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

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

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.