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"When Angels Die" Wins Honorable Mention from San Francisco Book Festival

“When Angels Die,” a self-help book written by Caroline de Chavigny, chronicles how she and her children rebuilt their lives after a sadistic rapist shattered their sense of safety. The book offers guidance to people who want to become strong survivors.

Houston, TX, May 16, 2014 --( “When Angels Die,” the story of a young single mother whose life forever changed when she was raped and left for dead in her own home in July 1993, received honorable mention recognition from San Francisco Book Festival this month. The book, a firsthand account of Houston resident Caroline de Chavigny’s traumatic experience, is a self-help guide for others who want to become strong survivors.

De Chavigny and other winners will be honored May 17 at a ceremony at Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. “When Angels Die” received the honorable mention in the biography/autobiography category.

“When Angels Die,” published by Banney House Publications, describes how she and her children dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder, attempted suicides, nightmares, boiling anger and intense hatred. The book also shares de Chavigny’s struggles with the justice system, the medical community and her neighbors.

It was many years before de Chavigny found the professional therapy that helped her family truly heal.

“I wrote the book as a form of self-help therapy because I couldn’t find a book that offered a guide to life after a rape,” de Chavigny said. “It’s so difficult for anyone who has been a victimized in a crime to know what to do and how to deal with the flood of questions and fears that surface."

Because of what she’s learned, de Chavigny is an advocate for rape survivors and others affected by crime. In fact, she will speak about transitioning from victim to survivor June 7 at Ministers Against Child Exploitation Conference at MiracleLand Church, 7427 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Houston; for information about the conference, email

About Caroline de Chavigny
Author Caroline de Chavigny was born in Montreal, Canada, and has a bachelor’s degree in business. Through her latest book, “When Angels Die,” de Chavigny aims to share how she overcame post-traumatic stress disorder after a vicious criminal attack, and she offers hope to others facing their own transitions from crime victims to survivors.

Her desire to help others also led her write children’s books, including “A Sparrow’s Sad Song” and “Merry Birthday.” Her style of writing comes straight from the heart.

All of de Chavigny’s books are published by Banney House Publications. To order any of de Chavigny’s books, go to or to
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