April 17, 2011

2011 Aussie Author Month - FlagA weekly round-up of Aussie Author Month activity around teh interwebs.

This week has been a bit slow at Book Thingo—my fault entirely as I haven’t been able to keep up with the reading, blogging, editing and link compilations—but Aussie Author Month continues to grow, with more reviews and contests around the blogosphere.

At Book Thingo, we reposted Decadence’s review of Border Watch by Helene Young. This book won the Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Romantic Suspense in 2010. I also posted my much-delayed Mixed Bag for April, which features a variety of Aussie Authors that we haven’t previously reviewed at Book Thingo.

Next week, look out for loads of author quickies—I have a backlog of them to get through and they will all be posted in April, so it’s going to be a busy fortnight. Also look out for book giveaways courtesy of some fabulous Aussie authors.

Fundraising total: $211.50

Again, a quick reminder that, as part of Aussie Author month, we’re also promoting the Indigenous Literacy Project. I encourage you to support them in whatever way you can. If you’d like to make a donation, you may do so via Go Fundraise and help us reach our goal of $1000 by the end of the month.

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April 15, 2011
Border Watch by Helene Young (retitled as Wings of Fear)

Border Watch by Helene Young (retitled as Wings of Fear)

Intelligently written and down to earth without being boring, this is a book to refresh your romantic palate without completely departing from the genre.

This review was previously posted on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog.

The first in a trilogy based on Australia’s aviation industry, Border Watch by Helene Young is the story of Captain Morgan Pentland, who has overcome a childhood of violence to become a border patrol pilot, and Commander Rafe Daniels, a former SAS officer who suspects Morgan of leaking information to terrorists.

Sparks flew between Morgan and Rafe from the moment they met and when Rafe joins Morgan’s team, they share a combative banter, unwilling to admit to their attraction. A terrorist attack brings them closer and they develop a mutual admiration and respect for the other’s strength, but remain unwilling to get involved.

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April 14, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things

ARRC 2011 round-ups

ARRA has posted some round-ups of ARRC 2011 on it blog. Take a peek at what happened at the convention on the Thursday (volunteers hard at work), Friday (volunteers at work), Welcome reception, Silent auction.

Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader has also posted part 1 of her round-up.

For a round-up of all the round-ups, check out our ARRC 2011 page.

RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award winners

The RT Reviewers’ Choice awards were announced at Los Angeles last week. Click here for a list of winners. Congratulations to A/NZ authors Nalini Singh (Best Shapeshifter Romance for Play of Passion) and Tina Duncan (Best First Series Romance for Da Silva’s Mistress).

Congratulations also to Valerie Parv, who was awarded a Pioneer of Romance Award.

Source: Maggie Nash and Romance Writers of Australia 

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April 13, 2011

In keeping with Aussie Author Appreciation Month, this Mixed Bag features local authors whose work we haven’t previously reviewed on Book Thingo.

Their Newborn Gift by Nikki Logan

Their Newborn Gift by Nikki Logan

Their Newborn Gift by Nikki Logan (Australian edition)

Lea Curran’s one-night stand with rodeo star Reilly Martin resulted in a baby he never knew about. But four-year old Molly’s only chance to live a normal life may rest with cord blood from a close genetic match. Lea will do anything to save her daughter, including sleep with Reilly again to conceive another child. But first she has to tell him about his daughter.

The complications in this story make for dramatic conflicts, and the first twist totally threw me. Nikki Logan doesn’t let up on the angst, and with a terminally ill child involved, this book is guaranteed to be a tear-jerker. Luckily, it’s a romance. With an epilogue!

Reilly starts off acting like ye olde heartless hero bent on revenge for Lea leaving him after one night—‘as cheap as a motel television’—and not telling him about the baby.

…in all her planning and visualisation it had never occurred to her he would care about the baby that would result, let alone want it. The paradigm she was working from was five years out of date: Reilly Martin, king of the circuit; lover of women; drinker of beer.

Wanter of heirs, apparently.

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April 10, 2011

2011 Aussie Author Month - FlagA weekly round-up of Aussie Author Month activity around teh interwebs.

Aussie bloggers have not lost the momentum of last weekend, and Aussie Author Month continues to highlight many authors and books I hadn’t heard of before. I hope you guys have discovered new books to try this week.

A quickie with…

At Book Thingo, we’re running a Q & A-type series of posts featuring Australian authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts, and we readers can enjoy the variety of responses. We tried to make it fun for authors and readers. If there are any romance authors you’d like to see featured here, leave a comment and I’ll see what we can do. (Bear in mind that some authors may not have the time to respond with such short notice.)

Our first quickie was with R*BY Award winning urban fantasy author Tracey O’Hara. I forgot to mention this in the quickie post, but Tracey was one of the pioneers of the ARR Awards Bling-Off. You can read her responses here.

The fundraising page for the Indigenous Literacy Project is up!

As part of Aussie Author month, we’re also promoting the Indigenous Literacy Project. I encourage you to support them in whatever way you can. If you’d like to make a donation, you may do so via Go Fundraise and help us reach our goal of $1000 by the end of the month.

And now, here’s a round-up of this week’s Aussie Author Month posts. If I missed yours, leave a comment with the URL and I’ll add it to next week’s round-up. Enjoy!

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April 9, 2011

As part of Aussie Author Month, we’re running a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!

Our first quickie is with urban fantasy author Tracey O’Hara. Her first book, Night’s Cold Kiss, won the 2010 R*BY Award in the Romantic Elements category. It was also nominated for the Aurealis Award in 2009.

Tracey’s next book, Death’s Sweet Embrace, is the second book in the Dark Brethren series and has just been released in Australia.

Website: traceyohara.com
Social networks: Facebook | Twitter
Genre: Dark urban fantasy
New release: Death’s Sweet Embrace

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April 7, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things

2011 Get Reading! campaign launched

The Get Reading! campaign was launched this week, and the list of 50 Books You Can’t Put Down seems to be causing angst among local booksellers and publishers, many of whom believe that the list includes too many overseas titles. (It would be nice if they updated the website to coincide with the launch so I could include a link!)

Good news for readers who love outback romance. North Star by Karly Lane is included in the list and I believe it has romantic elements. (Lane was a panelist ARRC and is a member of RWAus.) Did I miss any other romance titles?

The list includes I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington, which I reviewed a few days ago. Also of interest are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Passion by Lauren Kate and book six of the Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, by Richelle Mead. These teen/YA titles are popular among romance reading circles.

This year the free anthology, which you can get when you buy one of the books on the list, will be available as an ebook.

ARRC 2011 posts

We at Book Thingo have been very slack about posting our summaries. They’re still works in progress at this stage, but they will be posted. One day. In the meantime, here’s a round-up of the ARRC 2011 posts by other attendees. If I missed yours, please let me know!

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April 6, 2011
My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

Dramatic, thrilling and, yes, a little over the top—vintage Anna Campbell.

This is a modified version of the winning review in the ARRC2011 Reader Challenge. (Here’s a photo of Kat receiving the award.)

‘I want to be your lover.’

Diana Carrick presents the Earl of Ashcroft with an offer too good for a notorious rake to refuse. So when he declines, she doesn’t know whether to feel relief or despair. She’s made a bargain with the devil: a child in exchange for marriage to the man who controls  the estate in which Diana grew up and which she loves.

Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, is intrigued by the mysterious proposition but senses a bit of, well, dodginess about the entire affair. But this is a romance, after all, and his willpower is no match for Diana’s allure. Ashcroft embodies that favourite of all historical romance heroes—the rake who’s not really a rake—with an added bonus of being powerful enough to vanquish villains.

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April 5, 2011

I was requested by a fellow romance reader to pass this on to the romance reading community. Sarah is a student at UTS and she’s looking for readers who love or hate romance to answer a survey. Her first assignment is due on Monday, so if you can respond fairly quickly I think she would appreciate it. The rest of this post is taken from Sarah’s email.

This semester I’m taking a subject called ‘Writing Laboratory’. I have two assignments for this subject. The first is a ‘workbook’, a lead up to the second assignment a piece of creative writing to be disseminated publicly.

The workbook will be me working through ideas and possibilities for the second piece. For this I’d love for romance readers, bloggers, tweeters, publishers, authors and those who hate romance to answer some questions for me to use as guidance for what to avoid, what not to avoid, why people love or hate romance etc.

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April 4, 2011
I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

Interesting insight into the Australian legal and welfare system. Keep the tissue box within reach.

Something tragic occurs, involving an infant and her mother. Using letters to the judge written by the mother’s father, sister and a nurse, Caroline Overington builds a backdrop against which the horrifying event—not revealed until the final part of the novel—is put into context.

Much of this novel sheds light on the ineffectiveness of the welfare and justice systems. Sometimes this is due to negligence or poor management, but it can just as easily be the result of good intentions. It’s heartbreaking to see how misunderstandings and the lack of resources can put already disadvantaged families into worse circumstances.

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