Bound by Blood and Brimstone, by D. L. Dunaway

Today, I'm excited to share a new book release by D. L. Dunaway, Bound by Blood and Brimstone!

Bound by Blood and Brimstone

by D. L. Dunaway

The beauty of our humanity is born in the struggle of the journey...

When push comes to shove, I suppose the truth has to be told for me. Maybe then the dreams will let up, and I can decide if enough shards of my life remain to piece Ember Mae Roberts back together. If not, the dark knowledge I hold inside could kill me. ~~ Ember Mae

Some books want you to believe in true love and happily ever after, while others take you to a very different place. One that is not full of sunshine and lovers riding off into the sunset, but takes you to a place that makes you question who you are and where you came from. Bound by Blood and Brimstone,by D. L. Dunaway, is undeniably one of those rare books that implores you to turn the page and see what secrets lurk around the corner.

“I’ve wanted to write a fictional account about my mountain culture since I was a little girl. Mountain culture is rich in music, history, violence, and scandal,” says Dunaway. “My great-grandmother was Cherokee, and apparently had a child out of wedlock. My grandmothers on both sides had vast knowledge of herbal remedies and natural healing, and there have always been rumors of relatives who had ‘the sight.’” 

Coming of age is never easy, but for Ember Mae Roberts and her twin sister, Lorrie Beth, it may boil down to a matter of life or death. Growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1950s presents unique challenges for any child but, for talented young Ember Mae, it means bearing the burdens of an adult, as she quickly learns her expected role is that of her sister's keeper. When a schoolyard bully sets his brutal sights on a fragile Lorrie Beth, Ember Mae jumps to her defense. Terror abounds at every turn as the tormenting escalates. What begins as a normal rite of passage for most children ends in a final tragic confrontation that leaves Lorrie Beth shattered. 

Both sisters make a pact to keep a deadly secret in order to heal, but Lorrie Beth has always been weak. Ember Mae fears she'll crack under the strain and bring their world crashing down around them. What Ember Mae doesn't realize is that she and Lorrie Beth aren't the only ones keeping a secret. There are other secrets waiting to spill out, secrets so vile that when the full force of their evil is unleashed, it's anybody's guess who will survive.

Full of intrigue, mystery and suspense, Bound by Blood and Brimstone explores:
  • The inevitable pain when transitioning from being a child to becoming an adult
  • Bullying and the extended impact on their victims
  • Unexpected and lasting affects of childhood abuse
  • Hypocrisy in organized religion
  • The duality of human nature 
  • Family secrets and the lengths people will go to protect them
“Our culture places profound emphasis on the impact of childhood, its fears, its innocence, its joy. Many believe that our beginnings ultimately determine who we become,” shares Dunaway. “I believe that the perfect childhood is a myth, and the beauty of our humanity is born in the struggle of the journey.”

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D. L. Dunaway is a native of eastern Kentucky and is a single working mom with a Master’s degree in Middle School Counseling from Morehead State University. While working with middle school kids, she fell in love with troubled youth and now works for a local community action agency. Her family is her greatest blessing, her daughter is the love of her life, but writing is her passion.

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1 comment:

Vett Vandiver said...

ooh, thanks for sharing this book!