HAHG Blog Tour: Day 4

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Day 4 of the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Blog Tour takes us to the U.K. where we visit with Adele, a “crafty reader.”

Guest Post on Kraftireader

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Adele at the Kraftireader book review blog graciously allowed me space to let readers in on why I chose to portray more subtle, “lesser abuse” of an everyday heroine in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Here’s a bit from the post:

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, my new Women’s Fiction novel from TouchPoint Press, is not another book about horrific, violent sexual abuse. Why? Because, even though such books are important, there are other stories that also need to be told.

I purposely portray much less severe abuse and harassment situations. Those scenes, while troubling, are brief and not particularly graphic. As one reviewer said, the book is a “safe” place to deal with these tough subjects.

I made that choice because I believe the vast majority of harassment and abuse victims suffer “lesser abuse” compared to, for example, rape.

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, readers root for Lisbeth Salander because they can empathize with her pain. But most probably can’t relate directly to the unspeakable violence inflicted upon the androgynous computer hacker of questionable mental stability.

In contrast, the less severe abuse my heroine Shelby suffers will resonate with the many women who harbor similar memories.

Click here to read the full post.

Tune in tomorrow for Day 5 of the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Blog Tour.

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