Bestselling thriller author Vikki Patis

Facing scarily rising fuel bills, my fellow Bloodhound thriller author Vikki Patis has come up with a tremendous way to help families who can’t afford to heat their homes – an online auction for readers and writers.

Book Fuel is an online auction to raise money for National Energy Action, a charity which works to end fuel poverty in the UK.

It’s estimated that around 4 million homes are in fuel poverty in the UK. On top of increased food bank use, the reduction of cheaper food in supermarkets, and the effects of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the recent energy crisis will see even more people struggle to make ends meet.

Wanting to help, Vikki had the idea of an auction, where authors could donate books to readers, mentoring sessions for writers, and much more.

Book Fuel: Lots of great lots

Auction lots include

  • a mentoring session with author of Lowborn Kerry Hudson,
  • editorial feedback from Hodder Commissioning Editor Bethany Wickington and HarperCollins Editorial Director Phoebe Morgan,
  • the chance to appear on Daisy Buchanan’s podcast You’re Booked,
  • a screenplay mentoring session with me
  • and Sam Blake is offering a complete online course to guide you to write your own bestseller.

Also up for grabs are signed books by authors Sarah Hilary, LJ Ross, Jennifer Saint, David Nicholls and more. I’m offering two signed and dedicated first edition copies of my bestselling The Breaking of Liam Glass.

What more could you want?

Heat or eat?

Vikki is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers who also writes historical fiction under the name Victoria Hawthorne.

She says, “Families across the country are being forced to choose between heating and eating, a choice nobody should have to make. The money raised by this auction will be donated directly to National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland, helping people across the UK who need it.”

The auction will run from Friday 25th February to Monday 7th March 2022 via the Book Fuel website: And it’s open now.

Sunday night tweet

Winning bidders will be asked to make payment via the JustGiving page once the auction has ended, and all proceeds will go to National Energy Action, a charity which works to end fuel poverty in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Their sister charity, Energy Action Scotland, works towards the same goals in Scotland.

“The response has been amazing,” Vikki says.

“What started as a Sunday night tweet has grown into an auction with a hundred lots. The publishing industry is full of generous and caring people, and this goes to show how passionate people are about this issue. I’m grateful to everyone who has donated so far or otherwise helped to bring this auction about.”

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Join the Book Fuel Auction – Friday Feb 25th to Monday Mar 7th

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