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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

SCARS book cover

Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

HUNTED book cover

Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

PARALLEL VISIONS book cover

Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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10 Self-Defense Tips For Girls and Women (And Boys, Too)

by Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. , 2013

We should not have to protect ourselves against rape, abduction, or violence out in the world. But since girls and women, especially (and boys, too) are attacked, it’s important to protect ourselves as best we can. These tips can help increase your safety:

1.) Keep alert to your surroundings.

2.) Trust your intuition. If you don’t feel right about a person or situation for any reason, listen to that.

3.) Avoid any situation or person that feels wrong. Prevention is the best option.

4.) Walk confidently in well-lit areas. This helps them know you’re not an easy target.

5.) Take a self-defense course; learn how to physically protect yourself so you’re ready if you need it. You can often find courses through women’s centers, rape crisis centers, etc.

6.) If you think you’re being followed, head towards a crowded area, or failing that, an open restaurant or store.

7.) If someone threatens you, yell “Back off!” or make noise (this lets them know you’re not an easy target), and run away. Getting away is the safest self-defense.

8.) If your attacker comes after you and you need to fight back, kick or punch their most vulnerable areas: the knees (joints), groin, stomach/solar plexus, throat, eyes, nose, and temples. You can also stomp on the foot (lots of little bones there). Use anything you have with you such as your keys, an umbrella or cane, a hard book, a rolled up magazine, as a weapon.

9.) Enlist people’s help. Ask people to help you or to call 911. Be specific, shout “hey you in the red shirt” and they will be more likely to respond.

10.) Get away as soon as you can. Call for help when you get away. Find someone safe to be with.

You might also want to check out these tips:
http://lifehacker.com/5825528/basic-self+defense-moves-anyone-can-do-and-everyone-should-know
http://www.womenonguard.com/safety_tips.htm
http://goo.gl/vaRG5m

These tips are for attacks outside the home. If you’re being abused, tell someone and find a way to get safe.

In STAINED, Sarah thinks she knows what fear is—until she’s abducted. Now she must find a way to rescue herself.

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©Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of STAINED, SCARS, and HUNTED. , 2013

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