My most read authors vol. 2.0


This is what my 'Read' pile is starting to look like.

This is what my ‘Read’ pile is starting to look like.

Last year, in January, I posted three posts about my most read authors.

#26-13 came first, closely followed by #10-2 and finally the cherry on top #1.

I just happened to be browsing through my books on Goodreads and thought I’d check out the most read authors again, a year later, to see how we’re going. I was interested to see if anyone has managed to de-throne Rebecca Royce or if there are some authors jostling their way up the ladder towards #1.

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My best reads from 2013


How did you celebrate the close of 2013? Some champagne with friends or loved ones? How about thrashing about on a dance floor, the exertion forcing beads of sweat to your brow? Perhaps you had a quiet one, tucked up in bed and asleep before the clocks struck midnight?

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Celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 – the year of accomplishment.

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Happy Birthday to Coffee2Words


Today I’ve been blogging for a year.

I had a look at the first post I made and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’ve talked about writing, reading and a lot of things in between. I’ve interviewed some amazing authors, hosted a couple of giveaways and reviewed copious amounts of books.

My stats

My stats aren’t as amazing as some of the other blog stats out there, but I am proud of all I have accomplished this year and appreciate the interaction and feedback from each and every one of my followers. I read and reply on a number of your own blogs, have read a number of your books and talked with some of you at length about readerly and writerly things.

This post will be #180. A nice round number for my first year.

I have seen almost 9000 hits this year, amazing considering this little blog was started as an assessment piece for one of my writing classes. It has changed and evolved over the last 12 months, but I think it’s settled into a good routine, a blog post every couple of days or so, lots of reviews and exposure for indie authors. I’ve seen a fairly constant flow of review requests flow in through my blog since putting up my ‘review guidelines’ page which was a welcome result, I’ve been approached by a couple of publishing houses to review their books either ARC or not. I was very excited about those.

I have over 400 followers, several of which are return visitors. Amazingly I seem to have a small, but loyal base of visitors who like to question my logic, devour my reviews and encourage me to keep on writing – you all know who you are! You guys are all awesome. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and encouragement.

Thanks everyone!! Credit: http://flic.kr/p/8fzSe1

Thanks everyone!!
Credit: http://flic.kr/p/8fzSe1

I do need to send a shout out to someone who has given me my busiest day ever on my blog. She’s one of my favourite authors, I’ve blogged about her a number of times (I’m sure you know who I’m talking to already) but I need to say, thanks to her for promoting my blog posts about her and her books (kinda seems pretty normal to do that), but her fan base is a lot bigger than mine, and she sent a lot of traffic my way. So thanks Lindsay, you’ve single-handedly given me a busiest day of 379 views in one day. It was the day I posted my profile article about Lindsay. It was epic!

What to expect in the next 12 months…

Much more of the same. I will continue reading, writing and reviewing. I will share with you some of the highlights and lowlights of all things writerly and readerly. Keep an eye out for more from me. I hope you all have enjoyed this year and will stick around to experience the next one with me too.

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An end to The Emperor’s Edge series…


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Or is it?

Lindsay gives us book 7 in The Emperor’s Edge Series, the second part of Sicarius’ point of view story and the closer to this series. Have you read them yet? If not, go on, book #1 is free. What have you got to lose?

Synopsis: (There isn’t a synopsis on Goodreads) Amaranthe Lokdon survives her reckless plan to destroy the enemy’s weapon-filled super aircraft only to learn that thousands of people perished when it crash landed. Half of her team is missing… or dead. Meanwhile, the fighting in the capital has escalated, the Imperial Barracks have been taken by a pretender, and a deadly new danger threatens the populace. Amaranthe’s hopes of returning Emperor Sespian to the throne and bringing peace to the empire are dwindling by the hour.

To make matters worse, her strongest ally—and closest friend—has been captured and is under a powerful wizard’s control. If she can’t figure out a way to free Sicarius, he may kill them all when next they meet…

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Lindsay Buroker’s secret weapon against the big six!


I thought since I’ve been a bit slack in writing actual blog posts, I’d share with you a feature, profile article I wrote for one of my writing classes last year. I interviewed Lindsay and Alex via email and came up with this article. My teacher prompted me to pitch it to a couple of magazines, but it didn’t seem to quite sit with their readership, so here it is for you all to have a read.

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Forged in Blood ~ The Emperor’s Edge Series book #6


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5 shining stars for Lindsay’s latest!

I have been hanging out for this book since the second I finished Lindsay’s last installment of The Emperor’s Edge series (see my review), now to tease us rabid fans more, she’s gone and cut the last book – and the subplot of Sicarius’ past and more exploration into his character – into two books (perhaps she’s been watching all these new movies coming out that are broken into parts?!) Regardless, I devoured this book in only a few short hours.

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