How you can get involved in the Romance Festival

If you are a fan of romance novels, be sure to check out Romance Festival. I participated in last year’s events and it was really fun to chat with authors & fellow bloggers.

Starts: 7th February 2015 at 2 pm GMT
Ends: 8th February 2015 at 8 pm GMT

Sign up for the free event here

For more details, read this reblogged post!

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We are very excited to announce our next virtual festival and we’d love you to be involved. For those who took part last time, you will know that we have a program of events on Twitter, Facebook and a few Google Hangouts.

Again we plan for the Saturday to be a professional development day for authors (last time we had Script Doctor sessions with editors, Goodreads, tips on getting reviews and much more.)

On the Sunday, we will focus the programme for romance fans which last time included author interviews, romance in YA, discussion around romantic places, steampunk, the men of romance etc.

This event is open and inclusive; everyone is welcome.

If you are an aspiring or established author and you’d like to get involved in a live event, then do let us know. Or if you aren’t around that weekend, we also have a Q&A you can complete…

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Bookworms Unite! 20th December Book Meet by KL Book Exchange Club

All bookworms in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor…unite! KL Book Exchange Club is bring another book sale:

Date: 20th of December 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 6 pm
Location: Fuwa Fuwa Bakery Cafe, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya (click here to view map)
What to expect: book bargains galore; reading & autograph session by Tutu Dutta Yean; lucky draw prizes; Childrens’ Picture book swap

If you would like to sell books, please contact event organiser. More details at the event page.

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KL Book Exchange Club is a members-only group for individuals who want to exchange and sell books. Become a member of KL Book Exchange Club by visiting this link.

Georgetown Literary Festival: 28th – 30th November 2014

Georgetown Literary Festival 2014 is one of the many state-sponsored arts festivals held in Penang, Malaysia. The festival provides a platform for Malaysian writers to conduct dialogue, performances, book launches and much more.

Here are the details for this year’s festival:

Date: 28th – 30th November 2014
Venue: The Whiteaways Arcade, Lebuh Pantai (map)
Programme (click on the day(s)): Friday, SaturdaySunday.

Georgetown Literary Festival: 28th – 30th November 2014

There are many types of activities planned for the festival, such as:

  • Panel discussions
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Performances
  • Storytelling
  • Film screenings

Malaysian writers that are confirmed to be at the event include Amir MuhammadShivani SivagurunathanRozlan Mohd. NoorBernice Chauly. International speakers that are scheduled to make appearances include Susan Barker (UK), Miguel Syjuco (Philippines/Canada), Leila Schudori (Indonesia), Brian Stoddart (Australia).

For more details, visit the website and/or Facebook page.

Lang Leav visits Kuala Lumpur on 30th November 2014

Lang Leav, an internationally exhibiting artist and bestselling author, is coming to Malaysia. Ms Leav will be in Kuala Lumpur to promote her books on poetry, ‘Love & Misadventure’ and ‘Lullabies’.

Here is an overview of ‘Love & Misadventure’:

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair—from the initial butterflies through the soaring heights to the devastating plunge.  And, in the end, the message is one of hope.

The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

An overview of ‘Lullabies’:

A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

If you would like to meet the author, make sure to visit:

30th November 2014 Date 30th November 2014
Kinokuniya KLCC Location MPH Midvalley Megamall
11 am Time 3 pm

For more details, visit her blog and/or Facebook page.

Meet Lang Leav at Kinokuniya KLCC or MPH Mid Valley Megamall on 30th November 2014

Sydney Author Event – 29th November 2014

If you enjoy reading romance novels and are based in Australia, check out this author event. Sydney Author Event is a great chance for you to meet & chat with more than 20 Romance authors. Here are the details of the event:

Date: 29th November 2014
Venue: The Ivy Sunroom,
330 George Street, Sydney 2000
Sessions: (i) AM (9 am – 12:30 pm),
(ii) PM (1:30 pm – 5 pm)
(iii) After Party (8 pm till late)
Attending authors:

Tickets for the meet and greet sessions during the day are sold out. However there are still tickets for the after party cruise. Get your ticket(s) to the after party here.

For more details on the event, visit the link, Facebook page and/or Twitter.

@Penguinusa Twitter Book Club: Chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman

Penguin USA Twitter Book Club has chosen an interesting book for this month’s discussion: ‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’ by Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman. Here is a glimpse of the story:

It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987—the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact—via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: Could they be twins?

Thus begins their remarkable journey to build a relationship as sisters, continents apart. Over Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, they learned that they shared much more than a strikingly similar appearance. Eventually, they traveled to Korea together to discover more about the land of their separation. Separated @ Birth is a story that spans the world and peels back some of the complex and emotional layers of foreign adoption.

‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’

Want to chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman? @penguinUSA has organised 2 Twitter chat sessions with @samfuterman and @AnaisFBordier on these dates:

  • Tuesday, 4th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 18th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

Make sure to include hashtag #readpenguin in your tweet(s) to @penguinUSA.

For more details on the book club, please visit this page and/or Twitter.

How well do you know book genres?

As an avid romance reader, I know the sub-genres that I like and those that I don’t quite enjoy. However I don’t know much about other genres until I discovered Tess Gerritsen’s books months ago. Wow there is such thing as medical thriller?!

I did some online research to find out more about book sub-genres and found this genre map. This map does not only benefit authors and readers, it helps booksellers and libraries with book cataloguing task.

Doesn’t this book genre map remind you of periodic table?

Most blogs that posted this genre map credited it to Book Country. When I went to the website, I found an updated version of the genre map. The map is more interactive and features new book genres such as new adult, young adult and non-fiction. The map also recommends books based on the genre/sub-genre that you choose. Click on this link to view the cool map.

What do you think of the genre maps? Share your views in the comment box below.