Powerful, moving and one-of-a-kind, one reviewer calls Every Word an Arrow a “must-read book for anyone getting married or divorced.” For those of you who are married, another reviewer says it will give you a “moment of dread” and will make you run to your home computer to check on your finances. You will learn about the men whom divorce lawyers call “rat-bastards” and the dirty secrets of the rat-bastard play book will be revealed. You’ll learn about the racket known as custody evaluations and you’ll find out the truth about judges, lawyers and other court professionals who often blur the line between their professional and personal lives – to the detriment of the unsuspecting public.
You’ll meet twenty-eight- year- old Montanan Josie Blume, who cut short her overseas engineering career to get married and start a family when she thought she’d found the perfect man. Richard was ten years her senior, tall and athletic with thick black hair and piercing green eyes and the successful scion of a wealthy San Francisco family. After a decade of marriage and two children, Josie found herself alone in her suburban Bay Area house, her career gone and her husband using his family’s money to destroy her.
She enters an alien world and finds herself thrown into the ravenous jaws of the divorce industry. Shaken to the core by what she discovers on her sojourn through our justice system, Josie emerges as a resilient and resolute warrior for justice and finds friendship and humor along the way. You’ll experience the visionary dreams that guided Josie through her ordeal and you’ll meet the colorful tribe of friends she finds when she returns to her hometown in Montana with her children. There’s Iggy, the one-time pirate with the dazzling smile, Alice the world-weary, wise-cracking middle school math teacher and daughter of a Navy admiral and Francine the free-spirited bohemian artist.
After bouncing between the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast, my family settled in the Bay Area when I was thirteen. I attended U.C. Berkeley for one year before graduating from the California Maritime Academy as a Marine Engineer. After a brief career in the U.S. Merchant Marines during my twenties, I lived in Montana briefly before moving back to the Bay Area and taking a job in San Francisco. During my stay in Montana I acquired several rental properties using money I’d earned during my engineering jobs – a move that would turn out to be provident and life-saving.
I met my former husband while I was working in San Francisco and within a short time of our marriage we moved to the East Bay and had two children, whom I adore. During my divorce I was allowed to take the children back to Montana with me because I had property and an income. Despite my ongoing California divorce my children and I loved the years we spent in Montana and we made life-long friends with whom we shared laughter, love and good times. After returning to the Bay Area I decided to write Every Word An Arrow and dedicate myself to the fight for equal justice for family court litigants.