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About Carolyn Peterkin
Peterkin works in local government and enjoys yoga and reading in her spare time. She lives in Maryland with her family.
Life is not always pleasant. Regrets, bitter memories, and events beyond our control can rob us of happiness. Perseverance and faith may heal such wounds and restore our hope.
Poet Carolyn Peterkin understands this, and her poems reflect the ever-changing nature of life. She freely acknowledges the sadness and fear that can overwhelm the soul, but she never forgets the significance of inspiration, hope, love, and faith may bring.
The first poem in her new book of deeply personal free verse reflects such themes. “Fear of the Unknown” focuses on how the events of 9/11 forever darken one man’s ability to enjoy a crisp fall day. In contrast, “Mesmerized” reveals the presence of the Savior at all times in life and the comfort such knowledge brings. Peterkin expertly swings between these extremes throughout her collection, and that exploration culminates in the mixture of sadness and hope that is “Heart and Soul,” the final poem in the collection.
In The Skies Are Blue Again,Peterkin offers no easy answers to life’s tribulations. What she does offer is inspiration, hope, and unshakable faith—and the assurance that life, for all its troubles, is worth living to the fullest.
From the author of Loving Encounters/Deadly Consequences comes a new young adult novel that chronicles a young woman’s life-threatening struggle with inner demons.
For years Skylette has battled depression and low self-esteem. Nearing high school graduation, Sky keeps a journal full of thoughts and poems about her pain. But writing about her terrible feelings doesn’t vanquish them, so she starts secretly cutting her wrists. Somehow, she makes it to graduation, but a suicide attempt nearly ends her dreams of going to college.
Still hiding the seriousness of her problems, Sky enrolls in the University of Maryland. Thanks to treatment from both a psychologist and psychiatrist, she’s gradually able to quiet the destructive, negative voices inside and even make friends. But in her darkest moments, Sky knows she’s not far from the edge—and her inner demons are trying to push her over.
Sky’s fragile mental health is threatened when she discovers a long-buried family secret. As she plunges deeper into depression, she questions everything she thought she knew about who she is. Still, she has the will to survive. And if she can manage to understand and love herself, then she just might find a satisfying new beginning.
Tyler Andrew Spencer is a haunted man. His mother’s murder has left an everlasting scar on his soul that nothing can heal, and a twisted lump of hate, anger, and vengeance has rooted itself within him. Deeply troubled, he is institutionalized.
After a year, he finally convinces the psychiatrists that his mind has returned to a normal, healthy state—but he’s lying. He knows his mother’s killer is still out there, and he knows he will stop at nothing to track the man down.
Appearing to all as a handsome, successful businessman, Tyler seeks justice for one woman—his mother—while his own warped obsessions lead him to kill others—each a beautiful prostitute—in sordid, brutal, and demented sexual encounters that feed his insanity.
With Tyler’s dark misdeeds now front and center with the police department, hardened detective David Harrison is assigned to the case. As he tries to get inside the mind of a perverted serial killer, his investigation takes him places he’d never have imagined—and when Tyler’s quest for revenge meets David’s quest for justice, will either man get out alive?