Friday, August 12, 2016

On Conversations: #romance #author Beth Hale

Please join me in welcoming contemporary romance author Beth Hale to Conversations today! Beth is here to talk about book 1 in her Magnolia Series, Magnolia Secrets. This book is one of her most popular stories to date, and it's on sale for limited time for only 99¢! So be sure and check out the cover and in-depth story description below. And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Beth Hale!

Lisa ~
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MAGNOLIA SECRETS
Magnolia Series, Book One

Walker and Lainey share one explosive night together, and he awakens to find her gone. Shrugging it off as just a glorious one-night stand, he accepts a new job in a small town: New Hope, Mississippi. That's where he finds Lainey again. She just happens to be married to the Chief of Police-and Walker's new boss.

Lainey is terrified that Walker will divulge their secret. If he does, Lainey is a dead woman. But despite the danger, she can't forget the one passionate night she spent in Walker's arms. Walker demands answers from Lainey: What secret is she hiding? Why is she so afraid? And when peo-ple begin dying, he wants to get to the bottom of it. Why is the police chief trying to brush off the deaths? Why doesn't he want Walker to work the cases? What kind of secrets is he hiding?

Drawn together, unable to deny their passion, they risk their lives. Lainey is trapped. Walker is determined to save her and uncover the truth. Can they expose the secrets before a ruthless man destroys any hope for a brighter future?


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What is Magnolia Secrets about?

Magnolia Secrets has several layers, ranging from corrupt cops to tainted drugs. It also deals with the taboo subject of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is hard to talk about, hard to see, and all too real. I know. I grew up in a home fueled by alcohol and domestic violence.

I chose this as an underlying theme because it is a subject close to my heart, and I could person-ally relate to Lainey’s pain and shame. I know the mind-numbing fear and the embarrassment of those who suffer. And I know the sacrifices made by those trapped in the cycle to try and make it better or save another, more vulnerable person.

I watched my mother suffer for years. I remember the tears, the yelling, the smell of beer. I re-member the bruises.

It’s not pretty, and it’s not easy to talk about. I think a lot of people still have the mindset of “What happens between a couple behind closed doors is not our business.”

Domestic violence is a widespread, often under-reported, problem, and anyone from any walk of life can be a victim. From the woman living in a trailer park, to the wife of a famous athlete, to the wife of a cop. Men can be victims, children can be victims. If you see someone struggling, if you think there is a problem at home, ask. It may be the life-line that person needs to begin the leaving process.

I’m happy to say that I’ve had several reviews on Magnolia Secrets that compliment how well the theme was portrayed: real and raw and true-to-life. That’s what I set out to do. (For those with triggers: While not explicitly graphic, there are some descriptions of domestic violence as they are happening in the book.)

Please know that help is available. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can reach out to your local law enforcement agency or the national Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They also have a website, and offer 24\7 confidential help.




Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions to-gether to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the everyday life problems we all face and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.

She loves to hear from readers. Feel free to email her at beth@authorbethhale.com. You can connect with her via her website (www.authorbethhale.com), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Autumn Cook said...

This was awesome. I love Magnolia Secrets and have read it multiple times. Highly recommended book.

Beth Hale said...

Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Rebecca Carter said...

It's so sad that domestic abuse is a problem people like to hide under the rug. It's good that you are bringing this issue to light. I hope your book helps the abused seek help and know that it's not their fault.

Beth Hale said...

I wish more people would talk about it and make it an issue we can't ignore. Thanks for visiting.

Karen Ingalls said...

I so appreciate that you have written about domestic abuse and what a shame that it is considered a "taboo subject." I am in the middle of writing my book on my experience as a survivor and as a nurse therapist working with men and women who have suffered from abuse.
I am anxious to read your book and commend you for speaking out.

Beth Hale said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you managed to get out of an abusive relationship. I'd like to read your book once you've published it.

Lisa Mondello said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your story, Beth!

Beth Hale said...

Thank you for hosting me today!

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