Bids are coming in slowly for this fabulous framed print. We are up to $150, but I know we can do better than that. Come on Facebook friends and family, it's for a good cause. Only two days left to get in your bid.
Here's an image of the gorgeous print we'll have for auction at the launch of Kevin Burgemeestre's debut novel, Kate. The venue is The Little Bookroom - 759 Nicholson St, Carlton North, Melbourne, Wednesday 20th November at 6 pm.
All proceeds go to support the Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne.
The print is number 1 in a very small edition. It's printed on rag stock art paper and looks exactly like the
charcoal drawing. It would look great framed and on your wall.
Start bidding now to be the lucky owner of this delightful print. Reply to this post on Facebook or twitter with your bid. The highest bid will be taken to the auction. We will announce the lucky buyer on Tuesday 21st, November. The opening bid is $100.
A message from the artist/author: Save the puppies! Kev
Kate is a story of growth and mistakes.
Kate is struggling to deal with her
best friend leaving, a school bully and with the death of her mother. She believes that life is hard. Then a chance encounter with a battered, heroic hound she rescues from the streets, and Mal, a troubled young man with a dark past, leads Kate into more danger and excitement than she could have wished for.
She wonders about her unusual friendship with this damaged young man, but when things go really wrong, they’ll need each other ... and they’ll have to run!
| |I was going to say ... when he is a writer, but writing takes artistry as well. So I guess the answer to my question is ... never.
Artist extraordinaire, Kevin Burgemeestre is no stranger to authors and readers. As an artist and illustrator with more than 25 years’ experience, he has a list of over 60 published books that contain his illustrations.
But that is not enough for Kevin. He has recently turned his hand to writing. Kate
, his debut novel, was
completed as part of the Copyright Agency residency at the University of New England in 2012. A compelling novel of a troubled girl and a lovable but damaged hound and his equally damaged previous owner, Kate
is a YA novel that even adults will love. The life lessons for its readers are many.
But of course, Kevin being an artist first, it had to be illustrated. Kate
contains 5 illustrations which were exhibited at the Stonnington Literature Alive exhibition early in 2013. Kate
will be launched in November in Melbourne (places and times to be confirmed) and at the Catholic College Bendigo on November 22nd.The book will be available in all bookstores through Dennis Jones and Associates. And as an eBook through all good eBook stores. Or you can pre-order now and get a signed copy as soon as they are released.
| || |Author Dimity Powell is a very active advocate for writing. Join her at one of the many places is appearing to learn her secrets and be inspired. 18th and 19th August Book Week Coomera Rivers State School, Writing workshops + Reading sessions
5th September Brisbane Writers
Festival – part of SCBWI crew presenting Tall Tales Fat Tunes as part of the Alphabet Zoo kids program
1st October Children’s Writing
Workshop, 9.30 am Upper Coomera branch library, North Gold Coast for 8 + years.
25th October Gold Coast Writers Festival
Celebrating Young Writers participant. Presenting workshops all day.
Luncheon Sunday 27th October.
26th October Official MC launching
Karen Tyrell’s picture book at the Black Cat Cafe and Books, Paddington 1
September and November competing in Creative Kids Emerging Author of 2013
– please vote!
14th December Christmas Story time at
Books@Stones, Brisbane 10.00 am.
Christmas school holiday author encounters and reading session at the Helensvale branch library, Gold Coast (times and days
21st May 2014 Robina library, Gold Coast Adult Writing for Children workshop. Time and date to be confirmed.
Today I have the pleasure of starting the blog tour for Royce Bond, author of the sci fi/fantasy novel The Princess and The Pirate – Book one of The Knights of Katesch,
a swashbuckling adventure about a Pirate, a Princess and their followers as they fight to save the universe from evil forces. Synopsis:
These are the chronicles of the Knights of Katesch, who for time out of memory have fought the wizard Maligor, across all the dimensions of the known universe.
After the death of her mother Hibana, one of the famed Knights of Katesch, at the hands of a Kladath assassin, Princess Hepzebah faces the fight of her life. As the new queen, she has inherited her mother's powers. The space pirate Captain Sergio runs the blockade to bring an unearthly army to fight the last battle against Maligor's hordes. He has plans for this young queen, but his plans are hijacked and they are thrust into an inter-dimensional battle for the future of the known universe. Q. Tell me about yourself. I’m a retired primary school teacher with twenty-two years of experience. I have had other books published.
Ashton Scholastic published my first book, Kitchen Science, after I won the National B.H.P. /C.S.I.R.O. Science Teacher’s Award. This book was used in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and in some schools in South America.
Random House published two children’s
books; The Case of the Smelly Armpit and other Scientific Mysteries, and Mars
Attack. These children’s books were translated into Chinese and
Korean.Hodder Headline published the next book, Spare Body Parts, and seven teacher reference books were published by Scholastic Australia.During this time, I worked as a part time freelance writer, publishing dozens of articles in magazines and newspapers across the nation, as well as working as a newspaper columnist.
I dabble in poetry and have written over a dozen children’s short stories and one television script, called The Beetlejuice Pirates. Since my retirement, I have changed my writing to young adult fantasy novels. I began, what I thought at the time, was the first book in a series, The Knights of Katesch: The Summoning, in February 2005 and since have written two more, The Fall of Maligor, and The Nexus, the final book in this series. Early last year, I wrote The Princess and the Pirate, and decided that that this book should be the first in the series.
Q. Who is your favourite author and why?My favourite author is C. S. Lewis. I absolutely love The Chronicles of Narnia. Karen and I bought the book when we were on our honeymoon.
Q. Some writers have a preferred writing schedule. Do you?I often day-dream each chapter before I plan it. Then I day-dream the planning for about a week. So by the time I come to write the chapter I have spent a week seeing all the action, hearing all the words, smelling, feeling, everything that happens in the chapter in my imagination. When I sit down to write I am then able to replay everything I have imagined and am able to write 2,000 words in an hour and a half. Q. Do you have a favourite place to write?Yes, my medieval room. I’ve set up a room under my house so when enter it I feel like I’m in not only another time, but in another world.Q. When did you begin your writing journey? I began in 1985, while studying at college in Brisbane. My first actual story “The
Time Warriors” was a good story, but quite badly written. Q. What is your greatest joy in writing? Seeing my reader’s eyes open in wonder as they read my stories.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you? I find editing quite hard work. It’s a very important part of the writing process, but I find it a lot harder to motivate myself to do it. Never-the-less, I find the outcome from a good session of editing very satisfying, because I can see how much better the final product is once the editing has been done. Q. What's the easiest?Daydreaming and imagining the action and various scenes in a chapter. I can remember one time I was in a staff meeting and was staring out the window, imagining a part of the next chapter I was to write, when I heard my name. The principal of my school was talking to me, but then realized that I was day dreaming my next chapter. I heard her say to the rest of the teachers. “Oh ,Royce isn’t here at the moment. Can you bring him up to date after the meeting please.” My body was in the chair in the staff meeting, but my mind was on the planet of Katesch, in the midst of a major battle.
Q. What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I’m about a quarter of the way through a prequel called The Hunter. This is the fifth in the Chronicles of the Knights of Katesch series. And oh boy, it’s so exciting and funny that I often find myself laughing, and getting excited while I’m writing. My wife now ignores me when she hears peals of laughter or excited yells coming from my room when I’m writing. I’m so into this book I actually feel it will be the best of the Chronicles yet. We look forward to reading that one. Thanks for taking the time out of your school tour to do the interview
The Princess and the Pirate is available from your local bookstore.
Signed copy available from the MPA website. http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com/the-princess-and-the-pirate.htmlFollow the blog tour get some great writing tips, read reviews, and learn more fascinating information about this author.
Comment on any of the blogs and go in the draw for a free copy.
Monday August 12th: http://morrispublishingaustralia.com
Tuesday August 13th http://diannedibates.blogspot.com.au/ Interview
Wednesday August 14th http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com
Thursday August 15th http://www.elaineoustonauthor.com
Friday August 16th http://bookmusterdownunder.blogspot.com.au
Saturday August 17th http://www.losangzopa.wordpress.com
Sunday August 18th
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The winner of our competition was Teena Raffa-Mulligan. I not surprised that Teena's name came out. She had commented on many of the blog posts so had more than one entry in the draw.
YA or adult ... that was my dilemma
This post is receiving attention from all over the world. The opinion seems to be that it is an adult novel. If you haven't voted yet, have a look at chapter one on the book's page on this site and tell me what you think.
When I first read this exciting thriller, I pondered the category it fitted. YA or adult? I spoke to my adult assessment readers about it and they said it was way too scary for early teens.
I then went to the parents of early teens to see what they thought. Most said they would welcome the chance for their teens to read something that would make them think more about their safety. So I capitulated and agreed to tag it YA, but really it is a cross-over novel, as many YA novels are, and will be enjoyed by adults as well.
I asked a 15 year-old girl who is part of my writers and readers group to read and review the book. This is her opinion:
"The Girl in the Basement" by Dianne Bates is a memorable story that stays with you
long after you read it. The novel follows the main character, Libby, as she is abducted by a psychopath. Libby, however, has other ideas.
The characters are well developed and believable, almost jumping out from between the pages. Libby and her kidnapper share an odd relationship, but the
kidnapper's two sided personality will keep the reader guessing what he will do next.
Chapter 1 grabs attention from the first word, and the rest of the book does not disappoint. A simple but suspenseful plot keeps you on edge, and the suspense builds with every turn of the page as Libby becomes more and more in danger and the stakes are raised.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book although the eerie theme is sometimes heartbreaking. The strong characters, well written plot and suspense keeps the pages turning long into the night.Callie Omlid 15 years.
She did say she wished she hadn't read it at night though. :)
Read and enjoy.
Ask Dianne Bates how she did it at the launch of her thriller The Girl in The Basement.
Date and time: Thursday June 27th, 2pm
Venue: Keira High School Library.
The public is invited to attend.
Enter the minds of a psychopath and a defenceless teenager in this mesmerising and timely page-turner, with its unforeseeable twists and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
A man lurks in the shadows, spying on a girl in a red party dress.
The girl, Libby, is trying to shrug off a bad date. Not for a moment does she suspect that this night is the end of life as she knows it.
The man pounces; Libby is grabbed and driven away. Held prisoner in a basement, she grapples with constant fear, all the while sustaining herself with thoughts of escape. Meanwhile, her captor is engaged on another mission, that of abducting a young boy to complete his 'family'.
Will Libby ever escape? Or will the man kill her? And what of the boy who refuses to submit to the man's demands? Can he possibly survive his merciless anger?
She is everywhere. Drop in and see her at any of the venues below.
Christmas in July with Dimity Powell –
Reading time 10.00am at Books@Stones
book shop, Brisbane. 2 July
Author Encounter and Story time session 10 – 11 am 6 – 12 year olds Upper Coomera Community Centre and Library,
Upper Coomera, Gold Coast. 6 July CYA Conference
Success Panel presentation, Southbank TAFE, Brisbane.25 July
Gold Writes Presentation – Writing for Children Seminar with Dimity Powell, Adults. 10.00 - 11.30 am Robina Library, Gold Coast
Children’s Writing Workshop 8 + yrs 9.30 am Upper Coomera Community Centre and Library,
Upper Coomera, Gold Coast.