Phoenixville, PA (PRWEB) June 01, 2015

The volatile and appropriate issue of university assaults takes center phase in writer Marie Green McKeon’s first-person novel, “A Balm in Gilead.” The effect is what Kirkus Reviews features called “a complex crime drama with numerous fascinating characters.” Now, “A Balm in Gilead” gets much more critical recognition, using guide named as a finalist in 2 separate guide prize competitions.

Ms. Green McKeon’s book put as an award-winning finalist into the Fiction: Mystery/ Suspense category of the 2015 International Book Awards. The International Book Awards, sponsored by American Book News, earned a lot more than 1,200 entries, their biggest 12 months since starting this program during 2009. By placing into the 2015 awards, “A Balm in Gilead” beat aside 75% of other entrants.

The book also ended up being named as a finalist in Foreword ratings’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Annually, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a tiny selection of indie authors and editors whoever work sticks out through the crowd decided by a panel of over 100 librarians. Winners with this year’s sixteenth annual awards are announced in Summer.

In “A Balm in Gilead,” scholar Quinn Carlisle is time for university after the woman grandmother’s funeral when this woman is attacked and savagely attacked while retained captive in a dormitory space. Her assailant is fundamentally arrested and a jury finds him bad, but a corrupt judge won’t sentence him and then he is defined no-cost.

10 years go where Quinn struggles to pull the woman life collectively. On the surface, she life a reasonably normal life, but underneath, she’s got most of the apparent symptoms of post-traumatic stress condition (PTSD).

After that she hears from the neighborhood news towards gruesome murder of a woman discovered with a word created into the woman flesh. It’s the exact same term that was crudely carved into Quinn during her own assault 10 years earlier in the day. Quinn is believing that it’s the woman assailant. Reluctantly, this traumatized rape victim heads along the course she many concerns, looking for some way of measuring justice and, first and foremost, to cure herself.

“This good book will keep readers guessing, also about the good men’ motives. Followers of crime fiction, mysteries and mental thrillers will like this securely penned depiction of PTSD and redemption.” Kirkus Reviews

“A Balm in Gilead provides an intriguing story dedicated to the distress rape victims withstand when college authorities, police, and household members don’t believe and help them.” Foreword Clarion Ratings, 4-star analysis

Author: Marie Green McKeon has been a reporter, an advertising and marketing copywriter, and an editor. This woman is now the writer of fiction. “A Balm in Gilead” is available in trade paperback or as an eBook from online sites including,, iTunes,, and