Welcome to The House of Taboo. I’m your host Lia Michaels. Today our Center Stage is reserved for one of our dearest friends and fellow authors, Amber Lea Easton. She was one of the very first friends my alter egos and I made when we joined the world of published authors. Soon after we had “met,” Amber told me she was writing her memoir about how she and her family survived the suicide of her husband. After hearing some of her tale, my heart broke for her. I couldn’t imagine what she had gone through and still goes through to this day. When I think about having to live my life without my husband…well, I just can’t cope.
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published cross genre author of romantic suspense, action adventure, mystery thrillers. Her current releases cross all boundaries and appeal to a wide audience. If you love a clever plot, action that will leave you breathless, riveting characters and sexy love scenes, her books will appeal to you. “Smart is sexy,” Easton says, which is why she focuses on smart heroines who always have a lot to lose yet find the courage to face their fears to overcome adversity. She’s an avid reader of all genres or “whatever turns her on in the moment”.
Easton grew up in Hartford, South Dakota, where she spent her time daydreaming of big adventures over the horizon under a giant blue South Dakota sky. Now living in Colorado, she’s an avid traveler who incorporates her real life travels into her novels as much as possible (minus the illegal activities her characters become immersed in–she swears). To her, setting is another character in the novel and often serves as an inspiration. Love is her motivation for all things–whether it be writing, traveling, playing with her dogs or hanging with her two teenagers–if it’s not done with love, then what’s the point?
One moment is all it takes to change a life forever. In one instant—in my husband’s final act—he stripped away my identity as wife, stay at home mom, and best friend. In one moment our world crumbled from beneath our feet. He’d been the center of our universe, but then he was gone. Everything I ever believed to be true unraveled before my eyes.
Free Fall is our journey of piecing our lives back together again—overcoming children’s anxiety as we traversed the brutal grief and trauma process, learning to say the word “widow” without cringing, surviving the fall out from friends and family who simply didn’t understand our journey, triumphing over the stigma of “suicide”, forgiving my husband, and finding peace amidst chaos.
This memoir is for other widows, widowers, survivors of suicide, children, or loved ones who need encouragement that there is another side to grief. There is. We’re there now. We’re looking back and holding our hands out to you saying, “hang in there, you’re not alone, and you’ll get here, too.”
And now for the amazing cover of Free Fall…
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