March 12, 2019
Posts tagged ‘Tatia’s Tattoo’
Published in the Rains County Leader on February 26, 2019:
Back in the early 90s, the idea of “six degrees of separation” was popular. The theory was that any two people are only six or less social connections away from each other. In other words, if you began a “friend of a friend” chain, any two people can find a connection within six steps. This concept was developed in 1929, but it didn’t grab the attention of the public until a play by that name opened in 1990 followed by a movie in 1993.
“The Kevin Bacon Effect” was a spin-off of the six degrees phenomenon, and it led to a book in 1996 and a trivia game sometime later. I believe the idea was that everyone in Hollywood had either worked with Kevin Bacon or knew someone who had, thus proving that Kevin Bacon is the center of the entertainment universe. All of this is a long-winded way of saying “it’s a small world,” and if you will bear with me, I will attempt to tell you my recent small-world tale in as few words as possible. (more…)
Very good! 5 stars so far. I’m about half way through. I didn’t get my nap in today because I couldn’t put the book down.
I’m not done, but already find myself looking forward to the sequel.I really like your writing style, not too wordy.Being a victim of abuse myself, I was a little worried going into it, being a book about sex trafficking. A lot of writers these days go for shock value. But you’ve handled those bits and pieces very tactfully and I appreciate that.
Thank you for being respectful and not making us that are victims re-live it and proving that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Latest review of Tatia’s Tattoo. Many thanks to Candace Hodges:
Take a look into the life and horrible series of events of Tatia, a 12 year old lost in the life of human trafficking. She was a survivor from birth, but her strength saw her through.
Emory is not far from the horrors of this life, as it is happening in Tyler and Dallas and probably many places in between.
This book, written by a beautiful woman in our church, will take you inside the horrors, make you cry, (I definitely cried many tears), have a few laughs and really make you take a look into yourself and your walk in faith. John and I couldn’t wait to read another chapter each day when we got home from work, and then had to fight hard to put it down when we knew we had to sleep. Excellent realistic fiction but educational to those who don’t realize just how bad the problem is.
For the Silent is an organization that helps get these young victims out of their situation. Consider donating to the cause.
Can’t wait for her next book in this series. Looks like it will be just as captivating.
The most horrific incidents of child sex trafficking happen in the streets of your town, not on the Hollywood screen.
I loved it! Tatia’s story touched me to the core. It captures the intense struggles and tragic events confronted by the many victims of sex trafficking. The story is compelling and well written, and I had to dry my eyes many times. The dialogue is amazing, particularly in the courtroom. – Christi Palmer, Beta Reader and Fellow Author
This is a wonderful book! Dealing with sex trafficking as often as I do, I can attest to how often it truly happens this way. Eric’s grooming of Tatia is very realistic. – Sara Attaway, A child welfare attorney
I was very impressed by how the author described very difficult scenes in a way that is affecting while not being lascivious. – Christian Piatt, President and CEO of BookPros
Would you be shocked to learn that a thriving child sex trafficking trade exists in your town and that the children who go to your schools and play in your parks might be the next target of the local pimp?
I was stunned to learn about the sex trafficking trade that thrives in a small East Texas town less than fifty miles from where my husband David and I live out our country retirement. Tatia’s Tattoo is about a child who has been sidelined by life and has fallen through the cracks of a system that should have protected her from this type of insidious crime.
Tatia’s Tattoo begins on a Friday morning as Tatia Robins, a successful D.C. attorney, awakens from a nightmare that has tormented her for over a decade, a replay of her twelfth birthday when Eric stole her innocence and then sold her for the first time. After spending some time in prayer, she finishes packing and leaves for Royal Children’s Camp, a Christian camp for foster children where she first met Jesse and Mrs. G and now serves as a counselor every summer.
The journey to camp each year stirs up memories of her journey from a happy child in the arms of loving parents to one more statistic in the sex-trafficking industry in a small Texas town. She also remembers her day in court when she stood up to Eric, the man who was supposed to have loved her.
She is met at the airport by Mrs. G, the woman who recognized her as one of the least of these in spite of her skin-tight mini dress and the prisoner’s band around her wrist. Throughout the weekend, she looks forward to a reunion with other members of the Grochowsky Rescue Academy and with Jesse, the Christian tattoo artist and biker who waits patiently for Tatia to feel safe enough to tear down the protective walls she has built around herself. Will the love of her new family and Jesse’s surprise gift be enough to help her reclaim the power that Eric stole from her?
It is my hope that Tatia’s Tattoo will give a voice to the oppressed and broken children who cannot speak for themselves. – From the Author
Filled with tragedy, crime, redemption, and love, Tatia’s Tattoo is a poignant story that exposes the sordid underbelly of sex trafficking in small-town America and shines a light of hope on how it might be defeated.
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RELEASE DATE: TOMORROW!
GENRE: CHRISTIAN FICTION/LEGAL THRILLER
As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?
I cannot remember when I read a fiction book that moved me like this one. – Lisa Stillman
Paperbook and Ebook available on BookPros and Amazon on release.
To read the Preface and first 2 chapters, go to https://www.bookpros.com/books/15 and click on “Download a sample” below the cover.