Thursday, December 3, 2015

Captives Released!

It's out! Well, at least it's out on Kindle. The paperback version should be available by next week.

For the next few days, I plan to post on Captives, its characters, and its inception. I will also have a few posts on the very real problem of sex trafficking.

This novel has a long history that starts in 2006 with a paragraph I wrote as a brainstorming exercise. I’d wanted to write about human trafficking for some time, but the right story never surfaced. At the time, a good friend of mine was the sexual trafficking liaison at the Salvation Army, and she had supplied me with tons of good material, case studies, and statistics. It was grim reading, but I realized then that this was something important that people needed to know about (and a lot of people really didn’t know about it).

I started with Blaise’s narration telling the background of her sister’s disappearance via trafficking; I later added Asha’s story to show the international side; once I realized that pornography and prostitution were linked, Andrew’s narrative came into play.

The novel originally came out in 2009 and was titled All that is Right and Holy. That year it won second place in the Christian Choice Book Awards through Xulon Press.

In 2015, a lot has changed in both the spectrum and spread of trafficking, especially within the United States. With that in mind, I decided to update the novel and re-release it under a different title. My husband designed the new cover. I love it! What do you think?

When did you first become aware of human trafficking?


  1. Looks like a great cover!! I will plan to read this after the first of the year (so I won't purchase it until then; I just know I have a lot going on between now and then). It does sound like a good (but sad) book. Congrats on its release!

    I was in California; so not too long ago; maybe four years ago? I knew it was around, I just didn't realize how much it was around and I thought it was in other countries not in our country. Found out when our church highlighted an organization that helped people escape for it.


    1. Thanks, Betty. Yes, I think it was around four or five years ago when the media started hitting the topic hard. That's when I started hearing people say, "Oh, yeah. I saw a news report on that the other night."

      I know you have a lot on your plate right now! I hope things are going well for you! Blessings!

  2. That is a FANTASTIC cover! Stephen did such a great job! You said you "updated" the novel? So that means there are different things in it? If so, I simply must buy a copy.
    To anyone reading my comment - do get this book! I have the original version and it is a haunting, realistic novel that will change you. I read it years ago and the stories still come to my mind. I frequently think of sex trafficking and find myself praying for the women caught in it.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! It is a little different. I tried to update it and make it a little more relevant since some things have changed in the past 7 years.