Second Book Syndrome: A Brilliant piece from Guest Blogger Rebecca James

Bestselling author Rebecca James has bared her soul in this exquisite and brutally honest piece about the battle of the writer against the blank page. Sweet Damage is my second book and second books are so notoriously difficult to write that this very difficulty has a condition named after it: Second Book Syndrome. I initially started another second book. It was called Cooper Bartholomew is Dea... Read more

by | May 31, 2013

Craig Harper, author of Pull Your Finger Out, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Craig Harper author of Pull Your Finger Out Ten Terrifying Questions 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in the thriving, bustling metropolis of… Ballarat. I am a needy, attention-seeking only child. I was raised in Tasmania, rural Victoria and various suburbs of Melbourne. My f... Read more

by | May 31, 2013

Because of Low by Abbi Glines – a Review by Haylee Nash

To say that I’m excited by the emergence of New Adult as a genre is a gross understatement. I’m ecstatic. And I’m not picky about the kind of New Adult, either. Because New Adult comes in many forms  – from erotic romance featuring late teens/early twenty-somethings, to angsty, edgy love stories to heartbreaking coming of age novels. For those of you who aren’t ent... Read more

by | May 30, 2013

Five Books that Changed my (Writing) Life: From Guest Blogger Berndt Sellheim

This selection comes amidst the usual caveats about exclusion and reductiveness: what I’ve included are books that crossed my path at the particular instant I needed them, or was open to them, and as such made a significant impact. This is not a list of ‘best writers/books’, or even a list of ‘favourites’. It’s overly weighted towards the US, and there’s a sorry lack of Australians; but it’s a ... Read more

Nikki Gemmell, author of I Take You, visits Booktopia

Last week Booktopia was lucky enough to have Nikki Gemmell in to chat about her latest novel I Take You and sign some copies for lucky customers. I Take You completes the trilogy of books that began with the worldwide bestseller The Bride Stripped Bare. We also filmed a short video with Nikki, with our own John Purcell trying to think of an idea for the video and Nikki…..well…..you&... Read more

by | May 29, 2013

Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Benjamin Percy author of Red Moon Ten Terrifying Questions ——————————– 1.    To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born and raised on the West Coast, in Oregon, on twenty-seven acres of big pines, firs. We had a hen house, ... Read more

by | May 28, 2013

The Australian Book Industry Award Winners announced

Booktopia was the proud major sponsor of the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards in Sydney on Friday night, celebrating the best in Australian Books. M.L Stedman continued her award-winning run by running into some award wins, including the big prize of the night, The Booktopia Book of the Year Award. Check out all the winners below, along with links to all the books shortlisted on our site. E... Read more

by | May 27, 2013

The 10 Hottest Men on Romance Covers

10 tasty reasons to browse the romance section Following my successful, and contentious, blog post on the 10 hottest men in romance novels, I thought it only fair to share the 10 hottest men on romance covers. I know it’s Friday and you have tasks to complete before the weekend begins: perhaps you’re trying desperately to remain focused at work, putting the final touches on a presen... Read more

by | May 24, 2013

Hazel Hawke passes away, aged 83

Such sad news to hear Hazel Hawke, one of the most energetic advocates for women’s rights and education has passed away aged 83. She was much more than the ex-wife of the former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Mrs Hawke was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2001. She announced it publicly on the ABC series Australian Story in 2003 and gradually withdrew from public life. Her daughter, Sue P... Read more

by | May 24, 2013

Annie Hauxwell, author of A Bitter Taste, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Annie Hauxwell author of A Bitter Taste Ten Terrifying Questions ————————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Hackney, East London. My family emigrated to Australia when I was 14, and I finished my schooling in the southe... Read more

by | May 23, 2013