Build Your Author Website Using WordPress

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Want to learn how to make an awesome WordPress website? Take control of your career and learn how to manage a simple WordPress website and blog then turn it into a successful self-managed powerhouse for your author business. Learn via easy walk-through videos as I build an author website before your eyes, and talk about content creation, e-commerce, traffic acquirement and more. At $30 AUS for RWA members, you can’t go wrong! Downloadable PDFs and worksheets will be available so you can revise at your leisure. Whether you’re a digital immigrant or an author just wanting the latest hot tips on … Read More

How to get your book published with only 3 chapters written

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It sounds like a dream, right? Books take forever to write and only hours to devour. The industry is fickle and hard to predict. Well, now you can submit all of them, as long as you’ve written 3 chapters and a 5 page synopsis. Carina Press, a subsidiary of Harlequin, is now accepting submissions for works in progress with only 3 chapters and a five page synopsis. If they like your style, they’ll ask for more. For people like me, who have a million story ideas and can’t possibly focus on one, this is great news.  Here is what they said … Read More

Book Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

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I loved this book and devoured it in one and a half sittings. Kate Hewitt is a prolific category romance writer, and this series seems to be one of her first outside of that tightly knit sub-genre. It tells the story of Ellie, who moves to country England in the hopes of starting a new life with her daughter Abby who is being bullied at school. They move into the cute and newly refurbished old stables turned apartments at Willoughby Close. They’re the first family to move in, and arrive with little else but the car they drove in and … Read More

H is for Heat Levels | Romance Writing from A to Z

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When I started writing romance, I was boggled to discover that there was such a thing as a heat level expected in a book. And if you got your level mixed up (especially in category romance – think Mills & Boon), then by George I hope you’ve brought yourself a parachute because you’d be out of there! Readers and publishers alike have certain expectancies. Readers can be more forgiving, but publishers, less so. I guess if you are an avid romance reader, you’d already know this. But I came from a background of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-Fi reading. For all … Read More

Book Review of The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnivale

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First off, let me say I loved this book. It has stayed with me for long after I finished reading it, and in a good way. Here are my thoughts On the Book This book tells the story of Mia, a young Australian artist who is recovering from cancer. She has decided to pack up her life and head to Tuscany in the hopes of reigniting her creative spark. She meets the truly romantic (and my next book boyfriend) Luca, the local mechanic who helps her see life for what it is – a blessing – no matter what shape … Read More

Ten Essential Heroes To Write About – Romance Writing from A to Z

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H is for Hero The hero in this instance is the protagonist, often male (but easily converted to female). The I’m-going-to-win-because-it-makes-me-look-good hero. A.k.a The egocentric hero who’s in it for the fame or money. He’s also a charmer and kinda loves himself. Think Tony Stark/Ironman. The Alpha male hero who has to do it because he needs to prove his masculinity. He’s the leader of the pack. The bossman. Sometimes has to do with money, sometimes power. Has to be a hero because it’s his status. The I’m-not-afraid-to-die-so-i’ll-save-the-world Hero. Think Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon or Keanu Reeves in John … Read More

Book Cover Blitz

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For a limited time only, I’m offering a totally, dirt cheap cost on digital book cover design. **Offer valid until December 31st 2016

The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman – Book Review

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Book Review The Three Miss Allens is the first book I read by Victoria Purman. I must confess that when I opened the first pages it took me a small while to get into the story. I’m usually one of those bang-bang fast paced plot people and for a fraction of a second, wondered if it was going to appeal to me. I’m so glad I kept reading because not long after, I was hooked. The plot was certainly engaging and had me enthralled. I read the rest of the book in one sitting and was thankful that Victoria spent … Read More

Five Ways to Fail Miserably at NaNoWriMo – Learn from my mistakes

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It’s that time of year again and writers all over the world are gearing up for another crack, or their first crack, at NaNoWriMo. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every nation in the world is invited to this online event in November and it’s free. The aim of the game is to teach all writers, whether new or old, to get into the habit of sitting down each day and writing. This is because one of the biggest hurdles a writer has to face is the one of distraction. The aim is to … Read More

Grand Gestures Do Not Have to Be Grand – Romance Writing from A to Z

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This week I welcome author J.C. Harroway to Author Zoo as she speaks about one of my favourite (especially in a romantic comedy) elements of a romance – The Grand Gesture. I absolutely love her points below, especially how the GG doesn’t have to be big or by the hero to make an impact. Read more about the author at the end of the article. Thanks J.C. for taking the time to share your tips. The Grand Gesture So what is the grand gesture and why do we need it? Clichéd over the top romantic rubbish or often , producing the book hangover we … Read More

The Secret Formula to Writing a Winning Romance

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F is for Formula – Romance Writing from A to Z Ha! Sucked you in, didn’t I? You want to find out what the secret formula to writing winning romance is, don’t you? Well, there is no formula. I’m sorry. I lured you here under false pretences. But I can tell you that there are two types of romances – the category romances (think Mills & Boon) and your other romance (basically every other kind of romance in the world). The closest thing to a romance formula is how a Category romance follows a strict set of rules. Each line … Read More

Book Review – The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

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I’m a huge fan of Graeme Simsion and I absolutely adored reading The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. Needless to say, that when this book came across my desk I had to stop everything to read it. About the Book This is the blurb from the back of the book: A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project. On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s … Read More

F is for Fear – 6 Tips on How to Evoke Fear in Your Writing

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Thank you Michelle Somers for writing this post as part of my A to Z of Romance Writing Series. Michelle is the author of award winning, Lethal in Love. Read more about Michelle at the end of the article. I’m lucky to host her today, her tips on creating fear in your writing are priceless! Without further ado, here is her article.  Fear is such a complex emotion, yet at the same time so subjective. So personal, even. What is one person’s fear, or even phobia, is another person’s… nothing.  So, how do we evoke fear in our writing? Great question. To do this – … Read More

My Personal Slush Pile Heaven and Hell – Love, Hate or Date

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The Love, Hate or Date session at the recent RWA conference in Adelaide was where writers were asked to submit their first two pages anonymously in the expectation that it would be read out in public for a panel of top editors and agents to advise on when they’d say no before adding it to the slush pile. Funnily enough, Love, Hate and Date is exactly the path my emotions took when it was my turn. LOVE When I first heard that the RWA conference was holding a Love, Hate or Date session this year, initially, my reaction was – what a fabulous idea. … Read More

E is for Endings – A to Z of Romance Writing

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Endings – And Why They’re So Important in a Romance Hello Romance Writers, I’m up to the second ‘E’ post in my Romance Writing from A to Z series. And I think it’s potentially the most important post of the entire series. Do you know why? Because, That’s right. The ending is what defines the romance genre. If you’re an avid reader of romance, then you’ll already know what I’m going to say next. That’s the whole point of a romance. Romance readers what a happy ending, or a happy for now. Think Cinderella – she lives happily ever after and … Read More

Erotic Romance vs Erotica – What’s the difference?

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One letter. That’s all that separates the two words, but that one letter means so much. Erotic Romance is a story about the emotional journey of the two main characters, and as part of that journey, they have sex a few times. The sex in this type of genre is generally explicit, but usually restricted to only a couple of times a book. The overarching plot is about the two characters falling in love. Think Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s, Crossfire series. Erotica is a story about the sexual journey and little else. Your characters will be having … Read More

The Dark Moment – Why Taking Your Protagonist To Her Lowest Makes for Great Reading

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D for Dark Moment – Romance Writing from A to Z No matter if you’re a plotter, a pantser or a whatever-the-hell-I-want-to-write-liker, there’s one moment in your protagonist’s journey that resonates with your readers most out of any other. This moment is often called the Dark Moment, or the All is Lost Moment, and I’ve heard it called The Darkest Night of the Soul. They’re all pretty similar, but what they have in common is that it’s the lowest of the lowest points for your character. This moment usually occurs just before the climax of the novel, when your protagonist has had … Read More

Work in Progress Update – My Rom-Com ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’

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I think it’s about time I start sharing my works in progress. So … here we go (she says with a gulp). Currently, I’m finishing off a rom-com titled ‘You Know You’re a Writer When…’ I’m pitching this at the RWA conference, so fingers crossed it get’s through. I got the idea to write this novel from a very good friend who is a fountain of ideas. She showed me her spreadsheet once full of amazing concepts and we often joke about how she’ll never have time to write all of them so what if she sold them? Then … … Read More

Conference Confidence – RWA 2016

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This is my first conference and I’m a little excited and nervous at the same time. I’m on the RWA committee so, in a sense, I’m at an advantage over other newbies. I’ll already know a few people, so I won’t be going in blind. But nevertheless, I still want to get the most that I can out of the conference. Are you attending the conference? If you see me, please come and say Hi! About the Conference The Romance Writers of Australia conference is in August in Adelaide and has over 400 attendees from all over the country coming. … Read More

Book Review – The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

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The Art of Keeping Secrets is the second Rachael Johns has written in the newly coined ‘Life lit’ category. Her first in this genre, The Patterson Girls, won the ABIA Award for Best Book in 2016. The book centres around three women and their families. Each woman gets a chapter from her point of view and as the book progresses, you learn more about their secrets, hopes, and dreams. Felicity or Flick is a taxidermist and a mother whose husband has a habit of secretly dressing in woman’s clothes. Genevieve or Neve is a makeup artist and single mother raising … Read More