Cover love: The Results of the Book Cover Contest (2013)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

And what a way we have to celebrate with you today – announcing the winners of the Cover Contest.  

It was a great turnout with close to 1500 votes over 17 categories. 

So without further ado, here are the results.

By genre-

Best Contemporary Romance Novella Cover

JulietMadison_StarstruckInSeattle

Best Contemporary Romance (Sexy)  Novel Cover

AmyAndrews_HOFAH

Best Contemporary Romance (Sweet)  Novel Cover

NoraJames_Dark-Oil

Best Erotic Romance Cover

VivekaPortman_wickedconfessionscover

Best Fantasy Romance Cover

BecMcMaster_MyLadyQuicksilver

Best Historical Romance Novella Cover

EvaScott_Gladiatrix

Best Historical Romance Novel Cover

MaryBrockJones_Swift-Runs-The-Heart

Best New Adult / Young Adult Cover

JenniferKloester_The-Cinderella-Moment

Best Paranormal/ Magical /Fantasy Elements Cover

SarahBelle_Hindsight

Best Paranormal Romance Cover

NicolaESheridan_A-Warlord's-Lady

Best Romantic Comedy Cover

CarlaCaruso_Catch-of-the-Day

Best Romantic Suspense Cover

BronwynParry_Darkening-Skies

Best Rural Romance Cover

RachaelJohns_Outback-dreams

 Best Sci-Fi Romance Cover

SEGilchrist_Awakening

Best Other Cover

JennJMcLeod_HouseforallSeasons

By length-

Best Shorter Fiction Cover

We have a tie!

RachaelJohns_Kissing-Season

AnnaCampbell_Days-of-Rakes-and-Roses

and last but not least,

Best Novel Cover

Again we have a tie!

CarlaCaruso_Catch-of-the-Day

TMClark_MBBO

Congratulations to you all!

I hope you had fun voting for your favourite covers.

I think every single entrant is a winner – their stories are out there in the world for all to enjoy. Great going RWA members!

Keep an eye out late in the year for the details for the 2014 Book Cover Contest!

New Releases ~ August 2013

Looking for something to read? Check out these great NEW releases from our members…


Amy Andrews – THE GIRL LEAST LIKELY TO MARRY – HMB Sexy Duo

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Ally Blake – FAKING IT TO MAKING IT - HMB Sexy Duo 

Print

Blake_Andrews


Priscilla Brown – FINDING BILLIE - Steam eReads

E-book

Finding Billie cover

 

 


Priscilla Brown – ANNA AND THE SOAP OPERA  - Muse It Up Publishing

E-book

Anna and the soap opera cover


Lucy Clark – RESISTING THE NEW DOC IN TOWN - HMB Medical

Print

LucyClark


Michelle Condor – DUTY AT WHAT COST? – HMB Sexy

Print

MichelleConder


Michelle Diener – In Defense of the Queen - Indie Publshed

E-book

In Defense of the Queen


Emily Forbes – DARING TO DATE DR CELEBRITY – HMB Medical

Print

EmilyForbes


Anna Hackett – SALVATION – Indie Published

E-book

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Barbara Hannay - MIRACLE AT BELLAROO CREEK - HMB Sweet

Print

barbarahannay


Helen Lacey – DATE WITH DESTINY - HMB Cherish

Print

HelenLacey


Janelle Lee – BOOTS, BULLETS AND BUCKETS –  Front Porch Romance

E-book

Boots, Bullets & Buckets


Janelle Lee – RESCUE ME - Front Porch Romance

E-book

RescueMe


Marion Lennox – MIRACLE ON KAIMOTU ISLAND - HMB Medical Duo

Print

Lennox_Roberts


Fiona Lowe - PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING - Carina Press

E-book

PicturePerfectWedding


Nicola Marsh -  BANISH  - Harlequin Teen

Print

NicolaMarsh


Caitlyn Nicholas  - PURSUIT – Momentum

E-book

Pursuit_CaitlynNicholas


Imogene Nix – TOMORROW’S PROMISE - Evernight Publishing

E-book

0813 -tomorrows promise


Imogene Nix – HESPARIA’S TEARS - Total E-Bound Press

E-book

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Alison Roberts – ALWAYS THE HERO - HMB Medical Duo

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Lennox_Roberts


Elisabeth Rose – E FOR ENGLAND -  Escape Publishing

E-book

EforEngland


Eden Summers – RAVENOUS - Escape Publishing

E-book

Ravenous


Kendall Talbot – LOST IN KAKADU - Escape Publishing

E-book

LostInKakadu


Annie West – IMPRISONED BY A VOW - HMB Sexy

Print

AnnieWest


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Those marked as print often have e-book versions of the titles.

NOTE: The New Releases titles is now streamlined between Hearts Talk, the New Releases post on this blog, and our website.

Those titles which appear in Hearts Talk will automatically appear on the New Releases blog post and the website.

Please note in Hearts Talk due to space constraints, only one version of a release will be printed.

Good news and new releases to be sent to me at htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com – MEMBERS ONLY

Happy reading!

 

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight – Survivor: Submission Island!

SURVIVOR: SUBMISSION ISLAND – exclusively to RIDING THE WAVES

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Survivor

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast



Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Prepared to pit your skills against other participants in a battle for literary survival? Spear boars with your sharpened dialogue, bind your feet with brilliant prose, and trap wild fish with your interwoven plotlines?

By signing-up for Submission Island you’ll put your work directly in front of six industry professionals all wanting to hunt down an author with the guts and determination to make a go of it in our cut-throat industry!

Perfect your submission skills and join the challenge to be crowned the SURVIVOR: SUBMISSION ISLAND.


The Panel:

• Abby Zidle – editor for Simon & Schuster, USA

• Laura Bradford – literary agent with Bradford Literary Agency

• Nina Bruhns – editor with Entangled Publishing

• Margaret Marbury – editor with Harlequin HQN, Mira and Luna

• Joel Naoum – editor with Momentum (Pan Macmillan)

• Alex Adsett – literary agent

 See judge biographies on the Riding the Waves web site


How It Works:

An independent reader will read anonymous manuscript pages aloud for the panel and conference delegates. During the reading, the panel will indicate where they would have stopped and, afterwards, explain why. The whole audience can benefit from understanding the submission’s strengths and weaknesses.


What happens on Submission Island doesn’t stay on Submission Island

Any requests made on Submission Island are real. The conference team will get back to you with the contact details of the editor/agent who requested your work. Any rejections made on Submission Island… shouldn’t stop you from submitting in the future, but hopefully you’ll learn from the panel’s feedback.


How To Enter:

Send your opening three pages to freo2013@romanceaustralia.com by Friday 2nd of August.

Instructions:

  • Put SURVIVOR SUBMISSION ISLAND in the email subject line.
  • Send your opening three pages (double-spaced, 1 inch margins)
  • Put your title in the header of each page but not your name.
  • Save all documents as [Your Name Survivor Submission Island] in RTF format and attach to the email.
  • In the body of the email, please include your name, full contact details (including mobile phone number) and the title of your manuscript.


Who Is Eligible:

Anyone registered (published or unpublished) to attend the core conference (Saturday & Sunday) may sign-up for SURVIVOR: SUBMISSION ISLAND. Your submission does not need to be from a completed manuscript (from a completed partial is fine). Please note, pages will be chosen randomly and not all entries may be chosen. As selection is random, we will not be contacting authors prior to the panel – you will need to attend the session to find out if you’re part of SURVIVOR SUBMISSION ISLAND!


Good luck from the Riding the Waves team!

Any questions? Please check out the Riding the Waves site, or email freo2013@romanceaustralia.com

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Sarah Wendell

Welcome to a conference spotlight

from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Sarah Wendell who will be presenting the workshop CRASHING WAVES OF CLIMAX:

Romance Clichès & How To Avoid Them.

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Bio

SarahWendellSarah Wendell is author of the book Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels, co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books.com, one of the most popular blogs examining romance fiction. The site specializes in reviewing romance novels, pondering the history and future of the genre in digital form and in print, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models.

In her quest to celebrate the romance genre and the women who read and write it, Sarah has appeared on Good Morning AmericaThe Today Show, The Gayle King Show on The Oprah Winfrey Network, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Steven and Chris Show, NPR’s All Things Considered and on Too Many Books. She has been quoted in People Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Post, USA Today, New Jersey Monthly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times Book Blog, Redbook, Metro:New York, and Publishers Weekly.


Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Happy and content, most notably when reading.


Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

Yes, though they were organizations, with a Z, so I’m not sure that counts? Kidding! I’ve presented at RWA (US) National, regional RWA conferences and chapter events, and at technology conferences in New York City, such as Tools of Change in Publishing.

 

What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Clichés exist for a reason: overuse. They’re like writing shorthand, and after a while, there are some phrases and ideas within romance that become so common they might go unnoticed. Except by me. Because I dislike clichés. A lot. Original language is a good thing for both writers and readers!


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

I envision a great deal of interpretive dance regarding man titty and the question of how many abdominal muscles are too many! We may also discuss mullets. 

 

Which members will benefit most from this session?

The parties really sound like fun.  I am looking forward to meeting all the people who have been introducing them selves to me on facebook and my blog – and the other presenters!  They sound interesting.



What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

It’s in Australia, which is the other side of the planet. And really, if you’re in Sydney thinking it’s too far, I’m coming from New Jersey. I’m going to be on that plane so long, I’ll have to pay property taxes! So come on over! 



Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2013 Riding The Waves conference in Fremantle?

The whole of it! I am excited to be returning to Australia. SO excited. Also I will buy all your TimTams so hide a few before I get there. It’ll be like the New Zealand Marmite shortage when I’m done with the grocery store. 

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Thank you, Sarah!

Sarah is also presenting the workshop GETTING YOUR FEET WET: BLOGGING 101.

You can find Sarah at

Smart Bitch Sarah Wendell | Smart Bitches Trashy Books | To Be Read

Twitter: @smartbitches  

 

New Releases ~ July 2013

Looking for something to read? Check out these great NEW releases from our members…


Elise K. Ackers – ASK ME FOR MORE - Destiny Romance

E-book

AskMeForMore_cover


Natalie Anderson – PLEASURED IN THE PLAYBOY’S PENTHOUSE - HMB Collection: Exotic Nights 

Print

Anderson


CJ Archer – THE WRONG GIRL - Indie Published

E-book

TheWrongGirl_ebook_final_small

 

 


Claire Baxter – ANYONE BUT HIM  - Random Romance

E-book

ABHcover


Sarah Belle  - HINDSIGHT - Escape Publishing

E-book

Hindsight


Deborah Burrows – TAKING A CHANCE - Pan MacMillan

Print

TakingAChance


Anna Campbell – DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES - Grand Central Publishing

Print

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Tèa Cooper – MALTIDA’S FREEDOM – Escape Publishing

E-book

Matilda'sFreedom 600


Sasha Cottman – LETTER FROM A RAKE – Destiny Romance

E-book

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Emma Darcy  - HIS MOST EXQUISITE CONQUEST - HMB Sexy

Print

Darcy


Barbara DeLeo - DISHING UP DESIRE - Entangled Indulgence

E-book

DishingUpDesire1600


Michelle Douglas – THE CATTLEMAN’S READY-MADE FAMILY - HMB Sweet

Print

Michelle Douglas


Cheryse Durrant – THE BLOOD SHE BETRAYED –  Clan Destine Press

Print

The Blood She Betrayed front cover


Gwendeoline Ewins – WHO IS HE? - Indie Published

E-book

Who is he


Nicole Flockton – RESCUING DAWN - Crimson Romance

E-book

RescuingDawnCover


Donna Gallagher - LEAGUE OF LOVE VOLUME 2 - Total E-bound

Print

League of Love Volume 2


Donna Gallagher -  SARAH’S SOLDIER  - Total E-bound

E-book

sarahssoldier_800


Louisa George  - HOW TO RESIST A HEARTBREAKER – HMB Medical

Print

George


Robyn Grady – TEMPTATION ON HIS TERMS - HMB Desire Duo

Print

Grady


Venetia Green – A HAWK ENSLAVED - Ellora’s Cave

E-book

ahawkenslaved_msr


Barbara Hannay – HOME BEFORE SUNDOWN - Penguin

Print

Home Before Sundown


Barbara Hannay – SOUTHERN CROSS SECRETS -  HMB Special

Print

Barbara hannay


Janet Elizabeth Henderson – LINGERIE WARS - Indie Published

E-book

lingerie 200


Shona Husk – THE OUTCAST PRINCE - Sourcebooks

Print

outcastprincesm


Anna Jacobs – THE TRADER’S GIFT - Hodder & Stoughton

Print

The Trader's Gift


Anna Jacobs – HEIR TO THE GREYLADIES - Allison & Busby

Print

heir to greyladies


Jillian Leigh - THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – Boroughs Publishing

E-book

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Leisl Leighton - KILLING ME SOFTLY - Destiny Romance

E-book

KillingMeSoftly_cover


Yvonne Lindsay – A FATHER’S SECRET – in HMB Collection: No. 1 Bestselling  Authors

Print

Lindsay_Mayberry


Nikki Logan – MY BOYFRIEND AND OTHER ENEMIES - HMB Sexy Duo

Print

Marsh_Logan

Peter McAra – LOVE OR MONEY - Escape Publishing

E-book

Love or Money


Sue McKay – A GIFT OF A CHILD  - HMB Medical

Print

Sue MacKay


Carol Marinelli – DR DARK AND FAR TOO DANGEROUS | SECRETS OF A CAREER GIRL - HMB Medical Duo

Print

Marinelli


Nicola Marsh – WHAT THE PAPARAZZI DOESN’T SEE - HMB Sexy Duo

Print

Marsh_Logan


Sarah Mayberry – WITHIN REACH - in HMB Collection: No. 1 Bestselling  Authors

Print

Lindsay_Mayberry


Maggie Mundy – BLOOD SCENT – Rogue Phoenix Publishing

Print

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Imogene Nix – THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR in Edible Delights Vol II –  Secret Cravings Publishing

Print

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Viveka Portman – THE SECRET DIARY OF LADY CATHERINE BEXLEY – Escape Publishing

E-book

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Tessa Radley – THE KYRIOKOS VIRGIN BRIDE | THE APOLLONIDES MISTRESS - HMB Desire Duo

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Radley

 


Jennifer St George – THE LOVE DECEPTION - Destiny Romance

E-book

TheLoveDeception

 

Eva Scott – THE MARRIAGE MAKEOVER - Musa Publishing

E-book

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Annie Seaton – ITALIAN AFFAIR - Entangled Indulgence

E-book

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Maxine Sullivan – NIGHT TALK - Escape Publishing

E-book

Night Talk

 


Mel Tescho – ENRAPTURED - Ellora’s Cave

E-book

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Khloe Wren – HER GUARDIAN ANGEL - Rogue Phoenix Publishing

E-book

Her Guardian Angel COVER

 

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Those marked as print often have e-book versions of the titles.

NOTE: The New Releases titles is now streamlined between Hearts Talk, the New Releases post on this blog, and our website.

Those titles which appear in Hearts Talk will automatically appear on the New Releases blog post and the website.

Please note in Hearts Talk due to space constraints, only one version of a release will be printed.

Good news and new releases to be sent to me at htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com – MEMBERS ONLY

Happy reading!

 

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Ken Milling

Welcome to a conference spotlight

from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Nikki Logan talking about Ken Milling‘s workshop CONFESSIONS OF A PSYCHOPATH: What Writers Get Wrong.

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How I met Ken Milling
A few years ago my employer sought the assistance of a specialist to help manage an unhealthy workplace and I was thrilled when I discovered it was Ken Milling. Ken and I had worked together a few years earlier in a mentored staff development program and he’d single-handedly shown me the path back to life/work balance. It turned out Ken specialised in antisocial personalities and he had no trouble at all recognising the toxic dynamic in my workplace and giving me effective advice on how to manage my infestation of narcissists.

How to reverse play them.

How to control them.

And of course, because I’m an author, I had more than your average curiosity about the subject and I grilled him at length about the range of dysfunctional personalities he sees.


KenMAbout Ken
Ken is a mass of contradictions. Gently spoken, unassuming, average height. He’s into flamenco dancing and has mini-poodles. But he is also a 4th Dan Black Belt (Yon Dan) martial arts Master and he delves deep into some dark, damaged and even broken personalities for a living.

Ken introduced me to the basics of how an anti-social personality (and there are many of them) functions. He taught me that with a psychopath you have just moments to mark yourself as predator or prey in terms of how you respond but that you won’t even recognise that moment when it comes. It’ll be disguised as a simple request for the time, or a light, or directions. And he talked about how to function socially in a world where that can happen; because you can’t tell every person that asks you for directions to ‘_ _ _ _ off’.  Some of them just want directions.

He invited me deep into the uncomfortable place that is the chronic narcissistic mind and talked about the kind of backstory that creates that particular personality disorder. He showed me all the ways my dysfunctional employees fit the profile. And he planted strategy seeds that eventually led to all three imploding, leaving their jobs or towing the line.
He taught me how to channel aggression for small, manageable bursts at strategic moments, and in a later session he kitted up in full martial arts gear and let me pummel the hell out of him. I’m sure from his POV it was like the battering of butterfly wings but I came away energised, empowered and so vitally aware of my own inherent power against the kinds of personalities that were making life a misery for the rest of my team.


‘Confessions of a Psychopath
At Riding the Waves I’ll be leading a conversation with Ken designed to bring us in with him into the inner workings of a damaged mind. We’ll be doing a little mythbusting about personality disorders, looking at some of the personalities that are done to death in fiction and some that don’t get a lot of airtime, unravelling some clichéd fictional disorders (PTSD, the controlling mother, the brilliant sociopath). Is it possible to outsmart a psychopath? Can you change yourself from prey to predator? How strong does a trigger need to be to warp a perfectly good mind into a dysfunctional one?

And the ever important— Who had the more dysfunctional personality: Roadrunner or Coyote?

It will be a fast, furious one-hour conversation and we’ll be covering a lot of ground, so be sure to get in and get a seat early.

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Thank you, Nikki and Ken!

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Panel: Self Publishing

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Rachel Johns who will be moderating Nina Bruhns, Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd on the panel

COME ON IN, THE WATER IS FINE: Self Publishing

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 Bios

 

NinaBruhnsBestselling author Nina Bruhns describes herself as a woman with a varied and checkered past. In the best possible way! Three time winner of the Overall Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, five time winner of the Dorothy Parker Award, two-time nominee for a RITA Award, and winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, Nina’s books have also topped bestseller lists in the US and Europe, and been named book of the year by Romantic Times Magazine. Nina writes bold, sensual romantic thrillers for Berkley as well as erotic thrillers as Nikita Black, and has a long backlist of titles from Silhouette (now Harlequin) Romantic Suspense and Nocturne (paranormal). She is also one of the original indie authors, having blazed the trail with her independently published releases for over ten years.

 

 

 

cathleenCathleen Ross, a two time ARRA finalist has been published by Virgin Publishing/Random House, Harlequin and several other publishers. Along with her traditional publishing she is currently working on her indie erotic Forbidden Fantasy series. Highlander and Take Me became best sellers on Apple. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of America. She also teaches and lectures on writing for conferences and private clients.

 

 

 

kandy smallKandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction. She is published in contemporary romance by Berkley Sensation, a division of Penguin USA, and is the author of the self-published Amazon bestseller The Castaway Bride. This contemporary romance was one of the top ten best-selling self-published books for December 2011, as reported in the IndieReader USA; and chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of three romances in “A Reader’s Guide to Self-Published Big Sellers”.

Her novels Love is a Four-Legged Word and Home Is Where the Bark Is have both won the Australian Romance Readers Association award for Favorite Contemporary Romance. Kandy also has a successful career as a magazine editor in both Australia and Britain and was Editorial Director at Pacific Publications. Her most recent role was as editor of the Coles Magazine, Australia’s highest circulation magazine. Kandy has also taught feature writing at university level. Kandy intends to self-publish more novels.

 

 

What will participants take away from this session?

Self-publishing is fast becoming the most popular way to get your books in front of readers but, already, the market is bursting at the seams with product of varying quality. Find out from three authors who have cut through the crowds why and when they chose self-publishing, how they manage the mechanics of content and covers, and how they ensure the professional quality of their titles.

 

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

This session will operate as a panel, therefore it will be very interactive Q&A. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own questions for the panelists and also their own experiences with self-publishing. This is not a debate about the benefits of self-publishing, but more an information opportunity to pick the brains of three successful self-publishers. Topics covered will include: editing, self-promotion, uploading books to various selling platforms, covers, etc.

 

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Writers who are considering self-publishing or whom are already self-published and interested in hearing other writers’ experiences.

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Thank you ladies!

 

Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Julia Quinn

Welcome to a conference spotlight

from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Julia Quinn who will be presenting the workshop EVOKING THE SCENE: Effective Dialogue for Writers.

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Bio

julie-home#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is the youngest member of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 24 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

 

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

I have presented this workshop many times at the annual Romance Writers of America conference (as well as it many smaller regional conferences), but this will be the first time in Australia.

 

What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

I hope participants will realize that good dialogue is so much more than just what is found “between the quotation marks.”  And that dialogue impacts almost every aspect of a novel, from plot to pacing, characterization to voice.


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Nothing hands-on, but I do actively encourage questions during the workshop. I much prefer taking questions as we go along to saving them all for the end. It makes the session much more lively and interactive.

 

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

I do. About half the examples are from my own books, and half from other romance novels. I’ve been giving this workshop for at least a dozen years, and every now and then I try to update the examples to include more recent titles, but I have to say—it’s actually quite difficult to find exactly what you need to demonstrate a particular point. I’ve ended up re-reading entire books (well, almost) just to find a certain grammatical construct.


Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2013 Riding The Waves conference in Fremantle?

I’ll be honest—I’m mostly just looking forward to being in Australia! This will be my first trip, and I’m beyond excited.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you? 

bridgertons_350My most recent release is The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, which is a collection of “2nd Epilogues” for the eight novels in my Bridgerton series (plus a bonus novella about Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the clan.) My next novel is The Sum of All Kisses, which goes on sale in the United States at the end of November.

I have a very extensive website at www.juliaquinn.com, and I also try to visit my Facebook page daily: www.facebook.com/authorjuliaquinn.

 

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Thank you, Julia!

Julia will also be participating in the workshop ‘Hanging Ten with Julia Quinn’

New Releases ~ June 2013

Looking for something to read? Check out these great NEW releases from our members…


Amy Andrews – ONE NIGHT SHE WOULD NEVER FORGET - HMB Medical

Print

Amy Andres


Natalie Anderson – THE RIGHT MR WRONG - HMB Sexy Duo

Print

Natalie Anderson


Helen Bianchin – PUBLIC MARRIAGE, PRIVATE SECRETS - in HMB Collection, Australian Sinful Secrets

Print

 Australian Sinful Secrets

 


Fiona Brand  - THE FIANCÉE CHARADE  - HMB Desire Duo

Print

Fiona Brand


Suzanne Brandyn  - Outback Fear - Indie Published

E-book

Outback Fear


Tèa Cooper – A WINNING STREAK - Breathless Press

E-book

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Emmie Dark – JUST FOR TODAY - HMB Essence Duo

Print

Emmie Dark


Cate Elink – THE VIRGINITY MISSION – Escape Publishing

E-book

Virginity Mission_small


Alexis Flemming – HIDDEN FIRE – Escape Publishing

E-book

Hidden Fire by Alexis Fleming


Darry Fraser – MONEY FOR BLOOD - Steam eReads

E-book

Money for Blood cover


Abby Gaines - JANE’S GIFT- HMB Essence Duo

Print

Abby Gaines


Robyn Grady – EVERY GIRL’S SECRET FANTASY - in HMB Collection, Australian Sinful Secrets

Print

Australian Sinful Secrets


Ann B. Harrison – IRISH SEDUCTION - Indie Published 

E-book

AH_Irish Seduction


Ann B. Harrison – OUTBACK GOLD - Indie Published

E-book

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Ann B. Harrison – OUTBACK THUNDER - Indie Published 

E-book

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Jennie Jones - THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE - Escape Publishing

E-book

House On Burra_Cover


Melanie Milburne – HIS FINAL BARGAIN - HMB Sexy

Print

Melanie Milburne


Imogene Nix  - LOVING MEMORIES – Steam eReads

E-book

Loving-Memories-lowres


Imogene Nix – THE BLOOD BRIDE - Total E-bound

E-book

thebloodbride_800


Kris Pearson – HER MAN WITH ICEBERG EYES - Indie Published

E-book

Iceberg Eyes HH


Christina Phillips – BLOODLUST DENIED - Ellora’s Cave

E-book

Bloodlust Denied


Tessa Radley – ONE DANCE WITH THE SHEIKH - in HMB Collection, Kincaids: Private Mergers

Print

TessaRadley


Alison Roberts – NYC ANGELS: AN EXPLOSIVE REUNION - HMB Medical Duo

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Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Rachel Bailey

Welcome to a conference spotlight

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Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Rachel Bailey who will be presenting the workshop SEXUAL TENSION: The Undertow of Romance.

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Bio

RachelBaileyAfter selling to Harlequin Desire in 2008, Rachel Bailey’s first three books were released in 2010, and all three became USA Today bestsellers, with one winning a Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award. Rachel is a past president of Romance Writers of Australia, and has run writing workshops and been on various author panels. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with four dogs and her hero, and is always trying to scam more time to sit on the verandah and read. You can visit her at www.rachelbailey.com

 

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

An ex-social worker who writes for Harlequin Desire.

 

What will participants take away from this session?

The session will be about creating the sexual tension between your main characters. Not just attraction, but the tension that exists between the attraction and the conflicts. We’ll talk about what that is, and strategies to bring that to life in your work.

 

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

There will be several hands-on exercises and it would be great if people brought along one of their scenes that might need a little more sexual tension. I might ask for a couple of brave volunteers to share their work with the group, but I promise not to call on anyone without their hand up. *grin* There will be heaps of examples from my work and other published books, so even if you don’t bring something along, there will be lots of of opportunities to see the principles in action.

 

Which members will benefit most from this session?

This session will be useful for anyone who would like to increase the sexual tension in their writing, no matter what level they feel they’re at. Concepts will be explained in ways that beginning writers will be able to access, but more advanced concepts will be explored as well.

 

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

I love catching up in person with friends – all those little snatched conversations, the mingling at social events, and meeting new friends. I always come away from an RWA conference with new friends. I also love learning new things about writing – a new technique or perspective can totally reinvigorate my writing.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

NoStrangerScandalAustSmallMy book, No Stranger To Scandal was originally out in Australia in April, but will be rereleased in June along with the other books in the Daughters of Power series. The blurb:

She might be the stepdaughter of one of the most powerful media moguls in Washington, but Lucy Royall is no pampered princess—she’s making her own way as a junior reporter. But when congressional investigator Hayden Black accuses her stepfather of criminal wrongdoing, she shows her family loyalty and takes Hayden on. Then, as things heat up, the sexy single dad takes her to bed! Talk about a conflict of interest. Will their illicit passion turn into something more lasting, even in the face of controversy so huge it rocks a nation?

Information about my books and other random things are at my website: www.rachelbailey.com

 
Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here? 

After the conference, I’ll be going on a W.A. writing retreat with a group of friends. I’ve never been to W.A. before, so I can’t wait to see the sights while I’m there!

 

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Thank you, Rachel!

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