July 2, 2011

The Oscars of the romance industry, the RITA Awards, were awarded yesterday at the Romance Writers of America conference in New York.

Wendy, whom you might know from her blog, The Misadventures of Super Librarian, was awarded the Librarian of the Year award.

The RWA website has a full list of finalists and winners, including winners of the Golden Heart Awards and other special awards.

His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Historical Romance

The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas by Lauren Willig

Regency Historical Romance

Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton

Contemporary Series Romance

The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure







Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor, Book 1)

Contemporary Single Title Romance

Unchained: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood

Paranormal Romance

Silent Scream by Karen Rose

Romantic Suspense

In Harm's Way by Irene Hannon

Inspirational Romance







The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey, Book 1)

Young Adult Romance

Burning Up (Anthology)

Romance Novella – “Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner

Best First Book







July 2, 2011

Tidbits -- news, links and interesting thingsChristine Wells/Christina Brooke

I found out through the ARRA loop that historical romance author Christine Wells also writes under the pseudonym Christina Brooke. I’m not sure why she changed her name or if she’ll be writing under both names at the same time. I did notice one name goes with her Berkley books and the other with her St. Martin’s Press books.

Maria V. Snyder book signing

So I checked Snyder’s website and she has a list of venues that she’ll be appearing at while in Australia. For bookings, contact the venue directly. Is anyone planning to go?

Aug 5-7 — Byron Bay Writers’ Festival
Aug 9 — Readings Hawthorn, 5pm-8pm
Aug 16 — Dymocks Wynyard, 4:30pm-6pm
Aug 17 — Ultimo Library, 5:30pm-7pm

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July 1, 2011
Anna Campbell - Photo by Robyn Hills - www.robyngraphs.com.auPhoto: Robyn Hills

Anna Campbell is one of Australia’s most beloved romance authors. She has won the Australian Romance Readers awards for Favourite Australian Author two years in a row, and for Favourite Historical Romance three years in a row. Stephanie Laurens coined the term ‘Regency noir’ to describe Anna’s debut novel, Claiming The Courtesan, a book which generated quite a bit of controversy among readers. Her latest book, Midnight’s Wild Passion, was released in May.

Website: www.annacampbell.info
Social networks: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Genre: Regency historical romance
Latest release: Midnight’s Wild Passion

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June 30, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things

Giveaway winner

Congratulations to Jacki, who won our giveaway of The Fragment of Dreams by Phillipa Fioretti by telling us what fragment from history she’d like to own:

I would be very interested in owning the Blueprints for the Pyramids so we could finally work out how they were constructed I would also like to own the Transcript of one of my Ancestors day in Court at Cambridge University.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Romance Novel

Go read this most excellent post by Megan Mulry on reading romance in a literary world. Here are some of my favourite parts of her essay:

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June 28, 2011
Lunch in Paris: A Delicious Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Lunch in Paris: A Delicious Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Well-written, poignant, and romantic. Each chapter comes with a few recipes, most of which feature in the story. I loved it all.

In line with Travel Tuesday (#traveltuesday) on Twitter, Wandergurl will review a travel book once a month.

Elizabeth Bard met her Frenchman at a conference, and later met up with him in Paris. On their first date, she slept with him before dessert. Thus begins Lunch in Paris, a beautiful story of romance, Paris, growing up and learning how to be an adult.

And, of course, there’s the food. All the glorious food. Each chapter comes with a few recipes, most of which have been described as part of the story.

And I really loved the romance:

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June 27, 2011

This week’s mailbag is a bonanza, thanks to Mills and Boon Australia, who sent us a box of assorted titles (though I detect a distinct YA bias). Some of these are series books, so I’m torn on reading them or catching on the series first. I’m particularly keen on the Rachel Vincent, after reading her Soul Screamers series. (If you’re a fan of this series, would you recommend starting the series properly, or can I just jump straight in?)

Outside In by Maria V. Synder (Insider, Book 2)All I Ever Wanted by Kristan HigginsAlpha by Rachel Vincent (Shifters, Book 6)Regency Pleasures by Louise Allen (2 in 1)Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz Seduced (Anthology)

All of these titles will be out in Australia in July.

For Maria V. Snyder fans, don’t forget that she’ll be in Australia in August. From what I’ve gathered, the tour will focus on meeting her younger readers, but there may also be a few opportunities to see her with a more adult crowd. (This is not say I don’t like mingling with younger readers. But as an oldie, I don’t really want to barge into an author event that’s focused on school kids!) I’ll post more if and when I know the details.

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June 25, 2011

Sony Reader PRS-650 (Red)I wrote this article last year for the ARRA newsletter. I’ve updated it to reflect current prices and to remove outdated information.

Many readers considering buying an ebook reader end up trying to decide between the Sony Reader and the Amazon Kindle. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a quick rundown.

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June 23, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things


We’ve set up a paper.li account linked to the @BookThingo Twitter account (managed by Kat). This is an easy way to get a summary of the links and bits of news (mostly book related) posted on Twitter.

Click here to view the latest edition. If you click on the subscribe button, you’ll automatically receive a daily summary in your Inbox.

Are you a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association?

ARRA membership renewals are due, and if you haven’t signed up yet now’s the time! The cost is $20 for the year and you get discounts to events and participating bookshops, free subscription to the newsletter, the opportunity to get in touch with other romance readers, and most importantly, voting rights for the Australian Romance Reader Awards, which I like to call the ARR Awards. (Pirates! Arr!)

This year, ARRA is also offering associate membership to readers and authors outside Australia. The cost is $15 and includes everything but voting rights to the awards.

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June 21, 2011

Phillipa Fioretti’s debut novel, The Book of Love, centres around a rare book of ancient Roman erotica. It’s a book that makes good use of Fioretti’s background in the arts. Phillipa has studied archaeology, sculpture and museum studies, and has taught drawing and media studies. Her second book, The Fragment of Dreams, continues the story of Lily and William, the couple from The Book of Love.

If you’re wondering whether or not her books have a happy ending, you can take heart from a Courier Mail interview in which Phillipa says, ‘I don’t want to write things that depress me. I don’t want to be in a dark headspace all day. I like to have a laugh while I’m doing it.’

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Phillipa is giving away a copy of THE FRAGMENT OF DREAMS. For a chance to win, tell us what fragment from history you’d like to own and why.

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June 16, 2011

We read books. We love vampires. We kill fairies. -- bookthingo.com.auBook Thingo ads

If you’re an ARRA member, you may have seen our brand spanking new ad. Huge thanks to designer Jennifer Wu. You like? It’s a bit blurry in the ARRA newsletter and the text is a little small, but hopefully we’ll get that sorted for the next issue.

I love that squashed fairy. Love.

42 A&R stores to shut by mid-July

The administrators of REDgroup Retail announced yesterday that 42 Angus & Roberston shops would close by mid-July or earlier if stock is sold before the deadline. Click here for the press release and the list of shops to close.

In the meantime 19 A&R stores may still survive, pending negotiations, and 48 A&R franchise stores remain open.

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