[GIVEAWAY] Throne of Glass Goodies

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I picked up the first book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas a long while ago but lots of ARCs have kept me from getting started. I’m so excited to finally have the time to delve into these books and I wanted to share a little giveaway with you all!

These adorable Throne of Glass badges are made by the brilliant Hooked on Books, and I have one set to give away to a lucky winner!

To enter just follow my Twitter account @fireflyreads and RT the below tweet, easy!  The competition is open internationally and will close on 30th November 2015 at 11pm GMT.

Please make sure you check out my Giveaway Policy before you enter.

Good luck!

Charlotte x

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[GIVEAWAY] Geek Girl All Wrapped Up – Holly Smale

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I hope you’re excited for the brand new Geek Girl novel from Holly Smale, ALL WRAPPED UP!

To celebrate the launch of this festive little treat, I’ve managed to get my hands on a copy for one lucky winner! All you have to do is follow my Twitter account @fireflyreads and retweet my competition tweet – easy peasy!

The competition is open internationally and will close on 8th November 2015 at 11pm GMT.

Good luck!

Charlotte x

[EVENT] The Next Five Years

Last night I had about as much fun as you can have at a publishing event without taking your clothes off (although I did see some suspect tweets about imagining the audience naked).

FullSizeRenderBookMachine, sponsored by Unite, hosted a huge birthday bash to celebrate five years of events in the publishing industry. With a thought-provoking and engaging talk from George Walkley, we cast our minds forward to contemplate what the next five years could hold in such a fluid and adaptive industry.

Taking inspiration from the infamous Donald Rumsfeld quote, George explored some of our industry knowns and unknowns in 2020. He suggested that we can be confident that, while consumption patterns may change, our basic human desires will not; entertainment and education are still going to be the driving force behind the industry for many years to come. He argued that not only is there a place for publishing in 2020, there’s a place for publishing in 2120 too – just not in the capacity we know it today.

While we cannot truly predict the consumer preferences of the future, we can certainly prepare for the continued growth of digital – technology definitely isn’t going away. Innovation is a long term process that has to be constantly moving forwards in order to be successful but at the moment publishing is too short term, only peaking round the corner of the next season.

Foreseeing a broadly mixed economy of print and ebooks in 2020, Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 13.34.09George also commented that self-publishing has become a complete unknown due to the huge gap in the figures.

After George’s session, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview publishers and other industry professionals, discussing their vision of the future and broadcasting a live steam on Periscope. It was such a fun experience that allowed me not only to meet some wonderful people, but also engage in lots of interesting and insightful conversations. The general consensus? It’s impossible to know. Many people shared their hopes and wishes for the future of our industry and others simply just couldn’t say. The interviews are still available on Periscope (@fireflyreads) if you’d like to catch up!

As for me, my vision of the future is an enormous increase in the diversity of the literature we commission, produce and publish. As a YA and fantasy reader, I’ve seen a number of campaigns spring up over the years in support of diversity and I can only hope that their small successes can translate into big wins by 2020. This isn’t just a problem in the publishing industry, however, and I feel that as society as a whole becomes more aware of the injustice this lack of diversity brings, we will begin to rectify it in more constructive and positive ways.

In any case, the landscape of publishing will certainly look very different in 2020. We may not be able to gaze into a crystal ball and see exactly what’s coming, but making our future bright begins with the choices we make today, tomorrow, next week and next month.

I had a wonderful time at the BookMachine event and loved making so many new connections. It was great to meet even more of my MA Publishing cohort too! Let me know if you’ll be attending the next BookMachine/Unite event on 27th October – I’d love to meet you there!

Charlotte x

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[GIVEAWAY] Winter is Coming…

I don’t know about you guys but I am SO excited for the return of Game of Thrones. I’ll admit, I’ve fallen a tiny bit behind with reading the series but I absolutely love the TV show. And Jon Snow.

To celebrate Game of Thrones Season 5 coming back to the UK on 13th April I’m hosting my first giveaway! Up for grabs is a TV tie-in of the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire, perfect for those who adore the show but haven’t yet experienced George RR Martin’s literary magic. An extra special prize for another lucky winner is a rather attractive Hand of the King lapel pin, if you dare to wear it…

To enter all you have to do is click the link below and follow @fireflyreads, retweet my giveaway tweet and/or comment with your favourite moment from A Song of Ice and Fire! Please be aware that the comments below may contain spoilers for the rest of the series; I encourage commenters to use SPOILER ALERTS for moments post-A Storm of Swords. Whether it’s Daenerys giving a badass power-speech or your favourite gruesome death, video clips are most definitely welcome!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

All options gain you 1 entry apiece, with a max of 3 entries per person. Entries must be actioned through the Rafflecopter widget to count. UK only. There will be two random winners, first prize as the paperback. Entries close on 13th April at 12am GMT and winners will be verified before being contacted. For more details or to ask any questions, please email fireflyreads@hotmail.com

Good luck, winter is coming…

Charlotte x

[UPDATE] Changes!

Booklahoma has officially become fireflyreads! I thought the blog needed a fancier name with more of a fantasy/sci fi vibe to go hand in hand with the genres of books I usually review. Plus it’s a lot easier to say!

If you want to get in touch with suggestions, ask me about reviewing your book or even just for a chat, contact me at fireflyreads@hotmail.com.

I’ve also introduced a Twitter timeline to the blog sidebar, so come say hi and give me a follow @fireflyreads 

I’m really excited about the changes I’ve made and I hope you like them too! I can’t wait to share all my new reviews with you; look out for my thoughts on PANIC by Lauren Oliver soon!

Charlotte x