Thrillers, romance, suspense, fantasy, contemporary, rural, memoir, historical and kids…. whatever you read, you’re sure to find something in this list, with plenty left over to fill your gift buying needs for a long time to come!
Here it is, the full list of 100 books up for grabs in the giant book raffle, raising much needed funds for flooding relief support for residents of Townsville and beyond. A huge thank you to all the Aussie authors who have donated their books to this cause and another round of applause to everyone who has already bought tickets in this competition. Your ticket money will be going straight to GIVIT, the charity coordinating the distribution of donations. You still have time to buy tickets, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes being drawn on Friday 29th March at 9am.
Without further ado… here they are.
|Josephine Moon||Three Gold Coins + The Gift of Life + The Beekeeper’s Secret +
The Chooclate Promise + The Tea Chest
|Monica McInerney||The Trip of a Lifetime|
|Lia Weston||Those Pleasant Girls|
|Rachael Johns||Lost Without You|
|Rachel Bailey||The Finn Factor|
|Liz Byrski||A Month of Sundays|
|Karen Viggers||The Orchardist’s Daughter|
|Michael Trant||Ridgeview Station|
|Christian White||The Nowhere Child|
|Annie Seaton||Diamond Sky|
|Lisa Ireland||The Shape of Us|
|Anna Campbell||A Scoundrel By Moonlight|
|Wendy J Dunn||Falling Pomegranate Seeds|
|Barbara Hannay||The Summer of Secrets|
|Kirsty Manning||The Jade Lily|
|Darry Fraser||The Widow of Ballarat|
|Tess Woods||Love and Other Battles|
|Anna Daniels||Girl In Between|
|Jane Gillespie||Journey to Me|
|Fiona Palmer||Sisters and Brothers|
|Vanessa Carnevale||The Florentine Bridge + The Memories that Make Us|
|Christine Wells||The Juliet Code|
|Helene Young||Return to Roseglen|
|Kali Napier||The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge|
|Michelle Endersby||Awakening Around Roses|
|Louise Guy||A Life Worth Living|
|Emily Madden||The Lost Pearl|
|Jodi L Perry||Nineteen Letters|
|Louise Allen||The Sister’s Song|
|Charlotte Nash||Saving You + The Paris Wedding + The Horseman|
|Donna Cameron||Beneath the Mother Tree|
|Kylie Ladd||The Way Back|
|Fiona Lowe||Home Fires|
|Sally Hepworth||The Family Next Door + The Mother-in-law|
|Lauren Charter||The Lace Weaver|
|Esther Campion||The House of Second Chances|
|Beth Prentice||Dangerous Deeds|
|Phillipa Nefri Clark||The Stationmaster’s Cottage|
|Eliza Henry Jones||P is for Pearl + Ache + In The Quiet|
|Rhonda Forest||Two Heartbeats|
|Lisa Ireland||The Shape of Us|
|Kelly Rimmer||The Things We Cannot Say + Before I Let You Go|
|Pamela Cook||The Crossroads|
|JoanneTracey||Happy Ever After|
|T.M. Clarke||Nature of the Lion +
(Child of Africa; and Slowly! Slowly!) (to go together)
|Cass Moriarty||Parting Words + The Promise Seed|
|Maggie Christensen||A Model Wife|
|Joanna Nell||The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village|
|Sandie Docker||The Cottage at Rosella Cove|
|Lynne Leonhardt||Finding Jasper|
|Sara Foster||The Hidden Hours|
|Lily Malone||Butterfly House: Who Killed the Bride?|
|Robyn Cadwallader||Book of Colours + The Anchoress|
|Amanda Hampson||Sixty Summers|
|Jenn J McLeod||A Place to Remember|
|Kristine Charles||Love Sabre|
|Alicia Tuckerman||If I Tell You|
|Torre DeRoche||The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World|
|Terry L Probert||Kundela + Voss: The Price of Innocence|
|John Purcell||The Girl on the Page|
|Cassie Hamer||After the Party|
|Michelle Dalton (via Sarah Williams)||Epona|
|Sarah Williams||The Outback Governess|
|Rashida Murphy||The Historian’s Daughter|
|Stephanie Parkyn||Into the World11|
|Alissa Callen||The Round Yard|
|Kerri Turner||The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers|
|Candice Fox||Hades + Gone By Midnight|
|JP Pomare||Call Me Evie|
|Christopher Raja||The Burning Elephant|
|Kirsten Alexander||Half Moon Lake|
|Catherine Evans, Kim Petersen, Beth Prentice||Untamed Destinies|
|Lea Davey||Silworm Secrets + The Shack by the Bay|
1st prize: 70 books
2nd prize: 20 books
3rd prize: 10 books
Dear (as yet) unpublished writers,
I realised recently that this year it is has been 20 years since I declared I wanted to be a full-time career author. Twenty years! That might have made me feel the teensiest bit old.
(Do you know what else made me feel old recently? My six-year-old came home from school and told me he’d joined the junior choir and they were learning John Mayer’s song, Waiting on the the World to Change. I was thrilled. When I was six years old, I also joined the junior choir and do you know what was the first song I was taught? God Save the Queen!!! I’m not even joking. The second song was Advance Australia Fair. Yep.)
Anyway, back to the writing thing…
I still remember that moment well. It was 1999 and I was in my first year teaching. I had gone to a weekend workshop with the Queensland Writers Centre. I was so inspired that I had a ‘full body moment’ where I decided this is it. This was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wish I could remember who the teacher was that day. Clearly, she was so inspirational that she changed my life.
I’ve been writing ever since, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, contemporary novels, kids books, non-fiction, newspaper and magazine articles, online articles. Not all of it has been published. Not all of it is good. Most of it didn’t make any money. Sometimes it was exhilarating and sometimes heartbreaking. I made friends, a community. I won some prizes, was shortlisted for some, and on one memorable occasion was ranked in the last (i.e. considered ‘worst’) twenty-five per cent of entries.
It all changed in 2012 when I was signed by an agent. My first book, The Tea Chest, was published in 2014, but it was actually the tenth full-length manuscript I had written.
Sometimes, you’ll hear about a writer who just decided to write a book and it got published. If you’ve been slogging away for years and years at your craft, this can be deflating. But everyone’s journey is so different. A writer might publish one book and never publish another ever again. Another writer might publish a book and it’s a runaway hit, only to never have another book live up to the first one’s sale ever again. Another writer might write twenty books and make the same amount of money as the one with the mega hit, just over a longer time period. Another writer will start with modest sales and then build, and build and build.
There’s still time and space for you too. Perhaps you just haven’t truly found ‘your voice’ yet–that important but difficult to describe quality to your work. Perhaps you’re just not writing in the genre that’s right for you yet. Perhaps the timing of the market just isn’t there to support your work yet. Yet. Most writers I know slogged it out for years before they were published. You’re definitely not alone.
This year, I am blessed to have two books hitting the shelves (fiction, with The Gift of Life in April, and non-fiction with Buddhism for Meat Eaters in July), bringing my list of published books to seven. Seven doesn’t sound like a lot, I know. But writing is a slow game, a long game, and you’re going to need stamina to turn it into a career. There’s no one path to publication and no guarantees of outcomes after publication. It’s a game of luck as much as skill. The thing that keeps you going, the thing that must be there to keep you going, is passion. You write because you have to. You write for love. You write for the bliss moment, the moment when the real world falls away and it’s just you racing to keep up with the story your characters are telling. There is no other way.
WIN!!! Loves, I know how much you love my big book giveaways! This time I’ve made it bigger than ever for a special reason. THE GIFT OF LIFE is out on 2 April but I want to thank those of you who go out of your way to pre-order the book should have the chance to win this 8-book pack!
You get ‘the full moon’ (new copies of my previous four novels) PLUS another 4 of my pre-loved books. All you have to do is comment here and send me a copy (email or paste photo here) of your receipt/order for preordering THE GIFT OF LIFE by 5pm 1st Feb. firstname.lastname@example.org
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!! I will be doing more competitions in the lead up to the launch of THE GIFT OF LIFE, so even if you miss out this time around, you’ll automatically be entered in future draws too!
If you’ve already pre-ordered (thank you!), you can still enter exactly the same way.
Here’s a few outlets I know of who have it for pre-order at a discount price:
Please note: As always the four pre-loved books in this stack may come with cracked spines, turned down pages, bent covers…. you know the drill! (And having said that, they’re in pretty good shape.)
I often think I don’t read enough, but when I look back over my list of books I’ve dived into over the past 12 months, I see that not only do I read more than I think, but that I read quite a few non-fiction books each year too.
Here is my Top 5 non-fiction titles I devoured this year (in no particular order).
- Sophie’s Patch, by Sophie Thomson. This I’m more than just a gardening book, it is an inspiring, life-affirming guide to love, passion and health. Total joy.
- Any Ordinary Day, by Leigh Sales. How do we cope with tragedy? Leigh Sales has the answer, having compiled extensive research into how our brains and bodies respond after the worst day of our lives. It sounds heavy, but it’s written with such a lightness of touch to be both moving and inspiring at the same time.
- How to Give up Plastic, by Will McCallum. As a species, humanity is facing one of its biggest environmental disasters: plastic pollution. We can’t afford to turn away. The time to face up to this and remedy the situation is right now, and this book shows you how to do it, room by room in your house.
- Buddhism for Break-ups, by Meshel Laurie. Relationship breakdowns happen across all areas of life–love, friendships, families and workplaces. But breaking up ‘well’ takes commitment and effort and that’s what Meshel Laurie sets out to show us in this book. If you’re not going through a break-up (I wasn’t), it’s still great reading to be prepared when the next one comes your way, as it inevitably will.
- The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to read this book. Eckhart Tolle is one of the most influential thought-leaders on the planet and for good reason. His wisdom is profound and resonates long after you’ve closed the book.
I hope you find some inspiration in this list for your next great non-fiction read.
I am delighted to be a featured author on Australia’s first online television series about food and books, Word of Mouth TV, hosted by Kate Forsyth and SL Mills!
Kate, Sarah and I talk about the inspiration behind Three Gold Coins, the biggest challenges in writing the darker, difficult themes inside the story, and the absolute joys of Italian food and romantic heroes!
Kate serves up my scrumptious Tuscan white bean soup, we drink vino and I share the rather amazing moment that led to my big breakthrough into a writing career.
The whole episode is shot in Kate’s fabulous home in Sydney and we had a very long Italian feast indeed. (It is quite dark when we finish!)
You can also win a huge pack of my books, plus a copy of Matt Moran’s cookbook too.
Click HERE to find out how to win this bunch of delicious books.
Best of luck!
Our third author for round two who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring or emerging writer at the same time is prolific (Annie has published more than twenty books!) and multi-genre writer Annie Seaton. Here is some information about Annie and what she is offering.
If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Annie’s attention!
Annie’s offer will be on eBay in the SECOND round of auctions, starting 17 October, 6pm.
Bio: Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the east coast of Australia, fulfilling her lifelong dream of being an author. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. Readers can contact Annie through her website, annieseaton.net or find her on Face book and Twitter.
Why are you excited to do this? I am pleased to be involved in this great initiative. Also, one of the best things about being an author is working with aspiring authors.
Genres: No erotica. No fantasy. No paranormal
Submission length: Three chapters
Reply time: Within 2 months
Auction reserve: $149
AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).
(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)