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The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Jillian Jones

LATITUDE 47.2692° N, LONGITUDE 11.4041° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Jillian Jones about the setting that inspired her upcoming contemporary romance The Three Date Rule.   What romantic destination did you choose for your novel, and why? Choosing one destination of the myriads of options in my novel, The Three Date Rule, was a challenge. The novel opens at The Melbourne Cup. This event takes place each year on the first Tuesday of November and my husband and I had the opportunity to attend in 2013. It’s a curious social wonder, filled with glamour and excitement and it definitely captured my imagination, inspiring the ‘meet cute’ for my Christmas themed story. My hero and heroine, Ryan and Kate, later end up on an organised Christmas tour of Austria and finally, they celebrate New Year in Switzerland. When the idea of the story presented itself, I saw…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Megan Mayfair

LATITTUDE 37.8136° S, LONGTUDE 144.9631° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Megan Mayfair about the settings that inspired her recently released women’s fiction title, The Things We Leave Unsaid, and its two soon-to-be-released companion novels.  What romantic destination did you choose for your novel, and why? I decided that my hometown of Melbourne was the perfect setting for The Things We Leave Unsaid. It’s a diverse, multicultural city with a fabulous food and coffee scene. Tessa’s café was inspired by the sorts of cafes I see in my local area and greater Melbourne. How bookworthy is Melbourne as a setting? I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life and feel it is a great setting. Hidden laneways, trendy bars, amazing galleries and dinging trams make it atmospheric and interesting. Not to mention the weather – it’s kind of a character on its own! Melbourne pops up a bit…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Darry Fraser

LATITUDE 35.9667° S, LONGITUDE 145.6500° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Darry Fraser about the settings that inspired her historical rural romances.  What romantic destinations have you chosen for your novels, and why? Daughter of the Murray and Where The Murray River Runs are set on the banks of the Murray River, in Victoria, Australia. The Murray River has been in my blood since the mid sixties when as a child the family moved to Swan Hill for Dad’s job. I guess country has always been in my blood though I’m the only one of three kids all born in the city who took to the bush as soon as I could. There’s a serenity about the river, and it has a strength that, even though we humans continue to muck it up, seems to say that no matter what, it will prevail. It truly is a mighty…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author MC D’Alton

LATITUDE 26.6500° S, LONGITUDE 153.0667° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author MC D’Alton about using the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia as a setting in her contemporary suspense novella, Memories of Love: True Love never Dies. What made you choose the Sunshine Coast as your romantic destination? The Sunshine Coast was our first home when we arrived in Australia 8 years ago from South Africa. I fell in love with the people and their cruisey approach to life, not to mention the spectacular surroundings, beaches, nature walks and the simplicity the area brings to family living. Also, it makes for the perfect romantic setting 😉 Just how bookworthy is it? As a setting, the Sunny Coast (as locals love to call it) has all the lure of beach town living. From Noosa down to Caloundra, the beaches are pristine, the surfing amazing, and vibe, addictive.  There are…

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Instafreebie show case: what happened and what next?

In May, Finding the Betsy-Jade joined a bunch of other romance stories in an Aussie Kiwi showcase. Over 10,000 claims were made (as in, free stories downloaded). End results: 405 of those claims were for my story, which is fun. And thankyou to those people who signed up to my (very infrequent) newsletter. I’m one of those people who find newsletters a bit of a pest cluttering up my inbox, so I will only ever send one out to alert readers of a new release. I’ve left the story up on Instafreebie as a solo giveaway until the end of June. The link to the story is here   If that doesn’t work, here’s what you need to type into your browser: https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/h3Mf46oh

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What exciting announcement is happening on Saturday August 18?

Romance writers from Australia and beyond will be gathered in the ballroom of the Sydney Sofitel on Saturday, 18th August, 2018, to hear the results of RWA Australia’s annual competitions. Thrillingly, Stowaway is one of the finalists for the RWA Emerald Award. The award’s criteria are (according to the RWA website): The Emerald Award is our major contest for unpublished writers, and offers a unique opportunity to have your full manuscript judged if you make the second round. Initial entry is the first 10,000 words of your manuscript. The Emerald Pro is an equivalent contest for published writers who wish to try a new sub-genre they’ve never published in before. This year the final round is being judged by Liz Pelletier, CEO of Entangled Publishing. Fingers crossed! (If you’re wondering why I have a  book cover for an unpublished book – I love making them. I often make the book cover…

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RWA Blog #6: Cracking the W.I.P

This month, the Upcoming Fabulous & Famous Romance Writers turned their minds to their WIPS. What is making them tear their hair out? What’s working? Check out the full blog on the Romance Writers of Australia website here. Or … read it in full below 🙂   Challenges new writers face with their Works In Progress Everyone has a WIP on the go, right? A Work-In-Progress? Or maybe you have three on the go, or eight, and a hard-drive stuffed with gigabytes of words you’ll never deem fit to print. This month, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers thought we’d share our current WIP dramas and triumphs with you. We especially hope that any newbies out there who are feeling a little flayed will find some encouragement in our words. You’re not alone! HELP NEEDED! STELLA QUINN’S WIP FELL INTO A PLOT HOLE I started the new year feeling pretty…

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RWA Blog #5 – Attending a writers’ conference? You’re not alone

For our May 2018 post, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers  thought through our experiences from attending the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference – what we learned, was it intimidating, was it amazing … You can read our article on the RWA blog here, or the full text is reprinted below. (If the graphic image seems perplexing – the theme for the cocktail party on the opening night of the RWA Conference 2018 is Tiaras & Tuxedos.) As the 2018 Sydney Conference is currently a hot topic in the RWA world The Upcoming Famous and Fabulous Romance Writers are tackling the issue in this month’s RWA blog.   Firstly, Lou Greene addresses The Big Question: To attend conference or not to attend.   I’ve been trying to talk myself out of buying a ticket for the RWA Conference this year. I’m not strictly a romance writer and it…

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RWA Blog #4 – Writers share the best and worst advice they’ve received

For their April blog, the Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers looked at the best and worst advice they’d received along their writing journey.   You can read the blog on the Romance Writer’s of Australia website here, or below is the full text.   “Do you want a piece of advice?” Isn’t it funny? When people ask you if you want a piece advice, the chances are you’re going to hear it regardless of how you respond.   This is especially the case for anyone who happens to let it slip they’re attempting to write fiction. Suddenly everyone – from the next door neighbour to the barista at your local coffee shop to your Great Aunt Sally seems to brimming with advice – even if they’ve never written a manuscript. Everyone has an opinion on how to be the next best-selling author.   When you are first starting out,…

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