Shannon’s Law – Cover Reveal

COVER REVEAL 

SHANNON’s LAW

by Emma Calin

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 Thanks so much for hosting the Cover Reveal for my forthcoming contemporary romance SHANNON’S LAW. This is the second in my ‘Passion Patrol Series’ – steamy action-romances that feature sassy female cops who solve crimes, catch crooks and always get their man.

Blurb

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.  As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.  Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.  Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission, their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Shannon’s Law USA  Shannon’s Law UK

(Pre-order paperback only at this stage)

I will be revealing snippets from the story, photos of places and people that inspired the venues and characters on Pinterest during my pre-launch book tour.  There are already some scrapbook cuttings posted:

http://www.pinterest.com/emmacalin/shannons-law-launch-reveal-on-pinterest/

There is also news about the book on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/ShannonsLaw

(“Likes” are always appreciated…..)

I’m having two launch parties “Afternoon Tea At Bloxington Manor.” The first is online on the 28th February on Facebook and the second is LIVE at the English stately home that inspired the home of my hero on Sunday 2nd March.  A local favourite venue for me, Avington Park in Hampshire is steeped in history and tradition. (Think genuine Palladian style rather than Downton Abbey neo-Jacobean). The private owners have kindly agreed to open up for us with a tour of the house and then tea and cake – oh, and launch the book of course!

Shannon’s Law Cover Reveal Draw

$30/£20 Amazon voucher

A pair of tickets to my Avington Park Launch Party 2nd March (UK only)

3 Advanced Review Copies of Shannon’s Law

EVERY entrant will receive a FREE gift of an audiobook of my short story Escape to Love.

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About Emma Calin

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Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK.

She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

“Knockout!” is the first of the “Passion Patrol Series” a stand-alone love story set against a backdrop of international gambling corruption and deception. Interpol cop Anna Leyton finds herself torn between love and duty when her professional and private life intersects.  This book is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.

“The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection” is a bargain anthology of 5 short stories and novelettes, available in paperback and digital formats.

“Sub-Prime” is a prize-winning hard hitting short story about courage, exploitation, and love. It is a raw and brutal exposé of life at the bottom in the aftermath of recession.

“The Chosen” is also a short story,  set in modern times where working people struggle to keep their dreams alive. A world where the promise of love motivates desperate measures.

“Escape To Love” is a ‘novelette’ (longer than a short story but shorter than a novella), a gritty urban romance with suspense and mystery but a love story at it’s core.

“Angela” a short story about a late-night taxi journey.

“Love in a Hopeless Place” a novelette about a middle-aged woman striving to find her true identity.

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Amazon links to books by Emma Calin

Shannon’s Law USA  Shannon’s Law UK

(Pre-order paperback only at this stage)

Knockout! (Passion Patrol Series)

The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

Sub-Prime

The Chosen

Escape To Love

Angela

Love in a Hopeless Place

 About.me page: http://about.me/emmacalin

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

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

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

and book page: http://www.facebook.com/ShannonsLaw

 

Twitter:https://twitter.com/EmmaCalin
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emmacalin/

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

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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.”

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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

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Five Hot Books in One

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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        

Writing Styles – Part 3

Continued from Writing Styles – Part 3

Writers all have different ways of conveying meaning to their readers. In this post I’ve asked authors to provide short excerpts with examples of how they’ve developed description of a character and a setting. A third challenge was to provide a sentence or two showing their favourite ending to a scene.

Today’s first guest is Emma Calin.

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KNOCKOUT! A Passionate Police Romance by Emma Calin

1. Character:

He smiled again, showing even white teeth behind the full wide lips that pouted forward as he spoke in such a way that just possibly he really was French.

Sitting opposite him, she could take in the full presence of this stranger. It was as if he transmitted a force – an aura of danger and a sardonic humorous innocence. She attempted to re-assert her normal senses – her ability to appraise a man, threat or situation in the blink of an eye – a skill she had honed on the streets of South London – in a world of gangs, drugs and murder. And yet – here she was, tripping over the bags that some stupid girl had left in the entrance to her brain.

2. Setting:

She drove down to the beach and looked out at the azure, turquoise and aquamarine cocktail of the Pacific Ocean. Waves split into pure white fragments against an offshore rock. The beautiful loneliness of the scene mirrored her feelings of desolation. The rollers finished their journey pounding their force against the uncaring sand. She laid her head back and let a wave of fantasy break over her as he kissed her lips and moved inside her. For a few seconds he was there again in her heart but too soon the image washed away leaving only the call of gulls and the trickle of her desperate tears.

 

3. Scene Ending:

The great River Seine rippled and pushed on to the sea as the sun tiptoed the back stairs of the world climbing towards dawn across Paris, maybe the morning light would never uncover two lovers hiding within the protection of each other’s arms….

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LINKS:

Amazon Worldwide Link:  Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance

Amazon Author Page: Emma Calin Amazon Author Page

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

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

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

and pages: http://www.facebook.com/Knockout.Romance.Novel & http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenbyEmmaCalin  http://www.facebook.com/Escape2Love

Twitter: @Emma Calin
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emmacalin/

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

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And now, let’s welcome Nicky Wells.

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1. CHARACTERS—This little excerpt neatly contains the essence of all main characters in Sophie’s Turn; Dan, the rock star; Sophie, the eponymous heroine; her fiancé, Tim; and her best friend, Rachel:

Shh!” I admonished. “Will you keep your voice down? What are you talking about?”

“Dan is completely besotted with you, and he said he couldn’t bear the thought of you getting engaged to Tim so he had to…hic…come and check him out…hic!” Oh God, she had the hiccups. She would have to spend the night in the guest room. Once Rachel got the hiccups, she was beyond salvation. I gave her twenty minutes before she collapsed. I had to extract critical information fast.

“Why did you introduce him to Tim?” I continued my interrogation. “Couldn’t you have sent him away?”

Oh no, Sophie. I couldn’t turn this lovely, heartbroken man away.” She looked at me with big, innocent, and totally unfocused eyes. “In fact, we were just looking for you. You seemed to have… hic… hic… hic…disapp-hic-eared.”

“What did you say to Tim about who Dan was?” I needed to know.

“That he was Dan, of course. Your boy-hic-friend from Tuscq!” She dropped this bombshell completely nonchalantly.

“You what?” I squeaked. “Please tell me you’re joking.”

No, I’m s-hic-erious! Ti-hic-im thought it was very funny. Hic.”

2. SETTING

This excerpt from the opening pages of Sophie’s Run sets the scene for Sophie’s amazing exile:

While I waited for the ferry to finish docking, I drank in every detail of my chosen exile. The calm sea with little white-crested waves lapping gently against the quay. The green and white of the sandy dunes standing stark and fresh against the wide-open, deep-blue sky. The tiny harbor with only a handful of buildings and a few fishing boats bobbing on the incoming tide. Seagulls wheeling overhead, their mournful cries carrying on the gentle breeze, augmenting my sense of emptiness, newness. Fresh, clean, salty air. I took another deep breath, feeling calmer already.

3. SCENE ENDING

Adrenaline sloshed through my body in a rush of great excitement. This was it.

Music. Did I want music?

I flapped about a bit, shuffling through the few CDs I had brought and eventually deciding on my new Eighties compilation CD. No sooner had the first song started than there was a tentative knock. I did a final check; everything was ready.

I went to open the door.

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Nicky Wells is your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, Nicky writes Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door.

Nicky’s books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill!

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C. Like her leading lady, Sophie, Nicky loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant. Rock on!

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Loveahappyending.com Lifestyle | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads

SOPHIE’S RUN SALES LINKS: AMAZON.CO.UK | AMAZON.COM | BARNES & NOBLE

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We’d love to hear what you think. Why not leave a comment?

Spring in Romsey

My guest today is Emma Calin. She is a talented writer who spends part of the year in the UK and part in France. Sounds very exotic to me. Welcome, Emma!

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It’s great to be back on your blog, Anneli Purchase. Thanks for having me.

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Names and words are the stuff of writing aren’t they. A character’s name may be all you need to describe them. A few days ago I was in a church where my daughter was suffering a music exam. My mind had drifted onto the contents of this guest blog post. I had to do a bit of a double take since I was staring at a plaque commemorating the lives of different members of the Purchase family. What a coincidence.

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Well into the 1960s, the principal grocer’s shop in the country town of Romsey in Hampshire was run, named, and owned by the Purchases. William Overbury Purchase (Doesn’t that name draw a fine Victorian Alderman in your imagination?) was the mayor and Justice of the Peace. A daughter, Florence, was a leading light of the abstinence movement, having taken the pledge as a child – one imagines at the instigation of a parent.

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So, seated in the church I pondered the nature of life in which names, seasons, and beliefs form so many links in the flow of time. Looking at church inscriptions always takes my mind back to those great tomes of the glamour and shoulder-pad saga period, where books were sold by weight. I just don’t have the focus or work ethic to write one, but I do occasionally sketch one in my head. I think William Overbury could be some kind of patrician tycoon.

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This is a beautiful part of the world, where spring is running desperately – trying to catch up with my aspirations for it. Here are some pictures from in and around Romsey to compare with the spring where you are. Perhaps, Anneli, some of your family may have seen these very woods?

Bluebells in Romsey Woods

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On the subject of writing, which was supposed to be my focus for this post, take a look at this video – I did not create it but it says it all (although I have not actually been banned from anywhere – yet.)

http://youtu.be/3G-vQ8YhoJo

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Find more from Emma Calin here:

Amazon: Emma Calin Amazon Author Page
Emma Calin Blog: http://www.emmacalin.blogspot.com
Emma Calin Website: http://www.emmacalin.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emma.calin
and pages: http://www.facebook.com/Knockout.Romance.Novel & http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenbyEmmaCalin http://www.facebook.com/Escape2Love
Twitter: @Emma Calin
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emmacalin/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4915751.Emma_Calin

Escape to Love

ESCAPE TO LOVE by Emma Calin – Launch Tour

 

Hello Anneli from way across the pond!

A big thank you for hosting me at the very start of the  blog tour for my brand new book ‘Escape To Love.’ I can’t think of a better place than Canada for escaping and getting away from it all.  I have visited several times and never failed to be impressed by the people, their take on life as well as the magnificent vast countryside.

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Amazon Link to Escape To Love

Although I am launching this book around St Valentine’s Day, with all its traditions of hearts and flowers, Escape To Love is far from the traditional format of a classic romance. I wanted to create a suspenseful love story that did not take place in the usual glamorous settings, or between characters with successful careers or opulent lifestyles.  This is a tough story about choices made in extremis by people with little to lose.

This is my fourth publication with Gallo-Romano Media.  I have tried to combine the passion of my first romance novel (Knockout!) with the grit and urban struggle of my two short stories (Sub-Prime and The Chosen).  Escape To Love was supposed to be a full length novel, however has been edited down to what I am told is a ‘novellette’ at just over ten thousand words, keeping it pacey and tight.

As with the last two books, this comes with a FREE downloadable MP3 audiobook – so you can choose to read, or sit back, relax and listen.  The book is available from Amazon worldwide at US$2.99, CAN$3.00, £UK1.89, €2.6. Amazon Link to Escape To Love

I would like to gift a copy to this blog for the first reader out of the hat who posts a comment below.  This is in e-book format (for Kindle and others with Amazon Apps) and includes the download link to the MP3 audiobook version (1 hour 20 minutes).

Luckily most of us reading this blog are not and hopefully will never be, in the same situation as Maria, the lead character in this book  – but if you had to choose, where would you Escape To Love this Valentine’s Day?  Answers below for a chance to win!

Book Description:

Even in the barren wasteland of urban decay new green life is possible. In nature and in love, that which can be somehow finds a crack, a corner, or ledge and grasps its chance of life.

A woman on the run from domestic violence with no one but her vulnerable and damaged teenage child as a companion, lives in isolation and fear. While her hand to mouth scenarios are played out in the shadow of a threatening suspense, a story of crime and love unfolds around her. She cannot risk her child. Her own longings for love and romance have to take a poor second place. When the fallout from a prison break, a hero rescue, and a murder mystery crash through her door and into her need and loneliness, it is no longer a crime story. It is a question of when love in itself is a crime and how far a woman will go in its name and for those she loves.

 

About Emma…

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Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK.

She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national, and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

“Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance” is a love story set against a backdrop of international gambling corruption and deception. Interpol cop Anna Leyton finds herself torn between love and duty when her professional and private life intersects. A video teaser for this book is available in the right hand column of this author page, below the blog – it shows a scene from the trailer of a bedroom with the caption “desire consumes.” This book is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.

“Sub-Prime” is a prize-winning hard hitting short story about courage, exploitation and love. It is a raw and brutal exposé of life at the bottom in the aftermath of recession. Available in Kindle format which includes a FREE downloadable audiobook

“The Chosen” is also a short story,  set in modern times where working people struggle to keep their dreams alive. A world where the promise of love motivates desperate measures. Available in Kindle format, which includes a FREE downloadable audiobook.

Links:

Escape To Love – viewBook.at/B00B9ZZYL0

or amazon.com

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

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

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

and pages: http://www.facebook.com/Knockout.Romance.Novel & http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenbyEmmaCalin  http://www.facebook.com/Escape2Love

 

Twitter: @Emma Calin
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emmacalin/

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

 

Amazon links to other books by Emma Calin:

Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance