By: Julieanne Reeves
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It’s April 1st, and I wish I could say it’s an April Fool’s joke when I tell you that NICK OF TIME, the 2nd book in my Walking a Thin Blue Line police series, won’t be releasing in April as previously planned. Even though I know these things are sometimes unavoidable it still breaks my heart. You see April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and NICK OF TIME, which is a romantic suspense, delves into the issue, which is one that hits close to home for me; my sister lived in a violent relationship before she was ultimately murdered. While NICK OF TIME does NOT tell my sister’s story, it is the story of a woman—a survivor of Domestic Violence and Spousal Rape—trying to pick up the pieces of her life and stay one step ahead of the danger stalking her.
When I set the release date I had several hundred pages of manuscript (more than half a book) written. My plan was to release it at the beginning of April and as I did with RAZING KAYNE donate 20% of the net e-book proceeds to charity. In this case TIME OUT INC. the domestic violence shelter that services the real life town of Payson, Arizona. Something I still plan on doing. But then Sarah and Nick hit a rough spot, and I realized that as much as I thought I knew about Domestic Violence and Rape, the reality was I didn’t know crap. As a result I wasn’t connecting with Sarah, I wasn’t pulling her emotion into the story.
The truth is I was afraid to walk in her shoes and feel what she was feeling, which was something that I had to do if I wanted to honor the victims and survivors. So I sat down and I interviewed “Sarah” and I interviewed some of Sarah’s “friends”. Real live survivors. I got to know them, and their pasts. I learned that what I, and many others, see as weakness is really amazing strength. Strength to survive that day, that hour, or that minute by any means necessary under unimaginable circumstances. And finally I was able to understand Sarah. I hope.
I’m not going to hammer you with statistics, you can stop by the RAINN website (RAINN.org) and see those. They are staggering, and will make you realize that odds are you know someone who has been sexually assaulted. They may not have reported their assault; they probably don’t talk about it. In some cases they may honestly not even realize that it is rape! Seriously. Nonconsensual Spousal/Intimate Partner sex is still Rape. When you read through the information I hope you realize that these women aren’t statistics. They are our sisters and daughters, and best friends and co-workers, our mothers and yes, even grandmothers. And sometimes they are us.
I know rape is an ugly word, and one we’d rather not speak, and I refuse to make this political—I ask that you not do so either—but if you’ve been watching the news lately the word rape has been splashed all over the place. From brutal rapes and murders in India, so high-profile cases right here in the US. The simple fact is that until we’ve shouted it from the rooftops, until we not only teach our daughters how not to get raped but teach our sons not to rape, there will never be a chance for the word to become archaic and extinct. I hope you take a moment this month to honor the victims and survivors.
So, while NICK OF TIME isn’t done, I am going to share the info. I have also posted the roughdraft prologue on my blog—I won’t do it here because of the length and graphic content—but you can head on over to julieannereeves.blogspot.com to read it. I’m also going to be doing a giveaway. An e-copy of RAZING KAYNE, the first book in my Walking a Thin Blue Line police series—you’ll meet Nick in RAZING KAYNE—AND, an e-ARC, once they become available, of NICK OF TIME. Simply leave a message below with a statistic from the RAINN.org website to be entered to win.
NICK OF TIME:
Sarah Jones’s life is a lie. She thought she'd married a hero who protected the innocent, but behind closed doors he became her worst nightmare—a monster from whom she and her children could not escape.
Officer Nick Astenbeck has loved Sarah for years. Unable to watch her build a life with someone else, he kept his distance after she married his patrol-partner, Seth...allowing Sarah to suffer through a hell he should have been able to prevent.
When Seth unexpectedly dies, Sarah believes she's finally free. Yet she soon discovers that even in death he has the power to destroy her. With the finances Seth controlled gone, an unexpected baby on the way, and a series of suspicious events threatening the safety of Sarah and her children, she turns to Nick. Nick's offer of protection, however, comes with something more than Sarah expected. As the threats escalate, and danger closes in, Nick and Sarah must work together to lay the past to rest, and uncover the secrets that will stop an enemy from destroying them and their one chance at happiness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she's not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it's little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking a Thin Blue Line police series
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