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Tis the season to be jolly! And jolly we are here at OUaBB, as it’s our very first Christmas as a blog! All three of us are big Christmas season fans, so we really wanted to try and bring a lot of Christmas cheer to all of our lovely readers… Which means it’s giveaway time!

We couldn’t settle on just one giveaway. Oh no… We each wanted to play Santa Claus and hand out a BUNCH of pressies. So for the next week we are going to have a new competition every day with a ton of fun prizes! We’re talking E-books, paperback books, delicious (New Zealand) food related items and Amazon vouchers. We’re talking something for everyone.

Just call it our Christmas Giveaway Week!

And because it’s Christmas we’re going to make entering as easy as possible for you guys. So keep an eye out on our blog & social media sites and make sure you enter! We would love nothing more than to give you a gift for Christmas!

You may enter as many competitions as you like. We’ll post the winners as we go, as well as a full and final list of these lucky people at the end of the 7 days. Every day will have a new competition that will run for 24 hours. These competitions are run by Once Upon a Book Blog alone and this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon or any other businesses or individuals mentioned in the course of our Christmas Giveaway Week. We will use Rafflecopter to run and draw our prizes so each winner is selected randomly. Once the Christmas Giveaway Week is completed and the final list of winners is up we will give you 48 hours to contact us about your prize. Please note if you win a physical prize, due to postage times you may not receive this until the new year (Two of us live in New Zealand and international post over the holidays moves at a snails pace!) If you have any questions or comments please contact us on

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Cover Reveal – The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

The Hooker and the Hermit

by L.H. Cosway,

Penny Reid

Publication Date: February 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance




Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and

clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the

Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual

reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.


Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the

media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and

reckless bad boy.

Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly

under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the



When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never

expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to

her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.

What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the

hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is

a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

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About L.H. Cosway


L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman

Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to

write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark

cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They

tell the best stories.

About Penny Reid


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t

like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex

happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the

land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most

writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small

people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By

night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By

the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head

and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

NEW RELEASE!!! The Book of Life (All Souls #3) by Deborah Harkness

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I can’t wait to start this! (this week!) Anyone else been waiting for this to be released?!

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.