Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Salon: Antici....pation!

I have so many things to talk about todayl I started off with two things and then added more and more. I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

Shadow of Night is coming soon!

At the beginning of the year when I named my most anticipated release for 2012 Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness was at the very top of the list! With the book coming out in July (I could do a countdown of weeks but I will resist), we are starting to see some of the PR starting to happen. I was very excited this week to wake up to an email with some of the details and so now I am going to share them with you! And  shhhhh..... don't tell anyone, but I will be hosting a giveaway closer to release date but there are also chances to win copies of the book before then!

Details below adapted from the publicists email to me!

Every Friday from June 1st to July 6th, four winners will be selected to receive an advance copy of SHADOW OF NIGHT signed by Deborah and sample bottles of two perfumes specially selected to represent the scents of Matthew and Diana. To enter, readers can click on this link to the contest page starting today.

Also, if you haven't read A Discovery of Witches yet, Amazon is offering the e-book as their “Deal of the Day” on June 10th, where readers will be able to buy it for just $2.99 on that day only. Then you will be ready to read SHADOW OF NIGHT when it hits stores!

Calling all Australian Terry Pratchett fans

Tickets to Nullus Anxietas IV, the Fourth Official Discworld Convention to be held in Australia have recently gone on sale! If you get in early, you will get super special discounted early bird prices! To find out more about the ticket prices follow this link.

The con is going to be held in Melbourne on the weekend of March 8 to 10, 2013.

There are various places where you can find out more

Nullus Anxietas IV on Twitter
Nullus Anxietas IV on Facebook
Nullus Anxietas IV on Google+

Nullus Anxietas IV Fundraisers

There are a number of different fundraisers that will be running over the couple of months (including a tournament of games today at Blackburn - see this link for details)  but one that is coming up soon is a showing of Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods. There are only going to be a limited number of big screen showings of this movie and we have tickets to one of them!

If you are in Melbourne on June 14 and want to see Cabin in the Woods, join us at Cinema Nova in Carlton. You can find out more details here.

Reminds me....I need to buy my ticket!

Want to participate in a Google+ hangout with Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn is one of my go to favourite romance authors and, thanks to the Australian Romance Readers Association,  you can win the change to spend time on a Google+ hangout on Saturday June 9. This will hopefully be the first of many hangouts with many of our favourite romance authors!

All the details on how to join the contest to win your chance to participate and how you can watch along if you aren't one of the lucky ones can be found here.

I would put my contest entry in except that is on the same day that I am intending to be at the following event.

Continuum 8: Craftonomicom

This year not only is the Victorian spec fic convention on, but it is also hosting the 51st Australian National SF convention. It is running over the weekend from 8-10 June in Carlton.

I have ummed and ahhed for months as to whether I am going to go to this or not, but the child minder has been arranged. Now I just need to hurry up and buy the tickets.

There are quite a few Aussie authors and bloggers that I am looking forward to meeting over the weekend, once I get over my "standing on the outside looking in" mentality!

Need to hurry up and buy the tickets for this one too!

Calling all Melbourne Book Bloggers

Stephanie from Read in a Single Sitting and some friends are organising a Melbourne bookish type get together on June 9. The plan is to meet at the Astor Theatre and see a double bill of The Artist and My Week with Marilyn. There seems to be quite a few people going (we won't talk about the abysmal attempt when I attempted a Melbourne book blogger get together last year. I try not to take these things personally).

It is an open invitation and you can find all the details here.

I am a maybe at this stage. It will really depend on how exhausted I am after a full day at Continuum.

Coming Soon

I am hoping over the next couple of weeks to bring exciting news for Australian historical fiction authors and fans!

I was going to talk about Jennifer Egan tweeting a novel too but I think this post is possibly already way too long so instead, here are my current and upcoming reads

Currently Reading

The Long Shadow by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Up Next

Eric by Terry Pratchett and Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis


  1. The bookish people getting together at the Astor - I suspect in the past many bookish people have travelled through there.

    1. Probablhy. I have never been there myself.

  2. So many great events happening in Melbourne. This is why I hate being so far away.

    Are you going to see Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods? I've been hanging out for this movie for so long

    1. I am but mainly because I am involved in the organising committee and so kind of have to.

      I am not really a horror fan!

  3. So excited about the release of Shadow of Night! Loved A Discovery of Witches.

    1. Me too! Discovery of Witches was one of my favourite books of last year.

  4. I can't wait for Shadow of Night, either! And it sounds like you have all sorts of fun things coming up. Can you believe I've never read a single book by Terry Pratchett? I know, I know - I need to fix that!

  5. Sounds like you have a lot going on! I am looking forward to Shadow of Night. :)

  6. Okay, first off I totally read your blog post title in the voice of Tim Curry. Secondly, I can not wait for Shadow of the Night! I'm really hoping to score a copy at BEA... it's the only one other than Raven Boys that I'm actually anticipating getting my hands on. ;)

    1. That's totally how I meant for you to read it Kate!

      I hope you get the books you want at BEA. I am pretty sure that those two books will be in high demand

  7. Thanks so much for the link, Marg, and hope to see you there. :)

    I really must get my hands on Discovery of Witches, too!

  8. I'm going to check out Discovery of Witches, i haven't heard of this until now!

    Plenty of Melbourne events on at the moment, i look forward to reading your update on them :-)

  9. Oh, I can't wait for the new installment of A Discovery of Witches to hit stores! I am so excited about this! I also made a note in my calendar for the day that the original novel goes on sale on Amazon. Thanks for sharing this information with us, Marg! This is excellent!

  10. Wow, that's a lot going on. I highly recommend Cabin in the Woods. The Artist and My Week with Marilyn double bill sounds excellent too. I managed to miss both films at the cinema here in the UK, but I think they're out on DVD soon so maybe I can recreate that double bill in my living room!

  11. Wow! So many things going on for you right now. Very exciting. have fun and enjoy them all :)