Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Indie Book Release: The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest (Donna Friess)


New Indie Book Release:
The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest - Donna Friess
Psychological Fiction / Romance (295 pages)

The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest: Shelby’s son who was given up at birth finds her. She had never told her husband. Drama, secret keeping, ptsd, psychology, War in Iraq, Indigenous people, redemption, a mother’s love are central themes of this gripping drama.

About the Book

The Unraveling of Shelby Forrest (Donna Friess)
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Lovely 53 year-old SHELBY FORREST buckles her seat belt and closes her eyes as the airplane fills with passengers. She gulps some breaths of fusty air and tries to calm herself from the crippling anxiety that has consumed her since the life altering telephone call of the week before

With a fisted knot twisting her stomach, she forces her head into the headrest, trying to chill out. Her brain scans the years and the pain of cobbling together a life in the wake of her devastating loss. In a roller coaster ride of events, the pressure from keeping her old secret soon blooms into acute symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This beautifully crafted, poignant story takes the reader on a journey through one woman’s experience as she struggles to come to terms with her life choices. Coping with loss, moving forward, and the social issues of the 1950’s-1970’s surrounding the controversy regarding an adoptee’s right to know vs. a mother’s right to privacy, are central themes to this captivating drama. Set in 2005 against a backdrop of the War in Iraq, the action packed plot makes this psychological fiction hard to put down.

Readers describe this psychological drama as “stunning” with well developed characters and an intriguing and suspenseful plot.

The book received Honorable Mention in the International Pacific Rim Festival of Books, in Hawaii, this month.






About the Author

Author Donna Friess
Author Donna Friess
Donna Friess, retired college professor, holds a doctorate in psychology. She is a life coach, grief counselor, and an activist for children’s rights. She was nominated for the American President’s Service Award. She is a long time member of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime, Technical Training and Advisory Council.

Donna Friess’ story of being forced to take legal action to stop her father from continuing to sexually abuse his four year-old granddaughter, reached 50 million people worldwide. With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and others, her autobiography, Cry the Darkness, (1993 Health Communications), became a best seller, printed in seven languages. Dr. Friess is a Professor, Emeritus, psychology. She is an expert in recovery from trauma.

She has authored six books, and is a member TTAC (Technical Training and Advisory Consortium) through the Office of Victims of Crime, U.S. Justice Dept., she was nominated for the American President’s Service Award, and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Great Teachers, Who’s Who in the World. She and her husband Ken, enjoy an active life with their eleven grandchildren, their horses and dogs.


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