Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Gallow’s Hill by Margie Orford
Published by: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Publication date: 2011
(Sorry! There is no cover image for this title as yet!)

So here is a picture of us instead

Fans of Dr Clare Hart should gear themselves up for Gallow’s Hill, the next installment in this exciting series, coming in 2011.

Margie Orford is the acclaimed author of Daddy’s Girl.  There is no information on this title as yet but if we are to base this on the 2009 title Daddy’s Girl, Gallow’s Hill will not disapoint.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Follow (3) Blog Hop

Hello Bloggers!  Welcome to It’s a Book Thing blog hop Fridays.  We really think there should be a cheesy ad and a catchy jingle when Friday Follow comes along.  So we tap our feet and bop our way through this blog post and registering on the Linky List while humming the tune “We are Family”.
So we welcome comments, thoughts, criticisms (not so much) and referrals.  YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!

Book Blogger Hop
If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?
Tarryn: Yes! Not reading a series in consecutive order is like putting your t-shirt on before your bra.
Kelly: Yes, but with family (books) there is always one loony uncle in the back who has fallen completely off the tree.
What is your usual monthly book budget?
Tarryn: I have no monthly budget – it is against my book-buying religion.
Kelly: Tarryn has her religion; I have my addiction (I would sell my alzheimic, frail Grandmother for signed limited edition box set of Harry Potter).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating...

Our pick this week:
Bad Blood by Amanda Coetzee
Publisher: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Publication Date: February 2011

Blending in everywhere; belonging nowhere ...

An eight-year-old boy is abandoned by his mother at a fairground and raised by a clan of Irish Travellers as one of their own. Given the name ‘Harry’ (as in any Tom, Dick or Harry) he carves out a reputation as a young, bare knuckle boxer who never backs down, and earns himself the clan name ‘Badger’.

Eight years on, Badger is angry, dangerous and ready to make his own way in the world. He severs all ties with his clan and in a final act of rebellion joins the London Metropolitan Police Force. He soon finds his niche as an undercover operative, blending in everywhere yet belonging nowhere. Just as Harry believes he has left his clan roots and ‘Badger’ behind him, he is sent by his superiors to establish a connection with a clan living on an informal land settlement in Bedford. A Traveller child named Mikey has been abducted and the clan is refusing to cooperate with the investigation. 

Harry pairs up with Emily, an idealistic social services liaison officer, to investigate the case. Together they uncover a string of gruesome child murders and abductions dating back to 1985. Badger finds himself drawn deeper into clan life and he is ultimately forced to confront the truth about his own conflicted childhood if he is to save Mikey from becoming another victim of a twisted serial killer.

This gripping debut novel is guaranteed to keep you spellbound from the first page all the way through to its twist-in-the-tail climax.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Follow - Book Blog Hop (3)

Not only does Friday signify the oncoming of the weekend, a book buying, reading, devouring-words frenzy spread over 3 days, but also Friday Follow.  Tarryn & I relish in Fridays for both reasons.  We are satisfied with long baths, large glasses of wine and what seems like an endless 3 days of reading; but there is something that gets us all glowing and clapping our hands in ungracious delight as we skip about, flipping and flapping our hair and hands in excitement – You guessed it!  Blog Hop Friday!!!

Who are your favourite authors??

Kelly:  I have been dreading this question popping up; I break into a sweat and hyperventilate!  Picking my favourite authors is like asking a mother who her favourite child is – I can never chose!  I lay my books out and calmly say to myself “Seriously, Pick one it really is not that difficult.  Everyone has them”, I then look from one to the other nervously expecting them to jump up and scream “Pick me!” but then the guilt settles and I have hug them all to me and say “I really do love you all and I am sorry for my lack of courage to admit it!”.

Tarryn: It is against my book religion to answer this question

Book Blogger Hop 

What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?

It’s a Book Thing is relatively new so we flop about with excitement when it comes to comments and an increase on Google Friend counter.  When you decide to blog you make a conscious decision to create content selfishly; reviewing books you like and putting your word out there, but when a stranger posts a comment like “I am a new follower and I just love your blog, definitely coming back!” and then they comment on the next blog post and the next.  You in turn visit their blog and comment to your heart’s content and before you know it you are creating content and having web based conversations with people who are your Reading lovers Soul Mate (Not Romantically).  We would hate to lose the comments on our blog and the random pop past comments! So followers come one, come all! You are welcome here regardless of book preference, attitude, age, gender and writing style – It’s a Book Thing is for you! Please don’t leave...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Tarryn & Kelly's Pick:

Mice by Gordon Reece

Published by: Mantle (imprint of Pan Macmillan UK)
Release Date: South Africa release March 2011

'Shelley, darling,’Mum said. ‘Don’t be frightened. He just wants money. If we do everything he says, he’s going to go away and leave us alone.’

I didn’t believe her, and I could tell from the trembling of her hands and the catch in her voice that she didn’t believe it herself. When a cat gets into the mousehole, it doesn’t go away leaving the mice unharmed.

I knew how this story was going to end.

Shelley and her mum have been bullied long enough. When they retreat to an isolated cottage in the country, they think their troubles are over, and they revel in their cosy, secure life. But one night, an intruder disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties.

What are you waiting on this week?
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