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Day 2: read and WIN!

It feels like ages ago now, but in the week that Flowers For The Dead came out I did an interview with a local magazine that comes out quarterly. So much seems to have happened in that ten weeks! That made it all the lovelier when I opened up my copy of ‘My Moseley & Kings Heath’ and saw myself staring back at me.

It’s a very strange sensation for a journalist  to be the one on the receiving end of questions, and to have to be in front of a camera; it’s definitely not something that comes naturally to me and I felt as exposed as a partridge in a pear tree. Still, I hope you’ll agree that the end result wasn’t too bad!

  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’ll also be 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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