Calling Writers of Fiction – Novella Competition 2020

2020 Novella Comp.

Novella Fiction Competition 2020

Are you an aspiring writer or an indie author looking for a publishing contract? If so, the Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is ‘right up your street’.

Simply write a 20K to 30K word story, in any genre and about anything you want, and enter the Novella Fiction Prize.

Entry is just £10.00 GBP, (via official entry form) and the winning authors will have their manuscripts published as Novellas.

Email to request an official entry form HERE

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PRIZES INCLUDE

First Place – a full paperback publishing package. 

Second and third places – published as eBooks.

Also associated prizes; professional cover designs, marketing packages and author assist support, media interviews and more.

The Electric Eclectic Novella Fiction Prize 2020 is an international literary competition for emerging writers and indie authors.

Submissions are encouraged from all literary fictional genres with no restrictions on theme or subject.

The emphasis of the judging will be on ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches which explore and expand creative writing.

Click the logo below for T&Cs and ‘How to enter the Novella Fiction Prize’

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Cover Reveal ‘The Winter Spirits’

Book Reveal
TITLE: The Winter Spirits (The Foxfires Trilogy, book one)
AUTHOR: E. C. Hibbs
GENRE: YA fantasy
BLURB:
If you sing to the Spirits, be prepared for their answer…
The Long Dark has come and the Northlands will not see daylight for two months. Silence falls with the snow, and the Spirits roam the three Worlds. It is a time of beauty, magic and danger.
When the Spirit of the Northern Lights steals his best friend’s soul, apprentice mage Tuomas is determined to find help. However, his own fledgling power gets the better of him, and he accidentally rips the Spirit out of the sky, trapping her in human form. Alongside his feared icy companion and the mysterious wandering mage Lilja, Tuomas begins a quest across frozen tundra and into ethereal Spirit realms.
But a terrible shadow lingers just out of sight, its gaze fixed on him. And behind her composed facade, the Spirit holds secrets of her own…

The Winter Spirits Book Cover

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Pre-order your copy before midnight CST on 30th Jan and get your choice of a FREE e-book copy of any of E. C. Hibbs’s novels! And you’ll also be entered into the prize draw to win some swag on release day!
To enter, simply email a screenshot of your pre-order receipt to

Release Party

Join the release party Friday 31st January 2020, where there will be more opportunities to win some cool stuff (Click the party logo below for more details)
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BOW STREET SOCIETY CHRISTMAS BONANZA

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Christmas Giveaway from Bow Street Society

To celebrate the release of The Case of The Russian Rose & Other Stories (Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 3) award-winning crime fiction author, T.G. Campbell, is giving lovers of Victorian mysteries everywhere the chance to win an exclusive Bow Street Society Bonanza. ONE lucky winner will receive ALL of the following: 

  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Curious Client (Bow Street Society Mystery 1) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Lonesome Lushington (Bow Street Society Mystery 2) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Spectral Shot (Bow Street Society Mystery 3) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Toxic Tonic (Bow Street Society Mystery 4) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories (Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 1) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Peculiar Portrait & Other Stories (Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 2) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • 1 x paperback copy of The Case of The Russian Rose & Other Stories (Bow Street Society Casebook Volume 3) (signed by T.G. Campbell)
  • A certificate of authenticity
  • 1 x postcard of Daniel Toal as Mr Oswald Baldwin of the Gaslight Gazette from The Case of The Curious Client book trailer (signed by Mr. Toal)
  • 1 x postcard of Sabrina Poole as Miss Rebecca Trent, clerk of the Bow Street Society from The Case of The Curious Client book trailer (signed by Miss Poole)
  • 1 x official Bow Street Society pen
  • 1 x EXCLUSIVE Bow Street Society porcelain latte mug.

How to Enter the Giveaway

Those wishing to enter to win this incredible prize must subscribe to the official Bow Street Society newsletter, the Gaslight Gazette, between 0100 (GMT) on Tuesday 10th December 2019) and 2300 (GMT) on Friday 10th January 2020.

Existing subscribers to the newsletter will be automatically entered into the draw unless they choose to ‘Opt-Out’ by following the instructions given in the Gaslight Gazette edition dedicated to the giveaway.

The names of all entrants will be placed into a draw* on Saturday 11th January 2020. T.G. Campbell will then pick a winner at random and notify them of the result via email. Once the winner has given their written acceptance of the prize, T.G. Campbell will announce the winner’s name ONLY in the Gaslight Gazette, on the official Bow Street Society website, and on her social media platforms. T.G. Campbell will also contact the winner for their preferred postal address. This will be used to send the prize to the winner free of charge ONLY. Once the prize has been mailed all record of the winner’s postal address will be destroyed.

*T.G. Campbell’s close friends and family are automatically disqualified from the draw.

If you’d like to have the chance to win this amazing prize please subscribe to the Gaslight Gazette here: https://www.bowstreetsociety.com/news.html

Thank you for visiting

Good Luck

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#CelebrateReading with Roses & Dreams 2019 #AdventCalendar

Hello December

Hello December

Wow how time flies, it is that time of year again for opening doors on your advent calendars and we have decided to do one again featuring the thing we love the most ‘BOOKS’.

Roses & Dreams Advent Calendar

This calendar is aimed at older readers and you may find some of the books are for 18+ readers. (We like to include a wide range of genre however we try to ensure that are no covers are used that could offend) Where the author has informed us we will highlight that the book is 18+ Click the image below to visit the calendar each day, check out a different book throughout December and the link on the page will also allow you to join in the fun and games on Facebook.

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Miss Ruby Heart’s Children’s Books Advent Calendar

We also adore Children’s Books so our little friend Miss Ruby Heart also has an Advent Calendar on which she shares Children’s Books. So many stocking fillers to choose from. Click the image to visit the calendar (no trying to peek because the calendar knows) and see a different Children’s Book throughout December. The link with the picture behind the door will take you to Ruby’s Facebook Party Page for that day. Lots of fun and games and perhaps a giveaway or two.

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More books to be added daily so don’t forget to drop. Thank you for visiting and Happy Reading one and all.

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#NaNoWriMo Day 2

NaNoWriMo Saturday 2nd November Word Count

If you click the image below you will be able to visit my NaNoWriMo profile and see my current projects and attempted projects from the past. (Opens in a new window).

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Today’s creation

Some year’s ago when I did NaNoWriMo I wanted to work on a book of short stories about shoes. The book is on hold but I did have a few ideas and this story below was inspired by a longer story I had created for that book.

The Snolar Bear

Bright whiteness filled the room, even with my eyes closed tight I noticed it, as I slowly stir from slumber. The house was wrapped in a sunny silence, so bright for a November morning.  As I stretch and raised myself from the bed, I look from my window to see a new world. A place of wonder, bright and white as far as the eye could see.

I wasted no time, I jumped from the divan, dressed quickly in thick warm clothing and was downstairs in no time. Grabbing my phone, I rush to pull on my boots, then I stepped forward to open the back door and look outside. The cold crisp air was fresh and clean, I needed to snap a few pictures whilst the ground was pristine. Only a few bird prints were seen upon the patio, around the bottom of the feeder where a few seeds had been knocked out upon the ground.

Slowly I lift my right foot to press gently into the deep snow, the left followed. I was careful not to rush and topple over, I wanted to make sure my feet left perfect prints.  No time was wasted as I set about snapping images of my beautiful snowy garden. Who knew how long it might last? I closed the door behind me only remembering at the last moment. I didn’t want the heat to escape after all. Now what to do?

My mind was quickly made up, I must build a snowman. I started off with a tiny but tightly packed snowball and then began to roll it over the snow that I had disturbed with my footprints. I needed to make a big round ball for the main body, so I continue to roll the ever-growing snowball around the edge of the garden. Careful to disturb as little snow as possible. At the top of the garden I roll the large ball back upon itself and settled the large body into place.

I started another snowball rolling, moving to the opposite side of the garden slowly building up a shape for the head.  I have to admit the body and the head were a bit wonky, but I was having so much fun. Slowly I roll the head back to the body I had to make sure it was not too big. The snow was packing together nicely so I picked it up carefully ready to drop it onto the body. I lifted it a little higher then dropped it in hope that it might stick itself firmly.

Oh, dear. As I step back to look at my work, I noticed I did not have a snowman after all. The shape was all wrong, still I smoothed out the joints blending body and head together. The head was huge, almost giant sized even bigger than my own head. I gave a little giggle. It was like being a child again.

There was a need now to find something to use for eyes and a nose, so I wandered around the edge of the garden where the flattened grass shows through after rolling the snow. I discovered some wonderful soft brown leaves, almost almond shaped. They would be perfect for the eyes. By this time, I had wandered some distance from the snowman so I decided now would be a good time to turn and snap a few more pictures with my phone.

What a surprise! It was as I turned that I saw it. My creation was not a snow person; indeed, it did not resemble any form of human what-so-ever. It was more of a big bear shape. The snow creature was enormous, and from this distance it actually looked like a polar bear with its eyes closed.

This would be my very own unique piece of snow sculpture, and I would call it a Snolar Bear. I could not stop myself from laughing with glee and clapping my now cold pink hands together. I walked the perimeter of the garden and placed the leaves carefully upon the bears face. Then with a little bit of moulding I formed the snout and two ears.

Down the front of the body I moulded two strong thick legs, and used a fallen twig to mark out paws. Soon all was finished and looking upon the creature I decided to take a selfie with him. I truly could not believe how big he was.

My hands were becoming numb, so I pat the Snolar bear upon his large forehead and made my return to the back door taking pictures on my phone every few steps. I kick my boots against the door step, trying to remove any snowy remnants before opening the door and stepping into the warmth. I hadn’t realised how cold and hungry I was.

I certainly had not expected to find that I had been outside for over two hours. It was just after 8am when I began to make my breakfast. As the porridge turned in the microwave, I looked out of the window which was now steamed up. My breath caught; I was truly shocked at the sight before me. My beautiful creation looked like a real polar bear in the wild. He would not have looked amiss on a David Attenborough wildlife special.

What a marvellous start to the weekend.

My real Snolar Bear

Thank you for visiting

Happy Writing

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‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Chris Turnbull

OK I know I know, Halloween is only just over and now I’m sharing Christmas books but I’m sorry this is a real Christmas Treat and as I mentioned it in a previous post I had to share more. Very highly recommended. Here is my Amazon Review

***If you buy just one book for Christmas make it this one.**
Something for the whole family. By Su on Nov 26, 2017

Oh my what can I say but if you are looking to buy a Christmas book to share with the whole family this year then make it this one. It is full of Christmas facts, fun poetry and heartfelt stories. Something in here for everyone I love ‘The Snowflake Maker’ , ‘The Grinch was a Prince’, Christmas Spirit and the delightful story by the young writer Luke Bakeman ‘OxqA’ The book has beautiful Christmassy images in it too so it sets the scene very clearly. The Dog Peed on the Christmas Tree is especially fun.

Heck I LOVE the whole book grab a copy NOW! For the full Christmas experience it has to be a print copy, such a delight and a true treasure that will never age.

Visit Chris by clicking the pc logo below. Happy Reading.

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#NaNoWriMo Day 1 Started

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First Lines written for Day 1 NaNoWriMo

So I finally put pen to paper and I have lots of ideas jotted down. I have written around 1,500 on this years project.  I will need to write on average just shy of 2,000 if I am to reach the target of 50,000 by the end of the month.

Ruby’s Pocket Treasures

I am creating short stories and poetry for a collection of books for younger readers or those simply young at heart. I want to do mini books 4x6inch that are affordable for kids to buy with their pocket money. To start with I aim to create four titles around the holiday seasons. Here are the very VERY rough mock ups. Click the image below to enlarge (opens in a new window)

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Four New Books

  1. Ruby’s Christmas Wishes
  2. Ruby’s Valentine Kisses
  3. Ruby’s Easter Feast
  4. Ruby’s Halloween Treats

The mini books will be themed seasonally, and contain short stories, poetry, teasers and puzzles.

Here is a little one I did today inspired by my friend Chris Turnbull whose wonderful Christmas Book is a pure delight ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas’. 

I have a little toy dog called Miss Ruby Heart (these books are what she would like) when I saw Chris’s poem ‘The Dog Peed on the Christmas Tree’ I felt that Ruby would have to tell on Little Dime  expressing that it was him and not her peeing on the tree.

His Dog Peed on the Christmas Tree

The dog peed on the Christmas tree,
it was not me but him.
He even had the nerve to eat,
the baubles and the trim.

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He was just a tiny thing,
they called him – Little Dime.
A naughty little pup was he,
when they got him Christmas time.

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But they love him and now he listens,
to everything they say.
A dog is a family’s friend for life
not just for Christmas day.

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Remember a Dog is for Life!

Thank you for visiting

If you are taking part in the Challenge Good Luck

Happy Writing

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