Violent Loss Resources Newsletter, October 1, 2016

Reblogging this important newsletter related to violent loss . . .

Survivors of Violent Loss

Violent Loss Resources Newsletter, October 1, 2016

  • Topic of the Month:  Victim Impact, Justice & Unsolved Cases
  • Question of the Month: What mistake do you want to help others avoid?
  • News:  Hotline/Chatline crime victim centered and trauma informed
  •  Resource of the Month: Crime Stoppers
  • Inspiration: Kaila Quote

Topic of the Month:
Victim Impact, Justice & Unsolved Cases

One thing we are certain of … anyone who has lost a loved-one, and then goes through  a criminal trial, whether it is a death-penalty case or not, knows that, in the end, there are no winners, no closure, no “happy endings.” What was done can never be undone … (Valeria)


Today, judges  are compelled by law to give co-victims an opportunity to address the court. All states guarantee the right for those who have been most affected by a crime to present a written or oral statement in…

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Book Review: Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife Offers Hope and Inspiration

wounded_warriorIn Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving, by Barbara K. McNally, you will meet wives and partners who drew upon their inner resiliencies and prevailed when faced with daunting challenges. Each of these military spouses shares an intimate tale of reuniting, recovering, and rebuilding with her catastrophically wounded warrior.

This is not only a good read, it is a hard read. These stories punched me in the gut and left me reaching for the Kleenex. But don’t let that scare you off.

This collection of intimate, personal stories unmasks the untold story of the aftermath of war on the home front. It examines in heartrending detail the seemingly insurmountable challenges families may face when their loved ones return from the war zone bearing deep emotional as well as physical scars.

Barbara McNally has given a tremendous gift not only to those who have served or continue to serve in the military, but to society at large. Everyone should read this unapologetic book to fully comprehend the true toll of war that continues long after the battles have ended—and to see how these resilient wives and partners ultimately offer hope and inspiration to us all.

Full disclosure: I’m one of the editors of this book, and I worked with Barbara over the past few years to bring it to fruition. One of the reasons I agreed to work with her is because this is such an important issue. I derive no financial benefit from book sales.

The book is available in hardback, paperback and as an ebook.

Barbara also is the author of the poignant memoir Unbridled.

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UK Vanity Publishers Austin Macauley & Pegasus in Horrible Bait-And-Switch

Rebloggng comments of David Gaughran.

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Book Review: “Eden” Fresh Spin on “Intelligent Design.”

eden-martin-roy-hill“If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?”

Summary: In Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella by Martin Roy Hill, an American army patrol is sent to investigate ancient ruins in Iraq. When an enemy mortar shell blasts an opening into a hidden burial chamber, Captain Adam Cadman and his soldiers take refuge deep in the ruins.  What they find hidden inside threatens to destroy every belief about the beginnings of mankind — as well as modern civilization as we know it.

I enjoyed this and recommend it highly. Well written, imaginative, gives one pause for thought — and puts a fresh spin on so-called “intelligent design.”


Martin Roy Hill website:

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Book Review: The Keeper by John Lescroart

Keeper-300pxA crime novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.

By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

I enjoyed this book, even though Dismas Hardy played a secondary role to Abe Glitsky. I like Lescroart’s writing style, and I wish more crime writers followed his lead. I found the story intriguing and plausible, although one clue revealed early on pretty much narrowed down the suspects. Still, the plot had enough originality to keep me guessing as to the outcome, which has enough of a twist to keep it from being formulaic.

I met John at the La Jolla Writers Conference a few years back, and he has become one of my favorite authors.


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Book Review: Back Story, Robert B. Parker

Fback_story_parkerun romp through a 28-year-old cold case that has more twists than a piece of licorice, and an ending that does not exactly surprise, but avoids the formula of this genre. Parker’s witty and sarcastic exchanges between the characters delight. Only have to willingly suspend disbelief on a few occasions. And his persistent use of passive voice gets on my nerves at times.

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PWSD, 9/27: “Preparing Yourself and Your Manuscript for Publication”

I won’t be able to attend, but I recommend this for writers relatively new to the world of writing, editing, and publishing. I see a lot of mangled manuscripts from writers who don’t know what they don’t know.

Publishers & Writers of San Diego

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.
Bridget Boland, “Preparing Yourself and Your Manuscript for Publication”
Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oak Crest Park Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Non-members welcomed. This is a good, professional group and worth joining.

There is also an Orange County (CA) branch of this group that meets separately.

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