Tuesday, November 20, 2012

All in the Mind by Jenny Twist.

Jenny Twist is back to tell us more about her book "All in the Mind." When I read the blurb it reminded me of an older family member who had a stroke. His memory was severely impaired after that, but he kept pestering his wife to take him back to the house he grew up in. His wife kept trying to tell him the house isn't there anymore. Yet, he refused to believe her. Then out of the blue he said. "What she doesn't know is I go there all the time." 

I believed him. 


Tilly wakes up in the dark, alone and very frightened. She finds she is in a strange room inexplicably furnished in 1940s style. However did she get here? Has she somehow slipped into the past? Has she been kidnapped? Of one thing she is absolutely certain, she has never seen this place in her life before. 

All in the Mind is a fascinating tale exploring the human capacity to overcome any obstacle, no matter how great, as long as you believe you can.

Tilly is part of an experiment working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease. She and most of the other patients taking part in the experiment seem to make a full recovery, but there is a strange side effect. 

Tilly and her fellow experimental subjects appear to be getting younger.

Can the same experiment be repeated for Tilly's beloved husband so that he can recover from a stroke? Tilly thinks it can and she will move heaven and earth to make sure it happens.

A charming and thought-provoking story full of reminiscences of a bygone age, All in the Mind also deals with the dilemmas posed by new developments in a society whose culture is geared to the idea that the natural span of a human life is three-score years and ten.

Chapter 1:

Tilly was dreaming. 

It was VE Day and they were dancing in the streets. All the lights were lit. She kept looking at them, not quite believing it.

She was dancing with Johnny, her head against his chest, exhilarated by his closeness and the knowledge that the war was over. 

It was so real, the dream. She could feel the rough fabric of his greatcoat against her cheek, smell its particular aroma of damp wool and tobacco. 

She felt the dream slipping away and tried to hold on to it, but it escaped her grasp and shifted seamlessly into memory. 

They had danced late into the night. Long after the gates to the nurses' home were locked. Eventually, exhausted and intoxicated with the euphoria of the crowd, they had walked back to the nurses' home and he had given her a leg up to climb the wall. 

And as she sat at the top of the wall, one leg on each side, getting ready to swing over to the other side, he had grasped her by the ankle and said, “Will you marry me, Tilly? As soon as I'm demobbed.”

She looked down at his face, illuminated by the one street lamp in the lane, one lock of hair hanging over his forehead, his expression earnest and pleading. 

She said the first thing that came into her head. “You're supposed to get down on one knee.”

“OK,” he said, with a grin, and dropped down on one knee. Did he know? Did he know then what her answer would be? 

“Tilly”... he began in a loud, theatrical voice.

“No, get up,” she whispered urgently. “Someone might hear.”

“Who cares? What are they going to do – sack you?”

She smiled back at him in the lamplight. “You fool!”

And she pulled her leg out of his grasp and dropped gracefully down to the grass on the other side.

“Well?” His head appeared over the top of the wall. “Will you?”

“Yes,” she whispered back to him. Then she picked up the skirts of her uniform and ran across the lawn towards the darkened building.

As she ran, she heard someone whistling the Wedding March, the sound fading as he reached the end of the lane and turned into the street.


Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.  

She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant, she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford. 

She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic. 

In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat

Her first book, Take One At Bedtime, was published in April 2011 and the second, Domingo’s Angel, was published in July 2011. Her novella, Doppelganger, was published in the anthology Curious Hearts in July 2011, Uncle Vernon, was published in Spellbound, in November 2011, Jamey and the Alien and Uncle Albert’s Christmas were published in Warm Christmas Wishes in December 2011, Mantequero was published in the anthology Winter Wonders in December 2011 and Away With the Fairies, her first self-published story, in September 2012.

Her new anthology, with Tara Fox Hall, Bedtime Shadows, a collection of spooky, speculative and romance stories, was published 24th September 2012.

Her new novel, All in the Mind, about an old woman who mysteriously begins to get younger, was published 29th October 2012.


Melange Books

Author Website

Thanks for all the great guest post's, Jenny. It's been fun having you on my blog.


In other news:

Need a review? My other blog "Good Book Alert" is going to be open to submissions for a limited time only (about 2 weeks). I have 3 reviewers, interested in reviewing 1 book each. They pretty much take what they like, so many submissions unfortunately will not get picked. Anyway, I tweeted about it a few times and mentioned it in 2 Facebook groups. To my surprise, not much response. I know if I mention it on Kindleboards the flood gates will open, so I thought why not let my fellow bloggers know first.

And if any of my blog friends could mention it on their blogs that would be GREAT.

Tips for getting noticed:

1. We look at blurbs first. So write a blurb that blows us away.
2. Follow the guidelines.
3. Don't submit more than one book.

Also we are always looking for more people to review. You too can find out what it's like on the other side of the slush pile. You'll find out how many writers and especially small book publishers that don't follow the guidelines.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No sense in getting younger if your spouse can't join you, right?
Be glad to mention your need for reviewers, Cindy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Need for books to review...
Sorry, too early!

Jenny Twist said...

Thanks for putting up with me again, Cindy. Such a nice blog

Rose Anderson ~ Romance Novelist said...

I love the premise of All in The Mind. My uncle came to live with us a while many years ago. His Alzheimers had progressed to the point he could no longer speak. Every once in a while I could see him in his eyes. The real him. I sat with him when he went down for a nap and he started to cry. I told him I understood how hard it was and he took my hand and nodded. I told him it was ok to be afraid but he wasn't alone. It was one of the most heart-wrenching experiences of my life. He woke from his nap and he was gone from his eyes again. He never returned. I think he just needed to know he wasn't alone before he moved on.

How wonderful it would be to have such a story possible. Thanks Jenny.

Jenny Twist said...

Hi Rose
Your comment made me cry. I am so glad you communicated with him that one last time. My own beloved Aunty Barbara died from Alzheimers. I suppose to some extent All in the Mind was my revenge on this dreadful disease - and to a large extent wishful thinking.
I'm so glad I know you. xxxxxxx