Welcome to a special Sunday edition of Barren Island Books, the author interview series that’s in no way related to a popular music-based radio programme. You know the rules by now: my guests are exiled to a remote island with only five books for company, selected from the categories I give them. It’s up to them to make sure they choose wisely, because they’re going to be stuck with those books for a long, long time …
My interviewee today is SL Huang, author of sci-fi novel Zero Sum Game: a book I kind of wish I’d written myself*, given that the heroine is a kick-ass mathematical genius. When not being banished to a desert island, SL can be found at www.slhuang.com.
Welcome back to the Summer Reads Blog Tour! Our featured author this week is comic fantasy writer and master of the witty one-liner, Will Macmillan Jones. Again, Lisa's done a great job of introducing him on her blog, so I'll hand over to her ...
Well, week four of the Summer Reads Blog Tour brings us a dear friend and fellow author, Will Macmillan Jones. Will's the comedic act in our group with his dry sense of humor, I can't help but smile when I read his posts or chat away in a lively conversation.
Welcome to Week 3 of the Summer Reads Blog Tour! This week it's Carrie Fetzer's turn, and since Lisa did such a great job of introducing Carrie on her own blog, I'm going to hand straight over to Lisa ...
This week it's our beloved Carrie's turn to share her favorite reads with you. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have her come into my life and support me the way she has. Last November, I half jokingly put it out on the page that I needed a page administrator, and our lovely Carrie messaged me! Not only did she volunteer, but she's run with it wholeheartedly.
She's done an amazing job with keeping the conversation going, and filled a huge gap for me when I needed it most. This was supposed to just be a temporary position, but Carrie wanted to stay on! The best part of having her admin my page? She's become a dear friend in the process. I'm lucky to have her come into my life, thankful for all she's done and continues to do. We love you Carrie!
A couple of weeks ago, I was tagged by fellow fantasy author Kate Jack to take part in the WIP Blog Hop. So after thoroughly gorging myself on last week’s Chocolate Bar Challenge, I’ve taken up this new opportunity with alacrity! No chocolate in this one, I’m afraid, but you will get to find out a little bit more about my writing … oh, OK, and I’ll open a box of truffles at the end.
First, a word about Kate: she is a wonderful writer of young adult fantasy, a never-failing supporter of other authors and one of the founding members of the Alliance of Worldbuilders. You can find out much more about her and her excellent books at kateannejack.wordpress.com. Please do pay her a visit!
So, now to the challenge. The idea is to answer seven questions about my current work in progress, but I’m going to cheat a little bit. My actual current WIP is the first sequel to Darkhaven, but talking about it would reveal a fair bit about Darkhaven itself – which I really don’t want to do, seeing as it hasn’t even been released yet! So instead, I’m going to talk about Darkhaven. I think we can count it as a WIP right up to its publication date, right? ;-)
Welcome to Week 2 of the Summer Reads Blog Tour! This week, the author sharing her top five summer reads with you is Sam Dogra: writer, artist, doctor, video gamer, beta reader extraordinaire, and author of the excellent Chronicles of Azaria. Over to you, Sam ...
The Chocolate Bar Challenge is a blog tour in which participants choose up to eight of their favourite books and then pick the perfect chocolate to go with each of them. And if there's one thing I like more than reading, or eating chocolate, it's eating chocolate whilst reading. There's nothing better than settling down for an evening with a good book and a box of Maltesers.
I was tagged to join the tour by the lovely Megan Denby, author of the historical romance thriller A Thistle in the Mist. Megan is a Canadian author with Scottish roots who enjoys dragonboating, watching hockey and spending time with her wife and six children. You can find out more about her on her website and read about her own fabulous book/chocolate combos in her original blog post.
And now, before I tag a couple more authors to join in the fun, here are my own choices. It was really hard to pick my favourite books, but I decided to restrict myself to fantasy fiction and that made it a little bit easier ... just a bit ...
Over the summer, something a little different will be happening here on Thursdays instead of my Barren Island Books interviews. The lovely and talented Lisa Wiedmeier, creator of the Timeless Series, is hosting a Summer Reads Blog Tour in which different authors (including yours truly) share some of their favourite less-known reads. The idea is to introduce readers to books they might not have come across before, so that we can all fill up our to-read lists ready for the summer! Oh, and just to add to the fun, there's also a giveaway :-)
I'm going to reblog each of the tour entries here so that you don't miss anything, and we're starting with the host herself! You can learn more about Lisa on her website and her Facebook page, as well as follow her on Twitter. But for now, here she is with her top five summer picks ...