Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FLASH 500!!

I am thrilled to be the judge for this quarter's successful Flash 500 Fiction CompetitionNow in its fifth year, this quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. 

The results are announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on their website.

You can read competition details HERE  ...Good luck!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Not long now!!

Killer lipsticks and postcards....launch night is approaching!!!


I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all the good wishes about the launch. Your enthusiasm is catching!! One reader is taking a 4 hour bus ride there and back to be at the launch, and I've just got an email from an ex-student in Germany who has booked flights for her and her husband to be there on the night. Honestly, I am so moved by the support.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deliciously Dark Thriller!!

First review in on LAST KISS from Bleach House Library!!!

"LAST KISS is a deliciously dark thriller that leaves a bitter aftertaste, like a great dark chocolate or superior claret. The writing is truly spectacular.  The chapters fly by and before you know it, you are halfway through.  I noticed a subtle notch up in style, pace and depth.  I didn't think the author could get much better, but she has surpassed herself.  Already an award-winning novelist, this author is set for great, great things and thoroughly deserves them.  Top notch crime thriller which deserves its place at the top of bestseller lists, not just in Ireland, but worldwide. Cannot recommend enough........"  

Read Full Review HERE

Friday, July 18, 2014

If you're not in....

If you're not in...you can't win!! LAST KISS  Goodreads Giveaway...Go to this link to enter http://buff.ly/1rwEH6f

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ever fancied being immortalised in fiction?

A little bit of news re Launch Night of LAST KISS on the 12th August......

Could you be the Mystery Character??

Everyone picking up a copy of LAST KISS on the night will have their name put into a draw to be a character in the next book, but of course, only if you want to!! 

Working title for Book 4 to be revealed shortly!!!

The eagle twins have landed!!

Even with a dislocated jaw, I got all emotional when the twins arrived by post just now!!!

OVER THE EDGE 2014 - New Writer of the Year Competition!

Major SponsorCharlie Byrne’s Bookshop,
other sponsors to date:
ISupply, Quay Street; Ward’s Hotel Lower Salthill;
 Clare Daly TD, Kenny’s Bookshop & Derek Nolan TD

Closing date: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

In 2014 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win€300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2014. The 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at Ireland’s leading literary reading series, the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway City Library, on a date to be scheduled in Winter 2014/15. Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry categoryDoire Press will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript of short stories submitted to them by the winner in the fiction categoryThe winner in the poetry category will have one of the poems from her or his winning entry published in the April 2015 issue of Skylight 47 magazine

Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland.Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or stories. Put your contact details on a separate sheet. If you live in Ireland and wish to be informed of the results by post, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. OTHERWISE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ENCLOSE A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE.

Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Any of the aforementioned is one entry. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or  money order to Over The Edge. The competition is open to writers worldwide. We accept payment in Dollars, Sterling, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars and so on. Writers from outside the Euro area can calculate the payment for their entry here http://www.xe.com/ucc/ 

WE ALSO NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS. See the below for details. If you pay the entry fee online you must still post us a hard copy of your entry/entries and enclose with it a note saying ‘entry fee paid online’. PLEASE INCLUDE THE EXACT NAME IN WHICH THE ONLINE PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE SO THAT WE CAN VERIFY.  

To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2014 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in the genre in which you enter. Chapbooks/ pamphlets excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. 

The closing date is Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. A long-list will be announced at the August Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 (6.30-8pm). THE LONGLIST WILL BE AVAILABLE, BEFORE THAT, AT CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP FROM 5PM ON THURSDAY AUGUST 28TH.  Theshortlist will be announced at the September Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 (6.30-8pm). 

The winners will be announced at the October Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 (6.30-8pm).

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