competitions

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!

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!

 

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!

 

 

Heart Like Mine

Thank goodness for the TBYL Reviewers – without them, I’d never be able to tell you about so many amazing books! I’m so lucky to have some wonderful people reading and reviewing for us, and today’s review is from the wonderful Carolyn Jones. Read on to find out more about Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany (Allen and Unwin) and about how you can enter to win a copy of your own…

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Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany (Allen and Unwin) shares the story of three woman, all very different from each other but connected nonetheless. There is Grace, 36 years old, a successful CEO and a woman comfortable in her decision to never have children of her own. Then there’s Kelli, a young single mother of two and the ex-wife of Grace’s fiancé. Finally, there is Kelli’s beloved daughter, Ava. Thirteen years old and completely devoted to her mother, Ava is desperate not to form a relationship with her father’s new partner. Very early in the story Kelli sadly and unexpectedly dies, meaning that Ava and her younger brother must live with their father and in turn, Grace. As you might expect, this sudden upheaval complicates the already strained relationship between Ava and her step-mother Grace.

Heart Like Mine alternates between narrating around the relationships shared by the three women and their overlapping stories, giving the reader a chance to see all sides of the difficult situation.

heart like mineI loved this book. I found it very easy to read but more importantly, I did not want to put it down. Amy Hatvany distinguishes the different narrators very clearly, with chapter headings and distinctive tones, whilst ensuring that the story flowed smoothly and never confusing the reader as to whose turn it was to tell their story. I don’t want to give too much away about what happens in the book as I enjoyed not knowing which way the story was going to take me. However, this is a book review, so I do need to provide something more to entice you to read this book…

There are some strong themes throughout the novel about womanhood, love and family. The age of thirteen is when a child becomes an adolescent and should be a time for greater independence, boyfriends and girlfriends, and discovering oneself. However, the three leading ladies in Heart Like Mine all encounter a life-changing event when they are thirteen. These individual events force these girls from early adolescence into adulthood much too young.

The main theme that Amy Hatvany explores is that of motherhood, from all perspectives; choosing to become a mother or having it thrust upon you unexpectedly…

She paused and gave me a dreamy smile. “But you really don’t know what love is until you’re a mother. You can’t understand it until you’ve had a baby yourself, but it’s the most intense feeling in the world.

I winced a little when she said this, as though she meant that a heart like mine was somehow defective because I hadn’t had children. I didn’t think of myself as less able to feel love. But her comments made me question myself and wonder if by missing out on motherhood, I was missing out on something that would make me a better person.

Grace, Kelli and Ava are incredibly strong women in their own right and through their narration we, the readers, feel their insecurities and share in their personal struggles to keep going through very tough times. I loved how Amy Hatvany developed these characters and didn’t dwell too much on clichés about stepmothers and daughters. I really believed their story. I highly recommend Heart Like Mine, whether you can identify with elements of it or reflect on your own growing up this book will stay with you for days. It’s a wonderful story, a drama of the challenges that comes with losing something too soon. If you take pleasure in a meaningful tale, or like me, love to weep in a book then I think you will enjoy Heart Like Mine.

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This month, a lucky reader will win a copy of Heart Like Mine courtesy of Allen & Unwin Books.

To enter, email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au, subject line ‘HEART’ and include your name and postal details. A winner will be chosen at random on 30.06.13 and notified by email.

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Good company: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

As I said last week, because Tam is such an avid scrapbooker, I thought it only sensible to have her review The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee (Allen and Unwin) I figured she’d understand the language, the comradery of this book and of course, she did. By all accounts, Tam really enjoyed this novel and interestingly, it sounds like scrapbooking was simply the catalyst for gathering. It was the woman, and their strengths and struggles that keep bringing them back into each others company.

Here’s what Tam thought of this novel…

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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee is an extremely busy book, with loads of characters introduced all at once, all of whom are living their separate lives with their separate dramas and troubles. It’s this large cast of characters that makes this such a clever book, in how it brings all these individuals together, to get to know each other in the small town of Avalon.

the avalon ladies scrapbooking societyAt Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, six women find their memories are shaping their future.

Young Connie Colls, fiercly independant and full of promise longs for a past she never had. Isabel Kidd is anxious to move forward but is still paralysed by the consequences of her late husband’s love affair. After spending many years living a life on her own terms, Yvonne Tate finds that she can’t outwit her past. For Ava Catalina, reaching out to hold on to precious memories means rekindling old hurts while Frances Latham sees her dreams for a daughter dashed when tragedy strikes. And then there’s irascible Bettie Shelton, founder and president of the Avalon Scrapbooking Society, who helps others create lasting memories of their past but finds the paes of her own albums empty.

As the women gather to scrapbook the details of their lives, they discover that things are not always as they seem.

This story centres around Bettie, Isabel, Frances, Yvonne, Ava, Connie and Madeline – all very different people who would have little reason to get along in any other context, but come together to scrapbook.  In fact as this novel begins many of the women don’t actually like each other very much. As this story develops we are introduced to their private and mostly complicated histories and women begin to find strength within each other and form beautiful friendships.

Throughout the novel, Bettie Shelton is the one constant. She is the founder and President of the scrapbooking society and it comes to light that she is also enduring her own private tragedy. Bettie loses all her scrapbooks and it is through this sad event that it comes to light just how integral a part of the community Bettie has become, as they rally together to rebuild her memories.

As an avid scrapbooker myself I found comfort and inspiration in this story. Much of the message behind this story is about embracing your past, treasuring your memories and recording these memories in a way for your loved ones to be able to hold on to for many years to come. They may even be able to learn more about your past and indeed their own past than they would have otherwise. I have always found scrapbooking therapeutic, and there is a great emphasis on this in the book. The craft is a great way to reflect, to realise the positives, heal the negatives and to cope through the hard times. It’s not just about photos (as so often thought) but also about documentation, a collection of brochures, menus, journaling, pictures painted with words. Such a beautiful legacy to leave for your family. This theme of legacy runs throughout  The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society sharing with us a story of trouble, healing and friendship.

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Thanks to Allen and Unwin, I’ve had three copies of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society to give away! Entries closed yesterday at midnight and the three winners (chosen at random) are S. Odongo, A. Lee and F. Garrivan.  Congratulations, and keep an eye on your emails for message from me this evening.

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Get Scrapping: Enter to Win

I have two scrapbook-crazy ladies in my life, my Mum and my sister – they love it! The photos, the embellishments, the buttons and twine. The other day when I was on a shopping trip with them, they started chatting away about ‘gesso’ and ‘mod podge’ and I was lost. I had to ask them exactly what language they were speaking. Their answer? Scrap, of course.

the avalon ladies scrapbooking societyBecause Tam is such an avid scrapbooker, I thought it only sensible to have her review the book I’ve just received from Allen and Unwin, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee.

At Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, six women find their memories are shaping their future.

Young Connie Colls, fiercely independent and full of promise longs for a past she never had. Isabel Kidd is anxious to move forward but is still paralysed by the consequences of her late husband’s love affair. After spending many years living a life on her own terms, Yvonne Tate finds that she can’t outwit her past. For Ava Catalina, reaching out to hold on to precious memories means rekindling old hurts while Frances Latham sees her dream for a daughter dashed when tragedy strikes. And then there’s irascible Bettie Shelton, founder and president of the Avalon Scrapbooking Society, who helps others create lasting memories of their past but finds the pages of her own albums empty. As the women gather to scrapbook the details of their lives, they discover that things are not always as they seem.

By turns humorous, wise, and deeply moving, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.

She’s reading it as we speak, but guess what else?! I’ve got three copies of the book to give-away!

To enter… all you need to do is to email info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line SCRAPBOOK and tell us why you’d like to win a copy of Darien’s book. Don’t forget to include your name and postal address in your email and let me know if you’d mind me sharing your response on Facebook.

Competition will close midnight Tuesday, 4 June 2013

I’ll draw three winners at random and announce them when I post Tam’s review on Wednesday, 5 June 2013.

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Give-away: Send us a Christmas Card!

I love Christmas cards! It’s one of my favourite things about Christmas, and I try as to get my cards out each year, even if I have to do it a little last minute (like this year, phew!)

My obsession is with sending cards, but I also get a little thrill when I receive one in return. And so, I thought I’d do a little something different for this give-away…

I’m asking you to send That Book You Like a Christmas card!!

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If you do, you’ll go into the running to win one of the gorgeous hand-made book covers now in store at the TBYL Store. They’re exclusive to our store, made with love and make beautiful gifts for bookish friends and family.

 

All you have to do to go into the running is to send TBYL a Christmas card, to P.O. Box 2074, Hampton East, Vic, 3188. Make sure you include your name, email and postal address in the card.

I’ll draw one winner at random on Thursday 27 December 2012, after 5pm. I’ll announce a winner on the blog and email the winner as well. The winner will be able to choose from the range of book cover designs in store at the time of the winner being drawn.

I hope you’ll join the fun! It’d be great to hear from you!

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Celebrating 1000+

I spend a lot of time chattering on Facebook, and I’ve had the most amazing time watching our bookish community grow, slowly but steadily over the last year. The page is a great way to connect with people day-to-day, and to make sure that you guys know about all the fun things going on at TBYL; in The Store, at the TBYL Book Club and of course, on The Blog.

Now, after a bit of a membership drive, it’s time to celebrate! We’ve hit 1000+ bookish Likers and as promised, I’ve got a super give-away for you…

One lucky person will win a gift voucher for $50 off their next purchase from the TBYL Store, plus the gorgeous Alavu necklace (RRP $72, available from The Store) pictured here.

All you need to do is send an email to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au; subject line “1000”; and include your name in the body of the email as well as a note about how you found out about TBYL.

A winner will be drawn at random, 8pm Wednesday 22 August 2012 and notified by email.

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Winners warmly announced

I’m pleased to announce the two winners of our Harlequin Books give-away! Anniepinkshoes and Carmel Corry have each won a copy of their choice of the books Fiona McCallum’s Wattle CreekBoomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe or Temptation, by Karen Ann Hopkins.

Thanks everyone for entering, and rest assured there will be a couple of more chances to win over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned! Plus July’s TBYL News: All Things Books... is out on Monday, and there will be a chance to win a great book from Picador. Subscribe here…

Annie and Carmel, just email me your details (postal address) to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au by end Wednesday, 4.07.12 and I’ll make arrangements for a copy to be sent to you! If the prize isn’t claimed, I will redraw on 5.07.12