For Arizona, I read so many “real” reports of women recovered from human traffickers – and some who died while in captivity. One particular report stuck with me, because it was the rescued girl’s mother doing the interview. I felt her pain, her grief, her relief... it IS real. It’s happening. Modern day slavery is a crisis in our society.
I’ve never personally known anyone involved in human trafficking, but I’ve known other people who suffered great hardship. People are so incredibly strong, and most find a way to deal with their issues. Some are sarcastic, some hilarious, others close themselves off in an effort to avoid more pain.
For Arizona, she chose to be proactive, to face the issues head-on. She wanted revenge, yes, but she also gladly put herself at risk in hopes of keeping others safe.
Every day I hear about a real-life hero. I think most of us have no idea if we’d be heroic or cowardly, if, when faced with danger, we’d tuck tail and run, or dive in with the intent of protecting others. Unless you’re put in a position to know, you go about life making assumptions. I’m pretty sure I’d be a coward, that if anyone else was available to be heroic, I’d be behind that person.:) I trust others to be capable far more than I trust myself.
But if no one else was there to help, I pray I’d be strong enough to do what needed to be done.
My husband and my sons have been in positions to help others, and they always do. I’m very proud of them, and how they instinctively react to help, not hide. I have to say, they got that from their dad. :)
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Unmoved, Arizona met his angry gaze—and shrugged. “Fine. I thought you might want to team up, but I can figure it out on my own.” She started to leave the couch.
He again caught her arm.
Slim, warm and so soft…
As she stared at him, her blue eyes lit from a very short fuse. “I’d suggest you stop trying to manhandle me.”
Hearing the deadly tone in her voice, Spencer opened his fingers. “Give me a second to think, will you?”
“Huh.” At her leisure, she dropped back again. “So ‘no’ with you isn’t necessarily no? It might mean something else? It could mean that you just want time to think?”
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