Stella’s Writing Journey

Stella Quinn – guest blogger on Travel Books And More

I was thrilled to be a guest on another blog site this month to talk about my favourite things – travelling to romantic destinations and romance books. You can read the full blog post here Cathedral Springs, the fictional town in which my current series is taking place, took centre stage, but we also talked about the Australian Outback, which is the setting in a recent short story I wrote, The Cockatoo Track. It’s a freebie I’m offering at the moment in return for a newsletter sign up – because newsletters are the best way to let readers know when I have a new release. Here’s the freebie link My newsletters are a spam free zone, I promise.

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April 2019 Newsletter & Romance Hook Up

FREE new-release romance 😍 & EXCITING book news for you Need a quick indulgence of romance to get you through your day? Here’s a GIVEAWAY bundle of “just right” romance – like Goldlilock’s porridge: not too sweet and not too steamy There’s a romance promotion happening right now via BookFunnel.Read books by new authors for free in return for signing up to a newsletter. The promotion is going gangbusters, so be quick. Only 12 more days … Click here for free romance titles for you to discover new authors  Exciting launch news! Read my latest smalltown sweet novella, The Umbrella Diaries, launching April 9, from Literary Crush Publishing. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY Duncan needs a hero – he just isn’t expecting her to turn up on his front porch under a tattered red umbrella.Marianne knows about having to reinvent yourself after tragedy destroys your dreams. When she meets…

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Inspiration for Cathedral Springs

Stella Quinn – guest blogger on Breathless in the Bush

Breathless in the Bush is a group of romance writers based in Australia who enjoy sharing romance stories, writing craft, and “the enjoyment of a good laugh”. I was thrilled to be included as a guest blogger today on their website. You ran visit the blog here My article is titled Travelling the Romantic Destinations of the World, One Book at a Time, and talks about what destinations inspired my fictional town, Cathedral Springs, which is the setting for my latest novella The Umbrella Diaries.

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The Traveling Heart: journey to New York City with author Rachael Eliker

LATITUDE 40.7128° N, LONGITUDE 74.0060° W This month, The Traveling Heart talks to author Rachael Eliker about choosing New York City as the setting in her Pop Star Romantic Comedy series. The third in the series, See a Star Rise, is having a 99c promotion from February 11 to February 16, 2019 … that’s a tiny price tag for a romantic journey to New York! Check it out here. Rachael, what made you choose New York City for your series? For my Pop Star Romantic Comedy series, a majority of the main characters’ time takes place in New York City. Though I’ve never visited—and if I’m honest, can’t really imagine myself ever living there—it’s a place I find fascinating and would love to visit someday. There are so many nationalities and cultures, arts, food, parks, history…it seems to have it all! NYC is also a hub for music recording/production, so…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover’s journey with author Megan Mayfair

36.7570° S, 144.2794° E This month, The Travelling Heart settles into a chair at the airport next to author Megan Mayfair to talk about the setting that inspired her just-released novel Tangled Vines. What romantic destination have you chosen, Megan? Tangled Vines is set in regional Victoria, specifically the Bendigo and Heathcote areas. The Doyle’s sprawling homestead, Mulberry Estate, is set just out of Bendigo and my main character. Frederick, has his winery, Fox & Grey, in Heathcote. The locations are close to one another and my characters shuttle between the two locations. How bookworthy is regional Victoria? My inspiration This is a photo I took at Blairgownie Estate – a winery located in the same region as the fictional Fox & Grey winery. I’ve always loved this area of Victoria – the Bendigo and Heathcote areas. They are beautiful areas with lovely natural landscapes, lush gardens and gorgeous architecture…

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December 2018 Newsletter & Book Chat

December romance and women’s fiction book chat with Stella Quinn. FREE reads for you. Such a lot to share with you this December. A new release! Catching Snow, this year’s Christmas novella, is up for preorder now, release date December 1st. Free reads from me and my author friend Megan Mayfair … if you love a heart-warming short story you can read over coffee, you’ll love these A wrap up of what’s been happening in blogland over the past few months: The Travelling Heart (my own blog, where I interview authors about the romantic destinations they’ve chosen for their novels Espresso Tales, Megan Mayfair’s blog interviewing authors about their backstories My Illustrated Review, Jayne Kingsley’s illustrated re-imaginings of her favorite authors’ characters (and their clothes, because Jayne is a style guru) The Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers blog on the RWA website Read on to check it all out!…

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The Travelling Heart - Stella Quinn chats to Jillian Jones

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 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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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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