by Lana Guzman

Book Cover: The Unusual Lives: Subjugation
ISBN: 978-1-990070-88-4
ISBN: 978-1-990070-89-1

Gina is born into hardship. Her upbringing is as brutal as it is dramatic, leading her to become a determined being. She sees some success in her early adulthood, yet her surroundings prey on her weaknesses, driving her mad. Gina struggles through most of her adulthood, gets married, has children, yet none of that makes her life better. She gets two more chances at starting with a clean slate, but both fail. She eventually succumbs to the brutality of the very person who she once saw as her savior.

Publisher: Noble Gray PRESS

Gina was born in summer, when even in the coldest places the trees have woken up from the lethargy of the snowy winter, and the flowers tease and delight the eye, as if they were telling you: "come, smell me and let us celebrate the feast of sun and colour". She always loved summer, ever since she could remember herself. Summer was the time of school vacations; later - the time of vacations at work. Summer was always a delight, a get-away, a happy time. A time to get out and to fill her lungs with the wonderful, warm, flowery summer air, and, most of all, be happy no matter what.


She was born to an alcoholic mother, who, at the best of times, neglected her. In the worst of times, she would slap her. Gina grew up knowing that if she did not get away from her mother on time, she would be slapped no matter what, when or why. Her mother had serious mental conditions, several of those to be precise, which were neither properly diagnosed, nor treated, nor even considered to be some kind of a nuisance to anyone. If she herself was a nuisance, she too got beaten.


About the Author

I hold a Master of Business Administration degree from HEC Montreal. I also hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. I hold a Specialist in Finance degree and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Russian Plekhanov University of Economics in Moscow, Russia. I worked for multinationals and a start-up doing market research and business development. For the past 11 years, I have been doing applied business and academic research in a number of diverse fields. I write, co-write, ghost write full-length professional books, as well as short fiction. I translate from and to English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian. I can also work with texts in Portuguese and Afrikaans.