These Chains

Sheal Mullin-Berube

Born in Montreal, Quebec and now residing in Northern Ontario. A practicing eclectic, solitary Druidic Shaman with Unitarian Universalists ties.


The story of a man, in his own words, who overcomes male childhood sexual assault and his own adulthood addictions. These Chains is written as a continuative narrative, following through the life of an abused child, the book deals with very sensitive subject matter. The story is told through narrator, as a first person point of view book. As a child he survived childhood trauma from his step father, going on to develop a drug and alcohol dependency and then over coming those addictions for the sake of his daughters and himself. Gender: Male

How the These Chains cover was made

By Cover Artist: Sheal Mullin-Berube

These Chains. My first NanoWriMo book I ever published. The cover has seen many incarnations throughout the last few years. This is the current incarnation, the book isn’t updated on our platforms as of this post (7.12.2021), if it has been updated, then this is what you will see on our platforms.

This book is a fictional biography about childhood abuse and addictions. I wanted a cover that would depict the lost feelings that a child might experience as a assault survivor. Something that would not devalue the concept but drive home the seriousness of the social issues of child abuse and addictions. Something with simple typography and imagery that would let the story stand on its own and speak for itself.

These Chains and Junked both focus on topics of addiction, which prompted us to create a series of posts that dive into how addiction affects us throughout life.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery-an organization focused on lifting up those who have found recovery and those who have lost people to addiction.

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Every Last Drop

As I worked on the book of my mother’s poetry, pouring over a ziplock bag full of her notes, pieces of paper and more, the smell of dank and decay reminds me of what is gone.

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Addiction is something many people face in their lives. Whether it’s an addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling or other things. It is not easy to overcome but it is a choice to overcome it. If you would like to choose a new path and heal from your addictions call the hotline, there are people waiting to help you take the first steps to recovery today!




We often talk about female abuse victims and the repercussions of that abuse. Rarely do we ever talk about male abuse victims and the repercussions it has for a male victim. These Chains takes a hard look at what it might be like for a boy/man to endure and live through and process abuse. If you are a male OR female victim of abuse we recommend these sites for you to make contact with people waiting to help you recover and heal:


From The Author

There are so many resources out there for those who need help that I felt the need to provide some of my readers who may be experiencing painful situations that they feel they have no control over. Let me tell you that you do have control. In fact, you are the only person in your situation with the ultimate control. For those of you dealing with violence, RAINN has both an online and telephone service that is confidential and private. You can contact them at any time if you need help, and anonymously too.

To find more information about RAINN and its services visit them at or call the international hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE. Don’t ever hesitate to change your life, especially for the better. You must be wondering why I chose a male main character. Well, simply because there is not enough awareness of abuse and violence against young boys and men. We are saturated by the news media outlets about female abuse issues but ever so rarely hear about those boys and men out there who have also suffered at the hands of another. It is something that is left in the dark and never spoken of because society deems that men just simply do not experience these same situations as women do. I am not negating, nor am I trivializing the fact that girls and women do not have a profound experience with these same issues I am merely bringing awareness forward that both women and men can and do experience this most unfortunate set of circumstances equally.

Book Details

Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 69 pages
ISBN-10: ‎1989033342
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1989033340
Item Weight: ‎ 3.68 ounces
UNSPSC-Code: ‎ 55101500
Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.16 x 9 inches

Release Date: October 21, 2019
BISAC: FIC025000

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