Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Inspiration for Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Trail of Broken Wings
Sejal Badani

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Where I Got the Inspiration to Write Trail of Broken Wings

Trail of Broken Wings is a story of three women who must face their past to find their future. It’s a story of redemption, hope and finding your inner strength when tragedies threaten to break you. I wrote it for women who believe in the power of friendship and family, for anyone who has ever experienced abuse in their lives, and for those who know that love is there for everyone, even those who must learn to love themselves first.

I wrote this story after witnessing and surviving my own childhood abuse. It’s the story I searched for in my own path toward healing—something to give hope and inspiration while exploring all the shades of heartbreak which abuse can inflict on the soul and mind. Though the events and the characters in the story are fictional, the emotions, the fears, the desperate search for survival are all based not only on my own and my family’s experiences, but the experiences of other survivors who found their way out of the darkness.

About the Author

A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. She was an ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship and CBS Writing Fellowship Finalist. When not writing, she loves reading, biking along the ocean, traveling and trying to teach her teacup Morkie not to hide socks under the bed (so far she has been completely unsuccessful). Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran are always playing in the background. She would love to speak to book clubs via Skype.

She currently lives on the West Coast with her family.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Trail of Broken Wings—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Who or what gives you hope and inspiration?
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Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher—a huge thank you to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing!
Giveaway ends May 19th at 11.59 PM (your time).
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