Giveaway: Keeping it Together

Next week my book, Keeping it TogetherKeepingItTogether (1), is released into the wild! To celebrate, I’ll be cropping up with guest posts, and running a giveaway. More details on that in a minute.

First, I want to share with you all a short extract of the story, and as I’m currently waiting out a storm, what better extract that one where the heavens open?

The sky was beginning to grey, and both of them had slipped their outer layers back on. Their shoulders were touching, the pair of them settled against one another. Alisha was talking about some band Sian had never heard of before, and she’d stopped listening to what she was saying, just taking in the smooth flow of her voice, the rise and fall in pitch and tone.

She could have sat there forever, and even when the first drops of rain began to fall, Sian was reluctant to move.

“Come on,” Alisha said, laughter in her voice as she stood up and hauled Sian up by her arm.

The rain grew worse as they walked up the path, light drops turning heavy, pounding at the pavement and splashing back up, small puddles forming where the ground dipped. In minutes, they were soaked. Sian’s hair was heavy, plastered to her face and collar, water dripping under her the collar of her coat and down her neck.

The two of them broke into a run, laughing as the rain beat at their backs. Sian didn’t know where they were running to, only that they were running. Alisha turned, making sure Sian was following her, before rounding a corner, Sian on her heels. Her hand closed around Sian’s as they lurched up a couple of steps and into a doorway. At first, Sian wasn’t sure why they were standing on someone’s doorstep in the pouring rain, and then Alisha pulled a key from her pocket and jabbed it into the lock.

Door open, Alisha pulled Sian over the threshold. She brushed wet hair back from her face and kissed her.

Now, about that giveaway. For a chance to win, just comment below with your favourite rainy day activity (but folks, do keep it PG). Personally, I love the rain, and like to stay indoors all cosy, reading a good book!

Once you’ve commented, click this link this link to head on over to the giveaway!

Winners will be announced on the 1st of December.

Giveaway: Keeping it Together

Give Away: The Lightning Moon

We finally have internet in our flat! With it, of course, comes even later hours than normal (and considering I often work nights, that’s pretty late) as I keep finding random things on Google or Facebook that must be read Right Now. But it does make life easier, so in celebration of re-entering the 21st century, I am offering a giveaway of my latest release, The Lightning Moon.

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All you have to do to win a copy is to leave a comment with your e-mail address, and then we will let some randomising program decide who is worthy. The giveaway will close on the 10th* of March.

* Giveaway extended from 8th of March

Give Away: The Lightning Moon

The Way to My Heart (Blog Hop!)

Less Than Three Press is turning 4 this month ^^ In celebration, they’ve arranged this blog hop, where LT3 authors talk about the things they love in life.

I have had two real obsessions in my life—the first was Harry Potter along with about half the country (I swear in school this was probably the only book a lot of people read voluntarily). I still love Harry Potter, and it’s something I hold close to my heart. It captured my imagination more than any other book and I can remember a bunch of us all sitting around my friend’s computer reading fanfiction, all at different paces and sniping at each other to hurry up / slow down. It was also where I first discovered slash, although I wouldn’t read or write it until some years later.

The second, more recent obsession is, of course, Supernatural. I caught the pilot late one night on ITV, was sceptical for about the first ten minutes and then quickly fell in love. It was that bit where Sam mentions the pentacle being a symbol of protection—that was when I knew the show would be good and not just more cheesy watchable horror. I didn’t know I’d still be watching it eight years later, of course—back then I don’t think I’d ever liked a show that hadn’t ended or been axed after two or three series.

I watched it with my brother for the first couple of years, encouraging him to stay up past 11 even though he was about ten at the time. Then I went off to uni, streamed it on my laptop, and fell into Dean/Castiel fanfiction early in series 5.

I’m sure loads of you are entirely aware of how amazing a fandom like that can be, and I had so much fun in mine. It taught me (in part) to write, and helped distract me from all those pesky essays. I went to cons, got involved in GISHWHES (part I and the rhino prequel) and inflicted it on spread the joy to most of my friends. I owe a lot to fandom (including my now-short hair … Damn you, GISHWHES!)

My excitement for the show waned somewhere after series 6, and I got a bit bored with 7, but 8 has brought me back and I’m remembering just how amazing this show really is, and why I keep watching it week after week.

Really, there is little I love more in life than a good angst-filled story I can get my teeth into. Especially if there’s magic or monsters involved.

Tell me about the things you love in life, and you can win an e-book copy of The Dog in the Mist (I know, I’ve given this one away before, but I only have two books so far!) Just make sure you leave a valid e-mail address if you want to win. The giveaway will be open through to the end of the blog hop on the 14th. (edit: this giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part!)

You can also click here or on the button at the top of the side-bar to see which other authors are blog hopping. See what makes them happy, and some of them might have more prizes for you to win (:

The Way to My Heart (Blog Hop!)