“Let our authors sign and send your Christmas gifts!” @EyeAndLightning


“We’ve come up with a great personalised gift offer this year which we hope will take the headache out of Christmas shopping as well as delighting your friends and family.


They’ll post it either to you or to the person you’re buying it for.
Twenty of our authors, including VSO doctor Emily Joy (right), super-selling rom-com novelist Nicola May, crime-writers Abi SilverAdam Macqueen and Antony Johnston, record-breaking explorer Ash Dykes and rock musician James Kennedy, will inscribe and sign any of their books with the message of your choice.

You won’t find a service like this on the high street or through Amazon, and we’re offering it at no extra charge. All you pay is the cover price of the book. Even the postage is free (provided it’s going to an address in the UK).

When you’ve found a book you want:

  • click the Add to Cart button below it
  • enter the code SIGNEDSANTA at the checkout
  • send an email to info@eye-books.com, with ‘Signed Santa’ in the subject line, telling us what you’ve ordered, what inscription you’d like (the name of the recipient/any special message) and where to send it (your address or the recipient’s).
Feel free to choose more than one book/participating author. But don’t delay: we need to receive your order by midnight on Friday 11 December.

Paul Bassett Davies, dystopian novelist (Please Do Not Ask for Mercy…)
Douglas Board
, satirical novelist (MBATime of Lies)
Tess Burrows
, peace activist (Cry from the Highest MountainCold Hands Warm HeartTouch the SkySoft CourageDon’t Blame the Yeti)
Michael Dobbs Higginson
, ex-Buddhist monk, banker (A Raindrop in the Ocean)
Ash Dykes
, explorer (Mission Possible)
Simon Edge
, comic novelist (The Hopkins ConundrumThe Hurtle of HellA Right Royal Face-OffAnyone for Edmund?)
Molly Gartland
, historical novelist (The Girl from the Hermitage)
James Hall
, historical novelist (The Industry of Human Happiness)
Martin Henwood
, parish priest (Orisons)
Antony Johnston
, thriller writer (The Exphoria CodeThe Tempus Project)
Emily Joy
, doctor (Green Oranges on Lion Mountain)
James Kennedy
, rock musician (Noise Damage)
Caroline Kington
, novelist (A Long Shadow)
Adam Macqueen
, thriller writer (Beneath the Streets)
Waseem Mahmood
, peace activist (Good Morning Afghanistan)
Nicola May
, romantic novelist (The Cornershop in Cockleberry BayMeet Me in Cockleberry BayThe Gift of Cockleberry BayThe Cockleberry Bay TrilogyChristmas in Cockleberry Bay)
Nicola Naylor
, equestrian (Jasmine and Arnica)
Scott Pack
, writing guru (Tips from a Publisher)
John Pakenham
, explorer (Walks on the Wild Side)
Abi Silver
, courtroom novelist (The Pinocchio BriefThe Aladdin TrialThe Cinderella PlanThe Burton & Lamb Series)”


Legend Times launches online Legend Bookshop / @legend_times_


Legend Times, the group of independent publishing companies, has launched the Legend Bookshop (www.legendbookshop.com), its own online bookstore. The website also includes an affiliate service, where readers can sign up and receive £1 from every purchase made through the links they share with their fellow readers.
As well as including a wide-range of fiction, non-fiction, children’s, academic and classic titles from across Legend Times’ lists, customers can make one off purchases or create a monthly subscription. Those who choose to subscribe will receive a 15% discount as well as a new book each month, chosen by them or if preferred selected by the Legend Times team.


In the coming weeks, ebook editions will also be made available to buy through the Legend Bookshop, courtesy of a partnership with Glassboxx, a direct to consumer solution. Discount coupons and other special others will also be available for the online store with the books available individually and included in curated selections to help guide customers.
Tom Chalmers, Managing Director of Legend Times, commented“As for most businesses, this year’s health pandemic has pushed us to focus on and improve our direct offering to customers, an area highlighted by many in publishing as in need of innovation. While we continue to work closely and support our bookselling partners, we wanted to create our own army of ‘Legend Readers’, those who are passionate about our books and telling others about them. Further to this, we created the affiliate scheme to partner with them and ensure everyone benefits from each copy sold.”


About Legend Times

Legend Times is an independent group of publishing companies offering quality platforms for writers. The group includes fiction publisher Legend Press, non-fiction publisher Hero Press, self-publishing company New Generation Publishing and University of Buckingham Press.


Social Media Links
Twitter: @legend_times_
Instagram: @legend_times


Contact Links

Media contact: lucy.chamberlain@legendtimesgroup.co.uk
Rights contact: sarah.nicholson@legendtimesgroup.co.uk
Sales contact: liza.paderes@legendtimesgroup.co.uk

Copyright © Legend Press 2020 All rights reserved.

30 Days of Free Books / #AuthorsUnite #MonthlongSeriesOfBookGiveaways #23AmazingAuthors @SMStevens17



30 Days of Free Books — A COVID-19 Book Giveaway Contest: Authors unite to offer literary escape to housebound readers.

A monthlong series of book giveaways S.M. Stevens has put together with the help of 23 amazing authors. More details here: https://authorsmstevens.com/30days/

US residents only

Many companies are offering free services like streaming and videoconferencing to help people around the world stay connected and sane during the coronavirus pandemic. When you’re tired of streaming TV shows and movies, dip into a book!

A big THANK YOU to all authors for donating their books, which represent a variety of genres. Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, children’s books or Young Adult or Adult, memoir or historical fiction or mystery, print or ebook format, you’ll find something you like on this list.



Click on the name of a book for more details including a book description, book format (paperback or ebook) and the contest entry form. Enter for as many books as you like. On the date noted, a winner will be chosen to receive that day’s book. Winners will be notified by email. Open to U.S. residents only.

In the spirit of COVID-19 solidarity, we are not asking you to follow us on social media, sign up for a newsletter or share the contest details with friends in order to enter the contest. Should you choose to, that would be appreciated but there are no strings attached to these giveaways.

Happy reading, and stay safe.


April 15: The Shadow of Deathby Jane Willan (Mystery)
April 16: The Augmented Man by Joseph Carrabis (Science Fiction)
April 17: The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma by Helen Epstein (Memoir)
April 18: Bone Circle by Susan Roney O’Brien (Poetry)
April 19: Will Rise From Ashesby Jean M. Grant (Contemporary Fiction)
April 20: Lions & Tigers & Hamsters by Mark Goldstein, DVM (Non-Fiction)
April 21: Silvertone by Dzvinia Orlowsky (Poetry)
April 22: Appalachian Book of the Deadby Dale Neal (Literary Fiction)
April 23: The Witch’s Apprentice by Clare Urbanski (Fantasy)
April 24: Kelegeenby Eileen O’Finlan (Historical Fiction)
April 25: The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup by Terry Farish, illustrated by Barry Root (Chidren’s Picture Book)
April 26: After Long Silence by Helen Fremont (Memoir)
April 27: Legacy of the Last World by Susan Roney O’Brien (Poetry)
April 28: Before I Was Born by Corey Anne Abreau (Children’s Picture Book)
April 29: Horseshoes and Hand Grenadesby S.M. Stevens (Contemporary Fiction)
April 30: Waverly Estate: Ghost Dance by M.T. Maliha (Mystery)
May 1: The Half-Life of Home by Dale Neal (Literary Fiction)
May 2: Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs (Memoir)
May 3: The Pelton Papersby Mari Coates (Historical Fiction)
May 4: Bit Players, Bullies and Righteous Rebels by S.M. Stevens (Young Adult series)
May 5: Franci’s War by Franci Rabinek Epstein and Helen Epstein (Memoir)
May 6: Love’s Rideby Cheryl Holloway (Romance)
May 7: Trumbull Ave. by Michael Lauchlan (Poetry)
May 8: Sleepwalking Backwards by Catherine Zebrowski (Contemporary Fiction)
May 9: A Girl Goes Into the Forestby Peg Alford Pursell (Short Stories)
May 10: The Good Braider by Terry Farish (Young Adult)
May 11: Bad Harvest by Dzivina Orlowskey (Poetry)
May 12: Immaculate Conceptionby I.J. Miller (Contemporary Fiction)
May 13: Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege by Michael Signer (Non-Fiction)
May 14: The Escape Artist by Helen Fremont (Memoir)


Thank you, S.M. Stevens and all the amazing authors.

RNA Facebook Group Launch / #RNA60, #RomanticFictionBookClub @RNATweets @0neMoreChapter_



The aim with the Romantic Fiction Book Club is to create a warm and cosy place for members to engage with readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction.

This is a Facebook group supported by the Romantic Novelists’ Association but membership is open to all authors of novels with a romantic element, as well as readers who love romantic fiction and bloggers. They have been running a small-scale trial since before Christmas and the full launch on 14th February was part of the official RNA60 celebrations.

What better way to start off than with a competition. This will be run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter and will be open to all members of the group. 0MC have donated a first prize of 60 romantic novels. There will be 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection of 60 RNA authors, to tie in with the RNA celebration of 60 years as an organisation.

Full details of how to enter was posted on the group’s page on 14th February. The competition runs from then until 29th February. With a total of 61 prizes up for grabs, entrants have great odds of winning something. Extra entries can be claimed by subscribing to RNA and 0MC social media channels.


Subscribe here : 



Use this link for the competition :

https://gleam.io/EIObQ/one-more-chapter-and-rna-diamond-anniversary-book-giveaway (UK only)


More details in this article :

Frost Magazine : https://www.frostmagazine.com/2020/02/diamond-deal-at-the-heart-of-romance/


Hope to see you there … 🙂

Margate Bookie / #TheFriendlyLiteratureFestivalByTheSea @andsoshethinks @margatebookie

History, seaside, postcards and crime combine in a brilliant line up for Margate Bookie’s fifth year

 Tickets are now on sale


The friendly literature festival by the sea, Margate Bookie, is back for its fifth year, with a line up that’s bigger and better than ever.


Headliners are Mark Billingham, creator of the Tom Thorne crime series, and Lisa Jewell, who’s sold over 4.5 million copies of her psychological thrillers. They’re joined by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Alison Weir (the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom) and Richard Skinner (head of the Faber & Faber academy).


Mark Billingham


Lisa Jewell


Louis de Bernières


Alison Weir


Top names include Tom Jackson, the man behind the cult Twitter and books Postcards From The Past. Travis Elborough, author of Wish You Were Here and described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’ discusses working class culture alongside Melanie McGrath, writer of Pie and Mash down the Roman Road. And in an intoxicating hour of burlesque, ballet and banana dancing, SelfMadeHero and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School team up for a unique life drawing experience.


You’ll get a chance to meet superstar psychological novelists like Nicci Cloke (Toxic), Sunday Times No 1 Bestsellers Renee Knight (Disclaimer) and Lesley Kara (The Rumour), as well as SJ Watson who wrote Before I Go To Sleep which was turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. PJ Whiteley and his band play the music that inspired his third novel, A Love of Two Halves.


Writers are always well looked after at the Bookie. Sebastian Baczkiewicz, author of Radio 4’s Pilgrim, shares trade secrets on how to write drama. In How to Perfect Your Submission, Scott Pack of Guardian Masterclasses offers practical advice on how to pitch your book to agents and publishers. In their latest workshop applying the science of happiness to creative writing, Elise Valmorbida and Vanessa King explore how to engage your senses to write freely. Graphic novelist and team builder Meirion Jones presents his unique course The Graphic Experience.


Elise Valmorbida and Vanessa King 


The festival supports local writers as well as big name authors. There will be a mask workshop with Annie Sutton, group storytelling and rope making from the Listening Post and Waste Land Walking Group, and special movie shows at the Margate School. And local writers will read from their latest works, covering everything from comedy to yoga, love stories to local history, and everything in between. We’ll welcome comedy writer Dale Shaw (Russell Howard’s Good News, That Mitchell and Webb Sound), musician and author Marianne Dissard (Not Me), Maggie Harris (In Margate By Lunchtime) and many, many more.


The festival takes place from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November, and coincides with the Turner Prize being resident at the Turner Contemporary, offering an amazing opportunity for visitors to each event to explore new and interesting art forms.


To find out more go to MargateBookie.com. Or buy tickets direct from Eventbrite.


About Margate Bookie

The Margate Bookie is a registered charity (number 1174819) which works to encourage a love of literature. We’ve held a literary festival in Margate every year since 2015. Lovingly looked after by Andreas Loizou.

Contact details info@margatebookie.com Francesca Baker fbaker@live.co.uk http://www.margatebookie.com


MORECAMBE & VICE / #CrimeWritingFestival

In September 2017, Morecambe & Vice made its sparkling debut at the glorious Morecambe Winter Gardens. Described as a weekend ‘full of warmth, wit and wisdom’, authors, speakers and guests from across the globe flocked to the sunny seaside for a weekend filled with criminal shenanigans.

Now, in 2019 we are back for our third year running! This year the North West’s quirkiest crime-writing festival will be bigger and better than ever before! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Twitter stream, as we start to announce authors and panels.

bring me some crime…

In 2018 we themed our entire festival around the idea of ‘hidden talents’: we had cocktail making, singing and even fire-eating! 


This year, the theme for Morecambe & Vice is (rather fittingly!) :

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ 

We’ll be shining a bright positive light on the world of crime fiction, filling our festival with tales of inspiration, overcoming hardships and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when good things happen!

The midland hotel

Built in 1933, this iconic art deco hotel is the jewel of the Morecambe Bay coastline, offering unparalleled views across the bay to the Lake District.

Find out more about The Midland Hotel, by visiting their website.


2019 authors & guests

Lin Anderson

Quentin Bates

Alison Belsham

Prof Dame Sue Black

SJ Bradley

Matt Brolly

Dr Liz Brewster

Anne Coates

Dr Jacky Collins

Adam Croft

Robert Daws

Ashley Dyer

Jane Elson

Mary Evans

Jennie Finch

Fleur Hitchcock

Noelle Holten

Sharna Jackson

Hazel Johnstone MBE

Lesley Kelly

Margaret Kirk

Gytha Lodge

Ceri Lowe

Bob McDevitt

Chris Merritt

Sarah Moore

Mandy Morton

Margaret Murphy

Barbara Nadel

Sheila Quigley

Danielle Ramsey

KA Richardson

Jacqui Rose

Robert Scragg

Rachel Sargeant

William Shaw

Graham Smith

Nicki Thornton

Sarah Todd Taylor

Nicola Upson

​Eileen Wharton

Appearing at Polari Salon

The Midland Hotel

Fri 27th Sept | 7.30pm

 Paul Burston, Lesley Thomson, 

Derek Farrell, 𝕃𝕚𝕝𝕛𝕒 Sigurðardóttir

Tickets £6.00

not included in the weekend pass price