Inspiring History, with Heather Garside

Heather Garside grew up on a cattle property in Central Queensland. As a child she loved books and the bush, and not a lot has changed. She now lives with her husband on a beef and grain farm in the same area and has two adult children.

She has published four novels and has helped to write and produce several compilations of short stories and local histories. The Cornstalk was a finalist in the 2008 Booksellers’ Best Award, Long Historical category, for romance books published in the USA. Breakaway Creek was a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program and was published by Clan Destine Press. It is a rural romance with a dual timeline. Heather has recently re-released two historical novels with new titles, Colonial Daughter and Colonial Legacy. Continue reading “Inspiring History, with Heather Garside”

Romantic Suspense: A match made in Heaven

By Joslyn Chase

If you’re here on BookBaybz, it’s a safe bet you love Romance. I don’t have to sell you on the appeal—you know what you love about it.

But how do you feel about Romantic Suspense?

If you think about the books, movies, and television series that have made the biggest boom in recent years, chances are good that suspense fiction will cross your mind. Girl on The Train, Gone Girl, Mission Impossible, House of Cards, Sherlock, Killing Eve, to name a few. These are stories designed to infuse intrigue and deliver thrills. Continue reading “Romantic Suspense: A match made in Heaven”

RWA 2018!

by Melanie Page

August. Winter winds and the Royal Queensland Show. Lots of birthdays in our family and a busy time all round. And the RWA conference; the highlight of the romance writer’s year. I set off this year on my annual jaunt, less a pilgrimage and more a family reunion, with all the laughter, hugs and general warmth that the word conjures up. Continue reading “RWA 2018!”

Guest Blog with Maddison Michaels!

Hi Everyone, my name is Maddison Michaels and I’m thrilled to be doing a blog post for the BookBaybz Blog!
First off, just to tell you a little about me, I write historical romances, that incorporate sexy history with a dash of mystery. My debut novel THE DEVILISH DUKE was published by Entangled Publishing in February of this year, and is book one in my ‘Saints and Scoundrels’ series. My second novel in the series, THE ELUSIVE EARL, also published with Entangled, is scheduled for release on August 27th… so I’m getting very excited! Continue reading “Guest Blog with Maddison Michaels!”

CONFESSIONS OF AN ASPIRING WRITER

by D.D. Line

Psst! Come closer. Closer! I have a confession. Two actually.

Sometimes I hear voices. Male, female, heavily accented tones from abroad, laconic Aussie timbres, booming shouts, and persistent whispers of those who have confessions of their own. The one thing they have in common – they want me to tell their story. And they want me to tell it now. Once I listen, and scribe their tale, those demanding voices fade.

Sooner or later though, another voice takes their place. Continue reading “CONFESSIONS OF AN ASPIRING WRITER”

Just call me Sisyphus

by Melanie Page

I write for pleasure… so am I a professional?

It is one of those esoteric questions (aka how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?). Should I consider myself a professional writer, or am I an amateur?

Amateur is easy – they don’t get paid, and they do it for the love of the thing. But some amateurs get sponsorship… the edges get fuzzy very quickly.

To be a professional is not just to get paid. A professional (according to one dictionary) engages is the specified activity as their main occupation. Well, in that sense, I am definitely an amateur writer. I spend most of my time trying to get teenagers to write… might as well push a boulder uphill like that ancient Greek guy.  Continue reading “Just call me Sisyphus”