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Using the power of words to enlighten, entertain and encourage...

About me: I am the author of Shattered Souls (May 2007), From My Soul to Yours (Nov 2007), and Beneath the Bruises (Nov 2008) under Strebor/Simon & Schuster. Silent Cry (Oct. 2012) was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstading Literary Fiction. I am also the self-pubished author of When Loving You is Wrong (July 2005), as well as a contributing author to the compelling anthology, Breaking the Cycle, the 2005 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Ficton. And I am also the author of the novella "The Goddess of Desire" in Zane's anthology Another Time, Another Place which releases June 4, 2008.




Beneath the Bruises
A Novel

Based on the author's experiences working with offenders of domestic violence an extraordinary novel about one woman's courageous journey to discover her voice, strength, and dignity after drowning in an abusive marriage.

After suffering under years of emotional and physical abuse, Syreeta embarks on a search for the identity beyond wife and mother. Now, removed from that destructive relationship, she struggles to find out who she is and what she is capable of. With the help of her psychologist, Syreeta begins to expose the many scars that layer her soul healing the guilt, hurt, and shame that have alienated her from friends and family for far too long.

Syreeta discovers the many options life still has to offer her, and must find the bravery she possesses to heal herself, forgive those who beat her down, and move on to a fresh start in life. Beneath the Bruises is a riveting and empowering take of rediscovering one's dignity and exposes the devastating cycle of domestic abuse and a better understanding of its victims.

"A courageous African-American housewife and mother of five seeks freedom from domestic abuse in Birch's powerful ode to self-renewal (and his own work with domestic violence victims). an honest and inspiring novel." Publishers Weekly

"Dywane Birch does a commendable job piecing together seemingly unrelated phenomena in relating them to a greater, more troubling whole .For its uncomfortable honesty, its striking candor, and chiefly its unapologetic humanity, Shattered Souls is a highly recommended read." Apex Reviews

Dywane D. Birch is the author of Shattered Souls and From My Soul to Yours, and also a contributing author in the anthology Breaking the Cycle. A former director of an adolescent crisis shelter, he currently works with adult offenders of domestic violence and lives in New Jersey.

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