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Competition Entry Example.

To get the ball rolling I thought I’d share an example of how my current competition works.

Here is a picture of one my #Unravelled stickers that I stuck on The Honesty Bookshop in Hay-On-Wye.

I deemed this to be an unusual place because it is a bookshop with no staff in one of the most bookish places in the world! If you pick a book off of the shelf you have to make a donation in the box, but no one is monitoring you… it’s all about honesty. For me Hay-On-Wye & especially The Honesty Book Shop represents a readers paradise which is why I thought it would be the perfect place for my sticker.

There we go then guys, what are you waiting for? The description of where you stuck your sticker and why is optional but it may help your entry to be picked! The only rule really is that #Unravelled has to be mentioned in the caption.

For more information or to find out how to get hold of your stickers be sure to read my previous post.

Happy Sticking!

– B xo

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Competition Time!

Today I am very happy to announce the launch of my first ever competition! Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? And with Unravelled’s publication just around the corner it’s time to spread the word and have fun whilst we do it!

The Prize

One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Unravelled and a ยฃ25 Amazon Gift card!

How To Enter

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is apply for a set of exclusive Unravelled stickers. Once they arrive, stick your stickers in the most unusual places you can think of. (No rudies please!) Then, take a pic and post it on your social media using #Unravelled. Easy, right?

The winner will be the person whom we think found the most interesting and unusual place.

Fancy giving it a go? You can apply for your sticker set now by emailing your postal address to:

Competition ends Friday 20th October 2017.

The Rules

  • Entrants must be 16 or over.
  • Entries are restricted to the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and must be public posts.
  • This competition is open internationally.
  • More than one entrant per person is permitted.
  • Entries must be captioned with #Unravelled.
  • Entries must adhere to the rules of the chosen social media platform.
  • Entries of a rude or slanderous nature will not be accepted.
  • We do not condone trespassing and cannot be held responsible for any trespassing/ illegal entry/ damage or injury caused by entrants in an attempt to reach an ‘unusual’ place.
  • The prize will be sent out within two weeks of the winner’s acknowledgment of their prize.
  • We reserve the right to change/ add to these terms, should this be deemed necessary, and with good reason.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to honour our terms and conditions as set out above.

Good luck everyone and happy sticking!

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Autumn Appreciation Post

So the time is almost here for woolly jumpers, comfy blankets, long nights, warm cuppas and a good read. โค๏ธ Autumn is by far my favourite season. I think it’s kind of obvious I’m partial to a chunky knit, but being an autumn baby has a lot to answer for in regards to my adoration of crunching leaves, copper tones, cinnamon scents, ankle boots and cosy nights in by the fire. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

But this year Autumn is going to be even more fantastic… I’ve been given the green light from my publisher that Unravelled will be here this season!!! ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‚โœจ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Words cannot describe how excited I am by that fact! Unravelled has been a part of my life for ten years now! It makes me smile when I remember at the beginning people questioning why I was writing about characters who were so much older than me however now, when Unravelled is released this October, I’m going to be the same age as Claire! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Also the three years I’ve had working with The Writing Hall are coming to a head and I’m so excited to be continuing this journey with them too. As release draws closer our plans and ideas just get better and better. It’s all very exciting. We’re getting so close now… Eee!

So I’m going to take the opportunity to really appreciate this autumn for all it has to offer and I hope you’ll join me. ๐Ÿ‚

Keep your eyes peeled because the closer we get to publication date the more amazing things I’m going to be able to announce! So stay tuned guys!

โƒB xo

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Cover Reveal!ย 

The time has finally arrived for me to share with you all the cover for Unravelled! โค๏ธ

I’m very excited about this one. It’s been a project I’ve been watching evolve for a while now and it’s been so hard not to let anything slip! But here we are. ๐Ÿ˜ I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support. Every step we make towards Unravelled being released makes me more and more grateful for everyone that I have around me. It’s another pinch me moment right here and I love being able to share this journey with you all. โค๏ธ

So, without further ado, let me reveal the cover for Unravelled…

Ta da!

So what do you think?

I absolutely adore my cover. It’s the perfect balance of cute and mature and, of course, wool! โค๏ธ

Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. I hope you love it just as much as I do. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oh and be sure to check out my blurb that has casually snuck it’s way into this reveal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

– B xo

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I had a very exciting meeting with my publisher!ย 

So yesterday I had a very exciting meeting with my publisher. And as result today, whilst enjoying the sunshine in my garden, I’m also: trying to process it all, rewriting my notes, forming a new to-do list, revamping the blog, putting together my next newsletter and writing this post. Things are very much surging forward guys, I hope you all remembered to fasten your seatbelts whilst you still had the chance. 

I do need to confess, things have been a little quiet around here lately, but after yesterday’s meeting I’m happy to say I can finally break that silence. Over the past few weeks, whilst nothing’s really been happening here, behind the scenes have been crazy! I’ve been busy looking at cover images, blurbs, release dates, prices, bundle ideas, promo stuffs, creating secret woolly wonders and organising future events. (Phew! I believe there’s more. But I might run out of breath if I keep going with that list.) However, I had all of this information and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was and wasn’t allowed to share with you, so I had to keep my lips zipped. But then yesterday I got the green light I was hoping for and I am so happy! (I mean if any of you caught my first ever Facebook Live yesterday I’m pretty confident you could see that happiness. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

But what does all this mean for the future? Well first and formost, it means the ball is rolling and everything is falling into place! I  now have a schedule to work to for releases and announcements. So stay tuned for all of that. 

It also means that I can now officially confirm that Unravelled will be here for Christmas! Hoorah! ๐ŸŽ‰ (I know, I know saying that word on literally day one of summer is like saying a very naughty swear word. But guys, Christmas! You’ll be able to hold Unravelled in your hands this year!!!) And look on the bright side, at least you know what to ask Santa for and it’s only June. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, when you think of all things wool, the open fire, the cosy blankets and steaming cup of coco just seem right and we can’t exactly be dreaming of that at the poolside now can we? So there has also been a change of strategy from the publisher which lead to a slight change of release date. However, I personally think the timing suits Unravelled better and gives us time to make the most of all the exciting opportunities that are heading our way. 

So there we go. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this exciting news as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Now I’m off to enjoy the last of the evening sun. โ˜€๏ธ
Ciao for now!

– B xo

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May Wrap Up: The Author Talk Editon.

Hello June, it’s so nice to have you here! โ˜€๏ธBut, before we all get too carried away with summer lovin’, I want to take a moment to talk about my May. And what a May it was! 

Three events. Three different crowds. Three very valuable and enjoyable experiences. 

A huge thank you to every single one of you who made it to one of my events. Your on going support is super amazing, it honestly means the world to me. ๐Ÿ’–

Sedgley Library Talk. 

This event was a childhood dream realised. I’ve always loved libraries, so getting to do a named event at one that has been such a huge part of my life was just phenomenal. The staff were lovely and very welcoming. The audience were focused and involved. And between them they made my talk a sold out event! We had a great chat, with my new event structure going down a treat. The Q&A section of this event was brilliant with the audience asking a range of interesting and thought provoking questions. We even ended proceedings with a raffle, coffee and cake! (In which I won a book! ๐Ÿ˜‚) Thank you to everyone at Dudley Libraries for everything that day and I look forward to returning in the near future. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Yarn Shop Day

Yarn Shop Day was a lot of fun. The atmosphere at the shop was fantastic; everyone was in a jolly mood, happily showing support for their local wool shop and the chosen charity of the day: The Mutiple Sclerosis Trust. I think my favourite part was meeting so many of my fellow wool sisters at the drop in knit and knatter and the nostalgia it created being back in that environment. I even got to speak to people I hadn’t seen in years, which was wonderful. Helen at Beacon Crafts did an amazing job generating interest and entertaining customers. It was a great day all round with goodie bags , special offers, coffee and cake. I really had a great time and am already looking forward to next year! 

The Wool-ves Yarnival

The Yarnival opened my eyes to a very new world of wool! From vintage pattern stalls, yarn bombing groups and beautiful hand dyed wool hanks, to spinning wheels, knitted maps and weaving looms, the Yarnival showcased such a variety of talent, I was grateful to be part of it. I especially enjoyed tailoring my talks for this event to include more of my own knitting experiences and I got to hear about the experiences of others, which is always a pleasure. Whilst I was there I also got to join in with some fab things along the way. You can see me pictured above with a granny square I actually crocheted at the event as part of a charity blanket. I also found out about a local yarn bomb that I was invited to take part in and I got my hands on a pair of huge knitting needles! (Perfect for rugs and fast grownong blankets, I can’t wait to give them a whirl.) Considering this was the first ever event of it’s kind, I think the Hembra Craft ladies did a fab job and set great potential for the future of the Yarnival as a reoccurring event. I wish you the very best of luck! 

Looking back over my May experiences, I know it may sound cliched, but I learnt a lot. From how interacting with some of smallest crowds can be just as rewarding as the big ones, to having a fantastic reception by just relaxing and enjoying myself, every event gave me it’s own points to take away.

 All in all these events were a very valuable experience and I look forward to what my future events calendar has in store! 

– B xo