Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Nov 2 to Nov 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Boy Between - A Mother and Son's Journey from a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre Author Memoir, Family 
Publisher Little A
Release dateNovember 2020
Content Rating: R: 1. Infrequent use of F word in context (estimated 10 times in book), 2. Mildly questions religious faith during a testing time, 3. References to thoughts about suicide (not graphic)

"A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away.” 
Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and author
of The Stranger on the Bridge
 
Book Description:
 
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.
 

Guest Post
NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY…

 Amanda:  Co-authoring a book with my son was certainly not without its challenges. The thing is, I am used to working on my own. A lone pajama clad wolf that tip-taps away without regard for anyone else’s input. And in truth - I have learnt that this is how I like to work!  However, I feel very privileged to have had an insight into Josh’s experience with depression and his attempt at suicide. His honesty and bravery was outstanding and moving. It was at times harrowing for me to hear the desperate detail. It’s fair to say we didn’t hold back, knowing that no matter how raw, we needed to be open in order to make the book the very best it could be.

Ultimately, working with my son has helped me understand the debilitating nature of depression in ways I didn’t before, and if anything has made me even more determined to do my utmost to keep him here. Because at the end of the day, we might be co-authors, colleagues, peers…  but first and foremost, Josh is my son.  My heart and the thought of living on a planet without him on it is something I can’t begin to think about.

Josiah: I thought dyslexia was going to be the biggest problem when writing my first book but it turned out that it was actually spending eight hours a day with my mother that would be the greatest challenge! It was nerve-wracking having to share for the first time, dark thoughts that I had previously kept to myself and seeing the effect they had on others.

Mum having written over 25 books and this being my first, meant we approached the writing process very differently and this initially created tensions until we found our rhythm. Then the writing just flowed. Amanda’s style is to almost attack the keyboard whereas mine was slightly more considered; it took a few weeks for us to reach a balance. The whole process of discussion and writing has been emotionally draining but ultimately cathartic. It has allowed me to view my illness and that period of my life from a different perspective, enabling me to reconfigure some of my darker moments into more manageable ones. I’m immensely proud of The Boy Between and hope it gives insight to those who want to better understand what it’s like living with depression, but also offers hope to those that do.

 

Meet the Author:
 
Amanda Prowse is an award winning international bestselling author best known for her contemporary fiction novels. A radio broadcaster and TV presenter renowned for her empathetic and emotional books, she is known in the UK as the 'Queen of family drama'. Her books have sold over 8 million copies in dozens of languages around the world. 

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
 

Meet the Author:
 
Josiah (Josh) Hartley is the son of Amanda Prowse who has co-authored with his mother to tell the story of his journey through life so far. Born in the England, Josh was fortunate enough to attend one of the country's elite public schools from an early age and was awarded a place at one of the UK's top Universities where he planned to work towards a medical doctorate. But just at the moment when he should have been having the time of his life, he started feeling nagging tugs of self-doubt which spiralled into a depression during which time he planned his suicide. Luckily, his family intervened and after a roller coaster couple of years, he is alive and well and sharing his story to help other families who find themselves in the same position navigate their way through those difficult times.
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Nov 2 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 3 - Asreadbydanielle  - book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 – meandmybooks – book review / guest post
Nov 6 – Olio By Marilyn - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 6 - fundinmental - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion's Reviews – book review
Nov 10 – Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 10 - The Momma Spot - book review
Nov 11 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Fur Everywhere – book review
Nov 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 17 - Pick a Good Book - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review
Nov 18 - My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / author interview
Nov 27 – Books for Books – book spotlight
 
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