Handbook Helps Survivors/Co-victims of Murder

It’s so nice and gratifying to see that people are getting value from the Murder Survivor’s Handbook that Connie Saindon and the Survivor Writers worked so hard to produce.

Murder Survivor's Handbook in the courthouse.

Murder Survivor’s Handbook in the courthouse.

Here’s a comment from a grieving mother who currently spends her days in a courtroom:

I’m in the middle of pre-trial. I take this book with me to court; I read it as I am there when I run into a problem or hear something I don’t understand. I have it with me at all times. As I read the stories it helps me see this is exactly how I am feeling during pre-trial and I am careful in everything I do there. I encourage everyone who is going to court to buy this even before then. When my son died, I didn’t understand why detectives were not telling me anything. I wondered if they were even doing anything; during pre-trial I heard just how hard they were working on the investigation. I keep this book close, still reading it. Thank you to everyone who took part in making this book happen.

And here’s a recent comment from the producer of a prime-time TV show:

  As a network news producer who focuses on violent crime, I meet families all the time who have just gone through the worst thing ever and then have to deal with a world of cops, prosecutors, media that they’ve never dealt with before. The Murder Survivor’s Handbook is a great resource.  It’s something I will share with families I meet in the future. It’s great that you have taken the time to put down on paper what you’ve learned through your own tough journeys.

 —Susan Leibowitz. Producer, Network News

Murder Survivor’s Handbook helps family members adapt to the aftermath of murder.  The book was formally released on September 25, 2014, to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

If you know someone who has had a loved one murdered, please tell them about this book.

Links

Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
Facebook: Murder Survivor’s Handbook
Website: Survivors of Violent Loss
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Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss
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Dare I Call It Murder?

37 years ago today my pLoren and Joanne Edwards at their bon voyage party.arents set sail for Tahiti. I never saw them again: Dare I call it murder?

These anniversary dates are tough, because they always trigger emotions lying deep in my gut. I do my my best to focus on their smiling faces, their laughter, and their good deeds. But I also miss them and wish I could spend some time with them.

Dare I Call It Murder?

In my book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, I unmask the emotional trauma of violent loss as I ferret out new facts to get at the truth of how and why my parents, Loren and Jody Edwards, were killed.

 

 

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Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss
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Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
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Website: Survivors of Violent Loss
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SAVE THE DATE HOLIDAY MEMORIAL DECEMBER 13, 2014 FROM 11-2

Polishing Your Prose:

Join us for our annual Holiday Memorial where we honor our loved ones that are no longer with us. This is a safe event where we come together to support each other. Everyone is welcome.

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SAVE THE DATE

SURVIVORS OF VIOLENT LOSS INVITE YOU TO OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY MEMORIAL

SATURDAY DECEMBER 13TH, FROM 11-2

Please contact DAYNA HERROZ for any questions 619-955-6084

SVLP@CFMRSanDiego.com or SVLP@SVLP.ORG

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Oscar Pistorius: Judge Distinguishes Justice from Vengeance

In the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius in the widely watched South African trial, the judge “warned that society couldn’t expect to have its way on the sentencing. . . . And she cautioned that the public — in this case including the Twitterati who had dissected every moment of the 49-day trial — often had no idea of the difference between vengeance and justice.” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2014)

These are wise words we all should take to heart.

Vengeance: the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you or someone else*

Justice: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals*

* Merriam-Webster

Links

Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources
Facebook: Murder Survivor’s Handbook
Website: Survivors of Violent Loss
Blog: Survivors of Violent Loss

Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss
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Amazon Must Be Stopped? OK. Any Volunteers?

amazoncom_logo_RGBRe: Amazon Must Be Stopped: It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy. It’s time for a radical plan. (Franklin Foer, New Republic, Oct. 9, 2014)

All humans are self-serving and short-sighted to some degree; most humans are self-serving and short-sighted to a large degree. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos understand this; thus, their business models thrive, and despite all the whining, more and more consumer products are Made in China or other enclaves of cheap labor, while our employment base evolves from manufacturing and production jobs to comparatively lower-paying service jobs.

We, as consumers, reward these business practices when we buy their products.

Pogo’s celebrated quip come’s to mind.

In terms of the book biz, I laughed out loud at the comment about “dilettantism.” Let’s see, dilettantes E. L. James and Amanda Hocking (among others) pen best-selling ebooks that take Amazon by storm, then the “antediluvians,” who earlier had refused to publish these authors’ subliterate tales of sex and paranormal phenomena, jump on the band wagon and offer them wheelbarrows of dinero for these tomes . . . and peddled a significant number of them through Amazon, the very demon they want reined in.

I believe there’s a word that describes that type of behavior, and, if I’m not mistaken, it begins with “h.”

If the establishment book oligarchy doesn’t like Amazon’s policies, it can stop offering its products to Amazon and sell only to brick-and-mortar stores or Amazon’s competitors.

As to the predatory, monopolistic and antitrust allegations regarding Amazon’s business dealings, Foer makes a valid point. We know that unfettered, free-market capitalism does not benefit a modern society in the long run because unregulated or lightly regulated businesses tilt the scales in their favor, and more often than not resort to deceptive, fraudulent and corrupt practices to line their pockets by seducing unsuspecting (or self-denying) suckers.

But who’s going to run with this regulatory ball that Foer suggests? The Chamber of Commerce?

Again, I can only laugh. We have businesses whose greed-driven executives typically decry government intervention and regulation who are now whining about the lack of oversight and regulation of the evil Seattle juggernaut.

The business community has no one to blame but itself, whether it’s books, shoes, diapers, subprime mortgages or stocks and bonds. It wants to have its angel food and munch on it, too.

Sorry, you C-suite boys (and a few girls), you can’t have it both ways.

As for me? I have my reservations about Amazon, but being a self-serving, greedy, indie publisher with a mortgage to feed and bills to pay, Amazon has offered an opportunity that I will exploit to its fullest as long as this train stays on the tracks.

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Book Events, October: Presentations by Award-Winning Author Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards - Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent LossI am making two presentations in San Diego this month: today at the Descanso Branch Library and on Wed., Oct. 15, at the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild.

In the presentation to the Guild, I will share the when, how and what of my marketing and publicity campaign for Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss.

If you’re in the area and can come by to say hello, that would be a thrill and a delight.

Learn more at: http://www.dareicallitmurder.com/news/author_events_oct-2014.html

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Is Literature Disappearing Up It’s Own A-Hole?

Polishing Your Prose:

Fodder for thought . . .

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Horace Engdahl seems to think so.

In comments to Le Croix, Horace Engdahl (of the Swedish Academy responsible for the Nobel Prize) criticized the “professionalization” of writing through financial support from foundations and educational institutions that allow writers to leave their “day jobs” to devote more time to writing. Noting that it’s particularly a problem for the “western side” of the world, he said:

Even though I understand the temptation, I think it cuts writers off from society, and creates an unhealthy link with institutions… Previously, writers would work as taxi drivers, clerks, secretaries and waiters to make a living. Samuel Beckett and many others lived like this. It was hard – but they fed themselves, from a literary perspective.

If we set aside Engdahl’s hypocrisy — he’s a literary academic linked with an institution — there’s a kernel of truth in his words: experience matters. Real-life experiences inform…

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