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Saturday, March 29, 2014

ARRA Award for Allegiance Sworn!

The Australian Romance Readers of Australia converged at Cello's Restaurant in Sydney last weekend (March 22nd).

What a setting!
The lovely Cello's Restaurant.
The chandelier
A wonderful bunch of volunteers organised and ran the 6th Annual ARRA awards and celebrated all that's great in Aussie romance!

Bec & I enjoying the ambiance at Cello's!
The night was full of entertainment (the keynote speaker was Helene Young and accompanied by a cast of wannabe author-actors, they enacted a murder mystery complete with a "dead" body capably played by Anna Campbell) and the food was absolutely scrumptious!

M.J.Scott & Bec McMaster
One of the highlights was catching with ARRA friends I'd met at Fremantle, WA last year at the RWA/ARRA Book-Signing and putting names to faces of other ARRA members and bloggers I'd only ever met online.
I finally met Helen S. (ARRA reader).
This year Allegiance Sworn was nominated in two categories - Members Choice Favorite Cover Award and Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance.

Dakota Harrison & I enjoying the night.
I'm thrilled to announce that Allegiance Sworn is Australia's ARRA Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance 2013! An awesome moment all round as last year Alliance Forged won this award, so it's a back-to-back win in this category.

A proud moment!
At the table were Dakota Harrison & hubby, Amy Andrews, Kelly Hunter, Tina Marie Clark, M.J.Scott, Bec McMaster & myself. Table 6 must have been the one to sit at this year as three of our number took out awards - Amy Andrews, Kelly Hunter & me!

Allegiance Sworn - Fav.Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance Award 2013

Kylie Griffin, Kelly Hunter & Amy Andrew's ARRA trophies!
You can find the full list of 2013 ARRA winners here.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Heroine Showdown - Imhara's into Round 2!

The Window Seat on a Rain Day continues its knock-down, drag-'em-out Heroine Showdown!

And great news is IMHARA IS INTO THE SECOND ROUND (thanks to everyone who voted in Round 1)! Woohoo!!!

The competition is getting tougher but I'm pretty sure Imhara can make it into the next round with your help again! So, if you have the time, I'd appreciate you ducking over to vote for her - here's the link.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Australia Day Book Giveaway!


Shelleyrae over at Book'd Out is running an Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop - and it's huge!

All the books are written by Australian authors.

There will be two winners chosen - one in Australia, one from outside Australia.

Entries close midnight, Tuesday 28th Jan., 2014 and winners will be announced Monday, Feb.3rd 2014.

With over 50 hosts you have plenty of chances to win a great book this Australia Day Weekend!
So get hopping! 

For full details, check out the blog post over at Book'd Out.

You can choose from these titles:


Have fun!


Monday, January 6, 2014

ALLEGIANCE SWORN is an ARRAwards finalist!

I woke to some awesome news this morning!

Sitting in my inbox was an email from the Australian Romance Readers Association letting me know that ALLEGIANCE SWORN is an ARRAwards finalist in the following categories:
  • Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance
  • Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2013 (hats off to Gene Mollica, the cover artist, & the Berkley art department for such great work!)

I'm so thrilled, especially on seeing the finalists lists on the ARRA blog - wow, am I in some fantastic company! Scrolling through them, I kept ticking off the ones I'd read and enjoyed. So many wonderful stories and authors!

And I'm tickled to pieces that my writing buddies Bec McMaster and Dakota Harrison are also nominated for a selection of ARRAwards! Woohoo!

Now, it's a waiting game - winners will be announced at the ARRAwards Dinner to be held on 22 March 2014 at Cello’s Restaurant in Sydney.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To all my readers - I hope 2014 is a generous, prosperous and happy new year for you!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Time to Make More Time!

After much thinking and decision making, it's with an element of sadness I announce that I'll no longer be posting regular articles on my blog.

I've been organising, preparing and posting series, guest author interviews and other articles for 5 years - a huge commitment of time and effort, one I have thoroughly enjoyed as I've met so many new friends through doing this - but it's time to call it quits.

Why?

Quite simply - my writing. Between teaching, writing, blogging and social media, something has to give. There are so many stories in my head busting to be written, I need more time!

I'll post blog pieces but they'll be when I have time or feel so moved. Will guests still be welcome? Absolutely (feel free to email me if you'd like to visit) but it will be more like guest posts rather than interviews.

What about announcements on new releases, good news and giveaways? I'll definitely post about them - never fear!

I'd like to thank all the guests who have appeared here, or those who have guest blogged or talked about various topics over the years. It's been a pleasure having you.

But most of all, I'd like to thank the readers of this blog - you have commented and corresponded with enthusiasm. I hope you've enjoyed the content posted or learned something new.

While I may not be as frequent a visitor to my own blog, I'll be haunting the pages over on Facebook, or tweeting on Twitter. And my newsletter will also still go out regularly (sign up here, if you'd like to receive it).

See you all in 2014 ... sometime!



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, however you celebrate this season - I hope today is a good one for you!


Best Wishes of the season
to you all!