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Sunday, December 22, 2013

BOOK TOUR & Giveaway - A Prison of Lies - A Journey Through Madness by Robert Thomas Doran

Almost without his notice, Tom had slipped from childhood through adolescence and then into young adulthood woefully unprepared for that transition. Both his childhood and his adolescence had been hells of isolation and rejection. And there had been no emotional support at home either. His only tranquility had been the wilderness, to which he escaped whenever possible.

But this is only the set up for the real hell which was to follow, coming in the guise of a beautiful and seemingly innocent young women named Mary. Schooled in etiquette, God, and discipline, she was equally skillful at secrecy and pretense. And unable to see behind her subtle facades, Tom mistakes her demure reserve for shyness and under that illusion, he tumbles into a deep, undying love, into which inexorably pour all of his pent up needs and desires. The delusion is only broken when Mary suddenly reveals a cold indifference to his emotions. Then upon dispatching him with sudden sly cruelty and consummate betrayal, she immediately vanishes behind a veil of silence.

In this explosive coming of age story we are taken down the rabbit hole of unrequited love and rejection, where in the depths of despair, Tom must wrestle with the devil of his darkest emotions and deny that devil his every temptation to commit heinous acts of evil. There is no rape or murder beyond the wild imaginings of Tom, who in the aftermath of Mary's brutality, goes completely psycho, in this nightmarish book of tragic love. In fact, it is almost miraculous that those atrocities do not happen, given the intensity of Tom's rage.

In witnessing Tom's struggle, however, we are brought to a better understanding of human sexuality, how people can be driven to violence, and why people sometimes die by suicide. As Tom makes a slow and arduous climb out of his abyss, we learn how to survive heartbreak and emotional abuse. Launching into psychotherapy, he begins the process of peeling back the onion to find his hidden demons. During this painful process he struggles with an inability to forgive himself for becoming a victim, and in equal part, an inability to forgive the ghost of Mary, for her profound cruelty and dishonesty. But with the scepter of suicide ever lurking, it becomes increasingly clear how much his very survival depends on his letting go of his anger and letting go of the past.

But in order to come to terms with what has befallen him, Tom must first confront the reality of what had happened and thereby break the spell. To do this he must deeply examine every nuance and motivation of the personalities involved. Ultimately his quest for serenity will bring him to truths about human nature that are so simple and fundamental, they are perhaps universally understood by every fully formed adult. But to Tom's inner child, these truths have been consistently denied and unacknowledged.

A Prison of Lies is an unblinking look at the emotional development of a pathological mind. At times it is frightening and disturbing but it is also heroic and enlightening. It offers perhaps a unique Rosetta Stone for understanding many outcomes of mental illness with a clarity that can only be told by someone who has made that passage.

A Prison of Lies is a new kind of book on mental illness. Unlike many fictions which only use mental illness as a device to drive the plot, A Prison of lies plunges into the heart of the illness and keeps its focus there. And unlike nonfiction books on the topic, which tend to be dry and clinical, this book is a gripping read.

"A Prison of Lies is a powerful and eye opening novel. In reading it, I was compelled to imagine myself and my loved ones in Thomas Doran's shoes. It was painful to experience his struggle to break free of the demons that engulfed him, and to witness that inner war, much of which was fought without any outside system of support. Having read this book, I hope to be more aware of my own words and actions. We are often unaware of how deeply our words and actions are impacting others. Definitely a good read for the soul." - Cheryl Snoha 

"Robert Doran has painted a gripping, detailed mural of the progression of mental health illness. He depicts a torn canvas of a damaged youth, the downward spiral that ended in a nervous breakdown during his early adulthood, and his courageous yet painstaking road to recovery. The dark world Doran portrays within the mind of the protagonist and about mental health illness will introduce people to ways of thinking that are rarely spoken of out loud. Moreover, the book promises the idea that such problems can be overcome." - Chad Coren, PsyD

"I would recommend this book for anyone who has a loved one suffering from mental illness who would like to know what is going on. I would also hope that it could be offered to young people. If I had read this book at 18 I might have known what the signs were and had a better idea of how to offer help. I would have been better prepared for life and been of more use to people who were dear to me." - Robert C. La Mont

About the Author
As this fiction is inspired by his own struggle with mental illness, Robert Thomas Doran is grateful to god for helping him recover from mental illness. Today he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife of fifteen years. A Prison of Lies was written as an act of faith and with the hope of helping others afflicted with mental illness.

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  1. As they say I live more in a book than out of one.LOL I would love to win A Prison of Lies.Thanks

  2. I think kindness lifts my spirit. As can happiness, it is wonderful to see people genuinely happy. Children playing happily, giggling etc.

    Rachel Craig

  3. Hi! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Whenever I'm feeling sad or just a bit down I will listen to some upbeat music by my favourite singers and/or bands and my day just gets better. It's also nice to cuddle up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate if it's winter as well :)

  4. My family and the people I work with brighten my day.

  5. My cat always cheers me up when he crawls onto my lap

  6. When grandson comes round, usually watch a tom and jerry dvd (classic)

  7. my day get better when the grand children come to visit, lifts the heart

  8. Breathing salt air from my oil burner improves sleep quality, and as mental illness is caused by poor, and little sleep, it prevents any mental illness.

  9. Pets always brighten my day. They always make me laugh with something random and from left-field.

  10. Step up and read a book, that my next step, love to win it SIGNED

  11. winning a book would brighten my day - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  12. My fiancée Mandy does, just seeing her brightens up my day and life.

  13. My son finally passing his GCSE English exam today

  14. Hi - this is Robert Doran checking in,

    I would like to thank Sharon Martin and all of her affiliates at Beck Valley Books for the wonderful job they all did with this promotion. Most of the reviews that came in were very gratifying. For the few that were not quite as gratifying, I would like to offer my thanks for having read my book and for giving the book your honest and authentic review. I would especially like to thank Sharon Martin, Sharon was really my only direct contact and her handling of the various bumps and glitches that came up as the book tour proceeded was spectacular. She made the process effortless. I will recommend Beck Valley Books to every author I know.

    I would also like to thank all of the respondents to the book give away. And for those who did not win one of the free signed copies, I will make this offer: if you get the ebook and like it enough to render decent review, email your review to me at To the first ten respondents, I will send a signed copy of the first edition (which has some typographical errors.) Beyond the first ten signed copies, as the cost of shipping may become prohibitive, I cannot promise this to everyone who responds but I will consider doing more as I gain a sense of how much it is costing me.

    I would also like to recap that I am recovered from my illness today and I have been married to a wonderful woman for something like seventeen years now. I did not write the book to wallow in my sorrows, or out of any sense of retribution. It is my earnest belief that to not discuss unsavory topics is tantamount to keeping them in darkness. It is my conviction that we need to explore our darkest emotions as a way of resolving them. In my experience, my illness only festered in that darkness, and I truly feel that my willingness to reveal what was happening inside of me was what lead to my recovery. I would earnestly beg anyone who is plagued with heinous thoughts to get themselves into therapy. You are not responsible for the thoughts and feelings that come over you in response to a bad experience, but you are responsible with what you then do in reaction to those thoughts.

  15. Thank you so much Robert, I completely agree that the best course of action for anyone feeling the distress of darkened thoughts is to allow yourself to accept that they happening and they are not your fault, the help and support that is now available to everyone is tremendous.xx


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