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‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Book Giveaway - Red Winter by Dan Smith

Book news

Red Winter is the new novel from author Dan Smith. It sounds a really good story to me. It is released in the UK on 18th July 2013 and the publisher, Orion Books, has kindly offered 10 copies to giveaway to readers of my blog. Find out more about the book and the writer below, as well as details of how to enter the giveaway and win yourself a copy! 

About the book:

It is 1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and empty. The men have been massacred in the forest. The women and children have disappeared.

In this remote, rural Russian community the folk tales mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance and the terrifying legend of Koschei, The Deathless One, begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains as bitter winter sets in, in the desperate hope he will find his wife and two boys, and find them alive. But there are very dark things in Kolya's past. And, as he strives to find his family, there's someone or something on his trail...

The chilling and sophisticated new thriller from the acclaimed writer of THE CHILD THIEF.

About the author:

Growing up, Dan Smith led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . Which is where some people say he still lives most of the time.
Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes books to share with both adults and children.


There are 10 copies of Red Winter to be won!

To enter, please simply leave a comment below this post, ensuring that I have a way of contacting you if you win (whether that is via twitter, or through your blog, or via email...)

For extra entries:

- follow this blog via GFC or Bloglovin'
(please let me know in your comment if you follow via any of these ways.)

Also let me know if you would be interested in possibly writing a guest review of this novel for my blog should you win a copy.

Winners will be chosen at random and contacted when the giveaway has closed. Please reply within 48 hours or other winner(s) will be chosen.

This is a giveaway for readers at UK addresses only please.


Good luck!


  1. Sounds like a great read. I'm a follower via Bloglovin' (username girlreporter). You can contact me at


  2. Follow at HTC would love to read the

  3. Meant Google connect &email.

  4. Hi! I'd love to win a copy of Red Winter, and would be delighted to write a review too. Already follow Dan on Twitter. I can be contacted on or via my Twitter account

  5. Looking forward to this already, on our #tbr - Dans video trailers for his books are AMAZING too! I already follow @DanSmithAuthor and @LinsHealy and this blog via Bloglovin'. Thank you for the review and giveaway :) @AvrilLuke

  6. I'd love to read (and review) a copy. @dakegra on twitter, or gmail.

  7. would love to read & review a copy!

  8. I love reading, and this book is right up my street !!! followed on twitter as @marjoleine72 . I would be happy to rewview it for you too x

  9. IM following you on twitter @bex552, this sounds like a great read

  10. would love to win this for my husband and for him to review it

  11. sounds great read @kikicomp

  12. Hi I would love to win this, I am trying to expand my reading experience by trying different Genres and Authors. I have been having a go at leaving reviews recently and would be happy to do so should I win this (I can't guarantee how good it would be though :P)

  13. what a great giveaway.. contact me

  14. what a great giveaway.. contact me

  15. As a school librarian I am always interested in reading books that are a bit different. Red Winter sounds like I book I would enjoy, and so would my 6th formers!

  16. This books sounds great, I am an avid reader and am always looking for new books to read. My email address is:
    I follow both on twitter as @solarsangel and I follow you on bloglovin

  17. Having read and reviewed Dan's first book and given that he resides not far from me in Newcastle I'd love a copy of what sounds like another promising read.

    Happy to review it on your blog should I be lucky enough to win, I'm a follower on GFC but alas don't have a Twitter account. I can be contacted via FaceBook. Good luck everyone.

  18. Yes please to have a try of a new (to me) author, contact t:nneerraakk or blog addictedtolore
    And happy to write a review

  19. I would love to try. Already follow you on twitter (following the author now too) and bloglovin' (which I never use btw).

    Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    1. oops forgot e-mail lucybirdbooks(at)gmail(dom)com my e-mail is different on bloglovin' but a variation on the lucybird theme (don't like to give out my personal e-mail in comments)

  20. Great comp, thanks love


    Twitter @smbslt

  21. Hi, this sounds really interesting, would love a copy! My twitter is @nattywoodbridge or email

  22. Sounds like a great read. If we get lucky, Jaffa and I would love to do a guest review for your blog.

    We follow both you and Dan on Twitter and are GFC and BlogLovin followers of Thelittlereaderlibrary.

    Great giveaway :)

  23. I'd love to read this (and would review for you). I already follow you and Dan on Twitter as marymayf but came here via FB and didn't realise I wasn't following the blog. I am now :)


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