#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Single Best Thing – Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter

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Today I’m on the ‘The Single Best Thing’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

eHp63KiQElaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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Synopsis :

dDBiARgQAlmost four years have passed since Melv followed Eve back to England refusing to throw away their long awaited chance of lasting love and happiness. Much has happened in that time. No longer a tour manager for Travel Together, Eve is enjoying unexpected success in her new career. Has she forgiven him for hurting her so deeply? Was her love for him simply enough? And what about her own dark secret?

Provoking smiles and tears this glimpse into Eve’s future brings the Singles’ Series to its final conclusion.

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Guest Post :

Back in December I gave a talk at Dagenham Library and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The reason I was there was to promote The Banjo coming out in paperback. The Banjo is set in Dagenham in 50s and 60s and the term banjo is unique to Dagenham and it refers to a pedestrianised cul-de-sac of which there are many in the borough. The audience was a lively one and they had loads of questions for me including, “Are you a very critical reader?”
And the answer to that is a resounding “Yes!”
For me the first thing a book has to be is believable. I wrote plays before I wrote books and because a play is visual and includes the actors’ performances I was always looking for believability. And as a reader I scrutinise the story and ask the question of each scene/plot twist: is it believable? And whether it’s believable or not is down to the writer’s ability to make us believe even the most unlikely occurrence. Some writers have that talent in spades, they can make us believe anything and others sometimes fall short.
My other bugbear is poor grammar. Now, before you start calling me a pedant or grammar-nazi let me explain. If you are a writer you make a living through language. Yes, language is a living thing and therefore it changes and develops. Over the last fifty years British English has become inundated with Americanisms, mainly due to the influence of American films and TV programmes. Except so many people don’t call them films any more, they say “movies”. I accept that.
There was a time when “got” was unacceptable. I was told by my English teacher that we could always find another verb. So we had to say “He recovered,” instead of “He got better” and “She got ready for the party” became “She prepared for the party” etc. For the last thirty years “got” has become normal as English has become less formal. But now I read “gotten” everywhere and that an Americanism. When I read that in a book written by a British author I shake my head in despair.
Other errors guaranteed to irritate me are writers that don’t know the difference between less and fewer; number and amount; sitting, seated and sat; standing and stood. Last year I stopped reading a book I was quite enjoying because the continual use of “sat” instead of “sitting” drove me nuts! “He was sat in his office.” No he wasn’t! He was sitting. Someone tried to tell me it was a regional thing but I hear it all over. And surely grammar rules apply to the whole country, don’t they?
And don’t get me started on writers using “I” when it should be “me”. So a correct sentence would be “It was a special treat for Mary and me” – not for Mary and I. The secret is to take away Mary and then you see that you can’t say “It was a special treat for I.” It’s not the same as saying “Mary and I prepared a special treat” is it?
And the thing that astounds me most of all is that the vast majority of these books are published by well-know publishing houses. Don’t they use proof-readers any more? Don’t editors pick up grammatical howlers?
We indie writers get a lot of stick; there’s a lot of prejudice aimed as us. God help us if anyone finds a typo in one of our five-hundred page books. Yet the majority of mistakes I come across don’t come from indies but rather from traditionally published authors.
I know that many will be shaking their heads and asking, “Why does it matter, Elaine?” Well, because it does. As I said before, if you make your living from using language then treat it with respect. Take delight and pride in the English language with all its idiosyncrasies, quirks and exceptions to the rule. I’m not talking about dialect in books because when people are speaking anything goes. But when you’re writing prose it doesn’t.
It takes as much work to get something wrong as to get it right. No other language seems to get butchered by its writers the way English does. Is it too much to ask that we all take a little pride in our language again? Or am I being picky?

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#PromoBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Single All The Way – Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter

– ‘The Magic of Wor(l)ds’ blog is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free. –

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Today I’m on the ‘Single All The Way’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

eHp63KiQElaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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Synopsis :

Q2II7EfwTravel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell is planning a quiet Christmas at home to rest and relax before a special New Year. But she soon, very unexpectedly, finds herself in the depths of the Essex countryside looking after a singles’ group which contains some old, familiar faces and some pleasant – and not so pleasant – new ones. With its country walks, quizzes, disco and black-tie ball, the Christmas and Twixmas Break passes quickly, but just as they think it’s all over the plot takes a twist and we learn some dark secrets…

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Singles, Set and Match – Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter

– ‘The Magic of Wor(l)ds’ blog is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free. –

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Today I’m on the ‘Singles, Set and Match’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

d1GFhunQElaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

Social Media Links:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Synopsis :

Hnp9ATIwThe fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.

After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday. While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible. And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life. Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I always loved writing stories. I was in my forties and I went to the Anna Scher Community Theatre in London and Anna encouraged us to write our own plays. I wrote a one-woman show called What’s Eating Me which I performed on the London and Edinburgh Fringes and then I decided to turn it into a novel and so it became my first book. Then there was a second play, Sweet Lady, that was also performed in London and in Antigua (West Indies) and it was so well-received that I decided to turn that into a book, too. By this time I was hooked on writing and so I decided to write Singles’ Holiday, which turned out to be the first book in the Singles’ Series. Singles, Set and Match is the fifth.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I have always been a real bookworm. As a child I loved nothing more than lying on my bed reading. I loved Little Women – my favourite childhood book – and the Mallory Towers, Secret Seven and Famous Five books by Enid Blyton and the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. As an adult I love thrillers, murder mysteries, action stories, some rom com, anything except Sci Fi and fantasy.

Is there an writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to ask E L James how she went from self-published to multi-million selling author. And someone like Peter James or Val McDermid to find out how they write about police procedure and produce such authentic plots.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Ross Poldark. Dashing, handsome, intelligent, good, what’s not to like?

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No rituals. I usually write with Radio 2 playing quietly in the background.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
LOL! I wish I knew the answer to that but ideas seem to pop into my head. Very often as I am writing the original idea will change or disappear completely and the new story seems to take over. I know that sounds weird, but that’s how it is. The same with characters; often the nice characters suddenly become nasty and vice versa. And no, nobody need worry.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Pantser all the way. I start out as a plotter but as I’ve said above, the story gallops along at its own rate and I find myself going off on all sorts of tangents with it. I need that fluidity. It doesn’t work for everyone but it does for me.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t procrastinate! It’s easy to put off writing (I’m capable of spending two hours on Facebook or Twitter before I start writing for the day, I’m ashamed to say.) And procrastination is the writer’s enemy. If you’ve got a story idea in your head just write it down. Get going and write it all down. You can go back and edit once you’re satisfied the story is the one you want to tell.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I am working on a script for a TV series at the moment. That will be followed by the Banjo Book Two and a sixth Singles book.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
This is how Singles, Set and Match opens:

…And so having exchanged rings and their vows I now declare they are husband and wife.’
Eve felt a lump rising in her throat and sudden, hot tears flooded her eyes with the wave of emotion the words brought on. She bit her lip and tried to smile, aware that she was probably gurning a scary, hideous grimace while blinking furiously to dispel the tears without having to dab at her eyes and draw attention to the fact that she was crying.
‘You may kiss your bride.’
The registrar beamed at the couple who took a tentative step forward and reached towards each other, nervously bumping noses before finding each others’ lips. Egged on by the cheers from the small congregation and swept away by the moment, his confidence and sense of the romantic reaching a giddy crescendo, the groom doubled his new wife back over his arm, tango-dancing style with a little too much enthusiasm and she crashed to the floor, pulling him with her.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Elaine Spires.

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#CoverReveal #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources : Singles, Set and Match – Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, to reveal the cover of

Singles, Set and Match Cover Reveal

But first some information

About the Author :

51qW8nBirZL._US230_Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

Social Media Links :
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Synopsis :

The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.

After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday.  While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible.  And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life.  Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?

After this great teaser I hope you are still excited for the cover reveal, because this is happening

right now!

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Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It will be released on July 1, 2019, but it’s already available for pre-order at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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