Stephen King to release Detective Novel – new book called Mr Mercedes

MrMERCEDES_hbk-animatedA retired cop and a couple of unlikely allies race against time to stop a psycho-loner intent on blowing up thousands… Stephen King is on a roll, this time with the heart-pounding suspense that he does best.

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who’s haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular – the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes.

The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he’s preparing to kill again. Only Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, can apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time.

Because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands…

For more about Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes click here

Winners of the Maggie Beer, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Jennifer Saunders prizes!

Maggie Beer Hamper – valued at over $500!

B. Colebrook, Nelson Bay, NSW

Grab a copy of Maggie’s Christmas here


imag1263-1Winner of THE ULTIMATE STEPHEN KING BOOK PACK – over 50 titles!

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the-casual-vacancyWinners of a signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling!

L.Hope, Castle Hill, NSW
E.Lewis, Clifton Hill, VIC
E. McMurdie, Silvan, VIC
F. Coman, Mont Albert, VIC
B. Zerner, Fairfield, QLD
P. McGahan, Toowoomba, QLD


Grab a copy of The Casual Vacancy here


bonkers-my-life-in-laughsWinners of a signed copy of Bonkers : My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders

B. Kemmis, Toormina, NSW
C. Teh, Narraweena, NSW
M. Strang, Pymble, NSW
Y. Gray, Strathfield, NSW
L. Fuller, Baulkham Hills, NSW
R. Morrison, Kiama Downs, NSW
A. Jones, Cannington, WA
D. Griffiths, Prahran, VIC
G. Barker, Bentleigh, VIC
P. Buttigieg, North Perth, WA


Grab a copy of Bonkers here


Congratulations to all the winners!
A Booktopia representative will be in contact with you via email or phone during December to confirm delivery of your prize.

Time Is Running Out To Win The Ultimate Stephen King Collection – Over 50 Titles!

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

How about the Ultimate Stephen King Collection!

Order Doctor Sleep (the follow up to The Shining) before December 10th 2013 to go in the draw to win the Ultimate Stephen King Collection – over 50 titles!

(See the full list below)


Winners will be announced on December 16th 2013 right here on The Booktopia Blog.

Grab a copy of Doctor Sleep here

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Grab a copy of Doctor Sleep here

Prize Pack includes: Bag of Bones – Carrie – Cell – Christine – 11.22.63 – Cujo – Danse Macabre – The Dark Half – The Dark Tower: Bk. I: Gunslinger – The Dark Tower: Bk. II: Drawing of the Three – The Dark Tower: Bk. III: Waste Lands – The Dark Tower: Bk. IV: Wizard and Glass – The Dark Tower: Bk. V: Wolves of the Calla – The Dark Tower: Bk. VI: Song of Susannah – The Dark Tower: Bk. VII: Dark Tower – The Dead Zone – Desperation – Different Seasons – Dolores Claiborne – Dreamcatcher – Duma Key – Everything’s Eventual – The Eyes of the Dragon – Firestarter – Four Past Midnight – From a Buick 8 – Full Dark, No Stars – Gerald’s Game – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Hearts in Atlantis – Insomnia – It – Just After Sunset – Lisey’s Story – Misery – Needful Things – Night Shift – Nightmares and Dreamscapes – On Writing – Pet Sematary – Rose Madder – Salem’s Lot – The Shining – Skeleton Crew – The Stand – Stephen King Goes to the Movies: Featuring “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, “Hearts in Atlantis” (“Low Men in Yellow Coats”), “1408”, the “Mangler” and “Children of the Corn” – The Tommyknockers – Under the Dome – The Wind Through the Keyhole

Hachette joins our Booktoberfest celebration – you could win 21 beautiful books worth over $700

How would you like to give everyone you love a book for Christmas… without you having to pay a cent?

To help us celebrate Booktoberfest our friends at Hachette are giving you the chance to win all of the books in their Booktoberfest Showcase.

Order any of the books in the Hachette Booktoberfest Showcase to go into the draw to win the lot – 21 beautiful books worth over $700.

Click here to enter the Hachette showcase

Hachette Booktoberfest Highlight

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

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

Buy Doctor Sleep And Go In The Running To Win The Ultimate Stephen King Collection – Over 50 Titles!

Yesterday The New York Times reviewed Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and gave it a glowing endorsement.

Calling it a a “very quick and nimble story”, reviewer Janet Maslin also added “(King) is so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles”.

So…Stephen King…great reviews…the sequel to The Shining…

What have you got to lose? Or rather what else have you got to win?

How about the Ultimate Stephen King Collection!

That’s right, order Doctor Sleep before December 10th 2013 to go in the draw to win the most awesome Stephen King book collection ever – over 50 titles!

(See the full list below)


Winners will be announced on December 16th 2013 right here on The Booktopia Blog.

Order your copy today and be a part of history as one the world’s most famous writers delivers a follow up to one of the most iconic books of the 20th century.

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

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

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

Prize Pack includes: Bag of Bones – Carrie – Cell – Christine – 11.22.63 – Cujo – Danse Macabre – The Dark Half – The Dark Tower: Bk. I: Gunslinger – The Dark Tower: Bk. II: Drawing of the Three – The Dark Tower: Bk. III: Waste Lands – The Dark Tower: Bk. IV: Wizard and Glass – The Dark Tower: Bk. V: Wolves of the Calla – The Dark Tower: Bk. VI: Song of Susannah – The Dark Tower: Bk. VII: Dark Tower – The Dead Zone – Desperation – Different Seasons – Dolores Claiborne – Dreamcatcher – Duma Key – Everything’s Eventual – The Eyes of the Dragon – Firestarter – Four Past Midnight – From a Buick 8 – Full Dark, No Stars – Gerald’s Game – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Hearts in Atlantis – Insomnia – It – Just After Sunset – Lisey’s Story – Misery – Needful Things – Night Shift – Nightmares and Dreamscapes – On Writing – Pet Sematary – Rose Madder – ‘Salem’s Lot – The Shining – Skeleton Crew – The Stand – Stephen King Goes to the Movies: Featuring “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, “Hearts in Atlantis” (“Low Men in Yellow Coats”), “1408”, the “Mangler” and “Children of the Corn” – The Tommyknockers – Under the Dome – The Wind Through the Keyhole

Stephen King Returns In Doctor Sleep, The Sequel To The Shining

In Doctor Sleep, Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

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

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Cathryn Hein

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling author of rural romance Cathryn Hein to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
A beautiful spring day, al fresco dining with delicious food and wine, some gentle music or perhaps the sound of the ocean or birdsong, and the man I love. Although I could just as easily be suckered in by  a trip to the SCG to watch my beloved Sydney Swans in action. Throw in a hot pie and a big win, and perfection is found! Continue reading

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