Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Hi all!  Is it warm enough for you?
Welcome to this week’s Talk of the Town link up.  A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree.  If you’re new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here. All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned by Shaz on a dedicated Pinterest board.

This is our last week for showcasing Black & White Publishing’s Not The Only Sky by Alyssa Warren. Read on to find out more.

A fantastically engaging character piece which examines the bonds of blood and family.

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (27 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300903
ISBN-13: 978-1785300905
ASIN: B06ZZ7FCSR

‘Wait. Patient. Now. Not long. Good girl. Wait here.  Brave girl. Think of it as a vacation.’
‘Back in a jiffy.’

Big Bend, population 500, South Dakota, 1988. Eight-year-old Tiny Mite lives in a ramshackle farmhouse next to her grandfather’s crashed airplane and the pine tree where she trains as a spy. Goddamn is her favourite word. Taking pictures with her camera made of aluminium foil and a tin can is her new big thing. She lives with Bee, her apocalypse-obsessed grandmother and Luvie, her hard-drinking great-aunt. And then there’s her mother Velvet, beautiful and desperate, still in love with her high school boyfriend who she left to have a brief fling with Tiny Mite’s absent father.
One night, Tiny Mite hears a cry, but it’s not what she imagines. And nothing will ever be the same.
Six years later, Clea won’t let anyone call her Tiny Mite anymore. Luvie has fallen in love with a pastor, and Bee’s health is failing. Velvet is gone, and nobody except Bee, who can’t bring herself to turn her back on her daughter, will even mention her name.
Containing a wonderfully engaging and eccentric cast of characters who live long in the memory,  this is the story of mothers and daughters, people bound by blood and geography, moments captured and lifetimes lost, and things never quite turning out as expected.

Alyssa Warren spent a muddy, scruffy, happy childhood in the creeks and abandoned homesteads of South Dakota, before completing a BA in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as a contributing editor for Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. She is a printmaker and photographer based in East London, where she lives with her husband and three sons.

Connect with Alyssa Warren via Website | Twitter

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

WIN – just copy the tweet below…simples

Join in the #ToTT linky and share your love of the literary word #Giveaway sponsored by @bwpublishing

to be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

I’ll be linking up with my review of Erin Kelly’s latest novel He Said She Said.   It was a bit of a slow burner in some parts but the writing and the tension more than made up for it.

Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Hi, welcome to this week’s Talk of the Town link up.  A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree.  If you’re new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here. All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned by Shaz on a dedicated Pinterest board.

During May Talk of the Town are showcasing Black & White Publishing’s Not The Only Sky by Alyssa Warren. Read on to find out more.

A fantastically engaging character piece which examines the bonds of blood and family.

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (27 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300903
ISBN-13: 978-1785300905
ASIN: B06ZZ7FCSR

‘Wait. Patient. Now. Not long. Good girl. Wait here.  Brave girl. Think of it as a vacation.’
‘Back in a jiffy.’

Big Bend, population 500, South Dakota, 1988. Eight-year-old Tiny Mite lives in a ramshackle farmhouse next to her grandfather’s crashed airplane and the pine tree where she trains as a spy. Goddamn is her favourite word. Taking pictures with her camera made of aluminium foil and a tin can is her new big thing. She lives with Bee, her apocalypse-obsessed grandmother and Luvie, her hard-drinking great-aunt. And then there’s her mother Velvet, beautiful and desperate, still in love with her high school boyfriend who she left to have a brief fling with Tiny Mite’s absent father.
One night, Tiny Mite hears a cry, but it’s not what she imagines. And nothing will ever be the same.
Six years later, Clea won’t let anyone call her Tiny Mite anymore. Luvie has fallen in love with a pastor, and Bee’s health is failing. Velvet is gone, and nobody except Bee, who can’t bring herself to turn her back on her daughter, will even mention her name.
Containing a wonderfully engaging and eccentric cast of characters who live long in the memory,  this is the story of mothers and daughters, people bound by blood and geography, moments captured and lifetimes lost, and things never quite turning out as expected.

Alyssa Warren spent a muddy, scruffy, happy childhood in the creeks and abandoned homesteads of South Dakota, before completing a BA in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as a contributing editor for Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. She is a printmaker and photographer based in East London, where she lives with her husband and three sons.

Connect with Alyssa Warren via Website | Twitter

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

WIN – just copy the tweet below…simples

Join in the #ToTT linky and share your love of the literary word #Giveaway sponsored by @bwpublishing

to be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

This week I’m linking up with The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain which was my latest book club read.

Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Welcome to this week’s Talk of the Town link up.  A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree.

If you’re new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here. All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

We have a new book to share with you for May! Talk of the Town are now showcasing Not The Only Sky by Alyssa Warren. Read on to find out more.

A fantastically engaging character piece which examines the bonds of blood and family.

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (27 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300903
ISBN-13: 978-1785300905
ASIN: B06ZZ7FCSR

‘Wait. Patient. Now. Not long. Good girl. Wait here.  Brave girl. Think of it as a vacation.’
‘Back in a jiffy.’

Big Bend, population 500, South Dakota, 1988. Eight-year-old Tiny Mite lives in a ramshackle farmhouse next to her grandfather’s crashed airplane and the pine tree where she trains as a spy. Goddamn is her favourite word. Taking pictures with her camera made of aluminium foil and a tin can is her new big thing. She lives with Bee, her apocalypse-obsessed grandmother and Luvie, her hard-drinking great-aunt. And then there’s her mother Velvet, beautiful and desperate, still in love with her high school boyfriend who she left to have a brief fling with Tiny Mite’s absent father.
One night, Tiny Mite hears a cry, but it’s not what she imagines. And nothing will ever be the same.
Six years later, Clea won’t let anyone call her Tiny Mite anymore. Luvie has fallen in love with a pastor, and Bee’s health is failing. Velvet is gone, and nobody except Bee, who can’t bring herself to turn her back on her daughter, will even mention her name.
Containing a wonderfully engaging and eccentric cast of characters who live long in the memory,  this is the story of mothers and daughters, people bound by blood and geography, moments captured and lifetimes lost, and things never quite turning out as expected.

Alyssa Warren spent a muddy, scruffy, happy childhood in the creeks and abandoned homesteads of South Dakota, before completing a BA in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as a contributing editor for Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. She is a printmaker and photographer based in East London, where she lives with her husband and three sons.

Connect with Alyssa Warren via Website | Twitter

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

Congrats to Victoria who is April’s winner for the Black & White Publishing prize.  See below for details of how you can win a book or bundle 🙂

WIN – copy the tweet below

Join in the #ToTT linky and share your love of the literary word #Giveaway sponsored by @bwpublishing

to be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

This week I’m linking up with Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart New York; a feel good light-hearted rom com.  Not my usual pick but enjoyable nonetheless!

Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Welcome back to this week’s Talk of the Town link up.  A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree.  I hope you’ve all had a good Easter break and have lots of new bookish posts to share with us!

If you’re new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here

All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

During April Talk of the Town have been showcasing The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy.

An emotionally compelling and yet darkly funny tale, The Gingerbread House is the story about a family’s struggle with the devastation of dementia, as well as an exploration of the power of storytelling.

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (23 Feb. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300865
ISBN-13: 978-1785300868
ASIN: B01MU7T4Y6

Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that’s where the witch lives…

Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from dementia, and caring for her proves tougher than Tess could ever have imagined: feeling increasingly isolated, her only comfort is wine o’clock and weekend visits from her husband. Meanwhile her teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces.

Kate Beaufoy has an MA in French and English literature from Trinity College Dublin. As Kate Thompson she has had a dozen novels published, including the Number One bestseller The Blue Hour, which was shortlisted for the RNA award. Kate has contributed to numerous publications and broadcast media in both Ireland and the UK. A former actress, she was the recipient of a Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actress Award. She lives some of the year in Dublin and some on the West coast of Ireland, and is happily married with one daughter. Kate is an advanced-level scuba diver, a wild swimmer, and the keeper of a bewitching Burmese cat.   

Connect with Kate Beaufoy via Website | Twitter

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

WIN – copy the tweet below

Join in the #ToTT linky and share your love of the literary word #Giveaway sponsored by @bwpublishing

to be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

I’m linking up with Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski; told as a series of podcasts, it was a great to listen to via audio book.

I’m off to a book blogger and author meet up in Birmingham today so I’ll catch up with all your link ups over the Bank Holiday weekend – have a good one!

Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Welcome to this week’s Talk of the Town link up.  A book post sharing linky that I co-host with Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree.  Looking forward to reading and sharing your posts this week; there’s always something for everyone.

For those of you new to Talk of the Town, see all the info here

All posts are shared on Twitter and pinned on a dedicated Pinterest board.

Please feel free to add the badge to the post you’re sharing.

Understandably last week’s most favourite post was Greg’s I Am Addicted To All The Internet Things post.  I’d be lost without my internet connection…what did we ever do before!! Was life better?

During April Talk of the Town is showcasing The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy.

An emotionally compelling and yet darkly funny tale, The Gingerbread House is the story about a family’s struggle with the devastation of dementia, as well as an exploration of the power of storytelling.

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (23 Feb. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785300865
ISBN-13: 978-1785300868
ASIN: B01MU7T4Y6

Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that’s where the witch lives…

Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That’s what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from dementia, and caring for her proves tougher than Tess could ever have imagined: feeling increasingly isolated, her only comfort is wine o’clock and weekend visits from her husband. Meanwhile her teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces.

Kate Beaufoy has an MA in French and English literature from Trinity College Dublin. As Kate Thompson she has had a dozen novels published, including the Number One bestseller The Blue Hour, which was shortlisted for the RNA award. Kate has contributed to numerous publications and broadcast media in both Ireland and the UK. A former actress, she was the recipient of a Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actress Award. She lives some of the year in Dublin and some on the West coast of Ireland, and is happily married with one daughter. Kate is an advanced-level scuba diver, a wild swimmer, and the keeper of a bewitching Burmese cat.   

Connect with Kate Beaufoy via Website | Twitter

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

WIN – copy the tweet below

Join in the #ToTT linky and share your love of the literary word #Giveaway sponsored by @bwpublishing

to be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing the weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

Link up your bookish posts here >>

I’m away for most of this weekend in Sheffield so will catch up on your posts as soon as I can.  I’m so excited, my friend and I are going to Peter Kay’s Dance for Life, the Ultimate Dance-A-Thon Party and we’re dressing up in 80s gear, ha ha , can’t wait!! Have a great weekend all! 🙂

p.s No #ToTT next weekend as we’re taking a break for Easter.  See you soon!