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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Giveaways

We have FIVE book packs to give away. There will be a 10 short stories book by excellent Australian authors and Tickled Onions by Morris Gleitzman, included in the pack will be a mystery book as well. So all up you will be receiving THREE books.

All you have to do is tell us a funny true short story on the blog and you can be in it to win! Only open to Australian Residents and closes 8th October .  

Mary Victoria and Kim Falconer Giveaway

Mary Victoria and Kim Falconer are doing a giveaway. In Mary's own words,

"The wonderful Kim Falconer and I have decided to do a giveaway together. We'll be awarding a copy of 'Path of the Stray' AND a copy of 'Tymon's Flight' to the lucky winner who can answer one simple question: "What do the two books have in common?" (Send Kim or I your messages via FB. Entries will be judged on wit, creativity and plain old fun!)"

The Deadline will be October 23rd! So go to Mary's Facebook or Kim's Facebook and give them your answer

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October Releases

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.
No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.  
In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?
 The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...


An appealing and heartwarming memoir from one of Australia’s leading comic talents
Lessons in Letting Go is an honest, moving and often uproariously funny memoir about how one woman reconciles
love, loss, lack of cupboard space and far too much stuff. It’s an appealing account of the year in which Corinne
Grant decided to do something about her hoarding.

In Jane’s second book, OMG! I can eat that?, she shares some of her favourite recipes, just without all the unwanted fat.
Chapters include Nibbles, Soups, Piemakins, Chicken & Duck, Beef, Lamb & Pork, Fish & Seafood, Comfort Classics, Vegetables and Dessert.
And these recipes aren’t your typical ‘diet’ recipes either, with delicious meals such as Chicken, Leek and Mushrooms ‘piemakins’ (pies in ramekins minus the pastry), Beef Bourguignon, Boombahfree burgers, and even sweet treats like Rhubarb and strawberry crumble, you’ll forget you’re even eating food minus the boombah!
So many wines, so many labels, so much choice and so little time. Which wines to buy? Which ones offer the best value? Do you have to spend a fortune to get something half drinkable? Don't panic - help has arrived. Quaff 2011 tells you all you need to know about buying the best value-for-money wines and tracking down fantastic bargains. Inside you'll find tasting notes for more than 350 standout wines, all under $15, including: sparkling wines, white wines, pink wines, red wines, sweet wines and fortified wines

 Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again. When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small American town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past.
Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. 
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her... Eventually, though, Katie realizes that a choice must be made between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards... and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

61 Hours, featuring the much-loved maverick hero Jack Reacher, was published in March 2010. It ended on a cliff-hanger. What happened to Reacher? Will this new novel provide the answer?

Forensic physician Dr Anya Crichton is presented with a patient who has returned from her honeymoon with multiple sexually transmitted infections.
Her husband has none of them. She tearfully denies having had any other partners and Anya believes her. Is this a medical phenomenon or has something more sinister taken place?
Anya's investigations into the case leads to a ground breaking study that attracts international attention. Her expertise leads to an invitation to New York to address over three hundred football players in the USA Professional League. 
The enigmatic private investigator Ethan Rye is assigned to assist Anya during the summit. When an alleged rape involving five football players takes place, Anya is commissioned to investigate.She is immediately thrust into a subculture of violence, sexual assault and drug abuse. No one is what he or she seems.Anya soon discovers a devastating truth about the players that threatens to shut down the eight billion dollar football industry.Now lives, including her own, are in danger.....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blood Countess - Tara Moss

Tara's exciting new novel The Blood Countess launches October 31, Halloween 2010.
Read my review of it here Blood Countess Review

Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she's invited to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past and make it as a writer.
Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great-aunt's gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn't appear on maps. And then there's Celia herself- a former designer to the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age - who is elegant, unnaturally young and always wearing a veil.
Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine and her first assignment is covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle cream, BloodofYouth. But something is not right about the product, nor Athanasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, a secret worth killing for...
In The Blood Countess - the first novel in the new Pandora English series - bestselling author Tara Moss brings her trademark macabre and lifelong love of the paranormal to the fashion world with a twist.

Tara Moss is the author of the bestselling crime novels Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit and Siren. Her novels have been published in seventeen countries* in eleven languages, and have earned critical acclaim around the world. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in The Australian Literary Review, Vogue, ELLE, The Australian Women's Weekly, SMH and The Australian, among other publications. She also finds time to write her own blog, The Book Post. Her next novel will be published in November this year. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

Wow we were happy to recieve this award and now its only fair that we give it out to Blogs that have caught our eye with their awesomeness!!

We recieved this award from:

So definatly check her site out!

Our 15 Bloggers to get this awards are:

  1. Daydream Retreat
  2. My Fluttering Heart
  3. Mary Victoria
  4. Book Snob
  5. Book Faery
  6. Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe
  7. Ramblings From Toushka
  8. The Crazy Bookworm
  9. The Book Guru
  10. The Book Buff
  11. Romancing the Reader
  12. Book lovers Inc
  13. Bewitched Bookworms
  14. ClosetReader
  15. Enchanted by Books
Now, for the things you need to do when receiving this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.
So congratulations to all who have recieved this award!!

Here are the 7 things about us.

  1. Tarran loves to write.
  2. Sonia really loves cricket
  3. Tarran loves dressing up when we have themed promotions
  4. Jo loves travelling the globe
  5. Tarran's favourite manga/anime is Sailor Moon and Tsubasa Resivour Chronicles
  6. Tamara is our paranormal expert
  7. Our store is super awesome
Now that is done, feel free to browse through our wonderful blog. Leave us a message if you like!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Coming Soon Updated

Coming Soon

Here is an updated Coming soon list, added more books for October!

Mark 'Chopper' Read
Ken Follett
Lauren Kate

and more......

Fallen #2: Torment Book Trailer

Princess #1 Stepsister Scheme - Jim C Hines Review

Author: Jim C Hines
ISBN: 9780756405328

Cinderella–whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas)–does marry Prince Armand.  And if you can ignore the pigeon incident, their wedding is a dream come true.
But not long after the “happily ever after,” Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon.  And though Talia–otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty–comes to the rescue (she’s a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away.
That’s when Danielle discovers a number of disturbing facts: Armand has been kidnapped and taken to the realm of the Fairies; Danielle is pregnant with his child; and the Queen has her own very secret service that consists of Talia and Snow (White, of course).  Snow is an expert at mirror magic and heavy duty flirting.
Can the three princesses track down Armand and extract both the prince and themselves from the clutches of some of fantasyland’s most nefarious villains?

I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it! The writing style is funny and straight to the point. Danielle is a great character and everyone will love Snow aka Snow White. All the characters are well written and they make you care for them.
Jim Hines gets back to the orignial fairytales in these books and its not all fluffy bunnies. I recommend these books to anyone who likes Terry Pratchett and Mercedes Lackey. Now for the next one Mermaids Madness..

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guest Blog Author Interview - Kate Forsyth!!!

Another great author the lovely Kate Forsyth has kindly answered some interview questions. Hope you enjoy reading these as much as we did! 

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What led you into a writing career?
I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I think I was born knowing that's what I wanted to do! Books and reading and writing have always been my most favourite things, and so I feel very blessed that I can spend my life doing what I love most.

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What excites you about writing?
Everything! I love the early stages of daydreaming and thinking about the book and planning it, and then I love the actual writing process. And its wonderful to finally hold the book in your hand and know that you created it out of your own imagination.

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What did you do before you became a published author?
I worked as a model, a journalist and in fashion public relations - but I was writing all the time!

Castle Plaza Bookstore: Are the names of your characters are important? And what do they mean?
Yes, the names of all my characters are very important ... and also the titles of the books, the place names, the house names ... I spent a lot of time thinking about names and trying to discover the right ones. whenever I meet anyone with an interesting name I write it down - I keep a list in the back of my ideas book. And what do they mean? All different things!     
Castle Plaza Bookstore:What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?                                     
I like to walk for an hour every day, and when I'm not writing I like to work in my garden or cook my family delicious feasts ... all these things are very grounding.

Castle Plaza Bookstore:Who would you most like to be trapped somewhere with?
my husband :)          

Castle Plaza Bookstore:How long will it take to set up a book?         
It depends on the book. Some books need to gestate for a very long time, others seem to grow very quickly. Usually it takes me a year of solid work to produce a book.

Castle Plaza Bookstore:If you could invite 3 famous people (living, dead, fictional) to a dinner party who would they be and why?
Only 3? That's a hard choice. Off the top of my head, I'll say Tracey Chevalier, Susan Vreeland, and Ken Follett because I love their books so much and we'd all have such an interesting conversation.
Castle Plaza Bookstore: What adventures will be next for your characters?
I'm currently working on a historical novel for adults that retells the secret history of Rapunzel ....

thanks so much!


Kate Forsyth is the author of almost twenty books for both adults & children, including her best selling fantasy series Rhiannon's Ride & The Witches of Eileanan.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Stock - Lora Leigh: Renegade!

This series is fricken awesome! We all love it and so do our customers. Hot and filled with steamy action, murder, mystery and good sexy men!!!

As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women's wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder--and got an up-close-and-personal look at the killer. What's worse: She knows she knows him. But the police, after doing an alibi check, don't believe her. It's up to Mikayla to prove them wrong...and do whatever it takes to solve the murder by herself.

Elite Ops agent Nikolai Steele, code name Renegade, is asked to pay an old comrade a favor. This friend swears he's no killer--and Nik believes him--even though he's been mistaken as one by Mikayla. So Nik goes to set her straight...but the moment he lays eyes on the fiery and determined beauty, he knows he's in too deep. A woman this irresistible can only mean trouble and, sure enough, after sticking her nose in one too many places, someone wants Mikayla dead. Now Nik must find a way to keep her safe, clear his friend's name, and find the real killer, who remains on the loose...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sean Williams Interview

 (Picture taken from Mr Williams Facebook site)

Sean Williams, author of seventy published short stories and twenty-nine novels is here on the blog to give us an interview. Here it is!!

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What led you into a writing career? 

Like a lot of writers I know, I was an early and voracious reader, with a great love of the language and storytelling and all the wonders that can be found in books. I guess it was only natural that, as I got older, I became more interested in playing with that kind of thing myself, as a creator as well as a consumer. The first stories I wrote were in primary school, pretty basic things, but from them I learned very simple joys of finishing something and letting it loose to the world, even if that world consisted only of my classroom and my parents. From there it was just a matter of time and persistence, and convincing myself that a writing career was more than just a wild pipe dream, that it was something I could really have. It took me a long time, but it was worth it.

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What excites you about writing?                                                                           

Storytelling is such a wonderful thing. There is literally nothing that exists in the real world, and plenty besides, that can't be part of story. When some writers talk about feeling like God, they’re not describing a mystical experience (at least I hope they’re not); it's like having a model of the entire universe in your head that you can play with as though it were a toy. You can change things, break things, make things up--anything is possible, and we turn to words like “god” to describe that feeling, because it’s so far removed from our everyday experience. The process of world-building is utterly thrilling.

At the other end of the scale, there’s the simple act of placing words in exactly the right way, so a person who might be from the other side of the world, who might completely different in every respect to you and anyone you ever knew, can share an experience that didn't exist until you created it. Just thinking about it makes my head spin. What could be more fun?

Castle Plaza Bookstore: Do you think that fiction brings something to peoples lives?                                                         

Anything that broadens people's experiences, makes them aware of what goes on outside the little boxes they live in, opens their eyes to the fact that there may actually BE something outside their little boxes, is automatically a good thing, I think. A story doesn't have to be true to be effective in this regard; it just has to be convincing, to have an impact, to leave an impression. When someone manages that, the world has become a better place.

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What did you do before you became a published author?

I dropped out of uni in 1989 to pursue a career in writing. The course I dropped was a Bachelor of Economics, and I switched for a couple of years to a BA majoring in Music, but that didn’t stick either. For a couple of years I worked a variety of part-time jobs--at Thebarton Theatre, in a CD shop, in a small recording studio, in a petrol station, etc--and slowly, as the sales mounted up, I dropped jobs and shifts until there were none left, and I was writing full-time. That took ten years.

Castle Plaza Bookstore:What was the name of your first typewriter/computer?                                                            

I don’t remember the name of the typewriter on which I wrote my first novel, while I was in high school. It’s no longer in my possession, and I can’t remember where it went. (I’m a bit sad about that, actually. What a relic it would be now!) My next novel I wrote by hand using a fountain pen. My third I wrote on a Brother electric typewriter--on thermal paper, which has now almost entirely turned to brown. (Luckily, I took a copy of it in the late 1980s, but that hasn’t stopped the story itself from being awful.) My fourth novel was written on an Amiga 500 that I bought with a student loan in 1988. I wrote my first few short stories on that machine before moving in 1992 or thereabouts to a PC that a friend built me, on which I wrote my first published novels.

That’s a long answer to a short question, but I think it highlights how writers of my generation spanned that great and wonderful shift from mechanical means of production--ink, paper, typewriters--to something entirely more flexible and efficient. I know some writers still write the old way, but I don’t think I could ever go back. I felt at home in the future of publishing the moment it arrived.

Castle Plaza Bookstore:Who would play you in a film of your life?      

Michael Emerson. When people aren’t mistaking me for Moby, they’re saying I look like the bastard son of Ben from LOST. :-)

Castle Plaza Bookstore:Which character was the hardest to write? Which one was the easiest? Are any of your characters based on people you know or purely imaginative?

Imre Bergamasc, the protagonist of my Astropolis books, was simultaneously the easiest and the hardest, because he/she was a character who felt fully alive to me from the moment I started telling his/her story, but who also took me to the strangest places I’ve ever had to go inside my head. The last volume in particular, THE GRAND CONJUNCTION, was particularly tricky, with genders shifting all over the place: just getting the pronouns right was tricky! To a large degree she/he is based on me, like all my characters. Sometimes I draw on the people around me for quirks and nuances (my wife and several past girlfriends have put in appearances, here and there), but it’s a bit like making sausages: by the time you’ve finished, no one can tell what they’re made of.

Castle Plaza Bookstore:How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?   

Shrug and move on. The best and worst reviews are equally worthless. The ones I particularly like getting are those that illuminate the work in a way I’ve never considered before. They’re rare but really valuable, because the struggle to see my books from the outside is never-ending. The last person you should ask for an opinion of a book is the book’s author. :-)

Castle Plaza Bookstore: What adventures will be next for your characters?

The big release this month is THE FORCE UNLEASHED II, continuing the exploits of Darth Vader’s troubled secret apprentice, last seen sacrificing himself in order to save the nascent Rebellion. Apart from that, I have a bunch of new characters coming up, including Ollie Jolson, the young kid at the heart of my Fixers series (CASTLE OF THE ZOMBIES and PLANET OF THE CYBORGS are due in December) and a pair of twins getting up to trouble in TROUBLETWISTERS, which I’ve co-written with Garth Nix (due May 2011). So lots to get on with. There’s never any shortage of ideas! 

#1 New York Times-bestseller Sean Williams has been called "the premier Australian speculative fiction writer of the age", the "Emperor of Sci-Fi", and the "King of Chameleons" for the diversity of his output. That award-winning output includes thirty novels for readers all ages, seventy short stories across numerous genres, and even the odd published poem. He is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards. He is a judge and former winner of the international Writers of the Future Contest, and is the current Overseas Regional Director of SFWA. Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia. For a change of pace, he likes to DJ and cook curries.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Guest Blog Post - Nicole Murphy - Dream of Asarlai #1: Secret Ones

We have a guest blogger! Nicole Murphy has come to our blog to tell us about her world of the Gadda.  

 When I was in teacher’s college, I gained the nickname of Ms Relevant because no matter what the subject we were doing, at some point I would ask – ‘How is this relevant to teaching it?’
There is a reason I mention this – it goes to the basis of why I created the gadda for my Dream of Asarlai trilogy.
I don’t just accept things. I question them, all the time. Is that real? Why does that happen? Why do we need to know this?
As a reader and writer, this means that I can’t easily suspend my disbelief. Not that I have an issue with reading fantasy and science fiction – step far enough from my world and I don’t have an issue at all. 

However, in urban fantasy, it has proven to be a problem at times. There are books – Keri Arthur’s for example – where no matter how much I enjoy them (and I do) there’s always a bit of my brain that can’t just relax into this idea of there now being werewolves, vampires and the like wandering around Melbourne. Whereas in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, because it’s explained at the beginning that the vampires have come out of the closet and that’s why they’re now wandering around the world, I’m fine.

Yeah, I know – it’s a very fine line. But in terms of writing, it was a line that I needed to definitively cross so that I could create a world that I really believed in. If I couldn’t do that, there’s no way the readers would believe.

My inspiration for the Dream of Asarlai trilogy and the gadda came from a dream – I saw a woman, working in a university, beginning a hot affair with a hunky man. Except she was a witch and hiding that from him.
When I started developing the world, I couldn’t just plonk witches and magic into our modern world without a reason for why the witches existed and how the magic worked and why they were keeping it a secret.
My first idea – they came from different ancestors to humans. They weren’t human, but look like us (maybe not completely possible in terms of evolution, but not too far removed, I think). These not-humans, because of the different ancestry, can access the energy of the world around them in ways we can’t and use that to perform what we humans call magic (gadda refer to it as ‘power’).
I wanted them to be from Australia. I really, really did. Except I’ve spent a number of years living and working with Indigenous Australians and I’m very aware of not claiming any sort of ownership over their culture or mythology. I couldn’t come up with a way to have this ancient people develop here and not impinge on Indigenous history. 

So I took a step back. Humans originated in Africa. What would be the opposite of that?
Instantly, I had an image of green rolling hills and one word came to mind – Ireland.
The beauty of this came to me quickly – Ireland has a strong mythology of magic. It’s the perfect place for where a secret race of magical beings would originate. And it meant   that I could beg and borrow things from Celtic mythology and not have to be slavishly correct. After all, that mythology is from the human point of view. From the other side of the story, you’d end up with a different idea.
In fact, that’s where the name gadda came from – it’s an anagram of Dagda, the name of an Irish god, considered one of the father-figures of Irish mythology. I had this vision of him meeting a human and when asked his name, coming up with ‘gadda’ to hide it.

So there you have it – Irish-based secret magical race that live here in the modern world. From there, I had the fun of developing the political and educational systems and how the magic actually worked. The gadda came to life and became a much bigger part of the entire story of the Dream of Asarlai than was originally planned.
The great thing is that in having created this race of people with a history as long (or maybe longer) than ours, I’ve now got thousands of years of possibilities to work with. Expect to see lots of gadda stories in varying places.

Nicole Murphy is the author of the Dream of Asarlai trilogy, published by HarperVoyager. The first book, Secret Ones, hit the shelves in July to a great response from readers and book two, Power Unbound, will go on sale just before Christmas. The third book, Rogue Gadda, will go on sale next July. Nicole also writes as Nicole R Murphy. Twitter  link for Nicole The lovely picture of Nicole was taken by Cat Sparks. Cat Sparks is an Australian speculative fiction writer and graphic designer. From 2002-2008 she and Robert Hood ran Agog! Press, which produced ten anthologies of award winning, new and mostly Australian speculative fiction. Check out some of Cat's artwork here, her Live Lournal here, and Flickr galleryhere.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Janet Evanovich - Wicked Appetite INSTORE NOW

Marblehead resident, bakery worker, unlucky in love.and descendant of witches. Life has had a pleasant predictability to it for Lizzy. That is until a tall, black-haired, dark eyed man shows up in a black sports car, touches her hand and leaves a burn mark. His name is Gerwulf Grimoire, also known as Wulf. And he wants what Lizzy has: knowledge. Almost simultaneously comes another man, a different man, but this one just as dangerous in his own way.
His name is Diesel. And he wants several things Lizzy has, only one of them being knowledge. Unbeknownst to Lizzy, she has the ability to find "empowered objects." Turns out, a collection of stones that represent the seven deadly sins have made their way to Marblehead. Nothing bad can happen if the stones are all separated. But if they are grouped together, they have the power to unleash hell on earth. Wulf wants them. Diesel wants to stop him. 
And Lizzy is the key to all of it. Can Lizzy stay one step ahead of two men who both want her.both body and soul? Can she juggle her job at Dazzle's bakery and still get the muffins out in time every morning? Can she stop the end of the world from occuring? For Elizabeth Tucker, cupcakes, 4 a.m. alarm clock settings, and Armageddon are all in a day's work.

September Newsletter is up

September Newsletter

See some of the new books out this month and catch up with some of the news from the store!

Offical Trailer for Game of Thrones - George R R Martin

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Giveaway! - Furious Love-Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, And The Marriage Of The Century

This month we are giving away 1 copy of this wonderful biography. Simply comment in the Furious Love blog post for a chance to win by 25/09/2010 . Open to Australian residents only. 

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, And The Marriage Of The Century
A tough Welshman, he was softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman: she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the king and queen of Hollywood.Yet their two marriages to each other represented much more than outlandish romance. Together, Elizabeth and Richard were a fascinating embodiment of the mores and transgressions of their time and even luminaries like Jacqueline Kennedy looked to them as a barometer of the culture. The enduring glamour, grandeur, drama and bravado embodied in the couple gave rise to the type of rabid gossip and wide-eyed adoration that are the staples of today's media.Using brand-new research and interviews - including unique access to Taylor herself, the Burton family, and Taylor's extensive personal correspondence - this ultimate celebrity biography is the gripping real-life story of a fairy-tale couple whose lives were even grander and more outrageous than the epic films they made.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Coming Soon Added

Fallen #2: Torment - Lauren Kate

Strain #: The Fall - Guillermo & Hogan, Chuck Del Toro

Keep Rockin - Billy Thorpe

And more..  Coming Soon

Want to find a quick and cheap cooking guide for your family?

'Budget meals are about being clever, organised and imaginative; the more variety you bring to the table, the less obvious it will be that you're cooking with economy in mind.'

RRP: $29.95
ISBN-13: 9780143205838

Jacki Passmore has created 200 delicious recipes for simple breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. Along with hints and tips on how to trim the fat from your weekly food bill, she shows you how to cook fragrant and spicy meals with only a few ingredients, make snacks without sacrificing freshness and flavour, and turn one roast chicken into three small meals and a soup.
The thrifty cook knows how to:
  • manage pantry and freezer shopping economically
  • use budget cuts of meat and poultry
  • turn leftovers into lunch for home, school or the office
  • shop seasonally and save
  • create essentials such as sauces, stocks and condiments

Monica McInerney - At Home with the Templetons Due September 27


When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.
No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.  
In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet – a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.  

Published: 27/09/2010
RRP: $32.95
ISBN-13: 9781921518225

Out of Print books

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Weekend Work - Tarrans study

This weekend I have been trying to put my study in some sort of order. This has turned out to be a hard job as I have many many books. Most of them were piled up on the floor and I simply just have had no room. I reliased that the solution to my problem is not A) buying new bookshelves or B) giving away my treasures. The solution was to redistribute the books I had in different bookcases properly. 

Now this may seem backwards, but it worked; sort of. I still need new bookshelves but I have put a lot of my paranormal books into one bookcase, put all my romance books together, crime, general fiction and fantasy are also together. 

Let me say right here that the genres were always meant to be together but over the years they kept getting jumbled up and moved about.

Though I found out I am missing a lot of my Lora Leigh books to which I am devestated at.

But It does feel nicer to have my books in some sort of order!

Play of Passion ARC - Nalini Singh

If you are interested in winning a copy of Nalini Singh's new book in its Advance Reading Copy form then head over to her blog and simply comment.

Nalini Singh Blog

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(Picture was taken from Nalini's Blog)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Angus and Robertson Edwardstown Review/Interview

We were in the Decemeber 10 edition of Bookseller+Publisher Magazine.

Interview of Angus & Robertson Edwardstown

Check out our interview on Kates Review page!!

Friday, September 10, 2010


FALL OF GIANTS  - KEN FOLLETT - 9780230710078


Thursday, September 9, 2010

World Con (AussieCon 4) Day 4 & Day 5

World Con (AussieCon 4)
Day 4:  Sunday 5/09/10

Sunday was busy with a Kaffeelatsche with Ducan Lay and then Glenda Larke signings. I got some cool pictures with both Glenda and Mary Victoria, who was there as well.

More panels filled my day; I was racing around like a mad hatter trying to see everything.
At 4 Mary Victoria was doing a reading and I needed to go to that. Mary has a wonderful reading voice! She actually does voices for her characters (not sure if she was actively trying to do so) It was wonderful!

After that I had something to eat and then left for the day.

World Con (AussieCon 4)
Day 5:  Monday 6/09/10
At last we come to the last day of my AussieCon 4 adventure. By this time I was very tired and my brain was a little mushy. I still maintain it was the dreaded stairs that made me so tired haha.
On Monday I went to Writing strange lands: other cultures in YA speculative fiction. That was fascinating.  I met some of the Voyager Staff, Stephanie Smith and Natalie Costa Bir after that panel and they were two very lovely people.
Then I lined up once again for another signing: Shaun Tan. He was younger than I thought he would be and such a magnificent artist. Not only was he signing, he was drawing in peoples books, posters, shirts and my bookplates.
Then there were more great panels that were really fun. Then came the closing ceremony and bam it was over. Five days of awesomeness, meeting lots of new people, catching up with old friends and learning many new things.

I will defiantly be going again to another Australian Con! I love it, but I must say it was so very good to go home again.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

World Con (AussieCon 4) Day 3

World Con (AussieCon 4)
Day 3:  Saturday 4/09/10
By this stage I am feeling it. Days of constantly running around and walking up and down those monstrous steps! (I caved and got on the escalators, I just did not look over the edge and had a death grip on the side)
Another full day was planned; to start with I went to the Duncan Lay signing. Now this is a man who knows how to engage his audience! His series is Dragon Sword Histories and the first book is ‘Wounded Guardian’ it is fantastic!! I loved every moment of it.
I got him to sign my bookplates (I didn’t bring my books, there are wayyyyyyy to many of them) We chatted for the rest of the hour and then I got once more into a line for signings. This time it was for Fiona McIntosh, Michael Pryor. Both are brilliant authors and fantastic funny people. Michael writes the series Laws of Magic, of which ‘Blaze of Glory’ is the first one! And Fiona, well Fiona has too many series to list. Her latest one is the Valisar series, of which; Kings Wrath is the first and last.
Then I went and caught the end of the George R R Martin reading. Yes my friends he too was there!
I then rushed just before the masses and made it to the signing hall. Right after his reading, George R R Martin was doing a signing and I had scored myself a place proberly 6th in line. Not only was George signing but Jennifer Fallon  (who is awesome lady who has her own Seal Stamp), Jean Johnson and Jay Lake.

I spent the rest of that hour getting pictures and getting signatures. I did make it to the last ten minutes of a panel called Pitching the Novel, and that was fascinating.
I swear this day was the day for signings! I practically lived in the signings room. After the panel I went back and had to wait again, yes you know it, in a line for Gail Carriger who writes the PARASOL PROTECTORATE series. The third Blameless was released for the Con!
Then Lunch. At 3 I had a kaffeelatsche with Mary Victoria. That was great! Met some really nice people around that table.  Then the next stop was a panel called Thinking in Trilogies, with Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh, Glenda Larke and Russell Fitzpatrick.
Then I wondered about taking in all the interesting costumes and people. It wasn’t long before I had to leave for the day.

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