I’ve got something special to share with you today. To celebrate the holidays and the one year anniversary of the release of Bird of Chaos, the first book in The Harpy’s Curse series, Susie Mander is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner! Enter below before the 10th of January for your chance to win.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to give back to readers,” Mander says. “I think this is a great prize because you can spend it on whatever you like and it comes just in time for the festive season.”
Click here to enter now, before time runs out.
Susie Mander has been published in Australian Doctor, the Hills Shire Times and the District Reporter while her short stories have appeared online and in print. She was recently shortlisted for the AlburyCity Short Story Award.
Susie’s first encounter with fantasy was hunting for fairies with her grandmother in the garden when she was five. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, the first book she read was The Lord of the Rings. She went on to study fantasy at the University of Sydney as part of her Bachelor of Arts in English which she received in 2006. She also has a Bachelor of Teaching/Master of Teaching in English (2009) from the University of Sydney though due to the education system’s preoccupation with “serious” literature–i.e. realism–she has only had the opportunity to teach fantasy once.
Susie writes to explore philosophical ideas believing fantasy provides a vehicle to examine the human condition through scenarios that are often more memorable and less prescriptive than non-fiction.
She has a phobia of sharks which she has tried to overcome by learning to scuba dive. When she’s not writing she’s on an outing or doing activities like pottery and papier mache, anything to keep her sane.
Susie was born in Sydney. After a stint on a small farm, boarding school and a few attempts living overseas, she moved back to Sydney where she now lives with her husband, cat and soon to be baby.
If you’ve enjoyed her work, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or ideally, both).
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Verne Golding III must decide whether or not to initiate a coup against her mother to unify her fractured nation and face the final Tempest.
In the beginning Verne looked up to her mother. She admired her like a god, believing her to be a beautiful and just Queen. By five she started noticing cracks in her mother’s composure. By seventeen she was ready to kill her.
Motivated by a desire to save Tibuta, Verne must overcome her mother’s cruelty and unify a nation plagued by a growing civil unrest fuelled by the increasing threat of Typhon’s final tempest, a storm that has escaped the bonds of the compass. The only problem is she doesn’t have her gift and suspects her mother is stealing it. She must decide how far she is willing to go to save the nation she loves and whether she is willing to take her friends down a path of damnation and chaos to do it.