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Friday, September 5, 2008

Authors Blog Too!

I love when authors stop by my blog and say hi and thanks for reviewing their book. And they blog as well! So I am a bit addicted to reading their fascinating blogs. And it's a great way for some authors to get the word out about their books!

So first, here's the two authors who've stopped by my blog:

Catherine Delors posted a nice comment on my review of The Mistress of the Revolution. I read/reviewed the book a little while back before I started to regularly review books. I'm almost tempted to do another better review because I LOVE that book. I have to say it's the one of top books I've enjoyed reading this year and will probably make my all-time favorite list. It was Catherine Delors' first book (amazingly) and she has a new one coming out soon called For the King. I can't wait to read it. I learn so much reading her blog Versailles and more. Since her books so far have revolved around French history it's a great place for more information on France, her novels, and her life.

Andromeda Romano-Lax is another first-time author of the novel The Spanish Bow which I also thought was an amazing book. I still can't believe that she's not from Spain because she has so much detail and texture in the book. Instead she lives in Anchorage, Alaska which is great because I might be able to coerce my sister who lives there to get me an autographed copy of her book :) Andromeda stopped by my review of The Spanish Bow and told me about her blog 49 Writers, No Moose. If you want to know more about Alaskan writers, about her life, or win some free goodies stop by! And when I get home I'm going to check out her website for her novel The Spanish Bow and listen to some music.

Other great Author sites (a.k.a. books I NEED to read):

Like I said, author blogs are a great way for an author to get their name and book out there. I love reading C.W. Gortner's Historical Boys blog. He proves that men can write great books of historical fiction as well as women. He also fills his blog with interview with other great authors. Very cool. His book is called The Last Queen about Juana of Castile who was the last queen of Spanish blood to have the throne. Many people thought she was crazy, but was she? I will definitely be picking up this book to read. I've heard nothing but great things about this book.

Michelle Moran, author of TWO books I NEED to read has a great site called History Buff. It's packed with tons of fun history stuff for archeology nerds like me. Her two books currently out are Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen. They both take place in ancient Egypt and since my upcoming honeymoon is to Egypt...I will definitely be reading both of those soon. So far everything I've read praises Nefertiti so The Heretic Queen will probably be amazing as well.

The last blog I love reading is Van Gogh's Chair. As my friends and family know, I am an avid Van Gogh fan...not only his artwork but also his letters are so touching. So when I came upon the blog Van Gogh's Chair I was hooked. And then to find out the author Sheramy Bundrick will be coming out with a fiction book called The Sunflowers next year. It's about Rachel, the prostitute who was involved in Van Gogh's infamous ear cutting incident. Check out her website...she's obviously done her homework and I'm excited to pick it up when it comes out.

And ones I forgot or found new after the original post...I'm sure I'll keep adding more on:

James Viscosi's Scribblings blog is just a great site. His blog is perfect if you are an author, struggling writier, or just need a little good reading. I love his random rejection letters and his early writing from when he was a kid is just hilarious. I have to admit I haven't read his works but they do sound pretty interesting. They are horror, fantasy, and a bit can check out his Store here.

Oh and speaking of sci-fi, fantasy, could I forget Neil Gaiman's blog. It's worth checking out if you are a fan or have heard about him but haven't read his works yet.

Are there any Author Blogs you currently read?? Have you read a book because you've read an Author's blog? Has any cool authors read your review of their book?


  1. Hi Amanda,

    I read your blog all the time!!! I love the photos (and you look exactly like my publicist in NY. When I first found your blog, for a moment I actually thought you were her!)

  2. I don't read any author's blogs, but I have started reading alot of blogs who do reviews. It's really helped me expand out of my 'normal' reading type. Plus I love the giveaways! I also just started on LT and have all my books I want to read and are currently reading on my sidebar now.

  3. First somebody has to review one of my books, and then I'll comment about it on their blog ... ;-)

  4. I don't really read many author blogs. Not sure why, a lack of time prehaps since I'm always perpetually behind on reading other book bloggers blogs. Thanks for this post though, you've just made my wishlist grow!

  5. I read a few author blogs. Neil Gaiman's, Martin Millar's, Christopher Barzak's, Shannon Hale's. I think Neil Gaiman read my post about Odd and the Frost Giants, because he linked to it :o

    I don't get many comments from authors, though..I think it only happened twice.

  6. That's extremely cool! It's so awesome that authors can connect with their reviewers online.

    I love it when authors have interesting blogs. Some of my favorite author blogs are Nick Hornby (, John Elder Robison (, and Haven Kimmel (

    I've had a couple of very fun surprises with my blog too. John Elder Robison (author of Look Me in the Eye) commented on my post about how much I loved his book and how inspiring his book event was. Another cool surpise was when Tomislav Torjanac, the artist who worked with Yann Martel on The Illustrated Edition of Life of Pi, emailed me and said he saw my post about the event and asked me if he could use the photos from it on his own blog, and link back to mine. I was thrilled. :)

  7. Thanks, Amanda, for mentioning "Mistress of the Revolution" again! And I do read a lot of author blogs (and book blogs, of course...) I agree that Michelle's blog, for instance, History Buff, is great, and so is CW's.

  8. Hi Amanda! Thanks for coming over to my blog and saying hello! Looks like a fun life in NYC...a great place! I'll be back soon...your blog looks interesting!

  9. Hi Amanda--
    Thanks for the shout-out!! :-)

    I envy you in NYC -- you can go to the van Gogh show at MoMA whenever you please this fall...

  10. That's cool that so many have been by your blog. Ellen Datlow has posted on mine at least twice after I have reviewed some of her anthologies with Terri Windling which made me feel very special.

    On a side note I found your blog after Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot passed me your link. I am due to go on holiday to New York with my husband on 13th September for a week and you might be able to recommend some great book shops and places to visit as I have never been before. Thanks!

  11. Michelle -- Hello! That is too funny! I think it's the glasses. :)

    James -- How did I forget about you? I'm adding yours to the list!

    Tanabata -- No kidding, I know how you feel. My blog list is quite long.

    Nymeth -- Thanks for the list of other author bloggers. I'll have to check them out as well. That's so cool Neil Gaiman read and linked to yours!!!!

    Emily -- Wow! That is so cool! I'll have to check out those author's blogs too. Thanks!

    Catherine -- Thanks for checking back! I'm excited to read your new book when it comes out. I love reading about it on your blog...especially finding the right cover.

    Betsy -- Thanks for stopping by! I am definitely making that apple cake on your blog. Yum!

    Sheramy -- I can't wait for your book! I am definitely going to the MoMA when Starry Night returns later this month. I am so excited!

    Rhinoa -- Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope my tips were ok!

  12. Amanda,

    Just a general comment that you're doing a fantastic job with your book reviews. You have great taste and intelligent opinions. Keep up the good work! I really like reading what you have to say. And nice to know a fellow New Yorker, "new" or otherwise!



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