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"Sanders does a great job of connecting the individuals and providing important life lessons to the reader along the way. Sanders is definitely an author to watch in the Young Adult genre!" - Kam Aures, Rebecca's Reads

"This book was absolutely amazing! I read it twice before I started writing this review! With every page I read, and every detail into someone's story, I became more and more hooked on this book." - Avni Gupta, Reader Views

"A page-turning... finely crafted novel. This is a great book that will move you profoundly... Highly recommended." - Douglas R. Cobb, Bestsellers World

"Totally inspiring... Facing Demons is an extremely heart-rending book. It covers many of the problems facing young people today. A real eye-opener." - Ellen Feld, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"A thought provoking novel which will touch every human emotion possible." - Beck Valley Books

About the Author

Ashley Sanders was born in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has lived most of his life. He attended Eynesbury College and Flinders University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and became a paramedic. He gains inspiration for his writing from the diverse range of people and situations he meets in this exciting job.

FACING DEMONS is his first novel, which he is also writing prequels for. The first book in the prequel series, JASON, will be released later 2012.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426948018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426948015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ashley Sanders is a young adult fiction writer and author of FACING DEMONS, which reviewers have described as "Inspirational" and "Absolutely amazing!"

His career as a paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service continues to give him valuable insight into a diverse range of people's lives and has sparked inspiration for his writing.

Ashley is currently working on character prequels for Facing Demons.

Follow Ashley and see more of his work on his blog:

http://authorashleysanders.blogspot.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Violante on November 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ashley Sanders takes the reader through these four problem kids' journey on fighting their inner Demons. The reader will be inside their heads and hearts, and feel their heart-wrenching pain, and fears. Their battle will transcend to the Demons in their lives who they must fight to be free. But the battle will be fierce and there is no predicting if they will succeed or die in the process.

Facing Demons is a heart-wrenching story that will change the reader's view about judging "problem kids." I was fascinated by its setting in Australia, heart broken by the reality of all the characters, and drawn to the edge by the dramatic suspense of their battles.

As a reader and author of Young Adult Books, I reccomend this read to young people of all ages.

Susan Violante Innocent War (Revised Edition): Behind an Immigrant's Past Series Book 1
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LK Gardner-Griffie on January 15, 2012
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Somewhere during the tumultuous years we call being a teenager, I read a book called Voices that impacted me strongly at the time and stuck with me for many years. The concept of the book was the background and letters of teens who committed suicide, and was based on non-fiction cases. Each time I connected with the kid in the current "story" and each time my mind cried out for them to choose life -- things would get better. When I ran across Ashley Sanders' Facing Demons the write up reminded me of the book which had made such a huge impression on me. So I read the preview and decided to give it a try.

I was not disappointed.

Sanders has penned a powerful story weaving five troubled lives together in a beautiful setting. Blake Solomon rescues four teens from the hospital, transports them to his rehabilitation center, and helps them learn to take control of their own destiny and break their patterns from the past. And you may note that I mentioned five troubled lives, and not four. Blake has some troubles which are revealed through the course of the story as well, which help give him a realness he would not otherwise have had.

Each of the kids in the story come to life on the page, and you will feel like you could meet them somewhere in your own home town. Yet, each of them has a reason to want to die, as well as a reason to live -- though they may not know it. While each of their stories has some similarities, they are unique to the character and the voices are well-developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Cobb on October 27, 2011
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What do you do, where do you turn, when you have no hope, when you think that you have nowhere to turn? Facing Demons by Ashley Sanders is a fascinating, page-turning YA novel which explores the turmoil-filled, tumultuous lives of four teenage individuals who face tragic and desperate situations, and the often self-destructive decisions they make, that lead them to the brink of wanting to end it all. It's also about how they all wind up at the Anchor Beach Rehabilitation Clinic, ran by Blake Solomon, and how their lives are changed for the better. As the title suggests, they each have to face their demons before they can conquer them. We get to learn very dramatically about the four people's lives because each one tells their tales in the first-person, present tense. The stories of Jason (a gang member), Rebecca (a drug addict and child prostitute forced into it by thugs who keep her doped up), Matthew (a homeless African refugee living on the streets), and Felicity (a reckless, high-risk taking, rich kid who cuts herself), will live with you long after you finish the book.

Blake Solomon gets a second chance at life when his metastatic cancer goes into remission in the prologue of Facing Demons. That's a big reason behind why he wants to give other people a chance, also. He's a great character, because though he has doubts like all people do, he keeps his resolve strong, despite some setbacks he experiences with the four other main characters. He deals with their problems in a kind, concerned, attentive manner, and it's apparent he deeply cares for his patients and wants to help them succeed on their road to recovery. Blake is described as looking "a bit like George Clooney, even has the stubble, but with a few more streaks of grey in his hair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beckvalleybooks on January 13, 2012
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A thought provoking novel which will touch every human emotion possible. You will laugh, cry, feel humility and despair as you read each of the characters individual stories.

When we are faced in our everyday life by people who are high on drugs, very angry or to the other extreme withdrawn, reading this book could change your perception of that person.

The book teaches us that behind every heartache lies a reason and if we took the time to listen and learn the persons story, this could fulfil our lives by being gentle, kind as well as understanding.

As you go through the book each of their stories are revealed in stages, making you think of how you would react to listening to those harrowing stories. The author is very clever with this and brings each feeling to light and as the four main characters listen they realise that through releasing their worries they can really gain strength, especially telling their story to someone who understands.

Our characters - Matthew - The refugee who ends up on the street reveals his harrowing story, will the others understand? - Jason - A gang member or hard boy who cannot take a backward step or this will show weakness, can the tasks set for him change him? - Felicity - Who just wants to be loved but her story is a tragic one, can the others help her to overcome her tragedy? - Rebecca - She has been passed from foster home to foster home, used and abused, can she change her ways? All four characters experience near death experiences which bring them to the retreat.

Four lost souls all want one thing, a family, a sense of belonging. I haven't discussed the characters stories as not wanting to give the reader any pre-conceived ideas. This book has to be read for the reader to make up their own minds.
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