What Does #LoveOzYA Mean to Me by @ThoughtsbyTash



As someone who has adapted Australia as their home, but was luckily enough to spend my formative years in NZ. I have grown up with the movement of #LoveOzYA and have seen it grown.  From the small humble beginnings to the movement it is now.  It wouldn’t be the same movement without the champions and the novels that have come out in the last few years. We as readers and bloggers have had a role in this movement. A movement that has come so far, yet has so far to go. There have been pivot moments that have come and made their lasting mark. Yet in 2017 we were still seeking the own voice reads from the indigenous and seeking more diversity in novels despite what is out there.

If you asked me in 2011 who my favourite Oz YA authors were, it was easy and simple.  It would of been Melina Marchetta and Mary Grant Bruce. Authors like Steph Bowe weren’t in my world despite being published and readily available in the market. I grew up in a world where these books weren’t readily pushed towards me despite my love of reading . I gravitated to books that were popular or  were classic because of my education and choices available to me.  I had access to libraries like many others. Yet there was no screaming promotion or indication that there were beautiful stories out there from talented local authors.  Stories that I would love to have read as a teenager in Melbourne suburbia. 

OZ YA is a celebration of what a multi diverse nation we are to an extent, as there is still work to be done.  In the six years I have been blogging and been part of the community . I have seen many new stories comes out. Brilliant  life changing stories. Stories that  have educated me and changed my perspective on things. Books where I could utterly relate to the lead character and make me proud to say that I belong to this beautiful country.

#LoveOzYA maybe seen just a  movement to some but it is more just a movement.  It is not just an escape from the real world anymore, to forget things and find another character to love. #LoveOzYA is a way of life. Think about the bigger picture. We are supporting one of our own and every sale gives back to the industry.  Allowing the industry to invest and discover more of their stories. Allowing everyone to find their own little piece of  Oz YA.

Do I wish that as  a teenager, I had books like The First Third from Will Kotakis or  Life in Space from Melissa Keil. The books that current teenagers and future generations will have the privilege of  being able to grow up with. 

Yes undoubtedly. However I wouldn’t change a thing. YA is written for teenagers but I still find myself  drawn to the magic beautiful tales that exist. Lessons that as I as an adult still find myself relating to.

 #LoveOzYA isn't just a movement. It is a way of life.

You can find Tash via Thoughts by Tash  Twitter  Instagram and Goodreads




AusYABloggers 2018 Reading Challenge


Hey Australian and New Zealand young adult readers!

Some of you may remember from a few years ago, the wonderful reading challenge former moderator Nara created for the AusYABloggers and we're delighted to say that this year we're bringing it back. The challenge will be based on four prompts each month, including one prompt that will be specifically for a #LoveOzYA title. Super easy!

Complete the challenge and be entered into the draw to win prizes.

Feel free to invite friends, readers and bloggers as long as they're either Australian or New Zealand to be eligible to win. You can register HERE.

How does it work?

Four books per month, only one of the prompts can be a graphic novel or novella and one prompt will be a #LoveOzYA or #LoveNZYA novel, a young adult novel written by either an Australian or New Zealand author. Only one book may be used per prompt.

For Example

Each Month
#1 book prompt
#2 book prompt
#3 book prompt
#4 must be Aussie or NZ YA prompt.

We will release the monthly prompts three months in advance so you can plan your reads and include any review copies or ARC editions. But we ask that you not skip ahead. Please read only the prompts provided for that month or months prior within that month.

For Example

If you miss two prompts in February and it's now March, you may read the march prompts plus those you've missed during February. Do not read April prompts during March.

Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into the draw to win one of three prizes.

How Do I report What I've read?

Well thank you for asking!

At the end of the month simply reply to the reporting post HERE. with the prompt and title of the book you've read.

For Example

JAN 1 BOOK TITLE
JAN 2 BOOK TITLE
JAN 3 BOOK TITLE
JAN 4 LOVEOZYA or LOVENZYA BOOKTITLE.

That's it. Simples.

Of course if you have any questions or need help with prompts, feel free to ask here or contact us on On Twitter.

Prizes


For everyone who completes the challenge, you will be entered into the draw to win one of three prizes. Check back for more prize details as we reveal them!

Prize Pack One

Our friends at Walker Books Australia have generously donated a prize pack of their most anticipated 2018 releases. These include:

The Chaos Walking Anniversary Editions. The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.
Also
Small Spaces
Scythe
On the Come Up

Prize Pack Two

A surprise young adult book pack donated by our generous friends at Bloomsbury Australia!

Prize Pack Three

To be revealed!

#LoveOzYA Throwback Thursday (#11)

Throwback Thursday edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Aussie books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book each week, and we'd love you to join us!

chiara's pick


Title: Disruption (Disruption #1)
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Released: April 1st 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
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What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

why i chose it

1) The main character, Maggie, is totally badass and doesn't take crap from anyone. I loved this about her so much. 

2) She has a best friend who's a guy and they're just there for each other. No romance here.

3) The ship is kind of hate to love, and it's awesome seeing Quentin grow so much over the course of the book. 

4) The plotline and the way it's written are very engaging, and there was not one moment in this entire book where I was bored or uninterested. 

5) It's an Australian dystopian! Which is rare, but it's also incredible so go now and read it if you haven't already!

Follow Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads


What's your pick for this week? Share on your blog, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or in the comments below! Make sure you tag your posts with #AusYABloggers so we can share the love.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – HELEN SCHEUERER Q&A




We are so excited to have the Lovely Helen Scheuerer, as our guest this month. Helen took time out of her busy writing schedule to answer a few questions for us. Helen is the author of Heart of Mist and the founding editor at Writers Edit.


HEART OF MIST WAS PUBLISHED ON THE 31ST OF AUGUST, CONGRATULATIONS! IF YOU COULD GO BACK PRE-PUBLICATION DAY AND GIVE YOURSELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Thank you! Hmmm… That’s a great question. I think I’d tell myself: Everything’s going to be okay! I was a massive stress case before the release of Heart of Mist, and in the end, the book’s success surpassed all my expectations!

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PUBLISHING JOURNEY SO FAR?


So far, I’d say hitting #1 on Amazon in under 24 hours of the book’s release. That was an incredibly surreal moment for me. I had worked myself into the ground trying to get Heart of Mist into the right hands, and it showed that hard work pays off. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME WRITERS?

Write what you love. Don’t write for a trend or what you think is expected of you. You’ll never be able to sustain writing something you’re not in love with. I learnt that the hard way! 

HAVE YOU FOUND THAT YOUR WRITING PROCESS HAS CHANGED AT ALL NOW THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON BOOK NUMBER TWO? 


My writing process itself hasn’t changed much, but I’ve found it much harder to balance writing alongside the marketing of Book I. A book is a living thing, even after it’s been released - it need nurturing and promoting constantly, especially in the first few months of its life. And that makes it hard to create something new at the same time!

CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT BOOK NUMBER TWO IN THE OREMERE CHRONICLES?


Book II will see all the main players from Book I return. We’ll get to explore the realm on a much broader scale, and a number of big secrets from Heart of Mist will be revealed...

WHAT ARE YOU READING AT THE MOMENT (OR WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ)?


My reading has varied quite a lot over the last few months! I’m slowly working my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and am currently on The Fiery Cross. I’ve also read First Year: The Black Mage Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter.

WE ARE ALL ABOUT PROMOTING BOTH AUSSIE AND NZ AUTHORS - CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ANY FAVOURITES YOU HAVE?


I’ve recently discovered Gabrielle Tozer and her book Remind Me How This Ends, which I loved! Then I’ve got my classic faves like Isobelle Carmody and Melina Marchetta.

Thank you so much to Helen for taking the time to answer our questions! I'm sure we're all looking forward to reading Heart of Mist, if we haven’t already!



HELEN CAN BE FOUND ON TWITTERINSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK & HER WEBSITE.

#LoveOZYA Throwback Thursday (#10)

Throwback Thursdays are not a new idea, whether posting a picture of yourself from years ago, linking back to an old review on your blog, or talking about a book you loved in the past. We at AusYABloggers are putting a new spin on it. The #LoveOzYA movement has really taken off over the last year or so, but there's so much great Oz YA out there that was published before the movement started, and we want to shine a light on it.

Kelly's #LOVEOZYA Throwback Thursday

Swallow The Air
Written by Tara June Winch
Published by UQP
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In 2006, Tara June Winch’s startling debut Swallow the Air was published to acclaim. Its poetic yet visceral style announced the arrival afresh and exciting new talent. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates its important contribution to Australian literature.

When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets out to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.

Swallow the Air is an unforgettable story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together. 
May is a young indigenous girl who lost her mother at a tender age, displaced and leaves the City of Wollongong to travel to far Northern Australia in search of her ancestral family. May was a character representative of aspects of our broken country, where Aboriginal communities are left behind while white society moves forward. One of the realities May also faces is how Indigenous Australians can be treated by our police, authorities and our communities. May's life isn't a stereotype, she's a young woman that society as a whole has neglected, representing our traditional land owners that have been overlooked.

Swallow The Air by indigenous author Tara June Winch is compelling. Please support indigenous Australian authors. This is reading diversely. Reading beyond your knowledge and experience and support the Indigenous arts.

You can find Kelly via Diva Booknerd  Twitter  Instagram and Goodreads

READER SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH BEC

Name &/or Nickname.
Bec.
Where do you live (State or vague area).
SE QLD.

Where do you wish you lived (e.g. Narnia, Fantasia, etc.). 
Any fantasy land honestly. I love the feel of Wendlyn and Terrasen (basically anything that’s as pretty as the South Island of New Zealand and Scottish highlands)

Top Three favourite #LoveOzYA reads of all time.
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff

Top Three YA Series of all time (worldwide).
I know I’m going to miss some of my all time favourites, but three that first come to mind:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Study series by Maria V Snyder
Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon’s Ride (a second series counts because it’s the sequel series!) by Kate Forsyth

Who or what got you into reading.
My friend lent me the Unicorns of Balinor and Phantom Stallion series waaaayyy back in primary school, but I wasn’t a full on bookworm until I started high school. I didn’t have many friends so read a lot of Nancy Drew and whatever else I could get my hands on.

Preferred Genres.
 Fantasy, Sci Fi, Historical, Steampunk.

Have you ever met any famous authors (it's ok to brag in this instance). If not who would you love to meet.
I’ve met a fair few surprisingly! Maggie Stiefvater, Maria V Snyder, Jay Kristoff (I have dropped things in front of him both times I’ve met him), Amie Kaufman, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Juliet Marillier, and Sarah J Maas. I’d love to meet them all again, plus Kate Forsyth, Leigh Bardugo, Susan Dennard, Meagan Spooner, and many many more!

If you could spend a day with any YA protagonist who would it be and why.
I’d love to spend a day talking to Tessa Grey about books! I’m happy to talk to anyone about books really

 Where can we find you online.

Goodreads: BecBooktineus
Twitter: @booktineus
Instagram: @booktineus
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