Press Release 2018-02-20T16:01:06+00:00

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Horrific Tale of Abuse Leaves Readers with Hope

Novelist bases gripping new book on the events of her life


LONGWOOD, FL" S.L. Miles moves the heart with her gut-wrenching tale of pain and victory in the novel based on her life, Escape the Chicken Coop: A Novel Based on True Events ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-61379-249-0). Co-authored with Leanette Lopez, the story is built on the premise that acknowledging abuse is the first step toward healing. The authors encourage victims to release the past, not try to hide it. Doing so opens the door to freedom and a new life, they proclaim.


The narrative begins with a man stealing a young girl, Ann, from her grandmother’s home. Ann and her 11 siblings live in constant terror at the hands of an abuser. Not knowing what will provoke the next attack, they must be ready to hide physically and emotionally. Never turning her back on her faith, Ann devises an escape plan. Her faith allows her to push through the terror to become a triumphant woman.


?"The book is written in an honest and deliberate way to impact the heart of an abused reader, and also to give them strength and hope to reach out for help,” says Miles. ?"There are thousands and thousands of abused people who have no one to confide in, especially if their abuser threatens their life if they tell anyone what they did. I was inspired to write this book to help my family and others. As I have watched my family through the years of being caught up in the wrong things and not being able to get over the effects of abuse. As a person who has known abuse of different kinds since the age of four, I can fully say that my faith in the Lord was the sustaining factor throughout my life.”


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Escape the Chicken Coop through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,,, and in e-book formats.

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