Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

Player Profile: Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Persephone Nicholas, author of Burned Tell us about your latest creation: My book is called Burned and is the winner of this year’s Random House/National Seniors Literary Prize. It’s the story of four families on two sides of the world brought together by one terrible event. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I was […]

Player Profile: Chris Allen, author of Hunter

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Chris Allen, author of Hunter Tell us about your latest creation: The second Alex Morgan novel in my black-ops Intrepid series is Hunter: Intrepid 2. It’s a rapid-paced action-packed rollercoaster of a story and it deals with a current issue with the backdrop of the Serbian warlords being brought to justice in the Hague – the sentencing is happening […]

Player Profile: Steve Bisley, author of Stillways

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Steve Bisley, author of Stillways Tell us about your latest creation: I have just had my first book launched on August the first. It is an early memoir of my life growing up on a small farm on the central coast of N.S.W. Its is called “Stillways” Where are you from / where do you call home?: […]

Player Profile: Hannah Richell, author of The Shadow Year

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hannah Richell, author of The Shadow Year Tell us about your latest creation: The Shadow Year is the story of a group of friends who stumble upon an abandoned cottage and decide to drop out for a year and attempt to live self-sufficiently. What begins as a fun experiment soon spirals into darkness and tragedy. Thirty years later, […]

Player Profile: Jacqueline Harvey, author of Alice-Miranda Shines Bright

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Jacqueline Harvey, author of Alice-Miranda Shines Bright Tell us about your latest creation: Alice-Miranda Shines Bright (#8 in the series).  Alice-Miranda and Millie make an accidental but dazzling discovery in the woods near school but it seems they are not the only ones looking.  Throw in a missing villager, a ruthless property developer and a hapless Mayor and there […]

Player Profile – Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena Tell us about your latest creation: My first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, is set in Chechnya from 1994-2004. It follows a cast of ordinary civilians who attempt to transcend the wreckage of war as they search for, flee from, collide with, and find one another. Where are […]

Five Faves (Picture Books) for Book Week

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Here are 5 fantastic favourites you should reach out and grab onto with both hands – FAST!  Silver Buttons by Bob Graham, Walker Books UK August 2013 Jodie draws a duck just as her baby brother, Jonathon, takes his first steps. An exquisite and poetic glimpse at a speck in time overflowing with life; beginnings […]

Player Profile: David Whish-Wilson, author of Zero At The Bone

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

David Whish-Wilson, author of Zero At The Bone Tell us about your latest creation: Zero at the Bone is my most recent novel, a follow-on from my 2010 crime novel Line of Sight. It’s set in 1979 Perth, and looks at some of the mining scams of the period before WA really started booming – linked to some of […]

Player Profile – Adrian McKinty, author of In The Morning I’ll Be Gone

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Adrian McKinty, author of I Hear The Sirens In The Streets Tell us about your latest creation: In The Morning I’ll Be Gone: a locked room mystery set in Northern Ireland in 1985 featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy. Where are you from / where do you call home?: I’m from Belfast and I live in St Kilda. When […]

Player Profile – Michael Robotham, author of Watching You

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Michael Robotham, author of Watching You Tell us about your latest creation: WATCHING YOU is a psychological thriller featuring some family characters – psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and former detective Vincent Ruiz. It also introduces someone new – Marnie Logan, a mother of two, whose husband has been missing for more than a year. Suffering from blackouts and increasingly desperate, […]

Media tie-in books

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Media tie-in books are those that are in some way associated with a film, television series or game. I’m interested in these types of books both as a reader and a writer. I recently read a book about tie-in writing — Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-in Writing. So tie-in writing […]

Double Dipping – Two ‘Small but Special’ Reviews

Monday, August 12th, 2013

This month’s double whammy review is courtesy of UQP. From their impressive collection for younger readers comes two new titles certain to cause a stir for primary aged girls in particular; Smooch and Rose by Queensland author Samantha Wheeler and Chook Chook Little and Lo in the City by Wai Chim. A rose by any […]

Player Profile: Banafsheh Serov, author of The Russian Tapestry

Friday, August 9th, 2013

  Banafsheh Serov, author of The Russian Tapestry Tell us about your latest creation: The Russian Tapestry is a tale of love and turmoil based on the true story of my husband’s grandparents, a romance that spans the years of the Great War and the Russian revolution, and is set in the ballrooms of St Petersburg, the streets of […]

Player Profile: Duncan Lay, author of Valley of Shields

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

  Duncan Lay, author of Valley of Shields Tell us about your latest creation: My latest trilogy is Empire Of Bones, beginning with the bestseller Bridge Of Swords. Valley Of Shields came out in April and went into reprint after 17 days. Wall Of Spears, the third book, is out in February 2014. It’s the story of a […]

Player Profile: Richard Beasley, author of Me and Rory MacBeath

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Richard Beasley, author of Me and Rory MacBeath Tell us about your latest creation: “Me and Rory Macbeath” is a novel set in the 1970’s about the friendship between two boys (Jake and Rory) who meet at the start of the summer when they are both twelve. They have the kind of fun together that kids did in […]

Player Profile: Angela Savage, author of The Dying Beach

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Angela Savage, author of The Dying Beach Tell us about your latest creation: The Dying Beach, set in the exquisite southern Thai province of Krabi, finds expatriate PI Jayne Keeney investigating the death of a young tour guide, a case that takes her into the murky world of corruption and environmental destruction. Where are you […]

Player Profile: Kate Forsyth, author of The Wild Girl

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Kate Forsyth, author of The Wild Girl Tell us about your latest creation: THE WILD GIRL tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Set during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic Wars, THE WILD GIRL is a […]

Player Profile: Hugh Howey, author of Wool

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Hugh Howey, author of Wool Tell us about your latest creation: My newest release is DUST. It wraps up the Silo Saga that began with WOOL and continued with SHIFT. As I write this, it’s been two years to the day that I released WOOL, which changed my life forever. Putting the final touches on […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Very Jumpy Tour with Tania McCartney

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The most spectacular thing about a plain old butter cake is often its layers. Colour them, stack them and then you have a thing of unique beauty and depth. This is exactly what makes a stand out picture book for me: its multiple layers. And today I am honoured to share the latest delectable offering […]

On My Bedside Table – # 2

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Does your bedside table feature nothing more than a sedate, sleek bedside lamp and the latest eReader? Or is an outrageous collection of self-help, kids’ lit, how-to, YA, book club, must-review-reads piled unceremoniously on top of each like mine? I tried reading one book at a time. Found it just wasn’t for me. I now […]

Review – The Fearsome, Frightening, Ferocious Box

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Do you remember those Magic Eye (random dot autostereograms) 3D puzzles of the late 80s? The ones where if you stare long and hard enough at them and go into a cross-eyed kind of trance, you’d mysteriously see a world or picture in unimaginable depth and detail? Personally, I loved them and spent a lot […]

Review – Where Are You, Banana?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Ever had a little buddy you just can’t live without? A certain something or someone that insinuates itself so deeply into your heart that to be without it would be like losing part of yourself? Pets especially imbue a certain sticky charm and no pet wheedles our affection better than the humble dog. This is […]

Double Dipping Reviews – A Book about Scary & Wanda and Dragonfly and their night-time adventure

Monday, June 24th, 2013

This week’s double whammy review hails from innovative Aussie publishers, The Five Mile Press and addresses two common childhood dilemmas; refusing to go to bed and stuff that scares you. When I see the names Danny Katz and Mitch Vane together, my mouth twitches involuntarily into a smile. But this is A Book about Scary. So should […]

Doodles and Drafts – A Blog Tour Adventure with The Littlest Bushranger

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I was one of those horsey girls as a kid. Loved them. Couldn’t accept parents’ refusal to keep one of them in our backyard. So I transformed my trusty bike – the one with the chopper-style handlebars – and the dog’s leather lead into the best little mare you could imagine. I actually steered the […]

Review – All Aboard the Nutmobile!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Australia is well-known for its myriad of contrasts and tempestuous weather. Devastating bushfires, consuming floods, and cyclonic furies can weary even the staunchest of spirits. But, seldom ones to lie down in defeat, Aussies love to rise above a challenge; plucking inspiration, hope, and incredible optimism from the deepest of floods waters. This is precisely […]

Stephen Michael King’s Baker’s Dozen – Classics you’ve read to your kids

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Every now and then it’s nice to reflect and remember the golden moments of yesterday. And nothing conjures up warm, snugly memories better than a magic word or two, shared and cherished with those you love. When I asked children’s illustrator author, Stephen Michael King, what his reading list looked like, he trumped the idea […]

The Emerging Writers Festival Digital Masterclass (and Overage Players)

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

I almost didn’t go attend the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF), both because it’s in Melbourne and I’m not and because I’m still a bit puzzled that EWF consider Dave Graney ‘emerging’. My tweet about it probably earnt me a black mark from the festivals’ organisers, but the succinctness of Twitter didn’t allow me to explain […]

Doodles and Drafts – Charmed with Belinda Murrell

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When bestselling, award-winning children’s author Belinda Murrell requested a chat, I was delighted to oblige. And with the dual release of The River Charm and the new Lulu Bell series this month, she has much to talk about. So froth up your café au lait, sit back and discover why squishy bananas, suits of chain-mail […]

Obligatory Gatsby Blog

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s multi-gazillion-dollar film adaptation of the iconic The Great Gatsby has received mixed reviews, and I swore I’d steer clear of an obligatory Gatsby-themed blog. But, having seen the film on a whim (it’s Saturday night and I felt as though I needed to have something other than work and study to show for […]

Review – Seadog

Monday, May 27th, 2013

In his youth, my shaggy-coated border collie had a fondness for rolling in guano, preferably just after bath time. The maturity and inability age brings to pursue such endearing past-times means I have not had to deal with that glorious dead-fish-wet-dog-poo smell for some years – until now. Thanks to the jolly new picture book […]

Review – Ferret on the Loose

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Stand in the kids’ section of any library and you’ll soon discover what under 10 year old readers gravitate towards; pacey, riveting chapter books, starring jump-off-the-page characters with the odd quirky picture thrown in to keep it all real. This is precisely what New Frontier Publishing is delivering with their dynamite Little Rocket Series. Like […]

On My Bedside Table

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Want to know who I like to curl up in bed with after a long day behind the flat screen? Curious to know how I spend the midnight hours? Well I can reveal that at least three of those listed below are amongst the many who keep me occupied into the wee hours of the […]

Doodles and Drafts – Shifting through the Haze with Paula Weston

Monday, May 13th, 2013

It’s not that I’m not fond of paranormal spec-fiction; it’s just a genre that happens to feature much further down on my reading list – picture books dance all over them in fact. But when Queensland author, Paul Weston announced the release of her first YA novel, I was simultaneously intrigued and fascinated and then, […]

Review – Somebody’s House

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Have you ever wandered down your street and wondered who shares it with you? Do you like to let your curiosity conjure up interesting occupants based entirely on the external appearance of a dwelling? I do. I’m not sure if young children do this as consciously as us more questioning grown up types but Katrina […]

Review – Bea

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Fitting in with your flock is important. Occasionally though, our sense of self is questioned, buried beneath the need to conform. Mixing like with like is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s safe, secure and reassuring. Bea, however, is a bird who favours being true to yourself in preference to self-preservation. She dares to be […]

Lest We Forget

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

On the eve of ANZAC Day it seemed fitting to touch on the significance of the day. Young people are often faced with a barrage of ANZAC Day information whether they are involved in commemorative services and lessons at school or simply viewing a dawn parade on the day. Explaining the whys and how of […]

Review – Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The first time I met the acquaintance of Mr Darcy, I was much enamoured by his unassuming good looks, impeccable manners and sophisticated demeanour. If his reserved gentility left both Lizzy and me a little wanting and him rather lonely in the beginning, then it was only a question of time and persistence on behalf […]

Review – DON’T let a Spoonbill in the kitchen!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Fun, Fun, Fun! Delicious, unrestrained, dive-head-first into it FUN, was my first impression of Narelle Oliver’s scrumptious new picture book, DON’T let a Spoonbill in the kitchen! Well OK, but why, I bet you’re wondering. I was and couldn’t wait to devour this book to find out. My indulgence was delayed though first by the […]

Review – Night Watch

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Who hasn’t watched an African wildlife documentary and not been enthralled by the lives of the majestic beasts that roam within? I may be easily amused but their appearances and antics still impress me, as does Phil Cummings’ and Janine Dawson’s latest offering, Night Watch. Our African stars are Giraffe, Elephant, Hippo, and Baboon. They […]

Talk Like Shakespeare Day – April 23

Friday, April 12th, 2013

April 23 is Talk Like Shakespeare Day! How to Talk Like Shakespeare: Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all, say ye). Rhymed couplets are all the rage. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous […]