The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley @MrsAmandaProwse #guestpost #mentalhealth #TheBoyBetween @BOTBSPublicity

The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey written and self-published by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this remarkable story by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley. I am honoured to share a guest post from Amanda with you all.

Guest Post  “The Boy Between” by Amanda Prowse.

            Having written many books that have been described as “issue” fiction over the years, covering subjects as diverse as anorexia, alcoholism and postnatal psychosis, I am used to readers getting in touch to share their own personal stories and experiences on the topics covered. I consider it one of the greatest privileges of being a writer that someone wants to share with me such emotive messages that are often told in confidence and are nearly always heartrending. It means the world to me when the story I have written so closely mirrors someone’s real life experience. I take this as the highest compliment.

            The experience of writing “The Boy Between” and the reaction from readers has been different to any other book I have written. Josh and I have been inundated with messages of love and support that have meant the absolute world. I can’t tell you what it means to open up my laptop and read words from people all over the world telling me that they are willing Josh on, offering words of advice or simply sending us love. I certainly feel that love! And trust me when I tell you it makes all the difference on the dark days. The dark days, which are getting less, but are still there.

            One of the most consistent messages I receive is from mothers and others who are caring for someone with depression or whose mental health is suffering. Their words of kinship are uplifting and it really helps to know that I am not alone, as I struggle to know how best to help Josh and what to do or say that might make things better. I know it is not my fight, as Josh says in the book, “it is not your battle. It’s mine. I am the boy between…” and whilst this is the truth, that doesn’t mean I don’t take every step with him along the bumpy road to recovery.

            “The Boy Between” is the book we hoped we would not have to write. I wish my son did not, like so many young men, suffer with a debilitating depression that lead to him to try and take his own life while a student at university. That said, I know it’s the book I wanted to reach for when I struggled not only to find ways to help him, but also to understand what had turned my outgoing son with the whole world at his feet into a sleeping shell of himself. And as Josh says, he might be a British boy, but sadly young male depression and suicide is a universal problem and for each young man like him suffering, there is a family like ours trying to make sense of it all. We hope this book brings comfort to the millions of people all over the world suffering from depression and those who care for them. Ours has been a tough, lonely and devastating journey, but we can finally, finally see small glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel.

            Knowing that there are days when my beautiful boy would rather not exist is something I will never fully understand and I will never, ever accept. I will fight until my last breath to keep Josh here. To keep Josh with me. He is my heart. It really is that simple.

Author Bio – Amanda
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty three novels and six novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine  

Author Bio – Josiah
Josiah (Josh) Hartley is 22 and lives in an isolated farmhouse in the West Country, but close enough to Bristol to enjoy its music scene. He is an animal lover and servant to two French Bulldogs. Equally happy at a music festival or watching rugby with his mates, he likes the outdoor life and with Devon only a short drive away often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down. After two stints at The University of Southampton and The University of Bristol and one unsuccessful suicide attempt Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that has held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Who Nearly Jumped carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It’s a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope: the proof being that Josh is still here and now excited about what comes next. He is ready to catch any opportunities that life throws his way, quite a thing for someone who only 3 years ago was ready to jump from the face of the earth…  

The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview

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The Place We Call Home written by Faith Hogan, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindelunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.

Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.

Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.

Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.

Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.

Best-selling author, Faith Hogan returns with a family tale of love, loss, secrets and finding yourself.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZlUcFX

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Faith Hogan’s latest contemporary romance: The Place We Call Home.

The Place We Call Home is a wonderful story of family and life with it’s high and lows.  It’s also a story of strength through adversity.  A story of bringing a whole community together with the goal of keeping the mills alive journeying through generation to generation.  It’s also a very poignant story of a love that never reached it’s peak but it kept it’s beat from the first step and of a love that took you by surprise and made you feel whole again.

I really enjoyed this Irish saga with a timeslip element from Faith Hogan.  A story set within a small village off the Irish coast that hold it’s residents and their strengths as the key to the memories that people love of Ballycove.

Life for young Miranda had been full of unease but when she met the grandson of the gentry from the local manor house Miranda found a kinship within Richard and a friendship that would last a lifetime was made.  But as fate dealt many blows Miranda’s way she was to learn that although life didn’t always go the way you hoped once you open your eyes and heart you see wonders all around you.

We travel along the journey of life with Miranda treading carefully through the murky waters and jumping through the joyous times.  A story that kept many secrets and hid tragedies and discomfort bringing new destinations and turning points to many.  Poignant and with a wonderful sense of community spirit and the joy of family, life, love, the past, the present and the thrill of what’s to come.

About the Author

Author Faith HoganFaith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favourites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith’s latest book, The Place We Call Home is published in January 2020.

She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Her Sisters Bones is available now!

Faith gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

You can find out more about Faith on her website http://www.faithhogan.com
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Twitter:  @GerHogan
https://www.instagram.com/faithhoganauthor/

Heartbreak in the Valleys by Francesca Capaldi @FCapaldiBurgess @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #historicalfiction #WWIsaga

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Heartbreak in the Valleys written by Francesca Capaldi, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

The world was crumbling, but her love stayed strong
November 1915. For young housemaid, Anwen Rhys, life is hard in the Welsh mining village of Dorcalon, deep in the Rhymney Valley. She cares for her ill mother and beloved younger sister Sara, all while shielding them from her father’s drunken, violent temper. Anwen comforts herself with her love for childhood sweetheart, Idris Hughes, away fighting in the Great War.
Yet when Idris returns, he is a changed man; no longer the innocent boy she loved, he is harder, more distant, quickly breaking off their engagement. And when tragedy once again strikes her family, Anwen’s heart is completely broken.
But when an explosion at the pit brings unimaginable heartache to Dorcalon, Anwen and Idris put their feelings aside to unite their mining community.
In the midst of despair, can Anwen find hope again? And will she ever find the happiness she deserves?
A beautiful, emotional and heart-breaking saga set in the Welsh Valleys of the Great War that fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin and Sheila Newbury will love.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2MTDyaO

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Francesca Capaldi’s debut novel: Heartbreak in the Valleys.

Francesca Capaldi has written such a compelling read with Heartbreak in the Valleys that had me gripped with emotion on many levels.  This author is definitely one to watch in the historical fiction/saga world.  I could sense the atmosphere and the authenticity of the location and era and it all felt very real.

I’m a miner’s daughter myself and was bought up within a mining community, I also love stories set around the two world wars so when I heard about Heartbreak in the Valleys I knew I had to read it.

Heartbreak in the Valleys is a story set around a young couple making plans for the future.  Idris Hughes and Anwen Rhys have lived in the Welsh mining village all their lives.  However, when war breaks many local men signed up including Anwen’s sweetheart Idris.  But when Idris returns unexpectedly he’s a different man and the dreams that he held for the future look very distorted and unreachable in his eyes. Coping with life after returning from training for Idris is proving very difficult both physically and mentally and he suffers greatly. Anwen is heartbroken and is so confused with Idris’ new persona however, she tries to make a new life for herself and also bringing the community together to help out with the war effort.

Life is hard in the small mining village and children are expected to help with the household bills.  Many children can be seen working at the pits undertaking various roles.  The mines in the early 1900’s were such a dangerous place to work in, no health and safety regulations back then.

When tragedy strikes the community is pulled together once more and you can feel the tension in the moments and hours after an event that will change the life of so many in the village of Dorcalon.

Heartbreak in the Valleys is such wonderful, heartfelt story telling that is raw and gritty but it has a wonderful sense of community spirit.  I truly didn’t want this story to end and I look forward to more from Francesca Capaldi.

Author Bio:

heartbreak in the valleys francesca-capaldiSeveral years ago, Francesca Capaldi pursued a childhood dream and joined a creative writing class. Lots of published short stories, a serial, and three pocket novels later, she’s now explored her mother’s ancestral history for a novel set in a Welsh colliery village. A history graduate and former teacher, she hails from the Sussex coast but now lives in Kent with her family and a cat called Lando Calrissian.

Social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrancescaCapaldiAuthor/

Blog: www.writemindswriteplace.wordpress.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/FCapaldiBurgess

That Holiday in France by Rhoda Baxter @rhodabaxter @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #ThatHolidayinFrance #romcom #feelgoodfiction

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That Holiday in France written and self-published by Rhoda Baxter is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimted and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Ellie’s boyfriend forbids her from going to France to attend her best friend’s wedding, she decides she’s had enough. She dumps him and goes to France by herself. But travelling alone is scary and Ellie realises how reliant she’d become on the men in her life.
On holiday, she learns to trust her own judgement and grows in confidence. Just when she decides she doesn’t need a man to complete her, she meets Ash, who is everything her ex wasn’t.
But is Ellie willing to give up her new found independence and link herself to another man?

  • Friends to lovers
  • Heroine asserting her independence
  • Summer in France
  • Tiny puddings

That Holiday In France is a standalone story set in the little Yorkshire village of Trewton Royd. Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/3coXBbj

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the latest novel in the Trewton Royd small town romances by Rhoda Baxter.  That Holiday in France is book 5 in the series however, it’s my first introduction to the work of Rhoda Baxter but as the story is written as a standalone I felt very welcomed into the lives of the characters and this charming Yorkshire village.

I love discovering new authors and I have found a lovely new romcom author in Rhoda Baxter as I thoroughly enjoyed reading That Holiday in France.

Ellie is such a lovable character; shy, unassuming and very unsure of her capabilities.  She’s a character that you want to champion and throughout the story I could feel myself urging Ellie on and praising her.  I do feel we all have a little of Ellie’s traits inside us, sometimes all it takes is stepping out of our comfort-zone to realise there’s more to our potential.

Ellie lives in a small village in Yorkshire with her father, she works in the local bakers and has been going out with her boyfriend, Luke, for four years.  When Luke forbids Ellie to go to her best friends wedding in France she feels it’s time she made a decision for herself.  For a long time Ellie has listened to the men in her life and has made compromises to fit in with their ways.  This new decision terrifies but excites Ellie but she reels reassured that Ash, another old school friend from the village is also going to the wedding.

We follow Ellie on her journey to France which includes more than a little sight seeing along the way.  This journey is full of self-discovery and enlightenment and there’s plenty of beautiful memories being made.  Can this trip to France give Ellie the courage to accepts her strengths and express them more?  Can she learn to trust in her own judgement and open her heart and mind to others.

A gorgeous story of learning to love yourself and open up your heart and mind to new possibilities.

I fell in love with his fun, heart-warming story that is filled with a big dose of love.  I can’t wait to read more from the villagers of Trewton Royd.

About the Author

that holiday in france Rhoda Baxter author photoRhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about strong heroines and nice-guy heroes. Having studied microbiology at university, Rhoda likes all things science geeky. She also loves cake, crochet and playing with Lego. She lives in Yorkshire with her young family and wishes she had more time to bake.
You can find out more about her (and get a free book by signing up to her newsletter) on her website.
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