The Unwelcome Guests

We've all been there, haven't we - had the house-guests from hell who come to stay, who ooze tension out of every pore, drink all your wine, and then seemingly forget they have their own home to return to?

The Unwelcome GuestsPicture those guests in your mind and then imagine what would happen if you were suddenly told that you couldn't make them leave, ever.

'The Unwelcome Guests' is an entertaining short story of around seven-thousand words - ideal company for your commute to work or for a coffee break in between making up the beds in the spare room and locking away your 'good wine' for next weekend's house guests.

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‘The Unwelcome Guests’ by David Makinson

Written specifically to raise funds for the Bolton ICD (Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator) Support Group


What is the competition?

All qualifying downloads* of ‘The Unwelcome Guests’ - a short story by David Makinson, purchased through by a UK resident between the 1st May 2013 and 31st October 2013 inclusive will be entered into ‘The Prize’ draw to have a chance of winning 7 nights’ free accommodation for four people on the Algarve, southern Portugal. (**Terms and Conditions apply). All author royalties from the sale of downloads of ‘The Unwelcome Guests’ will be donated to the Bolton ICD Support Group.

The author’s holiday apartment in Southern Portugal

Please go to to find out about the fantastic work that the Bolton ICD Support Group do for their community.

* What do you have to do to qualify for an entry into ‘The Prize’ draw?

1. ‘The Prize’ Draw qualification period will commence on 1st May 2013 and close at midnight on 31st October 2013.

2. To qualify for this fabulous Prize Draw, all you have to do is:
A) Download an eBook copy of ‘The Unwelcome Guests’ by David Makinson, via within the time-frame shown in 1) above.
B) Send proof of purchase and the answer to the question in C) below, via email to:
C) Answer this question: ‘What are the full names of the two ‘Unwelcome Guests’ in the eBook ‘The Unwelcome Guests’ by David Makinson?’

3. The Prize Draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over.

4. Only completed purchases made before midnight on 31st October 2013 will be entered into the draw. For the purposes of ‘The Prize’ Draw qualification, the proof of purchase must state precisely when the purchase was made to ensure it falls within ‘The Prize’ draw qualification period in 1) above. Cancelled or refunded purchases will not qualify for the draw. In the event of the winning purchaser seeking a refund after the end of ‘The Prize’ draw period, their entry will be deemed invalid and the draw will take place again.

5. Only one entry per email will be eligible to be entered into the draw.

6. The Prize Draw is not open to any relatives of David Makinson, author of ‘The Unwelcome Guests’.

7. In submitting your entry you accept and agree to your email address being retained until the winner has been notified by email at the end of the competition.

‘The Prize’ Draw

The draw will be made on 30th November 2013 and the winner’s name and postal town posted on The winner will be notified via the email address used to submit their entry.

‘The Prize’

‘The Prize’ is 7 nights free self-catering accommodation for four people in the author’s apartment on the beautiful Algarve in Southern Portugal. The apartment can be viewed at

** ‘The Prize’ Draw -Terms and Conditions

1) ‘The Prize’ is for 7 nights of self-catering accommodation only. The winner will be required to arrange and purchase their own flights, any car-hire or transfers, and travel insurance.

2) ‘The Prize’ may be taken at any time between 31st January 2014 and 30th June 2015, subject to availability, with the exception of the months of July, August and September, which are not available for ‘The Prize’. The apartment calendar may be viewed at

3) The winner may purchase one or more additional weeks over and above ‘The Prize’, subject to availability and the payment of the prevailing accommodation charges.

4) The winner will be required to fully complete a Booking Form and sign the Terms and Conditions document that relate to the accommodation, irrespective of whether or not he or she wishes to purchase any additional weeks. Both documents are available in ‘pdf’ at

5) Subject to availability, the winner may alter or defer the dates for taking their prize holiday after it has been agreed initially, provided the revised dates remain inside the timescale stipulated in 2) above. Should an additional rental period have been purchased, refunds will be subject to the conditions stipulated in the apartment Terms and Conditions document.

6) The winner may not transfer or sell ‘The Prize’ to any individual or group, or to any company or institution.

7) There is no cash alternative to ‘The Prize’.

8) There are no other alternatives to ‘The Prize’.

9) For the avoidance of doubt, The Terms and Conditions of the apartment stipulate that single sex groups (more than two persons) where the average age is under 25 may not stay in the apartment. This rule will apply to ‘The Prize’, as will all the other conditions contained in the Terms and Conditions document.

If you have any questions, please contact David Makinson at or write to;

David Makinson, at
1 Heaton Road,

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