Sunday, 5 October 2014

Super Sunday

Hey ya all - just coming up for air (life continues to be busy) to share a couple of things...


Isn't this just the coolest...





And this is for Star Trek: TOS fans!




~yia~

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A long time between drinks - um - posts

It's been way too long and I apologise. Between study and other commitments, this blog suffered. 

And just when I thought I would organise it again - family dramas entered. The sudden death of my cousin from a heart attack floored my whole family in late June. We are still processing this. 

As well as my dad's prostate cancer turning more aggressive needing different courses of treatment. We are still dealing with that one as well. Dad's pain is better thanks to radiotherapy and drugs. Thank goodness. 

Then came prepping and going to RWA conference. Less on my agenda as I only dealt with sponsorships and music for cocktail party and awards dinner. The conference team were amazing and I actually had chances to have conversations with people. Was a great program with great speakers. 

But alas I brought home the post conference lurgy and have been out of commission for a week with it showing no signs of ending soon. 

So here I sit in bed and type this with my iPhone. 


I leave you with me as a rock chick for the Leather and Lace cocktail party. 


Rock on, dudes!

~yia~

Friday, 30 May 2014

Fantabulous Friday: Weekend Romance - A Fair to Remember ~ not just for romance writers


A fantabulous event is coming to Adelaide - it's about romance - it's about writing. Wouldn't you know I'd be involved...

Yes, one of the projects I've been helping out with is the Roadshow event. This is RWA's term for an event that is outside of the national conference program and connects areas that don't get conference, like SA (that's changing with SA - newsflash: conference is coming to Adelaide in 2016!)

RWA and SAWC (SA Writers Centre) have joined forces to present this wonderful weekend!!




If you prefer seeing the workshop blurbs and bios in non pdf format, go to the RWA Roadshow pages.


I'm really excited about the line up. There is such diversity - from people who write historical (romance) adventures like Fiona McIntosh, to those writing rural romance like Tricia Stringer, to Helene Young, who writes romantic supsense, Trish Morey who writes sexy stories, and Keri Arthur who writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance! 

Not only that, I think attending any writing event is a fabulous thing. I went to Body in the Garden last year and it's not my exact genre (yeah there's some mystery in my stories, but I don't call myself a crime writer). You mix with other authors, readers, and get to learn something new. Like was said in the movie, 'The Castle' - it's the vibe. A vibe about being around people who enjoy story telling, and writing or reading.


There's certainly a lot of vibe happening with this event!!


While Saturday is full of panels (I'll be chairing the Location, Location, Location panel), chats, author talks, and workshops, the Sunday is purely a workshop event with two streams - one for introductory and one for more mid/advanced. 

While the introductory day long session with Trish Morey (stream A) focuses on romance, you can still use these skills across the board. 

Learning the writing craft is the same in any of the genres - Show, Don't Tell (with Amy T. Matthews). Yep, across the board. Point of View (with Elizabeth Rolls)- yes, the same. All writers want to know about media (with Victoria Purman) and their online presence (I'll be conducting this workshop as my alter-ego). All these can be found in the Stream B workshops.

And let's not forget the fab Quiz Night!!!


It's a fab line up for a great price - hey lunch, and teas are even included!


COST:
1 day* = $130 SAWC and RWA members, $170 non members
2 days* = $240 SAWC and RWA members, $340 non members
QUIZ NIGHT: $20 per head

*Includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas


BOOKINGS: SAWC website or phone 08 8223 7662 or by email admin@sawriters.org.au


NOTE:
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AUSTRALIA MEMBERS - to obtain your discount, please book via
08 8223 7662 during Centre opening hours or email admin@sawriters.org.au.
SAVE $40 when you book for the whole weekend.


Come on this is just sooooo fantabulous!!  So why not come along?


~yia~




Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Writing Buddy Wednesday ~ Erica Hayes


Welcome to another Writing Buddy Wednesday. Today I have my fellow DarkSider, the talented Erica Hayes. Erica writes dark urban fantasy romance, sci-fi, post apolocolyptic romances. 


Here's Erica...



Your most recent release is Scorched. Can you describe this book for us?

Scorched is the first in a new series, about a telekinetic crime fighter named Verity and the trouble she gets into. It has a dark flavour to it – Verity has a few problems with making the right decisions and telling right from wrong – but it's got plenty of action and a twisting mystery plot, and lashings of romance too!

(Eleni: wow, that sounds amazing!)



Please tell us a little about your road to publication.

I first got published in the olden days, before self-publishing took off, and a lot of people were still asking, 'what are these ebook things?!?' So yeah, 2008. I got an agent (whom I still work with) via a query letter, and my first contract was for print books. It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but wow, have things changed since then!

My first series was dark, violent, gory urban fantasy romance. I still love those books! Since then, I've done an apocalyptic paranormal romance series about angels, plus a sci-fi adventure novel. I've also self-published a few short stories and a novel, which was good fun.



What attracted you to the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres?

Blood.

No, really :) I like the violent, full-on nature of paranormal. I like writing monsters as people, and people who are monsters. I think there's more latitude for darkness and horror in paranormal/UF than in other romance genres. And from that, we've seen the rise in popularity of BSDM and erotic contemporaries - how are these not just vampire romances with no bloodsucking…? But that's a whole 'nother post…

So yeah. Paranormals are fun, because you can go more places. And hey, I like vampires.



Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in between?

Plotter. Not even remotely a pantser in any way. If everything isn't plotted out beforehand, I curl up in the corner and cry. And then I get up, and plot everything out :)



What are you working on now?

I've just finished book 2 in the Scorched series, which is due out later this year. Then, it's on to a secret project. I could tell you, but then I'd have to creep around in the dead of night and slaughter the lot of you one by one. No one wants that.

(Eleni - definitely not)



What is your favourite part of the process of writing?

I like it all. Even revising, and writing the synopsis. Seriously, what better job is there?



What are you currently reading?

A non-fiction book called Raising the Dead, about some Scottish anatomists in the 19th century who wanted to bring a body back to life with electricity. A real-life Frankenstein. I kid you not.

(Eleni - I wonder if that's where Mary Shelley got the idea from).


~~~

Thanks so much for coming here today, Erica!

Here's Scorched...


In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.

Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains.

Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire: revenge. Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life.

Having escaped from the asylum they left her to rot in, Verity dons her mask once again and becomes the Seeker, a vigilante warrior for truth.

But when she unwittingly uncovers an evil conspiracy deep within her own family, she’s suddenly on the run, alone and hunted by those she thought were on her side…




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Monday, 5 May 2014

Musa Monday ~ Celebrate Mom/Mum with Musa Publishing

Musa Publishing are celebrating Mother's Day with some giveaway. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end to win a prize. Thanks, Musa! 







Grand Prize


$10.00 Musa Gift Certificate


6 Paperback Books


Beyond the Third Garden by I.J. Sarfeh


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf


Unforgettable You by Marci Boudreaux






1st Place Winner


$5.00 Musa Gift Certificate

6 Paperback Books


The Andersen Ancestry by Addie J. King


For His Love by Nya Rayne


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf






2nd Place Winner


5 Paperback Books


Outlaws by William Wendy


Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini


Send Off For A Snitch by KM Rockwood


Typical Day by Gary K. Wolf


Wilder Mage by CD Coffelt






Plus


2 new winners are drawn daily. Each one will receive 3 books.






And


All participants receive a download of Cooking with Musa.


All entrants are eligible for Grand Prize Drawing May 10, 2014




Winners announced May 11, 2014




Enter daily to win!




No particular order to the daily drawings for the books below







Baiting the Hook by Mary S. Palmer and David Wilton

3.99 by Richard Satterlie

Amanda's Return by June Kramin

Buried Biker by KM Rockwood

Enter to Win by Kirsten Janey





ICE blue by Susan Rae

Lies in Wait by Donna Del Oro





Love Lies Bleeding by Lainie Giles

More Tomasewski by Del Staecker

Random Survival by Ray Wenck

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Steeled for Murder by KM Rockwood

Tales of Tomasewski by Del Staecker

Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem by Vera Jane Cook

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Giveaway begins May 1, 2014 and ends midnight CST May 10, 2014
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