Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#AustralianAuthorMonth wrap up

I can’t believe Australian Author Month is over! What an amazing month featuring some great Aussie authors. I’ve had a great time spotlighting every single one of them. Here are some of the stats I’ve collected along the way…

31 authors discovered

31 separate giveaways, both national and international

Over 300 tweets

Over 70 retweets

5897 page views on my blog; 642 the highest for one author

It’s been fun. 
Let’s do it again next year.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Australian Author Month: O. N. Stefan

O.N. Stefan
I'm an author and reader from Australia. I love creating something from the world around me. My characters are from everywhere and nowhere.
I love reading mysteries, thrillers and fantasy but am known to read sci fi or anything else that catches my attention.
I uploaded my first mystery/thriller to kindle at the end of January this year. It's set in California. Most of the characters in the book are American but the main character is Australian. The car accidents are from my memory banks as I grew up across from a bad intersection. Nearly every weekend vehicles ran off the road, overturned, (no seat belts then) ran over other people who had been flung from the car at impact and occasional fatalities.

Three Fast Fun Facts about O.N...

1. I enjoy reading thrillers, fantasy and mysteries. Sometimes I can be seen reading when I should be doing other things.

2. I used to do 20 push ups in a row easily and now I can only do 10. I keep thinking that I have to exercise not only my fingers but my body as well.

3. For years, I've been practicing Tai Chi, which for me is pure relaxation wrapped in martial arts moves. This year I've been learning the Tai Chi sword.

Where to find O.N...

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | YouTube | Blog | Wattpad | Pinterest

"The Deadly Caress"

The Deadly Caress is a fast-paced story set in California. Suspenseful and thrilling, it is holds a mystery that Amanda Blake, a freelance photographer, must unravel.

Amanda tracks down her birth mother, the multi millionaire Jean Campbell. Hours after her arrival, Jean is murdered.

Amanda sets out to discover her mother’s killer. Her quest takes to Australia to find the man she thinks holds the answer to the killer’s identity. While visiting this man, she has to run for her life under a hail of bullets. Someone will stop at nothing until she is dead. If she thought things were bad enough, they are about to get much worse...

Where to get your copy of "The Deadly Caress" 



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Australian Author Month: C.S. Sealey

C.S. Sealey

Carmel Sealey was born in Sydney, Australia, and has a great passion for fantasy. Her brother first inspired her to write at a very young age and she has continued to do so with gusto. The first seed of Equilibrium began to sprout at the age of 15 and the story has been rewritten, reworked, abused, edited, rewritten again, expanded, cut, stitched back together and polished in the dozen years since. Enjoy!

Five Fast Fun Facts about Carmel...

1. I've been playing football (the proper kind, mind) since I was six. Don't get in the way of one of my kicks...!

2. I love cats. To me, a cat's purr is the best de-stressing sound.

3. When I'm not writing, reading or playing football, I love to draw. I've been trying to visualise my characters for years.

4. I'm an avid gamer, especially for RPGs, such as the Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. I get the weirdest dreams after a gaming marathon.

5. I love singing karaoke! :)

Where to find Carmel...

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | deviantART


The Ayons have mysteriously retreated from a far-reaching southern offensive, ordered back by their newly crowned king.
In the aftermath of this battle, Angora is washed up on the shore of a foreign land, bruised and battered, determined to keep her past a secret from all. Rescued from slavers, yet immediately falling prey to others, she is thrust into a war not her own.
Proclaimed one of twelve legendary mages, Angora is charged with protecting the innocent with magic beyond her imagination.
But a dark future awaits her and her friends as the Ayon threat begins to swell once more in the north.

Where to get your copy of "Equilibrium" 


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Australian Author Month: Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland

Ashley Howland grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where she now lives with her husband, Ross, their daughters, Maddy and Aijay, and her faithful Labradors Stitch and Chewie. Ashley loves to write with and for young people, the dogs (including Obi) often provide the material.

Five Fast Fun Facts about Ashley...

1. My dogs and kids provide me with endless material.

2. Walking the dogs helps me to work out ideas.

3. I work as a teacher and love writing stories with my students.

4. I wish I could invent something that would enable me to write in my sleep.

5. If I need inspiration I spend the day with my girls at the zoo!

Where to find Ashley...

Website | Facebook | Amazon

"It's What You Do Next That Counts"

Twelve months ago Callie’s world was turned upside down. Her parents were killed in a plane accident and she had tough decisions to make. Callie chose to move to Perth Australia and live with her Aunt and Uncle. Her older brother Steven, followed, determined to take her back to Vancouver and home. Callie embarks on a journey of discovery and friendship. In a year that will change her whole outlook on life. It’s What You Do Next that Counts is full of laughter, tears, good times, hard times, success and failures. It’s a book for all ages about taking steps forward and finding your place in the world.

Where to get your copy of "It's What You Do Next That Counts" 



Friday, August 28, 2015

Australian Author Month: Susan Horsnell

Susan Horsnell
I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney in the 50's and 60's and have always been a fan of Cowboys, Indians and Outlaws.

During my years as a nurse I would write down ideas and when I retired five years ago I finally published my first book - The Glenmore's: Revenge. This developed into a four part series.

Since then I have published a further eleven Western Romance books and one contemporary. My westerns are set in Texas, USA during the 19th century and my contemporary in Sydney, Australia.

When I am not writing I enjoy walking our dogs with my husband and travelling.

Five Fast Fun Facts about Susan...

1. I was a tap dance champion.

2. I married my hubby at 18 years old.

3. I have two crazy Jack Russells.

4. I'm an Elvis nut.

5. I danced with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

Where to find Susan...

Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter

"The Glenmore's: Revenge"

The Glenmore Family come to the assistance of a young girl who has been beaten and horse-whipped then left to die on the track leading to their ranch. She is taken to their ranch to recover; the outlaws responsible for her beating keep watch in the hopes they can recapture the girl and obtain the information they are sure she has.The search for the outlaws becomes a matter of urgency when murder, shootings, robbery and beatings affect the Glenmore Family.Rangers are brought in and the assistance of local Indians is sought. A story about the most tender love; as well as murder, greed and intrigue.

Where to get your copy of "The Glenmore's: Revenge"