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Winners of the Big Cocks and Broomsticks Blog Hop

Well, the blog hop is officially over and it was great while it lasted. To everyone that participated, swung by and left a comment – thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And as a reward, of course there are winners to be announced! So without further ado, here are the winners of the copies of Stripped Bare or Saving Alexander. Rest assured if I know what format you wanted, an email would have been sent to you already with the requested book. If not, you’ll see an email asking what format you fancy. Oh by the way, this is a virtual hug for all of you πŸ™‚

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And the winners are

Jill – jillprand@outlook(dot)com A copy of Stripped Bare
Lisa – lisahelo@outlook(dot)com A copy of Saving Alexander

I did a bonus draw too and the winner of a copy of Saving Alexander is : *drum roll*

Elise – eliseanstegan@gmail(dot)com

Congratulations to the winners ! If you’d like another chance to win a book, then pop on over when I take part in the Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop from 25 November to 2 Dec.

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The Big Cocks and Broomsticks Giveaway Blog Hop – and all about HOPE

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Here’s the link to follow for the blog hop and to find the other bloggers –

http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/big-cocks-and-broomsticks-giveaway-hop.html?zx=531f3a6f5f261aed

I once wrote a blog post about the research writers do for their books. You can read it here – http://www.susanmacnicol.com/oh-how-the-world-turns-research-serves-its-purpose/

I am forever intrigued by the subjects tackled in other author’s books. I’ve read some incredibly fascinating ones lately. Take ‘Omorphi’ by the charming and glitter bedazzled Cody Kennedy (he apparently needs need regular Vitamin G injections lol). Cody’s book tackles the subject of extremely disturbing child abuse and I can’t imagine the research he had to do to write such a thoughtful, sympathetic and heart wrenching story. It’s tasteful, emotional, beautifully written and the character of Christy is simply breath taking.

Then I had the pleasure of reading Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan. Her book tackles the subject of OCD and germophobia with tenderness, empathy and the emotions of two men who find each other at the most bewildering times of their lives.

Then there was the wonderful ‘Junk’ by Josephine Myles. This was the story of a man who couldn’t stopped hoarding ‘stuff’ and who lived in chaos – organised chaos by his standards – until he found someone who could help him tendencies to collect anything he thought he needed and support him as he came to terms with his situation.

So these are all fascinating studies of the human psyche, the human ability to adjust, adapt and heal from circumstances that some of us may find untenable. They are glorious missives of just how someone else’s love, affection and support can heal and make people feel worthy of their attention. These books show men being patient, kind, understanding and most of all, offering hope to those who feel that perhaps that they are not worth saving.

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And stories like these are hard to find in today’s world and we need more of them. I say well done to each one of these author’s for tacking subjects that may be controversial and difficult to write about. I enjoyed each one of them and in reading each one, I took something warm and fuzzy away with me – the faith that human nature CAN offer solace and hope in days when despair is all too prevalent.

I’ve written my own books on the subject of hope – ‘ Saving Alexander’ and ‘Worth Keeping’ and you can find out more about them here on my Pinterest boards –


In case you missed it, follow this link to find the other bloggers on the hop or click on the linky below-

http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/big-cocks-and-broomsticks-giveaway-hop.html?zx=531f3a6f5f261aed

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Grandprize:

$100 amazon or b and N choice!!
second place: $50 amazon or b and n card
3rd place: $25 amazon or b and n card

GIVEAWAY !!

To celebrate this blog hop, I’m giving away two e-book copies of my recent release, ‘Stripped Bare’, and my new release, ‘Saving Alexander’, which is out on the 29th October. Two lucky winners, drawn at random, will win either one of these books.

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You only have to leave a comment to enter but if you’d like to increase your chances of winning one of the books, then you can do one or all of the following – these are optional and if you only leave a comment, you’ll still be entered into the giveaway –

Follow my blog at https://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
Follow me on Twitter @SusanMacNicol7
Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77
You can find me here too – http://www.susanmacnicol.com/

Once the blog hop is over, the random winners will be drawn and announced here on my blog. I’ll also contact you via email. In your comment, leave me the following –

Your email address -Very Important!
Preference for which one of my books you fancy if you have one
If you followed or connected, which one of the above?
If you want to tell me what e-book format you’d prefer if you win, feel free.

And most of all – thanks for stopping by, participating and making contact. This is what Martha Beck had to say about human contact –

Basic human contact – the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words – is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.