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Blogs & websites to watch: THE BROKE & THE BOOKISH, BOOKLOONS and BIBLIOPHILE BOOK BLOG

THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH is a group of college-aged kids who (to quote the blurb found on their About page) “have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals.” They were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. This led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. They review most every type of book, but prefer to have physical copies rather than ebooks. They are happy to host author interviews and giveaways, and some of their bloggers are interested in being asked to be guest bloggers on other book related blogs. I’ve checked their Master List (all the books they’ve reviewed) and found that it contains such gems as THE BATTLE FOR GOD by Karen Armstrong, THE RED TENT by Anita Diamont, and NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro. I think it is wonderful that these young people are so turned on by reading, which is why I wanted to showcase their blog.

 

I don’t know who the people are behind BOOKLOONS, but they sure read a lot of books. The tagline on the Home page of the website says: “Your corner booknook in the global village, with over 13,800 book reviews – Fiction & Nonfiction, Teen & Children’s books. This well-organized site categorizes books according to genre, and author, making it easy to find the reviews. It also encourages teens to keep reading. This is the only site I have recommended so far that has advertisements Generally, I don’t do that. But the ads on this site are discreet, and don’t interfere with your enjoyment of it.

 

Monica is a 23-year-old military service member, whose duties sometimes interfere with her ability to review books. But she loves to read and her “absolute favorite genres are romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, YA, and historical fiction!” Monica is the owner/reviewer of BIBLIOPHILE BOOK BLOG. Apart from the usual things such a site does, it has one unusual feature; It lists a bunch of resources for bloggers on how to blog more effectively.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

 

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Websites to watch: Historical Novel Reviews, The Writing Runner & Historical Fiction Connection

Today, I am showcasing three blogs that in their different ways help authors promote their work.

HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW is a well-organized website with novels organized by century, genre, format and geographical location. It is staffed by a group of volunteers who are dedicated to reading and candidly reviewing today’s best historical fiction novels. They host interviews and regularly give away books.

THE WRITING RUNNER is a writer who runs. Unusual. No? In any event, if you are a newbie writer who’s struggling to find an agent, I highly recommend a series of posts done on this blog.

HISTORICAL FICTION CONNECTION. What a gorgeous-looking blog. All those satins, silks and lace ruffles on the covers of the current selection of historical novels. It’s like looking at a box of chocolate! One caution: the Nav Bar (the thingy with HOME, ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS, and SUBMISSIONS is halfway down the page, under the book-box selection, so you’ll have to scroll down to see it. This site is run by a staff of enthusiasts,, including authors Susan Higginbotham, D L Bogdan, Mitchell James Kaplan, Donald Michael Platt and bloggers Robin of “Lady Gwyn’s Kingdom” and Jennygirl of “Jenny loves to read”.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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Website to watch: HISTORICAL TAPESTRY


Historical Tapestry is composed of a group of readers who love historical fiction, and are actively engaged in helping historical novelists promote their books. Though they reserve the right to refuse requests for reviews, they do review historical novels, offer guest posts on their blogs, do interviews and host giveaways. Authors wishing to write a guest post can either write about the books they love to read (in the Books of a Lifetime column) or they can talk about what they love (in the Why I Love column), be it fictional personages, historical time-periods, locations or books.

The best recommendation I can give for my site is that I had a terrible time dragging myself away from it while I was trying to complete this blog. This is a real find for authors, as not only do you have help in promoting your book, but you have the pleasure of sharing the stage with such luminaries as Elizabeth Chadwick and C. W. Gortner.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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