Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Africa Online Book Fair

The Africa Online Book Fair: Romance Authors & Books is a weekend event, featuring 13 authors and 1 interview with an aspiring romance author. Each day will have a certain amount of authors that will showcase their books and who they are.

The online book fair takes place on Facebook. Here's a link to the event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/372063406523550/

Readers, you can come and go as you please since you don’t have to pay a ticket to enter or register. So come and meet your next favorite author! We’ll have discounted and free books, play games, you can win Amazon Gift Cards. Get a little bit closer to authors you want to chat with in real time and generally see what Africa’s got to offer for your romance taste buds.

There will be a Scavenger Hunt that you can enter and stand a chance to win a prize. You’ll have to go to every author’s post (“booth”) at the event and hunt for the number each author has “hidden” in one of their posts. At the end of the weekend you need to add up the amount and inbox co-host Kathy Bosman with your answer and she’ll draw a winner.

We are also running a sign up for our Newsletters competition that will start running with the Africa Online Book Fair blog tour from 17 to 31 May. You could win a 20$ Amazon Gift Card.

Sign up for as many newsletter as you want, each one is an entry: https://goo.gl/forms/uwdyuFB76kb67rqh2

The Winner will be announced after the fair.

Attending the online book fair and how it works is straightforward, especially for readers who’ve attended Facebook book parties. But also for readers who use the social network site daily.
All you need to do is go to our Event and click 'Going'. It's that easy!

The online book fair is for romance authors who are from Africa and authors who write romances set in Africa.

And don't forget to invite your friends! Also join the group if you want updates on future book fairs from us.

Hope you have lots of fun and discover awesome reads.

Africa Online Book Fair Links:

Facebook Group Page:https://tinyurl.com/ka3ucvl

Twitter: @AfricaOnBookFr

Instagram: @africaonlinebookfair

  1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, lover of nature, trees and I love to swim, then bigger the pool then happier I am. I strive to find the best rivers, waterfalls and water-pools to swim in.
My favorite place in SA is Nelspruit where there are at least 20 waterfalls to explore and a dozen natural pools to swim in. (picture included is of me dipping in a natural spring, where the water is so sweet and pure you’d feel one step closer to heaven.)
I currently work as a PR and Marketing manager at our family business, co –founder of Fire Quill publishing and the founder of SAIR writers events and founder of Help build a library project in SA.
I have two gorgeous son’s aged 13 and 10 that challenge my patience every day, but in turn push me to be better at time management. Married to my high-school sweetheart who travels with me on book tours to USA and Europe - always by my side with a cup of delicious coffee, he is my rock that keeps me calm in the storm.

  1. What do you enjoy about being an author?
  2. I love the act of creating worlds, characters, stories and wild plots – giving me an excuse to always be daydreaming. Then I’d have to say everything it has brought out in me. Then opportunities, the people, traveling -  but mostly what it has given me in terms of confidence and aspirations. To be someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. For me being an author has made me stronger.
  3. What type of romance stories do you write? And why?
Currently, crime romance. I love the drama, the mystery and catching bad guys. Girls with guns seeking justice is sexy!
What is most appealing to me is that love can happen even when your efforts and attentions are drawn elsewhere, and that no matter how much you fight, it has a way and will of its own. Come push to shove, love helps us perform the impossible.

  1. Favorite place in Africa? (Provide a picture)
Mpumalanga ( me in a natural pool in my element) What I love most about the landscape is the one moment it’s all bushfeld and wildlife the next moment the stream cuts through the landscape with crystal clean waters .

  1. Why do you think African romance authors and stories set on the continent are important? Not only does it provide diversity for our readers out there, it puts Africa on the map. And not to be bias or anything our continent is beautiful, exotic and exciting. Our country is deserving of all the praise it can get, especially with the unique problems facing our beloved SA. Writing about it would start awareness of our culture, and provide a better understanding with hopes that sharing our issues will lead to positive thinking and prayers (movement).

  1. Do you think romance stories set in Africa & Africans vital to the publishing industry? If yes/no, why do you say so? Yes or sure, it will perhaps do away with the stigmata that we have no reading culture, and endorse the idea that South Africans do indeed read, in turn leading to more buying/reading. The task of building a self-governing, liberated, literary culture in Africa requires interaction among all the cogs in the system that makes up African publishing as a whole. From writer, to reader to marketer and publisher we all have our role.

  1. What traditional food do you love, that one can only find in Africa? (Provide picture, if possible)
I can give you a list…
Braai food with Pap and sous (sauce)
Rooibos tea
Marog spinach
I love food and growing up with an African nanny spoilt me rotten with traditional SA foods!!

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Bailey Quinn is the pen name for Award winning YA science fiction writer Carlyle Labuschagne who resides in the beautiful country of South Africa. This die-hard dreamer who is fascinated by a great story is compelled to share these imaginary worlds with others. Her love for writing spills over into every aspect of her life where she has founded a library project aimed at the youth, creator of SAIR writers events, and is co-founder of a publishing company. Her other addictions include cappuccino, being outdoors with her loves ones, and avoiding dishes at all cost. Infallible is her debut into crime fiction released in June 2016 on her USA book signing at Utopia held in Nashville, there after Bailey Quinn took to Paris for a once in a life time trip and her first ever read as the newly founded romance writer.
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