Stuff the Book Thingo bloggers are up to. Not an excuse for blog silence. Okay, many excuses for blog silence.
The logic behind having seven bloggers behind Book Thingo was to spread the reviewing love around so that when life gets busy for a few, the others can pick up the load. In reality, we all seem to go through slumps and busy times at around the same time. I can’t explain it.
Fortunately, a lot of us are still doing bookish things. So I thought I’d share some links on where you can find us, and what we’ve been up to this month (and previous months, truth be told).
I have been reviewing new release romances for the Booktopia Romance Buzz. You can find some of my favourite books for 2015, and Q&As with your favourite authors, here: January (Amy Andrews) | February (Victoria Dahl) | March (Helene Young) | April (Kelley Armstrong) | May (Suzanne Brockmann). The June issue went out to subscribers a few days ago, and the feature author was Shona Husk.
I’m also still podcasting for Destiny Romance, who decided to continue the Heart to Heart podcast for at least another year (which we’re halfway through now). You can find those episodes here: Georgina Penney | Jodi McAlister (the Fifty Shades of Grey episode). In case you missed it, I had a really long and interesting chat with Jennifer Kloester about the life and work of Georgette Heyer.
Elsewhere, I was interviewed by Her Collective for a post titled Romance Novels: Where is the Love? I’m also planning to launch a podcast for Book Thingo, and I’m hoping this will be ready for your ears in the next couple of months, so watch this space.
Finally, I’ll be at the Wheeler Centre on Thursday, June 25 for The F Word: Romance with authors Maxine Beneba Clarke and Kate Belle, and academic Beth Driscoll.
Wandergurl has been super busy with life and friends.
Decadence is still reading paranormal romance and is busy selling books! She updated the Black Dagger Brotherhood cheat sheets up to but not including the latest book, The Shadows. She contributed two articles to Trousseau, so make sure you check them out!
Jen and I recently launched Trousseau, a zine for romance readers. You’ll find us both at the MCA Zine Fair in Sydney next week on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. There might be A Very Special Guest at our table, so if you’re around for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, make sure you drop by the zine fair! I’m also trying to organise a launch party for that weekend, so watch this space.
Jen has been working on another zine, but you’ll need to visit the zine fair to check out what it’s all about. (I haven’t even seen it!)
Jen and I will be at the RWA conference in August. We’re presenting a workshop called ‘Love at First Site’ (pdf) on author website design on Saturday, August 22 at noon.
Envyious is super busy doing non-book-related stuff.
Gabby and I were on Final Draft with Andrew Pople on Saturday. You can find the podcast on the 2SER website. Even if you tuned in to the show on radio, it’s worth listening to the podcast as it includes a lot of material that was cut from the program that went on air.
We might be doing this other thing soon, but I can’t talk about it yet. Sorry. (Not sorry.)
Jodi has been on all sorts of exciting adventures, including visiting the set of The Bold and the Beautiful. You can read all about her experience on the Momentum Moonlight blog, for which she regularly writes. She also does Outlander recaps! If you’re more into Jodi’s academic work, she posted round-ups of the Popular Culture Association national meeting.
In the Most Exciting News, Jodi is moderating a romance panel at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Beyond Dukes and Damsels also has editor Kate Cuthbert and authors Victoria Purman and Avril Tremayne on the panel. DO NOT MISS THIS. It’s on Saturday at 1.30pm.
Jodi is the PopCAANZ area chair for popular romance, so she’ll be at the conference in New Zealand at the end of June. She put out a call for papers earlier this year, so make sure you watch out for the program. I imagine there will be some excellent presentations on romance this year.
After that, Jodi will be at a panel called ‘This Modern Love: Sex, Love, and History in Historical Romance’ (draft program, pdf) at the Australian Historical Association conference on Thursday, July 9 at 11.30am at the University of Sydney.
Jodi also wrote an alternative ending to a Lynne Graham book for Trousseau, so make sure you check it out!