Here’s the real value of book bloggers and online book tours

An insightful explanation of how blog tours promote brand-recognition in the book-buying world. Thanks to Pam for the post.

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I’d stopped book blogging on Monday to focus on health issues but then I came across a twitter/facebook discussion questioning the value of book bloggers and online book tours. Which reminded me that I’d posted on facebook recently that this was a topic that I wanted to cover.

I’ve taken part in one and two week long online book tours and enjoyed the experience, but didn’t take part in more because I preferred to do my own thing.

When the tours went to one month long or more I did wonder if they would create a sense of overkill, but they didn’t, instead they’ve done something fascinating.

I’ve been observing my own responses to those extended tours for some time and here’s what I found:

  1. When there are numerous bloggers posting about the same book I may read the first couple of posts, or watch the vlogs I spot and…

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Staying in with Tracey Scott-Townsend

Thank you to Linda Hill for hosting Bex, Rebecca and I for a lovely evening in at hers (with Vol au vents).

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About 18 months ago I went to a fabulous event, Oceans of Words, at which Tracey Scott-Townsend was speaking and you can see my write up here. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tracey properly and she’s so lovely that I had to invite her onto Linda’s Book Bag to tell me about one of her books. I have also had the pleasure of reviewing some of Tracey’s poetry in So Fast and you can read that review here.

Staying in with Tracey Scott-Townsend

I absolutely loved reading So Fast, Tracey so it gives me very great pleasure to welcome you to Linda’s Book Bag today. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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I’ve brought Another Rebecca along today since this is my most recently published work. Actually it’s a second edition: it…

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#CoverReveal for And the Swans Began to Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir @Wildpressed

Thank you to Donna for her part in the cover reveal of Thora Karitas‘ #AndtheSwansBegantoSing, publication date 10th January 2019.

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Today I am delighted to be one of the bloggers taking part in the cover reveal for And The Swans Began to Sing by Thora Karitas Arnadottir and I think it is gorgeous!

I can share with you the blurb below – the book releases on the 10th January 2019 and I, for one am definitely looking forward to reading it!!

The swans on the pond began to sing. It was a singing so loud they were almost screaming, as if they were encouraging me to release what I had kept inside for so long.

Gudbjorg Thorisdottir has been hiding from the ghost of an ugly secret for most of her life. When she finally faces the truth of what happened in her childhood, the ghost floats away. Painting an evocative picture of life in Iceland, this is the story of a little girl who didn’t know how unnatural it…

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Living on a building site: behind Day Three on #AnotherRebecca blog tour

Wednesday 5th September saw two bloggers posting on the #AnotherRebecca #blogtour! The first was renowned and beloved blogger Anne Williams. She published my #guestpost about living on a building site as a teenager, while my dad single-handedly built the family a new home. You can read it here: Being Anne ~ Guest Post by Tracey Scott-Townsend 

Here are some photos from my mum’s photo album, showing the progress of the build.

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‘The Land’ just after we acquired it

Start the build

The foundations are laid and Dad begins to build the walls. You can see one of the caravans we lived in, and the old railway carriage in the left-hand background. Both of these appear in #AnotherRebecca 

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We have window frames!

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Almost at second-floor level

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My sister Pip and me in Mum’s vegetable garden with our pets. (I’m wearing the yellow shirt)

The house took four years to build, with Dad laying bricks evenings and weekends while he was still also working for a local building firm. Looking back at the photos, I now understand what a brave and amazing thing my parents did. They sold the family home (in which I’d spent almost the entirety of my then sixteen years of life); moved into two rickety old caravans with the five of their children still living at home – onto a scrap of bare, cold land in the November of 1978. Read more about the experience here

That period of my life is influential in Rebecca’s circumstances in Another Rebecca. Due to poverty and her mum’s unreliability, the two of them are forced to move into a caravan on a similar piece of land, in a similar village to the real-life one that I lived in.

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The second Blog Tour post from Wednesday 5th September is Laura Morningstar’s wonderful review of Another Rebecca, which you can read on her blog here

I’ve posted a small sample (because it’s so good!) below:

This book deals with issues that many families may find themselves experiencing and for that reason parts can be hard to read. The book explores themes such as separated families, single parenting, money misuse and alcoholism as well as others. There is a starkness to the narrative of these situations that is blended skilfully with almost poetic imagery, neither negating the other instead the contrast of the two amplifying what you are reading.
This is a book that would be ideal for a book club as it leaves you with so much to discuss, it is one of those books that although the ending leaves you satisfied you are not quite ready to leave.
This is a hauntingly thought provoking tale that has the ability to be both heartbreaking and uplifting. It is beautifully crafted and cleverly combines a story of family conflict with elements of fantasy and the supernatural.

Thank you @LJMorningstar!

Follow the rest of the blog tour…

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You can pre-order the kindle version of #AnotherRebecca for only 99p!

 

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DAY TWO: Portable Magic (@bantambookworm) Read my Q&A about #AnotherRebecca here

Here’s a little sample: What was your inspiration for Another Rebecca?

“The inspiration for Another Rebecca was There is No Night, a painting by Jack B. Yeats. My tutor directed me towards it during my Art Degree in the 1980s. On its own, the title was a massive inspiration to me; I find those words so evocative. But the oil painting is equally beautiful. The image is figurative-abstract. Brush-strokes suggest a white horse galloping towards the viewer in a richly-painted blue, green and violet landscape. In the foreground, a figure leans on one elbow as if about to rise to their feet. I wrote a short story based on There is No Night when I was a student, and twenty years later I rewrote it as the novel that finally became Another Rebecca.”

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Today marks the beginning of my first ever blog tour so I’m excited to see what the response will be. Since becoming a member of Book Connectors and The Book Club (TBC), amongst other reader-writer-and-blogger-connecting groups on social media I’ve been fascinated by and envious of these tours, and now it’s my turn!

You can read the first Blog Tour review from @BookishChat  Here

Here’s a little sample: “I have to admit that this book took me a little by surprise. The cover looks like you could be in for a nice gentle read. Well lemme tell you that the cover is deceiving. And boy am I glad it was! … If you enjoy a great family drama told from more than one perspective then this book is right up your street. With themes of grief, loss, addiction and family ties, this story is hard hitting and doesn’t get tied up in a pretty parcel of a conclusion. My favourite kind of ending.”

Look out for the rest of the review and posts on the tour!

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Morag’s House

For the whole of this month, we’ve been touring Scotland in our small camper van. Our favourite place of all are the islands of Lewis and Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Here’s an exclusive preview of one of the poems you’ll find in the first volume of Postcards from the Van, which will be released by Wild Pressed Books in November. The house in question is one Phil and I both fell in love with, and discovered we’d been there before when we parked next to it in our old van and stopped to have a cup of tea, in 2014.

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Morag’s House. Photo (c) Tracey Scott-Townsend

Morag’s House

Empty house at the end of the land, where Morag lived for many years.
They tell us she loved her sheep, kept them with her in the house
Had a parrot cage, especially for the lambs.
She loved her sheep; a few of them still hang around.
We first saw Morag’s house four years ago, she would’ve been in it then.
The post van called while we were there but I don’t think we saw Morag
I wish we had because we’ve heard so much about her since:
Morag was a lovely woman,
Didn’t get on with her cousins,
Never needed a man to fix her roof.
From Morag’s house you can watch sea otters
Rolling, splashing and dipping in
The ever-changing colours of the water
At the foot of her garden –
I wonder if they know that Morag’s gone.

© Tracey Scott-Townsend 2018. All rights reserved.

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The sea in front of Morag’s house. Photo (c) Tracey Scott-Townsend

buy a copy of my first poetry collection So Fast Here

and read Linda Hill’s review of it Here

 

#BookReview VOX by Christina (@CVDalcher) #100Words #VOX @HQstories

A great review from Kelly Lacey of a book on a theme that should make us all sit up and take notice in the times in which we live.

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  • Dystopian
  • Comtemporary
  • Fiction
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (21 Aug. 2018)

|Synopsis|

In a world where women are silenced, would you speak up?

Greetings, to all Pure Women.

You should all be fitted with your new wrist counters. A symbol of your purity and devotion to your family. Life is simpler now. Just 100 words a day.

Your role is in the house. Your husband takes care of everything else.

You’re free.

Instead, you should focus on values of modesty, submission, humility and purity. Love, honour and most importantly, obey. You know the rules. Just one word over 100 and your wrist counter will send 1,000 volts through your body. Choose your words carefully.

You have the right to remain silent.

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Thoughts on the…..cover

I was instantly drawn to the cover and the synopsis of the book. The bold red letters against the black is so stunning…

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