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Thanks for darker.

It has taken us a while to get the words together to write this post and the reason for that is that we have been soaking up all the Darkness! We’ve Just loved reading the blog posts, seeing the pictures and enjoying all the wonderful comments.

Thought we would start at the beginning and go back a year….

As I’m (Rachel) part of the Orchard book club I have been lucky enough over the years to have been blogging and interacting with so many great authors from all genres and in all stages of their writing careers; so with our notebooks at the ready Jo and I thought it would be just amazing to be able to put a signing together showcasing authors writing the darker side of fiction. At first the struggle to bring horror and crime authors out from behind the computer screen was hard, bit by bit we found ourselves with a totally wicked darker family of authors.

The run up was a real roller coaster and totally consumed our lives for over 12 months, the Darker Event was something different from other signings we have hosted and we loved every single minute of it!

We wanted the signing and the evening ball to have a really close and friendly feel, keeping it intimate and personal all the way through. The readers group was such a fun place to post in and all the members totally embraced all things dark, well except for clowns that is! By posting and promoting everyday, you guys joining us, plus adding the little touches, we think we achieved the effect we were striving for.

The night before the event myself and Jo went to the hotel to setup, the nerves were quite high and I don’t think we had eaten or slept for days, it was like planning a wedding for 40 brides and grooms lol. Once a few of the authors had started to arrive they were popping into the hall to say hello, hugs were exchanged and we started to relax into it all. When we had finished the hall, we popped into the bar for a well needed drink! It was lovely to see everyone chatting, comparing travel stories; the laughter was contagious. It was reluctantly that we slipped off home leaving all the fun and wine behind, we needed to do some final checks and get some beauty sleep! (at least until the 5am alarm went off!)

Jo and I are big on lists, ( mostly Jo) we had ticked all the boxes and just knew we had it all covered, even down to the finest detail; it was just the butterflies that were going wild! We had arranged a meet and greet coffee for all the authors to chat and fill up on caffeine plus it gave us a few minutes to compose ourselves before the rest of our guests arrived.

We knew it would run smoothly and we had the makings of a great event. With the help of our terrific friends, amazing authors, assistants and of course the fabulous guests that came, the day went seamlessly. What we hadn’t imagined was the way everyone would embrace the day, the tables and banners looked fantastic and gave the room a fabulous feel to it. Our Horror model ladies certainly stayed in character the whole time! 9.55am arrived and we both left the room with our ticket guest list, wrist bands and scanner at the ready (those butterflies were still doing loops). The buzz of excitement from the fans was awesome, everyone chatting whilst they waited the last few minutes for the main doors to open.

From start to finish the mood was immense, full of laughter. Every single author was just so lovely and friendly, everyone that attended seemed to be full of smiles; so we felt pretty pleased with ourselves 🙂

A quick bite to eat and before we knew it the afternoon got into full swing, streams of fans walked round the hall. Looking for their favourite authors and discovering new ones to chat to. There were so many little moments that touched us, the hugs from people we had chatted to online to, then being grabbed for pictures.
The view was a hall full of amazing people, banners, laughing and camera flashes….. we were overwhelmed and cried happy tears.

Then a super quick turn around in the hall to transform it into the evening ball, again the finer details took time to set up and we literally threw on our ball dresses lol! The effect was just what we wanted even though we were not allowed the smoke machine or the clowns lol. The magian was terrific, the food was delicious the DJ was a bit old school but the company was epic! We danced and drank the rest of the night away ~ well until the bar closed! We gave our last hugs and said goodnight to everyone before collecting up the few mementos and table decorations that were left behind.

Too high on emotion for the night to end we slipped off to the residents bar, chatting and recounting some of the details that had made us laugh or caught our eye throughout the night.

There are so many people to thank for all the support, help and encouragement from start to finish we have been truly lucky to have had you all with us. We have to mention Krista Webster and Len, Paula and Clare our Hourglass team at darker did a brilliant job of making it all run smoothly. Have to thank Jodie from Swag Squad for doing the Darker merchandise . Not to forget our families for putting up with the constant late night meetings and darker talk! We would also like to thank the authors that believed in us and the authors that took a chance on us; we really appreciate that you chose to sign with us. Victoria,Claire and Charlie you ladies are awesome, thank you for the pep talks, your energy and smiles are infectious!

Thank you to everyone who came to Darker, without you all it would have been just an empty hall, you guys made this event! So thank you all 🙂

Lots of love
Rachel and Jo

xx

 

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The Darker Side of Fiction Author Announcement ✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.

We would like to welcome Cameron Lincoln  to the Darker Signing!

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Cameron Lincoln is an author and poet with a love of the weird and wonderful. He’s hard at work on a selection of novels and short stories that see him indulge in his Darker side.
To the event he’ll be bringing monsters, mobsters, hitmen, ghouls, steampunk armies and a whole host of strange genre delights…

He is currently working on Cavalier’s Kiss, a modern crime, and The Mayfly, an urban fantasy novel and he can’t wait to see you on the Dark Side.

 

 

 

You can find Cameron here:

https://www.facebook.com/cameronlincolnwriter/?fref=ts
@cameron_lincoln (Twitter)
cameron_lincoln (Instagram)

http://www.cameron-lincoln.com
 

 

Super excited to have cameron joining us again to sign at Darker, sure you will all give him a warm welcome x

Come and meet our fabulous authors signing for the Darker event in October 2017, its going to be a day and night to remember  : )

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/

 

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19 wicked authors so far coming from all over the world and all writing dark books!

The signing is only 18 months away with tickets going on sale soon ish😉

We look forward to you joining us over in the events Facebook group and page!

A. Giannoccaro
Apryl Baker
Carmilla Voiez
Charmain Marie Mitchell
Chris Turnbull
Claire C Riley
Dianna Hardy
Helen Bright
Hemmie Martin
Laura Morgan
Lavinia Urban
Martin Tracey
Mary E. Palmerin
Melody Winter
Raven Anxo
Ross Greenwood
Rumer Haven
Shani Struthers
Victoria L James

Follow the event here so you don’t miss a thing, and please spread the darkness and share with friends!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/

https://www.facebook.com/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction-879119735481907/

 

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#TheDarkerSideOfFiction2017

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Just going to plug Hourglass events 2017 Darker event!

The Darker Side Of Fiction……

We do have other plans for next year *grins* but Darker is up and running.

Sign up for authors is still open until the end of March, so if you have a darker author you would like to meet, tag and share!

All readers and bloggers are welcome to join the groups and page, be ace to have you with us 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/?__mref=message_bubble

https://www.facebook.com/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction-879119735481907/?ref=hl&__mref=message_bubble

 

AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM

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Author signing 2017 

  

We are excited to announce our 2017 author book signing event, 

“The Darker Side Of Fiction” 

We are looking for Authors writing the darker things…..
Crime

Fantasy 

Horror

Mystery

Paranormal

Psychological Fiction

Thriller…
The event will be held in Peterborough UK, our Venue is to be confirmed shortly, and the date is October 2017. 

If you would like to sign up or know of author friends that would be interested, please complete the form and we will be in touch with payment details and more information, If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Darker Side Of Fiction 2017 sign up form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZMmk5sfIY7QlumUN5ss_1vJ1lcYdDt_GCCRRgyLWe4Y/viewform?c=0&w=1
Here are the Events pages and group please take a peek if you get a chance.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction/879119735481907?ref=hl
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/
We are so excited for this events and would love see you there!
Hourglass Events
Rachel Brightey & Jo Curtis

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Web site still under construction…….

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★☆★☆ COMPETITION TIME ★☆★

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‪#‎TheDarkerSideOfFiction2017‬ ‪#‎Darker2017‬

Fancy winning a signed book from M.W Russell a signed bookmark from Laura Morgan  a Hemmie Martin  bag, swag from Claire C Riley, Hourglass swag and a £5.00 amazon gift card?

All you have to do is follow us on all the sites below….. leave a comment tag a friend and share the post…. easy right! Good luck

https://www.facebook.com/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction-879119735481907/

https://www.facebook.com/Hourglasseventsuk/?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/

 

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Winner will be picked at random on the 24th December

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The Darker Side Of Fiction Signing Event 2017

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We are excited to share with you

our

Darker Side Of Fiction Author Book Signing Event.

 

 
We are looking for Authors writing the darker things…..

Crime

Fantasy 

Horror

Mystery

Paranormal

Psychological Fiction

Thriller

The event is being held Peterborough UK (Venue to be confirmed) on the October 14th 2017

If you would like to sign up please complete the form and we will be in touch with payment details and more information, sign up does not grantee a place. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at :
hourglassevents@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Below is the sign up link
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZMmk5sfIY7QlumUN5ss_1vJ1lcYdDt_GCCRRgyLWe4Y/viewform?c=0&w=1

You can follow the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction/879119735481907

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/

https://www.facebook.com/Hourglasseventsuk?ref=hl
http://twitter.com/JoRahourglass
https://hourglassevents.wordpress.com

 

 

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A little update

 

When you have a passion for something, enough to put on an event, at first that’s enough. But then to see people sign up for that event, and then you see the tickets selling and the buzz for the event growing…..now that’s an incredible feeling!

There is nothing more rewarding than the end result, seeing people enjoying themselves; seeing everyone connect and share an experience. Knowing you put this together and made it happen, makes all the hard work worth it and that’s why we love working in events. Without you, the people sharing the event and buying the tickets there would be no event so a massive thank you for all the support you have shown the Leeds event and the 2017 event so far. 🙂

Now we have a couple of bits of latest news to share with you. Firstly as you know after the Leeds signing we are holding a Masquerade ball, the authors and many of you guys are excited about the evening and we must have made a stir as “The Masquerade shop” got in touch with us and have offered a 10% discount on all orders that quote Hourglass , how cool! Clearly we have peeked at the site and they over 600 different masks from £2.50 so have something to cater for all budgets and tastes. Her is the link and discount code: http://www.masquerademasksshop.co.uk/  discount code : Hourglass 15
They they just need a address to send the mask to and the date of the event.
They are also on twitter @maskshopheaven please use the ‪#‎LeedsAuthorEvent2016‬ hashtag if you tweet them as they have offered to donate a prize the charity raffle as we are passing all this info over to you 🙂

Tickets for the Masked Ball tickets are on sale now on eventbrite along side the signing tickets. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-author-event-2016-tickets-15537433883

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The lovely Grace Harper is interviewing and running spotlights on all the 60 attending Leeds authors! How cool is that?! Be sure to pop onto the page and get to know the authors a little more.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leeds-Signing-Author-Spotlight/1439310679722295?ref=hl

We are over the  700 likes on the Leeds event page 😝 thank you all so much…. If you can get us to 750 by 10pm Friday (26th June) just by tagging and sharing the page and event we will do a comp .. 2 am tickets will be up for grabs!
‪#‎LeedsAuthorEvent2016‬

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We are just adding a new page to the blog, the page will have all the Leeds authors bios, links and pre order forms, sure you will see us shouting about it but to be safe please just follow the blog.

Don’t miss future posts! We want as many people as possible hearing about our events,  sharing them, attending them and signing up for them, so here are all our links again.

Leeds Event 2016

Public group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1541707772746487/

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leeds-Author-Event-2016/640824189355594?ref=hl

The Darker Side Of Fiction 2017

Public group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433818133602201/

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Darker-Side-Of-Fiction/879119735481907

Hourglass

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hourglasseventsuk?ref=hl

http://twitter.com/JoRahourglass

Think that is for now…. oooooh one last thing

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-author-event-2016-tickets-15537433883

 #LeedsAuthorEvent2016

Our line up rocks!

This is going to be a terrific day and night you really do not want to miss this event.

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~Rachel & Jo~

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✰✦✰ Sign up for our 2017 event…. The Darker Side Of Fiction ✰✦✰

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The Darker Side of Fiction ~ October 14th 2017 Hosted by Hourglass events We are excited to announce our Darker Side Of Fiction Signing Event

~ We are looking for Authors writing the darker things….. Crime Horror Mystery Paranormal Psychological Fiction Thriller

~ Peterborough – Venue to be confirmed October 14th 2017

If you would like to sign up please complete the form and we will be in touch with payment details and more information,.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at : hourglassevents@yahoo.co.uk

~ sign up is now open

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZMmk5sfIY7QlumUN5ss_1vJ1lcYdDt_GCCRRgyLWe4Y/viewform?c=0&w=1

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