Monday, 28 April 2014

Healthy competition...

… is (probably) to publishing what King Herod was to enlightened baby care? Cream floats naturally – so do other thingies that you most certainly don’t want on your coffee, strawberries, or ‘you’re worth it’ face :-P
However – some things are worth competing for, especially if it’s a fab FaceBook ad campaign for your debut novel. Doubly so when you suck at doing FB ad campaigns which I do – royally!
So this is the pitch -


(5 – count them! – exclamation marks :-)  )
Click the link – the big pink one above (OK if you must then this is the actual URL - and vote for…

Milele Safari by Jan Hawke!!!!!

and I will be eternally grateful if I win ;-)
Voting is open up until 30th April 2014 – 2 days to go!!!!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Twenty Years On - Rwanda

Twenty years ago, on April 7th 1994, the genocide of between 500,000-800,000 Tutsis, liberal Hutu and Twa began. The true number of victims will never be known. Fictional Zyanda and part of the main storyline in Milele Safari is partially based upon the brutal events that happened in Rwanda over the course of a little over 3 months. 

To mark this bleak anniversary, during April through to 15th July 2014 my author profits of Milele Safari will be donated to UK relief agency ShelterBox* in memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in 1994. 

*ShelterBox operations manager in Helston, Cornwall, John Leach has my sincere gratitude for his invaluable contribution to the research undertaken for Milele Safari on how NFI aid (non-food items) is deployed during an emergency, such as the landslide incident described in the closing chapters of the novel.