Broken Sand Dollar

By: Laurie Maloney

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Based on true events, this is a riveting journey through a young woman’s traumatic encounter with sexual violence during a college spring break trip – and an aftermath of remarkable coincidences that spiral out of control for the next three decades. Elizabeth, a small-town southern girl, desperately tries to move on and leave the harrowing past behind. However, her aggressors, four devious well-connected Ivy Leaguers in positions of international power and influence, keep reappearing in her life – causing the danger to escalate into adulthood. Past and present merge. God intervenes. Worlds collide, culminating in a flood of vivid memories and an unexpected ending to Elizabeth’s decades-long nightmare.

“Unconventional and Provocative…At heart, Nicole Saint-Clair’s unique Broken Sand Dollar is the story of a resilient woman’s survival and self-acceptance, with a touch of spiritual enlightenment.”

– Jeannine Chartier Hanscom – Foreward Clarion National Review, 2016

“Nicole Saint-Clair effectively moves the story from the present to the past throughout the novel to give readers a true sense of the lasting effects of its events on its characters…gripping.”

– Kirkus Review, 2016

“Amazing!” * “Five Stars!” * “Spell Binding” * “Couldn’t Put It Down!” * “Fascinating!”

– Amazon Reviews

“I must say, you’ve opened my eyes to something that I absolutely have no knowledge of. And for that, I thank you. I have learned a bit more about rape culture and all its deep, dark secrets.”

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Ebook, Paper Back, Hard Bound

About the Author

Laurie Maloney

Laurie Wightman Maloney published her first book, Broken Sand Dollar – Finding The Missing Peace, during the summer of 2016. She felt compelled to tell her story after suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the result of a series of incidents linked with sexual violence. She originally began writing for therapeutic purposes. After more than three years of writing, this ultimately developed into a published memoir. However, Broken Sand Dollar isn’t told in typical memoir fashion. In fact, the story unfolds much more like a psychological thriller. Laurie (Nicole) is simply a character in the book. “Originally, it helped to write about myself in third person. This writing style allowed me to detach myself from, not only some bad decisions made during my youth, but also from the trauma that unfolded over the next three decades into adulthood.” The original version of Broken Sand Dollar was written using a pen name (Nicole Saint-Clair). After speaking publicly and answering numerous questions from readers during the first two years of its original release, she decided to publish this latest edition. After listening intently to questions and reviews, she hopes this new edition will capture the true meaning of what occurred – nothing that will alter the original meaning, but rather clarify it. This latest edition is divided into three sections as the storyline unfolds in three distinct time periods and mindsets. The full story spans three decades and occurs throughout the globe. She added a question/answer section at the end. While many authors write using pen names, she ultimately decided that adding her given name (Laurie Maloney) allowed her to speak more openly about the sequence of events. The #MeToo Movement of 2017 occurred after her book’s original release. Why is this story different from others who speak out amidst the #MeToo movement? Actually, every woman’s story is different when we take the time to listen and understand. This story is living proof that, no matter how hard we all try, we can never sweep sexual violence under the rug. Not to mention, this type of violence can escalate over time and ultimately affect more people than the perpetrator(s) and the targeted victim(s). Even though characters in Broken Sand Dollar live throughout the globe, and are from all walks of life, the world is very small. Remarkably, their paths continued to cross. Laurie Maloney (pen name Nicole Saint-Clair) graduated from University of South Carolina in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and from Southern Wesleyan University in 1992 with a Master of Arts Degree in Management. Currently living in Greenville NC with her husband Matt of more than 25 years and their furry friend, Buccaneer, she enjoys volunteering in the community. She served on the local board of directors for a rape crisis center for over ten years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Humane Society of Eastern NC. She’s past President and current board member of Magnolia Arts Center, a local performing arts organization. She’s also a member of the Service League of Greenville. Founded in 1938, the Service League of Greenville, Inc is a non-profit, all-volunteer service organization of approximately 165 women who donate willingly of their time and talent for the benefit of their community — Greenville, Pitt County, and eastern North Carolina. Laurie has a successful 30-year professional career in public relations & sales. She currently aspires to found her own non-profit, Broken Sand Dollar Foundation, with a mission to continue educating and advocating to deter sexual violence and its aftermath.

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