Goodreads Giveaway!

The Kindness of Strangers and lessons learned!
Helen Harper

Ain’t technology great?

When e-readers first appeared on the market, I wasn’t exactly impressed. How on earth could a piece of technology ever compete with a real book? Truthfully, it wasn’t until my suitcase was lost by an airline during a holiday to a remote island in the Philippines and a friend lent me her Kindle that I appreciated just how wonderful they are. These days, I’ll choose an e-reader over a physical book any time. I have endless choices (and an endless list of books – one click has a lot to answer for!) and instead of lugging round a heavy tome everywhere I go, I can slip my Kindle into the smallest of my bags and barely notice it’s there until I need it. I can change the size of the font. I can hold it one-handed. Misplacing it sends me into a panic which temporarily losing my keys has never managed to achieve.


As an author, obviously the advent of e-readers and e-books has changed my life. I’d never have achieved any measure of success without them. I will admit, however, that sometimes I miss having something tangible to give to readers. Sure, I’ve got boxes aplenty of bookmarks – but even when I bought physical novels by the cartload I personally never used a bookmark (yes, I’ve always been a corner-folding heathen). I have given away branded keychains and bottle openers and mints and jewellery and they’re great. They’re not books though.


Of course, I do give away lots of copies of e-books but, to my mind, there’s something less personal about sending one through the virtual ether than actually sending something you can hold. That’s why I’m thrilled to have teamed up with USB Memory Direct. They’ve been kind enough to send me a batch of USB sticks with my logo on them. Now I can load up books and give them away so fans have something tangible AND something with my books included. Check out the size too!



There’s an old episode of Friends where Chandler is ridiculously excited about his new laptop with (wait for it) 500MB of space on its hard drive. This tiny memory stick has 8GB … I don’t think technology will ever cease to amaze me.


One lucky reader will have the chance to win one of these great memory sticks, with the e-book of your choice uploaded onto it. Simply comment below and you’ll be in the running. And next week I’ll be visiting the London Book Fair so if you happen to bump into me, there might just be the chance to take away another one! ??

  • Rovansek?? Sherry?? • 7th March 2017 at 12:57 am

    Wow, those are incredible, technology still amazes me also. I have an iPad Air, ??my baby. I’ve got your eBooks loaded and read. Love your stories and writing. Take care.

  • Ceri • 7th March 2017 at 1:10 am

    I would typically pack up to ten books for a fortnight holiday – and still be a bit anxious that I might run out. My 3G e-reader packs that and more!
    Reading is comfier for me too – for all the reasons you say ??
    I’ve still a place on my shelves for some hard copy books tho – series with lovely covers I started before, and graphic novels.
    All best for the London Book Fair – hope you have fun!

  • Tiffaney • 7th March 2017 at 3:43 am

    I haven’t gotten around to getting a reader specifically for books, but I have kindle downloaded to just about everything I can! It’s a completely separate bookshelf from the books I have at home, a much more feasible library of 1000+ books to add to my collection.

  • Barbara Hall • 7th March 2017 at 4:41 am

    Helen, there are very few of your books that I haven’t already got – and read – but I’d love one of your usb sticks. It would make me feel very special! ?? x

  • Vannessa • 7th March 2017 at 6:07 am

    I never wanted a Kindle and flat out refused to have one when they first came on the market as I loved real paper books. I eventually caved in when I filled something silly like 14 huge packing boxes full of books when we redecorated our bedroom and I decided I didn’t want the shelves putting back up. There was nowhere else for them to go, so I bought a Kindle and bought all my faves for it as well.

    Now I wouldn’t be without it. I have discovered so many fabulous new authors that I wouldn’t have done if I had kept to dead tree books. I love the instant access to new books and I no longer have to wait for them to be delivered. I can buy and start reading in minutes, which I love to do with a book I have been waiting anxiously for!

  • Kristen Heyl • 7th March 2017 at 7:18 am

    Technology is awesome..Just wondering if this giveaway is open to US or not?

  • CBISME • 7th March 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’m completely the same! My overall suitcase weight used to be made up of books and I’d still feel like I hadn’t brought enough. Then one year my aunt let me borrow her kindle and it totally changed the game for me. My perfect holiday now always involves bringing my kindle. The best part about kindle I think is that I use it on multiple devices so i really can have my whole library with me all the time.

    I’d love one of the memory sticks with Night Terrors on it. I haven’t managed to read it yet.

    I hope you have a lovely time in London:).

  • Tiffany Birchard • 7th March 2017 at 11:32 am

    This is a amazing thought. I was told by my roommate, no more books. Because we had no room to move about the house due to my bookshelves. So that day I downloaded my kindle onto the phone. Now I’ve got like 400 books there. And I couldn’t be happier. The kindle unlimted was actually how I fell in love with your stories. Was in between series…and your series looked amazing. Three days later I was rereading the entire series. Gifted thief was the series that made you one of my favorite authors.

  • Melanie Hayes • 10th March 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’d love a USB stick with your books on. X

  • jac3988 • 19th March 2017 at 7:14 pm

    That is so amazing. I would absolutely love that!! I am a huge fan. I loved you highland magic series. It was amazing in every way possible and I can’t wait to read the new book that up for pre-order on June 8th for kindle. “Slouch Witch” wicked excited to read it!! Sometime today I have to go and post my reviews on the last book for the highland magic series. 5 stars all the way. Anyways. Your amazing writing and I wish I was half as talented as you. The ideas and characters you create are truly works of art. just thought I would tell that.

    • Helen Harper
      Helen Harper • 20th March 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to come and post and I’m thrilled you enjoyed Highland Magic. I hope you like Slouch Witch just as much!

  • Gwen • 1st April 2017 at 4:49 am

    Just started reading the Bloodfire Destiny series here in the U.S. and I’m loving it! I’m looking forward to Corrigan’s POV. ??

  • Sarah Marie • 22nd August 2017 at 7:06 am

    I just discovered your books! I LOVE THEM! I am kinda reading backwards. I loved your lazy witch and am awaiting the conclusion, meanwhile, I am on my second read through of Integrity’s journey. Buying the other series’ and some audible versions as well. THANK YOU! These are so my punny sense of humor. I feel badly for my dear friends.

  • Nicole Josan • 10th September 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I have by now read ALL of your books except EROS. I can’t wait for the next great epic you are going to create.

    Do you know the series “Incarnations of Immortality” by Anthony Piers? Those books had some interesting ideas and drama in them. Eros synopsis reminds me a bit of them.

    Again, thanks for writing, and contact me anytime if you need a proofreader.


    • Helen Harper
      Helen Harper • 12th October 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Oh, I love Piers Anthony’s books! I wish more of them were on Kindle these days. I’ve not read that series but I’m going to seek it out when I get the chance.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments, Nicole!

  • Pheobe Barrett • 12th October 2017 at 8:45 am

    I just started reading your books. I started with The first lazy witch Sloch Witch and I love this series. I have read all 3. I do hope there will be more to come.

    • Helen Harper
      Helen Harper • 12th October 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Phoebe! Technically, the series is finished but there might be a short holiday novella or little story in the works ??

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