Podcast Episode #43 – Book club launch and #Teencon2016 recap

May 31, 2016 Book Club, Podcast 1

TTT_podcast_logoWelcome to the forty-third episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

How do you like our new logo? 🙂

twolittlebirds_logoIn this episode, we’re launching our book club – Two Little Birds! In June, you’re welcome to join us in reading The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Our discussion posts will be up in late June so you have a few weeks to acquire a copy and get reading. Please let us know if you are joining us!

Ang also recaps her trip to this year’s Sydney Writers Festival and Teencon, and we discuss the proposed changes to the Copyright Act and what it might mean for Aussie Publishers. This episode was recorded on May 29th, 2016.

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Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.

Two Little Birds Book Club

June is the first month for our new book club. We’ll be reading The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, and will discuss it in a podcast, on the blog and on Facebook in late June.

In the book club, we’ll be reading mostly YA Fantasy and Sci-fi, aiming for books that are fairly new and easy to get a copy of around the world. Everyone is welcome to join us! Find out more at our Two Little Birds page.

crownsgameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Published by HarperCollins AU in June / Balzer & Bray in May 2016

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


A big pile of books from the SWF weekend

Sydney Writers Festival

Kinokuniya book shop, Sydney

Met up with Jeann and Jenna from Happy Indulgence Books, Sarah from Commas and Ampersands, Emily from Loony Literate and Aentee from Read at Midnight.

Is This Just a Fantasy? panel with Jay Kristoff, Claire Zorn, Michael Grant and Jack Heath.

10 Things I Hate About You panel with Adele Walsh, Kirsty Eagar, Jordan Idiare, Will Kostakis and Alice Pung

Teencon! (#teencon2016) with Felicity

A Monster Calls trailer – coming October 2016

Threader by Rebekah Turner – launch at Avid Reader, West End, Brisbane on June 14.

Read these books now!

Coming soon

Changes to Parallel Importation Restrictions

Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-save-australian-literature-stop-parallel-importation-of-books

Find more information: http://bookscreateaustralia.com.au

Great articles on the subject from Jay Kristoff, Richard Flanagan in the Guardian, Nikki Gemmell (audio), or the Daily Review.

How can we help? Buy local editions of books from Australian-owned retailers.


A flock (?) of publicists + host, Felicity

Other books mentioned

roseandthedagger lifeinouterspace ladyhelenandthedarkdaysclub crownsgame
courtofmistandfury thegift mimeorder eligible
firstlife ruined


Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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