Title: Breaking the Silence
Author: Diamante Lavendar
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: A Contemporary Read Based on a True Story
Publisher: D&L Productions
Release Date: Nov 21 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar.
Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain…
Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred.
Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self-discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult.
As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child.
This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self-acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be.
Scroll up to buy Breaking the Silence now to experience this inspirational story of self-discovery and healing following a past of sexual abuse, addiction, and troubled relationships.
Also written by Diamante Lavendar The Secrets of Yashire, a fantasy adventure story about a young girl on a quest for healing in a strange land.
June 30, 1985
Compassion was a rare commodity in my family when I was growing up. Anger was much more prevalent. It almost seemed like a tendency of anger was passed down from generation to generation. Whether it took the form of cynicism, sarcasm, or passive aggressiveness, it seemed to be the feeling of choice that our family used to deal with issues.
I have been thinking about how I will respond to my baby. I want to be compassionate as much as I can when dealing with my child. I don’t like the effects and ramifications that anger brings into a situation. It seems to me that anger is an easy choice. Compassion or understanding takes much more effort and hard work. But compassion and understanding bring about much better results.
I took piano and violin lessons throughout my childhood until I was about sixteen. Everything in my life began to crumble apart after that. My parents thought it would be good for me to learn how to play musical instruments and they demanded excellence from me. They really wanted me to succeed.
Once, when I was playing the violin, I remember my mother coaching me. I was two years old.
“Remember. Miss-iss-ipp-i Hot Dog. Miss-iss-ipp-i Hot Dog,” my mother said to me. I was holding the violin and pushing the bow across the strings. Every time she spoke a syllable, I pushed the bow in a different direction. The quest for excellence in my life began at much too early an age. I needed time to be a child, to play and learn as a child. That quest for excellence quickly turned into perfectionism expected from me by my parents. But I couldn’t be perfect. Not for them, or for me.
Perfectionism leads to imperfection. Perfectionism is a result of anger. Nobody is able to live up to the attainment of perfection. Only God can be perfect.
Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few.
She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self-expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others.
Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.
Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.
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