Book Review – Women’s Fiction

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In the Best Interest of the Child
by Felicia Denise

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care, and Olivia will lose the only chance at love she’s…

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Life has been nipping at my heels the last few weeks throwing my writing schedule off into the universe. Waves goodbye. It will be a while before I see “normal” again… whatever that is, but the release of Family Matters, book 2 of In the Best Interest of the Child, is not far away… just not as close as I’d like… like last month!  😉

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Book Title: In the Best Interest of the Child
Author: Felicia Denise
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological
Release Date: September 30, 2016

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Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, underserved child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care, and Olivia will lose the only chance at love she’s ever had…or wanted.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.



MANY thanks to ALL who have downloaded a copy of In the Best Interest of the Child!

 

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Writing has been a hobby of Felicia’s since grade school, but other than serving as editor and writing for her high school newspaper, she never publicly shared anything until the early 2000s when she began writing fan fiction. At the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published book, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016.

Currently working on several projects, Felicia plans to release book 2 of In the Best Interest of the Child – Family Matters, in summer 2017.

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Author Website – https://feliciadenise.com

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Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/authorfeliciadenise

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It’s TACO TUESDAY and look who got a post up! *Bows*

This challenge is sponsored by author A.C. Melody, and it’s not as easy as it sounds, but here we go!

Onions for Writer’s Menu: Not everyone cries when they cut onions: share an outside-influence type circumstance/object that caused a character to tear up – or – notably didn’t, when they should have.


 

Looking lost, Ranard moved towards the front door. Rubbing at his throat, he stopped and looked back at his children standing together with their arms around each other. He looked at his wife and saw her face clouded with contempt and hatred… for him.

Turning and taking the last steps to the door, Ranard reached out for the doorknob… and froze.

This isn’t what he wanted. This isn’t what he needed.

The last seven years had been one long nightmare. Always trying to stay ahead of the game at work. Hanging out with friends and coworkers he didn’t like… and who didn’t like him. Sleeping with any woman who said yes. Gilbert Porter going out of his way to find his youngest son every few weeks to tell him how worthless he was. He’d tell him how a real man would step up to the plate and reclaim his family… be the husband and father they needed him to be. Not some loser who can’t even remember his sons’ birthdays.

Ranard Porter wanted to fix his life, but he didn’t know how. He’d wanted to push his pride aside and admit his weakness. But he just couldn’t. Not to Lennie. She was so smart. Always confident and sure of herself. Even when he attempted to berate and degrade her, she rose above him and continued on. Not seeking or needing his approval. Not needing anyone’s approval… the way he did.

Approval he never found.

He turned to look at what he’d lost.

Myron stood with his arm around RJ’s shoulder and they watched their mother comfort Duncan. His teenage son who stood ready to defend his brother… from him. A man-child… already more of a man than Ranard was… or would ever be.

Ranard opened the door and slipped out into the loneliness of the night… where he belonged.

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Onions for Reader’s Menu: Name a favorite book you read where a character was brought to tears by an outside influence (ex: poked in the eye, thick smoke, laughing too hard, etc.) -or- where a character was notably incapable of being brought to tears for any reason.


Best Interest front coverGoing with the first book which comes to mind, I’m cheating a bit on this one – but the character is Rena Averest from my own In the Best Interest of the Child. This child haunted me and was not easy to write. Rena’s situation is the catalyst which forces Olivia Chandler to confront her own childhood demons… and makes sure Rena doesn’t suffer the same fate. There had to be enough similarities to push Olivia, but not so much that Rena became Olivia – broken and hiding.

So Rena doesn’t cry.

  • Eleven years old, suffered multiple injuries in the car accident which killed her mother and left her father in a coma.
  • Rena has daily physical and occupational therapy as she heals from the broken hip and ankle caused in the accident.
  • She’s seen her father once since the accident, and of course, he was comatose.
  • Rena is living with her godparents, who absolutely adore her, yet she worries about being extra work for them.
  • When Rena speaks of her mother, whom she was very close to, it is only of her death.
  • The first time Rena meets Olivia Chandler she believes Olivia has come with news of Rena’s father’s death.
  • Rena and Olivia meet a man at the hospital who lost his best friend in the same multi-car accident which ripped Rena’s family apart. HE becomes emotional… but eleven-year-old Rena Averest does not.

Any of these situations would have made an adult weepy and teary-eyed, but Rena is stoic for much of the story.

There does come a point when Rena cries. Her tears are cathartic, releasing the pain, anger, loneliness, and sense of loss locked deep inside her for almost six months.

When Rena cries, she does not cry alone. Olivia cries… but her tears are not for Rena.


♥ Next week’s ingredient is…Tomato!

Tomato for the Writer: Embarrassment and/or ridicule often play a part in our character’s journey. What was one of your main character’s inescapable, red-faced moments?

Tomato for the Reader: Share a book you’ve read where you were so embarrassed for the main character by something they themselves did or where they were ridiculed so badly, it left a lasting scar impression on you.

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Felicia DeniseA wife, mother, daughter, sister, blogger and indie author, Felicia loves all things book-related and coffee-related. A southern girl by birth, the fifty-something, voracious reader now resides in Arizona (via Michigan and California) with her husband of thirty-three years. Their three adult children also reside in Arizona – with their dogs. Felicia frequently reminds them she is the only one of her parents’ nine children who isn’t a grandparent.

Writing has been a hobby of Felicia’s since grade school, but other than serving as editor and writing for her high school newspaper, she never publicly shared anything until the early 2000s when she began writing fan fiction. At the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published book, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016.

In her free time, Felicia sews, creates new recipes, and of course, reads. She’s also an avid history buff and loves exploring museums and libraries.

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Currently working on several projects, Felicia plans to release book 2 of In the Best Interest of the ChildFamily Matters, in summer 2017. Felicia’s latest release is the short story, Free, a Novella.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: May 30, 2017

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Lenore Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.

The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.

The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.

But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.

Through health scares and severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.

With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.

A short, final inspection of her former home turns into a confrontation with ghosts from the past, and decisions and events Lennie felt she’d dealt with and moved on from.

Free is a short, clean read recounting one woman’s determination to not be broken by life or lose her identity.

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