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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 delightful 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", "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", 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 definately 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

5 All that was available
I gave "My Temporary Life" five stars because they won't let you give ten. This novel is wonderful. Any book that can have you crying and laughing out loud in the same chapter is exceptional. The writing is both sublime and powerful at the same time.
Daniel Burke

My Temporary Life-Martin Crosbie
This is a wonderful story that will keep your heart engaged from the outset. Do not hesitate to buy and read this book. It is a first novel that seems like it's from a mature writer with deep experience in writing and of life.
Sharon Becker

From the Author

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I was born in the Highlands of Scotland and I currently live just outside Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada.

Thanks to readers such as yourself spreading the word through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, "My Temporary Life" has now been downloaded over one hundred and fifty thousand times and has become a top ten overall Amazon bestseller. I truly thank you for the encouragement I've received from your reviews, emails, and instant messages, and it has motivated me to continue this story as part of a trilogy. I'm proud to be able to tell you that "My Name Is Hardly", the second book in the series, was released in December 2012.

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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 80 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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73 of 81 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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50 of 55 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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15 of 15 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like two books in one March 14, 2012
By Tina G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally jarring and gratifying at the same time
I'm not sure when or how I acquired this book on my Kindle, but I am glad I did. This book hit on all cylinders for me: sympathetic characters, interesting and unpredictable plot,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kelly Hitchcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
I really enjoyed reading this, even though the story was, at times, really sad. I found it captivating, and eagerly awaited the conclusion!
Published 28 days ago by Amy Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting!
Couldn't put this book down. Fabulous read! Would recommend it highly. Can't wait to read " my name is Hartly"
Published 1 month ago by Harvey E.
4.0 out of 5 stars It grabs you quietly.
It seemed like a slow start but I was hooked before I realized it. Many stories all rolled into one. Just like life. Well done and worth the read.
Published 1 month ago by Mary F. Ibach
4.0 out of 5 stars A Foot in Two Countries
'My Temporary Life' starts out as the story of a boy growing up partly in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and partly in Vancouver, Canada. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jay Allan Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Easy to read and I got lost in it a few times... but hate to say I never finsihed it...its a book you can stop and start anytime and not get bored OR feel the need to pick it back... Read more
Published 2 months ago by baseballmom96
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting tale of betrayal and redemption
The characters in this novel quickly come alive. The reader is drawn into the experiences and emotional reactions of the protagonists. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Prindaville
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but intriguing
I thought this book started off as a journey to self discovery, but it Jack knifed in the middle into a mystery/drama. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katie Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars My temporary life..
Excellant book. Felt like I was there and went through everything with him. Looking forward to reading more of his works. High recommended!
Published 3 months ago by Mary Linteau
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
A truely captivating read! Strong characters that reach in and make you a part of their life. I recommend reading not only this book but also everything this author writes!
Published 3 months ago by Susan Caldwell
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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.

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