Launch giveaway winner announced

imageThe winner of the launch giveaway for Snowy River Man is Catherine McLean.

Catherine originally entered Book’d Out’s Australia Day Blog Hop giveaway, so I’m glad she won this time round.

So far, Snowy River Man has attracted several 5-star reviews on AmazonUS and an average of 4-stars on Goodreads.

If you do read and enjoy the book, I’d encourage you to write a review. It helps to get the word out there.

I’m surprised – and gratified – how many readers have found the book engrossing. Here’s what some have had to say:

I read this book in one night, it’s a real page turner, the plot is full of suspense, mystery, and when you’re sure of what is going to happen next, the author changes the direction and leaves you again, desperate to know how things are going to resolve! (Julia Damatto)

There is a lot of plot packed into Snowy River Man, which made for a fast, page-turning read. (Sam Still Reading)

I guess my love of suspense shines through. Even a confirmed crime reader enjoyed it. (You can read her review here.)

For everyone who missed out, you can buy Snowy River Man for around the price of a cup of coffee from Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon AustraliaBarnes and NobleBooktopiaBookworld, Google Play,iBooks StoreKobo, and the publisher: Escape. Remember, it’s in ebook format only.

Thanks for participating and happy reading!

Cheers
Lizzy

Today’s the day – Snowy River Man released!

imageMy debut romance novel Snowy River Man is released today.

Snowy River Man is the story of city girl Katrina Delaney who dreams of a missing boy. She discovers it’s the son of a man she met years ago with whom she had a one night stand, Jack Fairley, a grazier from the Snowy Mountains Shire. Katrina is determined to help find Jack’s son, despite the painful memories that begin to surface, taking her back to a time in her life she would rather forget.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say:

I thoroughly enjoyed Snowy River Man which is the debut novel for Aussie author Lizzy Chandler. A nice mixture of suspense and romance, with a gritty plot and delightful characters; the word pictures painted of the countryside around the Snowy Mountains, the chill in the air, the blackness of the night sky plus the vividness and brightness of the stars – all was exceptionally well done… I have no hesitation in recommending Snowy River Man highly, and will be looking out for the author’s next title with interest. (Read the rest of the review here)

You can buy a copy of Snowy River Man at Booktopia, BookworldAmazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon AustraliaBarnes and Noble, iBooks Store, Google Play, Kobo, and Escape. (Note, it is available as an e-book only.)

I’ll be posting my about the writing of Snowy River Man over the next few weeks, but I can’t mark today without acknowledging my partner, and my friends and family. You’ve all watched me pursue my dream of publication for many years – years which have seen me abandon the dream and return to it time and again. Without your love, support and encouragement, I would never even have re-submitted this novel, let alone seen it published. Thank you – and I hope you enjoy the story!

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If you’d like a chance to win an ebook copy of Snowy River Man, you can enter this giveaway here.

First review of Snowy River Man – and it’s 5 star!

imageSnowy River Man, my debut romance novel, is being released on Sunday and the first review is out.

Over the past few years, I’ve heard a lot of warnings from authors, “Don’t read the reviews!” But when someone tags you on Facebook and says they loved your story, it’s very tempting to check out what they have to say. And I’m glad I did!

Brenda, a Goodreads librarian, writes:

I thoroughly enjoyed Snowy River Man which is the debut novel for Aussie author Lizzy Chandler. A nice mixture of suspense and romance, with a gritty plot and delightful characters; the word pictures painted of the countryside around the Snowy Mountains, the chill in the air, the blackness of the night sky plus the vividness and brightness of the stars – all was exceptionally well done. I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but I have no hesitation in recommending Snowy River Man highly, and will be looking out for the author’s next title with interest. (Read the rest of the review here)

For a first review, it couldn’t get much better and I’m thrilled. I’m so glad someone loved my characters and setting. When I read it out to my mum she said, “That sounds like a book I’d like to read!” I’ve always been a bit nervous about my family reading my work, but maybe it’s time to get her an e-reader?

Snowy River Man will be available from this Sunday, 22 February. You’ll be able to buy a copy at Escape, Booktopia, Bookworld and Amazon. (How come they’re all different prices?) I do hope you’re temped to read it.

Note: Book bloggers can still request a review copy on Netgalley for another four weeks, but you must use this link because it won’t appear on a search. Let me know if you have any trouble!

And the winner is…

Snowy River ManThe winner of my Australia Day Blog Hop Giveaway is…

Womblywoo from Australia!

Womblywoo has been contacted by email with instructions how to download a copy of Snowy River Man from Netgalley.

There were 50 eligible entries. Each name was given a number – or numbers, if they were eligible for more than one entry in the draw – and the winning number was chosen via a website random number generator. Womblywoo was assigned the winning number, 34.

Random number generator resultThanks everyone who entered and commiserations to those who didn’t win. Maybe you can let me know if you had better luck elsewhere in the blog hop? I’d love to know.

Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

Australia Day Blog GiveawayTo celebrate this Australia Day, I’m offering a giveaway of my debut rural romance novel, Snowy River Man - or another book in a genre of your choice* – as part of Book’d Out’s Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop.

The last time Katrina Delaney saw Jack Fairley was the morning after a one-night stand, when she discovered he was engaged to be married. Seven years later, she dreams of a missing boy – Jack’s son. Katrina has worked with police to find missing children before, and she knows she must help. But seeing Jack again comes with its own set of dangers, and Katrina fears the risks she is taking with her heart…

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Snowy River Man, please do one or more of the following and complete the form below:

If you’re already following, just check off the relevant boxes.

This part of the giveaway is available to both Australian and international residents.

If you’re not into reading romance or already have a copy of Snowy River Man – and you live in Australia – I’m happy to substitute my novel for a pre-loved book by an Australian writer in another genre. Let me know what genre or book you’d prefer in the feedback option of the form and, if you’re the winner, I’ll be in touch to arrange for a hard copy to be sent in the mail. (Click on the image below to see the other books on offer.)*

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Australia Day giveaway pile

 

Entries will be accepted until midnight, Tuesday 27 January AEDT. Each action you take will earn you an extra place in the draw.

You can find other blogs participating in the blog hop here.

Good luck!

Note: Snowy River Man will be available from 22 February (as e-book only). The winner will be notified by email. All entrants’ emails will remain private and not used for any other purpose.

* Substitute book offer only available in Australia.

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Competition now closed: winner announced here.

Walk to Govetts Leap – a perfect summer’s day!

Last weekend we had family visiting and we took them up to Blackheath to the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre. From the centre we discovered an easy-grade walk down to Govetts Leap Lookout. It’s a 1.8 km zig-zag bitumen track suitable for old people, wheelchairs and toddlers alike.

Along the way, we were treated to lots of different types of gum trees losing their bark.

stripped red bark of gumshaggy bark

From the lookout we could see all the way across the Grose Valley to Mount Hay. The temperature was mild, the air clear – a perfect summer’s day in the Blue Mountains.

Grose Valley

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(Photos of bark © Rodney Weidland, used with permission.)

Snowy River Man: the road to publication

imageAs most of my regular readers will know, a few years ago I established the Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW). Back then, I was trying to find a publisher for a suspense novel I’d written. The novel attracted interest from an agent, and subsequently from several editors, but wasn’t accepted for publication. Instead of fulfilling my dream of becoming a published author, I found myself devoting more and more time and energy to convening the AWW reading and reviewing challenge which aims to overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women.

While AWW has been a lot of fun, and I’ve been privileged to work with many fine bookbloggers and writers who joined the AWW team, I didn’t relinquish my dream of becoming a published author.

In late 2013, a psychic writer friend of mine told me that my “guides” had a message for me. They had given me everything I needed to get published, they said; what I needed was a kick up the derriere. Submit, my writer friend told me. Submit one of my old romances that had done well in the Clendon Award competition in New Zealand; send it to Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing.

Chastened and obedient, I updated the manuscript and sent it off to Kate. Several months later, Snowy River Man, as it is now called, was accepted for publication. My dream had been fulfilled: finally, I was going to be a published author – in a genre that I’d pretty well abandoned – all because I followed the advice of a psychic!

After finishing the revisions for Snowy River Man, I revised another manuscript from my bottom drawer – a romantic suspense – and sent that off to Kate. I’ve yet to hear whether that will be accepted. Lately I’ve been busy writing articles for AWW, as well as reading and reviewing for pleasure. Soon I’ll have to get back to my own writing. The question is, in what genre? Should I rewrite another romance, pull out the fantasy novel I’ve drafted, work on the thriller I’ve begun, or try once again that literary work I abandoned years ago? My problem is, I like all these genres and have no idea what I should be writing next.

Maybe I need another chat with my friend the psychic?

Snowy River Man will be released on February 22. You can pre-order a copy from AWW’s sponsor Bookworld here or Amazon.

A Library With A View

The other day I mentioned in the Aussie Libraries Facebook page that Katoomba library must have one of the world’s best views for a library. Someone commented that there probably isn’t much competition.

Do you know of any libraries which have great views?

Katoomba Library view

View from Katoomba Library, Blue Mountains, NSW

 

It’s Monday: What Are You Reading?

imageIt’s a couple of weeks since I posted – weeks spent preparing for Christmas and clearing out my garage for a huge council clean-up. But I have managed to spend some happy hours catching up on my reading and reviewing.

On my other blog, I published reviews for Charlotte Link’s The Watcher and Judith Lennox’s The Winter HouseI followed up my reading of Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle with another of hers, Sing You Home. I also read a historical fiction novel by Lisa Jewell, Before I Met You. (Reviews for these will follow.) And I just started Michael Robotham’s thriller, Watching You.

imageMost of these books have been borrowed from the library. Only one of the authors is Australian (Robotham), and most could be labelled “women’s fiction”. The Winter House is historical fiction and Before I Met You is a hybrid of historical and contemporary. This represents a departure from the majority of my reading for 2014 (mostly thrillers and suspense by Australian women writers).

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2015 is to broaden my reading: to read fewer new releases (hopefully making in-roads into my humongous “to be read” pile) and more mainstream fiction. I know once I start writing again my reading and reviewing output will dwindle, so I’m making the most of it while I’m on this break.

Wishing you all a happy reading year in 2015! What have you been reading?

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“It’s Monday: What Are You Reading” is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Aussie bloggers who contribute include Debbish, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out, Shannon from Giraffe Days, Jess from The Never Ending Bookshelf, Brona at Brona’s Books and Michael at Literary Explorations. (Anyone I’ve missed?)

It’s Monday – what are you reading?

imageIt’s a month since I’ve posted about my reading and, since getting my latest manuscript off to the editor at Escape, I’ve had the luxury of browsing the shelves at both Katoomba and Mona Vale libraries to find authors recommended by my book group on Facebook. (The problem with that system is, I think I got the book piles mixed up and returned a couple of books to the wrong library. We’ll see…)

Since my last post, I’ve read – and reviewed on my other blog – the following suspense novels:

I’ve also read and will post reviews for:

  • Charlotte Link, The Watcher and
  • Judith Lennox, The Winter House (historical saga)

I’m currently reading Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle which I’m really enjoying.

All of the above authors, apart from Val McDermid, are new to me, and most of the books have been really good reads. It’d be hard to pick a favourite, but I loved the Swedish island setting of The Darkest Room, found the concept of Tarnished absorbing and was impressed by the structure of Kind of Cruel.

imageFinally, yesterday I posted a wrap-up of my reading for the Australian Women Writers Challenge this year, which turned out to be mostly of suspense, the highlight of which was Anna George’s debut thriller, What Came Before. I have a hunch I’ll be reading more broadly in 2015.

What are you reading? Have you discovered any great books this year?

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“It’s Monday: What are you reading?” is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Aussie bloggers who normally contribute include Debbish, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out, Shannon from Giraffe Days, Jess from The Never Ending Bookshelf, Brona at Brona’s Books and Michael at Literary Explorations. (Anyone I’ve missed?)

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