My latest Rebel Ink Press release, Devlin’s Grace, deals with a Marine veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Devlin suffers from PTSD (post trauma stress disorder) and it’s a major part of the storyline. I wanted to make the story as realistic as possible so I did thorough research. And I drew not only on my own experiences as someone with a family member suffering from PTSD but from many resources as well. One of my grandfathers served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and saw some of the heaviest fighting in the Philippines. Most of the time, he was a wonderful man and a loving grandfather but there were also times when the demons of the war haunted him. He drank too much then and things happened – like the time he woke up from a nightmare and tried to strangle my grandmother because he thought he was back in the war and she was a Japanese soldier. My grandmother, shortly before she died a few years ago, shared with me her belief I had the best of my grandfather. He loved me and spoiled me. But even so, one of our favorite games was to re-enact the Battle of Leyte on both land and sea using plastic boats in my grandmother’s deep kitchen sink. And that’s not all. During the Vietnam war era, one of my cousins served and was back home on leave. We were hosting a huge family picnic in his honor when a car backfired out in the street and he hit the dirt.
Devlin’s Grace is more than just another love story. Although it deals with the holiday season, it’s not only a Christmas tale. It’s intended to be a realistic portrait of life between two people who learn to deal with troubled pasts and issues on a daily basis. It celebrates the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.
Here’s a brief excerpt dealing with Devlin’s PTSD issues:
~~ Excerpt ~~
Understanding dawned. “It eats you alive, doesn’t it?” Gracie asked him, voice soft and still. “The little girl plus whatever else you did, devours you. You’re not the devil, but you’re running from him.”
Something shone in Devlin’s eyes, ancient and heavy. He nodded. “You got it, babe. No one’s ever quite figured it out before now. Oh, others who served, they know, but you’re the first civilian who understands.”
Gracie hurt, her soul wounded by the revelation. “You’re in a hell you made yourself,” she said, “and afraid of ending up in the real one.”
His twisted smile shattered her heart. “Yeah, pretty much. Ever since I got back I’ve walked in the fiery pits, burned for my sins, and tormented myself probably more than any demon ever could. I’ve hated every day, hated each night, and sometimes wondered why I bothered to stay alive.”
“There’s names for being this fucked up,” he said. “PTSD’s one of them.”
When he broke off, Gracie opened her mouth to say something but Devlin quoted what she thought was the Bible but wasn’t, not quite.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” Devlin intoned, “I will fear no evil, for I am the meanest son of a bitch in the valley.”
As he spoke he broke away from her, Devlin came to his feet and stood, as remote as if he were on an unknown island. He laughed, without mirth, a bitter dry hoot reminding her of rattling bones. “I don’t remember who quoted it first but I understood it. Later on, I adopted it as my motto. I have to be the meanest – otherwise, I’ve no doubt the devil will claim me as his own and damn me to hell, a worse place than the one I’ve made for myself.”
by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Published by Rebel Ink Press
42,000 words (eBook format)
Heat Level: Steamy
Buy Links Coming Soon
When he rides out of the fog on his motorcycle, Gracie Alloway almost mistook him for a demon rising from the smoke and steam of hell. Except she's attracted to him from the first moment. Devlin's everything she's not - wild and a little wicked. But opposites attract because good girl, college student Gracie wants more of this bad boy.
Devlin dreamed up a fantasy woman back in
lot like Gracie and she evokes a side he hasn't shown anyone in years. She also dares to enter his personal space
and take liberties no other woman's dared.
Although he struggles with PTSD and other issues, Gracie won’t run and
she refuses to abandon Devlin.
If she can just tame him and help him battle his demons. If he can teach her how to live a little bit more, they might just have a chance at a future together.
~~About the Author~~
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy is a full-time romance author. A native of the old historic city of
St. Joseph, Missouri,
one time home to both Jesse James and the Pony Express, she now lives and
writes in the beautiful Missouri Ozark region.
Her romance novels include <i>Love
Never Fails, Witness Protection Program, Sing We Now of Christmas, A Patient
Heart, In Love’s Own Time, Miss Good Samaritan, In The Shadow of War, Guy’s
Angel,</i> and <i>Heart
of the Ozarks</i>, all from Rebel Ink Press. She also has six other novels and several
novellas available. Her work also appears in more than twenty anthologies and
she has multiple short story/non-fiction credits.
She is a member of RWA, Missouri Writers Guild, EPIC, and the Ozarks Writers League. Her work also appears in multiple anthologies. She earned a BA degree in both English and History from Missouri Southern State University as well as an AA Degree in Journalism from Crowder College. She worked in broadcast media for a decade and also has a background in education. Her weekly column “Hindsight” appears each week in the Neosho Daily News.
She is married to Roy W. Murphy and the couple has three children, Emily, Megan, and Patrick Murphy.
If Lee Ann – or Lee as many of her writing friends know her – isn’t writing, she’s reading or spending time outdoors.
In Neosho, Missouri, the small town she now calls home, she serves on the local library board, is active in the annual Relay For Life fight against cancer, has worked with the local Arts Council, and is active in her parish.
Contact Lee Ann at:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website/Blog - http://leeannsontheimermurphywriterauthor.blogpspot.com
Blog: Rebel Writer: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy - http://leeannsontheimermurphy.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/leeannwriter
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Amazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Ann-Sontheimer-Murphy/e/B004JPBM6I
Coming from Lee Ann Autumn/Winter 2012:
Kosovo Tales: Two Hearts, One Love (10/3)
Three Encounters of A Close Kind (11/3)
Movie Star Magic (Nov 2012)
Devlin's Grace (11/17)
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