Posted in Book Reviews, The Zanzibar Moon, Writers, Writing tips

A wonderful review, new life and working for RWA


Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog. To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. I made a big move, began new jobs, decorated a lovely home (including home office), helped the dog adjust to the move (she’s snoring under my chair right now. I guess that means she’s settled), finalised some ghost writing jobs, tried to add to my manuscript (unfortunately not often enough), worked long hours, took in the sights of the new town, had visitors, celebrated another birthday (mine), saw more of the grandchildren and numerous other things that seem to keep me from this blog.

I promised myself a couple of weeks ago that I would write a post. Finally here it is.

In April I took on the role as Administrative Assistant at RWA (Romance Writers of Australia). Wow, I could hardly believe I could get this dream job and another with Design Stuff. Working from home with the collaborative, wonderful bunch of people at RWA has been amazing. I love that I get to help other writers live their dream, guiding them to an OWL (Online Writing Lab), which Facebook or Google group to join, how to become a member, what the membership provides and how to purchase tickets for the Melbourne Conference 2019 among other things – is a joy.

So you can see I have been busy but yes I am still writing. I am an author. The next book will be finished (eventually) and published for you to read. Bear with me.

At one of the events I was involved in this year Books by the Beach (Mooloolaba) I met lovely Ann-Maree Howarth. When she said she reviewed books I offered her a copy of The Zanzibar Moon. Here is her excellent review:

Ann-Maree Howarth’s Reviews >

The Zanzibar Moon

The Zanzibar Moon
by

Donna Munro (Goodreads Author)

40675160

Ann-Maree Howarth‘s review

May 31, 2019
really liked it
What an adventurest tale this book was from a heartbreaking New Year’s Eve to all the wonders of Africa. This has been the first paperback I have read in a while and I must say I really missed this form of reading. Donna Munro is a new author to me, an this is the very first book she has published. As an Australian, I really enjoyed the Australian lingo and quirks along the way. The flow of the story was good, it will hold your attention and keep you wanting to read and find out more. The author did also include a lot of African words and meaning to give you a very authentic feel to the story and you just might learn a few new words of African along the way. This kind of reading might be a bit of a distraction at first but stick with it the story will flow better after the author has given us a full description of Africa and the characters within it.
During this story will find our heroine travelling from her little suburban home in Australia to the dynamic country of Zanzibar where she is volunteering to find herself again. Alkina finds herself an empty nest and a too-time cheating husband at the start of a new year so she decided to fulfil her dream of going to Africa.
Dr Don Cloutier wanted Ali.
Kendwa wanted Ali.
Shaun wanted Ali.
Even Roger wanted Ali back.
Ali fell in love with the magic of Zanzibar and loved her job at the shelter helping the single mothers open up the old resort to support themselves and their children.
Will she find magic in the arms of another man? Could she just have a holiday romance and then return home to her children and friends? Or will this working holiday change her life forever?
“Maybe there is magic on Zanzibar after all.”
This book is full of wonder, magic, sadness, hope, regret, strength, sorrow, joy, love, chemistry, family, heartache, wildlife and most of all adventure that will fill you as you read. There was some part of the story I went really……but it was not my story to tell but the authors. It was a lovely change to the books I have been reading and I totally enjoyed this book even though I have had it sitting next to my bed for the last few months.description
Thank you Anne-Maree, you made my day when I read this review.
You can read more reviews at Anne-Maree’s blog Reading for the Love of Books.
Posted in Author Highlight, Authors Book Releases, Writers, Writing tips

Author Highlight – Liv Arnold – Release of Law and Disorder


This week I’m speaking to Liv Arnold as she releases her début Law and Disorder. Helping other authors promote their books is an important part of celebrating our diversity as creatives. If you are an author who would like being featured, please contact me.

Here’s my interview with my fellow author Liv Arnold:

Hi Olivia, tell me a little bit about your writing history and when you discovered you wanted to write romance?

I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT. It’s a short course that runs for 8-10 weeks for three hours a week after work. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to like-minded people. I workshopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished.

Law and Disorder

I started writing romance because my husband plays computer games all night. I thought ‘why not invent my own book-boyfriend’. I used to read out romance passages to him to give him a gentle nudge.

Do you write full-time or do you have a job other than writing?

I work full-time, but I would love to be able to eventually write all the time. So exhausting coming home from work and writing.

I know that feeling. There’s only so many hours in a day. As writers, we just have to fit it in with the other parts of our life.

Where do you write?

On the dining table in my home. My husband hogs the study room playing games, so I have to write elsewhere.

How many books have you written?

I have two books contracted. This one, Law & Disorder, and Etched in Stone which will be out later this year. I’m currently drafting two YA novels too.

Congratulations on the release of Law & Disorder. To know that Etched in Stone will also be released later this year must be exciting. Two books in a year is a great accomplishment.

How long does it take for you to write each novel?

I work full-time, so I write really slow. I spend an hour a day on writing so maybe a year to write a novel.

What is the title of your latest release and what is it about?

Law & Disorder – I’ve watched the TV show Neighbours since I was a child. I used to come home from school, get changed, have a snack then sit down and watch. I love the community behind the storylines and the more light-hearted moments. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to have the heroine and hero as neighbours, but spice things up a little.

What is your favourite thing about being a writer?

Being able to escape into another world. Every time I receive a good review, it’s often a surprise to me but I am so grateful that people have enjoyed my book.

Where are your books available?

Amazon Australia

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Liv Arnold
Author Liv Arnold

 

 

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers (both readers and writers)?

To win an eBook of Law & Disorder, please mark my book as ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads and send me the screenshot to liv_au@hotmail.com. The winner will be drawn at random on 31 March 2019.

Liv would love to hear from you! Contact her on:
www.livarnold.com
www.facebook.com/livarnoldauthor
https://twitter.com/liv_au
https://www.instagram.com/liv_au
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18845019.Liv_Arnold
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/liv-arnold

To be a featured interview in Author Highlight please contact me.