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There are any number of survivors in the world, but Brooklynne Crown’s story of survival will grip the reader from its first words. With passion, empathy and an unerring eye for truth, first-time author Amber Walter has created a heroine of magnificent fortitude.
Learning to survive abuse is the first childhood memory Brooklynne can conjure up; her next memories are of her best friend Cassie and of the home she fled to whenever possible. The home that appeared to incarnate ...
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Overview

There are any number of survivors in the world, but Brooklynne Crown’s story of survival will grip the reader from its first words. With passion, empathy and an unerring eye for truth, first-time author Amber Walter has created a heroine of magnificent fortitude.
Learning to survive abuse is the first childhood memory Brooklynne can conjure up; her next memories are of her best friend Cassie and of the home she fled to whenever possible. The home that appeared to incarnate every child’s fantasy of a loving family and happy dreams. Until the day when Brooklynne was eleven ….
Cassie’s father, the powerful Senator who intrigued then seduced the not yet teenaged Brooklynne and captured her child’s heart. First as the kindly protector; shortly thereafter as the all-consuming lover/protector, and finally as the master manipulator who, after paying off her family, altering her birth certificate, education records and ‘legally’ procuring false documents, turned her life into a lie for his own survival and political gain.
In what Walter calls "a fictional tell-all sprinkled with abounding moments of raw non-fiction," are the intimate details of how an underprivileged and abused adolescent girl survives the near loss of literal and figurative identity.

Told from the now 27 … or is it 24 … year old Brooklynne’s perspective The Three Year Lie is first and foremost a novel about one woman’s astounding and heart-wrenching journey to overcome loss of innocence, manipulation and betrayals of epic proportions and, in the end of surviving and flourishing in the face of seemingly impossible odds, and re-writing the definition of love.
The Three Year Lie is a book you cannot put down until the last page – then only to find yourself wishing there was more.
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Editorial Reviews

Texas - Kirkus Reviews
The Three Year Lie is the sordid saga of a young girl’s sexual awakening, the precocious victim of childhood abuse that is a controversial, tragicomic book filtered through a complex psychological prism.

Will outshock the Fifty Shades of Grey crowd, which will deeply disturb most consciences” Kirkus Reviews
South Carolina - Wendy Crawford
“The Three Year Lie – one small book; so many aspects in one story. It’s a scintillating read; it’s a political expose´ of epic proportions; it’s a cry for humanitarianism and protection of children everywhere and it’s a damn riveting story. I worked with Amber Walter and am continuously amazed at what she faced and conquered. An absolute Must Read!” Wendy Crawford, Award winning advertising, broadcasting and multi-media copy writer, editor
Los Angeles, CA - Hugh Hefner
Dear Amber, Thanks for the book. I’ll visit it with interest. Love, Hugh M Hefner” Founder, publisher and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985854508
  • Publisher: Penman Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012

Meet the Author

A native Arizonian, Amber Walter was born in Phoenix, educated in Arizona and continues to call the city home.
Fascinated with the written word from early childhood, Amber was the kid that got scolded by her teachers for ‘always having her nose in a book’ rather than paying attention, doing assignments, standing quietly in line and even playing during recess.
In her words “I was addicted to the fantasy genre and authors like Tolkien, CS Lewis and Terry Brooks. I also loved authors like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Sartre, Camus, Steinbeck, Hemingway and others. The entire process of bringing a story to life had me totally enthralled.” Her future as an author seems to be not necessarily one of choice but of an avocation that merged into a concentrated and sustained effort as she matured.
Walter studied abnormal and behavioral psychology during college while taking every available writing class offered. She wrote for the college newspaper, submitted and had published occasional articles for local magazines and always wrote simply for own happiness.
After college she modeled for a short time then began ghost writing for private individuals along with writing for various local and national companies. Walter wrote everything from corporate communications to How To manuals. “Not very stimulating but it paid the bills” is how she describes this time while openly acknowledging it was the utter boredom of technical writing that set her on a fully committed path to where she is today.
As Amber describes this transitional period in her life, “Technical writing is a bit like taking the creative out of creative writing” and so began her midnight scribblings of the first of many rough drafts of The Three Year Lie.
“Even as a young child I dreamed about writing my very own book someday. That dream has taken a lot of time, passion, hard-headed and committed ‘believing in myself’ to achieve. The Three Year Lie is the first of what I hope are many more books to be penned under my name.”
In addition to her full time writing career, Amber is a dedicated advocate for children and against any and all forms of child abuse and she volunteers with a myriad of organizations that work to protect children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Amazing book. Guaranteed to make you think and reevaluate a lot

    Amazing book. Guaranteed to make you think and reevaluate a lot of what we see around us. Guts and brave author, Amber Walter, for being able to confront her demons!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    The Three Year Lie is a fictional story based on fact. It is a s

    The Three Year Lie is a fictional story based on fact. It is a story of a horrific childhood and the seduction of an eleven year old child by a pedophile who happens to be a Senator. This book chronicles the methodical breaking of a child's self esteem and value. The story is filled with erotica as Senator Damien Preston takes the innocence and subsequent virginity of the character Brooklynn. This erotica may turn some readers off. Brooklynn has an abusive stepmother, a drugged uncaring mother and a distant father. She is abused by her stepmother from the age of 5 until 11. At 11, the Senator steps into the picture. As studies have shown, a pedophile often targets children from troubled or underpriveged homes. He showers them with attention and gifts. He refers to the child as his angel or as in this case his "Doll." Brooklyn defends him in the book saying that she consented to the sex. This is in no way true. A child of 11,12,13, or 14 cannot consent to sex. The Senator was finally found out by his wife, so being a powerful man, he was able to manipulate all of Brooklynn's records including her birth certificate, to change her birth date by three years. She magically became 18 and thus the age of consent. She is then shuffled out the door and has to survive on her own at 15 (even though her age is listed at 18) This was one part that didn't feel plausible
    I do have problems with the author defending the Senator. I don't think she has truly come to grips that this character was and is a pedophile. In reading some of her interviews, she states the book is 90 % nonfiction. I would like her to realize that the Senator is a pedophile. The human brain has a unique ability to push back the bad moments and remember the good times.
    I did receive a free copy of book, but these are my opinions.
    As an added caveat, the author did tell me that she knew he was a pedophile and did not support pedophiles or their behavior.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    An AMAZING read!

    “The Three Year Lie took me through a painful, sometimes uncomfortable, emotional journey of several highs and lows. Walter is brilliant at portraying the tragedy Brooklynne succumbed to at the age she was while it was happening; a child of merely 11 through her adolescent teen years. While the under sugarcoated explicit sexual aspects may turn some readers away, I am here to say that The Three Year Lie is no 50 Shades of Grey wannabe, but a true story of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse an American child suffered and was blessed to eventually overcome.” Jane M, American investigative reporter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Reading child porn. 

    Reading child porn. 

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Incredibly captivating, painfully honest and a book you won't be

    Incredibly captivating, painfully honest and a book you won't be able to put down. This book is a tool to heal others that have been through abusive situations  - Christy Paige singer-son writer entertainer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great read, it will take you for an emotional ride from start to

    Great read, it will take you for an emotional ride from start to finish. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    I have to admit, I was a little nervous to read this book. As me

    I have to admit, I was a little nervous to read this book. As mentioned in previous reviews, there are very explicit sexual scenes between the Senator and Brooklynne that may make some readers cringe. However, these “uncomfortable” moments are an integral part of the story and must be told in order for the reader to fully understand the emotional growth of the heroine. This is a story of survival, courage, and determination. Though the book is a fairly easy read (as Ms. Walter tells the story from the view of her 11 year-old self), the subject matter is heavy and you may find yourself putting it down to fully reflect on what you have just read. Unfortunately, more often than not, victims of child abuse (both physical and sexual) hide and bury their past. Hopefully, the Three Year Lie will encourage others who have suffered in silence to share their stories and to begin the healing process; however, the author’s resilience will inspire any reader no matter their background .

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    The Three Year Lie is a page-turning book for this new author th

    The Three Year Lie is a page-turning book for this new author that gives permission to others to start thier healing journey. I know that people of all ages will enjoy this book. Most readers will start to wonder where the non-fiction ends and the fiction begins, but all will agree that the book is a healing journey for the author that gives others permission to take back thier power also. Victims of child or sexual abuse or witness to it may have events triggered within them when reading the book. Hopefully it will show them that they are not alone and can talk about it and live thier best life! Others who had Leave it to Beaver childhoods, will still love the book since the story is very engaging, since we all know that power has lead to many victims in this world. Glad to see this author is no longer the victim but the victor! In summary, a great book that will lead to discussions at different levels!

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