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Holy Moly! It's already March!!

Wow! I can not believe how quickly this year is going! It seems like only yesterday that I was packing up books for the Secret Santa giveaway and now look! It's March and the sun is shining over the London S&S offices.

A quick reminder to everyone who has received a book from S&S UK last year via our giveaways. If you enjoyed the book, or better yet if you wrote a review for the book, then please let me know. All feedback (good or bad) is welcomed and I always love reading your thoughts on our titles. As well as your own blog or journal, you can also post your book thoughts in our community booky_talk and on goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones, etc.

I hope you are all well and are finding time to squeeze in a bit of reading every now and again! What have you read this year that has grabbed you? For me, I've been getting into zombie fiction! Hilarious and terrifying in equal measure! We will continue to do giveaways of review copies so be sure to keep a look out for the next one coming later this month!

Santa's Sack giveaway!!!

Well people, it's officially five weeks until Christmas!!!
So, in order to get myself into the festive spirit, I'm opening up this year's festive giveaway now... and it's our biggest, most diverse giveaway yet!!!

What I've done is ordered up a selection of books from various genres, you've got fantasy, cookery, business, politics, thrillers, literary fiction, biography and so much more. I've squeezed them all onto my bookshelf and snapped some piccies of them. So my lovely, lovely LJ friends, take a look at the photos under the cut (you can click on them to enlarge so that you can read all the spines) and let me know what you would like!


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All of the books are available and in print, so if you need further help deciding they all have description on Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones.com, etc.

Not a lot here, but a couple of things to keep in mind…

1. Please comment this entry with your book and genre choice. Please do not post your personal details in this journal. Email proofs@simonandschuster.co.uk with your LJ USER name, name, address and put LJ BOOK GIVEAWAY in the subject line. PLEASE STATE WHICH BOOK YOU WOULD LIKE AS A FIRST CHOICE, AND THEN STATE A GENRE YOU ENJOY. This is so if that book has already gone, I can find something suitable for you :)
2. ONE BOOK per user please, let's share the love!
3. This giveaway is first come, first served. Apologies if you do not get a book this time, but there is always next round.
4. I will post the books anywhere in the world :-)
5. I will send the books to you absolutely free of charge - all I ask in return is that you read it and let me know what you think of the book, preferably in the form of a review in your journal. This is the same whether you liked the book or not - all and any feedback is welcome, both good and bad.

Books will be sent out as and when I receive requests so if you get your requests in early you might get lucky and receive them before christmas (I can not guarantee this though!), and will cost you nothing! woot!

This giveaway is open to all so please tell your friends to come and add us!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!


If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say? In DEAR ME, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter.

They range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but the letters all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be....

Stephen Fry, Alan Carr, Annie Lennox, Paul O'Grady, Jackie Collins, Fay Weldon, Peter Kay, Debbie Harry, Brenda Blethyn, Jonathan Ross, Liz Smith, Will Young, Alison Moyet, Rosanne Cash, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Yoko Ono and Emma Thompson... to name but a few!


To celebrate the release of DEAR ME: A LETTER TO MY SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF, we want you to send us a letter from you to your sixteen year old self.

The letters can be anonymous or named, humourous or serious, and you can add doodles, photographs, or anything else you want. After we receive them, we'll post them up on our blog. Send your email to
dearme@simonandschuster.co.uk - please also feel free to pop the letter up in your own blog or livejournal page to share with your friends!

The blog has already received some fantastic letters (including one from myself!) so please do visit www.dearmebooks.com and have a read of them. We hope to see your letter there soon!


Writer's Block: Memo to Myself

If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Always carry a book with you and then you'll never be bored when the train is delayed.

- We're doing a book similar to this in November called DEAR ME, which is a collection of letters to the celebrity writer's sixteen year old self. It's looking really good and once I have a final jacket and excerpts, etc. I'll post them up for you to check out :)

The White Queen - Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory's new book THE WHITE QUEEN is published next week on Tuesday 18th August. This is the first of a brand new trilogy called THE COUSIN'S WAR, and everyone at the S&S offices is gearing up for next week's global launch of the title!

Today, we launch @elizwoodville, a twitter account where over the next 7 days will post a 'tweeted' version of the new book, from the point of view of Elizabeth Woodville, the main character in THE WHITE QUEEN. This is the first time that a major best selling author has used Twitter in such a way, and we're all extremely excited to see how it goes. The 'tweets' begin at 5pm GMT today - If you are on Twitter and see these tweets, please let us know what you think of them!

Also on Twitter we have, @whitequeen_book where you can get news about the international launch straight into your twitter feed!

If you would like to wet your tastebuds before the tweets begin tonight then check out our website for an excerpt of the White Queen HERE.

We've had some fantastic reviews for THE WHITE QUEEN over the last month, check out the S&S book review community booky_talk to see them.

There are still copies of THE CRUCIFIX KILLER up for grabs in this month's giveaway - if you would like a copy, go HERE and claim one!
The giveaway entries are FRIENDS ONLY, but I'm around today accepting friend requests so please pimp us out :-)

Hi de Hi!

Hey guys!!

Things have been crazy this month - and it's only the 10th!!

A couple of bits of news for you all...

Lynda La Plante's Deadly Intent got to no.9 in the paperback charts this week!!

Philippa Gregory's THE WHITE QUEEN is published on August 18th 2009! This is the first in a new trilogy set during The War of the Roses. For more information click HERE.

David Grann's LOST CITY OF Z has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction!

Sophie McKenzie has been winning prizes for her books left, right and centre - the latest being the overall award at the Red House Children's Book Awards - Her new book, THE MEDUSA PROJECT: THE SET UP is out next month.

Our new website is getting more and more glitch-free day by day. It was also given a five-starred review from WEB USER magazine, who picked it as website of the fortnight! If you haven't checked out the site yet, then here's the LINK.

I hope you are all well, and have no fear an LJ giveaway will be posted before the end of the week!!!

Take Care,



Calling all Book Reviewers!

Hello lovely people!

I've been dreading this moment (as excel and me are not the best friends), but I want to create a spreadsheet of all of my current/potential bloggers and reviewers! A mammoth task indeed as over the last few months Simon and Schuster UK has gained some fantastic reviewers!

I'll still continue to do monthly giveaways in this journal, but I will use the Blogger/Reviewer Master of all spreadsheets for when an uncorrected proof or manuscript finds its way onto my desk. As I may only have one copy, I'd also like to know your favourite genres so I know who best to send it on to.

If you'd like to participate and be a reviewer for Simon and Schuster UK, then please email me at proofs@simonandschuster.co.uk
with the following details -

Name -
Address -
Email -
Blog/Livejournal etc. URL (i.e. where you post your reviews) -
Your preferred genre (maximum of three please - sci-fi,history,teen, etc.)

PLEASE DO NOT POST THESE DETAILS AS A REPLY TO THIS ENTRY. This entry is public so I do want you to be giving me your personal details here. You do not have to be a UK resident to be a reviewer for us.

Thanks for participating!

Ally x

Daniel Depp - Your Questions Answered!

Daniel Depp answers your questions!

Dear Readers:

Sorry about the delay in answering these questions, but I’ve been on the road for a couple of months, and wanted time to answer them properly. I’ve just now come to rest at home for a week or so, and then I’m off again! Thanks for your patience!

Anyway, here goes…

snorkackcatcher wrote:
Daniel: is -- well, to avoid spoilers, let's just say a character who went on the run for very good reason near the end of Loser's Town -- due to play a part in sequels? After a lot of buildup throughout the book his story seemed to be left hanging somewhat.

I’m asked this question a lot – readers have developed an odd affection for the guy, who was meant to be a minor character but ended up collecting his own fan base! And the answer is… yes. He’ll be back at some point, most likely Spandau 3 or 4. I’m developing a story for him now. My editor once said he’s the nicest multiple-murderer she’s ever read. I’m not quite sure how to take this. Who knew?

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Daniel Depp is a former journalist, bookseller, photographer and teacher, and most recently a screenwriter and Hollywood producer. In 1997, he and his brother, Johnny Depp (no questions on Johhny please), produced the film The Brave, with Johnny directing and starring alongside Marlon Brando. Daniel now divides his time between California and France. LOSER'S TOWN is his first novel.

LOSER'S TOWN is available on AMAZON and other retailers.

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