Wind Rider by P.C Cast Blog Tour + exclusive Q&A author P.C Cast

Best selling international author of the House of Night series and other titles, P.C. Cast is back as she brings us Wind Rider, the third installment of an epic fantasy series set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

This is the third book of the Tales of New World…

Keep an eye out for the first 2 books in the series [pictured] if you haven’t started the series yet, definitely worth the read!!! …Naturally when at the beach, you take your books with you, yes??

Exclusive Q&A with P.C Cast..

G’day!! We just wanted to thank you for engaging with us as part of the blog tour, we are big fans of your books and we really hope you will visit us in Sydney, Australia one day soon!!
I WOULD LOVE TO!

You have written quite a few books! Is there a particular title or series that resonates most with you? Which one would it be and why?
That tends to change as I continue writing more and more series, but right now I’m especially attached to TALES OF A NEW WORLD.  WIND RIDER is the most difficult and best book I’ve written. I love the world – the characters – and the exploration of what embracing hate will do to a society, as well as the redemptive powers of love and what will happen when a group of people commit to living inclusively with truth and love leading the way.  AND THE DOGS AND HORSES AND LYNXES! Love, love, love the animal Companions!

You write a lot about goddesses, Is there a reason for this?
I’m Pagan, so it’s the foundation of my belief system. Also, I write female empowering stories set in matriarchal societies. Those societies rarely worship male deities. Additionally, I find the different faces of the Goddess inspiring and inclusive and, quite frankly, a lot more interesting to create than those that are patriarchal.

Some authors are either inspired by true life events or have dreams that inspire their writing, where do you find your inspiration and how do you apply it to your writing?
I’m usually inspired by research and by travel, but sometimes real life steps in – like for TALES OF A NEW WORLD. In that series my relationship with my personal protection canine, Badger, inspired the idea for the world and the animal Companions. And for the antagonist and villain I looked no further than the debacle going on in our government and country. When hate, racism and division take a lead role in a country there are a lot of villains from which to choose…

As an author that has focused on urban fantasy and paranormal romance books, you would be quite the expert in this area!! What do you think makes a good fantasy romance?
Ironically, good fantasy has to be founded in believability. If I’m going to take you on a journey where vampyres have elemental powers, or goddesses walk the earth, or humans and animals bond on a genetic level I have to first be sure my world building is solid. Do my ecosystems work? It’s also why I prefer to base my magic on the elements.  The character development is especially important in fantasies. If I’m going to create a God of Death or a villainess whose behaviour is sociopathic (Neferet!) then I must first create a fully fleshed out character my readers can understand and even one with whom they can empathize – and taking that a step further, all the great romances – in any genre – begin with believable characters.

As an author you would go through an extensive editing process before publication so we were just curious how different is the final story from your original idea or draft? Do you find the original idea is still quite clear in the final print and edits just help you shape the story or does it change direction to something completely different?
I do outline, but my work is very character driven. What that means for my books is that I begin with an opening scene and I also know the closing scene – how I get there usually changes drastically from my outline/proposal as my characters evolve and grow. I rewrite constantly, so by the time I finish a manuscript, even the first time around, it’s well beyond first draft status.

What was the best piece of advice you were given as an author and what advice would you give to aspiring writers?The best piece of advice I was ever given about being an author was something Teresa Miller, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Poets and Writers Assoc., said to me when I was taking one of her classes. She told me to treat the career of being an author as I would any job – basically to take off my rose-coloured glasses and educate myself about the process of publishing – to understand thoroughly how a manuscript turns into a book. I followed her advice and couldn’t be happier I did!

When you’re not writing – what would you be doing?
You mean other than feeling guilty I’m not writing? Hum…I hang out with my daughter, Kristin, and my absolutely perfect grandbaby a lot. I yoga. I ride my mare, Anjo (yes, the same as the one in WIND RIDER!). I love to try new restaurants with my awesome group of girlfriends (and a few guys, including my brothers). And I really love binging TV series.

Are you a reader? What’s your favourite book of all time? (Or a book that may have inspired you to start writing)
Of course I’m a reader! You guys know this question drives authors crazy, don’t you! So, I see you gave me an out. Whew. When I was thirteen I read DRAGON FLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey and I was gobsmacked (as my grandma would’ve said!) and mesmerized. A woman wrote a fantasy novel! And a girl was the star! The saviour! The coolest character! At that moment I knew I would someday be a published author who wrote fantasy novels starring strong women. Thank you, Anne McCaffrey, for my livelihood!

Special thanks to P.C Cast for engaging with Read3r’z Re-Vu through our blog Q&A, to Aus YA Bloggers and Pan Macmillan Australia for having us on board as part of the Wind Rider Blog Tour!!

Content compiled by Annie, Q&A questions by Annie and NJ

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Thankyou 2017… That’s a Wrap!!!

As I am sitting here writing this 2017 wrap up, I am wondering – where did the year go!?
2017 was once again, a great success for Read3r’z Re-Vu and in 2018, we will be entering our 9th year!!! Next to getting our hands on some fantastic reads this year, a most honourable achievement is how much we have grown as a network. Read3r’z Re-Vu continue to network with authors, publishers and reading enthusiasts who become such great friends and it’s amazing to see the growth and the friendships formed over a common bond – the passion for reading. It’s been so much fun at our monthly sessions hanging out with well read friends and getting to know authors and their writing journeys. Attending bookish events and book launches throughout the year was also a highlight.

Many thanks goes to the authors who spent their time with us this year by attending our sessions and exclusive events as special guests. It gave members such a unique and memorable experience. Many thanks to Krystal Sutherland (author of “Our Chemical Hearts” and A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares”) who was the first author to join us this year as she joined us as special guest for our March session and who also had me emcee her book launch for “A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares” at Kinokuniya Bookstore.

Many thanks also to E.R Murray (author of “Caramel Hearts”) who, whilst visiting Australia all the way from Ireland, had a special lunch with us at Volcanos Steakhouse. It was amazing to learn all about your writing journey and life in Ireland.

To author Garth Nix, (author of newly released “Frogkisser!” thank you for joining our Read3r’z Re-Vu special: Author in Focus session at Galaxy Bookshop. We had so much fun with you that day, thanks so much for the Haigh’s Chocolate Frogs and for giving away Frogkisser! audio books and an advance review copy of “Have Sword, Will Travel

Lynette Noni, (author of “The Medoran Series“) thank you so much for spending time with us over high tea while you were in Sydney during the Sydney Writers Festival. We had such a great time chatting over tea and cakes with you!!

To Wai Chim (author of “Freedom Swimmer”) thank you so much for joining us for our July session, it was so insightful learning about your inspiration to write Freedom Swimmer.

James Bradley (author of “The Silent Invasion”) thankyou to you also for joining us as special guest at our September session, it was great to chat all things books with you!!!. Many thanks also goes to author Brittany Riley, author of (“Enchantment”) who also joined our September session as an attendee. To Gabrielle Williams (author of “My Life as a Hashtag”) lunch with you at the New York Metro was amazing, thank you so much for joining us while you were visiting Sydney from Melbourne.

To Marita Smith (author of “Convergence”) and the wonderful Harbour Publishing House team who visited Read3r’z Re-Vu over afternoon tea at The Coffee Club all the way from Ulladulla – thankyou also Marita for the homemade cookies!!

 Special shout out goes to our creative partner – The Curio Boutique, created and owned by the ever so talented NJ!!! Thank you so much for partnering with Read3r’z Re-Vu and sponsoring prizes from The Curio Boutique for our session giveaways. We are so honoured to be such great friends with you and we are so proud of your creativity and talents!!! Also, big congrats to you for hosting your very first stall this year at the Allen and Unwin YA Fest!! It was very exciting to be there to support you and we hope to see you running more stalls in the future and really look forward to your 2018 creations.

To all the publishers who take a chance on us to consider, read and review their books as well as help organise for the authors to attend our sessions, thank you so very much!!! It’s great to be affiliated with great Australian Publishers and we really look forward to continue working with you in the New Year.

Read3r’z Re-Vu Members – session attendees, online members and blog followers, thank you so much for always engaging with us and for your enthusiasm that keeps this network alive!! 2017 was a great year for books and here is a list of titles some of our session members have noted to be their 2017 book of the year…

NJ: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor
Meredith: “Autoboyography” by Christina Lauren
Lyn: “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
Monica: “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer and “Bitter Greens” by Kate Forysth
Allison: “The Hidden Legacy Series” by Ilona Andrews
Rebecca: “Keys of the Kingdom” series by Garth Nix and “The Silent Invasion” by James Bradley
Sarah: “Demian” by Hermann Hesse

As for me.. like everyone else.. it really is a tough choice!!! Nevermoor” by Jessica Townsend was such a great read.. so was “Wreck” by Fleur Ferris, “All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, “The Crown’s Fate” by Evelyn Skye.. “Flying Through Clouds” by Michelle Morgan had a very personal connection for me.. Just some of the great titles I had the pleasure of reading this year and I am psyched for the 2018 new releases!!!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to send you all much love and many thanks to you all for making Read3r’z Re-Vu, the 2017 season such a great success!!! Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and many happy returns for a happy new year!!!

Well, 2017… that’s a wrap!!!
-Annie
xoxoxoxo
(Founder)

new year – new books – more for our TBR!!!

featured image: Pintrest

2016… that’s a wrap!!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu: what an epic 2016 season!!!

This was the year Read3r’z Re-Vu celebrated their 7th successful year!! In reflecting and celebrating the network’s achievements, Read3r’z Re-Vu hosted their Black and White party in April with special guest authors: Will Kostakis (author of The First Third and The Sidekicks) and Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom). An epic night of reminiscence and new memories. The sessions got better and better as we had even more authors join our sessions as special guests this season – special thanks to authors Maria Lewis (author of Who’s Afraid?), Mitchell Hogan (author of Crucible of the Souls), Melina Marchetta (author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Finnikin of the Rock and On the Jelicoe Road), Shivaun Plozza (author of Frankie), Helen Thurloe (author of Promising Azra), Tamar Chnorkian (author of The Diet Starts on Monday), Tara Eglington (author of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You and My Bestfriend is a Goddess) and Kirsty Eagar (author of Summer Skin). Your time in joining us and sharing your experience with us is greatly appreciated and we cherish the friendships we formed and hope to keep in touch with you.

When Read3r’z Re-Vu were not hosting sessions, the network was busy leaving their mark on the history books from attending enlightening Publisher events that get us photographed on their publications to attending exclusive blogger night and book launch events. We also had the pleasure of hosting high tea with some great authors – international author Maria V. Snyder (author of the Poison Study series) who, while touring Australia from The U.S, spent exclusive time with us and Australian Authors Fiona Wood (author of Cloudwish and Wildlife) and Alison Goodman (author of Eon, Eona and Lady Helen and The Dark Days Club). It was such an amazing and unique experience for Read3r’z Re-Vu to have this quality time with our favourite authors.

October was yet another memorable month – having hosted our very first, impromptu Read3r’z Re-Vu Mini Conference in the Sydney CBD. In light of the sudden cancellation of the Book Expo, The Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee reached out to bloggers, readers and authors from far and wide who travelled in for the Expo to come together for a Conference. It was a day of epic proportions. Many thanks to Pantera Press Publishers who brought Wanda Wiltshire (author of the Betrothed Series) and Baz Michael Radburn (author of Blackwater Moon and Taylor Bridges Series) to join us as special guests for our panel. Also special thanks to Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom) and Cathy A. Wilson and Cathy T. Wilson (authors of the Lions and Lilies Series) who also joined us as special guests. We also held a segment about Bloggers VS Vloggers which was enlightening and played some fun games for light entertainment. In light of this mini conference’s success, Read3r’z Re-Vu are planning to host a conference towards the end of 2017. The conference was followed by an epic Q&A with panel of talented authors from Cohesion Press at Galaxy Bookshop.

Having launched our blog in February, followed by growing social media platforms, the network reached out to many readers, bloggers and publishing houses across Australia and around the world – making new friendships that no doubt will last a lifetime. With it, the network also continued their selfless charity work by sending donations to troubled areas around the world to assist with immediate relief as well as donating gifts to the K-Mart wishing tree for disadvantaged children. The network continues to grow and the committee continue to work together to bring members exciting sessions and events that keeps everyone passionate about reading. 2017 proves to be an epic year ahead with epic themes and special guest authors lined up for the sessions as well as book publisher show cases, book launches and bookstore crawls planned for the first 2 months of the year!!! community charity work projects are also on the cards and the committee are working on potentially hosting a conference towards the end of the year.

With all the fun events Read3r’z Re-Vu took part in, there was always time to pick up a great book to read.. here are some of the titles that really made it to our favourites this year!!! (in no order of preference)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

Small Things by Meg Treggonning

Mechanica: A beginners Guide by Lance Balchin

Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Yukarism (Manga) by China Shiomi

Fire Boy by Sami Shah

Nona and Me by Clare Atkins

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Valentine by Jodi McAlister

Black Jade by Kylie Chan

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling (screenplay)

From a fantastic year of 2016 to an even bigger year of 2017, Read3r’z Re-Vu would love to thank all members and followers for a great season and we wish you all the best for the new year ahead!!! May it be a great one filled with awesome new reads, happiness and accomplishments.. make it count and make it yours…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Read3r’z Blog

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Read3r’z Re-Vu is a network of readers that launched in April 2009. Founded by Annie McCann, their humble beginnings commenced in Borders, Parramatta and has continued successfully ever since. Hosting sessions once a month, the group meets to discuss what they love most – books!!! What’s most unique about this network is the structure, rather than analysing a prescribed text, the session is allocated a theme so members are free to choose their own titles for review that correspond to the theme. Over the years, the network expanded and many new friendships were formed. The dynamics of the group is so diverse from age, gender, faith, culture and even location!!!

The network have also formed alliances with major book retailers and publishing houses that have supported the group with hosting sessions. One of the most exciting experiences as avid readers is the unique privilege of having authors join as special guests at their events. Read3r’z Re-Vu have formed friendships with Kate Forsyth, Greg Barron, Banafsheh Serov, Juliet M. Sampson, Gabrielle Tozer, Will Kostakis, Sarah Ayoub, Wanda Wiltshire, Frances Watts, Justin Sheedy, David M. Henley, Lauren Dawes, Kylie Chan, Queenie Chan, Isobelle Carmody and Kylie Fornasier. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting season ahead with many more guest authors to join Read3r’z Re-Vu.

As a dedicated team, The Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee (Annie McCann, Meredith Thomas, NJ Hu and Crystal Oros) continue to work tirelessly to deliver insightful sessions to their members and to add to the excitement, organise special events that include the annual favourites: Bookstore Crawl and Athletics Carnival BBQ. The Bookstore Crawl is a day dedicated to visit all the bookstores in Sydney on foot. It’s a fun day for all members to grab excellent book bargains and enjoy the ambience of some fine bookstores in Sydney. The Athletics Carnival BBQ is a day to get out and enjoy a great feed and some vitamin D. Prize winning athletics activities take place at our favourite park.

We have always supported authors by reviewing our reads on Goodreads.com however this year as part of a new project, we have created our first blog!! This is a Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee run project where we will endeavour to blog our reads to endorse wide reading. We hope you will enjoy our blogs!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu always welcome avid readers who wish to join us.

Find us on Facebook or Twitter – @Read3rZ
email: read3rz_re-vu@hotmail.com

Til we meet again.. Happy Readings!!
-Annie
(Founder)

Professional Reader