From the Author
Though she's put through hell and her life is still in danger, my fictitious heroine flees her violent marriage. Sadly, in real life, many women haven't the means to escape. This story is not meant to be a blueprint for how every woman should handle her individual struggle. This is fiction based on fact. If you are in a domestic violence situation, please reach out for help. Though not a personal endorsement, a possible place to start might be genesisshelter.org or another such organization in your community.
Now, a word about the "hero." I use that term with immense pride and familiarity. The lead male character, Markus, is patterned after a few men I know, one quite personally. If you are acquainted with the quote attributed to George Orwell, you'll know my male lead character and understand his motives without further explanation: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
While Markus handles his PTSD in an atypical manner, those with PTSD can surely identify with his emotions and his decision to deal with his situation in his own way. Post Traumatic Stress is a very real and very serious mental health issue. If you are suffering, please don't carry the burden alone. Again, not an endorsement, but organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project and their Warrior Care Network may provide helpful resources.
I'm hopeful that strong, smart women and courageous, rough men who find themselves in situations similar to those of my characters will gain a sense of strength and feel a shoulder of sympathy in the words of this novel.