This, that and the Other Thing Monday

Barbara Vey -- February 23rd, 2009
Liz Maverick, Australian blogger Tez Miller

Well, how did you all do with the Academy Awards last night?  I got 4 out of the top 6 right.  I missed Sean Penn and Penelope Cruz.  Not too bad considering I didn’t see any of the movies.  I loved how they had previous winners individually introduce the nominees.  But now it’s Monday and here’s the news I received this week:

From author Liz Maverick:  On Feb 21-22, Melbourne, Australia hosted the inaugural Australian Romance Readers Convention.  The event drew 300 dedicated readers and booksellers from all over Australia and New Zealand, many of whom had only met each other online–all of whom were delighted to find an entire conference room full of kindred spirits. 

Susan Grant, Rosemary (Brisbane’s Rosemary’s Romance Bookshop), Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Aussies gave a super-warm welcome to their American guest speakers: Sherrilyn Kenyon, MaryJanice Davidson, Dianna Love, Susan Grant and Liz Maverick.  As part of the two-day event featuring a slate of panels and booksignings, over $7000 was raised via silent auction in support of victims of the recent Australian bushfires.   This debut convention could not have been better organized nor provided a more enjoyable experience for readers, booksellers and writers of romance to share their love for the genre.

From Leslie Marshman:  The Houston Bay Area RWA’s Judge A Book By Its Cover contest (otherwise known as JABBIC.)  The contest recognizes excellence in covers of romance genre books published each year.  The judges are booksellers from around the world.  The first place winners of all six categories are featured in a full-page color ad on the inside front cover of the April edition of Romance Writers Report.

Contemporary Series:  Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir by Paula Roe
Romantic Suspense:  Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
Single Title/Mainstream:  Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig
Historical:  A Knight Well Spent by Jackie Ivie
Sexiest Cover:  Lyon, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

Charlotte McClaineFrom Author Charlotte McClain:  I’m in the final countdown to head to Korea. I was offered both positions at the same time and decided to go back to what I knew. (Then I was offered a dream job in Dubai. Arg!) I’ll be teaching at an English preschool in Korea. It’s total immersion meaning we speak English (almost) all the time. At the beginning of the year, we do use some Korean, but 2 or 3 months in we stop and we don’t let them speak it either. The class I’ll have has never been in school at all so I get to be one of their first teachers and their first foreigner. I speak hardly any Korean at all, but it’s very easy to get around in Seoul without. The Korean school year runs all year and I’ll be there until March ’10. After that, who knows, the school in Dubai is keeping me in their database and there’s lots of other options.

From Lisa Amrine of Samhain Publishing:  Our next free Kindle title giveaway begins on Sunday, February 22 through Saturday, February 28. That title is, Last Chance, My Love by the award-winning author, Lynne Connolly. This title is a sensual historical romance and Connolly is well known for her attention to historical details. 

If you have any news, kudos or special happenings, please email the details to me at

Bottom Line: 
True story…Last night I had a dream that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came to South Milwaukee and they were so nice that I told them they could stay at my house whenever they were in town.  My sisters better get over here and start cleaning…just in case.

29 thoughts on “This, that and the Other Thing Monday

  1. Christie Craig

    Barbara, So you are going to be entertaining Brad and Angelina, huh? LOL. Thanks for posting the JABRIC winners. I’m honored to be amongst them. I’m especially proud of Dorchester’s showing with three covers. CC

  2. Liz Kreger

    I’ve been following the news about the Australian bushfires. Kudos to the conference for raising money for them. I’d looooove to attend Australia’s conference in the future. Hubby and I are talking about visiting Australia in the next year or two. Perhaps I can make the trip coincide with their next conference. Hmmm.

  3. Heather Thompson

    I really enjoyed how that tried to bring back that old Hollywood feel last night with the singing and dancing. I love Hugh Jackman! I predicted that “Slumdog Millionaire” would sweep the Oscars and it did. I remembered back to the movie several years ago called “Pan’s Labyrinth” and it was a small film but it came in and swept most categories at the Oscars. I had hoped Kate Winslet would win but I wasn’t sure and I had no idea on the Best Actor Oscar but I think it went to the right man, Sean Penn.

  4. Susan Kelley

    I missed the entire show last night but I would have watched if I’d known I would get to see Hugh Jackman. Love those covers and Brad Pitt can stay at my place any time he’s in my town. Angelina who?

  5. Tez Miller

    Aye, Alana, ’tis I ;-) You are all welcome to Melbourne, whether there’s a con on or not. Any time of the year :-) Good thing our ARRC09 guests have left, because Friday’s due to be hot with more bushfire danger expected. May you all get home safely. Have a lovely day! :-)

  6. mary s

    Forgot to mention in my previous comment that having been to Australia recently (fabulous trip), the Romance Writers Convention sounded great (for those there). Thanks Barb for the photo & commentary!

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