The Third Gift


J.D. “Danny” McCabe is available for interviews, events, and appearances. For speaking, reading, or books signing inquiries, please contact J.D. at [email protected]


In Debut Memoir, Author Recounts Escape From Abusive Marriage 

Herndon, VA; March 3, 2020: Mascot Books announces the release of The Third Gift: My Dance with the Devil (And Her Mother) by J.D. McCabe 

You hear horror stories about someone you love turning on you and vowing to ruin your life, but you never think it would happen to you. This is the story of how one man’s wife of twenty plus years—and the mother of his children—changed their lives irrevocably.  

Based on his real diaries, J. D. “Danny” recounts the unimaginable story of how his marriage with his wife, Erin, fell apart. It started with Erin blaming him for everything. Most importantly, the lack of trust in their marriage. She enlisted her mother in her efforts, and together they forged the words of family, trust and honesty into a metaphorical hammer and beat him into the ground. Their accusations of infidelity and drug addiction accumulated, twisting reality and eventually resulting in Danny’s involuntary hospitalization. Despite the abuse he faced at the hands of someone he once loved, Danny revisits the horrifying story with an astounding sense of bravery, strength, and hope. Danny hopes that readers come away valuing the importance of real friendship, family, and faith. Above all, he hopes to encourage people going through similar situations to believe in themselves, and be their own advocates. 

J.D. “Danny” McCabe grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the middle child of a very large family. From an early age, he was independent and a practical realist. This first-time author began writing his diary as a historical journal of events that evolved quickly and came without context.

Danny was encouraged to share this personal and unbelievable voyage in rediscovering himself by the many people who witnessed and heard about his journey first hand. He is blessed with two beautiful adult children. J.D. resides in the Charleston, SC area.

To set up an interview, reading, signing, or for information The Third Gift: My Dance with the Devil: And Her Mother please contact J.D.  at  [email protected]

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“An inherently fascinating and absorbing account, ‘The Third Gift: My Dance With The Devil (And Her Mother)’ is a vividly rendered and singularly remarkable memoir — and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that ‘The Third Gift’ is also readily available in a digital book format.” -Midwest Book Review