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… these brilliant lots that you may have missed?

Signed copy of THE LONG WEEKEND by Savita Kalhan

This thriller sounds like a brilliant read, short-listed for the Fabulous Book Award 2010 it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Lifetime membership of Diving Deeper writing group.

Sandra Jensen has been running this online writers’ workshop/support group for nearly four years and she’s offering a lifetime membership. It sounds like a great deal whether you’re a budding writer or a more experienced writer who fancies a fresh approach.

Signed hardback first edition of THE TWILIGHT TIME by Karen Campbell.

This is another book I really like the sound of, a crime novel set in the seedy underworld of Glasgow.

Signed copies of THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR by Ann Werner + THE VIRGIN DIARIES by Ann Werner and Kimberley A. Johnson

I think this is a really interesting lot. Ann Werner’s novel The People Next Door sounds wonderfully creepy, the kind of book that would leave you wondering as you tried to get sleep. The Virgin Diaries, co written with her daughter sounds like an intriguing project, collecting together the experiences of 72 men and women.

Copy of SCRAPPY GENERAL MANAGEMENT by Michael Horton and Kimberly Wiefling.

For anyone moving into a managing role or considering starting their own business this sounds like a great no nonsense title.

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176: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST by Dorothy Koomson + THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version) (5 of 5)

ITEM: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST – these books have the US cover art so are rare in the UK plus a signed copy of THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version).

DETAILS:
My Best Friend’s Girl – What would you do for the friend who broke your heart? Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them – until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.

Marshmallows for Breakfast – When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She’s looking forward to a fresh start and simple life. Kyle’s five-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother – mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she’s hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone – especially children – at arm’s length. Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart: she can’t sleep, she can’t eat, she’s suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that’s something she swore never to do…


Blogger Jenni Nock’s top picks

Jenni blogs at Juniper’s Jungle and TV Canary. Her top picks are:

74: Place on KICK START YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER WORKSHOP with Linda Jones and Karen Pasquali Jones + signed books.

I recently took the decision that I wasn’t going think about freelance writing longer I was going to actually do something about it. This workshop sounds pretty perfect for me, Linda’s blog is one I’ve been reading for advice and tips, a workshop with the lady herself would be brilliant.

13: Character name in Paul Cornell’s new urban fantasy novel.

I’m a huge geek, Whovian and a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Paul Cornell so this item is right up my street. He has written some of my favourite Doctor Who episodes, and has been one of the writers who has helped me to begin exploring the vast world of comics. His novel sounds intriguing, who wouldn’t want a character named after them in it?

22: Signed copy of MONSTER BABY by Lee Carr.

Just the cover of this picture book is enough to make me consider bidding, I fell in love with it instantly. The idea of the book, that baby Meg refuses to nap and is slowly turning into a monster is wonderful, I’m sure this will become a firm favourite for whichever family wins the item.

79: Signed copies of LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT MAD and LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT DESPERATE by Hayley Long + signed original illustration from LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT TRAGIC.

I discovered Hayley Long’s YA series a few weeks ago when I had LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT MAD recommended to me. I loved it and am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series. I could just imagine the lovely illustration of Lois the Emo on my wall.

42: Chapter critique + character name + signed proof of LIA’s GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY by Keren David.

Keren was the author behind two of my favourite books of 2010; WHEN I WAS JOE and ALMOST TRUE. I’m currently writing my first novel and the idea of her doing a chapter critique sounds brilliant to me (though a little scary too). The addition of a character name in her next book AND a signed proof of her new one makes this a very attractive item to bid on.


173: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST plus THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version) by Dorothy Koomson (4 of 5)

ITEM: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST – these books have the US cover art so are rare in the UK. Plus a signed copy of THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version).

DETAILS:
My Best Friend’s Girl – What would you do for the friend who broke your heart? Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them – until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.

Marshmallows for Breakfast – When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She’s looking forward to a fresh start and simple life. Kyle’s five-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother – mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she’s hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone – especially children – at arm’s length. Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart: she can’t sleep, she can’t eat, she’s suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that’s something she swore never to do…


168: ANOTHER MAN’S LIFE and THE ACCIDENTAL FATHER by Greg Williams

ITEM: A copy of Greg William’s two most recent books, ANOTHER MAN’S LIFE and THE ACCIDENTAL FATHER.

DETAILS:
Another Man’s Life – Tom is married with two kids. After losing two jobs in as many years, Tom is now a house-husband. Tom is having mid-life crisis at 37. Sean, his twin, owns his own business, wears handmade suits, belongs to the right clubs and has reservations at the right restaurants. Sean is the embodiment of successful man. Sean craves stability and domestic bliss. Sean fantasises about packed lunches and playgrounds. Sean is having a mid-life crisis at 37. Tom dreams of a day when his shirt is not dripping with his children’s vomit or food. The brothers decide to use the trick of their birth to live each other’s fantasies; to live another man’s life for two weeks. The only rule: keep Tom’s wife, Sara, out of it and do the swap when she is away. But, of course, things are never quite so simple. Sara returns early, Tom discovers all is not so well with Sean’s hugely successful business and Sean is developing a serious crush on another mum at the school gates. The lie begins to founder and the truth of what these brothers really want begins to emerge.

The Accidental Father – Alex Taylor is a lucky man. He has a large house in the London suburbs, a well-paid job and a beautiful wife. On the surface everything is rosy. But it isn’t. He is bored by his job as the chief accountant at a small chain of travel agents, has a love/hate marriage, and drinks more than he should. He and his wife Amanda, who’s an estate agent, communicate by leaving each other notes stuck to the refrigerator door. They only have sex when they’re drunk. They have no children. He dreams of leaving his job to open a coffee shop. But then his world changes. A solicitor tells him that he’s been left something in an ex-girlfriends will – a daughter, Caitlin. A daughter he never knew he had and who has no other relatives. On the same day he discovers that his wife is sleeping with his boss. Suddenly he is alone with a massive new responsibility. And part of the deal with social services is that Caitlin is going into ‘a stable family environment’. So he hires Erica, a single Mum whom Caitlin takes a liking to. He gives up his job and starts to set -up the coffee shop that he has always dreamed of running – with Caitlin alongside him. But his new life is not easy. How will Alex dodge social services, form a relationship with Caitlin – a thirteen-year-old stranger – and somehow find it within himself to put down new roots and rebuild his life from scratch?


155: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST plus THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version) by Dorothy Koomson (3 of 5)

ITEM: US copies of MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL and MARSHMALLOWS FOR BREAKFAST – these books have the US cover art so are rare in the UK. Plus a signed copy of THE WOMAN HE LOVED BEFORE (UK version).

DETAILS:
My Best Friend’s Girl – What would you do for the friend who broke your heart? Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them – until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five year old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.

Marshmallows for Breakfast – When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She’s looking forward to a fresh start and simple life. Kyle’s five-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother – mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she’s hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone – especially children – at arm’s length. Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart: she can’t sleep, she can’t eat, she’s suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that’s something she swore never to do…


153: Signed original drawing of Tobias from CITY OF THIEVES by Ellen Renner

ITEM: A signed original drawing by Ellen Renner of Tobias, the main character from City of Thieves.

DETAILS: The drawing is of Tobia. It is a pencil drawing and will be professionally mounted (but not framed). The style can be seen in the post for Ellen’s other auction item.

Castle of Shadows was published in Jan. 2010 by Orchard Books followed by City of Thieves in August 2010. City Of Shadows made the Times and Independent summer 2010 reading lists; both books made the Times best children’s books of 2010 list.