Round-up of Aussie Author Month – Week 2

Round-up of Aussie Author Month – Week 2

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.

Social networking

Participating blogs | Facebook | Twitter — #ausbooks | What the hashtag?!


Win book prizes for participating in Aussie Author Month — Nyssa (ASFFWA)
Farewell to Lancashire by Anna Jacobs (Swan River Saga, Book 1) — Australian Romance Readers of Australia
Magnate’s Make-Believe Mistress by Bronwyn Jameson and Untamable Rogue by Kelly Hunter — Paula Roe (author)
The Desert Sheikh’s Defiant Queen by Jane Porter and Annie West – Annie West (author)
Midnight’s Wild Passion by Anna Campbell — Anna Campbell
Song of Scarabaeus & Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy — Tez (Tez Says)
The Fair Dinkum Quiz — Fair Dinkum Crime
ARC giveaway (Thyla by Kate Gorde, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, Lessons in Letting Go by Corinne Grant, I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington, Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster) — Collins Booksellers & ABC Centre, Werribee Plaza


Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres — Tez (Tez Says)
Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter — Katy (Katydid in Oz)
The Carmine Island stories from Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres — Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader)
Mezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella — BlondieeC (Babble and Books)
Their Newborn Gift by Nikki Logan — Kat (Book Thingo)
Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry — Kat (Book Thingo)
A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennett — Kat (Book Thingo)
Bachelor Dad, Girl Next Door by Sharon Archer Kate — (Katydid in Oz)
Border Watch by Helene Young — Decadence (Book Thingo)
A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson — Kate O’Donnell (Fancy Goods)
Voodoo Doll by Leah Giarratano — Bree (1 girl…2 many books)
Bittersweet by Melanie La’Brooy — Bree (1 girl…2 many books)
You Belong to Me by Karen Rose — Kaetrin (ARRA)
Heart of Gold by Fiona Palmer — HeatherK (ARRA)
Coming Home by P. D. Martin — Tez (Tez Says)
Road to the Soul by Kim Falconer – Castle Bookshop
Path of the Stray by Kim Falconer – Castle Bookshop

Featured authors

Sara Creasy — Tez (Tez Says)
Anna Jacobs — Australian Romance Readers Association
Leah Giarratano — Kerrie (Fair Dinkum Crime)
Sara Foster — Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader)
Peter Temple — Jon (Bite The Book)
Modern Girls (a round-up of chicklit authors) — Shelleyrae (bookd’d out)
Trent Jamieson — Fangbooks
Peter Koevari — BlondiieC (Babble and Books)
Van Badham — Fangbooks
Brian Kavanagh — Bernadette (Fair Dinkum Crime)
Mem Fox — Jo Hart (The Graceful Doe)
Melina Marchetta — Between the Lines (Penguin Australia)
Anna Jacobs — ARRA
Heather Boyd — ARRA
Paula Roe – Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

Jandamarra and the Bunuba ResistanceFinally, this one is more of a featured book. Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon by Brenton E McKenna has just been released. This is Australia’s first Indigenous graphic novel and is the first of a trilogy.

In a dusty pearling town in the north-west of Western Australia, runs Ubby, a young ruffian who leads a rag-tag gang known as the Underdogs. When Ubby meets Sai Fong, a Chinese girl just off the boat from Shanghai. She finds herself thrown into a mysterious world of ancient legends and secrets never before exposed.

Ubby is on the brink of becoming a hero unlike the world has ever seen, and must walk where most men dare not tread.

You can find out more about the graphic novel here (click on the cover image to see a few frames from the novel).


Galaxy Bookshop (Sydney) — 10% off all Australian authored books

Pages & Pages (Mosman) — Donate your Readers Rewards or vouchers and Pages & Pages wills end the equivalent amount to the Indigenous Literacy Project
An As Yet Untitled Tale From a Titty Bar by Jamie Richter (Smashwords) — Free for the first week of Aussie Author Month. Use code FU25W at checkout.


Aussie authors on IMPAC shortlist (via Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog)
Author has star quality by Belinda Scott (Feature on author Karly Lane in The Coffs Coast Advocate)

If I missed any links, let me know and I’ll include in the next round-up. Thanks for participating, everyone!

What do you think?