It Happened one Christmas…

Happy release day to us! I am delighted to be a part of this anthology of short Christmas stories by a group of Canberra romance writers. The collection features six short stories from Regency England to present day Canberra, but all set at Christmas (of course!). Best of all, it’s on sale for a short time only. You can buy it from Amazon Au here and Amazon here. And you can read more about it here: No Room at the Inn, by Elizabeth Squire  Audrey Townshend does not want her family to dictate who she should marry. She does not…

Calling romance writers and readers! Help!

Originally posted on Donna Maree Hanson, Author and PhD Candidate:
I am currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Canberra in popular romance fiction and as part of that study I have two surveys going. I’ve got a great response rate so far but I need more. Yes MORE!!!! If you are a READER of popular ROMANCE fiction can you help me out? The more readers who respond, the more valid the findings will be. If you are a popular ROMANCE fiction AUTHOR your response to the survey will really help me out! In both cases I’m after honest views. Romance writers can…

A Laptop of One’s Own

The question I’m asked most about my writing is ‘When?’ When do I find the time to write between a demanding day job, two young kids and a busy husband? I was talking to a friend the other day about writing and after discussing the When, she asked about Where: Where is my writing space? What is my set up at home? Stephen King, unhelpfully I think, said in On Writing that a writer needs to be able to shut a door. I’ve spoken to wannabe writers and aspiring writers who focus on their writing space (or lack of it)…

Release day: The Reluctant Lover

It’s release day and I’ve been so busy blogging on other sites I haven’t blogged on my own, but here’s a taster from the ARRA blog – thanks for having me on today! Today is the official release of The Reluctant Lover by Justine Lewis (ebook, Penguin Australia). Here’s the blurb: Katherine Bright is one of Australia’s most acclaimed television jour… Source: Release day: The Reluctant Lover

Cover reveal

I am just delighted to share my new cover! The Reluctant Lover will be out on 15 March 2016. I loved writing this book and can’t wait for it’s release 🙂 Blurb Katherine Bright is one of Australia’s most acclaimed television journalists, but rumor has it her show is about to be axed. Katherine has interviewed presidents and brought down corrupt governments but her ratings are plummeting. Katherine has given up everything for her career—her marriage and the chance of having children— she isn’t about to give up on her show easily. Enter Liam Kennedy a young gun, foreign correspondent…

When good tropes turn bad

Amnesia. Mistaken identity. Marriage of convenience. Accidental pregnancy. These are all classic romance tropes. At the moment I’m in the middle of my own romance trope. Well, sort of. I’m in a cabin in Yosemite National Park and snowed in. And the furnace isn’t working, which means that the only means of heating the entire house is the pot belly stove in the living room. I’m wearing my parka and boots and the only reason I don’t have my gloves on is so I can type this. The Snowed In trope. Sibling of the Stranded On a Tropical Island Trope….