Shiver me timbers, pieces of eight and a bottle of rum, the argggh-some launch party for A World Apart was such fun. Book bloggers, authors and readers all boarded the ship and joined me on a week of pillaging and shouting “avast ye!” at those unsuspecting landlubbers and seadogs. It’s been great doing all things piratey for a week.
This event wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of help of course. With that in mind, I must extend my appreciation to my wife, Donna, for her contributions and for allowing me to use the Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dave site as part of the launch. Also much appreciation must go to Coral Russell and the rest of my homeys at the Book Bloggers’ Collaborative (now part of The Indie Exchange) for all their support and the exclusive use of that site too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the comments where readers were invited to share their favourite jokes, films and books. Johnny Depp popped up more than once during the week but I think it was simply because he’s played a pirate and nothing to do with his good looks and the ability to melt a million hearts. It was great to see The Goonies get a mention as well. How can you not salute that one as a classic pirate film, truffle shuffle and all.
Many, many thanks to the brilliant book bloggers that contributed a pirate post to the launch. Book bloggers are simply amazing and I thoroughly loved each and every post. Were it not for the limited space I would gladly devote a page to each and every one. On a personal note I will say that Coral Russell’s post which included the song “Pumping Blowing” from The Pirate Movie frightened me the most. It was tough to decide which was the best of the posts what with humour, innuendo and history all thrown in. In the end I think I was most drawn towards an excellent post from The Cabin Goddess, which was a fascinating read throughout and appealed to my love of history. Thank you so much again to all the bloggers that took part. You really made this launch an honour and a privilege to be a part of.
It was such a relief to finally release A World Apart, the second book from the Elencheran Chronicles, and I must say if the launch for any future novels goes as well as this one I will be very happy indeed.
All that is left for me to say is congratulations to two lucky winners of the giveaways that ran during the week. We had more than 4,500 entries for the main giveaway, which is fantastic, but without further ado the buried treasure goes to:-
$100 Amazon Gift Certificate – Liza (proud mom of 6)
$50 Amazon Gift Certificate – Alison DeLuca
Congratulations to Liza and to Alison.
I’m not sure when my next book launch will be but I hope to see you all back here very soon. I’m now heading back out to sea, for it is a pirate’s life for me!
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