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TALK TO ME Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite

As a teenager in high school, this should be the best time of your life. In high school there is so much to explore and experience, from parties and hanging out with your friends to discovering a new outlook on your future, but instead this can also be the scariest, most uncertain, and lowest time of a teenager’s life. Talk To Me: HELP ME! Book 2 by Donna M. Zadunajsky deals with the essence of the social issues that affect the life of a teenager. While this is a true account of the lives that our teenagers are living today, when reading this book parents must be aware that some of the material is for mature audiences. Carly Boyles feels that her world is falling apart. Her friend, Mick Connors, is a cutter. Taylor Ryans is her ex-boyfriend who not only caused a wedge between her and her best friend, Staci Garrison, but he’s also a rapist. Carly discovered that not only did he rape her, but he raped her best friend, Staci, who later hanged herself. What should she do? Who will be his next victim? Who should she tell? Should she keep what she knows to herself? Would they believe her or blame her? So many questions and conflicting emotions are running through Carly’s mind and body; what would you do?

This book brings to light the epidemic affecting our children and youth every day. It has been estimated that within their personal circle a teenager is aware of at least one teen living a depressed existence or a life full of anxiety. Of those within the same circle that have either thought of or have attempted suicide, some succeed. According to healthychildren.org, at least 90% of the 15-24-year-olds that commit suicide experience some type of mental illness, behavior or alcohol, drug, sexual or physical abuse problems. Despite the traumatic accounts contained in this book, I’m glad that Donna M. Zadunajsky is continuing her efforts to bring these horrific details to the forefront. Readers will also find some questions and resources that they can use immediately to help one deal with the after-effects of rape.



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Writing your first book.

I remember my first book that I was writing, and I couldn’t decide how I was going to tell the story. Whether in first person, which would have been closer to my heart and I’m not sure if I could let those close to me know all of what I went through with my ex-husband in the book BROKEN PROMISES. Or in third person, which is what I ended up writing it in.

I think I went through the book three or four times, changing the POV (Point Of View), finally settling on third person. Although, the story is 75% true, I threw in some murder to make the book a mystery.

The story tells my readers of what I went through in a mystery setting instead of a memoir.

If I were to rewrite the book, would I change the POV?
Probably yes because first person POV is my best writing and I can get all the emotion in the book that it deserves.


It was a hard book to write about what went on in my life with an alcoholic, and it’s something I don’t want to continue remembering. I have started a new life with my daughter and my new husband.

I do have to admit when I was writing the book, it made me sit back and wonder how I made it through all those times, and all those years with him. Part of me wonder if I was that stupid or naive. Most anyone who loves someone will only see what they want to see inside the relationship. I felt at times that I couldn’t make it without him, but that was a foolish thought as I was the only one working and who brought in the money. I knew I just had to do it. I had to get my 5 year old daughter out of that house and into a more stable one.

I don’t want to go telling you the whole book, so here is the link if you want to check it out of any of my other books.


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I’m so pleased with the following review that I wanted to share it with my readers.


Hidden Secrets Reviewed By Fran Lewis of Bookpleasures.com

Author: Donna Zadunajsky
ISBN: 978-1523225088
Publisher: CreateSpace

A fragile piece of stain glass cannot whether the most dangerous storm and often shattered the pain when a strong wind blows. The outer shell of an egg does not always hold its shape after being placed in hot water and hardboiled. Although it appears to be hardened at times pieces of the shell crack off until the inner part is exposed and the shell falls apart.
At times our lives seem tenuous and we often feel like we are walking in a tightrope just waiting to fall off without any mat to catch us and prevent us from harm. Carla Michaels has been living her life in a state so fragile and self-destructing at times that her husband and friends often fear for her safety and her welfare.
But, teaching has been her passion and hoping to have her own child her dream and just as this dream was finally coming true, another piece of the stain glass comes apart, the chips are real and the end result will change her life forever. Tim Michaels has always been her mainstay and her rock yet within his life there are pieces of shattered glass, tiles from mosaic that never quite fit together in a perfect pattern that he has kept hidden from her until they are revealed. Hidden Secrets a book filled with so many that the author will keep you wondering just how many secrets will remain before the final pieces of glass fall apart.
Within the story we hear many voices past and present as the author weaves back and forth using journals that were sent to Carla after Tim was killed trying to safe a young child from abusive parents. As you read the journals and understand not only his thoughts growing up, dealing with a physically and abusive father, hiding his past from Carla and then other hidden secrets about their marriage and what happened after she finally had their daughter, the fragile pieces of glass come apart even more. It’s as if a balloon is filled with air and when it inflates too much the only thing left is the outer shell when it bursts.
As Carla reads the journals about Tim’s past, his feelings for her in the present and how he came to understand and want to help Samantha, a student in her class, the author reveals something that snaps her into action and from someone giving up on life to a woman determined to find the answers to the Hidden Secrets. With her friend Veronica and her other friend Ashley will she find the answers? What happens when she contacts the lawyer who sent the journals what else will she uncover? How will this piece her life back together or will the pieces of glass remain broken and shattered?
Each journal entry enlightens Carla not only to Tim’s past but that of someone else not knowing the truth behind the entries and having to search DNA records to learn more. Why did he need to know more about Samantha? What was his relationship to this child that she never knew? After losing four children and then having Mya for a short time what else will she uncover after reading the journals, finding out more about the woman who Samantha now lives with and why she can’t seem to remember going places, memory lapses and her bouts with depression and pills. Here Tim’s voice as his frustration comes through, Carla begins to question her life and her marriage as more pieces of the glass with either fall apart of come into focus.
When Carla unravels the journals, reads the entries, finds out more about DNA with the help of a friend a secret is revealed and it’s up to her whether to push aside the truth or embrace it. Abuse, distrust, betrayals, loyalties, memories, hope and the fear of always being alone are just some of the issues brought to light within this compelling novel.

Just how far did Tim go to hide a secret from Carla in order to bring her the happiness she wanted yet never knew? What startling revelation would change the course of her life in the future and will she finally realize that all secrets can be brought into the light, openly understood and the hope that no more pieces of that stain glass window will ever shatter again. What is Carla’s fate? What about Samantha and what will they learn together?
A strong novel with so many messages and a young woman that just might learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness.
Hidden Secrets: Shattered Dreams: Tattered Hearts: Broken Glass: or Hope!