While I was at Sydney Writers’ Festival just over a week ago, the lovely Kaysia (@bookskay) interviewed me, asking all kinds of questions about The Medoran Chronicles, Whisper, future projects, and random author-y stuff. There’s also a bloopers section at the end, which is hilaaaarious. Honestly, this interview was so much fun — enjoy! xx
I’ve been so swamped with book release craziness this week that I haven’t had the chance to share about DRAEKORA WEEK!! (And yeah, I know — silly, right? BUT in my defence, I didn’t know about it until this week!!)
Thanks to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie making an appearance along the southeast coast of QLD today, my Brisbane book launch scheduled for tonight has been postponed since Brisbane itself is literally underwater right now (and yes, I mean ‘literally’) — so I find myself with some free time before my flight tomorrow morning for my Sydney launch events this weekend. (Fingers crossed the weather clears overnight!!)
SO! Without further ado:
Honestly, I’m so overwhelmed by the amazingness of this, but I’ll try and explain it as best as I can. Two of my seriously WONDERFUL readers, Jenna from Adelaide and Kaysia from Sydney, bonded over social media thanks to their mutual love of The Medoran Chronicles, and they’ve teamed up and secretly planned an epic “Draekora Week” in the lead up to this coming Saturday’s official release date.
Every day this week, both Jenna and Kaysia have been posting all kinds of things to do with the series, including hilarious video clips on their YouTube channels. (And when I say ‘hilarious’, I mean laugh-out-loud funny! ESPECIALLY day two when they each went off and endured their own Stealth and Subterfuge adventure thanks to a riddle from Hunter himself!)
They’re also hosting a readathon (and/or re-readathon) of the first two books in the series in the lead up to Saturday, and inviting anyone and everyone to jump in at any stage.
If you want to know more about Draekora Week, they definitely explain it better than me, so check out their videos below. (And seriously — you do not want to miss the Stealth and Subterfuge ones, haha.) You can also find them on Twitter (Jenna = here … and Kaysia = here) and on Instagram (Jenna = here … and Kaysia = here) .
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY ONE: The Medoran Chronicles Book Tag:
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY TWO: Stealth and Subterfuge Class:
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY THREE: Book Mash:
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FOUR: Why You Should Read The Medoran Chronicles:
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FIVE: Pronunciation Guide (Jenna):
DRAEKORA WEEK — DAY FIVE: Draekora Predictions (Kaysia):
Days Six and Seven still to come! Stay tuned for more — and keep an eye on their channels/social media! Also feel free to jump in with them at any stage!!
MASSIVE thank you to these two amazing girls, both of whom I ADORE and can’t wait to see when I’m in Sydney this weekend! Jenna is actually one of my critique readers, and Kaysia won ‘The Chosen One’ competition last year (and so perfectly released the cover of Draekora to the world), so I am so ridiculously excited for us all to be together at the one time! Two days to go!
If you’re in Sydney and free on Saturday, my Draekora launch events include a Q&A at Galaxy Bookshop in the CBD from 12noon-1:00pm and a YA Bookmeet at Dymocks (George Street) from 2:30-3:30pm. Hope to see you there!
For those already following my social media, you would have seen the announcements about the multi-state book launch events coming up for the release of DRAEKORA next week. For anyone else, the details are as follows:
As you can see, there are events in Brisbane, Sydney, and on the Sunshine Coast. I will be at all these places to sign books and chat with readers. For more details about each separate event, please visit my events page.
There is also an additional “secret” Sydney event — a meet and greet — that is open to only a select few “Chosen Ones”. If you want a chance to win a place at this event, here are the competition details for the one double pass that I’m allowed to give out. Entries close at midnight this coming Friday 24th March and the winner will be notified on Saturday:
Lastly, in the week following the launches I will be running four separate “Youth Week Library Workshops” with Brisbane City Libraries. The details are as follows:
If you can’t make it to any of these events, don’t worry! DRAEKORA will be officially released on April 1st. The paperback will be available in all good bookstores (Australia/NZ) and the e-book available worldwide.
NOT LONG NOW!!!
Amazon has a huge sale on the first book in The Medoran Chronicles right now — just AUD$0.99 (US$0.75)!! Total bargain! It’s a great time to start the series with the third book releasing on April 1st, and it’s especially awesome for anyone outside of Australia who has been wanting to have a read!
In a nutshell, Akarnae is basically Harry Potter meets X-Men and Narnia and it follows the journey of 16-year-old girl who finds herself stranded in a fantasy world where she attends a school for teenagers with supernatural gifts while she searches for a way back home. There’s combat classes and archery lessons, sentient libraries, immortal beings and a whole host of memorable characters and exciting twists and turns.
It’s a fun, adventurous, clean read with no overly mature content — numerous schools are now using it as part of the curriculum for grades 8 and up (ages 13+), but there are also readers as young as 8 and 9 years old reading this series — as well as 80 and 90-year-olds! It’s a book for all ages and genders!
Don’t believe me? Then here’s just a sample of the reviews:
“… natural and humorous… cool and scary… good fun and a solid recommendation for YA readers…” – Books & Publishing
“… when it comes to sheer inventiveness, the book would satisfy any fantasy devotee…” – Sydney Arts Guide
“Lynette Noni’s world-building is spectacular…” – The Geekiary
“… a treasure for connoisseurs of the genre…” – Mid West Book Review
So, what are you waiting for? At this sale price, it’s a total steal! Jump in — and happy reading!
To celebrate the launch of the upcoming “Read Like A Girl” campaign (#RLaG), I was asked to film a quick clip saying why I think it’s so important for girls to read. Here’s my answer. (And, just to add, I think it’s important for EVERYONE to read, not just girls!!)
With the upcoming realise of DRAEKORA—the third book in The Medoran Chronicles—on April 1st, I’m thrilled to announce that there will be three different launch events across QLD and NSW. Times and venues will be shared closer to these dates, but if you’re in Sydney, Brisbane, or on the Sunshine Coast, mark the following dates into your calendars and come along to grab a (signed) copy of the book!
Hope to see you there!
The countdown is on for the reveal of the STUNNING cover for the third book in The Medoran Chronicles – October 9th is just a few short weeks away now!! This is definitely my favourite cover so far, so I can’t WAIT for you all to see it!!!
Apology time! It feels like FOREVER since I last penned a blog post (even though it really wasn’t THAT long ago)… but I have a good excuse, I promise!! You see, I’ve been systematically cutting off my limbs. At least metaphorically. And by that I mean, I’ve been doing a MASSIVE overhaul of a manuscript that I wrote a while ago and have recently revisited only to discover that the story was there, but the execution most definitely WAS NOT. And so, for the last fortnight, I’ve been head-down, tail-up in crazy editing mode.
If you don’t believe me, check it out: Continue reading