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Receive press releases from BookBuzz: By Email RSS Feeds: Announces New Client Shelly Hess and Her Book, "Final Drive" is pleased to announce the promotion of the book, "Final Drive" by Shelly Hess.

Atlanta, GA, March 20, 2011 --( With The Help of Author Shelly Hess, It’s Time To Fasten Your Seatbelts and Get Ready For Your Final Drive

With the assistance of professional biographer, Vivien Kooper, first-time author Shelly Hess manages to blend the suspense of a thriller, the poignancy of a grand tragedy, and the practical wisdom found in the best self-help books in her new memoir, “Final Drive”. This inspiring story has all the elements that make for compelling reading. It will appeal to women of all ages, to everyone who loves a powerful memoir, and to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

The book chronicles the journey of a Midwestern family as they struggle through unspeakable loss, trauma, and survival. As the story opens, the reader instantly meets characters that are easy to recognize—a loving, committed, and hard-working father, a fiercely devoted working mother, and their two delightful older children. For all intents and purposes, this average family is living the American dream. They have a four-bedroom home in the suburbs of St. Louis, with two dogs in the yard. Both parents are gainfully employed. The kids are happily involved in school, sports, and typical teen and pre-teen activities. Everyone is healthy and happy.

And then, overnight, everything changes. From that moment on, the story gathers speed and momentum, carrying the reader along through an emotional landscape that will leave them alternately crying, laughing, and gasping for breath.

So, fasten your seatbelts. “Final Drive” promises to be a journey not easily forgotten. This true tale of devastation, redemption, and ultimate triumph accomplishes what the best literature always does—it leaves the reader forever changed.

Book Information:
Final Drive
By Shelly Hess
Publisher: DogEar Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-994-1
Pages: 314
Published: February 2011

Recent Reviews:
Dr. Beth Ericson, Author of Longing For Dad: Father Loss and Its Impact, and Host of Relationships 101 on says, "Final Drive tells of unspeakable grief and loss in a way that inspires its readers to keep on keepin' on. It is a must-read for parents who find themselves in the heart wrenching situation of helping their children deal with tragedy."

About The Author

Shelly Hess is a proud mother who loves nothing more than spending time with her family, and teaching her remarkable son and daughter the value of the family bond. She is also an animal lover, whose two dogs love to take her for a walk in the park on a beautiful fall or spring day. When Shelly is not spending time with her extended family, or at work in the medical billing industry, she often enjoys a good glass of wine while contemplating a serene lake or the sound of the surf on a beach vacation. The author firmly believes that everyone has a story to tell, and no matter how wounded we may be by circumstance or tragedy, healing can come in the telling of our story. It is her hope that in sharing her tragic experience, she can encourage and inspire those who are facing challenges of their own. Shelly Hess lives in a suburb of St. Louis, where she awaits a golf teacher with the patience to teach her the game. She firmly believes that everything happens for a reason, and trusts in the ancient Buddhist proverb: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact the author at:

Shelly Hess

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