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Category: News

Join us for Afternoon Tea

On 12 Feb, in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Yarra Valley libraries is putting on a gorgeous afternoon tea where Harlequin Escape Editor, Kate Cuthbert and I will be taking books and romance and reading, along with lovely nibbles and a cuppa of your choice. Please come — I’d love to see you there. Details on this gorgeous poster.

Australian Romance Readers Awards

 The Australian Romance Readers Award (ARRA) finalists have been announced and I’m delighted to report that  The Summer Bride, Daisy’s story, is a finalist in the following categories: 
Favourite Historical Romance 
Favourite Continuing Romance Series (The Chance sister series) 
Favourite Heroine from a romance published in 2016
and Favourite Couple from a romance published in 2016 (Flynn and Daisy).
As well I’m a finalist in Favourite Australian Romance Author 2016 
Read the full list of ARRA finalists here. 

The ARRA awards will be announced at the ARRA convention in Melbourne on Saturday 25 February.  In the meantime, thank you to ARRA and all the members who nominated and voted for my book. I’m hugely honoured.
Find Out More about the Summer Bride here.   Or Buy it here

2017 will see the start of a new series for me— Marry In Haste comes out in May 2017.  I’ll put out more information on it soon. You can pre-order it here.

The Happy Ending

I  participated in a symposium on Genre Fiction at Melbourne University last week. It was a fascinating day and I enjoyed myself immensely. I was on two panels and took part in a debate — “In the battle of the genres, romance will always win.” It was lovely, lighthearted fun.

One thing that surprised me though, was that some of the other participants confused “romantic books” (in which one or both the lovers end up dead) with “romance novels” (in which the lovers end up alive, together, and happy.)

It was as if they weren’t comfortable with the notion of “a happy ending” — which is part of the definition of genre romance. 

It’s an attitude I’ve often experienced elsewhere in the literary world, that books with a happy ending are somehow a cop-out, or unrealistic, or even flat out unbelievable — that tragic endings make for a more “real” experience.