"Secrets" by Darcia Helle


Title: Secrets
Author: Darcia Helle

Synopsis: SURVIVAL
Samantha’s monsters aren't under the bed; they’re the people she calls Mom and Dad.

ESCAPE
She makes it out alive, her sanity barely intact.

LIES
She creates a new past that fools everyone, including herself.

HOPE
A life filled with love and security teeters on its base of lies.

SECRETS
When it all comes crumbling down, will Samantha make it out alive?


Author: Where to start? My oldest son once described me as a "tree-hugging, peace-loving, hippie". I suppose that about sums me up!
I grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, a small town south of Boston. I now live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. I don't miss the New England weather, though I do sometimes miss the overall feel of "home".
I am married to a great guy who tolerates all the extra people in my head. I have two grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law and the most gorgeous granddaughter ever! I was a hairstylist for about 15 years. Back in the late 1990's, health complications forced me to give up that career. I have chronic, late-stage Lyme disease, as well as chronic Epstein Barr virus. It's a constant battle to keep the symptoms under control. On the bright side, it allows me lots of time for characters to roam free in my mind.
I love words. Language intrigues me. Reading and writing are addictions I hope to never live without. I read everything from the ingredients on a cereal box to a super thick text on medieval history. But there's nothing like escaping into a good novel. I'm partial to suspense and mystery, although I often wander in a variety of other directions.
The novels I write all contain aspects of mystery/suspense. I always seem to have several novels in various stages of completion.  I call it writer's A.D.D. The characters that float through my mind can be unrelenting and often lead me in too many directions at once. They become like children who lack discipline. And apparently I lack parenting skills.  
Aside from my passion for writing & reading, I am a music addict. I have an expansive eclectic CD collection that includes rock, blues, folk, country, jazz, electronic, and new age. I love exploring new sounds and reminiscing with the old ones.
Then there's my love for animals. From my early youth on, I have always had dogs - and often cats as well. I currently have 3 dogs and 1 cat, all rescues that came to me in varying states of distress. They are my babies. They keep me smiling, make me laugh, and give me comfort. I talk to them all the time. And while they haven't yet learned how to answer me, they always listen. And sometimes that's all we need.

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