It’s that time time of year again when we Aussies get a little bit crazy and carried away. Yep, that’s right its Australia Day! And to celebrate all things Aussie, I’m joining forces with a bunch of other blogs in Shelleyrae’s Australia Day Blog Hop Giveaway, where a bunch of fantastic Aussie blogs are giving away free Australian Swag and books. So make sure you check out Book’d Out for all participating blogs; you never know what you might win from it or who you might meet along the way! So pull up a seat, and grab a ‘snag'(a sausage or if your from the UK a banger) and grab a cold one and simply enjoy 🙂
Keeping with tradition I’m supporting local Aussie authors again this year and have two book packs to give away.
Book One: The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney( YA)
Open To Australian Residents Only.
Surf-loving Heidi impersonates her horse-mad twin to help Harper get a scholarship to attend the much sought-after agricultural school in this rural romance from Australia’s queen of teen, Kaz Delaney. Suitable for teen readers of Rachael Treasure.
Harper Gage has won the opportunity of a lifetime – ten days at Winmaroo Jillaroo and Jackaroo school. The camp could give her the recommendation she needs to go to the exclusive Agricoll for years 11 and 12. But when an accident leaves Harper hospitalised, her twin sister, Heidi, goes in her place. The only problem is that Heidi is not much of a country girl – not like her sister. And to make life even more complicated, her sister’s biggest rival Trent is going to be there. Will she be able to fool him?
And then the reality of the school hits Heidi hard. It’s all dust, snakes and heat – a million miles away from the surf she loves. When she meets the fun and handsome Chaz, life at the school suddenly doesn’t seem so bad, although with Trent acting up and trouble brewing with the other students, Heidi’s not sure how long she can keep her identity secret. And if her secret is revealed, will Chaz ever be able to trust her again?
Book Two: The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham (Women’s Fiction)
Open Internationally to any country that Book Depository delivers to!
Tilly Dunnage left her hometown of Dungatar in rural Australia under a black cloud of accusation. Years later Tilly, now a couturier for the Paris fashion houses, returns home to make amends with her mentally unstable mother. Mid-century Dungatar is a small town, and small towns have long memories. At first she wins over the suspicious locals with her extraordinary dressmaking skills. But when the eccentric townsfolk turn on Tilly for a second time, she decides to teach them a lesson and exact long-overdue revenge…Packed with memorable characters, acid humour and luscious clothes, The Dressmaker is an irresistible gothic tale of small-town revenge.
Australian fiction has been embraced by the world whole heartedly recently, with publishers in Germany particularly loving Aussie Rural fiction. Australian YA is world renowned as being some of the best, and the Australian romance community is becoming more and more popular in American and the rest of world. Our crime and thriller writers are constantly making names for themselves and it seems like the world is finally waking up to some of the amazing home grown talent we have here. For your chance to win a copy of one of the books listed about, simply leave a comment below answering the following question:
What is it about Australian fiction that makes it so appealing? Which Aussie authors and books do you love the most and why?
Entries close Wednesday 27th January, with winners announced by email and on the blog on Friday 29th January 2016.