Title: The Counting-Downers
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2015
Standalone/Part Of A Series: Standalone
The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel
by A.J. Compton
Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…
Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.
No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.
As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.
But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.
The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.
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What Readers Are Saying:
“This was such a unique storyline…The words jumped off the page and touched me to my core. It made me think, it made me feel, it made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made feel blessed for those I have in my life.”
“Compton’s debut novel is beautiful. This is the only word I can think of when trying to describe The Counting-Downers using only one word. I highlighted so much of the text, my kindle copy looks more yellow than white….You will question, if you are a writer, how the F*CK you’ll find the courage to even attempt such beauty.”
– Cynthia Rodriguez, Author of Crashing Souls
“This book had me in tears from the very beginning. It touched me in so many ways. It’s so beautiful. This is a book I will forever carry in my heart.”
– Book Obsessed Girl
“I have nothing bad to say about this book. Honestly, every word was strategically placed, every thought was beautiful, every action was written with such precision and passion; this debut novel spoke to me and will stick with me for a LONG time.”
– Michelle T Bibliophile
“It was honestly the best book I’ve ever read!”
– Bookish Emily
And suddenly, I realize that all those books and movies had gotten it wrong.
When you find your souls reflection in another, you shouldn’t be aware of anything other than their body, yours, and the space between.
You shouldn’t be looking for someone whose kiss causes you to escape reality by transporting you to another time and place. Look for the person whose kiss grounds you firmly in the moment, whose arms hold you safely in the now.
When your lips lock with your destiny, you should be aware of every prickle on your skin that rises to greet them, every strand of their hair that caresses your fingers, every gasp of air that reaches your ears.
Most of us kiss with our eyes closed. But that’s not always a good thing. It depends why they’re shut.
If you asked most people to imagine themselves in a situation, the first thing they would do is close their eyes.
You should kiss with your eyes closed to heighten your other senses and block out everything but the now, not to escape to somewhere else.
Reality should be better than your imagination.
Because when it’s right, like this is right, you won’t have to use your imagination at all.
A.J. Compton is a 23 year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full time over-thinker. A big believer in going after your dreams, she decided to practice what she preaches and finally finish one of the many incomplete manuscripts she’s started over the years.
A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of book boyfriends.
Those two facts are not related. Honestly.
She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.
She really hates writing about herself in the third person.