August 29, 2014
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August 27, 2014
Check out this post by my Fiance and the experience we had yesterday when out in Glasgow
Originally posted on At Least I'm Writing:
Funnily enough, I am not a wheelchair. I am a 27-year-old woman that has an interest in politics and current affairs. I write, I cook (and eat); I enjoy travel and doing nice things for people. I recently got engaged. I work for a charity. Currently I wear a lot of headscarves (not all at the same time) and I’m obsessed with taking tomato plant cuttings. But yesterday in Glasgow, I was reduced to a metal contraption with wheels that gets in the way. I’ve no doubt that the lady uttering the words “Get out the way of that wheelchair” had no intention of making me feel that way, she was just hoping to avoid a collision between myself and her son. Yet she taught her son that I am a wheelchair. She taught him to ignore the person patiently waiting for room to pass and to see only a…
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August 20, 2014
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It has been a crazy month since releasing my first novel – Loved, Settled and Understood – and I have received some pretty awesome reviews. I wanted to share some with you all as well as say a massive thank you for all your help and support.
ENTER MY COMPETITION TO WIN A FREE *E-BOOK* COPY OF LOVED, SETTLED AND UNDERSTOOD! I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL MY WORDPRESS FRIENDS, FACEBOOK FRIENDS, TWITTER FRIENDS AND TUMBLR FRIENDS TO INTERVIEW THE AUTHOR. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK ME 10 QUESTIONS, ANYTHING AT ALL (THE MORE UNUSUAL THE BETTER) AND EMAIL THEM TO email@example.com. I WILL ANSWER THE BEST 10 QUESTIONS AS HONESTLY AS POSSIBLE. THE WINNING INTERVIEW WILL BE POSTED ON MY BLOG, FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE, TWITTER AND TUMBLR.
Closing date 1st September 2014. Ebook will be sent as a PDF to the winner by 7th September 2014 and published the same day.
Here are my reviews from Amazon:
Gosh! This was good on so many levels. The blurb gives the gist of the story so no need to repeat it here. It was about love and loss, desire, heart-rending grief and anger – passion, I suppose, in all it’s guises. The book is well written and the author understands these passions well, especially that of grief. My eyes were watering many times.
I wasn’t so keen on the poetry. It was all a bit samey, though meant to have be written by different people. Fantastic to have a Scottish author on the scene. Makes a change! Most lesfic books are written by Americans. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Sometimes it is just nice to feel at home! *****
Just finished reading Loved, Settled and Understood. What a great read. I enjoyed the plot (I wont spoil it for you) and natural conclusion. This is a great first book, it is well paced and flows beautifully. I enjoyed the poetry interspersed through the book to illustrate emotions and thoughts. Really recommend it to all you naughty people out there :-D I look forward to your next book! ****
I smiled , I cried, I laughed what a great book !!! Enjoyed the book all the way through hope to read more of your books soon Kirsty !!! Thank you !!!! *****
This story totally moved me to tears! As someone that’s come out recently I can relate a lot to the main character (and in my head she’s totally hot!) *****
What a read couldn’t put it down, just wish it was like that in the real world…A girl can dream *****
A superb compelling read, did not put the book down till I finished. Would thoroughly recommend and look forward to more from this author. *****
fabulous story, so many mixed emotions, didnt want it to end *****
AND FROM RAINBOW READS (3 STARS)
There were some things I liked and some things I think could have been improved upon. I was drawn in by the part of the plot involving the death of Laura, the main character’s best friend. Having lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years ago, I felt a sense of solidarity with Sophie in her grief.
Second, I enjoyed the sex scenes between Sophie and her love interest, Jane. They are steamy and descriptive, but not over-the-top with either flowery language or graphic vocabulary. They were nicely sensual. I also appreciated the realism of mild experimenting between Sophie and her friend Val without them suddenly developing lust or love for each other.
This is a quick read, but it took me awhile to get into it. The writing is not great. The novel is written in first person, but the main character is lacking in personality until more than halfway through the novel. The plot is what helped move this piece.
I did, however, have some issues with the plot. Jeff, Sophie’s boyfriend, seems to have three or four different personalities. He goes from being a douche who just wants sex and cares only about his pleasure, to a total gentleman who will do anything for his girlfriend in the span of two chapters. Later on, he becomes violent to the point of almost raping Sophie, and then he’s perfectly normal and cute again at the end of the piece. The violence is what shocked me the most. For a relationship that has lasted either 2 or 4 years, unknown as it was a continuity error, Sophie should have known whether he was an abuser or not. If he was, that should have come through before halfway through the novel. I also did not like the fact that Sophie let him back into her life after something like that
The relationship between Jane and Sophie was the driving force for the first half of the novel, and it was great to see a budding relationship that had a lot of issues to overcome and seemed to overcome them. I think this is where the story was best woven and written. The anticipation was built, the struggles Sophie faced were felt, and the scenes were most vivid and well- written in this section.
By the end of the novel, I didn’t want Jane and Sophie to be together because Jane had sufficiently creeped me out. It was hard for me to want them to be together even though I knew that was what the author had intended. I have high hopes for this author and the stories she has in her head, the characters she has created. She just needs a bit more time to let the writing technique get better to match the plots she has.
I rate this novel a 3 because the plotline is developed and the basic of the story is there. This novel could have used help from a few more edits and beta readers to flesh out the writing and make it seem more alive. I look forward to seeing where this author will go in the next few years and seeing if her writing improves.
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August 6, 2014
This is a blog by my fiance. Still makes me cry.
Originally posted on At Least I'm Writing:
It was a while until I – or anyone for that matter – used the word. My legs didn’t work. I was numb from the chest down. Phrases like ‘severe weakness’, ‘loss of sensation’ and ‘loss of movement’ were thrown over and around my hospital bed. I can distinctly recall the first time I heard the word used in reference to me. A nurse stood either side of my bed and as they were preparing to roll me onto my side one introduced me to the other, “So, here’s Helen. She’s paralysed from the chest down.” Paralysed. The nurses continued to speak but I didn’t hear any of it. They pushed and pulled the heavy, inanimate mound of flesh and bones that pinned me down, rearranged some wires, and left. They left the word hanging in the air above me, staring down at me. Paralysed. Of course, I was paralysed…
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August 3, 2014
There has been an issue between my publisher and Amazon involving the print edition of my book. This is in the process of being rectified. In the meantime, anyone wishing to purchase a print copy should go tohttp://www.lulu.com/shop/kirsty-grant/loved-settled-and-understood/paperback/product-21742970.html. All electronic copies are not affected and can be purchased from Amazon as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your support.