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Day 10: Read & WIN!


Wow, the competition has now hit double figures, which means there are only four days left to enter. There have been lots of entries so far, but there is still time to add YOUR name into the hat!

I took a day off yesterday, and spent it wrapping presents, while watching seasonal films on telly, but today is back to the grindstone. I’ve a feature to write, about a woman who was conned out of money by her trickster boyfriend. She had no idea that her new man was in fact a serial fraudster, who targeted vulnerable single mothers, took out credit cards and  loans in their name, showered them (and himself) in gifts they were unwittingly funding themselves, then moved on after six months or so. The devastation of being left with that kind of debt can’t be underestimated – let alone the heartbreak of realising the person you have let into your life is far from what he seemed (less a Prince Charming, more a total turkey that deserves stuffing). But this canny lady, Chloe, got the last laugh. Instead of curling up and crying, she dusted herself off, hunted him down, and set a trap so police could capture him. Well done to her!

  1. Can YOU spot today’s Christmas-related reference in this blog? If you can, email it to to enter my competition – and YOU could have a character named after you in my next novel!

MORE WAYS TO WIN! Three lucky people will have characters named after them in my next novel. They might be a baddie, or a nosy neighbour, they might even be bumped off, who can say, but they could have YOUR name.

To be in with a chance of winning this unique prize, all you have to do is take part in my Christmas countdown search. Every day for a fortnight I’ll be hiding a Christmas-related reference in a post on this blog, or somewhere over on my website All you have to do to enter is email me that days’s reference (e.g., I might randomly mention seeing ‘three wise men’) at

You can enter as many times as you like. The more days you take part, the more entries you’ll accrue – so the greater your chance of winning!

I’m also running similar competitions across Twitter (you can follow me @BCopperthwait) and my Facebook page ( BarbaraCopperthwaite) and you’re free to enter those as many times as you like, too.

Over on Facebook, every day for a fortnight I’ll be posting a fun, easy question based either on Christmas, me, or my books. Just ‘like’ the post and leave your (correct!) answer in the comments section, and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. 

Over at Twitter, you simply have to retweet me using the hashtag #FlowersForTheDead. Each retweet is an entry and, again, you can enter as often as you want.

Good luck to everyone! 

* The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve

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