I’m very pleased to be joining in the 2015 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted and organised by the wonderful Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.
I have three different prizes on offer featuring novels by Australian authors. Entry details are at the end of the post. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED.
LISA HEIDKE BOOK PACK
The delightful Lisa Heidke recently visited Reading Upside Down to answer my Books Writers Read questions. I have two of Lisa’s books, including her latest title It Started with a Kiss, to offer as a book pack giveaway.
It Started with a Kiss by Lisa Heidke (Allen & Unwin, 2015) (My review)
Friday Jones is distraught when Liam, her husband of nearly twenty years and the father of their teenage daughters, tells her their marriage is over.
Still heartbroken many months later, Friday is deeply flattered when a funny, handsome man takes an interest in her. From their very first kiss, Friday finds it difficult to control her attraction for him despite numerous warning signals.
When Friday’s best friend, Rosie, discovers Friday is risking further emotional pain she convinces her to end the relationship and join a dating website.
But not long after Friday dives into the world of online romance she takes a couple of wrong turns. Could one of her flings have become a little too obsessed with her? And has the time come to step back and take a good look at where she’s going in life?
Funny, poignant and inspiring, It Started with a Kiss is a story about love, desire and how sometimes heartbreak can lead to a much happier life.
Stella Makes Good by Lisa Heidke (Allen & Unwin, 2013) (My review)
Stella Sparks is on good terms with her ex-husband, Terry, despite the fact he left her for another woman. Stella’s philosophical – the marriage had run its course, they remain friends and the wellbeing of their kids is central to both of them.
Stella’s two closest friends, Carly and Jesse, envy her togetherness and wish they could emulate it. Jesse’s husband, Steve, is a control freak who’s driving her crazy, but she has two small children and can’t see a way out. Carly, meanwhile, suspects her husband is having an affair and isn’t sure what to do about it.
Stella’s life takes a distinctly upward turn when she meets a handsome, apparently single – no ring, anyway – father at her son’s school speech night. For Carly and Jesse, however, the search for happiness and fulfilment proves more elusive…
With a healthy dose of humour and romance Stella Makes Good is about the games we play, the secrets we keep, the unpredictable nature of life and the importance of female friendship.
BACKLIST BOOK PACK
I’ve had these novels sitting on a ‘books I should do something productive with’ pile for some time. They are both unread, but are a few years old. I also have copies on my own bookshelves and really enjoyed both of these books, so I’m pleased to have this opportunity to find a new home for these ‘spare’ copies.
Manhattan Dreaming by Anita Heiss (Bantam, 2010) (My review)
From Manuka to Manhattan, Lauren’s going all the way!
Lauren is a curator at the NAG – the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra. She’s good at her job, passionate about the Arts, and focused on her work – that is, when she’s not focusing on Adam, half-back for the Canberra Cockatoos.
But Adam is a player, on and off the field. Lauren knows he’s the one, but he doesn’t seem to feel the same way about her. If she just waits long enough, though, surely he’ll realise how much he needs her?
Then her boss offers her the chance of a lifetime – a fellowship at the Smithsonian in New York. Lauren has to make some big decisions: The Man or Manhattan?
Last Summer by Kylie Ladd (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
Rory Buchanan has it all: looks, talent, charisma-an all around good-guy, he’s the centre of every party and a loving father and husband. Then one summer’s afternoon, tragedy strikes. Those who are closest to him struggle to come to terms with their loss. Friendships are strained, marriages falter and loyalties are tested in a gripping and brilliantly crafted novel about loss, grief and desire.
Told from the points of view of nine of the people who are mourning Rory, this riveting novel presents a vivid snapshot of contemporary suburban Australia and how we live now. Marriage, friendship, family-all are dissected with great psychological insight as they start to unravel under the pressure of grief. The characters live on the page; their lives are unfolded and their dilemmas are as real as our own.
Last Summer is a stunning novel about loss-the terrible pain of losing a husband, brother or friend-but also all those smaller losses that everyone must face: the loss of youth, the shattering of dreams, the fading of convictions and the change in our notions of who we thought we were. It is also about what comes after the loss: how we pick up the pieces and the way we remake our lives.
YOUNG ADULT BOOK PACK
Australia has some phenomenally talented YA authors and these books are two highlights from the 2014 releases.
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil (Hardie Grant, 2014)
Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends. The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details: Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared. And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending – which is providing awkward. As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.
The Book of Days by K A Barker (Pan Macmillan, 2014)
Most people believe the best way to forget someone is to throw them down a well. Or lock them in a room with eight keys, or bury them at a crossroad in the thirteenth hour. But they’re wrong. The best way to forget someone is for them never to have existed in the first place.
When sixteen-year-old Tuesday wakes from sleep for the first time, she opens her eyes to a world filled with wonder – and peril. Left only with a letter from the person she once was, Tuesday sets out to discover her past with the help of her charming and self-serving guide, Quintalion.
Along the way she runs into mercenaries, flying cities, airships, and a blind librarian. But what is her connection with the mysterious Book of Days – a book that holds untold power…
- To enter the giveaway, simply comment below and let me know the name of your favourite Australian author and/or book. Let me know which giveaway you want to enter by adding ‘Heidke’, ‘Backlist’ or ‘YA’ to your comment. You can enter for just one of the prizes or all three in the same comment.
- THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED.
- Winning entries will be chosen at random.
- Entry is only open to Australian residents. Books will be sent via Australia Post standard mail.
- The winners will be contacted by email and announced on my Facebook page by the 29th January 2015. If a winner fails to contact me with postal details within one week of the announcement, a new name will be drawn for the relevant prize.
- It isn’t a condition of entry, but I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit Shelleyrae at Book’d Out for the master list of the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop participants. There are lots of wonderful books on offer and you’ll discover some amazing Australian authors as you visit the various blogs.