New York City, NY (PRWEB) January 28, 2008
In her latest book, Jacqueline Wales tells one woman's truth about a stigma that has affected countless other women. A story of a family caught up in shame, abuse and denial, it's a powerful account that explores the history of mothers who abandoned their children, until one woman had the courage to break the chains of shame.
When the Crow Sings: A Novel has been released by Pantulan Press, and is available through Amazon, at http://tinyurl.com/2wyrfo , just in time for the holiday season. On its way to bestseller status, it recently topped the Amazon books list at 12,300 out of more than 4 million books, ranking 34th in the top 100 for the Family Saga bestseller list.
When the Crow Sings is based on Wales' own life experiences. Having left school and home at age 15, she found herself unmarried and pregnant by 19. At 20, she gave up her daughter for adoption. In her family, three generations of women shared a heritage entangled with secrets and unspoken sorrow. This story of children born out of wedlock, their abandonment, and the accompanying shame and sorrow has touched the lives of women from all corners of the world. Readers experience the thoughts, feelings and complex family dynamics surrounding these family secrets.
"We all live with secrets, many of them planted in our childhood and youth. Within them we harbor sorrows, fears, and oftentimes a sense of shame. From their earliest beginnings, our secrets create lifelong obstacles which keep us from living as the strong women we are," says Wales. "It's important to tell our truths, not only to others, but more importantly to ourselves. When the Crow Sings allowed me to tell my story with the hope it would provide understanding, support, and hope to others who may have shared my experience."
No stranger to life's difficulties, Wales' experiences from childhood to womanhood taught her many life lessons she now draws upon when working with other women. As the founder of Fearless Fifties™ , http://www.fearlessfifties.com, she now inspires women from around the world to empower them to move through their fears to claim the thriving, passionate, and joy-filled life that awaits them.
"Secrets are rooted in fear. And, it's fear that keeps us stuck and prevents us from moving forward. Until we can unearth our courage to face our fears, we can't move through them. We need to pull them into the light; we need to hold them up and examine them and appreciate them for their lessons. We must feel them fully for they are a part of who we are. Then, we must let them go. We must understand we always act from what we know at the time," comments Wales. "We must forgive ourselves and understand that life already forgave us long ago. With this acknowledgment comes healing, just as it occurs for the novel's main character, Agnes."
When the Crow Sings: A Novel was recently released by Pantulan Press and is available through Amazon, at http://tinyurl.com/2wyrfo, and at all fine bookstores. For more information or to schedule a book reading or author interview, please refer to the contact information.
Jacqueline Wales, motivational speaker, author, and coach, works with women to help them overcome their fears to live their best life now. She is the author of several books including The Good Enough Mother, the newly released When the Crow Sings, as well as several compilations. Having discovered her singing voice in her forties, she has graced the stage with her touching, heart-centered music in Los Angeles, Paris, and Amsterdam, producing her first CD entitled Secrets of the Sun. Born in Scotland and having lived and worked in cities around the world, she now resides in New York City living true to Fearless in her Fifties.