Sunday, 30 May 2010

Out And About

The past couple of days have been very exciting!

On Friday morning, me and my publicist Maura (@Red_Books on Twitter) headed to Stockton-On-Tees for my very first set of book talks. The librarians there made us very welcome (Hi Helen!), the two school groups I spoke to asked some brilliant questions and every copy of Wintercraft sold out!

In the afternoon we were whisked off to Egglescliffe School for two more talks in the school library. I read a section from the book and there were more questions at the end than there was time to answer them. The school bell rang, marking the beginning of the half-term holiday and I just managed to sign books for everyone before they raced off to catch their bus!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see me on Friday: Gurpreet, Leighton, Demi, Rebecca, Charlie, Danah, John, Rachel, Mollie, Aaron, Jessie and everyone else from both Egglescliffe School and Thornaby Community School. It was lovely to meet you all and I hope you enjoy reading your books!

Then on Saturday it was time for my first bookshop signing. Waterstones, Darlington is my local bookshop, so it was very exciting to be given my own signing table and a queue of people waiting for me before I even arrived.

I spent two hours signing books and chatting to people, which was great fun!

Thanks to Danielle and Paula for inviting me to their shop, and to Vera, Pat, Alison, Jake, Lauren, Fraser, Sarah and everyone who came to Waterstones yesterday. I could be heading back for a second signing very soon, so if you missed me on Saturday, keep your eyes peeled for posters around the shop and come and see me next time!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Local Book Signing

If anyone is in the Darlington area on Saturday I'll be at Waterstones in the Cornmill Centre signing copies of Wintercraft from 12-2pm.

It would be great to see you there!

Friday, 21 May 2010

And The Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who put their name into the hat for the signed book giveaway!

As promised, I did indeed devise a highly scientific method of selecting the winner. One that I am certain no one in the history of humankind has ever used before, featuring:

a) a small box.
b) names written on rolled up pieces of paper.
c) a willing member of my family to make the draw and oversee the result.

(I had far too much fun with this. :) )

The names of everyone who commented on the giveaway post had a place in the box.
The mood was solemn as the draw was made.
*nods seriously*

And the winner is...

Emily13!

Congratulations Emily!

Please could you send me your address details using the contact form to the right.
I will send your prize out asap!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Publication Day & Giveaway!

The countdown has ticked out its final seconds and the day it has been waiting for has finally arrived!

I have received balloons, flowers, emails and tweets today, and read lots of fantastic reviews from readers and book bloggers who have enjoyed the book!
Silas Dane certainly seems to be collecting a legion of fans!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has posted reviews of Wintercraft on their blogs, on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet. I appreciate every single one. And to everyone who has contacted me personally via email... you are all wonderful. *hugs*

The number thirteen has always been lucky for me, so today really is the perfect day for Wintercraft to be released. And to mark the occasion I'm going to have a book giveaway!

If you'd like a chance to own a signed copy of Wintercraft, simply leave your name in a comment beneath this post and I will devise a cunning and highly scientific way to select a name at random on Friday May 21st. The winner whose name is drawn will win a signed book and I may be able to rustle up a few extras to go with it.

(I will announce the winner on May 21st and ask for contact details privately then, so please don't post any personal details in your comments.)

I will send the book anywhere, so everyone can enter!

Today has been a brilliant day.
Wintercraft is finally out in the world - and as someone in Albion said long before me:

'This is only the beginning...'

Monday, 3 May 2010

Doing What You Love

Summer is really starting here. The rabbits are out enjoying the garden. Maisie, Belle and Nella are running about in the sun and every one of them looks happy - just doing what they really love to do.
Which made me think...

Humans are often a lot more restrained in how we spend our time. We might want to go and run in the sun, but we don't. We do something else instead. We spend our day - busy busy busy - then the sun goes down or clouds drift over and we have missed our chance. The same goes for anything we put off in favour of something 'more important'.
Often we put off doing things that we love.

I love playing the flute, but I don't practice nearly enough. And I love sitting in a shady part of the garden, reading books beneath the giant trees.
What do you love?
Make time for it this month. Have some more fun!
May is a great month to put a little more happiness in your life.