Just a day to go in the travel writing competition by We Said Go Travel and I'm in second place. If you're on Facebook, please help me win by clicking here and 'liking' the picture of the fabulous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Thank you!
I entered a travel writing competition and there's a bit of cash in it if I win. If you're on Facebook and you'd like to help the competition along, please click on the image above and 'like' the picture on Facebook. A boy's gotta eat.
My article is called "Istanbul, the City that Straddles Two Continents" which I adapted from a chapter in my recently published eBook - Turkey, Surviving the Expats.
"Just spitting distance from Hagia Sofia is the Basilica Cistern. Like Hagia Sophia, it was constructed in the reign of Justinian and is the largest of several ancient reservoirs that lie beneath the old city. The enormous vaulted ceiling is held aloft by more than 300 recycled pillars. Two of the bases are carved with visages of Medusa, all bulging eyes and wriggling snake tresses. Don’t worry, you won’t turn to stone if you gaze at their ugly faces. The cistern was used as a location for the 1963 film, ‘From Russia with Love’ which saw James Bond rowing through the waters. If you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by a string quartet as you saunter round. A short stroll from the cistern is the Grand Bazaar, a must-see on anyone’s itinerary. This 500 year old structure is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with 3,000 shops. These days, you can sip on a latte while taking in the biblical vibe dissonantly blended with the Chinese-made tat."
Read the full article on We Said Go Travel.
Roll up, roll up and join the Rainbow Book Review Blog Giveaway. I’m offering one free paperback copy of Perking the Pansies (to UK callers) and an e-book (to international callers) to the wittiest comment left on my article Fifty Shades of Gay.
I seem to be giving away a lot of books at the moment. All part of the PR strategy, my publisher assures me. It’ll pay dividends in the end, I’m told. We shall see! Congratulations to Caroline Jones and Angela Gray, the winners of the Goodreads giveaway. Hopefully, you should now have your hands on a copy and, hopefully, if you’ll like what you read, you'll be kind enough to add a positive review.
I had a tipple or three with the winners of the book giveaway competition that I ran in March. Congratulations to Niki Fowler and Paul Hard, the worthy winners of signed copies of the book. I had intended to post copies but Niki and Paul had bolder ideas. They had a pansy summit in mind, a liquid convention on our home turf. The dastardly plot was hatched and the conference commenced. We made a jolly bunch. Four hours in the making, it was a memorable and fun-filled finale to an epoch of epic proportions. Next stop Norwich.
Congratulations to Mick Sutton. He's the lucky winner of the competition run by british expat to win a Kindle version of Perking the Pansies. Liam and I put the entries into a bowl and Mick's name was pulled out at random. We were particularly taken by Mick's explanation for wanting a copy. He wrote:
"I would like a copy of the book in kindle version because although I am not gay, I am willing to help out if they are short handed."
"It’s a good account of the light and shade of an off-the-wall expat lifestyle, told in a fast-paced and highly amusing way.
Jack is an expert people-watcher, and much of what makes this book enjoyable is his wry, witty and sometimes downright scathing observations of others. We all know the type of expats who huddle together in groups, with no interests other than reinforcing their superiority over the locals, slagging off their new country, bemoaning what’s become of their old one, and attending regular expat meetings. I’ve heard the type referred to before as [insert name of local British group here]-types. Jack refers to them as “emigreys”. Brilliant!" Kay McMahon, British Expat
Click here to read the full review and for the chance to WIN a Kindle version of Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey.
I’ve offered Goodreads a couple of books to give away free to two lucky winners. The competition is open to any Goodreads member in the United Kingdom. Simply provide your name and address to be entered into the prize draw. Not a member of Goodreads? Why not join? It’s a great book lover’s site and it’s free.