Author Helen Collier with Meow at The Helm announces the release of “Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree”

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New Romance Novel Tackles Difficult Race Issues

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“First time I’ve ever witnessed black and white women speak so frank and open about their issues with each other in such an authentic voice.”

“Sex, love, violence and hate are the table seasonings of this world,” says author Helen Collier with Meow at The Helm. With these seasonings in hand, she penned her new book “Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree” (published by iUniverse), a romance that works to shed social stigmas associated with interracial relationships.

In “Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree,” Collier weaves romance, mystery and fantasy together in a story that takes many surprising twists all the way to the end. As the characters dip into new relationships, Collier challenges stereotypes and explores the intricacies of interracial romances.

The political and cultural explorations of race and stereotypes are featured prominently in the story, but Collier also uses elements of fantasy to reveal the spiritually charged motivations of her characters.

An excerpt from Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree:

“Anna’s heart staggered. She looked at the scar just below his hairline and wondered how it happened. This man was the only part of her past still intact, thanks to the Old Head. Tucked away safe in her dreams where not even her mother could hurt them. Finding him in that apartment near death had shattered her heart. Seeing him struggle to rise and feeling his body tremble and his tears flow when nightmares shook him, touched her in a way she could not explain. Lying in bed with her arms wrapped around him, she assured him that she would never leave.”

In an endorsement of the book, Elsie Mister, a registered nurse in Granite City, Ill., says, “First time I’ve ever witnessed black and white women speak so frank and open about their issues with each other in such an authentic voice.”

About the Author
Helen Collier with Meow at The Helm has been writing since she was very young, and she writes in many different genres. She is a native of Illinois, and she now resides in Auburn, Wash. “Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree” is the first of a planned trilogy of romance mysteries.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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