Stella Quinn

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: 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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Critique Partner

Now that I have a critique partner I am beginning to understand how people lose their hearts (and bank balances) to strangers online. It is weirdly cathartic having an online friend that you’ve never met. We met through a peer-mentoring programme set up by the Romance Writers’ of Australia, and at first had fake names issued randomly by the hosting site, but have since revealed our real names. Our arrangement (subject to live intervening) is to swap a chapter on the first of each month. Five months in – five chapters done. It is certainly motivational.

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Valerie Parv Competition

I saw a notice from the Romance Writers’ of Australia that they were extending the deadline for the Valerie Parv competition by a week and it must have fired up my competitive instincts (long dormant for anything other than being the first to the packet of snakes in the weekly grocery shop) and used my current work-in-progress to whip up an entry. We had to submit a 1000-word synopsis and then the first 10,000 of a manuscript. The manuscript didn’t have to be complete (which is lucky as mine is at about the 25000-word mark). The prize is a 12-month mentorship with RWA legend and romance superstar Valerie Parv. I just googled her and Wikipedia tells me she has sold over 29 million books! Fingers crossed.

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Little Gems Short Story Competition

It’s competition time again. The Little Gems Anthology is published each year by Romance Writers’ of Australia showcasing the finalists of their annual short story competition. The theme in 2017 was Onyx. I decided to write a treasure story (because who doesn’t like the idea of finding sunken treasure?) and I was thrilled when my story Beneath the Waves made it into the finals (and so into the 2017 anthology). The ebook and paperback versions are published in August 2017 to coincide with the annual RWA conference – I’ve ordered a few extra copies to plump out the shelves in my study 🙂

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Selling Synopsis Competition

I entered the synopsis of Tropic Storm into a competition at the Romance Writers’ of Australia (my first competition) and hallelujah! I came in 6th out of about 80 entries, which makes me an official finalist. Members of RWA chose a short list to send to Megan Broderick from the New York Office of Harlequin, who chose the six finalists. So a good day on the writer’s journey!

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