Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blackbird Digital Books' Book of The Month - December 2012
TITLE: Swallows & Robins - The Guests In My Garden
AUTHOR: Susie Kelly
PUBLISHER: Blackbird Digital Books

The world's worst housewife's attempts to run two holiday homes in remotest France and her love/hate relationship with her guests.

By the BESTSELLING travel author SUSIE KELLY 
Since moving from Big Six publisher Transworld to Little Digital publisher Blackbird, Susie's books have been dominating the UK Kindle Top 100 French Travel. She currently has FOUR Blackbird titles in the Top 20 and frequently occupies the No. 1 spot.
'Laugh out loud funny and a must read for anyone dreaming of the good life running gites in France.' The Good Life France

As the world's worst housekeeper, running holiday homes wasn't, with hindsight, a sensible idea. But two collapsing buildings on Susie Kelly's land would cost more to demolish than to restore. Thus she became a seasonal landlady. Before the guests came the builders. No's 1, 2, 3 all started promisingly, but by builder No. 4, and with her first guests just hours away, her patience was stretched to its limit.

Her summer and winter visitors couldn't, as they say, be made up, though, to spare their blushes some of them have been air-brushed. They brought with them laughter, tears, romance, friendship and occasional madness. And they all left behind jars of jam and pots of pepper. From them Susie learned that you don't need to travel to find adventure. If you run holiday homes it comes to your doorstep.  Unfortunately for Susie this included Ivy. The cleaning lady from hell.
As in her other books – Best Foot Forward: A 500 Mile Walk Through Hidden France, The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling In The Shadow of Marie Antoinette and Travels with Tinkerbelle - 6,000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck, Susie's unique, opinionated but self-depreciating humour shines through on every page.
Has Basil Fawlty met his match? Early reviewers think so:
'This is another Susie Kelly great read that often had me laughing out loud as we meet the various builders, her local friends, the good guests and the bad who popped into her life over a four year period.' French Village Diaries

'Its absolutely brilliant, it made me laugh - in fact snort out loud - and then cry when her dog died. Susie is a marvellous writer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was turned into a TV series and each episode featured the guests – I think Susie could be played by Alison Steadman!’ The Good Life France

'From Tristram the blond Apollo to Ivy, her cleaner, every character's description and antics adds to the reader's enjoyment of this entertaining book.' Susan Keefe

Available from Dec 3rd worldwide on Kindle and in Paperback

Ebook  $3.99/£2.56/Euro3,07
Paperback $15.88/£9.97/Euro12,31

Review copies available in all ebook formats.

The perfect giveaway Ebook prizes are available for your blog/magazine/newspaper competitions. Paperback prizes by negotiation.

Interviews  Susie is as entertaining in person as she is in print and would make an engaging interviewee and lively guest on any talk show. She lives in the wilds of SW France but is available for phone, studio down-the-line and email interviews.

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Cover and illustrations by the dynamic Blackbird intern student ELLE FORD.

CONTACT:  Stephanie Zia at Tel (+44) 07816 491189