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Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges but ultimately persevere. She currently has multiple contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels out in the world: Kiss Me Slowly, Riptide, Reckless Endangerment, Anonymity, In Between, Dancing Barefoot, White Out, and Proximity. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to suicide prevention, awareness, and helping others navigate the dark journey of grief.
In addition, Easton works as an editor, freelance journalist, and professional speaker. She speaks on subjects ranging from writing to widowhood. Some of her videos on romance writing have appeared on the international Writers & Authors television network. Current radio appearances are linked via her author website, http://www.amberleaeaston.com.
Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself simply to be "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."
Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC
on Sep. 02, 2013 :
The author tells a heart-wrenching, no holds barred story of how she and her children made it through the imaginable—the loss of Easton's husband to suicide. It's all there: the questions, the anger, the denial, the despair, and finally the acceptance that life has to go on.
I cried through at least the first half of the book. I put myself in her shoes while reading her words and I just fell apart. I couldn't imagine losing my husband and have to pull myself together in order to take care of my children. If I had to deal with some of the unkind and uncaring things some of the people in her life said to her during the early stages of her grief, I wouldn't have been able to handle it with the grace she portrayed in the book.
The Easton family story is one that offers hope...there is a light at the end of the tunnel after the death of a core member of your family. It shows the grieving process is different for every individual and that's okay. It's as it should be.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered such a loss or knows of anyone who has. If you didn't understand their grief before, you will after reading Free Fall.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2013 :
Easton bares her soul in this journey thru the most pivotal point in her young family's life. Her husband's suicide leaves Easton and her 2 young children reeling -- grappling for understanding and survival. She takes us thru, what is for many of us, unchartered waters. Diving into the pain of those left behind when a loved one takes their own life. She also explores the misunderstanding of friends and family, as they too struggle to understand. She walks us thru her own grief process, and the hope that yes, it does eventually get better. There is hope.
A heart-wrenching read, Easton's courage to share her experience is of great benefit not only to those who have lost a loved-one to suicide, but also to those not knowing what to say or how to deal with the family trapped in the nightmare. The insights are invaluable to anyone surviving such a profound loss.
(reviewed the day of purchase)