Evacuated at the age of ten as part of British Government Operation Pied Piper, Ted tells his WW2 story: Blown Away – Seeds on the Winds of War.

After a lifetime of living with the dramas that unfolded in his young life, Ted Baverstock has published his memoir, complete with charming photos from the time, putting images to the names and places in the book. Now we can all share his recollections of life in a simple, bygone age.

It’s hard to imagine how we would cope today with the uprooting of city children from their families and transplantation to totally alien rural communities.   One can appreciate the threat posed by the blitz and mothers desperation to save their children from death and destruction. Frequently taking on an evacuee was seen as a way to boost the family budget as much as a duty for the war effort by the hosts in these far-off villages. It is in this atmosphere that Ted was shipped with his whole class, from Dagenham in Essex to Shapwick in Somerset. Neither they, nor their parents knew where they were being sent, who they would be billeted with or when, or if, they would see their mothers, fathers and siblings again should London fall to the Nazis.  There were no means of communication other than by letters in the post.

Blown Away Paperback

Ted’s account is detailed and factual. His new life is a revelation and in spite of missing his family and the city he knew, he revels in the exciting new discoveries he makes.  No aspect of his adoptive rural community is omitted – from the wild to the agricultural animals he encountered, the characters he met and the adventures he had.

In a world where children were expected to be resilient and active – helping hands on the farm, in the fields and in the household, Ted tells us of the experiences that shaped and formed him. Certainly his return to the city when the war ended, left him wishing for the clean clear air and open spaces of the Somerset countryside he had grown to love. No doubt his future was directed by these early experiences and his choice to work in horticulture stems directly from these early influences.

A poignant and charming testimony to the strength and spirit of human beings living in the adversity of war.  Available on  Kindle and  in paperback from Amazon worldwide.

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Giving away some Love in a Hopeless Place

Emma Calin has announced the launch of the paperback edition of The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection.  To celebrate, there is a giveaway of 3 print copies on Goodreads – this will be drawn on the 18th December, so copies should be posted out before Christmas.

Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

The book contains a five separate titles – three short stories and two novelettes, in a bargain bumper edition: Sub-Prime, Angela, Escape to Love, The Chosen and Love in a Hopeless place.  These stories are not classic romances as such but are about human need – our quest to love and be loved, for respect and acceptance.  They are gritty and explicit tales that deal with modern issues in post-recession societies. Described by Emma as Social Realism for the 21st century.

The Kindle version of the book has been well received, here are some reviews:

The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection of 5  novelettes and short stories in one edition

The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection of 5 novelettes and short stories in one edition

Five star reviews:

“Everybody needs love, everybody wants to be loved, Emma Calin explores love for the ordinary person. She cleverly weaves a tale of people in situations that seem hopeless, and with keen insight showed the true face of helplessness and hopelessness turning into despair.” August 2013,  im1rarebird on Amazon

“I loved the way she managed to make a taxi ride so totally unlike anything you might imagine and the way subjects like disability and payday loans, both very topical and current subjects, were brought into the writing. And love in the most unexpected places as well, and it just goes to show that things like this could happen to any of us. Give it a go – buy this and enjoy!” Bookworm, August 2013

 “Emma Calin writes with perfection and is a master of the short story. You will want to keep this collection in your bookshelf forever.” Adina Luca, October 2013

Ted Baverstock Joins The Gallo-Romano Media Hall of Fame

Today I’m delighted to introduce the latest writer to work with us….

Mr Ted Baverstock

Ted Baverstock

Ted has written a memoir of his days as a young lad during WW2 in Great Britain. His book will be coming out shortly in paperback and e-book formats.

Ted was born in the East End of London. At the tender age of 10 he was sent, along with the rest of his school class  to the ‘safety’ of the countryside, away from the Blitz that was to follow.

As part of the British Government’s ‘Operation Pied Piper’ millions of children were taken from their families and relocated to rural villages and towns with complete strangers. It is hard to imagine how a logistical feat could be organised even today with our computers and communications networks – yet somehow this massive task was achieved in the space of just three days.

However, in spite of the wrench from the world he knew, out of this trauma came a life-long relationship between Ted and his host family that endured across the years. Experiences from these times undoubtedly influenced this young lad and opened his world to the potential of a life outside the city.

We are delighted to be able to help Ted publish his book and share the details of his time spent as an evacuee in Shapwick in Somerset, England.

Watch this space for the ‘cover reveal’ which will be coming shortly…

Emma Calin starts blowing her horn to announce the launch of her new Collection and forthcoming blog Tour.

 

‘The Love in a Hopeless Place Collection’ launches on the 18th July on Amazon Worldwide for Kindle and e-readers.

Emma Calin Blows Her Own Horn

Emma Calin Blows Her Own Horn

Links to the Blog Tour

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

Get hold of Angela for FREE

Another new release from Emma Calin in the ‘Love in a Hopeless Place’ series ANGELA,  is now FREE in digital format on Amazon in the USA and the UK and on Smashwords.

Angela. A short story by Emma Calin, #4 in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

Angela. A short story by Emma Calin, #4 in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

A snappy short story – another ‘Tale of the Unexpected’ from Emma to complete the set of five gritty urban adventures – this time with a paranormal twist.

Get your free copy here: Amazon.com       Amazon.co.uk     Smashwords

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The five titles in the Love in A Hopeless Place Collection – a series of stand-alone short stories and novelettes linked by a common theme. Social Realism for the 21st Century.

Emma Calin Launches Book No. 5 in Series

Emma Calin recently launched her new novelette LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE and celebrated with a Facebook Party (you can see the ‘aftermath’ by clicking here!).  This title is listed as ‘book number 5’ in a soon-to-be-published anthology which takes the name  THE LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION.

A gritty romance novelette by Emma Calin. Fifth and  final title in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

A gritty romance novelette by Emma Calin. Fifth and final title in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE

A mature woman stumbles into a discovery of herself that she had never suspected.

Her own desires and their uncontrollable consequences leave her no option but to go forward.  Even as her  emotional and sexual need drive her on, there are no certainties ahead.  As her previous life crumbles behind her an unexpected and inappropriate ally appears from the rubble to help her onwards.  

Maybe now she will be free to explore her new world in which she is still an innocent?

Another gritty romance novelette following in a similar vein to award-winning #1 best selling ‘Sub-Prime’ , ‘The Chosen’ and the recently published  ’Escape to Love’ . 
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Find this book on Amazon Worldwide:  viewBook.at/B00D8K61QQ

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LoveInAHopelessPlaceNovel

Congratulations Emma on another hard-hitting story!

Escape To Love – The Audiobook

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Escape To Love is supplied with an eighty minute audiobook – recorded by the author, Emma Calin.

The great news is that you get this audiobook FREE when you buy the e-book on Amazon. There is a secret URL in the Kindle version that you use to access the MP3 file.iPods escape to love

You can then play the audiobook on your computer, or indeed any MP3 device – including the Kindle if you wish.  Did you know that you can play any MP3 format audio on your Kindle?  At the moment the easiest way to do this is using the USB lead connected between your Kindle and the computer where the MP3 file is saved – just copy it across to the Music Folder and play!

As a special treat, here is an excerpt from Emma’s audiobook:

 

 

Find Escape To Love on Amazon Worldwide