Archives for My Novel: ‘Ignoring Gravity’

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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Want to read Ignoring Gravity but don’t own a Kindle?

Don’t have a Kindle but want to read Ignoring Gravity as an ebook? No problem, just download the free app for computer, tablet [iPad and Android] or mobile. Never read an e-book, not sure if it’s for you? I read both paperbooks and e-books, my simple rule is if it is a book by a favourite author, one I know I will want to re-read and cherish in the future, I buy the paper version. If it’s an author new to me, a genre I’m unfamiliar with, or a book bought simply for ‘easy reading’, I buy the e-book.The advantages of e-books are:- E-books are cheaper to buy and don’t waste paper. Turn the page by tapping the screen. Change the typesize to suit your eyesight. Easy-to-read screen in direct sunlight, excellent for summer holiday reading. Read in bed at night with Kindle’s low-level light which doesn’t disturb your other half. Take as many books as you want on holiday, on your Kindle – no worries about luggage allowance. Open your Kindle at exactly the place you stopped reading. Buy your Kindle book at Amazon, turn your Kindle to the wi-fi setting and the book magically appears in an instant. All
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Suzy Turner reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I thoroughly enjoyed Ignoring Gravity. The depths of the relationships between the characters particularly set it apart although I thought Rose did seem to find (and fall in) love a little too easily. But other than that, it was a fabulous read. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat desperately wanting her to discover the truth in all the twists and turns throughout,” says author Suzy Turner of Fiction Dreams. Read Suzy’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about 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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @suzy_turner http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1py via @SandraDanby
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Captivating ‘Ignoring Gravity’ makes another ‘best of’ list

Ignoring Gravity has been chosen as one of the 10 ‘Favourite Books of 2014’ by book blog Dreaming with Open Eyes. Described as “well written, emotional and very captivating,” DWOE’s reviewer Isabell Homfeld read 84 books in 2014 so I am so thrilled that IG made her list. Click here to read DWOE’s top 10 books of 2014. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity.   ‘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 nominated by @DWOE_REVIEWS http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1sI via @SandraDanby #books
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A Woman’s Wisdom reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I really liked this story.  Sandra Danby deals with the emotions surrounding grief, adoption and infertility with a deep understanding of the emotions involved,” says book reviewer A Woman’s Wisdom. Read the review by A Woman’s Wisdom in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Buy Ignoring Gravity at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’ is ‘the book that made me cry’

I’ve always wanted to feature on a ‘Books of the Year’ list. And so I’m jumping up and down and dancing to Queen again… Ignoring Gravity is named as ‘The Book that Made me Cry’ on the ‘Best of 2014’ list by book blog The Modest Verge. Thanks to Jessica and Lynn! Click here to read the full list of books, including Best Villain, Best Demon, and Best Wise-Cracking Character.   Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘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: Why IGNORING GRAVITY made @themodestverge cry via @SandraDanby #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1sk
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Researching the escalator scene

There’s a point in Ignoring Gravity when Rose opens a letter, a letter which knocks her senses into a spin, she opens it when she is standing on an escalator at Westminster underground station in London. As she tries to understand the words on the paper, London commuters rush around her as if she is a pebble battered by a rising tide. This the story of researching that scene.“She stumbled off the bottom of the escalator. The heat in the tiled tunnel was overpowering. A woman was walking towards her with a white-wrapped bundle strapped to her chest, and from it a tuft of hair reached for the sky as if styled by static.” “Rose stopped dead in her tracks and howled inside. It was a scream stored deep inside her all these years.” “Later she had no memory of either the Jubilee line train or the DLR. She felt as if she’d been spun in a tumble drier. Her mobile got its signal back as the train rose above ground and beeped as it came to life. She took it out of her bag and dialled. There was one person who would be torn by the sight of an infant.” 
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Best Chick Lit reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“Perhaps the best word to describe this book is powerful, but one word is certainly not enough. At first when I read the title I really didn’t know what to expect, but once I was just a few pages in I realised that Ignoring Gravity is the perfect title, in every way,” says book blog Best Chick Lit. Read Best Chick Lit’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about 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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by Best Chick Lit via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pA
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Cleopatra Loves Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I loved Rose’s desperation to find out more both through the diaries and by interviewing friends of her mother, again a reaction that felt natural. Even better the author allows the reader to put themselves into the character’s shoes, thereby allowing the reading to feel smooth without endless emphasis on how Rose is feeling, what she is thinking etc.” Read Cleo Bannisters’s review in full at Cleopatra Loves Books by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about 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: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @cleo_bannister http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pn via @SandraDanby
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The tree that Rose and Wanda climbed

At the age of five, Rose liked climbing trees. Specifically, the tree outside Grandma Bizzie’s house. One day, she discovered a way to get two pieces of home-made lemon cake: invent an invisible friend. Wanda. Here’s an excerpt from Ignoring Gravity. “Given the choice, Rose would have lived at Grandma Bizzie’s house. She loved the sycamore, its five-pronged leaves which looked like a green giant’s fingers, the delicate yellow-green flowers that dangled like earrings in the spring and the winged seeds which fluttered in spirals to the ground in the autumn. One day she was sitting on the first branch, wishing Lily liked climbing trees, when Bizzie brought out a glass of squash and a piece of homemade lemon cake with runny icing on top. “Rose patted the air next to her. ‘Never mind, it’ll stop bleeding soon.’ Her friend Wanda, she told Gran solemnly, had slipped down three branches and had a long scratch on her leg.” This is the tree which inspired the climbing scene, except it is on Wimbledon Common not in a street in Richmond where Rose’s fictional grandmother lives. It has a wide branch with space for two small girls to sit. It was easy
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Small Girl Big Dreams reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“From the very first page I was hooked. It started off exactly how you would expect it to – calm and simple – however, as the story unfolds we are introduced to a series of constant enigmas.” So says book blogger Small Girl Big Dreams. Read the review in full by clicking here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘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 @BigDreams1993 http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pf via @SandraDanby  
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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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Sophie Hedley reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“The underlying theme throughout Ignoring Gravity is relationships – either family relationships or romantic relationships – and I thought the author’s writing was strong and sensitively done,” says Sophie Hedley at Book Drunk. “The adoption is of course the main theme here and I was fascinated with learning more about Rose’s real parents, why she was adopted and how her upbringing was affected. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to find out your family isn’t actually your real family after all – though I do know I’d be a complete emotional wreck – and so I loved how, instead of it all being tears and drama, Rose quickly started using her journalistic ability to her strength and began investigating, to discover who she really was.” Read Sophie’s review in full by clicking here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘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 @SophieRTB via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1p8
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Debut Spotlight at Shaz’s Book Blog

The Debut Spotlight interview at Shaz’s Book Blog features author Sandra Danby. ‘An addict of television programmes about family history and adoption reunion, Who Do You Think You Are? and Long Lost Family, Sandra Danby has long been fascinated by identity and what makes ‘us’, ‘us’,’ says book blogger Sharon Wilden. “Is it our genes, the influence of our parents, our experiences or education, our interests?” asks Danby. “I became a journalist but I was born on a dairy farm. I don’t remember ever deciding I wanted to write, I just did. Where did that urge come from?” Read the full interview with Sharon Wilden @ Shaz’s Book Blog in full by clicking here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity.   ‘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 makes us, us? #authorinterview by @ShazsBookBlog via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1p3
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‘Ignoring Gravity’: paperback out now

The paperback edition of Ignoring Gravity is out now at Amazon. So why not give it as a Christmas present? Not sure if it’s for you, or your friend? To get a flavour, watch the book trailer  and read what other readers are saying. ‘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: available as a paperback http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1qA via @SandraDanby #books
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Claire McAlpine reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“As someone who was adopted in the same year as the protagonist of this book and been through the process of unravelling the mystery, there were many moments in the book that provoked familiar memories, although naturally everyone’s experience is different. It is certainly a book that will invite reflection and discussion, as it is a fascinating and oftentimes controversial subject within our society and within other cultures and how they perceive it,” says book blogger Claire McAlpine about Ignoring Gravity. “An intriguing read, perfect for the holiday season.” Read Claire’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about 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: A fascinating & often times controversial subject: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @clairewords http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1p0 via @SandraDanby #books
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Rosie Amber reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“All in all a really great read,” says book blogger Rosie Amber about Ignoring Gravity. “Sandra did a fantastic job writing about all the adoption processes and emotions that would be involved for anyone wanting to find their real parents.” Read Rosie’s review in full here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity 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: “All in all a really great read” IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @rosieamber1 http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1oW via @SandraDanby
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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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‘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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