Pre-launch whirl

I can hardly believe that the official launch of my book is just over a week away, and that it will be on the shelves of bookshops by the end of the month.

After leaving the RWAmerica conference in San Francisco, it was a pleasure to travel to Queensland’s Gold Coast, where I had the wonderful experience of meeting with booksellers at the Dymocks International Conference, and the privilege of being able to talk about my book and my research with them – as well as the opportunity of getting to know more about the bookselling and publishing world. Despite the jetlag and the head-cold I’d picked up in San Fran, I thoroughly enjoyed my two days at the Gold Coast, and managed to not lose my voice totally until after I’d made it to Sydney!

Two days in Sydney followed, with medical appointments (everything’s fine for now) and a couple of relaxed meetings with my publisher and the publicity manager. Plus some shopping 🙂 A jacket in Myers that I’d admired a few times in recent Sydney visits was marked down to below half-price – so it came home with me. So did a couple of tops, that were reduced. With the two jackets that I bought in San Francisco, and other purchases in the past couple of months, I think I now have a reasonably respectable wardrobe – much more presentable than the jeans and big baggy pullovers I’m currently wearing during cold winter days at home!

Next Wednesday – a week tomorrow – I’m off again, this time to Melbourne for the book launch and the Romance Writers of Australia conference.

All are welcome at the launch – it will be held at 5.30pm on Thursday, 21st August, at Dymocks at 234 Collins Street, Melbourne. For catering purposes, RSVP’s are requested – please email

In the meantime, I’m having a quiet week (mostly) at home, far away from big city lights, crowds and shops. Some writing is taking place; once I get rid of this cold, more walking will also occur. And it’s nice to be in the bush again, and watching the wildlife, including this echidna who came to our front veranda last night, looking for bugs amongst the strawberries and other potted plants: