Tuesday, 30 August 2011


To celebrate the paperback release of "Justin Thyme" I'm running a special week-long competition (open to all blog-readers worldwide), with signed/doodled copies of both "JUSTIN THYME" and forthcoming sequel "THYME RUNNING OUT" as the first prize.

It's a sort of SCAVENGER HUNT! All readers have to do is visit the participating blogs, (links to them all below), note down the letters and numbers on the Justin Thyme Bookmarks, (see photo above - click to enlarge), then rearrange the letters in numerical order. This spells out a secret message, (Justin's description of himself).

Email your answer to me at panamaoxridge (at) btinternet (dot) com - (but don't put it in the comments where everyone else can see it!)

The competition will close on September 7th, when a winner, (picked at random from the correct entries) will be announced (on the 8th).
Here are the participating blogs you'll need to visit:

1) The Tartan of Thyme Blog
Great! You've found the 1st one already

Your letters/numbers are:13-J and 9 - U.

DON'T PANIC - you have a full week to visit them all!
Here are the prize copies - they have original colour artwork added to the title page. This is a signed hardback copy of "Justin Thyme" ...
And this is the (as yet unreleased) hardback of "Thyme Running Out" ...
The winner's books will be mailed out on September 8th ... so you'll get your copy of "Thyme Running Out" ahead of absolutely ANYBODY!

I also have two of the bookmarks to give away - winners of these will be picked at random out of a) anyone who submits a competition answer, and b) any Clan Member (blog-follower) ... so click to follow the Tartan of Thyme Blog and you'll double your chances of getting a bookmark! Above all, have fun exploring blogland looking for all the clues! Why not leave comments and say "Hello" to the bloggers you visit?!

Competition Disclaimers

Competition open worldwide.
Neither the publisher nor I will be held responsible for prizes/bookmarks lost in the mail.
I reserve the right to end the competition before its original deadline without prior notice, or disqualify an entrant should I see fit.
The winning entrants will be contacted by email after the close of the competition, and will have 48 hours to reply with their postal address. Failure to do so in time will result in another winner being randomly selected.


With the release of "Thyme Running Out" now one month away (or just 10 days off if you order your signed copies from the Cotswold Bookstore Launch), this is an excellent time to finalise your theories about what happens next.

Longterm readers of "Justin Thyme" may already have recorded any clues they've found in the special notebook section at the back of the book. If not, now would be an ideal time to reread JT, because all the clues and codes you need to know what happens next are right there in book one!

If you're new to the Tartan of Thyme, and have only just ordered your paperback copy of JT, you still have plenty of time to make your deductions. Get reading ... then swap your theories with friends, discuss the various suspects ... and don't forget to keep a careful note of all your ideas at the back of "Justin Thyme". There's an abundance of clues ... why not see if you can crack them now ... and be one jump ahead of genius Justin!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

JUSTIN THYME - Competition Time!

To celebrate the publication of "Justin Thyme" in paperback, there will be a special competition open to ALL blog-readers. The competition will open on September 1st (publication day), running for one week - and many regular book-bloggers will be participating by hosting clues (LETTERS and NUMBERS). To win, simply find all the letters by visiting each of the participating blogs in turn (links will be posted here at the TOT blog) and then rearrange them in numerical order!

First prize will be special hardback copies of both "Justin Thyme" and forthcoming sequel "Thyme Running Out". Each book will include original colour artwork which I've added to the title page, along with a hand-written quote from the book and, of course, the customary author's signature.

Further prizes (of signed limited edition JT bookmarks) will also be available at this blog and at other participating book-blogs throughout the week.

There will be just 40 of these signed/numbered bookmarks, each coming in a hand-decorated presentation card. Each card is stamped on the front with an hourglass design which I've edged in gold and colourised; inside, I've written the first line of the story and even added my fingerprint!Each participating blogger will be sent one of these bookmarks as a gift - along with another to offer as a "give-away" prize to their readers. All the participating bloggers need to do is to upload a photo of their bookmarks on September 1st, making sure the LETTERS and NUMBERS are clearly visible, (or I can send bloggers a photo by email if that's easier!)If you are a book-blogger and would like to take part in this unique competition, email me at panamaoxridge (at) btinternet (dot) com ... there's still just a couple of places left!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Special "Thyme Running Out" Bookmark!

I've had a few e-mails asking if there will be any promotional items available for the publication of TRO - so I'm pleased to announce that there will be a special signed Booklaunch bookmark.

It will be exclusively available at the Cotswold Bookstore launch event; given away with each of the first 150 copies of TRO to be sold, (up to a maximum of ten per customer). Arrive early to ensure you don't miss out!

More news for book collectors coming soon ...

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Spreading the Word!

With only about 5 weeks to go before the "Thyme Running Out" launch at the Cotswold Bookstore, David, Nina and Tony are wearing special TRO tee-shirts to promote the book. They really do go above and beyond the call of duty. The official release date of the "Justin Thyme" paperback is even closer - and plans are being finalised for a special blog-based competition on the publication date (September 1st).

Also, my special thanks to Darren of Bookzone, who has just written an excellent guest post at the My Favourite Books blog, entilted: Bookzone 4 Boys Recommends Five Books for Boys. One of his recommended books is "Justin Thyme". Click above to read the post, including the nice things he says about JT!

Armando Pixage