Proceed with caution

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Jon Petersen

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Richard "Dick" Dean has been in a horribly abusive relationship with his wife, Jane, for 18 years. He finally managed to muster enough strength to walk away from her and their marriage. Richard begins a journey, along with the help of his friends, he ties up some loose ends.



Short Summary

Richard's wife, Jane, was arrested and put on a 72 hour hold for hitting Richard so hard he lost a tooth. She managed to stay out of jail and returned home to torture Richard more like she has over the last 18 years. Richard escapes and leaves his house, life, and marriage to find himself.

Richard finally found the courage he had been lacking for 18 years. He ends up back at his house, and a vicious argument ensues between him and Jane. He snaps and shoots her. He believes she is dead. The story ends when Jane has been forced to leave the US begins to plot her re-entry to the states.


Fictional city of Angel Bay, Wisconsin, (essentially Madison.)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Richard "Dick" Dean

Age: 40 years old born fourth of July 1975

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Educated,Insecure,Naive,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Jane Dean

Age: 38 years old born 1977

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Crazy,Villainous,Narcisstic,Sexy,Power Hungry,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Robert "Bob" Doral

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Confident,Criminal,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Blunt,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam Ellis

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Flexible,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

Development Pitch

For years Richard’s close friends, Sam a Master Chief and Navy SEAL, and Bob a local hardware store owner and former Mafia associate, have tried to show him the cycle of abuse his wife Jane has subjected him to. Too ignorant, or too unobservant, Richard went about his day to day life allowing Jane to use him as her personal pin cushion. Richard finally received a wake-up call when Jane was arrested for punching him so hard she knocked out a tooth. Jane was sent to the hospital on a psychiatric hold, but relief was short lived as Jane was only held for 72 hours and was released. She returned home to continue her cycle of abuse against Richard. A local detective, Apollo Stone, takes a personal interest in Richards case and shows up at the house to notify Richard that Jane is free. Richard realizes the law failed him and he leaves Jane. Now, with the help of his friends and a lot of self-discovery, Richard faces his past and his wife in order to take back 18 years of abuse and torture that Jane wasn’t ready to give up. Proceed with caution is a novel that looks at female on male spousal abuse. What happens when the female is the strong one in the relationship and is able to control her weaker spouse with torture and violent acts? Instead of strong male lead, a feeble, meek, and mild shell of a man emerges and his abuser walks free, as it is unfathomable in today’s society for that type of relationship to transpire. Its a psychological thrill ride from the start to the end.

About The Author

About the Author: Jon Petersen graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, WI in 1999. He went to the University of Wisconsin Platteville and joined the United States Army National Guard. He was based out of Arcadia, WI with Charlie Company 1/128th INF and the 32nd Brigade. Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 2003 with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. After graduating from the police academy in spring 2004, Jon was deployed to Samarra, Iraq and left the state of Wisconsin beginning in April-2004 until December 2005. When he returned home, he was hired by the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections in 2006. He promoted to Supervising officer 1 or Lieutenant in 2011. He promoted again to Staff Development Program Specialist-Senior in 2014, or training captain, and is currently still in that position. Jon continues to further his education and is presently working on getting his master’s in criminal justice from the Distance Education Program at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. His anticipated graduation date will be spring 2021. When he is not working on his master’s degree, Jon likes to hunt, camp, canoe and kayak or walk with his dog on the many trails near his home in Madison, WI. Jon is married to a wonderful wife and they have one daughter who is six. Jon’s passion is writing, and he hopes to become a successful author one day. He has been writing since stories since 1999. He will continue to pursue his goal of becoming an author and will continue writing to hone his craft. Hard work and perseverance are two qualities that Jon abides by. Both will eventually payout.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal,Male Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Draft to Digital

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available