I note that your publisher, Smoke & Mirrors Press describes Backstories as, ‘the stand-out most original book of the year’. Isn’t this just marketing hyperbole?
Perhaps a little, but perhaps not. What I do in Backstories, in defiance of creative writing 101, is withhold the protagonists’ identities, and this omission is what makes Backstories so utterly unique.
Did you know that 99% of the reading public never post a review for a book? That’s quite a staggering percentage.
At Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team (six years and going strong!), we often look at ways to encourage more people to review. This autumn, Rosie has planned a Review-A-Book Challenge, with a great list of books to choose from, all free of charge to anyone serious about writing a review for her blog – and possibly joining the review team, if you enjoy the process.
Can’t believe it’s been six years! Check out the rest of the post if you’d like to find out which book sent me on a hike to find something featured in the story…
Recently we celebrated our review team’s six year anniversary by revealing fourteen of the team’s favourite books.
I invited some of my team members to tell us more about being part of the book reviewing team.
Welcome to Cathy Ryan, who also writes book reviews at Between The Lines Book Blog
I’ve just been reminded that Rosie’s Book Review Team is six years old! That means BetweenTheLines is also six years old. I joined the team a few months after I began my blog and am still enjoying the experience. Rosie does a great job coordinating everything and many books have come my way that I probably would have missed otherwise, and more than a few authors have become firm favourites, such as Terry Tyler, Carol Hedges, Adrienne Vaughan, Liza Perrat…the list goes on.
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Today I have an extract from Emily Gallo’s recent release, The Last Resort. First of all, here’s what the book is about…
An old sixties musician and his trim mama run a pot farm in the Emerald Triangle of northern California and welcome an exonerated ex-con, a Las Vegas prostitute, a union organizer from the Bronx, an escapee of a sex slave cult, a retired carney with Parkinson’s Disease, and an old Mississippi blues guitarist down on his luck. Together they create a last resort, a modern version of home and family.
My thanks to Aliaa from Kotobee for offering their list of international book fairs throughout 2020. The ones listed below are those held in the United Kingdom and Ireland but if you’d like the worldwide list, which includes Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia, please click this link.
OLYMPIA, WEST LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Mar 10-12, 2020
The London Book Fair is a massive international affair and, in Europe at least, it’s second only to Frankfurt. It’s a place for authors, booksellers/buyers, distributors, literary agents/scouts, publishers, translators and obviously readers. LBF holds two award ceremonies each year. The International Excellence Awards, celebrating publishing and related activities outside of the UK and The Trailblazers, celebrating those under 30 in the publishing industry. The London Book Fair is delighted to have Sharjah as the Market Focus for 2020.