nomination - The Three Deaths Of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton (update: book now received, my review here) - in February, I learned today that another of my nominated books has been chosen too. Congratulations to Steve Vernon for Kelpie Dreams! I am looking forward to reading the novel when it is published.
If you haven't discovered KindleScout yet, it is part of Amazon and is a way for never-before-published books to compete to be published by the corporation. Writers submit their novels then encourage their fans to nominate them. Books with the most nominations at the end of a thirty-day period get published and the readers who nominated them get a free copy as a thank you. There are a wide variety of titles on offer and I like being part of the process.
Across the web on Kickstarter I discovered this week that
John Darryl Winston is the author of IA: Initiate and its sequel IA: Boss, both of which I enjoyed reading (the title links go to my reviews).
Now John is Kickstartering his Adopt An Author program which works with teachers to encourage literary enthusiasm in schools. "In practical terms, the program schedules classroom and/or whole school reads where students, teachers, and parents read the same book. During the read, students interact with the author in a virtual classroom" then "after the reading the author will pay a visit to the school and interact with the students in person." (I realise John probably won't visit European schools in person, but there's no reason the virtual classroom wouldn't work!) So if you're a teacher who wants in to this great idea, or a reader who is intrigued by the IA series, check out John's Kickstarter before it's too late!