Sunday, February 26, 2012

Valentine's Blog Event: Publisher's Favourites & Giveaway

We couldn't have a month-long lovefest without appealing to the publishers of many of the amazing books we've featured, could we? Lisa and I begged asked a few publishers to share with us their favourite romance reads of 2011 and a sneak peek at the amazing titles we have to look forward to in 2012! All featuring... you guessed it, ROMANCE! Whether sweet or scorching, messy or simple, love is a language we all understand.

So read on for some lusty titles and hot hot hot giveaways for our Australia, New Zealand and UK readers! (Sorry international folk, but you guys still have tons of chances to win in our other giveaways! Plus commenting on this post still counts toward your Comment Contest entries)

Lisa is also featuring 3 different publishers on her blog today, make sure you head over to check them out!
Catherine from Scholastic UK

Immortal City by Scott Speer
 April 5th 2012

Imagine a world where Guardian angels not only exist, but walk among us every day, treated as the ultimate A-listers. Blogs are dedicated just to their movements, the latest fashion trends are dictated by what they wear. They are still the Guardians, providing a service, protecting people every day … for the right fee of course.

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest Angel in a city that is obsessed with these Immortals. He’s about to become the youngest Guardian in history. Everyone loves him. Everyone except Maddy Montgomery. She’s not interested in celebrities and the shallow world they inhabit. Until Jackson takes refuge in the diner where Maddy works and a fierce, inexplicable connection pulls them together. But as Maddy is reluctantly drawn into Jackson’s glamorous world, she’s exposed to more than just the paparazzi. A serial killer is murdering one Angel at a time … and Jackson is his next victim.

The book is Immortal City and it is fantastic!! And the chemistry between Maddy and Jackson is just perfect for Valentine’s Day swoon-ness.

Catherine has been so generous as to offer 20 ARCs of Immortal City, which have been scattered throughout our many giveaways! UK readers have the chance to win 1 of 2 today, by filling out the form below!
 
 
Jennifer from Hardie Grant Egmont

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
June 2011
London Lane cannot remember the past, she only remembers the future. She manages her condition by writing notes to herself each day, and programming important dates into her phone. She has created a system that works and is living some semblance of a normal life.

Then she meets Luke. Handsome, kind, unforgettable Luke. He triggers a dark memory and suddenly there are too many questions. Why can’t London remember Luke? How long can she go falling in love with the same boy every day? Whose funeral is haunting her and how can she solve a mystery she doesn’t remember?

Forgotten is a heart-wrenching story about first love, and finding the truth in a past you can’t
remember.

Through it all, her heart keeps time even when her head does not.
I remember forwards.
I remember forwards, and forget backwards.

My memories, bad, boring, or good, haven’t happened yet. So I will remember standing in the fresh-cut grass with the black-clad figures surrounded by stone until I do it for real. I will remember the funeral until it happens – until someone dies. 

And after that, it will be forgotten. 

Here’s the thing about me: I can see my future, but my past is blank. I see the future in flashes, like memories. I remember what I’ll wear tomorrow, and a car crash that won’t happen till this afternoon. But yesterday has evaporated from my mind – just like the boy I love. I can’t see him in my future. I can’t remember him from my past. But today, I love him. 

And I never want to forget how much.

Key Points:
  • Lucas Henry will give you heart palpitations. Every young reader will be enamoured with his dreamy looks, his sexiness, and his tenderness towards London. And thank goodness for a really good guy with none of the dangerous charm or bad-boy image that’s come to dominate male love interests in recent teen fiction – Luke melts our hearts with his thoughtfulness, particularly in moments like the star-gazing scene.
  • Forgotten has sold over 15, 000 units across ANZ since June 2011

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Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt
March 2012 
After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan is also an outsider. When he and his mother arrive in town she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn't believe her. Until he meets Jenna. As Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found…

Key Points:
  • Fang-free romance for readers who are allergic to the paranormal
  • Ryan is a character every girl will fall in love with
  • It’s an against-the-odds love story, it’s rites of passage, but it’s also a compelling mystery with a serious crime at its centre
  • Explores themes of beauty, prejudice, peer pressure and courage.
  • Perfect for girls of 13+ who prefer realism, who will grow up to enjoy women’s fiction
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Revived by Cat Patrick (author of Forgotten)
April 2012
Daisy has died five times. She’s a test subject for a government super drug called Revive, which brings people back from the dead. Each time she is revived, Daisy has to move cities and change her identity to avoid suspicion. Daisy has always gotten a thrill out of cheating death, but her latest move has come with unexpected complications: a new best friend, and a very cute new crush who is taking a special interest in her...

As Daisy’s attachment to her new home grows, she discovers secrets that could tear her world apart. And the more she learns, the more she feels like a lowly pawn in a sinister game. When the stakes are life and death, someone is going to get hurt.

Key Points:
  • A fast paced thriller with enough romance and suspense to keep girls hooked right to the end
  • Cat Patrick brings us another swoon-worthy love interest, she has a brilliant career shaping up in front of her!
  • Forgotten has sold over 15, 000 units across ANZ since June 2011!

The gorgeous Jennifer is giving away 10 copies of Forgotten by Cat Patrick + heart shaped post-it notes for Australian and New Zealand residents, which we've scattered throughout the giveaways this month! You can win 1 of 2 today by filling out the form below!
 
Theresa from Date A Book

The amazing Theresa from Date A Book has allowed Lisa and I to giveaway TEN PRIZE PACKS throughout February, which totals to a mind-blowing ONE HUNDRED BOOKS. Have I mentioned she's amazing? Possibly. But it's important you hear it again! We're giving two of those prize packs away today!

The Gallagher Girls - Ally Carter (all 5 books)
The Violet Eden Chapters - Jessica Shirvington (first 3 books)
A Witch in Winter - Ruth Warburton
Heaven - Christoph Marzi
WIN! WIN! WIN!

UK Prizes(2 winners)
ARC of Immortal City by Scott Speer

Australia/New Zealand (2 prize packs)
The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter (all 5 books)
The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington (first 3 books)
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
Heaven by Christoph Marzi
 Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
 Forgotten by Cat Patrick

GIVEAWAY FORM

You will find the same giveaway form on Lisa's blog,  so you only need enter once. But make sure you go check out the amazing titles she is previewing!

A HUGE thank you to all the amazing publishers for their contributions today! We so appreciate the incredible books you have donated and for sharing with us those hot titles we ought to be shaking with excitement for! (Trust me, WE ARE).

41 comments:

  1. *pounces on your post* I NEED TO GO TO BED AND DREAM ABOUT ENZYMES BUT I NEED TO COMMENT ON THIS FIRST. BRODIE'S BLOG > BIOLOGY TEST.

    Please don't tell my teacher I just said that.

    LALALAAAAAA.

    Ah! Damn you publishers. I swear you have the GREATEST jobs in history. Being able to read these beautiful books as your career! HOW ARE YOU SO LUCKY. I should have some weird career combination..part time pediatrican part time publisher. MUAH HA HA. I might need a time turner to work my way around that...

    Ooooh I haven't heard about Revived OR Skin Deep but they look absolutely AMAZING. <3 More books I can't wait for! I really should get around to reading Forgotten. :P MORE BOOKS I NEED TO READ. Not. enough. time.

    100 books CHRIST THAT IS INSANE. HOLY MOLY. That's just...ARGH. Maybe I have a chance to win something.....*fingers crossed* but OMG THIS IS JUST PURE AWESOME. THANK YOU AMAZING PUBLISHERS *bows* You are too good to us. (:

    As you can see, I am strangely hyper after all this enzyme revision, so I must go to sleep now. TA TA. If only I had Storm...then I could dream about the brothers. ;)

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    1. Oh dear god I had no idea how long that comment was going to be until it got published. I..uh...yeah that wasn't me. o_o

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    2. Hahaha have I mentioned I love you? Especially Hyper Enzyme Revision Alice. You and your crazy long, squeefully hyper comment made my night <3

      YES. PUBLISHERS ARE FREAKING AMAZING!! Buahaha you can be a Pediublisher :) EEE! Revived is going to be INCREDIBLE, based solely on the synopsis and the fact that I freaking love Cat Patrick. She is the nicest woman in the world AND Forgotten? SO. BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE THAT BOOK. And oh heavens, Luke Henry. He so makes my Best Boyfriend list. *le sigh*

      I KNOW. When Theresa sent the email offering 100 freaking books, Lisa and I nearly died haha. Awww sucks to be you, all Storm-boy-less :( *sneaks out to curl up with the boys* Okay, that's mean. I HOPE YOU WIN IT!!

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    3. Bahahaha I was waaaaaaaaaay too high last night. :P Hehehe. Enzymes just have that effect on me I guess!

      Chyeah. What's your career? I'M A PEDIUBLISHER. I think that will take me about 5 years to say properly without biting my tongue. XD Arghhhh more books I need to read. DAMN YOU SCHOOL. *shakes fist in rage*

      LOL. It's like...I'm sorry? Should there be a decimal place there? You mean, 10.0 books right? WHAT? 100? CHRIST. *falls off chair*
      Psh. How can you keep all those boys to yourself. *sniff* I NEED ONE OF MY OWN. Though...I'm actually reading Clockwork Prince now so...*pats Jem and Will*. ;) muah ha ha.

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love so many of these books and most of them are TBR :)

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  3. Interesting! We've seen authors talk about their books but it was great seeing what books make the publishers swoon! ;D

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  4. Got to love some Romance! They have some really beautiful covers as well those books.

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  5. Dudee..I typed out this HELLA LONG comment and now I lost it! GRRRRRRR anyway..

    OMGOMGOMG HGE'S PUBLISHING AMAZINGGGGG BOOKS THIS YEAR! REVIVED! SKIN DEEP! Eeeeee! They sound FANTASTIC!! AND FORGOTTEN! Why the hell have I NOT read it yet?!?! *facepalm*

    Seriosuly, even though I LOVE these Aussie prize packs, I'd do ANYTHING to be living in the UK right now!!! 20 COPIES OF IMMORTAL CITY!?!?! MEEE WANTTTT!

    Andd I can NEVER get over the fact that HACHETTE DONATED 100 BOOKS! HACHETTE-I BLOODY LOVE YOUUUUU <333 (And I'll love you even more if i win any of these amazing books! hahaa)

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    1. WAS IT AS LONG AS MINE? NO WAY. YOU COULD NEVER PRODUCE COMMENTS LIKE ME (when I'm hyped up) UNLESS YOU'RE ALSO HYPED UP ON ENZYMES. MUAH HA HA.

      HOLD THE PHONE. YOU HAVEN'T READ FORGOTTEN EITHER?? For shame book police. FOR SHAME.

      Muah ha haaaaaaaaaa I want me some delicious prizes too. <3 100 BOOKS, SURELY WE CAN WIN AT LEAST ONE EACH!

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    2. I'M PRETTY SURE IT WAS LONGER THAN YOURS ALICE! WHEN I'M ALL HYPED UP, I TEND TO BLAB ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND......YEAHH :D BUT I FREKAING LOST IT ALL!!!!!!
      BWAHAHAHAH ENZYMES! Dude, when it's my test in 3 weeks time (AND YES IT'S ON ENZYMES) I SHALL BE ALLL HYPED UP AND READY TO WRITE THE LONGEST COMMENT EVERRR!!!! (pshh more like regurgitating bio info)

      LOL. The book police is still HUMAN. I have like HUNDREDS of books to catch up on! Give me a break! <3

      Hehee I HOPEEEE <333 *begs God*

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    3. NO WAY HOZZAY WOMAN. XD But that's SOOOO SHIT how you lost it all. The internet hates you (and loves me). Hehehehe.

      OOOOOOOOOOOH. YOU HAVE AN ENZYME TEST IN 3 WEEKS TIME? WELL I HAVE A PHOTOSYNTHESIS TEST IN 3 WEEKS TIME. It will be war...SEE WHO TYPES THE LONGEST COMMENT WHEN WE'RE HYPED UP O BIO INFO!

      Oh that's true. You're only human AND you're in Year 12. :P That makes getting time to read....complicated. Hehe.

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    4. Okayy we're totally spamming Brodie's post/blog/inbox BUT WHATEVER.

      Pshh I've been getting the WORST LUCK lately! DAMN THE FREAKING INTERNET.

      HAHAHAAAA THE CHALLENGE IS ON! MEET BACK HERE IN 3 WEEKS TIME AND SEE WHO TYPES THE LONGEST COMMENT WHILE BEING HYPED UP ON BIO INFO! Psshhh who knew bio would get us all hyped up! :D

      PRECISELY. Year 12 + Human = no time to read. (That's the lamest equation ever, but OH WELL. )

      Oh, and out of curiosity, do you receive an email every time I reply? Cuz I don't :S

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  6. Can I just say that all of Hardie Grant's covers are gorgeous! I've only read Forgotten but I I have Skin Deep so keen to luveeee it :P

    WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE WITH THIS EVENT IS CRAZY ( 100 Books is completely crazy!) seriously top effort :)

    We love our publishers <3 :P


    BTW *Team Cassian*

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  7. I adore the AU covers for Forgotten and Revived. So beautiful! And thanks for these awesome giveaways :).

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  8. Very generous, the one i want to most ( i hope thanks to one of your international one) is the witch in winter

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  9. AAAAA!!!!!! HGE's books are so AMAZING! I LOVED FORGOTTEN!!! I can't wait for Revived and I loved the AU covers for both Forgotten & Revived more than the US ones so go Aussies!!! Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway, Brodie & Lisa + the AMAZING publishers! <3

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  10. This is when I want to move only for the chance to win some of the awesome prizes! LOL. And no, that's totally not more expensive than buying it myself. 0:)

    But seriously, I can't wait to read these! I loved Cat Patrick's Forgotten and think Revived is the read I'm longing to read the most! Wantwantwant!

    And gosh, they're all so generous!

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  11. ^ LOL yeah I wish I could move!

    These are some really awesome picks! Looks like thepublishers also know their books well.

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  12. Fantastic giveaway Brodie! I'm looking forward to reading Immortal City. Talk about a hot angel boy on the cover! ;)

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  13. I cannot believe how many books are being donated as part of the event!! Publishers=generous+awesome!!

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  14. Wow, epic! *sighs* publishers are the best! :D

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  15. I had NO idea how many books have been donated for this event! THAT'S INSANE! <3
    I neeeeeed these books! They sound crazy good! AHHHH LOVELOVELOVE this ENTIRE event so far! You ladies have done the most wonderful job!!

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  16. Such an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

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  17. Immortal City sounds SO good. I loved Forgotten and can't wait for Revived to come out...also glad to see that Hachette AUS are championing A Witch in Winter, you know how I feel about that book ;)

    The Cait Files

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  18. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! And I didn't think publishers could give me any more reason to love them as much as I do besides giving us amazing books to read -- all of these publishers are SO INCREDIBLY AMAZING! <3 REALLY. I think I might be tearing up a little for all that they've done for this event! :')

    And thanks so much for sharing your awesome book loves too! I ADORED Forgotten to the moon and beyond -- LukeHenryLukeHenry <33 -- and I can't wait until I can get my hands on Revived too! Plus, The Gallagher Girls? The Violet Eden Chapters? Both are groups of books that I'm so in love with!!

    Oh gosh, Brodie!! You make me want to move to Australia even more every day! <3

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  19. Wow, some really awesome books there! I love the sound of Immorta City, that just sounds brilliant! Forgotten was amazing, and I love the sound of Revived! Such an awesome prize pack for those in Australia! :)

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  20. Who do these publishers think they are, being so kind and generous and awesome all the time? <3 THAT IS SO AMAZING!! It's clear from like 439824789324 miles away that there has been a TON of work put into this month and it's all completely paying off. Fantastic job! :)

    As for these books... wow. I'm just going to hide in a corner and never come out. I haven't read any of them! Oh no wait, I read a couple of the Gallagher Girls books years ago. Other than that though... aghhh! I am missing out, I see :( I'll have to get to them soon! And ahhhh, Cat Patrick's AU covers are so stunning <3 I'm still not over how beautiful the Forgotten one is. Plus, her books both sound amazing. They're like these crazy concepts but they sound crazy GOOD. I have Forgotten actually... I need more hours in the day!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sonia

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  21. As much as I think this is totally awesome, I'm upset that the US isn't included. Oh well. Good luck to everyone that enters. :D

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  22. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! SO JEALOUS! I'm desperate to read Immortal City, so, you know.... *angstangstangst*
    And Forgotttteeennnn... is that cover perfection, or what? WHAT?!
    OK. Seriously, next time I walk in Big W, and pick it up, and clutch it to my chest, and finger its lovely embossed letters and wipe my drool off its cover, I'm going to buy it. FOR REALSES.

    And then I'm going to come back here and say "BROOOODIIIE! I BOUGHT IIIIT! AND IT'S AMMMAAAAAZING! AND WHY DIDN'T I LISTEN TO YOU AND BUY IT MONTHS AGO?"

    XD

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  23. I"m so bloody jealous!!! seriously....I need some Aussie books.

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  24. Hardie Grant Egmont's favourite books are such a nice choice. Definitely going on my 'to read' list! I like all the covers especially revived, i think is it really creative.

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  25. Oh, more great titles! I'm adding every one to my TBR list - I especially like the sounds of Immortal City and Skin Deep!! :-D

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  26. Skin Deep sounds really interesting, definitely want to read it. And Revived sounds awesome but I still have to read Forgotten! D:

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  27. What a book bonanza to inspire!!!! thankyou for a lovely chance ♥

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  28. I did a double take when I read this. WOW! and several more WOWs!! that is a magnificent giveaway. '

    Michelle

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  29. This is extremely generous & I so have my fingers crossed.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  30. good luck all/ i can]t wait for immortal city to appear at my doorstep

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  31. Oh, it was nice to find out what people at publishing houses' favourite reads are :) And good luck to all the participants in the giveaway!

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  32. I loved Forgotten and I can't wait for Revived. Havn't heard of some of the others but the lovely publishing ladies have got me interested.

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  33. These books all seem really good. I really want to read them now, I'm so captivated by their synopsis! Not to mention the romance and cute boys in there are all a bonus! ;)

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