Monday, May 28, 2012

Alana Lorens Used to Dodge Bullets!

Karen: Alana Lorens is also known as Barabara Mountjoy. She used to dodge bullets for living. No, she's not in witness protection. She's a multi-published author. She now lets her hero and heroines take the heat. 

**She's on tour and is giving away prizes to FOUR lucky people. Find out how you can be a winner!   

Alana Lorens: Because if I Don't Do It, They'll Have No One at All
A bullet hole sits square in the middle of the front window of my office. In the past, there have been bullet holes in my car. I’ve received scary phone calls, had threats shouted in my face in the courthouse halls, and every once in awhile, just know from the look in someone’s eye that they were about to snap. Sometimes when you do divorce work, it feels like your whole day is navigating a mine field.
I’ve practiced law for over twenty-five years now, and all of it in the field of family law. Of all the fields out there, it’s probably one of the most highly emotions. Of course it is. People at this time are losing their families, their belongings, their promises that were made years before. Why wouldn’t they be torn up? 
When people are losing everything, they can come to a place where they feel they have nothing left to lose.
We’ve seen examples of this in the headlines—parents kill their children, they kill their spouses or partners, they kill themselves. They even blame others for their troubles—including the layers and judges, sometimes. After all, if it weren’t for those people, their loved one couldn’t make a divorce happen, right? It can be quite dangerous—lawyers in the domestic field and criminal law practice are the ones most often killed during the course of a case. 
But you do the work because the clients need you. Sometimes, if they don’t have you, they have no one at all.
All these things have caused me some sleepless nights, but never caused me to give it up. I encourage others to volunteer all the time--be a victim witness coordinator, be a lay counselor, just answer the domestic violence shelter Hotline one night a month. Everyone can make a difference.
I hope I’ve carried this dogged determination over to my heroine, Suzanne Taylor, who very much finds herself in the same kind of spots. She’s lost a client to a murderous husband before, so when Maddie Morgan, the wife of a well-connected city councilman, comes to her for help, revealing a long history of abuse, Suzanne takes on her case in a heartbeat.
The councilman goes after Suzanne with threats and worse.  She can handle the threats to herself without much worry, and even when he goes after her new beau, police lieutenant Nick Sansone, she stumbles a little, wanting to do what’s right for everyone.
But when the desperate councilman goes after her children, that act brings out the mama grizzly we hear so much about. It’s his last mistake. And that’s the way it should be.
***The book is dedicated to the many nameless volunteers, law enforcement personnel and pro bono attorneys who wore endless hours to help survivors of domestic violence, without whom many more of these victims might never fight their way back into the light. Its a cause that's close to my heart, and that's why I had to write about it.
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 About the Author:
Alana Lorens (aka Barbara Mountjoy) has been a published writer for over 35 years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications includes the non-fiction book101 Little Instructions for Surviving Your Divorce, published by Impact Publishers in 1999, stories in A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women, in December 2008, and A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Parents, in June 2009. Her Clan Elves of the Bitterroot series (as Lyndi Alexander) is available from Dragonfly Publishing; THE ELF QUEEN in 2010 and THE ELF CHILD in March 2011, with THE ELF MAGE coming out in early 2012.
Her newest release (as Alana Lorens) is SECRETS IN THE SAND, in the Crimson Rose line from The Wild Rose Press. She also takes care of a husband and a bunch of kids and blogs on a variety of subjects, including autism, science fiction and life at Awalkabout.
DUAL BOOK/BLOG TOUR!!  CONVICTION OF THE HEART (release date June 8, 2012)  And SECOND CHANCES (release date July 2012)
The first and Second books of the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyer Series!
Come by the following blogs or live booksignings( see them all at and leave a comment to be entered in a drawing—at the end of the tour, Alana will give away one ebook copy of each book and one paperback copy of each book—Four lucky winners!


Alana Lorens said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Karen!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning, Alana,

I'm so thrilled to have you here today. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. How's the weather in your part of the world.

Here in CA it is 58 degrees at 7Am and we expect it to reach a lovely 74 degrees. Perfect weather.

Alana Lorens said... Best Blogger Tips

We're aupposed to have record highs--somewhere around 88 back here in the East. At least it finally rained yesterday--my poor garden was about thirsting to death... Sounds like you've got a heavenly day coming your way. Enjoy!

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

Your book sounds really good. I like reading these kinds of books because I usually can't figure them out before the ending.

Alana Lorens said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by, Joye! Sometimes there's just too many bad guys out there in the world. :)

momofemmett said... Best Blogger Tips

Sound like winners! Hoping to hear you tapping a happy dance! Have a great week!

Sandra Dailey said... Best Blogger Tips

This kind of book is so important. I hope your readers will be left more informed about what happens behind those closed doors and what they can do to help.It's also important that the romance shows survivers that happy endings are possible.

Alana Lorens said... Best Blogger Tips

Very good point, Sandra. Domestic violence happens in every neighborhood and every ethnic group, and is unacceptable no matter where it is. The book is dedicated to those who stand up against it, and I hope everyone will join in that fight.

catslady said... Best Blogger Tips

I saw Pittsburgh in the series title and since I live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh I think these would be fascinating reads. Also, my daughter left a 2 yr. marriage because of domestic violence. Luckily she got out immediately before things escalated.

Alana Lorens said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks,CATSLADY... I'm glad she got out in time.