My new novel, CRUZ CONTROL, tells the story of an abused wife who musters the courage to leave her husband even with his threat to kill her if she does. She chooses the wrong path to escape; however, she manages to put distance between herself and her abuser. Alana Dupree does not spend years in the abusive relationship. She makes the decision to leave early on. She doesn’t buy it when he swears it won’t happen again. “I lost my temper and I am soooo sorry.” Sound like a familiar line? Many women want to believe the lie.

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Here are 10 reasons women stay in a bad marriage:

1. Lack self-esteem and feel they can’t make it on their own.
2. Don’t want to start over and disrupt their marriage.
3. Lack the financial means to leave.
4. Afraid a divorce will be bitter and worse than staying.
5. Lack the skills to get a good paying job.
6. Fear being alone.
7. Take the marriage vows seriously. “For better or for worse.”
8. Convinced no other man will want them.
9. Rationalize spouse’s behavior. Blame themselves for making spouse angry.
10. Children or other family members will be upset if they leave.

At the end of my book are resources for women who are seeking help to leave an abuser. If you know someone dealing with abuse, please suggest my book. Throughout the pages is a subtle message of being a survivor and not a victim.

Synopsis: Susan Mills Wilson’s latest novel tells a tense story of a hell-on-earth existence, a marriage destroyed by a psychotic husband, and the unintended consequences when, in desperation, the abused wife decides to fake her own murder and disappear into the world of motorcycle gangs. Available on Amazon



About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
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