Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Venture Galleries


Featured on Venture Galleries today. Drop by to read my inspiration for Going Against Type:
http://venturegalleries.com/?p=62469

All buy links: tirpub.com/gatype

Friday, 27 March 2015

New Review for Going Against Type


Author PC Zick has posted her review of Going Against Type on her Book Review Friday. Here it is:
http://pczick.com/2015/03/27/book-review-friday-going-against-type/

For all buy links: tirpub.com/gatype
For my Author Page: Sharon Black Author Page

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015

Author Roast And Toast


Drop by Author Roast And Toast up until Sunday, March 22, for a chance to #win a #free copy of #GoingAgainstType. Just enjoy the Dublin party and leave a comment:
http://authorroastandtoast.blogspot.ie/2015/03/sharon-blacks-belated-st-patricks-day.html?showComment=1426872501987#c7287299443025996564

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

#SeduceMe on #ColeMcCade's Blog


Seduce Me, said he.
When author Cole McCade threw down the gauntlet, I took it up.
How?
I had to post just a single sentence from my whole book. To try to seduce both McCade and his readers. How did I do?
The post is still open for comments:
http://colemccade.com/seduce-me-with-sharon-black-going-against-type/#comment-77559

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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#StPatricksDay Party on Celtic Connexions


Morning everyone, and Happy St Patrick's Day. I'm wearing my green and flying the flag today over at #CelticConnexions. Come on over and say hello:

http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/wp02/?p=8802&cpage=1#comment-8683

Monday, 16 March 2015

Guest blogging under a Greek sun...


What inspires and what's really important?

The wonderful, prolific author Effrosyni Moschoudi - author page, is hosting me on her blog today. Here's the link:
http://effrosyniwrites.com/2015/03/16/interview-with-womens-fiction-author-sharon-black/#comment-357

Saturday, 14 March 2015

*St Patrick's Day in #Dublin: in black and white.*




PICTURE the scene: Dublin, late 1970s. St Patrick's Day.

In a hugely Catholic country, the churches were packed for Mass. Baskets of real shamrock at the doors, for people to pin to their collars.
And then the parade.
Just as now, the St Patrick's Day parades dotted the whole island of Ireland. In Dublin, it wound its way through the city centre, starting at one side of the River Liffey and finishing on the other.
As a Dublin child in the seventies, I never thought about any of this. I would simply stand, in sun, wind, rain and sometimes snow, with the other children, who'd been pushed to the front of the crowd, so we could see.
Year after year, my family trooped dutifully into town to view the parade. Year after year, it remained unchanged.
The big Irish businesses all had their floats. Guinness, Murphys, John Powers Whiskey. International brands, whose factories have supported generations of Irish workers. To a child, their floats were interchangeable: giant bottle-shaped balloons on the backs of lorries. A flash of colour as half a dozen ringleted Irish dancers livened things up with a jig, long before Michael Flatley made our national dance sexy.
White-aproned butchers from the Irish-owned supermarket, Superquinn, walked the route, handing out hot, special recipe sausages, beloved of its customers
Seemingly endless floats advertised various cigarette brands. We tuned them out, as we ate our Curly Wurlys and sucked on endless sticks of tri-colour sugar rock. But we would cheer and wave our flags as St Patrick rode by on his throne.
And then what we'd been waiting for: the American contingent. We gazed in awe as those micro-skirted, majorettes marched and twirled and tossed their batons high into the air. Tanned skin and white teeth and gleaming hair. Teenage boys cheered and wolf-whistled, while our mothers muttered that they'd 'catch their death' by wearing so little.
Fast forward a few decades. The big Irish parades hold their own amongst the countries that celebrate our national day. In Dublin our wonderful St Patrick's Festival unfolds over three days. Our floats are vivid and imaginative and bold, and highlights include Galway-based theatre company Macnas, with their spectacular giant puppets.
But the Dublin parade that I enjoyed as my own children grew, is a far cry from the one of my childhood. Whether we want to admit it, we had a lot to learn about what a parade should be.
Yes, it should be a celebration of our national day. And our culture. But we also needed to celebrate other cultures, our Irishness abroad and increasingly, our diverse society on this little island.
Most of all, we needed to learn that a parade should be colourful and entertaining and fun.
And our neighbours across the Atlantic helped teach us that.
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Sharon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Upcoming St Patrick's Day celebrations.


Evening everyone,

I'll be partying in my St Patrick's Day green on #CelticConnexions next Tuesday, March 17. It's a busy day, and there's lots going on, but I'll be checking in during the day.
Canadian author and blog owner, Melanie Robertson King was on BNTV in Ontario just yesterday, talking about the upcoming party.
Here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10155292100785384

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Featured on the wonderful Claudette Melanson's site today.



Morning everyone,
Am over at the prolific author Claudette Melanson's blog today. Huge thanks to Claudette. Here's the link:
http://www.claudettemelanson.com/

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

#GIVEAWAY: GUEST BLOGGING AT #YOUGOTTAREAD.


#GIVEAWAY
Am interviewed at #YouGottaRead today, by the wonderful, inspiring and very brave author Brynna Curry.
And I'm giving away a #free #copy of #GoingAgainstType to one person who leaves a comment. Click here:
http://yougottaread.com/2015/03/going-against-type-interview-with-sharon-black/

XX Sharon