And this blogger is back. With a twist.

That rather sounds like a martini.  Anyway, time for some social media infusion.  So much has changed since my book came out.  I have spent my time promoting the book, meeting such wonderful people, signing my book across the U.S., doing television, radio and print interviews and now, I’ve parlayed my experience into something much more satisfying than talking about myself. (snooooze).

My wonderful speakers’ agency (APB) has me criss-crossing the country speaking to colleges and universities, towns & cities of first responders and law firms in order to train folks how to deal with people like me.  It’s been a huge year for sexual assault – and not a good one – Sandusky/Penn State, the GOP and Mourdock/Ryan/Akin, the woman in India who was gang-raped and killed.  I’ll go on and on in other posts.  I love my public speaking life and I have also embarked on my second act as a writer in freelance journalism, so look for my pieces in blogs, magazines and newspapers.  I cherish my editors and my agents who manage to get this girl gigs.  I am always astounded by this.   I will also be spending more time on Capitol Hill as an advocate, since we KNOW what a mess that is up there.  Wheeeee!

There will be a second book.  It will not be about me.

In the meantime, I’ve been raising my now 10 year old and 4 year old in Alexandria, Virginia.  We spent August in East Hampton, eating from the sea and farmers’ markets.  Mike and I went to Milan to see Springsteen (I know – extreme superfan, I am), then onto Rome for a little getaway.  As a family, we went to Disney and Mike and I took a brief getaway to the Bahamas.  Mike began a new job and we adopted a new puppy, Jingles.

May 2013 bring so many good thinks to you, my sparkly, delightful readers.  I promise to give you content – some lifestyle, some crime, some personal, some hilarity, but always from the heart.  Cheers!

 

Come see me at BookHampton Sag Harbor 8/21 at 5 PM!

Hi, lovely summer friends! My favorite bookstore in the world, Bookhampton, is hosting me on Sunday, August 21st at 5 PM in the Sag Harbor store. Come one, come all as I discuss how being in the Hamptons pretty much saved my sanity in the onset of The Letter and the years that followed. I’ve come full circle and am very excited.

Later that evening, RAINN is hosting a wonderful “Bowl for RAINN” event from 6 to 11 pm at East Hampton Bowl with Mick Foley, our wonderful supporter. So tie on your bowling shoes after the book party and head on over for drinks, dancing and support of RAINN. Couldn’t be a better Sunday out East, now could it?

Welcome to the “new” blog on WordPress! Enjoy your time here!

Hi, all!

As many of you know, I’ve been juggling book tour and talks and clubs with parenting, drafting my second book treatment and maintaining some sense of self-care throughout the madness. The new blog will talk about current events in crime and justice (no dearth of cases here, whew!) as well as some questions you may have about the book, having read it. Or not! In which case, here is my Amazon author page for upcoming events.

So many nice folks to thank for the success of this book – from my agent to my publisher, my editor, my publicist, and all the lovely people in the media who sought to tackle a “dirty” subject. We’ll be highlighting those writers, shows, bloggers, radio folks and champions, as well as including them as guest bloggers. I am so grateful to everyone who worked on this project and continue to do so!

If you are with the media, head to the main page and find me that way, but feel free to leave a (mostly appropriate and nice, please) comment here in the spirit of discussion. I clearly reject all troll-ish comments as they are not part of the discussion and it’s not worth it to expose other survivors or their families to boorish behavior as I used to.

I’ll even be coming into the year 2011 and using multimedia this time around, so yet, videos, photos and hyperlinks and perhaps my YouTube channel which I’ve been putting off. Amen!

So, come often, get your books out and we WILL schedule an online Twitter or blog reading one day soon with my publicist. In the meantime, I’ll be posting this evening about your thoughts on – er – THAT verdict. You know what I mean. Hmmmm….

The book is here!

Have you read “Crash Into Me” yet? Available at Amazon.com, bn.com, borders.com and most independent bookstores. Feel free to leave a comment/review here or on the sites. Thank you to ICM, Bloomsbury, my great team and my family. We’ll be posting appearances and signing as we merge this blog into a new one soon.

A century later, justice for the family of Tom Joyner.

If you don’t know who Tom Joyner is, take a listen to his wildly popular, nationally syndicated radio show. I’ve been listening to him since the early 90s.

His two great uncles were wrongfully executed for the 1913 murder of a Confederate soldier and given the electric chair. Seems they had the wrong guys. This past week, the state of South Carolina officially pardoned the two wrongfully executed men, giving Joyner’s family the peace they so richly deserved.

Interestingly enough, Joyner did not know of the wrongful death until Skip Gates (White House beer and “teaching moment”) told him of the story.

Bravo!

Lavinia Masters is one incredible woman.

I have so much praise for this woman and her fortitude. Keep going! Read about her story here.

It’s the sad truth that the statute of limitations has run out on her case, ergo, they cannot prosecute her now positively identified attacker. Perhaps we should strengthen THOSE laws if we are finally going to get to the millions of DNA samples that have been languishing. If we get to them quicker, we’ll be able to prosecute more cases, imprison more perpetrators and free those wrongfully accused. If we have a combined effort of testing the samples faster and lengthening the SOL’s, we could have some measure of success in the middle. Alas, we’ve got a long way to go.

We have the technology! Press on, Lavinia!

Evangelist “Tony Alamo” convicted of sex offenses – says prosecutors basically hate Jesus.

Sometimes I always wonder why rape victims draw the ire of evangelicals. I’ve been on the end of some serious hate mail from evangelicals who tell me to burn in Hell and all of that nonsense (that doesn’t seem very “Christian”, does it?). People drunk with power and their perceived close relationship with Jesus have been in the news a great deal these past years for unspeakable acts against their fellow man. Hey, let’s hear it for hypocrisy!

Well “Tony Alamo” – real name, Bernie Hoffman, who has evangelical churches in three states was convicted of sexually assaulting a number of young girls over the years.

Amen!

Thank you, Queen Latifah!


The Queen has recently opened up to Essence magazine about the childhood sexual abuse she endured by a male babysitter. As always, when a celebrity opens up (see: Tim Roth, Teri Hatcher, Gabrielle Union), it rips the stigma away and helps real people to understand that sexual abuse is not a life sentence and that one can live a life of promise and excellence.

Says the Queen, “He violated me,” shares Latifah in the new issue of Essence. “I never told anybody. I just buried it as deeply as I could and kept people at an arms length. I never really let a person get too close to me. I could have been married years ago, but I had a commitment issue.”

So true. Thank you for not being silenced. Be strong.

Phil Spector – Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder – 3rd time is charm.


So, the mighty Phil Spector, with a long history of terrorizing women and a gallery of fabulous hairstyles, was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of Lana Clarkson, who was found in his entryway with a gunshot to her mouth. Spector’s team argued it a suicide. Of course, the fact that Spector came running out of the house and said to his valet “I think I just killed someone” could not have boded well.

The jury took 30 hours to deliberate – usually guilty verdicts are quicker. I am amazed by the strength of Lana’s family during these 3 trials. The Judge remanded Spector, instead of allowing him to remain free on bail until his sentencing on May 26.

I feel that justice has been served here. What are your thoughts on the Spector verdict?

Barack Obama, my man.

Yes, we can. Read about it here. This man has young girls and I give him my utmost respect for this decision.

Tell me what you think.