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

Author Feature: Elise K. Ackers with a Giveaway

Today is Bookish Ardour’s very first author feature and we’re lucky to be able to introduce Author Elise K. Ackers and her novel Ask Me To Stay. Visit her website to see where else she has dropped by during her blog tour. Stick around till the end of the post for an eBook giveaway!

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Ask Me To Stay: A Homeland Book

Released 15 April with Destiny Romance

Ask Me To Stay by Elise K. Ackers Book CoverWhen family tragedy brings bad boy Ethan Foster home, he doesn’t expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown reputation is everything – and Ethan’s was ruined long ago. Nobody wants him around, particularly not Sam O’Hara, the girl he left behind.

There’s still a powerful spark between them, but Sam is afraid to risk her heart again. And Ethan is hiding a secret that will have repercussions for his whole family. Will the townspeople ever forgive him? More importantly, will those he loves the most find it in their hearts to take him back?

“This tender tale of love and redemption is the first in a brilliant new series by Elise K. Ackers, author of Small Town Storm and the bestselling The Man Plan.” – – Destiny Romance. Continue reading

Beatrice and Virgil Giveaway for Australian Readers

IT’S FREEBIE TIME! AGAIN!

For the second time in one week, lucky ducks, I have a giveaway for Australian readers (don’t worry international readers, I have a freebie coming up for you as well). Would you like a chance to win a copy of Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil? I’m going to assume that was a yes. I bought a copy a few months back and then realised I already had one. What do I need with a spare copy? Seriously? One lucky reader will get an unread paperback copy of Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel, which I reviewed last year.

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Beatrice and Viril

Fate takes many forms. . . .Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together.

With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.

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Interested? All you have to do is fill in the below form before Tuesday the 19th, 12pm AEDST. I won’t be announcing the winner here on BA so it can be a surprise. Don’t worry about sharing your details with me, I only need them to make sure the winner gets the prize and after that I’ll delete all your details. No one else will see them. Continue reading

Scent of Magic Giveaway for Australian Readers

IT’S FREEBIE TIME!

To all my Australian readers, would you like a chance to win a copy of Maria V. Snyder’s Scent of Magic? I bet you would! Thanks to HarlequinTeen Australia, one lucky reader will be getting a paperback copy of Maria V. Snyder’s newest release, the sequel to Touch of Power.

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Scent of Magic

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder(please be aware that there may be spoilers to the first in this synopsis).

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible…again. Continue reading