Monthly Archives: December 2016

。 ღ˛° 。✫¸.•°* LEEDS AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ *˛˚

Pleased to welcome Lizzie James to the Leeds 2018 event!




Lizzie James is a new author and lives in the valleys of South Wales, UK with her family.
Working full time for her local authority keeps her busy but her free time is spent in her favourite
pursuits of writing, reading, listening to music and travelling. She is passionate about her writing and
cooperatively works with a team of dedicated bloggers through CLiK Book Blog and Facebook Group to
advance and promote not only her own work but that of other aspiring Indie Authors.
This year she has published 2 books and is currently working on her 3rd novel – the final book in the Tangled contemporary romance series.





You can contact Lizzie on the below social media links. She loves talking to readers.
Facebook Page:
Twitter Page:
Goodreads Page:


Looking forward to meeting Lizzie in Leeds!





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After Signing Darker Ball



To round off a perfect day we are hosting an After Signing Darker Ball in the evening.

A chance to meet authors and friends in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

(Not all Authors are attending the ball)

7.30pm Start – 12.30pm

Dinner will be at the Holiday Inn same as the signing and starts at 7.30pm Dinner will be served at 8pm.

The ball will include a 3 course dinner, coffee and mints with a DJ, photographer and some extra touches. *wicked grin*

There will be a large bar that will be in the ballroom and open until 12.30 am with the residents bar open until 2am.

Dress code will be DARK & formal

We will be having a charity raffle in the evening and donating the money raised from that and the Photographers sales to the chosen charities .

~~ The menu is excellent, you would have two choices for each course which we would need to know in advance and if you have any dietary needs we need to cover please let us know.


Duck and Orange Pate with fruit chutney and bread


Buffalo mozzarella with sliced plum tomato and dressed with basil oil


Supreme of chicken with pancetta and red wine sauce, served with baby roast potatoes, glazed carrots a spinach scone and buttered cauliflower.


Potato, onion , spinach and dolcellatte roulade with chunky fresh tomato sauce, served with filo basket of broccoli with cheese and butter sauce , glazed carrots and croquette potatoes.


Lemon meringue with chantilly cream


Profiterole with toffee sauce and drizzled with chocolate

~ Coffee and Mints

Disco and Bar

Photographer with all proceeds going to our chosen charity

Charity Raffle And some extra touches 🙂

~ Please show ticket on arrival.

If wishing to be seated as a group at the ball please send us a note and we will try our best to accommodate this. Alternatively make a group booking in one name with a maximum of 10 tickets per booking.

Please tell us in advance of any dietary needs (10 seats per table)

All tickets are Non refundable Ticket can be transferred, you will have to contact Hourglass to change names.

Dress code is Formal Over 18’s only

Tickets are £46 per person plus and eventbrite booking fee

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Leeds Christmas Competitions 

Your Fabulous Leeds authors are coming together to make Christmas a touch special!
On the 12th of December we will have lots of prizes up for grabs!
Make sure you are in it to win it and join us Monday morning for the start of the competitions 🙂
Rachel and Jo xx

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A Darker Christmas 

Your amazing Darker Authors are coming together to make Christmas a touch special!
On the 12th of December we will have 29 prizes up for grabs!
Make sure you are in it to win it and join us Monday Morning for a day of competitions 🙂
Rachel and Jo xx

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Our Leeds 2018 charity

We would like to share with you all our Leeds 2018 chosen charity.

Make A Wish


This charity receives no government funding and rely on the support of people like you to help grant wishes.
If you have time please look at some of the remarkable things they have done and some of the beautiful children that they have given a wish to.
Thank you for being part of this!




Below is the charities mission statement …….

We exist for one reason – to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a life-changing bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and, most importantly, magical.

We go above and beyond to grant very special wishes to very special children; their dreams made a reality at a time when they need it most.

Because a child’s life shouldn’t be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis – it should be about wonder, joy and hope.

We’ve seen the effects a wish can have on a seriously ill child: from creating incredible memories, building confidence and bringing happiness, to providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a life-threatening condition.

We know what wishes can give, and this is the driving force behind why we continue to do what we do.
If you have time please look at some of the remarkable things they have done and some of the beautiful children that they have given a wish to 🙂

We are so pleased to be able to help this charity in 2018.

Thank you for being part of Leeds and supporting us with this!

Rachel and Jo


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。 ღ˛° 。✫¸.•°* LEEDS AUTHOR ANNOUNCEMENT ˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ *˛˚

We are very pleased to welcome Paula Acton to the Leeds 2018 event!


Born in Leeds, currently living in Huddersfield, Paula Acton decided when she turned forty to stop dreaming about writing and do it. Having been published in online journals and featured in the charity anthology Lupus Animus, her first two publications are short story collections with her debut novel to follow later in the year.

“When I turned forty I decided that it was time to actually do something I had been wanting to do for a long time and that was write a novel. Queen of Ages is still in the process of being edited but I am also now working on a collection of ghost stories which will be published soon and my first short story collection Disintegration & Other Stories is available on Amazon.

I have also been published in various online journals and in the charity anthology Lupus Animus, links to the books can be found by clicking on the Books tab.

Home life is hectic with a small child and various animals seeking to distract me from my writing but I firmly believe if you put aside a few minutes of every day, one day you will achieve your dreams.”


You can follow Paula here:

So pleased Paula will be signing in her home town!


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We are pleased to welcome Helen Whapshott to the Leeds event!


Helen was born in Aldershot in the year of 1980. She survived the infant, junior and senior schools of Cove. Helen started her working life in a bakery before deciding catering wasn’t really for her that she wanted to work in the care industry.

After attending Farnborough College of Technology, where she did her diploma in nursery nursing she took on a variety of roles that included being a Nursery Nurse, a Special Needs Teaching assistant, a support worker for people with special need and a care assistant in a nursing home.

She’s worked as a Health Care Assistant at a local hospital for eight years and also works as a bank carer at a children’s hospice in surrey.

She has five wonderful nephews, a lovely niece, two very understanding parents and extremely patient brother and sister.

Helen has always loved stories, ever since her Mum used to read Hans Christian Anderson and Roald Dahl to her at bedtime. When she learnt to read by herself she couldn’t get enough of books becoming a big fan of authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch.

With a love of reading came a love of creative writing. She recalls how her first hit was, “How The Kangaroo Got It’s Hop, at infant school when I was six, but I missed out on seeing my classmate’s enjoyment because I was off several weeks with the mumps; when I got back the hype had died down. A disappointment I’ve never really gotten over! Being able to share my creations this time and is a dream come true.”


You can find Helen here:


Looking forward to meeting Helen in Leeds!


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