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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression by Lesley Whyte Reford & Patricia Lavoie - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Lesley Whyte Reford and Patricia Lavoie and their new book, “Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on their Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Lesley and Patricia and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Audley Enough:

A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression

by Lesley Whyte Reford

&

Patricia Lavoie

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GENRE:  Non-Fiction, Biography / Memoir

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BLURB:

Audley Enough follows Audley's journey through "The Matrix," specifically his mental health. The book describes his adventures into his mania and depression that occurred during the peak employment years of his life, from 27 to 38 years old. It takes one through the spiritual essence of his being, and gives one steps to travel through mania and depression. After reading his book, one comes out stronger with multiple coping tools. The book is about Audley refusing to let his bipolar diagnosis define him, nor stop him from leading a mentally, healthy, and productive life.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

IT was only when Audley could finally begin to be honest with himself and truly accept that he had bipolar disorder that his life could really turn around. He realized that in order to remain on an even keel, he had to accept his illness and stay on his medication. This was an absolute must! He also knew that he had to establish a proper home base, find a stable job, and an uncomplicated routine. If he was going to find any success in life, he was going to have to accept that his illness was a part of who he was and that he would have to manage it prudently. Any activity that might take him to an extreme high or low was to be avoided and a calm coasting in the world of “moderation” became his goal.

In addition to accepting his diagnosis and staying on the medication, Audley also knew he had to get physically active. He credits his life-long love of exercise as essential on his road to recovery. Physical fitness was always a strong value in Audley’s life, even well before his bipolar diagnosis. His family members were always active, headed by his father whose various areas of work included policeman, postal worker, and hospital orderly, all very strenuous lines of work. Exercise was a given in his home. Today, Audley strongly believes that he is blessed to have this background in fitness, arguing that other sufferers he knew along the way didn’t have this good fortune. He purports that their recovery was much lengthier and less effective as they resisted (and continue to resist) the need for daily exercise. Audley is so thankful that his early years with his family were so inherently active, so that when it came time for him to exercise in his recovery, it was never an arduous task.

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AUTHOR BIO – AUDLEY COLEY:

Audley Coley is a mental health coach, a philanthropist, the subject of a book and a Friend of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign. He is often called upon to host forums on mental health awareness and was more recently seen on CBC’s You Can’t Ask That describing his life with bipolar disorder and on Facebook, hosting the live broadcast to the Alianait Arts Festival for the Nunavut community alongside his lovely daughter.

His ability to soar above mental illness is something he credits to many things. His support system: a strong Jamaican, God-fearing, and closely knit family, first. Sports and physical activity come in at a close second. Audley has always been extremely active. He played hockey, soccer and was a dancer/choreographer, most of his life. At the fine age of 62, he can be found at the Atwater Club teaching a class that could put people half his age to shame. Just ask his Yummy Mummies who subscribe to his workouts and carefully crafted playlist. And then, it’s about food for Audley. He perfected his culinary skills working as a chef in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) and today, cooking is truly his labour of love. He takes his vitamins (his medication) regularly and frequently visits to Up House, a place where he goes to get centered and to give back to those who once gave to him. The last and perhaps most important box he checks off on his self-care list is REST.

Audley’s objective is to tell his story often so people may recognize themselves, to provide hope for families of those affected, to share a recipe for success that he knows works and to have the opportunity to change someone’s life in the same way that Patty Duke’s openness changed his.

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CONNECT WITH AUDLEY COLEY:

Website:

https://audleyenoughbook.com

Email:

audleycoley@gmail.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Audley-Coley-105730245370234

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/audley_coley

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/audleycoley

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/audleycoley

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/147728134-audley-coley

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60211635-audley-enough

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AUTHOR BIO – LESLEY WHYTE REFORD:

LESLEY WHYTE REFORD is a seasoned writer who has a passion for communications and storytelling. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University in 1993 and went on to build her career in Corporate Communications and Public Relations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As she raised her two sons, Lesley put her career on hold but continued with her writing when time allowed. Engaging in small contract freelance opportunities and volunteer work, Lesley published a centennial book commemorating the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s contribution to the Montreal community titled “100 Years of Stories” in 2004. In 2013, she collaborated with Audley Coley to author “Audley Enough”, an inspiring resource to share his journey with bipolar disorder and help combat the stigma of mental health issues. Lesley is currently a full-time grant writer at One Tree Planted, Inc., a global reforestation non-profit organization.

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CONNECT WITH LESLEY WHYTE REFORD:

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22178272.Lesley_Whyte_Reford

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60211635-audley-enough

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AUTHOR BIO – PATRICIA LAVOIE:

PATRICIA LAVOIE has been writing and producing feature films and television series for many years including seventeen seasons with Sesame Street (CBC) in Canada where she honed her pre-school expertise. She developed the original concept for and produced the first Heritage Minutes, a multi-million dollar television and cinema project based on anecdotes of Canadian history, as well as many award-winning preschool and family productions for broadcasters such as CBC, Radio-Canada, YTV, Treehouse, Animal Planet, TVOntario, TFO, Télé-Québec, Discovery Channel USA and PBS.

Ms. Lavoie also co-produced several feature length films with international partners in Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and the USA. Her online game productions were created for PBS, National Geographic, CBC, Radio-Canada and Treehouse.

As a broadcaster, Ms. Lavoie also served as interim Director of Yoopa, a multiplatform brand comprised of a television channel, an online community for children and parents and a magazine for parents.

Audley Enough is her third book.

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CONNECT WITH PATRICIA LAVOIE:

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14693506.Patricia_Lavoie

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60211635-audley-enough

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3MXOJMD

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/39GvCYZ

Amazon US Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/3vW4JsK

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Audley-Enough-Portrait-Recovery-Depression-ebook/dp/B09PGRX8PW

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Audley-Enough-Portrait-Recovery-Depression/dp/022887128X

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Audley-Enough-Portrait-Recovery-Depression/dp/0228871298

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/audley-enough-lesley-whyte-reford/1140837677?ean=9780228871286

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/audley-enough-lesley-whyte-reford/1140837677?ean=9780228871293

Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Audley-Enough-Lesley-Whyte-Reford/9780228871286

Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Audley-Enough-Lesley-Whyte-Reford/9780228871293

Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/product/A17010419774

Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/product/A17010419775

Indigo Chapters CA eBook:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/audley-enough-a-portrait-of/9780228871309-item.html

Indigo Chapters CA Paperback:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/audley-enough-a-portrait-of/9780228871286-item.html

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/audley-enough

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/audley-enough

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Lesley and Patricia will be awarding a $15 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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6 comments:

  1. Great cover, this sounds like a wonderful book.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the authors' bios and book details, Audley's story sounds like it will offer encouragement to readers dealing with mental health issues

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  3. What inspires your book plots?

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  4. On behalf of Audley Coley, I would like to express our gratitude for sharing this excerpt from his book on your website and for the fun giveaway. He hopes that readers will find inspiration and strength in his story. His recipe for soaring above bipolar disorder began with admitting there was a problem.

    Audley's mission is to make a difference by telling his story. He wants people to know they are not alone.

    With gratitude,
    Christine Bode (Bodacious Copy) for Audley Coley
    https://audleycoley.ca/

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