Thursday 29 September 2011

Really Random Tuesday on a Thursday

Really Random Tuesday is a meme created by Suko at Suko's Notebook which is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.

I know, I know, it is the wrong day, but I can't help it, I have too much juicy author and publishing gossip to share with you. 
            Firstly the amazing UK competition that is being hosted by HarperCollins for the publication of The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson. I am desperate to win this!

To celebrate the publication of Maureen Johnson's new YA thriller The Name of the Star, HarperCollins Children’s Books is offering 10 lucky readers the opportunity to accompany Maureen Johnson on a private Jack the Ripper walk in London on Thursday, 13th October 2011.

The walk begins at 5:00 PM and will carry-on for two hours into the night! Visit the haunting sites of Jack the Ripper and hear first-hand from Maureen how they inspired her new book The Name of the Star.

To enter, simply email for a chance to attend the event with a friend.

Disclaimer: Entrants must be 13 or over. Please ensure that you are available to attend the event on Thursday, 13th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm before entering. Winners will be informed on Friday, 7th October, and will be provided with further instructions then.

To celebrate the release of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, I have a competition running exclusively on Facebook. Pop over to the Serendipity Facebook page and press Like, leave a comment on the Daughter of Smoke and Bone thread and your name will be entered into the competition to win a copy. 
Some fabulous news for Lauren Kate fans too.
Random House Children’s Books will publish an original novel by Lauren Kate that is connected to her internationally bestselling series, Fallen. The novel, FALLEN IN LOVE, acquired in the UK by Annie Eaton and Becky Stradwick, will be released in the UK on 2nd February 2012, before the fourth and final title in the series, Rapture, is published. FALLEN IN LOVE is a riveting collection of four intertwined love stories featuring the Fallen characters that fans have grown to know and love: Miles, Shelby, Roland, Arriane, and Luce & Daniel.
Since the publication of the first book, Fallen, in December 2009, Kate’s series has become a bona fide smash hit with close to half a million copies sold in the UK alone. Her story of star-crossed lovers and fallen angels has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers all over the world, with rights sold in 33 countries and counting. All bestsellers in the United States, the novels of the Fallen series: Fallen, Torment, and Passion, have become international sensations, hitting No.1 slots in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The final novel in the series, Rapture, will be released in the UK in June 2012 taking readers on a journey that will close the chapter on Luce & Daniel’s love forever.

Now many of you know I have been slogging through The Passage by Justin Cronin. Well after much discussion between Elle , Kate and myself, we have decided to abandon the read- along. We are all really struggling with the book and have discovered we no longer enjoy it since it changed to a different period in the future. Out of all the characters,the only one we seemed to love was Brad and he was killed off quite early in the novel. 

It was a hard decision to make, but we felt that it was just too difficult to continue reading it, especially as we no longer enjoyed it all. 

So apologies to anyone who was following The Passage Read-along. I hope you enjoy the book more than we did.  

Also I know I have done a lot of double posting lately and I can only apologise for that too. After next week, things should resume to just one post a day. 
Last but not least! I thought I would just tease you a little.....

Did I tell you that  - The Witches Are Coming......................

Find out more next Wednesday on the blog!

That is all for me today.


  1. Really Random Thursday has a good ring to it! So much bookish news here, Vivienne. Sorry about the book you had to stop reading!

  2. Aw, it's a shame about The Passage. And the witches are coming? Whaa? I'm intrigued!

  3. Suko - I was desperate! Too many things I need to tell everyone. The Passage was just getting too hard to read.

    Liz - The Witches ARE Coming...... hehehe

  4. I love the cover on The Name of the Star. It's great! Ok, you've got me curious with the witches are coming.


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