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Bookish Updates!

Only a couple of weeks into the new year and already things are getting busy!

Here are 4 pieces of news from my world:

1. I recently found out I’m a finalist in the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Awards, so that is pretty exciting! Thanks to those who nominated me. Here are the books and categories I’m in:

If you’re an ARRA member, you can vote now. If you’re not, membership is only $20 per year and you can join HERE.

I look forward to attending the awards dinner in Canberra in March! If you’re going, let me know so we can be sure to say hello to each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

2. My upcoming Young Adult series, THE DELTA GIRLS, has new release dates…

SIGHT (book #1): July 14th 2015

SOUND (book #2): Oct 13th 2015

With the remaining 3 books releasing soon after, dates TBC. You can follow updates for this book series on twitter at @DeltaGirlsBook

 

3. It’s only 7 weeks to go until my next book is released! MIRACLE IN MARCH will be available on March 8th. iTunes has a preorder available now for only 99c here.

This book is the 3rd in my bestselling, award-finalling Tarrin’s Bay series. Although part of a linked series, it is also a stand-alone story, so if you haven’t read the others it doesn’t matter, you can start with the March book if you like or you might wish to read THE JANUARY WISH and FEBRUARY OR FOREVER first before March is released.

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4. I now have a Facebook group for those who’d like to keep up to date with my news as it happens and also interact and chat about important things like books, characters, chocolate…etc. Sometimes fans of Facebook pages don’t see all the updates, so a group is a way to get notified of updates and also to post in the group yourself and chat with other members. You can join here. I’ve also posted the first two chapters of MIRACLE IN MARCH in the group, so join up and have a sneak peek! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading…

~ Juliet xx

Books, bling, and buddies – my weekend in Sydney

After dealing with a flooded garage at home due to heavy rain here on the south coast of NSW, I’m finally taking off the gumboots (or galoshes, or rain boots…whatever you like to call them!) to do a quick post about my weekend visit to Sydney! ๐Ÿ˜‰

On Friday I visited the place where all the bookish magic happens – the Harlequin Australia headquarters in North Sydney. They have really nice, red light-shades hanging from the ceiling there. Just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Of course, I wasn’t there to inspect their decor (though, as I studied interior decorating in a past life I do tend to notice these things!). I was there to meet with my publishers and discuss present and future books. How exciting! My first visit to a publishing house. ๐Ÿ™‚

HARL_escapeLOGO_redEscape Publishing is the digital arm of Harlequin Australia and have published my first five books (which you can see here). It was great to meet some of the staff I hadn’t yet met, and chat about marketing and promotional strategies, book titles and plots, the often back-and-forth process of designing the perfect cover, and also some new and exciting things happening later this year which I’ll reveal when I’m allowed! I’m grateful to be with such an innovative and supportive publisher.

On Saturday I attended the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) awards dinner. Two years ago I attended the awards dinner as an aspiring author; a little starstruck around these wonderful established authors who were winning awards, and this year I was there as not only an a published author but a finalist in the Favourite New Author category! Though I didn’t win (congrats to Anna Cowan!), I was thrilled to be nominated and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see the full list of award winners in the different categoriesย HERE.ย Congrats to everyone! I love seeing fellow writers achieve milestones like this. And thanks to ARRA for putting on a great night and coordinating these awards. if you’re not yet a member, what are you waiting for? It’s not expensive and there are great perks. All the info on joining isย HERE.

So it was a weekend of books, bling, and buddies. Books to write and publish, bling at the awards dinner (including a bling-off contest for the person with the best bling), and catching up with writing buddies and meeting new ones. I would add ‘yummy food’ to the mix but it doesn’t start with B. But there was yummy food involved too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2014 is shaping up to be a great year… so far I’ve had two back-to-back releases to kickstart my new Tarrin’s Bay series of coastal romance/women’s fiction novels; THE JANUARY WISH and FEBRUARY OR FOREVER. I’ve completed a new romagic comedy manuscript (HAUNTED EVER AFTER) and handed it in to my publisher, and was thrilled to have seen my first book FAST FORWARD make the Top 100 on Amazon recently. What’s next? Soon I’ll be starting to write a Christmas novella, and then I’ll move on to writing the third book in my TB series, MIRACLE IN MARCH (tentative title!). I’m looking forward to both, and looking forward to the rest of the year. I LOVE my writing life! Housework and cleaning up flooded garages…not so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, where did I put those gumboots?…

 

A Monday Morning Surprise – I’m a Finalist!

2013 ARRA finalistI’m excited to announce that I’m a finalist in the Australian Romance Reader Association (ARRA) Awards for the Best New Romance Author category!! What a way to start the week. Thanks ARRA, and thanks to those who nominated me. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see the official list of finalists in all categories HERE.

As someone who’s been published for less than a year, this a great honour and reward for me. I’d like to thank those who’ve supported me in my first year as an author ((hugs)).

Winners will be announced at the ARRA Awards dinner on March 22nd in Sydney, and I’ll be there for the night!

To vote (voting closes March 5th), you need to be an Australian ARRA member. If you’re not already a member, you can join HERE. It’s only $20 a year and for that you get a fabulous monthly newsletter with book reviews, interviews, special deals, industry news, articles, giveaways and more, plus access to a private email group to interact with authors and readers. Author members get promotional opportunities and a chance to advertise in the newsletter. You also get discounts to special events and can hear about various author signings and events, and of course, can vote for your favourite authors in the annual awards! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And if you haven’t yet checked out my books, here is a list of all my books at Goodreads.

Yay!