Today, I’m pleased to have my good friend, author Sylvia Stein with us today. Sylvia stopped by to share her upcoming book Battered Mind. She has graciously included a sneak peak at the cover and an excerpt, so hope you all enjoy.
Hello my name is Sylvia Stein and I am an Indie Author. I have exciting news. This week I am doing the cover reveal of my book which I hope will be released in late 2018. I have been working with this book for awhile. It is a story I have been doing extensive research one and because of the topic I am covering I want to be sure I do it justice. It is a work of fiction and for today I will be revealing the book cover which was designed by the very talented and amazing Michael Dangremond and his title of his art work the cost of love. When I saw this portrait I immediately saw what I was looking for for my main character of Sadie Martin Carlyle. The title of this my first thriller is Battered Mind and I hope you all enjoy the cover reveal. I absolutely was blown away by it. I hope you are too! Thank you for your help in the cover reveal. I do appreciate it so much.
Thank you so much,
Sadie Martin Carlyle is on trial for the murder of her husband Dante Caryle. She claims she killed him in self defense and that he was a monster. She was a battered woman and if she had not defended herself he would of killed both their young daughter and her. In short, She feared for their lives.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Sadie Martin is not your typical woman. Her family consists of her Criminal lawyer father Jackson Martin from Atlanta and her mother Barbara Reece Martin is one of the main leaders of the Southern Belles of Atlanta.
From the very start, there are secrets that are hidden that no one will see coming. Sadie’s story will take the reader through a very emotional journey throughout. Once the case begins, everything you think you know about what happened between Sadie and Dante Carlyle will have you asking many questions and is everything being said the truth?
Battered Mind Excerpt: Copyright by Sylvia Stein
As I lie here holding on to my sanity. I have to say never in a million years would I have thought all would turn out the way it did.
You see for most of my life I had been searching and hoping that one day I would find the one
and be able to finally lead “the normal life.”
However, nothing could be farther from the truth. My name is Sadie Martin Carlyle and on
May 27, 2010, I was charged with the murder of my husband Dante Carlyle.
The thing that makes this so horrific is that I do not even remember committing the crime.
All I know is that when I awoke the next morning, My husband Dante was dead and I was found next
to his body and the murder weapon.
As of now all I can do is await my trial which will not be for a few months.
Sadly because of the circumstance of the crime, I will have to sit in a jail cell until my trial.
You must be wondering why I seem to know so much about the law in particular.
One second, “Can you please let me finish talking.”
Sorry being locked away in this cell has made me a bit paranoid.
Well in any case as I was saying. The reason I know so much was that my beloved husband was a lawyer and before I got married. We both met in law school.
Oh, it was so simple back then.
If only I could go back to the beginning. Things were easier. At least I thought they were. However maybe if I can just go back to the beginning I can try to salvage a bit of my dignity.
Besides, I was born and raised to be a good girl. But right now I am really placing a damper on all the years my parents spent trying to make me something I never wanted to be. You see I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia.
It’s too damn bad I was never able to lead a normal life. Thanks to my dear parents!
My mother was born to parents of money and my father was no different. However, he was known for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in all of the state of Georgia.
He was deeply admired for his hardcore antics. My father was never one to give up on his client and
he is both loved and hated throughout the community.
On the other hand, my dear mother Barbara Reece Martin has always been in the public eye. As a child, her parents owned several wineries all over the state of Georgia and North Carolina and she was left with a trust fund and decided to invest in stock and has done pretty well. She is now the Ceo of The Reece Winery and overlooks them along with my father and she is also one of the main members of the Women of Atlanta social club.
All in all, she is always busy and thinks that I am just spoiled. My mother and I are not close.
She was always gone when I needed her. The only person that seemed to care and worry about me was my father Jackson.
He always made time to see me and for that, I am very grateful. My father has always said I was his
everything. At the time I thought I was but then I discovered it was all lies. I will get to that later.
As I was saying my mother was never around as a kid. She was always out and busy with all her numerous work and charitable events.
“ I hated her, and I still do!”
As you can see I get a bit angry being cooped up in here. I mean there are many criminals in here and I know they are women like me. But I am not one of them. I am different and I want to do is start over again.
Let me outta here.
Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015. She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6. She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy. Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. Her latest book is entitled, The Diary of a Broken Father which came out in February 2017. Her new thriller which she has been working on since 2014 will be out late 2018 and is entitled, Battered Mind.