Instafreebie giveaway!

Over on instafreebie, author Ebony McKenna has organised an Aussie Kiwi Author Showcase for the month of May 2018. My short story, Finding the Betsy-Jade, is one of the giveaways. Here is  your free link to read the story If you enjoy it, please join my mailing list so I can let you know when other releases come out. (I won’t bombard you with emails, I promise). Stella xx  

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Tips & Tricks I learned from the Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018

Writers Group Convention, Brisbane 2018 I spent last Saturday morning attending this terrific event. For a humble $20 outlay, I gathered some fabulous information. Quick summary of bits and pieces that interested me: Covers and Merchandise I am a keen proponent of indie-publishing, so spent a lot of time checking out covers, bookmarks, book interiors etc on the display stands. Tips that worked for me: I prefer matte covers for fiction, gloss for non-fiction I prefer a simple interior rather than one with curly wurly graphics Bookmarks are fab giveaways! I’m using mine already (and I came straight home and made some – they are winging their way to me from the online printer as I type – fingers crossed they look okay Some booksellers had their table “themed”, e.g. with coloured cloth, and it looked terrific Events I have been asked to speak at a writers’ event later in the year, and I am a bit nervous about it. Tips from the conference: I don’t need to be nervous! The audience was SO invested in being there, they were interested in everything, and the atmosphere at the conference was so friendly and supportive. Writers and readers are great people 🙂 Practise with a microphone. Some people spoke too closely into it and it made PPHH noises; some people spoke too far away from it and their words grew indistinct. No doubt microphone quality varies widely as well … This is going to seem totally vain – but wear blusher! It was totally working for the blush wearers on stage 🙂 Everyone who spoke gave their website a gentle plug AND gave people a reason to visit it, for example – no need to take notes, you can go on my website and find this talk there Finding new authors…

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Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers Blog#2 Constructive Criticism

The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are five aspiring and emerging RWA members. Like many new RWA members, we worry about our skills, we have pride in our growing accomplishments, and we are nervous about whether we can ‘make it’. In 2018, we are guest bloggers for Romance Writers of Australia, where we will be sharing our journey from newbies to (fingers crossed, hearts wildly beating) accomplished writers. Read our February 2018 blog post here all about constructive criticism We connected at the RWA Conference 2017 in Brisbane, and formed a support group that has become an important step in our writing journey. We can be found on Facebook (click on our names below). We’d love you to come visit. Jayne Kingsley Marianne Bayliss Megan Mayfair Lou Greene Stella Quinn

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Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers

The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are five aspiring and emerging RWA members. Like many new RWA members, we worry about our skills, we have pride in our growing accomplishments, and we are nervous about whether we can ‘make it’. In 2018, we are guest bloggers for Romance Writers of Australia, where we will be sharing our journey from newbies to (fingers crossed, hearts wildly beating) accomplished writers. Read our January 2018 blog post here We connected at the RWA Conference 2017 in Brisbane, and formed a support group that has become an important step in our writing journey. We can be found on Facebook (click on our names below). We’d love you to come visit. Jayne Kingsley Marianne Bayliss Megan Mayfair Lou Greene Stella Quinn  

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Point of view: getting up close and personal

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a course hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre and beloved Australian romance author Anna Campbell, which covered the building blocks of romance fiction. I would thoroughly recommend taking this course if it is offered again. One of the exercises we played with was to re-write a lacklustre piece of prose into one which embraced the concept of “deep” point of view. (I have read some articles on Anna’s website, and she has an excellent article on point of view, which can be found here.) THE ORIGINAL PASSAGE BEFORE THE RE-WRITE Lord Julian Monteith saw the Earl of Monteith’s daughter as soon as he entered the crowded ballroom. She was hard to miss. Lady Eleanor was tall and blonde and very pretty. He heard the orchestra strike up a waltz. He would be able to touch her. He liked to touch her. She had beautiful skin. He remembered what she’d looked like when she took her clothes off at his lodgings that afternoon. He also remembered what had happened afterwards. Damn shame she was going to marry another man on Saturday. MY RE-WRITE She was here. Lord Julian Somerville paused on the threshold of the ballroom, heedless of the crowd who milled about him, the butler who announced his name. She stood to the side of the dance floor, the skin of her throat and décolletage glowing in the golden light from the candelabra—skin that just this afternoon had glowed with passion for him, and him alone. The orchestra struck up a waltz, and he stalked towards her. This dance was his. To hell with her rules. To hell with the man she had promised to marry. Lady Eleanor was his. CONCLUSION? This made me think a regency romance trilogy might be my next…

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Why I read romance

I am up to page 16 of a novel by Stephanie Laurens. I’m feeling a little tired, a little harassed. I live in a busy house, filled with noise and bluster and rigmarole, and some days the frenetic pace of it all makes me happy. But not today. It’s a Monday – the kids are back at school, and I don’t have to be at work until the next day. My coffee arrives. It is early, and spring sunshine is falling over my face, my arm, the table in the corner where I habitually sit. And I turn the page, feeling like I am just starting to know the characters in this book, to inhabit, in a tiny way, their lives – and I realise that parts of me I didn’t know were tense have suddenly relaxed. It is like a chemical reaction in my brain, my body. And then I remember. This is why I read romance.

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