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Authors For Japan

Please visit the new Authors For Japan auction which is now LIVE – comments are open and you can start bidding!

To bid, you’ll need to leave a comment (with the amount of your bid) in the relevant comments box – just the same as the A4Q auction but this time in UK pounds.

The auction will close at 8pm on Sunday (the 20th).

At the conclusion of the auction the bidder who has made the highest bid in UK Pounds will be deemed the winner.

Winning bidders will be notified by email and instructed to make their donations to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. (International donations are accepted.)

$20k and counting…

We’re not far off being able to say that all 307 auction items have been paid for. In fact our total so far has exceeded the pledged amount! It currently stands at

$20,231.11

 

Thanks so much to all of you who have made your payments.

 

However, we’re having trouble contacting a few bidders. Reminder emails have been sent out but because there have been some problems getting the emails through to people in some cases we want to give them another chance to pay their pledged amount and receive their item.

 

Therefore we’ll be sending out one more email, with a deadline for payment of Friday March 11th. After that time, we’ll offer the item to the second highest bidder, where appropriate.

 

If anyone would like to discuss this, please feel free to email us on authors4queensland@gmail.com

 

Also, if you are worried about missing emails – maybe you paid ages ago and have not received your item, or you’re a donor who hasn’t received notification to send the item – please do get in touch. A combination of our gmail address and the subject line has caused problems for some people but we’re on hand to rectify this.

 

Thanks and best wishes!

 

Emily, Kate, Katrina and Fleur

Spam

Receipts from the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund are still coming in for our auction items – 241 paid for so far, which means that nearly $18k is accounted for. We’re getting closer to our pledged amount!

 

However, several donors and buyers have informed us that our emails have been going straight into their Spam folders. So please check the Spam for all email accounts you might have given us in case there are any emails lurking there.

 

Any queries, please get in touch at authors4queensland@gmail.com

 

 

One Week Later…

It’s been a week since our auction ended. Hundreds of emails have left our database, to highest bidders and donors, advising of your win – if you still haven’t received yours, please get in touch at authors4queensland@gmail.com and don’t forget to check your Junk Mail.

 

We’ve also received many receipts – 187 items have been paid for, with the money going directly into the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund, a total of $12,687 safely deposited so far plus another $194 in extra donations as highest bidders in some cases rounded up their figures (thank you!).

 

We look forward to processing many more receipts and then announcing our final grand total – in pledged donations it is well over $20k now!

 

Thanks again to you all!

 

 

Update!

Dear Buyers and Donors (that’s what we call you now, you know…),

 

Hundreds of emails are on their way to you right now but please don’t panic if you haven’t received yours yet, or if you’ve only received one and you actually bought 15 items (yes, I mean you at the back!), or donated several. We had to send individual emails for every item.

 

Some of them are getting stuck in the system (for example if a mailbox rejects one) and this holds up the whole process because we have to….well, that’s really dull so I won’t go into it but suffice to say it’s all happening! The email is from “Authors For Queensland” so do check your Junk mailbox just in case. We won’t take it personally. (We will.)

 

There is a line in the Buyers email to explain that although you are getting one email per item, you are free to pay into the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund in one lump sum and send the receipt for that.

 

And the message to the Donors is basically “no need for any action yet”!

 

We have also included a dedicated email address for any queries. But it’ll still just be us answering them. In our pyjamas.

 

Thank you very much for your patience and, again, for your generosity. Over 100 emails have gone out but there are still over 100 in the queue, so no need to worry just yet.

 

Emily, Kate, Katrina and Fleur

Grand Total!

You’ve raised…

$19,981.39

for the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.

Thanks again for supporting this auction. We now have a comprehensive database of all the highest bids and will be sending out emails containing full instructions (to highest bidders and donors) very soon.

There are some other fantastic initiatives going on, please see our More Support For Flood Appeal page.

64 Two Signed YA Novels: Luisa Plaja

ITEM: Any two novels from Luisa Plaja’s list, personally signed to you and sent over from the UK! 

DETAILS: Luisa Plaja, a rising star in Brit Teen Chick Lit, is about to see publication of her fourth hilarious and heart-warming novel for teenagers, and you can choose any 2 of the following-

Split By A Kiss… is the story of a British girl who goes to live in the USA for a year and faces some big challenges and choices, mostly to do with snogging a certain ultra-hot boy. After the kiss, she splits into two girls and goes down two paths at the same time. On one path she is in with the coolest of the cool, and on the other she… isn’t. Does either route lead to happiness? And how will she ever be herself again?

Extreme Kissing… Bethany and Carlota are best friends who long to escape the stresses of life as GCSEs loom on the horizon. Stresses such as a ridiculously strict step-parent (Carlota) or a long-term boyfriend displaying definite pre-dumping behaviour (Bethany). Carlota suggests the ultimate in stress relief: Extreme Travel, where the journey is more important than the destination. The girls embark on a wild day out in London, choosing tasks at random from the pages of a magazine; extreme challenges that include exclusive shopping, excellent snogging and… explosive secrets.

Swapped By A Kiss… is the sequel to Split By A Kiss. When Rachel’s on/off boyfriend goes to a music festival in England, she jumps on a plane to surprise him. But when she gets there, she sees him kissing someone else – their friend Jo. Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round-perfect Jo. Rachel runs away, wishing she could leave her life behind – and she suddenly finds herself in Jo’s body! Can she keep this swap a secret? Can she unravel what’s really going on? Can she get to grips with Jo’s out-of-control curly hair? And if she discovers that being in someone else’s shoes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, can she ever be herself again?

Kiss, Date, Love, Hate (publication date 2011 so if you choose this one you might have to wait a little while.) Lex Murphy’s group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama! Then Lex’s friend George is given a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few ‘wishful thinking’ adjustments to the settings – and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue?

See Luisa’s website for more details.

CV: Luisa Plaja (pronounced ‘playa’ like the Spanish for ‘beach’) is a Glaswegian Sicilian Londoner who lives in Devon, UK. She has two small children. She loves reading, writing and pretending she can do things she can’t, such as ice skating and telling jokes.

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1 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 1 of 5: Emily Gale

ITEM: A report on a Children’s or YA manuscript (fiction)

DETAILS: Manuscript no longer than 80k words; can substitute with 3 picture books. Report will be sent within 30 days of receiving the manuscript, unless otherwise agreed. Report to contain detailed feedback covering the areas of plot and structure; characterisation; writing and language; market potential; and other areas depending on the type of manuscript.
CV: Emily Gale was an editor of children’s books in UK for 8 years, working in-house for Penguin and Egmont, as well as freelance. She has published children’s books with Ladybird, Frederick Warne and Parragon, and a YA novel with Chicken House. Emily is currently a Reader for an Australian literary agent. See website for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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52 Set of 2 Signed Australian Family Sagas: Fiona Palmer

ITEM: A set of two signed novels by Australian author Fiona Palmer. 

 

DETAILS:

The Family Farm… Isabelle Simpson longs to take over the family farm, but her ailing father is locked in a tragedy of the past and won’t give her the chance she deserves. The stand-off between them threatens to tear the family apart. Izzy decides to break free and make a new start for herself – even though that means leaving the handsome Will Timmins and all her mixed emotions about him behind. But when hardship falls on the farm again, Izzy returns with an even greater determination to resolve the family feud. As she gathers with her friends in the close community under the shade of the gum-tree tavern, confessions are made, long-held secrets are revealed and hearts are set free. Set under the blazing blue skies and in the golden wheatfields of Western Australia, this is a colourful story of family life on the land, and a heartwarming romance about finding true love and following your dreams.

 

CV: I was raised in Pingaring. My Dad and Mum are contractors in town who cart grain, spread fertiliser and spray for the farmers.

The majority of my childhood weekends were spent on my Uncle and Aunty’s farm ‘Gumlea’ with my two cousins Tammy and Sandy, and my younger brother Chad.

We attended the Pingaring Primary School which closed its doors a few years later because of small numbers. I went off to Narrogin High School where I boarded at the Narrogin Residential College. I left school after year eleven, itching to start work and begin my life.

I was a third generation speedway driver, racing cars from the age of 16 right up until I was pregnant with my first child. I didn’t move too far away from my parents, as my Dad was a mechanic and also raced speedway.

After doing odd jobs, rouseabouting, tractor driving and working on the CBH bins, where I met my husband-to-be, I went to Alexander College for a secretarial course. (Luckily they taught me how to type really fast, which comes in handy when typing up long stories)

I got a job at the Shire of Lake Grace as a secretary for three years and then changed to a Teachers Assistant before getting married to my husband Darryl and having my daughter Mackenzie and my son, Blake.

It was while running the local shop in Pingaring in 2006, in a partnership with my Mum, that I began writing down a story that was roaming around in my head. Lo and behold, this was the start of my writing career. The Family Farm is my first book and my second, Heart of Gold will be released on 28 Feb 2011.

See Fiona’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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51 Signed Copies of 2 Aussie Bestsellers: Rachael Treasure

ITEM: A set of signed copies of the bestselling Australian novels The Stockmen and The Rouseabout by Rachael Treasure. 

 

DETAILS:

The Stockmen… Rosie Highgrove-Jones grows up hating her double-barrelled name. She dreams of riding out over the wide plains of the family property, working on the land. Instead she’s stuck writing the social pages of the local paper. Then a terrible tragedy sparks a series of shocking revelations for Rosie and her family. As she tries to put her life back together, Rosie throws herself into researching the haunting true story of a 19th century Irish stockman who came to Australia and risked his all for a tiny pup and a wild dream. Is it just coincidence when Rosie meets a sexy Irish stockman of her own? And will Jim help her realise her deepest ambitions # or will he break her heart? The Stockmen moves effortlessly between the present and the past to reveal a simple yet hard-won truth # that both love and the land are timeless . . .

The Rouseabout… Kate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. She can’t help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia’s wildest rural social events – a Bachelors & Spinsters ball – to ‘scalp’ gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell. It’s a dare that changes everything. For just as Kate is ready to start her new life, away from her grieving father and the pressures of the family farm, she discovers she is pregnant. Now, several years later, with toddler Nell by her side, it’s time for Kate to come home to face the music – and the father of her child . . . Set on the beautiful island of Tasmania, where Rachael Treasure once kicked up her own heels at B&S balls, The Rouseabout is an unforgettable story about discovering the things that truly matter, and finding love that lasts.

See Rachael’s website.

 

CV: Rachael Treasure is the bestselling author of JillarooThe Stockmen and The Rouseabout, all bestsellers in Australia selling more than 100,000 combined copies by the end of 2007. She is a sheep and cattle farmer in Tasmania with her husband, John, and her children, Rosie and Charlie. The Treasure family has been droving cattle in the Dargo High Plains since the 1870s. Her latest book is The Cattleman’s Daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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50 Signed Copy of Jasper Jones: Craig Silvey

ITEM: A signed-to-order C-format (no longer available!) of the novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. 

 

DETAILS: Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.
Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

Awards for Jasper Jones

Overall Winner, Indie Book of the Year Award 2009
Winner, Indie Book of the Year 2009 – Fiction
Winner (joint), 2009 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Award – Fiction
Finalist, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Best Young Novelist
Shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010
Shortlisted, 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Award – Christina Stead Prize for fiction
Shortlisted, 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Longlisted, 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

CV: Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19 he wrote his first novel,Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004. In 2005, Rhubarb was chosen as the ‘One Book’ for the Perth International Writers’ Festival, and was included in the national Books Alive campaign. Silvey also received aSydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In 2007, Silvey released The World According To Warren, a picture book affectionately starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was completed with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes!

 

 

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48 Feedback on 3 Chapters + Synopsis (2 of 3): Fleur McDonald

ITEM: A report giving feedback on three chapters and a synopsis of your novel, in order to help you prepare it for submission, by Australian author Fleur McDonald. 

DETAILS: Fleur will give you constructive criticism of your three chapters in terms of style, pace, characterisation and so on. She’ll give you feedback on your synopsis, too (notoriously tricky as they are!) in order to enhance your chances of catching the eye of an agent or publisher.

NB. This item cannot be claimed until after July, as Fleur will be handing in her third manuscript to Allen & Unwin that month!

CV: Fleur McDonald was born and bred in Orrorro, the mid-north of South Australia.but completed her secondary education in Adelaide. After school she spent a couple of years jillarooing in South Australia and Western Australia. Fleur lives with her husband and two children on a station near Esperance in Western Australia. Fleur is very involved in the daily management of their 8000 acres. Her novels, inspirational outback sagas Red Dustand Blue Skies, are published by Allen & Unwin.

46 Set of Signed Copies (Aussie sagas) (set 2 of 2): Fleur McDonald

ITEM: Two signed copies of the novels Red Dust and Blue Skies, by Fleur McDonald. 

DETAILS: Red Dust… After the tragic death of her husband in a light-plane accident, Gemma Sinclair is left with the daunting task of managing the vast outback station he’s bequeathed her. But she remains haunted by Adam’s dying words, not to mention persistent whispers that Adam’s death was not an accident.

Review: “Fleur McDonald imbues Red Dust with the authentic flavour of one who knows both the soul-destroying struggles and the exquisite joys of making a living from the land… Red Dust is an inspirational story about a strong woman dealing with adversity. She is one of the most asset-rich young women in the district, but is buffeted by a myriad of dilemmas that would bring most people unstuck. The qualities that see Gemma through her annus horribilis are the best of bush life: the loyalty of friends and family, along with her innate honest and pragmatism. It’s satisfying to read a straight-talking yarn in an authentic setting that doesn’t shy away from the big issues of contemporary life on the land.” ~ RM Williams Outback Magazine, issue 66 Aug/Sept 2009

Blue Skies… The inspirational story of a young woman battling to save the family farm no matter what it takes.

“If you love Aussie-flavoured sagas, feisty heroines or a mystery at the heart of your stories, then Fleur McDonald is a perfect pick for you.” – Paula Tapiolas. ABC QLD Blog

CV: Fleur was born and bred in Orrorro, the mid-north of South Australia.but completed her secondary education in Adelaide. After school she spent a couple of years jillarooing in South Australia and Western Australia. Fleur lives with her husband and two children on a station near Esperance in Western Australia. Fleur is very involved in the daily management of their 8000 acres. Her novels, inspirational outback sagas Red Dust and Blue Skies, are published by Allen & Unwin.

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44 Signed Picture Books (a set of 2): Corinne Fenton

ITEM: A set of two signed picture books – Flame Stands Waiting and Dog On The Tuckerbox, by Corinne Fenton. 

 

DETAILS:

Flame Stands Waiting / Corinne Fenton & ill. Sebastian Ciaffaglione

A story for every child who has ever dared to dream … Flame is a beautiful, golden carousel horse with a sad heart. Unlike the other horses, who are designed to move up and down, Flame was built to stand still. The children choose to ride on the turning, dancing horses and Flame is left waiting. Until, one day, a little girl who has always dreamed of riding the beautiful horses comes to the carousel …

The Dog on the Tuckerbox / Corinne Fenton & ill. Peter Gouldthorpe

A picture book for children 5+ This is the story of Lady and her master Bill. It is the story of Australia’s pioneers; the bullockies who worked the rough tracks, and of one dog’s unwavering loyalty to her master. Published by Black Dog Books, 2008

 

CV: Corinne Fenton is the author of more than 20 books for children but her passion is picture books, often with a social history. Her classic picture book Queenie: One Elephant’s Story illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, was named an Honour Book in the 2007 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

The Dog on the Tuckerbox, also illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, was shortlisted in the Australian Publishers Association Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards. It was named a Notable Book in two categories of the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It was recently displayed by the Australian Publishers Association at the Bologna Book Fair in Italy. Her latest picture book Flame Stands Waiting illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione has just been released. Set in the time when a carousel ride was a highlight of a child’s life, this is the story of wanting something enough to make it real. All her picture books have been published by Black Dog Books.

When she is not writing, Corinne loves presenting to schools, libraries and adults about the writing and research behind her picture books. She talks about the differences and similarities between her non-fiction, faction and fiction titles. There is a huge amount of information behind each of these books and Corinne sees them as a starting point for students to research history for themselves.

Corinne is also the Assistant Regional Adviser (Victoria) of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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40 A Spot on Book Review/Interview Site Vulpes Libris: Lisa Glass

ITEM: A review of your published book and a follow-up interview to be featured on the Vulpes Libris website. 

DETAILS: Vulpes Libris has had three quarters of a million visits and has been syndicated and linked to by various newspapers around the world. If you win the bidding, Lisa will put your published book on the top of her reading list, review it as fairly as she can and offer you an author interview on the site. All of the reviews and interviews are indexed and remain on the Vulpes Libris site permanently. Examples of Lisa’s reviewing style, articles and interviews can be found here. Lisa looks forward to reading your book!

CV: Lisa Glass studied English at Swansea University, until she eloped to Cyprus with her RAF boyfriend. She went back to Swansea for her MA in Creative Writing, which she passed with distinction. She has worked as a cleaner, a bookseller and a promotional model. She lives on the north Cornish coast where she takes inspiration from the dramatic scenery and drunken tourists. She has two cats, and a sprollie dog. Lisa was recently awarded Arts Council funding for her novel, GOD HATES THIS TOWN. Her novel, Prince Rupert’s Teardrop, was described by Good Housekeeping as: …”a thought-provoking, sublimely-written first novel”. She is a reviewer and co-admin on Vulpes Libris.

Lisa’s website.

Vulpes Libris.

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37 Signed Copy of Mosquito Advertising (middle reader): Kate Hunter

ITEM: a signed copy of the middle reader novel Mosquito Advertising: The Parfizz Pitch, by Kate Hunter 

 

DETAILS:

Katie Crisp has talent, it’s just that the report card hidden in her room doesn’t show it. School’s out for another year and Katie is set to spend the summer lazing under the sausage tree in the backyard of the only home she’s ever known. So, when she discovers that Parfitt’s Family Soft Drink Company is about to be taken over by a corporate giant, leaving her mum out of a job and them both out of a home, it’s time to finally show everyone what she’s made of.

With her nose for trouble and her eye for advertising, and a little help from some neighbourhood friends, Katie declares Mosquito Advertising open for business.
Pocket money and creative thinking can stretch a long way when everything that means anything to you is about to be destroyed. (Published June 2010)

 

CV: (How Kate got published…)

“The idea for an average person’s advertising agency had been percolating in one form or another for years. I actually devised a TV show in 2002 called Any Idiot that explored the concept of average people making TV ads. The Seven Network took an option and shot a pilot, but in the end decided it wasn’t strong enough to make a show.

A few years later I tweaked that idea and made it a kids’ agency. I started writing it as a novel.

About 10,000 words into it, I had a confidence crisis and wondered if I was wasting my time. I Googled one of my favourite writers, who I had never met but seemed nice from the tone of her books and the column she writes. I told her the idea and said something like ‘I don’t know if it’s worth finishing – should I do a course? Join a club?’

As luck would have it, this particular (and very generous) writer said she liked the premise and would be happy to read a few chapters. I sent them to her and she said they weren’t complete crap and she would pass them on to her publishers at University of Queensland Press.

They became my publisher too. Then all I had to do was finish the book …”

 

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33 Set of 3 Signed Copies (2 of 3): Lisa Heidke

ITEM: a set of signed copies of Claudia’s Big BreakWhat Kate Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even, by Lisa Heidke 

DETAILS:

Claudia’s Big Break is an hilarious novel about friendship, romance, laughter and loyalty. It’s also about three woman taking stock of their lives – with a bit of drunken karaoke thrown in to the mix.

For Claudia and her friends, life will never be the same after their much-needed holiday in paradise.

Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as online, from January 2011.

Courier Mail, Brisbane Jan 9, 2010 “Full marks to Heidke who ekes out (What Kate did Next) into a whimsical tale without the sting.”

“Heidke’s witty sophomore effort proves she’s got the depiction of the domestic battleground down to a fine art.” West Australian Jan 13, 2010

CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.

I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.

‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.

I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.

In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.

Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.

In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did NextWhat Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.

Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.

See Lisa’s website.

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32 Set of 3 Signed Copies (1 of 3): Lisa Heidke

ITEM: a set of signed copies of Claudia’s Big Break, What Kate Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even, by Lisa Heidke 

DETAILS:

Claudia’s Big Break is an hilarious novel about friendship, romance, laughter and loyalty. It’s also about three woman taking stock of their lives – with a bit of drunken karaoke thrown in to the mix.

For Claudia and her friends, life will never be the same after their much-needed holiday in paradise.

Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as online, from January 2011.

Courier Mail, Brisbane Jan 9, 2010 “Full marks to Heidke who ekes out (What Kate did Next) into a whimsical tale without the sting.”

“Heidke’s witty sophomore effort proves she’s got the depiction of the domestic battleground down to a fine art.” West Australian Jan 13, 2010

CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.

I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.

‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.

I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.

In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.

Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.

In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did NextWhat Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.

Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.

See Lisa’s website.

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29 Signed Set of Children’s Books in the Alice-Miranda series: Jacquie Harvey

ITEM: Signed copies of Alice-Miranda At School, Alice-Miranda On Holiday and the new book in the series Alice-Miranda Takes The Lead by Jacquie Harvey, published by Random House. 

DETAILS: Meet Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, possibly the bravest, most positive seven and one quarter year old you’re ever likely to encounter.

In her first adventure, Alice-Miranda At School Alice-Miranda quickly learns that not everything is as it seems at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies.  The Headmistress, Miss Grimm hasn’t been seen for ten years.  The prize winning flowers are gone and a mysterious stranger has been camping in the greenhouse.  Alice-Miranda must complete a series of impossible tests to prove she is worthy of keeping her place.  Join her on this rollicking adventure as Alice-Miranda proves that no matter how young or how small,  there’s nothing can beat a tiny child with a true optimistic spirit and sheer determination.

CV: Jacqueline Harvey has spent her working life teaching in girls’ boarding schools. She is pleased to say that she has never yet encountered a headmistress like Miss Grimm, but she has come across quite a few girls who remind her a little of Alice-Miranda. Jacqueline has published six novels for young readers. Her first picture book, THE SOUND OF THE SEA, was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 CBC Awards. She is currently working on Alice-Miranda’s next adventure. See Jacquie’s website.

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21 Ebooks and Bookmarks, A Regency Package: Tamara Gill

ITEM: A Regency short story ebook, To Sin With Scandal; a Regency novella ebook, A Captain’s Order – A Duke’s Command; and two bookmarks. 

DETAILS:

To Sin With Scandal: One night of passion with the notorious rake, Lord Scandal. Every need satisfied, nothing expected in return. All Lady Miranda Fitsimmon has to do is keep her rendezvous with the man secret from the ton and her heart inured to the memory of their past.

Please see Tamara Gill’s website for further details.


CV: Tamara Gill’s love of history started from an early age, but her reading of historical romances only began when home on maternity leave with her second son. Her writing career started as a hobby but soon turned into an obsession; just ask her family, who have suffered many a whipped up, burnt meal. Membership in Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, South Australian Romance Authors and the Beau Monde keeps her occupied and focused on her craft and the changing trends of readers. Tamara lives in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia and enjoys hearing from readers and writers alike.

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