There’s a big weekend coming up for me in August, focussed around romance writers and readers. The Romance Writers of Australia conference is being held at Mantra on View, Surfers Paradise. The annual conference is where I do my writerly professional development amongst a swathe of authors also writing romance – from contemporary and rural like me, through historical, steampunk, suspense, paranormal and fantasy.
The conference coincides with ARRA’s A Romantic Rendezvous on the Gold Coast where I’ll be signing a couple of my books, along with a who’s who list of Australian romance authors, on Saturday, 14th August, 2021 from 5.00 to 6.30 pm.
VIP tickets for the Rendezvous are on sale now. General admission tickets will be available soon, for one of two 45-minute sessions. Find out all the details here: https://wp.me/pGPr3-ay1
I’m looking forward to meeting readers new and old, so come along and say hello.
Catriona Cameron and Lachie McKell have their story out in the world. It’s release day for THE SALIGNAC LEGACY.
I had so much fun writing this story. When I posited the premise to my husband, his response was, “You can’t write a romance about chicken livers!” Well, you can if the chicken livers are fundamental to a centuries old pâté recipe upon which an entire community is dependant and the protagonists live on opposite sides of the world – she in Melbourne Australia and he in the highlands of Scotland.
It’s how they bring both sides together that’s the fun part.
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I’m writing and researching my new romance based around perfumes and perfumery. I’m discovering lots of information I was previously unaware of – like the processes for developing absolutes, concrete, enfleurage pomades and so on.
It is true that every profession controls access to the knowledge within it by applying its own language and attribution of specialised meanings to particular words (eg concrete). While I’m not seeking to invade the profession of the perfumer, I do want to know enough that my characters can navigate that domain without too much embarrassment.
So I search and I study and I find myself wandering off into unknown worlds, some of which can be confronting, but each provides an education of a sort.
This morning I went down a rabbit-hole exploring the plants that provide us with their very essence in order that we may wear it as perfume or diffuse it as fragrance or employ it medicinally or in some other fashion.
By whatever means, a click here a side-bar there, my internet perambulations brought me to a couple of sites discussing how plants communicate with each other, how they ‘learn’, and defences they might deploy for their own protection or for other plants around them.
Who’d have thought? Obviously, lots of scientists. Check out this National Geographic documentary.
An NPR article on “Are plants talking to each other?” and an Australian Geographic article, “Plants talk to each other” refer to collaborative experiments across the University of Western Australia, the University of Bristol and the University of Florence in which it was discovered that corn seedlings communicate with each other using clicking noises. Fascinating!
I can’t be sure yet how much, if any, of this information will find its way into my story. Let the characters decide.
The Beaullieu Birthright is the second story in my Priceless Heritage series.
The first book is “The Salignac Legacy” which will be released by Champagne Book Group on November 16, 2020.
The new book is published by Champagne Book Group and is due out on November 16.
It’s a contemporary romance set between Melbourne, Australia, Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland.
Catriona Cameron, petite and feisty Melbourne waitress, has a secret. She doesn’t know it’s secret so much as that it’s a recipe she has promised to hold in trust, to share with no one except her daughter. Everyone has their own family recipes, don’t they?
Lachie McKell is the modern-day Laird and his people are suffering. The last person he knows of, in the line of a 200 year old tradition is dead, the business is failing and people are losing their livelihoods with no hope in sight. But wait! Is that the same product on the other side of the world? What must he do to persuade an Australian recipe-holder to come home to Scotland with him, to give up her secrets and save his community?
Merry Christmas, Liebchen was first published in “All wrapped Up: A Christmas Anthology” two years ago. That’s no longer available. But Karl and Jolene want their story back out there so I’ve given their novella a life of its own.
Shannon Slique is my spicy/erotic author alter-ego. She has her first standalone novella out on virtual bookshelves.
It’s a lot spicy so definitely only for over 18s, but it’s a romance so there’s the happy ending to look forward to.
A Steamy Christmas for the CEO is available at the introductory price of $US2.24. It’s a Romance on the Go title at Evernight Publishing, so you can read it on your lunch break.
Let me know what you think – through a review on your favourite ebook site or by leaving a comment here.
Kelly’s sister gifts her a box of sex toys for Christmas. Though the gift was meant to be a cynical jab at Kelly’s non-sex life, with Ewen around, who could resist trying them out – not this little dark-haired workaholic.
This piece offered clear examples. Bonnet’s suggestion is to keep the high concept description to as few words as possible. It should revolve around a fascinating subject, a great title, the inciting action and the hook.
Well I’ve done it… I’ve entered PitchWars 2019. I looked at it last year but I guess it wasn’t the right time for me to try, so this year I’ve jumped right in.
What is PitchWars? The PitchWars website explains:
“Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for the agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents.” https://pitchwars.org/
It gives writers the opportunity to work with folk who really know their stuff. The mentors are in hot demand, and they have lots of authors from which to choose. My chances may be slim, given the competition, but they’re a lot stronger than they were last year when I didn’t apply.
The Emerald Pro is one of the premier awards for Romance Writers of Australia. It is awarded for an unpublished work by a published author writing in a new sub-genre. So each of the entrants has tried out a new style. Perhaps an author usually writes fantasy and they’ve tried something different like historical, or contemporary or paranormal, or the other way around. You get my drift.
The winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the annual conference in Melbourne in August. Whatever the outcome, I’m chuffed to be on this list.
It takes a lot of effort organising competitions such as this and RWAus does it magnificently, relying on volunteers like Tracey Rosen who was the curator for this comp in 2019; volunteer judges who offer insightful feedback over two rounds, and the final judge who is an industry professional. Huge thanks to everyone involved. It’s an awesome program, especially for those of us new to the discipline of writing romantic fiction.
And as we wind down to the last day of the challenge, it is fitting to focus once more on the beauty of the vibrant nation that is India.
Today, the focus is on manufactured beauty, more particularly, zari – the gold and silver threads that highlight the richness of Indian fabrics. Some information about the production of zari thread can be found here.
You’ll find examples of zari thread most often in brocades worn by men and women on special occasions. But it is also used as a highlight to lift a garment from ordinary to something more significant. It’s amazing what a little bit of bling can do for an outfit and for the wearer’s outlook.
Perhaps this is the essence of India. Whatever is going on, no matter how mundane the task, there is always a glimmer somewhere: a piece of gold, a hidden gem or a single thread of silver that catches the light and lifts the spirit. This is what makes India such a wonderful country.
Metal wrapped cotton –
Golden threads that draw the eye