Monthly Archives: September 2010

Blue lists …

Raw Blue has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier”s Literary awards, along with Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams and Swerve by Phillip Gwynne.

And it also made the longlist for the Golden Inky along with:

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Swerve by Philip Gwynne
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Confessions of a Liar, a Thief and a Failed Sex God by Bill Condon
Anonymity Jones by James Roy
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangey

Congrats all ye shortlisted authors.

How a book gets its cover … the process

Want to know how this: …………………….and this:………………………….fed into making this?



Then take a trip over to between the lines for a fascinating insight into the book cover design process – it’s the most in-depth post on this subject that I have ever read. It also includes some of the alternative cover designs for Saltwater Vampires. There were 70 of them. 70. Thank you, Marina Messiha (the cover designer).

Left wanting more? You can check out Tony Palmer talking about how he designed the Raw Blue cover here

Salty reviews and interviews …

Two new reviews for Saltwater Vampires. Jamie and the other characters should be counting themselves lucky after being handled with such care. Click on the link to read each review in its entirety.

Saltwater Vampires is a highly addictive vampire novel which will suck you in from the very beginning (pardon the pun) … I like my vampires menacing and nasty and boy does Kirsty Eagar deliver, these vampires gave me the creeps!” Lost in Stories

“Jamie and his mates are not your usual heroes or vampire slayers. They’re these loveable, freaked-out, wide-eyed and brave teens: flawed and crushed, hopeful and resilient. They’re mates who watch each others backs as well as let each other down …” inkcrush

There are also two interviews up:

One with the charming Empress Awesome;

And another in amongst the lovely vibe of Spellbound by Books.

Saltwater Vampires gets born today …

And a couple of reviews have come in. I’m sure I’m not the only newish author who knows they have a lot to be grateful to the blogging community for, in terms of getting a book out there.

To read them in their entirety, please click on the link:

“This is not your run of the mill teen vampire book. Kirsty Eagar has mixed Australian history, vampires and surfing and rolled out a fast paced thriller that I couldn’t put down. I had to finish it last night, even though I only received it in the mail yesterday morning …” We love YA

“For those of you that like your vampires to be the traditional, evil beings that they are. This one’s for you … Within the first few pages of Chapter one I was getting that nervous feeling in my stomach for the characters. Eagar has done a brilliant job in creating realistic and complex characters who I think we can all relate to in some form or another.” Spellbound by Books

Saltwater Vampires takes place in and around the sea (Australia is an island; after all). The sand and surf make for an eerie backdrop to the collision and confrontations with the vampires. The eeriness of a black ocean at night, and the loneliness of crashing waves; Eagar captures this picturesque Australian scenery and turns it into an astonishingly spine-tingling gothic setting …” Alpha Reader