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December 2, 2010 / theoldsilly

Vivian Zabel – On Tour With Stolen

A dear “e-friend” who I  got to know in the wonderful world of Bloggydom, gosh … five or six years ago, at least? … has got a new novel out, and she is on virtual tour with it now, a page-turning, tear-jerking, familial situational story about child abduction, titled, Stolen. The book covers some pretty weighty subjects, such as bigamy, abuse, and death.

Please meet and welcome, Vivian Zabel

Here is the cover of Stolen.

Vivian is on the left, the book cover is on the right.

Just kidding, you know me. But let’s get to know Vivian a little better with this short bio-

Vivian Zabel always has had a vivid imagination and, when a child, used it to tell her siblings and friends stories. As soon as she could write, she began to put those stories on paper. She wrote her first poetry when she was eight, and still writes it. Poetry was and is her therapy. When a “friend” laughed at her announcement that she would write a book someday, Vivian didn’t share her goal any more, but she didn’t stop planning on writing that book.
As she reared her children and was a stay-at-home-mother, with spells of working in the business world, Vivian wrote short stories, poetry, and articles, which were published. Vivian taught English and writing for 27 years and retired in 2001. Every year she taught, she attended writing classes, workshops, and clinics, not only to learn how better to teach her students, but also to hone her own writing skills. Finally in 2001 she was able to write full time and write longer works, after she retired from teaching.
At present, Vivian has six books to her credit, two co-authored. Her latest books are Prairie Dog Cowboy (written under the name V. Gilbert Zabel) and Midnight Hours (written under the name Vivian Gilbert Zabel).

Her interests besides writing include her family (husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren), reading, helping other people publish their books (through 4RVPublishing), and traveling.

Vivian is a very talented writer and blogger. She writes about life, love, and the mystery of it all. I must admit I did not have time to read all of Stolen in time for this post, but … what I did read was so compelling that I am going to finish the book and put up a sterling review on Amazon soon. Speaking of reviews, here is a good one. Check this out.


Stolen by Vivian Gilbert Zabel

ISBN – 978-0-9825886-4-2

Published by 4RV Publishing LLC

The novel’s tag line sums it up: When troubles and tragedies steal the joy and happiness from life, a person has two choices: to rebuild and find a way to continue living or to give up.

Research done by Ms. Zabel estimates that over 200,000 children are abducted by family members each year.  One can only imagine that the pain is still the same, even knowing the child is with someone you know, or thought you knew.  The loss of a child through abduction has to be horrific, and Stolen captures one mother’s agony, determination, and faith.

Teacher, Torri Adamson, probably wouldn’t say a bad word about anyone.  That has to be the reason she continues her marriage to a man who cheats.  She’s the type who counts her blessings, but the loving world she pictures with her two children starts to unravel the day she receives a phone call from another woman who demands to talk to Mike.  Torri explains he isn’t home, but gives out her address.  When the two women meet face-to-face, the lie is revealed.  Mike is married to both of them.  Even when his bigamy is exposed, he still tries to blame Torri for anything that goes wrong in his life.

Luckily, Torri has a great support group.  Her gram and gramps live nearby and are more than happy to have her and the children live with them in their Bed and Breakfast. In the happy atmosphere described there, how could the children not thrive with all the attention and love?  You’ll see the divorce coming but there is so much more to this story.

In Stolen, Ms. Zabel weaves a tale that draws you in and makes you part of the family.  You’ll revel in the good times and suffer through the bad…just like real life.  Friends come and go, people die, but you never, ever expect your ex-husband to steal your children.

You’ll simply have to read this awesome story to see if Torri can find peace with Jason, the husband of her deceased best friend as they try and help one another through the grief.  Religious or not, you’ll pray at the beginning of every chapter for the children’s safe return to the mother and step-father who love them so much.  If you want to know how it turns out, you’re going to have to read the book for yourself.

~~~ Review by Ginger Simpson, eBooks Examiner~~~

Ms. Zabel is on tour with Stolen through December 10. For a complete list of all the tour stops, just click here.

Vivian has a great blog, Brain Cells and Bubble Wrap, and her main website is at:

You can purchase Stolen directly from the publisher also, at 4RV Publishers.

So let’s show Viv some love in the comments gallery, gang … she will be stopping in now and then today and early eve to interact with you all, so fire away with any questions or comments that beg a response. Oh – and there is a contest with great prizes and giveaways, too. The host (yours truly, please help!) with the most comments from different visitors will receive a hard copy Advance Reader Copy (ARC). Two of the people who send her by email ( a possible ending to the novel will win an ARC. Also, anyone not hosting a blog stop but who promotes the novel will have a chance to win an ARC. Winners of hard copy ARCs must have a U.S. address. Anyone outside the U.S. who wins will receive a PDF ARC.


Vivian, it is a pleasure to host a stop on your virtual tour. I wish you great success with Stolen. And all you readers … please follow the tour, you will enjoy the variety of post formats and get to know a lot more about Vivian and Stolen … which, by the way, would make a very nice Christmas present for you or a family member and/or loved one, hmm? (wink)

Tomorrow’s Stolen stop is at Amy Shojai’s blog:


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  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Dec 2 2010 7:37 am

    She’s been a full-time writer for almost ten years – impressive.

  2. Nita / Dec 2 2010 8:16 am

    Wow! I think I’ve known Vivian for those whole ten years. Personally, I like the way Vivian ended the story, I don’t think it should be changed. But that’s just me, it’ll be interesting to see what others tell her. Good job on the post.

  3. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Dec 2 2010 8:54 am

    Sounds like a gripping book! Best wishes for your new release, Vivian!

  4. Susanne Drazic / Dec 2 2010 9:18 am

    Hi, Marvin. Thanks for sharing about Vivian’s novel, Stolen. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but plan on it.

    Hi, Vivian. Best wishes for a very successful book tour!

  5. Vivian / Dec 2 2010 10:44 am

    Thanks for hosting me today, Marvin. Sorry I’m late getting around. I wasn’t sleepless in Seattle last night; I was sleepless in Edmond.

    I hope those who do read Stolen find it a well-written, gripping book, even if not a fun read. Some stories just aren’t as much fun to write or to read as others.

    Stolen was one of those books that “had” to be written. I started it in 2000, while still teaching; but even after it was written, edited and revised, edited and revised umteen million times, it couldn’t find a home unless I changed the ending. I couldn’t do that. Thanks, Nita, for agreeing with me.

    • theoldsilly / Dec 2 2010 5:14 pm

      Vivian, you are very welcome, and trust me, I know about those books that “must” be written! It’s been a pleasure being a part of this tour, and I wish you all the best success with STOLEN!

  6. Vivian / Dec 2 2010 3:26 pm

    I’m sorry if anyone left a message or had a question for me and haven’t gotten an answer. Apparently comments are monitored and haven’t been approved at this time. As soon as they are, and they appear, I’ll post replies.

    Thanks for coming by.

    • theoldsilly / Dec 2 2010 5:09 pm

      Hmmm – no I don’t moderate the comments … apparently Askimet (my anti-spam program) misinterpreted your comment as a spammer. Anyhowzit, all should be good now. 🙂

  7. Margaret Fieland / Dec 2 2010 3:43 pm

    Vivian, Stolen is on my Christmas wish list. Let’s hope Santa is listening.

  8. Karen Cioffi / Dec 2 2010 4:19 pm

    Great review. The ending of Stolen is a great lead in to the sequel.

  9. Vivian / Dec 2 2010 6:07 pm

    Ahhh, comments posted. All is right with the world.

    Who would have thought I’d be spam. *laugh*

  10. Arlee Bird / Dec 2 2010 6:44 pm

    Sounds like a fine book and Vivian sounds like she’s paid her dues as a writer–wishing her a lot of success with Stolen.

    Tossing It Out

  11. Connie Arnold / Dec 2 2010 7:57 pm

    Marvin, thanks for sharing about Vivian and Stolen. Hope it’s going well, Vivian!

  12. Beverly / Dec 2 2010 9:57 pm

    Looks like your tour is going strong, Vivian. That is a wonderful review.

  13. Vivian / Dec 2 2010 10:42 pm

    Thank you, Marv, for hosting me today.

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.

    I hope to see all of you at the next stop tomorrow.

  14. Stephen Tremp / Dec 3 2010 10:08 am

    Thanks for the interview with Vivian, and best wishes for your success!

  15. Chris Phillips / Dec 3 2010 12:45 pm

    Great interview. Good luck with everything, Vivian!

  16. Vivian / Dec 3 2010 12:56 pm

    How nice, comments are still coming in.

    I appreciate all the best wishes on the success of the tour and of the novel.

  17. Holly Jahangiri / Dec 4 2010 5:48 pm

    I’ve known Vivian for nearly a decade, now, and have watched her labor over this novel for many years. It has been challenging for her, personally, but I have been so pleased to see both the book and the real life story turn out so well. Great book! I’ve read it twice, and I’m happy to be able to host a fun tour stop on my blog, as well.

    • Vivian / Dec 5 2010 10:03 am

      Thanks for stopping by the other stops, Holly. Of course your knowing me so long and so well gives you a bit more insight into me and the novel, which shows in the questions you asked for the interview on your blog.

      Thank you again, Marv.

  18. Lana Snider / Dec 24 2010 4:27 am

    Sounds like a fine book and Vivian sounds like she’s paid her dues as a writer–wishing her a lot of success with Stolen. Lee Tossing It Out


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