New Release: Lion Within

Lion Within is now available in Kindle and paperback! You may have noticed that it snuck into my Reading List of Fiction About Personality Disorders a few days ago, even though it wasn’t officially out yet.

It is the first non-Young Adult book that I have published since Looking Over Your Shoulder, though there are a few more in the pipeline right now.

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Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won’t acknowledge.

Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles.

Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage?

[Warning – contains disturbing scenes of abuse]

—A riveting page-turner that deals with mental health, physical abuse, and the lasting effects the two can leave upon a person, touching many lives in the process. It’s hard to think we all have a little bit of the lion inside us, and PD Workman deals with that in a captivating manner.

—I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a page turner that I didn’t want to put down.

—A very intense story line… Lion Within, hooked me in the first few pages… it opened my eyes to the awareness needed to see beyond the outer shell of a person’s situation.

—This is a book that I will be thinking about for some time.

 

Excerpt from Gambit, a Nero Wolfe Mystery

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

This week was a re-read of a classic hard-boiled detective mystery. Gambit, by Rex Stout, features Nero Wolfe, the gourmand detective and Archie his faithful assistant. I read all of my dad’s Nero Wolfe books growing up, along with his Louis L’Amour and Max Brand westerns and Farley Mowat.

She was staring up at me. “He’s burning up a dictionary?”

“Right. That’s nothing. Once he burned up a cookbook because it said to remove the hide from the ham end before putting it in the pot with lima beans. Which he loves most, food or words, is a toss-up.”

Rex Stout, Gambit

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A private club is the setting for murder when Paul Jerim, playing chess with twelve opponents, is poisoned. When her father is accused of the murder, beautiful Sally Blount calls on gourmet detective Nero Wolfe to find the real killer.

Reading List: Fiction about Personality Disorders

This is the third book in my series on reading lists about mental illness. Previously published:

Young Adult books about Psychosis

Young Adult books about Depression (including Bipolar)

This one is the toughest so far! I have not limited it to young adult fiction, or the list would be even shorter. There are plenty of memoirs and biographies about personality disorders, and of course lots of non-fiction self-help or diagnostic type books, but very very little that is pure fiction.

As usual, I also tried to stay away from books that sounded so incredibly depression or gory that I wouldn’t read them. These books generally involve one of three personality disorders:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder/Traumatic Amnesia

I will again start with my own books featuring main characters (or their caregivers) with Personality Disorders:

My books that include main characters who may have personality disorders are:

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Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake.

He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again.

But it seems they are always falling behind, barely keeping one step ahead of the nightmares.

There is always one more hazard, just around the corner.

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It’s better when she’s happy.

Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for.

His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble.

The crazy thing is, Bobby doesn’t want to leave her, and new revelations from Bobby’s own forgotten past throw his quest for a real family into further turmoil.

steven mock-up-1Don’t Forget Steven

He never told what went on behind closed doors. But this time, he can’t remember.

Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse.

But just when he thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did.

Steven is accused of murder. But that isn’t the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.

lion-mock-1Lion Within

Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won’t acknowledge.

Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles.

Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage?

The other books that I have picked out are:

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Other People

Painfully shy and socially awkward, Ginny avoids engaging in a world filled with “other people” as best as she can. After a failed suicide attempt, Ginny is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and begins a journey towards improving her distraught life. In her quest to fit in among other people, Ginny studies the behaviors of her picture-perfect new neighbors, Jim and Nina, and tries her best to mimic their life skills. But, will Ginny’s attempts to be one of the other people help her fit into their world, or send her crashing back deeper into the dark, isolated world she is desperately trying to escape?

jekyllThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

An intriguing combination of fantast thriller and moral allegory, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man’s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.

 

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Both of Me

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.

When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

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Her

In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.

In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.

Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.

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Beautiful Disaster

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

 

Excerpt from Dog Tags

Don’t miss my $0.99 promo on Those Who Believe or Goodreads Giveaway of an autographed copy of Cynthia Has a Secret!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Do you like dogs? Do you like them better than humans? Andy Carpenter does. I read Dog Tags, the eighth book in David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series, and it was great. Funny, engaging, a legal suspense/private eye story with lots of emphasis on dogs. Very engaging characters.

I take out my cell phone and point it in the general direction of the dog and the officers surrounding him. “I’m videotaping this,” I say. “Anything happens to that dog, it’s going viral.”

Of course, I barely know how to use the cell phone, and I can’t imagine it has video capabilities, but it’s dark out, and the officers would have no way of knowing that.

David Rosenfelt, Dog Tags

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A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner–an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief–is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter’s affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they’ve been charged with. Andy will have to call upon the unique abilities of this ex-police dog to help solve the crime and prevent a catastrophic event from taking place.

First Draft Complete and Upcoming Promo!

It’s been a busy week!

  1. I got back Lion Within from my editor, so I am putting the finishing touches on it and will be releasing soon!

  2. I got the Portuguese translation of Stand Alone back from the translator. I have turned it around to beta readers for comment.

tick nano cover3. I just put the final words on draft one of In the Tick of Time, my current CampNaNoWriMo project! Woohoo! Approximately 75,000 words, written in 17 days (less two Sundays, so 15 days in reality). With all of the family events and meetings I have had the last seven days, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to meet my daily word quotas. But thanks to Chris Fox, via his new 5,000 Words Per Hour app and his timely interview at Rocking Self Publishing, I managed to sprint through them, even on the days where I had to give up several hours of writing time.

News: I have set up a Goodreads Giveaway for Cynthia Has a Secret starting on Monday! If you would like the chance to win an autographed copy, be sure to stop by to enter!

Excerpt from Chop, Chop

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I haven’t posted a lot in the last week, as I have been busy writing away for Camp Nano!

I wasn’t sure what to think of the cover and description for Chop, Chop by L.N. Cronk, but I found the reviews and ‘look inside’ intriguing and picked it up. I am only 15% of the way through it, but enjoying it so far.

“I love lasagna,” I said. I would have told her I loved liver and onions if she’d asked because my mom had been harping on me for three days about minding my manners, but I really did love lasagna and practice had left me hungry.

L.N. Cronk, Chop, Chop

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It seems to David that both Greg and Laci are a bit . . . out there. Between each of them constantly chopping off their hair for charity and Greg’s clandestine hand signals, neither of them seem likely to develop friendships with reserved young David. Despite their differences, however, all three grow closer to each other and – as they do – David grows closer to God as well. Nearing adulthood, David finds himself content in every way . . . but when tragedy strikes, David must struggle to find his way back to God.

Excerpt from Once Upon a Summer

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I am currently reading a couple of Westerns, including Once Upon a Summer by Janette Oke (author of the Love Comes Softly series and many others.)

I don’t know who was the most excited when Gramps landed that fish—him or me; but we both whooped and danced around—me in my rolled-up farm overalls, and him in his tight-legged white underwear.

Janette Oke, Once Upon a Summer

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Sure, it’s unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you’re twelve. But when you’re an orphan and she’s your aunt–and the only mother you’ve ever known–well, it works out just fine.

That’s why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin’ about findin’ a fella for Aunt Lou!

You see, somethin’ had to be done. I couldn’t just sit back and watch our family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin’ so hard to marry off Aunt Lou, I really had my job cut out for me. Then that preacher came along, and things got really complicated…

Writing for Camp Nanowrimo

tick nano coverAs usual, I have joined up with Camp Nanowrimo, a July event run by the Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) guys. That’s my cover concept mock-up to the left. I have done both April and July camps the last couple of years, as well as the big event, Nanowrimo in November. The usual goal is to write a 50,000 word novel draft in a month. I usually go for around 100,000, since that’s the length of most of my novels. Nano provides some great support and excitement around novel-writing, and I love a reason to set aside one month to make writing a higher priority and to get a new work drafted.

In honor of Nano, here are some of my posts on Camp Nano or Nanowrimo, and a couple just on writing.

Preparing for Camp NaNo

Packing for Camp NaNo 

Camp NaNo begins!

10 Steps to NaNoWriMo; Tips, Tricks, and Resources

When do you find time to write?

Five Great Self Publishing Resources

Excerpt from The Language of Sparrows

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Cynthia has a Secret is currently free at the Kindle store, but only for a limited time. Download by Canada Day (July 1)! Share with your friends!

I just finished reading a great book. Beautiful, insightful, well-written. This is an inspirational book with a teenage protagonist, but I’m not sure I would classify it as YA fiction. It is more often told from the mother’s perspective.

God is not afraid of pain. He does not try to keep us from it. He does not avoid it for Himself. So I suppose we should not fear it either.

Rachel Phifer, The Language of Sparrows

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Brilliant and fluent in too many languages to count, 15-year-old Sierra Wright can’t seem to communicate what is important to her in any language. Though April Wright stubbornly keeps an upbeat attitude about her daughter’s future, she has let her own dreams slip away. Just across the bridge lives old Luca, scarred from his time in a Romanian gulag years before. Though he has seemingly given up on people, Sierra is drawn to him despite his prickly edges.

No one else is comfortable with the unpredictable old man spending time alone with Sierra, not even Luca’s son. Yet it is this unconventional relationship that will bring two families together to form friendships and unearth their family stories, stories that just might give them all the courage to soar on wings toward a new future.

Happy Birthday to You! (It’s a freebie!)

Once again, it is that time of year! My birthday and Canada’s birthday roll around, and I offer you a present! How cool is that?

This weekend, Cynthia has a Secret is available for free on Kindle. But the offer expires on Canada Day (July 1), so don’t wait around.

Several sources say this is my best published book so far, so what are you waiting for?

Download here! Feel free to post/share with your social networks.

cynthia-mockup1One day, fifteen-year-old Carmina Knight’s life was perfect, and the next, she’d lost everything. Her family, her home, almost everything that she knew. Alone on the streets, she can’t trust anyone, but she also can’t make it alone.

Neil Crowther is the investigator on the Knight case. He knows that he has to unravel the web of deceit and track Carmina down quickly, or there will be no one left to save.

–Cynthia has a Secret hooked me at the beginning and kept me interested right to the last page. Filled with intriguing characters you won’t soon forget.

–New favorite!

–PD Workman weaves a fascinating tale… Alone and scared, Carmina would rather take to the streets than trust the police her father has warned her against. This is a page-turning novel that will leave you anxious to find out how it all ends.