Don’t judge a book by its cover! Nothing, and no one, is EVER what they seem.
Ellen Christenson escapes from an abusive life, but does one ever escape the scars that are left on their soul? One must move on, one must try. But life has a tendency to circle back to what one once knew, and one finds that her life choices bring her back to the scenes of her abuse to deal with it finally and fully, in ways she had never thought she would. It is then that the healing can begin, as she repairs her soul and the people she has devastated along the way.
Ellen hadn’t intended to end up in Silicon Valley and its high-tech world, but due to life and its circumstances she finds herself the head of a startup tech company. Cool, calculating, efficient – she shows the world a side of her that she doesn’t have, and few if any know the real Ellen. Nearby San Francisco provides her with plenty of girlfriends. That elusive one, that soulmate, she has a hard time recognizing due to the scars within.
For years, she has lived with her decision of letting someone die for their sins, and Ellen is blown away by the feelings and emotions she has bottled up for so long….
I am thrilled to re-release BLOWN AWAY. Rereading this brought back some great memories. Now, having it edited and ready to go again, I can admit, this book makes me cry at the emotions within it. I really hope it affects other people like this as well.
It is available through my website with all the corresponding links to get your copy through the various distributors as well as a signed copy by your’s truly.
on February 10, 2018
I really liked Blown Away. It was one of those stories, you set the book down between some of the chapters, walking away, while wondering, what was going to happen next. I thought Ellen, was very brave as a young woman, to have left home like she did. I admired her intellectual mind, and at times I chuckled at the way she interacted with others. Specially, when those moments was to be so serious. Ellen was hard yes, but one understood as to why, when she finally trusted enough to share what she had kept hidden all those years, growing up. It was no surprise Ellen’s leadership skills kicked into action when a disaster hit, but where it hit was a surprise! I do not want to give away too much. All I can tell you is, after I finished the ending, I closed the book smiling.
on August 23, 2016
This is the story of a young woman named Avril, from a small town in Oklahoma whose life is blown away by a tornado one day!! She leaves behind her despair to start a new life in California & she makes life-long friends, but she avoids letting anyone close! She changes her name & she & her best friend start their own business, but will she have the courage to try & find love? I loved this & gave it 5 stars!
on August 9, 2016
Enjoyed this book very much.
on June 25, 2016
Just finished Blown Away and I have to say it was a page turner from beginning to end. Ms. Meinel, has once again out done herself in her writing. I am always looking forward to next book to come out.
on June 15, 2016
Excellent book ,love her novels,all good hope she keeps putting out more.
on August 12, 2015
Enjoyed this book immensely. Characters are vivid and believable. Story-line deals with issues of abuse and overcoming them combined with extensive research into the early years of the silicone valley explosion of technology.
on July 10, 2015
I loved this book! It is well written and edited and the story grabs you from the get go.It’s about a young woman who has to come to terms with her abusive childhood. We join her on her journey as she leaves home and makes her way in a tough world. She is fortunate in meeting a friend who would become a large part of her life and one who would ultimately lead her to confront her past. It’s a story about personal growth and love – the love of friends and romantic love. The characters are very well defined and pull you in, making you want to know what happens next! It is an excellent book and well worth reading!
on June 29, 2015
This is not the first book I have read by Ms. Meinel. I have enjoyed several of her books as her topics are modern day, in those that I have already read, and she always provide an interesting twist. This book is no exception. Tortured by the memory of loosing her father in a Tornado the main character Avril must come to terms with bullying, and her own sexuality. Her success in Silicon Valley is due to her determination not to allow her past to destroy her future. Without giving too much of the book away or it’s ending I can honestly say after reading Blown Away I certainly FELT BLOWN AWAY!