Friday, 31 January 2014

Free coffee, cake and books!

Melting Ms Frost hit the shelves nationwide yesterday - and, wow, what a day it was! I'm truly grateful for all the support and good wishes I received.

Inspired by messages and photos of sighting of the paperback out in the wilds, I thought it would be fun to run a little game of 'I Spy'. If you'd like to play, all you have to do is take a snap of Melting Ms Frost should you happen to spot her whilst out and about on your travels - she could be sitting on a supermarket shelf, being read on the daily commute, at the station or airport, even lying on your bedside table. Send the photo and location to me on twitter or facebook and I'll enter your name into the draw to win an ideal booklover's prize of a £20 Amazon voucher and a £10 Costa card so you can treat yourself to free books, coffee and cake!

Entries close at midnight on the 7th February 2014. Prizes valid for GB only. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Rachel Lyndhurst won the draw and is now the happy recipient of the prize.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

What a start to 2014!

I can't believe that we were only three days into this new year when I found myself living a lifelong dream. Through the kindness of my publisher, HarperCollins, and the printing firm, Clays, I actually got to see my debut novel brought to life!

Clays' Suffolk set-up is impressively vast and the people there were amazingly generous, sharing their time and knowledge, and walking me through the many parts of the process.

The patient and lovely Peter and Vicky

And while hearing about each step was fascinating, I found myself being constantly distracted by the quite unbelievable sight of 20,000 copies of MY book flying around on conveyor belts everywhere I looked. 

Yes, I did say 20,000 copies!

Days later, my feet still haven't touched the ground. Everyone worked hard to make the experience a truly memorable one (and were all kind enough not to poke fun at my stunned gibberish and uncontrolled weeping.) 

My glassy-eyed 'Lost It' look

My heartfelt thanks go to all involved. I can't believe how fortunate I was to be able to experience this. It's a day I'll never, ever, forget.