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:
“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
|The torments of the juicy fishy flesh!|
So, the party’s over. The Bloggers Book Fair has ended. I hope all you guys out there enjoyed the breath of new air on these pages. My thanks to all the contributors.
While all that was going on I have been moving myself back to France. Oh – the endless torment of wine, 400 cheeses, moules marinieres and not forgetting kilos of bulots. These wonderful sea molluscs are sold as whelks in the UK and USA but you sure can’t buy them in Walmart in England. Oooh – You just can’t beat a nice bit of firm flesh and juice.
|An amazingly non photo shopped pic de famille|
As all you historians out there will know, the French dealt with their issues of class, wage differentials and royal deference by inventing the guillotine. Ever since then they have been inventing media to borrow everyone else’s royals. Michelle and Barack count equally: (the dog buying story played well here). Everyone in France wants to know how excited I am by the birth of THE Royal babe. Every French magazine headlines royal baby stories. The UK press has reverted to sensational stories about Killer Heat Waves (three days without rain) and JK Rowling pen names. In my little village there are racks of royal baby mags with William and Kate souvenir oyster knives. The little soul’s third name is Louis which might please them I guess, although we did fight wars with many French kings of that name. I know from an inside source that the Queen has read “Knockout!” and wanted him named after Joe Louis, the great American boxer but you’ll never convince the French.
|Smile though your legs are breaking. No photo shop here!|
Nursing my wounded knee,I mounted the tandem yesterday and knocked out 51 kilometres (about 30 miles). It wasn’t too bad. I think the old Sparrow is still smiling a bit but poets have to have gravitas he tells me!
And finally, the Love In A hopeless Place Collection launched. I’ll be frank – even though I’m emma. These are literary stories and I had no hopes of sales or even interest. They are part of my own history and experience and I wanted to write them. Two reviewers have picked them up and been most generous. The reviews are here and I just want to say that readers make this quest so wonderful. Both these guys spotted what this was all about and took the trouble to reward me. Gentlemen you do most genuinely have my heart. I love you as fellow literati.
Emma Thinx: You’ll never get up off your knees if you can’t get down on them.
Last blast was at The Venture Galleries Authors Collection and this is an excerpt from that post:
Drum roll please ~~~ I give you~~~
‘Blowing My Own Trombone’ Finale Concert
CabaretAn 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?’
EdelweissA love song for all you romance writers and readers out there – pure love in the form of a small and perfect mountain bloom.
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.
The MuppetsA 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!
Tonight I am greasing up my old trusty instrument and packing it away until December’s street carols… watch this space!