Down Under Winner Announcements!

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Winner Announcements for our Down Under Author Showcase Giveaways!

 

Yesterday, we announced the Down Under Scavenger Hunt Winners.  Today we are starting with the winners of our Author Contests:

 

John Wiltshire’s Contest:   Sula Holland

John Terry Moore:  3 books, 3 winners:   Suze, Sula, and Ardent eReader

A. B. Gayle:  Shirley Ann Speakman

Lisa Henry:  Amber A.

Meredith Shayne:  Jbst

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Congratulations to all!  They have been notified!  More tomorrow!

Down Under Day 14: John Terry Moore, AUS/NZ Facts, and Contest Info

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Down Under Showcase Day 14 – Welcome, John Terry Moore!

Our second full week of our Authors Showcase starts off with Australian writer John Terry Moore, author of Black Dog published at Dreamspinner Press.  John is giving away 3 copies of Black Dog with his own mini quiz!  Check it out on his Down Under Author page linked above and following after this one.

As John Terry Moore has worn many “occupational hats”, including breeding Kelpies, I have tailored our Australia Fact of the Day to him:

Australia Fact of the Day:

Kelpies (how is John Terry Moore connected to Kelpies?):

Favored dogs of farms and stations all over Australia, the working Kelpies vary in size, ranging from about 19 inches to as much as 25 inches and from 28-60 lbs. The dog’s working ability is related to appearance, so stockmen looking for capable working dogs disregard the dog’s appearance.

A Working Kelpie can be a cheap and efficient worker that can save farmers and graziers the cost of several hands when mustering livestock. The good working Kelpies are herding dogs that will prevent stock from moving away from the stockman. This natural instinct is crucial when mustering stock in isolated gorge country, where a good dog will silently move ahead of the stockman and block up the stock (usually cattle) until the rider appears. The preferred dogs for cattle work are Kelpies, often of a special line, or a Kelpie cross. They will drive a mob of livestock long distances in extremes of climates andKelpie walking across the backs of sheep conditions. Kelpies have natural instincts for managing livestock. They will work sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, and other domestic livestock. The Kelpie’s signature move is to jump on the backs of sheep and walk across the tops of the sheep to reach the other side and break up the jam. A good working Kelpie is a versatile dog—they can work all day on the farm, ranch, or station, and trial on the weekends. Kelpies compete and are exhibited in livestock working trials, ranging from yards or arenas to large open fields working sheep, goats, cattle, or ducks

Famous Kelpie:  Red Dog, the hitchhiking Kelpie of Pilbarra:

Hitchhiking Kelpie of the Pilbarra Region

Red Dog was a fully paid member of the Transport Workers Union, an official member of the Dampier Salt Sports and Social Club, and had his own bank account.

Red Dog was, of course, a dog, a red kelpie born in the mining town of Paraburdoo in 1971, and a much-loved member of the Pilbara community.

Known simply as Red Dog, the red kelpie was known for stopping cars on the road by walking right in the path of an oncoming vehicle until it stopped and then he would hop in and travel to wherever the car driver was going.

He took bus rides as well and, once, when a new driver pushed him off her bus, the passengers all disembarked in protest.

Red Dog’s travels bought him as far south as the Western Australia capital of Perth but mostly among the mining communities of the Pilbara and the coastal towns of Dampier, Port Hedland and Broome.Australian Red Kelpie

He was quite well known as the Pilbara Wanderer.   Dog pictured is a red kelpie but not Red Dog.

New Zealand Fact of the Day:

 

Flightless Birds of New Zealand!

With over 40 species of flightless birds worldwide, New Zealand is home for a majority of the species, including some that are found nowhere else in the world.

Among New Zealand’s flightless birds are the kiwi, takahe, kakapo and several species of penguins. It is thought that these New Zealand birds never developed the ability to fly because they had no land-based predators to escape from – until the arrival of human beings. Isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years, these flightless birds adapted to their environment in a way that would most benefit them.
One species calling New Zealand it’s home of origin is the kakapo (Strigops habroptila) is a flightless, nocturnal parrot. Its speckled yellow-green plumage acts as a camouflage for the ground-dwelling herbivorous kakapo. It is the world’s onlykakapo parrot flightless parrot, as well as being the heaviest parrot in the world, and very possibly the longest-living bird on the island with an average life expectancy of 95 years. It is also the only parrot to have a lek courtship and breeding system, where males gather in an arena and compete with one another to attract available females. The female chooses her mate, presumably based on his performance, they mate and go their separate ways, with the female raising the young.
Once thought to be extinct, and rediscovered in 1948, the takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is another of New Zealand‘s flightless birds. Primarily deep purple-blue in color, the adult bird has a red frontal shield and reddish-pink bill, with pinktakahe legs. These monogamous birds are very territorial, laying their eggs in nests under bushes. Conservationists have relocated small groups of the birds to some offshore islands – Kapiti, Maud, Mana and Tiritiri Matangi – considered to be predator-free, where birding enthusiasts can view them in the wild.

Once thought to be extinct from over-hunting and the introduction of predators, a few pairs were discovered in the Murchison Mountains of South Island, New Zealand in 1948. The population is around 220 birds, and is now carefully protected.

 

Now don’t forget to enter John’s contest for 3 copies of big dog while meeting another wonderful 
Down Under author.  Locate the Down Under Scavenger Hunt word of the day.  

Enjoy your week, check in with us all month long and happy reading!

 

Mid January (already?), STRW Down Under Showcase continues, Our Schedule This Week!

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ Down Under Author Showcase continues this coming week, starting off with John Terry Moore, author of Black Dog, published through Dreamspinner Press.  I hope you all have been discovering new authors and great stories as the month progresses.  I know I have added immensely to my TBR pile and auto buy authors.

I’ve posted interesting facts about Australia and New Zealand every day this week and today is no exception.  Here are our Australia and New Zealand Facts of the Day:

Interesting Facts about Australia:

It is thought that Aboriginals have called Australia home for between 40,000 and 80,000 years.

It is estimated that at the time of British settlement there was about 300,000 Aboriginal people who spoke around 250 languages.Botany-Bay-Australia.12

British settlers aboard the 11 ships of the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay in 1788 but moved north to Port Jackson (Sydney Cove) a few days later when they found the Botany Bay site unsuitable. They arrived at Port Jackson on the 26th January 1788 (now Australia Day).

The number of convicts transported to Australia was about 162,000; they were transported in 806 ships.

About 98-99% of the convicts sent here were from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland but some were sent from other British colonies like Canada and India, while others came from New Zealand, Hong Kong the Caribbean and other countries.

A lot of soldiers were also transported here for crimes like mutiny and desertion.

The Transportation of British convicts to Australia ended in 1868.

Find out more here at Australian Tales!

New Zealand Fascinating Facts!

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Christmas in New Zealand follows soon after midsummer’s day. Many northern hemisphere traditions prevail in NZ, including tinsel-covered pine trees and christmas cards portraying snow & reindeer. The pohutukawa tree comes into peak-bloom in late December and is known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

(Plus did you see those cool Glowworm caves in an earlier Fact? No, go back and see what you missed each day of the month!)

 

Our Schedule This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, January 12:

  • Down Under Day 12 Intro-Welcome, John Terry Moore, AUS/NZ facts and 
  • Down Under Author : John Terry Moore (interview/contest)
  • A Dangerous Reality by Layla Wolfe Book Tour and Contest
  • ‘The Harvest: Journey’s End’ by MA Church – Excerpt tour and contest
  • A Sammy Review: Down and Dirty by Rhys Ford

Tuesday, January 13:

  • Down Under Day 13 Intro-Welcome, Beany Sparks! AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author  Beany Sparks (contests, interview)
  • Review: Beany Spark’s Paws and Magic stories
  • Book Blast: Tristan’s Lover by Nicoline Tiernan” (contest)
  • HL Foster ‘A Valet’s Duty’ book blast and contest

Wednesday, January 14:

  • Down Under Day 14 Intro-Welcome, A.B. Gayle, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author: A. B. Gayle (contests, interview)
  • A Sammy Review: Red+Blue (Opposites Attract #1) by A.B. Gayle
  • A Sammy Review: Leather+Lace by A. B. Gayle

Thursday, January 15:

  • Down Under Day 15 Intro-Welcome, Lisa Henry, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Lisa Henry (contests, interview)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona (Playing the Fool, #1)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry and J. A. Rock
  • A MelanieM Review:  When All The World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock
  • Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay novel) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz (tour and contest)

Friday, January 16:

  • Down Under Day 16 Intro-Welcome, Meredith Shayne, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Meredith Shayne (contests, interviews)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Whitewater by Meredith Shayne
  • A MelanieM Review:  Cutting out by Meredith Shayne
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Review: Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz

Saturday, January 17:

  • Down Under Day 17 Intro-Welcome, Pelaam!
  • Down Under Author Pelaam (contests, interviews)
  • A MelanieM Review: Angel in a Bookshop by RJ Scott