…no greater LUV has one scribbler than that for a fellow author, in this case an authoress… Yasmin Selena Butt is not only a pal, but a talented writer… I was privileged to read and review her novel, GUNSHOT GLITTER, a while back and it still teases smiles of satisfaction from me… but hush, Master Gallacher… m’Lady Selena is well able to espouse her own literary legend, viz:
Five Reasons Why You’ll Love Gunshot Glitter
Hello friend of Seumas’ 🙂
That’s a pretty bold thing to write isn’t it: “Five reasons why you’ll love Gunshot Glitter.”
After all books aren’t a ‘one size fits’ all category.
So what I really mean is: ‘Five reasons why you’ll love Gunshot Glitter if any of the following tickle your fancy.’
But, mon amie, that’s quite the mouthful; and, if after you’ve read this, if any of the five reasons resonate with you, get yourself over to Goodreads and hit ‘Enter Giveaway’ after adding Gunshot Glitter to your To Be Read list as you could be lucky enough to win a beautiful, limited edition signed copy if you are based in the UK.
And if you are not, I deeply apologise; one day when I am truly minted, I will be posting signed copies to far flung places such as Bahrain and Chile I promise, as I hate leaving interested folk out, but you can still enjoy Gunshot Glitter as an eBook worldwide, and buy the novel in beautiful print if you like what you read.
And now without further ado this is why you’ll *love* Gunshot Glitter…
- You’ll love Gunshot Glitter if you love Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage once described the jewel in HBO’s crown as ‘Stabby-stabby-stabby, sexy-sexy-sexy, stabby-stabby-stabby and…a couple of jokes.’ If you’ve seen the magnificent adaptation of George R.R Martin epic fantasy series, you will know exactly what Dinklage who plays the witty, erudite Tyrion Lannister is talking about. This is the show where no one’s favourite characters are safe, there are characters you love to hate, nothing is black and white and multiple storylines run rife. If you enjoy that dizzying sensation of wondering what you just witnessed, and, needing, craving, being desperate to know what happened next..you will love Gunshot Glitter. It’s a tale where crimes are committed, and your sense of right and wrong is sorely tested. You have been warned. And there is definitely a bit of sexy, sexy, sexy snuggled inside too.
- You will love Gunshot Glitter if you love crime novels with a difference.
I love crime. It’s a fantastic, expansive genre but I didn’t want to read another police procedural, or a forensics novel, or a story where the good guys and the bad guys were portrayed in black and white and the monsters were men or women chopping up prostitutes and leaving the limbs in fields for a world-weary detective to knit back together again. I wanted to write something that turned the genre on its head where the crimes were in your face, but your feelings about the protagonists and victims were pulled at, prodded and worked at. And I think I did that. If that piques your interest there is a good chance this is the novel for you.
- You will love Gunshot Glitter if you love a contemporary, gritty story told by a melting pot of a cast.
I’m a Londoner, born and bred, and absolutely love my city. My London is a London of huge racial and sexual diversity, tolerance, dreams, amazing architecture, hedonistic culture, food, music, work, ambition and hope. It’s all in there: Brixton to Stoke Newington, Dalston, the West End, along with lives lived in Manchester, France and Koh Samui. Yes, Koh Samui. It will make sense when you dive into the story. Gunshot Glitter is the name of a popular, burlesque-orientated night club in Soho. I’ve also squeezed in references to my absolute favourite building too, but you’ll have to read the novel to find out what it is. If you want to vicariously experience the world around you form and shimmer like a movie in your head, you will love this book. It makes that vivid melting pot come wondrously alive.
- You will love Gunshot Glitter if you love music.
Music is a huge part of my life. I djayed as a student; I own hundreds of CDs, vinyl records, tapes. And this novel was written to a soundtrack of themed CDs to take me to the places I needed to go to access the emotions and intensity the scenes elicited from me. Music stains the scenes in subtle ways, songs play in the background, bands appear. Music marks time and incidents and there are characters who care about it. You don’t have to be a muso to enjoy Gunshot Glitter, but if you take pleasure in a somewhat alternative bent this novel will speak to you. And here’s a little bit of insider knowledge for you, the title, ‘Gunshot Glitter’ was inspired by a song by Jeff Buckley.
- You will love Gunshot Glitter if you have an open mind and love original, cinematic storytelling.
Gunshot Glitter is a story that defies pigeonholes and refuses to sit tidily in one genre. I would loosely place it in crime (as I have mentioned above) but there are mysteries to solve, elements of a thriller, drama and powerful, passionate feelings coursing through the tale. Every reader has remarked on the blend of genres and how much they would love to see the story on the silver screen. I would too. I wrote it as if I was watching a movie in my head. There are passages I wrote with tears pouring down my face. I even made my proofreader, Jill Blair, cry when she was working on it.
I could have carried on with reasons why you will love my novel, (for example if you love novels that sit between Lisa Jewell and Poppy Z Brite it will appeal to you) but I am slightly biased. Instead, I would rather let Gunshot Glitter do the talking.
Visit your favourite eBook retailer and download a free sample to see if it’s for you, and if you are based in the UK visit Goodreads and add the novel HERE to your To Be Read list and then click on this link to enter the competition to win a signed, numbered, limited edition print copy. The copies are on me, a birthday gift from me to you.
You’ve got until July 1st 2016
Thank you for reading and huge thanks to Seumas Gallacher for hosting me; dude you are truly a lovely, lovely man J
Yasmin Selena Butt xx
- Add Gunshot Glitter to your Goodreads list HERE
- Enter to win a print copy of Gunshot Glitter HERE, click on ‘Enter Giveaway’.
GUNSHOT GLITTER is available worldwide as an eBook on many platforms including Amazon UK and Amazon.com
If you would like to buy Gunshot Glitter in print at £9.99 get in touch with me HERE on Facebook or leave me a comment.
About Gunshot Glitter
Your name is Celine Silver. But no one has called you that in eight years.
You’re a classically trained musician and an Honours graduate.
You come from a nice, middle-class family.
You kill people for money.
And no one knows you anymore.
Fate throws the man you abandoned right back into your path – the man who knew you before you got blood on your hands, before you changed your name.
And he’s demanding answers.
But is there a way back to the path of normal?
What price do you have to pay when you realise you no longer want to be monster? And who are the real monsters and victims anyway?
And what about the incinerated boy who will never quite go away…
About the author Yasmin Selena Butt
Yasmin Selena Butt was born in Hampstead, London. She has previously worked abroad in the Maldives as an English Language trainer, freelanced in Marketing and been published by The Times as a music writer. She has also written over a thousand poems, exhibited her fiction and photography and performed her debut reading at Proud Galleries in Camden.
Yasmin is the head admin on the hugely popular The Bookshop Café on Facebook, enjoys live alternative music, cinema, visiting unusual buildings and collecting perfume. She appeared on the BBC4 documentary ‘Perfume’ discussing the memory evoked by the scent of Dior’s Fahrenheit.
Born without a middle name, she adopted the name ‘Selena’, in 2000 after hearing the story from a building concierge about the naming of his daughter, Yasmin Selena. In gratitude, she has named a character in her debut, Gunshot Glitter, in his honour.
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