Would you like to meet Lorna? Would you like to play a game called Truth or Fiction? Would you like to win a £10 (approx $16 USD) Amazon Gift card? Of course you would!
Lorna Lee has just written and published her second book, a wonderful novel called Never Turn Back, which I LOVED.
It is based on the life of her grandmother and is part fiction, part reality, which is what led Lorna and I to come up with this genius idea of playing Truth or Fiction. I’m SO excited to play this!
First, let’s meet the lady herself. Hello Lorna, welcome, could you please tell everyone about the game?
Hi Vanessa, thank you, yes certainly I can, but first maybe we should tell them about…
Hang on! Sorry to interrupt, but I’m too excited! I’ll just tell everyone about the game myself! Is that ok?
Er, well yes, but maybe first we should tell them about the bo…
Wait! First we should tell them about the book. I’m surprised you didn’t think of that Lorna!
Indeed, glad YOU thought of that Vanessa. Ok, here’s the book blurb:
Meri Vaarsara had a dream and something to prove. She also had incredibly bad fortune and even worse timing.
Her dream was to become a famous fashion designer in Paris, a dream born from a need to prove herself worthy of love and a happy life, something her stern Finnish mother never fostered but her seafaring father always knew was hers for the taking. So at the tender age of eighteen, Meri left the security of her family and her home for a country where she didn’t speak the language and she didn’t know a soul.
Paris in the late 1920s was not friendly to immigrants, even those with extraordinary talents. Forced to find work as a domestic, Meri forged ahead through turns of fate and misfortune as Paris braced for Hitler’s invasion. By choice, Meri becomes a single mother caring for her half-Jewish daughter throughout the occupation of France. Once the war was over, she used her feminine wiles to find her way to America, the land of milk and honey, with the hope of finally being able to work as a designer in a New York fashion house. But that too was not to be, until fate and a kind stranger stepped in to help.
Great, thanks Lorna. Now do you want to tell them about the game? Oh no wait, I’m too excited! I’ll tell them! No, you tell them…go on!
Ok, well if you’re sure. I’m going to read out eight statements about myself, and some of them will be tr…
Hush now Lorna, I need to tell them about the game!
But you sai…
Sshhh! Some of the statements will be true and some will be fiction, and all everyone has to do is guess which are which! The person who gets the most right wins, and if there’s a tie then we’ll do a random drawing from those! Anyway, go ahead with the statements Lorna, we haven’t got all day.
Whatever you say Vanessa, right…
POST UPDATE: As the deadline has passed, I’ve put the answers to the statements below in red.
1. I hate chocolate and never eat it. TRUE
2. In my spare time, I crochet afghans (the blankets, not the people). FALSE
3. I have been struck by lightning twice. TRUE
4. My biggest phobia is of worms. TRUE
5. I am so enamoured with gorgeous blonde cultural icons, that my engagement ring is a replica of Princess Diana’s ring. TRUE
6. As someone who loves and respects language, I ensure that I always use proper English in my blog posts. FALSE
7. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to have a large family. FALSE
8. I am a non-violent, Buddhist who happens to be a great shot with a pistol. TRUE
Erm, well I think you already…
Also tell them that they have until Monday, November 17, to submit their answers using this form (nobody else will be able to see what is entered and submitted using the form) –
Again Vanessa, I don’t think I need to tell them because you already tol…
Tell them that the contest is open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, and the winner will receive a £10 (or equivalent in their currency) Amazon Gift Card. Go on, tell them!
You want me to repeat what you just said?
Oh I’m so excited! Anyway, no need to tell them those things Lorna, I already did, why would you want to repeat what I’ve already said?
Good point Vanessa, good point. Sigh.
And finally, tell them where they can buy Never Turn Back from. Never mind, I’ll tell them, you’ll probably just get it wrong:
And they can also read my review of the book on those links.
Well thank you so much for stopping by Lorna. A little bit of advice for you – in future try to be a bit more prepared, I had to cover your back a few times there, I don’t think anyone will have noticed though.
Sure Vanessa, I’ll keep that in mind, thanks for having me, and good luck with the contest everyone!