Meet Juanita Kees

Juanita Kees:

I’m talking a day in the office and A Bindarra Creek Romance on Wordmothers today. Can you tell I’m excited about the upcoming release of Home to Bindarra Creek?

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Interview by Nicole Melanson ~

Interview with writer Juanita Kees by Nicole Melanson - photo by Katrina Wall

Juanita Kees graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi, with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta, from Eternal Press.

Under the Hood (Book 1 in the Tag Raiders series) followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin’s digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.

In 2014 Juanita was nominated for the Lynne Wilding Award (Romance Writers of Australia), and was a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year and the Australian Romance Readers Awards.

She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.

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Twitter: @juanitakees

Writer Juanita Kees Book Cover - Under the Hood Under the Hood by Juanita Kees



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28 Days and Counting

I checked the countdown on my website today and realized there are only 28 days to go to the release of my self-published small town romance, Home to Bindarra Creek, book 6 in A Bindarra Creek Romance.

It’s panic stations here at Dirty Draft headquarters where I’m obsessively checking formatting, spelling, grammar and punctuation across all platforms. I’m driving myself crazy wondering if I’ve missed something despite the army of critique partners, beta readers and editors I’ve had on it. Have I caught all the commas? Have I eradicated gaps in the wrong places or quotation marks that might be out of place? All this and I still have to put it through the Smashwords meatgrinder, quite possibly the most unforgiving publishing software known to man (and woman). But come release day, I know I’ll have done everything in my power to bring you a story I hope you’ll love.

Like my predecessors in this series, I have worked hard to create a town so real you’d like to live there, characters you’d love to have as neighbours and a story that will keep you reading from start to finish. Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

Alice grinned. She adored Edwina, Bindarra Creek’s self-proclaimed psychic and tarot reader. Former town constable Dodge’s wise grandmother saw too much, even without the help of her cards.

“So what do we have here then?” Edwina waved across to where Dan looked as if he was describing something to the two boys whose attention he commanded.

“Discipline 101 Molyneaux-style,” explained Maureen.

“Good looking boy you have there, Maureen. Makes me wish I was a few years younger. Came to have a sticky beak. He has a good aura, a healthy green.” Her glance slid to Alice. “A good match for a tan one.”

Alice rolled her eyes. “I hope you find him a good match then.”

“Good matches, my dear Alice, find each other as long as the shadows let them. Let the rainbows in, girl.”


Bindarra Creek Makeover by S E Gilchrist

Originally posted on Kees2Review:

Bindarra Creek Makeover v3Introducing a rural romance series with a difference.

My first guest on Kees2Review is S E Gilchrist who is here to announce the release of book one in the series, A Bindarra Creek Romance. Over the next thirteen months, you will meet thirteen fabulous authors and get to know the people of Bindarra Creek. Here is S E to tell you more:

A bit about Bindarra Creek Makeover

Almost two years ago, the character of Tessa came to me when I wrote Dance in the Outback. I had this vague idea at the time of writing other stories based on various young people who had sought and found help in a children’s refuge in the Blue Mountains. Tessa was originally blonde, blue-eyed and bubbly and I was certain her story would be a light-hearted and fun-type of romance. Since I was involved in writing science fiction romance series at that time, she…

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Cover Love

Home to Bindarra Creek

I have a serious case of cover love thanks to Ida at Amygdala Book Cover Designs. Isn’t it beautiful? But let me tell you a little more about the town of Bindarra Creek.

In 2015, thirteen authors joined together to write thirteen stories centred around the joys, hardships, despairs and triumphs of living in a small, rural town. These stories will be released one a month beginning July 2015. So keep an eye out for S E Gilchrist’s Bindarra Creek Makeover coming soon.

Laugh, cry and fall in love with a struggling country community whose townspeople work hard and love deeply. Set in the tablelands of New England, Australia, the fictional Bindarra Creek is a drought stricken community full of intrigue, adventure, drama and honest country goodness. Life and love in a small country town has never been more challenging.

Join us every month from now until mid-2016 where each of the authors will introduce you to a new romance in the rural town of Bindarra Creek.

PS: Home to Bindarra Creek is due for release in December 2015 :D

Valerie Parv Award Finalists announced!

Juanita Kees:

The list of finalists for the Valerie Parv Award. The VPA provides new and emerging authors with the opportunity to be mentored by one of Australia’s most successful authors, Valerie Parv and is likely one of the most coveted RWA awards. Congratulations to all and here’s to a bright and successful writing future. The winner is in for a treat!

Originally posted on Romance Writers of Australia:

We are delighted to announce and congratulate the finalists in the 2015 Valerie Parv Award (VPA).  They are:

Anne Prince

Carly Main

Dave Sinclair

Dee Scully

Kat Colmer

Laura Boon

Their entries are now with Valerie Parv for final judging. The contest received 64 entries, and many judges commented on the high standard, so competition was fierce as usual. Well done to all who entered, and thanks to all our volunteer judges and contest co-ordinators for their great work.


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