But Isn’t Everyday World Chocolate Day?

Apparently it is World Chocolate Day…what will you be eating and reading today/tonight?

I think I will be having Chocolate Liquorice Bullets and reading the latest Kathy Reichs, Bones Never Lie.

 

Thanks to Allen and Unwin who shared this thought: https://www.facebook.com/AllenandUnwinBooks?fref=nf

A Question To All Who Read or Write Or Review Books And To All Book Bloggers

Do you think/know if reviewing a novel and posting that review on social media such as a blog or Facebook or the publishers website  etc has any impact on how well a novel is received or how well it sells?  I am really keen to hear your views. Are you influenced by online reviews? Why do you blog?

 

 

 

The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013

Today I decided to take up the Challenge – will you join me?

http://australianwomenwriters.com/2013-challenge/

Australian Women Writers Challenge

After I registered I stared to look at the reading/review lists and found a few book I  have already read – which was interesting and yet somewhat surprising  – I hadn’t realised I had read Australian Women’s voices. Is that a good thing or not? The fact that Australian Women Writers voices were just as good as any other and by and large did not leap out at me as Australian is good, isnt it? I suppose because I read  mostly crime fiction and contemporary fiction maybe place is not such an obvious marker of  writers voice?  And should  we only write/read about the region we live in? I think not – today we are all citizens of a global world.

I do however think that the words we write are shaped by our experience  and where/how we live does have some influence here, but does not necessarily prescribe our words or our stories. We can write about anything, and write well. For example – look at these 2 amazing yet vastly different  books, Questions of Travel  by Michelle de Krester and Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove – what brilliant diverse voices!  Or look at the new voices soon to be heard,   Miss Blossom Makes A Mean Red Velvet Cake,  plenty of talent here.

So who will join me in this Challenge? Readers from any region welcome to join.  I dare you!