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A Quick Life Post Featuring The Birthday Giveaway Winners

A photo of a forest as Spring begins

I’m at a family event today, which may be interesting given our current weather, even if the last couple have days have been like that in the photograph. No doubt the people who chose this date had in mind lovely blossoms and a chilly but sunny occasion. For their sakes I’m crossing my fingers that the necessary attire won’t leave everyone stamping their feet. It’s not really the place for it.

In other news I’m hoping to attend the London Book Fair next week. I gave it a miss last time because the time previous to that wasn’t a particularly good experience. In 2011 adding “blogger” to your signup form left you with a name badge with “visitor” on it, and few are interested in visitors. This year, however, you can sign up as a blogger properly.

Despite my lack of interest in the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Anything Created By Simon Cowell, I’m finding myself once again gripped by The Voice. In truth my interest will wane once the blind auditions are over, because what keeps me watching this first stage is the obvious musical abilities that are desired by the judges, and the way looks aren’t important. No one is mocked in these auditions, and in this, the second series, it’s nice to see that the judges, now with last year’s experience, aren’t choosing people after only a few notes. There’s the sense that there will be a greater variety in the voices chosen this time, and less impulsiveness. As a musician I probably ought not to like it, and yet it’s that very aspect of me that makes me love it.

Giveaway Winners

I assigned a number to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway in order of when you commented. If you want you can watch this video to see who won, or the results are just below. First number was for the signed copy, the second for the ebook. Hopefully this will work. I made a test video earlier and it seemed to.

The winner of the signed copy is Helen. The winner of the ebook is Kelly. I’ll email you both within the next few days for your details.



April 8, 2013, 4:30 am

I haven’t watched The Voice before this season. My daughter asked if I would check it out with her. The judges are pretty funny, they way they poke fun at one another ;)


April 8, 2013, 9:22 am

Congratulations Helen and Kelly!

Hope you have a lovely day, and are dressing warm. I feel like we are in neverending winter.

I’ve never been to the London Book Fair, but now I know you can sign up as a blogger i’m intrigued. Maybe I should go up for a day…


April 8, 2013, 11:42 am

Congratulations to the winners!
And what a lovely place, hope you enjoy the day with your family.
That Book Fair sounds fantastic too! Hope you write about it in the blog!!


April 8, 2013, 1:10 pm

I hope your family event goes well today and that the weather where you are is pleasant enough. Congratulations to the lucky winners as well.


April 8, 2013, 3:29 pm

Woohoo, awesome! :) And I hope you enjoy the Book Fair, that sounds like a great time.


April 8, 2013, 4:57 pm

YAY Winners!!!

Also, The London Book fair??? *dies from jealousy*

Audra (Unabridged Chick)

April 8, 2013, 5:01 pm

Hope the family event is fun (and not too chilly!)!

Belle Wong

April 8, 2013, 5:31 pm

The London Book Fair sounds like fun. I confess to a mild form of addiction to all those talent show types of shows, and have been enjoying the The Voice US blind auditions. I also caught the first episode of The Voice UK last week (thank you, YouTube!). I tend to enjoy the auditions the most, though – it’s the whole diamond in the rough/Cinderella thing that really grabs me – and my interest generally wanes with the later episodes.


April 9, 2013, 6:50 pm

I’ve never been to a book fair, convention, etc so they sound fascinating to me. I hope you get to attend and tell us all about it!


April 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

What lovely tall trees! I hope you get to go to the book festival and find some wonderful new reads or hear some interesting authors – always so amazing to hear them talk about their work and their process.


April 16, 2013, 12:43 pm

Jennifer (Relentless Reader): Once I watched season 1 of the UK, I watched as much as I could of the US and Australia ones, too (I’m pretty addicted). You’ve got a good group of judges.

Alice: It was quite cold, and I caught a cold (fitting, I guess) but it was a lovely day. Regarding the Book Fair, now I’ve been twice and it’s okay, but I’m not sure I’d go again. Because bloggers aren’t particularly relevant there it can feel a bit weird. We need a Book Expo UK!

Isi: It was a very nice day :) I took some photos and notes so I’m hoping to write about the Book Fair next week.

Jessica: It was cold, okay weather :)

Kelly: :) I’d take a guess that at the very least there are 1/3 of the world’s bigger publishers there.

Heather: It’s okay, though I expect Book Expo is better, at least for bloggers.

Audra: It was lovely :)

Belle: I’m totally addicted to the blind auditions, the UK, US, and Australian ones. You Tube is very useful for that, I agree. I think for me it’s that they all about teams, and yet then each week one person from each team leaves. That’s not being a team :/

Anbolyn: I have photos and notes :)

Jennifer (Books, Personally): Unfortunately I missed most of the authors as I got there late, but I did listen to a speech about reader discovery.



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