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Featured Indie Book: A Life Singular - Part Two (Lorraine Pestell)

A Life Singular - Part Two (Lorraine Pestell)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Fiction / Romance A Life Singular - Part Two by Lorraine Pestell.

A Life Singular is a novel in six parts - A Life Singular tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography. In essence a love story, A Life Singular is about triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong and how one affects the other.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and paperback - 730 pages - released in January 2014.

About the Book

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.

A Life Singular - Part Two (Lorraine Pestell)
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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.

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "A reader of romance novels will enjoy this intimate emotional odyssey.[...] He is living on the edge, suppressing a past he would prefer to stay buried. Is she safe with him? Her love is unconditional, and is shown to heal him of deep emotional scars. We all wish to believe in such devotion. We get a very real glimpse into his ongoing struggle with PTSD, and how he manages to find strength. The telling style is detailed and earnest, heartfelt, but liberally spiced with sex scenes." - M. (Amazon)

Check-out also the New Release Article about Part One of A Life Singular

A Life Singular - Part One (Lorraine Pestell)
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- "A beautiful tale of true love, devastating loss and the pain of rebuilding a new life from the emotional ashes [...] Lorraine Pestell writes with an intensity that does not let up from page one. Although written at a pace to be savored, never once does this tale drag as the relationship between spouses, and parent and child are examined and strengthened through loss. For anyone who has suffered a devastating loss of a loved one, clearly the pain is just as great for the wealthy as for the poor. Is it so wonderful to “have it all” and live under the microscope of a curious public? The emotions Ms. Pestell gives her characters are brutally raw, often agonizing as they struggle to hold each other up. The use of words like “the widower” brilliantly bring home where Jeff is in the grieving process." - Dii (Amazon) Review of Book One

- "I was very curious before starting to read this book. Reading the summary of the six-book series, I wondered how the subject could be spread across that many books. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book is a very nice read. A lot of detail makes the story and the characters come to life. I can't wait to read the next chapters!" - Christian Pache Review of Book One

About the Author

Author Lorraine Pestell
Author Lorraine Pestell
Lorraine Pestell is a British & Australian author writing a six-part serial dealing with celebrity, tragedy and most of all love. Having been fascinated by celebrity since a young child who loved to listen, watch and make music, she began writing a love story with a showbiz theme. Some unknown inspiration caused her to set her story in Melbourne, Australia, despite growing up in a north-western suburb of London!

Lorraine’s life took some unexpected and unfortunate turns during her twenties (and continues to do so), leaving her suffering from severe depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies. Many years later she would be diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

The fascination with Australia continued, while Lorraine’s IT career took her to European capitals, the US for a couple of years and then to Singapore. She eventually moved to Melbourne in 1999, to satisfy her curiosity about this obsession with the city with a most definite European culture. As expected, she felt immediately at home, as if she had lived there in a former life. Experiences gained while living and working all over the world are now vital fodder for her writing, and her protagonist and his family take readers to many different places during the six-part serial.

Lorraine hesitates to state that her illness has defined her life. While probably an exaggeration, it’s not actually that far off. Despite her best endeavors, these demons are here to stay, and she has taken various significant steps to learn how to accommodate these unwanted "friends" in her everyday life. Principally, in addition to volunteering and her gorgeous dog, she accomplishes this goal through writing. And her original, somewhat cute love story has morphed into a lengthy serial which tells of battles and triumph over mental illness.

It is Lorraine’s ambition for her books to serve two main purposes: first, to inspire fellow sufferers to rise above their symptoms; and second, to help non-sufferers to understand that we are not that weird really. Through tolerance, love and support, we can all co-exist and even thrive in this world where it's estimated that there are 350 million of us with a mental illness at any one time.

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A Life Singular - Part Two (Lorraine Pestell)