Some people are better than others at pushing themselves and their wares on-line. It seems that the more brazen the person is, the better the results – and so perhaps I should be pleased with my meagre success in this arena.
Certainly my pushing is always gentle – a ‘funny’ blog with a covert suggestion that people who enjoy my writing, might also enjoy an array of my novels including my latest, I,Gabriel – but no pressure…
But with this post I can afford to be as brash and as brazen as the most high-flying you-tuber or ‘influencer’ – since I do not make a penny from the sales of Open Links.
I take this opportunity now since it is a novel that hinges on our Open Championship which is currently taking place in Port Rush, Northern Ireland.
All the proceeds from the sales of Open Links go directly to the Anthony Nolan Trust – a charity that saves lives. Anthony Nolan manage and curates the world’s largest register of stem cell tissue donors – an essential weapon against blood cancer – a non-discriminate disease which can affect any of us at any time. And the unfortunate people afflicted might eventually require a bone marrow transplant and no doubt will turn to the Anthony Nolan register and hope that they have a tissue match for their chance of life.
So, with summer holidays upon us – which for many of us (men!) is the time that we will read our annual book – and you might find yourself in an airport WH Smiths being seduced by the snazzy book jackets complete with outlandish and misleading quotes, proving the maxim that you cannot judge a book by its cover.
Many many things make for a great holiday. Weather. Company. Food. Wine. Activities and a good book to read. Similarly, reading a terrible book can dull and dent even the most beautiful vista.
And even if I say it myself, Open Links is a lovely book and a terrific tale (I am being brazen, remember). It will make you smile throughout, even laugh (occasionally) and possibly even cry and the ending will make you smile broadly. All of my novels are adult fairytales and this one is the most outlandish and fun.
Sunday at The Open Championship is always thrilling as no doubt, this tournament will prove – but whoever contests this Sunday for the greatest prize in golf – it will be nothing compared to the conclusion of Open Links. Which is some claim – brazen, even!
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I have been heartened by readers reactions with letters and emails that I have received. 48 5 star ***** reviews on Amazon – with many readers at pains to explain that no knowledge or interest in golf is required to enjoy this story.
And as you read it – you will know that your money is going to a great charity and cause – and who knows, maybe the money raised by Open Links might one day pay for a tissue match that goes on to save someone’s life.
Thank you to everyone who responds to this blog and makes a purchase. Anthony Nolan will be very grateful as will the patients it supports every day.