Monday, May 18, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Child of the Earth by Susan Crow

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Child of the Earth by Susan Crow. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a guest post and an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Child of the Earth
Author: Susan Crow
Publisher: Crowvus
Publication Date: April 13th 2020
Print Length: 202 pages
Genre: Nature Writing
Here is a nest egg of memories and anecdotes teased from a life uplifted by an appreciation of the natural world.

Memories of childhood in rural England, raising a family in Orkney and Lincolnshire, and retirement in Northern Scotland are threaded together into a broad tapestry of the natural year. These experiences meet with a view of Earth's uncertain future to illustrate the necessity for respect of all lifeforms and shares a passion for the wellbeing of this planet with all generations.

Child of the Earth is a source of inspiration and delight - a literary garland of hope.

April has such a gentle ring to it. The astilbe is coming through, with its leaves like red feathers sitting below last year's dead stems; the rhubarb is coming through nicely and the yellow strawberry has a flower on it. The roses at the back of the border are looking healthy and everything is going upwards and outwards. There is a dainty sweetness to the front of the border with grape hyacinths seeming as if they would bloom forever, daffodils spreading their sunshine everywhere and tulips injecting dramatic colour amongst the softer spring shades.
Susan grew up in the Isle of Axholme, which inspired the Crowvus best-seller, Child of the Isle. She has a deep love of nature which is apparent in all her writing from the poems she has had published in various anthologies, to her 2020 release, Child of the Earth.

Susan released Rosie Jane and the Swodgerump as part of the John O’Groats Book Festival. This story was written and inspired by raising her six children in Orkney. After moving to England for a while, Susan finally returned to North Scotland in 2009, and continues to write her monthly blogs, What’s It Like Up There?

Her latest book, Child of the Earth, is a nature companion, drawn from her own experiences throughout her life. It provides a colourful telling of Susan’s encounters with nature, told with a style which makes it accessible to all readers.

Well, I'm terrible with advice - and, therefore, I've made some big boo-boos! I do tend to cut off my nose to spite my face! It isn't that I think, "Well, what's it got to do with you anyway?" I think it's quite lovely when someone shows an interest. However, I'm inclined to wonder how the advice will fit my situation as no two people are exactly the same. I hope. I wouldn't like to think that there are any cloned people out there.

In terms of writing, there has been one piece of advice which has stood out above the rest.

Use your own voice!

That is the very best advice. I have my favourite writers - Richard Jeffries, John Lister Kaye, Susan Hill, Elizabeth von Armin - to name just four. Their styles are all different and I enjoy each one. I think I could make a pretty good go of aping any one of their styles, simply because I love to play around with words. But I don't have their knowledge or experience, their history, their wisdom or their aspirations. I love to pick up their books and, when I do, I'm lost in them, but I couldn't successfully do what it is they do.

So, what can I do?

I can allow my knowledge, experience, history, aspirations and, I hope a little wisdom, to bounce up from the page and communicate with the reader. I can only do that when I use my own voice. It is so important to me that I connect with others. I can't do that with another voice. There would be no depth to the text. It would amount to a frivolous exercise.

So I use my own voice.

With my voice I am able to create the narrative that is me.

Nature writing can be detached and factual with lots of data and charts. That's not what I wanted to do with Child of the Earth. I wanted to create a book that would become, with the reader, a shared love of the natural world, easily accessible and always engaging. I hope I've done that. My wonderful world and your pleasant planet are one and the same. Using my own voice, I hope you are hearing my message that together we can generate positivity for the future.

By writing with my own voice, I give you my life lived with nature and my hope for a better world.
Susan Crow will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you for hosting "Child OF The Earth".

    The little wren on the cover is one of my very favourite birds. So wee, but with such presence! I saw a video a couple of days ago where a wren was helping the blue tits feed their babies - now that's what I call neighbourly!

  3. This is absolutely a book I would love to read. It sounds like it is soothing while being informative. It's been such a nerve-wracking several weeks, so I've been trying to read and watch things that calm me. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Are any of the characters in your book based off of characteristics or personalities of people that you know?

  5. Christy, from what you write here, I think "Child Of The Earth" would suit you nicely. I really hope you enjoy it.

    Bernie, within the narrative, I have included some short stories which were inspired by- rather than based on - people I know.

    Thanks again, everyone, for your kind interest.

  6. Sounds like a very good book.

  7. Thank you for sharing! Sounds great!

  8. For the author: When you were a child, what were your favorite authors, book series and genres to read?

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  9. Interesting virtual tour, nice!

  10. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

  11. It sounds awesome! This is the kind of book that you hand down through the generations. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. I like the cover. The colors are amazing!

  13. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  14. This sounds like a very interesting and unique book. Based on the excerpt I would like to read it as I liked the topic and writing style. Best wishes to the author on the book.

  15. Lovely cover! This book sounds fascinating!

  16. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  17. thanks I love the cover, very nice

  18. wow, this looks like a great read. awesome cover!

  19. sounds like a fun one

  20. Sounds great and I love the cover.