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What a great idea: audio book tasters

I’ve just discovered the ‘Listen Inside’ podcast by Readers in the Know, tasters of books which I can download and listen to while I’m on the train. A great way of trying a new author or new genre. Read by RITK’s Simon Denham, they are curiously hypnotic. He has a great reading voice. I think my ‘to-read’ shelf is going to fill up again, after making a concerted effort to get it under control. Read more about the podcasts from Readers in the Know here. Or subscribe in iTunes, you’ll find it in Podcasts under the ‘New & Noteworthy’ listing. Readers in the Know is a great way of finding new books, searchable not just by genre but by format. Ideal if, for example, if you only love audio books. Once you’ve created a wishlist, it also highlights the books which are on promotion or free with links to buy.
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How to write a book review

Probably the biggest no-no is not to give away the plot. Do not do this, even if you write a big headline saying ‘this book review contains spoilers’. No-one likes it, don’t do it. Publishers will not send you preview copies, readers will not dare read any of your reviews in case it spoils the plot, and authors will hate you for doing away with the need to buy their book. There are basically two types of book review:- Descriptive: this gives the essential information about the book, the author, when/where available. Many book reviewers lift this information straight from the Amazon or Goodreads summary, but the journalist in me dislikes this habit. It can feel as if the reviewer has not actually read the book. Critical: this style of review describes the book and evaluates the story, with the reviewer backing up opinions with examples from the text. This is the more thorough review, considering the book within the wider picture of the author’s work, genre, publishing trends, its themes, characterization, plot, structure. While reading a book for review, I:- Make a note of my first impressions; Keep notes about plot turns, and particularly anything that surprises me; Write down excerpts
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Talking about books in Cómpeta

I guess 80% of the conversation at the Cómpeta Book Group in Spain earlier this week was about Ignoring Gravity, I was the guest speaker, but I loved talking books with other book lovers. I came away with more books to add to my own To-Read list – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Most of all, I was impressed with the Group members’ analysis of Ignoring Gravity and their curiosity about how the story evolved. As often happens when I talk about Ignoring Gravity and the immensely complex subject that is adoption, I meet more people touched by adoption itself. The conversation about books continued at dinner and one member told me the story of a friend of a friend. This retired lady recently received contact from the daughter she gave up for adoption in the Sixties. She had told no-one about her pregnancy, at the time, or since. Her husband, her children: no-one else knew. What could have been a traumatic reunion turned into a positive family occasion. The similarities between the birth mother and her daughter – both physical likeness and musical ability – were breath-taking to the observers.
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On the radio in Spain

An e-mail from Talk Radio Europe flew into my Inbox with three easy questions:- Did I fancy a day trip to San Pedro de Alcantara, near Marbella? Yes. Could I talk about my book, and about adoption? Yes. Was it okay to speak in English, not Spanish. Bueno? Absolutely, yes! I was thrilled to be asked to appear on The Book Show, the weekly book discussion programme on Spain’s biggest English language radio station for ex-pats. The Book Show is broadcast every Thursday evening in Spain by Talk Radio Europe to half a million listeners. I really enjoyed chatting with presenter Hannah Murray [below] who explained the personal appeal which Ignoring Gravity has for her, she has two friends who were adopted, with differing experiences: one had a happy childhood, the other experienced a rockier road. These friendships gave Hannah a key insight into the adoption storyline of Ignoring Gravity and she asked me some really interesting questions. To listen to my interview, click below.   Make sure you don’t miss out on information about forthcoming Rose Haldane novels, sign up for my [irregular] newsletter here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity here. Want to know more about
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From a dodgy film, to blog, to author website

My online journey to this author website has been an interesting process, starting from nothing then step-by-step finding my way via my first WordPress blog. Read more about my journey in this article at the Society of Author’s blog. The Society of Authors has 9,000 professional writer members, and has represented the rights of authors for more than 100 years. Members range from well-known novelists such as president Philip Pullman [below] to professional writers such as textbook writers, academics, non-fiction authors, broadcasters, illustrators and translators. I think the annual membership fee of £95 is money well spent. Particularly good value are the SoA’s training courses, two of which I attended during the development of my blog and website. Other benefits include the society’s Author magazine, sponsorship of prizes, networking groups, and an online searchable database of authors. To read more about my website on the SoA blog, click here. For the benefits of joining the UK’s Society of Authors, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now 
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My Top 5… book trailers

This is my latest Top 5. Always being amended, like Desert Island Discs… Click the links to watch the book trailers. 1 ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce Buy nowClick here for Rachel Joyce talking about her writing process. 2 ‘The Aftermath’ by Rhidian Brook Buy nowClick here to read my review of The Aftermath. 3 ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue Buy nowClick here for my review of Frog Music. 4 ‘The Lie’ by Helen Dunmore Buy nowTo read my review of The Lie, click here. 5 ‘The Bear’ by Claire Cameron Buy nowTo find out why I loved The Bear so much, click here for my review. Which are your Top 5 book trailers? Do you agree with my other ‘Top 5’ choices?:- My Top 5… fictional heroes to follow on Facebook My top 5… music to write to My Top 5… novels in an English setting And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Try a #booktrailer for a taster of a novel: here are My Top 5 http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1e8 via @SandraDanby
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Goodreads Giveaway is closed

My giveaway on reading website Goodreads has now closed and I’m thrilled that 1556 people applied for one of the 10 free copies of Ignoring Gravity. Ten books are on their way now to lucky readers in the UK, US and Canada. If you were one of them, one of these envelopes is now in the post and winging its way to you. If you missed out, you can buy Ignoring Gravity now, e-book or paperback, at Amazon UK and Amazon US. Or watch out here for news about the next Giveaway! To join Goodreads, click here. It’s a great way to find new books, share your ideas of books you’ve read, and chat with other readers who like the same sort of books you do.
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Please share…

Please help me to spread the word about Ignoring Gravity. Re-blog on WordPress or Bloglovin’, re-tweet, share on Facebook or Tumblr or Reddit by clicking the ‘share’ button at the end of each post. Thank you! To find out what the book is about, click here to watch the trailer. To hear me talk about how I wrote the novel, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy the e-book or paperback of Ignoring Gravity now, at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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Past, Present and Future

What did author Sandra Danby do before she wrote Ignoring Gravity? Book blogger A Woman’s Wisdom asks Sandra for her favourite memory from her early days as a journalist. “My editor called me in to tell me I was going on an overnighter to Paris for a press reception. I had never been to Paris. It was 1983. There was no Eurostar, no Channel Tunnel.” Read the interview in full by clicking here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: What’s my favourite memory? #authorinterview by @bodiciasapple http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1w8 via @SandraDanby
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Rose: jogger or stalker?

The scene in Ignoring Gravity which sees Rose jogging at midnight along the Thames Riverside path is based on a real place in Battersea, London. Rose has met Nick Maddox a couple of times and is intrigued, pulling on her trainers late one night she drives to Battersea and sets out to ‘jog’. The ‘jogging’ of course is an excuse to check out where he lives. So is she a stalker or a jogger?Maddox is a successful businessman and I decided he would live in an apartment block like Montevetro: stylish, modern, it couldn’t be more different than Rose’s first floor flat in Wimbledon. Rose looked up at the glass-and-steel building looming above her. Nine, no ten storeys high, tall for this part of London excepting Chelsea Harbour opposite. A couple of windows were asleep behind pulled curtains, some were bright and awake and staring at her rudeness, more blinked at her with half-pulled blinds as if saying, ‘Hello there, I am cool aren’t I? Fancy coming up for a cocktail?’ Like Rose, on my research trip I found my way from my parked car, headed for the church and found a cut-through to the Thames. The water was grey,
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Gravity: nothing to do with astronauts

As part of my pre-publication planning, I set up a couple of searches on Google Alerts. The idea was that I would catch all mentions/reviews on the internet for Ignoring Gravity. It didn’t quite work out like that. My inbox regularly gets Google Alerts about… gravity. And a particular movie… and scientific stuff about Isaac Newton and gravitational forces. And astronauts.The title of Ignoring Gravity is in fact totally unscientific. It is an adaptation of a line from the Philip Larkin poem, ‘Love’. To read about how I found the Larkin poem, click here. But Isaac Newton [above, Godfrey Kneller’s 1689 portrait], Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are still relevant: gravity is a basic rule of our place in the world and solar system. Gravity keeps our feet on the ground, literally. When, in Ignoring Gravity, Rose Haldane discovers she is adopted, she realizes finally that she cannot ignore where she came from, that she has to find out the identity of her real family. Family surrounds her every day – her adopted family, and her birth family – as gravity surrounds us invisibly. Rose just has to learn to recognise them. Watch the movie trailer for Gravity, with Sandra Bullock
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Getting the best out of Twitter

I was pretty slow at joining Twitter, couldn’t understand how it could inform my writing, didn’t see the application to my life as a writer. Then the need to promote Ignoring Gravity changed all that and now I am a big fan. Not, it has to be said, tweeting about the minutiae of life but I think I am now a tweeter and a reader of tweets. Things I like about Twitter:- The ability to connect with other writers, unknown, unpublished, published, famous. The sense that we are all writers, writing every day; The community of book bloggers and authors, the two-way encouragement, congratulations and support from people who love books; The # trends which follow the hot topics in writing and the new friends these bring; Photographs, every tweet should have a photo if at all possible; Month-long themes such as #bookaday which make me think about the books I love and introduce me to writers, readers and book people. Things I don’t like about Twitter:- The ‘I’ve followed you so you must follow me’ thing; The ‘I’ve just eaten a bowl of cornflakes’ tweet; The ‘Please buy my book for 99¢ on Amazon’ tweet; Bad punctuation and spelling. There’s no
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Scouting locations for filming

Over two months this spring I learned that writing a book doesn’t finish when you type ‘the end’. A new phase then begins: knocking the book into shape and planning promotion. I’m lucky enough to have a great team of people helping me and I am learning very fast. I spent a week scouting locations, planning and filming two videos [the book trailer, and an author interview] and a photo shoot for a portrait photo then gratefully handed over the post-production to the experts. Trees are an important part of Ignoring Gravity, symbolising family history. So I was keen to shoot either the portrait photo or the author interview, or both, sitting or standing by a tree. Which sounds easy except we were doing this in March when the trees are bare of leaves and so a little boring. My PR consultant Nicky Stephen has a neighbour with a beautiful garden, including a tree with a circular wooden bench around the trunk. We shot the portrait photo straight away as the light was good, soft light, no bright sunshine. While we were doing this we realised a potential problem for the video shoot: the sheep in the next field were
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Are you on Goodreads?

Goodreads… if you are already a member, you know how it works so please add Ignoring Gravity to your ‘To read’ list. And once you’ve read it, leave a review saying what you thought. Even if it’s only ‘Enjoyed it’. Every review matters.If you haven’t discovered Goodreads yet, check it out. If you love reading, it’s a great way to find new books in your field of interest. Fiction, non-fiction, art, children’s, history, sports, comedy, food, you name it, it’s on Goodreads. It is not a book sale website, it is a community of readers who love discussing books and authors from general fiction to specialist subjects. Join in conversations with people who like the same sort of books as you. If you join, please send me a Friend invitation so we can see each other’s reviews. Click here to check out the Goodreads website… … and click here to visit my Goodreads Author Page. For news about Connectedness, the sequel to Ignoring Gravity, click here to sign-up for my newsletter. Your contact details will not will be shared, the e-newsletter is sent 1-2 times a year.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Click here to buy
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Reading and a cup of tea go together like…

… peas and carrots … a horse and carriage … raspberries and strawberries … gin and tonic … love and laughter To celebrate the publication today of Ignoring Gravity, I’m running a little competition for all you book readers. I want to know your favourite pairing of tea and novel. Is it Jane Eyre and English Breakfast tea… or Lord of the Rings and a cup of Assam? Perhaps you prefer to read Stephen King’s Gunslinger series with a mug of Darjeeling? Join the conversation and the competition – and maybe win some Yorkshire teabags – by leaving a message here. Alternatively, you can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #teaandnovels or leave a message on my Facebook page. A big thank you to Taylors of Harrogate, the makers of my favourite brew, Yorkshire Tea, who didn’t think I was mad when I suggested this competition. They even sent me an enormous box of teabags to give away to the lucky winners! So if you haven’t tried Yorkshire Tea, this is your chance.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… published today

The day is here at last, my novel Ignoring Gravity is published today as an e-book. Click here to buy now at Amazon. To find out what it’s about, click here to watch the book trailer. To hear me talk about how I wrote the book, click here. Coming soon… the Ignoring Gravity paperback. To keep up-to-date with news about my books, sign-up here to receive my e-newsletter [published 1-2 times a year]   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now
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Pre-order ‘Ignoring Gravity’ now

Reserve your copy of my novel Ignoring Gravity by pre-ordering at Amazon. Simply click here to pre-order and the e- book will be sent to your Kindle on the day of publication: November 21, 2014. To find out what it’s about, click here to watch the book trailer. To hear me talk about how I wrote the book, click here. Coming soon… the Ignoring Gravity paperback. To keep up-to-date with news about my books, sign-up here to receive my e-newsletter [published 1-2 times a year]   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press]
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Devon Trevarrow Flaherty and Kickstarter

American author Devon Trevarrow Flaherty [below] is not sitting around thinking about getting her next books into print. She’s doing something about it by running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish her next three books. Authors are increasingly using crowdfunding as a new route to a published book, so this is a new route to market being carefully watched by the publishing industry. The deadline to contribute to Devon’s Kickstarter campaign [below] is November 5. As well as knowing they are supporting an author, each supporter will receive a benefit depending on the amount pledged. For example, a pledge of $25 equals a free e-book. A pledge of $5,000 equals an air hug, plus a character named after you and the three e-books. The minimum pledge is $1. The Night of One Hundred Thieves, the first of the three books, is ready to print as soon as the target is hit. This slim novel is based on the Northwyth legends found in Benevolent, Flaherty’s first novel. How can 35 thieves all steal the same ring? And who will be the last thief standing? Buy nowThe second title, The Journey of Clement Fancywater, is a fantasy novel, a down-the-hole
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Meet my character: blog tour

What a wonderful idea for a blog tour, focussing on the people that really matter: not the authors, but our characters. I could write about Rose Haldane all day long… aah, I do! So thanks to Judith Frances Field for asking me to take part in this blog tour. First I need to tell you about Judith. Born in Liverpool and living in London, Judith is the daughter of writers. This means she learned how to agonize over fiction submissions at her mother and father’s knees. Click here to read about Mark Anderson, the main character in Perigee, the short story she is currently working on. So here’s the lowdown on Rose, identity detective, and the lynchpin of Ignoring Gravity. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? Rose is a fictional person, though when I imagined her I looked at the photo above. It’s a cutting from a magazine, years old now, I can’t remember where I got it from, or the name of the real woman. But for me, she is Rose. The photo is stuck to the pin board behind my computer screen so I say ‘good morning’ to her every
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The Twitter Report

Aah, Twitter… how shall I count the ways? Five months tweeting… 877 tweets tweeted, more than some [I mean JK] but a lot less than others. 629 tweeters followed, mostly authors, journalists, book world people, Andy Murray and Yorkshire Tea. No free teabags yet… For future reference, in case we meet, I’m a Tiffie [tea in first] not a Miffie [milk in first]. I was brought up as a Miffie but have been served too many cups of weak tea in my life to put up with it any longer. So I did a U-turn and have never looked back. 343 tweeters following me. Thank you if you are one of them [you will know that my tweets are different from my blog]. Stay with me, this is where it gets interesting. My followers include… Friends and family [of course]… Writers [I know, I don’t know, I admire, I long to have written the books they have written]… Book lovers [they make my world go around]… Poets [a beautiful way to give my brain a rest from writing]… Lots of people who want to promote my book, for a small fee [uhm, I didn’t know there were so many out
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