[Closed] Pre-order The Fire Star for your chance to win a Zoom call with A. L. Tait

Posted on August 17, 2020


Congratulations to the winner Tegan Whalan, and thank you to everyone who entered!


With The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) now just over two weeks away, I thought it was the perfect moment to offer a reward for all of those wonderful people who pre-order the book!

You can pre-order here through Australian online booksellers or through your favourite local bookshop.

What’s on offer

Pre-order The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) for your chance to win a one-hour Zoom call with A. L. Tait (that’s me!). Your Zoom call can include up to 25 people (plus me).

So that might be a one-hour author talk with a class*.


A one-hour meeting with a book club**.


A one-hour chat with a writers’ group***.


A one-hour one-on-one session with you to talk about writing, podcasting, books or some other aspect of my career you’d like to pick my brains about.

How to enter

To enter, email me with the proof of purchase of your pre-order attached BEFORE 11.59pm (AEST) on 31 August 2020, with THE FIRE STAR in the subject line. 

In the body of the email, in 25 words or less, answer this question:

How will you use your one-hour Zoom call if you win?

The most creative answer will win.

The winner will be announced on Friday 4 September on this blog and via social media.

In summary:

•Pre-order The Fire Star (A Maven & Reeve Mystery) from your favourite Australian bookseller (you’ll find links to a whole bunch online here or talk to your local bookshop). You’ll need to order before 1 September (launch day) to be eligible.

Send a photo of your proof of purchase to this email address, with THE FIRE STAR in the subject line, and write in 25 words or less how you plan to use your one-hour Zoom call.

Entries close at 11.59pm (AEST) on 31 August 2020.


I pre-ordered the book before the competition opened, am I still eligible?

Yes. As long as you attach proof of purchase you’re in.

What if my receipt is electronic?

Either take a screenshot of your receipt or forward the receipt with your response.

Will I get a confirmation that you have my entry?

No, but if you use the email link in this blog post I’ll get it..

I’ve pre-ordered more than one copy. Can I enter more than once?

Yes, but be sure to answer the question in two different ways. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

The fine print

Entry is open to residents of Australia who pre-order a copy of The Fire Star (A Maven and Reeve Mystery) by A.L. Tait. Winners will be selected once all eligible entries received by 11.59pm (AEST) on Monday 31 August 2020. Proof of purchase must be attached for entry to be eligible. Question must be answered in 25 words or less for entry to be eligible. This is a game of skill with entries judged on creativity. Winner will be notified by return email and announced on Allison Tait social media platforms and on this blog on 4 September 2020. If a winner is unable to be contacted or does not claim their prize within 14 days, the prize will be forfeited. In the event of forfeiture a further draw will be conducted within 14 days and a new winner will be selected. Chat can take place via Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts or whichever platform works best for the winner.

*School author talks for grades 5-8 only. Library talks for 10+

**Eligible book clubs must be aged 10+

***Eligible writers’ groups must be aged 12+


Prize is one one-hour Zoom call with Allison Tait (A. L. Tait) for up to 25 people, to be conducted at a time agreeable to both winner and Allison Tait but no later than 15 December 2020. Prize is valued at up to $350. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash. Allison Tait will not read manuscripts or give feedback on specific pieces of writing should the winner choose to take their prize as a writing group chat or a one-on-one coaching session. Discussions and advice will be general in nature. For larger groups, the call will take the form of an author talk or Q&A session.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

The Fire Star by A. L. TaitAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher.

THE FIRE STAR, out 1 September 2020, is the first book in the Maven & Reeve Mystery series. Book #2 will be out in 2021.

You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.





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