Thursday, 3 February 2011


Lucy Coats

I promised you a competition and here it is...

This week Lucy Coats was guest blogger on 
tall tales & short stories with her fantastic post

Lucy Coats and her publisher, Orion Children's Books, have very kindly offered to send
signed copies of Lucy's books to
TWO lucky readers.

Up for grabs we have - 

Embark on a journey through the ancient world and enjoy the greatest stories ever told!

The original Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths has been a favourite with children for many years. Now Atticus and Melissa return in a new format—a highly-collectible series of 12 bright 80-page paperbacks for children aged 5-8, with all the original full-colour illustrations.

And a signed copy of -

Linnet Perry is 13-year-old girl living in Wyrmesbury. Ordinary on the surface, she has hidden powers which she must be taught to use. 
When the ancient worldwyrm stirs, fear spreads throughout the town. People begin to disappear. Unless the wyrm is returned to sleep, there will be natural disasters and worse - too much old magic will leak into the world, disturbing the careful balance of modern life. 
Only Linnet has the rare combination of magics needed to embark on the dangerous quest through the natural and spiritual world to redress the imbalance and restore order. But is she strong enough - and willing enough - to confront her gifts, and use them - especially since all she has ever wanted was it fit in and be like everyone else?


To win signed copies of these books is easy and it's open to anyone - wherever you are in the world.

Here are the ever-so-easy rules:

  • There are two ways to enter:
1)   Leave your name and a comment on this blog.
a)   To win the signed set of Greek Beasts and Heroes let Lucy know what your favourite Greek myth is.
b)   To win a signed copy of Hootcat Hill tell Lucy your favourite YA fantasy.

2)   Or if you twitter, you can simply retweet the competition details.  Just head over to @TABwrite and spread the word.

       Or do both!

  • The two winners will be drawn from a hat and chosen at random.
  • The closing date is Midnight GMT 13th February 2011.
  • The two winners will be announced on here and on twitter on the 14th February and I'll then need the winners' addresses to forward the books to.

Lucy and I look forward to reading your comments.

(Shortlisted for the Author Blog Awards 2010)

Lucy occasionally blogs at



Anita Marion Loughrey said...

My favourite Greek myth is story of Aphrodite being born out of the sea form on the shore of Cyprus. But then, I am half Cypriot :)

Rebecca Brown said...

Excellent competition for one of my favourite online people.

Hmm, favourite Greek myth? Medusa was always fascinating. But I think Penelope is my favourite. She's not a model of patience & feminine virtue *rolls eyes* but clever and using her wits to deal with a precarious situation.

YA fantasy tale? No question. Although the Chronicles of Narnia are very very close to the top, it HAS to be Firebrand. Brilliant story, fabulous writing and amazing characters. And how many heroes can you follow on twitter (but hands off, he's mine)?!

Harvey Kurzfield said...

I'm new to this sort of thing but it sounds like a very generous idea.
My favourite Greek myth is probably Theseus and the Minotaur - there's something special about the hero seeking to save others from the terrible fate of the Minotaur, so that's the one for me.

Anonymous said...

Favorite Greek Myth? It's hard to say, but I like the Minotaur stories too. They're challenging in a whole different way. -- Lee McGovern

Anonymous said...

What a great set of books! I would love to win these for my daughter, My favorite Greek myth is a tie between Medusa and Hercules.

Ms. Dawn said...

My favorite Greek myth is that of Psyche and Eros. A mythical Beauty and Beast tale.

Penelope Lolohea said...

Why, my favorite Greek myth is Penelope, of course! We share a name! :)

I also like stories about Artemis.

This is a great giveaway! My son would love these books!

Penelopelolohea {at} gmail dot com

Bethie said...

I would love to win these for my sons. They would really enjoy reading them together. My favorite greek myth is Medusa. Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bethie said...

My fav YA fantasy is the Red Pyramid. Great Story.

lizzi0915 at oal dot com

Kulsuma said...

Icarus flying too close to the sun is a favourite of mine. What a great moral story.

My favourite YA fantasy is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.


Linda said...

I was thinking about YA fantasies I've enjoyed recently, and decided I would mention ''Wreckers'' by Julie Hearn. It has such a thrilling atmosphere and a curious setting, combining a post-mass-destruction England and the beauties of the Cornish coast. And then I remembered it's based on the myth of Pandora . . .

Libby's Library said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.
I have a grandson who would love the Greek Beasts and Heroes set.

Tweet Tweet:!/LibbysLibrary/status/34260822167396352


Carolyn said...

Carolyn Hittle

I'd love to display all books mentioned for giveaway in my Backyard Beauty and Book Shop!

Abarat~Clive Barker favorite YA fantasy

The Greek Myths~Robert Graves favorite Greek myth

Aik said...

I'm Aik Chien from Malaysia

a) My favourite Greek myth is the story of Psyche and Eros.
b) My favourite YA fantasy is Lunarmorte by Sam Young.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I retweeted:

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at West of Mars Win a Book for you.

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

I like the myth of Ulysses.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Bryony Pearce said...

Hi Lucy, I'd love the Greek myths books, as I think my little girl is old enough to start enjoying these stories as much as I did.

My favourite myth is perhaps not as famous as many others - Baucis and Philemon. You don't often see tales where Zeus rewards for virtue alone and I always loved the idea that the old couple got to be together forever as trees with their branches entwined.

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