Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sun, Cocktails, and The X Factor

We really enjoy watching The X Factor and my husband and I were super-pleased to receive tickets to watch the auditions on Monday 28th May. We travelled up to Greenwich, London, on the Sunday before and stayed overnight in The Pilot Inn just a hair-spit away from the O2.  We enjoyed two-for-one on cocktails in The Slug and Lettuce and shared some food (all of which was delicious) in the evening.

So, after a lovely evening I was really looking forward to a nice sleep but thanks to a chemical fire at a factory somewhere nearby, I was woken really early (04.30) by what sounded like an air-raid siren! And it went on for what seemed like forever! Knowing I needed to be awake by 06.30 really didn't help - I get kind of grumpy when sleep deprived!

Finally the moaning-minnie sound stopped then before I knew it, my wake-up alarm was going off! So, with my grumpy head on, I readied for The Queueing. 

It's a pleasant walk up the Greenwich Peninsula to the O2 and after a fabulous omelette breakfast at the Inn, we strolled up there and I felt a little more normal (well, normal for me). Even at 9.00 in the morning the sun was already out and shining. 

We started lining up in the pens at about 09.00 and eventually moved inside around 11.45. The heat was intense and we had to put up an umbrella for a little shade. We did manage to snap some shots of the judges though, so although the wait was long I think it was worth it! I thought I'd share some of the photos I took:

After cocktails and food, looking pretty quiet but a lovely evening.

Our early morning view of the smoke from the fire, the siren was really loud!

Morning strolling around to the other side of the O2.

The weather was amazingly hot.
Rita Ora looked stunning, her glasses were very cool!

Louis Walsh spent a lot of time posing with fans.

Gary Barlow attracted a lot of screams from the fans!

Tulisa was looking beautiful, she's my favourite judge! She spent the most time posing with fans and signing things.

Aren't Tulisa's shoes fab? They're by  Kandee 
We had a great time watching the auditions and were lucky to have seats which afforded a good view of the stage. The warm-up guy, Ian Royce (Roycey) is fantastic and every time we see him, he really entertains us. If you haven't seen him in action it's well worth trying to get onto a show where he's the warm-up! He's on Twitter @officialroycey. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo of Ian as my phone ran out of charge as soon as I was in the O2!

And finally, if you really, really want to hear something annoying here's the siren sound:

I can't wait to watch the show on TV, how about you? Are you an X Factor fan? Who is your favourite judge? 

I'm holding an online launch party on the 18th June for my début novel Lies Love Tells where I'm giving away a signed copy of the book and other freebies. Find out more and/or sign up here. I'd really appreciate it!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Rebecca Emin's "When Dreams Come True" Launch Party!

Today's the official launch party of the book When Dreams Come True, which is for readers 10+ years, by Rebecca Emin and to celebrate Rebecca is hosting an online launch party about dreams and party-goers are sharing their dreams but firstly here's the cover, isn't it wonderful?

When Dreams Come True:

Charlie is happiest when biking with Max and Toby, or watching films with Allie. But when Charlie reaches year nine (age 13), everything begins to change.

As her friends develop new interests, Charlie's dreams become more frequent and vivid, and a family crisis tears her away from her friends.

How will Charlie react when old family secrets are revealed? Will her life change completely when some of her dreams start to come true?

Here's some various places you can buy it:

I really enjoyed this story! I slipped easily into the tale and was swept away with it. I found it fun, intriguing, and thought provoking with vivid descriptions and wonderful characters. I am sure older children/teen readers will find this delightful! 

So what dream am I going to share? I couldn't decide on a specific dream so here's a couple:

When I was very young (still in primary school) I would have a recurring dream that I was already half-asleep and reluctantly clambering up the stairs to bed but I couldn't climb over the top step. Why? Because the step was massive, like way bigger than I could reach my arms up. I would be jumping and trying to grab the top of it to pull myself up but I just couldn't! Luckily, this dream did definitely not come true!

Another recurring childhood dream again involved stairs (maybe I had some kind of stair-phobia?!) but this time I was in bed (obviously having climbed over the massive top step) and was fast asleep. In the dream I would wake up and the mattress would be floating above the bed before it floated right out of the room and down the stairs with me atop it. Maybe I watched too many films, like Bedknobs and Broomsticks perhaps?!

Floating/flying dreams visit me occasionally now I'm grown-up, the last being a rather vivid flying trip to a place I used to play as a child. Alas, this dream has not come true either! Many of my dreams now end up as short stories or ideas for my current work-in-progress, so I guess I'm  lucky that I can justifiably use dreaming as work research!

Find out about Rebecca:

Rebecca Emin lives in Oxfordshire, with her husband and three small children. 

Read her blog here, find out more about her other books, see the anthologies her work has featured in here, and visit Rebecca's site for younger readers.

Connect with Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook (FB is where Rebecca is holding her giveaways)

Please use the hashtag #WDCT if joining in with the launch on Twitter.

And finally here is a list of other blogs joining in with the dreaming fun:

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Lies Love Tells Launch Party 18th June 2012

Lies Love Tells Launch and Freebies!

To celebrate the launch of my début novel, Lies Love Tells, I’m hosting an online party with various freebies on the 18th June 2012 (sign up using the add your link button at the bottom of this post). 

You can also join in on Facebook here. All giveaways are international.

The theme of the party is: “Love Lies” and the idea is to write something (fictional or true) about either;

a) A Love Lie told to you:
Write about the funniest, stupidest, saddest, most imaginative, weirdest (or any type!) of Love Lie told to you. It can be about yourself, something you overheard, gossip – anything!

b) A Love Lie you told:
What’s the worst, best, funniest, stupidest, strangest (you get the idea!) Love Lie you’ve ever told? Are you brave enough to tell the truth?!

When you've chosen whether you’re an a) or b), you then need to decide if you’ll make up a tale or recount a truth!

Once I’ve read all entries, I’ll put the names in two bowls and pick out two winners who will each win a copy of the “Lies Love Tells” e-book and a hardback recipe book to create delicious, home-baked treats in true Saze style! One will be a winner from category a) and one from b). I will need an address to post the recipe book to, I'll email you about this if you're a winner. For everyone who takes part in the Love Lie blog I will offer a free ebook as a thank you.

I'm also giving away magnets, postcards, a mug, a t-shirt, a keyring, and 1 signed paperback copy of the book.

If you’d still like to take part but not write a Love Lies blog, then sign up and simply blog a link back to this site, any support on your blog about the book will be greatly appreciated.

If you have a picture which sums up a Love Lie, or better still, your Love Lie, then blog this! Twitter tag #LiesLoveTells

Here's what the freebies look like:

About Lies Love Tells:
Saze Monnivan thinks Mr Him is not being completely honest with her. Fingers of suspicion tap at her, telling her that he’s not vanishing night after night to guzzle alcohol with his friend, Mr Dry,  who appears to hate Saze. 
      Saze pours her emotions into her blog diary and her real life takes a sharp turn, spiralling her into unknown territory, giving her the courage to stand up to Mr Him. Unfortunately Mr Him’s not the only person Saze needs to be afraid of. Something awful is happening to young women in the town and their lives are being extinguished early. 
      As Saze’s life peaks and falls spectacularly and her blog attracts interest, comments, and trolls, she can’t help wondering if her followers exist only in the virtual or whether she needs to be looking over her shoulder. Is Saze foolish to trust new faces, will she ever escape from the madness she is inadvertently drawn into, and will she find the love she craves?

Available as an ebook and in paperback from Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Smashwords, WHSmiths and other online retailers.

Any support will be super appreciated! Sign up, using your Google/Blogger/Twitter account, and accept a virtual kiss from me with huge thanks! Click the add your link button below to enter your details:

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Lies Love Tells now out in Paperback Plus Giveaway!

I'm more than a little excited to announce that my début novel, Lies Love Tells, is now available in paperback!

I'm planning an on-line launch party on the 18th June (details to follow in another post) but wanted to do a small celebration now so I'm giving away 20 (twenty!) free e-books of Lies Love Tells

To be in with a chance of winning a freebie e-book simply comment on this post, making sure to leave your links. I'm also running this freebie on my Twitter too, to enter on Twitter simply re-tweet one of my tweets which includes the hashtag #LiesLoveTells or send me a direct message.

All names will be put into a bowl and the winners drawn at random on 18th May. Winners will be  announced on this blog/and/or notified, 18th May 8pm GMT. 

Lies Love Tells is available in paperback here: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.comWHSmith's, 

This give-away is now closed and the winners have notified directly. Thank you to everyone who entered, re-tweeted and shared this give-away! Hope to see you on the 18th June for the official launch day!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Launch Day of Housewife with a Half-Life by A.B.Wells

I recently stumbled across an interesting looking book via Rebecca Emin and decided to join in with the author's launch day. The book is Housewife with a Half-Life by A.B.Wells.

I really love its cover and have snapped up my own copy for Kindle! Doesn't it look fab?


Susan Strong is a suburban housewife who is literally disintegrating. When, Fairly Dave, a biker jacket & kilt wielding spaceman arrives through the shower head to warn her, she knows things are serious. When she and her precocious 4 year twins Pluto and Rufus get sucked through Frozen Peas into another universe it gets even messier. In a world where household appliances are more alive and dangerous than they seem, where the Geezers have Entropy Hoovers and the Spinner’s Cataclysmic convertor could tear the world apart, Susan Strong is the only thing holding the word together.
      Through this madcap, funny and feel-good adventure, Susan Strong and Fairly Dave travel the alternate universes where Susan has to find her many selves, dodge the Geezers and defeat the evil memory bankers. From dystopian landscapes and chicken dinners, to the surreal world of Las Vegas and bubble universes, can Susan Strong reintegrate her bits and will it be enough to save us all?

Find out more about the author:

On Alison's links there will be giveaways, the shortlist and results of the 42 word flash fiction competition and a fun treasure hunt where you have to hunt Housewife with a Half-Life related web activity to find the answers to some clues! 

Here's a list of other bloggers joining in the bloghop: