Author and friend, Melissa Foster, contacted me regarding today’s guest. She has introduced us to several new and amazing writers. And today, I have the honor to present and have you meet a very talented and gifted author that she has recommended. I am presently reading her novel and it is gripping. Helga will be on tour with her book starting in July with Partners In Crime Tours, when I will be posting my review. You are getting a sneak peek today with a chance to win her page turning novel. Please help me give a warm welcome to Ms. Helga Zeiner!
ABOUT HELGA ZEINER and GUEST POST
Allow me to introduce myself to you: I am a bi-lingual Canadian author of German origin. So far I have published five novels in my native German language and only recently my very first English one, Section 132.
At the age of 18, after I had completed my Arts degree inBavaria, I leftGermany. In the following 14 years I have lived and worked inAustraliaandHong Kong. My time in those countries gave me the inspirations for my first five novels.
Since 2004, I live with my husband on a country estate in the wilderness ofBritish Columbia, devoting myself to my life-long passion of writing entertaining, suspenseful novels.
A few years ago, I have more or less accidentally stumbled upon an article in the local newspaper. What I read there was so amazing that, at first, I refused to believe it.
I heard about a polygamous sect tucked away in a remote corner ofCanada, close to the American border and not far from where I live. My research into the topic uncovered a cesspool of unbelievable proportions. Within those sects, it is not unusual to married very young girls to middle-aged or even older men who use them as sex-object. Sister-wives have to suffer the most degrading life-style. Young boys are use as slave-labor for the economic benefit of the sect leaders. And, hard to imagine, even worse.
The deeper I dug into my research, the more horrified I was! How can this happen in our civilized world inAmericaandCanada?
I simply had to transform this material into a novel.
Of course, while the tale I spun out of this material is based on facts, it is still fictional. I have taken many liberties with the plot, have invented protagonists, changed settings, locations, situations and many other details. After all, I write to entertain. I want to take my readers on a journey of the unknown. If, by doing so, I might raise public awareness on some existing facts, so much the better.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lillian is only 13 when her parents marry her to a middle-aged Bishop of a fundamentalist sect who practices polygamy. She is forced to live with her new husband’s many wives and children on his compound tucked away in the Canadian wilderness.
The hardships of poverty and isolation have crushed the will of just about everybody in his flock. They suffer in silent submissiveness, trying to please their despotic leader. He justifies the humiliating treatment of his dependents by citing ‘Section 132 of the Doctrine & Covenants’ of his fundamentalist religion.
Until, one day, Lillian had enough. But it is dangerous to try and escape the Bishop’s iron rule. He practices blood-atonement, which is quietly sanctioned by the ‘Gatekeepers’, an American secret society within the Fundamentalist Mormon Church.
Lillian must find out-side help if she ever wants to leave the Bishop’s compound – but how can she do this if she is locked up without any means of communication?
Lillian doesn’t know how life outside a compound functions. She only knows that she can not live like this much longer. Many questions plaque her troubled mind.
Why do her sister-wives put up with this hardship, knowing only a bleak future lies ahead of them? Where do the child-brides come from, the Bishop keeps adding to his family? Where do some of his daughters disappear to, once they come of age? Lillian’s defiance grows with every injustice she witnesses – until she can’t hide her rebellion any longer.
Her desperate struggle to escape draws the reader into a very dark, very dangerous place. But not all is hopeless. When land developer Richard Bergman buys the neighboring property, Lillian’s luck seems to be changing …
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