Holiday Short Stories By WWK Authors Presented This Season:

11/30 KM Rockwell's "Holiday Summons"
12/06 "Death By Dictionary" by Gloria Alden
12/12 E. B. Davis's "The Christmas Tree"
12/18 "Femme Fatally Yours" by Paula Gail Benson
12/24 Kara Cerise's "The Ho-Ho Plan"
12/30 "Last Minute Shopping" by Shari Randall

Put A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman on your holiday list. Three WWK authors have short stories in this Mozark Press anthology. Look for "Moving On" by Paula Gail Benson, "Sauna" by KM Rockwell, and "Wishing For Ignorance" by E. B. Davis. Paper or eformat are available at Amazon.

Gloria Alden has released the fourth book, The Body in the Goldenrod, in her Catherine Jewel series. It's available in print and in eformat. Here are two links to the book: Amazon and Kobo. Put it on your "TBR" or Christmas list!

Carla Damron's latest project, THE STONE NECKLACE, a literary novel about five lives that intersect, and are forever changed, by a senseless accident, has been picked up by Story River Books for publication in 2016. Story River is an arm of the University of South Carolina Press and is under the leadership of editor-in-chief author Pat Conroy. Congratulations, Carla!


A great stocking stuffer, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays is available at Wildside Press or Amazon. This anthology includes short stories by WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances").
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Discover Places for Booklovers in New Zealand




For anyone who loves books and reading who is lucky enough to live in or plans to visit New Zealand, I have two recommendations for you.




If you stay in Wellington try the Booklovers Bed and Breakfast, a delightful welcoming place, run by Jane Toleston. It is centrally located in a lovely house with the original plans dated 1894. The house is within walking distance of Te Papa National Museum and the downtown district. It is also located right at a bus stop so you don’t have to walk far if you don’t want to. There are some excellent restaurants nearby. The owner, Jane, is the author of five books and has won a New Zealand book award. Most of her work is historical, based on oral histories. The walls of the B&B are lined with every type of book imaginable. She’s an interesting person to talk to and I enjoyed talking to her other guests as much as to the hostess. She offers free Internet access, yummy breakfasts and many more amenities.







In you stay in Dunedin you can visit a frequent guest at Booklovers B&B , Mike Hamblyn who, with his wife Cheryl, runs Read On! located in Gardens Mall. The second hand bookshop has to be the tidiest bookstore I have ever been in. Mike offered my wife and me tea. We had a far-ranging conversation involving everyone in the store about writing, publishing, selling books and the state of independent bookstores.

Mike and Cheryl accept only nearly perfect books for resale. He uses eucalyptus oil to clean and sanitize the book covers. He changes his window display weekly to attract customer and the mall brings foot traffic past his store. Even so he said he does not think there is a future for independent bookstores because of online competition and changes in the publishing world. He said he makes very little money on the store but absolutely loves what he does. With the cost of new books in New Zealand being so high there is a need for redistribution of used books and many customers become friends.

If you visit either place please give them my regards. I remember both places fondly.

9 comments:

Linda Rodriguez said...

What lovely little piece of NZ you've brought us today, Warren! I'd love to visit either place.

Warren Bull said...

Linda, New Zealand is a great place. I hope you can schedule it on one of your book tours,

circuitmouse said...

IMHO New Zealand has one of the best mapped literary heritage routes on the planet.

And that's BEFORE you even get into little ones looking around for hobbits.

Warren Bull said...

True circuitmouse, but I did not find the place selling tickets to ride a whale.

Marni said...

Lovely to see and read about. I tried to get one of my books reviewed down there and found a willing reviewer. The snail mail cost was exhorbitant! But she was willing to read the e-book.

Have added NZ to my bucket list!

Gloria Alden said...

I would love to visit New Zealand, especially the book shops. I've heard the country is beautiful. When my siblings and I travel, we always look for bookstores. Sadly, the independent ones are getting fewer and fewer.

jenny milchman said...

Thanks for this, Warren! Now I hope I get to go to NZ one of these days...

(Can you drive there? That flight gives me the heebie jeebies :)

Warren Bull said...

Jenny, If you know how to drive a ocean liner you might be able to get there eventually. It was a 13-hour flight

Warren Bull said...

Mami,

My experiences with NZ authors has been great