Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Release! Our Beautiful Child by Annalisa Crawford

 I'm excited to help Annalisa Crawford celebrate the release of Our Beautiful Child, a collection of three stories tied together by the same setting. And what a cover! I still can't stop looking at it.

For no reason whatsoever, Annalisa thought it would be fun to answer some of the questions that Jackie magazine asked the stars of the day (the example she found is from 1984 – and the victim was Johnny Marr from The Smiths). She will be answering one question on each of the random blogs taking part!

Question: What’s the silliest item of clothing you’ve ever worn?



Annalisa's answer: I spent my sixth form years (16-18) wearing very bizarre clothing, mostly because I wasn’t that fashionable – and got a little bit picked on – so I decided to go completely wild and have fun. Words lose their impact when you’re already laughing yourself.

My answer: That was the year I graduated high school. Everything from 'preppy' clothes to mesh tank tops and parachute pants to Don Johnson's Miami Vice look were in style. Oh, and big hair... can't forget the big hair. :P 

I guess it'd be wild striped knee socks on 'crazy sock day.'



Our Beautiful Child is available right now!  

“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.” 

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin.

Ella finds love, a moment too late; Rona discovers a beautiful ability which needs refining before she gets hurt; and Sally meets the captivating Murray, who threatens to ruin everything.

Three women. Three stories. One pub.
Where to buy the book...


Where to find Annalisa...


Amazon author page


30 comments:

  1. The big mall hair. Scary...
    Congratulations on release day, Annalisa!

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  2. My stepdaughter has socks like that!

    Congrats, Annalisa!

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  3. Can't wait to read this!
    And Melissa, those socks look fun! :)

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  4. Congrats to Annalisa! Wishing her much success! :)

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  5. OH the BIG HAIR and SPIKED HAIR of the 80's... Scary is right. LOL.

    Too fun with the socks!

    CONGRATS Annalisa! ALL the best!

    HI, Melissa!

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  6. Three cheers to Annalisa on this release. Wishing her the best!

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  7. I remember the big Farah Fawcett hair! And the permed hair was popular too.
    That's my kind of socks... love the multi-colours!
    Congrats to Annalisa!

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  8. Awesome socks, lol! And a great cover. Good luck with your release, Annalisa!

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  9. Sending you lots of good luck wishes, Annalisa!

    Love the socks, Melissa :)

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  10. Congratulations on your release, Annalisa! Your book sounds great!

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  11. I had those socks a couple of years ago, and my 80s hairy ended up more fluffy than spiky!

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and good wishes :-)

    Thank you, especially, Melissa, for having me over and for sharing your awesome fashions :-)

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  12. Congrats to Annalisa. I had a pair of those socks!!

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  13. Hi Melissa,

    Annalisa's very bizarre clothing is probably now in fashion. A trend setter and I reckon we should get you Don Johnson's car from Miami Vice or Nash Bridges, Melissa.

    Thanks for featuring Annalisa's book. You know I'm a starstruck fan of both of you.

    Gary :)

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  14. Annalisa is also a guest on my blog today. Loved her first collection, by the way.

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  15. LOL, what a great idea for an interview and blog tour! I love it. I remember the wild hair days quite well (although I wish I could forget them.) Congratulations, Annalisa!

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  16. I have quite a few pairs of those striped toe socks. They work great with flip-flops.

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  17. My mother bought my clothes even when I was in high school, so I tended to wear a lot of outdated stuff. Fortunately, I was nerdy enough at the time to not notice this, at least not too much.

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  18. I have it on good authority that there is handsome reward for photos of Melissa Maygrove wearing parachute pants. Carrie Butler and I MIGHT be brokering this initiative. ;)

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  19. Congrats! Added it to GR, and LOVE those socks :-)

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  20. I remember when those striped socks were all the rage. You know, my clothing oddity is the writers vest in my closet. Yes, it's an actual leather vest you'd picture and 80's writer wearing over a baggy button-up shirt. What can I say? I love it.

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  21. Thanks for reminding me that I really do need to get myself some bright, ridiculously-colored knee-high socks. No one ever expects those on a guy. Especially at the office. ^_^

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  22. Ah, the big hair... I remember it well :)

    Now, all I have is me shiny noggin and the memories... ah, the memories :)

    Congrats, Annalisa :)

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  23. Love those socks! Congrats to Annalisa!

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  24. I've been seeing Annalisa's book everywhere! Yeah! Best of luck!

    I used to have those socks...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  25. Period pieces in general really get me, and this one sounds more innovative than most!

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  26. I LOVE THE SOCKS!!!! Too cool. And go Annalisa! She's living the dream. So, so, SO PROUD of her!!!! :)

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  27. Just dropping back to say another hello to all the new commenters. It's been such fun blog-hopping, but very hard to keep up with where I've returned to!

    Gary - I've always been ahead of fashion (ie. not at all fashionable ;-) )

    Searching for the story - it's not really a period piece, although the picture on the cover fits perfectly...

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  28. LOL on the socks. What a fun Q&A!

    Congrats to Annalisa!

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  29. Congrats, Annalisa.

    Toe socks freak me out.

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  30. Her toe socks rock! And I've already said I love the premise of her story, but I'll say it again here.

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