BELIEVE LIKE A CHILD
by PAIGE DEARTH
ABOUT THE NOVEL:
Alessa is just seven years old when her uncle rapes her for the first time. As the years pass, his sexual appetite becomes more voracious and his perversion more twisted, until the abuse has become almost a daily ritual, with the unspoken involvement of the girl’s mother.
At the age of sixteen, after the death of her only friend, Alessa finds herself at the mercy of her real-life monster, with no relief in sight. She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. About to hit rock bottom, Alessa manages to break away from her new tormentors and finds refuge in a shelter for homeless and abused women.
Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. Though Alessa’s bittersweet journey is perpetually fraught with challenges, she does, nevertheless, manage to find fleeting moments of joy along the way. But as she begins to settle down, a ghost from the past comes to haunt her again, threatening to destroy the very foundation of her small world and plunging her back into an abyss of despair, until she makes her final bid for escape.
SOME DIRT ON THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better life. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California. After two years of marriage during which she struggled to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more.
Living through the fear and isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels. Believe Like A Child, the author’s debut offering, is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
INFORMATION ON THE NEW NOVEL
WHEN SMILES FADE by PAIGE DEARTH
COMING SUMMER 2012
For years Emma questions why her mother Valerie doesn’t stop Pepper from tormenting her. Instead, her mother sits by silently, secretly grateful that it is her daughter, and not herself, who is left to endure Pepper’s abuse. At the height of Emma’s agony she begs her mother to intervene, but is left to deal with the unbearable situation on her own.
Pepper’s coldblooded beatings develop in Emma an overwhelming sense of revenge that comes to lay the foundation of the person that Emma becomes. As Emma grows older and more resourceful, she reaches a breaking point with her father. No longer able to control the impulse to fight back, she finally takes matters into her own hands.
Having learned the art of hate from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, Emma sets out to make a better life and leave the beaten child that she once was behind her. Emma’s strong will to survive and uncanny ability to even the score with people who do her wrong, catapult her to the brink of isolation and back.
Emma becomes a strong woman who endures the heartless brutality of the people that she meets. Her determination to have a normal life and her insurmountable courage to protect the people that she loves delivers her into dangerous situations where she is required to do whatever it takes to survive. At last, she is able to find happiness in small doses as her instincts take over and lead her to better things. Nevertheless, her most thrilling moments comes only when she finds retribution.
TOME TRAVEL – BOOK GIVEAWAY – BELIEVE LIKE A CHILD
- 4 bloggers, 1 author, 8 winners, 2 novels
- 2 winners of a paperback or Kindle copy of Believe Like A Child (US & UK only for e-book) from each blog site
- All 8 winners will automatically receive a copy of Paige Dearth’s new novel, WHEN SMILES FADE, coming in Summer 2012
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Some questions For Paige
1. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 22 years-old I was with a friend who loved to listen to my stories. She told me I should write a book. While the thought appealed to me, I had no idea how to go about writing a novel. After I finished my college degrees, I had the confidence I needed to write, but was busy earning a living and had little time to invest in writing.
As I got older the desire to write increased. I talked about writing my first novel for many years then I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (thank you, Rhonda!). I finally sat down and wrote my novel. It took me three months to write the novel and nine months to edit, reedit and edit again.
2. Who is your intended readership?
Adults who enjoy reading gut wrenching, dramatic, fast paced fiction. The novel is sexually explicit and intended for the mature reader. The narrative is constructed with gripping and suspenseful moments that are meant to pull the reader along, almost against their will. The novel will appeal to men and women who enjoy a good tale.
3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read. A few of my favorite authors are: John Saul, James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Patricia Cornwell. I also enjoy Stephen King novels and I just loved Misery and Thinner. The first novel I ever read was A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. This is my all time favorite novel!
I love to go on vacation, exercise and cook. Cooking is one of my passions. I get satisfaction from creating new recipes through trial and error. My husband is the guinea pig for my new creations.
** I have read and reviewed Believe Like A Child - feel free to check out my review here REVIEW LINK HERE