Welcome to GIBBIN HOUSE!

When I first started this blog about the misadventures of a nascent author, I had only a small novel under my belt, titled Gibbin House. The building that bears the name is a fictitious postwar era safe-house, as many might have existed, and the London home of my motley crew of exiles. I could not anticipate then the degree to which I would join its ranks of writers and artists, but since publishing my book in 2011, I have had the greatest privilege of opening my own art gallery and of exploring my love of the written word through visual poetry and paper sculptures. Yet much like the girl who first started blogging two years ago, I suspect I don't know what I'm doing half the time. As such, Gibbin House remains a refuge for ramblings...and on occasion a haven for little triumphs.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CTC Virtual Book Tour of Gibbin House: Thanks to All for the Great Reception!

A great measure of thanks all the participants in the CTC Virtual Book for "Gibbin House", their wonderful reviews and generosity in hosting my author guest posts:

Traveling with T - review and guest post
"...Gibbin House is so interesting, so heartfelt, so much so that I’m struggling with words...A book that will hang around in your thoughts after closing the book or clicking off the Kindle!..." 
Guest Post:
"Literary Influences: How Margaret Ball Changed My Life"
"I LOVE this guest post. Seriously it’s made of fantastic and dipped in awesome." - Traveling With T
What is That Book About - guest post
"On Malot, the Birth of Anka, and Paper Houses"
Life of a Female Bibliophile - review
"Perla is a great writer. She creates this world with a cast of characters that have varying personalities, and puts hard work into detailing the people and scenery. It makes the reader feel that the are living in Gibbin House as well. The settings were so realistic and I liked that Perla uses this poetic literary language that you usually only find in the traditional classics."
Library Educated - review
"...It seems like those books are kind of rare!"
Hobby Lady - excerpt
A Book Geek - excerpt
Not Drinking Coffee - excerpt
Moreover, an enormous thanks Ashley at Closed The Cover for her expertise and professionalism in organizing and conducting this virtual tour - she's the best!
More than 1,000 entries in the Giveaway!

Congratulations to Lori R. who is the Grand Prize winner of the CTC Virtual Book Tour  Giveaway, and to Dee and Rhonda for winning signed copies of Gibbin House!  Thanks to everyone for entering:))

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

4 Star review of Gibbin House by Life of a Female Bibliophile!

February 9: Sunday's stop on the CTC Virtual Book Tour was off to a great start with this wonderfully written 4-Star review from Life of a Female Bibliophile...
I really enjoyed reading “Gibbin House”. It was nice change of material from the typical books I read and it had an intriguing storyline. The novel, is an historical fiction story and takes events from the past and meshes with a interesting plot. It took me a while to understand some of the historical contexts I was reading about since I wasn’t very knowledgeable about the country and the time period. Doing a little side research cleared up my confusion immediately and I was able to understand and follow the plot.  Perla is a great writer. ..READ MORE
Thanks again to Life of a Female Bibiophile for taking the time out to read Gibbin House and offer your great insights!

A Book Geek: Gibbin House Blog Tour - Excerpt Post and Giveaway...

A Book Geek: Gibbin House Blog Tour - Excerpt Post and Giveaway...: Gibbin House by Carola Perla Source: Author via Closed the Cover for an honest review Format: eBook and Paperback Publication Date: ...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

GIBBIN HOUSE: Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 ...

GIBBIN HOUSE: Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 ...:     Just recently I ran a Google search for "Gibbin House" and stumbled upon the most remarkable thing - the last line of m...

Gibbin House - CTC Virtual Book Tour - February 8 -15, 2014

Just recently I ran a Google search for "Gibbin House" and stumbled upon the most remarkable thing - the last line of my novel being quoted as a keynote at a National Youth Assembly for the United Reformed Church in the UK (the theme was Lost and Found: People in Exile)...

I assume the speaker probably Googled the line (in much the same indiscriminate manner as I had my name), being in search of a quote about exile, and stumbled on it on Goodreads (I assume this because my circle of readers remains, for a lack of a better word, concise).  The path, however, is really quite irrelevant, as what matters is what it signifies - that even in relative obscurity, in this day and age, a self-published work has a life, a resonance of its own in the ether...the Internet is a wonder...

That said, I happily and most enthusiastically announce the upcoming Virtual Tour of "Gibbin House", conducted by Closed The Cover, February 8 -15, 2014.  Below is the schedule, which includes an assortment of book reviews, excerpts, Q & A, guest posts, and fantastic giveaway!  Stay tuned!

Tour Schedule

February 8, 2014
Closed the Cover - Kick-Off Post and Giveaway
Library Educated - Book Review

February 9, 2014
Life of a Female Bibliophile - Book Review

February 10, 2014
Hobby Lady - Book Excerpt

February 11, 2014
All R Media - Book Review

February 12, 2014
A Book Geek - Book Excerpt

February 13, 2014
Not Drinking Coffee - Book Excerpt

February 14, 2014
Book Hostage - Author Q&A

February 15, 2014
Traveling with T - Book Review and Guest Post