Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hailing On All Frequencies!

Conference season draws near – if you’re stil umm’ing or ahh’ing about going, there’s still a little time to decide. Can I suggest you check out the home pages of the organizations listed below to see what’s on offer? I think you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone on offer.

There’s been a great influx of news this week – thank you to everyone!

Carina Press has just released K.S.Augustin’s IN ENEMY HANDS, on June 7th 2010.


Joely Sue Burkhart’s THE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN, a paranormal thriller with romantic elements, is available from Carina Press on June 14th, 2010.

Jodi Redford’s book, LIGHT MY FIRE, is due for release on June 29th.

Brigader Hywela Lyn interviewed Rebecca Savage, multi-published author of contemporary romantic suspense over on her blog (May 26th). It’s always interesting to read about the writing process of other authors. Great interview, Hywela.

This past week Kay Manro has visited on Romancing the Pen with an "How I Write SFR" article. (not a blog and no commenting) It's hosted by Angela Kaye Austin who also featured FORBIDDEN LOVE on her blog so those who wish to do so can comment.
*On Monday May 31, she blogged with Helen Hardt.
*Tuesday June 1, she talked with Amber Skyze.
*Thursday June 3, another blog with Lisa Liebow (talking about how life situations help develop characters)
*and Friday June 4, Kay's with Shelley Munro where she'll talk about world building.
As always, those who comment on any of the blogs on her tour will be entered into a contest for several prizes, including downloads of FORBIDDEN LOVE. For more details check out her blog or visit her website.

K.S.Augustin visited Science Fiction & Other Oddessys blog and talked about characterisation.

Kylie Griffin has shared a list of resource books any writer should have on their bookshelf (June 4th). Great reference for any beginning writer or someone looking to build on what they already have.

Frances Pauli will be guest blogging at Star-Crossed Romance on Monday, June 7th. Enter to win a copy of her science fiction romance, ROARKE, and snag a free romance/erotica sampler when you stop by.
And Saturday, June 12th she's guest blogging at the Virtual Romance and Erotica Blog Tour. 

Katherine Allred will be visiting the following blogs to celebrate the release of her new book, CLOSE CONTACT.
*June 8th - launch party at SFR Brigade with a give-away of book one (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS) and two (CLOSE CONTACT) to one commenter.
*June 10th – She’s doing a blog at FF&P called "You Don't Have to be a Rocket Scientist to Write (or Read) Science Fiction Romance".
*June 11th – She’s doing a blog for Cynthia Eden's Deadly Days of Summer, with another give-away of book one and two.
*The week of June 14th CLOSE CONTACT will be on the RT Author's Spotlight and will include a message from her and a new excerpt from the book.

Jay Di Meo has had a novel (working title – THE FALCON & THE JACKAL) and novella (working title – BINDING SPELL) accepted for publication by Cobblestone Press.

Kim Knox has just sold her novel GAMBIT to Carina Press.

SFRB has a book launch party for Katherine Allred's CLOSE CONTACT on Tuesday, 8th June, and she's planning to give away both books in her Alien Affairs series to a random commenter.  CLOSE CONTACT was a Top Pick on RT Book Reviews with their top score of 4-1/2 stars. Don't miss this! 

Sharon Lynn Fisher is posting here about the SF Signal Mind Meld feature where invited participants are asked to respond to questions regarding what romance brings to science fiction.  Laurie Green may also make an appearance there. So keep your eyes peeled for this event, folks!

Kay Manro has lots of giveaways during her FORBIDDEN LOVE blog tour. For more details see the information posted above under Blogging or check out her blog or visit her website.

K.S.Augustin has a competition running on her website. She’s giving away two copies of IN ENEMY HANDS at her blog, Fusion Despatches. To be in the drawing, stop by and comment at the Competition post, telling her at which blog you read about her book. You have till 30th June!

Laurel Wanrow’s futuristic romance, PASSAGES, has finalled in the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Contest sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter. The novel also placed 2nd in the 2009 On the Far Side Contest sponsored by RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter. Congratulations, Laurel!

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The Rainbow Romance Writers, the first and only LGBT chapter of Romance Writers of America, is proud to announce the first annual Rainbow Awards of Excellence contest (RAES) for published authors.

This contest, sponsored by RRW, will recognize the best in published LGBT romance. The contest is open to all authors published in novel or novella length romantic fiction during the 2009 publishing year as long as the story in question has an LGBT romance as its focus and fits within one of our seven categories.

The contest categories are:
  • Contemporary
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • YA
  • short/novella (10,000-20,000 words)
All entries must be submitted electronically and will be accepted beginning June 1 2010 through August 31, 2010. The entry fee is $15 and is payable through Paypal. Entrants need not be members of either Rainbow Romance Writers or RWA. All heat levels are welcome from sweet to sizzling.

Any questions regarding the contest in general or submission process in particular may be directed to the contest coordinator, Sara Bell, who may be reached at: wavyscribe (at) aol (dot) com (spaces removed).

For more information, or to submit an entry, please visit our website.

Kimberly Gardner, RRW President

The Galaxy Express posted an article this week called "The Adjustment Bureau: Hollywood's Next SFR Film".

SciFiChick blog will keep you up to date with news and reviews on the latest developments in science fiction.

Romantic SF & Fantasy Novels is a reader resource on sci-fi, fantasy and horror novels with a strong romance genre appeal.

A gem of a link for those of you attending any sort of conference this year - Conference 101 by the Playfriends, the low down on the who, where, when and what to expect/take/prepare for at such events.

And speaking of conferences...

RWAmerica 30th Annual Conference 2010 
July 28-31, 2010
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Florida

*For more details visit the RWA website.

RWAustralia National Conference 2010 
August 13-15, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Coogee Beach, Sydney, NSW

*For more details visit the conference page on the RWAustralia website.

RWNew Zealand 20th Conference 2010 
August 20-22, 2010
Rydges Hotel
New Zealand

*For more details visit the conference page on the RWNZ website.

That's it for now, folks. Don't forget to send in your news for the coming week for the next post of HOAF!


  1. Wow! Thanks for putting together this great line-up, Kylie. What a busy and exciting week for SFR. Looking forward to all the activities!

  2. Thanks, Kylie! What a great week of releases and events!

  3. So may things to visit/participate in, so little time! :-)

    The book launch is going to be fun, folks, don't miss it!

  4. Wow! Lots of doings in SFR land! thanks for the update!

  5. Awesome roundup, and thanks for the link love!

  6. Thanks so much for putting up my book release, Kylie! You rock! :)


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