Award winning outback romance

I have a new book out and a new writing identity. Come and meet Juliet Bell and read about The Heights. Thrilled to say the e-book is available now from all digital platforms.

Janet

Invasion of the Romance Writers.

My first US writers’ conference this past weekend was quite something.

The New Jersey Romance Writers conference is one of the biggest of the RWA chapter conferences – somewhere around 300 writers took over a hotel and conference centre for a weekend devoted to writing, reading and romance.

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Things I like about NYC #3: Bridges

The bridges

The bridges

With the weather still good, we set out to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge – and back via the Manhattan Bridge.
 

Both bridges are spectacular… On the Brooklyn, pedestrians have a raised walkway – looking down on the cars (as it should be). That’s if you can take your eyes away from the spectacular views.

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The Ghosts of Ellis Island.

Passengers arrive at Ellis Island

Passengers arrive at Ellis Island

I’ve been looking back at my photos of Ellis Island – and the faces that stared out at me from the walls.

What courage those people had! They were journeying into the unknown place grasping the hope of a better life. And for most, there was no chance of coming back. Continue reading

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The Gateway To a New Life

As a modern-day visitor to the US, it seemed only fitting that I should visit Ellis Island – which was the gateway to a new life for so many migrants. 12 million of them in fact.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

The first thing that struck me … the island is tiny. It seems far too small to hold such an important place in history. Continue reading

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I Meet a Big Green French Woman

There’s something about cities with a harbour – we are always drawn to the water. New York’s harbour has a couple of things worth visiting – first and foremost of course is that statue.

There she is

There she is

 You approach via ferry. The ferry takes a swing around the island and docks on the far side – almost as if specifically designed to give us all a great photo op.

It’s hard to understand how big she is without seeing her up close.

Madame Liberty

Madame Liberty

She’s big!

I mean really big.  Continue reading

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The things you find…

I’ve started packing for the move to NYC – it’s a slow process, mostly because I keep finding things I want to read, or look at or play with rather than put into a box.

The Sungshin Mirror

The Sungshin Mirror

Yesterday, while sorting through some bookshelves (there are a lot of bookshelves in my house) I found a copy of the Sungshin Mirror from 1995.

The Mirror is the magazine of the Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea and in their Spring issue in 1995, they ran an article by a visiting Australian computer consultant. Continue reading

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A New Challenge

I was at the US Embassy last week.

The US Embassy in the rain

The US Embassy in the rain

We queued (in the rain) for about 15 minutes then assured the security men we were not carrying mobile phones, electronic car keys, cameras or anything else even vaguely threatening… and made it through to the visa section.

What an interesting place. Continue reading

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Why Do We Do It?

With friend and fellow author Tania Crosse

With friend and fellow author Tania Crosse

I did a book signing yesterday in Reading with my friend Tania Crosse – who writes fabulous historical novels.

I really enjoyed the day – and loved meeting the people who came along.

In between signing books, I started thinking…

As authors, we do bookshop signings to promote our work. To put our books in front of people who might buy them. But it’s not just about the money. I don’t believe a story has really come to life until it’s been read by someone. The more people who read it – the more life that story has. Continue reading

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