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Write What You Know – Maybe

Thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

What would you do if Child Protective Services showed up on your doorstep with an army of Sheriff’s deputies and tried to remove your three-year-old from your home? Knowing there’s no justification for their action and the court documents they presented are fabricated, would you stand by or fight to protect your child?

Over My Dead Body explores the deadly reaction and consequences when a protective father, Jeff Blake, tries to prevent the state from  taking his daughter. The director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home.

The situation quickly becomes violent as Jeff resorts to the only response he feels he has. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead. Ironically, Ashley is still taken, so the tragic fiasco gained nothing.

Matters are further complicated when Amy, the wife and mother, winds up in a mental ward due to the trauma she witnessed in her home. Jeff and Amy’s daughter is placed in temporary foster care, while the family’s attorneys attempt to salvage what they can and re-unite the family. The police, as well as the Courts, understandably, are not too concerned with the needs of the family and it seems the entire justice system is against them. Complete with many twists of fate, the story looks at the common problems of a typical family caught between love and the law.

Being my first novel, Over My Dead Body, will always have special place for me.

Many first-time authors choose an event in their personal life to write about; something they know well and thus can relate in a believable manner. Write what you know, that’s the “rule.” For me, it wasn’t quite that simple.

No single real-life event sparked the creation of Over My Dead Body – at least in my life. Over the years, I’d heard of several news stories, which began similarly to this book – a corrupt official from the state shows up to remove a child from the home without cause. Having a weakness for defending the underdog or, someone who has been unjustly treated, the “without cause” always bothered me.

Every time I’d hear one of these stories, my initial thought was “I hope that never happens to me.” I know how I would react and it wouldn’t be good – not for anyone involved. I’m VERY protective of my children! However, I’m under no illusion as to the likely outcome of my actions. I decided to write a book describing what my response would be and what I’m sure would result from that response.

Although my children are now grown, as a parent, inserting myself into the role of the father in this story came easily. Yet, admittedly, I cannot fully imagine the helpless sense of desperation one must feel in such an instance. To be forced into the position of defending my family in my home, justifiably or not, would undoubtedly be a horror I’d rather not face. For me, the choice would be an easy one to make. But once that split-second decision is made, and executed, the aftermath of it all would be extremely complicated and stressful – for everyone concerned. While everyone else’s life goes on, the struggle to maintain any sort of sanity in the family would be challenging to say the least. And that, a family coping with the repercussions of choices made, is what this book is really about.

While the settings and events of this book may not be real – just an author imagining the way things might play out if such an event were to occur – the scenario is something that could happen. Something, as I’ve found since the release of Over My Dead Body, to which many parents can relate.

Over My Dead Body

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Over-My-Dead-Body-ebook/dp/B005N260Z4

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/over-my-dead-body-bruce-a-borders/1105621591

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/114607

Sony Reader http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/bruce-a-borders/over-my-dead-body/

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Connect with Bruce:

Bruce A Borders - Author

Bruce A Borders – Author

Twitter handle: @BruceABorders

Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks

Website address: http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders


RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:

https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Rave-Reviews-Book-Club/ 271290866357000?fref=ts

Bruce’s questions & answers on THIS site:

  1. 1.     RRBC: Who influences you the most?

B.B.:  That’s a hard question to answer. Several people influence me; some are authors, some are not. I suppose the best answer would be my family.

THANK YOU for stopping by! To read different posts, including excerpts from “Over My Dead Body,”  please visit all Blog Tour Hosts as found on:


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  2. Great interview… SHARED! 🙂

  3. Congrats, Bruce. Sounds like a book many readers will be interested in. Good luck with the blog tour.

  4. Just ignore me popping up again, lol. I forgot to click for follow-up comments.

  5. Hi Bruce,

    Congratulations on your book! It’s amazing how many times I think to myself “there but for the grace of God, go I”! We hear around us about horror stories and I often wonder how people manage to survive such events and go on with their lives. Well done!

  6. Congratulations, Bruce, and thanks for hosting, Kathryn. This story is very close to my heart, since I have been involved with campaigning for fathers’ rights for many years. Too often their need to be an active parent is overlooked and undervalued. Best wishes for a successful writing career!

  7. Bruce…I truly cannot wait to read your book!!! Congratulations and I hope you’re enjoying your time in the SPOTLIGHT! xoxo, Danica

  8. Sounds like an interesting book, Bruce.

  9. Congratulations on this honor, Bruce. Thank you, Kathryn, for hosting this Spotlight Author.

  10. Reblogged this on 4writersandreaders and commented:
    Find out more about Bruce A. Borders and OVER MY DEAD BODY… I just downloaded my copy! ~ Bette A. Stevens

  11. This is so great! Congratulations Bruce for being this week’s’ SPOTLIGHT author! Rave Reviews Book Club is an amazing group.

  12. Hi Bruce, I love the subject, a touchy one which should be explored and f investigated much more than is done. Seemingly, many of us believe, “You can’t fight City Hall.” Sometimes we can’t, especially if we don’t have the money, but if we do and we know the law and have an efficient lawyer at our sides, we can, in a court of law. Guns never solve the problem but do exactly as what they are designed for, kill. This read sounds as if it is worth exploring.

  13. Saw this reblogged on Bette Stevens blog. Great idea for a blog. This situation happens a lot more often than most people would imagine.

  14. Shirley L. Slaughter

    Hi Bruce. Congratulations on winning the Spotlight this week. And your book topic is of interest of all of us. Good luck on your tour.

  15. Just got my copy of “Over My Dead Body” and can’t wait to read it! Best wishes to you, Bruce! THANK YOU KATHRYN for hosting! You’re title makes me want to start singing from Beauty & the Beast! 🙂 Love it!

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  17. katinavaselopulos

    First of all, congratulations Bruce for what sounds like a wonderful book and also for being on the spotlight!

    Kathryn, Thank you for hosting Bruce and his book! Wonderful seeing many others I have just met, Including you Nicholas Rossis and Danica!! I did not know you also belonged to this Club.

    Bruce, your book sounds great and I look forward to reading it. You shared a large amount of information making it very easy for the reader to walk in “your own” shoes. I felt the stink of Injustice and I hope that neither I or any one else ever has to live an even remotely similar situation.

    I have a couple of questions:
    Did you find yourself getting angry by indentifying with your main character? If yes, how did you handle it? If not, how did you remove youself from your thougths and words? Also, have you taken action to begin or support a movement so as to change things, contributing thus to a better world?

    • Thank you Katina for stopping by. I look forward to hearing Bruce’s answers.

    • Katina, I did become a little angry while writing this book. That was one of the motivating factors that kept me writing. Even though this is purely fiction, the fact that I had based the story on real events I’d heard kept in my mind just how real it was for some, how real it could be for me. But writing is very therapeutic, thankfully!
      As for starting a movement – that’s not really my thing and I’m sure I wouldn’t be very good at it. But I do like writing on the subject of injustice – perhaps that will inspire someone!

  18. katinavaselopulos

    Thank you Bruce for taking the time to answer my questions. What I am taking with me is that “writing is very therapeutic.” I can certainly vow for that. Also the fact that words and stories influence and inspire. Let’s pray that your words will inspire justice and not its opposite!

    Kathryn, good answers? Yes, Indeed!

  19. Congratulations, Bruce, and thanks Kathryn for sharing Bruce’s spotlight.

  20. WOW! Bruce, judging by the number of visits and comments, you are so loved. Congrats on this honor which you truly deserve, it…and so many more! Kathryn, I loveeeeee your site! Thanks for the host. (Now, when might you have me over?)….:)

  21. Shirley L. Slaughter

    I just keep coming back because I love your blog and those dainty teacups. Can’t help myself.

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