BOOKMARKED is the name we gave to our journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes, we also run an adhoc compilation of links on the blog to highlight items that might be of interest. 

Unconfirmed author events

Rachel Vincent recently tweeted that she may be doing an impromptu Sydney event. I have a guess as to where it might be, but I haven’t heard anything, so I’ll keep speculating in silence. UPDATED: Galaxy will be hosting a signing on Wednesday. Click here for details.

Julia Quinn, who will be in Australian for the Romance Writers of Australia conference in August, recently polled her Facebook fans for which cities she should visit. If you haven’t already commented, now’s a good time to put in your 2c.

Paranormal romance book club

If you’re a paranormal romance reader, clear you calendar for the next paranormal romance book club at Galaxy Bookshop. Our very own Decadence runs the event (you’ll have to come in person to discover her real identity *cue enigmatic music*). Paranormal romance book club is where I discovered Tracey O’Hara and where I met the awesome ladies behind Fangbooks. Last time I was able to make it, a group of us hung outside the bookshop after closing, because we couldn’t stop talking about books!

The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 7, from 6.30pm. Click here for contact details.

New Australian digital publisher of romance

I recently stumbled across Steam eReads, and Australian based ’boutique online publishing house specialising in romantic fiction.’ The first set of titles will be launched in March, but you can take a sneak peek here.

Stella Prize longlist

We’re getting closer to finding out the inaugural winner of the Stella Prize, a major literary award for Australian women’s writing. The prize is noteworthy for several reason: it’s exclusively for Australian women writers; it considers works of fiction and non-fiction; and, on paper at least, it’s open to ‘novels of all genres, collections of short stories by a single author, memoirs, biographies, histories, novellas and verse novels. Illustrated books, including graphic novels, are eligible, provided they are accompanied by a substantial quantity of text.’

The 12 longlisted titles contain some borderline genre novels, or so I’m told. The bad news is that there’s not a whiff of romance fiction in the list, and I’m struggling to find one that even sounds like it might end happily. Oh, well. Maybe next year—what are the chances, do you think?

ARRA-nominated authors featured in the Courier-Mail

Queensland authors Ann B. Harrison, Denise Rossetti, Mel Teshco and Melissa Craig were featured on the Courier-Mail last week. All four authors are finalists in the Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Erotic Romance. Click here for a full list of finalists.

Loves and Passions @ Studio MQ

Last week, @VaVeros and I were interviewed on 2SER as part of a special on love and passion. We talked about our love for romance books, how we got started reading them, and our recommendations for readers. We also squee-ed a lot over The Lizzie Bennet DiariesYou can download the podcast here. And you might also like to read Vassiliki’s thoughtful response to her mum’s reaction to our conversation. I’ll summarise my mum’s reaction: ‘Not Catherine Coulter…it was Kathleen Woodiwiss!’ Sorry, Mum.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Speaking of which, have you guys seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? I’ve only recently discovered this ‘transmedia’ project, and I devoured it. The project is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The story is told mainly through YouTube, from Lizzie’s perspective, but it’s supplemented with Tumblr and Twitter posts.

One of the reasons I love this adaptation is the way it re-interprets Lydia, a character that works extremely well against a more contemporary setting. It’s also fabulous to see the audience interaction—and this despite the fact that anyone who has read the original text will be fully aware of the major plot points. The quickest way to get catch up is through the story page, which links to all the relevant videos and posts.

Escape authors take over the blog

Escape Publishing - A love storyWell, sort of. Thirty Escape Publishing authors are collaborating on a serialised love story (with a happy ending, I’m assuming), with a different author in charge of moving the story along each day. The project started on Valentine’s Day and the final instalment will go up on March 15.

Check out the story so far here. You can also follow the ongoing—and often amusing—Twitter conversation about the project at #EscapeLoveStory. Whether or not it will help sell books, it’s definitely been a fun read so far. And, you know, you can tell a lot about an author’s style by what they do with that blue towel…

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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