Project Aspie and Me Book and Self-help Web Platform Launch date 24th October 2017
The Book; A psychological thriller about surviving the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome based on a true life experience.
Project Aspie and Me; the Self-Help Web Platform promoting CHANGE for anyone diagnosed with a label; Launch Date 24th October 2017
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After a life of abuse, bullying, and social exclusion, Laurence discovers, at the age of forty-nine that he was in fact Autistic – to be precise, diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and other motor issues. Receiving this diagnosis proves in many ways a considerable relief to Laurence, for at last he now understands why he was different from most other people; and why any form of communication with his fellow humans has always been such an effort for him. Aspie and Me is in part Laurence’s own story and a fictionalised psychological thriller. From discovering that he was built like some kind of giant, yet bullied unmercifully by schoolmates and teachers; through to his traumatic and ultimately tragic marriage to a woman with an acute bi-polar disorder.
Throughout his life, Laurence has to fight an almost ceaseless battle with what he calls his ‘demon’ hat, which is the part of him he now recognises as his Aspie side. Aspergers Syndrome shows itself in many forms and other people may often consider these people strange, rude or unintelligent. Yet, those with Aspergers can often be possessors of brilliant minds who can serve the world in exceptional ways; except that very few of their fellow humans recognise these gifts.
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In the story the character Hartley plays Laurence (Me)Book price (£14.99)
Launch Date Countdown seven days to 24th October 2017
Meet the Characters
Hartley is a very successful antiques dealer, confident in what he does best; buying and selling. As long as he is in this frame of mind, he feels safe. He has already built up a name for himself as the dealer that his customers can trust, buy and profit from, and his life has been spent securing a financial future for his family, who he adores.
He has battled hard on his long life journey, aware of nightmare memories he would prefer to forget, while wondering why him? What had he done to deserve the life he has been given? The painful memories of two particular events follow his every waking moment. However, travelling the world in the search of rare items allowed him to escape his past. But when the world starts to move into economic chaos in 1990, the slowdown in the economy comes close to allowing his past to catch up with him.
Fortunately, he is saved by meeting the woman of his dreams, who provides him with three amazing children. But after some time he becomes vaguely aware she may have her own nemesis. Now he has a challenge; is his relationship with this lady going to become a help or a hinderance to his own life challenges?
Aspie is the child in Hartley's mind. He doesn't see the world as everyone else does and he prefers to remain a child rather than growing up. Aspie knows he is different from the moment he steps into the Nursery classroom full of children. The place he prefers is a wall where he always feels safe counting the bricks, rather than being encumbered with the multiple thoughts of the surrounding children he feels so different from.
Growing up in Hartley's life, he dreams of the day when Hartley can learn to love him. He believes that they can do so much more together, utilizing their joint inherent talents, but how is he to achieve this? All that Hartley appears to be interested in is blaming Aspie for his mistakes and leaving him with no other choice but to take himself on his own journey. Aspie wants to desperately find a woman who really knows how to love him, irrespective of the cost and if he cannot find her, then he knows death is the only option.
Rea is a professional Masseuse who has discovered a sideline to improve her income and becomes an expert in the ancient art of Tantra, which she knows certain men and women lust after. She is Hartley's most loyal friend, his confidante who listens to his stories, makes observations and asks relevant questions, as well as offering advice and guidance.
Hartley's wife, who from the moment they meet is unsure she has made the ideal decision to become his wife. Even before their marriage she is objecting to Hartley's unconventional way of doing things, unaware that he has Aspie to contend with in his daily life. However Jacky is also holding onto her own dark secret; a nemesis so terrifying that she cannot under any circumstances ever go back to confront it. However, had she the courage to confront this issue, she might have been safe from anything that could thwart her life expectancy.
Francesca is a sexy, single woman, several years older than Hartley who has spent much of her life focusing on her career building, rather than her family. A chance meeting with him on a flight to New York and Francesca sees an opportunity of changing her life; of escaping her loneliness; and building a life with her ideal life partner, unaware that she has competition from Aspie.
Alexa is a perfect blonde with an hourglass figure. She is Hartley’s ideal for his perfect life-partner or even marriage material. She begins what was supposed to be the perfect relationship with Hartley in the city of his dreams, Phoenix Arizona. He admires her for the volunteer work she does to help young adults with learning and communication difficulties. Unfortunately, this is when Aspie steps into the play and misconstrues Alexa’s intentions.
Fate comes along and delivers what Aspie decides is his future wife. The timing is right, the place they first meet is right; a shop he once owned. But what Aspie is unaware of is that she is a woman who will open her legs to any man. Also, she has her own issues and will only accept a man who can give her all of his loving attention - 100% - In exchange she will provide a permanent roof over his head. Hartley has unwittingly moved into a relationship with an alcoholic who lectures on Narcissism. He now has a major problem because any normal person without an Aspie in their life would never have allowed themselves to get themselves into bed with a woman like Mania. They would have seen the warning signs but Hartley’s Alexithymia disorder prevents him from recognising the dangers. He has to decide how he can escape with his life.
A Story About.
Aspie has only one single desire, He see's his life as one big adventure whose goal is to beat death at its own game or die trying.
Hartley believes he has an indelible dilemma, can he put a stop to Aspie's antics or has he got to just accept Aspie has sent him on a self-destruct life mission?
It seems like every time Hartley spends a moment or two with a beautiful woman he falls in love, Often these women find him in remote places, on a plane in Florida or Arizona and occasionally closer to home.
'Hope', is what Aspie lusts after. He hopes Hartley will accept him unconditionally, just as Hartley hopes his ideal relationship will accept Aspie unconditionally regardless to his faults.
Can he truly find love with Aspie looking over his shoulder?
Hartley is constantly confronted by a towering T.Rex who only wants to do Aspies bidding.
Don't mix up misunderstood with misunderstanding.
There is one character in the story who is capable of causing Hartley's death. This means Aspie's dies too for real and their story telling would sadly end.
There are 45 give away prizes to be won beginning with a one to one session with Laurence of forty five minutes duration of Laurence's personal guidance diminishing by a minute. But only Laurence knows even the prize of one minute may be the longest minute you have ever experienced. All you have to do is guess correctly the correct character who could be capable of murder.
Prize-draw takes place Christmas Day