180: Walk-on part in REBECCA EMIN’S next novel + signed books

ITEM: A signed copy of Rebecca Emin’s children’s novel NEW BEGINNINGS (age 8-12) and of SHAMBELURKING AND OTHER STORIES (children’s anthology Rebecca has two stories in) plus a walk-on part in Rebecca’s second novel WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE

DETAILS:

NEW BEGINNINGS is a novel for children aged 8-12, due to be published early 2012 at the very latest. The winning bidder will receive one of the first copies of the book when it is published.

SHAMBELURKING AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of poems and stories for children aged 8-12, which was published in aid of the National Autistic Society Early Learning Program.

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE is a novel for 10-14 year olds about a girl who has always had really vivid dreams… and then some of them start to come true.

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179: Signed pre-publication proof copy of ESSIE FOX’s novel The Somnambulist

ITEM: Signed pre-publication proof copy of debut novelist ESSIE FOX’s gothic Victorian mystery: THE SOMNAMBULIST. Essie will dedicate and sign a pre-publication proof copy with any personalised message the bidder desires – so long as it’s decent!

DETAILS: The Somnambulist won’t be published until May 26th, but the back cover blurb will say something like this:

“Some secrets are better left buried…”

When seventeen-year old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton’s Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother Maud who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all London theatres to close. While there, Phoebe is drawn to a stranger, the enigmatic Nathaniel Samuels who heralds dramatic change in the lives of all three women. And, when forced to accept the position of companion to Nathaniel’s reclusive wife, Phoebe leaves her life in London’s East End for Dinwood Court in Herefordshire – a house that may well be haunted and which holds the darkest of truths.

In a gloriously gothic debut, Essie Fox weaves a spellbinding tale of guilt and deception, regret and lost love.

Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy, last year’s favourite title on Channel 4’s TV Book Club reviewed THE SOMNAMBULIST as: ‘Vividly compelling, dark and dazzling.’

http://www.essiefox.com/


178: Your name as a character in TABITHA SUZUMA’s next book + signed copies of her five YA books

ITEM: Your name as a character in TABITHA SUZUMA’s next book plus signed copies of her five YA books: Forbidden, A Note of Madness, A Voice in the Distance, From Where I Stand and Without Looking Back.

BIO: Tabitha Suzuma was born in London in 1975 to an English mother and a Japanese father, the eldest of five children. She went to the French Lycée, hated school, refused to work and sat at the back of the class, writing stories. When she was fourteen, she just stopped going to school – much to her teachers’ relief and her parents’ anguish. Ten years on she returned to the classroom, this time as a Year 1 teacher. At this point she wrote her first novel, A Note of Madness. She went on to write three more novels for young adults: From Where I Stand, A Voice in the Distance and Without Looking Back. Her latest novel, Forbidden, is an incestuous love story between a brother and sister. She is currently working on a book about euthanasia entitled A Time to Die.

http://www.tabithasuzuma.com/


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…


175: Character name in JULIE BERTAGNA’S next book and a signed copy of EXODUS

ITEM: Character name in Julie Bertagna’s next book and a signed copy of award-winning EXODUS with snazzy brand new cover.

DETAILS: The EXODUS trilogy is an epic story of love and survival against the odds set in a stormy future:Mara’s island home is drowning as the ice caps melt and Earth loses its land to the ocean. In the midst of a storm surge which all but drowns her island, Mara and her people set out onto the oceans to find a new home – but tragedy strikes. Alone in the world, can Mara find hope, love and a new life on a devastated Earth?

A miracle of a novel… a book you remember for the rest of your life’ – Guardian

BIO: Julie Bertagna is an award-winning writer who lives in Scotland and is published in many countries around the world.
http://www.juliebertagna.com/

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…


171: Signed copy of SKIN CANCER AND SUN SAFETY by Rachel Newcombe (2 of 2)

ITEM: Signed copy of Skin Cancer and Sun Safety: The Essential Guide by Rachel Newcombe.

DETAILS: Skin Cancer and Sun Safety: The Essential Guide explores the dangers that sunburn can have on your skin and looks at what all ages – from babies and children, to teens and adults – can do to protect their skin. It covers the different types of skin cancer and the treatments available, plus offers practical advice on issues such as how to check for signs of skin damage or problems with moles.

BIO: Rachel Newcombe is an award-winning freelance writer, editor and blogger specialising in health, parenting and lifestyle issues. For more details, see – http://www.newcombe.co.uk/media


UPDATED 167: Signed/personally dedicated copy of THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes + two signed books

ITEM: Signed/personally dedicated copy of THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes plus two other signed books from Jojo’s backlist – winner’s choice.

DETAILS: When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper’s archives for a story, she doesn’t think she’ll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband – and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.

In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can’t remember anything – her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

Ellie and Jennifer’s stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real ‘last letters’.


166: Signed pre-release copy of BUT I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR THAT I LOVED YOU plus two further signed novels by SUE HEPWORTH

ITEM: One signed pre-release copy of my brand new book – But I Told You Last Year That I Loved You – not to be published officially until June. And two signed copies of my first two novels: Plotting for Beginners, and Zuzu’s Petals.

But I Told You Last Year That I Loved You

Frances has been married to Sol since the beginning of time. He is eccentric and difficult to live with, but she finds him endearing and very funny, even while wanting to strangle him with his own jogging bottoms. Now, something threatens to split them apart. Frances wants one thing and Sol wants another, and there is no way to compromise. But I told you last year that I loved you is a portrait of a mature marriage at a crossroads –  intimate, funny, tender and honest.

“clever, funny, subtle, wry, sad and uplifting all at once…Sue Hepworth writes thoughtfully and insightfully, and with such tenderness and humour”  Judith Murray, literary agent

Plotting for Beginners (written with Jane Linfoot)

Sally Howe plans to spend her husband-free year trying her hand at becoming a wildly successful author. But she’s beset by distractions – the first being a queue of local lotharios, led by young Billy Bathgate, village postmaster with a tartan trouser habit and an obsession with drain rods.

“Funny, quirky…different, refreshing, and spot-on with its observations,” The Guardian; “Dangerously addictive,” BBC Radio

Zuzu’s Petals

Corinne has a new house and a new career. Does she even have the time for a new man? Corinne doesn’t think so – she’s too busy turning her hobbies into a business, helping out on a friend’s allotment and trying to get on with her new reclusive neighbour, Rob. But when her elderly father becomes seriously ill, the thought of losing him tips her into a passionate affair with Charles, a man she barely knows. When her world begins to change, and Corinne is struggling to cope, who will be there to offer support?

“Full of warmth and wit, this is a romantic and often very moving novel, with a wonderful cast of characters”Lucy Diamond

BIO: Before becoming a writer, Sue Hepworth worked as a research psychologist, a social researcher, a full time mother and various combinations of these. She has many first-person pieces The Times and has been published in The GuardianThe Observer and The Independent. She lives in the Derbyshire Peak District and writes a regular blog at blog at suehepworth.com


165: First chapter critique plus a signed copy of Girl on the Run by JANE COSTELLO

ITEM: First chapter critique plus a signed copy of Jane’s new novel, GIRL ON THE RUN (out in April).

DETAILS: Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before – they involve eating one Blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two.
But since starting her own business after too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old’s waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life.

When she’s encouraged to join her sporty best friend’s running club – by none other than its gorgeous new captain – she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn’t go to plan. Between the leggings that resemble strawberry-flavoured condoms and the fact that her lungs feel as though they’ve been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating
announcement, one that will change her life – and Abby’s – forever.

BIO: Jane Costello is the Sunday Times bestselling author of chick lit books including Bridesmaids, The Nearly Weds and My Single Friend.

Jane won Romantic Comedy of the Year 2010 for The Nearly Weds.