Lost and Found Giveaway by Kathryn Evans

Have you seen this fabulous competition? Lots of brilliant books and chocolate. What more could you want? Lots of award nominees in this lot and one writer has just won a great big prize. If you explore Kathryn’s blog a bit further, you’ll find out who and what.

Have fun!

Kathryn Evans

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Wow! In a weekend you smashed all our follow targets so – true to our word – the WORDS, will all be revealed.

What can you win?

Signed copies of all of our books including:

Sue Wallman’s Lying About Last Summer – one of Zoella’s Book Club choices for  autumn 2016!

Olivia Levez The Island – star reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Eugene Lamberts The Sign of One – shortlisted for AM Heath’s Irish Children’s Prize

Patrice Lawrence’s Orange Boy nominated for the 2017 Carnegie Medal

Kathryn Evan’s More of Me – also nominated for the 2017 Carnegie Medal

Meemee – a little blue cousin of Peepee from More of Me.

A mug and hot chocolate

A torch ( for reading under the covers)

A bag of Hotel Chocolate buttons

A lovely Books Are My Bag bag – donated by Waterstones Islington

Post cards and books marks and temporary tattoos

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Graduation Day

I handed in my dissertation last month so, with luck, I will be celebrating my graduation this time next year. Congratulations to Damon, Amelia, Jezz, Ele, Claire, Alex, Phoebe and everyone else who had their ceremony this week.

If you haven’t checked out Damon’s Unbound page yet, please do. I was privileged to read some early drafts of this work and can highly recommend it. I’ve signed up to support him and I hope you will, too.

Damon L. Wakes

Before Ten Little Astronauts was launched by Unbound – submarine promo video and all – it formed the bulk of my work for an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Winchester. The way the course was weighted, that one project was just about as important as every other module combined. On top of that, in a move that I can only assume was intended to keep postgrads up all night to finish the thing, that final project would dictate the upper limit on your results. You could hand in the greatest works of literature ever devised for the smaller modules, then still end up disappointed on results day if the big one didn’t measure up.

Well, on Friday I graduated with Distinction.

Second from right: me. Also pictured: some of the greatest writers I’ve ever met.

It’s been a long time since I actually got my…

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Writing Without Motivation

This arrived via my Twitter feed just when I needed a good kick up my writer’s bottom. Thank you, Gwen! I am now stepping away from social media and heading back to my WIP.

Gwen C. Katz

This post is part of the Writers Write All Blog Hop hosted by A Writer Named Charley. Thank you for organizing, Charley.


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One of the hardest shifts I had to make as I moved from being a hobby writer to a professional was having to meet deadlines and put words on the page whether I feel like it or not. It’s quite a shock for someone who previously put about as much dedication into writing as I did into playing video games. We like to imagine writers moodily smoking cigarettes and staring out windows into the rain as they wait for inspiration to strike, but inspiration tends not to strike on a very convenient schedule, and unless you’re someone like George R. R. Martin, you can’t let your career languish for years on end as you wait for the right feeling…

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Meet Me at Fair Oak Library

This is a great opportunity to meet a brilliant young writer. Unfortunately I’m otherwise engaged this Saturday morning so I hope some of you will be able to support both Damon and a smashing local library.

Damon L. Wakes

Since the launch of Ten Little Astronauts by Unbound (in fact, more or less since it was first accepted), I’ve been planning to turn up at various places and talk about it. From the very beginning Fair Oak Library was more or less guaranteed to be the first, though in the end wasn’t because Charlotte Comley got in there really quick and invited me to a meeting of The Writers at Lovedean.

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Fair Oak Library may be small – as you might expect for a village whose biggest landmark is a tree – but it’s special to me because I still remember going there for storytime when I was considerably smaller. It was the source of an awful lot of the books I enjoyed as a child, as well as the copy of The Well of Lost Plots I read in the run-up to the first Winchester Writers’ Festival…

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24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

I love this response to all those articles about what woman of a certain age should do or wear. I’ve never taken them very seriously as I didn’t do/wear most of the things they list when I was younger. Don’t follow the crowds or the fashions. As long as your actions cause no harm do/wear whatever pleases you.

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This morning, as I was perusing through my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rolling from everyone who took the time out to read it.

Written by Kallie Provencher for RantChic.com, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)

Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided…

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The UKYA Book Blogger Awards Winners

Congratulations to you all, especially my friend @bookloverjo

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Without further ado let us unveil the UKYA Book Blogger Awards winners:

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awardsbestteen

2nd Place – Queen of Contemporary
3rd Place – TeenBookHoots

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awardsbestadultblogger

2nd Place – YAYeahYeah
3rd Place – The Dark Dictator

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awardsbestfemaleblogger

2nd Place – Tales Of Yesterday
3rd Place – Hello I Am Miriam

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awardsbestmale

2nd Place – George Lester
3rd Place – The Pewter Wolf

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awardsbestteamcoop

2nd Place – Bookish Brits
3rd Place – The Big Book Project

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awardsbloggerspirit

2nd Place – Serendipity Reviews
3rd Place – Queen of Contemporary

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awardsmarvellousblogger

2nd Place – Tales Of Yesterday
3rd Place – Luna’s Little Library

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awardsbestbooktuber

2nd Place – George Lester
3rd Place – SableCaught

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awardsbestonsocialmedia

2nd Place – Hello I Am Mariam
3rd Place – YAYeahYeah

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awardsbestnewcomer

2nd Place – Ninjas Reads Too
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