Review of THRILL SEEKERS!

Thrill Seekers!

I wrote Thrill Seekers a long time ago now as part of my Masters degree in Creative Writing. It was created from the stories I needed to get out of my head, the ones that wouldn’t let me sleep at night until I got them out and onto the page.

In 2012, Thrill Seekers was shortlisted for a prestigious New Writing Award alongside such well-known writers as Favel Parrett and Anna Funder. I was just a little bit excited!

Favel Parrett and Edwina Shaw at NSW Literary awards
Moment of award being announced

Thrill Seekers is dedicated to my brother Matthew and his courage and resilience battling adolescent onset schizophrenia. My aim was to keep his memory and essence alive and in the world.

Then just a couple of weeks ago, following Thrill Seekers release as a new imprint by Ransom Publishing in 2019, a fresh review turned up. By someone who really “got it”. And I felt almost as thrilled as when I first heard I’d been shortlisted. Although then, I may have spent a few hours weeping and whispering, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Thrill Seekers was reviewed in Paper Lanterns – a literary journal for all things to do with Teen and YA Literature by Luke Power, who’s my new favourite reviewer because he said great things like this:

Thrill Seekers is a good novel. It isn’t a nice novel, and it certainly isn’t a fun novel, but it’s the kind of novel that grabs you by the front of your coat and shakes you around a bit before dropping you just as suddenly….

Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the squeamish, Thrill Seekers is a bloody, harrowing, all-Australian tale which is well worth grappling with.” Luke Power

READ THE REVIEW IN FULL HERE!

Enough showing off for me!

If you’d like a copy you can buy it directly from me. Only if you live in Australia though sorry.

Outside Australia you can buy it HERE.

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Thrill Seekers original cover

Which cover do you like best? The new one is very snazzy but I’ve got a soft spot for the original because the young man in the image looks uncannily like my brother. Even down to his favourite shirt. It was kind of spooky when I first saw it.

Do let me know if you’ve read Thrill Seekers. It’s a writer’s greatest joy hearing from readers.

With lots of love

Edwina xx

THRILL SEEKERS REBORN!

 

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I’m super excited to announce that Thrill Seekers has just been released as a new imprint through Raven Books UK. I love the new cover – it looks like a best seller!

Best of all is the fact that at last it is going into bookstores! YES!! When it was first released, I had to distribute it to bookstores myself and managed to have it stocked by a handful of wonderful independents, but now Thrill Seekers is going mainstream – and in time for Christmas!! WOW!

I may be just a little bit happy about this.

our lady of extreme happinesssharing my love and spreading joy

 

I think I’m somewhere between the serene goddess and the camel.

So, if you’d like to buy a copy of Thrill Seekers for yourself, or someone else, for Christmas, it’s now available in all good bookstores throughout the UK and even here in Australia. Angus and Robertson have it reduced at the moment so go for it! See HERE for more information and to purchase.

Never give up on your book babies people. I fought to get Thrill Seekers published many years ago and I thought it had had its run.

But here it is with a second chance at life, going out into the world, not as a baby anymore but as a wild teen – like the characters it portrays. Go forth and conquer little book!

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I’ll leave you with a quote from Brian, one of the main characters in Thrill Seekers

“Feeling ten feet tall with a chest as wide and strong as a bear’s, I roll with the movement of the boat. Salty water sprays my face and my cheeks stretch into a mighty grin.”

What second chances have you been given? Have any of your stories had a second chance at life? I’d love to hear from you.

Lots of love,

Edwina xx