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An unexpected perk of having a book published, apart from all the lovely people who sent messages, left reviews and came to the launch, were the presents I got for doing something as clever and relatively pointless as putting words on paper in an entertaining fashion. From my outgoing editor Robert, in the post, I received a surprise bottle of very nice champagne and two beautiful flutes :

You have written a book! Champagne!

You have written a book! Champagne!

(We cracked open the champagne to celebrate my best friend moving house, but I kept the cork, and the box)

Then Andy Bigwood, who drew the map for Art of Forgetting as well as the covers for The Feline Queen, Dark Spires and Future Bristol, gave me a copy of the map, printed on reindeer vellum, scrolled, and in a presentation box. It is a thing of beauty, and I might have got a bit choked up at such a thoughtful present 🙂


And there was cake, from Heather and Amanda. There’s always room for cake. And a phone call from my little sister in New Zealand, at some unfathomably early hour of the morning.

And there are presents and prizes for YOU, dear bloggie 🙂  As well as the Art of Forgetting : Rider Goodreads giveaway (here) :

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Art of Forgetting by Joanne Hall

The Art of Forgetting

by Joanne Hall

Giveaway ends July 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If you don’t fancy your chances with that there will be a chance to win this little lot on the Blog as soon as we reach 10,000 hits (we’re around 9,700 now, so it should be some time in the next few weeks). As you know, I’ve written a bunch of books, and one lucky winner gets to win the ruddy lot!


Twenty seconds later this was comprehensively photobombed by Lyra, who had stolen my dressing gown cord and was charging up and down the house trailing it behind her like a banner…

That’s :

First Prize

One paperback of The Art of Forgetting : Rider

One paperback of The Feline Queen

The New Kingdom Trilogy (one of each)

One Art of Forgetting t-shirt (white, medium)

One Art of Forgetting Memo pad

One Art of Forgetting notebook.

Some other goodies from my promo box – basically whatever good stuff I have lying around! (There was an AoF mug, but somehow that found its way into my kitchen…)

Second Prize

One Art of Forgetting : Rider paperback

One Feline Queen Paperback

One Art of Forgetting notebook


Third Prize

One e-copy of Art of Forgetting : Rider in the format of your choice.

Not a bad lot of swag!  I have Sammy at Kristell Ink to thank for most of the prizes, and Kristell Ink are celebrating their first birthday this week by giving out some prizes of their own!

But first you have to do some work. KI are running a flash fiction competition on the theme of cats – 500 words of cat-themed spec-fic, and it’s open to artists too, so get your writing and drawing heads on!


Closing date is August 16th, so you’ve got just over a month.

They’re also running a Rafflecopter giveaway where you can win the ENTIRE KI back catalogue in DRM free ebook, as well as an Art of Forgetting paperback, a Healer’s Touch notebook and a very funky Non-Compliance t-shirt.

All you have to do is Tweet about the Giveaway or Like KI on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning, and the more you do the more entries you can earn.

Details are here :


So get tweeting and linking and sharing. It’s all good.