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Faith Departed available on Smashwords.com

Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair by Melissa M. Garcia is now available for download at www.smashwords.com.

Smashwords.com provides e-books for download in several different formats.

Faith Departed will appear in the Kindle and the iBooks Stores shortly.


About the Book:

A collection of five short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia.

-In “Faith Departed,” a man struggles over a moral dilemma.
-A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in “The Other Son.”
-In “The Pond,” a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.
-A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in “Coffee Break.”
-In “Cross To Bear,” a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.
-Also includes a free excerpt from STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY, by Melissa M. Garcia.


About the Author:

MELISSA M. GARCIA (@MelissaM_Garcia) is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of the online blog “Musings from a Crime Writer.” She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English/literature with a love of crime & mystery novels. Her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, was published in February 2006. Her most recent novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was released in August 2010. Melissa published an e-book collection, FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair in April 2012. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in Fall 2012.

Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair

FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair by Author Melissa M. Garcia

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A collection of short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia will be published in e-book format in April 2012.

In “Faith Departed,” a man struggles over a moral dilemma. A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in “The Other Son.”  In “The Pond,” a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.  A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in “Coffee Break.” In “Cross To Bear,” a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MELISSA M. GARCIA (@MelissaM_Garcia) is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of the online blog “Musings from a Crime Writer.” She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English/literature with a love of crime & mystery novels. Her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, was published in February 2006. Her most recent novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was released in August 2010. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in Fall 2012.

Visit www.melissamgarcia.com for more information.

Last Week to Take Advantage of Special Offer

For a limited time, download my latest novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY  for only $1.50 at Smashwords.com. Go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/90494 and use special Promo Code MJ53X at checkout. Spread the word. The offer is only valid until 10/31/11.

ABOUT STRANGER: There is a dead body in room 110 of the Death Valley Motel, and the evidence points to murder. Managers Ric and Alex Delgado, siblings with police work in their blood, chose this small Death Valley city specifically because it appeared to be a quiet place in which Alex could heal from the violent traumas of her past. Now a killer has struck too close to Alex, opening old wounds and threatening her new life. The situation gets more complicated when Detective Will Stellar trains his observant eye on the siblings and ascertains they have something to hide. Murder seems to follow Alex Delgado, and Detective Stellar is certain she is a dangerous woman. Racing against time and against each other, the Delgados and Detective Stellar risk their lives to uncover the truth, which is ever more complicated and dangerous than any of them have imagined.

For more information on Author Melissa M. Garcia, visit the official Web Site www.melissamgarcia.com

When Alex Delgado was released from prison, she expected a quiet existence far from LA and the ghosts of her past. But a dead body in room 110 and a suspicious detective have her fighting for her life.

This action-packed mystery pits one man against the strength of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to save the ones he loves from an unknown killer.

Picture your Grandparents

Now picture your grandparents living homeless on the streets

Most of the elderly living in America today are dependent on pension and social security checks, but over 4 million of our elderly citizens do not have a roof over their head. Some elderly people have experienced homelessness throughout their lives, while others have become homeless, for the first time, later in life.http://www.bilerico.com/2009/06/97_and_homeless_in_la.php

 The homeless elderly population is often overlooked, but are an important group to watch as America ages

A study released earlier this year by The Homeless Research Institute states the number of homeless elderly is rising all over the country. The authors predict that by 2020, there will be a 33% increase in the number of homeless elderly in America. By 2050, their numbers will have doubled to approximately 95,000 Americans 65 and older living in a homeless shelter or on the street.

 The loss of a home is especially troubling to elderly people due to their frailty and vulnerability to victimization

Once on the street, elderly homeless persons often find difficulty getting around. They distrust the crowds at shelters and clinics, and so become more likely to sleep on the street. Studies show that elderly homeless persons are more prone to victimization and more likely to be ignored by law enforcement.

Added to that, many homeless people have chronic health problems associated with old age and may not get the assistance they need. Late-life onset of severe mental illness, cognitive impairments, or addiction disorders increase an elders’ vulnerability.

 Homelessness often leads to unsafe and unsanitary living environments

These conditions not only aggravate older adults’ pre-existing health problems but may also interfere with effective treatment of their diseases. Surveys of homeless older adults reveal that more than one half have serious medical problems. The ability to correctly manage one’s medications is also critical. Failure to properly take medications can lead to a rapid deterioration of health, increased use of emergency rooms, and longer hospital stays.

 Physical health problems can severely limit older persons’ ability to search for housing as well as their stamina to maintain themselves or their homes

For many homeless older adults the path to safe permanent housing is a difficult one. Persistent poverty makes the accumulation of funds for rent an insurmountable obstacle. Most homeless elders lack any safety net of income, pensions, or savings.

 As Baby Boomers age and  fall on tough economic times, greater attention should be given to the unique needs of older homeless individuals

How can you help? The National Coalition for the Homeless has a program called CARE. You can help end homelessness by simply CAREing.

C – Contribute (food drives, money, etc.,)
A – Advocate
R – Reach Out (volunteering)
E – Educate

For more information on this program visit http://www.nationalhomeless.org/want_to_help/index.html

Resources for Further Reading:

Ending Elder Homelessness: The Effectiveness of Service-Enriched Housing

Homelessness Among Elderly Persons 

A case study of a homelessness intervention programme for elderly people

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.
www.melissamgarcia.com

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