Wednesday 19 June 2013

'Love in a Hopeless Place' Live Launch Party with Giveaways

Welcome to the launch party for my new novelette - a gritty romance called 

'Love in a Hopeless Place'

You can find the book here

Thank you for coming along!

I just fancied a quick 'apéro', to say hello and introduce you to this final book in my novelette and short story series, following on from 'Sub-Prime', 'The Chosen' and 'Escape To Love'.  

I'll only keep you here for half an hour or so - with some excerpts, music from the book, virtual drinks, nibbles and some prizes - props from the book!  

[This post will grow as I add more information during the launch - please check back for updates. If you come to the post after 8pm on 19th June it will be complete and probably rather longer than my usual posts!]

First of all let's get the party going with the starter track on my playlist.... just click the box below to listen.

This is the song that is playing at the start of Chapter 1...  arguably a catalyst for the events that follow.

Picture the scene...  a Working Men's Club...  a "do" for the employees of a local warehousing business...

In the words of Lyn, the first person narrator of this tale, here is the  opening paragraph of the book:

"You can't blame the music for what happened. You can't blame the budget-brand vodka or the own-brand cola.  You can't blame anyone but me and the great gaping hole I used to know as ME."

As we're talking drinks and this is a party - anyone for a glass of bubbly to celebrate with me?

Back to Lyn and her colleagues:

"It was a big Friday feeling with a gap-toothed glitter ball and spotlights with their faded pink cellophane glamour." 

Get the picture? 

Now it's time for the first little competition.  As I mentioned when you arrived, the prizes are all props from the story...  I will reveal them during the course of the party.  To be in the draw for all the prizes (one per person) fill in the rafflecopter below...

And the first prize out of the hat will be... a rather lovely disco glitter ball (on a keyring!)

Enter your details once below, to have a chance to win this or one of the other prizes coming up shortly (only one entry needed to have a chance for all the prizes).

Unfortunately this competition is closed - but here is another where you could win a copy of the e-book of Love in a Hopeless Place - the draw for this is on the 2nd of July 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

More fizz anyone or maybe some nibbles?

or perhaps some nuts...

Time to change tracks...  we're still at the party with Lyn and this is the last dance of the evening.

Whilst you're enjoying Lionel, let me show you the next prize something from the warehouse where Lyn works... something for the weekend   ;-0  

(Bet you hope you don't win these eh!?)

Back in the book... Lyn is getting in the mood...

...and that was where I started to lose it - I mean lose the will to pretend. You know that feeling you get sometimes when your face aches from smiling when you're out in company. My life had been that smile.”

and this was the music that accompanied her thoughts...

...and this was what helped her get her mind where she wanted it to be... (Yes it's another prize!)

Ah slight problem... we've started drinking this too...

Never mind, a substitute prize... a copy of the book itself

Back to the story...  Lyn realises the joy of her new love but can she control her lover's emotions?

To want is easy. To be wanted is a delicious warm bath but with someone else's hand on the hot tap.”

and another romantic track....

Moving away from the story itself – the cover of the book has proved popular, so my next prize is your very own 'Love in a Hopeless Place' flower tattoo (it's a temporary one so nothing too risqué).

I don't want to reveal too much more about the plot... but on the way to the climax of the story Lyn hears the following song on the car radio and ironically remarks that it could be her theme song.

'Love in a Hopeless Place' - the title of the book is taken from this song and also provided the perfect themed link between all the books in the series - 

Back to the plot... A member of Lyn's family is a night-club bouncer, but maybe not at The Seahorse Club. My last prize is your own membership pin to that very club... a beautiful enamel and crystal confection - the very seahorse at the heart of the club logo....

To finish this off with my usual flourish... these are my thoughts as I have partied this evening,  from the social club glitter ball my thought reflections are patterned  out below......

Emma Thinx: Neither Life nor Love are ever perfect but there is no perfect Life without Love 

A big thank you to everyone who has lasted to the end of this post. I hope you have enjoyed the virtual party and popped your name down for a chance to win a prize? )


  1. Oh, glitter balls and the pop of the champagne cork... with Abba in the background I'm there! Wonder what I'm wearing....

  2. Hi Emma. Referred by Linn Halton and thought I'd pop in to say hi. Congrats on the Launch Party. Will be reading up on your stories soon. Look forward to it.

  3. Waves Barb! I'm feeling very nostalgic with these songs ... and nearly fell off my chair when I saw the condoms!

  4. I'm feeling tearful now... Tonight I celebrate my Love ... what was she thinking?

  5. Am I the only one who doesn't have a tattoo? Might need to borrow this photos Emma...

    1. I haven't got one either... I'm a chicken and so thought a temporary one would be more appropriate for the party

  6. Rihanna - perfect! I really enjoyed this story and can't believe how well the music reflects the character. Very clever fact, inspired!

  7. This is a book worth partying about!

  8. I have 3 tattoos and didn't get the first one until I was 45. Never too late

  9. You had me at Abba! I've been dancing about here, ever since.Well done, Emma and congratulations on what I expect will be a terrific read.

  10. What an awesome launch party (and sorry I'm late, LOL)! What a blast. Love the music, intrigued by the book but, like Linn, have no tattoo (and no intention of getting one as am terminally scared of needles!). HAPPY LAUNCH DAY, Emma, and wishing you every success!!!!! X

  11. Terrific launch party and the music. I love the cover of your book and the tattoo. Congrats on your new release. I can't wait to read it. Wishing you much success with your book.

  12. Great party even though I'm late to it. And even more than fashionably, I'm afraid. Great music. I'm there with ABBA. No tattoos on me either.

  13. Congrats on your new release and what an amazing launch, you are amazing! And I am suitably amazed!


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