Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and Violence Permeate the Pages of New Fiction

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Author Maria Chappel locks readers in a tale about the addictions that plague Americans

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Sex, substance abuse, alcoholism and violence among millions of Americans, particularly among teenagers, reflect the theme and subject of Maria Chappel’s new fiction thriller. Chappel creatively lends her voice to the numerous voiceless Americans whose daily existence is suffused with the disparaging effects of such addictions in And Say It Was All In Vain.

“Over 23 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and other drugs,” says Pamela Egan, board-certified Adult & Family Nurse Practitioner, and certified Diabetes Educator and Clinical Specialist in Mental Health. “Substance abuse involves the repeated and excessive use of a drug or alcohol to produce pleasure or escape reality despite its destructive effects.”

Chappel’s tale revolves around the turbulent life of Layla, an impulsive girl prey to such addictions, in her attempt to escape the rambunctious reality that surrounds her teenage life. On top of her own drinking and drug problems, she has to constantly put up with a mother who is also an alcoholic and a drug addict, and a sister who is a nervous wreck. However, the drama really takes a more unexpected turn when her sister is raped and her best friend is hunted by a dirty cop.

This is a story that will allow readers to get a glimpse of their fellow Americans’ struggles in dealing with addiction and violence on a daily basis. Readers who personally know people who are victims of similar circumstances will find And Say It Was All In Vain a vital voice to listen to.

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About the Author
Maria Chappel was raised in Weiser, Idaho for 35 years of her life. She still resides in Idaho with her husband Steve and their seven children. She enjoys writing as it is her passion. With her husband’s encouragement, she followed her dream of writing a book. She was a Sheriff’s deputy for 11 years and also worked as a reserve police officer in the city of Weiser as well. Now she stays home to write and spend time with her family.

And Say It Was All In Vain * by Maria Chappel
Publication Date: February 29, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 185 pages; 978-1-4691-5930-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 185 pages; 978-1-4691-5931-7

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