Once Broken

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Margy Reid

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Charlie is a soccer mom, leading the soccer mom existence. Her life is filled with running to practices for her two kids, giving voice lessons, and, along with her husband Russ, getting through the general craziness that is life, where family is everything. This is until their world was upended with an accident caused by her addict brother. An accident that led her daughter to a dim abyss, teetering on the threshold of death’s door. This one moment in time pulls Charlie down a dark path littered with people and situations she would never find in the carpool lane. When you test the limits of what a mom will do for her kids, you will find out one simple thing, there are none.


Crime, Detective, Drama, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller, Action,,Action,Detective,Mystery,Family,Suspense/Thriller,Drama

Short Summary

Testing the fabric of this close, big, loud family, one member, who suffers from mental illness and addiction, puts his niece in the hospital as a result of some drug-fueled decisions.

After the stress, the fights, the worry, abduction, and the return from a terror filled, slimy rabbit hole, the family takes the first steps in a long journey of healing.


Intentionally left to the imagination of the reader.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Twist,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Charlie

Age: 43

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Desperate, Faithful, Selfless, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Badass, Empathetic, Honorable, Heroic, Perseverance, Romantic, Sexy, Unapologetic, Blunt, Complex, Confident, Funny,Badass,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Underdog,Sarcastic,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Confident,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Odeo Touchet

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Narcissistic, Villainous, Charming, Complex, Crazy, Criminal, Manipulative, Aggressive, Confident, Secretive,Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Russ

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Leader, Faithful, Heroic, Honorable, Empathetic, Funny, Badass, Masculine, Selfless, Desperate, Romantic, Sarcastic, Sexy, Charming, Complex, Confident,Faithful,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Selfless,Romantic,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: The Family

Age: 50

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Blunt, Complex, Faithful, Funny, Outspoken, Empathetic, Honorable,Badass,Faithful,Engaging,Charming,Sarcastic,Blunt,Complex,Confident,Honorable,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny

Development Pitch

Once Broken. This is a story that reads real enough to make my old English teacher ask my Mom if it was true, and dark enough that my Mom was deeply insulted by the question. When one member of a big, close family suffers from mental illness and addiction, it reverberates throughout the family tree, reaching every limb. After Charlie's brother almost kills her 10-year-old daughter in a drug-driven car crash, the family is shaken to its core. The violent underworld of her brother's addiction literally comes to her door, dragging Charlie, and the rest of her family into a dark, unfamiliar world, filled with less than stellar people. This is a story of flawed human beings, in an imperfect family, trying to survive a shit storm of epic proportions. Although money is the most obvious motivation for your usual drug dealers, something else drives this one. It's in digging to discover what pushes Beaudry that reveals to this family, and Charlie herself, just how strong they really are. Charlie is a kickass soccer mom with a Mama Bear complex. She doesn't always make the right decisions, she doesn't have perfect hair, she doesn't have the perfect clothes, she isn't sexy in any traditional sense, and her smart ass gene runs deep. When readers tell you that your story made them laugh, cry, hold their breath, made their skin crawl, had them staying up all night to see how it ends, that it hits so close to home it made their heart ache, that they loved the characters, listen.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Female leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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