|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
From 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.