Life in my state has everyone aware of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Why? New Jersey rates of Autism are exceedingly high, and this has brought New Jersey into amazing strides within the Autistic community to include schools, residential assistance, and employment and education for all that this entails.
Through my research, it was easy to understand the necessity plus the benefits of a job coach for Bobby in my fictional story that involves a member of the community with Asperger’s Syndrome. While not the main character, Bobby Havers has an integral starring role in Revenge, and there are several chapters where his symptoms are brought to the forefront in an interesting and positive way. Why? Because Bobby is interesting and positive, and his skills and abilities contribute to the story the way everyone has skills and abilities to contribute to their own stories.
Bobby had a story to tell too.
Bobby Havers was working and doing exceedingly well in a long-term employment placement until management changed and some claims of Bobby’s mistakes multiply. Olivia Foster has tried to speak with the new manager on several occasions but had been rebuffed due to the manager’s meeting schedule. However, when merchandise goes missing, it’s assumed Bobby mistakenly added the materials as received when they had not been, but Olivia was able to match up receipts and invoices disproving that claim. Bobby wasn’t wrong, but someone was eager to believe things were his fault. Now, imagine if Bobby didn’t have his job coach? Yep. I did.
Bobby could have been a blip on a page and no more but getting to know Bobby brings him to life making us understand his story, how vital his contributions are, and how his presence touches many.
For example, once Bobby disappears, the job coach’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list in his disappearance. However, when Bobby remains in contact with the job coach, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is left with a more complex case than he had at the beginning of this disappearance. It’s easy for him to realize that whoever has abducted Bobby Havers knows Olivia Foster, and despite her protestations, this theory becomes solidified by the death of her special needs brother in a workplace environment from years ago. Phillip’s only problems are to find out how these two cases connect and be doing something about it before anything happens to Bobby Havers. All the while, Phillip has no doubt that the job coach becomes the next target.
Olivia, on the other hand, goes against advice and does what’s in her heart instead. Haven’t we all had to do the unpopular thing to do what we know is right? Haven’t we had listen to the whisper to know what way to go?
Olivia Foster makes plans to bring this missing young man home. Can Phillip keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?
Find out inside Revenge!
As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.
Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?
Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.