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I mentioned in my last newsletter that because so much is happening so fast, I'm sending these announcements out twice each month for a while, so right now, here's what's "Up and Coming."
I trust that you will find my new book website, WoundedAngelsBook.com, visually beautiful, easy to navigate and filled with interesting information about the book. My favorite is the "About Wounded Angels" page that presents the "Story Behind the Story."
The "Gallery and Trailer" page contains a slide show of pictures and will soon include a dramatic video trailer.
The purchased buttons don't function yet. They will work after the December 18 "on-order" date for the book. You can use the other links to access features like upcoming events, media coverage, and current and past newsletter/blog posts.
Feel free to send me a quick note via the "Contact Me" page to let me know what you think of it. Thanks.
More Themes and
ere are the next few themes in Wounded Angels along with a sample of the writing that supports them.
PTSD Recovery- Having children can dramatically impact the way we experience life. Wounded Angels explores how the birth of Maureen and Frank's daughter hastens Frank's recovery from his WW II combat experience.
“What do you think about this?” Frank asked as he showed me a camera ad in the Sunday paper. “It’s a little expensive but for the money, it’s got a lot of features.”
“I really can’t say. They all look the same to me. What would you do with it?”
“I’d like to take some pictures of you and the baby.”
Our daughter’s birth changed Frank. It was as though Bridget severed links that tethered him to the past and helped him to find new meaning in the present. Frank grew calmer and smiled more. He bought that camera, took night courses in photography, and subscribed to photo magazines.
The quality of his photographs consistently improved and the more he learned, the more appreciation he gained for the artistry of his hobby. He even offered some adult education courses of his own at the local high school and eventually, he returned to the Frank that I first knew.
Duty vs. Honor - The Vietnam Conflict tore at the soul of America and pitted "The Greatest Generation" against those who challenged the need for the current conflict. As described in the book's argument between Frank and his son-in-law, Ryan, one of the most polarizing events during that painful period was the conviction of Lt. William Calley for the My Lai massacre.
OK mister big shot Marine, what would you have done if you were in that platoon? Disobeyed a lawful order?”
“I was only in the reserves. I wouldn’t even try to compare myself to the regulars who were in actual combat, but that doesn’t excuse killing innocent people.”
“Don’t be so naïve. There was nothing innocent about them. If they weren’t Viet Cong, they were harboring those who were.”
“Oh? Including the women who were praying around the altar and the children and infants too?”
Frank hesitated, “Sometimes in war, things like that are unavoidable. They were collateral damage.”
“Collateral damage?” Ryan stood up and shoved his chair backwards. “They were herded into ditches and machine-gunned!”
“So I’m asking again, what would you have done?”
“I hope I would have had the courage to shoot Calley!”
More Book Blurbs
Here are two more responses I received from my advanced review requests.
There are so few novels that address the lives of older adults as regular people, rather than some sort of flawed and fragile oddity. Wounded Angels centers on two terribly mismatched women bonded by what they each believe to be insurmountable personal struggles. What I love about this book is that this is not pitying pabulum.
Rather, Wounded Angels is a thoughtful and entertaining examination of how the arc of friendship,its endurance and its conflicts, sustains, challenges, and renews us on life’s journey, no matter what our age or station.
Founder of HistoryChip.com
This novel delivers a powerful emotional punch… readers will respond viscerally to the tragic and trying circumstances that the characters face--as well as their eventual healing. Perhaps the most notable strength of the book is the prose: the author's ability to convey emotional states through physical description is admirable…emotional resonance is undeniable. The author creates flawed but likeable characters…The heightened contrast between the characters' despair and joy is so severe as to be almost jarring.
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