Lila Jenkins is a single career minded woman when she suddenly finds herself in charge of Betsy, her sick niece. Betsy and her younger sister have been in the care of their exhausted grandmother as their own mother, Lucy, is in a mental hospital. Life’s events and obstacles have sent Lucy into a breakdown and she is unable to provide private health care for her family. Suffering from awful headaches, Betsy’s state assigned doctor has diagnosed her with TMJ. Lila researches and discovers that the symptoms for TMJ do not fit with Betsy’s symptoms. She hits a roadblock when the pompous doctor will not change his diagnosis and the rude, condescending social worker refuses to help. Lila quickly realizes that the doctor and the social worker are not going to help Betsy, so she enlists the help of the local television station.
Alto Martine is an investigative reporter and he is always looking for a story on the edge. He is intrigued with the story and soon finds himself intrigued with Lila as well. An interview is set up to profile Betsy and her story when Lucy shows up demanding to be in the spotlight. She is recently released from the mental hospital and displays bizarre behavior with a fake southern accent. After the interview airs, the social worker mysteriously disappears and Betsy is assigned a new social worker and doctor, along with a terrifying new diagnosis.
Alto digs deep to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the social worker. During his investigation, he discovers corruption far deeper in the government than just the social workers. While Alto continues his investigation, Lila is in a race to save the life of a child, in spite of her sister’s crazy and unpredictable behavior. With lots of down time spent at the hospital with Betsy, Lila gets to know the funny little girl that is intrigued with clouds and their silver linings. This story begins as a mission to help a sick child but quickly becomes a love story of many dimensions. Family dynamics are intertwined with government corruption, mental illness and long ago buried feelings as well as a bit of romance. Lila Jenkins’ journey will intrigue, entertain and possibly enrage you.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This book is a romance novel with a twist, It has many dimensions of family dynamics and humorous situations in the most stressful of times. It also inspires the reader to look for the silver linings in their life.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I chose to be a self published author in order to control the final edits of this book. I wanted it to stand on the story that it is and not be changed, therefore I am doing my own marketing. If your planning to be an Indie publisher, pre-plan your marketing strategy. The hardest part of the journey so far has been getting the book out to the people. It is imperative to get your social media sites up and running before you are ready to go live with the book.
My name is Debra Dove and I am a new author living in Northern Arizona with my husband, two spoiled doxies and a very lazy cat. I was born and raised in Phoenix and we moved North in 2007. I have a lot of friends and family with amazing stories and adventures in their lives. I enjoy taking their story, weaving it into fiction and creating situations around a bit of truth.
I have a great and supportive husband along with a fantastic daughter. When the economy took a big hit, I took a year off work to write Silver Lined Angel, which started out about a sick child but turned into a romance novel as well! However, I wanted this book to be more than just a romance novel and more than just a child needing medical attention. I wanted it to evoke feelings of frustration and anger for things beyond control, plus some happiness and situations to make you smile. I hope you find all the feelings, frustrations and love I was hoping to bring forth.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Twenty years ago I knew a sweet little girl that slipped through the cracks of the health care system. I used her story as inspiration for my imagination to create Silver Lined Angel.