The Week: 3rd – 9th December

Bright blue summer skies in Canberra.

How is it the ninth of December already?! It’s been a crazy-hot weekend in Canberra; inland it’s a good ten degrees warmer than in the cities on the coast.

I went to the sale at the National Library yesterday. If I have time I’ll write a post about it!

Twentieth Anniversary of Shakespeare in Love

Bad Sex Writing Awards 2018

Recommended Christmas Read

Out Now: The Story of Us by Lana Kortchik

Book Adaptation for Christmas

Book Adaptation for Christmas

Sarah Morgan‘s St. Piran’s: Prince on the Children’s Ward has been made into a movie in time for Christmas.

Retitled Christmas With A Prince, here is what it is about:

Paediatric specialist Tasha Miller is focused on keeping the kids in her ward as healthy as possible. But when the handsome Prince Alexander Cavalieri breaks his leg on a nearby ski-slope, Tasha is forced to allow him to secretly get well on her floor, and she’s furious that a spoiled Royal is interrupting the precious healing time her kids need. Soon, however, Tasha learns that some tough love and a lot of Christmas spirt could turn this royal pain into a knight in shining armour.

And the trailer is here:

It’s Christmastime Again…?

The Christmas review books are here!

The other day I was startled to see Boston Ballet advertising tickets for its Christmas season of The Nutcracker, and now – as of yesterday – I’ve started seeing Christmas books being promoted.

I don’t think I need to point out it’s only April. Are you as freaked out by this as I am?

Anyway, if you’re interested, the first one I saw – The Christmas Sisters – looks so nice:

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

From award-winning USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan comes this heartwarming, emotionally rich new novel, brimming with her trademark Christmas sparkle!

The McBride sisters all have different reasons for finding the holiday season challenging, but their adoptive mother is determined this year will be different. As the countdown to Christmas Day begins, arguments, connections and secrets start bubbling. The McBride family was made, not born—but will they be able to make this the magical family Christmas their mother has always dreamed of?

RITA Winners

The RITA Awards were announced in Atlanta, USA over the weekend. I haven’t read all of the winning books, but some books I loved were finalists, so I feel a little sad they couldn’t win!

Congratulations to everyone who won. It was a strong year for a number of categories, Romantic Suspense in particular.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Best First Book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Contemporary Single Title Romance: The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Historical Romance: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Inspirational Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Long Contemporary Series Romance: A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Paranormal Romance: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

Romance Novella: Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James

Scorched by Laura Griffin

Romantic Suspense: Scorched by Laura Griffin

Short Contemporary Series Romance: A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan

Young Adult Romance: The Farm by Emily McKay

You can also find a list of the Golden Heart winners HERE. The Golden Heart awards go to unpublished writers with outstanding manuscripts. I know for a fact that a lot of these manuscripts go on to be incredible, award-winning books!