Saturday, April 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Excuse Me, My Brains have Stepped out by Pandora Poikilos

Bio/Memoir - Women's Studies
Date Published: 4/17/2011

Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for.

Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends. Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, "You are sick."

Being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a time. Now dumped, her four year relationship is nothing but a memory filled with pictures, thoughts and a very broken heart. Her job becomes an even further challenge as she tries to hide her condition. Her friends suddenly have more important things to do, what is a party without a party girl? Perfect could not crumble any faster.

Soon, caught between situations, people and pieces of life that she never dreamed of planning for herself, Anya begins to wonder if her brain condition is all that bad. As she absorbs the changes in her life and realization sets in, she begins to wonder if she is the only one saying: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out.

(20% of royalties will be donated to the National Organisation of Rare Disorders)

My Review:
This was a powerful story about a disease that I did not really have a lot of information about when going into reading it. I really like the fact that I was not only able to relate to the Author and her experiences, but I was able to learn something from it as well.

I think this book really gets to you because no matter where you are in life, there can always come a point where everything changes in the blink of an eye. It is definitely a testament to the saying "Don't take anything for granted". 

This also makes me think about writing down my own thoughts. If something happened to me, would I want those around me to be able to know what life was like from my perspective.

I have a lot of respect for Pandora Poikilos for sharing her story.


International best-selling author, Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.

Diagnosed in 2003 with a rare neurological disorder, Benign Intracrannial Hypertension, she has since undergone brain surgery to have a VP Shunt fitted in her brain. Her debut novel - Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out was written when recovering from this surgery.

She is also the founder of Orangeberry Book Tours, a marketing and public relations site for authors which reaches out to readers of all genres. A social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading, writing and people watching.

Twitter: @PandoraPoikilos

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