Twitter Giveaway: Craft and Listen Pack With Exclusive Pattern!

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My sister-in-law, Fay, has recently launched a craft company, Knit It Hook It Craft It and a podcast, The Crochet Circle.

Fay has a true gift for making things. Whether it is cooking beautiful food, tiling a bathroom or stitching a skirt, she achieves excellence in anything I have seen her try.

Imagine how excited I was when she turned her skills to making a shawlette/scarf inspired by In The Light of What We See!

As Fay knows I am a novice crocheter (and she wanted simple pattern that could be done while listening to an audiobook or watching television), the pattern is suitable for beginners. It has a geometric edge pattern, and I can absolutely picture Mina wearing it.

IMG_4203Plus, she found beautiful hand-dyed yarn (by Ripples Crafts in Scotland) in colours which match the book cover perfectly.

Yes, she’s a genius.

To celebrate my very first ‘bespoke book-inspired pattern’, I’m giving away the audiobook of In The Light of What We See, the exclusive pattern, and a skein of hand-dyed yarn (enough to make the shawlette). Just head to Twitter and RT/follow to enter!

You need to follow both my account and Fay’s – @ma_dashper and @SarahRPainter

Good luck! 

Terms and conditions:

To enter you must follow (or already be a follower!) of both accounts and have retweeted the competition tweet.

One entry per Twitter user.

One winner will be chosen at random. The prize: one skein of yarn, the crochet pattern and one copy of the audiobook (on CD).

Giveaway is open internationally and closes at 9pm (GMT) on Friday 2oth May 2016.

Short Sentence Short Story Contest

The Short Sentence contest is run by Bloomsbury. Each month they set a theme (this month’s is ‘payback’) and you’re challenged to write a crime short story in fewer than 1000 words.

It’s free to enter and winners will be announced during National Short Story Week in November. Prizes include ePublication and tickets to Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Full entry details can be found here.

Book News: Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton


Keris Stainton is a relatively new voice on the YA book scene (her debut, Della Says OMG, was published last year), but she writes with such an assured voice it’s hard to believe she hasn’t been doing this forever.

Her second book, Jessie Hearts NYC is published on 7th July, and here’s the blurb:

Jessie’s just arrived in New York, hoping to forget about her awful ex.
New Yorker Finn is in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.
They might be perfect together, but in a city of eight million people, will they find each other?

Sounds good, no?

Okay, I admit it. I read this book while it was still in draft form as Keris is a friend of mine. Still, I wouldn’t tell you it was brilliant unless it were true. And it is.

To celebrate the book’s release, Keris has kindly agreed to be interviewed here – on this very blog. I will also be running a giveaway (of the book) in her honour.

Watch this space!

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

This one’s just for the ladies, I’m afraid. The prize is £1000 plus an editorial report and ‘advice about publication from the judges’, Sophie Hannah and Professor Janet Todd. The five short-listed entrants get a ritzy prize-giving dinner at Lucy Cavendish College on Thursday 9 June.

Any genre is accepted, but you must be female and over 21. You are not eligible to enter if you have had a full-length novel published previously.

To enter, post the first 30 pages of your novel and a synopsis to arrive no later than Friday 29 April. For full details go here.

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