October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Now you can do something to help spread awareness, just by downloading a book.?

?From October 11th – October 31st if you download any of the following three books, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Domestic Violence Awareness.?

I’m a huge supporter of the Domestic Violence campaigns. For years as a Police Officer I saw the worst of the worst. From verbal arguments to homicide at the hands of a partner, I saw the devastation that it caused. Not only did I see it first hand, but there was a time in my life that I too lived as a victim. That is why I spent several years working on the Board of Directors for my local Domestic Violence Center, and why I write stories to educate people about what happens behind closed doors and inside the mind of a victim.
What you can do to help – Purchase a copy of one of these books, or all three, and a portion of each sale will be donated to a Domestic Violence Center.
Note: At this time, these three books are only available on Amazon. The Kindle Reader App is free to download on Amazon.

You’re Not Alone

?Trinity Morris, co-founder of You?re Not Alone, has a domestic violence
past that still haunts her ten years later. She is devoted to helping
victims find freedom and to sharing information on how to help them
through their emotional and violent trials. While Trinity is presenting
at a seminar, she comes across Gavin, a police officer who knows her
past all too well.It?s been ten years since he last saw her, but
the moment Gavin?s eyes land on her, he?s intent on getting to know the
woman who has haunted his dreams all these years.

Can Gavin
break through the wall that Trinity has built around herself, or will
the present and the past collide and take her away from him again?

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?Whether I’ll Live of Die

??It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.?

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will
be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small
town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
It is her job, her career and her life.
Amanda stands where
protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her,
Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order
to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns
violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a
victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the
edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.
A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?
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Barbara’s Plea

?Barbara lives in constant fear of her husband. She finally summons the
courage to leave with their young daughter, Allie, but dreads the moment
her husband learns of their escape. In his desire to control them and
bend them to his will, he will leave no stone unturned to punish
them–especially Barbara.Grey?s future seems bleak,
especially the day he is fired, but everything begins to turn around the
moment he absently sinks down on a bench occupied by wealthy Gloria
Withers. Gloria sees something in him that no one else bothers to notice
and, within moments, a friendship is sparked that will withstand many
trials.

When Barbara makes good her escape and arrives on the
doorstep of her grandmother, Gloria, whom she hasn’t seen for years,
Barbara is greeted instead by Grey. It doesn’t take long for a different
kind of spark to fly as Barbara takes up residence in the Withers
mansion.

When Grey falls inexorably in love with not only
Barbara, but also her daughter Allie, he vows to do everything he can to
protect them from her husband who is out for revenge.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As many of you know, I am a huge advocate for Domestic Violence Awareness. In my time as an author, I have written three novels dealing with the subject: Whether I’ll Live or Die, Barbara’s Plea and You’re Not Alone. Each of these books sheds light on the subject in different ways, but they all contain one specific focal point: To bring Awareness of Domestic Violence to others.

 

 

The Books

 

 

Whether I’ll Live or Die Amazon Reviewers say:

“Life changing, compelling and heartbreaking are just a few of the words I would use to describe author Stacy Eaton’s novel, Whether I’ll Live or Die. The author takes us on a compelling and life changing journey with characters Nicole and Amanda, two women whose lives are at complete opposites and yet inextricably intertwined.”

“This book had me remembering past troubles and gave me teary eyes and a lump in the throat and a tightness in my chest on many occasions. Perhaps a sad thing for me to say but it is great that there are books out there like this one publicizing the issue of Domestic Violence. These books also help victims and survivors speak out the issue and make them feel that they are not alone. “

 

 

 

Barbara’s Plea Amazon Reviewers say:

“Stacy Eaton has a way of writing about tough subjects that most people either gloss over or simply skip altogether. She does not pretty it up; she just writes what needs to be said. Some parts are heart-wrenching, some anger-inducing.”

“Writing about domestic violence is very hard to do, but to do so in such a realistic and awe-inspiring manner takes a lot of skill and understanding of the topic. This novel is so meaningful and so well written. It packs a huge punch (no pun intended), that just resonates with the reader immediately and never lets go.”

 

 

 

Early Reviews for You’re Not Alone on Goodreads:

“This is another emotional and powerful story about domestic abuse, and how victims can start a new life, knowing that there?s hope and they are, indeed, are not alone. Compared to ?Whether I Live Or Die?, this time the book?s focus is not only on the different perceptions of an abuse situation by the victims, but we also get to see the damaging long time effects of abuse in an adult person. The book has great psychological insights, emotional understanding, empathy and solid knowledge about the work of the police. It also has great romance and hope for recover. One can’t help but be entangled emotionally in each of the characters, feeling the stress that the author lavishes on their lives. Stacy Eaton delivers another heart-breaking and heart-warming drama.”

“This book is so much more than a romance. With strong compelling characters, it shows the long term impacts of domestic violence on men and women. It shows how years later a simple touch can startle and bring back memories.”

 

During the month of October, I will be donating a portion of my proceeds for these three books to a local domestic violence center. Whether I’ll Live or Die and Barbara’s Plea are both priced at $3.99 and $1.00 for each book sold will be donated. You’re Not Alone, which is out on pre-sale until November 10th and priced at $2.99 will have $0.50 per book donated.

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Domestic Violence is no longer a topic for behind closed doors.

People need to hear it – be educated on it – and understand the signs to stop it.

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You’re Not Alone:

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Writing about Domestic Violence

Over the last few years, I have written three books that deal with domestic violence. My first story, Whether I’ll Live or Die was published in 2012.? My second was Barbara’s Plea and it was released on April 10, 2015. There is a third one that will come out in a few months, that one is called You’re Not Alone.

There is a difference between all three of these books. Whether I’ll Live or Die delves deep into the domestic violence as you follow Amanda through her abusive relationship. Barbara’s Plea is about a woman who escapes with her daughter to survive and You’re Not Alone deals with a woman ten years after she was almost killed by her abusive husband. While there are major difference in these three books, there are some very serious similarities.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a police officer and have been for 15 years. I also serve on the board of directors for my counties domestic violence center. I see both sides of abuse, from the abusers I arrest to the victims that I attempt to protect. I see the woman who are battered, the children who are subjected to the trauma and the men who are afraid to come forward. Abuse targets no specific gender, and while all three of my stories do have women as the victims, I will in time bring to life the story of a male victim.

One of the most frustrating and aggravating questions that is asked is why doesn’t a victim leave. That is such a hard question to answer, because there is so much at play. As an outsider, you have no idea of the threats that have been given. You don’t know how finances are controlled. You have no real knowledge of how much control the abuser has over a victim, and let me tell you, they have a lot of control.? An abuser can control a few things, or everything in a victims life. They can be the only voice in the household that carries weight, and the only one who can make decisions. What they say is law within the walls of their home.

Most relationships don’t start out abusive. Abusers take time to groom and court the victims. They earn their trust and slowly chip away at their self esteem and confidence. They verbally abuse the victim subtly at first and the victim might question if the abuser is right or not. Over time, the victim will stop questioning the abuser and start believing the words that leave their tainted mouth. Victims will look in the mirror and and not see the actual face that stares back at them, rather they will see the stupid, ignorant, worthless, fat, ugly person that they have been told they are.? We all know that if someone says something enough to you, you’ll start to believe it. You’ll even start to think their way sometimes. So imagine what might go through a victims mind if they are told this over and over again. If they are distanced from their family, pulled away from their friends and the only words they hear are the nasty words out of an abusers mouth.

One of the points that I try to make in my stories is that even when the victim gains their freedom, the abuse does not stop. Inside their minds and hearts it will live on.? I have had people comment on how Amanda in Whether I’ll Live or Die was weak. Damn right she was. Once upon a time, she was a fun loving person who loved life, but her circumstances and the abuse she received, over and over again changed her. Years later, Amanda still dealt with residual effects of that abuse, even when she was in a healthy stable relationship.

In You’re Not Alone, which will release later this year, Trinity Morris is woman who is a true survivor. It is ten years after her husband almost killed her, and yet, she still deals with the insecurities that he conditioned her too. I had someone question me on that, saying don’t you think that it’s odd that she keeps questioning herself as she finally allows herself to love again. The answer to that question is, No. There is nothing odd about that. Just because a victim is free of their abuser does not mean that they don’t question almost everything that is said to them. It doesn’t mean that five, ten, twenty years down the line a single sentence said by a loved one won’t slam them right back into a PTSD moment and they are reliving it all again.

It happens. It’s real. It is a victim’s own personal nightmare that can come to life years after the abuse stops.

In these books, I write from the heart. I have cried while I have written scenes, I have walked away from my computer in the middle of a sentence because I needed to take a break. I don’t gloss over the cold hard facts. There is more of a need to put those facts out there. There is a need for people to understand what a victim goes through, during and after. I want people to understand that abuse can happen to anyone, you, your neighbor, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your son, your daughter, your best friend, your co-worker or your neighbor. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t care how much is in your bank account or what kind of car you drive.? It makes no difference if you are a teenager or an elderly person. Abuse knows no bounds.

I have had many people reach out to me and tell me thank you for writing these books. I have had people tell me they cried, they yelled and they sometimes had to put the books down and walk away for a little while. I’ve had family members of victims read them and tell me that they finally have some understanding of what someone they love went through. I have had victims write me and thank me for giving voice to their stories.

I write this stories for the victims, for the ones that have survived and for the ones that haven’t. I write these stories not only to entertain, but to educate. I write these stories so that a voice is given to all of those people who can not speak. I write these stories because at one time, I lived it.

To learn more about Whether I’ll Live or Die, click here.

To learn more about Barbara’s Plea, click here.

To learn more about You’re Not Alone, click here.