Book Highlight: Corners Untouched by Madness

Welcome to the blog tour for Corners Untouched by Madness by N. Daniel. Read on for an exclusive excerpt reveal, giveaway, and tour details!

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Corners Untouched by Madness: A Personal Journey of Overcoming Mental Illness

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Inspired by True Events/ Mental Illness

Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing

A raw story of courage and redemption.

Daniel settles for a mundane office job in the suburbs but is haunted with guilt. When a beautiful woman from his past appears, it ignites a chain reaction, setting him on a journey to confront his troubled history. Based on actual events, this inspiring story attempts to enlighten its audience with humor, passion and a lesson in perseverance. Will Daniel be able to brave his trauma and put his inner demons to rest? Or will he be consumed by the most cunning adversary of all? The truth.

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Excerpt

As I navigated my way home through the darkened streets I could think only of Mei. I hadn’t ever really known her in school. Shy, quiet and extremely brilliant, she was in a class of her own. With raven hair, caramel skin, a round face and wire-rim glasses, she was the quintessential brainiac. From those innocent days she had grown into a beautiful woman with a mind as sharp as an acute angle. She made me feel like I was someone valuable. To most women I wasn’t worth the honesty of a rejection. They just ignored me. I was dying for Mei, but the fact that she lived in Baltimore was something of a problem. On lonely nights spent whittling away in my apartment I longed to know what she smelled like, what she tasted like, how her skin would feel against mine. It would have been heaven. I feared she would always remain an intangible muse, an archetype for the perfect female and, I suppose, to others, this would seem blown completely out of proportion. She was human after all, but the ideal of Mei was irresistible to me.

In high school I was no one, just a pot-smoking art student who had no reservations about making a complete ass of himself. Someone like Mei had no reason to talk to me and vice versa. When I did see her in the hallway, she was usually carrying her books and smiling with her friends. I was like a little kid with no money and his face pressed up against a warmly lit shop window. She was so desirable. Even if I had realized it back then, I still couldn’t compete with the other males in our class. So, I eventually gave up, taking harder drugs and letting my addictions lead me into an accidental overdose. I hit rock bottom. Piece by piece I rebuilt my life in an image more like hers. I got clean, went to college and graduated with distinction. Suddenly she had reappeared in my life, though up until now I seldom spoke of her. Who was she, really, and why had she made this entrance?

It started raining a little and the pavement glistened. I looked down at my ragged tennis shoes splashing through the puddles. I was home late. My cat was there to greet me at the door, and I paused by the cutting board on my kitchen counter. Placing my hands on the edge I stared into the woodgrain. I could feel her arms around me. It was love. It was hurt. It felt real but I was all alone. I reveled in the stillness and knew I was powerless. Pursuing her felt criminal. To catch her would be like capturing a butterfly, putting it in a jar and screwing down the lid. It wouldn’t survive for long. All I could do was stand there in silence, tracing the whorls in the wood, trapped by a figment of my imagination. Was she thinking of me too? Her virtual presence remained for several more sensual moments before fading into the small fissures that had formed around the edges of the board.

Walking into the bathroom I returned to the mirror and stared hard at my lanky frame. In the corner of my eye I caught a flash of a dark image lurking behind me. Startled, I shook my head and rubbed my eyes with my open palms. Was my mind playing tricks on me? I groaned.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” I wondered aloud. For some reason I felt as though I would never really know. I pulled some pills out from behind my reflection and swallowed them down. Burrowing under the covers, sleep came quickly.

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About the Author

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N. Daniel currently resides in Downtown Minneapolis and works as a live-in caregiver for a quadriplegic individual. When he isn’t writing or caring for his client you can find him wandering the city’s skyways, music blasting in his headphones, or walking along the Mississippi river with family and friends. He frequently volunteers with outreach organizations in the Twin Cities community. His beliefs center strongly around charity, service to others and supporting causes that protect personal freedoms, especially for the disabled, the poor, those unfairly stigmatized by mental illness, and anyone who suffers. He is inspired by redemption stories, especially the character arc of Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

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Blog Tour Schedule

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The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Guest Post) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Crossroad Reviews (Spotlight) http://www.crossroadreviews.com
Splashes into Books (Spotlight) http://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com
Vick’s Bookish Writing Blog (Review) https://vicksblogcom.home.blog/

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Didi Oviatt (Spotlight) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

I Love Books and Stuff (Spotlight) https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com
On the Shelf Reviews (Spotlight) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com
Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com

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Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

Life’s a Novelty (Spotlight) https://lifesanovelty.blogspot.com/
Misty’s Book Space (Spotlight) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
Books, Teacup, & Reviews (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/

November 28 th

B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
My Bookish Bliss (Spotlight) http://www.mybookishbliss.com
The Bookworm Drinketh (Review) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/
The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

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Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com
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Port Jerricho (Spotlight) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com
Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews (Review) https://heidilynnsbookreviews.blogspot.com
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

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December is fast approaching and I wanted to make it an extra special month by creating a readathon and have all you bookworms participate! It’s called the Reindeer Readathon and it will be taking place from December 1st to the 31st! It is a team-based readathon and all the prompts you complete will count as points towards your team! The winning team will have one random person win a prize! Full details in the video below!

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What is your favourite title of a book?

This will be a short and sweet post because there isn’t really much you can say about the title of a book. My favourite book title would have to be It’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzinni.

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Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

I like this title because it is telling you that this book will make you laugh but it isn’t giving away anything about the storyline. This is a very good book and another of my top mental health picks.

What is your favourite book title? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review: Turtles All the Way Down

Another John Green book to add to the bookshelf! God I love his writing. Every time I pick up one of his books, he surprises me with how much he gets into his characters.

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I really enjoyed this book. This is my version of a synopsis:

Aza is struggling with mental illness and the loss of her father as her and her friend Daisy attempt to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a famous local billionaire. The way they find most of the clues to the case is through the billionaire’s son Davis. There is romance, confusion, chaos and humour all packed into this novel.

What is enjoyable to me is the fact that you get to see inside Aza’s mind and how she is in a constant struggle with herself dealing with the demon she believes is trapped inside. She doesn’t think that she belongs to her own body and is fighting to stay in control of herself rather than let her inner demons win. Her thought processes and how she goes back and forth as if she is two personalities fascinates me. She lets the smallest things ruin her day which is interesting because that is from my perspective but from hers, it is a huge deal because of her mental illness.

And Davis has his own problems that he deals with. His younger brother Noah is just looking for a father figure to look up to and he just wants someone to believe in. Davis puts all his emotions into his love of astrology and tries to grasp at something he deep down knows he can never have by trying to start a relationship with Aza.

Both of these characters have lost someone very close to them and you can see that it affects them greatly throughout the book. They are just two lost minds trying to stay connected on the constant tumble down the spiral.

If you are interested in Mental Illness at all, this would be a good book to read. I will admit that it is not really a “feel good” book but none the less, it is still a fascinating read in my eyes because I learned a lot about how someone living with mental illness perceives the world.

You can find this book on Goodreads and Amazon.

Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money and wrote this review because I wanted to. I am not being compensated in any way for this review.

 

What is your favourite book turned into a movie?

This one is pretty easy to answer for me. I’m not even sure if I talked about this book yet or not but I wouldn’t be surprised if I have. My favourite adaptation is The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I saw the movie for this book first and had to read the book after to see how the characters were portrayed in written form. So I bought the book and read it on my trip to the Dominican Republic.

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Synposis: Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

This book was fantastic. The characters were somewhat difficult to follow and it was great because Pat and Tiffany were each dealing with their own mental issues so it gave you insight into what it was like to be inside the mind of someone suffering from mental illness. The book deals a lot with mental illness and addresses it in a way that is constructive. Pat had to work on himself and use the help of others to figure out that he needed to change his life and to stop wanting someone that wasn’t coming back. I really felt for Pat. Many times while reading this book, I would stop and think about my own life and how I had to change and struggled once I came out of a 3 year long relationship. In a way, this book was a form of therapy for me (reading generally is but this book especially).

I liked the ending of the book much better than the movie but it was still kept pretty accurate throughout the movie. All the actor/actress choices were phenomenal too. Tell me what your favourite book to movie adaptation is in the comments. Talk to you later bookworms!