After a week…weird reviews and piracy

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.

On piracy

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.


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.

Blog Tour: Boy Meets Boy

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*


Blog Tour: MM Good Book Reviews

Much love to Pixie and her crew at MM Good Book Reviews for having me as a guest on their blog. Read all about my shenanigans here: