As good and great as many New Zealand crime or thriller fiction novels are, they can admittedly be hard to find outside of Australasia. At the moment, few Kiwi authors are published in Europe (though that is growing), and even less (if any) in the United States. This is a shame for not only the Kiwi authors who deserve more attention, but also the readers worldwide who are missing out on reading some great, different stories, and new voices.
So, in my own very small way, Crime Watch is coming to the rescue! In the first of what may become a regular feature, we are starting a competition where the winner(s) will receive a brand new Kiwi crime novel of their choice, dispatched to their door wherever they are around the world, absolutely free of charge.
The winner(s) can choose any Kiwi crime novel currently in print (ie that I can still buy for you), and if they're lucky, I may even be able to get the author to sign it for you with a personalised message. Examples of some recent Kiwi crime/thriller titles that you may wish to choose if you win, can be seen on the sidebar to the right. You can of course pick an older title if you prefer (e.g. Ngaio Marsh, earlier works from the authors listed to the right, etc). Any booklover, anywhere in the world (including NZ and Australia) is eligible.
So, how do I win this great prize, you ask? Well, it's easy. You need to simply make a comment on this post, which includes the following:
1. Your name and location (not your address - you can send that to me later if you win);
2(a). A small review (e.g. 75-100wds) of your favourite Kiwi crime/thriller novel (e.g. title, author, why you liked it); OR
2(b). If you've never read any Kiwi crime fiction, a small comment (e.g 75-100wds) on why you'd love to give Kiwi crime fiction a go;
3. The number of Kiwi authors you've read (vote in the poll to the right if you haven't already);
4. The title and author of the Kiwi crime/thriller book you choose as your prize, should you win.
It's as easy as that. Winner(s) will be chosen at random from all eligible entries (i.e. don't worry - you're not getting scored on your review) in a few days time. Depending on the number of entries, I may award more than one prize. And depending on the response, I may run another similar competition in future. Good luck! I looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments....