The Homeless Heart-Throb Tour

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Blurb:
Alternately hilarious, shocking and sad, Crystal Jeans’ latest novel is set in Cardiff. But perhaps not the Cardiff the urban planners and WAG mavens would use in their shiny advertising campaigns. 
Each chapter is narrated by different characters linked by the street on which most of them live and the appearance in them all (to greater or lesser extent) of the title character the alcoholic vagrant who for one of the neighbours is an unusual subject of desire. Set in various homes, streets and parks, and a nearby care home for the demented elderly the story lines are darkly humorous and occasionally rude and crude – up front portrayals of people on the frontline of urban poverty, disenfranchisement, drug culture and unappreciated but essential work lives. Lit up with authentic characters and appealing voices, and the full gamut of human relationships platonic, romantic and sexual this is an unputdownable journey into the underside of contemporary Wales.

Book Information:
Publication Date: August First
Available for Sale: UK and Ireland
Format: Mass market paperback -fiction-
ISBN: 978-1-912905-01-0
Price: £8.99 

From Wales Book of the Year award winning and Bridport Prize and Polari Prize shortlisted author

Will appeal to those who love the novels and stories of Niall Griffiths and Rachel Tresize

 

My Review

I would have to say this is the epitome of quirky novels and it was nice to read something I may not have normally just checked out from the library. The synopsis intrigued me and really who isn’t curious when a book’s title is The Homeless Heart-Throb? Though there is a homeless man near the stories of the neighbors of this Welsh street, it’s really more about how all the neighbors are all connected by their proximity, it’s all quite intricate. Jeans is unapologetic in showing the gritty and honest side of people, it’s not always nice, but it is truthful and that is more important in a novel like this. There’s quite a lot of quirky vulgarity and a few chuckles thrown in along with just how crappy life can be at times and I appreciated that ‘ugliness’ [though really it was anything but ugly in her writing style].

An interesting and, again, quirky read.

A different sort of read for the different sort of reader 😉

Thanks to Anne Cater and Honno Pub for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Content Warning: Sexual cavorting lol , vulgarity, alcohol abuse, death

 

About the Author

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Crystal Jeans was born and brought up in Cardiff. She lived in Bristol before doing first a Creative Writing BA then an MPhil at the University of Glamorgan. She works in a care home, which inspired a collection of poetry about dementia (Mulfran Press). She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2010), had poetry published by Seren Press, and two short stories published by New Welsh Review.

Author Website @crystaljeans1

 

The Rest of the Tour Schedule

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Little Book of Fairy Tales- Indiegogo Promo

Hey guys!

I got a good chunk of reading done this weekend and I can honestly say I’m pretty happy with most of what I’ve read and that the books have been unusually good for May and June thus far!

However! I’m here to talk you all about a pretty cool Indiegogo project brought toy by Dancing Bear Books

All Images and quoted information has been pulled directly from Dancing Bear Books Indiegogo Project Page which you can find a link for down below!

SO! None of this is mine, I’m just an exceedingly polite thief!

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Once Upon a Time…

Once upon a time, there were two girls. They sat in their living room and pondered the bookshelves and asked themselves where everyone was. Where were the characters from across seas and that spoke in different tongues, where were the princesses who loved princesses and lived happily ever after. 

About Dancing Bear Books

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Dancing Bear Books was founded by Lucy Rose and Kristel Buckley. Shocked and astounded by the lack of diversity in fantasy and fairytale work on their bookshelves, they founded the company to create an inclusive and magical place for readers and writers alike. 

Initially, we were going to self-fund this project but after reading such wonderful submissions, we believe that this project deserves more to really promote these fantastic writers and designers. We are still on the hunt to try to pack out this book with the best fairytale short stories around but we’ve received some really beautiful work. 

We want to fund the publishing of this book for a multitude of reasons, our main ethos when embarking on this quest is to give a voice to communities that don’t normally get them. We hope that we can support writers from diverse groups and platform diverse characters. 

When considering funding, there is quite a lot to consider. There are writers, editors, proofreaders, designers, typesetters to pay. There are print runs, marketing and events to consider. With your help, we can make this happen. 

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Why is funding this project important?

Well, let’s face it, out of all the genres I do think fantasy could use a bit more boost on diversity in all regards and I’m sure most of you all agree on that point which is why I’m writing this post. If I thought I was talking into the void, I’d just make an Instagram post. [Insert fake audience laughter here]

If you don’t believe me, listen to how passionate they sound discussing diversity in fairytales and fantasy:

There is such a lack of representation, particularly in fantasy and fairytale related fiction. We are particularly focusing on BAME and LGBT stories where we can and working to promote diverse protagonists. There is a real cry out for these stories and we can’t wait to be a part of building that diversity in the indie book scene. 

 

Where to Fund the project

Indiegogo: Little Book of Fairy Tales

 

Where to find Updates on the Project:

Twitter @Dancingbearbook

Facebook @Dancingbearbooks 

Instagram @Dancingbearbooks

 

There’s 11 days left on the funding, so go throw your money at them!

 

TBR Alphabet Tag

Doing a tag today, this looks like so much fun, thank you Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

 

A

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

B

Brothers by Da Chen

C

(The) Children of Men by PD James

D

(A) Death in Harlem by Karla FC Holloway

E

Echantee by Gita Trelease

F

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

G

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

H

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

I

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

J

Jade City by Fonda Lee

K

Kennig & Gold by Christopher M. Struck

L

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

M

(The) Mobster’s Lament by Ray Celestin

N

The never game by Jeffrey Deaver

 

 

O

One? by Jennifer L. Cahill

P

(The) Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin

Q

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

 

R

(The) Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate

S

(The) Spec Set by Taya Okerlund

T

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

U

Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams

V

Viper by Bex Hogan

 

W

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

X

I got nothing.

Y

Still nothing…

Z

Aaaand now I give up

Oh look, it’s finished!

So that brought me up to 23/26, not too shabby!

Tagging:

Isabelle

Michelle

Sophia

Whoever else wants to do it.

Happy Friday you all! AVENGERS TOMORROW, YAAAAAAS!