General Knowledge Quiz

And now for our General Knowledge Quiz. Again, there will be 20 questions for this quiz but you will have until 5pm next Tuesday 23rd September to get the answers to us. Please send your answers by email to:

The winner will be drawn from all those with 20 correct answers or, if nobody gets all the answers right, the winner will be drawn from all those with the most correct answers. The winner will be contacted shortly after the closing date, as soon as we have had a chance to go through all the entries, and will also be announced on the blog. We will also publish the answers on the blog after the competition deadline.

The Prize

As this is a General Knowledge Quiz, our prize will be general in nature too, so we’re awarding a £25 John Lewis voucher to the winner. That means you’ll be able to treat yourself to whatever you fancy.

N.B. We welcome overseas attendees and are willing to exchange the voucher for the equivalent in the country of choice if the prizes are won by somebody from overseas.


Don’t forget that we’ve still got the SLUR Big Prize Quiz coming up later today. The winner of the SLUR Big Prize Quiz gets a £50 John Lewis voucher and a signed print copy of SLUR along with my other two publications. The questions for the SLUR Big Prize Quiz will be based on the book so unless you were lucky enough to win a copy in our Meet the Author Quiz, you might want to buy your copy now if you haven’t already done so. Here’s the link:

But now back to our General Knowledge Quiz.

The Questions

1. In personal finance, what do the letters IVA stand for?

2. On which British island is the town of St Helier?

3. In which country are the Black Mountains?

4. What is the name of the actress who plays Rachel Berry in “Glee”?

5. In a human embryo, what is the first part of the body to develop?

6. How many points is the letter “s” worth in scrabble?

7. What is the square root of 144?Question mark

8. Who was the first labour Prime Minister?

9. Who was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister?

10. Which Roman Emperor conquered Britain?

11. Which element has the chemical symbol Na?

12. Who is Miley Cyrus’s godmother?

13. In what way were the Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order related?

14. Who was the British Prime Minister at the end of the First World War?

15. For which film did Jennifer Lawrence win an Academy Award for best actress?

16. Which is the nerve that is damaged in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

17. What do the angles in a hexagon add up to?

18. Where would you wear espadrilles?

19. Which elephants have the biggest ears – African or Indian?

20. What is a lien?


Don’t forget to send your answers by email to by 5pm next Tuesday 23rd September at the latest.


Literary Quiz

We’re now moving onto our second competition of the day (or first for Saturday), which is our Literary Quiz. I’m very excited about this one as it gives me a chance to introduce some of my talented author friends who have kindly offered to contribute signed copies of their books as prizes.

We still have two more competitions to go, which are our General Knowledge Quiz later this afternoon, with a £25 gift voucher for the winner, and the SLUR Big Prize Quiz this evening. The winner of the SLUR Big Prize Quiz gets a £50 gift voucher and a signed print copy of SLUR plus my two parenting books. (Please note that some of these quizzes will be re-run on Saturday 20th September but times will differ. You can find full details of approximate times for both days at:

But first let me tell you more about our Literary Quiz. We’re giving away a great prize for this one so there’ll be 20 questions but you have until 5pm next Tuesday 23rd September to send your answers by email to: The winner will be drawn from all those with 20 correct answers or, if nobody gets all the answers right, the winner will be drawn from all those with the most correct answers. The winner will be contacted shortly afterwards, as soon as we have had a chance to go through all the entries, and will also be announced on the blog. We will also publish the answers on the blog after the competition closing date.

Literary Prize

The Prize

I have taken my book launch day as an opportunity to introduce you to the wealth of talent that the independent publishing world has to offer. The prize will be a bundle of five signed print copies of books by talented authors. I have specifically chosen these five authors because I have read books by each of them and I personally recommend them. That’s why I’ve called them my Fab Five. I appreciate that everybody has different tastes in reading matter so I’ve selected a variety of genres. Here they are:

My Fab FiveFab Five

Each of the following books are included in the prize for this competition. I have read every one of them and they’re all excellent. N.B. Please click on the author name to find out more about the author. By clicking on the book title you will be directed to the Amazon page for that book. If you’re not lucky enough to win the prize, why not take the chance to discover a new talent and buy one of these books from Amazon?




Joanne Phillips Can’t Live Without Romantic Comedy
Rose Edmunds Never Say Sorry Thriller
Guy Portman Necropolis Black Comedy
Clare Davidson Reaper’s Rhythm YA Urban Fantasy
Georgia Rose A Single Step Romantic Suspense

The Importance of Reviews

Independent publishing is currently undergoing a bit of a revolution. Because of the difficulties in getting published by mainstream publishers and the stringent rules they apply, increasing numbers of authors are publishing independently. This includes authors that previously had publishing deals, because they prefer to have control over when and how they publish, what design goes on the cover of their book, how they divide their time between writing and promotion etc.

However, the downside of independent publishing is that independent authors do not have the big advertising budgets of large publishing houses and we therefore rely on recommendations and word of mouth. Every time a positive review is published on Amazon or Goodreads it encourages potential readers to purchase our books. If you have read and enjoyed a book, please spare a couple of minutes to leave a review as the authors really appreciate your contribution.


Before I print the questions, let me remind you that we’ll be announcing the winner of our Meet the Author quiz shortly (Friday only). If you aren’t lucky enough to win a copy of SLUR, don’t forget that you can still buy one for as little as £1.99 for a Kindle version or £7.99 for a print version from Amazon at:

The Questions

1. In “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy, what was the name of the family horse that died?

2. In “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck”, what is the name of the boss’s son on the ranch?

3. In the play “An Inspector Calls” by J. B Priestley, who does Sheila get engaged to?

4. In “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, what district are Katniss and Peeta from?

5. In the Shakespeare play Hamlet, what is the name of Hamlet’s mother?

6. In “The Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, what was the conch used for?

7. What is the name of the magician in J. B. Priestley’s “Lost Empires”?

8. What is the name of the royal poisoner in “I Claudius” by Robert Graves?

9. Name the two cities in “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens?

10. What condition does Terry Pratchett suffer from?

11. In the well-known satire “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, what was the novel said to parody?

12. The well-known writing duo Nicci French is the name of a man and wife team. What are their full names?

13. Val McDermid recently did a re-imagining of a Jane Austen classic as part of the Jane Austen project. What was the name of the book?

14. In “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, what is the name of Mr Rochester’s dog?

15. Where was Robert Harris’s book “Enigma” based?

16. In Robert Bolt’s novel “The Mission”, what did the slave trader do that caused him to become a priest?

17. Who won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and what was the name of the book?

18. Who is the bestselling author of all time?

19. What is the name of the warship that saves the narrator’s brother in H G Wells’ “War of the Worlds”?

20. What classic of Latin literature did Julius Caesar write?


Don’t forget to send your answers by email to by 5pm on Tuesday 23rd September.


2) Meet the Author

Now it’s time to find out a bit more about the author with our fun quiz. Don’t forget to send the answers to all of our quizzes by email to: The winner of the Meet the Author Quiz will be drawn from all those with 10 correct answers or, failing that, the winner will be drawn from those with the most correct answers. The deadline for your answers to this quiz is 1pm this afternoon.

We will announce the winner on the blog later this afternoon along with the answers. We’re not expecting anyone to get all the answers right and we realise that a lot of your answers will be guesses. The idea is to have a bit of fun (and maybe a laugh or two at the author’s expense).

If you want to find out more about the author you could sign up to my mailing list by following the link here. I use my mailing list to share details of my new releases, discounted books etc. and will never share your details with any third parties. You might also want to check out my Facebook page at:


The Prize

For our Meet the Author Quiz we’re offering a signed print copy of SLUR ( together with signed print copies of my other publications, Kids’ Clubs and Organizations: and Great Places for Kids’ Parties:, and a £10 gift voucher. Don’t forget that you can also buy a print or Kindle version of SLUR at: and can download a free app that enables you to read the Kindle version on your computer, tablet or smart phone here.

N.B. We welcome overseas attendees and are willing to exchange the voucher for the equivalent in the country of choice if the prizes are won by somebody from overseas.

Here are our Meet the Author Quiz questions:

1. Which part of my anatomy is so small that my daughter’s was bigger than mine by the time she was five years of age?Embarrassed

2. Which item did I once drop under a train resulting in a delay as the guard had to have the train moved up the track so he could retrieve it for me then move the train back into position? (Meanwhile all the passengers were waiting patiently to board whilst staring out of the window at my red face.)

3. How many times did I sit my driving test (extra points if you can name how many times were manual and how many were automatic)?

4. And just to prove I’m not as stupid as I might sometimes seem, how many times did I win the top of the class prize at junior school?

5. What is my middle name?

6. Can you give the name of my writing business?Holidays

7. I previously published a poem on my blog. Who was that poem about?

8. What are the ages and genders of my two children?

9. Where do I usually spend most of my holidays?

10. In which city was I born?


Don’t forget to send your answers to this quiz by email to and get them to us by 1pm this afternoon at the latest.


Who are my Fab Five Indie Authors?

My Fab Five Indie Authors will be playing a special role in my online book launch party for my debut novel SLUR:, which is a crime thriller set in 1980s Manchester. So, I would like to say a big thank you to each of the Fab Five for their contribution. You can find out more about my launch party by checking out the agenda. The book launch party will be taking place on this blog on 19th and 20th September.

Each of these talented authors has kindly agreed to donate a signed print copy of one of their books as a prize for our Literary Quiz. This means that the lucky winner will receive a bundle of all five books. The books cover a range of genres to cater to different tastes but the thing that they all have in common is that they are particularly well written and a good read. The books included in the prize are: Can’t Live Without, Necropolis, Never Say Sorry, A Single Step and Reaper’s Rhythm. To find out more about each book, please follow the links under the author details.

Given the wealth of talent in the independent author community, it was difficult to choose just five authors, and there were some others that I would like to have included. However, I have chosen these five because I have read and enjoyed books by all of them, and can recommend their work. I have also made a personal connection with each of the authors and found them friendly and supportive. I would therefore like to tell you a little more about these five exceptional people:

Joanne Phillips

BIN425-0064.jpgJoanne is a popular and prolific author of romantic comedies and cosy mysteries. Her debut novel Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller and her books regularly appear on Amazon category bestseller lists. To date she has published four novels, a short story collection and a novelette.

Apart from being a talented author and a lovely lady, Joanne is a great supporter of the Indie community and runs a very informative blog sharing advice about the book writing, publishing and marketing process, which you can find at: Readers can also find out all about Joanne’s books on her website:

Guy PortmanGuy Portman2

Guy has published two novels which differ in subject matter but both are peppered with Guy’s unique sardonic humour. He writes in a literary style that doesn’t conform to current writing trends. In fact, because Guy’s writing style is so individual I think that it can be considered timeless, and I can see his second novel in particular, Necropolis, becoming a cult classic. Although the graphic content may not suit everybody, this book will stay with you for a long time after you have read it.

Guy also publishes a regular literary blog, which is both witty and informative. It can be found at:

Rose Edmunds

Rose EdmundsIf you’re looking for a fast paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns, then Rose’s debut novel, Never Say Sorry, is a must. Rose is a skilled thriller writer who knows how to grab readers from page one and keep them turning the pages.

Never Say Sorry is set in the world of corporate finance and involves a conspiracy to suppress a natural cancer cure. It has received great reviews to date and the good news is that Rose has a second book due out soon called Concealment, which is a psychological thriller. You can find out more about Rose’s forthcoming thriller, Concealment, at:

Georgia RoseGeorgia Rose

Camera shy Georgia prefers to hide behind her blue rose symbol. Georgia is relatively new to the independent writing scene but has already made an impact since publishing her debut novel A Single Step at the end of 2013. This romantic suspense novel has received many excellent reviews and been featured on a number of popular blogs. A Single Step is the first in a trilogy, and the second novel, Before the Dawn, will be released on 26th September, so Georgia’s fans won’t have long to wait.

Georgia publishes a lively blog, which features author interviews, book reviews and recommendations, as well as giving an insight into her writing journey. You can find out more about Georgia and her work at:

Clare Davidson

Clare DavidsonClare writes fantasy novels for the young adult niche, but the characterisation is so strong in Clare’s novels that they appeal to more than just a young adult readership. I have read two of Clare’s novels, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I found myself empathising with the lead character who is a teenage girl. To date Clare has written a standalone novel, Trinity, and three novels in the Hidden series, of which Reaper’s Rhythm is the first. She is currently working on the fourth novel in the series.

Clare also runs a stimulating and thought provoking blog, which you can find at:


As well as our Literary Quiz, we’ll be running three other quizzes for our launch day celebrations so don’t forget to join us if you don’t want to miss out on the fun.