Ideal Angels

By Robert Welbourn

How much can one person change you?

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Publication date: August 2018

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Ideal Angels is a book about love in the social media age. Is it possible to keep any secrets when your entire life is online?

Ideal Angels is a book about love, loss, and disconnection. One day you’re sitting, wondering where your life is going, and the next you’re on a rollercoaster, being pushed and pulled in directions you never thought possible. And loving every second of it.

Ideal Angels is the story of one man, one woman, and one week. It's a second person sprint through a whirlwind week in which the man goes from nobody to everybody. Sex, drugs, something like rock and roll, the man spent so long hiding from the world in which now he is a central part.

Ideal Angels is not all joy though – the world is full of fear, pressure, expectation, it’s enough to drive anyone crazy. Particularly if you’ve spent your life on a knife edge. There are so many things you’re expected to do, so many ways you’re expected to fit in. You’ve tried to make your bed, and lie in it, but that’s no longer an option. You must become everything you hate, in order to survive.

How much can one person change you?

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    Robert Welbourn

    Robert Welbourn is Yorkshire born and bred - he's lived there almost all his life, and now written a book set there. He’s had a passion for books as long as he can remember, and has been writing his whole life. His favourite authors are Bret Easton Ellis and Stephen King, and he cites Ellis as his number one influence.

    He studied English Literature at Salford University, and this confirmed that he wanted to spend his life working with books. He currently works in marketing, but is hoping to spend his life telling stories.

  • Tumescent, tumescence, a rush of blood but not to the head. The anger gives way to resignation, betrayal turns in to hopelessness. Despair is everywhere.

    Your world is different from mine. Your forever stretches from first matter to last. Mine is the blink of an eye. There was darkness before, and that darkness will come again. You can’t control it, you can’t swim. There is only sinking. You can try and hedge your bets, you can plan for what is coming, but you cannot stop it coming. From the top of the highest height, you feel like you can see everything, but you cannot. You are blind. But the blindness is not the darkness, because the darkness is not black. It is so much more. It is like your eyes are inside out, and everything you see is inverted in a way your brain cannot comprehend. It threatens to tear you apart. You know you will eventually be torn apart, but you do not know how. Not yet. You will not know until it happens, and by then it will already be too late. It will not be a she, nor a him, but it will be a you. You will tear yourself apart searching for a meaning which does not exist. You will kick and scream and scratch and cry and bleed and it will all be for naught. It has already been done. Everything that ever is, ever has been, or ever will be, is already done. You cannot stop it. You cannot control it. You can only accept it. You know you will not be able to, but you can try. You can pretend. You can fake. You are a fake. Your whole life has been a fake. Everything is nothing. But this is ok. This is not necessarily a bad thing. You are…

    You are…

    In that darkness there is a light, and in this light there is a promise. The promise is her name, the promise is that maybe everything will be ok. But you know it can never be, the promise is a lie, so you stop thinking, you stop feeling, the light goes out and you continue.

    Read more...
  • 24th April 2019 Book 2 - 20% and counting!

    Thanks to everyone who has pledged for Everybody's Waiting for the End of the World so far - we're 1/5 of the way there!



    There are still plenty of great rewards up for grabs, including the chance to name the main character. How cool is that!?



    Of course there are much less expensive pledges too! Come have a look:



    https://unbound.com/books/everybodys-waiting-for-the-end-of-the-world/

    5th April 2019 Everybody's Waiting for the End of the World!

    And here it is!



    https://unbound.com/books/everybodys-waiting-for-the-end-of-the-world/



    The book, not the apocalypse...



    You all got a sneak peak a few days ago, but the project is live for the public now. The video on the page is new too, hopefully between that and the synopsis, you're as excited as I am!

    3rd April 2019 Book 2 is live!

    Hi everyone - it feels like an age since I last did this! Ideal Angels has been out for nearly 6 months now, which is crazy to think.



    And now it's out there in the world, I figured it was time to start on book 2. So here it is!



    https://unbound.com/books/everybodys-waiting-for-the-end-of-the-world/



    This one is very different to Ideal Angels; it's a murder mystery.



    I won't go into too much detail…

    22nd May 2018 It's coming your way!

    After what seems like forever, a little bird has told me that the first copies of Ideal Angels are being sent out.



    This is it!



    This is the moment we've all been waiting for!



    And you know what that means don't you??



    Favour time!



    Please please please, once you've received and read your copy, please please please…

    11th March 2018 Nearly there - so I need a favour!

    I'm terribly sorry for the lack of updates - between editing, sorting the cover, fulfilling pledges, and planning a little personal trip, I've neglected you! You, who are the most important people in this process. Well you'll be pleased to know the book is nearly ready, and should be with you in the not too distant future. I'm terribly excited; this project has been going on for so long, I'm desperate…

    15th August 2017 The manuscript has been sent off...

    ...the editor has received it. Claire, you hold my dreams in your hands - please be nice!

    The ball is rolling, and we're creeping towards the book being a thing.

    Exciting right? I can't think of anything better.

    Thanks again all for all your support, I wouldn't be here without you!

    4th July 2017 Something giant this way comes

    25% - gone

    33% - a flickering light in the distance

    37% - the current location

    50% - creeping up on us...

     

    And when it hits, something big is going to happen.

     

    Once I hit 50%, something huge is going to take place.

     

    Do you want to be a part of it? Hit the pledge button and you can be.

     

    Watch this space...

    28th June 2017 We have some winners!

    Apologies it's taken so long, the life of a writer is a hectic one. I've finally completed the draw, and the winners are;

    *drumroll*

    1st place - Troy Verdeer

    2nd place - Paul Armourdedieu

    3rd place - Hannah Jennings

    Congratulations to the 3 of you! To claim your prize, email me at r.welbourn@live.com to give me your details!

    Commiserations to all who didn't win. But don't despair…

    13th June 2017 50 supporters!

    Thank you all - and you know what that means don't you? Competition time!

    This weekend, you'll be entered in to a draw. 1st place wins my top 5 all time books. 2nd place wins my top 3. and 3rd place wins my top 1 favourite all time book.

    I'll be doing the draw this weekend, so there's still time to get more entries. Remember, £1 = 1 entry, so between now and this weekend you can pledge more…

    9th June 2017 25% progress - thank you for all of your support!

    I'm 1/4 of the way there - I couldn't do it without you guys, you're fantastic! This is such a huge milestone, and I'm so incredibly overwhelmed by the support I've received.

    But I'm far from over. With 25% being down, that still leaves 75% remaining. So there's no room to take my foot off the pedal.

    Remember, the competition is still scheduled in for once I reach 50 supporters - and i'm at…

    31st May 2017 Competition time!

    Do you want some free stuff? Of course you do! Who doesn't!?

     

    As I approach 50 backers - 39 so far, thank you to all you generous people! - I think it's time to give some stuff out. So once I reach 50 backers, I'm going to do a prize draw.

     

    The winner will get copies of my top 5 all time favourite books - you can see what I love to read, and what inspires me.

     

    Runner up will…

    26th May 2017 Special Offer

    Between now and the end of May, if you use the code MayDay when you pledge, you'll receive 15% off your total.

    As well as the discount, you'll receive 2 completely free e-books the next day.

    The offer ends on 31st May, which is next Wednesday, so don't miss out!

    22nd May 2017 One month in - some ups and downs

    My account dashboard tells me I'm 28 days in - as near a month as matters. That's 4 weeks since Ideal Angels went live. What a ride it's been so far.

    It's been so much fun - but I'd be lying if i said it was all fun. It's not all pledges, kind words, support, joy and praise. For every pledge, there's a visit with no success. For every kind word, there's 5 people who just aren't interested.…

    15th May 2017 Update 4 - back from the 'Dam

    Today marks the start of day 3, and the restart of my hardcore pledge-driving. It was my 30th birthday last week, and I spent a lovely few days in Amsterdam. It's a beautiful city, and the sun was shining - I couldn't have asked for more. But now I'm back in England, and back to it. We're making good progress, and I am grateful to everyone who's pledged so far, but we're just getting started…

    26th April 2017 Update 3 - pledgers, start your engines!

    Well, that's the first week over with. It's been terrifying, nerve wracking, altogether a fun experience! I was genuinely scared I'd end the week with 0 backers, so to have 10 and be at 6% is fantastic. Thank you so much to all who have pledged!

    I've had a look at the pledge structure, and decided on a bit of a change. To start at £10 is a bit steep - it's a lot of money to ask people to pledge…

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