“A blog tour is just like an old-fashioned book tour – where an author traveled from city to city signing books at different book stores or events – except you are traveling from blog to blog and never have to leave home or take off your comfy pink bunny slippers.”
This is the blog tour for my new release Clipped Wings, the blog tour is to open it to the world. I am delighted to have these bloggers and authors take part in helping me build awareness of domestic abuse this way.
Day 1: Monday 30th October 2017
“Thank you, Jennifer Gilmour, for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and for all your support since we connected on social media. I feel honoured to know you, and all the other people just like you who are fighting to help abused people everywhere” – Helen Pryke
“Jennifer has been wonderful to put this book together and I really hope that it opens some eyes and prevents others going through what these women have endured. There is hope and help, and reading this maybe others will realise early enough to ask for it. My own story in is here so I knew what to expect with others but still it made me shudder. A different enlightening read”
“Clipped Wings is an emotionally charged account of domestic abuse told from many different perspectives. More than twenty survivors’ come together to spread the word and tell us about their experience. Luckily, these are the people who get to tell their story. The stories themselves are short, like something you might read in Take a Break but with a little more gravitas. Ultimately, each one is heart-breaking.
There’s also material from a male perspective. Unfortunately, there are men who also suffer domestic abuse. I’ve often seen this treated like a joke. The upshot is that domestic abuse is never funny no matter who you are. This book only highlights that it comes in all shapes and sizes and abusers aren’t always big burly drunken men.
You can feel the psychological effects even from these short stories and it becomes a grimmer tale as the book goes on. It wasn’t an easy read. You’re delving into someone else’s heartache. In their worst moments though, you can feel the desperation and the bravery that it takes to speak up and to escape systematic abuse”
Day 2: Tuesday 31st October 2017
“Today it’s my honour to be taking part in the blog tour for Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour. I will be sharing with you an extract from the book…”
Day 3: Wednesday 1st November 2017
“Today I am taking part in a blog tour for a book which is a bit different from my usual reads. This is a book which contains stories from survivors of domestic abuse and as domestic abuse is something very close to my heart I had to take part in this tour. Rather than a review I have a guest post for you from the author on why and how this amazing and important book came about. ”
Day 4: Thursday 2nd November 2017
“Reading Clipped Wings is unsettling, upsetting, and it should be! Many of the victims talked about how they did not see the signs, how guilt eats them away, how hard it is to escape a prison with no bars. It made me sick, it made me want to punch someone very hard. But most importantly, it showed me, with their own words, how those men and women did not let go of life, despite everything. This is the most beautiful part of the book.
I want to say how proud I am of Jennifer for creating and going through with this project. I want to scream how proud I am of every person who shared their stories. It must not have been easy, just as it is not easy to read them. But they did it because the world needs to know it is not okay. Because we readers need to know how it is like, how we can help, what we can do.”
“You may wonder why I’ve chosen to feature this book when the subject matter is so disturbing. Well I’ll tell you. I feel quite strongly about this subject and believe that it needs to be discussed so that anyone who is, or has, suffered domestic violence knows that they are not alone and that they can survive. As you can imagine this isn’t an easy read but it was one that I determined to get to the end of.”
Day 5: Friday 3rd November 2017
“This is a very personal journey that these survivors share and I commend them on their bravery. Clipped Wings is very difficult to read. It’s hard to comprehend that these are true stories. It is a shame that people have to experience these situations. This is a book you might have to read in spurts, you can only handle so much at once as you read. These are all very strong survivors and I hope they all continue to have better lives and that this book helps them in their journey of recovery from abuse. I also hope this book helps those out there who currently face abuse to realize that there is a way out.
Clipped Wings is recommended”
“Whilst it is heartbreaking to read some of the accounts and what the people went through in their relationships, it is ultimately an uplifting book. The stories are as much about courage and recovery as they are about violence and abuse.
I would say this book is a must read for anyone who wants to hear first hand how people can survive such terrible abuse and come through the other side”
Day 7: Sunday 5th November 2017
“To pen ‘Isolation Junction’, her first novel, was one thing. But to then go on to compile an anthology, working with domestic violence survivors both female and male, from all walks of life and backgrounds; that was quite another. An emotional roller coaster in every sense of the word”
“I knew I had a story to tell and with my previous unfinished written work I realised my first novel had to be more than a book but a message – a way for others to be able to pass a book on to help victims and to get the penny to drop and bring about realisation of what is happening sooner. This means that when the relationship ends victims and survivors realise they are not the only ones out there and its ok to talk about the abuse”