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Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

45 Comments 20 June 2011

Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

A Rush of Green is one of 200+ blogs participating in the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop! Each blog is offering a book-related giveaway and we have all joined together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another and win plenty of book goodies.

THE PRIZE: A Rush of Green will be giving away copies of sci-fi thriller, The Human Race, to three lucky winners.

The Human Race by O.C. Heaton

Ever had a secret so big that your very knowledge of it consumed you? Uma Jakobsdóttir has one. A huge one. And if it falls into the wrong hands, it could obliterate mankind.

Unfortunately, two men have discovered it.

Ethan Rae, Britain’s richest man, is counting on Uma’s secret to finally seal his position as the greatest deal maker of all time.

Across the Atlantic, Samuel Reynolds III, playboy CEO of Reynolds Air, is battling to keep alive the airline his Granddad built. Once the largest company in America, it’s now facing bankruptcy as the fallout from 911 cripples the airline industry. He desperately needs Uma’s secret to ensure its survival.

From the leafy suburbs of London to the frozen wasteland of Iceland, in the shadow of Ground Zero and the barren dryness of the Mojave Desert, both men will stop at nothing to get what they want.

There can only be one winner and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance as they battle it out.

The race is on…

To enter the competition, go to the comments section on this post and answer the following question:

One of my recent blog posts looks at increased life expectancy. I argued that an increase in our life expectancy “isn’t all that”. Do you agree or disagree?

There is no right or wrong answer, and I will pick the winners using an online number generator.

BONUS ENTRY: If you follow O.C. Heaton on Twitter, we will enter you into the competition twice, doubling your chances to win! Follow O.C. Heaton on Twitter.

CLOSING DATE: The Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop! runs from Tuesday June 21st 2011 until 12pm GMT Friday June 24th 2011.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Announcing the winners!

I have now chosen the three winners of the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop using online number generator Random.org.

The lucky winners are:

Claire Woods


Susan Willshee

Thank you to everyone that entered and please watch out for more giveaways launching on my Twitter profile and Facebook page very soon!

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45 Comments so far

  1. Neville Thompson says:

    Having read your comments I think I would say I agree with you.

    Thanks fot the giveaway.


  2. Darlene says:

    One of my recent blog posts looks at increased life expectancy. I argued that an increase in our life expectancy “isn’t all that”. Do you agree or disagree? I agree.

    +1 for following O.C. Heaton on Twitter

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Dovile says:

    I so far agree with your points, and the world with certainly profit from the people who would have more experience, and there would also be more time for people to complete who knows what great (or bad) things.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. iain maciver says:

    there dosen,t seem to be too much long living today , as people seem to die very young but i would like to think that most people will have a long life

    following you

  5. Steph Armstrong says:

    Having looked at your comments I agree.

  6. Karen says:

    +1 for following O.C. Heaton on Twitter

    One of my recent blog posts looks at increased life expectancy. I argued that an increase in our life expectancy “isn’t all that”. Do you agree or disagree?

    I completely agree!!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. david cavender says:

    am following on tweeter @theorecle

  8. Kulsuma says:

    I agree. Living longer has many repercussions. The age one becomes a pensioner has increased to 66 now in England due to people living longer.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Maya Russell says:

    I definitely disagree with you. Life expectancy in some countries is so low there are few elderly people. A huge loss of knowledge, ways of doing things etc.

  10. Maya Russell says:

    Am following on twitter @maisietoo

  11. Mary Preston says:

    Yes, increased life expectancy is only wonderful if the quality of life is there.

    Follow Twitter – maryloucoolumralph.


  12. Jill Ashton says:

    Definately agree

  13. Sam Stevens says:

    I think I agree, quality of life over quantity?

  14. Greig spencer says:

    yeah i agree with you 🙂

  15. Laura Pritchard says:

    I guess it depends on quality of years rather than quantity. I’d rather live to 85 still living at home, able to move about & socialise rather than live to over 100 in a near-vegetative state in a nursing home! But then ask me again when I’m 85 & I’m sure I’d want to carry on!

    • OC Heaton says:

      Hi Laura – I’m with you on that one. My Grandpa just passed away. He was 101. Until 99 he was all there. Very active. Very switched on. And then it all went. The last couple of years were very tough for him. Having said that his other 99 were very active. He once got stopped speeding on the Leeds Ring Road doing 85 at 96!

  16. Helena Haddock says:

    I agree with you totally

  17. Leslie says:

    I think it depends on how you look at it. A longer lifespan would be great for someone relatively healthy, but awful for someone that has the genetic predesposition for long term, life altering diseases. Not to mention an increased life span would wreck havoc on the planet due to an even further increase in overpopulation.

    I’m really interested in reading your book. Thanks for hosting the contest!

    @workformandroid (new follower 🙂

  18. Mel Chambers says:


  19. Donna Bailey says:

    Quantity without quality is worthless. Getting older is no fun if you don’t have a good quality of life!

  20. JANET HASTE says:

    I agree, although no-one actually knows

  21. Emma Wolski says:

    Yes I agree with you! following @noconawolsk

  22. claire woods says:

    I would only want a long life if I was happy and healthy.
    Following on twitter – @clairew137

  23. Gisele Alvarado says:

    It depends the kind of life you have! my grandma has 78 years old and she can still run! I swear I’ve seen her! lol!

    Twitter and FB follower

  24. Belinda Logan says:

    I disagree

  25. Sheri Darby says:

    Well I disagree

  26. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Same old same old, I think eastender stories will defitely get tiring after 100 years 🙂 So age isn’t all that for me!

  27. Andrew Cakebread says:

    Following on twitter @andrewcbo

  28. peter says:

    I agree, unless that longer life could be accompanied by good health

  29. Hazel Christopher says:

    I agree most definately!

  30. Angela Green says:

    There are many arguments for and against but having read your blog I tend to agree!!!

  31. Suzanne Hill says:

    I agree with you as quality of life is more important than length

  32. Janelle Ashton says:

    An increased life expectancy isn’t all that, unless the quality of life is there.
    Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  33. Ioana says:

    I totally agree with you. An increased life expectancy isn’t all that.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ioana recently posted..The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

  34. JOAN Walsh says:

    my nan was a 100 years young, when she passed over, active to the end
    is it a good thing to live longer?, open question, if in health mind and body, yes, but there is a lot in favour of your point of veiw

  35. Steph says:

    GFC follower.
    I’d love to win this one.

  36. Greg says:

    I agree

  37. susan willshee says:

    Come on O.C. If you do live to be 150 you’ll need to catch up with technology. Why would you clutter up libraries with your books when everyone will soon be reading electronically? You’d be cluttering up bandwidth instead 🙂
    I think it will be perfectly possible to live to 150 but just imagine the traffic jams, the housing situation and the queues for anything offering OAP discounts! Still, it would mean there would be plenty more opportunities to put things off until tomorrow, or the day after, or the 100 years after that. Nothing would ever get done!

  38. susan willshee says:

    by the way, following you on twitter @susanwillshee

  39. mrs e kerr says:

    The way the rise in pension age is going theres absolutely no point in living longer since you will only have to work for a much longer time and not be able to retire and enjoy your mature years!

  40. Michelle Webb says:

    I agree as you need to be in good health and have a good quality of life to be able to enjoy and benefit from living longer

  41. Lisa Day says:

    One of my recent blog posts looks at increased life expectancy. I argued that an increase in our life expectancy “isn’t all that”. Do you agree or disagree? I agree.

    I agree but it definately depends on the quality.If you are still healthy then live long and prosper but if you don’t have a good quality then yeah it’s not all a good thing.

  42. Linda Kish says:

    I suppose I agree but I’d like to live a long life as long as I remain healthy and mentally alert and active.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  43. Elle says:

    I agree. Longer life isn’t all that. There would definitly be some problems.

    I follow on twitter. Elleberra

    elleberra at gmail dot com

  44. Louisa says:

    I agree, there’s more to life then just living longer. Following on Twitter as lpcoolgirl, email is lpcoolgirl@gmail.com and thanks for the giveaway!
    Louisa recently posted..A-Z Reading Challenge

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Reviews of The Human Race

Unputdownable. Yes, I know it's not a word, but it definitely applies here, anyway. That's the word I'm going with, to describe The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. - Hira N. Hasnain

An outstanding first novel from O.C. Heaton that catapults him into the Best Seller league… - Justine Bond

"This is an exciting, fast-paced read. The Human Race is a book that is very easy to forget to put down. Bring on part two!" - L. H. Bowers

"If you are looking for a well-plotted and well-written thriller to while away the hours of a long flight, this offering might suit you very well." - David Bryson, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer

For further reviews of The Human Race by O.C. Heaton click here.

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