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Courage in Patience Rights Posting
Thursday, August 09, 2007  6:10:00 AM

by Beth Fehlbaum



Young Adult/Teen
Rights posting

Courage in Patience 15 July 07

Author: Beth Fehlbaum

Description: Fourteen-year-old Ashley Asher has little more than hope. Hope that her mother will finally do the right thing and leave Charlie. Hope that her abusive step-father will never be able to lay his hands on her again. Hope for a normal life. In one last desperate attempt to escape, Ashley confronts her mother with the painful details of six years of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, fully expecting her mother to pack their things and leave Charlie for good. But her mother has other plans. "We're just going to move on now," Cheryl tells Ashley. "Go to your room."
But Ashley has decided to help herself if no one else is going to. She confides in her teacher, the only adult she can trust, who convinces Ashley to report the abuse to the police. Within hours, Ashley is on her way to the small town of Patience to live with David, the father who'd left her as an infant, by all accounts a stranger. The only thing Ashley knows about David is that he had an awful temper and liked to break things when he was angry. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley leaves her old life behind in search of a something she vaguely remembers from her early years - happiness.

Life with David, his wife Beverly and Bev's son Ben isn't perfect, but to Ashley it feels like home. She slowly learns to trust people and begins to explore the damage that years of abuse have done. She realizes that she can no longer live in fear, as a victim. With the help of the adults who love her, a class full of other troubled teens, and the inspiration found in Chris Crutcher's novel IRONMAN, Ashley Asher finds the courage to love, live, and finally be free to begin the long journey of healing.

This touching and inspiring story was written with teens in mind, but it is much more than a YA novel. The emotions and lessons will resonate with adults as well, and the manner in which the subject matter of sexual abuse is dealt with is equally appropriate for both a teen and an adult audience. The content is never graphic or disturbing, showing the emotional devastation caused by such abuse without going into great detail about the physical aspects of the sexual attacks. The themes of abuse, social injustice, racism, peer pressure, bullying, parental responsibility, fear, forgiveness, love, acceptance, and hope will strike a chord in the hearts of readers young and old alike.


Rights available: All

Other information: The author draws on her own experiences as a high school teacher in developing the lesson plan used by the character Beverly to teach her summer English class, one of the students being her own step-daughter Ashley. With encouragement from author Chris Crutcher, Beth Fehlbaum weaves the important messages found in IRONMAN into her own original story. As the students in Beverly's class discuss the characters and plot of IRONMAN, they draw parallels to their own lives, leading each student, Ashley included, down a path of self-discovery.

Contact: Rachel Dowen
Talcott Notch Literary Services
rdowen.talcottnotch.net
phone: 203-877-1146
fax: 203-876-9517
276 Forest Road, Milford, CT 06461
 

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TEXAS TEACHER ADMITS SHE DREW ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL AB - 10/19/2008 11:10:00 AM

Chatting on Library Thing Oct. 6-20! - 10/6/2008 3:33:00 PM

YA Site Gives Courage 5 Stars! - 10/6/2008 3:13:00 AM

Survivor of Abuse Reviews Courage in Patience - 10/2/2008 3:51:00 PM

My Story of Hope Featured on Teen's Site (incl. Ch. 1 Excerpt) - 10/1/2008 3:44:00 AM

Interview on prominent book blogger's site - 9/30/2008 12:54:00 PM

Featured on Gay YA Fiction Site - 9/24/2008 9:35:00 AM

Incest Survivors' Site interviews author of YA Recovery Novel - 9/22/2008 2:34:00 AM

..a powerful, important book - 9/18/2008 4:59:00 PM

Denton, Texas! I'm coming your way! - 9/18/2008 9:48:00 AM

Innovative Teen Reviews Courage in Patience! - 9/15/2008 6:59:00 PM

STILL doing book signing on Sat., damn you, Ike! - 9/12/2008 6:30:00 PM

Book Trailer for Courage in Patience - 9/11/2008 2:35:00 AM

Themes in Courage in Patience - 9/9/2008 3:33:00 AM

Courage in Patience featured on two sites! - 9/7/2008 6:49:00 PM

Great book signing in Tyler, Texas this past Saturday! - 9/7/2008 4:36:00 PM

The stuff that great people are made of - 9/5/2008 2:50:00 PM

Telling. - 9/1/2008 6:17:00 AM

Courage in Patience featured on J. Kaye's Book Blog! - 8/27/2008 3:50:00 PM

Waaaay Cool Review of Courage in Patience! - 8/26/2008 6:57:00 PM

Frisco Enterprise Newspaper Interviews Beth Fehlbaum - 8/26/2008 6:52:00 PM

Beth Fehlbaum captures the heart and soul of the reader - 8/22/2008 3:48:00 PM

Courage in Patience featured on J.Kaye's Book Blog! - 8/21/2008 6:37:00 PM

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Courage in Patience featured on WordsToMouth.com - 8/19/2008 6:36:00 PM

Courage in Patience featured on Angels That Care - 8/15/2008 2:44:00 AM

Courage in Patience available NOW! - 8/14/2008 3:29:00 AM

Countdown to Courage - 8/13/2008 12:38:00 AM

Faith and Writing-- yeah, I'm talkin' religion... - 8/1/2008 4:24:00 PM

PW Review of Courage in Patience - 7/28/2008 6:53:00 AM

Courage in Patience Author Profile in Texas Newspaper - 7/21/2008 4:33:00 AM

Courage in Patience featured in my local paper! - 7/19/2008 4:26:00 AM

Cool Book of the Day! - 7/17/2008 6:34:00 AM

Guest feature: Dr. Dorothy Neddermeyer - 6/21/2008 3:01:00 PM

Courage's Publisher is NUMBER ONE! - 5/31/2008 1:37:00 AM

Interview with me on New Writers Int'l - 5/23/2008 2:58:00 PM

Karen Harrington's Janeology Tour! - 4/8/2008 6:57:00 PM

Chapter One Courage in Patience posted online! - 3/28/2008 5:58:00 PM

Courage in Patience doing well in pre-order sales - 3/23/2008 1:41:00 PM

NOT Reading Lolita in Charlottesville - 3/20/2008 11:40:00 AM

Interviews - 3/17/2008 3:34:00 AM

Early Reviews of Courage in Patience - 3/17/2008 3:32:00 AM

Courage in Patience avail. for pre-order NOW! - 3/13/2008 5:33:00 PM

Californians: Right-to-Know Act needs YOU! - 3/6/2008 4:20:00 PM

Hilarious metaphors found in high school essays - 3/4/2008 2:55:00 AM

Update to Pat Conroy situation - 2/27/2008 3:39:00 AM

Domestic Violence Database: you can help! - 2/15/2008 6:14:00 PM

Wrong, wrong, dirty, and wrong - 2/13/2008 7:17:00 PM

Deal of the Day..with the Devil? - 2/11/2008 4:35:00 PM

Give me your tired, your weary..your English-only speakers - 2/8/2008 3:49:00 AM

Survivors' Welcome Courage! - 1/13/2008 6:41:00 AM

Invisible Girls: the Truth About Sexual Abuse - 1/12/2008 6:34:00 AM

Check out my new blog! - 1/8/2008 4:27:00 AM

Courage in Patience's cover! Beautiful! - 1/3/2008 6:41:00 PM

Protect this Freedom in 2008! - 12/28/2007 5:44:00 PM

Courage in Patience SOLD to Kunati, Inc., for Fall, 2008! - 12/22/2007 1:46:00 AM

Review of The Last Troubador by Derek Armstrong - 12/13/2007 6:50:00 PM

I have an offer of publication!!! - 11/18/2007 7:30:00 AM

required reading in schools, churches, and counseling centers.. - 11/17/2007 3:54:00 AM

Review of T.K. Kenyon's Rabid - 11/15/2007 2:39:00 AM

22 year old reviews Courage in Patience - 11/12/2007 7:03:00 PM

New Short Story Posted - 11/9/2007 2:15:00 AM

Provocative, controversial, life-changing story - 11/4/2007 6:36:00 AM

Incest Survivors' group says, The first of its kind I have ever read - 11/1/2007 5:31:00 AM

Story of Ashley. Sexually abused since age 8. & Mom knows. - 11/1/2007 4:17:00 AM

Cuss words, the n word, censorship, & Pat Conroy - 10/31/2007 1:42:00 AM

Courage in Patience excerpts on website! - 10/26/2007 5:52:00 PM

Article: Who says teens don't read? - 10/24/2007 2:24:00 AM

Beth Fehlbaum announces new website - 10/22/2007 8:15:00 AM

..hard to believe that this MS, as yet unpublished.. - 10/13/2007 3:51:00 AM

Apex Reviews: 5 stars for Courage in Patience! - 10/11/2007 3:14:00 PM

Incredible literary jewel.. - 10/5/2007 1:32:00 PM

Compelling. Stark. Highly Recommended. - 10/1/2007 3:33:00 PM

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FBI investigating white supremacist website - 9/23/2007 5:25:00 AM

FREE THE JENA 6 - 9/21/2007 6:55:00 AM

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Chris Crutcher rocks! YES he does! - 9/3/2007 4:15:00 AM

Alone in the dark: fear and hope collide - 9/2/2007 4:40:00 AM

Provocative, controversial: a story that will change lives - 8/31/2007 2:21:00 AM



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