_Are you a thoroughly modern Millie and would like to download Perking the Pansies to your fancy Kindle thingy bobby? Perhaps you’re opposed to Amazon taking over the world? (Of course, I couldn’t possibly comment). Or maybe you’re a bit of a traditionalist that likes to browse the shelves and thumb through the latest releases? Well, you can do all these things. Perking the Pansies is now available to download to Kindle, to purchase online at Waterstones (and many other online stores) and to order at any good bookshop near you. Go on, you know you want to.
Alternatively, you could buy the paperback or Kindle edition through my website and I’ll earn an extra few pence. No pressure.
Jane Akatay is an experienced journalist of depth, intelligence and passion. Jane and I first met when she approached me to participate in an article she was writing about English Language bloggers in southwest Turkey for the Turkish Daily News. Jane’s article, The Tales that Wag the Blogs, cleverly inter-weaved the views of five different quality bloggers, each with their own unique perspective on expat life. When I neared completion of the book, Jane was the first person I turned to for a review. Despite her busy schedule, Jane was pleased to oblige. What she wrote was more than I could have hoped for. It’s not a brief throwaway review. It’s an in-depth, forensic critique set within the context of modern Turkey mores. It blew me away. Thank you, Jane.
You can read the review here.
_Apparently, Kindle is de rigeur these days, the latest must have. I’m getting one for Christmas. I didn’t want it but Liam insisted. I won’t be using it lounging round a cool pool. I’d be terrified of splashing it with water, smearing it with sun tan lotion or spilling my G&T over it.
Perking the Pansies is now available on Kindle. A bargain at £5.13.
_I’ve heard on the grapevine that some people who’ve pre-ordered my book from Amazon.co.uk have received an email informing them that delivery has been delayed. My publisher assures me that there’s no problem at the printing end of the process. Demand is such that Amazon are temporarily out of stock. Who’d have thought?
First reviews are in for Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey. They are good, very good, Who'd have thought it?
An entertaining story, told with wit and insight."
Paul Burston, author, The Gay Divorcee
"I can’t heap any more praise on “Perking the Pansies” – the book, without gushing…. it takes an author to lead us through chapters that ignite our imagination….a full bodied Bordeaux, maturing and breathing in a crystal cut goblet….a post-coital embrace that lingers ’til dawn."
Roving Jay, Roving Jay
"Perking The Pansies is not so much about Jack’s Adventures Through The Looking Glass, but more about Who He Found There – a refreshing change from the many memoirs whose authors are constantly center-stage."
Kate Allison, The Displaced Nation
_“Scott pulls no punches. A good read from the new boy on the block.”
Jane Akatay, journalist
“An insightful tale of life abroad from the pen of a serial people watcher. Expat Jack lays his characters bare along with his heart and soul.''
Kym Ciftci, On the Ege Magazine
“Jack and Liam bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the souks and heap a plate of dry British wit on their Ottoman misadventures."
Charles Ayres, author, Impossibly Glamorous
“... hilarious, saucy, witty, heartwarming and incredibly moving.”
Linda A Janssen, Writer and Co-Author, Turning Points, Adventuresinexpatland
"With a sharp eye (and only sometimes a sharper tongue) and a deft and witty touch, he succeeds in homing in on the ludicrous, the contradictions, the conceits, and the dramas of an unlikely mixture of Brits and other Europeans sharing the same small places on a small peninsula on the Aegean."
Chris Drum Berkaya, journalist
"You feel an instant affection for Jack and Liam, their families, and the rag tag group of emigreys, VOMITs and semigreys."
Erin Ball, BlogExpat
"Loved it! Jack Scott has penned a memoir of which to be proud. Exquisitely written, utterly candid, beautifully descriptive and observant, this is a balanced narrative that features belly-laugh humour and poignancy in satisfying juxtaposition. Jack's integrity shines through, as does the love and respect that he and hubby Liam have for each other. In summary, a delightful read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend."
Deborah Fletcher, author, Bitten by Spain, Bitten by Spain
"I just read the book cover to proverbial cover as I could not put it down. I laughed and cried and adored the verve and jauntiness with which you wrote about the experiences."
Liz Cameron, Slowlybyslowly
_ I’ve just found out that Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey is in Amazon’s top ten of forthcoming biographies. It’s above the paperback release of Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years. Blimey.
_ On the day Perking the Pansies – Jack and Liam move to Turkey, hit the presses, I found out that Joe Storey-Scott, the Book & Film Buyer for Millivres Prowler Group, contacted my publisher, Jo Parfitt. Prowler is Blighty’s premiere gay lifestyle chain with outlets in Birmingham, Brighton and a London flagship store in Brewer Street, Soho. Joe has agreed to stock the book. Wow. Thank you, Joe.
An enormous thank you to On the Ege and Impossibly Glamorous for kick-starting the publicity campaign for Perking the Pansies. This was done without any prompting from me. I'm really touched.
Find out what other reviewers have said about the book here.
_ The book cover for Perking the Pansies is done. As threatened, it’s colourful with a lot of pansies and a delicious hint of Turkey. I think it’ll catch the eye on the book shelf. It'll probably glow in the dark. A huge thank you to award-winning author, Paul Burston, who has given such a glowing review. Paul wrote:
"An entertaining story, told with wit and insight"
Paul Burston, author, The Gay Divorcee
I'm really looking forward to presenting the book at the Polari Literary Salon in London early next year. Thank you also to the other reviewers who have given the book the thumbs up. I'm thrilled. You can read them here.
Perking the Pansies available now to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk. Order today and have the book delivered to you soon after it’s published on 15th December 2011.
It'll be on Amazon.com very soon. Watch this space.
_ Publication of Perking the Pansies edges ever closer. After three consecutive late nights of last minute editing, the manuscript has finally gone off to the designer to produce the book for the launch on Amazon. It’s done and dusted. I can do no more. When the book’s released, it’ll join other illustrious publications on the virtual shelves of the Expat Bookshop. It’ll be in good company. The Expat Bookshop is the one stop shop for the best in expat writing. Take a look around the store. There might be something that takes your fancy.