books and flashes and a GIVEAWAY!

This has been one hell of a few days. We spent last Friday down in Birmingham in a bone-achey awful DIY session, finishing redecorating my flat so that I can find new tenants (any takers?) and when we came back (01:30 Saturday morning with a takeaway in the back of the car to eat in bed when we got home because we're CLASSY) there was a red card from Royal Mail waiting for us. So the next day off we went to pick up two packets of books. But not just any books - MY books!


That's emulsion paint on my hands, not some godawful skin disease. It's gone now, because I remembered that paint-hands are just so 2008. Anyway. We also collected Jawbreakers, modelled here by the blushing cover designer:


Ace, right? Obviously I want everyone to buy both these books, so I'll talk them up to high heavens, but really, they look and feel great and I'm just delighted with them. Then, yesterday, I ran my NFFD flash-fiction workshop at Manchester City Library, which was an absolute pleasure: the participants were brilliant, the library staff were amazing, we had the best space in which to write - and even the passing parade for Manchester City's Premier League win didn't quite manage to drown us out and, really, it was very cool of Mancini to rustle up such an enthusiastic crowd of flash-fiction cheerleaders for us.


What's also very cool is that Danny at Manchester Library is going to compile a special e-book of the flash fictions that we produced on the workshop, which will then be available to download for library members. Just got to edit my, uh, output, and send it over to him...

So the next thing coming up - tomorrow, in fact, is the one, the only, National Flash Fiction Day! Which has been looming for months, of course, but has yet managed to sneak up on me. The official blog has lots of details of what's on around the country, so you better look up your own region, but here in Manchester we've got the peripatetic stylings of the Flashtag crew and then the latest instalment of Bad Language - this time in the Three Minute Theatre in Affleck's Palace in the Northern Quarter, kicking off at 19:30. I'll be there, browbeating you all into buying Enough and Jawbreakers. Speaking of Jawbreakers, the Kindle version has just been released and tomorrow, for one day only, you'll be able to download it (and a bunch of other excellent e-books) for free! (Though I recommend the paperback - did I mention it's general ace-ness?) Tomorrow, also, I'll have a teeny twitter-length story appearing on the Thresholds site alongside lots of other celebratory flash-fictions, and, AND, if you're still reading, I'm going to do a special launch-day giveaway because, woo-hoo, despite having sold several copies of Enough last night at my workshop (thank you!), it's actually officially released tomorrow, and in honour of that, I'll give away a copy to one lucky (?) blog reader! Leave a comment, starting NOW, and tomorrow night when I get back from Bad Language, I'll pick a name at random. Go!


17 comments:

Fiona said...

Pick me pick me pick me! (Well done you, busy & productive lady.)

Kevin Bradshaw said...
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Frances said...

Congratulations on the launch of Enough, Valerie!

Kevin said...

Looks great, well done!
P.S. I wish that flat for rent was in Manchester!
P.P.S. didn't mean to delete that first comment; I don't know what i'm doing

sara crowley said...

Hey, congrats on such a busy, productive time, Valerie. Jawbreakers is aces, and I'm sure Enough is wonderful too. Please put me in the cybery hat as I'd love to win a copy.

Teresa Stenson said...

Congratulations, Valerie. I too would love to win a copy of yer book, ma'am.

Emma said...

I'd love a copy too - please put me in the draw!

Jessica said...

I would love to win a copy - please could I have my name added to the hat? Thank you :)

broken biro said...

Even though I'm new here, I'd LOVE a copy of your book!

Carys said...

Me too - I'd love to read it :)

Valerie O'Riordan said...

ooh, you guys are all great! Broken Biro, hello! Kevin, hell, none of us know what we're doing - and shouldn't you be off doing a wedding countdown anyway...?

Vanessa Gebbie said...

I'd like to buy one? drop me an email.

Laura Wilkinson said...

Happy NFFD to you, Valerie and congratulations on Enough. Jawbreakers is smashing; I've read lots of the stories and looking forward to the rest. I'll buy a copy of Enough regardless, but if I get chosen one very lucky friend will get a copy too! Enjoy your day.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Aw, thanks, Laura!

angel readman said...

congratulations! please put me in a hat- would love to read it:)

Amy Mackelden said...

Chapbook sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it:)

SJIHolliday said...

Your book looks fab, I want it based on the smiling faces and the emulsioned hands alone!