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Meg Tilly giveaway T&Cs

Terms & Conditions:
1. This is a prize draw for one person to win a copy of Cliff’s Edge and Solace Island. To enter simply like and comment answering the question on the competition post.
2. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group, whose decision will be final.
3. The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group (hereinafter the ’Company’) website and on other websites and social media accounts.
4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The prize draw opens at 12:00 pm GMT on 21.05.19 and closes at 12:00 pm GMT on 28.05.19. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
10. The winner’s name will be published in a direct message to them, confirming they are the winner. They then have 7 days to claim their prize. If they have not responded via email in 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
11. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.
13. By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
14. This competition is being organised by Little, Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Black Dagger Brotherhood Giveaway Ts&Cs

Terms & Conditions:
1. This is a prize draw for one person to win a hardback of The Savior by J R Ward . To enter simply like and comment on the competition post on the Piatkus Facebook.
2. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group, whose decision will be final.
3. The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group (hereinafter the ’Company’) website and on other websites and social media accounts.
4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The prize draw opens at 12:00 pm GMT on 05.04.19 and closes at 12:00 pm GMT on 12.04.19. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK, Australia and New Zealand except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
10. The winner’s name will be published in a direct message to them, confirming they are the winner. They then have 7 days to claim their prize. If they have not responded via email in 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
11. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.
13. By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
14. This competition is being organised by Little, Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

To enter simply comment on and share the competition on the Piatkus Fiction Facebook page.

This competition is run by Little, Brown UK. If you have any issues please email: competitions@littlebrown.co.uk

Terms & Conditions:
1. This is a prize draw for one person to win Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Nightchaser, Wicked and the Wallflower, and Where all the Girls Have Gone . To enter simply like and comment on the competition post on the Piatkus Facebook.
2. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group, whose decision will be final.
3. The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group (hereinafter the ’Company’) website and on other websites and social media accounts.
4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The prize draw opens at 11:00 am GMT on 14.02.19 and closes at 11:00 am GMT on 15.02.19. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK, except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
10. The winner’s name will be published in a direct message to them, confirming they are the winner. They then have 7 days to claim their prize. If they have not responded via email in 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
11. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.
13. By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
14. This competition is being organised by Little, Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Chocolate Pine Cones – a recipe inspired by Christmas Camp

To make these Christmas pinecone treats, all you will need is:

  • Cooking Chocolate
  • Cornflakes (any brand)
  • Butter
  • Icing sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cupcake cases

Makes 10 or so pinecones

Method:

1. Melt some chocolate in a bowl either in the microwave on in a glass bowl over hot (but not boiling) water.

2. Mix the cornflakes into the melted chocolate, covering them completely. Spread onto a tray in the thinnest layer possible and pop in the fridge for at least 15 mins.

3. Mix 100g of butter with 200g of icing sugar and 50g of cocoa power. Keep mixing until the ingredients combine and form a thick butter icing. The thicker the better!

4. Get an empty cupcake case and your cold and set chocolate covered cornflakes from the fridge.

5. Spoon a blob of icing into the bottom of the cupcake case. Break off small chunks of the cornflakes and stick into the icing at all sides, building higher and higher.

6. Spoon another smaller dollop of icing onto top and stick more chunks of cornflakes on all sides. Stick a final piece of cornflake on top.

7. Pop back in the fridge for as long as you can possibly wait. (I recommend overnight.)

Before serving, you can sprinkle with icing sugar to get that snowy winter effect, or simply leave plain.

Exclusive Author Q&A with Kelly Elliott

Bestselling author Kelly Elliott just launched the first book in a brand new series – and because she rocks, she’s also done this exclusive Q&A for all her readers. Keep reading for the scoop on Seduce Me, and more  . . . 

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What’s been your favourite cover of all the books you’ve published, and why?

Oh, that is like asking who your favorite child is! I would probably have to say Wanted. It was my first book I published so it will always have a special place in my heart. The cover for Seduce Me is a close second. I simply adore that cover.

What are your best conditions to read in?

Snuggled up on an oversized chair, a blanket, some hot tea, and my chocolate lab by my side.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Somewhere in the mountains overlooking a beautiful blue lake.

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What was the inspiration behind your new series?

I started writing Seduce Me about three years ago as a side project only. Just a fun story to write that didn’t have any pressures of deadlines or anything like that. My publicist saw I was getting burned out and she was the one who suggested it. I probably spent more time re-writing that book than any book I have ever written, because I had the time to play with it. The story line came to me one day when I was driving and I saw a young couple standing outside an office building in downtown Austin. I was at a light and I watched them walk up to each other and kiss. The way they both looked at each other you just knew they were in love. And from that one simple encounter, my mind started going. I imagined where they worked, what they did for a living, their names. I pretty much had the first part of the book plotted out in my mind before I even got home.

Why have you set this series in Austin, Texas?

One reason is I’m from Austin. The second reason is I was inspired by that one couple on that one street corner in downtown Austin. I knew the book had to be set in Austin.

Have you got a motto you live your life by? If so, what is it?

“Every day of your life is an opportunity to be a blessing to someone.” I truly believe everyone needs some sort of helping hand each day of our lives.  It could be something as simple as holding the door for some and wishing them a good day. You always have a chance to be a positive in someones world.

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Which of your characters would you most like to meet in real life?

That is easy! Charleston Monroe, from Seduce Me. She is probably one of my favorite characters I’ve written to date. I love how strong she is, yet vulnerable at the same time. Plus I like her name…and her cat.

Have you always written books? How did you get started?

I knew I wanted to be some sort of writer early on when I was in high school after reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I was told by a college professor that I wrote in circles and would never make it as a writer. So, I gave up on that dream and tucked away deep down inside.

Story telling has always been something I loved to do and I did it often in all sorts of ways. Maybe it is the Irish in me!  I filled journals with short stories that I never shared with anyone. Once they were filled up, I threw them out. I kept a journal when I was pregnant with my daughter and filled it with little stories about how my day was. Then I kept another one after I had my daughter. Any excuse to write, and I was writing.  A friend of mine read the journal I kept after Lauren was born and begged me to publish it, but I tucked it away for her to read someday. Then one day I got an idea for a story on my way home from dropping my daughter off at school. I came home, opened my laptop and three weeks later I had Wanted written. The hardest thing I had to do after that was share it with the world. Best decision I ever made.

If childhood Kelly could see you now, what would she be most proud of?

I hope she would be proud of how I have stayed true to myself during this whole process. And if I could give childhood Kelly a piece of advice, it would be not to listen to that college professor and follow her dreams.

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Seduce Me is out now, and available to buy in paperback or eBook

Royal Romance competition

To enter simply like and share the competition post the competition post on the Piatkus Facebook.

This competition is run by Little, Brown UK. If you have any issues please email: competitions@littlebrown.co.uk

Terms & Conditions:
1. This is a prize draw for one person to win A Promise of Fire, The Palace of Lost Dreams and Too Wilde To Wed . To enter simply like and share the competition post on the Piatkus Facebook.
2. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group marketing team, whose decision will be final.
3. The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group (hereinafter the ’Company’) website and on other websites and social media accounts.
4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The prize draw opens at 09:45 am GMT on 16.05.2018 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on 20.05.2018. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK, except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
10. The winner’s name will be published in a direct email to them, as well as the competition page on the Piatkus Entice website, confirming they are the winner. They then have 7 days to claim their prize. If they have not responded via email in 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
11. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.
13. By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
14. This competition is being organised by Little, Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DZ.
15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

Five forbidden love stories

Inspired by the heartrending forbidden love story at the heart of J.R. Ward’s The Chosen, we’ve chosen (ho ho) five of our film favourites . . .


Shakespeare in Love
: Will Shakespeare is suffering from a bad case of writer’s block, and it seems like inspiration will never come – that is, until he meets Viola. Arresting, brilliant and one of his greatest admirers, their love quickly blossoms but is challenged by mistaken identity, backstage drama and the dastardly Lord Wessex . . . A funny, fresh and contemporary take on Shakespeare and his writing, we’ve seen this film countless times and still love it.


Moonlight:
arguably the best film of 2016, Moonlight sheds new light on the forbidden love trope as we follow a young boy, Chiron, coming to terms with his sexuality and racial identity against a backdrop of poverty and violence in contemporary Miami. When he forges a friendship with the charismatic Kevin, Chiron begins to realise just who he is – even if circumstances conspire against their burgeoning relationship. Quietly profound and gorgeously realised, this is a film for the ages.


The English Patient:
When amnesiac WW2 pilot Lazlo de Almásy is pulled from a plane wreckage in North Africa, he finds himself under the care of the beautiful but troubled nurse Hana, who helps him to remember his love affair with the married Katharine Clifton before the war. One of the most sumptuous romantic epics of recent times, and as heartbreaking today as it was on initial release.


All That Heaven Allows: a 50s melodrama that has inspired many other tales of forbidden love (including Fear Eats the Soul and Far From Heaven), the film focuses on the plight of a middle-class widow Cary Scott who falls in love with her much younger gardener (played by Rock Hudson), to the consternation of her snobbish friends and family. Tissues at the ready . . .

 

Harold and Maude: forbidden love is all about breaking down taboos, and this offbeat cult comedy does so with aplomb. When death-obsessed 20-something Harold meets the free-spirited septuagenarian Maude, an unexpected romance blossoms – and though society seems unwilling to accept them, this eccentric couple couldn’t care less.

Free excerpt from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonmark . . .

Tomorrow Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s amazing Dragonmark comes out in paperback! Read an excerpt below… 

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Samothraki, Greece 9501 BCE
“The bastards cut his throat. Severed his vocal cords entirely.” Materializing from the frigid depths of his lair, Falcyn cursed as he saw his brother, Maxis, dragging Illarion into his dark den behind
him. For years they’d been searching for their youngest dragon-brother, who’d been captured by humans for who knew what nightmarish horrors. But no trace had ever been found of the young dragonet.

Until now.

So large that he barely fit through the cave opening, Maxis released his hold on their baby brother and allowed Illarion to sprawl across the floor. Blood seeped over his yellowish-orange
scales. Both of his wings lay broken and useless against the cold earthen floor. His breathing shallow as he struggled desperately to stay conscious, Illarion blinked his serpentine yellow eyes slowly. Painfully.
So much needless misery—it radiated from the child to the core of Falcyn’s being. And it made his own eyes turn vibrant red as bloodlust rose
within him. Knowing he couldn’t tend his brother in his native dragon body, Falcyn shifted into the hated form of a human. The moment he did so, Illarion let out a gurgling hiss and rolled into an attack position even though it had to be agony for him to move.

“Easy, little brother.”

Falcyn spoke in their native drakyn—the true language all dragons spoke. One that sounded feral and unintelligible to humans. He held his hand out toward Illarion as a peace offering. While he might temporarily wear the skin of a man, Falcyn was and would always be a dragon in his heart and soul. “You know me. I need this form to heal you. Now calm yourself before you do more harm.”

A single crystalline tear fell from the corner of Illarion’s serpentine eye.

In that moment, Falcyn hated humanity more than he ever had—something he wouldn’t have thought possible. He reached to stroke Illarion’s gray-scaled snout. “Shh . . .”
Illarion backed up, then collapsed. Maxis gasped as he gently nuzzled the much smaller dragon and tucked his own wings against his body. Ignoring the fact that Max was a giant beast of a dragon who
could swallow him whole in his current incarnation, Falcyn shoved Max’s head away. “He’s passed out from the pain, Yaya. Now move your hulking arse so I can help him.”

Max shuffled back to make more room. “Will he live?”
“I don’t know. Where did you find him?”
“I didn’t. He found me.” Guilt and agony haunted Max’s eyes. “He can no longer Bane-Cry. The bastards took his ability to call us when they slit his throat.”
Falcyn ground his teeth as even more unmitigated rage tore through him. “Then we will teach him a new way to call for us. One they won’t be able to stop.”

Max nodded and looked away. “This is my fault.”
“Don’t!”
“It is and you know it. My mother gave him to the humans to get back at me for what I said to her. Had I cooperated . . . given her what she—”
“She would have screwed over the world, and he still would have paid for her cruelty. The lilitu are without the ability to care for their young. You know this. My own mother watched as they sacrificed me on my birth. All it did was teach me that we’re in this life alone, cradle to grave, and make me bitter and disgusted.”

Max swallowed before he spoke again. “Is that why you can take human form when no other dragon can?”

Falcyn didn’t answer his question. It was the one thing he would never speak of. To anyone. No one needed to know anything about him. Not even those he considered his brothers. Nor was he the only dragon who could shift . . . But there were many things his brothers and sisters didn’t need to know about this world.

“His physical injuries are not so bad,” he said, changing the subject. “We should be able to heal him.”
“But?”
“He’s only a child. I fear for the mental damage they’ve wrought.”
“As do I. They were using him to fight in their wars. Riding him like he was a thoughtless beast.”
Falcyn winced. Too bad Illarion hadn’t been a full-grown drakomas. That was the fury the humans deserved. Not the small child who lay helpless at his feet. One who’d been unable to fully fight them and give them the fyrebreath and dragon’s fury they deserved. In that moment, he felt the demon within him rising. It wanted to set fire to the world and watch it burn to cinders. If mankind had any idea how often they tempted him toward destruction they’d never sleep again. Times like this, it took everything he had not to give in to that darkness that burned inside him, calling for the hearts and souls of all sentient beings. Even the gods.

That was what made it so hard to relate to Maxis. Part Arel, he was the direct opposite. He saw only good inside even the most corrupt. It was sickening, really. The way his brother wanted to help others. That innate need Max had to protect and to serve. It was ever revolting. Now Illarion had been given his first taste of humanity. And like Falcyn’s, it had been a most bitter meal. If the dragonet did survive this, he wouldn’t have Max’s blood in him that would want to protect the human vermin who’d tortured him. Illarion’s father was the Greek god Ares. A war god. The humans had no idea what they’d been toying with. With the blood Illarion carried, he would become one of the strongest of their kind once he reached his majority. A dragon of fierce, unmatched powers.

Falcyn’s hand lingered at the brand on his brother’s back where the humans had marked Illarion like cattle. It festered and bled. Sadly, it would leave as bad a scar on his body as this entire ordeal had left on his brother’s psyche. May the gods have mercy on them all. . . .

For Illarion would not.

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