Follow Twitter #LitChat session with Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 15th of October 2014 is Nicholas Sansbury Smith. He will talk about his novel ‘Orbs’ (synopsis below):

They have come for our most important resource…

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing—to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winton’s team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren’t the only thing missing. The planet’s water is gone, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn’t until they uncover what’s inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

‘Orbs’ by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

Follow LitChat Twitter conversation with Michael Farris Smith

Litchat organises live Twitter conversations with authors every Wednesday. The one-hour session starts at 4 pm USA Eastern Time (4 am Thursday for those in Malaysia).

The guest author for the slot on 10th of September 2014 is Michael Farris Smith. He will talk about his debut novel ‘Rivers’, which has been named to Best Books of 2013 by Hudson Books, Bookriot.com, The Capital Times, More2Read.com, and Rivercityreading.com.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast–stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border–has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down–and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.

‘Rivers’ by Michael Farris Smith

There are two ways to follow the conversation:

  1. Type #litchat at Twitter search box
  2. Visit Litchat dedicated channel at http://www.nurph.com/litchat (recommended for those who prefer to read tweets in order)

To those who participate in the moderated Twitter chat, have a great time.

For latest news on LitChat, check out their official website or Twitter.

When an author behaved badly to fans via social media

I have been writing a series of blog post on interactions between author and readers. Although my posts focus more on the how-to-use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram), overall I believe that the main aim for such interactions is to build relationships.

One news that has been trending this week is ‘Outlander’ television (tv) series, which is based on the book of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. The first episode, which debuted last week, garnered 3.7 million views in USA. That is pretty impressive for an adaptation of a time-travelling historical romance book. Despite the success, it seems that Ms Gabaldon was tactless in her responses to her fans’ comments on the show’s casting.

Diana Gabaldon's reactions to fans' comments on casting of 'Outlander'

Diana Gabaldon reacted to fans’ comments on ‘Outlander’ casting

In my humble opinion, only her third paragraph was nicely worded while others are a bunch of rants. I believe that Ms Gabaldon should have carefully-drafted a response to her unhappy fans. First, she could have acknowledged the surge of interest in the production of the tv series. We all know that it is hard to please everyone so that third paragraph would be great for her next sentence. Then she could write that she trusts the judgement of the casting director(s) and/or producers. The actors have been picked because they were brilliant at their audition(s). She could end her post with a good luck wish to the cast and crew.

The important lesson here is that you have to be careful with what you post online. An author is a public figure. Therefore s/he must keep their negative thoughts in check because any negativity is likely to affect the fanbase and/or potential readers. Case in point, Ms Gabaldon has already lost some of her fans.

Books about Town project: BookBenches

To celebrate the joys of reading and London’s literary heritage, The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art recently launched the Books about Town project. Fifty of London’s best books are brought to life in the form of beautifully-illustrated book-shaped benchesThese Bookbenches have been placed in various streets of London, with four trails to choose from.

On 7th of October 2014, all BookBenches will be auctioned off to raise funds to address illiteracy problems in United Kingdom. To increase awareness of this project, there are various activities lined up between now and October. One activity that fascinates me is ‘That’s Not My… Online Competition‘. The winner will be awarded 15 books from the ‘That’s not my…’ series. All interested individuals have to do is:

(i) Follow @Usborne and @booksabouttown to get more about the details of the competition

(ii) Once details are announced, upload a photo of yourself at one of the benches via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

(ii) Insert the hashtag #thatsnotmy and tag to Usborne

People have started to submit entries for this competition. I love the picture of the ‘Dr Seuss’ BookBench below. That angle is brilliant since it captured both Tower Bridge and beautiful artwork of Theodor Seuss Geisel re-imagined by Jane Headford.

#xpro #bookbench #bookbenches #towerbridge #london #bridge #londontown

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If you would like to receive the latest news on the BookBenches, follow Books About Town on Twitter and Facebook.

ps: My favourite BookBench is George Orwell’s ‘1984’ because the bench perfectly encapsulates the all-seeing eye of Big Brother; every corner in London is being watched by the ruling Party. You could also see the Party’s slogan ‘War is Peace’ at the bottom of the bench. What is your favourite BookBench?

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ BookBench – reimagined by Thomas Dowdeswell

New arrivals – 05/07/2014

Hello.

There are new books for rent at SS Readers Corner. For more information on the books, visit Goodreads or click on the author’s name (which will take you to the author’s website).

Title Author Genre
Gone Michael Grant Young adult, dystopia, science fiction
Hunger Michael Grant Young adult, dystopia, science fiction
Lies Michael Grant Young adult, dystopia, science fiction
Plague Michael Grant Young adult, dystopia, science fiction
Styxx Sherrilyn Kenyon Paranormal romance

To rent these books, please visit our store.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Books by Michael Grant: Gone (#1), Hunger (#2), Lies (#3), Plague (#4).

Books by Michael Grant: Gone (#1), Hunger (#2), Lies (#3), Plague (#4).

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon