Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE RUNNING VIXEN - Christmas Draw

I am coming to this later than a lot of readers, but FINALLY I have received my author copies of THE RUNNING VIXEN! The course of publishing does not always run smoothly and there was a slight delay in me receiving my set of books. Anyway, they are here now, and just in time for Christmas, I have 5 copies to give away, and the first two come with a copy of THE WILD HUNT included. I will leave the draw open until mid-day Christmas Eve London time. Just leave a note on the blog if you want to be included in the draw. I will assign each request a number, put them in my Norman helmet on folded up scraps of paper and get my husband to make the draw on Xmas Eve. Obviously the winners won't receive their book until the New Year, but I'll get them sent out as soon after the festivities as I can get to an open Post Office.

THE RUNNING VIXEN is a re-issue of my second novel and belongs to the time when I was writing at the more romantic end of the historical fiction market. It's a stand alone follow up to THE WILD HUNT and is about the natural daughter of my hero from that novel the half-Welsh Heulwen (which means sunshine. I found out after I'd written the novel that my sister in law lives next door to a Welsh lady called Heulwen). It has been interesting rewriting this one as there are moments including Geoffrey of Anjou and the Empress Matilda. I am writing about the latter at the moment and both she and Geoffrey are not entirely the same now as the characters I created all those years ago. Back then I just used to start writing, never knowing where the book would take me. It was a flying by the seat of the pants approach, but it seemed to work!
THE RUNNING VIXEN was published in paperback in the UK and the USA in the early 90's but sadly had a very short shelf life. This was partly due to the natural vagaries of the industry at the time and partly due to the death of publishing mogul Robert Maxwell. After his death his publishing empire was split up and there were some tough times ahead for his authors, me included. THE RUNNING VIXEN arrived and vanished faster than the time it takes for milk to become yogurt. But anyway, that's all water under the bridge and here it is now. For the chance to win a copy, just leave a note on the blog and I'll take it from there.
The third book in the series THE LEOPARD UNLEASHED is due for publication next December once I've re-edited it.


First UK cover























USA version

























German book club - recognise
the cover of Lords of The
White Castle here?

















From Russia with love!

47 comments:

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

Pick me, pick me!!!!

I can't wait to read this, thank you!

Robinbird said...

Oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be entered in the drawing!!! Can't wait to read them!

robinbird_79 AT hotmail DOT com

Daphne said...

Please enter me!! cmdaphne(at)tds(dot)net

btw, I saw on Amazon UK today that they have the cover for "To Defy a King". It definately stands out! I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Misfit said...

Oh I'm game. I do have the older version of The Running Vixen but I'd like to read the new one and compare, let alone the prettier cover :)

Jackie said...

Add my name to the helmut please.

Ana T. said...

Count me in please! :-) Thank you for doing this!

Alex said...

A good friend of mine lend me her copy of The Running Vixen a couple years ago and I don't think I ever thanked her enough for it. I was patiently waiting for a re-edition to buy a copy. Can't wait for the release of the new Leopard Unleashed.
Thanks!!:)

Meghan said...

I'd love a chance to win! I like all of your fiction, even the more romantically inclined ones. =)

Jennifer Rose said...

really neat seeing all the different covers :)

please enter me into the draw :)

Elizabeth said...

I would like to be included for your drawing! I've read all your books I can get my hands on and I would love "The Running Vixen" as I haven't been able to add that to my collection!

Thank you!

Lady D. said...

Ooooh, please count me in! Thank ye verily much!

Linda said...

I would love to be included in the drawing. I read these two books a couple of years ago, the older versions, but I'm ready for a re-read of the updated versions. And I'm anxiously awaiting the updated Leopard Unleashed, the only one of your novels that I do not own.

Nadine said...

Please please enter me!!! I loved this book! And actually, my library has the UK version of the book, same cover!

Aarti said...

How nice it must be to be able to write your earlier books again, with all your newer knowledge! I'd love to be entered :-)

llahearn said...

I chose my SCA persona after reading "The Love Knot" and would be too thrilled for words if I won the Christmas Draw! :)

Yours in Service,
Emmalina of Nottinghill Coill
mka
Lisa Hearn

Valerie said...

Please enter me in your drawsing. Many thanks.

Ana O. said...

Oh please enter me in the drawing! I'd love a chance to get my little hands on this book. Such a gorgeous cover! :-)

Katherine said...

Please enter me!

katherineshuff (at) gmail (dot) com.

Helen said...

Love your books, please include me in the draw.

Beadyjan said...

Happy Christmas everyone.
Please PLEASE include me in th edraw I'm a huge fan and would be thrilled if I was one of the lucky winners.

Deborah said...

Yes please! Please add me to the draw - looks excellent!

Deborah Smith

marshalslion said...

Count me in please! :D
marshallslionatgmaildotcom

rachbe said...

Oh yes, I would love to enter please. I've just finished re-reading The Time of Singing and am in a very Elizabeth Chadwick mood!!
Best wishes
Rachel

Vicki said...

Oooh! Yes please, include me. Thank-you!

vicki_mundayathotmaildotcom

Christy said...

I would very much like to be entered for this! :)

runaway84(at)gmail.com

CelticLady said...

Please add me also!! Thank you
momkelly2003@yahoo.com

Happy Holidays!!!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for the opportunity - this looks like a great read!

Amanda said...

Wonderful! Thank you!

nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Wow! This looks like a great historical fiction novel.

Count me in on the giveaway.

Katy said...

Throw my name in the drawing hat! :)

srfbluemama at gmail dot com

dolleygurl said...

I would love to be entered for this wonderful giveaway. The book sounds fascinating. Thanks.

dolleygurl@hotmail.com

Shona said...

I would love to be entered for this giveaway..

Thank u

shweta8416[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

Carla said...

Count me in, please.

Happy Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year!

4IQREAD said...

I am currently reading "The Greatest Knight" and really enjoying it. Thanks for writing great books. Kirsten

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

Eddie said...

Please include me in the draw

Eddie

furiousjessy said...

count me in!

MrPopularSentiment said...

Oh oh, pick me!

MrPopularSentiment@gmail.com

Bella said...

What a great giveaway opportunity, thanks EC! Please enter me to win!

I wish you a great Christmas and a fun New Year's!

nunezbella(at)hotmail(dot)com

~Bella

Ashmodai said...

I'd love to be included. :)
Ashmodai(at)angelic(dot)com

(And if not drawn as a winner of the book, I'd take the Norman helmet as well ;-))

Anonymous said...

Have just found an old copy of The Wild Hunt and would love to read the follow on. A major fan in N. Cyprus! Judith

Anonymous said...

Wow, looks great! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

- Arika
arikacloud@hotmail.com

Christy K Robinson said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing!

4fish said...

Please enter me in the drawing.

Elysium said...

I haven't read your books yet and I'd love to win this!

crimson_haze(at)hotmail(dot)com

carolwarham said...

Please put my name in the norman helmet. Many thanks

Rich said...

Enter me in your draw please, love your books!