Please welcome Mr. Reed Farrel Coleman. Mr. Coleman is the author of Hurt Machine and has been kind enough to write a wonderful guest post for us. If I ever attempt to write a novel I know these tips will help very much!
Author of Hurt Machine
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, 320 pages
Reed Farrel Coleman, author of Hurt Machine, is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He has published twelve novels — two under his pen name Tony Spinsosa — in three series, and one stand-alone with award-winning Irish author Ken Bruen. His books have been translated into seven languages.
Today I would like to welcome Harriet Cammock. She is the author of THROUGH THE FIRE which tells her story of living through and rising above an abusive marriage. She was kind enough to write a guest post for my blog and I would like to share that with you now.
A lot of interest was generated in my first two published books, but the one that got the most interest by far was Through The Fire. So many people told me of their own experiences in surviving domestic violence. Many others remarked on where they are in their journey, two years, ten years or even twenty years as survivors of violence in the home. The support from the community was overwhelming. I say all of that to say this; -there is an overwhelming need for healing from the effects of domestic violence. People had tears in their eyes, as they looked at the cover of Through The Fire remarking, this describes, my sister, my cousin, my mother, or me.
Many others said, I’m glad you survived. One young lady told of a tragic story of forced miscarriages by her boyfriend on three separate occasions due to severe physical abuse. My friends, it’s time to start the conversation. Let’s get together and pool our resources in ending violence in our homes. Domestic violence takes many forms; it can be sexual, emotional, financial and physical. It often starts by alienating and isolating the victim from her support system. We need to educate ourselves on the signs and symptoms of domestic violence. Violence in the home has no barriers. It crosses all racial, economic and ethnic lines. I lived in a house with a three-car garage and was beaten within an inch of my life. Oh yes, did I add there was a swimming pool in the backyard and you gained entrance by way of a gated community?
Whatever your excuses are, the single most important thing you can do is to get help. There is help available through my website and at http://www.thehotline.org. In my book Through The Fire I list some things you should be on the lookout for at the start of a new romance or if you are involved in a relationship. This book will aid in identifying those instances and cracks that will appear in some relationships including marriages. In my story I was married for thirteen years and was reluctant to admit to seeing the early warning signs and doing something about it.
Join me in ending domestic violence; follow the link to my web site and view available resources and some signs to be on the look out for if you are engaged in any relationship. Also visit my YouTube channel and view my video. It provides information and statistics to help bring awareness to this matter.
Click on any of the following links:http://www.harrietcammock.org/Domestic-Violence-Resources.html
After an abusive marriage, Harriet determined she would use her own experiences in overcoming abuse to teach other women that there is help available. She channelled those experiences in writing and through her blog; she provides inspirational and uplifting messages to many people.
Harriet began The Faith Hour in 2009 and used this platform to launch The Renewed By Grace Conference, which was designed to bring together men and women whose lives were touched by abuse. “I want to show women that you don’t have to look like what you went through,” Harriet said. Using creative resources and with involvement from other community organizations, Harriet plans to host another conference sometime in the next several months.
A published author, she now hosts The Harriet Cammock Show. The Harriet Cammock Show uses principles of surviving and overcoming; principles that Harriet learned first-hand. Harriet has appeared on The Word Network and Atlanta Live! and is a guest writer for The Hinterland Gazette. A gifted speaker, Harriet is available for speaking engagements.
Visit http://www.harrietcammock.org for more about Harriet Cammock’s projects.
Visit Harriet’s Blog: http://harrietcammock.blogspot.com/2011/05/money-power-and-sex.html
That was a very powerful post! Please come back tomorrow for my review of THROUGH THE FIRE. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comment section.
My thanks to Ms. Cammack for taking the time to guest post on Telly Says!
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