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Wondering Wall: Celebrating Halloween

Wondering Wall: Celebrating Halloween

It’s Halloween peeps. Time to pull our your costumes and prepare for a horde of small children to descend on your place seeking lollies. If you don’t hand over a significant amount of sugar, you are likely to have your place water bombed or TP’d. Today’s wondering wall is: Should we celebrate Halloween?

October 31, 2013 Wondering Wall 6 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Cliff-Hangers

Wondering Wall: Cliff-Hangers

I’ve read quite a few books lately that have absolute doozies of cliff-hangers. They are the supersized, Big Mac version of cliff-hangers, da Ali G of cliff-hangers, Texas-sized cliff-hangers, the Bluefin Tuna of cliff-hangers…you get the idea. What I’m wondering about is why authors would knowingly put themselves and their readers through something so traumatic. Today’s Wondering Wall is:

October 16, 2013 Wondering Wall 6 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Twitter Etiquette

Wondering Wall: Twitter Etiquette

I started my Twitter adventure a month ago and I’ve had a few things happen that I’m genuinely curious about. Twitter is like this alien land for me which I am only just starting to get to grips with. If you are a tweeter, please help a fairly clueless soul out and give me some advice because, let’s face it, I need it. Today’s Wondering Wall is: Twitter Etiquette

October 9, 2013 Wondering Wall 5 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Downgrading Reviews

Wondering Wall: Downgrading Reviews

I haven’t done a Wondering Wall for a while but there is something that had me wondering today as I browsed through Amazon. If you’ve been on Amazon, you would note that there is a little yes/no section at the bottom of each review which asks ‘was this review helpful to you?’ Goodreads has something similar but they only have the option to ‘like’ or ‘flag’ if the post is inappropriate. The person ‘liking’ a review is identified whereas in the Amazon system they remain anonymous. I’ve never downgraded a review but I’m curious about what makes people do it. […]

October 1, 2013 Wondering Wall 6 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Royal baby’s name

Wondering Wall: Royal baby’s name

By now, if you haven’t been living under a rock or had more important things to do with your time, you would have heard that William and Kate are the proud parents of a baby boy weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz. While this is no doubt very exciting, what does it have to do with books? Well, if history repeats itself, whatever name they give to the bub will have a massive spike in popularity. It stands to reason that this trend will probably carry over into books.

July 23, 2013 Wondering Wall 0 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Mobile Phones

Wondering Wall: Mobile Phones

Mobile phones must be the bane of authors trying to create a suspenseful situation. Trapped in a dark, dank cellar?  Abandoned on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere? Vampire hunting you?  Run out of chocolate? All the protagonist has to do is pick up their mobile and help is on the way. Mobile phones are the number one buzz kill of this decade. So I started wondering what authors could do to solve this tricky problem.

July 20, 2013 Wondering Wall 1 Comment
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Wondering Wall: Penguin Random House

Wondering Wall: Penguin Random House

Penguin and Random House’s respective parent companies have decided to merge them – if this is anything like Transformers it should have a cool theme song and special effects. The new company is going to be called Penguin Random House. I started wondering about the implications of this merger for both readers and the book industry as a whole. I can’t claim any expertise in this area so this is just what has been swirling around in my head.

July 11, 2013 Wondering Wall 0 Comments
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Wondering Wall: Book Fair Etiquette

Wondering Wall: Book Fair Etiquette

I attended a regional book fair on Saturday and was hoping to snaffle some bargains. I thought I was a pro as I’d attended a two million book one in the city a few times. I made several faux pas however within a short space of time and ended up fleeing without purchasing anything (very unusual for me). As I quickly vacated the premises, I wondered if there was some sort of unwritten set of rules that should be followed at book fairs and if so, what they should look like.  Here are my proposed rules. What do you think? […]

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Wondering Wall: Lying, cheating men

Wondering Wall: Lying, cheating men

The inspiration for this post came not from a romance novel funnily enough but from the A Mind for Murder mystery series by Rochelle Staab. Liz’s ex lied to her and repeatedly cheated on her yet is set up as part of a love triangle. It made me wonder how you should deal with lying, cheating men. I thought the best way to attack this was to provide examples from three novels I have read recently from three different genres. Be warned, spoilers lurk within this post for Hex on the Ex, Silk is For Seduction and The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno […]

June 27, 2013 Wondering Wall 1 Comment
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