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.

The Land

‘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 

added windows

We have window frames!

almost up

Almost at second-floor level

veg garden on the land

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!

 

Another Rebecca Blog Tour

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

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#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.

Love Books Group

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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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Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

I love this poem about being a father, by Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley. Reblogged from http://www.celebratingchange.blog

Celebrating Change

Guest editor Degna Stone was attracted to this poem because it shows “the ever changing relationship between a parent and child. The challenge of responding to someone who is constantly evolving to find their place within the world.”

I knew she was a girl before she arrived.

Didn’t have to tell me.

A father knows these things.

Don’t let nobody tell you different.

I think the first word she said was ‘Why?’

Not ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’ or ‘Love’

But ‘Why?’

I take her abroad.

She sits,

Amongst the sand dunes

Treads on castles

Watches,

Takes in every moment, every movement

Refuses to rhumba.

Not interested in the festivities,

Celebrating

with the B-team performers

Jovial about nothing more than

we’re on holiday

And they’re getting paid

She looks with side eye

Or over the rim of her glasses

saying the same thing every day

Are you up for the challenge…

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Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Delighted to receive this wonderful review of Another Rebecca (release date 13th September) from Tracey Ford. Thank you!

The Reading Shed

This is the first book I have read by @authortrace, It’s not my usual genre, but Tracey is a local lady from my hometown and to be honest, the storyline sounded very intriguing.

I was a little confused in parts but it soon came together. This was a very sensitive, emotional, gritty, mysterious and infact amazing book, I started reading and couldn’t wait to find out what was on the next page.

Tracey really is a wonderful writer, she somehow gets under your skin and draws you in, she most certainly drew me in. I really enjoyed this book.

Never stick to your normal genre, get out there, try something different. You might just fall upon a gem like I have in ANOTHER REBECCA.

I give this book 5*

A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex…

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Books for Free?

The writer’s dilemma – from Kathy Sharp

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I’ve just read a cri de coeur on social media from yet another writer ready to throw in the towel. Not that she intends to give up writing, you understand – what she is giving up is the unequal struggle to make even a very modest living from it.

When I began writing novels I certainly never expected to earn a living from it – but even I was taken aback by the amount of effort (writing itself, promotion) that I needed to put in to receive even a tiny return. The increasing expectation for the written word to be provided for free, at least over the internet, certainly doesn’t help.

I have long since thrown in the towel myself. The struggle to sell reading material, even at a very low price, became more trouble than it was worth when it began to affect my health. I still have books…

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