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Cinder's appearance at Gian's dojo sparks a protective and romantic instinct in him that catches the trainer by surprise. After finally escaping her abusive husband, Cinder has relocated from New England to Missouri and is taking steps to ensure that she will never be a victim again. As she learns martial arts from a master, Cinder is also learning to trust a man who is so different from the monster she married.
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When I was young, my mother would tell me, "Don't ever let a man hit you." Most of us probably believe this is something we don't have to be told, but when we're in love, or think we are, we sometimes place the demands and desires of others above our own well being. In Burn, Cinder White moves to a small midwestern suburb, a town called Webster Groves, to rebuild her life after surviving a murder attempt by her abusive ex-husband.With the help of her best friend and the new friends who embrace her at a local martial arts studio, Cinder emerges from her shell of fear and anxiety to get on with the business of a normal life, all the while knowing that her possessive ex is still waiting for a chance to finish her.Burn is the first book I've written since recovering from colon cancer and relocating from the East coast to Missouri, my home state. The streets my characters travel and the businesses they patronize are the very places I came to know again upon my return to the midwest, although some names have been changed in order to avoid trademark infringement lawsuits.My heroine in Burn, Cinder, is based on a dear friend. This novel is my effort to give her the happy ending she so deserved. Giancarlo, the hero, is based on my current martial arts instructor, a veteran in whom resides incredible strength, knowledge, courage and skill matched only by his capacity for compassion, tenderness and understanding.Supporting character Chip is modeled after my first martial arts instructor, the man who in 1993 taught me that discipline and tolerance are partners...and that my first instinct in the face of insult should not be a crescent kick to the offending party's chin.A host of women's advocacy groups, law enforcement officials, rape counselors, psychologists, social workers and victims of domestic abuse assisted me in researching spousal abuse and the toll it takes on individuals and families. I thank them all for sharing their wisdom and experiences with me, and for allowing me to share them with readers.If any readers recognize themselves in Cinder, I urge them to go online or open a phone directory or go to the nearest emergency room to ask for help. There is no weakness in having the strength to ask for help to escape an abuser. No one deserves to be abused, and no one who claims to love you will abuse you. The National Domestic Violence hotline (1.800.799. SAFE or 1.800.799.7233) is an excellent place to start if you or someone you know needs help.From the Back Cover:
Cinder White wants only one thing -- a chance to start over. A new life seems possible when she moves across the country to the quiet town of Webster Groves, Missouri. Cinder finds an ally in Giancarlo Piasanti, an ex-Marine turned martial arts instructor whose private lessons teach more than simply how to defend herself. But just when Cinder thinks she no longer has to look over her shoulder, her past nightmare returns and threatens her life...her very life.
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