The Secrets that Bind
Love, Lies, and the Secrets that Bind—This is the subtitle of my new novel, Set You Free. This is more than a story about secrets or physical bondage. This is a story about characters who are prisoners of their own secrets and lies, but the strongest chain that binds them has links forged from the lies they tell themselves. There can be no freedom for Deena and Blake until they see the truth about who they really are. In the novel, Pastor Tompkins proclaims, “The truth will set you free.” However, the difficult part is finding and accepting the truth. What is the biggest lie that shackles these two characters? That they are defined by their past. As Mama Jo tells Deena, she’s just running from shadows. This is also true for Blake. Ironically, Enos, a character who is intellectually challenged, makes one of the most insightful comments when speaking about a person’s shadow. He says, “It might grab ahold of your heels and drag around behind you, but it can’t slow you down unless you stop to look at it.” Deena will never be free until she discovers the truth—her past is nothing more than a shadow. As Enos says, “Don’t look down and don’t look back.”
Title: Set You Free
Author: Elmer Seward
Published: May 20, 2017
Publisher: Bay Rivers Publishing
Content Warning: Some mild profanity and references to torture and murder (however there is no graphic violence).
Synopsis: Deena is running from a dangerous past. When she finds herself in a small fishing village tucked away on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, she thinks she is finally safe. While there, she discovers a journal that weaves a story of secrets, passion, and unrequited love. In its pages, she discovers the answers to her struggle with the shadows of her own past. In the end, those shadows close in on her and threaten all that she holds dear.
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Excerpt from Set You Free by Elmer Seward:
I am one of the walking dead. Not as lucky as those flesh-eating monsters that roam the earth eternally. No, my flesh-eating monster lives within. It roams at will, minute by minute. Consuming me from the inside. Stealing what little life is left. My monster? The Big C. Advanced stages. No treatment. What do you do when you’re a nobody from a little nowhere town who’s accomplished nothing and has no family? What do you do when you’re told to “put your affairs in order” and you have no affairs? What do you do when the sum and total of your legacy is secrets and lies?
About the Author:
Elmer Seward was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia. Growing up, the cemetery behind his house was his playground. The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in his novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that his mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help. Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave. In that moment, he discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of. Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly.
He is blessed to have a large blended family. He is also the reluctant servant of three crazy dogs, a Maltese, a Japanese Chin, and a BruMaltChiYorkie. All of these strongly influence the characters and events in his novels; however, his beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tender hearted but determined women in his stories.
He is the author of two previous novels, Hearts in the Storm and Dreams of the Sleepless.
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