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Monday, 21 March 2011

SEEN This Week 3/21/11

Spring has sprung at last, and authors have plenty of news to report this past week. Here is what's happening in the new season:

March 10 was a great night for women at the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Six of the eight awards went to women, including the Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing, which went to Parul Sehgal. The entire list of finalists (including winners)are here.

Authors on Show added a donate button to the main website for Japan from authors around the world. Click here for additional details and to make a donation. All proceeds will be forwarded to the International Red Cross. Enjoy what AOS offers? Nominate us for best writer's site. Email with “101 Websites” in subject line
Night Publishing is almost done with final edit on Sheila Mary Taylor's Pinpoint, due for release this week. You wouldn't want to miss out getting your copy, would you?

A group of authors have come together for the Authors for Japan auction, raising funds to help victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake. Those interested in making bids may visit Authors for Japan blog for bidding details and items for auction.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline's newest release, Save Me, is set for release April 12 and available for pre-order on Amazon.

John Holt's book, Epidemic, is nominated for an Independent Book Award in the category of Mystery/Thriller. The results are due in May.

Stella Deleuze is already making waves with her book, Excuse Me, Where is the Exit?, available on both Amazon and Amazon UK. She was ranked #774 in the Paid in Kindle Store, #11 in Kindle Store - Kindle eBooks - Fiction - Short Stories and #18 in Books - Fiction - Humour. All proceeds from her ebook will be donated toward Japan relief.

Joining me and Stella in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 bestsellers in our respective genres is Beyond Nostaligia by Tom Winton, which slipped in at #97 in Literary Fiction. Beyond Nostalgia is also on two of Amazon's "Hot New Releases" and "Highest Rated" lists--Contemporary Romance and Literary Fiction.

Charlotte Castle's acclaimed novel, Simon's Choice, was listed at #84 on's "Movers and Shakers" list this past weekend.

So Shall Ye Reap author Mat Jackson's newest business adventure is now underway. iWanago is a global event listing site and iPhone app based on geo location. Find out everything going on in your area from quiz nights to curry nights, stand up comedy to pop up shops, book fairs to craft fairs, open mic sessions to open-air theater, private parties to secret cinema, boot sales to yard sales and everything in between. Follow your favorite venues/events/artists, chat with other users, check in to events, upload pics and video and rate what you go to. iWanago is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Liza Rosenberg's story, Life is a Series of Choices, was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery. The story can be read on her website.

The Hollows by Ben Larken, published by LL-Publications and edited by Zetta Brown, won the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for Best Horror at EPICon 2011.

Culture Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland online literary magazine, published an interview with Gerry McCollough, including an excerpt from Belfast Girls.

Steve Henry, author of The Playbook for Small Business, had a great start to his new radio talk show on KKNT, radio 960 AM (Arizona). Steve's new show airs from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. Steve will offer information for persons who own or want to start a new business, including coming trends and phenomenon. The show airs locally, or live stream it from the web.

My news for the week:

Kristal McKerrington and I are in the process of working on heading a panel which we will discuss Wrestling/Romance topics during next year's RT Book Lovers Convention. Word came down March 15 when the proposal forms for next year's convention panel are sent, we'll receive a copy. Nothing is yet guaranteed as far as getting a panel spot is concerned, but more will be reported as we make progress. Additional details are available on this press release. In the meantime, check out the details on this year's convention, which will be held April 6-10, 2011.

I'm also listed as a Featured Author on Night Owl Romance.

Do you have news that you'd like to see in a future column? Either post in on a related site or directly email it to Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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