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Fill your #Kindle with ebooks – why not try the ‘Identity Detective’ series

Bored on Boxing Day? Fill your #Kindle with new ebooks by authors new to you. Or start that book you’ve been meaning to read and haven’t got around to buying? So what’s my ‘Identity Detective’ series all about? Rose Haldane, journalist and identity detective, reunites the people lost through adoption. The stories you don’t see on television shows. The difficult cases. The people who cannot be found, who are thought lost forever. And each new challenge makes Rose re-live her own adoption story, each birth mother and father, adopted child, and adoptive parent she talks to, reminds her of her own birth mother Kate. Each book in the ‘Identity Detective’ series considers the viewpoint of one person trapped in this horrible dilemma. In the first book of the series, Ignoring Gravity, it is Rose’s experience we follow as an adult discovering she was adopted as a baby. Connectedness is the story of a birth mother, her hopes and anxieties, her guilt and fear, and her longing to see her baby again. Here’s what some readers said about ‘Ignoring Gravity’ 5* “Ignoring Gravity is a very enjoyable read from beginning to end. The warm story will tear at your heart strings one moment,
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Categories: Book Love.

‘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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Categories: Book Love and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

‘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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Categories: Book Love and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

Book review: The Lie

The title implies this story hinges on one big lie, but actually there are a number of lies told. The Lie by CL Taylor is an examination of the group dynamic between four girlfriends who go on holiday together, seeking catharsis and finding horror. Before, during and after the holiday there is friction and bitching but once in Nepal they find betrayal, lies, bullying, intimidation and violence. Then five years later, the past threatens again. The story is told in parallel – now, as Jane, who works at an animal rescue centre, receives a mysterious letter; and five years earlier, when Jane [then called Emma] went to a yoga retreat in Nepal with her friends, Daisy, Al and Leanne. When Emma starts to be suspicious of the retreat and the people who run it, it is too late to escape. Unfortunately I didn’t connect emotionally with Jane or her three friends. I found them unsympathetic at the beginning and inter-changeable, which meant it was longer before I ‘got’ the book. The age of the friends, and their partying, made this feel more like a chick-lit book than CL Taylor’s debut, The Accident. A yoga retreat in Nepal seemed an expensive
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Categories: Book Love.

New books coming soon

The World According to Anna is the new novel from Sophie’s World author JOSTEIN GAARDER. It will be published in November 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, in a translation from Norwegian by Don Bartlett. It tells the story of a Norwegian teenager and a girl from the future who haunts her dreams.   I Saw A Man by OWEN SHEERS will be published by Faber in May 2015. It tells the story of Michael Turner, moving from London to New York and the deserts of Nevada, as he bonds with the family next door after the sudden loss of his wife. Then something happens which leaves Michael bearing a secret, a secret he must keep at all costs. Sheers’ first novel Resistance, also published by Faber, was translated into 10 languages and turned into a film. Click here for Owen Sheers’ website.   All Together Now is the new full-length novel by KERIS STAINTON. It will be published in summer 2015 by Hot Key Books, which also published two of Stainton’s novellas on the Hot Key Unlocked imprint under Stainton’s pseudonym Esme Taylor. Described as Friends meets Fresh Meat, the story is set in a house share in Liverpool and aimed at young adult
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Categories: Book Love.

E-reader or book?

The e-reader or book debate will run and run, I think. For a holistic summary of the debate, read this article at Custom Made, which considers not only the power consumed in using the device, but the carbon emissions used in the manufacturing, sales and distribution processes too. I agree in part with the summary: buy less, borrow more, share more and get a library card. I will continue to read paper books, and e-books on my Kindle Paperwhite. I will continue to buy more secondhand books, favouring charity shops so my £2.50 goes further, and I will use my Kindle until it dies before I replace it. But I will not able to resist a new book by one of my favourite authors, in hardback, so I will buy smart. Buy a Kindle Paperwhite like mine. And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Is the e-reader v book debate over? What do you think? via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1zr #amreading
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Categories: Book Love.

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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Categories: Book Love and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

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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Categories: Book Love and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

I agree with… Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope “The physical book is rearing its head again as a very desirable possession because after all you don’t own an e-book, you only lease it. So if you have a library of e-books you can’t leave them to your grandchildren…” Question: Will physical books cease to exist? “I would regret that, and I don’t think it will happen. And if it did happen, then the book will start again in a sort of green shoots way, some enterprising publisher will produce an exquisite thing and people will say ‘isn’t this an extraordinary simple and effective piece of technology. Why didn’t we think of this before?’ and the book will be reborn.” [Joanna Trollope, in conversation with Mark Lawson] I love this idea of books being re-invented. And I have to admit I hadn’t thought of an e-book as being ‘on lease’ but Trollope is right. I do get irritated with the e-books on my Kindle which can’t be shared with friends, or taken to Oxfam to pass on. For Joanna Trollope’s website, click here.   If you agree with Joanna Trollope, perhaps you will agree with:- Lynn Barber Jane Smiley Joel and Ethan Coen ‘Balancing Act’ by Joanna Trollope
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.