For Dummies Month is over and we have goodies for six lucky Booktopians!

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For Dummies Month is over. For six lucky Booktopians however, the celebration will last quite a bit longer.

During March, our For Dummies month, we had some awesome prize packs to give away. All you had to do to win was order a book from any For Dummies category before March 31st and go in the draw to win a prize pack!


FOR DUMMIES: BUSINESS & FINANCE

And the winner of a Business & Finance prize pack worth $149.99 is….

E.Budas, Northam, WA

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FOR DUMMIES: COMPUTING

And the winner of a Computing prize pack worth $158.64 is….

M. Cooper, Murwillumbah, NSW

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FOR DUMMIES: HEALTH

And the winner of a Health prize pack worth $158.10 is…

N.Dekan, Sunbury, VIC

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FOR DUMMIES: HUMANITIES

And the winner of a Humanities prize pack worth $155.94 is…

R.Jensen, Mawson, ACT

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FOR DUMMIES: LIFESTYLE

And the winner of a Lifestyle prize pack worth $159.10 is…

L.Anderson, Coffs Harbour, NSW

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FOR DUMMIES: SCIENCES

And the winner of a Sciences prize pack worth $143.64 is…

M.Johnson-Goeldner, Rural View, QLD

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For Dummies Month is here and we have goodies to give away!

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It’s For Dummies Month and to celebrate we have some awesome prize packs to give away! Just order a book from any For Dummies category before March 31st and go in the draw to win a prize pack.

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FOR DUMMIES: BUSINESS & FINANCE

Order from the For Dummies: Business & Finance collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Business & Finance prize pack worth $149.99.

Here’s what you’ll win

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FOR DUMMIES: COMPUTING

Order from the For Dummies: Computing collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Computing prize pack worth $158.64.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Computing prize pack


FOR DUMMIES: HEALTH

Order from the For Dummies: Health collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Health prize pack worth $158.10.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month health prize pack


FOR DUMMIES: HUMANITIES

Order from the For Dummies: Humanities collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Humanities prize pack worth $155.94.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Humanities prize pack


FOR DUMMIES: LIFESTYLE

Order from the For Dummies: Lifestyle collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Lifestyle prize pack worth $159.10.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Lifestyle prize pack


FOR DUMMIES: SCIENCES

Order from the For Dummies: Sciences collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Sciences prize pack worth $143.64.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Science prize pack


Check out all our For Dummies collections here

Craig Harper, author of Pull Your Finger Out, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

pull-your-finger-outThe Booktopia Book Guru asks

Craig Harper

author of Pull Your Finger Out

Ten Terrifying Questions

1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in the thriving, bustling metropolis of… Ballarat. I am a needy, attention-seeking only child. I was raised in Tasmania, rural Victoria and various suburbs of Melbourne. My family moved a lot. I think my parents were trying to avoid the law.

2. What did you want to be when you were 12, 18 and 30? And why?

At 12, I wanted to be skinny. I was a fat kid. A whopper, in fact. At 18, I wanted to be a bodybuilder, gym owner and chick magnet. All very unlikely outcomes. At 30 I wanted to be less tired and stressed because I was a gym owner, coach and teacher who worked way too many hours. Continue reading

Dr. Yvonne Sum, author of Intentional Parenting: How to Get Results for Both You and Your Kids, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Dr. Yvonne Sum

author of Intentional Parenting : How to Get Results for Both You and Your Kids

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I consider myself a bit of a global product: I was made in Sydney Australia, exported to Malaysia when I was 2 years old, recalled to Australia (hopefully no major defects that an Aussie attitude will not fix), 1.5 decades later, and re-packaged for the global marketplace. Currently I am being held in Qatar (strategically placed in the world so I can get to most places of the globe within 8 hours’ flight, and only need travel long- haul to get to Melbourne (12 hours) or Houston (17 hours).

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I always wanted to be around people: I was energised by people. I loved being with people. I loved learning from them. My passions revolved around people – and how to learn to get them to live their highest potential.

So it is hardly surprising that when I was 6 years old, I told my grandmother that I wanted to be the mother of 100 children. To which she wisely replied (with a twinkle in her eye): “You will have to start straight away, my dear … and hope to live long enough to accomplish such a feat.”

At 12 years old, I wanted to be a nurse – as I had been reading story upon story of heroines who served as nurses in the war. I adored Florence Nightingale. Mostly I felt that nurses provided great comfort when people (patients and their families) were at their worst.

When my 18th birthday came around, I had fallen in love with the prospect of being a journalist. I had been involved as the editor of my school newspaper (that I founded) and was busy on the school magazine team. My projects took me to meet many people in the community whom I loved interviewing and learning from. Sadly, I had fallen out of love with the typewriter (this was pre-word processing via a pc or notebook…) by the time I had to sign up for my University degree. I queued up to join the ranks of the beloved (NOT!) profession – the dental surgeon – via a short sojourn in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Pilot Officer in the Medical Corp. Why? Well, I thought I could work hands-on more with people and less with paperwork (as I did not have to deal with the dreaded typewriter) and there was a certain romantic ideal that I could become a heroine saving my patients from (pulpal) death and waging my war against the epidemic of dental anxiety and phobia in the community!

By the time I was 30, I was getting traction in my battle against Dental Anxiety through my roles as a Media Spokesperson for the Australian Dental Association (in my attempt to re-brand The Dentist in our Community as a public friendly educator and motivator of DIY self-help health – after all, most of dental disease was preventable), an Educator / Mentor for University of Sydney Dental Undergraduates and Post-Graduates, and a dental entrepreneur who ran practices that aimed to deliver quality healthcare that was engaging for both patient and team member.

However, it was not until I turned 34, when I faced a remarkable turning point in my life that put me in the best role ever. I became a parent to my little boy Jett and two years later, his sister Xian. I realised that my calling was to learn leadership from first-hand parenting – so I may help the world reach their highest potential by working with the parents.

So began my empirical research into ‘Parents as Leaders’ – and conversely ‘Leaders as Parents’…. which took me down my current path as a Leadership Coach, Certified Speaking Professional and Author.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That parents have all the answers!

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

Becoming a parent.

Discovering NLP on my journey to understand our human condition.

Independence as a 16-year-old living with my sister in Sydney.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

It is a perfect complement to ALL of the above. Some of us still love the touch, feel and smell of a newly printed book……I am also an avid blogger, reader of online articles, and enjoy being a guest or host on TV, radio, podcast, webinars, and other multi-media …. bring it on!

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

Intentional Parenting How to Get Results for Both You and Your Kids  was written as a conversation with the reader who may have had some concerns like me. You see, I was initially a reluctant parent because I thought I was totally fulfilled in my career and needed nothing more. The perfectionist in me erroneously hypothesised that I had to subtract other parts of my life to be able to do parenting properly. Until my decision to be less concerned about being the perfect parent but to be the observant learner of my children did I find I could not only love and support them to be the best human beings they can be, but it simultaneously paved the way for me to re-discover the genius in me. I am excited to share my learning insights on this personal transformational journey -and hoped readers will find this a useful piece to reflect on.

Click here to buy Intentional Parenting from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

Be the best human being you can be – don’t short-change the world by selfishly keeping your genius hidden and unexpressed.

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

My parents, Jerry and Alice Sum. It is through their Role Modelling that “Parents are Leaders”. It was always a learning partnership from the get-go. It took me to have my own children before it dawned upon me the ingenuity of their methods.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

Be the best human being I can be – so I don’t short-change the world by selfishly keeping my genius hidden and unexpressed.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Be clear of your outcome: What do you want?

Take action: Just Do It!

Be alert: Observe keenly the results of your actions.

Keep measuring: Make sure the results are on track with your outcome.

Be flexible: You may need to change actions to get your outcome.

Manage your energy:

Passion + Persistence + Perspiration = Inspirational Outcome

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Dr. Yvonne Sum, thank you for playing.

Click here to buy Intentional Parenting from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

What do you make of Alain de Botton’s Ten Commandments for Atheists?

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Click here to buy Alain de Botton's Religion for AtheistsReligion for Atheists: A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion

by Alain De Botton

A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion

All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of religion and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live.

And he suggests that non-believers can learn and steal from them.

Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world’s great religions to get practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death, Alain de Botton will show us a range of fascinating ideas on topics including relationships, work, culture, love and death – that could be of use to all of us, irrespective of whether we do or don’t believe.

‘A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live.’ Jeanette Winterson, The Times

‘There isn’t a page in this book that doesn’t contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action.’ Independent

‘Smart, stimulating, sensitive. A timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it.’ Financial Times

‘Beautifully written . . . de Botton is enjoying himself here, and we should take him in good humour.’ Evening Standard

‘Surprisingly illuminating.’ Church Times

Click here to buy Religion for Atheists from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore

Manon, author of Unzipped: How to Have the Hottest Sex of Your Life, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 Click here for more details or to buy...The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Manon

author of Unzipped: How to Have the Hottest Sex of Your Life

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Sydney at 3 am – a mischievous time to be born. As a baby, I relished eating dirt and held an inquisitive yet shy disposition. My shy demeanour as a young girl did not catapult me into the realms of super model stardom when I started modelling during school, I felt more comfortable behind the camera winning the photographers’ prize at school. I lived in Manhattan for three years after graduating from fashion design college and worked as a fashion assistant for Vogue, Allure and Mademoiselle and, yes, working for Anna Wintour is unerringly like the movie The Devil Wears Prada.

I have recently returned to Sydney from Los Angeles, living in one of Charlie Chaplin’s 1920s treehouses, where he used to house his Hollywood starlets. It was where I wrote Unzipped. I have sadly experienced much tragedy as both my sisters have passed – death is so cruel to everyone involved, and not a day goes by without thinking about how much I miss them; I feel awkward without them. I have a French Bijon Frise/Poodle called Shadow – a human dog of sorts who loves to try to make me jealous by flirting with my girlfriends (he is a lot like my ex-boyfriend, actually!). I like to dream and create, which is lucky, as I am writer.

I am also very fortunate to surrounded by so many magnificent friends that I feel truly loved and supported. My love of writing and experiencing life’s twists and turns and turn-ons is my vocation so stay tuned-in for my next novel.Author: Manon Youdale

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I had no idea what I wanted to be at 12 but I had already written my first children’s novel and an autobiography.
At 18 I wanted to be a successful businesswoman but could not decide on which industry.
At 30 I felt a bit lost as to my life’s purpose, until I tapped into my inner 12-year-old and began my research for Unzipped. I realised then that I am happiest when I’m writing.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At 12, I trusted my gut instincts, which became my code of honour. My code kept me strong, as I knew what I believed in was right for me. Along the way outside influences allowed me to stray from my code and path. Today I follow my original code and no one will ever change that.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

Event 1) Being named Manon. My name ignited a sharpened interest to write and research about the wonderful world of seduction and sensuality.
Event 2) Breaking up with my fiancé, who had discouraged me from following my dreams and writing Unzipped.
3) Being published by Random House Australia, who believed in my dreams.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

Tradition is important to me and books are tangible, tactile and they feel beautiful between one’s fingertips. I also receive immense joy seeing my name and book cover in a store window, which will also live on the shelves of libraries for future readers – the internet cannot offer that sensation of touch.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

Click here for more details or to buy...I wanted to understand what makes women irresistible to men and to explore what a young woman could achieve if she spent time awakening her femininity and tapping into her sensuality: will she enjoy life and love much more than if she were to neglect her desires out of shame or fear?

Unzipped teaches women to treat themselves with respect and shows them how to get the most out of their bodies and relationships. My material comes from years sharing saucy secrets with amazing women and men and by watching, asking, experimenting, discussing and formulating tips and tricks. It’s fun, it’s serious and it’s essential.

(BBGuru: publisher’s blurb – Mmmm. Let’s talk about sex . . .

Unleash the sexy, modern woman within yourself and discover a world of sensuality and sexual pleasure that will drive you and your partner wild.

This little book of treasures unlocks your feminine sex appeal and introduces you to the fine art of seduction – for maximum effect.

Pearls of wisdom to keep you ahead of the sexy pack include:
– Sustaining a healthy mind and body;
– Developing a powerful yet feminine confidence;
– Boosting your sex appeal;
– How to become a sensual goddess;
– Playing out your innermost sexual fantasies;
– The ultimate orgasm and much, much more.

Unzipped will have you swinging your hips like a supermodel, whispering those naughty one-liners, looking the part and owning your sexiness. Tune in, turn on and make out.)

Click here to buy Unzipped from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

To empower all women – to help them love themselves for who they are, and to equip them with the tools to embrace their individual sensuality.Click here for more details or to buy...

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

Beyoncé. She is hard-working, composed, loving, cheeky, sexy, true to herself and has stuck to her dreams. An inspirational woman.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

My immediate goal is to finish the novel I am working on, fall in love, bear two children. I also want to write a TV sitcom and a perhaps a movie or two.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Ask yourself: what is the essence of who you are? Is there a story that you want to share? If so, dictate your thoughts, write them down, form chapters and get published. Have fun, give back and make your literary mark in history.

Manon, thank you for playing.

Click here to buy Unzipped from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Amanda Hooton, author of Finding Mr Darcy, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Amanda Hooton

author of Finding Mr Darcy

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in the great gold mining town – albeit unknown to Jane Austen – of Kalgoorlie in WA. I was brought up in an assortment of mining towns, went to high school in Perth, and university at St Andrews in Scotland; the same university Prince William attended, though he was there many years after I left, alas.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I suspect I wanted to be a three day eventer at 12 (I was a rabid pony book reader, and International Velvet was my favourite movie); the chatelaine of a large country estate at 18 (thanks to, yes, Jane Austen) and a New Yorker writer at 30. As a journalist, it seemed (and still seems) the alpha and omega of all things journalism-related.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

I think I thought I could make the universe bend to my will when I was 18. Several life lessons since then have taught me that occasionally, things do happen in life that you can’t control.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

My first editor gave me a book called The New Journalism that convinced me of the magic and power and fun of writing for a living.

I won an award at the British Press Awards, that convinced me that perhaps I could write for a living.

After nearly two decades in journalism, writing this book has given me a whole new sense of enjoyment about writing for a living.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

I spend my life reading books. If they are obsolete, I’m afraid, so am I!

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

It is, alas, a sort of self-help book. It’s based on the premise that everything you need to know about love and relationships you can learn from Jane Austen. And in fact, I think I actually believe this to be true – which is just as well…

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

Good grief. Halt global warming? Prevent cruelty to animals and small children? Stop the destruction of the world’s remaining wilderness? If people could just get a few hours of enjoyment, and perhaps even a small strategy or two to try next time they’re trying to chat up a bloke in a pub from my book, I’d be thrilled..

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

Good grief again. I really admire Jane Austen. She had in many ways a difficult path in life – little money, few avenues for advancement or achievement, no traditional support structures such as husbands or children – yet she managed to walk it with great grace and style and (most importantly) humour. Plus, you know, become one of the greatest writers in the canon of English Literature, of course.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To get my garden bed to grow something other than weeds, and to organise my drawers with those drawer divider baskets from Ikea.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Read.

Amanda, thank you for playing.

Click here to buy Finding Mr Darcy from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

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