Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Giveaway - "Night's Cold Kiss" by Tracey O'Hara

Night's Cold Kiss by Tracey O'Hara officially released yesterday along with a slew of other terrific urban fantasy titles. What a great way to wrap up the summer. In celebration, I have 3 copies of Tracey's book up for grabs. You'll have to do a little bit of research to qualify. To enter you need only leave a comment, but you must include one fact you know or learn about Australia. After all Tracey is from downunder.

Tracey O'Hara Links of Interest:
Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States.
  2. Link to the contest for an extra entry and leave a link.
  3. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
  4. Contest open until Friday, September 4 at Midnight.
  5. Winners will be announced in my Saturday Urban Fantasy Weekend Report on the 5th.


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  2. Koalas are mean. I was shocked when I heard this. They look so cute and cuddly! We had a foreign exchange student from Australia when I was in high school, and she told us how the koala's used to pelt them with bananas and were generally grumpy.

  3. Don't enter me in the contest, Doug - I'm neither in the US, nor Canada. But I wanted to request that you share everyone's answers on your blog when the contest is over - would love to hear what North American peeps know about my country ;-)

  4. Their national anthem is called Advance Australia Fair. First performed in 1878 and became the official anthem in 1984.

  5. Jackie you thinking maybe she was pulling your leg? They are so cute.

    Tez indeed I plan a post once the contest wraps up.

    OK Anna I didn't know that. Can you hum a bar? Just kidding :)

  6. Well I did some research about Australia since I don't know much about it. And here's what I learned...

    Australia’s seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. When it’s winter in Australia, it’s summer in the United States.

    The kangaroo and the emus are the two animals found on the Australian coat of arms.

  7. A male kangaroo is called a boomer
    A female kangaroo is called a flyer
    A baby kangaroo is called a joey
    cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

  8. I'd LOVE a chance to win! Thanks for hosting! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog. I'm having some giveaways as well (like 20) should stop by. Not all books either...a bookshelf and gift-certificates.

    OK..My answers for your contest are.

    Australia is the smallest of the world's seven continents

    Australia is the largest island in the world

    Australia's christmas holiday comes in the middle of the summer

    Thanks for letting me play SciFi Guy

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance (at) aol (dot) com

  9. Actually Jackie is half right - they can be a bit mean. They scratch and bite, especially wild ones. But as for the banana’s - I think she was having you on, sorry Jackie, the only eat a special kind of eucalyptus leaf, so they wouldn’t be interested in bananas at all.

  10. I'm not sure how accurate my facts are but here's what I found:

    Australia's first radio station was built in 1912.

    Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and its rainwater is so pure 5.5 tonnes of it was shipped to Seoul to quench the thirsts of Australia’s Olympic athletes.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  11. Tez - I agree - these guys are doing very well. And even though our anthem is Advance Australia Fair hardly any of us know the words. Waltzing Matilda is the unofficial anthem - A song about an out of work itinerant hobo who commits suicide by drowning himself in a small water hole, rather than get caught for stealing a sheep. Yep - that just about sums us Aussies up.

  12. Rachael summer at Christmas - kind of like Florida for Canadians.

    Cool cfisher I'd heard joey but not the others.

    PA Princess I'll definitely drop by.

    Jen I like the water fact!

    Tracey I have my own Australian song trivia. I once met the father of Rolph Harris the musician that wrote Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport.

  13. Christmas time for us is bbqs, the beach and backyard cricket.

    Now cricket is another topic altogether.

    Rolf did write that song. LOL But who wrote Ol' Man Emu? A bit of a research task :)

  14. The NASA Deep Space Network has a deep-space communications facility near Canberra that communicates with NASA's spacecraft.

  15. Please enter my name in this great draw. Thanks.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Oooh. New books! :)

    Let's see, Australian fact...

    IMDB says, "No fewer than 15 babies were born to cast and crew, one being Kidman's daughter, during the course of the very long production."

    OH, you meant the country/continent?

    In that case, Wikipedia says, "Approximately 24% Australians over the age of 15 regularly participate in organised sporting activities in Australia."

    I bet that number is considerably lower for American. ((shame))

    samantha [dot] elliott [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is called Sculpture By The Sea. It started in 1996 at Bondi Beach(Sydney) and a companion event began in 2005 at Cottesloe Beach(Perth). Apparently, over 50 local, interstate and international artists participate in the exhibition every year.

    I'd just like to say that oh my gosh, if I ever get to visit Australia, I'm going to have to plan the visit to coincide with this!! Thanks for getting me to go look up something about Australia. :D

  18. Very cool contest!

    I learned:
    Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre.

    My husband and I would love to one day visit and possibly move there. I've heard that their immigration laws are hard to get through. :(

  19. I'd like to enter too. One fact about Australia is that the day of the Melbourne Cup (a horse race) is a public holiday in Melbourne.


  20. I don't know one bit about Australia so I look it up. But I looked up weird facts, hee:

    The world's oldest Flower in the world was found in a fossil near Melbourne. It is called the Koonwarra plant, and it has two leaves and one flower. It is believed to be 120 million years old.


  21. Well. When I was growing up in Sri Lanka I used to remember people used to say that the population in itty bitty Sri Lanka was about the same size as the population of Australia. Just to say: there's a lot of land in Australia where people don't live.

  22. And I've tweeted this contest:

  23. Wonderful post.

    Please throw my name in the hat. :) (I feel like I just did this - LOL)

    My daughter studied Australia last year and I remember her telling me that Australia was reportedly founded as a penal colony.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    kweenmg at yahoo dot com

  24. Hi :)
    Thanks for the unexpected contest.
    rkcharron at gmail dot com

  25. Australia is a valued friend and ally to the US. Australia also has the manliest of games – rugby – love rugby - and they are brilliant at it!!! And yes, gorgeous, sweaty, battling Aussies do have a little to do with it :-)

  26. Australia has six states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia) and two major mainland territories (the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory).

  27. Heres the info I found:

    The Australian Aboriginal people developed three musical instruments - the didgeridoo, the bullroarer, and the gum-leaf.

    I have heard and seen people playing a didgeridoo and it can be some amazing music.

    I posted on the sidebar here:

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  29. From watching Animal Planet, I know that Australia is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

    The name Australia is derived from the Latin Australis, meaning "Southern".


  30. Well Tracey my research shows that John Williamson wrote the song and can be be seen performing it on this YouTube video.

    Colleen I remember seeing that in an Australian movie about the moon landing.

    Wanda - what no Australian factoid?

    Samantha that first fact is pretty interesting. I wonder how many of them were married :)

    Pissenlit be sure to take pictures!

    Number 6 Jessica? I never have guessed that.

    Jenny a perfect excuse for a holiday. Her in Canada Newfoundland has a holiday defined as "the first sunny Monday in June"

    Wendy the name is very cool 'Koonwarra'

    Kinda like Canada Janicu - lots of space and few people.

    I've heard that Michelle and I may even have a few ancestors sent there for that reason :)

    RKCharron - no factoid?

    LOL Cybercliper that's the spirit!

    Sara do I have to name the capitals?

    Thanks for the plug Donna. Love the sound of the didgeridoo.

    Jake - no factoid?

    Crystal neat snake fact!

  31. Ooh! I soooo want to read this!! Trying for a copy on another site. Oh I hope I win somewhere!! Count me in!

  32. Sorry! Just re-read the post and saw I had a question to answer! I'm not entirely sure how accurate a fact this is, but I heard, from The Simpsons!, that the toilet flushes the opposite direction there!

    Also Australia hosted the 2000 Olympics, if I remember correctly!

    Posted about the contest on my blog:

  33. ok my Aussie fact:
    Australia has a "flying doctor" service, which provides emergency medical care to people who live in the "outback". Without such a service many isolated people would die.

    I added a link, its on my sidebar under contests

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  34. I had a bunch of facts written last night, cause I was totally trippin' on looking up Australia on wikipedia. I typed them all out and pushed submit. My internet was down. Now I'm to tired to rewrite them all, and it would have been too long anyway (just like this comment!). But here is a few that I remember off my head;

    over 80 percent of plants and over 45 percent of birds in Australia are found ONLY in Australia-no where else.

    there are over 700 different snakes in Australia (700!!!), and they're some of the most poisonous snakes EVER!

    almost the entire inner region of Australia is desert and arid land.

    Australia is OLD, the dirt there is the oldest in the world. (wonder how they test that?)

    The great Barrier Reef is there, as well as the ROCK, that humongus, giant rock.

  35. Hi Doug and Tracey!

    My factoid would be that Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and while it is the sixth largest nation, it is the smallest, flattest continent on Earth.

    Please enter me, it sounds wonderfully fantastic!

    Blogged at


    Dottie :)

  36. My husband was lucky enough to work over in Australia a number of years ago. Learned (not the hard way thankfully) that their funnel spiders were very poisonous.

  37. Nothing new, but Australia is an island! And its native to koalas and kangaroos.

  38. I love this contest - thank you SciFiGuy for having it. It's great seeing my country through your eyes.

    Yes we do have lots of creepy crawlies over here that are just plain deadly.

    John Williamson is right - I loved that song when I was a kid.

    Besides the "cute" looking koala and the kangaroo we have a funny little marsupial can the Tasmanian devil (you know from the looney tunes cartoons). Now he is one vicious little creature who is unfortunately endangered due to a disease that is afflicting them.

    If there is anything you want to ask me about my country - I will try to answer.

  39. They're home to koalas and kangroos.

  40. Australia has the world's tallest stack.

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  42. Jessica I think it is water draining anywhere but the flusher is a good example :)

    Froggy thanks for the shoutout!

    Terrific list Mardel. You must watch Jeopardy :)

    Dottie the flat thing is interesting. Cool fact.

    Daelith. Spiders. Yech. Snakes I can take. Spiders not so much.

    Thanks Sue.

    Hi Tracey. I have always found Australia fascinating. It seems isolated geographically and by time. One of those places I think everyone would like to visit some day. Gotta love the Tasmanian Devil.

    Carrie the two K's are pretty popular.

    Bridget now that is truly different.

  43. Melbourne was the original capital and also hosted the 1956 Olympics. The Tasmanian Devil is sadly becoming extinct due to a weird cancer that is spreading between them. Hope they find out what and why so they can save them in time. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  45. Thanks Jessica!

    Gloria I've heard a few people make that comment about NZ being part of Australia a few times over the years. Must have been the kids that slept through Geography class :)

  46. Due to the fact that Australia is on the southern hemisphere, at the other end of the Earth's tilted axis, its seasons are reversed from what we in the northern hemisphere think of as normal.

    For example, December is actually a summer month there and August is in winter.

    (I don't want this post to be too ridiculously long, so I won't get into the further complication that the northernmost part of the country doesn't really get the full complement of four seasons due to being in the tropics.)


  47. The name Australia is derived from the Latin Australis, meaning "Southern"

    brittanynoelle (at) gmail (dot) com

  48. Summer in the US is winter time in Australia and when it's summer here, it's winter in Australia! Australia is also the home of Hugh Jackman!


  49. Mount Kosciuszko the highest point is only 2228 meters high. As a Rocky mountain boy, I was surprised by that.

  50. I went to Tracey's website to read more about this book and I am definitely intrigued by the plot. It sounds great!

    Regarding Australia my brother studied in Perth at the University of Western Australia in Perth on a Rotary scholarship. It blew my mind how opposite their weather was from ours. Anyway, in honor of my brother I will post a fact about the University: "The University of Western Australia, which was founded in 1911, is renowned as one of Australia's leading research institutions. The university's monumental neo-classical architecture, most of which is carved from white limestone, is a notable tourist destination in the city. It is the only university in the state to be a member of the Group of Eight, as well as the Sandstone universities.


  51. Thanks for the chance to win, "Night's Cold Kiss" looks like a great debut read from everything I have read about it.

    Now, onto a few neat little factoids that I've just discovered about downunder:
    - There are 1500 hundred species of Australian spiders
    - Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world
    - There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 20 million people

    caitie_ar (at) hotmail (dot) com

  52. Okay, not really an "Australian" fact but Australia-related:
    There are four types of Boomerang -the "hook", the "hunter", "the club", "the V". The only one that will return when thrown is The Hunter.

    Please enter me, Thanks!
    pspinney AT cox DOT net

  53. How did I miss this contest:)
    I did a little research and I learned that Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. Its interior has one of the lowest rainfalls in the world.

  54. NIGHT'S COLD KISS is already on my wish list! It sounds great!

    My trivia:

    Australia's first legal casino was established in Wrest Point, Hobart

    2002 was the Year Of the Outback

    Thanks for the contest!

    karenwitkowski AT

  55. Two things I know about Australia:

    1. Australians don't think Fosters is codeword for beer. My friends had never even heard of Fosters until they arrived in the States.

    2. Nevil Shute wrote a book called "A Town Like Alice". It tells the story of Jean Paget; as a prisoner of war in Malaya during World War II and then her return to Malaya after the war where she discovers something that leads her on the search for romance and to a small outback community in Australia where she sets out to turn it into 'a town like Alice'.

    What I loved about the book is that they called baby lambs "poddies."

  56. The cartoon Tasmanian Devil doesn't look like the real one at all! Australia is home to the kookaburra, which is also found in New Guinea. I loved that song--kookaburra sits on the old gum tree...--when I was a kid, sang it for hours! A not-so-important-to-anyone-else factoid: I have family in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. I so need to visit!

  57. Thanks for introducing me to another new author.


  58. Okay, I know for a fact that the Australian rock with the wines. YUM!

    VWinship at aol dot com

  59. I read recently that Australia is soon to be the home to the world's longest golf course...stretching all along the Eyre highway near the southern coast of the continent. The course is expected to take three or four days to play!

    Thanks again for another awesome book giveaway!

  60. If you visit Gundagai (New South Wales), you can see the Dog On The Tuckerbox statue. And if you go the third week in November, you can attend the Dog On The Tuckerbox Festival. I had never heard of it until a friend sent me a keychain from there.

    Thanks! :0)
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com


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