Mine: seven months since publication

It’s been seven months since Mine hit the shelves and the promotion trail is slowly coming to an end. Time methinks, to share some recent highlights.
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A birthday to remember in Hermanus

The last few weeks have been fairly anxious ones with big changes causing all sorts of disarray in my life. My birthday fell smack-bang in the middle of it all and I was really worried the occasion was going to be undone by stress.

Thankfully, past-Sally seemed to anticipate a weekend of self-care was going to be sorely needed by future me and planned something very special.

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Last few weeks to order the Ultimate SA YA Book Box

To celebrate my birthday and the six-month anniversary of Mine being on the shelves, I’ve put together a curated collection of South African YA books.
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LEGO book review: Shadow Chasers

I was lucky enough to get all three books in Bontle Senne’s Shadow Chasers series recently, so armed with snacks and a more than willing cat companion, I got stuck in over the weekend. It’s what I call self-care, Sally style.
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LEGO book review: King of Ashes

Firstly, let me just say this is a blinder of a book.

The last time I tackled a major fantasy saga was in my teens, so I was quite excited to get stuck into this one. I was sent a copy of this beast to read in preparation for my Q&A with Raymond E Feist at his Exclusive Books launch in Cape Town. (Thank you Jonathan Ball!)

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Mine update: five months since publication

My fifth novel, Mine, has been on the shelves for five months exactly (it was published to coincide with Valentine’s Day.) It’s a love story set in Cape Town, but I was totally unprepared for how much love it has received from readers.

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LEGO book reviews: Women’s Prize for Fiction

There’s a theme I’ve noticed more and more on Twitter: read more women. It’s something I’ve been consciously doing myself, which is why if you’ve been following my blog, you would have noticed outpourings of devotion to writers like Emma Cline, Mary Watson, Sophie Hannah and Karen Russell among others.
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How to turn a business trip into an adventure

Promotional book tours help get the word out once a book hits the shelves. They’re especially important in the first six months after publication, which is generally the period authors become adrenaline-fueled squirrels of activity.

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LEGO book review: Snitch 2

Sometimes book bloggers come across books by accident. This weekend I flew up to Jo’burg for the Kingsmead Book Fair. On the flight home, my companion, who happened to be the youth books publicist for NB, had a nap, leaving an upcoming YA title poking out the magazine sleeve in front of her. It was too tempting to resist.

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