Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SOUL WHISPERS, A Novel of Pain and Redemption by M.K. Feese

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A Novel of Pain and Redemption



Three Women whose worlds are on a collision course:

Sixteen-year-old Lily Joy ~ happy and secure in her idyllic life with her adoptive family learns it is all a myth, a dark deception. The truth is brutal and horrifying.

Wendy, Lily’s biological mother ~ has searched for years for the child she tried to abort. Having found her, jealousy, denial and cruel revenge threaten her dream.

Lorraine, Lily Joy’s adoptive mother ~ fragile, and reclusive, fears this intrusion and being forced to deal with her own demons and long buried secrets.

                  “The soul cries in whispers.”
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“This book was written with such love and had many life lessons including what we see on the surface isn’t all there is. I pulled me right in and kept me there until the end. I especially liked the reminder that it’s easy to judge someone else’s offense when we may have done the same thing or similar thing but somehow we don’t acknowledge it in ourselves. All in all great book, going to look at some of her others!”


A Novel of Pain and Redemption


Character Interview

Name:  Lorraine Stanhope

Age:  39

Gender:  Female

Birthplace:  Kingsburg, California

Profession:  Former bank teller

Ethnicity:  Caucasian of Scandinavian descent

Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:

Lorraine is self-conscious about her height, nearly 6 ft. so almost always wears flats.  She is somewhat gaunt and very fair skinned with ash brown pageboy hairstyle, and a tentative, somewhat crooked smile – think Kim Novak.

Who is the significant other in your character’s life?

She is married to her college sweetheart, easy going, devoted Daniel Stanhope.

What is your character’s family like?

The Stanhopes are an average, middle class family, living in a 1950s bungalow in Manhattan Beach, CA. with their adopted daughter, Lily Joy. Lorraine is a stay-at-home wife, and her husband has a 9-5 accounting job. They are a church going family, and Lily Joy is a typical high school Sophomore, bright and popular. She and her father have a particularly close relationship due to Lorraine’s somewhat reclusive and depressive personality. Lorraine is often ‘absent’ even when she is present due to a common habit for housewives in the 60s and 70s, the use of ‘mother’s little helpers’ – tranquilizers or ‘mood elevators’. Daniel willingly picks up the slack. Lorraine has few friends and her only hobby or distraction from her discontent is cross-stitch.

Does she have children?

Lorraine and Daniel, having been childless for a number of years, adopted Lily Joy as an infant, 16 years ago.

What inner doubts causes your character the most difficulty?

Lorraine lacks confidence and suffers from old guilts and unresolved emotional pain which she deals with by taking tranquilizers and drinking too much. A major secret she has kept for years leaves her feeling unworthy.

What past event causes your character the most fear?

Now that would be giving away a major plot point. Let me say her greatest fear is not being ‘good enough’ due to this long-kept secret she is desperately afraid of being discovered.

What is your hero(ine)’s biggest personal flaw?

It would be a tossup between her drinking and drugs, and her negative, caustic attitude.

Questions for your character to answer about you…

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?

I think because she wanted to show a character with negative characteristics, as a result of trauma, and guilt. Someone with a journey ahead of her to find a healthy acceptance of herself and her past. Someone with growth potential.

Was there anything the writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?

No surprise to the writer, but I was surprised to find healing was possible.

Why do you think your writer loves to write?

Because she is an observer of human nature and wants to bring understanding and enlightenment in life’s difficult twists and turns. To bring hope and encouragement. To explore and shine a light on various human conditions.

What do you wish your writer would write next?

Anything, about anything but me. I am too shy and still unsure in my sobriety and self-discovery.

About Author M.K. Feese…

Novelist, storyteller, memoirist and poet.

Author, M. K. Feese is a melange, a merry mix of many genres, many voices. Always enchanted by the written word, she has been writing stories since early childhood. Observation and empathy shape her written works. Perhaps it was inevitable that she would call grappling with words and language a career—and love every moment.  Photography, quilting, and art fill the nooks and crannies between home and family. She feels privileged to share her work with a large and welcoming audience. She lives a creative life with family in the gorgeous Pacific N. W.

Other credits and publications:

Mississippi Crow Magazine (stories, poems and photography), Diamond Hearts Digest, the Internet, and ghostwriter. Founding member of LV Writer’s Ink – Writers helping writers ~ Lucerne Valley, CA. Current Member of Saturday Morning Writer’s Table, Seattle


Famished Heart ~ a novel based on the true story of a young girl orphaned in Oklahoma during the depression.

KaleidESCAPE ~ a novel based on the true story of teen runaways in the 1970’s, before Amber Alerts and cell phones. No one could have predicted the shocking outcome!

Gravity Sucks  ~  and sixty other twisted tales of life and love ~ an anthology of short stories and poetry. Quick reads for anyplace, anytime.

Ten Deadly Tales ~ Co-author of this collection of darkling tales.

All available on either amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com


Links to M.K.’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:

Soul Whispers: a novel of pain and redemption: Feese, M. K.: 9798764956435: Amazon.com: Books





Amazon.com: Marcia Feese: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle


Thanks, M.K., for sharing your story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

6 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SOUL WHISPERS, A Novel of Pain and Redemption by M.K. Feese”

    1. Thanks so much fot thr read and you comment, K.A. I had no idea there were so many abortion survivors until my attention was drawn to it, and I researched it. It definitely add another perspective to this very personal issue. Take care +

  1. Good morning, M.K., and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. This book promises to be filled with lots of conflict that will take everything these characters have to resolve. Loved the insights from Lorraine’s interview. This will be an emotional journey for her. Thanks for sharing your novel with us today!

  2. Hi, Wow, what a great sounding book, it sounds very intriguing and like a must read for alot of people! M.K. Feese is a new author to me. I really enjoyed this post, I loved the interview! Have a great day and a great week.

    1. Thank you so much, Alicia for your kind comments 😉 Lorraine is probably the most conflicted character in Soul Whispers, but the relationship of these three women is the heart of the story. Whatever happens all of their lives will be forever changed.

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