Unnatural Tchotchkes & a Bookmark Question

Okay, so the Unnatural tchotchkes aren’t going to be quite as in abundance as tchotchkes for past books have been, for the simple reason that I’ve attempted to create these ones myself and I’m slightly naff at it.

However, I’ve given it my best shot, and I’ve posted them below, but I need an opinion on the bookmarks.

You see, I created both a plain back of bookmark AND a patterned back of bookmark, and I can’t quite decide which version I want to get printed. So I figured I’d ask my readers which version THEY prefer–which is where YOU come in.

Other tchotckes:


Unnatural desktop background

Unnatural Poster-1

Unnatural poster


And here is the bookmark:



And below is what I need your help with.

Do I go with …

perf5.250x8.000.indd OR perf5.250x8.000.indd

Plain ……………………………………………………. Printed


So, any preference?

Just holler in the comments and I’ll count the votes.

The Unnatural Tchotchkes, plus more, are all available over at my website, including both bookmark versions.

(p.s. have I ever mentioned how much y’all rock my socks?)


It’s #Caged Tchotchke Time! #HollowayPack

Yep, every time my publisher sends me some lovely jubbly tchotchkes (translate: pretty images from my books that can then be DL’d & printed, or posted on blogs, and whatnot), I then get to share them with you.

Aaaaaaaaaand as the last lot they sent me are Caged ones, I now get to show them off.

😀 😀 😀 😀

As usual, the full list of tchotchkes is available on my website. But here’s a sample of what you might find there if you head across.


Yeah, baby. Those beauties above would be the Caged bookmark (front & back).

Love? I do. 🙂


This one is a lot of fun (to me, anyway). Now I know exactly what to expect with I hold Ethan Caged in my hands. 😉


I always love my posters. Pity I’m on there, when there could be more room for Ethan, but hey, I don’t make these things. Ha!


Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, duhn-duhn-duuuuuuuuuhn! Want Ethan on your laptop? Prettying up that screen o’ yours? Yep, yep, the Caged screensaver is all yours for DL’ing.

And as already mentioned above, you can nab all of these (plus a few other bits) right … HERE!



The Trick to Reasonably Priced Bookmarks in the UK

To be honest, I hummed and harred over writing this post. But …

1)      I’m asked a LOT where I’ve got my printed goods from whenever I post pics of them. And …

2)      I’m often slightly peeved at the cost of professionally made bookmarks for us folk in the UK in comparison to the States.

In fact, I’m pretty certain my US buddies can get a couple hundred bookmarks for as little as $40-ish. When I hunted for printing companies over here that made bookmarks to order, the prices I was finding were in the region of £120 upwards (and those were the cheapest O_O).

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Yeah, not impressed with that.

The worst of it was, one of the best places to order them from in the US seemed to be Vistaprint.

Now, anyone who takes any notice of what I say will know I’m a huge championer of Vistaprint.

But they do have a downside.

The UK site for the company doesn’t offer bookmarks as one of their products.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Yeah, my mood crashed and burned over that one, let me tell you.

So after having major sulkfests over this for days … weeks … possibly months … I spotted a blog post (on Red Room) that detailed ‘how to get quality promotional bookmarks for just under a penny …’, which included Vistaprint as part of the plan.

So I was all ears.

I followed their instructions. Gave it a go.

And voila! I ended up with my first set of bookmarks I’d ordered myself.

So how much did they cost me?

Well, the first lot I ordered only ended up costing me an approximate £4.50-ish, due to the fee for uploading an image and the cost of shipping—because I followed the advice and waited for a ‘freebie’ offer to come through. That was for 200.

I’ve since then ordered more. Though I did pay the full whack of £17.99 (plus postage) for the second batch—but decided I couldn’t even scoff at that price.

And I’ve been more than happy with the received product both times. Sure, they’re a little smaller than, and the card used isn’t quite as thick as, my original Darkness & Light bookmarks my publisher sent over from America, but they are still more than worth the money I paid.

So, in case you fancy ordering some of your own, here’s the LINK again to the blog post explaining how.

And if I—a complete techno-moron—could figure out how to use the Vistaprint site, anyone can. Plus, to help you along, I’ve even posted pics (below) of my bookmarks all set up (as finished product) and ready for printing from my Vistaprint portfolio so you have a second image to go by*.

Front /\ & back \/

Just remember: Butt each image up to the outside cut-off line, and you pretty much can’t go wrong.

Then when they arrive, chop ‘em up.

I’ve been lucky enough to have access to a guillotine, but I imagine a craft knife and straight edge could work just as well.

So there you have it. My trick to affordable bookmarks (totally taken from someone else’s idea).

Live and learn, people. I hope this helps.

*Please note: if you are published via traditional methods, check in with them before using your coverart for promotional products. Who knows? If they’re as awesomesauce as J.Taylor, they may even provide the ready-made images you need for you. 🙂

Resonance: Free Digi-goodie Downloads Now Available!

Wahoo! The time has finally arrived to reveal the lovely digi-goodies my publisher always sends to me for my titles. I love getting to share these, because I get to make them available on my website for anyone who wants to grab them to use. So what do we have? Here are a few:

Resonance Printable Bookmarks – Front & Back Images shown.

Resonance Desktop/Wallpaper

Resonance Poster (which I happen to think is pretty awesome).

All of these, as well as a few other items, can soon be nabbed via the Extras Page of my Website or you can simply click HERE!

Hope you like them. 🙂

So, who wants one of my lovely new Darkness & Light bookmarks, then?

Yep, I went and ordered some awesome new bookmarks, as suggested by Mr B, and they arrived last week, all shiny and new and oh, so perdy. Wanna see? Lookie down.

Of course, this means I can’t wait to share them and get them into eager beaver hands.

The best way to do that is with a giveaway–and seeing as October has turned into one big Giveaway Fest on my blog, I figured now is as good a time as any.

I also figured I might as well use the giveaway to my advantage.

Yes, yes, I know I usually only ask you to comment for something like this. But this time, I’m asking for a tiny bit more. Because to enter, I want you to Tweet.

As for the what …. simply choose one of my Holloway Pack titles to tweet about. It can either be your favourite tale in a shout out. Or maybe there’s one you’ve been waiting to read, or are dying to get your hands on–just shout about it. Or the fact that Fated Encounter always has been and still is a free read ….

You get the picture.

To make it easier, I’ve even posted links to my books pages on Goodreads for you to include:

Instinct: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12238374-instinct

Eternal: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13353935-eternal

Darkness & Light: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10835992-darkness-light

Fated Encounter: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12327186-fated-encounter

Into the Unknown: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12064793-into-the-unknown

Blue Moon: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13454731-blue-moon

Resonance: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15761332-resonance

Caged: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13627361-caged

ANNNNNND your Tweet MUST include the hashtag: #HollowayPack If it doesn’t include this hashtag, there’s a chance I won’t spot/find it. And so long as the hashtag is in your tweet, you won’t all need to @ me to grab my attention.

See? That’s not so difficult, right?

Okay, then, to clarify, I will be giving away THREE signed bookmarks. I’ll also be throwing in a signed Blue Moon bookmark, as well a signed Instinct and signed Eternal postcard to each winner. AND one lucky winner (that would be whoever random.org picks first) will also receive a Holloway Pack pen.

The contest will remain open until the end of the week (midnight of Sunday October 14th), and the draw will take place next week. Winner will be contacted via Twitter initially so you’ll need to look out for a tweet from me. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, you can tweet more than once (you can do so as many times as you like), and yes, each tweet will be counted as a separate entry.

Good luck! And thanks in advance to anyone who plays along. 🙂