Featured Author Spot – Pam Hartshorne, ‘Time’s Echo’

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Jessica Hart"A truly riveting read for anyone interested in, or believing in, past life. This really is a tumultuous journey back and forth between 1577 and the present day" – The Press, Dewsbury (Amazon Reviews).

I've been looking forward to bringing you this interview for ages – Pam Hartshorne has a PhD in medieval studies, lives in York, and runs writing classes.

She is also known as Jessica Hart, one of Harlequin's stars, and the author I've read the most. She's also the lovely mentor from my romance writing week in Tuscany three whole years ago, where my own creative journey began.

Her new book is 'Time's Echo', and it's a 'timeslip'. With lots of snippets about how life was lived in Elizabethan England, and a truly spooky ghost story too, it comes high on the list of recommendations. If anyone's read it, do leave a comment below – you may win a goody bag and a signed copy for a friend. And how fitting with Hallowe'en just around the corner!

Time's_Echo_smallQ. Pam, 'Time's Echo' is a real departure from the nearly 60 romances you’ve successfully written for Mills and Boon. What compelled you to change genres and try something different? And what's a 'timeslip'?!

A. The truth? I was dumped! My relationship fell apart, and by the time I started to get over it I was turning 50 and my 50th romance was being published. I just felt that I needed to change something about my life, and I'd been missing the history side of it since completing my PhD a few years earlier.

I've always been fascinated by the relationship between the past and the present, and have admired Barbara Erskine's books since reading the fabulous 'Lady of Hay' back in the 80s, so I thought I would have a go at writing something similar using my own research.

A 'time slip' was a natural choice for me. It's often used to describe novels with parallel stories in the past or the present, but my book, like Barbara Erskine's, is about a character who literally slips back through time to experience another life. (By the way, that relationship has since been repaired after a four-year break, and now he takes the credit for getting 'Time's Echo' off the ground!)

WitchQ. One write up says 'When Grace Trewe becomes haunted by a 16th century woman drowned as a witch, powerful forces from the past threaten to consume her life in the present…' Can we expect to be scared? Or thrilled? And tell us about some of the characters in the book.

A. I didn't set out to scare readers, but several people have told me that they found the book really spooky, and my neighbour said she had to stop reading because she found it too frightening – I wasn't sure whether I should take that as a compliment or not!

Like Grace, I find the idea of losing control of my life and having someone else in my head a terrifying one. Although I'm fascinated by the idea of going back and seeing what life was 'really like', if it actually happened to me, as it does to Grace, I'm sure I'd be petrified. There are two main characters in the book, Hawise (Ha-WEE-za) from Elizabethan times, and Grace.

They are both young, both curious and drawn to the wider world beyond York. But Hawise has only ever lived in York, while Grace has been working in Indonesia – at the time of the Tsunami. Hawise's only choice is marriage to an older man she barely knows, while Grace is free to make her own decisions.

But which is easier, an arranged marriage, or taking responsibility for finding someone yourself and making your own relationship? The premise in both stories is one that fascinates me: what if we could turn back time and relive our lives? Would we be able to identify the moment, the tiny choice that changed everything? And if we could, would we be able to do it differently? It's part ghost story, part historical novel and part psychological thriller with, as you might expect, a dash of romance. (Remember how I told you to pick one specific genre and stick to it? Do as I say, not as I do!)

YorkQ. How much of it was based on your studies of medieval York and the day to day goings on? And what are some of the most fascinating facets of the city which you enjoyed putting into the novel?

A. Although my PhD is technically in medieval studies, in fact most of my research was on Elizabethan York. I worked on the records of local courts (called wardmote courts) that dealt largely with broken paving and blocked gutters, dung heaps and piles of timber blocking the streets, nuisance neighbours and so on.

I worked on them for so long that the people began to seem familiar, almost like friends. In fact one of the entries, about a miller's dog biting Nicholas Ellis on the leg, became the starting point for 'Time's Echo'.

I felt that I had a very clear idea of what the city was like in the 16th century and I loved slipping in references to people who really existed. However, I soon realised that knowing about paving and sewers wasn't going to be enough and I had to a lot of research about other aspects of daily life in the Elizabethan city that I'd never come across in my thesis: what they wore under their clothes, what they had for breakfast, how they would have coped with sickness, Tudor weddings and childbirth rituals and so on. I absolutely LOVED doing that research and there's still so much to read. 

York rooftopsQ. Is it a love story as well? How important is it to have a good old romance in every book?

A. Both Hawise and Grace find love, in neither case where they expect it, but the romance isn't the most important element of the book. Having said that, I personally love stories which have at least a hint of romance. I'm one of those people who reads the last page first, just to make sure the book is going to have a happy ending!

Q. You teach romance writing – our course in Tuscany was thoroughly enjoyable! Any other courses on the horizon? Can you recommend any books for someone who wants to write a novel?

A. We had fun, didn't we? (DF- yes we did! Go here to see a funny vid I shot there!) I've had another great week in Tuscany since, and have run courses on writing popular fiction and romance for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York but I was feeling a bit over-extended last year, so have cut back on my teaching commitments for now.

I do like teaching though, so would like to do some more some time soon (my whole life runs on the refrain: When this book is finished…) There's nothing like face to face contact with a good tutor, so I'd recommend tracking down a course where possible if you're serious about writing to get you kick started. Julie Cohen runs some brilliant ones, I know. (www.julie-cohen.com) (Yes I'm going on one of Julie's this weekend in Reading! Lol DF)

But short of that, there are some excellent books out there. The one I find most useful is by Elizabeth Lyons: 'Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford To Ignore' – great for self-editing. I'm a big fan of Blake Snyder's 'Save the Cat'! The last book on screenwriting you'll ever need too. Although it's aimed at screenwriters, he's very sharp – and funny – about how stories work. For those targeting Mills & Boon, Kate Walker's '12-Point Guide to Writing Romance' is very good, as is Liz Fielding's 'Little Book of Writing Romance'. Both highly recommended for new writers. 

CopycatsQ. As Jessica Hart, you've written nearly 60 romances for Mills & Boon, but they mostly 'close the bedroom door' as far as the sex scenes are concerned. So what do you make of the '50 Shades of Grey' phenomenon? And all the copy cats springing up in the bookshops!

A. Ah… I might have to be careful here! I read the first volume of FSOG and I have to say, I just didn't get what all the fuss was about. Personally, I find the unspoken more erotic than explicit descriptions; a book can be quivering with sexual tension without once mentioning what Sophie Weston used to call 'the docking procedure'.

But when I've written the fastest selling book of all time, I will be able to criticise! Clearly lots of readers absolutely loved it. It's always baffling when someone loves a book you hate, and worse, when they hate a book you love. As an author, you have to accept that not everyone is going to like your book (please remind me of this grown-up attitude next time I'm tearing out my hair over a two star review on Amazon).

It seems that every year there's a book that grabs the popular imagination in some way, and then there's an unseemly rush to jump on the bandwagon, so I don't think the success of 'Fifty Shades' is particularly about erotic writing by and for women. I think it's just this year's 'thing' and next year everyone will be excited about a completely different kind of story. I just wish it could be 'Time's Echo'!

Q. There's a huge growth in self-publishing now, for instance to Kindle – where do you stand on ebook self-publishing?

A. I'm a bit torn. I'm old fogey enough to love books as physical things, and it does concern me that there are just so many books available on the internet that it's increasingly hard to find the ones you really want to read. To get noticed, you have to shout so loud (unless you’re E.L. James, of course) and everybody else is shouting too, and after a while you just want to hide away and only read the books by authors you already know. So I've found that the more books are available, the narrower my reading has been, and that's not a good thing. On the other hand, it's also exciting that there's such a huge appetite for stories out there, and that more and more early books that had been out of print are now available. I'm actually going to self-publish myself in January. I've got the rights back to five of my very early romances, so I'll be publishing the Jessica Hart Vintage Collection then. All five are very dated, so I'll be underlining the vintage bit!

Q. I know you were writing 'Time's Echo' quite a while back – what's next in the pipeline and when can we expect it?

A. I'm finishing 'The Memory of Midnight' right now. It's also a time slip, and also set in Elizabethan York, although the story feels very different to me and is quite a lot darker. That should be out next year. Meanwhile I'm continuing to write romance as Jessica Hart. 'We'll Always Have Paris' has just been re-released as part of the RIVA relaunch, and 'Hitched!' will be out in November as an e-book. And when 'The Memory of Midnight' is done, I'll be starting romance #60 (I could do with one of our brainstorming sessions!)

Thanks very much to Pam – good luck with the next book and thanks for the chat!

Thank you, Debbie. It's been great to be in touch with you again!

Next Month – My featured author will be award winner Sue Moorcroft, published by Choc-Lit, and her brand new book 'Dream a Little Dream', out in November – and if you want, read it in advance, and we can run a little book club with readers' comments too, on my blog! Amazon have a great deal on the book Time's Echo by Pam Hartshorne. And you can find out more about the author here or www.pamelahartshorne.com

The nitty gritty Go here for T & C’s about the competition.

Prize – a personally signed copy of the paperback, Time’s Echo, by Pam Hartshorne, as well as a special Debbie bonus! – a miscellaneous goody bag which Debbie received at the Breast Cancer Care Luncheon, including various edibles, stationery, beauty products incl small ESPA and Elemis, a small yankee candle and a key ring.

To enter – All you need to do is leave a comment below, eg say which part of the prize you’re most interested in and why. Winner chosen at random. Closing date for leaving a comment is 24th October. Winner of book and goody bag to be announced on this blog by 31st October – Hallowe’en! How appropriate! Lol. Good luck!.

Competition PrizeTo find out how to leave a comment go here.

Amazon have a great deal on the book Time’s Echo by Pam Hartshorne which you can find here

And you can find out more about the author here or www.pamelahartshorne.com

Leave a comment – you’ve got nothing to lose! D x


66 Comments

  1. jessica cox October 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Would love the goody bag as im a yankee addict and if i get freebie goody bags i have a lucky dipwith my mum/gran etc so we all get a treat.

  2. Suzanne Coyle October 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    This is a great prize, i love Yankees Candles and Elemis Skincare.

  3. Sarah October 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    That is a lovely goody bag and it includes a book! Cannot go on tube or bus without something to read.

  4. Sarah B October 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win the book! Sounds right up my street as I’m fascinated by time travel and like the author am also a huge fan of Barbara Erskine’s novels. Plus, the opportunity to escape from reality (which could definitely do with improvement right now) is just what I need!

  5. Angela McKinley October 13, 2012 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    I hope Holly the dog is having a speedy recovery, it breaks my heart to see animals suffering.
    I would love to win the goody bag, I could share it with my friend and sister, and it also gives us a chance to try out some more QVC products.
    Angela McKinley
    Co Antrim

  6. roberta manley October 14, 2012 at 6:50 am -  Reply

    hi debs, have never heard of this author, but will look into it, as i am very much into the spiritual side of things, in fact i saw you on sally morgan, when you got a message.
    you have me in stitches on qvc, you are so down to earth, and i dont think you realise you are being funny, half the time, which of course is even funnier, depends who you are working with, but you have a wicked sense of humour.. keep up the good work, gonna look for your pups now.
    ROBERTA

  7. roberta manley October 14, 2012 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    i would love the book, sounds great

  8. carole October 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    looks a fab read hope i might win

  9. suzanne macintosh October 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    I would love the goody as I’m one of your fans. And if I get a freebie bag it would certainly cheer me up. As currently I’m lying in a hospital bed not knowing how long I’m going to be in for. I would share the goodies with family and friends.

  10. Katie O’Neill October 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win the book. I’m a voratious reader and particularly love time travel/romance. Always looking for a great new author. And one of these days I’m going to start writing the book I know I have in me…

  11. tanya mcmean October 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    i would love to read the book on your recomondation Debbie xx

  12. Karen Whenman October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, what a marvellous blog this is. I would love to win the bag as the novel Time’s Echo sounds fascinating and very good reading, also could burn the yankee candle whilst reading and munch the goodies…..perfect.!!!

  13. Sonia Smith October 15, 2012 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Id like to win it all as i have never won anything from all the competitions that i have entered.

  14. jane caldwell October 15, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    i am a yankee candle fan so would love to win x

  15. Tess Wysocki October 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win this prize! I believe in reincarnation and would really enjoy reading a good novel featuring reincarnation. Also, it will be a great pick-me-up since last week I injured my knee and was bedridden and just as I was getting better I fell down the stairs on Saturday!

  16. Pamela Hartshorne October 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Debbie is fab, isn’t she? And all those wonderful goodies to win … You can’t beat a bath by candlelight and some pampering . We all need treats like that to get us through the winter.
    Great to connect with so many readers here. Hope whoever wins will enjoy Time’s Echo!

  17. joanne darnell October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    would love to read

  18. LISA WOLF October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    I really do love reading your blogs. You write so beautifully – entertaining, enlightening and prolifically!
    I hope to win – what a wonderful idea.
    Thank you.

  19. Pamela Hartshorne October 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Am enjoying reading all your comments – it’s great to connect with so many new readers here, so huge thanks to Debbie for inviting me!
    Sarah B, I’m like you, and have to have something to read when I’m travelling and I used to get really twitchy at the idea that I might run out of books on a journey. Kindle has been great for that as I don’t need to lug quite so many books around with me. (NB Time’s Echo also available on Kindle!)
    Katie, sorry to hear you’re in hospital. Hope you’re feeling better very soon.
    Tanya and Angela, so glad to meet other fans of time travel. It’s a fascinating premise, isn’t it?
    Debbie’s goody bag of treats sounds just what we all need. Just wish you could all win!

  20. KATHY DOWNING October 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Would love to read this book so fingers crossed

  21. Annie H October 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    This book sounds fascinating – would love to win it and the goody bag.
    I have never forgotten a visit to Paris in 1977 – I went to Versailles and on going around the Palace I had the strangest feeling that I had been there before and saw myself walking down a staircase – which wasn’t open to the public – in the clothes of the day when Marie Antoinette was there and before I turned into the Hall of Mirrors I knew that I had been in the room before and just felt completely at home there. It was the same wandering around the gardens as well. It seemed like I had actually lived there. Have never felt anything like it since but it felt really natural to be there.
    Love all your shows Debbie – you are a tonic!

  22. z October 16, 2012 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Love the thought of a package with treats and something new to read, fingers crossed

  23. Susan Pratchett October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I would love to win the book! My mum died just over 2 years ago (I did send you a PM and you advised on some books I could buy) and so the book would be interesting reading for me, especially as I do believe that there is an afterlife. Because of my beliefs, it brings me great comfort to think that I will, one day, meet my parents again. As for the other prizes…..if I should win, then these would be a great bonus!!!

  24. Michelle Roberts October 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I don’t need to win the book I have just down loaded it on to my iPad ready for reading on my hols in November, I like it when you recommend new authors sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of reading material there is available now, will report back at the end of November!!
    I hope Holly is recovering well.
    Have a lovely break Debs
    Big hug
    X x x x x

  25. laura stewart October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    would love to win this sounds amazing

  26. Sheila October 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    What would i like the most..? well, if i don’t win the book i will probably buy it.. so i guess it’s the thing that money can’t buy..what is in that goodie bag?! For everything else, there’s QVC! :-)

  27. Claire D October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win, I love a good read

  28. Alison October 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Great interview-It’s so interesting to hear where ideas come from. I was also interested to hear of the literary technique of ‘timeslipping’ and realise how effective it is. I must say I prefer the ‘unspoken’ approach to what goes on behind the bedroom door rather than the in-your-face clinical detail in Fifty Shades- I began the book as everyone else was reading it but I must admit I abandoned it before the end-just not my thing.

  29. Gillian October 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Gosh….what else can I say? so much talent bursting forth and also hidden within; oh the books I’ve written (in my head) – if ever there was an inspiration to actually transfer from the brain through the elbow, wrist and fingers to the paper, this is it!
    Great stuff girls

  30. Elaine Dooley October 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win anything from the hamper and then, I would place the goodies into a raffle, to raise money for breast cancer care. As it was this year, I lost my sister in law

  31. marie mckelvie coventry October 17, 2012 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    hi Debbie loved the show with diane other night,and luv ellamis +yankee candles I hope Holly is feeling beter now.Be great to have a new book to read also.greedy me!!what do u think of ebooks?luv m xx

  32. Pamela Hartshorne October 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    I’m enjoying reading all the comments here, although sorry to hear about those of you in the wars. Poor Tess, falling downstairs. I’ve done that myself – didn’t hurt myself badly but it was scary the way it seemed to happen in slow motion.
    Annie, that’s a really interesting story about Versailles. Sometimes that feeling of deja vu is so strong, you have to wonder what caused it. Drew, one of the characters in TIME’S ECHO, has the rational explanation, but there’s so much we don’t understand.
    Glad I’m not alone on the FSOG front, Alison! And Gillian, I am so with you on all the wonderful books that get written in the head. If only getting them from the head onto the page wasn’t quite so difficult!
    Elaine, hope you raise a lot of money in your raffle. Breast cancer is such a horrible disease and I don’t think there can be many of us who don’t know someone affected by it.
    Oh, and Michelle – thank you for downloading TIME’S ECHO already! I hope you’ll enjoy it.

  33. debs f October 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Just a quickie to say thanks to all of you for entering and leavin comments – to those who simply want to enter, well done and good luck! Will post some more individual responses soon.
    nb – ta also to the lovely lady herself, Pam Hartshorne, for such lovely responses to you guys as well. If you’d like to keep in touch with Pam, do go read her regular blogs on her website – you can leave comments there too and I know she’d love to hear what you think of her book. (go here for her regular blogs – http://pamelahartshorne.blogspot.com/ – specially liked the one from september 17th (you just scroll down).
    and there’s a special offer on Pam’s book mentioned in the blog above, Time’s Echo, on amazon atm! Worth a look!
    d
    x

  34. debs f October 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    marie mc –
    glad you like DG jeans shows! yes holly is getting a bit better – has her sutures out next week I think when I’m back from LA. And i love ebooks! They fill a gap, specially when i dont want to take books around with me. BUT still buy and love books too!
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    x

  35. debs f October 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    elaine – so sorry to hear about your loss hon. Glad you enjoy the blogs and thanks for entering the comp.
    Fingers crossed!
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    x

  36. debs f October 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Gillian – like Pam says in her response below, you gotta do it! Just write! The best thing I ever discovered about writing, as a novice, was that even the professionals still do what they call an SFD – crappy first draft would be another word for it! Means that if their first ones are supposed to be rubbish, then there’s hope for me! They then go on to edit and improve and revise, so just get some words on a page and worry about perfecting it later ok! Good luck!
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    x

  37. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Alison – I did exactly the same thing. Now if they had ‘fifty shades of normal’ then maybe I’d get round to finishing it! hehe!
    good luck!
    d
    x

  38. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Sheila – definitely buy it! There’s a deal on amazon at the moment – it’s such a good ghost story too, well worth buying in my opinion! Good luck!
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    x

  39. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Michelle – hey you! yes Holly is getting better – more next week.
    Glad you downloaded it! You must report back on what you thought of my latest author recommendation after your hols ok!
    hugs
    d
    xxx

  40. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    susan – I’m with you on those beliefs hon. Really. Specially after having just read the Anita Moorjani book – well, listened to her audiobook ‘dying to be Me’ – soooooo fascinating! Hope the books I recommended previously helped you!
    Good luck
    d
    x

  41. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Annie H-
    how utterly fascinating your ‘past life deja vu’ is! I bet there’s something in it for sure!
    Thanks for sharing – always so lovely to have comments on here from you guys!
    Glad you like the shows too!
    good luck!
    d
    x

  42. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Tess – poor you hon! Hope you’re feeling better and your knee is recovering! Good luck in comp and ta so much for writing!
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    x

  43. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    Kate O – again, you must just start to write! See my comment below about procrastination and SFD’s! And I do hope you start reading pam now – she’s a very good writer! And all her previous books as ‘Jessica Hart’ for Mills and boon – great if you love a simple love story, cleverly told! She’s won awards too so well worth a read or two! Good luck!
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  44. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Suzanne – so glad to know you like the blogs and glad they help. Poor you, being stuck in hospital – big hugs for a speedy recovery. Good luck in the comp!
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  45. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Roberta – thanks so much for your kind comment! I’m with you on the spiritual stuff! Loved Sally Morgan reading – the bits they never showed were equally uncanny. Good luck with the comp!
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  46. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Angela – yes thank you, Holly’s definitely a bit more perky at the mo – getting her movement and strength back in her back legs too – thanks so much for asking!
    good luck in the comp hon!
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    x

  47. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Sarah – good luck with the escaping a bit of reality – am sure there are lots with you on that one! Glad you like Barbara Erskine – I’ve never read her but looks like I’ll have to get one now!
    good luck!
    d
    x

  48. debs f October 19, 2012 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Jessica, Suzanne, Sarah, Carole, Tanya, Karen, Sonia, Jane,Joanne, Lisa (thanks so much re blog!), Kathy, Z, Laura, Sheila, Clare D,
    thanks all for entering and good luck to all!
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    x

  49. GEORGE GRIEVE October 21, 2012 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    TIME TRAVEL,YORK AND SHADES OF BARBARA ERSKINE MUST BE GOOD

  50. helen cruse October 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Books are my passion,in these days of kindles, I cannot let go of paper copies. My bookshelves and attic are full of them. Books, signed by Authors are like precious gems in the middle of all the rest. To have a book signed by the person who read it.. Wow!

  51. Mrs K Holroyd October 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    I was captivated by the book and all that it will offer the imagination , allowing one to escape into the mind and words of someone else . I am very rarely without a book as they are a literary experience that enhance your world. My disability lends itself to open my mind to the pages offered up to me . I tuck a book by my leg in the wheelchair and when out lose myself in the words offered up to me by the turning of each page . That Debbie is why I would love among many others the opppurtunity of your very generous gift in allowing us all a fair chance to win such a beautiful prize.

  52. Eleanor Jones October 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    I am excited for the goodie bag because they contain lots of little things :)

  53. Julie Shaw October 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely prize. I would most like to win the Yankee candle!

  54. olivia kirby October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Wow, looks great, would love to read the book and have a nosey in the goodie bag!!

  55. Nuj October 23, 2012 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Forget the kindles, I love to have a rook in my hands to read – and this one sounds perfect!

  56. Lucy carter October 23, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    I’m interested in the goodie bag, lots of little bits, ideal for stocking fillers!

  57. S Ripley October 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    I agree i would much rather read a paper book than a kindle

  58. Tracey Poulter October 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    The book sounds really interesting & what a treat to have it signed by the author!

  59. Anita October 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Would love the book!!

  60. susan.hoggett@yahoo.co.uk October 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    GREAT PRIZE LOVE GOODY BAGS

  61. helen warrener October 24, 2012 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    i would love the signed copy of the book i love to collect signed books from authors that i read as something to pass onto my son when he is older

  62. Karen Kerner October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    from karenk57
    I, like all tyhe others, would love this book! And the goody bag, too.

  63. hayley pemberton October 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    It would be a treat to get any of it. I would love the book as it sounds interesting but would love to try some new elemis treats aswell.

  64. Euan Jardine October 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Great interview and I’m very intrigued to read the book now. Thanks

  65. Debs F October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Congrats to Tess Wysock – the lucky competition winner!

  66. debs f November 1, 2012 at 2:46 am -  Reply

    Well done Tess! My lovely blog team including Sally my blog lady (who takes all my text and pics and links and does the actually posting, and who also checks all the comments before they go up) have chosen the lucky winner and the prize will be with you within ten days. Am going to tell Pam now, so she can sign the book for you! Please do come back on (my latest blog preferably) and comment to tell me what you think once it all arrives and once you read the book! And hope the knee is getting better!
    hugs
    d
    x
    ps thanks to everyone for entering – we drew at random from all those expressing an interest on any of my blog posts anywhere, not just this one.

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