Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

Last Few Days to Win a Paperback Copy of The Dr Pepper Prophecies!

The-Dr-Pepper-Prophecies_GoJust a reminder that my Goodreads giveaway of two paperback copies of The Dr Pepper Prophecies will end on 30 November, so get your requests in now if you haven’t already.

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to the giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

Good luck everyone!

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Win a Paperback Copy of The Dr Pepper Prophecies!

The-Dr-Pepper-Prophecies_GoI’m running a giveaway through Goodreads of a paperback copy of The Dr Pepper Prophecies!

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to the giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

The giveaway will run 1-30 November 2014.

Good luck everyone!

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Last Few Days to Win a Paperback Copy of After Wimbledon!

After-Wimbledon_Goodreads Giveaway copyJust a reminder that my Goodreads giveaway of a paperback copy of After Wimbledon will end on 31 October, so get your requests in now if you haven’t already.

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to the giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

Good luck everyone!

 

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Win a Paperback Copy of After Wimbledon!

After-Wimbledon_Goodreads Giveaway copyGuess what?  I’m running a giveaway through Goodreads of a paperback copy of After Wimbledon!

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to the giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

The giveaway will run 1-31 October 2014.

Good luck everyone!

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After Wimbledon Sale!

After-Wimbledon_99c-saleThe ebook version of After Wimbledon will be 99c everywhere (assuming Kobo play ball) on 23-24 August 2014

 

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The Dr Pepper Prophecies – Sale & Giveaway!

The-Dr-Pepper-Prophecies_99To celebrate finishing work on the audio book (available soon!), the kindle version of The Dr Pepper Prophecies will be 99c on Amazon.com and 99p on Amazon.co.uk on 8-9 August 2014.

Giveaway!

Anyone who helps spread the word about the sale by tweeting, re-tweeting, sharing, pinning or blogging is eligible to win a special prize!

Three lucky winners will each get a free copy of whichever of my books they would like (including the box set Have Chick Lit, Will Travel).

Tweets and re-tweets I can track, but please leave comments with links to blog and other posts, so I can be sure to count your entry.

Easy tweet:

Only 99c today – 5* chick lit – THE DR PEPPER PROPHECIES – #mustread #greatbookdeal http://mybook.to/TDPP RT TO WIN! @GilbyRoberts

Just a reminder that The Dr Pepper Prophecies can be downloaded FREE by Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited members.

 

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Last Few Days to Win a Paperback Copy of After Wimbledon!

Just a reminder that my Goodreads giveaway of two paperback copies of After Wimbledon will end on 30 April, so get your requests in now if you haven’t already.

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to my giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

Good luck everyone!

*** Special Offer ***

If you don’t want to wait, I’m also offering a code for $2 off the paperback when you buy through CreateSpace.  (I would offer one through Amazon if I could).  Just enter DZFBPFEL at the checkout.  It’s valid all the time the giveaway is on.

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Win a Paperback Copy of After Wimbledon!

Guess what?  I’m running a giveaway through Goodreads of two paperback copies of After Wimbledon!  It’s the first time I’ve offered a chance to win the paperback, which is on sale through Amazon.

To enter the giveaway you need to be a member of Goodreads, but you can sign up for free.  You’ll then need to go to my giveaway page to enter the draw.  While you’re there, come friend me!

The giveaway will run 1-30 April 2014.

Good luck everyone!

*** Special Offer ***

If you don’t want to wait, I’m also offering a code for $2 off the paperback when you buy through CreateSpace.  (I would offer one through Amazon if I could).  Just enter DZFBPFEL at the checkout.  It’s valid all the time the giveaway is on.

Amazon does discount paperbacks off their own bat from time to time.  Right now (1 April 14), Amazon.com has After Wimbledon at 10% off.

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Lucy on… (Deleted Musings From ‘After Wimbledon’) #2

A few more paragraphs cut from After Wimbledon.

Lucy on… Making Decisions

Showering off later, I debate the pros and cons of staying on the tour and decide I should.  Then I debate the pros and cons of staying with Joe and decide I shouldn’t.

There, that’s decided.

Then I start debating them again and come up with different answers.

How do people make these decisions?  How can I know what the right thing to do is?  I can argue both sides convincingly, so which wins?  If my feelings on two given days are directly opposed, which are the true ones?

Christ, why is life suddenly so complicated?

I run my fingers through my hair and bring a few strands round to look at.  Maybe I should dye it.  Go blond or something.  Or cut it.  After years in a ponytail it deserves a change.  Maybe if I look different, I’ll feel different too.

And maybe I’ll be exactly the same, only with different hair.

Maybe I could go see a psychic and they can tell me what to do.

Except, what if they’re wrong or just making it up?  What if I did what they said and it was all wrong for me?

Still, at least then I’d have someone to blame.

Oh, forget it.

Lucy on… Her Looks

I dry and dress in shorts and a T-shirt and then set about drying my hair.  It really does need cutting.  It grows so fast I blink and I’ve turned into Rapunzel.  Am I the only one who thinks that someone climbing up your hair would really hurt?

The wall is mirrored, so I’ve really got no choice but to look at myself.  Have you ever looked at your reflection and thought, ‘Is that really me?’  Like your inside isn’t quite reflected in your outside?  Maybe it’s just me.

It’s not hard to guess I’m a tennis player, or an athlete anyway.  5’10” in my socks and I’m far from the tallest on the tour.  Slim, but muscular not delicate.  A fusion of power and speed.  Fit and strong.  Always in trainers, hair flattened back.  Makeup rarely touches my skin, sun cream does in abundance.  Round my neck I wear a silver tennis racquet charm – a present from my dad.  Sports watch on my wrist, diamanté stud earrings.  No other jewellery.  I’m no beauty, but on court I don’t care.  There, I belong.  I look the part.

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Lucy on… (Deleted Musings From ‘After Wimbledon’)

Just a few paragraphs cut from the final version of After Wimbledon, where Lucy muses.

Lucy on… her career

I’m not a bad player.  I’ve won a few titles, made a reasonable amount of money.  I’ve won one grand slam – The Australian Open – when I was 23.  I’d been slowly climbing the rankings since I turned pro, getting further every year, and there I was: the champion.  Next stop, Wimbledon.

But I never made it.  That was my best year.  Second round at the French (always was useless on the clay courts), quarters at the US Open, fourth round at Wimbledon.  I never got any higher.  Though Christ knows I tried.

There are lots of things a champion needs: dedication, first-class coaching, incredible fitness, self-belief, mental strength.  All these things can be possessed by anyone if they put the work – and money – in.  But there’s one thing that can’t.  Talent.  That spark of brilliance.  You only get given so much.  And if it’s not enough, there’s sod all you can do about it.

I don’t have enough.  And now I have three decades of wear and tear to overcome as well.  There are too many other players – younger, more talented, less injury-ridden and more dedicated than I am these days.  It’s over.

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That’s how I won the Australian Open – luck.  I’ll be quite frank about that, to myself if no one else.  It was a bad tournament for the top players, so bad that virtually none of them were there.  Everything that could go wrong, did.  Glandular fever, a broken leg, a nasty dose of food poisoning, a positive drugs test, a pregnancy, an imploding marriage.  Close relatives dying in droves.  Suddenly, the underdogs were in with a real chance.

We took it.  By the quarters, all the seeded players were out.  The final was me and a Czech girl at only her second grand slam, who’d been playing brilliantly but went to pieces at the last minute.  I won.  I was the champion.

On paper.

Lucy on… Wimbledon

The number one event in tennis.  Grass courts, rain delays, curtseys to the Royal Box (only required now if someone from the Royal Family is there – criminal), full titles for the ladies (Advantage Miss Bennett), Pimms, strawberries and cream and umbrellas.

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All these years fans have gathered on the hill outside Centre Court to watch matches on the big screen and cheer on the players.  Its name changes for whatever player with (GBR) after their name is on Centre Court.  Henman Hill, Rusedski Ridge.  Once or twice it was even Bennett Bump, a name which in all honesty always made me cringe.  I wonder what they’ll call it for Sam:  Pennington Pouffe?

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