Contemporary Fiction Series – A Life Singular: Part One

A Life Singular Part 1A Life Singular: Part One
By Lorraine Pestell
ISBN: 978-0987525604
ASIN: B00I2CQAX4
Published: January 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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A six-part serial, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, the central themes of the “A Life Singular” serial are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, the relentless passage of time and how each affects the other.

Part One starts the journey:

What do you do when you lose the one who gave your life meaning? You write about it. You tell the world how amazing it is to love and be loved by someone so special, what love helps you achieve and how it makes you stronger.

Jeff Diamond had built a life of influence, adulation and wealth by making the right choices for the right reasons. He lived by the law of reciprocity, a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for it. And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others.

Yet when Jeff’s dream girl was taken from him and their children by the ignorant act of a jealous misfit from his own home town, the millionaire realized just how far he had come. Why had he succeeded when so many like him fail? It wasn’t complicated. The secret lay in the endless pursuit of love and wisdom; life’s two magic ingredients. Now Lynn was gone, he resolved to use his remaining days to account for their life in a way that would inspire young people to make his type of choice rather than Garcia’s.

Then after their story was written, he would be free to go after her, to begin the whole incredible journey over again. Everyone has a life singular. One. Unique. Extraordinary.

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Contemporary Fiction – A Life Singular: Part Two

A Life Singular Part 2A Life Singular: Part Two
By Lorraine Pestell
ISBN: 978-0987525673
ASIN:B00HAVJEMC
Published: January 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Formats available for review: pdf

A six-part serial, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, the central themes of the “A Life Singular” serial are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, the relentless passage of time and how each affects the other.

Part Two continues the journey:

Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents.

As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on public record.

When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into the computer.

Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day resume. Once their story had been told.

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Contemporary Fiction – A Life Singular: Part Three

A Life Singular Part 3A Life Singular: Part Three
By Lorraine Pestell
ISBN: 978-1-925151-00-8
ASIN: B00LLB9LIO
Published: July 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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A six-part serial, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, the central themes of the “A Life Singular” serial are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, the relentless passage of time and how each affects the other.

Part Three continues the journey:

Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that meant Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions. A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney s south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one s best advantage.

The star had more money than he could spend, his opinion suddenly counted, and the opportunities to feed his ever-hungry mind were plentiful. Yet the demons continued to torment him, no longer protected by the guardian angel who had been spirited away as soon as her family found out who Jeff Diamond was and where he had come from.

Suddenly the ambitious businessman and philanthropist found himself in the fight of his life. He would win Lynn s heart by showing her father he was worthy, and by convincing his dream girl that they had something worth fighting for. Would she risk throwing her privileged lifestyle away for a man whose public persona depended on alcohol, drugs and a string of pretty girls?

Jeff had nothing to lose. The trappings of his new life held little significance until the soul-mates were reunited. This was where their life singular really began. Up until this point, there had only been playtime. Now they must step up and take responsibility. It was up to them.

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Literary Fiction – Caremore: Act I

CaremoreCaremore: Act I
By M. I. Bulancea
ISBN: 978-0-578-12981-5
Publisher: Mellivora Capensis Publishing
Genre: Literary Fiction
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This satirical drama set in New York City follows the exploits of protagonist Gavril Herve LeDouc as he drinks, fights, smokes, rants, and makes some unexpected friends and enemies along the way. The work satirizes urban living, modern relationships and consumer culture, while developing the themes of violence and exploitation.

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction – The Grace of Crows

The Grace of CowsThe Grace of Crows
By Tracy Shawn
ISBN: 978-1937556044
ASIN: B00FSWMBXE
Genre: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Reality Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Family Saga, Drama
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Anxiety-ridden protagonist Saylor Crawmore tries every cure from self-help books and therapy to medication. Nothing has worked. Desperate for an answer, she must also navigate the ongoing rip current between the troubled generations of her family.

Then Saylor discovers her childhood friend, Billy, living under a pier in Malibu. Homeless and ignored since his teens by a celebrity father and an eternally-absent mother, the odd, intuitive Billy sparks Saylor s journey to gain insight into her strange fears. In turn, she is able to summon the courage to help both herself and her family.

A poignant novel that won the 2013 Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama, Second Place for General Fiction for the 2013 Readers Choice Awards, and Runner-Up for 2013 General Fiction with the Great Northwest Book Festival, The Grace of Crows was also listed in the prestigious Santa Barbara Magazine s Hot List Arts Scene Winter Issue 2014.

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Suspenseful Family Saga – A House Without Windows

A House Without WindowsA House Without Windows
By Stevie Turner
ISBN: 9781310633751
ASIN: B00HUH6R7Q
Published: February 2014
Pages: 222
Genre: Suspense, Family Saga, Romance
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Newly-pregnant Dr Beth Nichols was happily engaged to Liam Darrah, a fellow doctor. She had no idea she was being stalked by ex-patient Edwin Evans as she made her way home one evening after a late shift at the hospital. After being anaesthetised she woke up in Edwin s basement, held against her will, and eventually giving birth there without medical help.

The story is written from different perspectives; from Beth s 9 year old daughter Amy who is born in captivity, and from Beth herself as she unwillingly finds herself pregnant years later with Edwin s baby. She subsequently gives birth to a son, Joss. Joss and Edwin also tell their stories16 years later.

When Beth gets the chance to escape, the Press get hold of the story and Beth and Amy have their photo in the newspaper. The photo is seen by Liam, who has made another life for himself back in his homeland of Canada with his new partner Patty and their son Toby, thinking Beth had been murdered years before. Liam must make the difficult choice of either meeting up with Beth again and getting to know his daughter, or staying where he is in Toronto.

The story then runs ahead 16 years to the point where Joss finds out who his real father is, now a patient in a secure mental hospital. Joss wants to get to know him, and makes a journey against his mother s wishes to see his real father. However, the much-anticipated meeting does not go quite to plan; Edwin still seems obsessed with Beth, and Joss feels unloved and unwanted. He makes the mistake of telling Edwin where the family are living, and when Edwin is eventually released he comes looking to claim Beth back again. The upset this visit causes to the family teaches Joss just who does love him, and whom he ought to consider as his actual real father.

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