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276 Structural Report (Children’s / YA): Penni Russon

Item: A detailed structural report of a manuscript up to 60,000 words.

Details: 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.

Bio: Penni Russon was born in Tasmania in 1974. Her latest novel is The Indigo Girls, part of an exciting new series published by Allen & Unwin in conjunction with Girlfriend Magazine.

Penni is the author of the Undine trilogy – Undine, Breathe and Drift. All three are published by Random House in Australia, while Undine and Breathe have been published by Greenwillow in the US. Unfortunately at this stage there are no plans to publish the third book in the US. If this makes you sad, please let Greenwillow know!

This magical trilogy is a reading experience. The sequence is never linear but written in loops, in and out of alternative worlds, governed by the laws of physics. Drift is full of significant meanings within meanings: highly intelligent and imaginative. ***** Good Reading Magazine

Penni has two novels in the works with Allen & Unwin. She is also the author of Josie and the Michael Steet Kids, published by Penguin as part of their popular Aussie Chomp series.

Penni has taught Creative Writing at Melbourne University, conducts workshops at schools and is becoming a popular public speaker for young people and adults. She has been invited to participate in the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in September 2008.

Penni also maintains a sometimes daily blog, called Eglantine’s Cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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270 Signed Copy of Anthology Brothers and Sisters: Charlotte Wood

Item: A signed copy of the anthology Brothers and Sisters by Charlotte Wood 

Details: Critics and readers alike have long commented on Charlotte Wood’s acute ability to dissect sibling relationships in her novels. Lifelong resentments, tensions, alliances and affections between brothers and sisters play out in her books to brilliant effect. Here, Charlotte brings her skills to an anthology of newly-commissioned stories by well-known and new writers – Nam Le, Christos Tsiolkas, Tony Birch, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Robert Drewe, Ashley Hay, Cate Kennedy, Roger McDonald, Paddy O’Reilly, Virginia Peters, Michael Sala, Charlotte Wood – who have written about the sister/brother relationships, both in fictional and non-fictional forms.

Your brother or sister, it might be said, is your other self – your grander, sadder, braver, shrewder, uglier, slenderer self … Your sibling is your most severe judge and your fiercest defender. You must always rescue them. They always abandon you … You recognise one another, this is your relief and your ruin. They are your duty. They stun you with the sudden presence and force of their goodness. They give you Christmas presents that show you are strangers. You are strangers. You love them; it cannot be explained why or how.

- From the Introduction to Brothers & Sisters;
A girl sneaks into her brothers’ rooms to rummage through their pockets while they’re out. A man boards a plane to go to his brother’s funeral. Another man’s brother comes home from jail. A young woman watches her sister embrace life and London while she is left behind. Two girls compete for the colour pink and their father’s love.

Trespass and abandonment, old secrets and new truths, rivalry and protection, love and fear: twelve of Australia’s best writers tell surprising stories of the abiding bonds—bad, beautiful or broken— between brothers and sisters.

For more details please visit the author’s website

CV: Charlotte Wood is an Australian fiction writer.

She is the editor of Brothers & Sisters, a collection of short stories and non-fiction about siblings by 12 of Australia’s finest writers.

Her most recent novel, The Children, was described byAustralian Book Review as “a graceful and empathetic portrayal of one family seeking to understand itself,” and The Australiandescribed Charlotte as “a captivating, questing writer whose work is well worth watching”.

The Children was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Association’s literary fiction book of the year. Charlotte’s previous novel, The Submerged Cathedral, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in its region 2005. Her first book, Pieces of a Girl, was also shortlisted for several prizes.

She writes a blog about cooking at www.howtoshuckanoyster.com. She lives in Sydney with her husband Sean and is working on her fourth novel.

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285 Signed Children’s Book (ages 9-12): Sue Whiting

Item: A signed copy of Get a Grip, Cooper Jones, by Sue Whiting 

Details:

What do you do when life’s spinning out of control?

Cooper Jones longs for the time when life was simple. When all he needed to worry about was whether to change his undies or make do. Now, suddenly, his life has become all too complicated. Cooper is plagued with thoughts about the father he has never known – the man he suspects as being a cowardly loser; the man he suspects he is starting to take after. Then there’s Mum. She has been acting weirder than normal, as if Cooper growing a few centimetres is a criminal offence. What is going on there? When the gorgeous Abeba arrives in Wangaroo Bay, Cooper’s anguish cranks up a notch, as he realises that he’s not the only one whose life is complicated. Set against the backdrop of a fiery summer, Cooper needs to realise that when life is spinning out of control, sometimes you just need to get a grip.

  • A fresh story, with themes, such as self-identity, friendship and family, which teenagers will relate to
  • A fantastic novel from Sue Whiting, author of Freaky and The Firefighters

For more info please visit the author’s website.

CV: After developing a passion for children’s literature as a primary school teacher, Sue Whiting now works full-time in the field she loves, dividing her time between working as a children’s book editor and writing stories for young people. Sue has had almost sixty children’s books published, ranging from rhyming romping verse for the very young to novels for pre-teens.

 

 

 

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269 Signed Copy of The Submerged Cathedral: Charlotte Wood

Item: A signed copy of The Submerged Catherdral by Australian author Charlotte Wood.

Details: ‘Set me as a seal on your heart, for love is stronger than death.’ Spanning many years, travelling across Australia’s vast continent and through some of Europe’s great cities, The Submerged Cathedral is a beguiling, heartbreaking story of paradise and the fall; of faith, sacrifice and atonement; and of sisterly love and rivalry. Most of all, however, it is about an enduring and sacred love – a love stronger than death – and the journeys undertaken in its name.

· 2005 Miles Franklin Prize, shortlist

· 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, South East Asia/South Pacific, shortlist

For more info visit the author’s website

 

CV: Charlotte Wood is an Australian fiction writer.

She is the editor of Brothers & Sisters, a collection of short stories and non-fiction about siblings by 12 of Australia’s finest writers.

Her most recent novel, The Children, was described byAustralian Book Review as “a graceful and empathetic portrayal of one family seeking to understand itself,” and The Australiandescribed Charlotte as “a captivating, questing writer whose work is well worth watching”.

The Children was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Association’s literary fiction book of the year. Charlotte’s previous novel, The Submerged Cathedral, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in its region 2005. Her first book, Pieces of a Girl, was also shortlisted for several prizes.

She writes a blog about cooking at www.howtoshuckanoyster.com. She lives in Sydney with her husband Sean and is working on her fourth novel.

 

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274 Pack of Cook Books: Murdoch Books

Item: A pack of cook books from this highly reputable publisher, worth $500!

Details: The books will be signed (where possible) -

Quay by Peter Gilmore

Eating In by Philip Johnson

365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat by Stephane Reynaud

The Food I Love by Neil Perry

Balance and Harmony by Neil Perry

My Party by Pete Evans

Kitchen Classics: Asian Flavours From The Murdoch Books Test Kitchen


See more of their amazing range here.

CV: Murdoch Books is a proudly independent, Australian publishing company, under private ownership.

We began life as a subsidiary of Murdoch Magazines, which our Chairman and owner, Matt Handbury, purchased from News Limited in 1991. Under Matt’s ownership, Murdoch Books has grown rapidly to become a significant international publisher.

With our offices based in one of Sydney’s heritage-listed piers on the Harbour, we have full in-house editorial, design, production and publishing capabilities, complete with our extensive test kitchens on site. Our award-winning Australian sales and marketing team is supported by a fully owned subsidiary sales and marketing company in the UK. Our significant international market presence is assisted by our UK team who manage our extensive European foreign language and export sales, and our International Sales department located in Sydney sell to the North American market. With our books translated into more than 20 languages, Murdoch Books has carved out a reputation as a high quality international publisher.

Our mission as a company is to excite, delight and inspire our readers with beautifully produced books that have an unswerving commitment to integrity of content, innovation in design and high production values.

We are currently Australia’s seventh largest publisher and enjoy leading market positions in the Food, Gardening, Craft and History categories. While we relish our reputation in illustrated publishing, we are equally proud of the range and diversity of our rapidly growing Pier 9 narrative list, with its eclectic mix of fiction from around the world, memoir, biography, popular history and strong human interest stories.

Regardless of the imprint or the subject matter, however, every book on the Murdoch Books publishing program represents our commitment to publish the very best of the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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293 MS assessment – Anna Campbell

Item: Partial MS assessment – up to 50 pages (three chapters and a synopsis).

Description: Anna is offering a Partial Manuscript assessment of up to fifty pages or three chapters and a synopsis.

CV:

I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water – even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.

The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was the sort of kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long it takes to finish it.

Being such an avid reader seemed naturally to morph into wanting to do what these wonderful writers did. My mother very proudly kept my grade two composition book in which I penned a heartfelt wish to become the new Enid Blyton (my obsession at that stage – my reading life has been marked by particular crazes. We won’t talk about the Dorothy Dunnett period). At least you can say I had a sense of vocation very early.
For more information please visit Anna’s website.

 

296 A 5 book pack written by Anna Campbell

Item: A set of five books, including “CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, UNTOUCHED, TEMPT THE DEVIL, CAPTIVE OF SIN and MY RECKLESS SURRENDER” by Anna Campbell.

Description: My Reckless Surrender: Headlong into sin…

A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women – and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick’s brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover! But it is neither Diana’s boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so – it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.
Captive of Sin:
He pledged his honor to keep her safe…
Returning home to Cornwall after unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger, and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He’s dismayed to discover that she’s none other than Lady Charis Weston, England’s wealthiest heiress – and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himself! Now Gideon must hide the dark secrets of his life from the bride he desires more with every heartbeat.
Tempt the Devil:
For Olivia Raines, London’s most notorious courtesan, and the infamous Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith  falling in love will be the greatest risk of all in this wicked and wild romance from Anna Campbell.

Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored of them all. Despite her many dalliances, she’s never felt true passion, never longed for any lover’s touch… until Julian, London’s most notoriously wanton rake, decides to make her his mistress.
Untouched:

I am many things,” Lord Sheene said. “Kind is not one of them.”

Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason to doubt these words.  After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire… or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this dangerously handsome man. There is something in his eyes that makes her wonder if he is not as cruel as he would have her believe…
Claiming the Coutesan
He would marry her, and possess her in every way possible.

The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London’s most celebrated courtesan.  Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company.  And only he comes close to taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. But Kylemore destroys her plans for a respectable life when he discovers her safe haven.
CV:
I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water – even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.

The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was the sort of kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long it takes to finish it.

Being such an avid reader seemed naturally to morph into wanting to do what these wonderful writers did. My mother very proudly kept my grade two composition book in which I penned a heartfelt wish to become the new Enid Blyton (my obsession at that stage – my reading life has been marked by particular crazes. We won’t talk about the Dorothy Dunnett period). At least you can say I had a sense of vocation very early.



295 Set of 2 signed Books: Bronwyn Parry

Item: Set of two books: As Darkness Falls and Dark Country.

Discription:

As Darkness Falls: Haunted by her failures, Detective Isabelle O’Connell is recalled to duty by DCI Alec Goddard to investigate the abduction of yet another child from her home town. They have only days to find the girl alive, with few clues, a town full of suspects, and a vast wilderness to search. It soon becomes a game of cat and mouse, with Bella firmly in the killer’s sights.

For Bella, this case is already personal; for Alec, his best intentions to keep it purely professional soon dissolve, and his anguish over Bella’s safety moves beyond the concern for a colleague.

Their mutual attraction leaves them both vulnerable to their private nightmares – nightmares the killer ruthlessly exploits.

As Darkness Falls was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award 2009, in the Romantic Elements category. Prior to publication, the manuscript won the Romance Writers of America 2007 Golden Heart Award, for best unpublished Romantic Suspense.

Dark Country:

From the international award winning Australian writer Bronwyn Parry comes a gripping novel of love and suspense.

They ve considered him a murderer for eighteen years, so no one in Dungirri is surprised when Gil Gillespie returns and a woman s body is found in his car. Wearied by too many deaths and doubting her own skills, local police sergeant Kris Mathews isn t sure whether Gil is a decent man wronged by life, or a hardened criminal she should lock up. But she does know he s not guilty of this murder, because she is his alibi. Gil isn t used to feeling anything for anyone. But there s a teenager here who has his eyes a daughter he never knew existed. And the sergeant s fiery tenacity stirs his blood. He can t acknowledge either. He s made too many enemies in the Sydney Mafia and amongst corrupt cops. Kris s alibi might have saved him from a murder charge but her dedication to finding the truth has made her a target. Gil is surrounded by wilderness, but there s no place to hide, because his enemies have most of the town on their side, and they know that the one thing most punishing would be harming the few people he cares about.

CV: Bronwyn Parry s manuscript, then titled Falling into Darkness , was awarded the 2007 Golden Heart Award by the Romance Writers of America, as well as winning the Romance Writers of Australia Single and Loving It! (STALI) Contest in 2005. Bronwyn s two other manuscripts, Shadows and Light and Dark Legacy , were placed second and third in the 2007 STALI contest. Bronwyn s background includes an honours degree in History and English and twelve years in senior professional development positions. She is also undertaking a part-time PhD, researching online communities of romance readers and writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of America. She lives in country New South Wales.


168 Signed Copy of Austen-Inspired Novel (1 of 2): Mary Simonsen

Item: A signed copy of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Simonsen.

Details: Convinced that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother’s soul mate, Georgiana Darcy enlists her clever and not at all snobbish cousin Anne de Bourgh in ensuring that pride and prejudice aren’t able to keep these two hearts apart. All is going according to plan until Lydia Bennet brings scandal on the family by eloping with George Wickham, and Darcy is called away from Elizabeth’s side before he has a chance to propose. It will take all Georgiana and Anne’s considerable matchmaking talents to ensure that Elizabeth and Darcy are reunited in time to claim their happily ever after.

Please visit the author’s website for more info.

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281 Signed Copy of Austen-Inspired Novel (2 of 2): Abigail Reynolds

 

Item: A signed copy of Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds. 

Details: The more he tries to stay away from her, the more his obsession grows…

What if…
Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever…

Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father’s death robs her of her family home…

What if…
Mr. Darcy can’t help himself from seeking her out…

He just wants to make sure she’s alright. But once he’s seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he’s unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever-growing mutual attraction that is between them…

What if…
Mr. Darcy’s intentions were shockingly dishonorable…

The Pemberley Variations by Abigail Reynolds is a series of novels exploring the roads not taken in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The main characters and occasional lines are the original creations of Jane Austen.

For more information please visit the author’s website.

CV: Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. In addition to writing, she has a part-time private practice and enjoys spending time with her family. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing Pride & Prejudice variations in 2001 to spend more time with her very favorite characters. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking ‘What if…?’, which led to five other Pemberley Variations and her modern novel, The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is currently at work on another Pemberley Variation and sequels to The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is a lifetime member of JASNA and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of pets.

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282 Signed Children’s Book (ages 9-12): Lois Peterson

Item: A signed copy of Silver Rain by Lois Peterson 

Details: Abandoned by her father during the Depression, eleven-year-old Elsie lives in the garage behind her old house with her mother, grandmother and out-of-work uncle. Elsie’s friend Ernest accompanies her as she searches for her father in the city, encountering unfriendly hoboes, food lines and shanty towns.

After both her uncle and her mother disappear as well, Elsie and Ernest spend their time trying to get the “scoop” on a story about a local dance marathon, where Elsie finds joy, even as she witnesses despair.

“The exploitative and cruel dance marathons of that era play a role in the story, too, as does a clergyman with an active social conscience. Despite the grim plot elements, this is a story of hope, and it is smoothly written… this is well-researched historical fiction with a sympathetic main character.” School Library Journal

For more information please visit the author’s website.

 

CV: Having written for adults for more than twenty years, publishing scores of short stories, articles, and personal essays in international markets, Lois Peterson turned to writing for children in 2007. In November, her first book MEETING MISS 405 was published in fall 2008 by Orca Book Publishers. It has since won the BC Chococalte Lily Award and been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW came out in spring 2010, and will be followed by SILVER RAIN (fall 2010) and STALKER (Spring 2011)
Lois Peterson also the author of 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going, and a popular Vancouver-area creative writing instructor, workshop developer, and storyteller. She contributes how-to writing articles to writing Magazines, including The Writer and maintains a website at http://www.loispeterson.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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283 Signed Children’s Book (ages 7+): Lois Peterson

Item: A signed copy of The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw by Lois Peterson. 

Details: After eight-year-old Kevin Mason’s mother abandons him, he takes refuge in his fantasy of becoming Knuckles McGraw, a tough cowboy roaming the plains on his legendary horse, Burlington Northern. But instead of riding the range, Kevin is stuck in a foster home with a pierced and tattooed teenager named Ice and a mute girl named Breezy.

While he waits to be claimed by the father he barely remembers or the mother who left him a good-bye note in his lunchbox, Kevin (aka Knuckles McGraw) tries to communicate with Breezy, learns to get along with his bunkhouse-mate Ice, and discovers that memories can be as deceptive as family secrets.

Review… “Peterson…has written another great story for young readers. While the story is simply crafted, her language is a delight and readers will be kept engaged…The book exceeds tremendously in inspiring hope.” Resource Links – June 1, 2010

For more information, please visit the author’s website.

 

CV: Having written for adults for more than twenty years, publishing scores of short stories, articles, and personal essays in international markets, Lois Peterson turned to writing for children in 2007. In November, her first book MEETING MISS 405 was published in fall 2008 by Orca Book Publishers. It has since won the BC Chococalte Lily Award and been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow. THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW came out in spring 2010, and will be followed by SILVER RAIN (fall 2010) and STALKER (Spring 2011) Lois Peterson also the author of 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going, and a popular Vancouver-area creative writing instructor, workshop developer, and storyteller. She contributes how-to writing articles to writing Magazines, including The Writer and maintains a website at http://www.loispeterson.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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267 Signed copy of Crossing Paths: Debbie Robson

ITEM: Debbie Robson is donating a signed proof copy of her novel Crossing Paths

DETAILS:  Crossing Paths is a real life online book club, in many ways a parallel universe. It is a place where someone in the US may buy a book for a BookCrosser in Australia, without the two of them ever meeting. It is about finding books on the end of a pier, at Paddington Station, at your favourite park and unless you are on the site you don’t know these books are there. People walk past them oblivious; some pick them up briefly but then leave them behind. BookCrossers know to catch these books to find out where they have been, read them and then release them.
 

At BookCrossing books are registered and released with an individual tracking number. A good many drop off the radar and then turn up years later at the strangest of places. In Crossing Paths the main character Jane drops off the radar – for the other characters who are worried about her the clues to where she might be are on her BookCrossing bookshelf. Russell Dark, a book store owner and Jonathan Fairlight, a new age writer, begin to track her through the books she leaves behind. Within these pages eight people who cross paths with Jane Townsend will have their lives changed forever.

For more info: http://www.tomareebook.com/crossing_paths.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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291 Signed Copy of Delilah’s Dream: Ian Trevaskis

ITEM: A signed copy of Delilah’s Dream by Ian Trevaskis 

DETAILS: A chook called Delilah wants to escape the humdrum life of the farmyard and experience some real adventure. A great book to read to little tackers.

For more information, please visit the author’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

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294 Signed Copy of Ten Yellow Bananas (2 of 2): Helen Ross

Item: A signed copy of Ten Yellow Bananas by Helen Ross. 

Details: This charming reverse counting rhyme of teddy bears that are stolen by ten bananas goes hilariously down the number chain, through all types of fruit.

A colourful and creative tale ending in cooperation and friendship.

For more information, please visit the author’s website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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284 A signed copy of Salvation – Vikki Petraitis – 1 of 2

Item: One of two signed copies of Salvation by Vikki Petraitis.

Details:

Book Information: In the early 1950s, Rod Braybon’s father had died, leaving his mother with eight children she couldn’t care for. As a ward of the state, Rod was passed from institution to institution until he finally ended up at the notorious Bayswater Boys’ Home run by the Salvation Army. Rod endured years of ill-treatment at the hands of the Salvation Army, then spent a life-time repressing the memories that haunted him.

Finally, Rod decided to speak out. His story created a nation-wide sensation and won a prestigious award for the journalist who broke it.
That Rod survived at all, is nothing short of a miracle. Salvation is a story of courage and the indomitable Aussie spirit.

Brief Bio: Vikki Petraitis has been writing crime books for nearly two decades. Her book on Frankston serial killer, Paul Denyer has become a classic in the genre.

Above all else, Vikki is known for the human side to her stories. She asks the questions: why do people do what they do? How do people cope when they are victims of crime, or the loved ones left behind? What is the human cost when people choose the wrong path?

For more information please visit the author’s website:

http://www.vikkipetraitis.com/

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278 Signed Copy of Austen-Inspired Novel (1 of 2): Abigail Reynolds

Item: A signed copy of Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds. 

Details: The more he tries to stay away from her, the more his obsession grows…

What if…
Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever…

Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father’s death robs her of her family home…

What if…
Mr. Darcy can’t help himself from seeking her out…

He just wants to make sure she’s alright. But once he’s seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he’s unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever-growing mutual attraction that is between them…

What if…
Mr. Darcy’s intentions were shockingly dishonorable…

 

The Pemberley Variations by Abigail Reynolds is a series of novels exploring the roads not taken in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The main characters and occasional lines are the original creations of Jane Austen.

For more information please visit the author’s website.

 

CV: Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. In addition to writing, she has a part-time private practice and enjoys spending time with her family. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing Pride & Prejudice variations in 2001 to spend more time with her very favorite characters. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking ‘What if…?’, which led to five other Pemberley Variations and her modern novel, The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is currently at work on another Pemberley Variation and sequels to The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is a lifetime member of JASNA and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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303 Signed Children’s Book (ages 9-12): Lois Peterson

Item: A signed copy of Meeting Miss 405 by Lois Peterson 

Details: Life is hard enough for Tansy with her depressed mom away indefinitely and her dad making a mess of things at home. But then Dad sends her down the hall to a wrinkly old babysitter named Miss Stella, who Tansy hates on sight. Miss Stella has a unique perspective on life, to say the least. But with the help of her best friend Parveen, Tansy gradually learns to manage all the changes in her life and make unexpected new friends in the process.

  • 2010 WINNER BC Chocolate Lily Children’s Choice Award (Fiction/Chapter Books)
  • 2009 CCBC Best Books
  • 2010 Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • 2010 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award nominee
  • 2009 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

For more information, please visit the author’s website.

CV: Having written for adults for more than twenty years, publishing scores of short stories, articles, and personal essays in international markets, Lois Peterson turned to writing for children in 2007. In November, her first book MEETING MISS 405 was published in fall 2008 by Orca Book Publishers. It has since won the BC Chococalte Lily Award and been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW came out in spring 2010, and will be followed by SILVER RAIN (fall 2010) and STALKER (Spring 2011)
Lois Peterson also the author of 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going, and a popular Vancouver-area creative writing instructor, workshop developer, and storyteller. She contributes how-to writing articles to writing Magazines, including The Writer and maintains a website at http://www.loispeterson.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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289 Signed Copy Children’s Book (1 of 2): Ian Trevaskis

Item: A signed copy of Hopscotch: Golden Scarab by Ian Trevaskis.

Details: After finding their way back to Pelican Bay Jake and Hannah must play the mystical hopscotch game again. Sent back to ancient Egypt by Kostas, the Game Master, their journey in the time of King Thutmose leads them to battle ancient spirits and evil tomb raiders. Will they ever make it home again? And even if they complete their task, will Jake want to return to Pelican Bay or will his desire to be the mighty warrior Jakanah keep him in ancient Egypt?

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290 Signed Copy of Children’s Novel (2 of 2): Ian Trevaskis

Item: A signed copy of Hopscotch: Golden Scarab by Ian Trevaskis.

Details: After finding their way back to Pelican Bay Jake and Hannah must play the mystical hopscotch game again. Sent back to ancient Egypt by Kostas, the Game Master, their journey in the time of King Thutmose leads them to battle ancient spirits and evil tomb raiders. Will they ever make it home again? And even if they complete their task, will Jake want to return to Pelican Bay or will his desire to be the mighty warrior Jakanah keep him in ancient Egypt?

For more information, please visit the author’s website.

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