Widow of Slain Atlanta Tourist Shares Story in New Memoir

Atlanta, GA, November 13, 2008 --(PR.com)-- It was supposed to be a carefree vacation. But before it was over, a rising Atlanta-area attorney was dead, the victim of a shocking murder in the Bahamas that put the islands’ safety under the microscope. Now, nearly 30 years later, the widow of slain tourist Bill Carlisle is sharing her family’s incredible story in “Forgetting the Hurt, Remember the Hope: A Memoir of Endurance,” just published by Outskirts Press.

Available through the OP online store (www.outskirtspress.com/store.php), Sandee Carlisle’s “Forgetting the Hurt” is a moving account that spans from the couple’s early days to the appalling crime and its lasting aftermath. But in the face of tragedy, Carlisle shows how the family was able to beat back repeated heartbreak to find joy, laughter and acceptance in this engagingly written memoir that chronicles the good times as well as the bad.

“My story is not one of self-pity, but rather one of triumph over adversity and success in finding happiness in spite of loss,” states Carlisle.

William “Bill” Carlisle was a promising young attorney who decided to take his wife on a “second honeymoon” cruise to the Bahamas in November 1980. On November 13, the Carlisles and another couple were driving back from a Nassau beach in a rented Jeep when gunmen opened fire, striking Sandee in the arm and Bill on the left side of his head with a 12-guage shotgun. He died two days later, leaving three young children without their beloved father.

In the years that followed, the family would be dealt more misfortune. Carlisle details the development of her son Jeff’s protracted—and, ultimately, losing—battle with substance abuse, a journey that covers years of legal troubles, financial distress and rehab stints. A grandchild, Conner, born with a rare terminal illness only heightens the family’s sense of loss. And Sandee is devastated when she eventually learns none of the killers arrested for murdering her husband completed significant jail time. Still, Carlisle manages to uncover a remarkable source of strength that sees her through.

Carlisle spent years gathering and writing the details presented in the memoir, fulfilling a promise she made to herself shortly after her husband’s death to tell his story. Over time, the project enlarged to become a tribute to three souls, and encompassed additional struggles. In the end, the memoir is about coping with such challenges and finding great strength in the living of life.

“While my life has been fraught with tragedies, I do not dwell on the bad things,” says Carlisle. “When I think of those I lost, I feel fortunate to have had them in my life for the time that I had them, rather than feeling deprived that I could not have had them longer.”

“Forgetting the Hurt, Remember the Hope: A Memoir of Endurance” is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at www.outskirtspress.com/store.php.

Book Information
ISBN: 978-1-59800-376-5
Format: 5.5x8.5 paperback Pages: 312
SRP: US$13.95 Genre: Nonfiction

About the Author: Sandee Carlisle was widowed at age 37 after her husband Bill was gunned down in the Bahamas. Afterward, Sandee successfully sued the cruise ship operator, shedding light on the under-reported problem of crime in the tourist Mecca. Carlisle, 64, currently lives in Monroe, Georgia, with her second husband, Gary. The mother of three children, Sandee has 10 grandchildren, and enjoys writing and painting.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

Author Contact: Visit her on the Web at www.outskirtspress.com/forgettingthehurt


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