WHAT THE COMMUNITY IS SAYING ABOUT HOME STREET HOME - THE VIRGINIA BEACH CHRONICLES...
I just finished reading the book today! I could not put it down - it was WONDERFUL! I felt like I was there with everyone & everything as it took place. It gave me different insights to things I could not imagine going on. I cried at the end; when you were talking about Little Bear as I knew who you were really talking about."
----- Alice Dagenhardt of "Hope in the Upper Room", Virginia Beach
"...a uniformly rugged but redemptive novel about life among the homeless in Hampton Roads."
----- Bill Ruehlmann, professor emeritus of journalism/communications at Virginia Wesleyan College and book columnist for the Virginia Pilot.
"She provides an authentic picture from what I know of homelessness on the streets. Her story puts a human face on the whole issue of homelessness."
----- Jeffrey Andrews, retired Maring Corps major and president of Hope in the Upper Room, a non-profit devoted to giving the homeless a "hand up", not a "hand out".
"The book is realistic. It's not amatuerish, nor does it seek sympathy. There is definitely a market for this."
---- Anne Meek, board secretary for the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads
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From the back cover...
At 60, Ella Migliore, a gentle soul from a middle class background, finds her security wiped out by the 2008 market crash. Long estranged from her nuclear family, she is thrown into the brutal world of homelessness - a shadowy hell that swallows people bit by bit, even in the well-manicured streets of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Bravely trying to make the best of a bad situation, she downplays the dangers until she learns firsthand just how vicious street life can be. Menaced by ex-cons at a free dining hall, bedding down on drenched church steps after a Tidewater tornado-watch storm, and terrified by lawless men in a homeless camp, she digs deep to find strength to carry on.
Her terrors are compounded when Ella is physically attacked by much younger campers while onlookers refuse to get involved. Her fear of being beaten to death drives her into the arms of a predator who takes control of her camp and her life. When he asks the unthinkable, she escapes, only to battle the worst threat of all - the thirst for revenge that twists her soul as she plans violent reprisals against those who've bullied her.
GIVE AWAY - GIVE AWAY - GIVE AWAY
This month I'm offering the choice of Volume I, II or III, since so many of you have already bought the first volume. Thanks to all who entered last month's GIVE-AWAY despite the fact it was a bit raggedy. I dropped your names in a hat the number of times you had complied with entry requirements. Then my granddaughters chose the winner. All that depended a little too much on my organization and memory. This month I've gone high tech. Let's see if this is an improvement. Bear with me, as I'm learning how to run these things and have to get the bugs out. But they tell me Rafflecopter makes it all a breeze. So...go ahead and jump right into the contest. If you are already a member of the blog and/or the Facebook Fan page, Rafflecopter tells me you'll only need to add some info for them to know that. Be sure to tweet and post as many days as you can in November. Those options are below. If you have any trouble with that, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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OCTOBER WINNER OF A PRINT COPY of Home Street Home - The Virginia Beach Chronicles IS: Jessica Haight.
Three winners of a surprise consolation prize of PDF copy of The Virginia Beach Chronicles - The Virginia Beach Chronicles are:
Kathy Lynn Kizelewicz Bailey