Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 19 – “Something Nice” Gift-away


The Advent Calendar is nearing the end. One more book left to give away, and a friend to talk about.

Andrew Lawston is a good bloke. He’s one of my first critics, and he supported  me in my first steps as a new writer. He’s also an author himself, of funny and witty short stories.

Today I’m sponsoring a gift-away of his short story collection: “Something Nice”

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:

This is the last gift-away. I will be sending out all the books to the lucky victors over the next weekend.

A collection of dark and quirky tales.

“Write a Short Story About Growing Up. Include Three Apples and a Suitcase.” Two students grapple with fiction and the end of childhood on a summer’s afternoon.

“Throwing Up With the Joneses”
What is making Bob’s neighbours so very ill, so very often?

“Too Much Love Can Kill You”
A nursery webcam offers a chilling insight for a working Mum.

“Jake the Pig”
A little boy is born a little bit different – to the dismay of his parents only.

“The Hero Function”
Captain Sharp Johnson is the galaxy’s ultimate hero, for now. But the stakes keep rising to maintain his ridiculously inflated reputation. He can save the Universe, but can he save himself?

The photocopier’s possessed, and phantom coffee cups are moving round the office. What does this mean for David Swinner’s business?

You are what you eat, they say. Humphrey Marten is about to discover just how literally that statement can be taken.

“The Late Romantics”
Do you remember your unrequited teenage crush? One man’s walk down memory lane.

Flash fiction.

“The Longest Walk”
Evian wanders a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of a career that doesn’t involve a headset and an IKEA desk.

Ten short stories by Andrew K Lawston. A blend of science-fiction, fantasy, philosophy and the supernatural. Whatever else these stories achieve, they all made his Mum ask the same question. “Why don’t you write something nice?”