Month: October, 2011

Halloween Giveaway: Follow my blog and win a copy of Winter’s Shadow

Okay, folks I know I’m a bit late with this one but bear with me – I haven’t had the internet for four days. Yes, you heard correctly – no internet for four days. It was like being thrust back into the dark ages only with fewer plague rats and slightly better food. Luckily, I’m back online now – just in time, it seems, to post a Halloween Giveaway. If I was a day later I guess I would’ve just called it a ‘Giveaway’ which has much less marketing value.

Thanks to my wonderful publisher Pan Macmillan I have five copies of Winter’s Shadow sitting on my desk in need of a home. To win, just click the ‘Follow’ button at the top of this window and I’ll automatically get sent a notification with your details. The first 5 new followers will receive a copy of my book. I’ll then shoot you an email to sort out how to post it to you. Simple, huh?

Now, I understand many of you reading this probably already are subscribers (much thanks!) so to sweeten the deal, if you forward this competition and get a friend to follow me, your name will go in the running to receive a copy of Winter’s Light next year. That’s right, the (hopefully) much anticipated sequel to Winter’s Shadow. Just email me showing that you’ve forwarded this giveaway on or send me a screengrab or something.

Send emails to mjhearle@gmail.com

You have until the end of this week (4th of November) so get cracking!

Happy Halloween!

M. J.

Bliss of the closed door

I bought a house.

It’s not something I thought I’d be able to afford for many years but thanks to the generosity of my parents, a particularly tenacious girlfriend who made sure I stuck to my savings plan, and a slightly depressed real estate market, I can now call myself a homeowner. It feels good and not the slightest bit terrifying. Nope, it’s not scary at all thinking about all the money we owe the bank. All those zeroes…excuse me a moment.

(goes to bathroom to splash cold water on face) Read the rest of this entry »

All Hallows Read

Halloween is upon us. Soon pumpkins will be carved, spooky costumes donned, and vast quantities of candy consumed by children everywhere. Well, not everywhere. Here in Australia we don’t celebrate Halloween. Sure, there might be a few cardboard skeletons sticky-taped half-heartedly to window panes, one or two jack o’ lanterns lighting verandahs, maybe even a handful of trick or treaters out and about on the night itself, but largely Halloween passes unremarked by the Australian public. Much to this particular author’s disappointment. Read the rest of this entry »