Archives for My Novel: ‘Ignoring Gravity’

‘Ignoring Gravity’ 99¢ #KindleCountdown promotion

Happy Labor Day Weekend to all my American friends! Here’s my #KindleCountdown offer for you, the chance to buy my first novel Ignoring Gravity at Amazon.com for less than the cost of a glass of ice coffee. See, I haven’t forgotten you. Last week my British friends got the chance to buy Ignoring Gravity for 99p. This weekend it’s your turn. Get it now, it won’t be 99¢ for long! DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE SECRETS? REALLY? ARE YOU SURE? IGNORING GRAVITY, the debut novel by Yorkshire author Sandra Danby, is a compelling story about an ordinary family with a secret. Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. The day she finds her mother’s hidden diary is the day she starts to search for who she really is. A story about identity, adoption, family mystery and ultimately of love, IGNORING GRAVITY connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. As Rose untangles the truth from the lies, she begins to understand why she has always felt so different from her sister Lily. A family saga of sisterly complications and multiple secrets. If you love Maggie O’Farrell, Lucinda Riley, Tracy Rees and Rachel Hore, this is the novel for you. What readers are
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‘Ignoring Gravity’ 99p #KindleCountdown promotion

Nothing to read for the Bank Holiday weekend? Sitting in the back garden and want a new book to read? Why not download Ignoring Gravity at Amazon UK. It’s only 99p this weekend, which is quite a #KindleCountdown bargain when you think the paperback costs £9.99. You’ll love it if you like the novels of Maggie O’Farrell, Lucinda Riley, Tracy Rees and Rachel Hore. A mystery with a bit of romantic suspense and a contemporary storyline. DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE SECRETS? REALLY? ARE YOU SURE? IGNORING GRAVITY, the debut novel by Yorkshire author Sandra Danby, is a compelling story about an ordinary family with a secret. Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. The day she finds her mother’s hidden diary is the day she starts to search for who she really is. A story about identity, adoption, family mystery and ultimately of love, IGNORING GRAVITYconnects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. As Rose untangles the truth from the lies, she begins to understand why she has always felt so different from her sister Lily. Here’s what readers are saying about IGNORING GRAVITY: “It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once
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Twiggy, Dusty, Paul and John… photos of The Sixties

If you love The Sixties, music and fashions, check out my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity. It’s where I collate all the images which inspired me when I wrote the book. From Twiggy to Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Beatles to Dusty Springfield, there are black-and-white and colour images of life from 1960-1969. My favourite comes from 1961, it’s an image of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. See my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity here. The board for Connectedness – featuring more roses and trees, plus Picasso, art, and Malaga in Spain – will go online later this year.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Dusty Springfield, the Beatles & Audrey Hepburn: my #writing board at Pinterest via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2zv
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It is National Adoption Week & ‘Ignoring Gravity’ is free today

This week in the UK it is National Adoption Week, October 16-22. To mark the occasion, today and tomorrow you can download Ignoring Gravity as a free book. Kindle only, at Amazon. Click the link below.  Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Download now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: ‘Ignoring Gravity’ #NationalAdoptionWeek #freebooks http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2Q9 via @SandraDanby
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Download ‘Ignoring Gravity’, free book today

Download Ignoring Gravity, available as a free book today and tomorrow only at Amazon. Click the link below.  Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Download now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Download ‘Ignoring Gravity’ #Kindle #freebooks http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2Q2 via @SandraDanby
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Have you seen my research photos at Pinterest

I am a relative newcomer to Pinterest and, after seeing how other authors use it, I wish I had discovered it sooner. I have always collected photographs when I am researching my novels, putting them into moods and themes which are both inspiration and factual reassurance. Now I collate all these visual references on Pinterest. For Ignoring Gravity, this means photos of roses [because my key character is called Rose Haldane], trees [family trees, roots, all the tree imagery associated with genealogy] and 1960s life and fashions. See my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity here. The board for Connectedness – featuring more roses and trees, plus Picasso, art, and Malaga in Spain – will go online later this year.   ‘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: Roses, trees, 1960s fashions & designs: my #writing board at Pinterest via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2zp
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Family history: Find Missing Births

Anyone researching their family history has to start with the two main life events: birth and death. Birth seems the obvious place to start, but finding certificates is not always straightforward. Adoption may be one reason, as Rose Haldane discovers in Ignoring Gravity, but there are lots of other reasons why births go missing. If you have hit a brick wall searching for UK records, try these tips by genealogist Laura Berry:- Informal change of name: it is perfectly legal for a person to change name without officially informing the authorities. Add to that the confusion caused by people by interchanging their first and middle names, perhaps because they dislike it. Some names were simply mis-spelled, either by the record-taker or the person reporting the birth. If in doubt, search for the mother’s maiden surname. A different quarter: until 1984, the GRO birth indexes for England and Wales were organised quarterly [after this it switched to annual]. Perhaps the birth you are looking for has been recorded in the next quarter. Parents at this time had 42 days in which to record a birth. Common names: if you are searching for a common surname and common first name, try looking for
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‘Ignoring Gravity’ and other writings

I’m now re-drafting Connectedness, part two in the ‘Rose Haldane: Identity Detective’ series, with publication scheduled for late 2016. This is the story of Justine Tree who as an art student gives up her baby for adoption. Almost 30 years later, she asks Rose to find her lost daughter. I’m in the middle of fact-checking the manuscript and my next task is to re-visit Malaga, Spain, where Justine was at art college. I need to check details of locations including Plaza de la Merced, where Justine lives… … the Cathedral, where she sells her paintings to tourists… She lives in an apartment in a building like this… She finds Malaga an inspiring place, particularly the influence of the Moors on architecture. She loves the colours, the shapes and derivation of pattern and the texture and use of materials such as brick and tile. But Malaga is also the place where her life takes an unexpected turn… love, poverty, pregnancy. What happens in Malaga influences her life in ways she can never predict. To make sure you don’t miss the publication of Connectedness, sign-up for my newsletter here for advance information. And don’t forget to read Ignoring Gravity first!   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra
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Family history: Deceased Online

I grew familiar with churchyards and graveyards when I was working on Ignoring Gravity as Rose Haldane believes her birth mother is dead and so searches amongst the headstones. If Deceased Online had existed when Rose was searching for her birth mother, perhaps she would simply have searched the database online. Deceased Online is the first central database of burial and cremation records in the UK, and records are constantly being added to its database. To read how I researched the graveyard scene in Ignoring Gravity, click here. So I tested the Deceased Online database with a random search for the name of my father. One exact match was found, a gravestone at St Maxentius, Bradshaw, Lancashire. Not my father, and not one of my relatives. Sadly my search went no further as this headstone is not part of the DO contract, so was available to view only by payment with the local authority: £2 to view the single headstone, or £15 to view all 511 headstones at this property. An annual subscription scheme is promised. My second search was for ‘Rose Haldane’. More success here, 36 headstone collections were found for Haldane, various cemeteries, mostly in Scotland, with multiple headstones. The most,
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Family history: British Newspaper Archive

The days are gone when researching old newspaper articles meant a trip to a library. Nowadays there is a fantastic online resource for anyone trying to trace lost relatives or researching their family tree. The British Newspaper Archive has almost 11.5 million newspaper pages on its archives from the 1700s onwards, across 473 UK newspaper titles. As part of my research for Ignoring Gravity, I read countless newspaper and magazine articles about adoption, the stories of birth mothers, adoptees and adoptive parents. I tested the BNA database. A random search for ‘Sandra Danby‘ produced three results, none of which were about me. Here are two:- May 6, 1950 Hull Daily Mail [above]: Sandra Danby was a principal performer at a concert in Hessle Town Hall, along with Elsie Meek, Sylvia Cowling and Michael Goforth. I’ve made a note of the name Elsie Meek, inspiration for a character name perhaps?June 19, 1950 Hull Daily Mail [above]: Sandra Danby from Hessle came second in the Haltemprice Fancy Dress Prize Winners ‘Most Attractive’ section, she was dressed as a Dutch girl. First prize was won by Patricia Partington, who dressed as Bo Peep. Next, I searched for ‘Rose Haldane’ and had more success with 13
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Family history: HistoryPin

HistoryPin is a great idea. A global project which enables you to attach photographs and memories to a global map. A fantastic resource for family history researchers or novelists, like me. Like Pinterest, but specifically for history. There are some fascinating subjects which I will re-visit for research; I particularly liked ‘Remember How We Used To…’ Photographs of how we kept warm, played, worked, cooked and cleaned, celebrated and worked. Another useful function is searching by location. Ignoring Gravity is set around Wimbledon, Richmond [below], London Docklands and Battersea. Searching Wimbledon brings up a photo of the Blitz in 1941, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 1962, a street party in Putney in 1989, and carriage cleaners at Wimbledon Traincare Depot in 1916. A search for Battersea is less populated, though there is a great black and white photograph of a boy and girl – siblings perhaps – standing outside a house on Winstanley Road in 1951-3. In conclusion, this is a work in progress and geographical coverage is not consistent. But it is worth consulting if you are researching a specific location. All uploaded photographs are pinned to a specific place, and are shown on a street map so it is
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Shellyback Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“This book genuinely surprised me. Reading the first couple of pages I almost put it down but I am really glad I didn’t make that mistake because as it drew me in I found it increasingly difficult to stop reading. I love books about secrets and this was no exception. Solving this puzzle was literally like peeling layers off an onion. A chance discovery of an old diary turns Rose’s world upside down causing her to question her identity and initiate her search for her other family,” says Michelle de Haan at book blog Shellyback Books. “Highly recommended debut novel. Whilst promoted as the first in a new series this book is complete in itself and easily stands alone.” To read Michelle’s review in full, click here for her book blog. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Want to know more about Ignoring Gravity? Click here to watch the book trailer. ‘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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @haanmy at Shellyback Books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1Jj via @SandraDanby
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Try this Summer Sampler

Looking for a new e-book to read? Try samples of 10 new books in this Summer Sampler by Books Go Social authors. The 10 books are:- Acid Asset by MH Vesseur How Blue is My Valley by Jean Gill In the Name of the Father by Allyson Olivia Of Foreign Build: from Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman by Jackie Parry The Child of the Terrace by Virginia Winters The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M Channing True Calling by Siobhan Davis Veil of Time by Claire R McDougall Wizard Bound by Adam and Christian Boustead and… Ignoring Gravity.  Buy Summer Sampler now for 99p at Amazon UK and for $1.12 at Amazon USA. Click here to search for more books at Books Go Social.
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The Baking Bookworm reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“This book deals with a lot of issues: adoption, family bonds, infertility but I wouldn’t say it was an overly heavy or complex read either.  I could see it being an enjoyable, easy weekend read,” says book reviewer Laurie at The Baking Bookworm [below]. Read Laurie’s review in full by clicking here.   To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Want to know more about Ignoring Gravity? Watch the book trailer. ‘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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @bakingbookworm http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1C7 via @SandraDanby
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Word Gurgle reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“It took me a little bit to get into the book, but once I did, I could not put it down. I loved that this book brought some often-difficult issues: infertility, adoption, family relationship, and identity to light. An overall delightful read,” says book reviewer Hope Sloper at Word Gurgle. Read Hope’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Want to know more about Ignoring Gravity? Watch the book trailer. ‘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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @WordGurgle http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1Bh via @SandraDanby
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Interview with ‘The Starving Artist’

Authors Devon Trevarrow Flaherty [bottom] and Sandra Danby both appear to be obsessed by trees. In Devon’s interview at The Starving Artist, Sandra explains the role of trees in her debut novel Ignoring Gravity. The cover, the imagery, the researching your family tree thing. “The family tree, the networking of roots and branches, stretching wide, unseen beneath the earth and hidden by leaves, is an ideal image for the twists and turns of Rose Haldane’s heritage,” she explains. Read Devon’s interview at The Starving Artist in full by clicking here. Read here what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. Want to know more about Ignoring Gravity? Watch the book trailer. ‘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: Trees, writing & other things #interview about #writing with @devtflaherty http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1xf via @SandraDanby
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Susan Finlay interviews author Sandra Danby

In her interview about Ignoring Gravity, author and book blogger Susan Finlay asks Sandra Danby: “Do you have a favourite review of your book?” “I’ve had some fabulous reviews,” says Sandra. “It’s a challenging thing, you know, to send your debut novel out to strangers to read, so I feel very fortunate that Ignoring Gravity has been received so well. I think the review that meant the most was by a reader with personal experience of adoption: “Sandra Danby deals with the emotions surrounding grief, adoption and infertility with a deep understanding of the emotions involved. One of my close family members was adopted and so I could understand Rose’s identity crisis when she discovers she isn’t whom she thought she was. There is a twist at the end which unexpectedly gave me the shivers as I contemplated history repeating itself.” To read the interview in full at ‘Susan Finlay Writes’ [above], click here. To read more about how Sandra Danby researched adoption for Ignoring Gravity, click 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: Authors & reviews #interview about #writing at #SusanFinlayWrites http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1Ct via
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Family history: searching the bastardy records

Trawling through records is difficult enough, but when you are trying to trace an illegitimate relative it can become disheartening. More than 14,000 bastardy records held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service have been indexed and made available online at Ancestry.co.uk. The records start from 1690 up to 1914 with documents including the maintenance of illegitimate children, bastardy bonds, and warrants for apprehending errant fathers who tried to escape responsibility for their children. To explore the full database at Ancestry.co.uk, click here.   To read how my research for Ignoring Gravity took me to the Family Records Centre in North London, and what I found there, click here. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now   If you want to read more about family history research, try these articles:- Did your Ancestor belong to a Trade Union? Researching children’s homes Look locally And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: How to find an illegitimate ancestor #familyhistory via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1xY
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The A-Z way to find new authors to read

If, like me, you are always eager to find new authors and new books to read, check out the A-Z Challenge by book blogger Rosie Amber. Running each day throughout April at Rosie’s blog, each letter applies to a character from a novel. Today is ‘H’. Click here to see what Rosie says about Rose Haldane [above] from Ignoring Gravity. Looking down Rosie’s A-Z list there are some familiar names for me:- Terry Tyler’s Last Child. Published on February 20, 2015, I’ve just downloaded the e-book from Amazon. A sequel to Tyler’s popular Kings and Queens, click here for my review, it continues the story of the Lanchester family. Last Child features on Rosie’s list tomorrow: ‘I’ for Isabella Lanchester. The other book on the list which stands out for me is familiar, another for my ‘To Re-read’ list. I haven’t read anything by Mary Stewart since I was a teenager. On Friday April 24th, Rosie will feature Uther Pendragon from The Crystal Cave as ‘U’ on her A-Z list. Fifth century Britain, this is the story Merlin’s journey to discover his real parentage as his powers develop and he begins to appreciate the role he has to play. Written in 1970, it is
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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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