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ARRLD: Sunday am

2 August 2020

Welcome back to day 2 of our Romantic Rendezvous (Locked Down).

Please note that the video quality will vary from session to session. For many authors this was the first time they had used Zoom. We learnt a lot as we went along, so our technique got better, but we were also dealing with unreliable internet in some areas. The videos are raw and real, COVID hair and all.

Coming up this morning:

Ask Me Anything: Ilona Andrews

All the way from hot-summer Texas, wife and husband team Ilona and Gordon—writing as Ilona Andrews—answer questions from some of their Australian fans about their books and their writing process. Between the two of them they have five established fantasy/science fiction worlds and have published more than 40 stories. There’s also a guest appearance from their three beautiful dogs.

Reading: Alison Stuart

In this episode of ARRLD, award-winning author Alison Stuart reads from her new release, The Goldminer’s Sister. Alison writes historical romance for both Harlequin MIRA and Escape Publishing—as well as publishing independently. She also writes historical mysteries as AM Stuart, published by Berkley Publishing. One of her previous books, The Postmistress, was a finalist in the 2019 ARRA awards.

Feature interview: Eloisa James

Historical author and Shakespeare professor Eloisa James joins us from New York during COVID lockdown to talk about her books, her writing process and her love of Shakespeare. A prolific and keynote author of the Regency genre, Eloisa is beloved by readers across the world. She has published more than 40 books as well as novellas, short stories and anthologies.

Fangirling: Jennifer Crusie with Amy Andrews

Australian romance author Amy Andrews fangirls over New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jennifer Crusie. Together they talk of Jennifer’s books and writing, her previous collaborations, her current projects and much more. Jennifer’s writing career has so far spanned more than 30 years and 20 books, and she has won two RWA RITAs. Amy herself is a US Today bestselling author who writes across multiple romance subgenres.

Feature interview: Kennedy Ryan

Coming to us from Atlanta, in this interview award-winning and top 25 Amazon bestseller Kennedy Ryan talks of being the first black woman to win an RWA RITA for her book The Long Shot. She also talks about her other books, her readers and so much more. With a background in journalism, Kennedy enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness.

Panel: creating Marietta with Jane PorterAlissa CallenKelly HunterSarah Mayberry

Jane Porter, Alissa Callen, Kelly Hunter and Sarah Mayberry, four contemporary romance authors, join forces to discuss their contributions to creating Marietta, a fictional town in Montana, for Tule Publishing. The first book set in Marietta was published in 2013, and there are now a total of 80 series! While the books are written by a variety of authors, they often feature a common cast of well-loved characters.

House party: Alyssa J Montgomery with guests Meg TillyDani Collins, Sabrina Jeffries

Alyssa J Montgomery is joined by three overseas romance authors, Meg Tilly, Dani Collins and Sabrina Jeffries, to discuss their writing spaces and their upcoming releases. At this writers house party, after the tour some of their Australian fans ask the four authors a variety of questions on their books and their writing.

Ask Me Anything: Leonie KelsallSandie Docker

Australian contemporary authors Leonie Kelsall and Sandie Docker join forces to answer questions from some of their fans in this episode of ARRLD. Leonie also writes under the pen name Laney Kaye, while Sandie’s debut was released in 2018. This session is hosted by fellow contemporary romance author Laura Boon.

Reading: Ally Blake

Award-winning Harlequin author Ally Blake joins us in this episode of ARRLD to read from her novel Hired by the Mysterious Millionaire. Ally’s first romance novel, The Wedding Wish, was published by Harlequin Mills & Boon in 2003, and since then she’s had more than 30 novels published, of which there are four million copies across 25 countries.

Feature interview: Keri Arthur

Australian paranormal author Keri Arthur joined us during COVID lockdown to talk books and writing, including about her New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series. With more than 48 books, she’s won three ARRA awards and a Romance Writers of Australia award for speculative fiction.

Panel: historical romance with Elizabeth BoyleCathy MaxwellLorraine Heath

For this episode of ARRLD, romance authors Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell and Lorraine Heath come together to talk all things historical. They discuss why they love setting their novels in history, the pros of particular time periods, their research, their books, their writing and much more.

Reading: Maya Linnell

Maya Linnell, an Australian rural romance author from country Victoria, treats listeners to a reading from her second book, Bottlebrush Creek. Her debut novel, and the first in the series, Wildflower Ridge, was shortlisted as an ARRA 2019 Favourite Debut Author, and Maya herself was shortlisted as a Favourite Australian Romance Author.

Panel: Rural romance with Cathryn HeinFiona McArthurKarly LaneSarah Williams

For this episode of ARRLD, Australian romance authors Cathryn Hein, Fiona McArthur, Karly Lane and Sarah Williams talk all things rural romance, including their upcoming books, their writing processes, their love of the outback and much more. Afterwards they take questions from reader fans. This panel is moderated by Jaye Ford, author of crime fiction (and romantic comedy under the pen name Janette Paul).

Readings: Maya RodaleCaroline LindenVanessa Riley

Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden and Vanessa Riley, three great historical authors, come together to read short sections of their latest releases—An Heir to Remember by Maya Rodale, About a Rouge by Caroline Linden and A Duke, the Lady and a Baby by Vanessa Riley.

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You can find all the videos on the ARRA YouTube channel. The authors will be dropping in, so be sure to leave comments. (Sessions will remain on our channel if you want to watch at a later date.) Don’t forget to collect code numbers from each session for our Treasure Hunt competition.

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