Real People DO Win

Have you ever heard someone say, “There’s no point in entering, no-one ever wins”, or “There’s no point in entering, I never win anything”, or “These things are rigged, only  friends and family win”? I have – more times than I can count!

As you know, I recently ran a Rafflecopter giveaway with the launch of Heart Search: Betrayal and I thought it would be nice to celebrate with the winners and for everyone to see that real people DO win giveaways!

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The first prize was won by Steven Bufton

 

 

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The second prize was won by Ichabod Temperance

 

 

 

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The third prize was won by Ashley Martinez

 

 

 

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The fourth prize was won by Stacey Beatrice

 

 

 

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The fifth prize was won by Sherry Fundin. I do know Sherry as she has kindly supported my last two blog tours, but unfortunately we’ve never met – a little matter of 6,000 miles + between us!

 

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The 6th prize was won by Cat Moonsong

 

 

 

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The 7th prize was won by Christina Philippou

 

 

 

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The 8th prize was won by Lynsey Buchanan

 

 

 

 

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The ninth prize was won by Emily Anne Hutchinson

 

 

 

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The tenth prize was won by Julie Milne. I’ve never met Julie, but got to know her through my last employer. I’ve since had to give up work for health reasons. She very kindly donated the 8th prize!

 

 

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These bags charms were won by Sian Roullier, Betty Woodrum, and Kim Neville

 

 

 

 

 

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The bookmarks were won by Donna L Jones and Polina El Abd. I do know Polina personally as she’s my daughter’s best friend, but her name being drawn was pure luck!

 

 

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These were won by Shadow Kohler and Patricia Avery

 

 

 

Congratulations to everyone who won! If you click on any of the winner’s names, it will take you to either their Facebook or Twitter page so you can see they are REAL people.

For those that entered and didn’t get a prize, thank you so much for trying and maybe you’ll win when I run my next giveaway!

 

 

 

 

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“What if you demanded a … hostage of sorts?”

Sadly, today is the last day of the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour *wipes tear from eye*. I’ve had a great time and I hope you have too. I’m so grateful to everyone who has given up time and space on their blogs for me – I wouldn’t have got the word out about the book without you.

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So what have we got for you today? First there’s an interview I did with the lovely Sherry Fundin. I met Sherry through her sister, Laura, when I was launching the second book in the series, Heart Search: Found and she quickly became a fan of the books. We had fun on the interview so click here to read it.

Next up is Sherry’s sister, the wonderful Laura Thomas, who has written a review of Betrayal. Laura has been a staunch supporter of the series since my first blog tour for Heart Search: Lost. To read her review click here.

Thirdly, we have the fantastic Emma Biddulph. I’ve told you before about how I met Emma so I won’t bore you with the details again. Today she’s posting a great excerpt. Click here to read it.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fabulous Maria V A Johnson. She is my ‘partner in crime’ at Eagle Eye Editors and without her, this series might not have been written at all. I have so much to thank her for! Maria twisted my arm for a guest post, something I said I wouldn’t do this time around, but in all honesty, how could I say no? So check out ‘Saying Goodbye and Hello’ on her blog here.

You now have just under three hours to enter the giveaway, so you need to get your entries in NOW. It closes at midnight tonight GMT. Here’s the link again: a Rafflecopter giveaway

You still have time to enter the competition from yesterday’s blog for two eBooks of Heart Search: Betrayal. I’ll be accepting entries until midnight GMT on 28th February.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!

“Inspired and Bonkers”

Well, it’s the penultimate day of the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour and have I got a treat for you!

Today, the fabulous Ross M Kitson, author of the Darkness Rising series and Infinity Bridge, and fellow member of Myrddin Publishing, has reviewed my novel. I feel really honoured that such an amazing writer would be interested in my work, but Ross has reviewed my two previous books and was intrigued by how I would finish the story. This is an awesome must read! Click here to see what he thinks.

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Also, the lovely Tiffany Shand hosts an excerpt from the book. Tiffany will be launching her debut novel next month and I’ll be featuring on here. Anyway, to read about the hostage, click here.

As a special treat, I’m giving away not one, but two ebooks of Heart Search: Betrayal. All you have to do is tell me who made the fantastic jewellery for the giveaway. All correct answers will be put in a randomiser and the first two names drawn will win. How easy is that?

Speaking of the giveaway, you have one day left to enter, so get those entries in now!

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Good luck!

Twists, Turns, and Sucker Punches

I bet you’re wondering what the heck is going to be in this post with a title like that!

Today, Joy Keeney, who I met during a blogflash event about three years ago, has published her review of Heart Search: Betrayal on her blog. She’s been following the whole trilogy! The title comes from her review so to find out more, click here.

Also, my dear friend, Alison DeLuca, who is a fellow author at Myrddin Publishing, has a slightly racy excerpt on her blog. Click here to find out what’s going on.

With only a couple of days left of the blog tour and giveaway, the time is fast running out for you to enter. So here’s the link again for those of you who have left it until the last minute!

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Radio Presenter Interview

Isn’t it amazing the different people who suddenly cross your path and become friends?

Last year I was introduced to Sarah Banham by my friend, Sarah-Jane Bird (she of the Made By Birdies jewellery that features in my giveaway). She is not only an author, but a radio presenter. I was honoured to be asked to be a guest on her show, Writer’s Block, last year and it was great. I’d met Sarah before the event as she wanted to get to know me a bit so when the big day came, I didn’t feel nervous and she made it such a fun experience. Funnily enough, Sarah-Jane and I were guests together a couple of months later talking about the writing group I run and a kids writing competition we were running (which was Sarah-Jane’s brainchild).

Anyway, when I put out a call for bloggers to help with the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour, she was one of the first to raise her hand. She and I got together and she interviewed me. You can read it here.

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Just think, if it wasn’t for Sarah-Jane introducing us, all the foregoing would never have happened. It’s a funny world sometimes!

A Bit of Kick-Arse

We’re now on day 10 of the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour and have I got a treat for you today.

A lovely lady and friend, Laura Thomas, who jumped into the Heart Search: Lost blog tour at the last minute to help out and has supported my books ever since, has got a real kick-arse excerpt for you. Click here to read it.

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The other post is an interview with eleven-year-old Hannah Greenland. She was a runner up in the Writebulb Christmas story writing competition and has since joined the group. In case you’ve forgotten, Writebulb is the writing group I run. Anyway, please show her some love and click here to read the interview.

Don’t forget about the competition on yesterday’s post – you have two days left in which to get your entry in, and if you haven’t checked out the giveaway yet, now would be as good a time as any, especially with the fabulous items on offer!

Great Balls of Fire

I have to say, yesterday didn’t quite go as planned. One of the two scheduled posts went live, but the other one didn’t. I kept waiting and waiting, but by the time midnight rolled around, I was too shattered to check anymore and went to bed.

So today I’m combining two days in one post. What has she got in store for us I hear you ask. Lots including a competition, is my reply.

First there is an excerpt posted by the lovely Joy Keeney. Someone discovers they have a new gift and to say it’s explosive is an understatement. Click here to see what it is and who’s got it.

Secondly, we have an interview with my friend and fellow author at Myrddin Publishing, Rachel Tsoumbakos. She’s just released a new book called Unremembered Things, which I’m reading at the moment, so you’ll be seeing my review on this soon. It was fun to go ‘down under’ and visit Rachel again. Click here to read more.

Thirdly, my friend and the person who made virtually all the fantastically gorgeous items for my giveaway, Sarah-Jane Bird (Made by Birdies), and the amazing trailer for the book, posts her review of Heart Search: Betrayal. Click here to see if she loved it or hated it.

Here’s a reminder of that amazing trailer:

There might be a fourth post to add to the list, but I’m waiting for the time difference to catch up to find out. That’s the only problem when you have people in different time zones, however, I wouldn’t have it any other way, especially with those people who have been with me ever since Heart Search: Lost was first launched. I count everyone of those people my friends and am eternally grateful for all the help and support they’ve given me along the way.

Now for the competition. Just to see if you’ve been paying attention – who was the first person to give Heart Search: Betrayal a 5-star review during the blog tour. All the correct entrants names will be put into a randomizer and one person will receive a free eBook of Heart Search: Betrayal. Deadline for entries is midday GMT on 18th Feb.

Now don’t forget to enter the Giveaway if you haven’t done so already. Here’s the link in case you missed it before.

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Remember, you could win things like this:

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