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Easter at Home

How is everyone in their bubble this Easter? We hope you are all staying safe, and staying at home at this time. With the fine weather, it’s wonderful to sit outside and read, or get some exercise but stay local. 
We are still taking online orders through our website, but will not be able to post them to you until we come out of Level-4 and the NZ Post shops open again.
As the daily numbers lower, it looks as if containment of Covid-19 is working and we anticipate some relaxation in the current restrictions as we move to Level-3, but we are still waiting to hear what that entails.
Meanwhile – Kia Kaha – stay home and let us know how your reading is going.
E-book Novels from NZ Authors and NZ Publishers
Rangitawa Publishing Facebook
Books on Amazon/Kindle 
Orphanage Boys
Between Two Worlds
Merely a Girl
A Distant Belonging
The Youngest Son

Cat Connor – Crime thriller author website
Where to buy the books and what not.Carne Maxwell Author Facebook

Carne Maxwell website for e-books

On Amazon/kindle – The ContestBAM Press Wellington Facebook
BAM Press website
Books on Amazon/kindle
Spiked
Go Gayle Go
Clipped Heels
No Wind
Through facebook we have found NZ author/publisher shares for their e-books and video readings
Just because we can’t send out physical books of these books, that shouldn’t stop you from reading these wonderful stories.

Spies Publishing – Ben reads his story in Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists 

Victoria University Press have a free ebook –  The VUP Home Reader download from FB or the webstore

Short Stories – on Amazon/kindle
Moonlotus Tea: A Science Fiction Short Story by Peril Lloyd 

Musings, Mournings, and Misadventures: A collection of short stories and poems by Stacey Broadbent

‘Morning Report: All Blacks Lose to Australia. Should We Panic?: A Zombie Story’ by Hamish Trolove.
Amazon/kindle or on Smashwords

Lost Angels (A Nettie’s Knit Shop Short Story) by CB Landy

Please note: The shop is currently closed due to Current COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
Books can be purchased online but will not be posted until the Alert Level lowers and NZ Post shops open again.
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Lock down Reading Challenge – 4+ weeks

Four weeks can feel like a long time if you don’t have anything planned. For those of you who enjoy a challenge or are just looking for a bit of structure we have a reading challenge for you – based on four books per week.

There are five challenges (one for each week) and three separate sheets for children, see how many you can get through before our lock down is finished. If people don’t stay at home and keep safe, we could be in lock down for much longer. If that happens (and we hope it won’t) then we will add more challenges for you.

Or you might decide to do your own reading challenges. We would love to hear how you went by commenting on the blog or our facebook page.

Week 2:

  1. A book in your ‘too read’ pile for over a year
  2. A book in a genre you wouldn’t normally read
  3. A book that’ll make you cry
  4. A book with a one word title
  5. For children – we have a Challenge sheet to print or download for fun reading challenges – see the another 2 at the bottom of this page.

Download all five weeks of our challenges here:
Reading Challenge week 1
Reading Challenge week 2
Reading Challenge week 3
Reading Challenge week 4
Reading Challenge week 5

Download the children’s reading challenges here:
Lock down reading challenge 1
Lock down reading challenge 2
Lock down reading challenge 3

Happy reading everyone.

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Spooky story competition

We had a wonderful time with the scary stories in the spooky story competition for Halloween this year.

Thank you to all who entered, there was some stiff competition.

Winners of the adults section are as follows – (we are arranging for a pdf of the stories to be added to this page which can be downloaded.)

1st. Mike Wolffram – ‘The Station Masters Ghost’

2nd. Hamish Trulove – ‘Canvas’

3rd. Nonen Titi – ‘One Body in Stone’

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Franklin Writers 2019 competition

Greetings to all, especially to writers,   

Believe it or not another two years have flown by and the Franklin Writers group is once again holding its biennial short story competition.  This time there are a couple of important changes.  First the competition is for a 300 word Flash Fiction story, closing on June 30th 2019.  Second, the award ceremony will be held at the ‘Words Will Work’ South Auckland writers festival to be held at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa on Saturday 27th July 2019. 

Conditions and entry form for the competition are attached or may be found on the  Franklin Writers Group website.

For details of South Auckland Writers Festival please go to  https://wordswillwork.nz/

Visit the website for the programme

We would be grateful if you could pass this on to your fellow writers networks and we look forward to receiving their support of both the competition and the festival.

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100 NZ Stories, 100 Days –Author starts short story campaign

Northland author Michael Botur has launched a programme of publishing short stories every day for the next 100 days on social media and is encouraging other Kiwi writers to do the same.

Botur said the #100NZStories100days campaign doesn’t hinge on any significant date. Rather, it’s about keeping short fiction writing in the public consciousness every day by using social media. Botur suggests Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Tumblr and LinkedIn as the best platforms for NZ short story writers to publish their hundred stories on.

The published stories aren’t expected to be all new – writers are encouraged to post links to stories already published in literary magazines and blogs.

“I have a philosophy of ‘There’s no time like the present’ with a lot of my publishing,” Botur says. “Fiction writers endure many forces which delay the publication of our work when we’re keen to share it with the world. Life is short and I don’t think it’s right that publishers and competitions will keep an author waiting up to 12 months to share their work with the world.”

“If you’re a writer and you know you have some quality work to share, you need to pick up the reins yourself. Don’t expect to be plucked from obscurity. You probably have audience members out there in the world waiting to discover your wonderful words. They’re unlikely to discover you if you wait around for someone else’s approval. Just go for it.”

Botur says the hashtag #100NZStories100days encourages fiction writers to publish ‘snackable,’ shortish writing online. “It will help us find new readers and it will remind the public that short fiction needs to be valued as an art form. Also, sharing 100 stories is important in pushing back against the clickbait which pollutes the information we consume every day.”

Botur says the number of short stories published in mainstream NZ media is far too few.

“Short fiction writers need to reclaim their place in daily media. Literature is an art form which generates meaningful discussion about cultural experiences, it’s deeply therapeutic for everyone whether writing or reading – plus reading a lot of this material is completely free.”

Authors are urged to publish their 100 pieces on any consecutive days across autumn to spring and use the hashtag #100NZStories100days to support one another.

Botur, who lives in Whangarei, is author of five short story collections and one novel, has won numerous awards for short stories and flash fiction, delivers workshops and short courses on short story writing and performs with the Poetry Posse of Tai Tokerau Northland.

#100NZStories100days

Mike Botur
www.KiwiWords.co.nz

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Popular genres for 2018

What books sell best in the shop? This is a question we get asked often and off the top of our heads it was difficult to say – picture books did well, but so did historical fiction and non-fiction as well as crime thrillers. With the thanks of a bit of spare time and a spreadsheet we set about looking at the sales for 2018 and what genre had the highest percentage.

Here are the results:

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Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2018 (Sept 7 – 11)

We welcome our guest blogger Rita Stirling-Vincent…

As a newbie to the “I’m gonna be a writer” gang, I really didn’t know what to expect from the festival. It’s the first I’ve attended. I was prepared to sit in dark, draughty town halls, sifting through the pearls of wisdom scattered by successful writers, published writers, real writers. Now I would get guidance on how to begin this crazy career. There would be illumination of the way forward.

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Why We Don’t All Like the Same Books

We welcome our guest blogger Nōnen Títi …

Why do we go around saying that one or another book “is good”, “is fascinating”, “is realistic”, or, alternatively, “is stupid”, “is simplistic” or “is not proper literature”? Why do we express our opinion about certain genres of books as if they are factual?

I am not talking about books that can justifiably be labelled “not very good”, because they have problems with grammar, punctuation, cohesion, pace, tone and characterization – problems related to the ability to use language or the craft of writing itself – which are somewhat objective measurements. Continue reading Why We Don’t All Like the Same Books

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Book, Chocolate and Wine Pairings – Perfect for a relaxing weekend

As book lovers and avid readers, we ask – What’s better than a good book? A good book paired with the perfect glass of wine, and favourite chocolate deliciousness of course. However, we also know that all books are best consumed with cheese, but we are leaving that for another day.

Not a wine drinker? Then we have some alternatives further down the page –

There is no wrong or right way of doing this, and here are a few to get you started…

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Please welcome Antony Millen to the hot seat

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, Antony Millen. On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.
Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a head shot every time.

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