Title: Let Me Know (Lost In You #2)
Author: Stina Lindenblatt
Publisher: Carina Press (September 1st, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: This shouldn't be happening again…
Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.
Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus's past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber's reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won't risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.
Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims' rights before she's convicted in the court of public opinion. And she's really not sure what's worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently…
See how it all began for Amber and Marcus in Tell Me When.
Author Guest Post - Why Stalking?
When I first decided to write a New Adult contemporary romance, I remembered something I read while researching a YA book that has long since been shelved. The incidence of stalking is greatest for college students. While in university, I had to deal with a stalker. He was a guy my age whom I’d met in a night club, and out of boredom (my friends were all dancing) I revealed too much info. Big mistake. The only thing I didn’t tell him was my phone number (I gave him a fake one) and my address. Unfortunately, I told him where I worked, and he got a job there. I quit soon after.
The first book in the Lost in You series (Tell Me When) was released during National Stalking Awareness month this year. I promise you that was a fluke. I decided to do a blog hop to help bring awareness of the issue of stalking and provide stalking-prevention tips. There were a lot of stories shared during the event. In the majority of cases, the victims were stalked while they were in high school or college. And in most cases, the stalker was never caught. Or, like in my case, the victim never told the authorities, hoping the problem would go away. It did, but that was only after the individual moved away from the apartment where she was being harassed. One blogger recounted a story that had happened to a friend of a friend. The stalker kidnapped the girl and buried her alive. She died. He’s serving time in a psychiatric prison and will never be released. Her friends and family will be forever changed.
Sometimes the stalker will grow bored and move on to another victim. Sometimes the victim escapes his attention by moving away. Unfortunately, some stalkers aren’t so easily deterred, and manage to track the individual down. The victim can spent years being tormented because the stalker can’t get past his obsession. Some victims are involved in domestic abuse, and their boyfriend or husband stalks them to keep them in line. Unfortunately very little can be done about a stalker until he (or she) attempts to harm you or those you love—and is caught. The best method to deal with stalkers is prevention. Don’t let it happen to you.
I wrote Tell Me When and Let Me Know to show the impact stalking can have on the victim and family. But unlike with a suspense novel, I wanted to show the aftermath of stalking. Once the individual is caught, it doesn’t necessarily mean the nightmare will end.
Have you ever been stalked or know of someone who has been terrorized by a stalker?
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
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