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Kiss and Tell | Mandy Magro

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I had a great time racing through the pages of Mandy Magro’s newest release – The Stockman’s Secret. The story follows Juliette and Joel, two childhood sweethearts whose future is ripped away from them by a nasty incident in their teenage years. Joel is determined to set things right, but dark secrets and small town dynamics conspire to keep them apart. There were characters I loved to hate, plenty of tension and of course some of the steamy scenes Mandy is renowned for. Mandy’s strong writing and particular attention to horse-related details hit all the right notes for me. The …

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Ruby Finalists Announced!

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It’s that time of year folks! The finalists for Romantic Book of the Year were announced this week! Congratulations to all the finalists, what an amazing effort! Kudos to our contest team, reader judges, organising committee and contest co-ordinator Sarma Burdeu! And the finalists are… Romantic Suspense Leah Ashton – Out Run the Night (previously ‘Defiant’) Claire Boston – Nothing to Lose Claire Boston – Shelter Emma Lea – Hide and Seek Contemporary Amy Andrews – Nothing But Trouble Ann Penny – Capturing Love Janet Elizabeth Henderson – Can’t Stop the Feeling Sarah Williams – The legacies of Brigadier Station …

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Comfort Reads | Louisa West

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Welcome to comfort reads! Winter marches on and the weather isn’t getting any warmer – however, things around town are heating up! August is around the corner and our annual conference has gone virtual this year, so head on over to see what’s on offer! In the mean time it’s witching hour and our comfort read blogger this month is Louisa West. Welcome Louisa!

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Conference News | Virtual Conference Announced!

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Love in Isolation 2020 – Registrations Open! Registrations for RWA’s 2020 Virtual Conference – Love in Isolation are now open! Taking place over five days from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 August, the online conference includes 31 sessions and over 40 hours of content. Tickets cost $150 (plus GST) for members and $250 (plus GST) for non-members. Covid-19 travel restrictions and border closures meant that the in-person conference, due to be held in Fremantle this year, was unlikely to go ahead so RWA made the decision to move as much of the conference online as possible. Despite restrictions, many of …

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Comfort Reads | S.E Welsh

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Welcome to comfort reads! We are almost at Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year! If you have a bonfire and warm mug or a blanket and a warm hearth fire that is the place to be right now, that is unless you are S.E Welsh, who hails from our tropical north. And I am sure that is a place many of us would love to be right now! S.E Welsh is a paranormal and historical romance writer who loves to weave together heroes, history and heart. Welcome S.E Welsh!

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JULY OWL | How To Pace Tension in Fiction

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The Importance of matching suspense to the fluctuations of plot Tension is a critical element of all stories and needs to be maintained in order to keep readers turning the pages, but how does this correspond to the fluctuations of plot? There can’t be life-threatening situations in every chapter, nor are all stories about mortal danger. So, let’s explore how you can match the fluctuations in a story’s plot to the level of tension.