The Beached Ones by Colleen M. Story

Lorena's Gift Review - HERE!
Overwhelmed Writer Rescue Review - HERE!
Writer Get Noticed Review - HERE!
Your Writing Matters Review - HERE!

Synopsis - 

He came back determined to keep his promise.

Daniel and his younger brother grew up in an abusive home. Daniel escaped. Now an established stunt rider, he intends to go back to rescue his brother. But then one jump goes horribly wrong . . .

He recovers to find himself in Iowa, unscathed, yet his life has drastically changed. His best friend won’t answer his calls. Even his girlfriend is hiding something. Increasingly terrified, he clings to the one thing he knows: He must pick up his brother in San Francisco. In five days.

​From the isolating fields of Iowa to the crowded streets of San Francisco, Daniel must fight his way through a fog of disjointed memories and supernatural encounters to face the truth and pay a debt he didn’t know he owed.

Review - 

Having read four previous books by this author, I was intrigued. She has released three titles in non-fiction since her last fiction offering. It was worth the wait.  

The Beached Ones offers a dark, deeply emotional look into the minds of those who are considering suicide as an answer to their difficult lives. The supernatural is embraced throughout as are life questions.  Why are we here? What is our purpose? How did our story unfold?  All is uncovered as we follow the lives of Daniel, his brother, a woman he loves and the man who she is travelling with. 

The author takes us step by step through their stories, revealing a bit here and  a bit there - like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.  The story is not an easy read. Difficult lives and difficult moments are shared. So I want to mention for anyone in a dark place, this could be triggering. But for those on the outside looking in, there is a window into the minds of those who are struggling to put one foot in front of the other while mired in the abyss of depression. 

This is a powerful story, but very heavy emotionally.  So it's important to know that in the final chapter, a ray of light is turned on. Hope is offered. No matter what your struggles, there is always a future that offers hope. 

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Meet the Author - 
2016 Interview HERE
2017 Interview HERE

Colleen M. Story is a novelist, freelance writer, writing coach, and speaker who loves animals, music, and the great Pacific Northwest.

Her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others. Her next novel, The Beached Ones is forthcoming from CamCat Books on June 14, 2022.

Colleen has written three books to help writers succeed. "Your Writing Matters" helps writers overcome self-doubt and determine once and for all where writing fits in their lives.

Her previous release, Writer Get Noticed!, was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and a first-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Overwhelmed Writer Rescue was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon best seller.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. She continues to work as a full-time freelance writer, helping clients create informative and inspiring communications in a variety of media formats.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader, writing coach, and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Go to Colleen's website for free chapters of her books.

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