TV Preview and Giveaway | Childhood’s End Premieres on Showcase Canada Dec 14 at 8 pm

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CHILDHOOD’S END — “The Overlords” Episode 101 — Pictured: Mike Vogel as Ricky Stormgren — (Photo by: Ben King/Syfy)

Calling all fellow Canadian science fiction geeks! Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel Childhood’s End is being adapted for the small screen and will premiere next week on Showcase! The three-night, six-hour miniseries follows the peaceful invasion of the mysterious Overlords, which begins decades of apparent utopia. The Overlords eliminate poverty, war and sickness from the world… but at what cost?

I’m also geeking out over the cast for this show. Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones!) is the ambassador of the Overlords, and likely about as trustworthy here as he was in Westeros. Julian McMahon is the founder of a research station, and while he’s probably best known for Nip/Tuck, I will forever know him as Phoebe Halliwell’s demonic boyfriend Cole in Charmed. Yael Stone, who is the utterly lovable but creepily stalkerish Lorna Morello in Orange is the New Black, plays a woman determined to find out the truth about the Overlords. Finally, Colm Meaney is in the cast as well, playing someone named Wainwright, and his name is certainly familiar to many Trekkies as Chief O’Brien.

Childhood’s End will be broadcast on Showcase in a three-night, six-hour miniseries event on December 14, 15 and 16 from 8 – 10 pm ET / 9 – 11 pm PT. 

GIVEAWAY (Canada only)

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Want to win a Childhood’s End prize pack from Showcase?

Enter here for a chance to win!

Contest runs from midnight on Dec 10 – midnight on Dec 14 and is open to Canada only. Good luck!

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Book Event and Giveaway | Philippa Gregory in Toronto

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Fan of great historical fiction and the Tudor era? Check out this awesome event from Simon and Schuster Canada coming to Toronto on September 22! Philippa Gregory, author of a number of historical fiction bestsellers (including my personal favourite, the classic The Other Boleyn Girl) will be doing a lecture and book signing at the Al Green Theatre, Toronto, to promote her new novel The King’s Curse.

About The King’s Curse:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England.

Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter—Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret’s contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors.

After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret’s world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and “holiest” woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors.

Check out a chapter excerpt from The King’s Curse at http://issuu.com/touchstonebooks/docs/the_king_s_curse.

Win a copy of The King’s Curse:

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada, I’m giving away a copy of The King’s Curse to one of my readers! This contest is open to Canada only.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Meet Philippa Gregory:

Meet the author in person at the Al Green Theatre, Toronto! Information and tickets here.

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for a copy of the book for the giveaway.

The British Invasion

Fans of British chick lit & romantic comedy: Win a haul of books just in time for your summer holidays from some of the UK’s best-loved and best-selling authors! 

5 winners + 25 books = a Summer of Love

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To celebrate the launch of Notting Hill Press, five lucky winners will each choose five personally inscribed and signed eBooks from the Notting Hill Press authors – there are 50 best-selling and award-winning books to choose from. To enter, go to Amazon (the giveaway is open to US or UK residents)* and:

  • Kick off your summer reading by buying any TWO eBooks listed below between now and June 13th.
  • Click the “Share This Item” button on the Amazon Thank You page after purchase to tweet/facebook about each book (if you use Facebook and/or twitter).
  • Enter to win by posting a comment over on the Notting Hill Press Facebook page telling us which two eBooks you bought. If you don’t use Facebook, you can enter the competition by adding your comment here instead. Winners will be chosen randomly from all the comments on June 14th and posted in both places.
  • “Like” the Notting Hill Press Facebook page to get freebies, discounts and sneak peeks at the authors’ books before they’re published! And if you’re on twitter, follow @nottinghillPR

Best of luck from all the Notting Hill Press authors, and don’t forget to check back on the Notting Hill Press Facebook page or the blog on June 14th to see if you’ve won!

Much love and happy reading,

Talli Roland, Belinda Jones, Michele Gorman, Matt Dunn, Nicola May, Scarlett Bailey, Nick Spalding, Sue Welfare, Chrissie Manby, Victoria Connelly and Lucy Robinson xoxo
*This is an Amazon eBook giveaway, open to US and UK entries. It will run from June 3rd through June 13th. The five winners will be randomly selected and announced on June 14th on the facebook page and Notting Hill Press blog. Winners can choose any 5 books from the participating authors – here’s the list.