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 GUEST POST:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to present myself as an author and my novel ‘Section 132’ to you.

I have lived and worked in Europe, where I was born, Asia, Australia and America, and have visited many more countries. Canada is my home since 2004.

Now I would like to briefly transport you back to a day in 2007 and picture this scenario: I’m sitting on my porch, enjoying the peaceful view of the lake in front of the remote country property I have chosen as my permanent home. I’m totally relaxed. The sky is blue, the lake is calm. I open my lap-top, click on the Vancouver Sun newspaper and start reading an article about a Fundamentalist Mormon sect located in British Columbia that is accused of child-bride trafficking with their counterparts in America. This intrigues me, to say the least. I read on and discover that this sect is located only about three hours drive from my home.

Of course, from that moment on I, the writer of suspense novels, am hooked.

I don’t consider myself a crusader or an activist, but I like to write stories with an unusual plot, featuring strong female protagonists. I believe that women are amazingly resilient, resourceful, talented and wonderful human beings. All my novels (so far eight written, six published) are a homage to women who had to overcome enormous difficulties to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals in life.

Until that day in 2007 I would not have believed that a sect practicing polygamy and marrying their teenage daughters to much older men is even allowed to exist in our countries – be it Canada or America.

Several years of research followed and what I discovered in due course not only confirmed the article I had read but brought even more mind-blowing facts to light.

Subsequently I wrote the novel ‘Section 132’. I just had to write it. Not out of cheap sensationalism but because I believe that a novel might reach a much wider audience than a newspaper article and may raise public awareness of what goes on behind the closed doors of those sects. And because I simply could not pass by such an incredible story! After all, I write to entertain my readers by surprising them with unexpected stories. I like to carry them away from their everyday life with all their worries and problems.

I hope you will enjoy this story, as dramatic and brutal it may be in parts. Please remember when you read it – and I hope very much that you do – that it is based on facts, as unbelievable as they may sound.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
Section 132
Imprisoned in a Polygamous Sect
Author: Helga Zeiner
File Size: 623 KB
Print Length: 460 pages
Publisher: POW WOW Books, Canada (August 7, 2011)
Language: English

ISBN: 0986879800
ASIN: B005GAWWGY

Synopsis:
  Lillian is only 13 when her parents marry her to a middle-aged Bishop of a fundamentalist sect who practices polygamy. She is forced to live with her new husband’s many wives and children on his compound tucked away in the Canadian wilderness.

    The hardships of poverty and isolation have crushed the will of just about everybody in his flock. They suffer in silent submissiveness, trying to please their despotic leader. He justifies the humiliating treatment of his dependents by citing ‘Section 132 of the Doctrine & Covenants’ of his fundamentalist religion.

    Until, one day, Lillian had enough. But it is dangerous to try and escape the Bishop’s iron rule. He practices blood-atonement, which is quietly sanctioned by the ‘Gatekeepers’, an American secret society within the Fundamentalist Mormon Church.
    Lillian must find out-side help if she ever wants to leave the Bishop’s compound – but how can she do this if she is locked up without any means of communication?
    Lillian doesn’t know how life outside a compound functions. She only knows that she can not live like this much longer. Many questions plaque her troubled mind.
    Why do her sister-wives put up with this hardship, knowing only a bleak future lies ahead of them? Where do the child-brides come from, the Bishop keeps adding to his family? Where do some of his daughters disappear to, once they come of age? Lillian’s defiance grows with every injustice she witnesses – until she can’t hide her rebellion any longer.
    Her desperate struggle to escape draws the reader into a very dark, very dangerous place. But not all is hopeless. When land developer Richard Bergman buys the neighboring property, Lillian’s luck seems to be changing
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Helga Zeiner is a Canadian and German citizen. At the age of 18, Helga completed her arts degree at the Art School of Bavaria, and then left Germany. She lived and worked for two years in Australia, and twelve years in Hong Kong. Since 2004 she has lived with her husband Manfred in the wilderness of British Columbia, about 5 hours north of Vancouver. There they own over 500 acres which they have developed into a gated cabin community, the Rainbow Country Estate. For as long as she can remember, Helga has been writing novels, usually in her spare time. Today most of her time is devoted to writing, but she also manages the land development company, is politically active, enjoys outdoor sports and loves smoking cigars.  
 

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Melissa Rheinlander is a Momma to a beautiful, spunky, fun loving little girl. Lover of family, friends, books, Mexican Martinis, sometimes Bloody Marys or Margaritas, & Wine. Melissa has worked in publishing for years, helping International Best-selling authors. She is the owner of MSRheinlander Consulting as well as Biblio Babes.

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