In which we talk about writing stuff…

Just back from a fabulous writerly retreat down in the King Country. We talked writing, plotting, marketing, social media, and had a great time in the process.

TeKuiti writers retreat Toni Kenyon Joanne Hill Rowena May O'Sullivan
Looking out over Te Kuiti

One of the best parts of a few days away with a couple of old friends is of course just the yakking. Drinking coffee, laptops on – laps! – heading outside for some fresh air and driving into town for brunch in the  mornings.

Te Kuiti writers retreat Joanne Hill Toni Kenyon Rowena May O'Sullivan
The backyard of the house – just gorgeous

One of the things I love about the romance community is that we are so diverse – I write romantic comedy that is sweet, Rowena light paranormal and Toni more intense novels and erotica.  But we all love what we do, and love talking books. Was a pretty darned perfect weekend!!

iBooks banner-love

iBooks rock! Here is a screenshot of the most gorgeous banner on the iBooks Store here downunder promoting the exclusive pre order for Return to Frazier Bay.  It’s just lovely, don’t you think? and, just quietly, it’s not too shabby sitting next to La Nora either! The release date for Frazier Bay is May 3rd. All you have to do is click on the pic to take you to the iBooks Store for more info and ordering details.

Return to Frazier Bay by Joanne Hill

Casino Royale this August

Romance Writers of New Zealand have announced the schedule for the upcoming August conference August 14-17th, and there is a stellar group of authors taking part. I’m keen to hear indie superstar Marie Force especially and she’s offering some great seminars during the weekend on topics such as author branding. Karina Bliss will be talking emotion, and James Scott Bell (I am reading “Plot and Structure” right now) will present the Friday workshop. Go to their website for more info.