Friday, March 1, 2013

March Giveaway Madness #1: All in the Mind by Jenny Twist!


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All in the Mind by Jenny Twist:
Tilly wakes up in the dark, alone and very frightened. She finds she is in a strange room inexplicably furnished in 1940s style. However did she get here? Has she somehow slipped into the past? Has she been kidnapped? Of one thing she is absolutely certain, she has never seen this place in her life before.

All in the Mind is a fascinating tale exploring the human capacity to overcome any obstacle, no matter how great, as long as you believe you can.

Tilly is part of an experiment working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease. She and most of the other patients taking part in the experiment seem to make a full recovery, but there is a strange side effect.

Tilly and her fellow experimental subjects appear to be getting younger.

Can the same experiment be repeated for Tilly's beloved husband so that he can recover from a stroke? Tilly thinks it can and she will move heaven and earth to make sure it happens.

A charming and thought-provoking story full of reminiscences of a bygone age, All in the Mind also deals with the dilemmas posed by new developments in a society whose culture is geared to the idea that the natural span of a human life is three-score years and ten.

EXCERPT: Chapter One

Tilly was dreaming.

It was VE Day and they were dancing in the streets. All the lights were lit. She kept looking at them, not quite believing it.

She was dancing with Johnny, her head against his chest, exhilarated by his closeness and the knowledge that the war was over.

It was so real, the dream. She could feel the rough fabric of his greatcoat against her cheek, smell its particular aroma of damp wool and tobacco.

She felt the dream slipping away and tried to hold on to it, but it escaped her grasp and shifted seamlessly into memory.

They had danced late into the night. Long after the gates to the nurses' home were locked. 

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Eventually, exhausted and intoxicated with the euphoria of the crowd, they had walked back to the nurses' home and he had given her a leg up to climb the wall.

And as she sat at the top of the wall, one leg on each side, getting ready to swing over to the other side, he had grasped  her by the ankle and said, “Will you marry me, Tilly? As soon as I'm demobbed.”

She looked down at his face, illuminated by the one street lamp in the lane, one lock of hair hanging over his forehead, his expression earnest and pleading.

She said the first thing that came into her head. “You're supposed to get down on one knee.”

“OK,” he said, with a grin, and dropped down on one knee. Did he know? Did he know then what her answer would be?

“Tilly”... he began in a loud, theatrical voice.

“No, get up,” she whispered urgently. “Someone might hear.”

“Who cares? What are they going to do – sack you?”

She smiled back at him in the lamplight. “You fool!”

And she pulled her leg out of his grasp and dropped gracefully down to the grass on the other side.
“Well?” His head appeared over the top of the wall. “Will you?”

“Yes,” she whispered back to him. Then she picked up the skirts of her uniform and ran across the lawn towards the darkened building.

As she ran, she heard someone whistling the Wedding March, the sound fading as he reached the end of the lane and turned into the street.

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34 comments:

  1. Thanks, Mysti.
    I'm so glad to be on your lovely site again!
    xxx

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    1. I think you can start leaving some clothes and a toothbrush here. :)

      Always a pleasure to have you!

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  2. I loved this story Jenny. The mind is a powerful thing. Best luck.

    Rose

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    1. Thank you so much, Rose. You are so nice to know
      xxxxx

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  3. Time travel is one of my favorite genres. How wonderful to grow younger...as long as it's not too far like Benjamin's Button. Great excerpt, romantically funny.
    All the best to you, Jenny.

    Starcriter at Yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Sarah
      I'd never heard of Benjamin Button till I published All in the Mind. I have googled it and see why people have compared them. I can't tell you how far it goes without giving the game away.
      So glad you like the excerpt.
      Hugs
      Jenny
      xxxxxxx

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    2. Hi Jenny, I loved the excerpt. Sounds like the book will be a great read. When you reach my age, going back in time would be wonderful.

      Best wishes,

      Leona

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    3. So glad you liked it, Leona.
      My Mum used to say she'd love to have her youth back if she could still know what she knows now. This was my way of making it happen.

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  4. Wow, Time Travel is so cool! My third book in the "Immortal Relations" series is in work with T.T. for some of my guardian vamapires when they move a planet out of a collision with the Earth; however, my T.T. will be A LOT further back than WW-II.
    My hat is off to the brave men and women of that era (I was born back then). I'm glad your story touches on that dangerous time.

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    1. Hi Vamp Writer.
      Pleased to meet you.
      I love Time Travel too.

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  5. Lovely site, and interesting story!

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    1. Hi Mary. It is a lovely site, isn't it? I am always pleased to be asked.
      Glad you like the story
      xx

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  6. Be sure to leave your email addresses here to be eligible for the drawing!!!

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  7. What a fascinating idea for a story. Yes please!!

    Mary Preston
    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Hi Mary. So glad you like the idea
    Love
    Jenny
    xx

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  9. Sounds like an amazing story. I hope I win.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  10. Hi Debby
    Thank you so much.
    Best of luck with the draw

    Love
    Jenny
    xxxx

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  11. Alimentar la imaginación es !necesario! Suerte.

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  12. Gracias, Salva
    ¡Qué bueno de verte aqui!
    Besos
    Jenny
    xx

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  13. I forgot to leave my email address.

    leona59@msn.com

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  14. There are indeed some interesting sociological and psychological issues with changing human lifespan. What happens to a personality over an extreme range of time? Are those changes in their way of thinking and living good?

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    1. And what do we do about overpopulation? Already a problem? Who would be allowed to have children?
      John Wyndham wrote a short story about a people who to all intents and purposes lived forever. In his story they become very jaded and nothing really makes them happy any more.
      You always come up with good questions, John
      xxx

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    2. Jaded would be the least of our worries, I figure. Suppose instead they become survival fixated and feel themselves outside of society's rules. That was the premise I went with in Squad V.

      That's why the policy became absolute "pacification" by fire for vampires. The disease alone was a problem, but coupled with sociopathy and maybe even psychopathy there arrises a monster worse than all our fables.

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    3. I agree. I think immortality would carry the seeds of destruction for the human race.
      Love your use of pacification. Wonderful newspeak.
      Love
      Jenny
      xx

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  15. I loved this story so much! Congratulations again, Jenny, on your beautiful novel!

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    1. Thanks, Tori! You're such a star!
      xxxxx

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  16. Hey this book looks great! I think this posts under my name but if not, it's Misty Rayburn and my email is misty@meteorflower.com :)

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    1. Hi Misty
      How nice to meet you. Another Misty, but spelt differently!
      Thanks for commenting and good luck in the draw
      Love
      Jenny
      xx

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  17. patricia
    missatrisha@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Patricia
      Got your address and it's going in the draw
      xxxxx

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  18. Very cool! Love learning of new and different books.

    Sankofa0509@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Alex
      Your name will go in the hat!
      Love
      Jenny
      xx

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  19. The Magic Hat has chosen a name, and it is Alex!!! Congratz, Alex, and I hope you enjoy the story.

    When you get a chance to read it, I'm sure Jenny would love to hear your feedback via ratings/reviews on Amazon, B&N, and/or Goodreads!

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