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- Print Length: 412 pages
- Publisher: Peter Butler (February 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I74VR12
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Womanhood Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
I have a new book coming out - "Buy Me a Dream". I'd love you to nominate it for a KindleScout publishing contract by clicking the "Nominate me" button on this Amazon page:
You get a free copy if it is accepted, and if you email me when you nominate it, I will make sure you get a free copy even if it isn't accepted. firstname.lastname@example.org (this offer is only available for a few more days)
About me? - You really don't want to know. Trust me, you don't... I actually think this is a trick question to sort out the authors who will boringly list statistics about themselves and in doing so identify themselves as people with brains so wrapped in the mundane that they couldn't possibly write an entertaining novel. No, It's a trick. I'm not going to fall for that. Seriously, how many people need to know the biography of a screenwriter or film director before they will see one of their movies?. All you need is the movie trailer. Or in my case, the first 5 to 10 minutes of the book to know if we mesh.
In the true spirit of the question, which is to help algorithms define me, I am prepared to say that I'm the same as you, probably. Except that most of my readers are female, so, there's one possible difference. I used to be average height, but now I'm small (what the hell are they feeding people today? - 6'6" used to be a giant, now they're short-asses.) I'm incredibly smart and astoundingly stupid - I'm very sensitive in a rude and arrogant way - I detest hypocrisy, I love, love - I'm incredibly boring, and a lot of fun - my body is getting older, but my mind is getting younger - I adore beauty, and I'm fascinated by imperfections, but too many scare me by teaching me that I have no right to complain. I like to complain - I don't like what the people running the world are doing to it. I prefer to write rather than talk, as my mind spits out too much "stuff" too quickly - most of it is rubbish, of course, and my mouth can't keep up with it, hence my preference for writing, which allows for the thoughts to be edited. Sadly, a lot of rubbish still gets included - this is a very good example, and I am trying so hard. You can tell, can't you?
So, now you know me like we've been besties for years, maybe even slept together, certainly fooled around... No... that's not true. You don't know me, but you don't actually want to - I'm just one of the 7.3 billion people walking around out there... somewhere - trying to make the best of it, in my case by writing books to hopefully entertain you.
Did that answer the question adequately? I didn't think so. But then neither would a resume of my achievements and a description of my life. But this might help you understand the process I use to put the words together...
It may be fiction, but that doesn't mean you're not in it. Even if I don't know you, there is a chance I walked near you once; I noticed your hair, your mouth, your shoes or your "something". I watched the way you ate that sandwich, carried your handbag or how you secretly squeezed your partner's backside. Perhaps I overheard you talking - arguing, maybe or laughing at a joke or a distant stranger's misfortune.
Even if you are the silent invisible type who always ducked your head at school when the teacher was about to pick a student to read aloud to the class. Especially you - you have a story. A hidden story that you have bottled-up. I want to devour it. And my eyes can see it. You have fooled the others - but not me.
Silent observations blend into a montage that solidifies into an entity that is given a name. Not yours. Never yours. But a name that sounds like the name of someone who would do the things that you do. And I do know what you do. I see it... everywhere.
Writing is an affliction that condemns the poor sufferer to form a relationship with a keyboard and a monitor, making friends and enemies - literally. And then, trying to find ways to make love to them or kill them or break their hearts. To lead them on, only to crush them just so you can make it better at the end. Or, make it even worse, if that works better.
Do not ever form a relationship with a writer. It can only end in tears. Or laughter, or heartbreak, or... in a way that will be different. That's important. But ending - that's the essential part. Then you can start again. A new page - a blank page. Now, that's exciting. I can go anywhere I choose - until the characters take over and demand to tell their own stories.
When I write a book I'm looking for an original story that captivates me. I'm not following a recipe, formula or rule book. I absolutely detest the concept where authors choose their category, then write to it. To my mind that is the tail wagging the dog - marketing that dictates a book is pigeonholed as a Romance, a Thriller, a Contemporary Adult, a Coming of Age story, etc. My books are all of that - none of that, and much, much more. Because that's what real life is. I write textured stories that, hopefully, combine life's highs and lows and gives you, the reader, something fresh on every page. To put it another way, I am doomed to never find success because the marketing machine has no hole for me to be placed in. I'm writing in an era that ended about five years ago.
I would love you to give one of my books a try. I write with one purpose in mind - to entertain my reader. And, yes, you will find the occasional piece of low-key mommy-porn, but it is there because the characters demand it. Obviously, we all have different ideas of what is entertaining. But, if you like the movies Richard Curtis and Nancy Myers make; full of believable humor and real-life situations that evoke empathy, then you are the reader I'm focusing on. (Apologies for using the movie reference, it was easier than trying to list some recent books.)
The beginning of "Buy Me A Dream" can be read on my website: www.peterbutler.net
All the best, Peter
Top Customer Reviews
When Lauren lost her father quite suddenly to a heart attack, she had no idea how just how this singular event would devastate her life later. When her mother remarries, it eventually opens a pit of despair for the young woman and leads to events that change everything.
The protagonist is many faceted, something that I find rare when he or she is a teen.
Intense, emotional and well written – this book offers up clever lines and deep thought. What would you do if you found yourself in her situation?
I also enjoyed the fact tat the main character, Lauren, is a 17-year-old, yet it's not a YA book as it does involve some adult scenes. It was refreshing to have a young, female heroine in the genre and hope to see more characters like her. I would recommend this book for sure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peter Butler's "Womanhood" is a book I really enjoyed reading, it is about seventeen-year-old Lauren Hart on how she distinguished her character and qualities in what she... Read morePublished 19 days ago by jennifer
Lauren Hart is seventeen and her home life is suddenly a mess. She is suddenly forced to make decisions that no teenager should have to make. Read morePublished 2 months ago by horrorgirldonna
This book is not what I expected. The best way I can describe it is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Early Days". This girl cannot get a break.Published 6 months ago by teacher
This is the second book written by Peter Butler that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, the first one being Garrett & Sunny. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cynthia Ludewig
WOW…now here is an exceptional read... A term like “plucky” would not do this story’s seventeen year old protagonist, Lauren Hart, justice. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer
Author Peter Butler most definitely brings the drama in Womanhood, a gripping coming-of-age tale that will leave you moved to the point of no return. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laurenreads1
WOW!! This was a page turner for me! I could not put it down once I started. This poor girl, who is really smart but does some stupid stuff, is going through the worst time in her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by bwootm04
Lauren is one tough little cookie and I feel like I know her now thanks to the excellent writing style of Mr. Butler, he brought her to life on the page. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LHarrison