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 

Launch of Escape To Love by Emma Calin

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Monday was another day to celebrate here at Gallo-Romano Media as Emma Calin’s new suspense/romance appeared on the Amazon bookshelves all round the world in Kindle and e-book format.

ESCAPE TO LOVE is the third in a five-part series of gritty urban short stories and novelettes – the other two are due out later in the Spring.

As with books one and two in this series, Escape To Love Kindle Edition comes with a FREE 80 minute audiobook download link  – making the story accessible to folk who prefer to listen as well as to those who like to read.

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 autistic 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.

Launch Day Giveaway

Emma would like to share her new book with you.  She is currently in the middle of a blog tour to launch Escape To Love and is giving away a book at each stop.  These are the blogs she is visiting – leave a comment on any of the tour stop days to be in with a chance to win!

Anneli Purchase 
Gallo-Romano Media on 6th Feb. – that’s here today!
Laurie Jenkins On 10th Feb.
Sheryl Browne on 11th Feb.
Mandy Baggot on 12th Feb.

Don’t forget – you can leave a message here to be included in the giveaway for today’s blog stop.  What is your favourite way to ESCAPE from the daily grind?

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Freeze Frame

We were all excited when the proof copy of FREEZE FRAME landed on the doormat four days earlier than anticipated.  We love digital media but there is nothing like holding the real thing in your hand and flicking through those pristine pages.

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It’s almost there – a couple of changes and we’re good to go.

We’ve also formatted the e-book for Smashwords, so in a couple of weeks from now FREEZE FRAME will be available for just about every e-reading device known to man e.g. Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple, iPad, Android, Sony, EPUB etc etc. as well in traditional tactile format.

Both the e-book and print book include the free link to the audio recordings of FREEZE FRAME – a one hour poetry fest where each poet performs their poems – a real treat!

Find the book currently on Amazon HERE

Freeze Frame Launched!

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Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am a reasonably serious old bloke who has scribbled poems for about 50 years. Finding myself posing in a Santa hat holding a Kindle Fire device for a picture to be captioned with punny quips made me wonder if I had lost the plot. If I appear disrespectful to poets and poetry I do apologise. O brave new world that has such peep-shows in it. Such is the circus of the modern book world. Apparently some fiction writers are so busy on the road that all their stuff is done by ghost writers. Seemingly it’s the brand that matters. It seems incredible to me. Perhaps I won’t beat myself up over the Santa hat. If it makes poetry more accessible and unstuffy then it has to be a Google plus. I defy anyone to ghost write in the style of any of the six Freeze Frame writers.

Far more importantly, the book is out there and up on Amazon. It was delivered without anaesthetic during the night, about 24 hours premature but at a good weight and with powerful voice. This is not the end of course but at least everything is all together and in one place. The stars are the poets who had enough faith in me to join in and risk all to be part of the Freeze Frame project.

Tomorrow evening 1800 hours UK (GMT)  – 12 noon USA EST – there will be a launch party at which all can meet the poets. There will be readings and comments and hopefully a few silly hats.  This takes place on Facebook with a live link to a Google+ ‘Hangout’ – you can watch us all having our virtual champagne and reading a selection of poems from the collection.  Here’s the link:

Stop the world – FREEZE FRAME – it’s the launch party!

Find the book here:
Amazon USA
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany
Amazon France
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain
Amazon Japan
Amazon Brazil

Ho Ho Ho!

Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology – Music Reveal

Isabelle Fuller

Thank you for the music

As the date for the launch of the Freeze Frame Poetry Anthology approaches (Friday 21st Dec!), Oscar Sparrow interviews the composer of the original music used on the audio album….

One of the huge number of things about which I know nothing is music. My mother was a singer who could not believe her genes carried the recessive potential for a tone deaf croaking sparrow. After all, she had specifically ordered a nightingale.

Fortunately, I am surrounded by talent. One of the requirements for the music track was that it contained a variety of themes with changes of pace and melody. It is surprisingly difficult to commission original work.  I approached Izzy, who composed and played the theme for “I Threw A Stone” and she agreed to give it a try. We had a long session of reading the poems and she took them away to get a feel for the individual poets. Although the music track is a continuous piece in its own right, the mandate was to create moods and reflections complimentary to the audio tracks. Obviously the music speaks for itself but I had a chat with her shortly before its goes live.

You have worked on a couple of projects for us before. How did this job feel?

It was a huge leap of difficulty. I wrote and played the flute track on “Where is God” by Jo VonBargen the fabulous American poet. (You just have to hear her read her work – it’s a thrill it really is, She opened me up to poetry power). I did the same with the piano theme for Oscar’s book but Freeze Frame was something much more complex. I spent a lot of time thinking about the different themes. Because I had access to the audio tracks I could feel my way into the atmosphere of what I wanted to do.

I was out shopping and saw you on a poster as a star flautist at a concert. Which is your preferred instrument? 

The piano allows me to compose and I can just play without accompaniment. I get more chances to perform with the flute. The piano is more versatile and has a ready depth that you need for composition.

I have no idea what it feels like to compose music. Can you tell me?

It’s a great feeling to get the idea out of my heart and into my fingers. It doesn’t really feel like an idea in my head – thoughts are more like words somehow. Music is something fluid you tap into. It’s not like thinking at all, its like skating or dancing – it happens inside you and you express it without knowing how or where its going exactly. You need technical information about harmonies and such like but it is a marvellous sense of freedom.

In this case did you have a starting point?

Only the tradition of everything that anyone has ever composed. There’s a lot of music written around individuals, physical themes and other art forms. Any composer feels humbled by it. There are pieces like Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, The Planets, the whole book of ballet music and pieces like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that I saw in Disney’s Fantasia 2000 when I was a very little girl. I think it changed me! I know composers are supposed to be highbrow but my first awareness of music was from Barbie cartoon movies which featured classical ballet.  You never feel you can do anything like that but it’s still in me  to do what I can. I just have to.

What’s next?

I’ve enjoyed working to a theme and I have an idea beginning along those lines. I can’t really express it yet. I’ve sent the project down into my heart to warm up and get some feeling. It’s like……. waiting for springtime now….

Favourite film and favourite song?

You’re going to laugh at me. My film would be “The Page Turner” which is about a psychotic sadistic pianist. I’m afraid my favourite song  is “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. I know its far older than me but that guitar riff takes me somewhere sublime. I think they’re for old rocker guys. Do you think I’m normal?

I’m actually more worried about the psychotic pianist. Gallo-Romano don’t pay much!

It’s always a pleasure to work with Izzy because she does the work. That’s the way I like it.

So- here it is, the music that will buffer between the poets. It will play in its entirety at the end of the book. As an update I can say that we are on target for the e book with audio launch on 21st December. The “real” paper book will follow in the New Year.

Guys – it’s good.

In case you missed it here is the soundcloud music link.