The Tour Bus

I’ve always wanted to go on tour – to stay on the tour bus, arrive at a different venue every night, to hear the screaming fans, see the hot rockstars.
Sometimes, what you wish for is slightly different, from what you get. My ‘on tour’ dream came true in the form of a blog tour, and I didn’t even need to stay on the sweaty tour bus with the rockstars. Drat!
My blog tour consisted of some wonderful book bloggers reading ‘Little Bird,’ and delving behind the pages to discover a bit more about me.

The reviews were fantastic. My editor, Emma Mitchell, was even reduced to tears on one occasion.

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I want to thank all of the bloggers who helped to promote my book. Your support is so important to me.

Check out my favourite post – thank you Stacey Armand!

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Blog Tour & Review – Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey

Thanks Jessica for the great review. x

Jessicamap Reviews

Hello everyone! I’m excited to be a stop today on the LITTLE BIRD blog tour!

Big thanks to Bloodhound Books and author, Sharon Dempsey, for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Description:

Some secrets are best kept quiet.

Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.

Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt.

Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very…

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Launch Night

The launch night was amazing. I finally stopped stressing and enjoyed the moment. Whoever organised rent a crowd did a brilliant job. Seriously, I can’t believe so many people came out to support me and my little book. We were packed to full capacity and the books sold out in ten minutes.
The Crescent Arts Centre hosted the evening. We had beautiful atmospheric lighting, candle lit tables, with a scattering of darkest green and black feathers (thank you Gareth and Nathan for technical support). My talented uncle Alfie, and my cousin's fiancee Stevie, provided the musical entertainment. I told them both weeks ago I needed them here to help me not feel so lonely up on the stage- I was always meant to be in band never a solo artist. I got to say 'I’m with the band'. Yay! But I resisted saying hello Wembley. Seriously, they helped create an atmosphere for the launch with the set list being based on bands or songs that were referenced in the Little Bird. Songs included It's all over Now Baby Blue by Dylan, Moondance by Van Morrison, Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young, among others.
Damian Smyth from the Arts Council gave a wonderful speech – I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful things he said about my writing. Then I took to the stage said a little bit about the book, and thanked everyone who has helped me along the way before reading an extract. I was so nervous, but sure, they were a supportive crowd, so who cares?
It’s been a mad week. I found out I had made it on to the Guardian’s Not the Booker long long list. I haven’t a hope in hell of making it to the next stage but sure it’s great to be on a list, any list will do, as long as it’s not a hit list.
Thank you to all who came to the launch and bought my book. The reviews have been fantastic which is thrilling and such a relief.
Enjoy the photographs taken on the night by the talented Oliver Corr.

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The Final Count Down

Writing the book is only the beginning. There’s the rewrites, the second, third, fourth and even fifth drafts. There’s the proper edits and then at the end of all that, if you are still mad enough to love writing, you have something resembling a book. I am almost at that stage.

My brilliant publishers, Betsy and Fred, partnered me up with editor Emma Mitchell. Emma read the manuscript, marked up her suggestions and then we had a telephone conversation where we talked about my characters as if they were real people.  It has been amazing to have someone with such insight and editorial clarity working on my manuscript. She could see the world I had created, could inhabit it, and relate to my characters and care about them.

Reaching this stage was not easy. The final hurdle felt like an insurmountable wall. My computer chose to die with my final three weeks of edits apparently lost, along with realms of other stories, the beginning of my next book, workshop notes and research documents. Thankfully, a computer fixer guy on the Lisburn Road was able to do whatever technological magic it took, to retrieve almost all of my work. I am hoping that this marks the end of a month long period of everything going wrong. Seriously, if I told you the things that happened and got broke, during those four weeks, you’d think I was exaggerating. Scruffy, below, nearly dying was one of the bad things to occur.

But…deep breath, it’s over. On to good things, like planning the book launch, and making progress on book two. Wish me well!

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Reading: Here and Gone, Haylen Beck, Little Deaths, Emma Flint

Listening to: KOL, disappointed not to be able to make the Dublin concert

Watching: House of Cards