Win an Amazing Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Win a Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Thanks to StudioCanal Australia (big thank you to the lovely Caroline), I have one amazing Vampire Academy prize pack to giveaway in celebration of the Australian release of the movie.  I have seen the movie and it is amazing – loved it. 😀

To enter, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.

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Vampire Academy Prize Pack

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Competition Details:

Prize:

One luck winner will receive a Vampire Academy prize pack containing:

  • 1x Vampire Academy bag
  • 1x Vampire Academy i-phone case
  • 1x Vampire Academy notebook

How to enter:

First, leave a comment below answering the following question:

In 25 words or less, tell me “if you were Moroi, what elemental magic skill would you like to posses and why?

Then, fill out the entry form below.

Requirements:

You must be a blog follower to enter the competition.  You can follow via Link Followers or through email subscription.  Please note that if you follow the blog via email, you must activate your subscription to be considered a blog follower via email.

You must also be an Australian resident to enter the competition.

If you have never entered a Treasured Tales for Young Adults competition before, please read the competition/privacy policy before entering.

More info:

Competition is open from now until 11:59pm AEST, Friday 14th of March, 2014.

The most unique and creative entry will win.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

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Check out the official Australian Vampire Academy trailer:

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Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway: Nymph by Tonya Alexandra

  Happy Valentines Day everyone 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I have three copies of Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra to giveaway thanks to Walker Books Australia (big thanks to Jaclyn).  To enter, just follow the instructions below.  😀

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Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra

Book description (from Goodreads) –

An idyllic Greek island.

Obsessed demigods.

A fallen nymph.

A mortal boy.

Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?

Published by: Walker Books Australia
Release date: 1st February 2014

Competition Details

Prize:

Three winners will each receive one copy of Nymph (The Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra.

Requirements:

You must be an Australian resident to enter.

You must also be a blog follower to enter. You can follow the blog via Linky Followers of through email subscription. Please note that if you follow the blog by email, you must activate your subscription to be considered a blog follower via email.

How to enter:

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me which fictional book character you would love to spend Valentines Day with (mines Edward Cullen ♥).

Please also leave your email address in the comments so I can contact you if you win. Please write your email address in the following way: username[at]email-domain[dot]com

More info:

The winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. The competition is open from now until Thursday the 26th of February, 2014 11:59pm Australian EST.

If you have never entered a Treasured Tales for Young Adults competition before, please read the competition/privacy policy before entering.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

Captivate Blog Tour: Character Interview with Robbie

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Hi everyone. *waves hello*  Today, as part of the Captivate Blog Tour, I have an interview with one of the main characters from Captivate – Robbie.  A big thank you to Polina from Harlequin Teen Australia for organising the tour, author Vanessa Garden for sharing Robbie with Treasured Tales and, of course, a huge thank you to Robbie for the interview.

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Character Interview with Robbie

Hi Robbie, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.  Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me, Alishia.

I live in a domed, underwater city and have done so since I was around eight years of age. I’m seventeen now, and head guard to Marko, the king of Marin. I take my job very seriously so there isn’t much down time, especially of late – there have never been so many threats to Marko’s throne. However, if I did have time on my hands I’d spend it sketching in my journal. I would really like to sketch a certain someone before I forget the details of her face.   

You mentioned to Miranda that once you have been in Marin for a little while, there is a compulsion to stay – do you truly feel that Marin is your home now or is there a part of you that is tempted to use the shuttle to return to England?

I do sometimes get flashes of my past – faces mainly. I often see the face of a young, brown haired girl I believe is my sister. I do feel a little melancholic when I envision her, but Marin is my true home now. I can’t image ever leaving.

As Marko’s personal guard, you were given the responsibility to guard and protect Miranda – what was going through your mind those first few days when you had to keep vigil over her?

Basically I felt like the worst human being alive. I felt like a monster for bringing her to Marin. And I immediately felt indebted to her. So I pretty much became protective of her from day one.

Speaking of Miranda, what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of her?

Courageous

I’d like to talk to you about your friendship with Marko – how would you describe Marko as a friend and also as a king?

Marko is family to me. We grew up side by side, like brothers, and I trust him completely. I can only hope he still has faith in me after what happened recently.  As a king, there is no one more honest and hardworking. He always puts the people of Marin’s needs before his own.

Can you ever truly forgive Marko for sentencing you to the same punishment as Philippe?

I have already forgiven him. There are certain things a king must do to ensure his people’s trust.

Do you trust Sylvia?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I have always looked upon Sylvia as a sort of mother figure – she’d been kind to me since the day I first arrived in Marin. But in the past couple of years, something has changed. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but there is a hungry gleam in her eye that makes me uncomfortable when I’m around her. So at the moment, no, I wouldn’t say I trust her.

What is your greatest wish for the city of Marin and also for yourself?

My greatest wish for Marin would be an end to the fertility crisis and safety for all civilians. My greatest wish for myself would be… to see a certain someone again. Someone I care for very much.

Thank you for the interview, Robbie.  Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you, Alishia. Thank you for having me.

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I just love Robbie’s answers.  Captivate is a great read, and if you stop by the blog tomorrow, you can read my review.  😀

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Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko…the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

Published by: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date: 1st January 2014

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More information about author Vanessa Garden and the Submerged Sun series:

goodreads ~ blog ~ twitter

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Check out the previous stops on the Captivate blog tour here.

The Disappearance of Ember Crow Blog Tour: Character Guest Post (Ember Crow)

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Hello everyone.  Today, is Treasured Tales for Young Adults’ stop on The Disappearance of Ember Crow blog tour.  I have a fantastic character guest post by Ember to share with you.  Thank you to Walker Books (especially Jaclyn) for organising the blog tour, Ambelin Kwaymullina for sharing Ember with Treasured Tales and, of course, a big thank you to Ember.

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Character Guest Post

~ Ember Crow ~

Who are you?

I wonder if you know? I wonder if you’ll tell me that you are a Citizen or an Exempt or an Illegal, as if it your status under the Citizenship Accords captures the essence of who you are. And perhaps it does. Perhaps you are a Gull City Citizen, living your life by the rolling sea waves untroubled by the greater injustices of our society. Or perhaps you are an Illegal, locked in a detention centre with a collar around your neck to block your ability, or an Exempt, walking around uncollared but never quite free. But no one is ever only one thing. And for those of us who wish to end the Accords – we must be more.

The Tribe is more. Among us are Firestarters, Runners, Boomers, Leafers … and our abilities make us Illegals. But we are also rebels. Protectors. Family, to each other and the trees and animal of the Firstwood. And we are allies, to anyone who would overturn the Citizenship Accords, whether they are Citizen, Exempt or Illegal.

So you had better know who you are – and which side you are on.

Because we are going to change the world.

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Thank you for the guest post, Ember.

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The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe #2) by Ambelin Kwaymullina

“However this ends, you’re probably going to find out some things about me, and they’re not nice things. But, Ash, even after you know, do you think you could remember the good? And whatever you end up discovering – try to think of me kindly. If you can.”

Ember Crow is missing.

To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But Ashala doesn’t realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat – her own past.

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More information about The Tribe series and author Ambelin Kwaymullina:

The Tribe website ~ goodreads ~ Ambelin’s website

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Check out tomorrows stop on the tour:

Competition: Hunger Games (double movie pass & box set)

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Hi everyone.  Thanks to Scholastic Australia, I have an amazing Hunger Games prize pack to giveaway to one very lucky winner.  One winner will receive a prize pack containing one double movie pass to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire plus The Hunger Games trilogy book box set.

Hunger Games Special Edition Slipcase

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How to enter:

Just fill out the form below.

Requirements:

You must be an Australian resident to enter.

You must also be a Treasured Tales for Young Adults blog follower.  You can follow the blog via Linky Followers or through email subscription.  Don’t forget that if you follow the blog via email, you must activate your subscription to be considered a blog follower by email.

If you have never entered a Treasured Tales for Young Adults competition before, please read the competition/privacy policy first.

Details:

The competition is open from now until Sunday 15th of December 2013, 11:59am Australian EDT.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and notified via email.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

 

The Brookehaven Vampires e-book giveaway

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Thanks to author Joann I. Martin Sowles, I have one e-book prize pack to giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive an e-book copy of Zane (The Brookehaven Vampires #3.5) and Cursed (The Brookehaven Vampires #4).  The winner will be able to choose between kindle or nook format.  Competition details are found below:

How to enter:

Just fill out the form below.

Earn extra entries:

Blog follower by email +2 entries  (you must activate your email subscription to be considered a blog follower by email)

Blog follower by Linky +1 entry

Like the Treasured Tales for Young Adults facebook page +2 entries

Like The Brookehaven Vampires facebook page +2 entries

Leave a comment below +2 entries

Details:

Competition is open from now until Friday 6th December 2013, 11:59pm Australian EDT

Competition is open internationally.

Good-luck 😀

Competition is now closed.

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Blogger Guest Post: Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin) has stopped by Treasured Tales with the final Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration post.  Thank you for the post, Toby, and welcome to Treasured Tales.  😀

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It would have been late 2009 or very early 2010 when an amazing, positive change happened with my life.

As a teenager, I’d developed a love for vampire fiction. I mostly read vampire love-stories, but I dabbled a little in vampire gothic-horror too, but romance was my favourite. It was years since I’d enjoyed any sort of vampire books or movies. I’d simply become too wrapped up in everyday life: taking part in my apprenticeship; developing a career and then eventually becoming a busy Mum of two little girls, I’d simply stopped reading books, and almost never saw movies.

Over the last year there had been a lot of talk about a particular movie. All I knew was that it involved vampires, and was supposed to be ‘very good’. As my partner hates to watch any form of ‘rubbish’ in a movie (i.e. anything that doesn’t involve car-chases) it took me a while to get around to being able to hire out anything that he wouldn’t watch.

One day he was spending his evening at a work social-meal, so I decided that I would go out earlier in the day and hire the movie that I’d heard about. It was a little movie called ‘Twilight‘.

Husband out. Babies asleep. I settled down to watch this movie. Hoping that it might live up to some of the great vampire-romance books I’d read in my teen years.

Within minutes, I’d been drawn into Bella’s world, and her new life back in Forks. Totally captivated, I enjoyed my journey through the story and remember feeling stunned at the beauty and fragility of the meadow scene. I think that was the point in the movie where I felt a sense of true ‘magic’ about the story I was watching.

I continued with them until the prom scene. Outside, with Bella asking Edward to change her and Edward refusing: this was the point when I realised that this story had totally captivated me. I literally felt like I’d just had a little veil of magic settle over me from this amazing story.

The magic continued. The next day, I sought out the books. It was literally the first time in years that I’d sat down and read a book. I devoured them. I literally could not put them down. I even stood cooking the evening meal, whilst reading (I burned the food, but as I do that everyday anyway, it was of no surprise to anyone 🙂 )

From dawn till dusk, I read the books: finding more details of Bella’s life from Twilight; falling in love with Jacob and his love for Bella in New Moon; fearing Victoria and her army in Eclipse; and the rollercoaster ride of Breaking Dawn, until finally, Bella and Edward complete their family, Jacob finds his true love, and they all find their little piece of ‘forever’.

I’m very grateful to Stephenie Meyer, for creating her wonderful world that captured me from it’s very beginning with Twilight. Stephenie re-awakened in me my dormant love for vampire love-stories. She re-introduced me to the wonder and love of reading that I had completely forgotten about. I’ve lost track of the hundreds of books I’ve read since, of all sorts of different genres, delving into new stories and new worlds of adventure. The type of books I probably read and enjoy the most are Young Adult books. I strive to encourage and share my love of reading with my girls. I hope that one day, they will enjoy the Twilight Saga as much as I have.

And it all started with a little movie called ‘Twilight‘.

Thank you Stephenie, you truly are a weaver of magic.

Toby T Twilighter

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Thank you, Toby, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight.  You can visit Toby’s blog by clicking here.

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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

 

*Twilight movie stills remain the property of Summit Entertainment.