The fun is over for another two years and I’m heading home to Cairns after a fabulous weekend at the Australian Romance Readers Convention 2013. Congratulations to the organisers for delivering a great convention. The keynote speakers were excellent as was the mix of panels. Delicious food and convivial company made it extra special (breakfasts with Anna Campbell were the froth on top of a decadent cappuccino!)
Meeting readers who’d travelled from Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and regional Australia is always a treat. (Big wave to Jess who I met at a library talk in Newcastle who made the trek north.)
The main sponsor of the event was Booktopia, Australia’s largest on-line bookseller. It’s great to see them still firmly focused on promoting romance and Australian authors. Dymocks Booksellers provided the bookstore for the event, and book signing, and did a stirling job of adding to toppling ‘to be read’ piles. E-books may be muscling in but there’s still plenty of room for a physical book.
Last night’s glittering dinner also hosted the ARRA 2012 awards. Congratulations to all the winners. Anna Campbell swept the opposition away in the three Readers Choice Awards as well as taking home (for yet another year) the Favourite Historical Award and the Favourite Australian Romance Author award. Kelly Hunter won the Favourite Short Romance Award.
Last and definitely not least, Bronwyn Parry won the Favourite Romantic Suspense Award with her wonderful book, Dead Heat. Bron’s been such an inspiration in my own writing life and continues to be very supportive so it was wonderful to be there to help celebrate her success. (Now I’m waiting for Darkening Skies, the third book in her Dungirri series – so no slacking, Bron! Fingers to the keyboard, thanks 🙂 )
There will be photos to follow, but I left the cable to connect camera to laptop on Roo Binesque with GW so he can continue snapping photos of life aboard with Zeus…
Back to reality for me and a busy flying roster. Enjoy your week whatever you may be doing.