Friday, August 24, 2012

New Corsets and Contracts

Here's the beautiful corset I wore for the Harlequin 'Diamonds are Forever' cocktail party last Friday at Romance Writers of Australia's conference on the Gold Coast.

The highlight, however, was my new contract with Pan MacMillan Momentum and the breakfast (right) I enjoyed with our new editor, Joel Naoum, and the other Hot Down Under erotic romance authors at the QT Hotel.

The collection will have short stories released in November, December and January. My short historical romance, Saving Grace, is about a prostitute whose hated way of life is thrust upon her as a result of her safeguarding the secret of the man she loved and whom she believes betrayed her. Here's a link about the Hot Down Under venture from Bookseller and Publisher.

Here's the Momentum Press Release about the collection: • Commencing in November, Momentum, the new digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia will be releasing a series of 13 erotic short stories by new and established Australian romance writers • Contributing authors include Rhyll Biest, Rhian Cahill, Kasey Channing, Cate Ellink, C.T. Green, S.E. Gilchrist, Keziah Hill, Shona Husk, Beverley Oakley, Kylie Scott, Tracie Sommers, Mel Teshco and Marianne Theresa. • Each volume will be competitively priced and available globally Hot Down Under – 13 red hot stories by 13 talented Aussie authors guaranteed to make you sizzle.

Each story has an Australian setting. Some are rural, some are fantasy and some even have zombies. Announced just ahead of the Romance Writers of Australia Conference (August 16–19), the project was the brainchild of Tracey O’Hara, who will be contributing a story under the name Tracie Sommers.

‘I have loved being part of the Hot Down Under project. It originally started out as a way to help mentor new writers and soon became much more. We were all extremely thrilled when Momentum came on board. Erotic fiction has been huge long beforeFifty Shades of Grey came along. Erotic romance has been selling like hotcakes in the US for many years now and I published my first erotic short story in 2009. It is great to see an Australian publishing company supporting some great genre fiction.’ – Tracey O’Hara

Five of the authors are previously unpublished and were mentored by the established authors during the writing process. The resulting stories combine a fresh approach with years of experience. ‘Tracey O’Hara invited me to contribute and I loved the idea of being part of a solely home grown erotic romance anthology. It also gave me a great excuse to revisit the Australian post-zombie-apocalypse world of Flesh [due out from Momentum in October], only toying with the lives and loves of a different set of characters this time.’ – Kylie Scott ‘We had always planned to publish extensively in genres like romance and erotic romance when we first launched Momentum. However, we weren’t expecting such a gifted collection of new and established authors to approach us with such an accomplished project.

More than anything, this proves that there is a vibrant and talented community of genre writers in this country who are looking for support from their local publishers. We can’t wait to get this project up and running and to help connect these stories and their writers with their audience.’ – Joel Naoum, publisher at Momentum

For any further information about the series, register interest in obtaining review copies, or to arrange an interview with the publisher or one of the authors, please contact Mark Harding, Digital Marketing Executive, Momentum. +612 8021 0705

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