ARRA volunteers and the UWA Co-op Bookshop were outstanding in their roles as organisers/ushers and conference bookstore.
|At the ARRA Book Signing|
A huge 160 romance readers turned out for the Saturday evening event! Hats of to all the WA'ers who took the time to come and take part - you are awesome!
|Eden Summers - erotic romance author|
|YA author - Kaz Delaney|
|Michelle Diener - historical romance author|
|Juanita Kees - Escape author|
Also attending the event were 65 Australian romance authors as well as 9 international romance authors - Julia Quinn, Nina Bruhns, Caitlin Crews, Maisey Yates, Susan Stephens, Nicole Flockton, Carole Mortimer and Jackie Ashenden, as well as well-known blogger Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
|YA author - Ebony McKenna|
|Shambles put in an appearance, too!|
A swag of Dark Side DownUnder authors made an appearance!
|Denise Rossetti - one of my fav authors!|
|Maggie Gilbert - YA rural romance author|
|The effervescent Paula Roe|
|Romantic suspense RITA finalist - Bronwyn Parry|
|Agents & editors pitching to authors|
|Survivor Island - cold reads at conference|
To finish off, I'd like to showcase the awesome Awards night setting put on by the Esplanade staff and RWA conference committee - desserts & coffee - the tables were gorgeous (my photos don't do it justice).
|An ethereal, underwater atmosphere!|
|The scrumptious desserts on offer at the Awards dinner!|
Next year, the Romance Writers of Australia conference will be in Sydney (at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush).
The theme - "Romance Rocks!"
And didn't the ballroom fill with gasps and cheers when two of our guest speakers were announced - thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.
You can check out more details about the conference here.