This is my third year doing the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop; thanks once again to Mary at BookHounds for organising it so well.

This is, of course, my last Giveaway of the year.

fi50It’s also the day for posting my 50 word flash fiction story #Fi50, which is a monthly challenge hosted by the Bookshelf Gargoyle.  If you haven’t met him before, he and his friends review numerous books each week, from children’s through YA to crime and mystery and scifi and occasionally non-fiction.  There’s also a crafting feature!

This month’s prompt was Recipe for Success, and here is my offering:

My Mother’s Mince Pies

Mix flour, ground almonds, butter, to breadcrumb consistency. Add beaten egg and milk to a stiff dough. Roll and cut into rounds. Place bases in baking cups; add mincemeat with a dash of brandy.  Brush tops with milk and stick edges together.  Sprinkle with sugar and bake.

Eat with love!


Now for the rafflecopter

There are three prizes this year:

  1. A paperback copy of one of my books
  2. A paperback of a BookElves Anthology (either Volume 1 or 2)
  3. An ebook of the Princelings of the East Box Set (books 1-3)

To take part, just use the rafflecopter.  Entries close on 31st December, 11.59 pm New York time.  Please remember to check your email address on the 1st or 2nd January in case you’ve won as you’ll only have 48 hours to claim your prize if you have.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now go hopping!

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42 thoughts on “Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop and #Fi50

  • 21 December, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Terence didn’t see a notice ‘May Contain Nuts’ before he ate the mince pie. He’s now twice the size he was and fighting for his life in casualty. Jemima smiled as she considered her revenge after being plagiarised.
    Happy Christmas Jemima
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    • 21 December, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Sorry, Terence! Huge Happy Christmas cuddles, David <3

  • 21 December, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. (Emerson)

  • 21 December, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

    • 21 December, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thank you, Mary – what would we do without you? Happy New Year too.

  • 21 December, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I’ve just come up with my Fi50…but it’s too hot down here to bother with word limits, so it could be an epic.

  • 21 December, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Merry christmas & Happy New Year 2017 may it bring a lot of happiness and be better than 2016
    thank you for this new giveaway

    • 22 December, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Yes indeedy – good luck in 2017 to you, miki

  • 21 December, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Eat too much, talk too much with kin, and wait for the sun to return. That’s my winter solstice traditions.

    • 22 December, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Sound good to me 🙂 We have had a lovely sunny day for Solstice and the day after, at any rate. That’s sun with frost – the best type 😉

  • 21 December, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Happy Holidays wherever you are.

  • 22 December, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who has those traditions!!

    Judy Cox

  • 22 December, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great new years day

  • 22 December, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Stop to smell the roses.

    • 22 December, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Ah! Wise words. Must share them with others. Have a good year, Judith.

  • 22 December, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! <3


    • 22 December, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Mia – the same to you!

  • 23 December, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Have a safe and happy season! Hugss to all 🙂

    • 23 December, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks, Jan – have a good one with your loved ones

  • 23 December, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy them after a while they fly right by you!

    • 23 December, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      … and spin around to turn up next year before you know it! Happy holidays, Mary.

  • 24 December, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Thank our for your kind giveaway and Merry Yuletide to yourself as well. I hope the new year brings you joy. Also, the books look great! Xx

    • 24 December, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Bri! Happy Christmas to you 🙂

  • 25 December, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Happy New Year! My wish is for peace in my immediate family!

    • 26 December, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Oh dear! I hope it’s only fighting over toys and nothing worse, Linda. Happy new year to you and yours 🙂

  • 26 December, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Happy holidays

    • 26 December, 2016 at 10:31 am

      And to you too – nice to see you again!

  • 27 December, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Wouldn’t Peace on Earth be nice this year!

    • 27 December, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Yes, indeed. A prospect that seems increasingly unlikely. I hope it is peaceful for you, at any rate, Penny 🙂

  • 27 December, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Happy & healthy holidays!

  • 28 December, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Happy holidays!

    • 30 December, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Happy holidays to you as well, Karin 🙂

  • 29 December, 2016 at 7:47 am

    May this season of celebration see you happy, healthy and enjoying good food, good drinks and good company. May the New Year fulfill all your wishes and dreams.

    • 30 December, 2016 at 9:57 am

      That’s very kind, MM – especially when I’m writing the morning after my Christmas party! Now for the cleaning up – thank goodness for dishwashers 🙂

  • 31 December, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Peace and Goodwill toward Men

    As I get older that means much more to me. Peace within my immediate family, peace within extended family, peace with friends and acquaintances, peace with strangers and they with all those around them.

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