A Soul Less Broken Virtual Book Publicity Tour August 2011
Join Helen Laibach, author of the contemporary women’s fiction,A Soul Less Broken(Wheatmark), as she virtually tours the blogosphere August 1 – 26 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
About Helen Laibach
After majoring in psychology in college, Helen Laibach realized that her aspirations to be a marriage, child, and family counselor did not suit her temperament–so she began a family and chose a more satisfying career as an executive assistant. An avid reader and talented nature photographer, Laibach lives in Southern California with her husband of twenty years and their youngest daughter. A SOUL LESS BROKEN is her first book; 10% of the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to charities related to violence against women and to brain cancer research and treatment.
In Helen Laibach’s first novel, A SOUL LESS BROKEN, Catherine Wilcox is brutally attacked. She finds herself falling in love with Dr. Alan Peterson, the emergency room physician who treats her, but soon realizes that the attack has left her so emotionally scarred that she is forced to turn away the only man who truly loves her. And at a time when she feels her life is finally beginning to heal, Catherine must then face the devastation of learning that her dearest friend has terminal cancer. How–and where–will she find the strength to cope with all this loss?
“My story line,” Laibach explains, “was initially inspired by an interview I saw with a woman who had been viciously attacked in Central Park. The interviewer asked her how she was not bitter and why she didn’t hate the man who did that to her. She responded that the attacker took one night of her life, but she refused to give him any more.
“I knew then that I wanted to write a story about a woman transcending being a victim to getting her own life back and regaining her own personal power.”
The book is also about the power of women’s friendship: as Catherine struggles to piece her life back together, she is referred to a therapist, Madeline Jessops, and the two women soon become close friends. But just as they are enjoying their friendship, tragedy strikes once again as Madeline is diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer. Madeline writes a goodbye letter to Catherine thanking her for being such a dear friend. The book’s title comes from a line in the letter: “Every day that you let love in will be a day that your soul feels a little less broken.”
Through its many emotional twists and turns, in the end, A SOUL LESS BROKEN is a love story. “I want people to believe in the power of love,” Laibach says. “I enjoy reading contemporary women’s fiction. But there’s nothing worse than reading a whole book, hoping that the two will get together–and then they don’t! If the book is going to drag you through all kinds of emotions, there has to be a payoff!”
At 178 pages, Laibach points out, “People have commented that A SOUL LESS BROKEN is not a big book–and that’s intentional. I’ve read books where the author spends too many pages describing the scenery. And I find myself skipping through those pages. I don’t want readers to be tempted to skip anything, so what’s written either advances the story or develops the characters in some way. It’s a short book on purpose.”
Laibach says that one of her readers admitted to having the same reaction to the book as she had after seeing the movies Terms of Endearment and Steel Magnolias. “I want people to be affected by the story. Because for me, that’s the whole point of reading. If a book is written effectively, you feel like you’re in the characters’ lives; you know what they are going through. Most women said they cried at the end–and that’s my goal.”
Still, there is the main message of the story. “I want people to enjoy the book,” Laibach asserts, “but I also wanted to sneak in additional messages they can come away with. I want women to feel empowered, to realize that you always have a choice in how to respond to adversity–that you can decide that you are not going to be controlled by the situation.”
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Now, a year later, Catherine couldn’t wait to finish her degree, pass the bar, and actually, at last be able to practice law. It was a shame her mother wouldn’t be around to see that she really did amount to something in spite of her father. Her mother would have been so proud. But tonight, after a grueling session at the library, as Catherine headed out to her car, her mind was empty, tired from too much thinking and too much concentration. She was just anxious to get home to a glass of wine and a hot bath. Tomorrow’s another day, she thought. My paper will be done, the final exam is in two weeks, and maybe then I can finally relax for a while.
With the exception of the silver Volvo that belonged to the night librarian, her little yellow Volkswagen was the only car left in the lot. The wind that had been whistling stopped suddenly, and she had the sickening sense that someone was following her. As she glanced back toward the library, she wondered where the campus police officer was that usually patrolled the parking lot. She strained to peer through the darkness, but could see no one. She stopped and slowly turned to the right, then to the left … but again … saw nothing. There was only the strange eerie light shining from the street lamp through mist that was just beginning to fall. She tried to shake off the looming feeling of dread. God, this is ridiculous, she thought. I’m just tired. I must have pushed myself too hard tonight. I’ve got to go easier tomorrow, no more burning the candle at both ends. She looked down at the cell phone in her hand, ready just in case, but saw that now the battery had gone completely dead.
As she reached her car, one of the books started to slip; she scrambled to get her keys out of her pocket and juggle the books at the same time, but her arms were tired and she felt them give way. The books fell out of her arms with papers scattering in all directions. Everything began to take on a bizarre quality, as if in slow motion, and she heard the echo of her keys, as they hit the ground. It seemed to take forever, as she shoved her cell phone into her coat pocket, and then bent down to gather up the papers and the books.
She was trying to find her keys, when again, that terrifying feeling of panic came over her. Before she could think about turning around, out of nowhere the attacker was behind her. He was upon her so quickly and with such force, she couldn’t move. He had been lurking there in the shadows, waiting for his prey, and now one of his grimy hands covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream, while the other hand held a knife to her throat. He started dragging her off toward the heavy trees and shrubbery that lined the parking lot.
She struggled desperately to get free, writhing and kicking her legs, but he was so much stronger there wasn’t any hope of stopping what was about to happen. At that moment, she realized she was about to be raped, possibly even killed. In a burst of adrenaline, she did the only thing she could think of—she bit down on the hand covering her mouth with all the strength of a rabid dog. She knew she drew blood, because she could taste the saltiness on her tongue, but his grip didn’t relax in the slightest, in fact, the knife pushed harder into her throat.
“You bitch,” he hissed in her ear. “You’re gonna pay for that.”
“Now, a year later, Catherine couldn’t wait to finish her degree, pass the bar, and actually, at last be able to practice law. It was a shame her mother wouldn’t be around to see that she really did amount to something in spite of her father. Her mother would have been so proud. But tonight, after a grueling session at the library, as Catherine headed out to her car, her mind was empty, tired from too much thinking and too much concentration. She was just anxious to get home to a glass of wine and a hot bath. Tomorrow’s another day, she thought. My paper will be done, the final exam is in two weeks, and maybe then I can finally relax for a while.”
“When I wrote the initial manuscript 11 years ago, I attempted to get published the traditional way by seeking representation with a literary agent. That proved to be a daunting process and so I put my manuscript on a shelf and it became something that I might pursue again “someday”.”
“One of the most challenging lessons facing all of us in life is realizing that at any given moment, in any given situation we still have a choice. No matter what is being “done to us” or how others are “making us feel”, we still can choose how we react, and how we respond. Either we can choose to be a victim, giving our emotional power away allowing others to control our happiness, or we can take a stand and decide that today is the day we are the ones in control of our emotions.”
“I would have to say that my top three long term goals would be (1) finish the sequel, (2) Acquire a literary agent and be published with a mainstream publishing house, (3) Continually improve as a writer.”
“A Soul Less Broken by Helen Laibach, the reader is taken on a very emotional journey in dealing with tragedy, heartbreak, healing and restoration in the life of Catherine, Alan and Maddie. It’s a such a wonderful lesson in how God can take the most broken places of our life and make them whole again if we are only willing to let Him. You will not be disappointed in this beautiful story.”
“One of the best things about this book has very little to do with what is written between the covers of the book. Ms. Laibach has generously announced that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Soul Less Broken will go to two charities—RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) and the National Brain Tumor society. To understand why she would choose those charities, I guess you will have to read the book!”
“I’ve heard it said that the definition of courage is “doing what you know is right even when you are afraid.” There are the obvious examples of people who display courage every day – soldiers, police officers, firemen, rescue workers, etc. But there is another group of people who display a very different type of courage and those are the women who come forward to report being victims of sexual assault.”
“Unfortunately, the statistics also show that in many cases, the women who have been victims of acquaintance rape have impaired judgment at the time of the attack, either from the attacker slipping drugs into their drinks, or simply because they have consumed excessive alcohol on their own.”
“I very highly recommend this book! The story is beautifully written and will hook you from the very start. The characters will steal your heart and will pull you in to the story emotionally. The story is an emotional roller coaster but it’s always full of hope even in the difficult times. I loved Cat’s character and I could really relate to her and feel her emotions. I really enjoyed Helen Laibach’s writing and I will definitely look for more of her books in the future.”
Helen Laibach’s A SOUL LESS BROKEN VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on August 1 and end on August 26 ’11. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book or click here to use the form. Thank you!
UPDATE:THE SOUL LESS BROKEN TOUR IS NOW FULL. THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPATING BOOK REVIEWERS AND TOUR HOSTS FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN!
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