(This blog also appears today over at the Love Is The Best Medicine because it was my turn to blog there too!)
This weekend was the Australian Romance Readers Convention in the national capital, Canberra! Canberra was warm and sunny…not that I left the hotel but you know, it was nice to know the weather was glorious ;-)
Although, teeny-tiny compared with Amercia’s RT convention, ARRA is a lovely warm and intimate gathering. It was a terrific weekend and a good opportunity to mix and meet with romance readers! Most of them were women but there were a few blokes about and the one thing they all have in common is a voracious appetite for reading romance. The weekened kicked off on Friday night with drinks, a full conference day on Saturday including a fabulous books signing and a splendid awards dinner that had a 1920’s theme followed by another day of sessions on the Sunday. Books were launched (Rachael Johns’ Road To Hope and the ARRA book Tribal Law, sensational food was eaten and the quirky QT Hotel in Canberra was awash with the love of romance fiction :-)
I took part in a panel and the book signing. The rest of the time I popped to some sessions and caught up with some fellow authors I only get to see once a year or two including medical romance authors Avril Tremayne, Fiona McArthur and Amy Andrews. The best way to describe the fun is a photo stream so here goes!
Me chatting with Mr. President! (The QT hotel in Canberra has a political theme)
The book signing. I just LOVE my banner and my cool Big Sky Country shopping bags!
The wonderful regency authors in their garb.
Me as a flapper at the awards dinner
Silly fun in the photo booth :-)
Canberra airport art
So now I am home, the high heels are back in the cupboard and real life is calling. How was your weekend and have you ever attended a romance readers event?
Autumn is in the air this morning! For the first time in a long time the cat slept on the bed from around 4am and when I ran to the gym at six, it was less than 10C. I LOVE autumn. It is my most favourite season; warm sunny days and crisp mornings and evenings.
What does March mean for me?
Next weekend, I’m going to my very first Australian Romance Readers Convention! It’s being held in Canberra…I bet the mornings will be crisp there! I’m really looking forward to this.
I’m working on my 21st medical romance for Mills & Boon, and plan to have it finished by March 26th before the two week term break. I’m really enjoying writing this slow-burn story.
Mothering committments continue all through March…Saturday sport watching sailing, school committees, teaching Boy Wonder how to drive, listening to trombone practice…man that instrument can make some really bone shuddering sounds ;-)
And then at the end of the month there is Easter! Hot cross buns and chocolate and school holidays!
Truly Madly Montana is up for pre-order now so if you enjoyed Montana Actually and you don’t want to miss Millie and Will’s story, preorder it and get that lovely surprise on July 7th/8th when it pings onto your eReader or arrives in the mail :-)
All my March writing news is up at http://www.fionalowe.com/index.php/what-s-new.
What are your plans for March? I’d love to know!
This weekend was one of those weekend full of good things but come Monday morning, a girl feels like she needs another one to recover. I am often heard to say, ‘there is little difference between a toddler and a teenager. Both are ego centric and need a lot of time although parenting a toddler tends to be more physcial and a teenager more emotional.’
Remember, those days when they were little and you were up at sparrows cos they didn’t sleep? Well, Boy Wonder wanted to sleep this weekend but school committments meant he had to be up at 5AM to catch the bus a heck of a long way to compete in a sailing competition. This means his mother needed to be up a tad before that! Both DH and I had a nap later on in the day!
We saw a fabulous show on Saturday night called Wot? No Fish? Danny Braverman is on tour from London telling the story of his extended family using doodles on pay packets over the course of 60 years. Put like that it sounds meh but it was AMAZING! If he ever tours near you, go see the show.
Sunday was a full day at school…the annual family day. Of course it was incredibly hot but always good to catch up with other parents and your kid’s friends. Then it was home at 5pm with an exhausted 16 year old who had a lot of homework still to do. FUN TIMES!
What did you get up to?
Last year, Harlequin started digitalizing the Mills & Boon medical romances of mine that had never been released in America. Now the last three books have hit the eBook stores :-) YAY!
Career Girl in the Country, (female surgeon in an Australian outback mining town) The Doctor Claims His Bride (A flying doctor and a remote area nurse on an indigenous island off the coast of Darwin) and The Surgeon’s Special Delivery (my first surrogacy story) are all up and ready to read!
To find out more, click on each title. This will take you to my website where you can read about the books, see photos that inspired the stories and for your convenience, find the buy links to the most popular eBook stores :-) I’m anything if not helpful ;-)
If you have missed any of my 25 medical romances, this is the ideal opportunity for a catch up:-)
What am I, a romance author doing today for Valentine’s Day? Doing what parents around the country do on a Saturday; driving kids to sport! Boy Wonder has a sailing competition and The Lad is flying back to Hobart for the start of the university year so either DH or I have an early get-up to drive him up the long, black road to Melbourne. If I’m lucky, I’ll glimpse the husband at some point late afternoon ;-)
When we lived in America, we did the full Valentine’s Day catastrophe; champagne, chocolates, dinner, slinky lingerie and it was fun. I guess we could do it again this year but after getting up at 5AM to get The Lad to the airport, I think we both might be asleep on the couch by 8pm! Still, it’s not about the chocolates and the flowers, although note to husband, roses are nice to receive, it’s more about making a concious effort every day of valuing those you love. Big gestures are impressive for sure, but if they only happen once a year, they’re not enough to sustain any relationship. To be honest, the fact my husband does all of the ironing means it’s Valentine’s Day every Sunday.
If you’re not part of a couple then I recommend you go buy yourself a nice box of chocolates, pour yourself a glass of champagne and read a fabulous romance. And even if you are part of a couple, that idea might be tempting too!
Oh, and look out in your local coffee shop. If there is a Harlequin or Mills & Boon Author near you, they may have left you a gift as part of the #blinddatewithabook promotion :-)
Also, for my Aussie readers, finally your very OWN giveaway …I know some of you were disappointed with the US only packs. Pop over to my Facebook Author Page to enter :-)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
School is back and today I’m back in the creative saddle after a much-needed three month break. I’m excited about starting a new book! This one is a contracted book for Harlequin for their medical romance line with working title, Baby Be Mine. Set in Australia, check out my Pinterest board for more some pictures. https://www.pinterest.com/fionalowe2000/baby-be-mine/
As February is the month of romance, on Thursday the 12th, the bubbly Alli Sinclair and I are doing a library talk to celebrate romance fiction. f you live within coo-ee of Geelong, you might like to come along. It’s a free event but you need to book a ticket and they’re going fast! Book here http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/…/romance-fiction-box-chocolates… There WILL be chocolates as well as a chance to buy books and a lucky door prize :-)
Also the talented Jennifer Kloester is talking about YA fiction at the library on Wednesday Feb 11th. Book at http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/…/jennifer–rapunzel-dil…
On February 16th, three of my previously published Harlequin Medical romances are being re-released in digital format :-) Career Girl in the Country, The Surgeon’s Special Delievery and The Doctor Claims His Bride. This means my ENTIRE back list of medical romances are now availabe as eBooks :-)
Montana Actually is
getting some great reviews and has a 4 * average over at Goodreads. THANK YOU to all my dear readers for tracking down a copy. If you enjoyed it, the next book in the series, Truly Madly Montana (Millie and Will’s story) is up for preorder. How much do you love the cover? You can read an excerpt and see all the buy links here. Both books are available in print and in eBook format.
I’m really looking forward to catching up with some of my readers at the ARRA conference in Canberra on March 6-8 th. Will I see you there?