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Category: News

Coming to Romantic Times?

Are you going to the Romantic Times Convention in Las Vegas?

If so, I hope you can drop by and say hi. It’s my first RT convention and I’m really looking forward to it. 

I’m involved in two panels — on Wednesday morning, it’s Meet the Authors from Downunder with my friends Keri Arthur, Nalini Singh and Khloe Wren.

And if you’re one of the first 100 people to arrive, you’ll get one of these little fellows in your goodie bag. And possibly a tim-tam.

Then on Thursday afternoon at 1.30, I’m on a Historical Hero panel with Mary Jo Putney and Patricia Rice and we’re talking about Rakes, Rogues and Warrior Poets, and how to create delicious heroes.
What’s a warrior poet? you ask.
You’ll just have to come along and find out.

ARRA Awards

I’ve been smacked by a friend for forgetting to put this news up here on my blog. My excuse is that I was traveling, but I’m home now, and so . . . 

I went to the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Awards night in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, and was thrilled to receive four awards:

Strongest heroine (Jane Chance in The Spring Bride)

Favorite Historical (The Spring Bride)

Favorite Continuing Romance Series (The Chance Sisters)

and Favorite Australian Romance Author.

So here’s a picture of me,  grinning like a loon on the night.

It was a huge honor — these awards are voted on by readers — and the full list of finalists is here.

So it was a very exciting night for me and topped off a wonderful day where I had high tea with a bunch of lovely readers, and then the dinner.

Thank you to ARRA for organizing these awards and events. Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists — the  list of winners is here

 

The Untold Stories

I’m up today on Women’s History month at Read-A-Romance, talking about the recognition (or lack of it) that women like Elizabeth Macarthur (her husband was on the Australian $2 note when I was a kid) and for that matter, my g-g-grandmother had. That’s Elizabeth Macarthur on the right, not my G-g-grandmother. She had an altogether stricter, tougher look. So did Elizabeth when she was older.
 
 
How many other stories like this are there, where the women’s work is dismissed as “minding” or “looking after” something that belonged to the men, or or “staying home” while the men did the important stuff?
 
And then there’s the story of why Boudicca (aka Boadicea) revenged herself so terribly on the Romans, who had refused to recognize her right to rule — and gave her and her daughters a lesson they’d never forget.