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To Hell and Back was published on the 10th March 2008.

my book has been warmly recived with wonderful feed back. i'am so delight with everyone who has contacted me with your comments on the book, it was excellent to hear so many people enjoyed it, the second novel is complete and hopefully i  will be able to announce a publication date soon.

PaleFace was published 28th September 2010 This is my first childrens story, all procceds will go to For The Right Reason Charity who are based in Merkinch, Inverness. This charity help those who want to beat there addiction of Alcohol and drug and substance abuse.

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27 June 2008
Domestic violence involves more than just the perpetrator and the victim, June 27, 2008
This book points out some very sad realities of serious cases of domestic abuse. Of course there must be a perpetrator and a victim, but in general there must be collusion as well. Relatives that would have the power, at least in theory, to intervene must either approve of it or be blind to the existence. Friends and other people known by the perpetrator and victim have to also either approve or be oblivious to it. Even the clumsiest of people don't fall down that much. Finally, authorities such as police officers must find a way to rationalize or tolerate it. To someone who knows nothing about severe domestic violence, the events in this book, the collusion of relatives, ignorance of police officers and the amazing rationalizations of the victim will seem artificial. Which is unfortunate, as it is all too true.
Helen Waters is married to a wild, yet charming man named Mark. To the outside world, he is a good, decent provider who is concerned with the welfare of his wife and daughter. Yet, behind the curtains, he is paranoid, delusional and believes that Helen does everything wrong. A controlling personality of the worst kind, he dictates her every action and even slight deviations from his script are severely punished with beatings, even to the point of broken bones. Finally, Helen has had enough and she flees with her daughter Louise. She cannot ask her parents for help as Mark has convinced them that Helen is the problem.
They move from place to place until they end up in a small Scottish town. Helen rents an apartment and gets a job at the local hotel. It is difficult for them, as outsiders, it is hard for them to make friends. Helen takes the new last name Mills and she tells everyone that her husband was killed in a car accident and they moved in order to avoid the bad memories.
Helen meets a local man named Jerry and they hit it off right away, becoming sex partners on their first actual date. They interact fairly well, but Helen's suppressed fear keeps her from truly opening up and becoming emotionally intimate. When Mark finally tracks her down and begins sending her messages and packages containing dead animals Helen and Jerry break up.
The cycle of fear and intimidation continues and includes a team of police officers where the veteran is dumb and the rookie (Brown), who is much more understanding, at first refuses to buck his superior. In a climactic scene, Jerry and the officers rush to the rescue, although Brown's initial inaction almost leads to Helen's death.
The ending is odd, after reading it twice I am still uncertain as to what has happened. However, this is a story that rivets your attention and comes across as being a description of actual events. Some of the situations are unusual enough to have that honest ring of truth as they are sounded out
book review daily record..
21 June 2008


Jay Muirhead

Published by Melrose Books

To the outside world Mark and Helen Waters have the perfect family life - but behind closed doors the reality is different.

Jealous, irrational and paranoid, Mark uses cruelty and violence to control every aspect of Helen's life, regularly punishing her for imagined crimes and betrayals.

After yet another beating puts her in hospital, Helen takes their daughter and runs, settling in a small village. It's the new life she has always craved but after a year of freedom she realises sometimes there's no escape from evil. Inspired by her own experiences, Jay Muirhead has written a chilling drama on the hell of living with domestic abuse.

book review..
20 June 2008
A terrificly absorbing book, with a heroine who brings true meaning to the word inspirational.
Jay Muirhead's emotive and descriptive account of the true horror of domestic abuse is both captivating and heart-rending at the same time.
The power of the narrative makes the book un-put-downable. Jay is an exceptional writer and, knowing that she has lived through the realities of domestic abuse, makes the novel all that more persuasive.
She deals with the realities of the social 'taboo' of domestic abuse, but also shows that there are people out there who are willing to do something about it.
This is a must read!

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