Shannon’s Law – On The Trailer Trail

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I know I shouldn’t be excited. The launch of Shannon’s Law looms near. It’s all ramping up. The very merry month of February beckons. I’ve turned down deals from big players out there. I have deflected the harpoons of literary whaling fleets. OK – solid day-after-day writing and marketing novels has expanded the blubber a little. I’ve invented marketing strategies previously unknown to man. I’ve already unveiled Cop’s Kitchen, the recipes for hot plated action love that accompany Shannon’s Law. Today I reveal the pre-release trailer of the main event. This trail follows the course of my Pinterest board which I created during the formation of the book.


Pinterest is a major online resource if you are planning anything from a wedding to the launch of a moon rocket. It’s a giant online scrap book. It lets you save the image and the information behind it including the URL link. You could use it to plan a book. You collect all your ideas and images and then follow the trail.


As Shannon’s Law has unfolded, I have created a private Pinterest board of more or less everything in the book. If I spin it then I pin it. Now readers can see the whole stripped-off  deal. During the month of February every day will uncover an aspect of the plot on the Shannon’s Law Pinterest Board. Different elements of the story will be spread around bloggers of the world. I have already put up some teaser silhouette-clues. As each blogger reveals the background to each shadow, I will pin their revelations to the Shannon’s Law Board. If you wanna join in follow the board here

All the wonderful bloggers are listed below if you wanna take a look into their individual worlds.


Shannon’s Law Pre-Launch Pinterest-Reveal Virtual Book Tour  List of Blogs and Dates:

31 st Jan
3rd Feb
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5th Feb
6 Feb
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8th Feb
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11 Feb
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…and the launch day online virtual tea party:




Emma thinx: You can tell a book by its trailer











Take a look under the covers – the revealing truth of @EmmaCalin’s steamy #Romance #Novel SHANNON’S LAW

COVER REVEAL

SHANNON’S LAW  by Emma Calin

Today’s the day – the worldwide ‘Cover Reveal’ for my forthcoming contemporary romance SHANNON’S LAW. It’s is the second in my ‘Passion Patrol Series’ – steamy action-romances that feature sassy female cops who solve crimes, catch crooks and always get their man.

Blurb

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals. As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
(Pre-order paperback only at this stage)
I will be revealing snippets from the story, photos of places and people that inspired the venues and characters on Pinterest during my pre-launch book tour. There are already some scrap-book cuttings posted, take a look and follow my board to get updates: 
There is also news about the book on Facebook:
(‘Likes’ are always appreciated…..)
I’m having two launch parties “Afternoon Tea At Bloxington Manor”. The first is online on the 28th February on Facebook and the second is LIVE at the English stately home that inspired the home of my hero on Sunday 2nd March. A local favourite venue for me, Avington Park in Hampshire is steeped in history and tradition. (Think genuine Palladian style rather than Downton Abbey neo-Jacobean). The private owners have kindly agreed to open up for us with a tour of the house and then tea and cake – oh and launch the book of course!

ooooOOOO    Shannon’s Law Cover Reveal Draw     OOOOoooo
$30/£20 Amazon voucher
A pair of tickets to my Avington Park Launch Party 2nd March (UK only)
3 Advanced Review Copies of Shannon’s Law
EVERY entrant will receive a FREE gift of an audiobook of my short story Escape to Love.
Just click here: a Rafflecopter giveaway to register to win – either ‘like’ the Facebook page or comment on this blog to qualify for an extra 2 chances.
Good Luck!

You can share in Shannon’s Law too – I have a range of SPONSORSHIP Options: get your name in the book, get tickets to the launch, your logo on the cover or even sponsor the dedication page in honour of your lover for the ultimate St Valentine’s Day gift! 

Visit  The Shannon’s Law Landing Page for details 


A big thank you to Goddess-Fish Promotions and Fiction Addiction Book Tours for helping to set up the following blogs which are also supporting this Cover Reveal Event

1 Bunny’s Review
2 
Farm Girl Books
3 
Theresa M Jones
4 
Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
5 
The Sinner Author
6 
Aly’s Miscellany
7 
The Ragnarok Legacy
8 
Rose and Beps Blog
9 
Sarah Ballance
10 
Dena Garson – Real… Hot… Romance
11 
Girl meets Books
12 
The eBook Reviewers
13 
Kit ‘N Kabookle
14 
The Book Review
15 
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
16 
Brooke Blogs
17 
Doing Some Reading
18 
Harlie’s Books
19 
Queen of the Night Reviews
20 
Reviews by Crystal
21 
The Reading Addict
22 
Beyond Romance
23 
Ever After Romance Book Blog
24 
Sharing Links and Wisdom
25 
Margay Leah Justice
26 
Reynold Conger Would Not Write if It Were Not Fun
27 
Nickie’s Views and Interviews
28 
Perfect Chaos
29 
The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
30 
Welcome to My World of Dreams
31 
It’s Raining Books
32 
Straight from the Library
33 
Long and Short Reviews
34 
Blood Moons and Nightscapes
35 
Travel the Ages
36 
A Writer’s Life
37 
Wake Up Your Wild Side
38 
The Certifiable Wenches
39 
Room With Books
40 
Our Wolves Den
41 
Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog
42 
A to Z Reviews
43 
Bookgirl Knitting
44 
Sexy Adventures, Passionate Tales
45 
Wickedly Wanton Tales
46 
Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
47 
Full Moon Dreaming
48 
Wicked Readings By Tawania
49 
Books to Light Your Fire

50. Bonnie Trachtenberg
51. Celtic Connexions
52. Cometbabesbooks
 53. Sheryl  Browne
54. Chicklitpad
55. Anneli’s Place
56. Brook Cottage Books
57. All things books
58. Mandy Baggot
59. Me My books and I
60. Kim The Bookworm
61. Patricia Sand’s Blog
62. Bookalicious Travel Addict

Shannon’s Law: New Emma Calin Romance

Gurus differ about titles. Some say you should have one right from the start. Rival gurus think it should be designed as part of the cover. I can’t recall the names of any books by gurus. My new novel is called “Shannon’s Law”. It was born at a healthy weight of 94,000 words and is so much alive it even has its own Facebook  page for you to “like”: https://www.facebook.com/ShannonsLaw

Now, during the long incubation period, I had to make a rather serious decision. A wonderful publisher actually wanted it. This is what I had looked for all my life. At last I could become a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. So, perversely,  I turned them down. Professional acceptance will have to wait. The industry has changed so much and since I published “Knockout” I have learned a lot. I’ve even set up Gallo-Romano Media, my own publishing business that now handles third party books.  With breathtaking arrogance I have decided to go it alone again. “Knockout” was always intended as the first in a series of hardcore modern police romance stories. The flavour is very much girl cop on top. They’re tough but not rough. There’s handbags, toe-rags, sandbags and glad rags. It’s Passion Patrol.

A view with a room (or two)

If you check out the Facebook page you’ll find a cool competition  http://tinyurl.com/qy6rxvp to win a signed pre-release printed copy or tickets to the live launch event in the UK. Yes – a live stately home launch. I can’t reveal the story but here is a full frontal view of our launch venue, complete with hard upright pillars at the entrance. Much of the action takes place here. 

I am a woman with a plan. The countdown has begun. The Facebook page is up. The cover reveal will be on 6th January 2014. A Pinterest board has developed in parallel with the book, featuring nearly everything from venue to menu. Teaser silhouettes will proceed a Pinterest reveal International blog tour. The book will launch on February 28th  with a virtual tea party. The live launch event will be on 2nd March 2014. Only Nostradamus can take us beyond that date. 

Emma Thinx: Pillar talk -it’s what architects do in bed.







Giving away #Love in a Hopeless Place for #Christmas and the #holidays

Pucker up…..I’m blowing my own trumpet trombone again (I can hear the groans!), my anthology of tough love stories is now out in paperback and available on Amazon for the bargain price of  USA: $8.99  UK: £5.99 and in Europe:6.99



Good news for anyone hoping to find a FREE gift book for the holidays – there are 3 copies up for grabs on Goodreads – click HERE to go in the hat for the draw on the 18th of December – just in time for Christmas.

Here’s what some of the reviewers have said about the e-book version that came out in July:

Five Stars
“Emma Calin writes with perfection and is a master of the short story. You will want to keep this collection in your bookshelf forever.” Adina Luca, October 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories, and have recommended it to male and female friends.”  Michael Todaro, September 2013


All five titles explore social issues and these are cleverly interwoven into the narrative” T. Fly August 2013



If you’d prefer a digital version for your e-reader, the Kindle edition is available too, although not on a Goodreads giveaway I’m afraid, as they do not allow giveaways of e-books.



For those of you missing my brassy side or wondering about the length of my glissando …. here’s a repeat performance… oh for those warm balmy days of summer!



Emma Thinx: Leaf through a real book in the Fall



#Romance novelist filmed performing BL%W JOB in the park to launch her new #book.

Trombone-icon

I am ashamed to admit, my embouchure was rather slack, having not had it out for nearly a year.   My lips were swollen and buzzing by the end… my poor instrument is rusting away from lack of use. I would never have believed my glissando would get exposed to such a wide audience!

Well the 31st was the final stop on my world tour – blowing my own trumpet trombone to announce the launch of my new book – 


Last blast was at The Venture Galleries Authors Collection and this is an excerpt from that post:

Drum roll please ~~~ I give you~~~

The Romsey Community Wind Band – featuring Emma Calin on the slide trombone,  recorded 2 weeks ago from the bandstand in the park…

Emma Calin’s

‘Blowing My Own Trombone’ Finale Concert

In aid of
PROGRAM
  1. Cabaret
    An apt description of the life of a modern author. We do not shiver in isolation in our bare garrets writing away in anonymity. We are out there in the spotlight, baring it all and putting on a show. We perform avariety act for our readers – social media, blogs, interviews, appearances. As the song says, ‘What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play?’
  2. Edelweiss
    A love song for all you romance writers and readers out there – pure love in the form of a small and perfect mountain bloom.
  1. Rock-a-my-Sex (Sax/Soul)
    Well – this is an adaptation of an old song – the title brought up to date for a modern romance writer. Eroticism has come of age as the effects of the “50 Shades…” permeate through the romance genre.
  2. The Muppets
    A nod to the madness of the circus. A jibe at the desperation of the modern day novelist. I am the worst – prone to jumping on every band-wagon. Trying to ride the latest wave; to identify and mimic the traits of the successful who have raised their books above the parapet and made a few sales.
    … and sometimes you just need those two old guys on the balcony to put their heads up, blow a few raspberries of ridicule and point their fingers to bring you back down to earth.
    At the end of the day it’s all about putting your soul into your writing. This is what matters. One has to avoid becoming a Muppet jumping to the call of the puppeteers of the ‘system’ – whatever it may be!
Thank you for coming!
And the purpose of all this horn blowing? A fanfare for the arrival of my new book –
My series of five short stories are now available under one cover. A bargain way for you to get your hands on my gritty tales-with-a-twist.
The five titles in the collection stand alone in their own right but are linked by a common theme: the universal quest for survival, love, passion and respect against the gritty backdrop of working class life.
Sub-Prime– a gritty short story
The Chosen– a short story with a twist
Escape To Love – a novelette, a suspense romance with a twist
Angela– a short story
Love in a Hopeless Place– a novelette, a romance.
During July and August ‘ANGELA‘ a short story from the collection is FREE – so you can even try one before you buy the set!

The ‘Blowing my own Trombone Book Launch Blog Tour’ is now over – many thanks to these kind folk who have hosted my blasting over the last two weeks!

Tonight I am greasing up my old trusty instrument and packing it away until December’s street carols… watch this space!

17th July AnneliPurchase
20th July Sheryl Browne
21st July Nicky Wells
22nd July Melanie Robertson-King
25th July Bonnie Trachtenberg
26th July Patricia Sands
Emma Calin Links
For more books by Emma Calin:
EmmaCalin Website: http://www.emmacalin.com
Twitter:@Emma Calin

A Fanfare for the launch of The Love In A Hopeless Place Collection

Why blow your own trumpet if you can blow your own trombone? On Sunday I had the very chance to get up there and show the world my glissando. The clip shows me performing the Muppet Theme.

The trombone fanfare announces the launch of my 


There are five stories included in this ‘boxed set’. The theme is that of life and love among folk at the poorer end of society. My impression has often been that working class life is less examined by fiction than higher income groups. The more beautiful and educated are more appealing. Suave heroes and elegant heroines tread the world in pursuit of high ambitions. All the while there’s a guy pushing a broom and a woman packing boxes in a warehouse. Sadly these days the term “working class” often means those with no work or those clinging to marginal insecure jobs. There are the illegal immigrants who pick fruit, prepare meat, prop up the sex industry and rinse the rice for our gourmet restaurant dinners.

In my life I have been drawn to these situations. Seeking to be a writer I have chosen not to have a career path but to work in food processing plants, warehouses and as a bus driver. There is passion, colour and humour in these places. These stories represent what I feel has been the best of my experience. 

Here are just a couple of words about each title.

Sub Prime – This has been a successful prize winning piece for me. A guy down on his luck gets some casual work and encounters those far less fortunate. He has to examine his strength of character and is never the same again.

The Chosen – Two guys at the margins of society have very different ambitions. One is a cynical survivor. The other is a believer in the dream of wealth and success. They unite in a desperate throw of the dice. It’s about luck, winners and losers.

Escape To Love – A woman faces a future bringing up her handicapped child alone. In her past lies an abusive relationship from which she has escaped. When her child is rescued by a man on the run, she has the chance of a new life and love. Can she trust her own judgement? Could a new lover entirely trust her?

Angela – This is a true short story. What we believe in often affects what we see or how we interpret what we have experienced. A chauffeur encounters an enigmatic client at a point of indecision in his life.

Love In A Hopeless Place – A working class woman has settled into a resigned acceptance of the second half of her life. Suddenly she learns something about herself and of her true possibilities. Change can often engender passion and violenceA chance moment brings everything down around her and brings even further surprises.


The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection is available on Amazon Worldwide.


And of course, there is a competition. All you have to do is spot the differences…

1)How many differences are there between the first and second pictures?
2) Who is the elegant sophisticated glamour model posing in the third picture?

Enter your answers here to win your own copy of the collection and a customised iphone 5 case.



Hear some more tunes from the band as the  ‘Blowing My Own Trombone Blog Tour Continues’….

20th July Sheryl Browne
21st July Nicky Wells
23rd July Miriam Wakerly
26th July Patricia Sands

 

Robert Galbraith – First Pictures ;-)

The author and close friend Bob Galbraith after the publisher’s party

Oooh – I’ve been listening to posh BBC radio over breakfast. The main subject has been that wizard of an author Robert Galbraith. This red headed porridge gobbler has fooled the world for the last sixteen years or so by masquerading as a female novelist using the pseudonym JK Rowling. Those of us industry insiders who know Robert (or Bobby to his mates) Galbraith personally are not surprised. I’ll never forget his appearance in drag at the Random Penguin Christmas party two years ago. It was only the haggis fragments in his stubble that gave him away. Bob Galbraith – I salute you. You never fooled me of course, but it was great while it lasted. Who knows what other secrets lie undiscovered in the mysterious hyper- murk of the super-scribes? 


And NOW……The prize winners in my ‘Love In A Hopeless Place’ launch competition. All winners were selected by Rafflecopter. In addition all winners will receive a Kindle copy of the soon-to-be launched ‘Love In A Hopeless Place Collection’ featuring all five stories.

Linn Halton wins a large tattoo.
Petra Rovere wins a Seahorse Club pin.
Carol Wyer wins a pack of Pleasuremax ribbed condoms
Nicky Wells wins a glitterball key ring
Barbara Brannon White wins a copy of Love In A Hopeless

Place (Now upgraded to the whole collection!).


Regulars on here may recall that all of these items feature in the story. If any TV producer out there wants an idea for a  celebrity vehicle show how about this? You get a couple of famous scribblers such as Robert (Bobby) Galbraith and Emma Calin. You give them each a team of coked-up celebs and a bag of props. They write a story based on them which is then performed by celebrity chefs. You could call it “Ready Steady Book”. Wow – I’m gonna be rich.

And finally, my latest book, a ‘boxed set’ of five novelettes and short stories: 
 “Love In A Hopeless Place Collection” 
launches on Thursday 18th July. 
I’m gonna be on all kinds of blogs blowing my own trumpet trombone…




17th July Anneli Purchase
20th July Sheryl Browne
21st July Nicky Wells
23rd July Miriam Wakerly
26th July Patricia Sands


Emma Thinx: Identities are easy. Finding yourself is tough.






‘Love in a Hopeless Place’ Live Launch Party with Giveaways

Welcome to the launch party for my new novelette – a gritty romance called 

‘Love in a Hopeless Place’

You can find the book here

Thank you for coming along!

I just fancied a quick ‘apéro’, to say hello and introduce you to this final book in my novelette and short story series, following on from ‘Sub-Prime’, ‘The Chosen’ and ‘Escape To Love’.  

I’ll only keep you here for half an hour or so – with some excerpts, music from the book, virtual drinks, nibbles and some prizes – props from the book!  

[This post will grow as I add more information during the launch – please check back for updates. If you come to the post after 8pm on 19th June it will be complete and probably rather longer than my usual posts!]

First of all let’s get the party going with the starter track on my playlist…. just click the box below to listen.

This is the song that is playing at the start of Chapter 1…  arguably a catalyst for the events that follow.

Picture the scene…  a Working Men’s Club…  a “do” for the employees of a local warehousing business…

In the words of Lyn, the first person narrator of this tale, here is the  opening paragraph of the book:

You can’t blame the music for what happened. You can’t blame the budget-brand vodka or the own-brand cola.  You can’t blame anyone but me and the great gaping hole I used to know as ME.”


As we’re talking drinks and this is a party – anyone for a glass of bubbly to celebrate with me?



Back to Lyn and her colleagues:

“It was a big Friday feeling with a gap-toothed glitter ball and spotlights with their faded pink cellophane glamour.” 

Get the picture? 

Now it’s time for the first little competition.  As I mentioned when you arrived, the prizes are all props from the story…  I will reveal them during the course of the party.  To be in the draw for all the prizes (one per person) fill in the rafflecopter below…

And the first prize out of the hat will be… a rather lovely disco glitter ball (on a keyring!)


Enter your details once below, to have a chance to win this or one of the other prizes coming up shortly (only one entry needed to have a chance for all the prizes).

Unfortunately this competition is closed – but here is another where you could win a copy of the e-book of Love in a Hopeless Place – the draw for this is on the 2nd of July 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

More fizz anyone or maybe some nibbles?

or perhaps some nuts…




Time to change tracks…  we’re still at the party with Lyn and this is the last dance of the evening.



Whilst you’re enjoying Lionel, let me show you the next prize something from the warehouse where Lyn works… something for the weekend   ;-0  


(Bet you hope you don’t win these eh!?)

Back in the book… Lyn is getting in the mood…

…and that was where I started to lose it – I mean lose the will to pretend. You know that feeling you get sometimes when your face aches from smiling when you’re out in company. My life had been that smile.”


and this was the music that accompanied her thoughts…


…and this was what helped her get her mind where she wanted it to be… (Yes it’s another prize!)


Ah slight problem… we’ve started drinking this too…

Never mind, a substitute prize… a copy of the book itself



Back to the story…  Lyn realises the joy of her new love but can she control her lover’s emotions?

To want is easy. To be wanted is a delicious warm bath but with someone else’s hand on the hot tap.”


and another romantic track….



Moving away from the story itself – the cover of the book has proved popular, so my next prize is your very own ‘Love in a Hopeless Place’ flower tattoo (it’s a temporary one so nothing too risqué).



I don’t want to reveal too much more about the plot… but on the way to the climax of the story Lyn hears the following song on the car radio and ironically remarks that it could be her theme song.




‘Love in a Hopeless Place’ – the title of the book is taken from this song and also provided the perfect themed link between all the books in the series – 



Back to the plot… A member of Lyn’s family is a night-club bouncer, but maybe not at The Seahorse Club. My last prize is your own membership pin to that very club… a beautiful enamel and crystal confection – the very seahorse at the heart of the club logo….

To finish this off with my usual flourish… these are my thoughts as I have partied this evening,  from the social club glitter ball my thought reflections are patterned  out below……


Emma Thinx: Neither Life nor Love are ever perfect but there is no perfect Life without Love 

A big thank you to everyone who has lasted to the end of this post. I hope you have enjoyed the virtual party and popped your name down for a chance to win a prize? 


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Love In A Hopeless Place – Emma Calin’s new book launched today

Hearing extracts from the opera “Carmen” playing on my grandparents radiogram I used to imagine myself as a person of high culture at the age of ten. I imagined that Carmen was some kind of queen or at least a princess.  It was some years later I saw the opera on TV and discovered that Carmen worked in a cigarette factory. How could this be? How could such a glamorous tragic femme fatale spend her days in such an environment? Why would an artist place his character in such a setting?

Of course, the question was as innocent as I was in those days. Since then I have set stories in a poultry killing plant, a broken-down wreck of a truck and several threadbare domestic interiors. As I prepare to launch

I realise that my contribution to literature may be to set a story in a condom warehouse. Among the packets of Ridged Ticklers and Pleasure Domes a story of lust and love unfolds into passion, violence and destruction. (The names of the condoms have been altered slightly). 



So – why the condom warehouse? The answer is of course, that this is a true story from my own life experience and that is where Lyn, our heroine worked. I was able to see all sides of these events and have added very little. I can say no more. 

This novelette is the last of the series of tales from the gritty streets which form the “Love in a Hopeless Place Collection” which will appear in July. At last, I have gotten that piece of grit out of my eye and can see clear Romance ahead. Indeed, I am working on a story for a publisher almost as if I were a proper writer, although probably I should not go that far. All I can say is that a manly Lord and his elegant lover come together as the sun sets in Venice. Defo not a dead turkey, car smash or condom in sight. Well, you can have too much of a good thing.

Find your copy of the book

Amazon Worldwide book link: viewBook.at/B00D8K61QQ
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LoveInAHopelessPlaceNovel

Celebrate and enter my draw to win a copy for yourself:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Emma Thinx: A cold heart is love’s only hopeless place





Escape To Love Goes Live

Escape on a CD

Well, there it goes – out into the cyber-dome to suffer the slings and arrows of Amazoneous fortune or to take arms against a sea of bubbles. Once they’re gone – there is only one thing to do. Yes – write another one, or rather crack on with the one on the slipway.

Here is the Worldwide Amazon link to ESCAPE TO LOVE.  The Kindle Edition includes a FREE 80 minute audiobook download.

As promised I have attached the sound file for Chapter One of the audio book. The voice of course, is mine. 

Escape with an iPod – let me read it for you!

I am out on the first stop of my mini book launch blog tour at 
Anneli’s Place in CANADA today.  Drop over and leave a message about where you would chose for your great escape get your chance to win a copy of Escape To Love!


Emma Thinx: Words – what would they say if they could speak for themselves?