Happy New Year and welcome to 2015. For those of you who follow the Chinese Zodiac it is the year of the sheep (or goat or ram, if you prefer). Because I was born in the year of the sheep, this is my motto:
I am a passive onlooker
I let bygones be bygones
Goodness brings me fortune
I believe in the human race
I understand the meaning of giving
My cup is never empty
I am loyal and just and in others I trust I AM THE SHEEP
That motto served me well in 2014 and I expect no different now.
Today I have reason to celebrate this writing life. I’ve popped my head out of the Passive Onlooker’s Cave (i.e. my writing room) to say thank you to readers, followers and friends for their support of my writing journey. I was blessed to be a finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 RUBY award with Under the Hood and today, another blessing: Under Cover of Dark made it to the finals of the 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards.
So join me in a big Woohoo and a toast to the Tag Raiders Series, Escape Publishing, Australian Romance Readers Association and all the finalists in their various categories. Australia really does have talent.
Then it was time for Awards Night. This year I was honoured with two award nominations: RWA’s R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year) Award and the Lynne Wilding Volunteer Award. Both these nominations are close to my heart, one because I love writing romantic suspense and am thrilled the reader judges loved my book enough to put it through; the other because volunteering for RWA has made my life so much richer.
Catching up with everyone at conference is like coming home to family. Every year I’m inspired by the warmth and generosity of the members, the wealth of knowledge applied to the workshops and of course, the … perks 😉
On Sunday afternoon, weary delegates disbanded with sore feet, strained voices, information overload and a stash of goodies to add to their luggage. I think we can say a good time was had by all and Romance really does Rock. Thanks to Juliet Madison, Maggie Mundy, Xanthe Blake, Danielle Belwater and Imogene Nix for the photos. We’re off to Melbourne next year. I wonder what surprises will be in store for us there?