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The Influence of Now

 
 
 
 

The Influence of Now

A Young Adult Novel by Lisa Dow

Before now...

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Lainie Mitchell is a University student in her last undergraduate year. She is doing well in school. Lainie is planning to go to law school. Her boyfriend is going to be a doctor. She lives with, and beside, friends she loves. Lainie is leading the 1997-98 Worst Wine competition. Her future is completely mapped out. Lainie’s life could not be more perfect or more on track.

But that was before now.

Now, in the blink of an eye, the clearly marked track falls out from under her. How do you go on when your life is irrevocably changed?

 

The Influence of Now is recommended for ages 17+

This novel is NOT in the Kit & Mel series.

 

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Chapters 1 & 2

It Would Be Funny...If It Wasn't My Life

Kit & Mel - Book One

It Would Be Funny...  PDF

It Would Be Funny...  PDF

Kathryn (Kit) Jennings is a single 30-something living in Toronto with her BFF, Mel Melrose. Kit has completely given up on love and finding Mr. Right and has decided that ‘Sex with the single Ex’ is the only way to live that will protect her heart from being broken again. In a sequence of events, Kit finds herself in possession of three engagement rings, all with marriage proposals attached.

Kit believes that the life she’s living would be funny, if it wasn’t her life.

It Would Be Funny…If It Wasn’t My Life was published by McArthur and Company Limited in 2008 but is, unfortunately, currently unavailable in print format due to McArthur’s closure in 2012. I am currently trying to re-establish my rights in order to print copies myself.
In the meantime, please click on the book to enjoy the pdf at no charge.

 

With Her Boots On

Kit & Mel - Book Two

With Her Boots On   PDF

With Her Boots On   PDF

In the sequel to It Would Be Funny… it’s Mel’s turn for adventure. Mel is getting ready to be a bridesmaid in her brother’s wedding and the dresses that ‘won’t be over-the-top’ have actually raised the bar for over-the-top. These dresses are poofier than poof (there is no word in the English language to describe them actually). The combination of wedding plans, her neighbour’s fascination with lawn adornments, issues with co-workers, and living with Charlie Brown’s new-found enthrallment of all things modern dance (especially a new-age blogger named Undulating Ursula), have control-freak Mel on the edge.

Will Mel escape unscathed or will she discover that maybe, just maybe, Prada boots aren’t the answer to all of life’s hurdles?

With Her Boots On was published by McArthur and Company Limited in 2010 but is, unfortunately, currently unavailable in print format due to McArthur’s closure in 2012. I am currently trying to re-establish my rights in order to print copies myself. 
In the meantime, please click on the book to enjoy the pdf at no charge.


LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I’d been told 8 years ago that I would be self-publishing my third novel I would have laughed. Life is such an amazing, dynamic, fantastic mystery!

But life can also be daunting and frustrating. I am a writer at heart but still need the security of a full time job in order to survive–I give thanks for my employer everyday. Add exercise, family commitments, friends and social engagements to the hours spent working and there are not many hours left in the week to pursue writing, editing, and website upkeep. I cannot tell you how much I admire people who find time to blog everyday.

For me the joy of writing lies in the actual writing. I live the characters and love them. Their stories are real to me. With Kit and Mel the books were my babies.  After completion of those manuscripts I hoarded them for a few days, knowing that as soon as one other person read their stories, they were no longer mine. Once shared, they belonged to the world.

The Influence Of Now is not like that. I have hoarded it for two years but even after I let others read it, it is still mine. This book, because it’s so personal, will always be mine, but not in the joyful way Kit and Mel were mine. This book is mine because it is very loosely based on a real event.

In sharing this book I hope my experience might help someone who suffers a trauma at a young age. Young people are resilient but even the strongest needs help when faced with something as devastating as the death of a friend. If you are young and struggling, please seek help. If you see a young person who needs help and support, please offer to help. In my forties I am much more equipped to handle death and loss than I was in my twenties. It is easy to forget that young people don’t know what I know.

Life is an awe-inspiring journey; thank you for taking time out your own journey to  be a part of mine.

Lisa