Down Under Authors Showcase

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January is Down Under Author Showcase Month!

How many trips of a lifetime begin by opening a book or turning a page? Are Australia and New Zealand at the top of your “most desired vacation” destinations? Well, beginning in January, you can begin your journey to these faraway places through the books and stories of 28 Down Under writers. For the entire month of January, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is showcasing 28 authors from Australia and New Zealand. Journey by way of these authors stories and settings through the mountainous regions and rocky coasts, and cities of New Zealand, or the vastly different and beautiful territories of Australia! Get to know the authors and let them act as your travel guides, introducing you to faraway countries, places they call home.

Think everyone in the US, CAN, AUS, and NZ all speak the same English? Oh the joy of discovering what an “esky”, “chilly bin”, “jandals”, “mozzie” or even a “woop-woop” is. Each day brings a new author, new books, new giveaways and, yes, new surprises. In addition to these wonderful authors and their novels, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words has multiple event prizes to be awarded to readers who participate in the Down Under Author Showcase Scavenger Hunt.

Visit each author’s page in January, search out the Scavenger Hunt word or phrase, and then follow the directions on the Showcase page at our website. For all the details and information for our first January Down Under Author Showcase, visit Check out our participating authors below as scheduled:

Down Under Showcase Authors

1/1/2015      Christian Baines
1/2/2015      Nicki J. Markus
1/3/2014      Anne Barwell
1/5/2015      N.J. Nielson
1/6/2015      L.J. LaBarthe
1/7/2015      Michelle Rae
1/8/2015     Renae Kaye
1/9/2015      John Wiltshire
1/10/2015    N. R. Walker
1/12/2015    John Terry Moore
1/13/2015    Beany Sparks
1/14/2015    A.B. Gayle
1/15/2015     Lisa Henry

1/16/2015    Meredith Shayne
1/17/2015    Pelaam
1/19/2015    Toni Griffin
1/20/2015    L. J. Harris
1/21/2015     Isabelle Rowan
1/22/2015    Maggie Nash
1/23/2015   Penny Brandon
1/24/2015    Lily Velden

1/26/2015    Nic Starr
1/27/2015    Barry Lowe
1/28/2015   Cecil Wilde
1/29/2015   Ellen Cross
1/30/2015   Bette Browne
1/31/2015    RJ Jones


STRW down Under Banner sm HeartsContests and Prizes:

  •  Author Contests (28): Each author is offering giveaways on their particular day (with individual Rafflecopter Links).
  • Down Under Author Scavenger Hunt:

What is the Down Under Author Scavenger  Hunt?  Search out the words or phrases highlighted in green somewhere in each Down Under Author of the Day’s post.  Write them down.  Then on February 1st, send all of them in (check them twice) to  Seven winners will be picked to receive the following:

1st Prize:       $75.00 Amazon Gift Card

2nd and 3rd Prize (2 winners):      Australian Goodies Gift Basket or New Zealand Goodies Gift Basket (your choice)

4th and 5th Prize (2 winners):      Smaller Australian Goodies Gift Basket or New Zealand Goodies Gift Basket (your choice)

6th Prize:      Under the Southern Cross Anthology (6 books)  from Dreamspinner Press

7th Prize:       Speak Kangaroo by Matthew Davis

  •  Bottom Drawer Publications will provide a $20 gift voucher to spend in our shop and a copy of each of the e-books from our participating authors:BDP BADGE 1

Mythica – L. J. LaBarthe
Cutting Out – Meredith Shayne
Second Chances Anthology -contains 2 stories contributed by Lisa Harris (Heart of Glass) and Bette Browne (Dirty Martini)

Raffelcopter Bottom Drawer Publications Giveaway Link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wayward Ink Publishing  Sponsor Contest:
WAYWARD INK PRIZES: 3 x $25 gift cards.  To enter to win one of three gift cards. Use this Rafflecopter link:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • Vacationeers to NZ and AUS! This contest is for you! We would love to have the people who have vacationed/visited our Down Under countries to share their memories and photos, their favorite places to visit or eat or whatever they wish to share. A special prize will be saved for one winner picked from all the participants who guest blog with us all month long. Just send in your memories or places to share, short or long or anything in between anytime between now and January 31st. Send them to and watch for your post to appear throughout the month.

Over 37 prizes to be awarded this month! Don’t miss out on a day of Down Under Author Showcase.



And coming in May 2015, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ First Annual Authors Across The Pond Showcase.


  1. I have read all the interviews and I’ve enjoyed learning all the Australia and New Zealand facts and to my surprised I have read at least one book of nearly every author that you have interviewed. Maybe it’s because I British? Thank you.



  2. What a wonderful event! I never realized the number of authors that were from or lived in Australia or New Zealand. Very beautiful and unique lands, cultures, flora and fauna.


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