Be in it to win it!

Lots of winners!

What a prize bonanza!! Here are the winners of our December give-aways, with books courtesy of Allen and Unwin

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The winners of Chocolate Cake for Breakfast by Danielle Hawkins, are Charmaine Campbell and Tara Nikelis.

The two lucky people who’ve won The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee are Bree McGraw and Belinda Draper.

Congratulations to Andrew Finegan and Ben Hanckel who’ve both won a copy of Puzzles and Words 2 by David Astle.

And the winners of a copy of Great Australian Horse Stories by Anne Crawford are Jeannine Barrett and Rachel Kapsalakis.

Plus, two lucky readers who got into the Christmas spirit and sent TBYL a Christmas card have one a $25 gift voucher from the TBYL Store!  Wendy Sutcliffe and Barbara McCauley – happy shopping!

Thanks to everyone who got involved with these competitions, I loved all your recipes, dream breakfasts and puzzling puzzles! Thanks to to Allen and Unwin, make sure you check out their new releases at www.allenandunwin.com.au

All winners will be contacted by email shortly to make arrangements for delivery of your prize!

 

 

Eight (yes, eight) chances to win!!

Here’s a couple of numbers for you…

Did you know that you’ve got four more days to win one of eight copies of four different titles from Allen and Unwin.

Get it?

Put more simply, if you missed out last edition of TBYL News: All Things Bookish… here’s the run down on which books are up for grabs and how you can go into the running to win!

For each title, there are two copies to win. Entries close midnight 10 January 2014 after which I’ll draw winners at random. I’ll post an article here announcing the winners, who’ll also be notified by email. Please note, you’ll need to have an Australian postal address to enter.

Here they are…

chocolate for breakfastTwo lucky readers will win a copy of Chocolate Cake for Breakfast by Danielle Hawkins, courtesy of Allen and Unwin.

A wry, entertaining story about falling in love with a man whose shirtless picture adorns every second lunchroom wall and then doing your best when the relationship takes an unexpected turn…

Find out more about the book here…

To enter, email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line ‘CHOCOLATE’ and tell us what you would have for breakfast, if you could have anything at all! Include your name and postal details.


the recipe boxWouldn’t you love to win a copy of The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee?Accessible, hugely entertaining, and featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, The Recipe Box is a novel that celebrates mothers, daughters, and friendships and features Sandra Lee’s deliciously original recipes – a book that will nourish readers’ appetites on many levels…

Find out more about the book here…

To enter, email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au subject line ‘RECIPE’ and include a photo of your favourite dish, your name and postal details.

puzzles and words 2Do you love quizzes? This is the book for you! Two lucky readers will win a copy of Puzzles and Words 2 by David Astle.

There are over 175 original puzzles from anagrams to riddles and quizzes for all ages and all levels. Accompanying these are some 250 of David’s entertaining word stories-What does zemblanity mean? How does cosmic link to cosmetic? Where does a seahorse sleep each night with an almond?

Puzzles and Words 2 will keep your brain active and entertained for hours.

Find out more about the book here…

To enter, email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line ‘PUZZLES’ and tell me what your favourite kind of puzzles are! Include your name and postal details.

And last but not least…

horse storiesI’ve two copies of Great Australian Horse Stories by Anne Crawford.

Great Australian Horse Stories brings to life the exploits – funny, poignant and sometimes dramatic – of horses from all over the nation. Outback legends, loyal carthorses, spectacular high jumpers and trusty stock horses. Among them animals that have defied the odds to win – or simply to live.

Find out more about the book here…

To enter, email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line ‘HORSES’ and tell me where you’d most like to go for a horse-ride! Include your name and postal details.

Something for everyone, wouldn’t you agree? A hugh thank-you to Allen and Unwin for making this give-away happen!

Good luck everyone, get your entries in!

Stories That Move You and a chance to WIN!

Knowing how much I love books for Christmas, it’ll come as no surprise how much I enjoyed this little Stories That Move You promo video from Hachette Australia… so many wonderful titles just waiting to be chosen for your Chrissy stocking!

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Click to watch…

To help you to get into a Christmassy mood, I’ve got a quick draw give-away this afternoon! Courtesy of Hachette Australia I’ve got a copy of Lian Hearn’s The Storyteller and His Three Daughters to send to one lucky reader…

storytellerTOKYO 1884

Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind.

Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people around him begin to spiral out of control providing the inspiration for the greatest story he has ever told. A story of love, jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal.

Set against the background of Japan’s first incursions into Korea, Sei offers a wise and witty reflection on the nature of storytelling, its perils and delights, its lies and, ultimately, its truth.

You can find out more about the book here…

To enter this competition, just email us at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line STORIES THAT MOVE YOU, with your name and address. Entries close midnight Monday 9 December after which a winner will be drawn at random.

PLUS… to get a double chance to win, there’s a bonus question. If you can spot a title in the video above that I’ve been talking about recently (there’s at least two) you’re name will go into the draw twice. Just include the title you’ve spotted in the body of your email.

Please note, the winner must have an Australian postal address and be okay with me forwarding their details to Hachette so that they can send you your prize.

Good luck!

 

 

Out Now! TBYL News: All Things Bookish December 2013

This month’s edition of TBYL News: All Things Bookish… is now out, chock full of Christmas give-aways!

cardsThere’s eight great books from Allen and Unwin to win, plus two vouchers from the TBYL Store! 

You can find out more in this month’s newsletter,you’re welcome to enter one competition or enter them all, it’s up to you!

 I hope you’ll enjoy our December edition! Click here to read TBYL News: All Things Bookish… December 2013

If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter, you can click here.

And of course, we here at TBYL hope you have a very merry Christmas season!

 

Lots of fun coming up for TBYL!

November and December are turning out to be particularly busy and extra exciting for the TBYL crowd. I don’t want you to miss out on anything, so here’s a calendar of what’s coming up in the next couple of months!

marketTBYL at the Fair
Sunday, 17 November 2013

We’ll be setting up a TBYL stall at the Strathaird Primary School (Narre Warren South) and if you’re in the area, we’d love for you to pop by and say hi! We’ll have books, gifts, stories and free goodies on offer. Find out more about what’s going on at this great school event on their page…


Steve WorlandMeet Steve Worland

Monday, 25 November 2013 7:30pm (EST)

This month’s TBYL Event is an online conversation with the exciting Steve Worland, author of the newly released Combustion (Penguin). A great chance to find out more about Steve’s action-packed adventure series.

RSVP today to make sure you don’t miss out on this entertaining chat and be sure to tune into the TBYL Facebook page at 7:30pm (EST).


CombustionTBYL Book Club November

25 – 27 November 2013

Join us online to discuss Steve Worland’s Combustion for the TBYL Book Club. We’ll be chatting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, on the TBYL Facebook page.

You can RSVP here for a reminder, and get hold of a copy of Steve’s book here.

You can read my review of Steve’s book here if you’d like to find out more about this fast-paced novel.


christmas giftsTBYL Christmas Clearance

Saturday, 30 November 2013

This is your chance to pick up some Christmas bargains from the TBYL Store! For one day I’ll have a great range of books for adults and kids, set up in my front room. Now, I know you probably can’t join me in real life, and so I thought I’d share the goodies with you on Facebook. Put it in your diary, and on Saturday 30 November make sure you visit our Facebook page to find amazing specials on books to clear. They’ll be discounted, some at cost. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a fantastic read at a low price, plus a chance to take a look at the stock that the TBYL Store has.

RSVP here to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

the goldfinchTBYL Book Club Special Event, with guest host Rachel Devine
Monday, 2 December 2013 7:30pm (EST)

I’ve been chatting with a new friend Rachel from Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis. As well as being a very talented photographer, she’s also a fellow book lover. She’s been enjoying Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and I couldn’t resist – I’m going to join her.

I’d like to invite you to do the same. We’ll have a chat about the book on the evening of Monday, 2 December TBYL Facebook. I hope you’ll tune in and join the conversation (you can RSVP here) and meet some wonderful new bookish friends.

You can find out more about the book at the Hachette Australia website.

 

bundle of booksTBYL News: Christmas Edition
Monday, 2 December 2013

This special Christmas edition of our newsletter will not only feature a wrap up of TBYL’s 2013, but will also give you lots of chances to win great books! Consider it my Chrissy present to you!

Subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

champagneTBYL at Contagious Enthusiasm’s Christmas Fair
Friday, 13 December 2013 5pm – 9pm

We’ll be attending the Contagious Enthusiasm’s Christmas Fair in Hampton just before Christmas, offering you a final pre-Chrissy chance to pick up TBYL goodies for your family and friends. Come along to 571 Hampton Street, Hampton and enjoy a little shopping, a massage and a drink and nibble. It’ll be a lovely night out! Find out more on Contagious Enthusiasm’s website or Like them for updates.

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The end of 2013 is coming up fast, but as you can see, we’ve got a little something for everyone, to help you see the year out in bookish style! I hope you’ll join us!

Out Now: November TBYL News plus this week’s winner

This month’s edition of TBYL News: All Things Bookish… is now out, complete with give-aways, new reviews and upcoming events at That Book You Like…

PicMonkey Collage2Last month we chatted with Claire Scobie, and this month we’re going have a great online conversation with the talented Steve Worland. You can find out more in this month’s newsletter, it’s a fantastic chance to get to know this fast-paced author a little better,

Also, there’s lots of new reviews to be read on the TBYL Blog, a chance to win a copy of the intriguing novel Driftwood, by Mandy Magro, and also a great event coming up at the TBYL Store.

Happy reading, enjoy our August edition!

Click here to read TBYL News: All Things Bookish… November 2013

If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter, you can click here.

This’ll mean that you get our monthly news by email, on the first Monday of the month. Perfect!

PLUS…

I’ve drawn the winner of our Combustion give-away. To celebrate reaching 1500 likers on Facebook, I had a copy of Steve’s latest novel to send the way of one lucky reader. The winner of the competition is Gloria Bale. Gloria, I’ll be in touch by email shortly.

If you weren’t lucky this time, don’t despair, there’s another chance to win in this month’s TBYL News: All Things Bookish… click through to find out the details!

Explosive Action: Combustion

Sometimes you just need to take time out for a ripping read – something explosive, high octane, a story that moves at a cracking pace.

I’ve been overrun lately, finding it hard to find time to read. I needed a book that would suck me in, let me hit the ground running and keep propelling me forward so that I wouldn’t keep getting interrupted by the overwhelming to-do-list breathing down my neck.

Steve Worland’s Combustion (Penguin) was just the ticket! Wow, what a ride. From page one its storyline is earth-shattering (literally) and doesn’t skip a beat from chapter to chapter. Featuring our unassuming heros – Judd and Corey, who find themselves smack bang in the middle of Armageddon (otherwise know as L.A., the City of Angels) as the villainous Bunsen attempts to ‘burn it all down’!

CombustionLos Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city. 
 
And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down.

On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful.
 
Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks.

NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.

This wonderfully cinematic novel is the sequel to Steve’s first novel, Velocity, and offers a nice follow-on in the series. Corey’s Aussie turns of phrase had me giggling, whilst Judd’s reluctance to claim the mantel of hero was grounding, for the character and the story itself. Both these devices make the lead characters really approachable.

It’s got just the right amount of detail on time, place, weaponry and gadgetry to satisfy your hard-core action readers without alienating the less ‘specs’ driven reader like myself.

combustion 2Essentially, it’s a fun read. Its issues are current, its heros are likeable and the story is in the truest sense entertaining.

Now, last week we hit a new milestone over on the TBYL Facebook page and to celebrate the 1500 Likers milestone, I’ve a copy of Combustion to give away to one lucky reader. Here’s what you need to do…

(1) Email us at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line COMBUSTION and tell us what you’re reading now, and what you plan to read next.

(2) Include an Australian postal address for delivery, should you win.

(3) Stay tuned to the That Book You Like Facebook page, as a winner will be drawn at random midnight 4 November 2013. You can enter any time until then. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will receive an email too.

As a bonus, if you invite a friend to enter, and they mention your name in their email, you’ll get an extra entry yourself.

If you’d like to find out more about Steve Worland’s Combustion, visit the Penguin website here.

Bitey: The Night Has Claws

Over the last couple of years I’ve read a lot of books that would not have crossed my desk in the past. Not the least of these has been an incredible collection of young adult fiction.

The strength of the genre was yet to be established when I was a teen, and as I grew older I became a bit fixed on the classics. As a result I come with pretty fresh eyes to the world of YA adult writing and am particularly fascinated by the fact that writers and readers just can’t seem to get enough of paranormal adventures!

The night has clawsI’ve read quite a few vampire stories (e.g. Julie Kagawa) and a few zombie novels (e.g. Showalter) but today’s book has been my first werewolf tale!

The Night Has Claws, by Kat Kruger (Fierce Ink) is the second book in the Magdeburg Trilogy, following on from The Night Has Teeth and has us tied up in the unlikely troubles of Connor and Arden…

Connor Lewis and Arden LaTène are experiencing a reversal of fortunes. Arden, once a prominent werewolf, has been cured against his will. As a result, he’s now considered dead by his former pack and has lost his longtime girlfriend in the mix. Connor, a newly created werewolf whose DNA has inadvertently led to the creation of the cure, now has to make some important decisions about his future and is not sure who to trust. Should he join a pack or try to go it alone? 

It’s a struggle of brains, brawn and conscience as Connor is forced to choose sides. His confliction is palpable; should he help the scientists who have developed a cure, who can allow him to return to the human race, or should he fight for his new pack, fellow wolf-kind?

And of course, his decision is made all the harder by his interest in a girl…

When Connor is summoned by the Hounds of God to testify against the human scientist who developed the cure, he’s forced to choose sides. Comprised of humans bitten by werewolves, the Hounds have been the lawmakers and enforcers for hundreds of years, ensuring werewolves don’t endanger the lives of humans and exacting justice upon those who do. On the other hand, the pack werewolves have been persecuted for centuries and are seeking to tip the balance of power. Adding to his confusion is Madison Dallaire, the girl Connor has complicated feelings for, who has embarked on a path of corporate espionage.

I really enjoyed this book – it was fast-paced, lots of action, but intelligent too. I really liked Connor, and felt for him as he battled both his inner and outer demons.

You can find out more about The Night Has Claws and Kat’s first book The Night Has Teeth on the Fierce Ink website here. Read more about the work, and buy a copy for yourself.

In the meantime, I’m really pleased to be able to give-away one e-copy of The Night Has Claws to one lucky reader. All you need to do is to email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line CLAWS and tell us what kind of paranormal creature you’d most like to be!

Entries are open until 10 October 2013 after which I’ll draw a winner at random. The winner will be notified by email. Please note, to enter this competition, you must live in Australia, Canada or the UK.

Good luck!

 

 

Announcing three winners

As you know, I love giving books away and today I’m thrilled to be able to announce three lucky winners of some new books for their bookshelves…

tornFirst up, in August I was able to offer a copy of Karen Turner’s Torn (Palmer Higgs Books) to one lucky reader.

‘Torn’ is set in London’s high society, an opulent setting where each family estate is more impressive than the last. The story’s main character, Alexandra, is a tomboy, but no less a part of her fine surroundings. She may resist, but as she grows, she finds herself drawn into the dance the same as everyone else… You can read the full review here.

Congratulations Jeannine Barrett, a copy of Torn is all yours! I’ll email you tonight to make arrangements.

Secondly, this week I was feeling a little guilty, a bit neglectful of my bookish friends as I was absent from Facebook for a few days. As such, I thought I’d make up for it by giving away a couple of Popular Penguins from the TBYL Store.

pop penguin college

The two winners of our Popular Penguin give-away are Elizabeth Phan and Jacqueline Troung. Congrates guys – could you please email me at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with your postal address? I’ll send you a list of books to choose from!

Thanks to everyone for getting involved and keep reading for more chances to win.

 

Opulence: Torn

I’ve said it before, but once again – I love it when one book’s theme follows sweetly on from another…

Last month I enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s The Wild Girl and in doing so, learnt a lot more about the politics, hardships and bloodshed of the Napoleonic era. I was neck-deep in the early 1800s and loving it.

tornAnd so, you can imagine my delight when I received Torn by Karen Turner (Palmer Higgs Books)…

1808. When 14 year old Alexandra meets Patrick, her handsome and notorious step-brother, she is confused and resentful as he shakes the foundations of everything she has ever known. Driving a wedge between Alex and her brother Simon, he tears apart the fabric of her quiet world. Yet she is intrigued by the enigmatic Patrick and finds herself increasingly drawn to him.

These are the years between childhood and womanhood, during which Alex begins to realise that her growing affection for Patrick owes nothing to sibling fondness.

But these are turbulent times for England and Patrick and Simon, answering the call of adventure, join the fight against Napoleon with devastating consequences.

In a family ravaged by war and deceit Alex finds herself betrayed in the worst possible way.

This is the story of one woman’s passionate struggle for love and hope against all the constraints of her time.

The bookish universe is a funny thing and so I followed its trail into a brand new period adventure.

Torn is set in London’s high society, an opulent setting where each family estate is more impressive than the last. The story’s main character, Alexandra, is a tomboy, but no less a part of her fine surroundings. She may resist, but as she grows, she finds herself drawn into the dance the same as everyone else.

Her occasional, unconventional boyish attire does little to discourage her admirers, and she finds herself betrothed, again her will…

“Oh heavens, Alexandra, what is there to understand? Lord Elginbury approached me several summers ago. Nothing was ever formally agreed, but recently our communications resumed, and yesterday a mutually favourable arrangement was achieved. You ought to consider yourself fortunate – it’s an enviable position, a perfect match that will benefit both families.”

“He has seen me?”

“Yes. The boy visited with his parents several years ago and attended the solstice ball. He thought you… suitable enough, even if you were in the garden wearing a pair of Simon’s breeches when he arrived.”

Despite being promised and her reluctance to behave in an entirely ladylike manner, Alex does find herself growing into her womanhood and in turn feeling herself fall for the bittersweet charms of her step-brother Patrick.

From this point, the story revolves around a ‘will-they-wont-they’ plot. Their relationship is feisty, heated and eventually passionate. Still, I was questioning all the way though – is this really a happily-ever-after story? Will Alexandra’s hard-headness push Patrick away, or will his good looks lead him into temptation?

Karen Turner has a great story to tell, and even though I was a little unsure about the authenticity of some of the language used, I was sufficiently drawn in by the beautiful descriptions of landscapes, gowns, riches and love triangles.

It’s an enjoyable story and one that’ll be thoroughly appreciated by fans of period dramas.

If you’d like go into the running to win a copy for yourself, all you need to do is email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line TORN. Include your name and address and I’ll draw a winner on the evening of 31/08/13.

Plus, you can find out more about Karen Turner’s Torn here…