Doesn’t that cover just make you want to run right out an buy Vivian Gilbert Zabel’s new novel, Stolen? It does me. And in case you need an added inducement, here’s some more information for you:

Stolen starts with every wife’s nightmare, a call from another woman claiming to be married to Torri, the main character’s husband. Finally jolted out of her lethargy, she packs up herself and her kids and returns to the home of her grandparents. I don’t want to give the plot of this exciting novel away, so just trust me on this one: it’s a book you won’t want to miss. Oh, yes, and do plan to start reading early in the day. You won’t want to put this one down. I sure didn’t.

Zabel has won several awards with her writing, including first place with her mystery/suspense Midnight Hours. She taught English and writing for nearly 30 years and edited newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines sporadically for 45. She had poetry, short stories, and articles published over the years, but while raising her family and teaching, she didn’t have time to write longer works. After retirement, she produced a collection of short stories with Holly Jahangiri, Hidden Lies and Other Stories; a collection of poetry with seven other poets located in the United States and Canada, Walking the Earth: Life’s Perspectives in Poetry; three young adult books, The Base Stealers, Case of the Missing Coach, Prairie Dog Cowboy; and two novels including Stolen.

A wife for nearly 49 years, the mother of three living children, grandmother of ten grandchildren, and great-grandmother of five, Zabel believes family and faith are most important, and that belief finds its way in most of her writing. Her characters come from people she observes or reads about mixed with her imagination. Plots take a gain of an idea and combine with a massive dosage of “what if.”

The novel will be available through any bookstore, the 4RV Publishing website book store, plus other online book providers such as Amazon. Pre-sales are open on the publishing website now.
The ISBN for Stolen is 978-0-9825886-4-2

Also check out the Stolen website

More about stolen children:
2002,“Children Abducted by Family Members: National Estimates
and Characteristics,” gives the following defi nitions concerning
family abduction:
• Taking: Child was taken by a family member in violation of a
custody order or decree or other legitimate custodial right.
• Keeping: Child was not returned or given over by a family member
in violation of a custody order or decree or other legitimate custodial
• Concealment: Family member attempted to conceal the taking or
whereabouts of the child with the intent to prevent return, contact, or
• Flight: Family member transported or had the intent to transport the
child from the State for the purpose of making recovery more diffi cult.
• Intent to deprive indefi nitely: Family member indicated an intent
to prevent contact with the child on an indefi nite basis or to affect
custodial privileges indefi nitely.
• Child: Person under 18 years of age. For a child 15 or older, there
needed to be evidence that the family member used some kind of force
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or threat to take or to detain the child, unless the child was mentally
• Family member: A biological, adoptive, or foster family member;
someone acting on behalf of such a family member; or the romantic
partner of a family member.
According to the bulletin, and the survey taken in 1999, family
abduction is type of crime and child welfare problem with limited statistical
information is available. However, the survey showed fortyfour
percent of family abducted children were younger than age six.
Younger children appear more vulnerable.
One statistic which surprised me in a way is fi fty-three percent
of children taken by a family member were abducted by their biological
father, and only twenty-fi ve percent by their biological mother.
Only six percent of abducted children in the survey had not
yet returned by the time of the survey interview. Of course there is no
information about unreported kidnappings.
Children who are taken by a father or mother, when the kidnapping
parent wants to keep the child from the other parent or family
members, are imperiled. They are often told the other parent and
family members do not love or want them or harm them or will harm
them. The result is psychological harm to the stolen children, as well
as in some cases physical and sexual abuse.
Arlene Kardis states, “Of the children reported missing,
350,000 are taken by family members in violations of custody
In sixteen percent, the child experiences severe mental harm.
Eight percent suffer physical harm, while seven percent are sexually
abused. Four percent of stolen children are never found.
Abducting parents often take children to another state or
another country, making discovery and recovery more diffi cult.

U.S. Department of Justice, “Children Abducted by Family Members:
National Estimates and Characteristics” October 2002.
Arlene Karidis, August 19, 2009 Baltimore Crime Examiner , “Child
abduction statistics”
Lisa C. DeLuca, September 11, 2009 “Statistics on Child Abduction”
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2010, FAQ Missing

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23 Responses to Stolen, by Vivian Gilbert Zabel

  1. Vivian Zabel says:

    Thanks for hosting me today, uh, tomorrow, Peggy.

    I’ll start promoting first thing in the morning.

  2. The Old Silly says:

    Excellent post, and a very fitting end to a great virtual tour. I hope this tour has helped spur “Stolen” into many sales, Vivian!

    Marvin D Wilson

  3. Vivian, it’s been a pleasure hosting you.

    And I really mean it about starting the novel early in the day. I started reading after supper, and I was up past midnight :-( . Too bad I couldn’t tell that to my dog, who was whining eagerly for her breakfast at 6 AM .

    Seriously, loved the book. Good luck with the sales.

  4. Mary Montague Sikes - Monti says:

    Enjoyed reading about your varied background and the importance family and faith play in your writing.

    Good luck with your new book.


  5. Nita says:

    Great post Margaret. I love how everybody had a little different take on this tour. It is a good book. Well written, with a great plot. A book for anyone who loves and has children in their lives. ~Nita

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  7. Vivian Zabel says:

    I’m so glad to see folks are stopping by to say goodbye to the tour, but hopefully not to Stolen.

    Marv, I hope you’re right.

    Heheheheh, I’m glad you liked the book that much, Peggy. Poor puppy, though.

    Thank you, Moni.

    Good to see you again, Nita. I think everyone had a good post on the tour.

  8. Karen Cioffi says:


    I hope your tour proved to be successful. And, Peggy, I read Stolen also – I loved it too.

  9. Vivian Zabel says:

    On December 15, I’ll be posting on Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap,, the list of ARC winners.

    I also be asking for addresses to mail them, if the winner is in the U.S.

  10. N. R. Williams says:

    Your book sounds very interesting. What mother wouldn’t try to protect her children. I can see how this instinct can inspire many good stories.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  11. Vivian Zabel says:

    Thanks, N.R. I’m glad you left a comment. I’m always glad to meet other authors.

  12. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    Viv, have you been following the Elizabeth Smart case. I know it’s not the same thing but religious fanatics are often perpetrrators of crimes on both boys and girls. Because of my award-wiinning novel This Is The Place (, I am often invited on radio shows–both regular radio and Internet–to talk about issues like this. There is lots of misunderstanding on these issues and, rather than being controversial, I try to focus on rational debate.
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Tweeting writers’ tips and mini #moviereviews at

  13. Vivian Zabel says:

    I really don’t know how one could debate children being taken, especially when the parent abducting them doesn’t want them, just transports them to someone else overseas, not keeping the children with him. No misunderstanding, simple cruelty.

    However, I’m sure you do well discussing different topics.

  14. Vivian Zabel says:

    Thank you again, Peggy, for hosting me. Thank you, everyone, who stopped by.

  15. Susanne Drazic says:

    Peggy, thanks for sharing about STOLEN. It’s definitely a book I’m interested in reading. I know I’ll need to have a full box of kleenex available as I teared up when I read an excerpt from the book.

    Vivian, it is hard to believe that today is the last day of your blog tour. It seems like it just got started. I wish you much success with sales of the book.

  16. Vivian Zabel says:

    Thanks, Susanne. The tour has been fun and interesting with the different visitors and comments.

    I hope you do get a chance to read Stolen.

  17. NA Sharpe says:

    Wow! Great post Peggy. Vivian, best of luck with this compelling book – can’t wait to get my hands on STOLEN!

  18. Vivian Zabel says:

    Thanks, NA, hope you get a chance to read it. If you do, please let me know what you think.

  19. Barbara Ehrentreu says:

    I haven’t been able to get to all the posts on this blog tour, but I did enjoy everyone’s version. I am set on reading this book and would love to win a copy. So I’ll be commenting on your post on December 15th.

    Any abuse of children tears my heart out so I can understand how you feel about this experience. Peggy thanks for printing the places where you can learn more about child abuse and child abduction.

    If I don’t win I’m going to get myself a copy anyway.:) It’s been great following your blog tour, Vivian.

  20. Vivian Zabel says:

    Barbara, I hope you win a copy, too, but the drawing will be random. We’ll know the 15th who wins and who doesn’t.

    The ARC for the host with the most different visitors who left a comment will be based on their results, and the best ending emailed to me will be based on the person’s writing.

    Any way, several will receive ARCs.

  21. Beverly says:

    I think it’s so sad that parents use their children to get back at each other. What happens to paretntal love?

  22. Beth Reinke says:

    Vivian, I think I hit many of the stops on your tour, but missed a few – sorry about that! I think you and your hosts did a wonderful job and hope Stolen sales go well for you. :o )

  23. Dylan Jimenez says:

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