Friday, July 19, 2019

Abusive relationships: why not just leave?

It takes a woman an average of twenty attempts to break free of an abusive relationship, according to information provided by the local women’s shelter.
So when Allie gets caught up with Carbon in my novel SHADOW RIDERS, it should come as no surprise that getting out from under his control takes the entire book...and (perhaps) then some.

It is not, however, a reality that all appreciate. As in society at large, many readers put the onus on Allie to break free and are frustrated by her failed attempts.

It has bothered me for a long time that people blame women in abusive relationships for their troubles, their pain, their murders. “Why didn’t she just leave?”

My intent in writing SHADOW RIDERS was to explore the ties that keep women in violent relationships. In the SHADOW RIDERS’ Afterword I write, “It’s my hope Allie’s story helps both the victims of domestic violence and their communities understand the mental and emotional processes involved in the bonding between abused and abuser. May this understanding empower victims to break free and encourage us all to support them until they find the strength to do so.”

This intent is, of course, wrapped in an entertaining story that circumnavigates the globe, involves biker gangs, murders, espionage, drug trafficking, and the maligning of Canadian justice...among other things.

This month you can get the eBook here for half price in a format for any device during Smashwords’ Summer/Winter Sale.

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"Shadow Riders is absolutely phenomenal. Keeping me up at night."

"Love for an abuser is a mystery...but Schuh carries us so thoroughly into Allison’s mind...we almost understand.

"Shadow Riders is a thriller with depth and weight and fully explored characters" 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Winners in the Solstic Scavenger Hunt 2019

Winners in the Solstice Scavenger Hunt 2019

The phrase to find was:
'But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.'

Many entered but there can only be ONE Grand Prize Winner!
Drum roll.... Our Grand Prize of $75 USD via PayPal and 19 eBooks goes to...
The Second Prize winners are listed below next to the title of the book they've won:
A Bit of Magic by Mae Baum - Michael Christofield and Kimberly Grube
Azimuth by Rennie St James - Amanda Willis and Jessica Walters
Bonded by Cheryllynn Dyess - Becky Lynn and Leonie Townsend
Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera - Emmaline Emmaline Lavender Fields and Nicole Nicole Evan Dunton
Elven Jewel by Kasper Beaumont - Mary Brannian and Lori Powell Johannes
Forever People by Alison Lyke - Kim Rose and Mary Lunsford
Ian's Realm Saga by D.L. Gardner - Betsy Barnes and Luana Eugenia Ciobanu
**Schrodinger's Cat by Eileen Schuh - A.m. Donovan and Helle Søe Gade
Sleepless Flame by Odin Oxthorn (Ox Wodin ) - Jacob Rasmussen and Ennajo Agnak
The Fox and The Hunter by Linn Tesli - Aaron Reck and Jennifer Murphy
The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas - Joy Flynn and Catherine Medal
The Hand of Atua by Charity Bradford - Angie Peterson and Deissy Rubi Hermunslie
The Shikari by Dora Blume (DM Staley) - CJ Soyer and Carol Harris
This Cursed Flame by Selina J Eckert - Cindy Cindi Evelyn Knowles and Cary Comas
Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore - Christina L. Riggs and Ashleigh Hack
Winners will be contacted by the authors via EMAIL (using the email address used in entering the contest) - please give the authors 2-3 weeks to complete all prize deliveries. Keep an eye on your junk folders as we may get pushed there since we may not have you in our contacts.
Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for all who entered to play!

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