September 23, 2009

Dark Country by Bronwyn ParryBronwyn Parry at Ultimo Library

Books Alive author Bronwyn Parry will be at Ultimo Library tomorrow from 5pm-6pm. Come along for a chat, and bring your books or buy one on the day and have them signed. More details at the City of Sydney’s What’s On website.

Australian release for Night’s Cold Kiss

Night’s Cold Kiss, the debut novel by Australian author Tracey O’Hara, will be published locally by HarperCollins Australia. The website shows Sept 22 as the release date, so it should be in stores soon.

Queen of Songs and Soul by C. L. WilsonComing soon from C. L. Wilson

One of my most anticipated books of the year, the Queen of Song and Souls by C. L. Wilson, is scheduled for release on October 27. (You can read an excerpt here.) I’m told that the book became much longer than anticipated and had to be split, so this will be book 3 in the Tairen Soul quartet. The last book will be called Tairen Soul, which gives it a lovely bit of symmetry, given that it was the original name for the first book, which then had to be split into Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light and Shadows.

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September 20, 2009

2009 Books Alive ChallengeHi, everyone! We’ve just passed the mid-point of our Books Alive Reading Challenge, and I wanted to check in and see how everyone’s going!

My reading progress has been abysmal these past couple of weeks. I managed to finish 3 books:

1. The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke (fantasy) — Unique premise, interesting characters. I’ve added the next book to my to-buy list.

2. Blue Noise by Debra Oswald (young adult fiction) — I’m not the target reader for this book, but I can see it appealing to younger teens or older reluctant readers.

3. The latest Kathleen O’Reilly (Harlequin Blaze) arrived last week, and I didn’t sleep last night because I just had to finish it!

What have you been reading? Anything you’d highly recommend (or not)? If you’ve posted any reviews or lists, leave a link in the comments so we can check them out!

Bronwyn Parry at Ultimo Library

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September 19, 2009

Richelle Mead Sydney after partyAt her second Richelle Mead signing of the day, Decadence goes back to school. In a manner of speaking.

Any questions I had over why the after party of a YA book tour would be held at a university hall were answered when I arrived. St Vladimir’s Academy is traditional on the outside and modern on the inside, while Sydney Uni has a mix of historical stone and modern glass and steel. MacLaurin Hall has some truly inspiring stone towers and large-paned windows surrounding beautifully kept lawns.

As a new friend said, “I feel like I’m in Hogwarts.”

I arrived at this signing with over half an hour to spare, which I spent in line chatting to strangers whom I hoped wouldn’t spoil the series for me (as though the exclusive reading from the as-yet-unpublished fifth book in the series, Spirit Bound wouldn’t do that).

One fan was so hardcore that she had brought at least one book from each of the three series Richelle Mead has going and on the title page of (I think) a Succubus book

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September 18, 2009
Source: Penguin Books Australia

Source: Penguin Books Australia

With all the hype surrounding Richelle Mead’s Australian tour, Decadence just had to see what all the fuss is about. (Plus, we love Galaxy events.)

I am actually a very new reader of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series—I haven’t finished the first book yet! I wanted to go to her book signing because it’s not that often that bestselling American authors come all the way across the ocean to see us.

I missed the damn train that would have got me to the city in plenty of time, so when I finally arrived, I saw Richelle and her entourage (which included a TV camera) walk through the door. The line was even longer than the one for Sherri. I was halfway to the door of the next shop. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at the number of teenagers who got the day off school, but I was. Another surprise was the number of guys in the line, too, who were all taller than me and blocked my view of Richelle, who is every bit as pretty as her publicity photos.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait that long because someone* let me cut through about half of the people waiting there. Even better than that, I got to talk to adults in the line.

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September 17, 2009

2009 Book Blogger Appreciation WeekThis week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). Marg, whose blog Reading Adventures was shortlisted in the BBAW Award for Best Romance Blog, posted a lovely write-up on Book Thingo. I thought it only fitting to pay it forward by listing some of the book blogs I most frequent or which continually inspire me.

Monkey Bear Reviews

SarahT’s blog is even younger than Book Thingo, but it’s already on my must-read list. I love reading Sarah’s opinion on various issues around romance blogland—she gets me thinking even if I don’t always agree. Sarah isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues, but she does so in an articulate, fair and well thought out way.

Literary Minded

Okay, I don’t read every article on Angela Meyer’s blog, but if there’s one blog that has inspired me to be a better, more creative reviewer, it’s this one. Angela plays around with different styles when reviewing books, interviewing authors, or covering Australian literary events. She also convinced me (probably without realising it) to try two books that look set to make it to my list of best reads for the year: Addition by Toni Jordan, and Affection

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September 6, 2009

2009 Books Alive ChallengeTomorrow is the start of our Books Alive Reading Challenge. It’s not too late to join! You can read the rules and sign up here. You can join any time until the end of the challenge—the more the merrier!

Susan at Reading Upside Down
Michelle at Torch Under The Blanket Books
Jen at eveninghour.org (The Books I’ve Bought Ages Ago But Haven’t Yet Read Challenge)
Charlie at bookbook blog
SonomaLass at SonomaLass’ blog
Christina via Goodreads
gnomeangel at her blog
Tez at Tez Says (Just Read, Bitch! Challenge)
Edie (Books By New-To-Me Authors)
Marg at Reading Aventures
Bronwyn Parry at her blog (All-rounder Challenge)
Becky at Becky et al
mirvettium at mirgraphy
Decadence at Book Thingo (Books I’ve Bought Ages Ago But Haven’t Yet Read Challenge–Just Read, Bitch! Combo Challenge)
Bon (Just Read, Bitch! Challenge)
Kat at Book Thingo

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September 3, 2009

2009 Books Alive ChallengeSeptember is book month in Australia as the book industry gets behind the the Books Alive campaign, which runs from August 26 to September 30. And what better way to celebrate reading than … a reading challenge!

Books Alive Reading Challenge

1. Read as many books as you can from Sept 7 to 30. (This gives us a weekend to buy or borrow books for the challenge.)

2. On Oct 1, post a list of the books you read. If you don’t have a blog or website, you can post your results as a comment to our challenge round-up in October.

3. The list should either link to your reviews of the books  or include short comments saying what you thought of each book.

Challenge variations (more difficult)

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September 2, 2009

2009 Indigenous Literacy Project

Thanks to Twitter, I found out that today is Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD). ILD is the major fundraising event for the Indigenous Literacy Project, which aims to address the literacy crisis in Indigenous communities in remote locations.

You can help just by buying a book today!

Participating booksellers will donate to the ILP at least 5% of today’s takings, and participating publishers will donate at least 5% of their takings from titles invoiced today. Click here for a list of participating booksellers and publishers. The list includes booksellers who’ve been known to support the romance reading community, such as Booktopia and Galaxy. If you haven’t bought your uni textbooks yet, some co-op bookshops are also listed.

Click here to find out what else you can do to help the project. You can also fund a book pack to be sent to isolated communities through the Book Buzz initiative.

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August 16, 2009

2009 RWA ConferenceThe Romance Writers of Australia is holding its 2009 National Conference in Brisbane.

We’re not writers, but we’re sticky beaks, so we’re following the live tweets to keep up to date on the goings on (no incriminating photos, yet).

If you have a Twitter account, the hashtag is #RWAus09, and you might also want to follow @RWAus. You can catch up on previous tweets: Day 1 | Day 2 | RWA award winners

You can find additional official coverage on the RWA blog. If you know of any bloggers or tweeters covering the conference, please let us know so we can link to them.

If you can’t see the live updates below, you can also view the tweets via Twitter or ScribbleLive.

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August 16, 2009

2009 RWA ConferenceThe Romance Writers of Australia has announced the winners of their 2009 contests and awards. A big CONGRATULATIONS to the finalists and winners!

R*BY awards

The Romantic Book of the Year Award—more commonly known as the R*BY or Ruby Award—is awarded to the best romance book published the previous year by an Australian or New Zealand romance author, as voted on by Australian readers. More details on the RWA website.

Short Sweet — Marion Lennox (His Island Bride)
Short Sexy — Trish Morey (The Italian Boss’s Mistress of Revenge)
Long Romance — Anne Gracie (The Stolen Princess)
Romantic Elements — Suzanne Perazzini (Beneath The Surface)

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