Hive’s Christmas Advent 2014 Competition Launch!

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We did it last year and so we are doing it again this year: our advent competition has returned! YAY!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we start giving away some phenomenal prizes each and every day up until Christmas. And what a mega load of absolutely splendiferous booty you can win too. Just read on to find out more…

We’ve kicked off day one with your chance to win the complete Harry Potter book boxset. This is the whole Hogwarts she-bang – all seven of JK Rowling’s magical novels telling the epic saga of the boy wizard and his friends Ron and Hermione as they battle against the evil Lord Voldermort. If you’ve not got all the Harry Potter books, or would like to pass the magic on to a new generation, this is your chance. We’re also giving away in the prize signed prints of the new book covers from artist Jonny Duddle. Earlier in the year Jonny’s artwork was commissioned as the new jackets for these Harry re-releases, and you can win the whole set the of seven book covers as A4 prints, signed by Jonny.

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But it doesn’t stop there. Oh no.

Just like last year, we have a prize to win every single day on hive in the lead-up to the baby Jesus’ birthday. There will be loads of money-can’t-buy prizes, limited editions, signed editions, official merchandise, collections… oh so much.

We’ll have the complete Sopranos on Blu-ray, a LEGO book and LEGO set, signed items from Neil Gaiman, Miranda Hart, John Cleese, Philipa Gregory and *fans self* David Beckham. Gosh, I hear you cry. There’s book collections, DVD sets, stuff for Doctor Who fans, Disney films… oh lawdy JUST SO MUCH!

So what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning some of this incredible plunder is to head here to our advent competition each day, fill in your deets and that’s it! No fangled questions, no tricky boxes to tick or things to sign or yadda yadda yadda… just tell us who you are and we’ll put you into the hat. And if you knew how many have entered into today’s Harry Potter competition, you’ll know it’s a very big hat. But it still wants your name in it to win a lovely piece of something wonderful from hive this year.

Have a lovely Christmas from all of us at hive, and the very best of luck if you head into our advent competion!

Guest author blog: Rebecca Raisin on her dream bookshop, and win £100 of National Book Tokens!

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Reading is a magical past-time for me. You can pry open the cover of a book and be transported to a foreign land, with evocative scents, and vivid scenery. Or be taken to a different planet, a different era.

Books have always been my go-to place when I’ve needed comfort or escape – there they are, like the most stoic friend. And like so many bookworms, I’ve always imagined paradise as owning a tiny little bookshop, one slightly off the beaten track.

My dream bookshop isn’t shiny, and it’s not new.

It’s almost sepia, it’s so dimly lit.

The old wooden floors creak with age, and are bowed from decades of foot traffic. Books snake precariously up from the floor, are double stacked on shelves, and wherever we can find room. Every book deserves its place, whether it’s a novel missing its cover, or a textbook with dog-eared pages. Books like that have been loved, and re-read so it’s only right they get the chance to be brought back to life.

There’s a bay window at the back of the shop, and through the drizzle of rain, you can see the rose garden. There’s an old purple chaise, and a musty, yellowed throw rug in case you want to stop, and read awhile.
Perhaps you’d rather take a look at the shelves in the reading room? Sit in a high back chair by the fire? It’s where we hold our monthly book club, and where kids fall asleep when their parents are busy unearthing dusty books, and lose track of time.

Of course reading is infinitely more enjoyable when you have endless cups of tea on hand. Amble to the kitchenette from the reading room, and help yourself.

Customers flutter in and out taking their precious cargo, and giving us a backward wave. We’re quick to thank them for their support. We want to be here in a year, in ten, in twenty. You see, my bookshop is in a small town. It’s hard to make ends meet, and we need all the customers we can to keep this place running. It’s not just a bookshop, it’s a way of life. If we were to close, where would they go? Would they walk past the empty shop, faces glum, because there was no place to buy books anymore? And no-one to discuss books with?

We’re passionate about reading, and spend an age talking with customers about a gem of a book we’ve read, that kept us up well into the early hours of the morning. They’ll scramble to buy it and I cross my fingers and hope they love it like I did.

But it’s all subjective. My favourite read might not resonate with you, and that’s OK.

We’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect book for you. If only you’ll visit. So, pull up a chair and stay awhile.

©Rebecca Raisin

You can purchase The Bookshop on the Corner on hive by clicking here

You can follow Rebecca on Twitter by clicking here

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Win a £100 of National Book tokens with hive, My Independent Bookshop and Carina!

What would your dream bookshop be like?

Why not show us using My Independent Bookshop for the opportunity to win £100 of National Book Tokens and a gorgeous Klevercase?

See our poster below for details. Good luck!

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Advent competition extended: Win a £100 giftcard to spend at hive.co.uk!

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We’re extending it! Win a £100 pre-loaded gift card to spend at Hive!

Our very last prize we’re doing is a £100 pre-loaded gift card to spend on whatever you want at hive.co.uk! That’s it, simple as!

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To enter all you need to do is just complete the form over on our competition page and you could be one of our daily winners. Good luck!

Click here to enter right now!

Competition ends Saturday 28th December 09:00 GMT.
Please remember to read the terms & conditions before entering.

Win the Disney Pixar Collection Blu-ray box set!

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It’s Christmas Eve, and what better way to celebrate than another fabulous advent prize giveaway such as this one!

Our second-to-last prize, for one very lucky winner, is the complete Disney Pixar film collection on Blu-ray! Featuring all of the classics; Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life and so many more of everybody’s favourite characters!

To enter all you need to do is just complete the form over on our competition page and you could be one of our daily winners. Good luck!

Click here to enter right now!

Prize sponsored by Disney.
Competition ends Wednesday 25th December, 09:00 am GMT.
Please remember to read the terms & conditions before entering.

Win a fantastic stack of Doctor Who DVDs!

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Just two days left of the competition and today you have the chance to win a bundle of Doctor Who DVDs!

As you’ll know Doctor Who celebrated an important anniversary recently of fifty years following the adventures of the Doctor and the TARDIS. Today we have up for grabs the complete series 7 on DVD, and three DVDs following some of the Doctors famous enemies, The Master, Davros and the Daleks. Exterminate!

To enter all you need to do is just complete the form over on our competition page and you could be one of our daily winners. Good luck!

Click here to enter right now!

Competition ends Tuesday 24th December, 09:00 am GMT.
Please remember to read the terms & conditions before entering.

Win James Bond: Bond 50 Blu-ray Boxset!

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It’s day 20, and our amazing advent competition is still going strong! Today we have the second James Bond instalment, in the form of the complete James Bond film collection on Blu-ray.

This astonishing collection comprises of 22 of the James Bond movies, all on Blu-ray.  It’s the perfect compendium for all fans. We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win this fantastic prize.

To enter all you need to do is just complete the form over on our competition page and you could be one of our daily winners. Good luck!

Click here to enter right now!

Competition ends Saturday 21st December, 09:00 am GMT.
Please remember to read the terms & conditions before entering.

Win the Big Bang Theory DVD Complete Collection 1-5!

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It’s day 19, and our amazing advent competition is still going strong! Today we are giving away a DVD boxset of the hilarious Big Bang Theory seasons 1-5!

The series revolves around two university physicists and their friends, increasingly popular it has now reached six seasons, and we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win the complete collection of seasons one to five!

To enter all you need to do is just complete the form over on our competition page and you could be one of our daily winners. Good luck!

Click here to enter right now!

Competition ends Friday 20th December, 09:00 am GMT.
Please remember to read the terms & conditions before entering.