Antoinette van Heugten

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Antoinette van Heugten, Central Texas author launches her debut novel, Saving Max USA Today bestseller draws from her experience parenting autistic children.

Antoinette is a former international trial lawyer who currently resides in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband. A mother of three, her son and stepson are both autistic. She is an avid follower of the Autism Society of America, Talk Autism, Autism Speaks, the National Autism Association, Moms Fighting Autism and Parent to Parent USA. Visit SavingMaxBook.com for more information.

You can listen to Writing on the Air, Wednesday 15, 2010, from 6-7pm Central Texas time, and you can visit with Antoinette directly as she hosts a book signing in support of her debut novel, Saving Max (Mira Books/Harlequin, October 2010, 978-0-7783-2963-3, $14.95), an official Target Book Club Pick and a USA Today bestseller.

Book signing: Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Borders Books
3309 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: 512-339-1352

WHY: Around one in 110 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. Saving Max is inspired by Antoinette’s own relationship with her autistic sons and the daily struggles of defending and advocating for them at a time when autism was not widely understood.

“When I raised my sons, there was little or no awareness of what autism really is,” Antoinette says. “One of the main reasons I wrote this book was to share my experience with other parents of autistic children, to let them know that they are not alone – and to never, ever stop advocating for and believing in your child.”

“Saving Max” follows mother and lawyer Danielle Parkman as she admits her autistic son—who has Asperger’s syndrome—to a psychiatric hospital for his increasingly violent behavior. When Max is accused of murdering another young patient, Danielle races to solve the case, using her legal prowess to prove her son’s innocence. She stands by the son she has always struggled to protect, even when no one else believes in him. But when her quest brings unexpected pressures and Danielle begins to examine her choices as a mother, she soon realizes Max’s problems may be greater than anyone imagined.

HOW: To schedule an interview or receive a review copy of “Saving Max,” please contact Amy Currie: acurrie AT phenixpublicity DOT come.

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