Diamonds in Japan

boardrooms japanSo fellow Diamond Down Underer, Maxine Sullivan, has been extremely diligent in ensuring the rest of us get to see our foreign translations. How pretty is my Japanese translation of Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir?

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Rubies galore!

Excitement plus here as the announcement for Romance Writers of Australia’s R*BY is now online.  What’s the Ruby?  It’s Australia’s romance writing award for Aussie and New Zealand authors, similar to America’s RITA, but judged solely by readers, not writers.   Some would say the Oscars of Australian romantic fiction 😀

snoopSo my point?  My second book, Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir, is a finalist in the Short Sexy category!  Here’s Snoopy doing a good impression of me when I found out…

This book was the one that got cut by about 30 pages, so I’m absolutely chuffed readers voted it as one of the best.  It was also my learning curve book, one I stressed about writing because I had to write to an actual deadline.  And I had the best Senior Editor in the world, too, Melissa Jeglinski (who is now with The Knight Agency and as luck would have it, on her way to our conference so I can thank her in person!).  Winners will be announced at our special awards dinner on 16th August).

I must admit, it’s a bit of a giggle to be in a ‘short ‘n sexy’ category… altitude-challenged as I am 😉    Congratulations to my fellow finalists, Trish Morey, Miranda Lee and Carol Marinelli, plus my writing buddies and friends in three other categories.  Here’s the full list:

SHORT SWEET CATEGORY:
Claire Baxter – The Single Dad’s Patchwork Family (Harlequin M&B Sweet)
Melissa James – A Mother in a Million (Harlequin M&B Sweet)
Marion Lennox – His Island Bride (Harlequin M&B Sweet)
Fiona McArthur – The Midwife’s Baby (Harlequin M&B Medical)

SHORT SEXY CATEGORY:
Miranda Lee – The Millionaire’s Inexperienced Love Slave (Harlequin M&B Sexy)
Carol Marinelli – Expecting His Love Child (Harlequin M&B Sexy)
Trish Morey – The Italian Boss’s Mistress of Revenge (Harlequin M&B Sexy)
Paula Roe – Boardrooms and a Billionaire Heir (Harlequin M&B Desire)

LONG ROMANCE CATEGORY:
Karina Bliss – Second Chance Family (Harlequin M&B SuperRomance)
Anna Campbell – Untouched (Avon Books)
Anne Gracie – The Stolen Princess (Berkley Books)
Elizabeth Rolls – A Compromised Lady (Harlequin M&B Historical)

ROMANTIC ELEMENTS CATEGORY:
Maggie Alderson – How to Break Your Own Heart (Penguin)
Bronwyn Parry – As Darkness Falls (Hachette)
Suzanne Perazzini – Beneath The Surface (Wild Child Publishing)
Suzanne Perazzini – Crash into Darkness (Wild Child Publishing)

May 09 update

P4240049P4200038Well, I’m back from Hervey Bay, school’s in and so there’s not much to report, except I’m busily writing, writing.  Oh, if you could call missing our outbound flight newsworthy 😦  We had to stay overnight in Sydney and as luck would have it, we caught the fabbo Star Wars exhibition at The Powerhouse Museum.  Here’s a few shots of our eventful week.

I stumbled across an interesting piece about Harlequin’s 60th Anniversary on YouTube.  If you can overlook some of the cheesy recitals, the rest is very well done.  Cheers to the reporter who was upbeat the whole time.  And Paul Rudd is simply a scream!

baby promiseboardrooms swedishI got my cover for my August release, The Magnate’s Baby Promise.  Gorgeous!!!  And what should also lob into my mailbox this week but four new translations for Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir.  The ‘new’ titles always fascinate me – Prosperity and Power (Finnish), A Brilliant Proposal (Norwegian), Lust For a Brilliant (Swedish) and, my favorite, Hot Dreams (Danish).  Here’s the cover for all four.