Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America.  So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

Events

Royal Wedding Countdown #5

I SO wanted to take these little people home.

 

If you read #6 in this series, we were talking about T-shirts. I didn’t buy a Harry and Meghan T-shirt, and not just because my cupboard has no more room for souvenir T-shirts.

But there was one, or rather two, T-shirts I had terrible trouble resisting… because of who was wearing them.

How cute are they?

With my wallet firmly hidden inside my bag, I walked on. Aren’t you proud of me? Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Countdown #6

This couple looked very familiar

 

I am a really good tourist.

Seriously. I love travelling and when I travel I buy souvenirs. My house is full of them. I once had a competition going with a friend to see who could find the tackiest souvenir ever. And yes, there are a few Royal wedding souvenirs that might be eligible… but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the whole idea of souvenirs … because that’s how we remember the good times.

Wandering around Windsor, there is a wealth of choice.

Some of you may know I have a life sized cardboard cutout of Mr Spock from the original Star Trek series (don’t ask).

If that would be your souvenir of choice for a royal wedding – you might have to fight for it. There were a lot of selfies being taken. I love that so many people just smiled when they saw the figures. That’s always a good thing. Continue reading

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Its time to get excited.

Keeping up with these neighbours is a bit difficult.

 

Counting down…

A couple of my neighbours are getting ready for a wedding. By neighbours, I mean them that live in that big castle just a couple of miles up the road from me.

It’s a week until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor Castle. As an Australian, I find all things royal to be quite fascinating. There’s history there – and traditions that we don’t have Down Under. That’s why I wrote a royal wedding novel (before this engagement was even announced).

Anyway I thought I would count down to the big day with some of things about the royal wedding that make me smile….

This required a day spent wandering around Windsor in the lovely spring Sunshine – gosh, the things I force myself to do. Continue reading

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Move over Oscar

This week saw the Romantic Novelists’ Association RoNA Awards event. This is one of the highlights of my year – and even more so this year as I was one of the shortlisted authors. Wedding Bells by the Creek didn’t win it’s category, but that’s ok. The award went to my friend Jane Lovering – who writes funny, uplifting romances. She certainly deserved to win.

The evening was brilliant – a chance to catch up with friends and to celebrate some wonderful books and their equally fabulous authors. We writers spend a lot of time chained to our desks. We don’t get out that much. But when we do….

I am already looking forward to next year.

 

The RoNA ROSE shortlist – with the winner, Jane Lovering on the right.

 

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An evening of romantic fiction

David Headley of Goldsboro Books welcomes everyone to the party.

Fine spring evenings are wonderful. And they are even better when you can spend it in one of your favourite places.

For me this week that was Cecil Court in the centre of London. Cecil Court is a lovely old street, now a pedestrian way, filled with lovely old shops selling books – old and new, old maps and art and no end of interesting ‘stuff’.

My favourite shop in this favourite street is Goldsboro Books – where I have spent far too much money on several occasions.

And this week, it was my honour to be invited to be part of their annual ‘Romance in the Court’ evening. Continue reading

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She wrote what he said

James Patterson- photo from his Amazon author page. Such a long long list of works.

James Patterson- photo from his Amazon author page. Such a long long list of works.

Can you imagine writing with the world’s biggest-selling novelist? Taking his ideas and turning them into chapters – and then… gasp… he looks at those chapters and criticises them. He tells you exactly what you got right and wrong.

My knees shake at the very thought, but that’s what working with James Patterson is all about. Collaboration. Most of the books that come out with his name on the cover are collaborations. Some criticise him for it. Others think it’s great. And I learned because of it. Continue reading

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Romance by the sea

The view from my balcony at the hotel

The view from my balcony at the hotel

A balcony, a sunset, a sea view and a glass of wine – no, not a romantic weekend away (I wish) – it was the 25th Annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. This had the theme Ain’t Love Grand, and was held in the lovely city of Adelaide.

This is the second time I have travelled down under for this conference… and what a great time I’ve had both times. These are my tribe – like minded readers and writers, most of whom have the same accent I have.

There were some great speakers (I will share some of that with you in the next week or two when I recover) … some fun social events… and many books, of course. Continue reading

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Almost a teenager

Final tweaks and corrections before it went out into the big wide world.

Final tweaks and corrections before it went out into the big wide world.

As Britney Spears once sang…. Oops, I did it again.

I have set another book loose into the world. Well … almost.

I hit the send button this week on what will be my ninth published book. Assuming of course that my publisher likes it. I think she will – I cried as I wrote the last scene, and that’s always a good sign.

It’s also kinda cool that in the same 24 hour period, a couple of my writer friends did the same thing too – hit the send button. It’s not an easy thing to do… to let your baby go. Continue reading

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Putting the POWER in PPT

I hurt my foot the night before conference and spent much of the weekend resting it on a packet of frozen peas. Thanks everyone who helped me as I limped about.

I hurt my foot the night before conference and spent much of the weekend resting it on a packet of frozen peas. Thanks everyone who helped me as I limped about.

Last weekend was the Romantic Novelists Association conference – and as the associations webmistress (I really like the sound of that) and all round geek queen, I led a workshop on taking the technical terror out of giving talks.

Authors give talks – and for people who spend most of their lives alone talking to imaginary people in their heads, a talk can be a daunting experience.

There are two things that are, to most people, equally terrifying. One is the prospect of standing in front of people, with all their eyes on you – speaking out loud and saying things that make sense, or at least are not totally nonsensical.

The other fear is filling that big blank screen behind you with something interesting. I can help with that. Continue reading

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