Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday Freebie – Escape To The Country by Patsy Collins

The Friday Freebie is a new feature for this blog. Each time it runs, there will be a chance to win a paperback, just by leaving a comment.

I'm kicking things off with my own book, Escape To The Country.

About the author: Patsy Collins spends her time making things up and writing them down from her home in Lee-on-the-Solent or whilst travelling in a campervan. She is the author of five novels, sixteen themed collections of short stories, and half of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction. Hundreds of her short stories have been published in women's magazines worldwide. Learn more at

Patsy runs two blogs for writers. This one regularly features free to enter writing competitions, and Womagwriter contains all the guidelines and information needed to submit fiction to woman's magazines in the UK and abroad.

About the book: Escape To The Country won a novel writing competition. It was the first book I had published – on my birthday the year I got married! (It's one of that version on offer today.) Since then the publisher ceased trading (not my fault!) and I've self published it with a different cover.

Blurb: Leah is accused of a crime she didn't commit. She escapes to Aunt Jayne's smallholding in the countryside to clear her name. Soon she falls in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver, and has much bigger problems to deal with than missing money.

Does she want to swap her career in London for farm work? Is Duncan really the rescuing hero he seems? Just when it seems life can't get any more complicated, a fire destroys everything Leah had worked towards. She learns many of those closest to her have lied – and one of them is the real embezzler.

You can buy the book as a paperback or ebook here. To try to win a signed copy, posted to any UK address, simply leave a comment below by midnight on Wednesday 22nd April. (If the winner already owns this book, I'll send an alternative.)

The winner will be announced next Friday, when there will also be the chance to win a book by Alyson Faye.

Making Changes by Mary Grand is currently available as a free ebook.

Oh and No Family Secrets isn't free – but the ebook is on offer for the next few days at 99p/99c. 


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Well done Patsy - love the van and seeing you. I've read Escape the Country and it's a great story ... easy, comfortable and so descriptive of English life. Have a great weekend and happy travelling ... you're never camping! Cheers Hilary

Frances Garrood said...

I love the photo of you in the van, Patsy, but tea and no cake??

ados123 said...

I live in the country - sometimes I feel the need to escape from it!
Hope you are having hot cross buns in the camper today.

Ann Williams said...

What a wonderful office your van makes, Patsy, and if you tire of the view you can always change it by moving on. Do you ever find it a distraction when writing?

That is quite a writing record you have built up.

Carolb said...

I wonder if the cake to go with the tea (in the campervan pic) is actually hiding behind the laptop lid! :D

Escape to the Country is a good story and I bought it when it first came out- lovely the stripey tights on the original cover.

Fay Knowles said...

I would love your life, Patsy!

Bendywriter said...

Thank you, Patsy. You're the North Star in our writing sky. x

Mags said...

Envious of your travel style! We have just finished an eight year adventure consisting of six months travelling in Canada and the USA in our Winnebago and six months at home in Lincolnshire. Lots of writing fodder! Our final trip was a drive around Alaska then off to Yellowstone National Park to sell ‘Winnie’...............

Patsy said...

Thanks for all your comments! Yes, I'm very lucky to have the van and be able to travel so much.