Courage in Patience begins Ashley’s story. . .
Courage to endure.
Courage to survive.
Courage to overcome.
Tenacious 14-year-old Ashley Asher claws her way back to normalcy after enduring six years of an unimaginable Hell. Uprooted from her negligent and selfish mother, Ashley finds solace in the safety of her father’s home. Building a relationship with her stepmother, she’s finally able to open up and confront the past that haunts her.
With the help of her stepmom, therapist, and a group of troubled adolescents, Ashley battles her demons, struggling to find the normal teenage life she’s always wanted. Can Ashley find the strength and courage to overcome the horrors of her past while fighting for the future she so deserves?
PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE
Hope to heal.
Hope to grow.
Hope to evolve.
Still shattered from the horrific events of her childhood years, 15-year-old Ashley Asher is barely holding it together. Battling her vicious and vile mother who still sees her as the villain and not the victim, Ashley’s stuck in a cycle of self-injury and self-hatred as a result–despite the many people who trying to pull her out of it.
Adolescence is hard, but throw in a new school, a new family, and a father she hardly knows, Ashley’s need for self-destruction and pain intensifies. Her new therapist, Dr. Matt, may be unconventional with bizarre antics, but he’ll do whatever it takes to pull Ashley out of the doldrums. Ashley just wants a crack at normalcy. But can her counselor and the friends and family who love her teach her that “crazy is the new normal” and that nobody has it easy?
Truth in the past.
Truth in reality.
Truth for tomorrow.
Finally adjusting to life in small town Texas, Ashley Asher sees a glimmer of what happiness really is. Even her new relationship with the attentive Joshua Brandt shows promise of a first romance. But Ashley’s fear of intimacy after years of unspeakable abuse may cause friction and distance in their relationship.
Determined to prove to her that she’s healing, Dr. Matt, her beloved therapist, shows her that “life is messy.” And he doesn’t know how messy it is about to get. When her mother decides that Ashley belongs back in their hometown with her, Ashley is forced into another family feud that she isn’t prepared for. Refusing to leave behind the new life she created in Texas, Ashley and her mother go head-to-head. But can Ashley finally find the courage and strength to battle her demons when her mother might be the biggest demon of all?
PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE
Beth Fehlman Author Interview # 3
What do you want your tombstone to say?
“She lived in the light of the Truth.” The reason is, I broke the cycle of childhood sexual abuse and secret-keeping in my family of origin, and I learned that living a life committed to truth-telling and authenticity is the only way to freedom and peace.
What question do you wish someone would ask you about your book, but nobody has?
“Will you allow me to make movies of your books?”
–“Why, yes. Yes, I will.”
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I’d be able to cook without setting off the smoke alarm.
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
I’d be a prairie dog because I’m constantly moving but also aware of my surroundings.
What’s something fun or funny that most people don’t know about you?
All of my dogs have people-names: Chase, Kevin, Jake, and Indy.
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is a secondary English-Language Arts teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.
Beth is a featured author on the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas Reading List- High School. She is the author of the Kirkus Starred Reviewed Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014) and The Patience Trilogy: Courage, Hope, and Truth (Steady On Books, 2016).
Beth is a member of the RAINN (Rape , Abuse, Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau. She has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope.”
Beth is a survivor of a traumatic childhood, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
April 19 – May 3, 2016
TRUTH IN PATIENCE
April 19 – May 3 , 2016
4/19 Margie’s Must Reads — Review
4/20 Books and Broomsticks — Author Interview #1
4/21 Missus Gonzo — Courage Excerpt
4/22 The Librarian Talks — Review
4/23 The Crazy Booksellers — Promo
4/24 The Page Unbound — Review
4/25 It’s a Jenn World — Guest Post
4/26 StoreyBook Reviews — Author Interview #2
4/27 My Book Fix Blog — Review
4/28 Forgotten Winds — Hope Excerpt
4/29 Byers Editing Reviews & Blog — Author Interview #3
4/30 Because This is My Life Y’all — Guest Post
5/1 Texas Book-aholic — Review
5/2 Hall Ways Blog — Truth Excerpt
5/3 Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books – Review