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Blog tour: A Parcel For Anna Browne – When Amanda Met Miranda!

22 Sep

a-parcel-for-anna-browne-978144727605001I’m declaring today Anna Browne Day here on One More Page in celebration of Miranda Dickinson’s wonderful new book A Parcel for Anna Browne which is released on Thursday (24th September). Later today I’ll be giving you the chance to win an exclusive signed first edition of the book and I’ll be posting my review but first I wanted to share with you a very special day that took place last month when I won a competition to meet Miranda and see this gorgeous new book be printed!

At the beginning of August I received an email almost as exciting as one of Anna’s parcels challenging me and fellow book bloggers to show our wrapping skills by creating A Parcel for Anna Browne and posting the results on Twitter! The prize – a chance to meet Miranda and see the book printed. Of course I couldn’t resist so I put IMG_2972my thinking cap on and raided my children’s craft cupboard to conjure up something suitably magical for Anna. To be honest, my craft skills are a bit hit and miss and there was a very dodgy moment when my attempt to tear a heart shape in the wrapping almost ended in tears but I stuck with it (!) and was pretty chuffed with the final result!

It’s safe to say there was a lot of happy dancing when I found out I’d won and then the nerves set in! I was going to meet one of my favourite authors. I’ve read every one of Miranda’s books and we’ve chatted on Twitter for years so it was very strange to actually meet face-to-face finally. I needn’t have worried – Miranda is as chatty and friendly in person as she is online and instantly put me at ease.

IMG_3176 IMG_3164Seeing A Parcel for Anna Browne being printed was a brilliant experience and I can’t thank publisher Pan Macmillan enough for arranging the day. As a librarian and avid reader I’ve always been fascinated by books but I’d never actually seen one printed and it was amazing to see hundreds of copies of the book whizzing round the printers – I couldn’t believe how quickly the whole process moved! Hopefully you can get an idea from the pictures here.

IMG_3186My special day ended with lunch with Miranda and her editor where we chatted about reading, writing and some of the very exciting things planned for the launch of A Parcel for Anna Browne this week. I was delighted to take home a hot off the press copy of the book and Miranda kindly signed two more first edition copies for me to offer as competition prizes to lucky readers here on One More Page. I’ll be launching the competition and publishing my review of the book later today so please do watch this space!

Keep an eye on Miranda’s Twitter @wurdsmyth and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MirandaDickinsonAuthor for more exciting Anna Browne related news and events this week!

Event news: Free virtual sci-fi festival – 15th & 16th November 2014

9 Nov

bfivoygerPublisher HarperCollins and the British Film Institute have  announced an exciting collaboration – a Virtual Sci-Fi festival on 15th & 16th November.

The festival takes place as part of the BFI’s major three month celebration of Sci-Fi,Days of Fear and Wonder presented together with O2, which takes place at BFI Southbank and venues across the UK until December. http://www.bfi.org.uk/sci-fi-days-fear-wonder

The aim of the BFIVoyager Sci-Fi festival is to explore the link between science fiction literature and film. The festival will offer a program of events on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and other platforms.

The festival program is based around three themes:

Tomorrow’s World – from post-apocalyptic wastelands to megacities to far-flung dystopia

Altered States – the science fiction of ‘inner space’ mad scientists, mutants, man-machines and mind-bending trips

Contact! – time to explore life from all corners of the universe and across multiple dimensions.

The festival will focus on story-telling and the impact of literature on film and television. Anticipate some friendly rivalry between book versus film as well as conversations such as how science fiction may have changed our future, what’s so appealing about a dystopian world and some of science fictions biggest names discussing their opinions on what comes next.

Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK, said, ‘I am thrilled that HarperCollins is collaborating with the British Film Institute on the BFIVoyager virtual sci-fi festival. It is very exciting to be working with such a prestigious organisation.

Heather Stewart, Creative Director of the BFI said: “‘Sci-Fi is all about big ideas – it all begins with the writers, and it’s notable that there are many great women writers working in this genre. We’re pleased to work with HarperCollins to bring the worlds of literature and film into perfect collision in November, opening up the very best of this spectacular genre to online audiences everywhere.

The festival is free to ‘attend and attendees will also be sent two free HarperVoyager ebooks at the end of the festival!

Register now at: http://bit.ly/BFIVoyager

Event News: Festival of Romantic Fiction 2014

11 Sep

festival romanceThe Festival of Romantic Fiction is taking place this weekend in Leighton Buzzard! There are lots of fabulous events happening, full details of which can be found on the Festival website.

I really wish I could go to the festival – not least because I’m nominated for the Romance Blogger of the Year Award (squeeee!!) but it’s  my son’s 6th birthday party on Saturday so I can’t miss that but I will be there in spirit and wish all of the wonderful nominees the very best of luck.

Highlights of the festival include:

Friday 12th September:

7.30pm until 9pm Girls Night In with romantic fiction authors Rowan Coleman, Jane Lovering, Mandy Baggot and Jill Steeples. Leighton Buzzard Library.  Tickets: £3.50 available from Leighton Buzzard Library or Theatre Box Office.

Saturday 13th September:

10am to 3pm Book Fair. Leighton Buzzard High Street
Unique one off book fair with chance to meet the authors and get signed books. 17 stalls

2.30pm to 3.30pm Afternoon Tea with Fiona Harper, Tracy Bloom, Liz Fenwick and Carmel Harrington. With special guest Katie Fforde. Leighton Buzzard Theatre. Tickets: £3.50 available from Theatre Box Office.

4pm to 5.30pm pm Traditional Afternoon Tea The Green House, Market Square, Leighton Buzzard
with special author guests Christina Courtenay, Jan Jones, Sue Moorcroft, Terri Nixon, Laura Purcell and Talli Roland.  Tickets: £9 to include tea/coffee and cake, available online.

8pm to 10.30pm Romance Reader Awards 2014 LIVE. Leighton Buzzard Theatre
Including presentation of the Reader Awards for best romantic books of the year. With special guests from The Leanne Hughes Theatre School. Tickets £15 include canape reception and are available from Theatre Box Office.

The full awards shortlist is:

Best Romantic Read (Sponsored by Headline Eternal)

Two Weddings and a Baby by Scarlett Bailey (Ebury)

The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman (Ebury)

The Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick (Orion)

After The Honeymoon by Janey Fraser (Arrow)

The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell (Headline Review)

One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin (Carina)

The Wedding Proposal by Sue Moorcroft (Choc Lit)

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry (Headline Review)

One Step Closer to You by Alice Peterson (Quercus)

 

Best Historical Read

The Downstairs Maid by Rosie Clarke (Ebury)

Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay (Choc Lit)

The Maid of Milan by Beverley Eikili (Choc Lit)

The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans (Quercus)

Crosscurrents by Jane Jackson (Accent Press)

Home For Christmas by Lizzie Lane (Ebury)

A Rose in Flanders Fields by Terri Nixon (Carina)

Queen of Bedlam by Laura Purcell (Myrmidon)

 

Best Short Romance

Don’t Tell Penny by Anna Bell (Quercus)

Taming Her Italian Boss by Fiona Harper (Mills and Boon Cherish)

A Western Heart by Liz Harris (Choc Lit Lite)

Just You by Jane Lark (Harper Impulse)

The Right Side of Mr Wrong by Jane Linfoot (Harper Impulse)

Grand Designs by Linda Mitchelmore (Choc Lit Lite)

The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin (Carina)

 

Best E-Book

The Second Time I Saw You by Pippa Croft (Penguin)

The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson (Choc Lit)

Summer at Castle Stone by Lynn-Marie Hulsmann (Harper Impulse)

Dear Lizzie by Annie Lyons (Carina)

The Guestbook by Holly Martin (Carina)

Room For Love by Sophie Pembroke (Carina)

The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas (Headline)

Doubting Abbey by Samantha Tonge (Carina)

 

Best Author Published

Mary Bennet by Kate Allan

Sweet Occasions by Linn B Halton

Drumbeats by Julia Ibbotson

Fairlights by Jan Jones

Christmas Yves by Nicola May

A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

 

New Talent Award Shortlist

An Infamous Seduction by Glenda Cooper

Country Strife by Debbie Fuller-White

Fancy Cakes and Skinny Lattes by Melanie Griffiths

For One Last Time by Louise Hall

The Gossamer Trail by Brenda Hawkey

Who Does He Think He Is? by Emily Kerr

Hats Off To Love by Susan Jones

Meeting Halfway by Mairibeth MacMillan

The Perfect Blend by Catherine Meadows

True Colours by Caroline Rayner

Maggie’s Child by Glynis Smy

Industry Awards Shortlists

The Festival of Romantic Fiction also recognises innovation from within the industry and presents an award to blogger of the year.

 Innovation in Romantic Fiction – Publisher

Accent Amour – new commercial imprint from independent publisher Accent Press investing in backlists as well as new authors

Carina UK – celebrating it’s first birthday in 2014, Carina digitally publishes over 75 authors from around the world and has been exceptionally successful in the ebook charts

Mills and Boon – launching a brand new reader-centred website including an interactive story world The Chatsfield that blends fiction and reality

Simon and Schuster – continuing development of their Books in the City website, a popular hub for readers to connect with authors

 Innovation in Romantic Fiction – Author

Jenny Barden – for championing the whole genre with innovation in events for the Historical Novels Society and Romantic Novelists Association

Rowan Coleman – after writing Dearest Rose, Rowan was inspired to raise money for women suffering from domestic abuse by writing Woman Walks into a Bar and donating the royalties to Refuge

Nadine Dorries – for shining light on the romantic saga by topping the bestseller charts with her debut novel The Four Streets

BelindaJones – for connecting with readers with an engaging theme across her website and social media including the Belinda Jones Travel Club on Facebook and Va-va-vacation.com website

Holly Martin – for her debut novel The Guestbook which uniquely tells the story through guest comments left in a leather-bound guestbook

Romance Blogger of the Year

ChickLitClub.com 

Reviewedthebook.co.uk 

Onemorepage.co.uk 

 

 

 

One More Page (and family!) do The IBW Bookshop Crawl: 5th July 2014

6 Jul

BSC1A few weeks ago I posted about a fab new event that is part of Independent Booksellers Week 2014: The Bookshop Crawl! The aim of the event was to visit as many independent bookshops as possible in a day and blog, vlog, tweet and generally shout about it! So yesterday I put on my comfy shoes, packed a ‘Books Are My Bag’ bag with supplies and set off with my lovely family for a fun adventure around the book shops of South East London.

One of my biggest wishes for my sons Max (almost six)  and Sam (three next month) is that they grow up with a love of books and reading so it seemed right to do the crawl as a family and I purposefully chose local independent book shops that cater for both adults and children. We had so much fun along the way and the crawl led us to visit places I’d never stopped off at before, discover more of the wonderful city we live in and of course many many fabulous books!

Stop 1: Beckenham Book Shop (http://www.beckenhambooks.com/)

Our first stop was just a short walk across town. Beckenham Bookshop has been my local independent bookshop for the past 6 years and after a scary time where we thought we were going to lose it, is now thriving again! With a small but well stocked children’s section at the back of the shop, a great variety of adult fiction and non-fiction, bookish gifts and cards as well as two monthly book clubs, there’s plenty to keep me coming back for more and we received a very warm welcome from the shop staff who had baked cookies for the occasion (an unexpected treat that delighted Max and Sam almost as much as their new book!)

Stop 2: Dulwich Books (http://dulwichbooks.co.uk/)

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For our second stop we hopped on the train from Beckenham to West Dulwich and found ourselves at the award-winning Dulwich Books (Independent Bookshop of the Year in the Bookseller Industry Awards) and it’s so easy to see why this shop and it’s wonderful staff are winners! I’ve been following them on Twitter for a while but had yet to visit and now I have visited I will go out of my way to visit many more times!! Before we even mentioned the book shop crawl aspect of our visit, we’d been welcomed with a friendly smile and as soon as we said what we were doing the wonderful Chloe appeared with an amazing goody bag!

It was so lovely to meet a bookseller whose enthusiasm for books matches mine and I could have stayed and chatted about books all day! Max was delighted to find a section of I-Spy books to add to his collection and Sam was spoiled for choice too … needless to say, none of us came away empty handed and we left to cries of ‘more books’ from Sam! Having seen the amazing stock and events programme – I will definitely be back!

Stop 3: Herne Hill Books (http://hernehillbooks.com/)

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This is the little sister shop to Clapham Books and is a real bijou book shop in a beautiful collection of shops and cafes right outside Herne Hill Station. I think I gave the poor shop assistant a bit of a scare as I bounced through the door announcing that we were book shop crawling! There was yet again a lovely selection of fiction, non-fiction, cards and gifts and a small but well chosen children’s selection and it’s definitely worth a visit!

Stop 4: Tales on Moon Lane (http://talesonmoonlane.co.uk/)

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Another award winner and a shop that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time having heard so many good things. Tales on Moon Lane is a dedicated children’s independent book shop and can only be described as an absolute treasure trove! I’m very jealous of the children of Herne Hill after visiting this magical shop – if I’d had somewhere like this nearby when I was younger, I would never have left. Needless to say, Max and Sam were delighted by this stop on the tour and can’t wait to go back!

I had to exercise serious restraint not to buy up the entire collection of beautiful Ladybird hardback classics and Sam had to be torn away from the Gruffalo display! Max made a special new friend and I swooned at the Young Adult collection – amazing!

Stop 5 (and almost 6): Foyles Royal Festival Hall (http://www.foyles.co.uk)

We decided to end our day with a lovely walk along the river at the Southbank taking in a couple more book shops. Sadly I hadn’t realised that the National Theatre book shop is currently closed for refurbishment so we weren’t able to visit them on our crawl but you can still visit their online shop for all your theatre-related bookish needs (http://shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk) and the new shop is opening this summer so I’m looking forward to returning to visit then!

 

Stop five and our final stop on our tour was the ever awesome Foyles at Royal Festival Hall. It’s a lovely, bright shop with so much to look at and a brilliant children’s section and London section! And yes, I did buy two more books there (I was on a roll by this point!)

As we left the shop it started to rain but there was a brilliant brass band playing and Max and Sam couldn’t resist joining in :-)

So after 6 hours,  13,500 steps, a bus and three train journeys, we arrived home with this lovely haul! Max and Sam declared it ‘a brilliant day’  and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Book event: One More Page has Ice Creams at Carrington's (almost!)

17 Jun

A couple of weeks ago I was very lucky to attend the launch of Alexandra Brown’s latest book in the Carrington’s series, Ice Creams At Carrington’s. The launch took place at Fortnum and Mason’s in The Parlour! 

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Ice Creams at Carrington’s is such a lovely summer read and the setting for the launch couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a real treat to meet Alex and chat to her about Carrington’s and her next project. There were squeals of delight from the bloggers round the table as Alex revealed that she’ll be releasing a new novel just in time for Christmas this year :-)

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It was lovely to meet fellow bloggers Cressida, Laura, Bronagh, Victoria, Megan and Natalie and to catch up with Sharon and Kirsty again. There were furrowed brows as we all tried to decide what to have from the amazing menu. My creation was this delicious salted caramel and peanut butter combo with cream, sprinkles and chocolate sauce!!! I think Georgie would approve!

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I’d like to thank Alex and her publisher, Harper Collins for inviting me along to this fabulous event! If you’d like the chance to experience The Parlour with Alex, check out this competition that Sainsbury’s are running until 30th June!

Ice Creams At Carrington’s is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Find out more about Alex and her books at: http://www.alexandrabrown.co.uk/

Event news: Independent Bookshop Week Bookshop Crawl

14 Jun

IBW Bookshop crawl

 

How exciting is this? Taking place on Saturday 5th July, as part of Independent Bookshop Week, the IBW Bookshop Crawl is aimed at bloggers, booktubers and vloggers across the UK with a fantastic prize up for grabs!

The challenge is to visit as many independent bookshops as possible throughout the day and blog or post a video about the experience for the chance to win. In order to qualify for the prize, the blog or video post must be posted by 11:59pm on Sunday 6th July. Once posted, the link to the video or blog post must be sent to cecilia.keating@midaspr.co.uk.

Independent booksellers across the country will be equipped with IBW Bookshop Crawl stickers, designed specifically to hand out to participants.  To find out which participating bookshops are near you, the Booksellers Association has the full list on their website here.

The competition will be judged on:

1)      The number of bookshops visited, detailed in the post and proved by video evidence or selfies with the stickers

2)      The quality of blog post submitted (giving all participants an equal chance of winning, regardless of how many bookshops are in your area)

This year’s fantastic prize includes the complete Adult and Children’s IBW Book Award shortlistNational Book Tokens worth £50, and a digital banner designed specifically for the winner.

On top of this, all those who take part will be sent a participants banner after the crawl.

More information and updates about the crawl itself will be posted on http://indiebounduk.tumblr.com/, and the hashtag for the crawl will be#bookshopcrawl.

I never need much excuse to visit book shops so this challenge is right up my street! I’m planning to get the whole family involved and we’ll be visiting as many shops as we can manage on Saturday 5th July – I hope I’ll see some of you on my travels!