Emma Calin Blows her Horn

I’m quite moved to be on here. Anneli is a writer I admire and unbeknown to me, an element in her own writing followed very much one of the areas I address in my “Love In A Hopeless Place Collection.” I won’t tell you any more….you’ll have to read on.

Now, ever since I’ve been in this business I have been looking for unique features of my own work and persona to promote. Just maybe I am the only female social realist romance writer to be able to blow her own trumpet by actually playing her own trombone. Last Sunday I answered the bugle call of duty and helped out on the park bandstand. Come on Harper Collins et al – bring out your trombonists and do battle!

Click on this link. http://ow.ly/n2eMU  It will take  you to the blog where you’ll see the video of the band.

Emma at the Bandstand

And now to the book. Anneli’s blog is the first stop on my “Blowing my own Trombone Book Launch Blog Tour.” I have never tried to launch a story collection before. Short stories are strange animals – a bit like mules that have great strength but are enclosed within their lonely selves and cannot breed. I have always loved this format. In a way it is a look into somebody else’s critical life moment and a moving on back into your own life. Short stories are often described by scribes as a discipline. This is true, but they are also a freedom just to dip in for the good bits and dip out of the whole novel story arc. The “story” is the whole essence of fiction. I have always described fiction as a way of stealing the truth from the pocket of lies. Around the camp fires and the canteen tables, stories have been told. Most are lies. They deceive us into the truth of ourselves.

I may sound a bit serious and literary in these remarks. I am grateful to have the opportunity to say these things here because Anneli Purchase is a sincere writer of passion and truth who seeks integrity in her work. She has given me great assistance in proofreading and editing my work and whatever you think – YOU cannot spot your own mistakes! You know what you wanted to say and your brain fills in the BIG GAPING HOLES!!!

And here at last, is the cover of my “Love In a Hopeless Place Collection.”

LIAHP boxed set with border

These are realist “true life” tales from the less advantaged sector of society. Love grows like weeds in the cracks of time. But weeds are vital and savage. We know  they will always win in the end. Their anarchic victory confers upon us the structure of self discovery.

This ‘Love in a Hopeless Place Collection’ is launched tomorrow and available from Amazon worldwide.

Now, I am working on Romance because our dreams are as true as our hopes and reality. Our tomorrows are as possible as our dreams.  A lover’s arms are as strong as our power to reward, or not reward, with our yielding.

Oooh – I love it! I love it! I love LOVE!

Thanks for having me Anneli – and for your help and support.

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Hear some more tunes from the bandstand and follow the rest of my tour on these links:

18th July Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle Magazine

and Real Life According to Emma

20th July Sheryl Browne

21st July Nicky Wells

22nd July Melanie Robertson-King

23rd July Miriam Wakerly

25th July Bonnie Trachtenberg

26th July Patricia Sands

27th Stephanie Keys

28th Linn Halton

31st July Venture Galleries Authors Collection

Emma Calin Links

For more books by Emma Calin:  http://www.viewAuthor.at/EmmaCalin

Emma Calin Blog: http://www.emmacalin.blogspot.com

Emma Calin Website: http://www.emmacalin.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emma.calin

Facebook Page for book: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaCalinBoxedSet

Twitter:@Emma Calin

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emmacalin/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4915751.Emma_Calin


Five Hot Books in One


Watch this space for Emma Calin’s big event, the release of her fabulous collection of novellas, “The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection.” More information coming soon.

And yes, Emma does play the trombone.

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Author of #1 best selling Kindle romantic adventure:  Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance    

Author of #1 best selling Kindle short story: Sub Prime  &  The Chosen 
Blog: http://www.emmacalin.blogspot.com        Website: http://www.emmacalin.com         Twitter: @EmmaCalin        

Ceri’s Journey – Angels


Ceri s journey series

All I want

I’m very pleased to welcome British author Linn B. Halton to tell us about her latest publication, the first novella in a trilogy of Ceri’s journey. Whether you believe in angles or not, you’ll love this book.

Ceri’s journey : Angels

Ceri thinks she sees angels…everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. They have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets, and a lot of wine, result in them ending up in bed together. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri’s purpose here on this plane is to correct a series of incidents that alter the course of many of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. But how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths…but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex.

This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’. If that were the case, how would it work? What keeps us on the path determined for us, when we have free will? How would the spirit world link with us as we go about our lives? Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny? Ceri’s journey has begun.

I did a talk recently and there was quite a debate about book titles. One author told me she always began with a working title and often the final title wasn’t determined until after the book was ready to release. In my case, the title comes almost before the story. It captures the essence of what I want the story to be about and each time I type the title page I feel I’m starting out on a new and exciting journey of my own. I can’t wait to see where that title will take me.

I did a tremendous amount of research on the subject of angels prior to sitting down to write Ceri’s journey: Angels, part one in a three-part series (each book is a novella of around 30,000 words in length – AngelsTruth and Decisions). It follows Ceri’s journey – her love story with the sensitive and loving Alex. But research is not a storyline. It simply informs and allows the author to write with confidence whenever something happens where it’s new territory. Sometimes, as in this case, it helped me to develop my ideas and beliefs so that I could piece together how angels might connect with this world. Where the title came from though, is mystery. Long after the research was done, the title was suddenly in my head and it was perfect for the story I wanted to write. It still doesn’t give me the whole storyline, and I’m only halfway through book two, Truth, so I’m eager to find out how it will end and then I’ll be typing the title page for the final part Decisions. Yes, you’ve guessed it, that is a whole blank page until I’m able to type in that title.

Read chapter 1 now!

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