Bound by Blood and Brimstone
by D. L. Dunaway
The beauty of our humanity is
born in the struggle of the journey...
COMING OF AGE BOOK REVEALS DEADLY FAMILY SECRETS
When push comes to shove, I
suppose the truth has to be told for me. Maybe then the dreams will let up, and
I can decide if enough shards of my life remain to piece Ember Mae Roberts back
together. If not, the dark knowledge I hold inside could kill me. ~~ Ember Mae
books want you to believe in true love and happily ever after, while others
take you to a very different place. One that is not full of sunshine and lovers
riding off into the sunset, but takes you to a place that makes you question
who you are and where you came from. Bound by Blood and Brimstone, by D.
L. Dunaway, is undeniably one of those rare books that implores you to turn the
page and see what secrets lurk around the corner.
wanted to write a fictional account about my mountain culture since I was a
little girl. Mountain culture is rich in music, history, violence, and
scandal,” says Dunaway. “My great-grandmother was Cherokee, and apparently had
a child out of wedlock. My grandmothers on both sides had vast knowledge of
herbal remedies and natural healing, and there have always been rumors of
relatives who had ‘the sight.’”
of age is never easy, but for Ember Mae Roberts and her twin sister, Lorrie
Beth, it may boil down to a matter of life or death. Growing up in the
mountains of West Virginia in the 1950s presents unique challenges for any
child but, for talented young Ember Mae, it means bearing the burdens of an
adult, as she quickly learns her expected role is that of her sister's keeper.
When a schoolyard bully sets his brutal sights on a fragile Lorrie Beth, Ember
Mae jumps to her defense. Terror abounds at every turn as the tormenting
escalates. What begins as a normal rite of passage for most children ends in a
final tragic confrontation that leaves Lorrie Beth shattered.
sisters make a pact to keep a deadly secret in order to heal, but Lorrie Beth
has always been weak. Ember Mae fears she'll crack under the strain and bring
their world crashing down around them. What Ember Mae doesn't realize is that
she and Lorrie Beth aren't the only ones keeping a secret. There are other
secrets waiting to spill out, secrets so vile that when the full force of their
evil is unleashed, it's anybody's guess who will survive.
of intrigue, mystery and suspense, Bound by Blood and Brimstone explores:
inevitable pain when transitioning from being a child to becoming an adult
and the extended impact on their victims
and lasting affects of childhood abuse
in organized religion
duality of human nature
secrets and the lengths people will go to protect them
culture places profound emphasis on the impact of childhood, its fears, its
innocence, its joy. Many believe that our beginnings ultimately determine who
we become,” shares Dunaway. “I believe that the perfect childhood is a myth,
and the beauty of our humanity is born in the struggle of the journey.”
D. L. Dunaway is a native of eastern Kentucky and is a
single working mom with a Master’s degree in Middle School Counseling from
Morehead State University. While working with middle school kids, she fell in
love with troubled youth and now works for a local community action agency. Her
family is her greatest blessing, her daughter is the love of her life, but
writing is her passion.
Bound by Blood and Brimstone is
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