The much anticipated debut novel of Angelique Clemens combines the storyteller of fictional novel with the step-by-step benefit of self-help books. The gripping story of a young professional woman moving through the obstacles of losing a sibling, establishing a career, and trying to find romance all while struggling with self-identification. Can I Borrow Your Skin outlines self-affirmation techniques and demonstrates their benefit for self-esteem building and self-conceptualization. The author, Angelique Clemens, walks the reader through the struggle of self experienced by the protagonist and helps them emphasize with her plight.
The novel is a unique combination of three genres and is written in the tradition of The Self-Love Workbook by Shainna Ali, 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James, and The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow. The author paints such a vivid story that the reader will feel immersed in the sights, sounds, and feelings as if they were walking alongside the protagonist or perhaps under her thumb.
Book Website www.CanIBorrowYourSkin.com
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From the author:
I wrote a guide book to help persons who read Can I Borrow Your Skin. The guide has three parts, the pre-read which explains some of the alternative relationships that are noted in the novel. The post-read which helps walk the reader through the mirror technique used by the protagonist in the novel. The book club aid which has some discussion topics for book clubs who read the novel. For the guide:
Barnes & Nobel paperback https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-guide-to-the-mirror-angelique-clemens/1136501059?ean=9781078781749
on Amazon: paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085DRTD8C or Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085C428WW
· What inspired you to write this book?
I was moved by significant events in my life and the life of those around me. Writing about those experiences and working through different outcomes is what inspires my writings. The protagonist experiences a serious loss and struggles with self identification and starts to define herself by the relationships that she maintains. As a woman who has struggled with self-concept herself, I wanted to write something that spoke to others in this situation. I used the protagonist to first show how easily self-doubt and lack of self-knowledge can manifest.
· Can you tell us about the book?
Can I Borrow Your Skin is a romance novel about a woman’s unrequited love with the reflection she saw in the mirror. The protagonist, Nicolette Guyere, experiences loss and as she mourns she spirals down a rabbit-hole of self-doubt. While working through the loss, Nicolette notes that her lack of self-knowledge was being populated based on the relationships she maintained. The resulting self was not Nicolette; in fact, she learned through working on herself using the mirror technique and self-affirmations that she was not able to be her true self with over 90% of the people in her life.
· What did you learn about yourself when writing the book?
I learned more about myself. I was already enamored with myself, but this book gave me a much deeper appreciation for who I truly am. I can honestly say that I love the woman I have become and grow deeper in love with her every day.
· What will readers walk with after reading this book?
How to love themselves. There are so many techniques on how to start the process of loving one’s self and one great example. Persons reading my book will hopefully walk away from the book thinking to themselves that it is ok to not be perfect and that trying to be what everyone expects of you will have you in a situation where you are never who you know yourself to be.
· What advice about writing, publishing and marketing would you give to other writers and authors.
1) Enjoy the process. It is long, sometimes very difficult but it is like planning a wedding or for the arrival of a child. Cherish the ups and downs. It will be over before you know it.
2) Have a plan. Outline. Set deadlines. Be organized and stick to your deadlines.
3) Your book begins and ends with your editor. Make sure you pick one that understand you, your vision, and will make the experience easier