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.


  1. We've passed midnight and the competition is now LIVE!!!

    But please be patient - it might take a few hours before all the participating bloggers have uploaded their bookmark photos. Check back later if you still have a few letters and numbers to collect.

    Once you have found the 40 letters and rearranged them in numerical order, send the message you have discovered to panamaoxridge (at) btinternet (dot) com

    If you get chance during your hunt for clues, please explore the Justin Thyme website to learn more about the Thyme Clan.

    Thank you for visiting the Tartan of Thyme Blog.
    Yours puzzlingly,
    Panama Oxridge.

  2. Sounds fun :) Thanks for hosting!

  3. Flying Banana's, Just a few more letters to go,and I will have cracked it!

    Great Fun P.O!

  4. I just need 4 more letters and I suppose I could just try to send the answer now but I will wait until tomorrow to send my entry before leaving for a short vacation.

  5. AntonisM >>>
    Yes, it seems two bloggers have either forgotten to upload their photos or have some other unforseen problem. These things happen! I'll give them a gentle reminder today. Fortunately, the correct answer can be deduced despite the missing four letters ... but if anyone has any problems, then please send in the answer with the gaps ... and it will count as correct!

  6. I think you did your tags wrong... have you put a , inbetween each tag, not a space? It just seems to be all one link... *trying to help*

  7. I'm really, really sorry about forgetting to post. You can shout at me if you want. :'(

  8. Hello Vickie ... not to worry. I probably should've reminded you sooner but I didn't want to seem impatient! It's easy to forget things - I do it all the time!
    Yes, it looks like I got the tags wrong - but I'm not going to change them just now. Whenever I edit one of these blogger pages, more things seem to go wrong with the formatting, so I'll leave it be. Thanks for mentioning it though - I'll try to get them right next time!

  9. Thanks for the really fun scavenger hunt! I already sent in my entry, fingers crossed :)

  10. that was really fun!! hope i win got my fingers crossed. up all night missed 2 letters and finaly guessed it corectly love your book

  11. Noticing an increase in blog hits but not so many that the odds are terrible. Still a very good chance to win for anyone entering. Only a few more days to go though!

  12. This is really fun, but I can't see that My Life In A Scrapbook has posted yet? It may be just me not looking properley! Thanks :)

  13. I'm afraid that particular blogger hasn't had internet access owing to unforseen circumstances.
    As it happens, the message is just as easy to decipher with two missing letters, and I've had lots and lots of correct answers emailed in.
    However, just to make sure no one is unfairly disadvantaged, I think the missing letters are O and F.
    If you haven't entered yet, then hurry ... there's only one day left before the competition closes!

  14. Thanks for the scavenger hunt - we did it as a family (since we all read the first book and will be fighting over the second...)

  15. Thank you for the great giveaway. The scavenger hunt was amazing!