FROM HELL TO HOPE
A woman's story about how she saved her daughter from suicide
lle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.
Steena Holmes is an extremely successful author of fiction. She has had a
of success with focus on romance, Women’s Fiction, and now a psychological thriller.
The key to success for Steena has been to always stay grounded and true to roots in her writing. It’s how she has sold two million copies of her novels worldwide and was most definitely the formula when she released a series of popular mainstream titles including Finding Emma, Stillwater Rising and her acclaimed novel series Saving Abby in May 2016.
Holmes’s ability to provoke reader emotion and create works that people can identify with, has reinforced the Calgarian as one of the true mainstays of female Canadian fiction, with numerous accolades including being a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
That is no more evident than the current national tour she is undertaking. With stops in B.C. and in every province up to and including Ontario over a five month span, events booked in over fifty book stores across Canada, Steena has one objective: To create awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. It is a cause that is extremely personal to her, as her own daughter has battled with this for the past three years.
That battle has led to numerous medical emergency visits, stresses of possibly losing her daughter as she attempted to take her own life on multiple occasions, and a substantial number of counseling sessions that have hurt both financially and emotionally. Turn the clock forward three years and Steena’s daughter is in a much better place. Through counseling and family support, Steena, her daughter, and her family want to give back, tell their story, and help support this cause.
On April 1, 2018, Steena released The Forgotten Ones, her thirtieth novel and one that was written with her daughters influence in mind. The novel was an Amazon Best-Seller in its first week, but Steena didn’t write it for the accolades or the sales, she wrote it as a means of exercising her own demons and poured her heart and grief into this novel.
With that, the decision was made to give back and help create awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Through extensive research of organizations to give back to, Steena has decided to generously donate fifty percent of her sales proceeds on her print books, not cover price, but her royalties of The Forgotten Ones print format to “The LifeLine Canada Foundation” out of British Columbia. “The LifeLine Canada Foundation” is a registered non-profit organization committed to positive mental health and suicide prevention in Canada and Worldwide.
In talking with Liane Weber, the CEO of The LifeLine Canada Foundation, her organization was ecstatic that Steena was coming aboard to do this. So much so, that their intentions are to share all social media posts, allow Steena to provide background to her story on their website, and share Steena’s generosity in their newsletter.
As background on the novel itself, The Forgotten Ones will keep the reader guessing page after page, twist after turn.
Steena Holmes has delivered a thought-provoking thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Initial reviews have been stellar for The Forgotten Ones, and there is every indication that the novel will follow the successful formula of all of Holmes predecessors. Of her last psychological thriller titled The Memory Child, Kirkus reviews writes “Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, this novel has a feeling that will unsettle readers from the first page... An intense psychological drama....”
With the expected success that Steena will have with this novel, we are hoping that Steena’s generosity will help create further awareness of the effects of positive mental health and the direct correlation that has with suicide prevention.
The LifeLine Canada Foundation (TLC) is a registered non-profit committed to positive mental health and suicide prevention in Canada and Worldwide.
The Foundation works on initiatives such as: The LifeLine Mobile App (The Free National Suicide Prevention and Awareness App) and Companion Paws. The LifeLine Canada Foundation website is both a platform for information about the Foundation’s initiatives as well as a one stop portal, through which an extensive amount of support, guidance, intervention, information, education, resources, pattern interrupts, guides and tools are right at one’s fingertips.
Foundation is committed to suicide reduction across Canada by raising
awareness of risk factors, providing access to online resources options, and
promoting local programs to build mental health resilience for all.
The LifeLine Canada
Foundation’s vision is to continue to lower the risk of suicide to where it
is a rare event across the country and to build mental health resilience for
The LifeLine Canada Foundation
is committed to reducing the stigma around mental health conditions, and to
promote evidence based resources and programs with integrity, respect and
About the Author
Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child.
Named in the Top 20 Women Author to read in 2015 by Good Housekeeping, she won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Having her Author Brand featured repeatedly on sites such as Goodreads, BookBub, RedBook, and Goodhousekeeping, Steena is an authority on creating an effective author brand and has been invited to speak on the subject at various author forums around the world.
To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at steenaholmes.com and steenatravels.com.
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