R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. After spending fifteen years in the lending industry, she left her career to write full time and published the thriller “First One Down,” introducing Detective Paul Sutton. The second novel in the series will release in the summer of 2017.
R.J. has also written “After: The Battle Has Just Begun,” eight true stories of combat-injured service members who sustained life-altering injuries and the impacts on the caregivers who support these men. 100% of the proceeds from this book benefit Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station.
She is also the author of “Transfer Of Pain: After Suicide, A Journey Of Healing,” about her personal grief journey after the loss of her father to suicide.
R.J. lives in Southern California with her family. She works on her detective skills by finding her daughter’s lost Shopkins and investigating when her English Bulldogs bark at night. She enjoys writing, reading, running, and coffee.
AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun
Meet eight combat-injured men who sustained life-altering injuries. Read eight inspiring stories of heroism and the re-building of independent, productive and fulfilling lives after seemingly impossible circumstances.
This project looks at the struggles of these incredible men to reshape their lives after combat. It also sets these stories within the context of current veteran healthcare; injury, suicide, and disability statistics; and looks briefly at the impacts on the caregivers who support these men. Being face-to-face with combat-injured veterans has given me an insight that all Americans should have. Veterans of the Vietnam era began the process of opening our eyes to the grim realities that await veterans both psychologically and physically. These men’s stories show how much more we have to accomplish.
This book isn't about war or politics - it is about figuring out what it takes to move forward AFTER the war. I wrote this book to raise awareness of what our warriors need most when they return, what the government does and doesn't provide and why there is a high demand for private non-profits to fill the gaps. Make no mistake - we are in this period of recovery and rehabilitation for decades to come. It also introduces the non-profit organization Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station which has taken on the task of helping our combat-injured men and women make the daunting transition from military to civilian life. 100% of the proceeds benefit them in this much-needed labor of love.
It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior.
First One Down
Cold Case Detective Paul Sutton has dedicated his life to evil.
Finding it. Ending it. To bringing justice to the dead and answers to the living. His life is spent straddling the line between the light of truth and the darkness of man’s blackest sins. The Detective Paul Sutton series begins with First One Down when Sutton is given a second chance to solve the case that’s haunted him for two years.
Behind the mask of light lay darkness…
It took San Diego Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to realize retirement would not work for him. Back on the job as a Cold Case Detective, Sutton has the chance to delve deeper into the only case of his career he’d been unable to solve. A woman’s tortured body had been abandoned on a beach. Her tormented husband has never stopped grieving. And a missing woman may hold the key to unlocking a deadly puzzle.
How does a girl who has everything going for her find herself in such a mess? Driven in her career, but careless in love, Kali Hanson is in thrall to the one man who can fulfill the dark desires within her. But after an act of ultimate betrayal, she finds herself tangled in a web of deceit, where a charming mask can conceal a monstrous soul, and the brightest light is in danger of being extinguished in the depths of darkness.
As boundaries blur and the difference between truth and lies becomes indistinguishable, Detective Sutton finds himself in a race against a ticking clock. Only one thing is certain: if Sutton doesn’t stop him, the monster will keep on killing, and another innocent woman will be lost forever to his darkness. But Sutton is not about to let evil win this time.
Notice: This mystery-thriller is for Mature Audiences due to moderately graphic sexual scenes, violence, and adult language.
Transfer Of Pain
non-fiction, grief, self help
If you have lost someone to suicide, you are not alone on your grief journey. This book will provide insight on navigating the grief process and searching for healing. The light shining at the end of the tunnel is this: pain is real but so is hope. This book will also provide guidance for friends and associates who don’t know what to say or do to help those grieving such an incomprehensible loss.
This is not a “how to” book. This is the raw, honest story of one real woman’s loss of a loved one to suicide. It’s a story of the grief, guilt, regret, disbelief, and shock that comes with such a devastating act. It’s a story any of us could find ourselves in - in one shattering, unexpected instant. And it is a story about the hope and healing that truly is possible after such a loss.
This book covers a variety of topics, from the personal to the practical, such as:
He’s Gone: the immediate aftermath of a suicide
Medical Examiners, Cemetery Shopping & Evidence Bags
Unfixable & Unanswered Questions
Words That Wound & Choosing Battles
When Faith Isn’t Enough
And much more…
The author’s personal journey:
On August 13, 2016, I began my journey when I lost my father to suicide. I’d like to say I’ve walked it gracefully but I haven’t. Shock, disbelief, and instant devastation. Tears mixed with anger followed by questions that will never be answered. The grief journey after losing a loved one to suicide begins, and unfortunately, it never ends. Pain is real, but so is hope.
Upon searching for ways to cope with my loss, I found very little I could relate to. I needed raw emotion from fellow survivors of suicide loss. I needed to know I wasn’t crazy for the way I felt. I needed to know I wasn’t alone. I needed to hear from others who sat in the mess of a painful, shattered life. What was helping them begin the healing process through their grief?
My story is for those of us left behind to agonize over ‘what if’s’ and ‘why’s.' It is also for anyone who wants to better understand suicide loss. It’s a roller coaster, but it is not one that you have to face alone