Cover Crush | May

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May has arrived and so has the winter chill. We have said goodbye to summer dresses, long days filled with sunshine and the background reverberation of cicadas at night. Winter is almost here, but that’s okay, because our Member’s New Releases will keep us warm.

The Tasting Table: The First Book

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What a delight this month to gather around the table with three new authors, each with their first published novel. Publishing my first book was a dream come true, as it is for so many of us. All the hopes, fears, joy, dread, delight, and everything else that comes with it, all wrapped up in a cover with my name on.

Kiss and Tell | Nicole Flockton

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Texas-based romance writer, Nicole Flockton, writes contemporary novels in the living room of her Houston home. A former Perth resident, Nicole is a USA Today Bestselling author with 32 books to her name and a proud member of both the American and Australian romance writers’ associations. Before becoming a full-time author, Nicole worked as an executive assistant and now devotes her time to writing, raising a family, volunteering at her children’s school, reading and watching sports.

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Episode 1 The Setting & Context series of articles is concerned with “setting” in fiction. What is it? How is it done? How important is setting to story and character and reader enjoyment? Over the coming months, I will be peeking behind the scenes of fictional landscapes from the comfort of our armchairs, some favourite novels in hand, in search of answers to these questions.

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Volunteer of the Month | Karina Coldrick

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Karina started writing Empire Strikes Back fan fiction as a seven year-old and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her work has won awards in Australia and the USA, including the Valerie Parv Award in 2014. Originally from Perth, WA, she met her husband-to-be when studying in the UK and they have since lived in Ireland and Australia. After deciding their lives had too much sunshine and not enough castles, Karina and her family moved to live in the heart of the Emerald Isle, close to the river Shannon. They love the area so much, she and her husband have recently started giving tours. …