The week that was: The Mapmaker Chronicles

Posted on October 17, 2014

The Mapmaker Chronicles best book everWhat a week it’s been. I feel as though I’ve been here, there and everywhere – when, in actual fact, I’ve been pretty much at my computer, working on a new adult novel and eyeing off the typeset pages of book two in The Mapmaker Chronicles series.

They arrived on Wednesday and I’ve managed, so far, to open the envelope and think about starting…

In the meantime, I thought I’d just put together a little wrap-up of some of the posts I’ve taken part in this week…

â€ĸThere’s lots of info for writers in these two:

The Creative Life with Miscellaneous Mum

Thursday Talk and Tea with Zanni Louise

â€ĸIf you’re looking for new reading material for your boys, you might enjoy:

25 top books for boys (7-12) at Planning With Kids

â€ĸI loved this review by the actual 10-year-old boy who runs the Bookapedia blog (have a look through his reviews for kid-friendly book ideas)

And I’d like to thank Maxabella for the image on today’s post, featuring the feedback on the book from her kids. I think I’m ready to crack the ‘cool Aunty Al’ title now – it’s been YEARS in the making, I tell you.

I’ve already sent out several bookmarks this week, so thanks to everyone who’s shared their ‘shelfie’ of The Mapmaker Chronicles so far. Don’t forget to tag me if you put an image on Twitter or Facebook so I can send you one, too!


  1. Zanni Louise

    Glad it’s going so well Al! Hope you are getting a bit of R&R 🙂

  2. Maxabella

    There’s ANOTHER 10 year old boy book reviewer? Who knew!? Is five books good? Is it out of five?

    • Allison Tait

      Five books is the BEST! And yes, who’d have thought? And he has his OWN blog.

  3. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    What a week allright! No such thing as taking a break, is there? Congratulations on the launch Allison.

  4. Jo @Countrylifeexperiment

    I’ve given your book to my sister as a suggestion for my 9 year old’s Christmas present! Can’t wait to read it myself!

    • Allison Tait

      Thanks Jo! I hope you both love it. 🙂

  5. Annaleis

    Some great posts to check out here. I’ve been working on being the cool Aunty for years – but I think being an author of books they love must be the best thing.

    • Allison Tait

      The Cool Aunty title is not easy to win, is it?

  6. Lilybett

    Thanks for the link to the Bookapedia blog. I’m really looking forward to my boy’s developing reading habits, and getting into chapter books as his attention span expands. I got away with reading him The Hobbit out loud when he was just months old, but it might be a few years before we get to that point again!

    • Allison Tait

      I loved that Bookapedia review! The reading habit is a particularly enjoyable habit to develop. 🙂

  7. Lucy

    What a week indeed! I tried a shelfie but it was a bit blurry, so I will have to take one with the kids in it instead! Enjoy it all and good luck with all the rest!

    • Allison Tait

      Look forward to it Lucy – and thank you!

  8. Cath

    Was I supposed to put some super hashtaggy goodness on my shelfie to qualify for bookmark? I was so excited to just see your book in the shop, and pick it up and buy it, that I may have forgotten! I am determined to get the Munchkin to review it on the blog, but have a strange feeling it may go the way of most other “projects”. We’ll see how we go, shall we? Can’t wait to read it, but I have a backlog of books from the book club!

    • Allison Tait

      Hi Cath, Thank you! No hashtaggy goodness, but you’ll need to tag me (@altait on Twitter, or my FB page) just so I know it’s there! And don’t forget to email me your address so I can post out the bookmark. I can’t wait to see Munchkin’s review! A

  9. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    What a week indeed! Can’t wait to get my hands on your book and Miss 8 is looking forward to reading it too. I keep telling her ‘my friend on the internet’ wrote this cool book. I’m such a dork! Anyway, it’s sitting at the post office box and I was so annoyed I couldn’t get there today to get it. Monday it is. 🙂

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