It’s school holidays here, and I just got back from a short jaunt to Ho hi Minh city and am feeling suitably refreshed. So I have one more week of holidays before I return to work for another semester, and I’ll be trying to work on Rhino Ash to get it to my editor. Which leads to some fun news! My Dad and I both released books around the same time this year, amd since Dreamspinner aren’t keen on sequels and we each have a pile of books waiting to publish we decided to try to start our own small press.
Netherwood Press is soon to be up and running, first with a few of my father’s books including Sugarcane Lane, currently available on Amazon.
So it looks like my first book from Netherwood will be Rhino Ash, the sequel to Fishy Riot. Cool news, right? I have no set release date yet, as I’m still final drafting and then it has to go to an editor, and then I need to arrange for a cover but hey at least it’s progressing!
As I am about to hit the 100th rating on goodreads, I figured I’d have a little giveaway. Not many people (if any) read this blog, so…the first person to comment on this post will receive a free signed copy of Fishy Riot… Let’s see how long this takes! Ha!
So, another few weeks and FR has officially been out for a month! Time flies! It has had some more lovely reviews and some really hilarious bad ones. I’m just glad some people enjoy it.
I’ve finally pulled Rhino Ash out of the depths of the MS folder and have started rummaging through to add the missing bits and pieces it needs before it will go off to the editor. Barricade has also been pulled back out for it’s rework, which is a much larger but somehow more enjoyable job. And I’m working on a new idea currently titled ‘Human’ that I’m thoroughly enjoying toying with. Blue Ivories is also still sitting there, stagnant, as is North, but I’m sure I’ll come back to those when the reworking of the others is finished.
So, I am working on stuff, just not anything specifically and nothing with a real deadline in mind. I would like to think I can polish RA up by July-ish, but who knows. We shall see!
On weird reviews
It’s been a week and a half since it’s release and Fishy Riot is doing about as well as I expected. It’s had some people who love it and some who love to hate it and that’s OK. I knew when I wrote it that is was going to rub some people the wrong way. It’s quirky and a lot of people really don’t like anything that sits outside the norm. FR doesn’t follow the ‘usual’ romance genre narrative; it’s single POV for starters, but in third person, and it doesn’t focus on the MC’s, but on a cast who all contribute something to who these people are. I think it’s interesting that some feedback I received on book 2 was that they didn’t get enough of a sense of place – that they wanted more aussie lingo and more sights and sounds (and yet I also had a FR review that ranted about them not understanding anything that was being said because there was too much aussie lingo, ha ha ha). It’s a very big give away that the reader was not Australian, because it tells me how they’ve been taught to interpret the idea of place. Yes, sights and sounds and language are huge contributors to place, but ultimately I feel the biggest ‘tell’ about place is values and that’s definitely stressed in FR and it’s sequels. Australians value family, and friends; they value mates. They also value responsibilities above rights, and I think that’s a huge core difference between Australian and American society that colours everything we do and think and say. Aussies at their heart still believe we have a set of responsibilities to society and if we carry out said responsibilities to the best of our ability then we are entitled to our rights. Don’t contribute responsibly? Forfeit rights. But Americans, from an outsiders perspective, appear to place rights above all else. This tiny difference changes our governments, our laws, our beliefs and our interactions with one another. It makes us…quirky, I suppose. It’s where the idea of ‘mateship’ comes from; that we’re all in this together. And I think ultimately that’s what a lot of people don’t ‘get’ when they read FR. That everyone contributes, and that it’s that contribution that really makes the book Australian. Not the weird words, or the sunny skies, or koalas. Actually, there are no koalas in FR. FYI. Someone does mention hunting kangaroo’s though, if that offends you as it did one poor reader. Just FYI, we eat them and yes they are on the coat of arms.
Unfortunately, Fishy Riot made it’s way onto two piracy sites that I’m aware of, and probably a few more I’m not aware of. I’d never really thought much about book piracy before. Books really don’t cost that much; I’ve never been annoyed at the thought of paying $7 for a book on kindle. It’s just not a lot of money to support a writer, a publisher and all the work that went into creating something. It’s disgusting that anyone thinks they have the right to steal that and offer it around for free. So if you actually paid money for my book then thank you. If you didn’t, then I kind of hope you get bitten by a whitetail spider, because that’s about as nasty as you deserve.
This was the last stop on my little tour, where I talk about Emma and Childhood:
And we are back with another blog tour post, this time at the blog of my publisher Dreamspinner press. This time I talk about 9 weird things that inspired some aspect of Fishy Riot. Read about it here:
A lot of blogs were given ARC’s of Fishy Riot and have been kind enough to give reviews over the past few weeks. I just wanted to share a few in gratitude.
MM Good Book Reviews by Pixie
Gay book Reviews by Belen and Natosha
OptimuMM by Levi
Wicked Reads by Sarah and Angie
Alpha Book Club by Cheryl
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words by Melanie
Diverse Reader by Meredith
Love Bytes Reviews by Donna
Dogeared Daydreams by Jen
Open Skye Book Reviews by Mary
Bayou Book Junkie by Heather
Duelling Reviews at Jessie G Books by Dawn and Jessie (I still now believe all reviews should be MMA style between author and reviewer, because that would be amazing and keep people a tad more civil!)
If I missed yours, sorry! Maybe you only gave me a half star and I felt that was a tad harsh and not something I would want to publicize greatly, or maybe I just genuinely have no clue you wrote a review (the latter is more likely, not because I think you would give me more/less stars but because I’m not generally a douche.) Thanks again, I’ll try and add reviews as I find them, or you can check the goodreads panel to the side.
And the next step on the blog tour, this time I talk briefly about family and the Jameson’s:
So, hilariously, I was told this stop would be at Divine, but it was actually at Boy Meets Boy, which is awesome because they’re an Aussie blog and this post is definitely aimed at an Aussie audience. KISMET! Unfortunately the mix up meant they only got my post less than 24 hours before it was going live, so I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and heart palpitations at my expense!
So at BMBReviews I decided to talk about the ideal male occupation/man ad…or something! There’s goon of fortune in there! Now you want to know, right? *G*
Hi, so here’s the third stop on my lil blog adventure. The ladies at Two Chicks Obsessed were kind enough to let me talk about the relationship between Taylor and Sietta, and it seems they also have a giveaway! For your chance to win a book voucher head on over and check out the blog: