Friday, 13 November 2015

It's competition time with Time Trap author Richard Smith and Rukia Publishing #RPBP


 Welcome to my Friday blog!
I have opened up my blog to fellow Rukia Publishing featured author Richard Smith to give you a sneak preview of his double competition launch today! It will be featured on my blog at Rukia tomorrow and on some other blogs, but you have seen it here first!

It's a busy day today as Friday 13th November is also the Glass Half Full Bookaversary. We have a party in progress on Facebook so feel free to pop over for some virtual cake, food, drinks, games and giveaways.

Here is your invitation 


http://bit.ly/GHFBookaversary


Now it's over to author Richard Smith to tell you about his generous and fun competitions to get children reading, writing and being creative. 
Hello Richard and welcome.

Thank you Sarah Jane, it's lovely to be here today and Happy Bookaversary!!!!

Firstly, I would like to tell you a little about myself and my book, as those of you who don't read children's books may not know me! 
I am the author of Time Trap a children's book aimed at 9-14-year-olds, although many adults have admitted to picking it up accidentally and enjoying too. I grew up in Ilford, Essex. It was at Uphall Primary School that I first took up writing, when I was nine, and I've loved writing ever since. Two of my passions are time-travel and Victorian London, so I guess it was inevitable I wrote a story consisting of both aspects.

Time Trap




TODD'S IN A STREET GANG, JAMIE WANTS TO BE. TO GET HIS FRIEND'S BACKING AND JOIN THE RIVERSIDE POSSE, HE TAKES HIM TO A SECRET LABORATORY. BUT DISASTER IS ABOUT TO STRIKE...

Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house? School friends Jamie and Todd are destined to find out when they go to London to spend a weekend with Jamie's Uncle Simon, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts.
Get your copy of Time Trap here


Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, and afterwards worked on a secret Government project in an underground lab at the British Museum. He vanished suddenly, and was never heard from again.

Simon takes the boys to the lab, where they find a strange contraption – which, unknown to any of them, is a time-travel device. When the building is struck by lightning, the device is energized, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, surrounded by danger and exposed to disease, they are sucked into a life of crime in order to survive.
Only if they can find Hector will they have any chance of getting home again. But why has he gone into hiding? Who is the man after him and what does he want? As the boys struggle to escape back to their own time, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…



Now there is a very good reason that I gave you such a detailed introduction to Time Trap, it's because one of the two competitions I am launching today involves writing a short story based on a character from the book. It can be a mini-adventure, a new plot-line or anything that stirs within you or your children's imagination.The opportunities are endless. We have Hector and Catherine, of course, but then there's the Holton gang, and Cornelius and his secret organization. Or you can relate it the Trail that readers can go on which is linked to my author website 

http://www.timetrap.co.uk/p/the-trail.html

To enter email your short story to rukiapublishing@mail.com and enter Time Trap Short Story in the subject header.
Entries should be 1500 words maximum, no minimum, and please include the writer's name, age and preferred contact email address.

The  competition opens Friday 13th November 2015 and closes on 4th December 2015. The three selected winners will be announced here and on the Rukia Publishing associated blogs and social media December 6th. 
The winning entries will be featured on the Rukia Publishing website in a boxed feature and promoted on our associated blogs and social media. 

Now to the prizes!!

1st Prize
An autographed copy of the book with a personalized message to the winner and  a Time Trap baseball hat
2nd prize
Signed copy of Time Trap and a Time Trap baseball hat
3rd prize
Signed Copy of Time Trap

Good luck to all!





Competition Two


This competition will appeal to the creative readers 

It's a Christmas Card Design Competition 

I would like your readers to design a 'Time Trap' Christmas Card.
As Time Trap is set in Victorian London, which is often a theme for Christmas cards, you can let your imagination run wild to demonstrate how the characters of Time Trap might celebrate Christmas or the kind of card they would make to send to their friends and family.

How to enter:


To enter email your design to rukiapublishing@mail.com and enter Time Trap Christmas Card Design in the subject header.
Entries can be scanned and attached to the email.
Please include the entrant's name, age and preferred contact email address.

The  competition opens Friday 13th November 2015 and closes on 4th December 2015. The three selected winners will be announced here and on the Rukia Publishing associated blogs and social media December 6th. 
The winning entries will be featured on the Rukia Publishing website and promoted on our associated blogs and social media. 

Get your copy of Time Trap here

Now to the prizes!!

1st Prize
An autographed copy of the book with a personalized message to the winner and  a Time Trap baseball hat
2nd prize
Signed copy of Time Trap and a Time Trap baseball hat
3rd prize
Signed Copy of Time Trap

Get designing!!!


Well that's it, Sarah Jane, I hope that one or both of these competitions will appeal to your readers, followers and/or their children and I am looking forward to reviewing the entries. Thank you for allowing me to launch the competition on your writing blog.

Thank you Richard, those are great competitions and generous prizes which I am sure will inspire our budding authors and artists to get creative.

For more on Richard and his book Time Trap visit his author website and don't forget to follow him on Twitter and Facebook for more great articles and features about Time Trap and it's characters.

Good luck everyone and I look forward to hosting the winning stories and Christmas cards!