Release Day Blitz: Individutopia by Joss Sheldon

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Title: INDIVIDUTOPIA

Author: Joss Sheldon

Release Date: 23 August 2018

Summary:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SOCIETY

Beloved friend,

The year is 2084, and that famous Margaret Thatcher quote has become a reality: There really is no such thing as society. No one speaks to anyone else. No one looks at anyone else. People don’t collaborate, they only compete.

I hate to admit it, but this has had tragic consequences. Unable to satisfy their social urges, the population has fallen into a pit of depression and anxiety. Suicide has become the norm.

It all sounds rather morbid, does it not? But please don’t despair, there is hope, and it comes in the form of our hero: Renee Ann Blanca. Wishing to fill the society-shaped hole in her life, our Renee does the unthinkable: She goes in search of human company! It’s a radical act and an enormous challenge. But that, I suppose, is why her tale’s worth recounting. It’s as gripping as it is touching, and I think you’re going to love it…

Your trusty narrator,

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WELCOME TO INDIVIDUTOPIA

Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

No, that really wouldn’t do. I must start this tale a long, long time before it begins.

You see, between your era and mine, here in the year 2084, the world has changed so much that it would be remiss of me not to bring you up to date. I fear, beloved friend, that the adventures of our hero, Renee Ann Blanca, wouldn’t make much sense if I didn’t provide a little context.

It may not surprise you to learn that the world will change dramatically over the course of the decades you’re about to experience. You live in times of unprecedented change yourself. But to understand the world you’ll live in tomorrow, you need to look backwards, not forwards, to 1979, and the election of Margaret Thatcher.

Thatcher’s ideology can be summed up by a single, prophetic quote. That short statement, a mere seven words long, would change the world forever.

It’s hard for us to imagine Margaret Thatcher as she spoke those seven words. Very few of my contemporaries have ever seen a picture of the Iron Lady. People these days are far too occupied with themselves to pay attention to anyone else. I do have an image in my mind of the former PM, although I can’t be sure if it’s correct. To me, she’s a colossus; halfmachine, half-human, with a helmet of metallic hair, shoulder pads made of steel and a tongue which could fire off bullets.

I digress. The way Thatcher looked is of no importance. We should be focussing our attention on those seven prophetic words. Those seven, tiny words, which weren’t in the slightest bit true, which had never been true, but which would become the only truth there was:

“There”

Thatcher’s voice pierced. It was a vinegary screech. It was an autocratic squeal. Poetry without colour. A shadow without light.

“Is”

A static hush buzzed between words.

“No”

A distant footstep failed to echo.

“Such”

A gasp was swallowed.

“Thing”

A camera flashed.

“As”

An eyelash fell.

“Society”

“There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people. And people must look after themselves. It’s our duty to look after ourselves.”

With these seven words, the Cult of the Individual was born.

During the decades which followed, everyone would be forced to join.

By the time our hero was born, in the year 2060, Thatcher’s claim had become a reality. There really was no such thing as society. Our Renee was all alone.

~ About Author ~

JossJoss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. Then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.

Then, in 2013, he ran off to McLeod Ganj; an Indian village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his debut novel, ‘Involution & Evolution’.

With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. He traveled to Palestine and Kurdistan, where he researched his second novel, ‘Occupied’; a dystopian masterpiece unlike anything you’ve ever read.

But it was with his third novel, ‘The Little Voice’, that Sheldon really hit the big time; topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and gaining widespread critical acclaim.

In 2017 he returned with ‘Money Power Love’; a love story that charts the rise of the British Empire, and the way in which bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.

Now Sheldon is back with what is arguably his best novel to date, ‘INDIVIDUTOPIA’. Fans of 1984 will love this dystopian classic, set in a world where corporations have destroyed society, and no one speaks to anyone else. This is a human story, full of hope, and an adventure, in which our hero does everything she can to escape…

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Book Blitz: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack

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51foi9ovlsl-_sx367_bo1204203200_Title: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks

Author: Alvita Mack

Release Date: 26 Septeber 2016

Summary:

This story is about a little boy who is fascinated by fire trucks. Throughout his early life, he has dreams about the adventures at the station and the exciting life of a firefighter. The little boy holds his dreams close until one day they become a reality.

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Book Blitz: Conquering Your Stress and Fears by Gustavo Kinrys

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41145719Title: Conquering Your Stress and Fears

Author: Gustavo Kinrys, M.D.

Release Date: August 9, 2018

Summary:

When you realize that anxiety, stress and even fear permeate every aspect of your life, you begin to wonder how you can eliminate these all-encompassing feelings. How can you reclaim those precious minutes of your life and become truly at peace with your mind? Conquering Your Stress and Fears by Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. quickly and easily guides you through the various options for tackling these feelings naturally, before you turn to conventional medications and treatments. From the nuances of supplemental approaches such as herbs or vitamins, mindfulness meditation and even emergent technologies, Dr. Kinrys’s guide tells you what you need to know about usage and dosing, providing detailed instructions in an easy to approach and practical guide to get you on the path to wellness.

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~ About Author ~

a12hebpukel-_sy200_Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. is a graduate from the Mayo Clinic and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Associate Medical Director of the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI), and a member of the Dauten Center for Bipolar Innovation (DCBI), Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Kinrys has been a faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 15 years. Dr. Kinrys has published over 100 articles, reviews and posters, has been a recipient of numerous awards, and has delivered lectures in national and international forums. He is the author of the books Anxiety Disorders manual and Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Stress. Also, of the upcoming volumes Natural Remedies for Bipolar Disorder, and Natural Remedies for your Sleep. His areas of interest include treatment-resistant depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, development of novel pharmacologic agents and diagnostic tools for mood and anxiety disorders, cross-cultural and minority issues in clinical trials, and applications of natural remedies and new technologies alone and combined with conventional pharmacologic therapies for treatment-refractory patients.

 

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