January is Down Under Author Showcase Month and the Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


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 January is Down Under Author Showcase Month!



Starting January 1st, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is having its first annual Down Under Author Showcase.  Each day in the month of January we are featuring a different author from either New Zealand or Australia and their stories in an effort to promote these wonderful authors, not all of whom you might be familiar with.

This year many of my favorite books as well as  those of my reviewers came from these 28 authors who were able to bring their cities, territories, and people so vividly to life in book after book.  Each Down Under Author of the day will have their own individual contest as well as participate in the larger overall Down Under Author Scavenger Hunt.  More about that later.  There is a whole slew of prizes, over 35 to be exact for the readers to win.  Among those prizes include a $75 Amazon gift card, and gift baskets from the Embassies of Australia and New Zealand here in DCa, the 6 books that make up Dreamspinner’s Under the Southern Cross Anthology (thank you, Dreamspinner Press) and much, much more.

Those prizes are part of our Down Under Author Scavenger Hunt.  Somewhere on each day’s post is a hidden “Hunt” word or phrase in bold green.  Find and collect all the clues and then follow the instructions for submitting them at the end of the month!  Originally we were going to select 5 winners but the boxes from the Embassies overflowed with goodies so we are going to bring them up and award 2 boxes from each country as gifts.  My thanks to the staff of the Embassy of Australia and the Embassy of New Zealand for putting these gift boxes together for our event.

Want to know whose participating this month?  Check out this amazing role call of authors from Down Under:

Christian Baines         N.R. Walker            Anne Barwell              Nic Starr

Meredith Shayne        Renae Kaye             John Wiltshire           John Terry Moore

Lily Veldon                  Barry Rowe             L. J. LaBarthe            Beany Sparks

Jack Burnes                Nicki J. Markus      Michelle Rae              A. B. Gayle

Lisa Harris                 Isabelle Rowan        N. J. Nielson             Bette Brown

Lisa Henry                 Toni Griffin             Pelaam                        R. J. Jones

Penny Brandon          Cecil Wilde             Ellen Cross                Maggie Nash

Also hanging out with us this month Bottom Drawer Publications and Wayward Ink Press, also from Down Under!  What a month it’s going to be!   Author interviews, guest blogs and books, and contest, contest, contests!  If these amazing countries weren’t already on your travel want list, they will be after this.

And of course, we are still reviewing away as well as hosting book tours.  January has never been so busy or so full of authors and stories.

Now here is our week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, December 29, 2014:

  • Aria Grace “Just Stay” Book Blast and Contest
  • Cover reveal – The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone (tour and contest)
  • A Mika Review: Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined #1) by Tempeste O’Riley
  • A Mika Review: Bound by Desire (Desires Entwined #1.75) by Tempeste O’Riley

Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

  • A Mika Review: Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined #2) by Tempeste O’Riley
  • A Mika Review: Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined, #3) by Tempeste O’Riley
  •  Barb, the Zany Old Lady’s Best Books of 2014 List
  • Paul B’s Best Books of 2014
  • MelanieM’s Best Covers of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014:

  • According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux Book Tour and Contest
  • Skye Jones’ “Claimed by Love” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: One Holiday Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee and Elizah J. Davis
  • A Mika Review: Truth in Lace (Desires Entwined #3.5) by Tempeste O’Riley
  • Aurora’s Best YA Books & Covers for 2014

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 – Down Under Author Showcase Starts!

  • Down Under Author of the Day:  Christian Baines (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Beast Without by Christian Baines
  • Mika Review: All That Heaven Will Allow by DW Marchwell
  • Down Under Author Showcase Contest Recap and notes
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Review: Vixen’s Valor by Charlie Cochet

Friday, January 2, 2015:

  • Nicki J. Markus- Down Under Author of the Day
  • Two Gentlemen of Altona Henry/Rock Riptide Book Tour and Contest
  • A Sammy Review: Making Nice by Elizah J. Davis
  • A MelanieM Review:  Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

Saturday, January 3, 2015:

  • Anne Barwell – Down Under Author of the Day
  • An Aurora YA Review: Children of the Knight (Children of the Knight #1) by Michael J. Bowler


Remember, a different contest each play plus hidden clues to find for the overall prizes!  And coming in May, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words First Annual Authors Across the Pond Showcase!  It’s going to be a wonderful year!