New Releases February 2017

February is the month of love, and as expected, we have a whole slew of new romances from our members for you to enjoy. Aside from the ones listed below, do you have an Aussie romance, new or old, you’d like to recommend ahead of Valentine’s Day?

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New releases January 2017

It’s been a hot, sultry summer in Sydney. Perhaps that’s why we’re still in holiday mode. Speaking of holidays, it’s Australia Day tomorrow, and we thought you might need something to read.

Happy Reading!

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FINAL CALL – #RWAus17 Workshop Submissions Closing

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LOVE GONE WILD WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS CLOSING

Submission for #RWAus17 close on December 31, 2016.

We have been mustering a diverse herd of talented professionals for the 26th RWA Annual Conference – Love Gone Wild.

But are you the stray runaway we’re waiting on to join the pack?

We are cracking the whip one last time.

Our team is planning #RWAus17 to be the best conference ever and want to utilise our community of talented authors and professionals. Stop grazing out in the pastures, frolicking in the ocean or flitting about in the skies – get your workshop, panel or roundtable submissions to us now.

This is the final call for submissions before we dust off our boots, shut the gate and finalise our tremendous program.

Jump in – hooves, feathers, scales and all … Don’t miss out. Because come December 31st the opportunity to submit will be GOING, GOING, GONE!

Submit Now at  http://bit.ly/RWA17WSP

Submissions close on Dec 31st, 2016.

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July New Member Releases

Brrrrrr! Cold winds are sweeping all across the Eastern states. Lucky you, if you live further North and your feet aren’t icicles. Definitely time to stay indoors, tucked under a doona and read a stack of romance novels.

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ROMANCE-RELATED DISCUSSIONS AT THE 2015 SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL  

The Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) launched its 2015 program on Thursday, and we are thrilled to see that it features several panels of interest to romance readers and writers and some of our very own stars – catch Avril Tremayne and Victoria Purman in debate during BEYOND DUKES AND DAMSELS on Saturday 23 May. See list below (#8) for details.

Avril Tremayne and Victoria Purman

Talks of interest in date order include (please note: there are some scheduling conflicts if you were interested in all talks below):

  1. Gender, genre and literary prestige (21 May, 10:00 – 11:00, Roslyn Packer Theatre, $14pp) starring Aviva Tuffield, Kate Grenville, Ceridwen Dovey and the 2015 Stella Prize Winner.
  2. The Body, Sin, Sex, Denial (21 May, 11:30 – 12:30, Sydney Dance 1, Free, no bookings) starring Ashley Hay, Robyn Cadwallader, James Boyce, and mortician and memoirist Caitlin Doughty. Really, who can resist a mortician, especially one who is fabulous and funny?
  3. Marie le Moel, The Truth about French Women (21 May, 11:30 – 12:30, Richard Wherret Studio, $14). In conversation with Kirstie Clements
  4. Liane Moriarty: Big Little Lies (21 May, 1:30 – 2:30, Pier 2/3 The Loft, $14). In conversation with Meredith Jaffe. Liane Moriarty is also participating in two other panels, On Deception (21 May) and The Books That Exploded and Why We Fell in Love (24 May), and in another feature talk in Parramatta on 20 May.
  5. Quickies and Corsets: There’s more to the story of women and sex (21 May, 3:00 – 4:00, Sydney Dance 2, Free, no bookings) featuring Lee Kofman, Marie Le Moel, Krissy Kneen and Jane Caro.
  6. Co-Conspirators: Anne Buist and Graham Simsion (22 May, 10:00 – 11:00, Pier 2/3 The Loft, $14)
  7. Robert Dessaix: On How Enid Blyton Changed My Life (23 May, 11 – 11:40, Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Free, no bookings). Okay, this has nothing to do with romance (probably) but how can you resist a literary writer who will stand up and admit to a love of Enid Blyton?
  8. Beyond Dukes and Damsels (23 May, 1:30 – 2:30, Sydney Dance 1, Free, no bookings), starring Jodi McAlister, the indomitable Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing, and RWA’s very own Victoria Purman and Avril Tremayne. Not to be missed!!
  9. The Rise and Rise of YA: A look at the fastest growing category in fiction (23 May, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Sydney Dance 2, Free, no bookings) featuring Laurie Halse Anderson, Sally Gardnery, Margo Lanagan and Garth Nix
  10. Keeping it Real: Realistic Issues in Teen Fiction (24 May, 1:30 – 2:30, Sydney Dance 2, Free, no bookings)
  11. Teencon 2015 (24 May, 4:00 – 5:30, Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Free but Bookings Essential Ph 02 9250 1988)

Of course, there are a multitude of other interesting authors and talks on offer including (but definitely not limited to) Julia Gillard, James Patterson, Kate Grenville, Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Evie Wyld, Jonathan Lethem and Michael Connolly as well as some powerhouse intellectuals such as Zia Haider Rahman, Norman Doidge, Atul Gawande and Mosin Hamad. Andy Griffiths and David Walliams head up a star children’s program. Explore the full program at www.swf.org.au. There are booking links from each individual talk. Hint: it is often easier to search by writer than date.

There is also a workshop program running from 16 – 23 May. If you live in Sydney, programs will be available in this weekend’s Sydney Morning Herald.

* Comments in italics reflect blogger’s personal enthusiasms.

DOWN-UNDER FINALISTS IN 2015 RITA® AWARDS

Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for this year’s RITA® awards yesterday and we were delighted to see four Australians on the awards shortlists. Congratulations to Beck Nicholas, Bec McMaster, Louisa George and Sarah Mayberry.   *Late correction*  Apparently, the lovely Louisa George is not actually Australian.  She’s English by origin and lives in NZ.  But since she IS a proud member of RWA, we will happily claim her as our own, for the purposes of congratulations!  Happily, they are all shortlisted in different categories. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner on 25 July, so fingers crossed until then please everyone. (Oh, all right, if you have to edit or write your own book, you can use one hand!)

Here’s a quick look at the four fabulous finalists and their books:

Her Kind of Trouble Louisa George Enemies with Benefits 

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (Short)

Publisher: HMB Modern Tempted/ KISS

Poppy Spencer has discovered that there’s one thing worse than Christmas alone in her flat – and that’s spending it with Isaac Blair, her sworn-enemy-turned-reluctant-flatmate! And it is not just because he knows all her secrets – his sexy-as-sin smile and taut physique are making her all hot and flustered despite the icy cold outside!

Unless a casual hook-up is just the thing she needs…? It’ll certainly break the simmering tension between them. The trouble is, with their history, it will be anything but casual!

Her-Kind-Of-TroubleSarah Mayberry Her Kind of Trouble

Finalist: Contemporary Romance (mid-length)

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

It takes one to know one … the moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they are a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever. Now, years later, Seth remains a favourite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

ForgedByDesireBec McMaster Forged by Desire

Finalist: Paranormal Romance

Publishers: Sourcebooks, Casablanca

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner Perry in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…

FakeBec Nicholas Fake 

Finalist: Best First Book

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.

After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.

Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.

You can read the full list of finalists here – it makes a great reading list.

Bookmarks

Welcome to our occasional round-up of book news snippets, including some highlights from our members.

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Georgette Heyer, Regency Romance author

UK libraries have just released their report on the most borrowed books of 2012-2013. What I found particularly interesting was that the five most borrowed ‘classic’ authors – Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer and Charles Dickens – would have received the maximum payment of £6,600 each if they were still alive. The top eight most borrowed authors all racked up more than a million loans each. Two hundred authors received the maximum payment and 22,372 authors in total received a share of the £6.1m.

Montana ActuallyCongratulations to Fiona Lowe who received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for Montana Actually, released last month. The reviewer said, ‘The witty conversations, family drama, and accurate (but never maudlin) descriptions of loss and grief will have the reader laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and eagerly awaiting future books.’ Read the full review here.

Annie Seaton’s Coastal Collection boxed set featuring VK Black, Fiona McArthur,Annie Seaton's Collection Maxine Sullivan, Jenny Schwartz, Susanne Bellamy, Darry Fraser, Carla Caruso, Emkay Connor, Elsa Winckler and Wendy Humer reached numbers 24 and 25 respectively in Amazon’s Books / eBooks > Literature and Fiction > Holidays last week and is still sitting in the top 100. As Annie said, ‘You rock, gals!’

Donna Gallagher featured on the February 11th HEA blog of USA Today, talking An Opportunity Seizedabout her three favourite holiday destinations. No prizes for guessing the location of spot #1. However, Donna has also put together an outstanding blog tour with Book Rhythm that includes a $100 Amazon gift card Rafflecopter draw. If you’re feeling the post-holiday pinch on your book budget, check it out.

Trailer-made and Alison Stuart produced this great book trailer for her forthcoming book By the Sword, the first in her Guardians of the Crown series. Alison, like many of our authors, will be at the ARRA conference in Canberra next month.

Cathryn Hein

Cathryn Hein

Cathryn Hein and Rachel Johns have both featured this month on

Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns

the Booktopia blog, talking about their favourite books. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for additions to your reading lists.

 

 

 

Have you received any great publicity or international reviews recently? I try to pick up as much news as I can, but if I have missed any of yours which you would like to share with us, email me at laura.boon@optusnet.com.au, and I’ll do my best to include it in the next Bookmarks post.

A STOCKING FULL OF BOOKS

A couple of weeks ago I asked the question: where are all our Aussie Christmas romances? And the answer is HERE, amongst the December  new releases. Happy reading and merry Christmas everyone. Wishing you a stocking full of books, another stack under the tree and and many hours of holiday romance.

December 2014 new releases

New Title Releases October 2014

Congratulations  to all our members who have a new book out this October! Summer holidays will be here before you know it, so now is the time to start planning your To Be Read holiday pile and to drop ‘hints’ to friends and family about which books  you would like to see in your Christmas stocking.

October 2014 new title releases from RWA members.

October 2014 new title releases from RWA members.

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