New Novel from Satya House Delivers Insider's Look at Manipulation in America’s Bible Belt—Exposing Sex and Debauchery

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In her gripping debut novel, Televenge, former mega-church insider, Pamela King Cable, spins a yarn describing evangelical zealots and a dogmatic lifestyle, and re-imagines tragic and inspiring events in a unique roman à clef fashion.

Televenge by Pamela King Cable

Televenge by Pamela King Cable

“This powerful story, skillfully written and with well-drawn characters, reveals the classic entrapment of vulnerable people in the name of a vengeful god . . .”
— Publishers Weekly

For most Americans, it would be hard to imagine being stripped of their freedoms – of speech, religion, career direction, generation of wealth, the right to bear children, and more. However, for Americans who are deeply rooted in a mega-church, ‘choice’ is not always an option. It’s the pastor’s way or the highway, and if you choose to leave, it could be a fatal mistake.

Author and former mega-church member, Pamela King Cable introduces very real religious, political and relationship themes and events, as only a televangelism-insider could, through her new fictional thriller, "Televenge". Unveiling dramatic story and character twists, and occasions when perception should not be confused with reality, Cable’s novel highlights church corruption, but most of all the idea of unconditional love.

Built on our fascination with America’s mega-churches and their fantastical beliefs and lifestyles, the plot takes on themes of sex, abuse, murder, friendship, family, and redemption. "Televenge" also reveals how the balance of power can be tipped and lives destroyed in an instant.

The novel charts the life of Andie Oliver, a faithful woman to God, to her handsome husband Joe, and to televangelist Reverend Calvin Artury, a Godfather in a Mafia of holy men. Raised to be subservient and submissive in the tradition of the Bible-belt South of the 1970’s, she becomes a prisoner of that tradition. Her dream of children, home, and marriage falls apart when the ministry team hires Joe. Violence, abuse, debauchery, and infidelity ensue, and Andie is entangled in scandal. She must evade ruthless adversaries who will go to any lengths to protect their pastor. Therefore, Andie battles the darkest side of televangelism, forever changing a nation of evangelicals.

Vivid and tragic, "Televenge" exposes chaos in the mega-church, and embraces those who discover unconditional love in a religious world fraught with fear and intimidation. In pitch-perfect voices, Pamela King Cable’s emotionally rich debut novel, with extraordinary twists and hairpin turns, creates four remarkable characters who will stay with the reader long after they finish the book. A recent review in Publishers Weekly stated, “This powerful story, skillfully written and with well-drawn characters, reveals the classic entrapment of vulnerable people in the name of a vengeful god . . .”

Cable’s story is loosely entrenched in "Televenge", leading her to study televangelism markets and the devastating effects of many mega-churches. During that time she interviewed more than a hundred people who broke away from their church for many of the same reasons she did. This helped her grow, heal, and create this novel.

“"Televenge" takes on numerous issues relevant to our current global landscape—from domestic abuse, to fraud, murder, and extortion, to the manipulative rhetoric of religious AND political zealots,” says Cable. “I hope "Televenge" provides inspiration and courage for those who are in or are thinking about leaving a manipulative situation and otherwise reveals to them the possibilities of unconditional love.”

Author of the highly popular book, "Southern Fried Women", Pamela King Cable grew up during the 60s as a fundamentalist, attending revivals in tents, tabernacles, and clapboard churches. For twenty-five years, she was a member of a mega-church operated by a TV evangelist.

Cable wrote "Televenge" to help herself heal after a bitter divorce, years of submission and even abuse; to show that “pastors are human,” and to encourage others struggling in dogmatic churches to hold their pastors accountable, share their stories, and save their families from ruin. It is a story of hope, a love story for the ages.

Cable now lives on a farm in Ohio with her husband, Michael, and is working on her next novel. She is also a much sought-after speaker and is available for interviews, book readings/signings, and talks. As a guest or keynote speaker, Pam has spoken at more than 150 venues including Rotary Clubs, women’s groups, the Junior League, writing conferences, book clubs and many churches throughout the South. To learn more about the author, you can visit her web site at http://www.pamelakingcable.com.

"Televenge" was published in October 2012 by Satya House, a boutique publishing company, specializing in books that just might change your life or the way you think about it.

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