Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joy Redmond Spotlight



 












Joy Redmond Spotlight

Joy's Bio

After retiring from her career as a phlebotomist, Joy decided to pursue her passion for writing. She lives in Kentucky. She's the mother of three and the grandmother of seven.
The Dreamer, her first novel, was published in 2011. Anna's Visions, her second novel was published in 2012. Give Me Wings, her third novel was published in 2013. Stolen Lives, her fourth novel was published in 2013
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A young girl in the mountain region of North Carolina is repeatedly abused until she ends up pregnant. The abuser cannot risk his wife finding out and plans to kill the baby. The young mother pleads to save her baby’s life and promises to get rid of it, assuring him that no one will ever know.
She goes out early in the morning and anonymously leaves the baby on the porch of a rural orphanage called Hampton House. She thinks she’s done the best thing she can do for her child. He’s alive and will be taken care of. 


Thus begins the life of Lance Jackson. Raised with seven other kids and loved by no one. Consumed with feelings of worthlessness and abandonment. The more he is abused by his foster mother, the colder and angrier he becomes inside. At a young age he is told that he has a dark heart.

As a teenager, he is mentored by his boss who introduces him to drugs, alcohol, pornography and racism. He does not learn about love and does not know what love is. His customers teach him about sex and how to please a woman.

At the age of 17, Lance runs away, leaving the orphanage behind. He travels west in search of happiness and a life of his own making where he can put to use all that he has learned.

This is where the killing begins...
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Julia is nine, and she lives in two very different worlds. One is the real world. The other is the life she lives in her dreams. In her dreams, she and Nana encounter a baby deer that can talk. They discover that the baby deer was born with clubbed hooves and will need an operation if he’s ever going to run and play with the other deer.

The Dreamer is a touching story of a young girl who sometimes has trouble distinguishing between reality and the world of her dreams. In her dreams, she helps Baby Deer learn to believe in himself. It’s a story that will challenge every young person’s concept of reality—and make them wonder if their own dream worlds might be just as real.

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At the age of 6, Ali Monroe is given a kitten that becomes her closest companion and confidante who she turns to again and again in her challenging young life. Her first ten years are spent with a mother who is an alcoholic and whose income is earned from male visitors to their home.

After tragedy strikes, the moral pendulum in Ali's home-life swings to the opposite extreme when she is forced to live with her overzealous religious aunt who appears to care for her but is unable to let Ali live a regular life due to her religious beliefs and fear of her father's wrath.

At the age of 13 she's involved in a scandal she can never live down and for which she is severely punished. She becomes a teenage girl in modern times struggling to endure a life that includes dressing in 19th century clothing, restrictions on food and drink, and practically no social life at all. Even television is considered a tool of the devil.

In addition to the challenges she faces in present time, she's haunted by the mysteries of the past, not knowing who her father was, or why her mother was locked in a closet to keep her from being with him.

Ali never knows what's in store for her from one day to the next as her aunt fluctuates between empathizing with Ali's desire for a normal life and her own fear of stepping outside the bounds of what her parents and church insist on as right and proper, even if it means making a child suffer, all in the name of love and obedience to their version of God.

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