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Paradise City

By C.J. Duggan
From the author of the bestselling Summer series, comes the first book in a seriously sexy New Adult series you won't want to miss. For fans of Abbi Glines, Sarah Dessen and Colleen Hoover.There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .

When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of homeschooling on a rural Australian property, she just knows that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure.

Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late-night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting.

And when Lexie meets Luke Ballantine, the swoon-worthy, bad-boy leader of the group, the chemistry between them is electric. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one, and he's sexier than any guy Lexie has ever known. Lexie begins to wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

A funny, sexy and romantic novel from the bestselling author of the Summer series.

'PARADISE CITY not only reinvents the new adult genre, but sets the standard that all new adult authors should strive for ... C. J. has crafted a sizzling storyline that could be considered to be a coming of age for the realistic, every day girl ... I loved every moment. Uniquely Australian, PARADISE CITY was simply brilliant. C. J. is a born storyteller that breathes a realism into her characters and situations that we've all found ourselves in.' Diva Booknerd blog

'Drama, deception, love and a little mystery . . . the ending left me hungry for the next book! I can't wait for PARADISE ROAD!' Paranormal Tendencies on Goodreads

'A bit of HOME AND AWAY meets PUBERTY BLUES feel about the novel makes is a great read for older teens and YA. I will be desperately waiting for part 2 in September.' Samantha on Goodreadsa compelling story with a sizzling and very realistic romance. You will get sucked into the world that she created in minutes. This is an author to check out for sure. - (bookbriefs.net on The Summer Series)A book that gives you goose-bumps, makes you swoon over its incredibly handsome male cast, gets you hooked on the clever plot line and, ultimately, sends you out feeling all warm inside, satisfied and with a wide smile on your face. - (Bookish on The Boys of Summer)a really great new adult contemporary romance series, one that I would most definitely encourage that you put on your TBR soon list. (Always YA at Heart on The Summer Series) - (Always YA at Heart on The Summer Series)An Endless Summer was the perfect summer read for me. - (New Adult Addiction)C.J. Duggan is an internationally bestselling author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. PARADISE CITY is C.J.'s eighth book, and the first book in her new series of New Adult romance.From the author of the bestselling Summer series, comes the first book in a seriously sexy New Adult series you won't want to miss. For fans of Abbi Glines, Sarah Dessen and Colleen Hoover.C.J.'s internationally bestselling Summer Series was loved by readers and bloggers the world over.This is the first time C.J.'s books will be available in a print edition as well as an ebook edition.C.J. is known for writing flawed and believable teenage characters, and steamy new adult romance.C.J. is media savvy and has over 1500 followers on Twitter and over 1800 likes on her Facebook author page.Over 5000 GoodReads ratings

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Very Good Lives

By J.K. Rowling, Joel Holland
J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice in this artfully illustrated book.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life's most important issues with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of Very Good Lives will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

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Church of Marvels

By Leslie Parry
THE NIGHT CIRCUS MEETS WATER FOR ELEPHANTS IN THIS COMPULSIVELY READABLE DEBUT

'A skillful triumph' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist - 'Irresistible' Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room

A ravishing first novel set in the vibrant, tumultuous underworld of late-19th-century New York, about four youTHE NIGHT CIRCUS MEETS WATER FOR ELEPHANTS IN THIS COMPULSIVELY READABLE DEBUT

'A skillful triumph' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist - 'Irresistible' Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room

New York, 1895. It's late on a warm city night when Sylvan Threadgill, a young night soiler who cleans out the privies behind the tenement houses, pulls a terrible secret out from the filthy hollows: an abandoned newborn baby. An orphan himself, Sylvan was raised by a kindly Italian family and can't bring himself to leave the baby in the slop. He tucks her into his chest, resolving to find out where she belongs.

Odile Church is the girl-on-the-wheel, a second-fiddle act in a show that has long since lost its magic. Odile and her sister Belle were raised in the curtained halls of their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow: The Church of Marvels. Belle was always the star-the sword swallower-light, nimble, a true human marvel. But now the sideshow has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in the ashes, and Belle has escaped to the city.

Alphie wakes up groggy and confused in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum. The last thing she remembers is a dark stain on the floor, her mother-in-law screaming. She had onc e walked the streets as an escort and a penny-Rembrandt, cleaning up men after their drunken brawls. Now she is married; a lady in a reputable home. She is sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile mother. But then a young woman is committed alongside her, and when she coughs up a pair of scissors from the depths of her agile throat, Alphie knows she harbors a dangerous secret that will alter the course of both of their lives...

On a single night, these strangers' lives will become irrevocably entwined, as secrets come to light and outsiders struggle for acceptance. From the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular sideshow to a desolate asylum, Leslie Parry makes turn-of-the-century New York feel alive, vivid, and magical in this luminous debut. In prose as magnetic and lucid as it is detailed, she offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past marked by astonishing feats of narrative that will leave you breathless.Leslie Parry is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was recently a resident at Yaddo and The Kerouac House. Her writing has also received a National Magazine Award nomination and an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2013. She lives in Chicago.

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twitter.com/leslie_parryTHE NIGHT CIRCUS MEETS WATER FOR ELEPHANTS IN THIS COMPULSIVELY READABLE DEBUT

'A skillful triumph' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist - 'Irresistible' Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room

A ravishing first novel set in the vibrant, tumultuous underworld of late-19th-century New York, about four youFor readers of The Night Circus, Water for Elephants and Neverwhere who are enchanted by the strange, haunting world of side shows and circuses: there is a renewed fascination with the thrills - and the menace - of a world too often left in the shadows.Compulsively readable. Featuring stunning plot twists and turns, Church of Marvels is an immersive page-turner with a Dickensian feel.Great book group readWith elements of magic and madness (scenes are set in an insane asylum and Coney Island sideshow) this is a unique but perfect pick for Mother's Day.A captivating new voice: Leslie Parry blends the literary and the historical with ease and elegance. Exquisite language and brilliant storytelling.Full of historical atmosphere, Church of Marvels conjures a time and place readers are endlessly intrigued by-New York City at the turn of the century.

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Underwater Babies

By Seth Casteel
Bestselling natural history photographer Seth Casteel captures the beauty of our first underwater moments.A follow up to the bestselling Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies, now Seth Casteel explores an amazing world of underwater babies.

Continuing the style of his previous books, each photo will be of a real moment, not compromised by graphic arts, that captures the joy of swimming beneath the water. Teaming up with infant swimming schools across the United States, Seth will document hundreds of babies already in the process of building confidence and survival skills in the water.Seth Casteel is an award-winning pet photographer with a passion for working with animals. His series of underwater dog photographs have brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and bewildering millions of animal lovers. He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud 'dad' to two dogs, Nala the mini-labradoodle and Fritz, the Norwich Terrier.Bestselling natural history photographer Seth Casteel captures the beauty of our first underwater moments.Digital marketing plans: social media posts across all channels, including a giveaway; features in kids newsletter; website carouselPublicity plans: advance copies sent to long-lead media for review; pitch Seth for TV, print and radio interviewsThe author is very personable, passionate about animals and water safety and used to live in Townsville! He is perfect for breakfast TV having appeared on Weekend Sunrise.There is already a trend at swimming schools for babies to be photographed underwater and this book will promote water safety.Hugely promotable in picture spreads both in print and onlineAnne Geddes' books of baby photos were huge international bestsellers.

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The Little Paris Bookshop

By Nina George
The international bestseller THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP is a delightful, bittersweet tale about the distance one man will travel for the sake of love and friendship.The international bestseller, translated from the German by Simon Pare.

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers.

The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust - until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.Nina George tells us clever things about love, about literature that 'puts a bounce in your step', about tango in Provence. One of those books that gets you thinking about whom you must give it to as a gift even while you're still reading it, because it makes you happy, and should be part of any well-stocked apothecary - Hamburg Morning PostEnchanting and moving ... Rarely have I read such a beautiful book! - Tina magazineThe feelgood story - Grazia GermanyBorn in 1973, Nina George is a journalist and the author of numerous bestselling novels, which have been translated into several languages. THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP was a phenomenal top five bestseller in Germany and is set to be published around the world. She is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg.The international bestseller THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP is a delightful, bittersweet tale about the distance one man will travel for the sake of love and friendship.A quirky and heart-warming mid-life love story set in Paris and Provence, perfect for fans of The Elegance of the Hedgehog or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.A major bestseller in Germany: with 360,000 copies sold, and 70 weeks in the top 20 Spiegel bestseller list.Rights sold in 26 territories worldwide, including in a significant pre-empt by Crown in the US.

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Ugly: My Memoir

By Robert Hoge
The unique and inspiring story of a boy born with the odds against him and the family whose love and support helped him overcome incredible hardships.Robert Hoge was born with a giant tumour on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. His mother refused to look at her son, let alone bring him home. But home he went, to a life that, against the odds, was filled with joy, optimism and boyhood naughtiness.

Home for the Hoges was a bayside suburb of Brisbane. Robert's parents, Mary and Vince, knew that his life would be difficult, but they were determined to give him a typical Australian childhood. So along with the regular, gruelling and often dangerous operations that made medical history and gradually improved Robert's life, there were bad haircuts, visits to the local pool, school camps and dreams of summer sports.

UGLY is Robert's account of that life, from the time of his birth to the arrival of his own daughter. It is a story of how the love and support of his family helped him to overcome incredible hardships. It is also the story of an extraordinary person living an ordinary life, which is perhaps his greatest achievement of all.There is much to be learned from this ugly man whose spirit is truly beautiful. - Saturday AgeThis is an incredible life story that will no doubt attract much publicity and discussion about beauty, ugliness and how we value ourselves. - Australian Bookseller + PublisherIf Robert Hoge reckons he belongs to the Ugly Club, then "ugly" must mean humour and courage, love and decency. - William McInnes[A] frank, wry and funny memoir ... - Sunday AgeThis fabulous easy-to-read tale is a treasure for anyone who has ever given their looks a second thought. Ugly offers a bracing perspective on life, love and the real definition of beauty. - Good ReadingRobert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never got far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. He is married and lives in Brisbane.The unique and inspiring story of a boy born with the odds against him and the family whose love and support helped him overcome incredible hardships.TPB has sold over 10 000 copies.An afterword will be added for this edition detailing the reaction to UGLY's publication and Robert's speaking events at schools and elsewhere.This book is a new Australian classic - an I Can Jump Puddles for the modern age.

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The Letter

By Kathryn Hughes
The No. 1 Kindle bestseller guaranteed to break your heart.Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One bestseller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide...

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it - a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever...

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does - in more ways than he can ever imagine...

The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman's devastation leads to the other's salvation.You will find it hard to put down. I cried buckets of tears reading it - Books With Wine and ChocolateVery satisfying. Both women's stories were equally developed and interesting. They were also equally heartbreaking - Mom With a BookWith a swift pace, memorable characters and a wonderful conceptual depth, Hughes' novel is one that simply can't be put down - GoodreadsA beautiful story... I didn't want to put it down - Reviewed by FranChrissie and Tina's story is one that will stay with me for a long time - Jaffa Reads TooA beautifully told, tragic tale...restoring your faith in the kindness of strangers and the strength of the human spirit to rise despite adversity - Ajoobacats BlogKathryn Hughes lives near Manchester with her husband and two children. THE LETTER is her first novel.The No. 1 Kindle bestseller guaranteed to break your heart.PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. AVAILABLE 12/05/2015THE LETTER has been a No. 1 Kindle bestseller, selling over 150,000 copies in e-book and has spent several months at the top of the Kindle Top Ten paid chart.THE LETTER has garnered over 2,000 passionate Amazon reader reviews, with an average of 4.6 stars out of 5 stars, with readers begging for Book 2.Fans of Lesley Pearse, Susan Lewis, Josephine Cox and Nicholas Sparks will love the novel's powerful emotional themes, and readers of inspirational true-life stories such as PHILOMENA will be fascinated by this tale of triumph over tragedy.

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World Gone By

By Dennis Lehane
The brilliantly dark new masterpiece from the acclaimed author of Shutter Island and The Given DayJoe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America's most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want; money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.

But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance and greed, success can't protect Joe from the dark truth of his past -- and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full . . .

Chilling, heart-breaking and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone and The Given Day.Little Brown2015Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He has won and been shortlisted for several awards for his writing and four of his books have been made into films including, most recently, The Drop (2014).The brilliantly dark new masterpiece from the acclaimed author of Shutter Island and The Given DayOne of the most respected, well-reviewed crime authors around today.Total Bookscan sales for Dennis Lehane are over 60,000 copies in Australia.Lehane's books have been made into very successful films such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and most recently Shutter Island and The DropHis movies have increased the profile for his books with the film tie-in editions selling nearly 10,000 each and they backlist strongly.www.dennislehane.com

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Day Shift

By Charlaine Harris
A new stand-alone mystery set in the intriguing town of Midnight, Texas...Welcome to Midnight, Texas.

It's a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it's easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there's nothing special about Midnight . . . which is exactly how the residents like it.

So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it's not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents - and why?

But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it's the worst possible moment . . .Charlaine Harris is unmatched - Romantic TimesHarris offers a brilliant cocktail of domestic drama and supernatural adventure - Daily MailCharlaine Harris is the internationally bestselling author of, amongst others, the Sookie Stackhouse novels. She is a full time writer, living in Texas, USA.A new stand-alone mystery set in the intriguing town of Midnight, Texas...Charlaine Harris is the four-time consecutive No.1 bestselling author, and sales of her Sookie Stackhouse series exceed three million copies.Perfect for fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and of HBO's TRUE BLOOD, this is what Harris does best: small-town mysteries, strong characters and a supernatural twist.This 2nd book set in Midnight, Texas features - a vampire, a witch and a psychic, and in this novel we add shapeshifters and angelsMidnight Crossroads (book 1) is available in B format 9780575092860

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Thief's Magic

By Trudi Canavan
A brand new series from the bestselling new fantasy author of the last decadeInternational No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.

Not even the people they trust.It's easy to see why Trudi Canavan's novels so often make the bestseller lists. Her easy, flowing style makes for effortless reading . . . Delightful worldbuilding . . . Vivid and enjoyable - SFXCanavan brings the two very different worlds to vivid life, writes believable characters caught in dilemmas, and leads the story to a satisfying climax while leaving room for future development - GUARDIANA must for fans of Canavan's previous work and for fantasy fans in general - Press AssociationRielle's story entrances . . . leaving readers eager for the next two volumes - Publishers WeeklyThe world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating - Striking KeysTrudi Canavan published her first story in 1999 and it received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. Her debut series, the Black Magician trilogy, made her an international success, and all three volumes of her Age of the Five trilogy were Sunday Times bestsellers. Trudi Canavan lives with her partner in Melbourne, Australia, and spends her time writing, painting and weaving.A brand new series from the bestselling new fantasy author of the last decadeThe start of a brand new series from the bestselling fantasy phenomenon Trudi CanavanTrudi's books have sold 1.2 million copies in the UK, and over 2 million worldwideThe hardback of this book reached number three on the Sunday Times bestseller list, and all of her last seight books have been Sunday Times bestsellersA beautiful hardback jacket and spine that looks like a leather-bound volume

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