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"Taylor Evan Fulks is a talented wordsmith.She writes from the heart, and the agony of real experience lends authenticity to her riveting descriptions..."~ Reader's Favorite reviewer Fiona Ingram (5 stars)

" A great writer can describe something and allow the reader to experience it. Fulks is a great writer."~Reader's Favorite reviewer Anne Boling (5 stars)

"My Prison without Bars" is well-written and gives a good look into the lives of those
who have been sexually attacked
..."~Reader's Favorite reviewer Alice DiNizo (5 stars)

trusts the reader enough to lay everything out on the table... if readers can make it through, they'll likely come away changed and perhaps with a sharper perspective on the terrible long-term effects of child abuse.
Fulks weaves a compelling narrative with commanding prose...A detailed, deftly told narrative that will shock even the stoutest readers. ~Kirkus Review

From the Author

Have you ever lived with a shameful secret? Afraid that someone or something would 'rat' you out...expose your demons for the entire world to see? Have you ever been in so much darkness that you didn't know how to find the light?

If so, then you'll no doubt identify with Taylor's story; a saga much like Sapphire's Push, that became the Academy Award-winning movie, Precious.
 My Prison Without Bars is a poignant, yet dark account of one woman's struggle to find "normal," as well as light and hope along her journey.

I wrote this novel in first person, from the mind, body, and heart of a child. I didn't want to shock or be grotesque...I wanted people to truly know the permanent damage that is inflicted, to know the depths of fear and self-loathing, and to really feel through the experiences of an abused child.

My goal was to exorcise my demons, gain some sense of self-esteem, heal myself, and finally tell my dirty little secret with full disclosure, while giving the reader full access to my heart. Oddly, I didn't find the outcomes I expected...absolution, understanding, and self-forgiveness. But I did find something I didn't expect...Acceptance.

My life is what it is. My experiences happened in the past. I don't live there anymore. I can choose to be angry and ashamed for the rest of my life, or I can accept my life for what it's been, what it is now, and move toward the light...and who knows, maybe help someone else along the way. Hence, my mission statement: The rest of my life will be the best of my life. It's not about my's about the journey that gets me there.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2584 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477646558
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/ Taylor Evan Fulks; 1 edition (November 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Taylor Evan Fulks is a native Texan transplanted years ago to southern Ohio, on the banks of the Ohio River. She is a wife, a mother of two "almost grown" daughters, and does open heart surgery to help pay the bills. Always an avid story-teller, Taylor decided to put her pad and pen where her mouth is. "My Prison Without Bars" is her debut novel. Her writing genre of choice is mystery/romance. Even though her debut novel doesn't fall into that category, she felt compelled to start with this one, find peace, and put it on the shelf.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on November 26, 2012
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My Prison Without Bars is a hell of a read. The breath taking story telling of Taylor Evan Fulks childhood experiences is not for the feint hearted. I was forced to drop everything and simply read every single word carefully and deliberately. What happened to Taylor is horrifying and its really challenging to read the details of her experiences. And just when you think you can't take anymore, you find you can, you must, you have to. There's a girl in this story who needs you to feel for her and fight for her because no one else did.
So if you want to or need to know what it's really like to survive childhood sexual abuse, read it. My Prison Without Bars is one of those books that will change your life. The courage this woman has is beyond inspiring.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Edwards on December 28, 2012
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My Prison with out Bars is a tough read....don't get me wrong, it's beautifully writen, but the subject matter is heart breaking. The ache in my heart for the little girl Taylor will not go away. I just wanted to swoop in and take her away from all of her horrors.

This book reminds us all of the abuses inflicted up children (both girls and boys) not only around the world but in our great nation. We need to be more observant of what is going on around us, and if we suspect abuse we need to report it, not turn a blind eye. We also need to make sure that children know that it is ok to speak up and that these acts are not acceptable behavior.

It is truly amazing that someone can survive these years and years of abuse and still turn out to be a productive member of society, wife and loving mother. It shows true character. I hope this book will inspire others and it shows that just becasue you were abused doesn't mean you will turn out to be an abuser.

Bravo To Taylor Fulks for being able to open her soul to us and share her innermost secrets and demons, you are an amazing lady!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Christie on December 28, 2012
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~My Prison Without Bars~ has been the most heartbreaking story I have ever read. Taylor poured her heart and soul out in this book. I personally felt every emotion possible while reading, and on several occasions I wanted to close the book and take a break because my emotions had got the best of me, but as I kept reading I soon turned a frown to a smile because I would think something good was about to happen but I was wrong. If you ever want to read a book and feel like you are truely right there or if you ever want to read a book that keeps you right on the edge of your seat then this is the book to read. Taylor Fulks did an excellent job telling her life, although she lived a childhood of sexual abuse she still got her degree, worked and supported herself, married and had a family. I look forward to buying, and reading all of Taylor's books along with supporting her in any way that I can. This book goes to show you truely never know how someones childhood or life really was...I've seen a smile on Taylor's face for years and I mean years but deep down inside she was Damaged. Taylor you deserve 10 stars for having the courage to put your life into words and for being strong enough to do so.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By alafair on August 12, 2013
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This review contains spoilers***************This is such a heartbreaking true story that begins when Taylor is a young child. Her mother allows her step-father to sexually abuse Taylor. I say "allows" because her mom admits she knew what was happening to Taylor when Taylor is an adult. Yet after Taylor has 2 daughters of her own she lets the girls spend weeks (Christmas break, spring break)with her mentally ill mother. By this time her mom is on husband number 4 or 5. I was shocked she would allow her girls to stay with mom after everything her mother had done to her. Even as an adult her mother treated her badly. The story only continues being depressing when she becomes an adult, just as you think Taylor will be okay while going to nursing school and out on her own, she meets Tony( she ends up having her 2 girls by Tony, one pregnancy by him she aborted) and marries him.

Red flags waving all over the place in this relationship. He cheats on her, sometimes in front of her, gives her an STD, his money is his and her money she earns being a nurse is his. I felt so sorry for her being a doormat but I can only imagine the emotional problems she had after suffering the abuse from childhood, maybe that is why she took whatever mistreatment handed to her. Tony sat back and said nothing as his mother verbally tore Taylor apart, calling her names and totally disrespecting her. Yet Taylor took that too.
I was so disappointed in the end she stayed with this man, who seemed to constantly "tweak her nipples like he was tuning a radio" her words were something to that effect and I wanted to throw up every time she wrote that phrase, which was a lot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By k8sgranny on January 30, 2013
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I read this book in two days. I could not put it down. I cried like a baby! I thought I had an idea of what child sexual abuse was, but never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what children actually go through. Thank you for opening my eyes! I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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