Where’s Hunter Been?

Hey ya’ll,

Sorry, I’ve been incommunicado, but these past several months have been tough. I’ve had some health issues that we are still trying to figure out, but, no fear, I’ve still been working, when I can. I re-vamped Wake Up! Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal with a new and improved cover as well as rewriting the inside which added 100 more pages to the manuscript. Here’s the new cover and the redone blurb on the back:

 

I’ve also been working on a second book that, although is a stand alone as well, intertwines with Wake Up! I don’t have a title; the ones I’ve been throwing around just haven’t fit, but here’s a snippet anyway:

Being crammed in a conference room the size of the girls’ bathroom at school with tons of other people didn’t bode well with me.  The next thing I knew, up on the “stage” jumped an extremely nerdy looking guy.  Not only was he wearing a multi-colored Hawaiian shirt with puke-green pocket filled with what looked like a hand-held notebook, pocket protectors and writing utensils.  He reminded me of the nerds I had seen on TV, like Saved by the Bell or Wonder Years I’d watched growing up.  “Marvelous.” I huffed a huge sigh. It was probably a good thing my mom wasn’t t to hear me.  She despised the exasperated sigh thing.

“How is everyone tonight?  My name is Calvin Rupert, head honcho here at Youth Empowerment.” The goofy grin on his face made me want to run.  Watching the door out of the corner of my eye, I wondered if I could make it out without getting caught.  Hearing others mumble made me feel a little better; good, I wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to be there.  Hearing the rumble didn’t deter the leader as he continued talking.  “Hope you are all here for, not only a fantastic time, but to get to know who you are.”  Grabbing a woman’s hand, he said, “This is my right hand woman, and the love of my life, my wife Saige.”  The guy actually acted as if he sincerely believed the sun set and rose in her eyes. “She has spent countless hours getting ready for your arrival.  There is no way I could run these seminars without her.”  Saige didn’t look quite as nerdy as Calvin, but you could tell they were a perfect fit.  Although her clothes matched better than his, she too had the nerd pocket with all the same stuff in it.  She didn’t look like she talked much, but surprised me when, in a swift movement, grabbed the microphone from Calvin and began introducing the rest of the staff.  Great! Rita was counselor, I thought as she walked up to the stage with the rest of them.  I prayed fervently I wouldn’t be stuck in her group.

“Okay, counselors, go ahead and find your area (this was the place where most of the “therapy” would take place).”  With that done, roll call started.  When my name was called, I glared so hard my head hurt.  Not only was I in Rita’s group, but so was Reghan and Georgina.

Once everyone was in their respective groups, the getting to know you game was underway.  Starting things off was a guy named Evan Montgomery. He didn’t look like he was much older than my 15 years, maybe 18 or 19 with black hair, cut short, blue eyes and a killer smile. Although I thought he was cute I did my best to tune everyone out. I tried sitting off my myself, but there was a boy, about 12 or 13 with brown, curly hair and the saddest green eyes I had ever seen who followed everywhere I sat, trying to sit next to me.  He looked sad and lost so I smiled at him. I didn’t bother trying to move again because I had the feeling he would follow me again anyhow.  I received a tiny smile in return, but that was it. I was so absorbed in his sad little face that I barely heard anything Evan said.  The only thing I heard was, “Please, call me Evan, not Mr.  Montgomery.  That’s what you call my father.”  The comment elicited giggles and guffaws throughout the group. When the counselors were finished; there were two more, Rita Blakely and Alyah Ebdon (of course, they wanted us to call them by their first names as well), it was our turn, the screw-ups, the depressed, the goody-too-shoes, the perfectionists, the suicidal.  Reghan seemed to be in her element as she told everyone about herself and our family.  That left little for me to say except my name.  I was not about to divulge my deepest, darkest fears and secrets to total strangers.

After me, it was the boy’s turn.  He appeared to be a lot like me because the only thing he said was, “Lyle Brees” when asked to tell about himself.  As the rest of the group talked about themselves, I found myself watching Lyle.  What made him so sad?  Why did he seem so lost?  He had a haunted look about him. Lyle was shorter than me, with the curliest brown hair I’d ever seen on a boy, and piercing green eyes. Boy, when he got older, there would be a lot of hearts broken. He looked as if he might be a heartbreaker, even now, and for some reason, I wanted to know him. Little did I know, I’d learn firsthand of Lyle’s heartbreaking abilities.  

Our group was the first to finish the get to know you part of our weekend so it left us time to get to know each other, for real.  At least, what I thought was “for real.” For reasons I didn’t understand, I wasn’t ready nor did I want to make friends with the kids I would more than likely never see again.  While everyone pretended to want to be there, for that was the way I looked at it, I got up to stretch my already numb legs.

“Hey! Where ya goin’?”  I hadn’t realized Lyle followed me until I turned around and bumped smack into him.

“Nowhere.”  Why was he following me?  It annoyed me to some extent, but not as much as it should have. Having a kid who was close to my little brother’s age who tailed my every move like a lost puppy wasn’t all that bad. He looked at me, like he expected me to blow him off.  Seeing the haunted look, I couldn’t brush him off.  Something, or someone wouldn’t let me.“How old are you?” I inquired.

“Thirteen.  You?”

Should I tell him my real age or fib a bit? What were the chances we would see each other once the seminar was over? “I’m almost sixteen.”  For some reason, that comment awarded me an almost sly grin.

 

 

Upcoming Event! You don’t want to mis it!

Come join me, Hunter Marshall author of Wake Up! Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal and Jeff Hines writer and owner of Omaha Create Share Promote as we reveal my book trailer and talk about an extremely sensitive, but crucial topic~~ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and the aftermath
Trailer reveal at 11am MST
Q&A at 12pm MST on Monday, September 7, 2015
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Why Is “Proof” Important in DV situation?

DomesticViolence Having lived through many years of domestic violence, I always thought that physical abuse was just that, physical; after reading “Why Does He Do That” by: Lundy Bancroft, I have since found that, if you are in fear for your life or the lives of your children, it is deemed “physical abuse.” So, having lived through every type of abuse there is, I believe we need to bring awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse.  The way I see it, abusers get away with it way more than they should!  We shouldn’t keep quiet and THEY shouldn’t get way with it!

When I was leaving my ex, I told my attorney that he had been abusive, to me and to my then 5 year-old son.  My attorney’ response, “Can you prove it?” Of course, I couldn’t, but there should have been an investigation! He made me allow my abuser to take my child, whenever he felt like it! Luckily, it’s been long enough, and my son is old enough, that he makes his own decisions regarding this.  My point is, I think when someone makes an abuse allegation, especially to their own attorney, the attorney should be obligated to look into it before making any kind of arrangement.  Because, who pays for it? The victim!! In this case, my son!

If there is one piece of advice I can leave to those who are still in this kind of situation, getting out or are out, DOCUMENT everything!! I wish I had done that while I was still married because there would have been proof.  Things may have still turned out the same, but at least I would’ve had what I needed.

Happy 4th of July!!

4th of JulyHappy 4th of July to all my readers, fellow authors, family and friends! Let us not forget those who have fought and are still fighting for the freedoms we are privileged to.  Thank you to all those who keep our country safe and to their families.  I’ve been there so I know how difficult it is to do your best to keep things “normal” while you have loved ones deployed.  Thank you all!

On a different note: “Wake Up! Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal” is going to remain at the sale price of $2.99 for the e-copy for a while longer.  If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now is the time! I am also working on a “side story” to Wake Up! that has to do with a different part of Quinn’s story.  I will keep you posted on that as I get more into it!

I only knew two things when I married Grey Andrews: one, I was in love and two, I wanted to rebel against my parents, for the first time in my life, REALLY rebel. I, however, wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of negativity and abuse I encountered.

“You? What man in his right mind would want you? You are the biggest bitch I’ve ever known. Not to mention, you are damaged.” Grey said as he wheeled around with that all too familiar sneer. The last thing I heard was, “I only married you out of pity.”

Did he really mean that? I loved him so much and thought if I loved him enough, he could change. I felt like I had been punched in the gut! Would he realize how lucky he was to have a beautiful wife and son. Only time would tell.

More Review!

Here are the rest so far. . .

A Very Touching and Emotional Book, April 24, 2015
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This review is from: Wake Up!: Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal (Kindle Edition)
A very touching and emotional book. This is a very good read and being able to relate to it makes it that much better. Many people don’t know what really goes on in life for others, but this book will give you an idea of what does happen to others. Just when we think we got it bad, another person has it worse. Well written and highly recommend! I have cried through most of this book and even felt the anger dwell inside. This book was tough to put down. Hoping for a sequel to this.
sad, and at another times I was happy the …, May 29, 2015
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This review is from: Wake Up!: Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal (Kindle Edition)
I couldn’t put it down i was caught up in the emotions at times I was angry , sad , and at another times I was happy the author really captured how these relationship are it does come to a point when we need to WAKE UP

Reviews by some awesome readers

I thought, for this week, I would share with you all the awesome reviews my readers have been leaving me! I love knowing others read my work and take something away from it when they do!

Format: Kindle Edition

This book was a great read. It was emotional and showed aspects of what a person can go through in life. The author did a wonderful job at writing this story where you could feel the situations and emotions the character went through. I highly recommend this book.

-Blogger @ BRBAL on FB

At first I thought it was just a story about a “douche bag” for lack of better word. Then I remembered that those are the …,April 19, 2015
This review is from: Wake Up!: Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal (Kindle Edition)
Just finished Wake Up by Hunter Marshall and it was a very interesting read. On one hand, it was very well written. On the other the storyline is quite shocking. I’m a survivor of domestic violence most of my childhood and a little of my adulthood. At first I thought it was just a story about a “douche bag” for lack of better word. Then I remembered that those are the signs. We need to teach our daughters these signs so they don’t fall into such a trap. I feel bad for Quinn because she loved him through it all. My heart hurt for her each time she didn’t leave. No woman should go through any of that.

By Mel on May 1, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Courage shines through this book. You never know what people have to deal with in their private lives. Wake Up! tells the tale of betrayal and bravery. Thank you, Hunter Marshall, for such an emotional story.

Upcoming Book Signing

This is kind of what the flyer looks like, only it has the blurb on it!

Come join local author

Hunter Marshall

for the book signing

of her debut novel

Wake Up! Based on a true story of abuse and betrayal

June 20, 2015  from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Barnes and Noble – Grand Teton Mall

2300 East 17th St. Idaho Falls, Idaho                                                                                  bookcover