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Juanita Kees on Riding The Waves Of Romance!


Australian author, and freelance editor, Juanita Kees talks about the upcoming RWA Australia conference! Over to Juanita...


Riding the Waves of Romance


 

Fremantle, Western Australia – there’s no other place in the world like it. What a perfect location to have the Romance Writers of Australia 2013 Annual Conference. Fremantle is the arts hub of Perth, has wonderful dining opportunities, great beach walks and some of the best seafood in our tiny corner of the West. More exciting though, is the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones along the way.

The journey to publication is a rough one. The waves are sometimes bigger than the boat and it could be so easy to abandon ship when the going gets rough. But writers are made of tough stuff and there’s no better place to discover lifesavers than at a gathering of some of the best romance writers in the country – if not the world.

Here you will find camaraderie like no other. The level of professionalism is amazing, mixed with all the warmth you’d expect from romance writers. It feels like coming home.

Expert speakers, workshops filled with useful content for aspiring and seasoned writers to take away, pitching opportunities, crazy dress up cocktail parties and glitzy award dinners. Rumour has it this year is a red carpet event not to be missed. Every moment spent at conference is worthwhile. So if you’re an aspiring writer, or even a seasoned one, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to mingle with the best of the best. Register today!

Last year’s conference was a special one for me. Not only was I celebrating my first sale, FLY AWAY PETA to Eternal Press, but also the publication of my short story, ROUGH DIAMOND, in the 2012 Little Gems Diamond Anthology. I came away with many happy memories and knowledge that drove me towards my third novel from Escape Publishing, UNDER THE HOOD, which will be released on March 1, 2013. I’m looking forward to the fellowship and inspiration that riding the waves of romance with RWA will bring for me this year. Come along and enjoy the journey with me.

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Blurb: Fly Away Peta

The time has come to face her worst fear and the clock is ticking…

Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small Western Australian country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart; the other would destroy her soul. Both would change her life forever. The search for Bella brings them together. Secrets and lies keep them apart. Will Jaime and Peta renew their love in the face of danger or will he let her fly away again?

Blurb: Under the Hood


When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or would it?

Bio:

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and now proudly Australian, Juanita is a freelance writer of book reviews, blogs, web content, advertorials, newsletters, resumes and training manuals. She also writes articles on business management for Stanford Who’s Who, New York, USA.

Having recently completed a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing through the Australian College QED, Bondi, NSW, Juanita is a freelance editor for US Publisher Damnation Books, and proofreads scientific text books for Elsevier Press, Oxford, UK.

Juanita gained her professional experience as an administrator and Customer Care/Quality Assurance Coordinator conducting audits; writing and proof-reading reports, operating procedures, company policies, capability statements, newsletters and customer correspondence.

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romantic fiction. She conducts interviews with fellow authors and writes book reviews, as well as the odd blog about the frustrations and delights of being a writer.

When she’s not writing, editing or proofreading, Juanita is the cleaning fairy and mother to three boys (hubby included, his toys are just a little more expensive). Her not-so-miniature Daschund, Sam is her critique partner and keeps her company while writing.

Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to enjoy her writing journey with her at:


Twitter:           https://twitter.com/#!/juanitakees


 

 

 

 

 

23 comments:

  1. I'm registered and I can't wait! 2008 was my last RWA conference, moving to Texas kind of made it difficult to attend, but I can't wait to see my home state and everyone from RWA!

    Congrats on your sales Juanita - stoked your an Escape Artist with me :)

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    1. Hi Nicole, I'm looking forward to meeting you! It's wonderful to be a part of the Escape Artist. A wonderful collection of talent :D

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    2. Welcome to Romance Reader, Juanita! I do hope you will love chatting to my friends here!

      Hi Nicole, thanks for dropping in to chat with Juanita! I also am looking forward to meeting you all!

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  2. The conference sounds awesome! It's always fun to go to writers' conferences. :)

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    1. It's a great place to learn, Cherie. And always heaps of fun to be had. What more can you expect from a group of writers focused on romance and havoc :D

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    2. Hi Cherie!

      It is fun! I went to the Nationals in Anaheim in 2012 and met heaps of writers!

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  3. What a helpful post! The conference sounds like it will be great. Thank you for sharing-

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    1. Hi Shelley,

      Thank you for popping in. I'm glad you found the post helpful. The conference is a wonderful and highly recommended experience.

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    2. Hi Shelley!

      It is a great learning experience! I'm looking forward to this year's in Perth!
      Thanks for coming by.

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    3. It's going to be lovely to see you at the conference, Nas. It's going to be great fun!

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  4. Fremantle sounds like a great place to be!

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    1. Ooh it is Sherry! I love the Freo Markets. Lovely arts and crafts to be found. And the food is awesome!

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  5. Love the cover for Under the Hood!
    This is a good reminder for me - I've only attend one writers' conference so far. Must find more nearby!

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    1. Great idea, Deniz! Conferences are good fun and a good learning curve. A definite must!

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  6. I've never been to a writer's conference. A lot of people say they've had great experiences at them--it's on my list of things to do in the future.

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    1. You won't be disappointed. It's a wonderful learning journey.

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  7. Writer's conferences are AWESOME! Great advice. Nice to meet Juanita, too. :) CUTE Under the Hood cover, by the way!

    PS, hey Nas, I keep emailing you to answer your comments on my blogposts, and they bounce back undeliverable. Is your gmail correct on your blogger profile?

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    1. Hi Carol!

      Yes, there doesn't seem any problem with my email. I will check again.

      Thanks for letting me know...

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  8. Glad to hear you agree, Carol :D I love my cover too!

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  9. I loved the comparison to the sea & us authors in a boat. I'd like to add the RWA & other similar writing groups (& more to the point, the members) are our life jackets. I'd still be adrift on the ocean if it hadnt been for this fabulous organisation. Great post Juanita, am excited at attending another conference & seeing everyone again.

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  10. Sounds like a great conference! Hope you have fun.

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  11. It is rough waters, but being around fellow writers makes things better. I love the conference experience.

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  12. I love conferences for writers. They can be inspiring, illuminating, educating, and tons of fun. I think writers need to connect with each other in real life every so often to share the journey, which can be tough at times.

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