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Bad Choices Make Good Stories

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Becker & Malloy
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A shocking glimpse into the crazy lives of drug addicted prostitutes. You'll never look at heroin addicts the same way again.


In this darkly funny coming-of-age novel based on true events, Oliver, a hacker living in Germany, meets Donna online. She's an American girl living in New York. After chatting and talking on the phone for months, he finally decides to surprise her with a visit. But he soon finds out that things are not what they appeared to be, and that this visit will change his life forever.


"This generation's version of Catcher in the Rye. I kid you not. It's that good."

★★★★★ - Ray Simmons, Readers' Favorite

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About the author

Oliver Markus Malloy is a German-American novelist and comic artist. Born and raised in Aachen, Germany, he currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.


Malloy began his writing career in the early 1990s, as editor-in-chief of a computer magazine with a monthly circulation of over 500,000, which was distributed by Germany's largest publishing house. After moving to New York, he was the art director for a newspaper in Manhattan, and later the production manager for a newspaper in Brooklyn, before he began self-publishing his cartoons online in May 2000. He has never had another 9-5 job since.


His bestselling trilogy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories, has been downloaded over 100,000 times on Amazon, Apple Books, Google Books, and Kobo.

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Publisher
Becker & Malloy
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Published on
Jun 20, 2017
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781947258006
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / General
Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / Form / Essays
Humor / General
Psychology / Psychopathology / Addiction
Religion / Atheism
Self-Help / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Alcohol
Self-Help / Substance Abuse & Addictions / Drugs
Social Science / Disease & Health Issues
Travel / Canada / General
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
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A shocking glimpse into the crazy lives of drug addicted prostitutes. You'll never look at heroin addicts the same way again.


After writing a book about his bizarre adventures in America's underbelly, Oliver finally finds love among his readers on Goodreads.


"I think it will become a standard for people who are dealing with loved ones dealing with addictions."

★★★★★ - B. Bridges, Amazon Review



Dear Reader,


You're a little late to the party. Where the hell have you been? This is already the third and final part of the trilogy, and you're only joining us now? Tsk tsk tsk.


Let me get you up to speed on what you've missed so far:


In book one, Going to New York, you missed the utterly fascinating, nay spellbinding saga of me growing up in Germany and later emigrating to New York. I was a brooding, troubled teenage hacker. Wow! Good stuff! It's almost like my life was the perfect kind of crazy to make a really awesome book!


Anyway, being a teenage hacker came in handy later in life. I went from rags to riches thanks to my keen understanding of technology and how to use the web to my advantage.


In New York I was married to Donna, a girl I had met online. She was an agoraphobic, prone to temper tantrums. And fun was had by all, which led to a divorce 16 years later. That's where the story gets really interesting.


I began dating. It didn't go well. I was no good at it. OK, truth be told, I was really bad at it. Apparently I had terrible taste in women. A heroin-addicted hooker named Alice broke my heart and robbed me of my will to live. Doesn't sound very fun, does it? But it's a fun read, I promise. Dark, but fun. Mesmerizing even!


Brokenhearted, I moved from New York to Florida. That's where the first book ends.


The second book you missed (I'm not mad at you. I'm just disappointed.) is called The Heroin Scene in Fort Myers, which is a very fitting title, believe me.


Sometimes I'm a slow learner, so I dated my way through the heroin scene in Florida, and I couldn't figure out for years why I wasn't finding any wife material. But oh how I tried. And tried. In all the wrong places. Pretty sad. I'm not proud of it.


After years of sad pathetic sex with heroin addicts I was a wreck. My younger self wouldn't have even recognized me. Lucy and Veronica had turned me into a broken, humiliated shell of a man. My heart had been ripped out of my chest so many times, it was a miracle I hadn't killed myself yet. (Seriously, it's a fun read. I promise!)


At the end of the book I had it up to here with heroin addicts. I told myself never again would I let myself be sucked in by the sweet lies of manipulative, fake love. The name of the final chapter was NO MO HO. No more whores. I needed to change my life before my life was going to kill me.


I hopped on a plane, back to my native Germany, to lick my wounds and heal before returning to America. That's where the second book ended.


And now, for our third and final act...

 Although best known as an author of crime novels like the Dr. Siri and Jimm Juree series, Colin Cotterill is also an accomplished artist and illustrator. He has designed many book covers for other authors and this new book of cartoons allows you to perhaps see a little bit more into how his mind works.

From Colin: The premise to this book is simple. What if, since the beginning of time, and a few weeks before, every living creature had access to a cell phone? What if every human, real and fictional, famous, infamous and unknown, every animal, fish, insect, deity and US president was in a position to take an instant snap of their defining moments? What if the very act of taking those photos was, in itself, responsible for their demise? This book is not all about death although death is the pervading theme. I'm a mystery writer so it's unavoidable. I've been making money out of murder for a while. Dying isn't funny. We'll, yes, sometimes it is. But, at least it should be thought provoking.

The way to best enjoy this collection is to not only suspend your disbelief but to embrace it. In these pages, insanity prevails and I ask you to bask in its ridiculousness. My publisher said it took him several days to understand all the pictures. I think he meant it as a complaint whereas I saw it as success. We live in an instant world where everything is on tap and you don't have to think anymore. Take your time with this collection. Look up the names and the dates. It could be a research project for your kids. They probably won't learn anything useful but they'll notice things. Eventually, they'll get it. These are cartoons. Cartoons aren't meant to change your life. It's all about having a chuckle here and there, a nod or two, an 'aha' of realization, an 'ahh' of sympathy, an 'unh' and empathy.  

But most of all, I want you to pay for the download and not get it free from some cheapskate. That would make me happy and get the dogs fed.
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