LOVE BYTE Dating Competition

Love Byte by David AtkinsonAndy Hunter is a single father trying to balance the demands of a 2-year-old daughter, an interfering but well-meaning mother-in-law and a job he is always in danger of losing. So, when he receives a series of delayed emails from his late wife Lindsay telling him to date, it seems like a good idea. With Lindsay’s emails spurring him on, Andy weaves a path of disharmony and chaos amongst his close friends and family, but soon discovers he is not cut out for modern dating. Filled with laugh-out-loud situations and moments of soul-searching, this heart-warming, moving romantic comedy set in Edinburgh, is a bittersweet tale of second chances and self-discovery.

In Love Byte, Andy Hunter goes on some pretty horrendous dates that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure.

For your chance to win a copy of this new romantic comedy, just tweet your worst date using the hashtag #lovebytedating. (UK only)

Competition for library lovers: Win Broken Places by Wendy Perriam

Broken Places by Wendy PerriamWe here at Robert Hale Ltd LOVE libraries. They are magical places that transport us into the wonderful world of books.

We were delighted then when our author Wendy Perriam wrote a book about a librarian.

For your chance to win a copy of Wendy’s book Broken Places for yourself, simply tell us why you love your library or librarian, either in the comments or by tweeting us at @roberthalebooks.

You may love Eric – or want to shake him! Passionately idealistic about his work as a librarian, he’s also ruefully aware that he’s not exactly Superman. Forced to hide his mysterious background and his mortifying fears, he’s a man with secrets – withheld even from close friends. His once homely wife, now a fashionista, has abandoned him, to live in Seattle with a high-powered corporate kingpin, taking their only child, a moody minx-in-waiting, about to turn thirteen.

Yet, against the odds, Eric sets out to prove himself – indeed, even to find a soul-mate. Whether braving ‘Choco-Love’ Speed-Dating; running Wandsworth Prison readers’ groups; attending an American Church that champions the Gospel of Prosperity, or rescuing his daughter from near-rape – he finally comes to epitomize the truth of Hemingway’s words: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

Shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year, Broken Places combines laugh-out-loud comedy with an examination of fear: the most common – and most frequently concealed – of all our human emotions.

Praise for Wendy Perriam:

‘…one of Perriam’s strengths as a novelist … is to confront the fault-lines in human experience and roll about in them…’ The Camden Review

‘Broken Places is a great and adventurous read. The main theme of the novel – that life is fundamentally unfair – is explored with verve, energy, relish and humour. Perriam can be very, very funny’Fay Weldon

‘Perriam writes brilliantly about fear and grief, and the lives of children in care, but she is also savagely, hilariously funny about everything to do with sex.’ The Times

Happy reading!

This competition closes at midnight GMT on 31st March 2014 and is open to UK residents only.