Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIBD (Thank goodness it's "Bok" Day! Blog Hop (8)

Hi Readers,

An aside: As some of you may know, Rugby World Cup is just around the corner so we thouight it might be nice to recognise the South African "Bok" Day (occuring every Friday during the season) in support of the South African players. Of course, NONE of that has anything to do with books.
What DOES have to do with books is the fabulous Follow Friday, allowing us to blog hop and meet fellow like-minded book people (we are a special breed).


Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?

Kelly:  A shirt that I found while cleaning out my closet (no, not the Eminem rap song tee, Tarryn). Here it is:

Tarryn:  In our side of the world, they make terribly cliche t-shirts for girls, with exclamations of either not wanting any men or, if we do, it's either to steal your boyfriend or wishing our breats were brains. Saying that, I did find a few t-shirts that were worthy of wearing that describe me just a little. The Breats for Brains one. Ha ha, NO! Here you go...
Crazy for Books


As Kelly soaks up what sun is left by the sea, pile of books at her side, and Tarryn sits in the minus-degree study (planning Kelly's demise), feel free to leave comments! Would love to say 'hi' in return.

You can also talk to us on the "tweeter":

Tarryn and Kelly

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Trailer

So there is one book that I am biting to get into, around and all over!  It was all thanks to little miss Book Fairy Haven's teaser trailer that sent me on my path to stalking Exclusive Books staff and  The words "I WANT. I NEED. MUST HAVE" play over and over in my head when I go in search of this un-findable book in South Africa (and boy have I looked).

So as I comfort myself in teaser trailers and nagging Book Fairy Haven for teasers, here is a synopsis and book trailer of Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

About the Book

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (16) A Year in the Wild

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

This weeks "waiting in queue line with camping chairs" selection is:

A Year in the Wild  by James Hendry

About the Book

Angus and Hugh MacNaughton are brothers. They dislike each other … A lot.

It all started when Hugh bit Angus at a family picnic in the summer of 1989. In a last-ditch attempt to forge a brotherly bond between the two, Mr and Mrs MacNaughton secure them jobs at an exclusive five-star game lodge. They manage to convince (bribe in the case of Angus) the siblings to work at Sasekile Private Game Lodge for a year.

A Year in the Wild tells the uproarious, cringe-worthy and hilarious tales of Angus and Hugh in the form of their weekly emails to their sister Julia back home. Their experiences include encounters with guests, animals, female staff and often a mix of these.

Combine: an eclectic mix of rich, over-demanding and adulterous guests, a dash of crazy bush lodge staff including two jealous brothers (one a bitterly sarcastic game ranger and the other an over-eager lodge manager) and throw in the beauty of the African bushveld. Shake well. Conflict and disaster are inevitable.

Visit A Year in the Wild Facebook page here

Follow the highly-entertaining brothers on Twitter:

About the Author

JAMES HENDRY spent ten years working at exclusive lodges in southern Africa. He worked as a ranger, ranger trainer, head ranger, land manager, lodge manager, researcher and entertainer. James co-authored the non-fiction bestseller Whatever You Do, Don’t Run (Tafelberg, 2006).

Why Are We Waiting for It?

As any of our readers are probably aware, Kelly and I believe that humour is a great antidote for life, and this book promises side-splitting laughs in the page-fulls. Put that with my almost-obsessive love for animals ("Tarryn, put the dog down, it is not your's! No Tarryn, do not put that lion cub in your car!") and this book promises to be a winner. Said to be a mix between the witty Spud by John van der Ruit (Penguin) and the moving Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (Pan Macmillan). 

Apart from that, check out how awesome the review copy package is:

So, *sits on sofa, curls fingers around steaming mug of coffee*, what books are you waiting for?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hello Friday! Blog Hop (7)

There is one day a week that seems worthy of cracking open a bottle of wine (Besides Tarryn who thinks Wine Night is every night) and that day is today!  So as we slowly acquaint ourselves with Friday, coffee in hand, we give you the BLOG HOP!


Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from...

  1. The Bronté Sisters (Does this count as 3 or one?)
  2. Aravind Adiga
  3. Jane Austen

  1. Ian Fleming
  2. Roald Dahl
  3. Beatrix Potter 

Crazy for Books

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t

Tarryn: This is against our reading religion to answer this question

Kelly: There are a few books where I have wanted to set on fire while booming a mock-evil-laugh as the pages curl, but the thought of damaging a book certainly turns my blood to bile.  So I close the book, stroke the spine and place it neatly on my bookshelf.

We would love to hear your answers! So leave a comment - we will be sure to stop by your blog!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a title Tarryn and I are extremely excited about and the review will be coming your way anytime now!  We just couldn't wait to post the Official Book Trailer for you!

Without further adieu....

About the Book

UK Cover
 The most talked-about debut acquisition of 2010 will be the publishing event of 2011...

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

US Cover

The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love. 

Praise for The Language of Flowers

“Enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging, Diffenbaugh’s artfully accomplished debut novel lends poignant testimony to the multitude of mysteries held in the human heart.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Fans of Janet Fitch’s White Oleander will enjoy this solid and well-written debut, which is also certain to be a hit with book clubs.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Diffenbaugh’s affecting debut chronicles the first harrowing steps into adulthood taken by a deeply wounded soul who finds her only solace in an all-but-forgotten language…Struggling against all and ultimately reborn, Victoria Jones is hard to love, but very easy to root for.”—Publishers Weekly

See how our copy was packaged!

Published by Pan Macmillan UK

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See Vanessa Diffenbaugh's website here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15) Tiger's Quest

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
 Published by: Hodder & Stoughton

About the Book
Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger  lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest-this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse.  Fraught with danger,  spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger's Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking  the spell that binds them.


Book 1: Tiger's Curse

About the Author

Formerly a student at the University of Arizona Colleen Houck has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Tiger’s Curse is her first book, which has already received literary praise and digital success.  Her self-published eBook claimed the no.1 spot on Kindle’s children’s best-seller list for seven weeks. 
She lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a white stuffed tiger

Check out her website here

Why are we Waiting for it?

Tarryn & I love finding self-published authors that make it big and keep growing (see Amanda Hocking).  So let's see what this author has in store...

What are you waiting for this week?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (14) Daughters of Fortune

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland
Published by: Simon & Schuster

About the Book

William Melville's daughters are heiresses to the world's most exclusive fashion dynasty. Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. But behind the glittering facade of their lives, each girl hides a dark secret that threatens to tear their family apart.

Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father.

Gentle, naive Caitlin, the illegitimate child, struggling to fit into a world of privilege while staying true to herself.

Stunning, spoilt Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys, but more fragile than anyone realises.

As each of them seeks to carve out her own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Amber face difficult choices, which will take them in wildly different directions. But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.

- Blurb from Ladies who Lunch

About the Author

Tara Hyland was born in Surrey in 1976. She studied History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and then worked in the City for several years before leaving to write full time. She currently lives in London with her husband, Tom. Daughters of Fortune is her first novel.
Ladies who Lunch
 are giving away a R1000 Guess voucher plus a book hamper worth R1500! To stand a chance to win this fabulous prize, click here.

Why we are waiting for it:

We picture ourselves spread out on the couch, tea in hand, devouring this oppulent novel! Plus, read the excerpt and you will fall in love!

What are you waiting for this week?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (13) The Reading Promise

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

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Reading Promise: 3218 Nights of Reading with my Father by Alice Ozma

 Published by: Hodder & Stoughton

About the Book
When Alice was nine years old, she and her father - a beloved school librarian - made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. Upon reaching their goal, they celebrated over pancakes, but it was clear that neither wanted to let go of what had become their reading ritual. They decided to continue what became known as The Streak for as long as they possibly could.

From L. Frank Baum to Dickens to J.K. Rowling to Shakespeare, Alice’s father read to her every night without fail until the day she entered college, a remarkable eight years later. In this deeply affecting memoir, Alice tells the story of her relationship with the extraordinary man who raised her - from his steadying hand on the back of her wobbly bike to his one-man crusade to keep reading in schools - the words they shared and the spaces in between. Alice poignantly illustrates the unbreakable parent-child bond, the books they treasured, and the life lessons learned along the way.

About the Author
Alice Ozma was named for Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. She graduated from college and is finishing graduate school. She was accepted into the master’s program for liberal arts at the University of Pennsylvania on the strength of her essay about Reading with My Father - The Streak.
Follow Alice on Twitter 

Why are we Waiting for it?

A book about books and celebrating the joy of reading with those closest to you.

What are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Alyson Noel's Everlasting OFFICIAL UK BOOK TRAILER

The sixth and final book in the bestselling The Immortals series - not to be missed!
With 3.2 million copies of her Immortals series in print, Alyson Noël is one of the hottest paranormal teen authors writing today. EVERLASTING is the sixth and final instalment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears—all in the hope of being together forever. Now in EVERLASTING, their destiny is finally within reach.
Will they be united . . . or torn apart forever? Readers will finally discover the truth in this anxiously awaited conclusion!

Trailer from My Kinda Book
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Published by: Pan Macmillan UK
(South African distributors: Pan Macmillan South Africa can be found here and here)

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Allen juggles small town history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. - Publishers Weekly

About the Book
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.
It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.
But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.
Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.
Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.
It was like love at first sight!  I waltzed into the bookstore (Yup I waltz into bookstores) without a clue this book was out yet.  I spotted the greenish hue of the cover and it was a slow-motioned run up, skip, pulled book to my chest, fell to my knees, book above my head yelling in undeniable joy and let us not forget the dramatic weeping!
Fans of Garden Spells, Allen’s debut novel, come one come all.  Allen shows off her talent of exquisite storytelling with a smidge of food and a hint of romance (not the smushie kind). 
As natural as it is for me to pick up an Allen book and admire it, so it is with her style of traditions, superstitions and delights on each page.  The Peach Keeper doesn’t disappoint, with a large house, called The Blue Madam – The iconic representation of Walls of Water, a small town in North Carolina – needs restoration. 
Paxton Osgood, twin of Colin Osgood, is the chairman (or woman) of the Women’s Society Club and the brains behind the restoration of the Blue Madam.  The Osgood’s are a well to do family in Walls of Water with hidden secrets that are about to be set free.  When Colin arrives to attend the opening of the Blue Madam, not only does his presence force Paxton to realise the truth about herself, about her family and Sebastian.
Willa Jackson runs a small outdoor wears shop with an attached coffee shop, and Addison doesn’t hold back on the treats spewing out this little cafe!  Rachel, the barista of this attached coffee shop, is determined a person can be sussed out by their coffee order (This means Tarryn and I are read as Coffee addicts who pretend they are on diet with the use of sweetener). Willa has returned to Walls of Water after the death of her father to look after her alzhiemic Grandmother – who used to live in the Blue Madam before her family lost their fortune and were forced out the house.
This story may seem full of fluff and delicious coffee but it is far from it.  Paxton’s Grandmother, Agatha, and Willa’s Grandmother, Georgie were best friends 75 years ago.  75 years ago something happened in Walls of Water that only Agatha and Georgie know and when a body is found under the old Peach tree at the Madam secrets come spilling out.
I really enjoyed this novel from Sarah Addison Allen but I have to describe this book as Chinese Food.  Chinese Food is great when you are sitting around with friends, eating and chatting, but an hour after you have finished the meal you are left starving!  This is how I felt with this novel, I wanted more and even though Allen ended the book with a tear jerker I felt as if it wasn’t as great as Garden Spells.  However, with that said I urge you to read it.  You will discover a friendship and a story that will warm you to the core...

- Review by Kelly Ansara
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