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Sunday, 21 July 2013

A BIG THANK YOU to the following people...

We are just over a week away from the launch of 'It's Raining Men' now.  If you follow me on Facebook - check out my page for a chance to win my entire back catalogue of books.

All the tickets have gone now.  There are some people who have just reserved them but if you don't collect them this week - they're going back on the market so please get them quickly.  There's a reserve list, so ring Caroline or Sandra on 01226 381006 and they'll tell you if there's a chance of a seat.

All the places have gone for my Yorkshire Day Launch in Mapplewell now - but there is a reserve list.  BUT there is another event if you can't make that one and boy... it's a good one.

On Sat August 3rd in Meadowhall, upstairs Waterstones, next to M & S, between 11.30am - 5.30pm I will be signing books - new and backlist - WITH A TEAM OF DANCING HUNKS.  Bring your cameras, be photographed with them, upload it to Facebook or Twitter and the winner will be presented with a special prize INCLUDING  a hamper of

On the day we will be giving away book samplers, chocolates, there will be GORGEOUS RAINSHADER umbrellas!!!  If you haven't got one of these brollies - then you need to get one.  They are the best invention EVER!

Or - if you're in the mood for a bridal brolly or a more unusual brolly... then LOVE UMBRELLAS have donated some of their fabulous fare.  They are STUNNING!!!  (and if you buy mail order quote LOVE20 at the checkout and get 20% off for a limited period)

What with the 'It's Raining Men' brollies - it's going to be a total broll-fest.  As well as a Hunk-fest.  I say again
As for the wonderful event on August 1st... if you are coming please remember that the evening is all for charity.  Please give generously - things are tight for us all - but the prizes have been donated so generously and are FANTASTIC.  Let's fill the coffers of these fabulous charities for animal welfare and cancer patients. 
With that in mind - here's a taster of what people can expect to win and walk away with.  Here's a list of THANK YOUs  to all our kind benefactors who have given me all the following to raise some serious cash for cancer patients and moggies without a home.


If you need a wedding/portrait photographer - this guy is your man.  A gent, and the best photographer you’ll find.


01226 791245
Great supportive friends and owners of the beautiful Cawthorne restaurant  AND makers of the FABULOUS - BOOZY INFUSIONS. I have bottles to give away!
Our very own Hothouse make all the Joey Essex hair products as well as the FAB St Moriz fake tanning products which knock the socks off the higher priced offerings in trade competitions!!! Thank you for the hamper and the Tote bags full of goodies! 

ADAM STOTT SECURITY SOLUTIONS…and air conditioning units 07540 744607 or 01226 418676
Adam is one of the nicest guys I know and, after being recommended to me, did an IMMACULATE job for me. He’s donated an 8 zone texecom veritas panel, 3X PIR sensors, 2X door contacts, 1X panic button, 1X live bellbox, 1X decoy bellbox, battery backup. Installed free of charge for the lucky winner.

BANNATYNES SPA- 01226 704130
Barnsley Road, Dodworth
Whether it’s a gentle facial, a waxing, or a severe rub-down with a bamboo stick, the spa is a fabulous way to iron out all those aches and niggles.  You don’t need to be a gym member to visit, by the way.  Someone is going to be visiting and spending that voucher on themselves to get a gorgeous pick-me-up facial!

Barnsley Road, Dodworth - 01226 299571
Thanks to Jason - who ALWAYS supports me - for the fabulous Sunday Lunch for 6 prize!!!!  A fabulous place for bar lunches, posh lunches, dinners, functions, meetings.

MAGGIE IRWIN - 07749 727512 
A master hypnotherapist who can help you stop smoking, diet more effectively, or simply relax general anxieties.  Maggie has donated a session of relaxation.  I've had one and they take you to another place!

Lovely Emma is donating a breakfast for two in her sweet café on Burlington Arcade - a hidden gem in the arcade behind Thorntons.  Lovely place to stop and have a bite to eat.  Or just a coffee and a sit down mid-shop! Breakfast for 2 for one lucky couple.

Ever since their shortbread and coffee sustained me whilst I wrote through the night to complete my first novels, they have always supported my charities.  I still use them on the ‘all-nighters’ for luck now :)
They've send Hampers, coffee galore and all sorts of goodies!

these fabulous brollies are the BEST present you can buy someone - especially if they have to stand out  the rain on Sunday mornings watching rugby (like I do!).  Fab fab  fab design! And I have their brollies to give away!
…for the fabulously named ‘It’s Raining Men’ products
If you like the bags, tell your important friends with companies who might use them.  I always use these guys.
Victoria is a ‘romantic suspense’ fellow novelist and fellow Barnsley-dweller.  Her books are captivating, escapist, charming…and gripping!  Thank you for the lovely earrings.

Summer Lane, Barnsley.  01226 779090
Stunning bouquets, great service and smashing central location (very near the hospital).  Thanks for the Yorkshire Roses!
The home of collectibles waiting to be reunited with someone who will value them. And if you have collectibles you want to sell on ... Pete will give you a fair price.  Thanks for the lovely champers, the chocs and the brolly!

Our stunning local artist Raychel has a wonderful website which you need to check out especially if you want to immortalise the essence of your wedding/prom dress or have a portrait of your pet done.  Thank you for the beautiful painting xx 

RUSSELL EATON - 01226 244809
Big treat in store for the person who wins this cut and blow with Jesse… the man no woman should have to live without

Ah the wonderful cakes of Staniforths - who have been cake-suppliers to the Johnson family for many years.  Never let me down.  Enjoy their big yellow umbrella cake offering!

Suppliers of fine chocs, yummy gifts… and edible umbrellas!
How could I have a ‘do’ without including these guys.  Everyone walks away with a voucher today.  Cut price puddings for all!!!

  Is there any other sort of tea than YORKSHIRE TEA?
Thanks for the lovely tea... and coffee prize

  01226 239513/ 07779 158726 
If you have computer problems then you should call Rob.  My hero after once retrieving a whole book I stupidly forgot to save - NIGHTMARE!
Thanks for the memories, Rob (and the memory stick kindly donated!)

         For the prettiest novelty and bridal umbrellas you’ll find. 

I buy a lot of brollies for presents.  Nice to have something ordinary that you can guarantee will be used...but at the same time unusual.  Someone will be walking off with their brollies on the night.



Joanne makes the most amazing things from glass - brilliant original present ideas for loved ones, friends, newly-weds, teachers… or yourself
The two sets of coasters with the It's Raining Men brolly and the Yorkshire Rose will be raffled off.  Gorgeous aren't they?



Makers of the fabulously priced bookmarks. Total pleasure to deal with. Also make posters, brochures… oh all sorts. And they did my artwork. Well happy to recommend their services!


The BEST online booze by mail supplier EVER.  Always arrives beautifully packaged, always loads of offers on.  Home of PELLERS ICE WINE which my characters drink.  Two bottles of this super stuff are up for grabs!

Genn Lane (behind Locke Park)
If you haven’t been here for sausage, breakfast, cakes, dinner, bread… oh boy are you missing out!
Thank you to ROB for the amazing hamper xxxx

TTP Tile & Bathroom Showroom, 3 Mill Lane, Darton. Gemma also runs, which advertises events in the area.  Please contact her if you have an event people may be interested in
and last (but by NO means least)
Who are running a competition to win a fabulous two night stay in a very luxurious place:  THE RAITHWAITE ESTATE in Whitby. Details in the back of the book!






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