WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR RAINBOW EXPLODES?
Courageous Woman Magazine’s top 10 Best Books To Read (July 2016)
The life of Marine Captain Jewel Dubuclet is shattered when on a routine patrol mission in Afghanistan, her Humvee trips an IED wire. The result is death and devastating casualties for her men, and for Jewel, the loss of her right leg. She is airlifted by helicopter to safety and a state-of-the-art military rehabilitation hospital, but her recovery is stalled. Feelings of shame, guilt, and a loss of her physical identity thrust her into depression. Assisted by a skillful psychologist, who connects the suffering captain to the valor of an historic warrior Queen, and the tenacity of her driving physical trainer, Jewel gradually accepts her new normal and the unforeseen promise of love it brings.
Stolen Rainbow honors the sacrifices and courage of women who are valiant wounded warriors.
CW: What compelled you to write this book and is it your first book?
SP: I am so inspired by women that I know that have served in the U.S. Military and am quite honestly in awe of Tammy Duckworth U.S. Representative to Congress, who is an Iraq war veteran and a double amputee, a wife and mother of a young child. As I became aware of her story and the stories of other women in the Military, like Danielle Greene 2015 ESPY Award Winner who lost her left arm during a rocket propelled grenade attack in Iraq. I became curious about their struggles and sacrifices. How do return to civilian life and regain your aura of femininity? I’m a storyteller and as I talked to other women in the Military it became clear to me that their stories need to be told. Stolen Rainbow is a start.
CW: How Many Books have you published
SP: My first book is the spell-binding memoir of my 11 years in Liberia, West Africa and my family’s escape during the Liberian Civil War, Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot. I also have written Broken Dolls, the first book in a detective series introducing Joi Sommers, a flawed female homicide detective. I’ve also been featured in several anthologies, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours a romance anthology, and Baring It All, The Ins and Outs of Writing published by the Macro Literary All Stars, a writers’ collaborative.
CW: Who are you speaking to in this book and what do you hope readers will get out of it?
SP: I’m speaking to a broad audience that needs to have greater respect for the valor, accomplishments and trials of women in the military. They are as strong as men and they think differently. I’m particularly speaking to women who have served. I want them to know we see them. I have had several women who have served in the military share that they cried when they read Stolen Rainbow. We all want to be seen. Women have generously offered to share their personal stories about deployment and their challenges of trying to reintegrate after being in a combat zone. They face unique challenges.
CW: Is there a favorite line, quote or brief excerpt you’d like to share from this book?
SP: Absolutely, I’d like to share this excerpt from Stolen Rainbow …
She wasn’t tracking time, but it seemed only minutes later that she was choked in the dust storm that signaled the landing of a Black Hawk copter carrying medics. At that moment, she thanked whatever angels her forever praying mama had sent to protect her. She wouldn’t die in the dust of Afghanistan. Glancing sidelong she recognized the green and white handkerchief knotted around her tattered stump. It hadn’t been lucky for Gunner Avery, but it had saved her life.
The blades of the helicopter sliced through the air as the dead and wounded were quickly loaded onto stretchers and then hoisted aboard the copter. Only then did Captain Jewel Dubuclet finally release command and lose consciousness.
CW: What are your future writing plans? I am working on the second book in a mystery
SP: series featuring a female homicide detective, Joi Sommers. It’s called Iron Collar and I am expanding a short story first introduced in the Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours anthology. It’s going to be a full length novel with characters I introduced in the story You Can’t Hurry Love. This new book is titled What Love Has Joined. Additionally, I write inspirational literature for an online magazine, Garden Spices, a wonderful magazine dedicated to expressing the kaleidoscope of human expression. And I’m going to spend some time documenting and drafting stories of female veterans. I’d like to let Stolen Rainbow be the first of many stories chronicling the multifaceted experiences of women in the military.
CW: What is your definition of a courageous woman?
SP: I define a courageous woman as a woman who defies limitations, goes over, under, around or through any real or perceived obstacle in her way. This is also a woman who also knows that some situations require patience, not that you stop, but that you are strategic and choose the right moment to make your ultimate move. Life is a chess game.
CW: How can readers connect with you?
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