Saturday, December 29, 2012

Silenced by RaeBeth McGee-Buda

My Guest ~ RaeBeth McGee-Buda

Depression and Cutting: Why I wrote Silenced?

I’ve been asked the same question over and over since December 13th which was... why did you write Silenced? I could go on with this for a long time but I won’t tire your eyes by my rambling. What I will say about this subject is this... Depression is a serious condition where people tend to not take it serious. I’ve heard people say that my depression was in my head or that I was just wanting attention. Yes you read that right... I suffer from depression.

It’s so stressful knowing those around me really don’t understand what I’m going through. I’ve been dealing with depression most of my life. Some called me a drama queen and others were saying I wanted more attention.. but this wasn’t the case at all.

I decided for my first book it was time to finally bring this shady subject into the light. People need to be more aware. We don’t hush the subject of people on drugs or drinking alcohol. Everyone knows those are issues that are taken seriously. It’s time depression and self harm are in the same light.

I think everyone should education themselves on the subject. It could save the life of a loved one knowing the signs and symptoms of depression. This is my goal with Silenced. I wanted people to be in the head of someone suffering from depression and self harm.

I will answer this... Silenced was wrote based off of my own experiences and the experiences of others that I have talked with. Amber’s life is a few people I know tied into one. I went through the outcast of life and having problems fitting in while in school. I suffered from low self esteem due to the depression and tried self harm. I felt like there was no way out but to die.

My daughter proved this theory of mine wrong. She’s my lifeline and my angel sent from above. I’ve overcame self harm and I’m working really well on the depression. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and Silenced is here to show it.

If Silenced even opens the eyes of one person or perhaps gives hope to one person.. then my mission was accomplished. Silenced was wrote to help others and give hope. It was written to shine some light to those who don’t understand depression.

I feel everyone should read Silenced. It’s a story that will bring you in and not let you go. Please if you know anyone suffering from depression... give them this book. It could help them.

Thank you RaeBeth for being so wonderful and joining me here on my newly set up blog!  That is a question even I had asked while reading your book.  I loved Silenced, it touched my heart in ways a book has never touched my heart because it was based on a topic so real.  I cannot wait till the next book you have for me to devour.  Keep writing as I know you will go far with the books you put out there for all the world to read!

Blurb & Review of Silenced  
(Silenced Series)

Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.

When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.

My Review
I was excited to read this book as it was given to me for an honest review, and I could tell by reading about the book that I have not read anything else like it before. I was not disappointed after I got into the book. Amber's journey starts out with a move to a new home, learning that a truth she has known all her life turns out to be a lie, she starts cutting herself for release. Everything that she feels as a reader I could feel, the descriptions of the scenes in the book were amazingly well written.

As I took the journey through Amber's eyes, I wanted to know more about her, about her life in general and more about the lie she's lived with all her life. Finding out the truth at a time when she did, caused Amber to spiral down into the darkness, depression sets in and she starts cutting for release. At this point I wanted to reach into the story and help her as I would with anyone whom I know in real life. She becomes friends with a few from her new school and things start to look up for Amber, her friend Casey is like a new sister to her. She also meets Landon and hits it off pretty well, he turns out to be her rock, something she can look forward too and this helps her to keep from cutting so much.

The author ends on a note that has me curious, wondering what is to come and wanting to know more. I can't help it author's all have a tendency to do this to readers, some more than others. As I finished Silenced (Silenced Series) all I kept thinking about is what's next, I want to read on. And that my dear readers is what every reader wants in a book, any book they read. Love you Raebeth, be sure to let me know when I can expect your next book!

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  1. Thanks so much for having me today. I appreciate it and all the hard work you did putting this post together.

    1. You are very welcome RaeBeth! I hope to have you back soon!

  2. I really enjoyed reading why RaeBeth Buda wrote her book Silenced. I have the book but I haven't had a chance to read it yet but I am looking forward to reading it and writing a review on it soon.

    1. I hope you enjoy Silenced as much as I did when I wrote it. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi RaeBeth,
    Knowing that this was based off of your own experiences makes it more appealing to me. Cutting is something that hits close to home for me although something I cannot understand. I am 50% done with my current read and am starting Silenced next.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. I hope you enjoy Silenced. I know the subject isn't widely talked about and I'm hoping to bring awareness to depression and self harm. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hey Raebeth,

    Thank you for sharing this. I can understand how difficult it must have been for you to come forth about this especially since depression is such a taboo topic.

    1. It's difficult but in all honesty someone has to do it. There's always got to be the first person before others will fall into line. I'm hoping that others will see that depression and self harm are treatable and they don't have to revert to suicide.

  5. My Name is Rachel, I am Raebeth's Mother. I am so very proud of her. She has worked very hard on this book. She has had many smiles and even more tears. I truly hope her book, Silenced helps others. I love you Beth, and Im very proud of you...

    1. Awe, a heart felt moment having you comment on my blog for RaeBeth! I just adore RaeBeth! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  6. Thank you so much for sharing RaeBeth with your world. I admire her. and she deserves the best.


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