A 90-DAY PLAN TO RECOVER FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Columbus, Ohio – The second publication of Alabaster Box Media Group, When the Devil is Beating His Wife: A Christian Perspective on Domestic Violence & Recovery was introduced to the Columbus community on September 26, 2013, at the Homeport Gallery in the Historic King-Lincoln District. A standing room only crowd of more than 100 were in attendance to celebrate the new “self-help drama,” written by co-authors Dr. Iris Cooper and Melanie Houston. The book is written to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse break free and create a new life in 90 days. Through the stories of three fictional women, readers learn the signs of abuse and methods to safely leave. The book also includes detailed guidance and resources for victims to protect privacy and assets, and to maintain their self- esteem during the three-month transformation. The book cover was created by artist Lisa Cliff of Blind Faith Art. To meet the troubled women in the book, a book trailer was created by Michael Tavares (Tavtel Media) and is posted at www.alabasterboxmedia.com and www.justaskiris.com.
Dr. Iris Cooper hails from Evansville, Indiana. Her career in Columbus included banking, government, and community development. She is the owner of JustAskIris! an entrepreneurial consulting firm. Iris is one of the founders of Glory Foods, Inc., a national food marketing company, and has also operated a mortgage business and retail gift shop. Iris obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University. She earned a Doctorate of Business Administration from Walden University, majoring in entrepreneurship. She teaches business courses at Franklin University and Columbus State Community College.
Melanie Houston is no novice to the publishing industry. She is the CEO and founder of Alabaster Box Media Group. Previously, she served as the executive editor for Who’s Who Publishing under the ownership and management of C. Sunny Martin. She is also the author of Rivers of Grace: Poems of Redemption and Restoration. Additionally, Houston is founder of Vision Resources, Inc., a management consulting firm for profit and nonprofit organizations. Vision Resources provides technical writing and proposal/bid response services, and workforce development expertise. Clients include national/international community and social service organizations, chambers of commerce, and retail, utility, telecommunications, publishing, and information technology firms. Houston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art therapy from Capital University. She received a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, with a major in labor and human resource management. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is married to Daniel, president and CEO of The 1750 Group, Inc. /Daniel Houston & Associates.