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Kiss and Tell | Nicky Pellegrino

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To Italy, With Love was one of my favourite romance novels for the year. There’s so much to make you smile, from the dazzling Italian setting and plethora of food to the charming characters and the subplot to rejuvenate a dying town. Readers will fall in love with hardworking and loyal, Sarah-Jane, who plans a trip around Italy to mend her broken heart. Unlike Sarah-Jane, local lady, Assunta, has her feet and her family firmly rooted in the small village of Montenello. At least she thinks so… I liked how these two sharply contrasting characters forged a firm friendship. Nicky’s …

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Kiss and Tell | Susannah Hardy

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If you’re in the mood for a fun rom com, go find yourself a copy of Loving Lizzie March, the debut novel from Sydney writer Susannah Hardy. I know I’m not the only reader relishing the rising tide of Aussie rom-com novels. In this current climate, where many things are out of our control, there’s even more joy to be gained from quirky characters who tangle themselves up in messes of their own creation. Lizzie March reminded me of Bridget Jones, with her madcap adventures, hunt for the perfect match and infuriating yet lovable personality. Hardy does a great job …

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Is Treating Writing Like a Business Holding You Back?

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Shape Your Ideal Author Career workshop with Sandy Vaile You may have heard over and over again that you need to treat your fiction writing like a business or you’ll never be a successful author, but what you don’t often hear is that doing that could be the very thing holding you back. Say what? If you haven’t had your first book published yet, then I believe focusing on the business of writing is wasting writing time, and we all know what a precious resource time is. Building a platform, blogging and posting on social media regularly, getting your branding …

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Three things I learned while writing… The Alice Equation

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Welcome to the RWAs ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog. Davina Stone is an RWA winning author of contemporary romance fiction. Davina writes stories about flawed but lovable characters who get it horribly wrong before they finally get it right (they also kiss a fair bit on the way to happily ever after). Davina is here today tells us three things she learned from writing the first of her Laws of Love series ‘The Alice Equation’. Welcome Davina!

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Master Story Point of View With Sandy Vaile

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Character Experience in Deep Point of View Characters experience the story world through raw visceral and intellectual information that comes at them from other characters and their environment, but how does that translate onto the page? When you’re writing in Limited Third Person Point of View (POV), moving into Deep POV draws readers even closer to the character by removing any trace of the author. This has the benefit of enabling readers to experience the story like the character does, so they can be completely immersed in that world. When something is happening to the character, you only show what …

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Three things I learned while writing… A Home Like Ours

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Welcome to the RWAs ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog. Author Fiona Lowe is an Australian award winning and best selling author of contemporary fiction. Fiona’s many accolades include a RITA (Romance Writers of America) and a Ruby (our homegrown romantic book of the year award) Fiona’s stories touch on family and relationships and she’s here today to tells us three things she learned from writing her latest novel ‘A Home Like Ours’. Welcome Fiona!

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Kiss and Tell | Léonie Kelsall

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Léonie Kelsall is a chameleon of the fiction world, writing fantasy, steamy contemporary romance, suspense, outback noir, sci-fi and most recently rural romance. Her latest release, The Wattle Seed Inn, was published by Allen & Unwin in paperback, eBook and audio this month. The story follows PR executive Gabrielle as she tackles a major fixer-upper project in South Australia’s countryside. Converting the dilapidated inn into a thriving business is no mean feat and puts her smack-bang in the path of local stonemason, Hayden. As with Léonie’s 2020 novel The Farm at Peppertree Crossing, The Wattle Seed Inn is full of …

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Comfort Reads with D.D. Line

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Here we are smack bang in the middle of winter! Whilst we rug up and snuggle down next to a fire with a warm drink there is only one way to spend the cold days and nights – with a book! Welcome to romantic suspense author D.D. Line. You might be more familiar with D.D.Line as Danielle our wonderful aspiring ambassador (and Lynne Wilding recipient). Welcome to Dannielle and to her sizzling comfort read!