Lexicon by Max Barry: A Review from Andrew Cattanach

Australian thriller writer Max Barry is back with a dazzlingly original high concept thriller. Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach takes a closer look.

I love writers who take risks. I live vicariously through them as I deliberate whether or not I add raspberry cordial to my lemonade, a gutsy maneuver.

Max Barry is one of those writers, an Australian author who constructs worlds that exist within our own, with rich characters and sharp dialogue. He’s a beauty. A brilliant writer, and his new book Lexicon is another cracker.

Lexicon throws us into the world of the poets. A secret organization that trains its members to manipulate others with linguistic techniques. Words are weapons, the book states, and in Lexicon they are more powerful than all the weapons in the world.

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Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Mandy Magro

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Mandy Magro to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Out in the bush, snuggled up in front of a campfire with the man of my dreams, the glimmering country sky above and nothing to be heard for miles other than the sounds of nature. What could be more romantic than that? Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Fiona Lowe

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Mills & Boon author Fiona Lowe to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Given that it’s freezing cold while I’m writing this, my mind goes straight to the Australian high-country with its towering snow-gums and majestic ranges. There is nothing more special than a picnic in the snow on a still and sunny day with mulled wine and a man to keep you warm. Continue reading

Karen M. Davis, author of Sinister Intent, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

sinister-intentThe Booktopia Book Guru asks

Karen Davis

author of Sinister Intent

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

My name is Karen Davis and I was born and raised in southern Sydney. I went to catholic schools; St Joseph’s Girls High and Marist College (it was co-ed for a period of time) at Kogarah. I grew up in a dead-end street full of kids. Afternoons after school were spent riding our bikes until called in for dinner. Weekends comprised of playing tennis, pool hoping, listening to Abba and playing Charlie’s Angels with my neighbours (I always had to be Kellie – Jacqueline Smith’s character, because I thought she was gorgeous) I had a great childhood.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve I wanted to be a famous singer. It was never going to happen.

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King Hall by Scarlett Dawn: A Review by Booktopia’s Hayley Shephard

Booktopia’s Hayley Shephard is one of the most prolific readers. Here she reviews Scarlett Dawn’s new ebook King Hall.

King Hall is a fantasy, full of love, friendship and heartbreak.

Sound familiar? Well it’s not.

The main character Lily Ruckler, is a hybrid: born from a vampire father and a shifter mother. While it’s surprising that these two types of creatures mix in this story, you come to find it is actually taboo – well sort of. The idea of mixing these two completely different creatures, who have long been enemies in the realm of fantasy, is what makes this story so unique and interesting.

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Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Nicole Alexander

nicolealexanderAs part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Nicole Alexander to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Winter in the outback means a crackling fire, a glass of merlot and my man by my side. Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Melanie Milburne

746As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Mills & Boon author Melanie Milburne to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
A candlelit dinner, soft romantic ballad playing in the background, champagne and scintillating conversation with the man of my dreams (who happens to be my husband, fortunately!) Continue reading

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