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Listen to short stories from A Writers Plot

Three books of short stories by A Writers Plot

Wellington Access Radio FM 106.1 have been playing short stories from The Writers Plot books on Hutt Zone with John MacDonald – and we have them here for you to listen to. The books can be purchased from our online shop.

Patrick Allan’s short story “Forbidden Fruit” from ‘C’est La Vie’ along with poems from David Smith and Dennis Glover.

A short tender story from Cyndi Miller ‘Without Maree’ from the Love Wounds compilation of short stories. Read by John MacDonald.

A short fictional tale from Patrick Allan ‘One Slipped Through’ from the C’est la Vie collection, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.

A couple of short quirky stories by Cyndi Miller, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.

Cat Connor’s short story ‘Melt my heart to stone’ – a story from the Byte series read by John MacDonald

In need of a little romance? Here’s John MacDonald’s reading of Caro Lankow’s short story ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’.

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Remembering & commemorating ANZAC Day

This year is unusual and for those of us who like to go to the parades and events, this year we got to do it from the safety of our own property.
Throughout the country, people put poppies in windows, on letterboxes and keeping apart, we came together to maintain the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel.

It is also a time to reflect on the emotional and physical costs of war, some of the books in our selection do that as they are written by those affected.
A poem by Dennis Hogan from ‘Billy-can Ballads’ (1962, Unity Writers) called ‘Driftwood’ also makes us stop and think again about the aftermath.

ANZAC themed reads can be purchased from our online shop.

A selection of Fiction and non-fiction stories around or about ANZAC.

Stories about or by soldiers, both fiction and non-fiction, with books about or prompted by personal experience.

A selection of books on our website that cover memoirs to fiction series.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 1.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 2.

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Earth Day – 50 years

Earth Day

Earth day celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on Wednesday 22 April, and we have several books that are about our environment.
With the global pandemic Earth Day was very much an online event but still managed to connect with people around the world digitally.

Read more about it on the Earth Day website.

We have many books that can assist children learn and appreciate the environment, and some great novels that have conservation or the environment as their main theme.

Links through to the books on our website:
Books about the environment and the natural world, include picture books, children’s fiction, creative non-fiction and adult fiction.
Also books with a conservation theme.

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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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It’s that time again – Ngaio Marsh Awards

The entrants have been announced and as usual there is a full line up of new novels and this year a new award for non-fiction.

We are thrilled to see so many of our authors going in for this and we wish them well.

There are 58 entrants for the Best Novel section and you can see some of them in the shop along with so previous years finalists and winners. Link through to the books here.

With Queens birthday weekend looking like it’s going to have terrible weather, why not grab a book and find out which of these books is your favourite. And keep up-to-date with what is happening with these awards by following the Ngaio Marsh Awards Facebook page

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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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Delightful new picture books to grow readers

Delightful stories with illustrations that will keep adults and children enthralled. A powerful gift to give the young generation, by giving them fun, interesting and stimulating books, to develop a lifelong love for reading.

Sam and the Reading Dog by Richard Ward
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Meg is a smart dog. She helps Sam with his reading. What can Sam do to help Meg in return?
Read more…

Bella’s Fringe by Marie Munro
Ages  3 – 7 years. RRP $25
There is one thing that Bella knows and that is haircuts are out!
The search activities in te reo Maori that appeared in “Nana’s Shed” are extended in this book, plus counting in English and te reo to 20.
Read more…

Kia Kaha the Cathedral Mouse  by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Kia Kaha lives in the Christchurch Cathedral.
Read more…

Kia Kaha’s Brand New House by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
After the Christchurch earthquake Kia Kaha needs a new home.
Read more…

Kia Kaha’s Christmas Cheer by Clare Erasmus
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Kia Kaha celebrates Christmas in the new house.
Read more…

Martians Don’t Dance by Donna Preston
Ages: 3 – 7 years. RRP $18
Everyone likes to dance … or do they?
Read more…

Little Dragon Learns How to Breathe Fire by Chia Rubio
Ages 3 – 7 years. RRP $20
Little Dragon sees Daddy Dragon blow a huge fire. He wants to learn how to breathe fire too.
Read more …

Mother Earth and the Quakeia Babies by Michelle Lagatule and Rose Spijkerman
Ages 3 – 10 years. RRP $25.
Colouring and Activity book $20. Purchase the two together for $40

Disaster education through the eyes of a child.  Read more…

Colouring and Activity book to help children express themselves. Read more…

Remember the Brave by Forrest Chambers and Lena Chambers
Ages 8 – 12 years. RRP $20
In 1917, a young man from New Zealand signs up for an adventure and goes to war in France.
Read more…

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Fantastic new children’s books (7+ years) for Christmas

Exciting new children’s and pre-teen books have arrived at the shop, just in time for Christmas presents or something for your avid reader over the school holidays.

 

The Trespassers Club by Helen Vivienne Fletcher. RRP $20
Trespassers Club was just supposed to be a game, but sometimes going places you shouldn’t has consequences.
Age: 8+ Read more…

The World of Greek Mythology by Ben Spies. RRP $21
From Titans to Olympians, 11 year old Ben, writes his action-packed version of some of the most thrilling tales from Greek mythology.
Age: 10 + Read more…

Fire! by Anne McDonell. RRP $21
Can Flip and Jackson reach a compromise and work together to catch the culprit before someone is seriously hurt? Age: 8+ Read more…

Ezaara by Eileen Mueller. RRP $26
A dragonet’s past murder throws Ezaara into a war between dragons and the monsters enslaving Dragons’ Realm. Age 11+ Read more…

Attack of the Giant Bugs by A.J. & Eli Ponder. RRP $20
YOU are Greenville’s only hope. Choose which path you take. Beware…there is danger. Fail or succeed.
Age: 8+ Read more…

When Words Die by Jenni Francis (Keri Series Book 6). RRP $18
With red hair and fair skin, Chloe stands out for all the wrong reasons at her new school.
Age:10+ Read more…

No Way Back by Alan Whitaker. RRP $20
When 12 year old Noah follows his brother into a cave they enter a parallel world. How do they get back?
Age 9 + Read more…

Greenstone Mystery by Lynley Smith. RRP $20
Six children from New Zealand are suddenly transported back in time to an ancient Israel.
Age 10+ Read more…

A Catastrophe of Gigantic Proportions by Shirley Corlett  RRP $23
Angie Danwoolly hears her family intend to sell their 115 year old house, for the resident ghost, 12 year old Hilda, it is a catastrophe.
Age 9+ Read more…

Fangtastic Dragon Jokes and Clawsome Limericks complied by Eileen Mueller. RRP $15
Yo’ dragon jokes, dragons in love, hungry dragons, fiery dragons, dragons in battle and more. Roll your eyes, groan or burst out laughing. Read more…

Quest by AJ Ponder. RRP $25
Sylvalla has escaped from the castle, she is not alone. The companions set out on adventures, but adventures can bite back.
Age 10+ Read more…

The Adventures of Sandy by Pearl Jackson. RRP $16
Three adventures of Sandy, a poodle bichon cross, in his new home.
Age 6-8 years Read more…