05 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Book Giveaway: Mmmmm by Jazz Luxe

Author, Jazz Luxe, is giving away 10 copies of his ebook, Mmmmmm. To enter, read below. The contest will end Wednesday, February 12.

You’ll always wonder! Quirky, imaginative stories which will make you think. What’s fact, what’s fiction? A real ghost town named ‘Happy Go Lucky’; famous jewellery thieves; the laughable, unbelievable case of a stolen Picasso; the day Reg died – ironically; the pen is mightier than the sword; a young man’s first attempt at smuggling; stories of hope, love, revenge, ambition; and finishing with a story which asks the biggest question of all – Is it possible?

Stories created in the spirit of Roald Dahl, Mmmmm is an eclectic collection of unexpected tales.

To enter the competition, guess the answers to the questions below. They relate to some of the short stories contained in Mmmmm:

1. In 1986 Picasso’s Weeping Woman was stolen from the National Gallery of Victoria – the greatest art heist in Australian history. Incredibly this true life daylight robbery went unnoticed for two days because…

a) Australians don’t really care about Art
b) Nobody visits the NGV when the cricket is on
c) The picture was replaced with a Fido Dido stick picture which was popular in the eighties
d) The culprits replaced the painting with a place card labelled “Removed for Cleaning and Restoration”

2. Within ten minutes of the first time he injected himself with the mixed snake venom, he vomited violently as his brain told his body that it was under attack. Within twenty minutes, he begged his uncle to take him to hospital but of course that was out of the question. They both had to see this through for the sake of his career. He injected the snake venom because…

a) He didn’t want to drink it…it tastes awful
b) Horse juice was quite expensive at the time, so it had to be snake venom
c) There was an error in translation from Japanese to English…he was supposed to make sushi
d) Because he wanted to cheat his way to becoming the fastest and strongest boxer in the world

3. The ghost town “Happy Go Lucky” was once considered the friendliest place in the country. It survived the end of the gold rush era, however it came to an abrupt end because…

a) All good things must come to an end
b) The phrase Happy Go Lucky doesn’t make any sense. What does Go Lucky mean anyway?
c) The Silicon Rush era took all the kids so the town could not regenerate
d) The town Matriarch had a sinister plan

4. They told him to yawn to appear bored. They told him to stay calm and act natural. But nothing could prepare the young man as he approached Customs as a first time smuggler. How did he stay calm and act natural?

a) He imagined he was carrying kittens instead
b) He relived his tenth birthday party and put on a clown outfit and juggled
c) He whistled the tune to “The Love Boat”, even though that series had ended before he was born
d) On the flight he drank scotch to calm his nerves and water to cool his body temperature

Write your answers (hint: dddd) and comments below to win your copy.

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Mmmmm – You’ll always wonder!

Quirky, imaginative stories which will make you think. What’s fact, what’s fiction? A real ghost town named ‘Happy Go Lucky’; famous jewellery thieves; the laughable, unbelievable case of a stolen Picasso; the day Reg died – ironically; the pen is mightier than the sword; a young man’s first attempt at smuggling; stories of hope, love, revenge, ambition; and finishing with a story which asks the biggest question of all – Is it possible?

Stories created in the spirit of Roald Dahl, Mmmmm is an eclectic collection of unexpected tales.

On his first day of an unwanted retirement, and the last day of his life, tailor Reg meets a superbly groomed young man. To Reg’s horror the young man sits next to a workman, forcing the pure clean wool of his suit to socialise with common fabric.

Melbourne’s most well-known high end pickpocket is barred from racetracks during the lucrative spring racing carnival. In desperation he and his inexperienced accomplices plan their first jewellery heist. Reid’s life is about to change.

Leigh has finally summoned the courage to instigate the break up. Supported by her brother Brett, Leigh chooses an easy to discard cafe to have that talk. In disbelief both of her parents call Leigh just as Sam walks in.

The wife of an ex-racing car champion dreams of the life which was promised her. Her reality though is grief for her father, a party full of ‘new’ friends and a husband who touches his beautiful, young biographer’s dolphins too often. Tonight it’s her turn to win.

They told him to yawn to appear bored. They told him to stay calm and act natural. But nothing could prepare the young man as he approached Customs as a first time smuggler.

During the Great Depression a desperate man has a job interview with the man who stole his brilliant, history changing product idea.

The whole town gathers to hear the death wish of a rich, lonely woman. The friendliest town in history, Happy Go Lucky, is history.

Within ten minutes of the first time he injected himself with the mixed snake venom, he vomited violently as his brain told his body that it was under attack. Within twenty minutes, he begged his uncle to take him to hospital but of course that was out of the question. They both had to see this through for the sake of his career.

In 1986 Picasso’s Weeping Woman was stolen from the National Gallery of Victoria – the greatest art heist in Australian history. Incredibly the daylight robbery went unnoticed for two days as the culprits replaced the painting with a place card “Removed for Cleaning and Restoration”. The identity of the culprits has been a mystery ever since, until now.

Professor Selwyn’s lifelong work finally culminates in the discovery of her generation. Tragically it’s seven months too late for her dead husband, the other Professor Selwyn. Just as tragic, the world will never hear of the discovery.

The story which asks the biggest question of all – Is It Possible? And the answer is yes.

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