April 30, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 8 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

In this series, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into our to-be-read lists. This time we talk about romantic suspense. No prizes for guessing our author picks. :-)

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just over five minutes.

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April 30, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 7 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

In this series, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into our to-be-read lists. This time we talk about erotic romance. One thing I didn’t notice until I replayed our chat is that none of these authors have an Australian publisher. And they should!

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just under eight minutes.

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April 29, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 6 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

In this series, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into my to-be-read pile. Here we talk about contemporary romance authors, although I fudge a bit and cross over to romantic elements. But they all end happily, I promise!

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just under 11 minutes.

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April 29, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 5 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

In this series, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into my to-be-read pile. This time we look at category romance.

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just over eight minutes.

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April 28, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 4 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

In this series, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into my to-be-read pile. This time we look at paranormal romance and urban fantasy—another subgenre where you can find some fabulous Aussie romance authors.

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just under ten minutes.

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April 28, 2012

Kate and Kat talk about their favourite Australian romance authors. Part 3 of a series of vodcasts for Aussie Author Month 2012.

So now we get to the fun part. In this next series of vodcasts, Kate and I talk about some of our favourite Australian romance authors, with some digression into our—okay, my—to-be-read pile.

We’ve grouped  our chats into romance subgenres and this first one is our favourite—historical romance. See if you can guess our favourite authors!

If you can’t see the video below, click here to view it directly on YouTube. It runs for just over 13 minutes.

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April 26, 2012
The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti (Four-sided Pentacle, Book 3)

The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti (Four-sided Pentacle, Book 3)

Despite some poignant moments, too many inconsistent elements may prevent you from fully enjoying the story. Best enjoyed as part of the series in which it belongs.

This review is part of the AWW2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge. Click here for a list of books I’ve read so far.

When Denise Rossetti this year’s Australian Romance Readers Award for The Lone Warrior for Favourite Erotic Romance, I knew I had to read this book. I’m not sure who categorised this book for the awards, but it’s more fantasy romance than erotic, and the publisher label at the back of the book says ‘paranormal romance’.

When Mehcredi’s attempt to do the Necromancer’s bidding goes awry, she’s bound to the service of earth shaman Walker. Abandoned as a child, Mehcredi doesn’t know how to be with people, and effectively being trapped into dealing with a bunch of strangers brings old insecurities to the surface.

Mehcredi gradually finds some peace within Walker’s circle of friends, and some measure of self-confidence. When Walker frees her from her bond so he can pursue his quest to avenge his slain kin—he’s the only one left after they were wiped out by demons—Mehcredi insists on coming along, disguised as Walker’s apprentice.

The beginning of this story had me hooked. Until Mehcredi and Walker set off on their journey, I was invested in her story—of her awful childhood and how she makes new friends, gains self-esteem and, at times, loses progress. I was particularly moved by her description of masturbating, as a child, in a closet:

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April 24, 2012

Canberra’s beloved romance bookshop to close its doors in August, but it’s business as usual online.

Earlier today, readers on the mailing list for Intrigue, The Romance Bookstore mailing list would have received an email from the lovely Margaret Bell announcing that she will not be renewing the lease on the shop premises at Garema Centre. She cites general challenges in the retail market and the popularity of ebooks as contributing factors to the decision.

Doors will shut on Saturday, August 4.

Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

This is the most difficult email I’ve ever sent. We’ve loved running the store and after eight years, are sad to see it end; however- on the up-side – it will give us the opportunity to devote more time and concentration to expanding and improving our e-commerce website and looking after our customers. The website is operating well and we are gradually working through the store shelves, to ensure that every book in the store will be available on the website; customers will be able to browse our entire stock at their own convenience.

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April 24, 2012

Starts off beautifully, but sizzling chemistry can’t save a couple that feels like they won’t last six months, let alone a lifetime.

This review is part of the AWW2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge. Click here for a list of books I’ve read so far.

It’s no secret that, despite discovering her work only last year, Kelly Hunter is one of my favourite category romance authors. Flirting With Intent doesn’t disappoint in the writing department—it includes some beautiful, subtle scenes—but there’s just something lacking between the couple in this book.

It’s not chemistry, because from the moment Ruby Maguire and Damon West meet, the pages fairly sizzle. They embark on a high intensity, high risk affair after their attempts to flirt without intent dissolve in a blaze of kisses and hot limo sex—mostly off-page, but that doesn’t diminish Hunter’s ability to convey the passion between them.

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April 23, 2012
Carol Marinelli - www.carolmarinelli.com

Photo: Morey Media

I first met Melbourne-based author Carol Marinelli, best known for her category romances (Medical and Sexy), at ARRC09. Her 2011 sheikh romance, Heart Of The Desert, joined my keeper list this year—I was so amazed at how good this story was.

Carol’s latest book, released last month, is a departure from her usual work. Putting Alice Back Together is her debut novel under Harlequin’s MIRA imprint, and it tackles issues such as depression, substance abuse, dysfunctional relationships and debt. It’s a story of self-acceptance as Alice ‘comes to the harsh realisation that there’s only so much sex, valium and red wine can fix.’

Website: www.carolmarinelli.com
Social networks: Blog
Genre: Category romance (Medical and Sexy) and women’s fiction
Latest release: Putting Alice Back Together

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