IAM Giveaway!

Guest Feature

Just a quick reminder on here that part of Indie Author Month is the fantastic giveaway from our featured authors! Many of these generous peeps are handing out copies of one or more of their books to give one lucky winner a huge prize that could set up their whole summer of reading! 


If you’ve not already entered to win it’s easy! Head over to the giveaway page at Mel’s website and you can enter absolutely free. So don’t miss out on this great prize, get yourself entered and it could be you walking away with an e-reader full of fantastic books as featured in our event.


Thank you for supporting Indie Author Month!


How quickly did Indie Author Month in May fly past?

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting all of the lovely indie YA authors you met during the month. The event giveaways will be drawn this weekend and winners posted on the blog shortly.

Thanks again for your support! 🙂

Welcome to Indie Author Month!


It’s finally arrived – forget about our usual features, reviews and guests…for the entire month of May we’re dedicating the blog to promoting a whole host of indepedent authors from the YA world, covering all genres and tastes to help you gear up your reading lists for summer with something a little different!

Of course, no event would be complete without a giveaway – which you’ll know that we don’t normally do – and one lucky reader will be chosen to win a whole host of hard copy and e-book lovelies. Not only that, but along the way you’ll be able to find free download vouchers and extra giveaways from the featured authors, so check in daily Won’t that be nice to take away on your summer jollies?

So without further ado we’ll get on with the event – visit the Facebook page (HERE!) or the giveaway page to enter for your chance to win anything up to THIRTY books donated by the authors featuring in our event and then check back with us each and every day this month to see some great books and mini-interviews with the people who’ve written them!

Our first book and author of the day will be up shortly! Enjoy!! 🙂

It’s Coming Soon…Indie Author Month!

OK…so it’s not long now…all of the authors have now enlisted for our huge Indie Author Month event in May and we’re excited to feature a whole range of giveaways as part of the event – including a mega book stash of over 30 books for one lucky winner, as well as opportunities on the day to download free copies of several books featured.

We’d love to have you’re support for the event, so if you run a blog / facebook page and would like to feature our event button, please copy one of the two below and add to you page(s) with a link back to https://asidefromwriting.wordpress.com Then come back and visit us every day in May to meet new authors, find great books and sort out your summer reading list!

30 Days of Hunger Games – Event Finale!

With the release of The Hunger Games movie on 23rd March fast approaching we’ve got a message from Ella, who’s been running the 30 Days of Hunger Games event on her own blog – A World of Words – we supported the earlier ‘reaping ball’ stuff with special HG features earlier this month, so now it’s your chance to review and vote for the winner!


Ok, so for Day 26, it’s voting time! The remaining 3 tributes sent me in their letters and we are leaving it up to you, the citizens of Panem, to vote on who you think should win the 74th Annual Hunger Games! All you need to do is read over each letter and pick which one that appealed to you the most and go to the poll, it’s on the upper left hand side of my blog, you can’t miss it, and click on who you want to vote for! You can only vote ONCE and for ONE person only! And to you tributes out there, you’re not allowed to vote for yourself, nor are you allowed to vote, we want to keep it fair! Sound simple enough? Here are the letters:

Andrea Kozari, District 12:

Greetings to all citizens! Andrea reporting for duty! I’m a Geologist in District 12. I’m very fascinated with bows and daggers. So my favorite weapon would be a combo of these two. The bow for distance and mid-range and a dual dagger for up close action. The best thing in my district? C’mon, we are talking about D12 here! Gale is here, so probably He is the best thing. Yes, maybe we are the poorest, but that’s sure as hell that we are the COOLEST! And We’re on fire! Why should I win? What makes me think I’m better than all these people in this “arena”? Um… You mean besides Haymitch trained me? Frankly, I have no clue. Probably nothing. I am not better, but I’m hope I’m luckier. D12 FTW!
Shaina Jachim, District 9:
Hello lovely citizen’s of Panem! It is my great pleasure to introduce myself to you today. Many refer to me by a few names: short fry, half a cracker, sower number 33, but since this is a more proper sort of thing, I would prefer to go by Shaina. District 9 is my home district, the place where seeds are sown, grain grows in abundance and I grew into the short stalk of wheat I am today.  I am a modest sapling, short, not as strong as the others, but I am quick, spry and fierce. Just yesterday I planted more than 20 rows of wheat, a record for a small sower like myself. Having to choose my favorite thing about my District is easier said than done. It’s a long waging battle between sitting out in the sun after a long day of planting, and the taste of warm, soft bread right out of the oven. Yummy! Now as for my weapon of choice, I would choose my rusty, trusty spade, if my strike doesn’t kill, infection sure will. Saying I should win the Hunger Games simply because I am skilled and clever, would be an over exaggeration of my limited skills. The winning should go to someone who is worthy of it and if decided that I am worthy I would be grateful beyond words. It would be an honor to win, it is an honor to have been able to just be a part of this. This whole adventure has made the days counting down to The Hunger Games much more exciting and pass more quickly. It has been great fun sharing in a common love for something. Thank you for your time, and may the best tribute win!
Veronika Briseno, District 10:
Hi my name is Veronika Briseño and I’m from district 10, my district is in charge of Livestock, to provide food to the Capitol.
My weapon of choice to the games is my brain, and traing strategically that the other tributes kill each other so I can win with out taken a life.
In my District I am a Barn Manager, so I have a great responsibility.
Why should I win the hunger games? Because I have a family and a fiancé, I like to came back to them with the price.
I want this do bad I don’t want to die, I want to live and have a family with my fiancé I am in love and The Capitol controls everything. But if I win that can control my happynnes and I want a mockingjay pin so bad that I can kill other tributes for it. I want to win and help other in my district because they need help and I don’t want the Capitol to control me or that the carrer tributes win because they have won a lot and they are privilege. I just want to be free and happy.
Have you picked who you want to win? Go to the polls and vote, don’t forget you can only vote once and it can be only for one tribute only! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! These letters have not been altered in any way, it’s the tribute’s own words! May the odds be ever in your favour, tributes!
Polls close on Saturday March 24, 11:59 PM! Winner will be announced on Sunday March 25! VOTE HERE

Event…30 Days of Hunger Games

The Hunger Games - Poster

Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? To celebrate the release of the film A World of Words blog is running the 30 Days of Hunger Games event on blogs all over the place until the release date in March…You can sign up as a tribute for your own district and then visit the various posts around the blogosphere commenting to win points.

Don’t worry – there’s no real violence or ‘commenting to the death’ to fear, so if you like the sound of it, take a look at their page and get involved! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

For our part, we’ll be posting some extra features on The Hunger Games during the thirty days so check back with us if you’re playing (you can follow on Facebook or Twitter to see what we’re posting and when) and comment to get your points!

Enjoy the game and may the odds be ever in your favour 🙂