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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

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The Narratives Library offers help to Australian authors with new books to publicize

March 23, 2020

This wonderful offer to help Australian authors share the news of their new books was emailed to me by my good friend Karena Wynn-Moylan, founder of The Narratives Libraryry which is the world’s largest online archive of authors reading small extracts of their own work.

In her own words, here is her offer:

Last year it received over one million hits and continues to offer authors a unique platform for their work combining both online and radio platforms through the programs of its founder and radio award winner Karena Wynn-Moylan.
The ever increasing list of cancelled literary events is a blow to authors and publishers and also the Library which aims to add between 50 and 60 new authors each year from attending Festivals and related literary events.
The library is a (currently) unfunded labour of love which exists to bring the world’s attention to the value of books and literature.
As we can’t attend in person to make recordings for some time, we would like to invite all authors and publishers to take advantage of the following offer-
Karena is happy to do a phone interview with any author who has a book to promote.
This interview will be used in several ways to promote the author’s work.
1. Broadcast on Arts Canvass BayFM 99.9 -longest running Arts program on Byron Bay’s Bay FM 99.9 – every Thursday 9am-11am for 22 years! ( We can also do giveaways of authors books if you send us a copy)
2. Placed in our weekly posts from the Narratives Library website which are then kept permanently online.The posts will have the book cover, a head pic of the author and the interview. Images will link to Booktopia to help promote sales. Posts are also shared through Facebook and Linked In.
3. The interview will also be sent out in our ‘Quickpods’ program which goes through Libsyn Podcast Syndication to more than eight locations online. We will include a pic of the book cover. We can also combine the interview with other authors on ‘themes’ for longer productions. (Quickpods – one author, one interview, sometimes a read- distributed through Libsyn- the world’s longest running Podcast Syndicate, available on Spotify, Libsyn, Apple and Android). Quickpods are also shared on social media.
4. We are also happy to include authors in our regular library Category listings if they can provide a clear recording of themselves reading a 5 minutes ( or so) extract from their book .
Please note- for audio quality purposes we still can’t do these reads over the phone, only an interview.

Interested authors and publishers/publicists just need to email us at: narrativeslibrary@gmail.com
We’ll get back and between us we can set up a phone interview of around 10-15 minutes with your author. They will need to ring us on a special number at an arranged time which we will supply when confirming.
The time should be during the day, but we can do weekends if necessary.
It helps to have a copy of the book sent beforehand – Narratives Library, 3 Market St, Bangalow. NSW 2479 – but if that isn’t possible we can manage on PR material.
All our material is also freely available for you and your author to use for your own promotion.
To understand more about the Narratives Library, and read our hints on self recording check out our FAQ’s page at www.narrativeslibrary.com

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Sydney event at Gleebooks on setting novels in South Africa

March 12, 2020

Dazzling and Deadly – The Allure of Crime Fiction set in South Africa – Thursday 23rd April 6:30pm at Gleebooks, Glebe. A fun night of lively discussion, drinks and nibbles.
I will be in conversation with Natalie Conyer and Malla Nunn on why three Australian authors have set their recent novels in South Africa.

PREY goes on sale 22nd April so you can purchase signed copies of this new release on the night.

Here is a sneak peak at the back of book blurb:

Olivia Wolfe is a journalist who travels the world exposing heinous crimes. She has more enemies that most.
When her anonymous source is murdered, Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a series of gruesome murders. But powerful people want her stopped.
Betrayed and isolated, Wolfe is hunted by a faceless killer. Can she stay alive long enough to expose the shocking truth?
Four murders. Four countries. One terrible secret.

This event is ticketed and can be purchased here:

 

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Melbourne book launch of Prey

March 11, 2020

If you are in Melbourne on 2 April and would like to spend an hour or two drinking wine and talking crime fiction, then come along to the launch of my new thriller PREY at Readings bookshop in St Kilda at 6:30pm. I will be with Natalie Conyer who is launching her novel, PAST TENSE, too. The wonderful Lindy Cameron, publisher from Clan Destine Press will be chairing the discussion.

The event details are here.

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Proofreading – the final step

March 6, 2020

Proofreading. The final step. I just have to check for any obvious errors. Small things like punctuation. Or a piece of dialogue on the wrong line so it is confusing as to who is speaking. That sort of thing. The layout looks great. It finally looks like a book. Then I realize there’s a consistency error which is my fault. I make a change that won’t alter the layout at all. I tailor the words to fit the space available then leave a nice note apologizing. Phew! Done. I now hope the proofreader will forgive me. My next novel, PREY, goes on sale mid-April through Bloodhound Books. Not long now…

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