Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tuesday Tease - Maybe, Misery by C. S. Bailey

I read and enjoyed reading C. S. Bailey's debut novel 'Maybe, Misery' a few weeks ago and I'm happy to share an excerpt in the week's Tuesday Tease as you might like it as well:

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Maybe, Misery by C. S. Bailey

My head is spinning. My hazy eyes just about make out the empty vodka bottle on the floor. I am on the bed in the foetal position, never have I been so fearful. Even when I was young, faced with the orange glow of flames destroying my family right before my eyes, I felt braver than I do now. I lie here for what seems like a few hours just considering the damage I have caused, the lives I have destroyed due to my own selfish greed. How could I have been so thoughtless towards my fellow man?

Well to be honest, I never much appreciated the human race as a whole, with our mass-produced consumerism, the way we created a language and then destroyed it with hashtags and our ever-decreasing vocabulary. Pop culture is a particular gripe, telling people what to wear, what music to listen to and so on and you’re left with feeling admiration for what a powerful entity it is. Mobile phones, mobile homes, mobile sex, mobile dreams, mobile people. Everything is always on the go, a fast food life for the undead.

Do we live to work? Or do we work to live? We all aim for something in life but is that something really worth it? I wanted a family, I worked hard to provide for them and to get where I am and look what’s happened to me. This world is a cruel place, made so by humanity. We are the scourge of the universe and our only care is greed.

As cynical as I am, I can’t help but think perhaps I have done the world a favour. We could do to lose some of our lesser minds that glue themselves to the television and waste their lives watching reality shows or posting their every thought on social networking websites for us all to see and shake our heads at. I always want to scream at these people and tell them to read a book! Go outside, do something, anything rather than absolutely nothing. Einstein never watched TV! Neither did Sir Alexander Fleming or Michel Eugene Chevreul. All of these men were geniuses in their own right and not one of them was caught sat on the couch watching the latest shitty television show about non-celebrities making fools of themselves for money. Anyway, that’s a rant for another day.

Like a zombie, I shuffle and groan out of the bed and I pull the red silk curtains open. The rays of sunshine hurt my eyes so I swiftly draw them to a close again. I don’t really think about it but I proceed to get ready for my trip to the lab. I turn on the shower and the water’s cold, which isn’t a good sign, but a cold shower should shock me out of an outrageous hangover and it does the trick. I get dressed and go to grab the lockbox from the living room. In it I keep five thousand in cash, my passport and a gun.

Click here to buy Maybe, Misery from Amazon US / Amazon UK (and it's a damn fine read!)

About the Author:

It started in when I was a boy. I have always had a passion for writing fun, action filled stories, that I could get lost in and over the years and I have made many attempts to write a book.

They all unfortunately turned out to be awful parodies of my life at that time with Maybe, Misery being the first original story that I have ever completed. Having it on my bucket list for all those years, I hadn't planned to release my little book to the public. It was only when a friend read it, that he convinced me otherwise.

It has been a long and difficult road to publishing, to the point of hating my book.

Now it has been released though, I wouldn't of changed a thing. It has given my the chance to meet and work with some great people.

And for that, I am grateful. As I am to every single person who takes the time to read my little book.

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