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THIS WRITING LIFE: Queens of Heart panel at Taree Library

Ooh, I love a road trip and when it’s combined with a library talk and room filled with enthusiastic readers, even better!482602_642703789077435_366752084_n

Last Wednesday, myself, paranormal and fantasy romance author Kylie Griffin, and rural romance and romantic suspense author Karly Lane met up in Taree, on the NSW mid-north coast, for our Queens of Heart panel at the town library. And what a wonderful time we had! I always knew it was going to be fun. Kylie and Karly are old mates from Romance Writers of Australia conferences, hugely talented authors and lovely people. As were our hosts. Danielle and Debbie from the library put on a wonderful evening with nibbles and local wines, excellent displays and a cosy stage. Manning Valley Books were on hand to sell our books, and Shelleyrae from book review site Book’d Out helped with all the arrangements.

Best of all were the audience, who braved a wet and chilly night to come out and listen to Karly, Kylie and me. What an engaged and interested bunch of people. We had a great time talking about writing, how we came to be published, the industry and the influence that erotica is having on the face of romance. They threw a few curly questions at us, too. Nothing like being kept on our toes!

Kylie Griffin, me and Karly Lane.

Kylie Griffin, me and Karly Lane.

On stage and having a chat. Kylie, Karly and me.

On stage and having a chat. Kylie, Karly and me.

Great fan Brenda and myself with my new release Heartland. I just love meeting readers!

Great fan Brenda and myself with my new release Heartland. I just love meeting readers!

Afterward, we were treated to a very enjoyable meal at local restaurant The Sicilian (where I spent an impolite amount of time admiring the restaurant’s beautiful pepper grinders), passing by Manning Valley Books as we walked. Naturally we all had to stop and take a photo of the display.

Queens of Heart window display at Manning Valley Books.

Queens of Heart window display at Manning Valley Books.

It looks like we were harbingers of rain because it bucketed down overnight and on Thursday, which made for a slow drive home. But that’s okay. It was worth it. I love connecting with readers and thank everyone involved for another fabulous library talk. Can’t wait to do it again!

 

Mark your diaries!

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I’m really looking forward to this evening. Expect a lot of insight and many laughs. Kylie Griffin (author of the amazing Light Blade fantasy romance series) and Karly Lane (Bridies Choice, Morgan’s Law, Burnt and other awesome Australian-set stories) are lovely people as well as being fantastic authors, and I think we’ll have a fine time. So will you!

In other news…

I’m Cooking the Books with Australian romance author Louise Reynolds. Come on over for a slice of delicious date and walnut loaf, a snippet from Heartland and more!

Heartland has scored another wonderful review, this time from Lauren Murphy at The Australian Bookshelf.

Heartland is the kind of book that draws you in and makes you not want to put it down and if you do, then the characters will haunt you until you pick it up again. Hein knows how to create characters with depth in communities that come alive on the page. This one’s definitely a keep among my rural lit shelves.”

 

Tomorrow I’ll be here again with Friday Feast, revealing some secrets from my week with Hugh (ahh, I see your mind boggling already).  I’ll also be over on Alissa Callen’s blog answering 10 Teaser Questions.

And in case you missed my non-stop squeaking elsewhere, yesterday I discovered that my rural romance Heart of the Valley hit number one on Google Play’s paid ebook store. And it’s still there this morning. Good thing no one was here to video me doing the muppet-flail when I saw that. Could’ve have been rather embarrassing!