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Day 7: Read & WIN! Being starstruck

I love the book world! It’s so friendly and supportive! Today’s post is only a tiny one, but I just had to tell you how I got starstruck yesterday as a result of my post on favourite reads of 2015 (please read it if you’re looking for inspiration).

After I’d written the post, I popped over to Twitter and sent a couple of Tweets about it. And every single author I had mentioned replied to me, thanking me and saying how happy they were to be included.

How amazing is that?!

It meant so much to me that they had even spotted it. The thought that they had taken the time to read it, and then reply, was amazing. They definitely deserve to be on Santa’s ‘nice list’!

I’m hoping some of their talent will now rub off on me through association(!) and that my next book will be even better than my last. Finger’s crossed!

  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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