Book Release: The Mirror, Book One – Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood

13 May
Deep symbolism at work in the cover design

(c) 2014 Michael M. McConaughey


Now that I’ve gotten over the surprise (to me) release of my new book The Mirror, Book One – Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood, I suppose I had better do a proper introduction and cover reveal for those individuals who are new to this blog.

In the midst of my disturbing 2008 marriage breakdown, I had to deal with child abuse issues of rabid parental alienation and possible Munchausen by proxy. By law, I had to contact a child protection agency, which in my jurisdiction are known as Children’s Aid Societies (CAS). Little did I know that CAS’s are feminist covens.

Instead of investigating my reports of child abuse, which a CAS is legally obliged to do, the CAS social worker in my case assisted my estranged wife in alienating my three kids from me and tried to trick me into leaving my home. When this failed, the CAS social worker tried to bully me into leaving my home. When this, too, failed, she tried threatening me with child protection action if I didn’t leave my home. When this failed, the CAS made its court application.

Without trial, without evidence, and without any established fact, a feminist judge kicked me out of my own lawfully-owned home and cunningly issued a no-access order against me, which ended up lasting around nine months. It was obviously her intent to do so before she came into court. So confident were they, the CAS didn’t bother to send anyone other than their lawyer; there was no need. The eventual report of a neutral, court-appointed expert psychiatrist who corroborated what I said was going on had no real effect. Nor did an affidavit by parental alienation expert Dr. Amy Baker, Ph.D.  All it was ever about was ensuring the mother won HER child support payments, as a matter of covert feminist policy.

There was one little problem with this feminist scam. It was also criminal, literally.

Once analyzed, what the child protection system amounts to is a feminist criminal conspiracy to abduct children of divorce from their fathers. Little wonder that I refer to it as the Evil Sisterhood. I seemed to upset authorities when I pointed this out, and a cover up ensued. The Mirror exposes what happened, what routinely goes on, and most importantly, why. As the book argues, kids have been killed by deranged mothers because of this.

It is merely a happy coincidence that the book is coming out in the middle of the Ontario Government’s provincial re-election campaign.

By all accounts, The Mirror, Book One – Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood is a gripping read that competes with the best of fiction. It has strong elements of autobiography, human interest, intrigue, scandal, justice, fascinating new ideas, and gender politics. Readers report having a tough time putting it down; more than a few late nights reading have resulted.

It’s heartbreaking enough when fathers have their children ripped from their lives. When experts equate the harm done that alienation does to children as being similar to or even more harmful than sexual abuse, it goes beyond outrage.

Your support in helping spread the word about this book and its important message is gratefully appreciated. Honest online reviews are worth their weight in gold. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats at major online book sellers (some haven’t posted all the information, yet), and I’ve heavily discounted it at my self-publisher’s (FriesenPress) online bookstore:



Barnes & Noble


Google play

Kobo Store


– iBookStore (Hasn’t appeared here, yet. Apple devices can use the Kindle app to get The Mirror.)

As for reviews and blogging interviews, it’s full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes. Please feel free to contact me at Although the cover design is copyright, everyone is free to use it to blog about the book, with my blessing. There is a legal requirement that I not be publicly identified in association with this true story, so, as far as the world is concerned, I am Michael M. McConaughey. I haven’t seen my daughter since August 2008, because of this.

If I hadn’t fought, tooth-and-nail, every step of the way, the same fate would have befallen my two sons.

Thanks, everyone. It’s begun.






45 Responses to “Book Release: The Mirror, Book One – Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood”

  1. Tarnished May 13, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Not much to say, I guess, other than uber congratulations! You’ve done it. You’re story is out there for all to read. With any luck it will give some people in power a view of what goes on…maybe serve as a catalyst for change. If not, then at least good fathers everywhere who’ve been separated from their kids without reason will know they’re not alone.

    Way to go, Nav. 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      Thanks so much, Tarnished, for your kind words of encouragement and support. Six years ago, life was looking rather grim and was getting grimmer by the day. I could not have imagined that I would be were I am today, and I acknowledge how important the support of my friends here at WordPress has been in this regard.

      I do hope that the book forces positive changes by raising awareness. If it even helps just one person, be it man or woman, then that will have justified the effort, IMO.

  2. bethbyrnes May 13, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Well, Nav, I want to support you and hope to read your book. We help each other and I truly appreciate the support you have given me at my blog.

    As you know, I am somewhat uncomfortable with the concept ‘evil’ to describe an entire group of people across the board (like George W. Bush stupidly referring to an “axis of evil” when he and his two cohorts were causing all the problems that saddled us with a trillion dollar debt and thousands of dead Americans, let alone Iraqis, etc.), but it will certainly grab people’s attention in a title, so I understand your using it. And I also understand your anger toward your ex-wife.

    In the US, I believe what you refer to as feminists in Canada, were a group of women in the mid 20th century US who helped women try to win fair treatment. Women all over the world are subject to physical and emotional domination by certain men who don’t think women should have rights over reproductive health or even education, let alone to live and work independently. What just happened in Nigeria, is the tip of an iceberg.

    But Canada isn’t the USA or Nigeria or Afghanistan, so perhaps something in social services there is quite different from what is happening here. The US scene I know very well through my profession. Here, if there are custody issues, it has to be shown that the parent committed actual physical abuse. I know nothing about this topic as it pertains to Canada.

    So, I will definitely continue to be interested and follow this. I wish you every success with the book and with your daughter.

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Beth, I treasure the rapport that we have established via our respective blogs. What impresses me most is that we can have civil dissenting discussion on topics that would send others into fits of rage, and both respect the person on the other side of the issue as well as understand just how precious such civil discussion really is.

      I understand perfectly the general position that you’re articulating, and I respect you for having taken it. This makes your support even more important to me. I’ve read at least one academic work that suggests feminism is far more influential in Canada that the U.S., so my arguments certainly have to be understood from this context (more on this in Book Two).

      The current book spells out the unpleasant journey of discovery that led me to certain heretical conclusions regarding gender, narcissism, feminism, and society / social criticism. It forms the basis for what is to follow.

      My challenge, one that I happily accept, is to articulate my broader heresy in a way that is engaging, intellectually rigorous, and engenders respect and self-respect in women and men.

      In a sense, the true challenge before me is to produce a sequel worthy of your mind and your character. I really couldn’t ask for a better judge, which makes me a fortunate fellow for having made your acquaintance.

      P.S. The thought of your baking posts still turns me into a bit of a Pavlov’s dog at bell ringing time.

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks especially for your kind wishes, even more so with my daughter than with the book. ❤

  3. insanitybytes22 May 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Aye, aye, Navigator, full speed ahead…….wait where are we going? Meh, I don’t even care, I’m coming along anyway. I’ll do my best to give some good reviews.

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      You are just one fantastic lady, ib22. Where are we going? I don’t exactly know–I’ve never started a counter-revolution before. I’ll let you know once we get there.

      The reviews are a big help. Thanks so much for caring and taking the time to help. ❤

  4. Inion N. Mathair May 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Words can’t describe how proud we are of you my friend. Not just for being a newly published author. But for having the courage to publish something that most wouldn’t have the guts too. But then, that’s you!!! A man of great honor, courage & brilliance! This book is so important Nav, and can do incredible things for the men out there who suffer at the hands of a system who blindly ignore their rights so that they can bow to a lop-sided viewpoint dictating that someone’s right merely because of their sex. We applaud you, celebrate for you and can’t wait to finish up our editing and jump into that brilliant book of yours. Job well done my friend.

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

      From the bottom of my dark, dark twisted and villainous patriarchal heart, thank you, you two beautiful ladies. Hopefully, the book will achieve its desired effects, and we can all move towards a genuinely just and decent society.

      Of course, it could also be that I am too stubborn to quit, so we may have to factor this into the equation.

      Now comes the slightly challenging question of “how do I get the word out?” I suspect somewhere within WordPress resides an answer that will find me, as opposed to the other way around. I’ve met such a wonderful collection of people here. ❤

  5. Inion N. Mathair May 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    By the way, we just visited a blog that was hosting your book!!! A nice young lady who we started following! 😉 ❤

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Alana? She is such a nice person, another wonderful individual who supports authors, as do you two. She’s recently left the land of Great Shiraz (Australia) and entered the modern birthplace of whisky (Scotland).

      I’d be crying in sorrow and dancing for joy at the same time, were this to happen to me.

  6. justiceforkevinandjenveybaylis May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on justiceforkevinandjenveybaylis.

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      Appreciate the re-blog. Thanks so much for the support.

      I read the story at your place. I’m borderline speechless.

  7. suzjones May 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    I hope your dreams for your book come to fruition my friend. 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks so much, Sue. Hopefully, this will be the story that can’t be ignored, and which will force the system to make substantive and not superficial changes.

      Even just the test reader feedback that I’ve received to date has justified the effort and cost, in my mind. (My bank account might not agree, however!)

  8. I love reading about your excitement, Nav. Hugs! ♥

  9. Aussa Lorens May 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    Oh.. I didn’t realize you’d gone that long without seeing your daughter. I’m sorry :-/ But congratulations on the book release, that’s exciting! Hopefully it will continue to grow and spread.

    • navigator1965 May 14, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      Thank you, Aussa. I’ve come to terms with “Hillary” (her pseudonym in the book) being completely alienated from me. Apparently, it’s comparable to experiencing the death of a child, but it’s harder to grieve, as they’re still alive. I know one Ottawa father who is still torn by this, and has neither seen nor heard from his three kids in 11 years.

      I’m actually meeting another alienated father tonight, for the first time. Request came through a nursing fired of a younger sister of mine. A little mutual support—the guy’s having a rough time.

      It is exciting about the book. I should be receiving my promotional copies sometime soon, and I’ve targeted book reviewers, radio talk show hosts, journalists, and politicians for these.

      And maybe the odd blogger. }:-)>

  10. lensgirl53 May 14, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    There are injustices all over the world and you highlight one that is probably more prevalent than we can imagine. As from the first, I do wish you much success on this book and those to follow. 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 14, 2014 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks so much, lg53. We all have our crosses to bear, don’t we? Yes, parental alienation appears to be far more common than people are aware, and there are many people who don’t even know it exists. As I mentioned to Aussa above, I am meeting a new alienated father for the first time, this evening.

      I do hope the book catches on, as it could make a significant difference. What’s happening is a travesty.

  11. idiotwriter May 14, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Bless you Nav – hopefully she will read your book…. and see something in it that….resonates. ❤

    • navigator1965 May 14, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      I hope too, Belinda. Thank you. Here’s where my ability to research things and educate myself, generally a good thing, can hurt. The expert psychiatrist who worked my case and testified at my divorce trial stated (under oath) that it had taken him 5 years of therapy to straighten out one adult who’d been alienated as a child. My daughter is guaranteed to be a covert narcissist, and likely needs years of therapy as result. She will also have powerful narcissistic defences against therapy, as therapy represents exposure to the truth.

      This is why early and immediate intervention is crucial in these cases. It’s known that alienation seriously harms or maims these kids for life, in a lot of cases. It’s part of what drove me to write the book.

      • idiotwriter May 14, 2014 at 9:23 am #

        I know dear – I see that. Which is why you are a hero to me. And glad you wrote this comment. ~ but we can still keep the hope ~

        • navigator1965 May 14, 2014 at 9:26 am #

          Thank you, Belinda. You’re right, of course. We can always keep hope. Besides, I am a resourceful chap in some regards. If there’s a way, I’ll find it.

        • idiotwriter May 14, 2014 at 10:14 am #

          Yip… 😀

  12. Alysia s May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Congrats, just shared this on my fb page
    well done 🙂

    • navigator1965 May 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Wow, that’s fantastic. Thanks for sharing this, Alysia. It all helps and is very much appreciated.
      (Plus, I’m kind of Facebook challenged.)

  13. insanitybytes22 May 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on See, there's this thing called biology….

  14. insanitybytes22 May 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    I hope you don’t mind Navigator, I’ve reblogged your post on my blog.

  15. Dalo 2013 May 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Congratulations, an incredible milestone…and I admire what you have done and what you are putting out there. Powerful and with a little push ahead there will be changes, positive changes ahead. Well done Navi!

    • navigator1965 May 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks so much, Randall. I do hope that positive change results. The book’s thesis predicts that the book will cause outrage. Unless I am badly mistaken, the child “protection” system in Canada’s largest province disguises a deliberate covert feminist mechanism to deprive kids of their fathers in divorce.

      I’m not expecting the book to be popular in certain circles.

      • Dalo 2013 May 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

        One of those rare cases where a book’s non-popularity is a huge success. Best wishes on the results!

        • navigator1965 May 18, 2014 at 2:52 am #

          I certainly hope so, Randall! Cheers.

  16. Winifred M. Reilly May 18, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    I just saw this post tonight. Congratulations on the publication of your book! Yay!

    I hope your story creates the much needed change that will prevent other parents from having to live through the hideous circumstances that you and too many others have faced.

    I’m still stunned by your story. My guess is that your book will shock some, embarrass others, and send several into a rage. Fasten your seat belt.

    I salute your courage and abiding love for your children. Both of these are apparent in every word you so beautifully write.

    • navigator1965 May 18, 2014 at 3:58 am #

      Thanks so much, Winifred. Yes, I’m unleashing something with the book, that’s for certain. It’s one genie that’s not going back into the lamp.

      It still is hard to believe it happened. It’s not like someone made a bad snap decision. It was a long-term, deliberate, cunning, and duplicitous affair. Clearly no accident, and clearly the covert status quo. It still is.

      The feeling of angst and helplessness as an alienated parent are terrible. I’ve had others alienated fathers been referred to me for advice (not legal), and I’ve met men who are broken, because of this. I imagine it’s every bit as brutal for alienated mothers, too.

      Someone had to speak up, and so I did. More than a quarter of a century in uniform is being put to good use. The book targets strategic centres of gravity, with some degree of effectiveness, it would appear.

      It’s the snake thing, obviously. ❤

  17. Jan Edwards January 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Congratulations on getting this book out there and I hope that writing it has been in some way cathartic. Well done on raising awareness of what’s going on too. It will be a painful read for some . . .

    • navigator1965 January 12, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

      I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I did enjoy your post. Thanks for your kind words. Yes, the book has been cathartic, and Book Two (a work in progress) will hopefully have some remarkable social theory implications, a la Malcolm Gladwell.

      If you’re ever interested in a complimentary, no-strings-attached read, please email at and I’ll email the .pdf e-book version of The Mirror, Book One: Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood. It appears to be a gripping read for most, given the comments that it’s received:


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