Our montly newsletter TBYL News: All Things Bookish... the best place to get reviews, news, meet special guests and enter exclusive give-aways.

One month already?

Are you as surprised as I am? Honestly, I can't quite believe that it's been a month since our very first newsletter. I blinked and it was time for our second TBYL News: All Things Bookish!

I hope you enjoyed our first issue - I had lots of fun putting it together, and the feedback has been really great! This month again, you'll find some more newsletter exclusive give-aways, and some special offers. We'll hear from a very special guest and of course, there's lots of bookish news for your perusal. 

Please, put your feet up, have a cuppa and enjoy a little read...


The Jitterbug Collection

This month's special offer is on our favourite Jitterbug Collection...

The Jitterbug Collection is an absolute favourite of mine, and I'm pleased to be able to offer the collection for just $24.95 (normally $30) for the month of June.

The collection includes a copy of the hilarious, romantic, and lusty Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, accompanied by a mysterious little bottle ready for your messages. The O-check Message in a Bottle is a gorgeous way to tell someone how you feel and what they mean to you. Or, you could capture your own thoughts, and keep them for yourself. Shop Now!

Read our review of Jitterbug Perfume


Produce to Platter

Each month, TBYL brings you new and exciting give-aways.

This month's give-away is brought to us by Smudge Publishing, who have kindly offered TWO chances to win a copy of their stunning book, Produce to Platter. Put together Jonette George and Daniele Winton this picturesque guide to the Mornington Peninsula features the landmark, food and wine highlights of the region. You can find out more about the book here.

To go into the running, send an email to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au, subject line 'Produce to Platter' and include your name and postal details. As a bonus, anyone who subscribes this month to receive TBYL News by email will also go into the running. Subscribe here. A winner will be chosen at random 30.6.12 and notified by email.

Read a review of George and Winton's Flavours of Melbourne here


Why do you write?

Julie Kagawa is the author of the paranormal young adult novel The Immortal Rules. The first in the new Blood of Eden trilogy, it has everything you'd want in a vampiric tale, and a little bit more. I recently had the opportunity to ask Julie a couple of pertinent questions...

Julie, why do you write?
Oh, that one is easy. Because I can't not write. As an author, you write because it brings you joy, because you have this story, these characters, inside your head and they won't leave you alone until you give them life by telling their story. I write because I feel compelled to, not because of deadlines or expectations or that I have to put the next book out. To be an author, you have to love writing, simple as that. You don't write because you want to be published; you will drive yourself crazy if that is the only reason. You write because you're constantly daydreaming about words, plot, and character, and if you don't put them down on paper (or on the computer screen), they will stay in your head, kicking at your brain, until you let them out.

I  write because the voices in my head tell me to. It's okay, though. They usually don't tell me to kill anyone ;-)

What's next for you?
Right now, I'm working on the sequel to The Immortal Rules, and this fall my second Iron Fey series will be released. So I have two series to finish before I can even think of writing anything else, but after that, who knows? The sky's the limit.


I recently enjoyed reading The Immortal Rules, and am looking forward to the next instalment. You can read my review of Julie's book here...

 

The winner of last month's give-away, a copy of Jennifer Paynter's Mary Bennet is A. Lyons of QLD. Congrates, and keep an eye out for my email. Thanks to Penguin Books for their help with this competition.

Mary Bennet is available in the TBYL Store. Shop now for a copy!


In Review

Featuring my favourite review from the month just gone... 

M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, with a moral conundrum such as it has at its heart, was always going to be popular...

In short, this novel is full of many types of heartbreak, all of the particular brand that are felt sharply by those readers who are partners and parents. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and am looking forward to discussing it with my real-life book club this week. Critics have been divided, but I personally think that most readers will enjoy this endearing, heartbreaking tale.

Read the full review


New in store!

Every month we find lovely new things to add to The Store...

This month, we've added a number of new titles to our Kids Book Box.

In particular, you can now pick up a copy of the clever and thoughtful little picture book Ish by Peter H Reynolds. Ramon loves to draw, especially when he learns that he doesn't have to worry about getting it 'just right'.

I wish I'd read this book myself as a kid! It's available at The Store now for just $13.95.

Shop Now!


New on the Reading Pile

My Reading Pile is tall and varied, but here's my pick of the bunch...

I'm starting to get through my reading pile, after being laid up for a couple of weeks, but one that's new and that I've not had a chance to read yet is Wendy James' The Mistake (Penguin). Watch out for my review in June.

Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she adopts out the baby illegally - and tells nobody... Find out more

Buy a copy from The Store


Diary Dates

As well as lots of reading, we love a good event.

The next couple of months are full of some amazing literary events, well worth getting out and about for. You might like to check out...

Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon series, presented by the Melbourne Writer Festival, Melbourne 21 June 2012.

Bayside Literary Festival 2012, 21 June - 15 July 2012. Visit their website here.

Between the Lines: Jodi Picoult, brought to us by the Wheeler Centre. Melbourne, 27 July 2012.


TBYL Book Club: June

This month's book is S.J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep...

It's time to get scared guys! By all accounts, Watson's Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller that will frighten you silly! I can't wait to read it, and even more, can't wait to chat with you all about it. 


TBYL invites you to join the club! It's free, you can opt in and out as you like, and it's all online. A perfect way to connect with other bookish people. 
 
If you'd like to find out a little more about this month's book, you can do so here... and if you'd like to buy a copy, you'll find it at The Store!


Meet the Pink Lady

TBYL have lots of special friends, and this month I'd like to introduce you to an event close to my heart.

Each year, the Pink Lady Art Exhibition is held to celebrate community and the arts and to raise much needed funds for the support of those coping with breast cancer. Each year it gets bigger and better, with this year being the exhibition's 5th Annivesary. 

The exhibition will be held 27 - 28 October 2012, in Brighton, Victoria. Please visit  
pinkladyart.com.au and 'Like' their Facebook Page to stay up to date with exhibition news!

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