A woman’s fierce struggle to survive.

Rising from the Ashes by Marchela Wells is the story of Christina McIntyre. She was brutally assaulted at age sixteen by three boys. Her life and future were destroyed that awful night seventeen years ago.

“I was born Christina Laura McIntyre, but that was a name that belonged to another person in another time. Now, it’s Tina, because Tina would never allow those boys or even men to violate her that way again. Christina did fight back, but lost the struggle that terrible night seventeen years ago. Tina was born when Christina died. Do I remember that night? There is not even one second of that terrible night that I can ever forget.”

Her parents sue and receive a $20 million dollar civil judgement against the school and the three boys parents. Tina grows up, graduates from college second in her class. She moves from Dallas to Houston, Texas and begins to rebuild her life without the presence of men, who, in her mind, only want to take what they want from her and leave her in despair.

She will have none of them. Refusing to date, except rarely. Hiding herself away at night in a luxury high-rise penthouse with her housekeeper and personal bodyguard. The money stays hidden away in a bank, invested in stocks and bonds. She can’t touch it, considers it as trick money for being a whore. Her parents are killed in a tragic plane crash. Another $30 million is added to the accounts. She wont touch it. It’s blood money from their deaths. Her fortune grows over the years and now is some $75 million dollars. It means nothing to Tina.

Tina works hard for a living at a large Houston real-estate firm. Watching some of the men in the office she often has day-dreams that perhaps she might someday find her own prince charming. The men are polite, courteous and have a wonderful family life of their own. The women who are married are very similar. She begins of dream of such a future for herself. But there is no one special for her. Tina is restless, she wants to be a success in life. Perhaps a promotion to the executive offices might lead her to that special person she seeks.

One day, her boss invites her to go along with him to a business luncheon. She sees this as the perfect opportunity to get that promotion. Unknown to her, waiting at the new office tower is a man who will tear down all of the walls that she has surrounded herself with. He will break down all of the barriers around her heart. He will awaken the joy and happiness of love within her soul.

Find out what happens next:

Xlibris                  My publisher.

Barnes and Noble

Amazon.com

Be on the lookout for the sequel to this story. My Daughter in Ashes.  coming soon.

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