Mad about historicals, categories, paranormals and YA

Mad about historicals, categories, paranormals and YA

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things

Book blogger meet up

A quick reminder that we’re having a get together for any book-inclined bloggers, tweeters, Facebookers, Goodreaders and lurkers on Thursday, March 24 at the Arthouse Hotel. Click here for more details. We’d love to see you there!

Mad month for historical romance readers

Historical author Ashley March is hosting a month-long celebration of historical romance. Her blog will feature guest posts from historical romance authors, daily giveaways and she will be highlighting websites that support historical romance. Book Thingo will be featured on March 29, but if you love historicals, make sure you check out the party every day this month. Leave a comment after the March Madness posts and you can be in the running to win a prize!

The appeal of category romance

Wendy the Super Librarian posted her thoughts on why she loves category romance, ‘the most misunderstood branch on the fiction tree.’ The short answer: ‘it’s all of the romance, with none of the BS.’ But you really should read the rest of it! Wendy was named Librarian of the Year for 2011 by the Romance Writers of America.

Aurealis Awards

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Aurealis Awards. The awards will be held on Saturday, May 21. Early bird discounts apply—make sure you read the booking information page for details. The Aurealis Awards recognise achievements in Australian sff and horror writing.

Read It 2011

I don’t know how I missed this blog, but it’s a monthly Twitter reading group that focuses on a particular theme each month. Read It is run by the NSW Readers Advisory Working Group. The next Twitter discussion is on Tuesday, March 29 to discuss speculative fiction. The hashtag will be #specfic.

Like Goodreads for young adult fiction

If you’re a reader of young adult fiction, check out the relaunch of Inside A Dog, a site showcasing Australian writers and young adult literature. The name comes from a quote by Groucho Marx: ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.’

Inside A Dog has a social networking component, such as user-generated ratings and reviews, but it also features a writer in residence, forums, book clubs and professional resources for teachers and librarians. The site is run by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. Inside A Dog runs the Inky Awards.

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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