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We are writers mainly from Australia and New Zealand who write speculative fiction with romantic elements. Be it fantasy, paranormal, dark urban fantasy, futuristic and everything in between.

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Good News Day!

Welcome to this week's good news...


Last days to enter this fabulous giveaway running at Rosemary's Romance Books, folks!

All readers have to do is order a book (or books) from these stores in the designated giveaway month - either in person or online. You'll earn one entry per purchase in the Giveaway. The prize winner will be drawn at the end of the month and the Aussie Author Giveaway box of goodies will be posted to you.

NB. Due to postage costs, entry is restricted to Australian readers.

Next month the third box of giveaway-fun will be with Galaxy Books (Sydney) over August 2013.

Participating authors: Bec McMaster, Christina Ashcroft, Erica Hayes, Keri Arthur, Kylie Griffin, Kylie Scott, M.J.Scott, Rowena Cory Daniells, Shona Husk.


Exhale by Dakota Harrison is out today with Samhain Publishing.

Takeshi is finishing up a brutal double shift in the ER when a familiar—and bloody—face erases all thought of heading home. The broken body of the woman fighting for her life belongs to Gabby, his best friend’s mother. A woman he's loved since he turned nineteen, when he foolishly declared his love for her.
She’s not dying today. Not on his watch. And not with a promise left unfulfilled.
Gabby has never forgotten the taste of the kiss Taka gave her under the mistletoe all those years ago. Or the silly promise that surely by now he’s forgotten. She’s wrong. Taka remembers. And she melts as he uses every trick in his highly trained surgeon’s hands to heal her—and rekindle the heat between them.
But there’s a secret lurking in Gabby’s past. And when it follows her all the way to Seattle, it threatens to drag the one man she loves into the nightmare she thought she’d left behind.

Apple iBookstore NZL/AUS have nominated Maree Anderson’s recently released YA book Liminal as one of their Best Books of August!
“Each month we take the hassle out of finding a great read and highlight the best new titles for your reading pleasure. Enjoy the latest thriller from Daniel Silva, The English Girl, or discover a new breakout author with Maree Anderson’s Liminal. Tap or click on each title to check out our Editors’ Notes.”
Here’s what iBookstore’s editors had to say about Liminal:
“Self-published Kiwi author Maree Anderson has already established a loyal following with her Crystal Warriors series. In this novel, she embarks on a new storyline featuring Wren, a sassy 16-year-old who finds she’s starting to disappear from her life–literally! She teams up with mysterious bad boy Kade and learns a thing or two about living between worlds. This is great young-adult fun for fans of paranormal fiction.”
To find out more about Liminal, please visit www.liminalbook.com or www.mareeanderson.com/books/liminal

The Lies We Tell by Elizabeth Dunk is out August 1st, 2013 with Escape Publishing.

Ten years ago, Todd Lansing stood over his father’s grave, his heart thumping out curses on Sia Collins for causing his death. When he returns to Oberon and sees Sia again, his heart thumps with a different emotion, one he fights with all the anger he still feels.
Sia didn’t commit the break-in that ended up killing Mr Lansing, but to admit that would send her father to jail. She has rebuilt her life in the small town, atoned for her accused crime, and carved out a niche using her talent with paint to reach out to the community, raise funds, and support her family.
When Todd finds out the truth, he can’t understand why Sia won’t speak out and clear her name, and it threatens to tear them apart. With her relationship with Todd on the line, will Sia choose loyalty or love?


Fresh Fiction has reviewed My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster.
"McMaster has a particular talent with words. She weaves such detailed and intricate scenes that it seems almost impossible not to feel immerged in her world. Such rich, lush backgrounds and multi-faceted characters make her stand out amongst a sea of talented writers. Plot twists here and there only add that shock factor and don't forget the epic romances that she is able to create!"
Full review here.

Cloaked in Fur by T.F.Walsh received a 5 star review from Moonrise Book Blog.
"There were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed, it’s hard to know where to start! It’s well written, perfectly paced, and filled with enchanting characters."
Full review here.

Galactic Flame by Mel Tshco received a 4.5 stars from Long and Short Reviews. 
"I haven’t read the rest of the books in the series but I easily immersed myself in the story and found myself reading late into the night. I couldn’t put it down, so I can easily say that it can be read as a standalone.
The story line was unique and fun. I highly recommend this story for science fiction romance lovers, it’s a sexy romp on a great red planet that I would love to be visit."

Full review here.

Kirkus Reviews has reviewed Amanda Ashby's Demonosity.
“With her usual wit and humor, Ashby (Fairy Bad Day, 2011) takes on the question of how to make the right decision. No one ever said growing up was easy. For 16-year-old Cassidy Carter-Lewis, things are pretty complicated. Her dad’s just home from knee surgery, her mom’s just moved back in (but is usually at work), her faithless ex-boyfriend is hassling her, and now she’s being pressured to try out for a part in the school play, which is totally not her scene. So when she finds out that she’s supposed to be the guardian of the Black Rose (whatever that is) and has to learn sword fighting and start killing demons, it’s all a bit much. On top of all that, she’s being taught military technique by a medieval spirit and wooed by the more-than-handsome new guy at school. With so much going on in her life, how is she supposed to actually stop and think for even a minute about how to answer the call of the Black Rose, especially when her father’s life starts to slip away due to a demon spell. No one can make the decision for her—it’s up to her to decide what’s really right and what’s really wrong. With interesting characters and a fresh plot, this absorbing read addresses everything from peer pressure to intelligent guy pals to self-reliance, with just enough paranormal activity to maintain an edge. The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp.”


Darksiders Erica Hayes, Bec McMaster, Efthalia Pegios and Kylie Griffin attended the Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta, Georgia last week. And what a week it was - workshops, networking, books signings, panels and meeting other authors!

Atlanta at night

L to R: Efthalia Pegios, Chris Taylor, Joanne Lockyer, Erica Hayes, Bec McMaster, Kylie Griffin

Sourcebooks signing with Bec McMaster

Literacy Autographing session with Erica Hayes
Kylie Griffin at the Literacy Autographing - the event raised $56000 for local charities

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