Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Blog tour for Skid by Rene Gutteridge and Aussie Giveaway

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.

On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.

But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith
that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.

Author Bio:~

Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

My take:~

The words quirky and unique are bandied around a lot in book reviews but Rene's characters and plot lines epitomise the words. Hank Hazard, the flight crew and their fellow passengers, including a seeing eye pig, will entertain and delight as they bumble around each other's eccentricities and issues. While I am only a third of the way through the story, I am engaged in the outcome for these unusual characters that I shouldn't be able to relate to, yet Rene's talent ensures that I do!


I have two copies to give away and I'm doing a survey on clowns!! To enter you must have an Australian postal addy and leave a comment before midnight Tuesday 3rd June, 2008. In addition, tell me whether you love clowns or, like me, are slightly wary of anyone dressed up in funny costumes!!

If you are wondering why I am asking this question be sure to read this series in order ~ Scoop, Snitch then Skid.

Relz Reviewz Extras:~

Review of Scoop and Snitch

Interview with Rene

Visit Rene's website

Purchase Skid at Amazon or Koorong (Aust)


Deborah said...

not entering, but i am Scared to death of clowns. i hate them! I have a phobia of Ronald McDonald.

Rel said...

Yep, pretty much anyone in a costume gives me the heebie jeebies!!! I was very brave at Movie World getting my picture taken with the girls, Sylvester and Tweetie!!!

Ausjenny said...

Please enter me I actually Like clowns. but I have only been to the circus once. But i have a friend who has a real phobia just the word clown sets her off.

Tracy said...

Is it too greedy to enter another give away, having just won one? If not, then please enter me :)

Clowns. Generally, I would avoid them. But then, yesterday at school we had a clown (along with other characters) to entertain our pre-school visitors. That clown was very cute, but then I love the person inside the costume ~ she's a good friend!

Jen said...

Me too! Clowns - I was never as worried about them as my sister!

jaana said...

Please enter me in. I don't mind clowns, some are better than others though.

HeatherH said...

I have won a couple of books recently too, so don't enter me but I still thought I'd say I don't really have an issue with clowns - except when they're really in my face. I love it when they make balloon animals - fascinating!

Fiona said...

This is something I have never actually thought about. I can't say I love them, but I can't say I hate them either. So I will say I am completely indifferent on the subject.

Rene Gutteridge's books, however, are something I am definitely not indifferent on and I am greatly looking forward to reading this next instalment!!!

ad said...

Am I allowed to enter even though Ive just won a book too? As far as clowns go....only a few are really funny!

Rosalie said...

I've just won a book recently too, so I'll leave it up to you if you enter me again so soon or not, but I just wanted to say that I used to dress up as a clown myself! I didn't try to be funny/stupid. I mostly did facepainting (which I wasn't very good at) and making balloon things (animals, flowers, swords... etc). I hope I wasn't too scary!


ReadingRobin said...

I find the clowns in the low cost circus acts in general are a bit freakie to me. However, I like the kids party clowns. If that makes any sense!
cmrobin at bellsouth net

Leola said...

I don't mind clowns - don't find many very funny, but also not anti them. I'd love to enter to draw please Rel! Thanks

Naomi said...

I think I am indifferent to clowns too. I use to be terrified as a child, the wigs alone could set me off. This series sounds like a lot of fun.

Danielle said...

Clowns don't scare me but they are rather... weird. I mean, what is actually funny about them?


Anonymous said...

I actually like clowns. At some events the clowns although only there to give the crowd a laugh actually have more talent than the professionls in the show, eg. the clowns at the waterskiing show at seaworld when I was up there a few years ago. Wendyb

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