Free Download of Garth Nix and Jodi Picoult Books on iTunes

Photo: Get Garth Nix's fantasy masterwork Sabriel for FREE! A compelling high fantasy, this is the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic. 'Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence.' Philip Pullman Download on iBooks for free all this week!

So Allen & Unwin are still celebrating their 100 years anniversary, and for one week they have two ebooks for free download! The only downside is that it’s only from iTunes, so for non-apple users it’s not so free.

Photo: The tantalising new novella from Jodi Picoult, Larger Than Life is another precursor to #LeavingTime which comes out in October (see below for details of how you could get it early), and is available free all this week as an e-book from Apple and all other e-book retailers, catch it while you can! It also includes the first chapter of Leaving Time. Alice Metcalf is unlucky in love and was fired from her last job. She is on a tenuous footing in her current one, and has just received the worst news of her life. But when she comes across a family of elephants, killed for their ivory, she can't abandon the surviving calf. Trying to hide a hundred-pound baby elephant in her camp may be difficult, but Alice is ready to break all the rules to save the one life she can. A haunting, beautifully told prequel to Jodi's upcoming novel Leaving Time. If you're quick, Leaving Time is a giveaway on Goodreads at the moment - head on over here:

The first is a prequel novella to Jodi Picoult’s yet-to-be-released novel “Leaving Time” (coming in October), called Larger Than Life.

The second book is the first in Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom Chronicles, Sabriel.

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Win 100 Books from Allen & Unwin!


In celebration of Allen & Unwin’s hundredth year publishing, they’ve decided to give away 100 books to someone who answers a very simple question: who is your favourite author and why? Well, actually the question is ” of all the authors Allen & Unwin has ever published, who is your favourite, and why?” But considering they’ve published lots of big names of the classics, chances are your favourite author qualifies.

Just click the link here to enter!


Top Tips for Writers from Random House

This is a new blog post from Random House Australia. There’s not necessarily any new advice here, but everything listed is worth keeping in mind. Especially since the advice is from Random House’s Selina Walker (apparently a massively important editor who launched Fifty Shades of Grey, so yeah, I’ll take her advice).

Actually the first point is a good one: have a good title and a strong first chapter. So easy to forget sometimes. It’s so easy just to ‘write your way through the story’ instead. I usually have to rearrange and edit the first bit to make the first chapter exciting and not just ‘setting everything up’.