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My Temporary Life-Book One of the My Temporary Life Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Martin Crosbie
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Book Description


Book One in the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy

"It has everything, simply everything-a coming of age, a romance, and a thriller
all rolled into one delightfu read."

Malcolm Wilson learns that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he's raised by a promiscuous mother who can't stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction. When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the world from a distance. Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-eyed Heather, and when he learns of Heather's own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she's been carrying, Malcolm decides to help her. And, this time he's not backing down, whatever the cost.
The first book of the "My Temporary Life" Trilogy tells a story of love, friendship, and what it truly means to be a hero. A top-ten overall Amazon best seller, this grand, sweeping story has been enjoyed by readers all over the world.

Be sure to check out Martin's other books-My Name Is Hardly - Book Two of the My Temporary Life Trilogy, Lies I Never Told-A Collection of Short Stories, How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle-An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook - 2014 Edition, and Believing Again: A Tale Of Two Christmases

Editorial Reviews


A Mesmerizing Story, a Sensitive Coming of Age novel
There were moments of magic, scenes filled with foreboding, passages that were poetic and ruminative, others that were breathtaking. The masterful handling of Malcolm's mother, was brilliant. There were many scenes, especially toward the end, that were fast-paced and made the book impossible to put down.
Susan Russo Anderson

Amazing Story
I have to say I have not read a book that took me on such an emotional ride in many years. I just finished it and I'm still reeling. I am typically a romance/fantasy reader but this is definitely going on my favorite books list. Martin Crosbie will be on my watch list of authors in the future. This was an incredible story to read.
Patricia Paonessa

Wonderful Surprise!
Mr. Crosbie's first novel is a wonder! Once I started, I couldn't stop. I just HAD to find out what happened next. His characters are so believable and I felt a real connection to his hero's kind heart and the difficulties he faced while growing up and throughout his life. I completed the novel in just a day and was sad to have it end.
Flavia Joy

My New Favorite Author
I wanted to hug Malcolm (the main character), I cared about his life and story of love, suspense and self discovery and I didn't want it to end. The author, is a wonderful story teller he takes his characters on many journeys through out the story but most importantly he takes his readers as well, in a sweet, enduring and subtle way.

If you don't reach up and click "add to cart" you'll be missing a great read
I found the composition extraordinarily accessible, and the character immediately sympathetic. He has a knack of revealing his inner thoughts and conflicts in a manner that is illuminating without being self-serving. I felt I learned something important about myself, a great combination of story and significance. Just read it and see.
K Adcock

From the Author

I was born in the Highlands of Scotland and currently live on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver (another beautifully rainy city). Thank you so much for supporting my work - My Temporary Life, and the sequel - My Name Is Hardly.
Book three of the trilogy is due for release late in 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469965623
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Martin Crosbie; 1 edition (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O2P13O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Story, A Sensitive Coming of Age Novel February 3, 2012
By Saved
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Martin Crosbie's book, MY TEMPORARY LIFE, is a sensitive, coming of age novel with a storyline that held me captive. The novel is filled with emotion--humor, joy, heartache, grief. It deals with the loneliness of children who have lost and the agony of their adjustment. It deals with the lives of adults who have been abused as children.

It is the story of Malcolm, an adolescent who lived in Scotland with his parents until his mother returned to her roots in Canada, leaving her husband and son behind in Scotland. After his parent's divorce, Malcolm began what he called a "temporary life," spending his summers in Vancouver with his sometime mother and her men, returning to live with his father in Scotland during the school year. He leads this disjointed life without many friends until an unfortunate display of his own loyalty changes the direction of his life. With the help of a father-figure and other friends in Canada, he grows up, prospers, falls in and out of relationships, finally meets the girl of his dreams. It is at this point that the story surprises. The action, never slow, picks up a notch or two, and the rest of the story is a harrowing ride to the end.

For me it was an engrossing work of literary fiction. I loved the scenes of Malcolm and his friend, Hardly, growing up in Scotland, loved his surrogate father, George, and George's sister, Rose, and how the author painted those characters. I really, really liked the author's understated prose and I loved the opening:

"I think I first smelled booze on Gerald when we were eleven, and as far as I know he's been drinking ever since."

There were moments of magic, scenes filled with foreboding, passages that were poetic and ruminative, others that were breathtaking.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely... February 7, 2012
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The title of the novel was so intriguing, I could not wait to read this story. My Temporary Life is a novel one thinks fondly of for a long time after reading. The characters are very real and endearing, so much that it was sad to come to the end of the story...I did not want to leave them behind! The pace of the story is excellent, we learn exactly what we need to with details that convey much in a few words. The plot is interesting and contains quite a few surprises. As someone who (attempts to) write myself, I have a special appreciation of the quality of this work, especially for a debut novel. Martin Crosbie has created a heartwarming, wonderful experience for the reader, and his talent is evident from the very first paragraph.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story February 4, 2012
By Patti
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! Absolutely one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I started reading and could not stop. Malcolm is one amazing character. He reached into my heart and touched my soul. What an amazing journey. I have to say that I have not read a book that took me on such an emotional ride in many years. I just finished the book a few minutes ago and I am still reeling. I am typically a romance/fantasy reader but this is definately going on my favorite books list. Martin Crosbie will be on my watch list for authors to buy in the future. All I can say is this was an incredible story to read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story touching on difficult topics January 4, 2012
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Malcom did not have an easy childhood. His father gave up on being a father when his Mom left. His Mom made it clear she didn't want him either. So Malcom survived alone in a schoolyard filled with bullies, sharing difficulties with the only kid at school who had it tougher than he did. Until one dramatic day when his life was turned upside down and he had to leave all he knew and start over.

Malcom grew up wanting to be a hero, but he was always trapped by the past he thought he had left behind. Until one day he met a girl, a woman, really, who needed his help. Remembering all the pain of his childhood, he struggles to do the right thing. In reaching out to help her, he begins to rediscover who he really is.

Because it deals with difficult subjects, the language is rough in spots, and the bedroom scenes between Malcom and Heather are intense, but not graphic. So this is very much a PG novel. However, the story is very compelling, and the lessons learned along the way are worth learning. So I give this book a "conditional" thumbs up.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author in the hope that I would be willing to consider writing a review. Since I deal with difficult subjects in my job as pastor, I especially appreciated having the opportunity to read how Martin Crosbie handled them in his novel. He has a way of making the characters feel real.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like two books in one March 14, 2012
By Tina G
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Overall this was an OK read. After reading the first few chapters I thought this was going to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. It started out about a young boy and his relationship with his divorced parents living in 2 different countries and his troubled alcoholic friend and the two of them being bullied in school. But then the book turned into a story about a grown man helping his girlfriend find her daughter. It's like 2 totally different books and the 2 books really don't work together. The events occurring in the first half of the book have nothing to do with the events in the 2nd half of the book. It still held my attention to the end and I purchased it for free so I'm not complaining. It's worth the read, especially for free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great writing! This book is like 2 novels that feature the same main character. The first is a coming of age novel and the second one is about the same guy as an adult. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read book 2 and 3 -- 1 was GREAT
I loved the first book! It was free the day I got it but now I have to get the rest of the series. It had quite a hook to it and was very well-written. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jane M. Sattler
4.0 out of 5 stars A story all should read.
An especially moving story touching upon the very human state of learning to accept yourself in a world that is not perfect.
The start of the book had me hooked. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars good read!
I particularly liked the beginning of the story. The romance and "hero" moments were just ok but only because this isn't the type of genre I typically read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by music junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, touching, but mature
what a delightful surprise to find such a gem of a book! Written from the perspective of a man with depth and freshness. Read more
Published 9 days ago by summerlover
3.0 out of 5 stars Torn
I loved the way this book began. The descriptions of Malcolm's childhood, family life, and friends almost made me feel as if I was there. Read more
Published 10 days ago by SeaWitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written; takes an interesting turn in tone ...
Very well written; takes an interesting turn in tone about half way through. The story is compelling to begin with, then the turn in story made me keep reading just to see what is... Read more
Published 11 days ago by JJJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Indelible characters
Superb, simply superb. Yes, I guess those are tears in the corners of my eyes. This is a very sensitive, touching coming of age story.
Published 19 days ago by IDIrishbiker
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the romance moniker confuse you --- this is a great literary...
Ok, first off, I know the author -- in a way, via FB. But if you know me, you know that doesn't mean I'm going to automatically give this book a great review. Read more
Published 21 days ago by NSW
1.0 out of 5 stars Foul language
Way too many f@#+ words out of young people's mouths in the first few pages. I don't want to read something that starts off that way.
Published 22 days ago by Love to read witty and clean
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More About the Author

In a press release, Amazon called Martin Crosbie one of their success stories of 2012. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher's Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper. Martin's debut novel, "My Temporary Life", has been downloaded over one hundred and fifty thousand times and became an Amazon top ten overall bestseller.
He's also the author of "My Name Is Hardly - Book Two of the My Temporary Life Trilogy", "Lies I Never Told - A Collection of Short Stories", "How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon's Kindle - An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook, 2014 Edition", and "Believing Again: A Tale Of Two Christmases".
Martin was born in the Highlands of Scotland and currently makes his home just outside Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada.

You can connect with Martin on his Facebook page Or follow him on Twitter @martinthewriter
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