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Helen has put her time during the pandemic to good use, and her latest book, DAMAGED is now available for purchase.
DAMAGED is the story of a determined young woman who questions and resists the dubious authority of a self proclaimed prophet who has taken over her small town. This preacher and his family use sophisticated techniques of manipulation and indoctrination, called brainwashing or thought control, to recruit, entice and exploit those who join his cult-like alternate religion. Eventually this prophet insists that her money-hungry mother and step-father, who are members of his congregation, get rid of her and her younger brother, permanently. This directive will end in tragedy
A QUESTION OF INTENT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.
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Due to the current state of affairs, I will not be hosting in-person launches and author talks for this book. However, thanks to the magic of technology, I invite you to enjoy the following virtual launch on YouTube where I speak about the book, why I wrote it, and what's between the covers.
Helen's latest book, a True Crime legal thriller, A QUESTION OF INTENT, is now in the final stages of publication.
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A QUESTION OF INTENT is the true story of a little girl’s dismal life and the events that followed her tragic death. The author had access to the transcripts of the Preliminary Inquiry and the subsequent trial and appeals, and many related supporting documents.
This is the story of a four-year-old who was beaten to death in the name of discipline. Susan’s story is one of physical punishment that began when she was an infant of five months andended with her death just days before her fifth birthday. There was no doubt that she was physically abused and that the discipline was excessive, but the question that became the core of the trial was whether or not her parents had intended to kill her.
The legal proceedings that form the basis of this book are fascinating. The reader will be enthralled by the courtroom arguments as the Crown Prosecutors, who charged her mother and father with murder, sought justice for Susan while the defence team sought to defend her parents from this terrible accusation.
Some readers may find the verdict and sentence unsatisfactory. Others may conclude that the justice system operated as it should have. Was this child’s death intentional? The author does not attempt to second guess the results of the trial, but simply presents the evidence and the legal arguments, leaving the reader to decide.
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What makes a survivor?
Born in Quebec in 1850, Maggie’s life-story is one of overcoming hardships with courage and resilience. At fifteen, her family lost their wealth when her father died deeply in debt. As result of this reversal of fortune, she found herself, at seventeen, letting go of her own dreams and entering into an arranged marriage. By age twenty-four she had borne five children.
By age twenty-five, she and her children, the youngest an infant of just three months, endured an arduous trek of a thousand miles into the wilderness of northern Ontario, following her husband to his new job posting with the Hudson’s Bay Company.
For almost two decades, Maggie lived in isolation in a cabin in the vast loneliness of the north woods, where she bore five more children and fulfilled the role of an HBC Company wife. She was forced to endure the humiliation and insult of her husband’s countless liaisons with other women. Over the years of their marriage, her husband, already a domineering man, became physically abusive to the point that she began to fear for her life and the lives of the children.
At age forty-four, she and the children were uprooted again in her husband’s relentless pursuit of promotion with the Company and they made the long journey back to Quebec.
How did she survive?
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I had to resign my teaching position as I am to be married and married women cannot be teachers, which seems a foolish rule to me. I received my Inspectors report today and it was very good. I have written it down here. They say they are sorry to see me go.
I must admit I am sore afraid of this step I am taking. I have been happy as an independent woman earning my own living, but until I came to live with Nell’s family, I was sometimes lonely. I hope this marriage is the right decision and not some rash and foolish thing I am doing.
I will be married at the turn of the century, which Nell says will be an adventure. T J will give me away as Pa is too ill to come to Sudbury. That makes me very sad but we will see Ma and Pa when we travel south to Montreal after the wedding. Afterwards, we will live in Dinorwic for some time. Robert will stay there as a trader with the HBC until he is accepted at Queen’s Medical School. I am somewhat apprehensive but I know now that I cannot bear to be parted from Robert. All will be well.
Robert was here again today. We went for a walk and had a lovely visit. Robert is talking of studying to be a doctor. I would be a doctor’s wife if we married. Nell would like that very much and she is encouraging him to study at Queen’s her old alma mater. I think I would like to live in Kingston, but I would miss Nell and the children and T J who is very kind to me, almost like a second father.
Robert is quite strong and handsome and seems very kind. He is quite an outdoorsman. I know Nell and Mrs. McKenzie talked about Robert’s prospects on Mrs. McKenzie’s last visit here. I think I could be happy with him but it is early days yet. I am not sure I want to leave Sudbury but Nell tells me that Robert’s people have a grand home in Montreal and his mother hopes he will go to medical school at McGill and we would live with her. I am nervous about living with her. She is quite stern in appearance, a very forceful woman.