Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Counting Downers by A.J. Compton


The Counting Downers Synopsis:
 The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel by A.J. Compton

Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.

EXCERPT~~~

The beauty is in the attempt. Bad friends try to change you, good friends accept your differences, while true friends embrace and celebrate them. Watching this circle of clowns, I know I’ve made the truest of friends. I’m glad I didn’t settle for anything less.
We have the time of our lives on the drive over, singing and dancing along to the radio like we’re members of the world’s worst pop band. Even introverted Erin joins in with the craziness during an intense sing-off with the boys.
It’s the most perfect of times.
We’re young. And we’re free. And we’re alive. The ultimate trifecta.
One of those moments when I wish I could be young forever. Not just stop time for a second, but for an eternity. The old paradox that youth is wasted on the young is not true for us. Neither my friends nor I take our youth for granted. In fact, all of the young people I know are all too aware that someday soon time and gravity won’t be on their side anymore.
And we can do nothing about it. So the young do the only thing they can do. They live, and they love, and they dance, and they sing; they dream, and they scheme; they ponder, and they plan. Like there’s no tomorrow. For tomorrow brings us one day closer to the inevitable and one day further from the impossible.
And being young is all about achieving the impossible. At least believing you can. The old mistake, our denial for ignorance, our immaturity for irresponsibility. We understand the rules of life; we just don’t want to play by them.
Not yet. Not today. Not tonight. Because tonight is a good night to be young and alive.




A.J. Compton Bio:
A.J. Compton is a 23-year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full-time over-thinker. She is the author of The Counting-Downers and a dozen other unfinished manuscripts which will hopefully see the light of day soon.
A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of fictional book boyfriends.
Those two facts are not related. Honestly.
She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.
She really hates writing about herself in the third person.

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