BOOKMARKED is the name we gave to our paper.li journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes paper.li, we also run an adhoc compilation of links on the blog to highlight items that might be of interest.
Book Thingo blurbed on Helene Young’s next book
The cover for Australian romantic suspense author Helene Young’s next release, Half Moon Bay, has been released. It sports a quote from Book Thingo! Her previous release, Burning Lies, has also been given a new cover. I do love the redesign—and not just because we’re on the front cover in the next one. :D Half Moon Bay comes out May 22. You can pre-order it for Kindle, or pick up a copy at your favourite bookshop soon.
April Romance Buzz
The April edition of Booktopia’s Romance Buzz is up, and this month’s feature author is ARRA award winner Kylie Griffin. The newsletter includes my thoughts on Griffin’s third Light Blade book, Allegiance Sworn, as well as the book everyone is talking about—Lover At Last. Other feature books include Dark Embrace by Lexxie Couper and The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell.
Kylie Chan signing and pre-release sale
Galaxy is hosting a signing by Australian fantasy author Kylie Chan and illustrator Queenie Chan, on Tuesday, April 16, at 12.30pm. Fans can pick up Chan’s new release, Dark Serpent, for one day only as a special pre-release exclusive–three weeks earlier than everyone else. This book is the first in Chan’s Celestial Battle trilogy. You can also pre-order online or via phone if you can’t make it on Tuesday but would like a signed copy.
Video chats with RITA finalists
The Romance Writers of America is running a series of video chats with finalists for their annual RITA awards. There are 11 sessions planned until the awards night. Anyone can attend the online event, but only first 1000 RSVPs will be able to actively participate in each session. The first one starts today at 10am AEST. Click here for the schedule and registration links.
Paranormal book club
Galaxy Bookshop’s next paranormal romance book club is on Thursday, May 2. The topic, tentatively, is the representation of women in paranormal romance. This should be a fab discussion, particularly as the group has a lot of female readers. Contact Galaxy for more details.
RWA conference spotlight
If you’re coming to the Romance Writers of Australia conference at Fremantle in August, check out the spotlight on the RWA blog for Kat’s panel with Sarah Wendell and Kate Cuthbert. Hope to see some of you there!
Romance panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival
The program for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival has been announced, and romance readers have scored one panel, The spirit of romance. Sort of.
What styles of romance writing are people reading today and how do writers approach the element of romance differently in their books? Suzy Duffy (Wellesley Wives), Kate Forsyth (The Wild Girl) and Rachael Treasure (The Farmer’s Wife) discuss the world’s most popular literary genre with Amanda Hooton (author of Finding Mr Darcy).
Romance genre readers will note that none of these writers actually write within the genre. But, as @VaVeros point out, it’s an improvement in previous years because it at least lacks the condescending tone of previous romance-related panels at SWD.