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The Evil Empire


The company I have been discussing in previous posts, my soon-to-be-former employer, is the eCommerce juggernaut Amazon.

I used to love this company. I fully bought into and accepted the vision of what we were continuing to create 12 years ago. Like I’ve stated previously, I began having concerns in the past 6 years, specifically in how employees are treated. We expanded so quickly that we quickly hired many managers and decision makers who never fully internalized the vision in terms of employee relations.

Not long after I started with the company in the Huntington office, Jeff visited and spoke to all of us. One of the things he said that had always stuck out in my mind was that retailers were missing that mom-and-pop store feel. It’s something that he, that we, wanted to perpetuate in how we treated customers. And at that time, customers meant both external and internal. Things have changed.

I’ve seen a lot, I’ve heard a lot. Hell, as a cog in the machine, I’ve been a part of some things that I didn’t entirely agree with at the time. I’ll have to live with that. I was in denial. I would think, “Surely this is not what it looks like. There has to be more to the story than what I know. Anyone who has read a leadership 101 book knows that you will never be successful if you treat people this way. Employees are not loyal to a company, they’re loyal to their direct managers – and if the manager mistreats the staff, things begin to fall apart.” Well, that is what has been happening because although any good manager knows these things, there’s no place for it in the current Amazon climate. As I’ve stated before, the current leadership style is that it’s acceptable to be an asshole to your employees.

These things had to hit me square in the face for me to realize it. The first nudge was a couple of years ago.

Those of you who have followed my book, 80% of the proceeds of “The Source” go to Megan, a child who has survived leukemia twice. What I haven’t broadcast (except on my radio interview on The Rudebuoyz on WMUL) is that Megan is my niece. Her mother, my sister, used to also work for this eCommerce juggernaut as a manager. Her career with the company came to an end, involuntarily, when she over-extended her FMLA because she was taking care of her 8-year-old child who was being treated for cancer. What kind of company does that? Sure, it may be legal. Sure, it’s not against company policy. But is it an ethical or moral practice? In my opinion, abso-freaking-lutely NOT.

I had an emotional crisis at that point. This ugliness happened to my family. I wanted to rage against the machine then. Yet, I had convinced myself that I needed to trudge on, for the benefit of my own daughter, so I could provide the best I could for her – and ultimately use some of my income to help pay for Megan’s medical bills. Well, I’ve already discussed how non-competitive my pay was in the Seattle market. I’m sad to say that I’ve only been able to send $300 to help, along with the meager royalties from book sales. Still, $300 is better than nothing, right?

Then I was hit with it directly, as described in What Did You Like Least About Your Job. It took me getting broken to accept the fact that this company that I have loved for so many years actually views me and other employees as expendable.

I get it now. Message received. The Universe knows that sometimes I need to be hit between the eyes with a 2 x 4 before I clearly see things for what they are. My Third Eye is bruised, and I’m tired of being treated as less than what I AM. I’m also tired of others being treated the same way. If you are reading this, know that you are worth so much more than you realize – don’t let anyone ever try to convince you otherwise.

Still, I was broken. The great thing about this is that I now get to take the pieces and re-create them in the image I want, not the image someone else tells me to accept.

“Rise. Rebel. Resist.”

Happy New Year Megan!


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Happy New Year to everyone – and a special happy new year to Megan! May 2013 bring healing and good health!

Show your support for Megan’s continued battle against AML leukemia. Check out Megan’s Musketeers on Facebook for updates on fundraisers and events or to even leave a personal message for our special girl!

Also, when you purchase “The Source,” 80% of the royalties will go to Megan and her family. Cancer treatment is not cheap and this family could use all the help they can get. This is Megan’s second fight against leukemia, so finances are even tighter. “Twilight” may be Megan’s favorite vampire series, but she appreciates every copy of “The Source” that is sold. Show your support today!

The Source on Amazon Kindle

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$0.99 Book? Yes, Please!


Only two days left, y’all!

Until December 31, get “The Source” for only $0.99 in digital format. If you love vampires, smart heroines, thrills and chills with a plot that keeps you guessing, then this is the book for you! “The Source” has 4.9 stars on Amazon and 44 Amazon Likes – plus 17 5-star reviews. You won’t be sorry when you give this book a chance!

The best part is that 80% of royalties from all versions are going to help 8-year-old Megan in her battle against AML leukemia. Not only will you be getting a great book for only $0.99, you will be helping an even better cause!

Get your copy today!

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The Gift of Books, the Gift of Life


Christmas blessings and great news from Megan’s family!

“We got good news today…engraftment tests show all Meg’s blood cells are “born” from her donor cells, not her own old ones. This is good news! She will have bone marrow test on thursday and if all well to rmh for next sixty to hundred days in isolation. Merry Christmas!”

Also, “The Source” has 17 5-star reviews on Amazon! For all of those who got/gave e-readers this holiday season, don’t forget to suggest a great vampire book that supports an even better cause! 80% of royalties from all formats going to support 8-year-old Megan Beckett Foltz and her fight against AML leukemia!

Give the gift of books and give the gift of life!

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Can You Spare a Dollar?


Digital versions of “The Source” are $0.99 on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and Smashwords. Even better – 80% of the royalties from all formats go to Megan, an 8-year-old girl who is battling AML leukemia for the SECOND time.

Show your support and read a good book – it’s a win-win!

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$0.99 for a Great Book!


For December, “The Source” is only $0.99 for Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and Smashwords! An awesome deal for a great book!

And even better, 80% of the royalties go to help the family of Megan Beckett-Foltz, an 8-year-old who is battling AML leukemia and had a bone marrow transplant on November 28th! The family needs all the help they can get, so spread the word about “The Source” and let’s get as much money for the family as possible!

http://www.amazon.com/Source-Mountain-State-Vampire-ebook/dp/B008XDNVXY/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-source-jb-stilwell/1113786761?ean=2940015847178

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Fang on! v–v