REVIEWS: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 1

 

Behind Closed Doors: Book 1 Cover

 

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great revamp to Book 1! Kudos A.L. Smith!
By Licia Samuel on September 22, 2015

Great read! I love how A.L. Smith revamped this story to incorporate one of the characters from book 2. I also love the updated ending of the book. This story line is real life as things like this gets swept under the rug and the victims suffer in silence because molestation by a family member goes ignored or the victim is blamed or called fast or loose. The molestation stopped at generation 4 due to one of the victims in this generation putting an end to it before her own child was affected. A.L. Smith kudos to you on the revamp! I enjoyed this book as good as the first version of this book….Keep on writing as you have a wonderful gift that keeps me turning the pages. Patiently waiting on Book 3 to see how this series continues…If I could give a 10 or more stars I would definitely do so. Great job by a wonderful author! Keep on writing as this is definitely your calling!
5.0 out of 5 stars

Very well-written and heartfelt story.
By Casey Living on October 11, 2015

It’s not often that such a serious subject as sexual abuse can be tackled in a fictional tale and be done with dignity and grace, while also entertaining the reader with a good story. This is exactly what author A.L. Smith accomplishes with her novel, “Behind Closed Doors”. A story of three sisters, Sierra, Alex and Latrice, who suffered greatly while growing up at the hands of a family member. They go their separate ways, only to reunite and find a great resolution for all involved. A very engaging story that pulled at my heartstrings and definitely kept me turning pages. Looking forward to reading part two of this series. Well done.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Very well written.
By Rosemary M. Goddard on October 8, 2015

This is a powerfully emotional book that is extremely well written. The lives of Sierra, Alex, and Latrice are devastated early on by the actions of a vile member of their family. Each character is written so well I had a hard time distinguishing whether these women were real or if this book is fiction. That to me is the earmark of an incredible writer. All three girls deal with what Keith did to them in very different ways. In real life things happen and you can either rise above it, ignore it, or let it consume your every decision. The writer acknowledges this fact within the pages of this book in a remarkable way.

5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s no fun when your life is turned inside out.
By Michelle Rawls on September 21, 2015

This was my first read by this author and I was awe struck at how talented she is and how raw and heart filled this story was. This story had me revisiting my own story and rooting for the ladies as they sought some kind of relief. This is truly a story that should be read by anyone who has suffered trauma or incest. Even if you haven’t it is still a good story. Kudos, to a great author who is well on her way.

Happy reading,

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Patiently awaiting the sequel.
By j on September 21, 2015

This book is really good. It was written very well and was not your every day run of the mill urban book. What I love is that this book had a bit of “meat on the bones” it gave me something to ponder about after I was finished. As far as characters go my heart went out to Alex, despite the tragedies placed before her she she did the damn thing. Loved how she took care of Granny in the end. Excited about the sequel. You did that A.L Smith!!

5.0 out of 5 stars
Flawless storyline.
By Rita Garon on October 7, 2015

The author AL Smith has done a fantastic job in writing a story so intense and emotional that I was spellbound. The storyline is flawless and deals with sexual abuse and dark secrets in the family. The author has chosen a topic that not many people want to talk about. An emotional book which sheds light on the plight of the victims of abuse. A very well written book which is a page turner, it impressed me so much that I read it twice.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story line.
By dd on October 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Omg this was not what I expected. Great book. The first thing that came to mind when I finished was how well put together the story line was. I can tell A.L. Smith put allot of hard work in writing this storyline. I really wanted kenny and Alexis to be together. But o well. This book just shows you what’s done in the dark will come too light

5.0 out of 5 stars
Captivating book.
By Cathy Sorzano on September 26, 2015

I gave this book 5 stars, this book was real life experiences. A book that any generation could read, i simply could not put this book down. I would definitely recommend everyone reading this book, young and old, male and female, because this book speaks volumes. Keep up the grand writing Author Angela Smith,continued blessings .

 

5.0 out of 5 Stars
Sisterhood.
By Angela Pinder November 2, 2015

Cudos to A.L Smith for a story so well thought out and put together. Behind Closed Doors need to be a requirement in all schools for females from junior throughout high school. Throughout generations there are family secrets and stories that need to be told. Although these young ladies were cousins and shared the same secret,I was there with them going through with them. I felt like a mom on the outside looking in who couldn’t be there to help them get through this. I recommend this book to all women who don’t feel none would listen to their story(I’m in tears)…

5.0 out of 5 Stars
Awesome!! Grabs your attention from very beginning!
By Nikki on September 14, 2015

This book by far is the best book I’ve read this year. I couldn’t put this book down until it was finished and I can’t wait to read book two.

5.0 out of 5 Stars
Powerful.
By Termeka H. on November 3, 2015

I’ve never had a book to bring me to tears! The dialogue is so powerful that I could feel all the emotions Sierra, Alex, and Latrice were experiencing!! Behind Closed Doors relates to everyday life in so many ways and it should inspire parents to keep the lines of communication open with their children because they only get one chance to grow up. Amazing work A.L. Smith!

 

 

Haiti 2010

DNAP Student Travels to Haiti with Medical Relief Team

The following is a piece written by former Texas Wesleyan student Angela L. Smith, CRNA, DNAP, about her travels to Haiti in 2010 to provide medical aid.

After hearing the alarming stories regarding the lack of anesthesia supplies and personnel in Haiti, our chief anesthesiologist, Dr. Nagaraj Kikkeri of White Rock Anesthesia Group in Dallas, began the tedious task of making travel arrangements to Haiti. We quickly learned that commercial air was not an option and that volunteer medical relief organizations were only interested in individuals with prior affiliation and experience in emergency medical relief. Eventually, Dr. and Mrs. Kikkeri managed to make contact with Grace Flights, an organization which provides transportation for family members facing medical emergencies.

Our initial journey to Haiti began on January 18, 2010, just six days after the devastating earthquake. Because private travel into Port au Prince was off limits at the time, we decided to land in Jacmel which is located approximately two hours southeast of Port au Prince. The area was in desperate need of medical supplies and personnel but without adequate shelter and equipment in which to provide care.

Our group, along with several surgeons and nurses from Houston, Texas reluctantly boarded U.S. Air Force helicopters and traveled to the Port au Prince airport the next day. From there, we traveled to the CDTI hospital. During the thirty minute trip through downtown Port au Prince, we got our first glimpse of the devastation and soon realized that the magnitude of the situation was far worse than any of us could have imagined.

In the wake of disaster

At this time, the “tent cities” were beginning to multiply rapidly throughout the city but many families seemed reluctant to leave the areas where their homes once stood. As we slowly made our way to the hospital with our supplies on the back of the pick-up truck, I saw helplessness, extreme hunger, thirst and despair, but not one act of violence.

As a result of my military training, I understood the concept of battlefield triage and delivery of care; however, nothing could have prepared me for this experience. Immediately upon arrival to the hospital, we were given a quick tour and immediately went to work. My group was assigned to the emergency room/operating room where three to four surgeries were in progress at all times.

Because the oxygen supply was scarce, general anesthesia was not an option; thus, we were forced to perform nerve blocks supplemented with intravenous sedation, which worked well. In some of the make shift hospitals in the area, the ability to provide any type of anesthesia was lacking and many procedures were performed with little or no anesthesia. One surgeon reported that whiskey was being used as a numbing agent and to fight infection.

On our second day at the hospital, we encountered a 44-year-old woman with a severe scalp laceration. Upon admission to the hospital, she had been brought to surgery and the plan was to clean and suture the site, but when the bandages were removed, maggots were found inside the wound. As a result, she was taken outside and classified as “expectant”, a triage term used to classify individuals who are not expected to survive. We learned that the woman had not received medical treatment, food or water for three days; however, she was lucid and able to communicate with us appropriately. Because resources were limited and evacuations were being reserved for children and younger adults, this patient was not a candidate for immediate care. As a result of media attention and persuasion of the Canadian government, she was finally evacuated to Martinique, Canada. Many believe that the maggots were the reason for her survival.

The majority of the procedures performed at CDTI were orthopedic in nature, mostly amputations. For me, the most disheartening reality was the fact that one half of the amputations involved children and that many of the amputations could have been prevented if the appropriate orthopedic equipment was available.

From bad to worse

On January 21, which happened to be my birthday, our worst fears were realized. An aftershock registering 6.0 occurred in the early hours of the morning. In the midst of the chaos, a little boy who had recently undergone a leg amputation was so afraid that he tried to run in spite of the fact that he only had one leg. Later that day, while in the operating room another aftershock shook the building and some of the cracks in the walls became wider right before our eyes. At this point, all surgeries were postponed while the building underwent inspection.

Our second visit to Haiti came about as a result of the impending departure of the French medical team, which had taken responsibility of all medical operations at the hospital after we left.

While a group of American surgeons were due to arrive prior to their departure, replacements for anesthesia services were questionable. Again, we managed to obtain transportation through Grace Flights directly into Port au Prince. Armed with an abundance of anesthetizing agents and other supplies we arrived to find that conditions within the hospital had improved a great deal; however living conditions within the city and surrounding areas had not improved very much.

During this trip, only one amputation was performed and the majority of the surgical procedures involved follow-up care, a few revisions of previous amputations, wound irrigations and skin grafts. Another noticeable improvement was that the “recovery room”, which initially consisted of a few tents in the parking lot with post-operative care provided by the family members of the wounded, was now being staffed around the clock by trained nurses and that every patient had some form of shelter.

Lingering concerns

While some improvements were noted during our second trip, several concerning issues come to mind: placement of the orphaned or displaced children and the rainy season which is rapidly approaching. With regard to the orphaned children, adoptions are projected to take two years in order to insure that efforts to locate family members have been exhausted. In the meantime, with the government in chaos, who will protect the children?

Adequate shelter is a very serious issue in Port au Prince. In one of the tent cities, there are an estimated 100,000 individuals. Many of these tents are made from bed sheets and offer very little protection from the rain. In light of the lack of sanitation and the undetermined number of bodies which remain buried beneath the buildings, the rainy season also presents an opportunity for the spread of disease.

Angela L. Smith, CRNA, DNAP

Author Spotlight: JubileeMag

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Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of JubileeMag.com, author of “It’s Never Too Late”, a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She’s interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You’ve probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women!

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Human Trafficking Awareness: The Blue Heart Campaign

Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery:
The forceful taking of an individual’s life, liberty, or fortune and subsequent control of the individual to be sold, bought or used for personal gain is the definition of slavery. While the methodologies involved in the two forms of oppression are slightly different,  the concept is the same.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities”.

Blue Heart Campaign

Human trafficking is a criminal business in which individuals  profit from the enslavement of others for sexual servitude and forced labor. While it is often considered an international phenomena involving women from third world countries, domestic human trafficking  is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Abject poverty and other socioeconomic disparities are often the contributing factors.

• The average entry age of American minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old.
• Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.

 

Editorial Review: OnlineBookClub.org

As a new author, I’m constantly reminding myself that constructive criticism and praise are one and the same if received the right way….gotta take the good with the bad and learn from it all. This one happens to be good. TGBTG.

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Click here to read the full review on OnlineBookClub.org.

Urban Fiction is Real Life

Soooo I’m a published author. I started writing my first book over 10 yrs ago, but the majority of the time was spent writing the final chapter. As it turns out, life and the observation of life had to happen in order for me to finish.
The finished product (Behind Closed Doors) is my attempt to address many of the issues that we are currently facing in the urban community. Like most urban fiction novels, the perils of urban living (drugs, prostitution, child abuse/neglect, crime, police brutality, Black on Black crime, etc.) are discussed at length; however, my ultimate goal is to explore the underlying causes.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have drug dealers and drug addicts wouldn’t exist. Women wouldn’t sell their bodies and every child would have both parents. Kids would find value in education as opposed to tennis shoes, the neighborhood kingpin would NOT be a role model and ghettos would become obsolete in the absence of poverty…

The love of money is the root to all evil, but poverty and lack are its greatest companions.
So how did we get here? How did we allow the propaganda of superficial wealth and self hatred to consume an entire generation???