Welcome to our occasional round-up of book news snippets, including some highlights from our members.

Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer, Regency Romance author

UK libraries have just released their report on the most borrowed books of 2012-2013. What I found particularly interesting was that the five most borrowed ‘classic’ authors – Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer and Charles Dickens – would have received the maximum payment of £6,600 each if they were still alive. The top eight most borrowed authors all racked up more than a million loans each. Two hundred authors received the maximum payment and 22,372 authors in total received a share of the £6.1m.

Montana ActuallyCongratulations to Fiona Lowe who received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for Montana Actually, released last month. The reviewer said, ‘The witty conversations, family drama, and accurate (but never maudlin) descriptions of loss and grief will have the reader laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and eagerly awaiting future books.’ Read the full review here.

Annie Seaton’s Coastal Collection boxed set featuring VK Black, Fiona McArthur,Annie Seaton's Collection Maxine Sullivan, Jenny Schwartz, Susanne Bellamy, Darry Fraser, Carla Caruso, Emkay Connor, Elsa Winckler and Wendy Humer reached numbers 24 and 25 respectively in Amazon’s Books / eBooks > Literature and Fiction > Holidays last week and is still sitting in the top 100. As Annie said, ‘You rock, gals!’

Donna Gallagher featured on the February 11th HEA blog of USA Today, talking An Opportunity Seizedabout her three favourite holiday destinations. No prizes for guessing the location of spot #1. However, Donna has also put together an outstanding blog tour with Book Rhythm that includes a $100 Amazon gift card Rafflecopter draw. If you’re feeling the post-holiday pinch on your book budget, check it out.

Trailer-made and Alison Stuart produced this great book trailer for her forthcoming book By the Sword, the first in her Guardians of the Crown series. Alison, like many of our authors, will be at the ARRA conference in Canberra next month.

Cathryn Hein

Cathryn Hein

Cathryn Hein and Rachel Johns have both featured this month on

Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns

the Booktopia blog, talking about their favourite books. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for additions to your reading lists.




Have you received any great publicity or international reviews recently? I try to pick up as much news as I can, but if I have missed any of yours which you would like to share with us, email me at, and I’ll do my best to include it in the next Bookmarks post.

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