Thank you to everyone who dropped by here yesterday or supported me on Facebook or Twitter and to the wonderful writer Elizabeth Hein on her blog!
So - just a quick post to announce the winner of the copy of Holding Paradise!
It goes to Showbi and I'll repeat her entry here. I chose it because it was quite touching and heartfelt and maybe a little different to what I was expecting:
Attached are just a few of my photos of an idea of paradise.....I say ‘an idea of paradise’ because what is paradise really? Yes it’s a beautiful place, a peaceful scene and setting and I’ve captured that in many of my photos during my several travels to destinations far and wide which I have been very fortunate to do. But what is one person’s paradise is not another’s and of course vice versa. This little beautiful lady I met on a lovely beach in Sri Lanka touched me deeply and I still think of her. She worked hard on this beach everyday with a smile trying to earn a little for her family and granddaughter, whom I met. I have fond memories of them during the brief few days I was there. People passed her by, as happens I know in many countries, hurrying to enjoy their own bit of paradise, freedom and relaxation during their hard earned holiday . And don’t get me wrong - rightly so to enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of an idyllic location and not want to be harassed by ‘sellers’, but this lady didn’t do that. I approached her and during our conversations I learned of her ideas of paradise. We also talked of her struggles, fears, hopes and happiness. During this holiday I also read your lovely book ‘Holding Paradise’ and I was touched and reflected on how along with this dear lady selling her wares for her family’s better future, on a beach in a certain part of paradise, that no matter where you are, around the globe, ‘Paradise’, although it can be a location, it is also the same worldwide deep feeling, no matter where you are, and holds the strong emotions I felt in your book..........that of love, deep commitment to family and loved ones, a feeling if you are lucky enough to have you want to keep and hold.
This weekend the Kindle version of Holding Paradise is reduced in price. Why not download a copy? Here are some links:
Amazon Kindle UK - Click Here
Amazon Kindle US - Click Here
For the old school who prefer a paperback (but sorry not reduced price) Click Here and Here
Thanks again to Everyone