AWW Feature & Giveaway: Helene Young, author of Burning Lies

Please welcome Helene Young!

I am thrilled to have Helene Young stop by Book’d Out today to celebrate the release of her newest novel, Burning Lies. Helene lives in Trinity Beach, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Her work as a senior captain with a major regional airline takes her all over the east coast of Australia. She is the RUBY-award-winning author of the popular romantic suspense novels Wings of Fear and Shattered Sky. In 2011 she was voted by the Romance Writers of Australia as the country’s most popular romance novelist. I  had the pleasure of meeting Helene earlier this year and she is a delightful speaker who I admire.

Burning Lies is an explosive story of peril and passion set in Australia’s tropical far north. My review appeared earlier today where I rated it 5 stars, praising it as a fast-paced story with an exciting blend of action, adventure, mystery and romance and you have the opportunity to WIN a signed edition.

Today Helene asks about the future of books. Read on…

Our Disposable World

I don’t know whether it’s because my ninety-year-old mum is staying with us, but I’ve been contemplating our disposable world.  (Please don’t take that the wrong way – I’m not thinking of disposing of Mum any time soon!)

Born in 1922 Mum is of the generation that perfected the art of being thrifty.  She experienced the hardship of the Great Depression in the 1920s and ‘30s and just when she thought it couldn’t get any worse along came the Second World War.

The hard lessons learned then are still carved deep into her psyche. Recycling wasn’t something she did because the council gave her a separate bin to fill. Recycling happened because everything needed to be used until it had no further purpose. As bed sheets became threadbare they were turned into pillowslips. As those pillowslips became tatty they then became dusting cloths. Soap was hoarded, boiled down again and reshaped into new cakes.

Long pants became short pants as the knees wore out. Socks were darned, patched, then unraveled and used as stuffing in cushions. Clothes were let out to make room for growing children – lace added length to skirts. As the youngest in our family I spent more time in hand-me-downs than in new clothes. (That may explain my love of new clothes now!) Nothing was thrown out until it had truly worn out and even then it probably ended up on a fire as fuel.

Except for the books.

My parent’s house is still full of books despite their best efforts to convince me, and my siblings, to take them home. Books were passed from hand to hand, loaned out, given away to a good home, but never ever thrown away. Stories were read and reread, savored again and again, as covers became ragged and pages speckled with age. That’s a habit I’m very proud to say I have adopted myself and I don’t see it changing any time soon.

Or will it…

The other day we took our old washing machine to the dump and I was struck by the size of the pile of white goods looming over the car. Is this what will happen to books and stories in the future? The rise and rise of e-books means millions of e-readers will one day be contributing to landfill. If I throw an e-reader out does that mean I’ve thrown out books? How will I pass a beloved story on to a friend?

So far I haven’t had to deal with the dilemma, but I’m sure I will in the future. What do you do with books when you’ve finished reading them? Keep them, give them away, sell them? Or have you already adopted new technology.

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amritorupa Kanjilal
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 17:22:54

    Hello Shellyrae,
    Thank you for the giveaway. I liked the FB page as well 🙂 the book seems nice.
    Amritorupa Kanjilal
    India

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  2. brendat59
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 17:50:41

    Another wonderful book by one of my favourite authors! Great interview too Shelleyrae! I’m in NSW, and I have liked Helene’s facebook page as well as shared this post on FB:)

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  3. aliasgirl
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 18:18:12

    You’ve highlighted a great book!!

    Anyway, I can’t make myself give away the books I read. I want to keep them so I can re-read them all over again.

    Thanks from Italy

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  4. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 18:18:35

    Loved the review, and the blog post! My husband was a child of the depression, and is very reluctant to throw things away!

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  5. Kristia Miltiadou
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:24:05

    Great review, it sounds interesting! I like the FB page and i tweeted about it: https://twitter.com/MiltiadouK/status/220084737723744256
    Thank you for the international giveaway!
    Kristia Miltiadou,
    Cyprus.

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  6. Fi (@BellaScarlet)
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:38:31

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win a copy! I keep most of my books as I am a bit of a hoarder and a bookworm but donate books I know I won’t read again to my local hospital library. No new technology here and unless I’m forced to, probably never will be either!

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  7. Fi (@BellaScarlet)
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:39:06

    Ooops, forgot my email address – anwendarcy@yahoo.com

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  8. Helene
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:39:31

    Amritorupa, thanks for dropping by Shelleyrae’s blog. I’ve discovered so many new authors through her reviews.

    And thanks for liking my page!

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  9. Helene
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:40:20

    Thanks, Brenda, you wonderful librarians on Goodreads do a great job of promoting new authors and it’s very much appreciated!

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  10. Helene
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:41:13

    Alias girl, I know what you mean. I love being able to reread books and just can’t bear to part with any of them!

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  11. Helene
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:43:03

    Margaret, my dad was even worse than Mum at throwing things away. Everything was recycled or carted off to a scrap metal merchant once it really did wear out… Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:33:31

    Well anyone who has been to my house can immediately see what I do with all my books! I have 5 bookcases in the dining/family room and another one in my husband’s study and they’re ALL full. However when we last moved house (2yrs ago) I did cull a huge box of paperbacks, mostly cheapy ones that you pick up in a 3 for $5 sort of stand, ones that I knew I’d never read again. I love my books, I love my collection and I love adding to it. Unfortunately, I’m running out of wall space for new bookcases 😦

    (Just popping by to comment, not enter the giveaway)

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  13. arethazhen
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:38:16

    Hi Helene I love to buy books rather than ebooks. I keep them , reread what I love most, sell them sometimes and yes gave it to my friends who loves book as much as I do. I already like Helene young Facebook page , my country Australia

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  14. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:12:13

    Hmm like Bree, i’m not one to part with my books. It was difficult for me to do a bit of a clean-out earlier this year because my bookshelves were overflowing. So i took some old books to the used bookstore and traded them in for new reads… which just ended up filling up my shelves again!

    Please pop me into the draw as I’d love a printed version of Burning Lies! Thanks for the giveaway Shelleyrae.

    Jayne @ The Australian Bookshelf
    NSW
    (I ‘liked’ Helene’s FB page)

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  15. Mary Preston
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:23:47

    I have not read any Helene Young yet. I’d love to read BURNING LIES thank you.

    Mary P
    QLD

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  16. Bec
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 23:22:02

    I would love a copy of Helene’s new book (and get a copy of her other ones too read too). I too struggle with giving away books and are quickly running out of room. I usually only part with them if i didn’t like them (rare because i’m pretty fussy picking books) or i end up with a double. I usually sell them to the second hand book shop but this usually results with me coming out of the shop with more books than i went in to sell (oops! lol). I really haven’t embraced e-readers they just arn’t the same as having an actual book, although i do see the advantage of saving space when travelling (i usually take 3 or 4 books with me on holidays).

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  17. Mystica
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 00:12:43

    I give away books specially to any young person wanting to read because the books are so costly here and it is difficult for them to find the money for the books.
    I’d like to be counted in for this one. Thanks for making it open to all.

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  18. RIEDEL Fascination
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 02:42:31

    Wow, the author is present! May a Canadian enter the draw? Would offer e-mail later. I like an adventurous mystery and relate to Helen Young. I cherish real books for not involving technology! No battery, no tools.

    To the paper-saving excuse I say (as an environment advocate), the written word is one decent purpose of paper. We Riedels waste nothing either. Here’s an article about my books. I buy used, keep what I love, trade/donate others. Hearing about this Australian was delightful.
    http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/gauged-exclusively-by-covers/

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 11:44:54

      The competition is open worldwide Reidel so you are welcome to enter!

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      • RIEDEL Fascination
        Jul 04, 2012 @ 11:58:17

        Now if I could just get you to spell “RIEDEL” I-before-E; 2nd time! LOL! Might be safer to offer you “Carolyn”, with pleasure. 🙂 Thanks for letting me in! I believe I did enter?

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        • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
          Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:15:01

          Sorry Carolyn, that was careless of me!
          Yes – you have an entry!

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        • RIEDEL Fascination
          Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:48:12

          Good morning Australia! I could confuse you further by telling you it’s a German name that DOES rhyme with ‘needle’. At that point no one fathoms the I before E. I’m just glad to have left school; 12 years of correcting every teach. LOL

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  19. Vesper
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:22:20

    Although I have an e-reader I still love my books, any books that have left the house because of shortage of space I have always given to charity

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  20. Vesper
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:23:37

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  21. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:24:02

    Thanks, Kristia. You live in a very gorgeous country! Thanks for being part of the blog!

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  22. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:25:08

    Fi, I love your determination to stay with paper books. Donating them to the hospital is a great idea!

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  23. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:27:27

    1girl2manybooks, I feel your pain… My husband shakes his head every time I come home with another book! With so many great Australian authors writing good stories that’s not going to stop anytime soon.

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  24. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:29:01

    Arethazhen, sharing books is one of the joys of reading isn’t it! When Mum comes to stay she reads her way through my latest books and she loves to chat about them as she finishes each one. Thanks for liking my page 🙂

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  25. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:31:11

    Jayne, thanks for dropping by and for your lovely review of Burning Lies. I tried to implement a policy of one new book in, one old book out but it didn’t last… Don’t know what I’m going to do when we downsize…

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  26. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:31:47

    Hi Mary, hope you enjoy the stories when you do read them 🙂 Good luck in the draw!

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  27. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:33:12

    Bec, I even tried setting books free on holidays and leaving them in odd places but invariably I then bought more books so the shelves stayed as full as ever…

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  28. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 14:38:06

    Thanks for dropping by Mystica, it’s easier to take access to books for granted… Literacy is still a work in progress in many of the remote communities I fly to. I’m part of the National Year of Reading and that involves talking to schools and library groups because literacy starts with early reading. How wonderful that you’re playing a part in addressing that.

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  29. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:17:03

    Riedel, welcome to the blog! I have wine glasses that share your name and they are very fine indeed! Love the Canadian connection. I was born in Canada in Vancouver. My parents went for a honeymoon to Canada that lasted for almost seven years! Sadly I was only six months old when we came back to Australia… Lovely to meet you in cyberspace 🙂

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    • RIEDEL Fascination
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 06:23:44

      Ms. Hélene, lovely to hear from you! What’s more, to find you’re born on our west coast! A Canadian author reading challenge has begun (Canada day being July 1). I will immediately recommended you. Both countries can claim you, as Australia does with England born Olivia-Newton John (who I adore). hehehehe

      Unrelated to Riedel glassware but glad you think of me. I *do* have my greeting card line of Canadian vistas, pets (home biz); a humble way of getting words published! Warmly, Carolyn M. Riedel. http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/join-us-for-canadian-authors/

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      • Helene
        Jul 05, 2012 @ 07:10:45

        Thanks, Carolyn, your website is lovely! I’m very happy to be claimed by both countries and I’ll post that link on my page just as soon as I get through the next week! Thanks again for being part of the blog.

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  30. Helene
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:23:42

    Vesper, thanks for sharing the blog. Charities are a great way of reusing books – the ladies at my local Red Cross love having first pick of the books that are donated.

    The Romance Writers of Australia had a huge book drive at the start of last year to donate books to libraries and community groups who’d been effected by the terrible floods last year. The number of books they collected was staggering!

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  31. Suzi Love
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:32:01

    Helene,
    Your books are fantastic and I can’t wait to read this one.

    Wasn’t our book collection last year a great idea?

    I pass on many of my books to friends who live in outback Queensland. Because of distances, flooded roads, internet lines down, they are often housebound for weeks at a time and love having new books to read and to discover new authors. My friends then pass them on to local libraries or schools.

    I sent, or delivered in person, nearly a thousand books to those same libraries in flooded towns out west last year. They were very much appreciated! Town councils were forced to spent their entire yearly budget on road repairs and therefore couldn’t buy new books.

    Thanks for being such a great supporter of romance,
    Suzi Love

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  32. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:22:55

    Great point about the “throwing out” of e-readers and books. I always pass on my books to friends or charity, but I hadn’t thought of what would happen to my Kindle when it’s no longer useful. I wonder whether there are perhaps Kindle-recycling programmes in operation?

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  33. Helene
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 21:02:16

    Suzi, it was a huge effort! The community spirit amongst romance writer is wonderful and keeps us all going through the down times 🙂

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  34. Helene
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 21:03:39

    Hi Stephanie, hopefully there will be recycling for e-readers in the same way mobile phones are collected and re-used. And meanwhile you have a stack of books literally at your fingertips!

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  35. Dale Harcombe
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 14:07:48

    Always good to hear of other Aussie authors. Interesting post about change too.Dale from NSW
    dharcombe@bigpond.com

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  36. Helene
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 05:23:51

    Thanks for dropping by, Dale!

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  37. Kathy Johnson
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 01:10:09

    I am enjoying your blog. Thanks for a chance to win a book.

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  38. Sue Stirrat
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 10:00:39

    I have your first two books Helene but have not read them yet and would love to have Burning Lies also. My love of books came from my mother and I am guilty of having too many books if there is any such thing lol. I did a cull recently and now wish I hadn’t with a few. Then my sister did also, so say no more my tidy bookcase is now overflowing to plastic containers again. My family share books but I find I always want my own copies of the ones I like so I can reread them down the track. I use the second-hand bookshops, always coming out with more then I take in and donate the ones they don’t take. As you say with all the great Australian writers what chance do we have of being good, every time I come out of Big W I have one or two of them in my hand. My favourites are Rural Romance. Sue of Queensland

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  39. Helene
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 19:52:58

    Thanks, Kathy:)

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  40. Helene
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 19:54:55

    Hi Sue, being able to share books with family and friends is wonderful. I love chatting about stories that I’ve really enjoyed.

    There are so many wonderful Aussie rural authors out on the shelves at the moment and Barbara Hannay’s Zoe’s Muster is about to hit the shelves as well! It’s a reading smorgasbord 🙂

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