Christmas came early for me last weekend when Graeme Blundell included my novel The Dying Beach among his top crime picks for 2013, alongside books by James Lee Burke, Garry Disher, Michael Robotham, Ian Rankin and Ace Atkins.
The Dying Beach also made the Adelaide Advertiser’s top crime reads of 2013, again with Disher and others including David Whish-Wilson, Robert Harris, Jo Nesbø and Åsa Larsson.
I was also thrilled to see The Dying Beach on David Whish-Wilson’s list of crime picks on Pulpcurry; and über crime fiction blogger Margot Kinberg also gave it an honorary mention in the same series. Meanwhile, Mrs Peabody includes my debut novel Behind the Night Bazaar on her list of Christmas gift ideas.
If it’s true we are judged by the company we keep, I couldn’t be happier (reservations about Jo Nesbø notwithstanding).
While on the subject of Christmas spirit, if you have a few minutes to spare over the holidays and have enjoyed reading one or more of my novels in 2013, please consider posting a review — a couple of lines will do — on goodreads, Amazon, Australian Women Writers, your blog, wherever all good book reviews are found.
I’m happy to reciprocate — read on to see how.
If you are a fellow author, I will review your book(s) — just leave the relevant link(s) in the comments section to where you’d like the reviews to appear. (Check first to see if I’ve already reviewed your book on this blog and if so, nudge me to copy to other sites).
If you are an aspiring or emerging author, I will do my best to answer up to three burning questions you have with regards to getting read, published and/or edited. Just leave them for me as a comment.
If you are a reader, tell me — again using the comments section — what kinds of books you love and I’ll leave you up to three recommendations for your TBR pile.
If you have an alternative idea for how I might reciprocate, let me know. As long as it doesn’t involve housework, pet care or prayer, I’m open to suggestions.
You can leave your reviews here:
And add your reviews to the 2013 Australian Women Writers challenge here.
Remember you can copy the same review to multiple sites.
Of course, as I am reminded by Bernadette, if you are not into writing reviews but do enjoy my novels, feel free to let others know via old fashioned word of mouth or its high-tech equivalents, Facebook, Twitter and comments on blogs.
HUGE thanks to those who have already reviewed one or more of my books on these sites and/or spread the word among friends and colleagues. I am indebted to you.
Remember, a book review/recommendation is not just for Christmas: it’s for life.
Happy festive season everyone!