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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Life is good, but life is also full of the unexpected - Of Sound Mind and Someone Else's Body by William Quincy Belle

"Just WoW!! This book held me in suspense until the next-to-very end, and then again until the very end. You’ll just have to read for yourself to fully understand what I’m talking about. [...] So, is the author “of sound mind?” I wasn’t sure of the answer at first. Maybe you should read this book “in the name of science” and come to your own conclusion" Sandy, Goodreads

Description:

Alan Maitland is a successful businessman on his way up the corporate ladder. Life is good, but life is also full of the unexpected. A scientific experiment goes awry and Alan’s mind is transferred to the body of Hana Toussaint, a high-class escort. Suddenly, he must not only contend with a new identity, but with the eye-opening experience of living as a female: how to walk in high heels without falling; how to put on a bra without dislocating a shoulder; how to deal with makeup without poking out an eye; and how to get along in a society which in many ways is still male-dominated.

When Alan discovers that Hana has taken over his body, the two of them must work together to find the scientist who can reverse the experiment and give them back their respective lives. Along the way, they must cope with living as each other and learn what it's like to be a member of the opposite sex. And as their adventure goes on, Alan the woman must figure out his growing feelings for Hana the man.

Alan faces the biggest challenge of his life which Hana sums up with one decisive question:

“Are you man enough to be a woman?” 

EXCERPT

Forty-eight hours. He was close. He was so close. 

Alan stood at the balcony railing sipping a Scotch. He surveyed his domain: the buildings of New York City’s core, the lit billboards, and the non-stop bustle of the street below. He was ready for the most critical business deal of his career. If he pulled this off, he would cement his future as a significant player in the company. He was going places. He could taste it. 

The vastness of the cityscape washed over him. Years of hard work and calculated moves had come to fruition, and he now lived in an eighth-floor condominium in an exclusive Upper East Side building with twenty-four-hour security, surrounded by designer furniture. He was on top of the world. 

With a final gulp, Alan finished his drink and went inside, locking the sliding door. He sauntered across the open-plan living room to the kitchen and put his glass in the dishwasher. 

After flicking off the light, he went to bed and gazed at the ceiling in the semi-darkness. As he mulled over his schedule for the next two days, he was more convinced than ever he was on the verge of something extraordinary. He rolled onto his side and drifted off to sleep. 

About the author:
William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following, which so far he hasn't been able to attribute to anyone: "A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem." You will find Mr. Belle's unbridled stream of consciousness floating around in cyberspace. 

Author's Giveaway

8 comments:

William Quincy Belle said...

Science Fiction with (gasp) sex!

Freaky Friday, adult version.

Modern day issues: the double standard, sexism, misogyny: Men have no idea what women go through in our culture, but what if a man was forced to walk a mile in her shoes, literally?

This is both a humorous and serious look at gender identity. We would all better understand if we could look at the world through other people's eyes.

Thanks for the shoutout.

All the best to you in your world. :-)

William Quincy Belle

Stephanie LaPlante said...

This book sounds super awesome.

katieoscarlet said...

That is the single best author bio I have ever read. Awesome!

Nancy P said...

Intriguing cover

debra Philippon said...

I like the cover. Hope the book does really well.

lildevilgirl22 said...

The cover is interesting

bison61 said...

I like the cover-thanks for the giveaway

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Laura Thomas said...

The story does intrigue me! And a new author for me too:)