Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #4

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

The Forbidden QueenAn innocent pawn 

A kingdom without a king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he’s been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love. 

For Katherine, England is a lion’s den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking—her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. 

This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #3

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Catch of the Day by Carla Caruso

Catch-of-the-Day-by-Carla-Caruso-book-coverAfter a regrettable incident at the office Christmas party, up-and-coming fashion editor, Winnie Cherry, is banished to coastal South Australia to set up a beach lifestyle magazine – 300km from nowhere.

Her friends joke that she’ll marry a rich cray fisherman and stay there for good, but Winnie has other ideas. Determined to get back to Sydney within two months, she gets to work and starts counting down the days. Until she meets handsome freelance photographer Alex Bass, and sparks begin to fly.

As Winnie is increasingly drawn into the close-knit local community, she starts to question whether city life is really what she wants. That is, until Alex drops a bombshell that casts dark storm clouds over all her coastal dreams… Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #2

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Evil and The Mask by Fuminori Nakamura

Evil and the Mask by Fuminori NakamuraThe second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Thief─another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity─and the powerful human instinct to resist evil.
 
When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. “I created you to be a cancer on the world,” his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to dedicate to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family’s resources, Fumihiro’s life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father’s mandate, and starts to resist. Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #1

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Small Town Storm by Elise K. Ackers

Small Town StormNineteen years after a devastating crime almost killed her, Erica Lawrence has returned home. In the small mountain town of Olinda, her story is legend. And now everyone knows she’s back, including top cop and childhood best friend, Jordan Hill, the first and only person to ever touch her guarded heart.

When a woman goes missing and her body is found brutally murdered, fear swallows the town. And suspicion soon turns on Olinda’s newest resident: Erica. As the cop in charge of the murder investigation, Jordan has to face the awful truth that the prime suspect is the woman he always swore to protect. While Jordan and Erica struggle with their feelings for one another, the murders mount up and the tension grows. Not only that, but Erica has a dark secret that she’ll do anything to stop Jordan from finding out…

Small Town Storm is a gripping read that captures the intensity and passion of first love and the terror of a town where trust has broken down. This is the unforgettable story of a lifelong romance, and of an innocent childhood tainted by evil that won’t let go. Continue reading

BA News: Book Giveaway Listing

Not long ago, when I announced about updates and posting regularly, I mentioned an upcoming reveal. Well, it’s finally here!

Aussie Book Giveaways is all about listing Australian Reader friendly giveaways of books (print, digital, and audio) to make it easier for Australian residents to find giveaways they can enter. They can be part of blog or book tours, blog hops, some sort of online event, just as long as the prize is a book and an Australian resident can enter. ABG isn’t just for Australian only giveaways either, but will list international as well. Continue reading

BA News: BA Reading Challenges for 2012

It has been a crazy year for challenges or at least I know it has been for BA. See, I’ve been a bit of a challenge junkie over the years, but I kept having this habit of looking for challenges that didn’t exist or weren’t suitable. Granted I could challenge myself and be done with it, but there’s something fun about sharing a goal like that with a community of challenge addicted readers (ok, maybe you’re not all addicted…).

In later 2010 I decided to host my own. I once had Blogger blogs and I know they allow script unlike WP. In order to use link widgets I decided to host several challenges on Blogger instead with BA Reading Challenges.

For someone who was expecting a handful of people to join up, mostly people I knew, these challenges have done exceptionally well (last count was 497 participants). Because they’ve done exceptionally well and seeing as I spend most of my time editing and administrating on this blog, BA is now going to host it’s challenges here!

There’s a few challenges that weren’t very popular so we’re saying goodbye to them and welcoming some new ones, but we’re also going to be having some old ones too.

These thumbnails will take you to the challenge pages so you can learn more about them, with larger badges, and sign up if you want to. Continue reading