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It was the mystique of Arizona’s history and landscape that called to Deena and catapulted her career as an author. When she’s not writing urban fantasy or paranormal romance in the wee, small hours of the morning or in the deep, dark of night, Deena teaches language arts to middle school students. She currently lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children, but New Jersey will always tug at her heartstrings.
on June 24, 2012 :
Based loosely on actual events, Deena Remiel's 'Freedom In Chains' is a powerful, gritty and captivating tale. She shares with us a view into the life of someone who has been viciously, and repeatedly, abused.
We never truly know what goes on behind the closed doors in our communities. The little faces that peer from cracks in the curtains as we drive by, the scrawny boy who plays alone, slightly disheveled, on the curb, the teenage rebel who's always in trouble - Even the jocks, the prom queen, or the seemingly perfect woman/man you cross paths with while walking the dog. You never know the details of anothers reality. It is often an uncomfortable feeling to us that human beings could be so depraved as to unleash this sort of horror onto another, but it happens every day, in all walks of life. One can only hope that honest and insightful efforts, such as this short, will open peoples eyes to what may be around them. Finding ways to give these victims help and the possibility of a future is a priority we all need to share. *No one* deserves to live, or die, like this.
While not delving deeply into the particulars of what is done to 'Freedom', it only takes minimal effort to fill in the blanks of unspeakable torture and pain this girl underwent. It seems as though she made it out alive - Bravo! I cannot imagine the strength of character and heart it takes to survive not only the trials of that existence, but of the recovery as well.
'Freedom In Chains' is beautifully written by Mrs. Remiel. She takes great care to show her respect for the individual and subject in this short. As haunting as the story is, she maintains an undercurrent of hope for 'Freedom's' salvation. It also speaks very highly of her character that she wrote this with the intention of donating the proceeds to MillionKids.org to open chances for others to find their freedom. Well done, Deena!!
I thank you for being strong enough to write and share this with us. It is stepping miles away from what we are used to seeing from you, but you handled it *amazingly*.
To whomever our real life 'Freedom' is - Simply...I am so sorry for the things that were done to you. Inadequate but heartfelt words. I feel overwhelmingly proud of and grateful to you. I hope you find your way to a peaceful life.
I would definitely purchase this story. It is only .99 cents, but the brief glimpse you get into this sickening side of humanity - and the soul of a Survivor - are worth more than the sum of the words. *And* you get to help an unfortunately necessary organization provide services and hope for other victims of this cruelty.
(reviewed the day of purchase)