14 day countdown.

Hi Guys!

Apologies for my silence over the past few days, I’ve been incredibly busy and it’s suddenly hit me that despite spending the past 2/3 weeks thinking I’m ready for the book to be out NOW, I have since since decided that actually I would like another year or so to prepare. Still, you know what they say, the show must go on! Everything is ready to go, it’s just nerves creeping in.
Although (the small amount of) feedback has been positive so far, far more positive than I could have expected, I’m now constantly plagued by thoughts of things I think I should have done, things I’d change and an overwhelming dislike for the entire book. I’m taking this as a positive thing, I think if I were too happy with it then it leaves very little room for improvement and no drive to continue with the next book. Hopefully, when the nerves disappear, I’ll grow to have a small fondness for “I Haven’t Lived At All,” maybe.

In other news, response to my offer of reviews has been overwhelming. I have a brilliant pile of books next to my bed ready to get started on and I can’t wait to begin posting regular reviews. Of course, this relies heavily on having spare time- of which I have very little at the moment! It’s been great to return to reading though, I’ve allowed myself to become too caught up in the release of this book and many of my simple enjoyments in life have been neglected and this is helping me change that!

My 200 ‘like’ give away is still running, don’t forget to enter and share!

If you want to receive “I Haven’t Lived At All” by the release date, be sure to place your order soon!

Click here to go to the store!
Ebooks are also now available for pre-order!

Don’t forget to come say hi over on Facebook and Twitter (company and kind words would be most appreciated right now!)

I’m going to go hide in bed for a short while now to get over the feeling of being completely overwhelmed (I’m officially a fish out of water!)
Speak soon 🙂

-E
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‘200 like’ Giveaway!

Hi!

I did keep saying that once my facebook page hits 200 likes I would launch a give away, of course I’m keeping to my word; here we have it!

To be in the chance to win a complete package of:

1 x Paperback “I Haven’t Lived At All”
1 x ‘Beat’ Poster
2 x Quote Postcards

Just follow the instructions below!
The winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.
Open internationally!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Don’t forget to tell everyone about this giveaway too, the more the merrier! 🙂
(Unfortunately wordpress doesn’t support embed codes so I can’t add the widget to this post- sorry!)

THANK YOU for all of your support,
and good luck!

-E
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Review: Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; In Search For The Great Perhaps

Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; In Search For The Great Perhaps by Charlotte Eriksson 

Cover Rating:  ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
My Favourite Chapter: “They all wanted me to shrink” 
Would I Recommend? ★★★★☆

“This was a turning point, a crossroad, and things would change from now on. And all I could do was to either ignore it  and keep running blindly on that never-ending road, or I could embrace this change and see where it could lead me, I could follow my heart and simply trust my story.” 

Available to purchase from Amazon or Bigcartel. 

About
Charlotte begins her story, somewhere in England, having moved from Sweden in order to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. This is important for you to know, as this book is a memoir of sorts, a gritty telling of her own story and her search for greater things.
There is no plot, there are no main characters other than Charlotte, her guitar and great writers to keep her company. If you’re looking for something fast and full of action, you’re looking in the wrong place. However, if you’re like me; also in search of something greater, in need of some honesty, in need of reassurance about your life choices, a few words to make you feel less scared about your life- this is the right book for you.
This isn’t a piece of literary perfection, because it’s real, there are gaps and pauses and pieces that seem insignificant at the time; much the same as real life. If you pull this all together, you’re left with an inspiring story of one woman on her own journey in life.

Review
This is a book that many people are going to take in a very different way, and all I can do is tell you how this inspired me. Charlotte’s story is a rare one, but the sentiments behind every motive and action is something we all feel at some point in our life.
This is uniquely beautiful, every word breathes honesty, pain, struggle and lust for life. Soaked with Charlotte’s own inspirations in life, it’s natural that this pours into your own life. This was certainly the case for me. Very few people take the time to look backwards into their lives, even fewer would write so honestly about it. This is how a journey is made. Yearning for life oozes out every word and it becomes easy to understand why a person would choose to live a life in the way Charlotte has done, it’s easy to admire her choices and struggles.
There are aspects that are painful to read, but this is reflective of real life. Each dark part is counteracted by the small but beautiful things in life, highlighting why it’s important to live the life you wish to.

This isn’t a story of climbing to the top of the game, it’s a story of fighting to stay floating above the surface. When you have any kind of dream or ambition, that really is all you can hope to do. There’s no suggestion of an idyllic living, it’s gritty and dirty, but it’s bearable; it’s maintained by art. Some people will get that, some people won’t.
There’s something that everybody can see, it takes a special kind of person to take these risks and to take on what feels like the entire world. It doesn’t matter who you are, but this will leave you reflecting on your own life, wishes and choices.

This isn’t a phrase I often use, perhaps never before. This is a book that has the potential to change your life. It’s certainly helped me on my own journey.
Is this something that’s about to become a classic novel? Certainly not, but that isn’t the intention. It’s so much stronger than that.

Overall
For me, this book is something cloaked around inspirations found in life, I like that about it. Some of you may not, some of you my find it a bit too cliché. I would disagree. Everybody has a story to tell, very few tell theirs. Charlotte has, and I’m glad she has.
Perhaps I’m biased, as I consider Charlotte a friend of mine and have nothing but pure admiration for all of her hard work and willingness to face failure straight on. I can offer but nothing but praise for a person who puts themselves out there, wounds, scars and everything not so pretty included.

This was never intended to be a fairy tale, this is one person’s life available for you to hold in your hands. 

25 days!

Hi All!

Saturday updates seem to be becoming a bit more of a regular thing (can we guess what my day off from the full time job is?!)
I’ve had a bit of a busy morning, and you may or may not notice that I’ve had a bit of an update of this blog! I wanted to add more content but keep it as user friendly as possible, I hope I’ve achieved this, what do you think?
You may also notice that a new section has been added, titled ‘Reviews.’ I’ve been debating this for a while, and the idea of it has been really appealing but I’ve had to weigh up if I physically have the time. I’ve decided I will make time, so I am now offering reviews for books! As a writer, I’ve discovered just how hard the whole process of getting your book out there can be so I can think of nothing better than helping other writers in any way I can.
If you’re interested in having me review your book, take a look in the review section for details!

I’ve also made a few changes to my main website; evelynknightley.co.uk I just wanted to simplify it even further and hopefully it’s more visually pleasing as a result!

If you’ve visited my store, you’ll know that I’m offering handwritten & framed poems, the other day I worked on creating the first one and though it’s not perfect and some things will be slightly changed (such as the type of wax seal used) here is the finished result!
You can order this here
Use code FREESHIPPING

A few more little updates;

  • I’m nearly at 200 likes on my facebook page, don’t forget I’ll be hosting a giveaway when I reach that mark, so get liking!
  • I did something pretty exciting this week, and I can’t wait to share this with you!
  • You can now follow this blog on bloglovin’ 
  • 25 days until “I Haven’t Lived At All” is officially released, oh my!!!

-E
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Every word that comes out of your mouth will not be beautiful and poignant, infinitely quotable

Quote

“Your life is not an episode of Skins. Things will never look quite as good as they do in a faded, sun-drenched Polaroid; your days are not an editorial from Lula. Your life is not a Sofia Coppola movie, or a Chuck Palahniuk novel, or a Charles Bukowski poem. Grace Coddington isn’t your creative director. Bon Iver and Joy Division don’t play softly in the background at appropriate moments. Your hysterical teenage diary isn’t a work of art. Your room probably isn’t Selby material. Your life isn’t a Tumblr screencap. Every word that comes out of your mouth will not be beautiful and poignant, infinitely quotable. Your pain will not be pretty. Crying till you vomit is always shit. You cannot romanticize hurt. Or sadness. Or loneliness. You will have homework, and hangovers and bad hair days. The train being late won’t lead to any fateful encounters, it will make you late. Sometimes your work will suck. Sometimes you will suck. Far too often, everything will suck – and not in a Wes Anderson kind of way. And there is no divine consolation – only the knowledge that we will hopefully experience the full spectrum – and that sometimes, just sometimes, life will feel like a Coppola film.”
Letters From Nowhere