Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hump Day Giveaway

A funny thing happened to me in the book store the other day.

There I was, happily browsing the shelves looking for chicklit, parenting books, and @KerriSackville's When My Husband Does The Dishes, when I came across this:

It was a copy of my book, published back in 2006 by New Holland Australia!

Wow, talk about a surprise.

While Happily Ever Parted did okay by new author standards, it didn't exactly set the literary world alight.

Whenever I pass those bargain basement tables at book stores I always half-expect to see if sitting there for sale for $5 or some similar paltry sum.

But this one was still on the shelves, and what's more, the price appears to have gone up.

It made this fledging author go all warm and fuzzy inside.

Back when my book was published, there was a flurry of activity for several months as I promoted the hell out of it. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, the internet ... Nowhere was safe. I was even invited to speak at writer's festivals - you know, with real authors.

While it was a lot of fun, the promotional and public part of writing, as an author rather than a journalist, was not something that I enjoyed. Because I had to come out from behind the computer and actually speak to people.

In addition, I suffered sickening anxiety before every television and radio interview. I have no idea why, considering I used to work in that industry before moving onto print, but there you have it. Completely irrational.

Anyway, having spotted the first copy of my book 'in real life' since those heady days, I decided to celebrate by giving away a copy of Happily Ever Parted.

It might come in handy, you know for propping up a leg on a wonky table or something. God knows, it hasn't helped me much this time around (divorce number two), but it might help you ...)

If you'd like to win, a signed copy of Happily Ever Parted (Surviving Separation And Divorce), just leave me a comment below. 

Speaking of giveaways, the winner of the Bega Stringers Cheese competition was the lovely Caz from The Truth About Mummy.

And finally, check out Kerri Sackville's debut book below. Every woman needs a copy.


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

I remember when I first discovered you were an Author, I dashed of to check the Local Public Library online to see if they had any of your books (I didnt know at the time you had only written this book).

I had to put it on hold as some one else had it but when I got it in my hands I read it & while some things have dated in the book it is still a good read for Step parents & Seperated parents.

Check my local library and so far that got no plans of having Kerri's book on their shelfs as no one has heard of it so your publisher must have really made sure people knew of your book.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

nonoodle said...

Oh wow!I didn't realise you had written a book! Fantastic! I'll have to look out for it :-)

Anonymous said...

That's exciting that the price has gone up!
Thankful for my yummy hubby who puts the seat down LOL

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe everything that you've been talking about I'm sort of looking forward to and dreading at the same time because I don't know how I'll go! But I'm glad to see that the price has gone up. I'm sure seeing it in a discount bin is an author's nightmare! :(

Anonymous said...

Nothing better than reading a lovely blog post only to find you name at the bottom of it. Especially when it involves a giveaway ... yay me!! Thanks lovely lady. Now I didn't know about the book - fabulous you! You're one clever lady :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Congratulations on seeing your book! Really exciting. Have you started writing another one?

Effie said...

It's great to hear you went all warm and fuzzy inside!

Thanks for the giveaway. When's your next book coming out?

Jenn Brigole said...

It must have been something wonderful to be surprised like that. I am sure, others have found comfort during the trying times of a divorce with your words, despite your circumstances. And that's mighty nice of you to be giving away a signed copy. :)