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Five Star Book Reviews – The Zanzibar Moon

Five Star Book Reviews – The Zanzibar Moon

The Zanzibar Moon is receiving 5 Star Book Reviews and testimonials. This is what readers are saying:

The Zanzibar Moon by Donna Munro

“LOVED IT!!! The Zanzibar Moon takes you on a journey from the familiarity of the Gold Coast to an exotic world far away. You never know what lies ahead or what’s right in front of you! Congratulations Donna on a fabulous novel. Today I thought- today is the day I’m going to sit down and read I couple of chapters in the sun. I was up to chapter 13 and was beginning to think I’d never finish the book (too many interruptions). 21 chapters later and I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions today. I’ve laughed, cried, empathised, cried again – seriously Donna, I normally don’t cry that much!!! I was so invested in these characters. Congratulations on a fabulous book. I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family about the journey it took me on. Now I have to get back to reality and cook dinner. Again well done – I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!” – Paige Burrage (club secretary)

“Congratulations Donna Munro on Zanzibar Moon. A great read, I could imagine being in Zanzibar, the sites and aromas. It certainly tested the emotions, tears of sadness, smiles and wonder. Well done. Can’t wait for the next book.” – Leanne Gordon (school teacher)

“Just finished reading The Zanzibar Moon what a great story. Well done Donna Munro!” – Sandra Rogers (author, screenwriter and publisher)

“You actually have a lot of content in the book and the story line is an interesting “Chick Lit” and reminded me of Janet Evanovich series a lot. The mix of dialogue and locations made the book move and the way that the character travelled allowed you to explore lots of options for material. I could tell you had written it – it really came from your soul and your experiences/loves. There is a real mix of chick lit, travel, suspense and tear jerking.” – Angela Szpojda (owner of 360 Degree Wellness)

“I loved it. I really felt like I was walking the narrow lanes of Zanzibar and that I was taken on an African safari. It was a unique and beautifully written story. I haven’t read anything like it.” – Valerie Ibbotson (retired)

“I finished reading The Zanzibar Moon and absolutely loved it, Donna. I didn’t predict the ending either. It’s exotic, funny and full of adventure. It’s also inspired me to go to Zanzibar one day.” – Leesa Bennett (volunteer teacher abroad)

“I am really impressed by the book, you have really done your homework and if I did not l know any better I would have sworn that you have lived in Africa for a period of time.  You have captured life here so well with the chaos, the beauty, the nature, even down to the sometimes not so pleasant aromas (haha).   The story line is great and the characters are interesting.  I also like how you have put the relevant chapters in the first tense for Alkina and Dr Don.  It lets you get closer to the character I think.  I showed some of the Swahili to my colleague and as far as she could tell you were spot on.” – Kerry Zillner (UN worker in Africa)


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Gratitude equals abundance so be grateful every day

Gratitude equals abundance on day 144 and 145 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Day 144 I drove towards the east and the new moon surprised me. It was a sliver of a moon that looked like a bright smile in the black sky. If that doesn’t make you smile what will. It was like the moon was saying to everyone on Earth, you’ve had a rough trot but there’s still lots to smile about. The moon for one, the stars for two, the fresh Autumn air for three, the kookaburras laughing in the still black trees, the clearing fog for five; and so on and so on (it’s endless). I say happy morning.

Then in the afternoon my brother, Brad called in to work and dropped off my bookmarks. He and his partner, Viki at Inky Graphix kindly printed, celloglazed and hole-punched them for me for free. I am so grateful for their support in my publishing venture. If you ever need printing just give them a call.

The Zanzibar Moon bookmarks printed by Inky Graphix, Chinderah NSW

I’ve added my handmade tassels and they are now ready to send with any pre-orders.

Day 145 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Today I have approved the proof of The Zanzibar Moon, so now it’s officially a published book. I haven’t held it yet (that will be the most special moment) but it’s finalised and now available (it may take a few hours). My distributor will now have it available at various outlets like Booktopia, Fishpond, The Nile, James Bennett, ALS, Peter Pal and University Co-operative Bookshop (all in Australia and New Zealand) as well as Worldwide distributors such as Amazon. As soon as I have those links I’ll make them available.

I want to say a big thank you to all those people who have made production of The Zanzibar Moon possible. They include:

  • Bevil, Kris, Elise, Joel, Emily, Blake, Larabella and Kru (my family are my biggest support).
  • Mum and Dieter (Mum has never wavered in her belief of me as a writer).
  • Brad, Colleen, Hayley, Brent and family.
  • Karen, Darci, Wilson and family.
  • Angie and Doug (for insight into marketability of my cover and other advice).
  • Sue and John (for being awesome friends and holding my book launch).
  • Christine (for always encouraging me and being almost more excited than me about the upcoming launch).
  • Bec (for understanding my creative side because you have that too).
  • Kerry, Barb, Tracy, Leesa & Emily (for reading, quoting or editing).
  • Bruce and Sandra Rogers (who gave me the start at Zeus Publications so I could learn about the book publishing industry).
  • Marilyn and Clive (Marilyn showed me how to line edit to improve my editing ability, and ultimately improve my writing).
  • My Hammer Fit friends, who have kept up-to-date on the progress of my book and encouraged me throughout.
  • Every person who has pre-ordered or show interest in buying The Zanzibar Moon.
  • All the lovely people who re-post my posts and help me publicise The Zanzibar Moon  including; Donna, Leanne, Helen, Lana and everyone else.

There’s more like;

If I’ve forgotten anyone please let me know. I can always update this post and add you. My brain is a bit full of lots of ideas and plans so forgive me.