• The Assembly Room is in the finals!

    Hi all,

    I've recently received some fabulous news that my young adult book 'The Assembly Room' has made it to the finals of 'The Wishing Shelf Book Award 2013'. Okay it's 2014 now but the reading and judging was carried out by a number of primary and secondary schools mostly in London last year to draw up the shortlists which got announced last month. We are all just waiting now to see which books get awarded the prizes. You can find out more at the finalists web page link here: http://www.thewsa.co.uk/finalists2013/ . The book has been seeded in to the 9-12 year old category but it also suits a much older audience. Please share the news with anyone you think may be interested.

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  • Wishing all readers and visitors a Happy New Year ahead

    I sincerely wish all readers and visitors to my site a 'Happy New Year' ahead. If you haven't sampled any of my books please do take the opportunity to browse at the free reading excerpts and book video trailers available here on the site. Best wishes, Bryony

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  • 2 e-Book copies of 'The Assembly Room' still to be won (open worldwide) - come on!

    Hi all,

    Following the previous give-away that was running to win copies of the 'The Assembly Room' I just wanted to send out out an update. The paperback copy of the book was won via Goodreads by the lovely Adinda Widya L.P in East Java, Indonesia. However, no-one has formally come forward to state they would like to enter the e-Book draw. This is a puzzle as the uptake for the paperback was 826 people. Are we all paperback readers? Even I've got a Kindle. So what is going to happen is me and my publisher (Pneuma Springs) are going to advertise the give-away to win 2 e-Book copies of 'The Assembly Room' in any of the available formats (except Nook at the moment). The competition is open now until Tuesday 18th June 2013. Winners will be drawn at random after closing and will be notified by email. Please contact me to let me know that you wish to enter by using either my contact form, a reply to the post at The Assembly Room facebook fan page, Twitter or Goodreads messaging. I'll pick these up through the 2 weeks and collate entries as it runs. Good luck.

    Ps, The book is really worth your time, honest! :)

    Best wishes

    Bryony

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  • World Wide Giveaway for The Assembly Room (1x Paperback and 2x eBook copies)

    I'm giving away another paperback copy of 'The Assembly Room' to help celebrate the inclusion of the book in the Spring 2013 YA/Children's category of 'The People's Book Prize'. Voting to get the book to the next stage in the competition is still underway until 20th May at the following web page - http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=844

    A short sample of the book can be read at the web site page too as well as my own web site pages. Please do share this giveaway with your friends and anyone else you may know who you think could be interested. I'll be forever grateful. Please keep an eye out via my GR page too for links to a giveaway for 2 e-book copies of the book too. Good luck if do enter the competition. Here are the simple instructions on entering the giveaways. Note for the paperback copy you'll need to be a goodreads member (who isn't!).

    Giveaway competitions are running between 10th and 17th May.

    Paperback giveway (x1) - http://bit.ly/18xVHAk

    The winner will be drawn by Goodreads following end time.

    eBook giveaway (x2) - Just leave me a reply to this message or contact me to say that you would like to enter the eBook giveaway. You'll need to send me your email address so please use my contact form on my web site - it's secure and won't be passed to third parties!

    That's it.

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  • The Assembly Room is accepted in to 'The People's Book Prize' 2013 Spring Collection

    I've just received some brilliant news from my publisher that 'The Assembly Room' has been accepted for voting to 'The People's Book Prize' 2013 Spring collection in the YA11+ category. This is the second time one of my books has been entered to the book prize, the last one being 'OTOLI'. Unfortunately that time it didn't quite make it through to the final but it was still great exposure for the book. If you've read 'The Assembly Room' and liked it please do cast a vote for the book, all that is required is a valid email address and you can leave comments as you wish. If you haven't read the book there's a link to a PDF reading sample that can be downloaded and shared, there's also a larger sample here on my website. If you like it you can buy the book in e-book and paperback formats to continue reading the book. Please do share this information with anyone you think would be interested, friends, readers, schools and writers. In a fiercely competitive world of YA fiction these kinds of competitions are a great way for writers to get further word out about our books so we'd be foolish not to 'shout' a little or indeed a lot about it. It would be fantastic to have the support of all the wonderful reading public to help propel the book out to even more readers and fans of YA fiction. The link to the voting page for the book is here: The Assembly Room, People's Book Prize 2013 Spring Collection . Voting is open March 1 - May 20, 2013. Thanks!

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  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    I'd like to this opportunity to wish all my readers and fellow authors wherever you are in the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to touching base with new followers of my work in 2013 too! Please feel free to drop me a line anytime via my contact page. Lets hope 2013 can be a year when the world gets itself back on track for better times!

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  • Electronic autograph requests for my e-Books available now

    I just wanted to make all readers of my books (and new potential readers) aware of this. I can electronically autograph and sign any Kindle copy of any of my books for you. Simply request an author signature or personalised message by visiting the Authorgraph web link for my books here Bryony Allen .

    Also remember that just as you don't have to have a Kindle or Fire reading device to read Kindle books the authorgraph is readable on a multitude of devices such as smart phones, tablets, i-Phones and i-Pads with the use of the Amazon Kindle app. I look forward to fullfilling all your requests!

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  • Support Anti-Bullying Week 19th -23rd November 2012

    It's finally here, another opportunity to raise the focus on what has to be one of the worst things life can throw at you, BULLYING. Although this week is the official UK anti-bullying week it's a topic that constantly resonates all around the world and on an on-going basis. There are so many people at any given time going through bullying whether they be the sufferers, by standers and indeed the one or one's committing the act itself. There is always a reason for bullying though. From the downright simple act of jealousy of another person to real life complex issues going on in someone's life it's something that really needs to be addressed. The effects of bullying can LAST A LIFE TIME depending on how much damage is done to the sufferer be it physical bullying or probably the worst form, MENTAL BULLYING.

    We all have big questions to ask ourselves if we see something going on and do nothing to help. There are countless organisations out there geared up to help the fight against this awful part of life. As a teacher I've seen so much to do with bullying over the years in many different forms so it's reasurring to know that people can find a place to turn to outside of school. The support for these organisations is emmense but it needs more. One such organisation close to me is Bullying UK (Part of the Family LIves Charity group). Like many others they are there for people 24 hours a day and it was this charity that me and my publisher chose to donate 5% of all sales proceeds for my YA book OTOLI which has bullying as it's theme. Please get on board and support these organisations, be it by spreading their messages on social media, getting involved with them directly or by simply doing things like buying a copy of OTOLI. They can't function without us and the fight against bullying can only get stronger with people on board who care about it. You never know, someone close to you may be going through bullying already or may unknowingly be about to go through it. You'd want to know that there would be somewhere they could turn to for help right? TOGETHER WE CAN STOP BULLYING!

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  • Guest post and give-away at "I Am A Reader, Not A Writer" review blog

    Hi all,

    You can read my recent Halloween guest post and enter a give-away to win an e-Book copy of my latest YA novel The Assembly Room here: http://bit.ly/XY4KFi . Enjoy! (note: the e-Book give-away is open until 18/11/12 at this site)

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  • Interview with 'We Do Write' on 3rd day of blog tour and review at 'YA novelties'

    You can read my interview with 'We Do Write' as part of the 'Reading Away The Days' blog tour for 'The Assembly Room' here: http://bit.ly/TpBkyi . There is also another fanatastic review for the book at the fabulous 'YA Novelties' review site here: http://bit.ly/UcGcTT . You'll find a give-away running to win 1 e-Book copy and 1 papaerback copy of the book too. Please share with your friends!

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This is my blog area where I'll be journalling some of my experiences from time to time in respect of my adventure through the world of writing and publishing. I'll admit now to being an occasional blogger though, life is just too damn busy and I'd much rather be spending any precious writing time on creating books. There is certainly a lot of noise out there in the blogger-sphere so I'm not going to even look to compete with all the hardened professional bloggers.

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