2014 in review :)

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, read my posts and made a comment, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from you 🙂

WordPress.com have created this review of my blog which I found really interesting.

Wishing you all a very happy new year!!!

Cheers, Joanne

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 320 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The stories behind the stories

I love reading! I also love finding out the inspiration that led to the story. It could be a snippet, a newspaper article or an over-heard conversation.

For book club this month we read two wonderful books – Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns and The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey.

I really enjoyed both books but especially liked learning the tid-bits on why the authors wrote about what they did.

Rachael’s inspiration for Outback Blaze was watching, in horror, as the local supermarket, her husband managed, burnt to the ground due to an electrical fault.
Ella’s inspiration for The Paris Time Capsule was this amazing discovery.

So, are you interested in the story behind the story?

High Tea with Melanie Milburne

I’ve found the romance community to be incredibly supportive and helpful.

I was delighted to meet Melanie Milburne at the RWA Tassie roadshow a couple of years ago. To say I was star struck would’ve been an understatement. I love her HMB Presents. Not only is she a talented writer but she is incredibly giving and kind. Over the past couple of years she has offered advice and I’m indebted to her.

I was delighted to catch up with Melanie in Melbourne recently and talk about writing over high tea. How lush! The champagne was delish as were the sweet and savoury treats on offer.

Thanks Melanie for a delightful catch up 🙂

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Had to share!

One of the upsides of being a romance writer is being part of the writing sisterhood. Over the years, I have been so lucky to receive amazing advice, support, words of wisdom and critiques.

Thank you to my gorgeous crit partners and writing friends who have helped me with my writing so far. And a massive thanks to the wonderful writers of Romance Writers of Australia, you are an amazing bunch of women ….and men!!!!


Catching up with Michael Bublé…shame about the other 10000 fans

My family and friends know I’m huge fan of Michael Bublé, so there was little doubt I’d be seeing him again on his Australian tour 2014.  He is a consummate performer and makes the concert so entertaining! Is it any wonder I based one of my heroes on Michael???

My friend and I had a fabulous time and we came out feeling so happy 🙂

He sang “All you need is Love” by the Beatles and the back drop lighting created a truly magical effect. Then thousands of red and white paper hearts were blasted into the audience creating such beauty. My friend turned to me and said it was perfect, for me since, I was a romance writer. So true, Sue, so true!

paper hearts pic for blog


Happy Passover/Easter


Source and Source

It’s that time of year when we’re all indulging in wonderful foods. What’s not to like about chocolate, coloured eggs and cakes? Yum!

Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or Orthodox/Greek Easter, I wish you a wonderful festival. And if you’re non-religious, then I wish you a happy break (and eating too!)

So, do you have a favourite food that you eat at this time?

My Writing Process

Thank you to Rachael Thomas for inviting me to join The Blog Tour. Her debut book, A Deal Before the Altar, will be available later this year. More information can be found on her website: http://www.rachaelthomas.co.uk

I had the pleasure of meeting Rachael via the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Critique Partner scheme, which I now manage with my “partner-in-crime” Beck Nicholas.

I’ve enjoyed working with Rachael over the years and am delighted to see her do so well with her writing and be accepted as a published writer with Mills and Boon. I’m looking forward to seeing her the cover of her debut 🙂

What am I working on?

I am currently half way through a book which is the third in a series. Books 1 & 2 are linked, and books 1 & 3 are linked, although they can be read as standalone books.

Book #1 finaled recently in a US competition which was very exciting. It was a thrill to have such positive feedback from the judges.

How does my story differ from others of its genre?

Over the years, whilst I’ve learnt my craft and written, I’ve kept true to my voice. In competition and writer feedback, I’ve always had positive interest in my “voice”.

I’d like to add that this doesn’t always come naturally to new writers and can take time to recognise and nurture.

Why do I write?

Mainly because I can’t stop the stories and voices in my head. But more importably, because I love it 🙂

How does my writing process work?

As a busy, working mum with two young heroes-in-training, I don’t have much time to write. I usually make time at nights and on weekends.

Bursting with excitement


I recently submitted two entries to North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations competition and was delighted to be advised I was a  finalist with Violet’s story. My entry will now be assessed by an editor with a major publishing company and I am thrilled. What an opportunity!!

The feedback I received on both entries was positive, insightful and very helpful. As an Australian writer I am concerned about “Australian-isms” so entering a US competition was a great way to get a different view-point of my writing.

The judges spent time reading and proving good feedback. My favourite line was…”Hope you get a great cover, because I’m sure this one will sell!”

Congrats to the other finalists and also a well done to the non-finalists. Submitting your work in a competition can be scary but very rewarding.