Brand new #poetry #audiobook – get it #free with Audible 30 day trial

FreezeFrameAudioMP3Well it’s finally here – the FREEZE FRAME international poetry anthology has been re-mastered and is now on sale on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The brainchild of the poet Oscar Sparrow, he invited 5 other poets from around the world to write a collection of poems that would ‘freeze the frame’ on our bustling lives.  In addition to their written words, each poet recorded a performance of each poem.  To complete the project, a talented young pianist composed a theme for the anthology with individual motifs for each poet.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear works read aloud by these poets, in their own inimitable styles that really bring the poetry to life.

If you would like to get this audio book for FREE here are two suggestions ( you could do both of course!):

1. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial membership on Audible and get FREEZE FRAME for FREE too. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

2. Get a FREE copy to download from Amazon.  We have a number of ‘review copies’ to give away – we are doing this via a draw, to make it fair.  The first draw will take place at the end of September.  Click here to enter:    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright and Jefferson Hansen on a great audio project.

Find the audio, print and kindle versions here too:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

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.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TedsMemoir?ref=profile

Amazon Page UK

Amazon Page USA

Amazon Page Canada

Having fun with Vine for a quick trailer for the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

Well, just for a moment of light relief we decided to use some of our photos of the individual titles in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection to create a Vine video book trailer.

Vine is to video what Twitter is to short messages – we are allowed just over 6 seconds of recording time in total so VERY short and sharp visuals only. Once created, you can post the video on Twitter, your website, blog etc.

The recording is done via the video button on a smart phone – I used an iPhone. Vine allows you to make split-second shots and then links them all together in a continuous loop. At the moment Vine does not allow any editing after recording – so you have to get it right first time! Also, there is no audio editing – so you have to make sure that whatever is playing in the background makes sense for your visuals.

It’s very important to plan out in advance what you are going to include – the finished article is so short that every split second counts.

In this video we used images of the 5 covers of the titles in the book collection, along with a few images of the collection cover on an e-reader and also as a printed book, as well as an additional image to indicate the book was available on Amazon. We lined all the shots up on the computer in order and filmed each for a split second. Everything looked great – the Vine video looped round and played on and on and the images made sense. Then we watched with the sound up – it was horrendous, everything from paper shuffling to computer keys to a kettle boiling and music from a distant TV show. A veritable cacophony. The snippet of music though, did not sound so bad. So, we decided to play We Found Love in a Hopeless Place by Rhianna on the CD player whilst we recorded the shots. Obviously it is not a nice smooth audio track – it gets broken up each time we change video clip – but we thought it was better than completely random background noise.

Unsurprisingly, the whole video took a whole morning to complete – getting all the photos for the clips in a similar format, sorting out the sound…. to say nothing of the number of times we recorded it before we managed to fit the whole lot in.

The result… well it’s obviously not going to win any Oscars – but for a quick snap of what the book is about it does serve a purpose. What do you think?

To hear the sound click on the top left of the video on the speaker symbol (you may want to switch it off after a short period!). Click the video to stop and start it.

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