The ARRA Signing in Sydney
I took a lot of photos of the various authors signing in Sydney, but am sharing mostly the historical romance ones here.
And I’m wrestling with the software, so please forgive the wonky arrangement of this post.
First up is Charlotte Anne.
Isn’t her banner stunning? A lot of the authors there had large, striking banners on display.
I felt very remiss by not having one, but it’s just too cumbersome to drag around on planes, trains and taxis
Next is Clyve Rose, who had an impressive array of swag, including this lovely bird-cage-like display.
She also brought her daughter. In fact quite a few young readers were in attendance, which was lovely to see.
Next — and I’m doing this in order of their first names — is Danielle who was one of the organizers. She’s with some silly person in a feather hat.
Actually it’s just an old sun-hat and I wound a feather boas around it. I thought I ought to do something, seeing I didn’t have any swag or a banner or anything.
Dani looked fabulous in a lovely purple outfit, and spent her time helping out. Thanks Dani. Also thanks to Debbie, the ARRA chair and superwoman organizer, who didn’t want her photo taken.
On your left is Donna Maree Hanson, who doesn’t write historicals, but since she and I were sharing a table,
I wanted to include her. Donna writes a variety of fantasy novels.
On the right is Heather Boyd, another historical romance writer.
On the left of the screen we have one of the most enthusiastic and generous readers ever — Helen Sibbritt, who reads and reviews hundreds of books a year. And she loves historicals!
She’s standing with me, this time without the silly feather hat.
I often wear a boa in some form or other at these events, and at romance conferences.
They’re easy to wear — I usually have them on a hat or on my head, as they tend to get a bit hot and prickly around the neck. I’m not fashionista, so I choose to be silly and feathered instead. <g>
On the right we have Joanne Austen Brown, who was at her first signing.
And here I am with the star of the day, Julia Quinn. She was amazing — signing non-stop the whole day and never flagging with her friendly smile, and happily jumping up to have her photo taken with people.
Over JQ’s shoulder you can just see the other star of the signing, Audrey Carlan, who was so bright and bubbly and friendly, but I’m only featuring historical writers in this post, so . . .
Here on the right is Michelle Montebello, who writes Australian historical fiction. Her book The Quarantine Station has been hugely popular.
On the left we have Samara Parish whose historicals have the most gorgeous covers.
And they’re Regency, my favorite historical era.
It was really heartwarming to see so many young and gorgeous new(ish) authors writing historicals.
Who said historicals were dead? They’ve been saying that for decades and it never happens.
As you can see from her banner, Tamara Gill, on the right, writes Regency and Time Travel romance — what a great combination, eh?
And they’re doing really well, so if you’ve never tried Regency Time travel you might want to check her out.
And finally we have Tanya Nellestein. Can you guess what she writes? Yes, the gorgeous banner is a dead giveaway, isn’t it?
So there we have most of the historical writers who were at the Sydney ARRA signing.
I say “most’ because I have to admit, I haven’t read them all and I know I have missed some.
So many new writers — it’s very exciting — but quite a few had their QR code on display, and my phone camera kept picking up the code and connecting me with their sites, and I didn’t realize until later, when I noticed the photos didn’t all come out.
Stay tuned for others at the Sydney signing in the next post. And after that, Melbourne.