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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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142 Signed copy of ‘Document Z’ – Andrew Croome

Item: A signed copy of ‘Document Z’

Details:

Website: http://www.andrewcroome.com/

Book Information: Canberra, 1951. The Cold War is at its height. Into an atmosphere of paranoia, rumour and suspicion, Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov are among a group of new arrivals at the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. Both are party loyalists, working for the MVD, Moscow intelligence. Yet all is not well in the new city of Canberra. The atmosphere in the Embassy is tense and suspicious; the Ambassador resents their presence, and is secretly working to have Vladimir disgraced and recalled. In the meantime, ASIO are determined to discover who in this new group works for the MVD. Only three short years later, Vladimir has defected and his wife Evdokia is held prisoner at the Soviet Embassy, waiting to be transported back to Russia to face punishment or death for his crime. How did it come to this?

Brief Bio: Andrew Croome was born Canberra but grew up in Hobart and Albury/Wodonga. In 1998, he moved to Melbourne to attend university and is yet to leave. He has worked as a computer programmer, creative writing tutor and copywriter, and is soon to complete a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne. Document Z is his first novel.

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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263 Series/Cataclysm: Sean Williams

ITEM: Cataclysm Series. Four  paper back books written and signed by #1 New York Times-bestselling Australian speculative fiction writer Sean Williams.

DETAILS: “Hugely imaginative” – Adelaide Advertiser

Both prequel and sequel to the Books of the Change, this more adult series goes back to the origin of Sal Hrvati’s world then leaps forward to its most serious crisis.  The characters of the Books of the Change are older and more assured, but they face eternal problems: fractious families, fragile love-lives, apparitions from the past, and uncertain futures.

Sarah Douglass described the series opener as “an edge-of-your-seat, intelligent contemporary fantasy. Compulsively readable, utterly enthralling, seriously disturbing. One of the finest fantasy novels I’ve read in a long, long time.”

The Crooked Letter was the first fantasy novel in history to win both Aurealis and Ditmar Awards.

BIO: New York Times-bestselling speculative fiction author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, including the Books of the Cataclysm and The Resurrected Man, and is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards.  As well as his original work, he has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.  For a change of pace, he likes to DJ and cook curries.

264 Series/Astropolis: Sean Williams

ITEM: Astropolis Series. Three  paper back books written and signed by #1 New York Times-bestselling Australian speculative fiction writer Sean Williams.

DETAILS: A gender-bending murder mystery and a love story, a sexy post-apocalyptic celebration of the spirit, this series will showcase Williams writing solo in the space opera genre for the first time since his opener of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down-Under.  The scale will be huge, the tone fittingly gothic.

BIO: New York Times-bestselling speculative fiction author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia.  He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, including the Books of the Cataclysm and The Resurrected Man, and is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar & Aurealis Awards.  As well as his original work, he has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.  For a change of pace, he likes to DJ and cook curries.

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.

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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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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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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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6-month Mentorship (Romance): Robyn Grady

ITEM: A 6-month mentorship – Romance category – with author Robyn Grady.

DETAILS: Robyn will be your mentor while you write your novel, giving you expert advice and feedback based on her huge success in this genre. This package includes an optional get-together at the 2011 Melbourne Conference.

CV: Robyn’s career began in television but she was determined to become a published author and – after thirteen contest finals in 2006 – she bagged a New York agent and sold within weeks, first to Silhouette Desire, then to Modern Heat (Presents). She lives on the Sunshine Coast and is currently writing her seventeenth Romance novel. Please see Robyn’s website for more details about her books.

2 Children’s / YA Manuscript Assessment 2 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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41 Signed Copies of 2 Mystery Novels: Sara Foster

ITEM: A signed copy of Come Back To Me and a signed copy of Beneath the Shadows, by Sara Foster, published by Random House. 

DETAILS: Beneath the Shadows is due for release in Feb 2011… When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits a cottage on the isolated North Yorkshire moors, they leave London behind to try a new life. However, a week later, Adam vanishes, leaving their baby daughter on the doorstep.

The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village of Roseby. She is desperate for answers, but it seems the slumbering village is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace learns more about the locals and the area’s superstitions and folklore, strange dreams begin to trouble her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut them off from the rest of the world does Grace begin to understand how close the threat lies, and that she and her daughter may be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.

Reviews for Come Back To Me…”Suspenseful, heartrending and transcontinental…”  Australian Book Review “…a book to read in one sitting… ” Woman’s Day “Come Back to Me is a wonderful debut novel.” Aussiereviews.com…a dark psychological guessing game…” NW “Brilliant.” The Reading Stack…a very promising debut.” Chicklitclub.comThis taut psychological drama will keep you enthralled…” Northern Daily Leader

CV: Sara was born and raised in England and now lives in Western Australia with her husband and young daughter.

She worked in the fiction department of HarperCollins UK for a number of years before going freelance as an editor and ghost writer. Her first novel, Come Back to Me, was published by Random House in 2010.

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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.


229 Fiction/After The Fall 2 of 2: Kylie Ladd

ITEM: One copy of  ‘After The Fall’ by Kylie Ladd signed by the author.

DETAILS: Kate: ‘I had been married three years when I fell in love. Fell, collapsed, stepped off the curb and found nothing but air. Oh, I already loved my husband of course, but this was different. That had been a decision; this was out of my control, an impulse as difficult to resist as gravity.’

Cary: ‘It happened, it’s over, I’ll survive. What’s the point in talking about it?’

Cressida: ‘For ages after I found out I tormented myself wondering when it had started. Not the sex, which was too much even to contemplate. Not even the kissing, but the thought, the desire, the possibility.’

Luke: ‘For seven months I was the happiest man in the world. Who wouldn’t have been? Two beautiful women whose faces lit up when they saw me, one always available if the other was elsewhere.’

Two married couples: Kate and Cary, Cressida and Luke. Four people who meet, click, and become firm friends. But then Kate and Luke fall in love and into an affair. It blows their worlds apart. After the fall, nothing will ever be the same.

BIO: Kylie Ladd is a freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in The Age,Griffith ReviewEtchingsO magazineThe Sydney Morning HeraldGood Medicine,Sydney’s Child, and Readers Digest, amongst others. In 2006 she co-authored Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (Michelle Anderson Publishing), and in 2008 co-edited Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity (Allen and Unwin). She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and continues to work in public and private practice in this field.

Kylie loves reading, swimming, running, the beach, reading, eating, reading, her PC and reading. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, Craig, and two young children.

After the Fall is her first novel.

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202 Critique/Historical or Modern Novel: Anna Jacobs

ITEM DETAILS: A critique of the first three chapters of a historical or modern novel – maximum 60 double-spaced pages. (Nothing gruesome, though. Anna is a wimp and it’d give her nightmares.)

CV: Anna is the author of over 50 novels and am the 7th most borrowed author of adult fiction in the UK. For more information about Anna’s novels and to read excepts visit: http://www.annajacobs.com/.

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