Today is my 50th birthday and to celebrate, I have a wonderful set of prizes for you! I did envisage having 50 prizes to give away. I have to be honest here and admit that THERE ARE MORE THAN FIFTY! I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of those who stepped forward to offer a prize today. You’re all wonderful! And as a thank you, you can all enter the comp if you fancy winning one of the other prizes!
I have put the rules right at the bottom of the post. I know rules are boring, but please do read them carefully before entering as I’d hate for you to miss out. The main one to look out for, before you comment, is that I want people to leave proper names, not screen names, nicknames or initials. This is because I like to know who I’m giving prizes to before I hand them out.
Thank you to all the wonderful and generous authors who have given up their time and their incredible prizes to make today possible. Please thanks them by visiting their blogs/websites and basically telling them how wonderful they are. (Note: If you’re a prize contributor who has sent me full details of your prize, but they don’t appear here, please can you send them to me again as I may have lost them. Thanks! Also, apologies for any mistakes I might have made. As you can imagine this has been a huge undertaking, so I did mess things up a bit. If you spot anything gone wrong, please do let me know asap so I can put it right).
FREE Downloads: Everyone’s a winner!
For the following ebook prizes, everyone is a winner! Myself and some very generous authors have made their ebooks available FREE for TODAY ONLY (unless otherwise stated). Please follow the links and instructions in order to retrieve your ‘prize’. Important: If you click on the ‘buy’ links for the books on any other day, you may be charged. All links go to Amazon.co.uk, but if you search for the book in your own country, then you should find it free there too.
Love Craft – How to Write the Perfect Romance
1) Love Craft (Sally Quilford How To Books) (Free today only)
Love Craft by Sally Quilford goes through the basics that you need to know in order to write a romantic novel.
Midnight Train on Kindle - Thrilling Romance!
2) NEW to ebook! Midnight Train (Sally Quilford Pocket Novel) (Free 11th and 12th August)
Only just released, Midnight Train is a high octane thriller/romance. A bit like Die Hard on a Train. With a sexy, sassy heroine and a hero to die for, it’s a fun but explosive jaunt through Europe on the Nice-Cariastan sleeper train.
You can read about me (Sally Quilford) HERE.
3) Earth Magic (A Love Story) by Linda M Priestley (Free until 14th August 2013)
4) Wargeld and Other Stories by Linda M Priestley (Free until 12th August 2013)
Linda Priestley has two writerly sides to her, the romantic side and the darker, criminal side. She writes short stories for magazines, and has a number of novels on Kindle. The romance is under the name Linda M Priestley and the crime is under the name Linda Gruchy.
Linda’s blog is mainly about gardening and foraging, writing being a poor way to earn a living.
5) Maxine’s Story – The Museum of Fractured Lives by Sally Jenkins (Free today only)
Sally Jenkins is a UK based writer of short fiction, articles and blog posts.
Her work has appeared in publications such as My Weekly, The Weekly News, People’s Friend, Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum.
Sally has used her published back catalogue to produce two short story anthologies plus a non-fiction compilation of writing articles.
But most exciting is the launch of the first e-book in the ‘Museum of Fractured Lives’ series – and that’s what Sally is offering free today.
About My Free Book
Maxine’s Story is the first in The Museum of Fractured Lives series.
The café in the Museum of Fractured Lives is a place for sharing secrets and exploring painful memories.
Several years ago, Maxine and Kaspar experienced the turbo-charged emotions of teenage romance. But the consequences of their relationship cast a long shadow into Maxine’s adulthood and now she is about to reveal something that she has never told a soul …
Each book in The Museum of Fractured Lives series tells the story of one donated object and it’s donor.
This is a flash novella of approximately 8,500 words.
If I Let You Go by Kyra Lennon
6) If I Let You Go by Kyra Lennon
(Free on Smashwords, using voucher code stated below. Today Only)
Blurb: Madison Connor is about to lose it. Her job, that is. For three years, she’s taken care of Dominic Hartley’s five year old daughter, Tilly, but her world is flipped on its head when Dominic tells her his latest promotion is taking him to New York. With Tilly having a meltdown over the move, Madison and Dominic get into a fight that changes the entire nature of their relationship, causing Madison to ask herself a big question. Can she let him go?
About the giveaway: Kyra says ”I’m offering my novella for free on Smashwords for one day only, with the coupon code: CY42M Just hop over to Smashwords, add If I Let You Go to your cart, and enter the code at checkout for a lovely freebie!”
link to Kyra’s novella
Critiques/Beta Reading/Proofreading prizes
(To be drawn from the hat)
7) 1 free critique from Sally Quilford worth £25 for story 2001-2500 words
8) 1 free critique from Sally Quilford worth £20 for story 1501-2000 words
9) 1 free critique from Sally Quilford worth £15 for story up to 1500 words
10) Editing service from Miriam Drori for one novel or collection of short stories up to 50k (but no sci-fi or pornography – some sex scenes are okay)
In her first job as a computer programmer, when asked to edit a piece of writing for content, Miriam crossed out all the unnecessary apostrophes and was told, “Don’t be so pedantic.” Fortunately she never heeded that advice, not in her next profession as technical writer, not in her own creative writing and not when editing work by others. In recent times, she has edited twelve books by the writer David Rory O’Neill to his considerable satisfaction and is looking forward to reading the work of whoever wins this prize. You can catch up with Miriam at her blog .
11) Critique of short story or opening chapter of novel (Max 5000 words for either) by Linda Gruchy/Priestley. (Linda’s bio above)
12) Offer of Beta reading from Sue Barnard for 50k novel (preferably romance, but anything as long as it’s not a specialist text book) or short stories up to a 50k limit.
About Sue Barnard: Sue Barnard will beta-read a novel or a collection of short stories up to a total of 50,000 words. Romance is preferred, but she is happy to read anything apart from a specialist text-book.
A poet, short-story writer and wannabe novelist, Sue was born in Wales some time during the last millennium. Once described by her son as “professionally weird”, she divides her time between working as an editor and freelance copywriter, playing at being a proper writer, and fighting a crusade in favour of the correct use of English. She tries to keep an open mind, but constantly finds that people keep coming along and putting stuff into it.
Sue is a member of the editorial team of Crooked Cat Publishing. She lives in Cheshire, UK, with her husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings. You can read her blog here:
13) Professional Copy Edit by Gail Richards
About Gail Richards: I’m an aspiring pocket novelist with half a dozen short stories published, including in the People’s Friend, Yours and Take a Break Fiction Feast. My proudest writing achievement was a story in 50 stories for Pakistan. My day job is as a freelance proofreader and copy-editor. I’ve had a huge variety of experience, including fiction. It’s the best job in the world as, like some writing, much of it can be done at home and often with a cat on my lap.
What Gail is offering: For Sally’s birthday I’m offering a professional copy-edit of up to about 50,000 words. We edit and revise so many times we end up seeing what we think we’re going to see and overlook errors. I’ll be your fresh pair of eyes. It could be hard copy through the post or a Word document as an email attachment and I’ll track the changes. I’m not guaranteeing immediate turnaround but you can be sure of sympathetic treatment of your hard-written words.
14) Critique of a story up to 2500 words aimed at the womag market from Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt writes short stories for magazines and her work has appeared in Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, The Weekly News, The People’s Friend, Best, Yours and Take A Break Fiction Feast. She also writes short non-fiction pieces which are mostly real-life or nostalgia inspired, and is a regular contributor to Writers’ Forum and Writing Magazine.
Helen also teaches creative writing for a number of adult education colleges.
You can find out more on her website www.helenmhunt.co.uk.
Helen’s Prize – A Short Story Critique
I offer an email critique service for writers aiming at the women’s magazine short story market. One of my previous customers said: I’m very glad I sent my story to you – receiving your comments has been a real confidence boost!
Full details are here -
The winner will receive a free critique of a story up to 2,500 words.
Signed Print Book prizes
(To be drawn from the hat)
15, 16) 2 signed copies of My Weekly Pocket Novel Midnight Train by Sally Quilford
Mistletoe and Mystery – cover shows My Weekly Pocket Novel version but winners will receive Ulverscroft Large Print Version
17,18) 2 signed copies of Mistletoe Mystery by Sally Quilford (Large Print)
Our Day Will Come – Linford Romance Library
19, 20) 2 signed copies of Our Day Will Come by Sally Quilford (Large Print)
Take My Breath Away
21, 22, 23, 24, 25) 5 signed copies of My Weekly Pocket Novel Take My Breath Away by Sally Quilford
Game On by Kyra Lennon
26) Signed copy of Game On by Kyra Lennon
Game On Blurb:
After swapping her small town life to work for one of the top soccer teams in the U.S, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all.
Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On, was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November. My website
The Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom by Simon Whaley
27) Signed copy of ‘The Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom’ by Simon Whaley
About Simon Whaley
Simon Whaley is the bestselling author of One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human and ten other books, the latest of which is The Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs. He is the author of the well-reviewed The Positively Productive Writer and his next book for writers (published later in 2013) is Photography for Writers. More information about Simon can be found on his website.
About The Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom
The Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom is the gardening book they tried to bury … but Simon has dug deep to uncover these pearls of green-fingered gardening tips, such as Cover up garden eyesores by planting Russian Vine. Also known as ‘mile-a-minute’, this fast growing climber is great for hiding sheds, garages, compost areas and complete housing estates. More information.
Crossing Life Lines by Rachel Dove
28) Signed copy of Crossing Life Lines (women’s fiction/chick lit) by Rachel Dove
BLURB FOR CROSSING LIFE LINES
Ever woken up and thought about what might have been, or what still could?Cady Stokes is 29, and suddenly thrust into a new life, one she never expected, but was the old life really good for her?
Georgina Elliott is steadfastly single, career minded to the end, till she meets Ben on a work assignment.
Richard is dealing with a major life change too; can he make amends for his past?
Once some life lines are crossed, they cannot be undone…and would you want to if you could?
This is Rachel Dove’s debut novel, dealing with life, love, loss and all the moments in between. Amazon uk link
I am a writer, wife, and stay at home mum of 2 beautiful boys. I am currently studying and working from home learning to be a half decent teacher and author. My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my novella, Ghost Nanny in November 2013.
I love to chat on twitter so come say hi! @writerdove
I adore reading and writing and anything to do with teaching kids and children’s books. Would love to be a children’s picture book author too. I also love wine, chocolate and cosy nights in front of the fire with my head in another world.
Follow Your Star by Jennie Bohnet
29) Signed copy of Follow your Star by Jennie Bohnet
About Follow Your Star
Returning to the principality of Monaco three years after a horrendous car accident, Nanette is drawn into a world of intrigue and dangerous liaisons, where nothing is what it seems. As her world collides with the shady underworld of Monte Carlo, Nanett’s life changes once again. Amazon link
About Jennie Bohnet
Jennifer currently lives in France with her husband. Her fifth novel SHADOWS OF CONFLICT was recently published by Hale. For more information see her website.
Kate Long’s ‘Bad Mother’ series. You can win a signed copy of Bad Mothers United
30) Signed copy of Bad Mother’s United (women’s fiction) by Kate Long and some signed bookplates (Note: I’ll draw for the bookplates at the end when all other prizes have been allocated)
About Kate Long
Kate Long is the author of seven novels. She writes about family dramas and dilemmas, especially those concerning motherhood and the tricky interplay between generations. To see more, check out Kate’s Pinterest board about Bank Top and Kate’s Website
About the Bad Mothers series
The Bad Mother’s Handbook was a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller, serialised on Radio 4 and filmed as an ITV drama starring Catherine Tate and Rob Pattinson. Bad Mothers United is its sequel, set three years later and following the fortunes of the same chaotic northern family. http://tinyurl.com/cjjlytq
Screaming Yellow by Rachel Green
31) A signed copy of Screaming Yellow (BDSM erotica) by Rachel Green
Rachel Green is a forty-something writer from Derbyshire, England. She lives with her two partners and three dogs. Her novel ‘An Ungodly Child’ paved the way for a succession of novels in the mythic town of Laverstone. She also writes poetry, paints and illustrates.
When not writing, Rachel walks her three dogs, potters in the garden, drinks copious amounts of tea and practises Brazilian jiu jitsu. She twitters a haiku daily.
www.leatherdyke.co.uk is a portal site to her books and blogs. She can also be found on Facebook (Rachel Green) and Twitter (@leatherdykeuk)
About Screaming Yellow:
A Catholic priest and a pagan priestess come together to solve the murder of a sex-guru.
Pagan priestess Meinwen Jones moves 300 miles to meet up with a man who turns up dead. She’s approached by Father Brande, who needs her help to uncover the dead man’s secrets. Why did he have so many women around him, and why do they all have matching tattoos? Who was having an affair with the old lady who hung herself, and when will the priest stop putting out Meinwen’s ritual fires?
Content Warning: BDSM, Erotic pain and violence, polyamory and murder.Paperback, 240pp
Home For Christmas
32) Signed copy of Home For Christmas by Cally Taylor
“Cally Taylor is an author with two writing heads (kind of like Worzel Gummidge and with the same fondness for cake). Her Cally Taylor head writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction whilst her CL Taylor head writes dark psychological thrillers.
Her international bestselling romantic comedies, HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.
Cally’s third novel, THE ACCIDENT (psychological suspense written as CL Taylor) will be published by Avon HarperCollins in June 2014.”
“The prize is a signed copy of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – A sparkling seasonal tale of finding true love at Christmas – by Cally Taylor. ‘a chick-lit delight that skips along with energy and humour” EASY LIVING Magazine’”
Convoy by Caroline Davies
33) Signed copy of Convoy by Caroline M Davies
Caroline Davies was born in Norfolk to Welsh parents and spent much of her childhood by the sea. Convoy is her first collection and was inspired by the experiences of her grandfather, James ‘Jim’ Honeybill, who was a merchant seaman. He was with the Blue Funnel line and served on M.V. Ajax during the Malta convoys. Caroline undertook much of the research for the book whilst studying creative writing with the Open University. She was awarded a Diploma in Literature and Creative writing with distinction in 2011. She blogs occasionally at Advancing Poetry
is a compelling narrative sequence of poems documenting the efforts of the Royal Navy’s Malta convoys to supply the besieged island in the Mediterranean Theatre in the Second World War.
Convoy is not only distinctive and meticulously researched, but powerful and moving. Skillfully incorporating a wealth of found material, recordings and interviews, it captures a slice of history with visceral clarity, engaging audiences who might otherwise never engage with poetry as well as poetry lovers.
34) Signed copy of The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips
Diamonds and Pearls (also features a story by yours truly!)
35) A copy of the anthology Diamonds and Pearls signed by 11 of the contributors and kindly donated by contributor Francesca Burgess
Francesca Burgess has had short stories published in magazines both
in the UK and abroad as well as being placed and shortlisted in a number of
national competitions. Her stories have also been included in four anthologies.
She belongs to the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme and has
just finished working on a third novel. She lives in Kent and co-runs The Write
Place creative writing school with colleague Elaine Everest.
Diamonds and Pearls is a sparkling collection of 33 short stories,
written by many of the UK’s best known magazine writers. It was conceived by
Elaine Everest in order to celebrate 30 years of surviving breast cancer. It
includes stories from eight members of The Write Place, the writing school run
by Elaine and colleague Francesca Burgess. A donation from each copy is sent to
the charity Against Breast Cancer. This copy has been signed by eleven of the contributors.
36) A signed copy of Challenging Andie by Sally Clements
Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heros with heroines that know what they want, and go for it. She’s a voracious reader, and considers writing for a living the perfect job – the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!
Minxes of Romance Blog:
Challenging Andy Blurb:
Is loving Ryan a challenge too far? Jaded war correspondent Ryan Armstrong reports terrible events without letting them pierce the armor covering his heart. When his colleague Emily Harte is murdered, he feels responsible for her death, and travels to England to return Emily’s effects to her daughter. Bereaved, primary school teacher, Andie Harte has set herself a list of challenges to prove she can be as brave as her recently murdered mother, but when she’s hounded by the press the need to escape means she must accept help from Ryan. During their time in seclusion, attraction blossoms into an affair. Their relationship was only supposed to be a fling. When the time comes for Ryan to return to Bekostan, can she risk loving a thrillseeker, or is that a challenge too far? Ryan avoids love, knowing the pain losing it can bring. A life without Andie is sensible, but is it possible?
Amazon links: Amazon.com
: Amazon.co.uk :
37) 2 signed books (for one winner) from Mike Walters (aka Alex Walters)
Mike Walters has published three crime novels set in Mongolia, ‘The Shadow Walker’, ‘The Adversary’ and ‘The Outcast’, all published by Quercus. As Alex Walters, he has also written two books featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, which are set in the Manchester area.
You can find out more about Mike’s writing here .
The winner will receive a signed copy of the ‘The Shadow Walker’ the first in the Mongolian series and ‘Trust No One’ the first Marie Donovan book.
38) Signed copy of My Weekly Pocket Novel Secret Smile by Suzanne Ross Jones
Suzanne Ross Jones writes sweet, modern romances. Her pocket novels have been published in the UK by DC Thomson and a number of her short stories have been published in women’s magazines in the UK and in Australia. She also writes as Suzanna Ross.
Suzanne lives with her family in Scotland. With dramatic hills, mysterious lochs and romantic castles on her doorstep, she finds she can’t help but be inspired.
Your Secret Smile blurb:
When Sean McIver left town to go travelling, he took a piece of Grace Anderson’s heart with him. It’s taken years for her to get over him, but at last she’s happy on her own. Her time is filled with good friends and fulfilling work as a maths teacher. But when Sean returns it’s obvious he’s intent on causing havoc in her well ordered life.
Sean had only been gone five minutes when he realised he should never have left Grace. Over the years, she has never been far from his thoughts. When he’s offered a job at the school in his old hometown, he hopes this will be a chance to make up for past mistakes – particularly as Grace now works at the same school. All he needs to do is convince Grace that an art teacher with a head full of dreams can be compatible with a practical maths specialist.
39) Signed copy of Canine Cuisine by Elaine Everest
40) Signed copy of A New Puppy in the Family by Elaine Everest
Time After Time by Patricia Keyson
41) Signed copy of The People’s Friend pocket novel Time After Time by Patricia Keyson
We are Mary and Ruth who write together as Patricia Keyson. We met some time ago at creative writing classes, formed a writing group and have great fun writing together. We have had short stories, articles and poetry published in magazines here and abroad and have won and been shortlisted in competitions. Some of our novellas have been published as pocket novels and in large print. We have several e-books available. Find our books on Amazon.
The prize we are offering is Time After Time, a People’s Friend pocket novel, which will also be published later in the year in large print format by Linford Romance.
Time After Time
When Kay falls in love with Michael, her boss, she thinks he will always put his business first. Together they discover there are plans to discredit the company and set out to expose those responsible. Kay hopes the excellent working relationship they have will overflow into their personal lives, and wishes she knew Michael’s feelings for her. In the 1950s it wasn’t easy to ask. Can she fly in the face of convention?
Patricia Keyson’s blog
42) A signed copy of My Weekly Pocket Novel Army Daddy/Healing the Hurt by Charlotte McFall
Army Daddy (aka Healing the Hurt) is set in the fictional town of River Springs England. Tammy Morgan had lost her man, her best friend and very nearly her own life in a short space of time. It had been a struggle to get back on an even keel. It was just Tammy and her son Tyler and she made sure he had everything he needed except a daddy.
Tammy’s ex Jason Riveira comes home from war a changed man. Has he changed too much? Have the mental and physical scares of both their lives with and without each other healed enough for them to find love with each other again.
The Good Greek Wife?
43) Signed copy of The Good Greek Wife? By Kate Walker
The Devil and MIss Jones
44) Signed copy of The Devil and Miss Jones by Kate Walker
Kate Walker has been published with Harlequin Mills & Boon since 1984. In that time she has had 61 titles published. Kate is also the author of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. Kate has taught writing romance at many workshops and festivals, including the RNA Conference, Caerleon Writers’ Holiday, and the National Association of Writers’ Groups Festival of Writing.
Kate’s web site is at: http://www.kate-walker.com
Her blog is at: http://www.kate-walker.blogspot.co.uk
I’m offering as a prize two signed copies of my books –
The Good Greek Wife ( because this one has Sally’s favourite hero in it. Sally says, ”Oh yes indeedy!”)
The return of the proud Greek husband…
He was declared missing at sea — but now notorious Zarek Michaelis is back and ready to take control! First he’ll see to his business, and then to his wayward wife…
The Good Greek Wife?
And The Devil and Miss Jones
Martha Jones has never taken a risk in her whole life. Until the day she runs out on her wedding and succumbs to the magnetism of a man she has only just met! A man she knows only as Diablo.
The Devil and Miss Jones
45) Signed copy of Sleeping On A Cloud by Joff Gainey
Sleeping on a Cloud by Joff Gainey
About Joff Gainey:
Throughout my career, as a primary teacher, I encouraged children to read anything and everything. I used my own short stories and passion for writing to stimulate their imagination and hopefully inspire them to write for themselves. It was after being made redundant that I decided to practise what I had been preaching to the children for so long. The idea for my first novel had hovered around my head since my own school days. With much encouragement from my wife and children, it was time to put pen to paper.
After six months of writing and a further four months of re-reading, editing and asking friends and colleagues to digest every word, it is now ready for publishing.
Sleeping on a Cloud is part one of a trilogy, aimed at teenagers and young adults. The central characters are a teenage boy and girl, who are Silver Liners. They live and travel in the clouds. The Dark Walkers, from a distant planet, are attempting to take over the earth. However the Silver Liners, who have never approved of such belligerent tactics, have spent many years trying to thwart the Dark Walkers plans. Prophecy has told of the twins and their powers. It is one of those powers, a secret power, which is capable of destroying the Dark Walkers. Unfortunately for the twins and the human race they don’t know what that power is…yet?
(one off prizes to be drawn from the hat)
Trust In Me
46) Mobipocket (Kindle) copy of Trust in Me by Suzanna Ross
Blaze by Minxes on the Blog
47) Mobipocket (Kindle) copy of Blaze – Minxes on the Blog anthology featuring Suzanna Ross et al.
Maid of Oaklands Manor
48) ebook copy of Maid of Oaklands Manor by Terri Nixon
About Maid of Oaklands Manor
1912: A chance meeting between scullery maid Lizzy Parker and heiress Evie Creswell leads to more than an enduring friendship, and a new job for Lizzy; it draws her into a world of privilege and intrigue, and delivers her into the loving arms of a killer.
Maid of Oaklands Manor is Terri’s first published novel, and is described as Downton Abbey meets The Thirty Nine Steps; an Edwardian romantic drama laced with danger, intrigue and action.
49) 2 ebooks (as one prize) Cat and the Dreamer, and That Sadie Thing by Annalisa Crawford
50) One ebook by Rae Summers, chosen by the winner from her list of historical novels
51) 1 ebook copy of Her New Worst Enemy by Christy McKellan
Her New Worst Enemy book blurb:
Six months ago Ellie Holdsworthy’s life was all planned out – kids, wedding, happy ever after – until her boyfriend dumped her for another woman. Now her best friend, Penny – an heiress to a small fortune – looks set to run off with a gold-digger and Ellie is determined to save her from certain doom. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is the one person she’d rather not ask…
Little does Ellie know, persuading her brother’s best friend – commitment phobic, playboy businessman, Gideon DeLancy – to hold an intervention at his beautiful Georgian manor would be the easy part. Keeping her hands off him is a whole other matter.
Christy McKellen author bio:
B.K. (Before Kids) Christy worked as a Video and Radio Producer in London and Nottingham. After a decade of dealing with nappies, tantrums and endless questions from toddlers, she has come out the other side and moved into the wonderful world of literature. She now spends her time writing flirty, sexy romance with a kick (her dream job!).
In her downtime she can be found drinking the odd glass of champagne, ambling around the beautiful South West of England or escaping from real life by dashing off to foreign lands with her fabulous family.
Christy loves to hear from readers. You can contact her at:
52) 1 Ebook copy of Winter Storms by Lucy Oliver
Two years ago Carly Roberts split from her lover, Daniel Edwards, after he caused a terrible sailing accident that cost her both the use of her right leg and her Olympic dreams. Unable to watch his climb to double Olympic success, she stayed in the Cornish village they grew up in, while he travelled the world.
Racked with guilt, knowing he destroyed her future, Daniel has finally returned home to make amends. But he didn’t expect to fall in love with her again.
Carly has her own life now and it doesn’t include him. She can’t forgive him for the catastrophic injuries that changed her life. While the storms of a Cornish winter lash their village home, can Daniel persuade her to give him a second chance?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Lucy Oliver grew up by the sea and particularly loved walking along the harbour in winter, when the streets were deserted and waves crashed against the seawalls. Now living inshore, she likes to return to those memories by writing passionate romances set against the backdrop of wild Cornish storms.
Lucy also writes spicy historical novels under the name Lucy Hartbury, with a version of Dracula due for release on 19th September 2013.
A Series of Ordinary Adventures by Stevie Carroll
53) 1 ebook copy of short story collection A Series of Ordinary Adventures by Stevie Carroll
Born in Sheffield, raised on the boundary of the White and Dark Peaks, but now based in Hampshire, Stevie Carroll was nourished by a diet of TV drama and science fiction, along with a diverse range of books from the only library in the valley. Stevie’s debut short story, ‘The Monitors’, was longlisted by the 2010 Tiptree Awards jury. Other short stories have appeared in the anthologies ‘British Flash’ and ‘Tea and Crumpet’, while Stevie’s first solo collection ‘A Series of Ordinary Adventures’ was published by Candlemark and Gleam in May 2012.
Stevie’s prize details:
A Series of Ordinary Adventures: A wander down a country pathway, a cruise vacation in the Mediterranean, a school reunion, a sandwich eaten in the park – in the stories of Stevie Carroll, the mundane becomes tantalizingly magical. A footballer’s mistress gets more than just an apartment when her lover tries to keep her in style; a rock-and-roll bass player finds out that second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; something sinister lurks beneath the trappings of a travelling carnival.
54) An ebook copy of Her Secret His Child by Charlotte McFall
Journalist Chloe Townsend returns to her childhood home for her best friend’s wedding. It’s been six years since she left Lancing in West Sussex and she’s hoping her past will stay right where it is. Will the secrets and lies she took with her be revealed, or will she be able to leave with her heart unscathed?
Ex playboy Lee Grant has only ever had one woman walk away from him, he didn’t know it then but she had been the love of his life and now she’s back in town. He is determined to try and win her over but Chloe is equally determined to stay as far away from him as possible. Can he put all his past mistakes behind him and show Chloe just how much she means to him?
55) An ebook copy of Hot Flashes featuring Charlotte McFall
Can a simple visit from a friend turn into a night of passion for Cassie?
56) Kindle Copy of Mariah’s Marriage by Anne Stenhouse
writes dialogue heavy historical romance with humour. Her debut novel,
Mariah’s Marriage, is an e-book published by MuseItUp of Canada. Anne has
written for the stage and is published by New Theatre Publications. She has
published short fiction and non-fiction and is a tutor for Writers’ News Home
Study. When not at the keyboard, Anne likes to dance and watch live
Set in London, 1822 Mariah’s Marriage features a feisty
heroine, Mariah, and quirky earl, Tobias. Their betrothal is threatened by
villainous, Lucas Wellwood and the reader will enjoy a roller-coaster ride
between the laughter of Mariah and Tobias’s exchanges and the nail-biting threat
of a real villain. Full of period detail, Mariah’s Marriage takes a peek at the
emerging power of education for women and the masses. MuseItUp will publish a
second historical set in Georgian Edinburgh, Bella’s Betrothal, in the
Sally’s 50th Birthday Prize Draw Rules
To be in with a chance to win, simply wish me ‘Happy birthday’ in the comments (you’re not confined to those two words). It would also help (though it’s not compulsory) if you could link to this post from your own website/blog or Facebook/Twitter so that lots of people get the chance to enter!
Strictly one entry per person only. (Please note that all comments on this blog are moderated before appearing so there may be a short delay before your post appears.)
Winners will be chosen from the hat (or whatever receptacle I can get my hands on) after the comp closes at 5pm (GMT) on Friday 16th August 2013.
If you win a physical prize, such as a print book, you must be willing to give me an address when I contact you, with the understanding that I will pass your address on to whoever is offering the prize. Private details will not be used for any other purpose and will not be posted publicly.
I like to know who I’m giving prizes to before I hand them out, so please give a proper name and a valid email address (which isn’t seen by others) when commenting. Anyone using a screen name or just initials will not be put into the draw.
Any winner who does not respond to my notification of winning email by Friday 30th August 2013 will forfeit their prize and I will pass it on to someone else. With that in mind, please put squilford(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk in your address book so I don’t end up in the spam folder.
You are welcome to enter, even if you have supplied one of the prizes (as organiser I will not be entering). Naturally you won’t win your own prize, but if your name is drawn for your own prize, I will award you the next prize on the list and choose another winner for the prize you offered.
How the prizes will be allocated: a) First I will draw names for all the ‘critique/review’ type prizes. For the sake of fairness, entrants may only win one of these prizes, unless there aren’t enough entrants to allocate them all. b) When the ‘critique/review’ prizes have been allocated, I will draw all the Print book and ebook prizes. If there are prizes left over at the end, I will put everyone’s name back into the hat, so it is possible that entrants could win more than one book prize or a book prize and a review/critique prize. c) The ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ prizes are just what they say on the tin. Follow the links to the free e-books on Kindle or use the code for Smartwords, but you may download them for today (11th August) only. So get in there quickly!
Entry implies acceptance of the above rules.
I will post a list of winners, along with the prizes they’ve won as soon as possible after the comp closes.
Please note that some of the book prizes contain adult content. If you would rather not receive one those prizes, please say so when you comment below. You won’t lose out because of this. If your name is drawn, you will be awarded the next prize in the list. Alternatively there may be prizes you don’t want because you either already own them or they’re not applicable to you (for example if you’re a reader rather than a writer, so the critique prizes don’t interest you). If this is the case, please say so.