More Reading Party Updates: Prizes and Other Fantastics!


Thanks to the fabulous people at Penguin Books I am able to report that we now have a whole host of excellent prizes to offer the participants of the reading party coming this weekend. Penguin have provided us with two copies of each of the following titles:

Beatle Meets Destiny – Gabrielle Williams

Imagine your name is John Lennon, only everyone calls you Beatle.
And then you meet your Dream girl and her name is Destiny McCartney.
But what if you’re already with the perfect girl?
A novel about change, chance and everybody doing the wrong thing.

Raw Blue – Kirsty Eagar

The ocean is a vivid emerald colour and the wind ruffles the wave faces so that they shatter the sunlight like glass. Seeing that glittering skin always tightens my throat with joy … I forget about the underbelly of things, my secrets, and I feel easy and free.

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?

Kirsty Eagar’s first novel is a powerful story about a teenage girl recovering from her painful past, set in the surfing culture of Sydney’s northern beaches.

Strange Angels – Lili St. Crow

Dad? Zombie.
Mom? Long gone.
Me? Well, that’s the scary part.

The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken down her fair share of bad guys. She’s armed, dangerous, and ready to kill first and ask questions later. So it’s gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust . . .

Dru Anderson has been ‘strange’ for as long as she can remember, travelling from town to town with her father to hunt the things that go bump in the night. It’s a weird life, but a good one – until it all explodes in an icy, broken-down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie busts through her kitchen door. Alone, terrified, and trapped, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. The monsters have decided to hunt back – and this time, Dru’s on their menu. Chances of survival? Slim to none.

If she can’t last until sunup, it’s game over . . .

Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen

Auden has always felt like the odd one out.

Since her parents’ divorce she’s shied away, studying lots and staying out of the party scene.

But now Auden’s realized there must be something more and, just like that, she changes everything. Moving to her dad’s house opens up a whole new world of beach parties, food fights – and simply having fun.

As she gets to know herself – and a secretive boy with dark, brooding eyes – can Auden begin to let go and finally feel like she truly belongs?

Devil’s Kiss – Sarwat Chadda

Billi SanGreal is facing her Ordeal. The last test before her initiation. But she hadn’t expected this. Not killing a little kid.

Billi is destined to follow her father into The Order and protect the masses from the unholy. From the thousands of evil, tortured souls that prey on humanity.

Billi is fifteen. Is a life of brutal fighting and deadly combat really what she wants?

Or is temptation threatening to lead her astray . . .


As they say, you have to be in it to win it. If any of these prizes sound appealing to you, you must be registered to participate in the 48 hour reading party that is taking place starting at 3pm Friday July 10. If you haven’t registered yet but would like to, click here. Unfortunately, registration alone won’t win you anything this time around. You must participate in the party if you’d like to win something. It’s going to be heaps of fun anyway, so why wouldn’t you want to participate!?

I can also now confirm that Beth Fantaskey, author of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Darkside has just registered to be part of the fun. If you’re a fan of her work and would like the chance to interact with her, she’ll be cruising around the party forum this weekend cashing in on some of the reading party madness. Other authors, such as Maggie Stiefvater (Lament: The Faery Queen’s Deception), has also expressed an interest in dropping in for some fun. We’re gearing up here, and we hope you are too!

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