Authors Lia Goens and Lori Nelson’s new book “On Riding a Bike Blindfolded” is a searing true story of addiction and its terrible toll on victims and their families

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Recent release “On Riding a Bike Blindfolded” from Page Publishing authors Lia Goens and Lori Nelson is based on the deeply personal journal of Scott Sakson, a young man whose bright future was destroyed by the deadly lure of heroin addiction. His candid and insightful self-analysis offers a resource for parents and caregivers seeking a way to communicate with their children about the very real dangers of drug use.

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Lia Goens is a retired English teacher, juvenile probation officer, and director of creative arts at a United Methodist Church.

Lori Nelson, a small-business owner, mother, and grandmother currently residing in Pendleton, Indiana with her German shepherd. They have published their new book “On Riding a Bike Blindfolded”: a poignant journey through Scott Sakson’s childhood, adolescence, and irreversible descent into a tragic cycle of addiction, incarceration, and, ultimately, a deadly overdose.

“On Riding a Bike Blindfolded” is based on the thoughts and experiences written by a heroin addict named Scott. His words and illustrations were found and read by his mother, Lori, after he died from an overdose.

Due to his addiction, Scott left home and was not welcomed back until he stopped using drugs, something he could not manage to do. He lived from place to place, including abandoned warehouses, condemned shacks, and boxes in alleys, among other uncomfortable places. Undoubtedly, he shared all these places with rats and other hungry creatures.

Sometimes, he was lucky and shared a friend’s apartment. Other times, he spent weeks, months, or years in jail cells or prison. From all these places, he wrote what has come to be the journal you will read in this book.

In every page of Scott’s journal, he tells readers every part of his life—from what it’s like to share a crowded jail holding cell with sick and scary prisoners or being arrested and handcuffed in front of his girlfriend and every detail he suffered during his horrendous journey with heroin.

The journal is not just about his experience with addiction. Scott was not just about addiction. He was an athlete, an artist, a pole dancer, the gymnast kind, and a poet. He loved his family, his friends, and especially the girl he hoped to marry.

Readers will find themselves wanting to be his friend one minute, and the next minute, they will want to scream how mad they are because of his choices. This story is like no other one. It is told in a very personal way that makes readers feel a part of his life. The last words Scott writes are written on the very day he died. His death will make one sad and maybe a little angry that some very bad people killed him…and walked away.

Published by Page Publishing, Lia Goens and Lori Nelson’s heartbreaking book is a powerful cautionary tale for people of all ages.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “On Riding a Bike Blindfolded” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

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