“The Defeatist” is free to download on your kindle, 23/5/16


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It has actually been a while since I have used my WordPress account, mainly because I have been focusing a great deal on my new novel, ‘Kith And Kin’ which I aim to release later this year…. stay tuned.

Why should you download ‘The Defeatist’?

It’s quite simple, really. All new authors have to start somewhere. I have been writing for almost five years, yet I am not brave enough to look into the traditional publishing route. Instead, I have opted to use Kindle Direct Publishing to upload my books for people to purchase for a small donation on Amazon. Thousands of new books are uploaded to Amazon every, single day causing the ones which are already on there to disappear further into the abyss. I fear that ‘The Defeatist’ has been lost a little bit, however I am grateful to the 15 people who have reviewed it on Amazon so far.

What is ‘The Defeatist’ actually about?

The Defeatist tells the tale of a troubled 30-year-old man called Jude Reed. In the beginning of the novel, he makes one, drastic decision which might make the reader shake their head in disgust or label Jude as attention seeking. In short, he was desperate. Jude begins the story depressed and self-loathing until he meets Tiffany, a young woman with dread-locked hair who seems to be the polar opposite to him. Together, with Tiffany’s unusual ability they attempt to mend together the broken pieces of Jude’s life.

Where can you download it?

As of TODAY (and just for today- 23.5.16) ‘The Defeatist’ is FREE on Amazon. You can download your copies here. Thank you for your support!:)

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Australia   http://www.amazon.com.au/Defeatist-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

Japan  http://www.amazon.co.jp/Defeatist-English-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

 

 

Book Review: The Defeatist connect dots of life


Vishal Bheeroo

Book Review: The Defeatist

Author: Sophie Bowns

Released on: April 19, 2015

The Defeatist Credit: https://www.goodreads.com

Introduction:

“Nothing else matters by metallica starts to play and I cannot help but smile. It’s one of the most unlikely funeral songs.”

Have you fancied your own death or after life? Author Sophie Bowns addresses the questions in this journey of self introspection surrounding one’s death, the pain of leaving your loved ones in distress and the afflictions in the current life where one faces dilemma , identity crisis as well as social rejection. Torn between the love for dear ones and living your own life in a fearless manner often leads to human conflict. The author traces a passionate journey on love, human identity, pain and fighting one’s battle in a sensitive manner.

Blurb:

Sometimes you don’t realize the mess you’ve made until you hit rock bottom. My life is a car crash, and the…

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A quick update and an excerpt from my new novel.


A quick apology
Hello everyone. I feel like I have completely abandoned my WordPress site over the past few months while I have been deciding what to do. However, I have a new novel in the pipeline, so watch this space!

New novel idea-
I hate that ‘in between’ stage of writing novels. I finished and uploaded ‘The Defeatist’  to Amazon in April this year and it took me a good five months before I felt ready to even attempt to write fiction again. Personally, I think that I was trying too hard to come up with a new idea. My new novel is called ‘Kith & Kin’ . I don’t want to give away too much, with the exception of this small extract. I hope that you like it and I would be grateful for any feedback.

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The Man Who Showed Humanity


Tiffany & Jude

There’s an aching in my stomach, one which won’t go away
I haven’t uttered a word, because no-one said hello today
My feet are throbbing and wet, but I haven’t finished my shift
I’m a wandering, tired nuisance. From place to place I drift
Someone finally answers the door, he goes to look the other way
His anxious face softens; perhaps he’ll listen to what I need to say
He might talk to me for a minute, if he’d be so kind
I’d really appreciate some company, if he doesn’t mind

Why is this girl out so late? She should be getting home
She shouldn’t stand at my door like this, vulnerable and alone
There are a pile of leaflets in her hand, what does she want me to sign?
She’s going to make me join something and I really don’t have the time
This girl isn’t dressed for the season; her hands are mottled and blue
I’m shaking myself, but I can’t let her suffer, what am I to do?
I recall something I bought earlier, and hand them over to her
They’re a pair of cheap, £2 gloves. My head is starting to whir

He didn’t want to sign up, but he offers a one-off donation
I force a smile, put on the gloves and take note of this location
All I can do is thank him, as I have to go on my way
I cherished the five minutes of his company. I was all alone today
Perhaps he wasn’t very well. His face was pale and drawn;
His expression was tired and unhappy. I rub my arms and yawn
I trudge along the streets as I reminisce in the memory and smile;
I recall the man who showed humanity; and stayed to talk for a while.

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An extract from ‘The Defeatist’, Chapter 25 :

This young girl is observing me with care. I wonder what she’s thinking. Maybe she thinks that I’m a druggie or alcoholic because I’m starting to get the shakes. I take deep breaths and compose myself for the next ten minutes as I finish filling in my details, passing it up to her. I should stand again, that would be the polite thing to do. I wonder if she’s scared. I should probably warn her that I’m not contagious.
“You can’t catch anything. Look, I’m sorry for being horrible.” I mutter. Despite her confidence, I can see that her fingers are off colour and these are goose pimples on her neck. It’s only 6pm, I’m sure that she still has a long way to go.
“I wasn’t worried. Thank you so much for your kind donation Jude Reed.”
It’s the way that she says my name. It gives me chills. She steps away from the door with my £20 promised on her form. She’s been struggling for hours; I don’t think anyone has given her anything. This girl knows my name and I cannot take my eyes off her reddened hands. She glances back over her shoulder at me.
“Only three hours to go.”
I remember something I bought for myself. They only cost £3 from the supermarket, I reach into our telephone table and pull out the one size fits all, knitted navy gloves.
“Put these on before your fingers go numb.”
“Gosh, are you sure? Thanks!” She seems delighted with the tiny gift. I mean, anyone would think that I’d just given her something really exciting and meaningful. Perhaps it was, to her. I nod.
“Goodnight.”
The girl pulls the cheap, woollen gloves on, adjusting the material. The gloves don’t stretch much, she has teeny hands and she steps away from the door.

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©Sophie Bowns 2011-2015

Living A Lie


Jude Reed :

I have a secret, a problem I have to conceal

It’s knotting me up inside, I don’t know how to feel

I’ve become a compulsive liar, but what am I supposed to say?

Perhaps if I keep it to myself, it will go away

My hands tremble when I’m at work; I’m forever cold

My legs no longer belong to me, my body they will not hold

I’ve fallen once or twice and had to be helped to my feet

Joe will start to ask me questions; I won’t let our eyes meet

I cannot face up to him, not now I’ve discovered the truth

At times he just ‘loses it.’ Yes, he completely hits the roof

So how can I confess, when I’m afraid of how he’ll be?

Like Dad, he’ll use his fists. He’ll injure me to some degree

I’m going to have to bite my lip. I don’t know what to say

Perhaps if I hide this secret, my problems will go away.

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©Sophie Bowns 2011-2015

The Girl With No one


Tiffany nomad

Tiffany :

I’m a lonely nomad, travelling from place to place

I long for kind company, but there’s no-one with a friendly face

All I want is somewhere to sleep. A place I can call my own

But instead, I wander aimlessly, because I don’t have a home

I’ve dreamt that I’ll find a friend, someone to keep me going

I don’t think that person exists, but there is no way of knowing

I shelter in public toilets, in hope that I’ll escape the rain

Lying awake in the dampness, I cry myself to sleep again

I’m the girl with no-one, because I don’t have a home;

Terrified of the future, I’m certain that I will die alone.

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Italy http://www.amazon.it/Defeatist-English-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

Australia   http://www.amazon.com.au/Defeatist-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

Japan  http://www.amazon.co.jp/Defeatist-English-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2015

A Way Out


Man at wits end

I’m not going to lie any longer, there’s no hope and I am done

I’ve been a useless boyfriend; I’ve fought in arguments which can’t be won

I’ve debated ways of doing this, but there are no painless options

I need a quick way out, not to die slowly from a toxic concoction

My family don’t know, but I’ve seen my Mum for the last time

But I can’t confess to her, they’re not her issues, they are mine

I can sincerely say that I’m done for, Joe doesn’t love me anymore

The man I once looked up to; he was the role model I adored

I thought he cared for me too, but he turned his back on me

Perhaps if I end it now, from my suffering I can finally be free

I’m feeling light, and dizzy. This medication messes with my head

I might have taken too much, but I don’t care, I wish I was dead.

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You can get your copies of ‘The Defeatist’ from Amazon,  here. It’s only £1 :

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Italy http://www.amazon.it/Defeatist-English-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

Australia   http://www.amazon.com.au/Defeatist-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

Japan  http://www.amazon.co.jp/Defeatist-English-Sophie-Bowns-ebook/dp/B00WEIF1ZK

©Sophie Bowns 2011-2015

The Defeatist by Sophie Bowns


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defeatistThe story follows Jude Reed, a man who commits suicide on an early January morning in 2014. While the story itself is based around paranormal encounters, it’s far from the usual fantasy novel you would expect. The story travels back and forth in time and while it sounds confusing, I remind you of Murakami’s “Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End of the World” which follows the same pattern to great success.

When I think of popular authors, The Defeatist starts out in the spirit of Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” but slowly becomes more existential. It sways towards Camus’s “The Stranger” and links so perfectly with the themes that I’m surprised no one ever thought of drawing the parallels — I salute Sophie Bowns for taking matters in to her hands and creating a fantastic piece of work with the best of both works.

This is not a book…

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