Saturday, April 20, 2013

New Indie Book Release: Leave of Absence (Tanya J. Peterson)

New Indie Book Release:
Leave of Absence - Tanya J. Peterson -
Contemporary Fiction / Literary Fiction (April 2013 - 327 pages)

- "[...] What a valuable tool for teachers, students, and families! LEAVE OF ABSENCE is a well researched and constructed novel that depicts how mental illness impacts a human life and those surrounding them. Tanya Peterson has created characters who are authentic and provide the reader with a deeper empathetic understanding of the roots of mental illness. You will be touched and perhaps even shed a tear." - Reader Review

About the Book

Leave of Absence (Tanya J. Peterson)
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Leave of Absence is a story of loss and a story of strength.

Oliver Graham is utterly bereft and laden with guilt in the aftermath of the traumatic deaths of his wife and son. He struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and complicated mourning. Penelope Baker wrestles with Schizophrenia and the devastating impact it has had on her once happy and successful life.

Believing she is no longer loveable, she thinks the only thing she has left to give to her fiancée William is his freedom. Oliver and Penelope form a deep friendship that might be the key to their recovery.

Readers join them on their tumultuous journey through pain, struggle, and triumphs.

About the Author

Author Tanya J. Peterson
Author Tanya J. Peterson
Tanya J. Peterson has a background in mental health both as a Nationally Certified Counselor and as a patient herself. Accordingly, she is passionate about issues surrounding mental illness, and she seeks to use writing to increase understanding, awareness, and empathy and to reduce stereotypes and stigma.

She has a mental health blog (“Musings of a Mental Health Writer”) on her website which has been recognized and accepted by the Mental Health Writers’ Guild.

In addition to Leave of Absence, she has published Losing Elizabeth, a young adult novel about an abusive relationship, Challenge!, a short story about a person who finds the confidence to overcome criticism and achieve a goal, and a book review of Linley and Joseph’s Positive Therapy: A Meta-Theory for Positive Psychological Practice that appeared in Counseling Today, the national publication of the American Counseling Association.

Connect with Tanya J. Peterson via Facebook: TanyaJPeterson
and the Author's Website.