2016 Writing Retreat – all goals achieved.

On April 8, 2016 six ladies gathered together at Peppers Soul at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast for our annual writing retreat. On the twentieth floor, we had uninterrupted ocean views, looking southward toward Coolangatta.

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Five of us ventured down from Brisbane and settled into our three bedroom apartment just after two-thirty pm.  The group this year consisted of award winning, Kendall Talbot, historical romance guru, Isabella Hargreaves, newbie erotic romance author, Isabella Austin, the YA genius, Anthea Jones, HOT erotic romance author, Tania Joyce (ha, that’s me) and the world-famous contemporary romance author, Jennifer St George. There was so much talent in the room; it was like being at our own mini romance writing conference.

After unloading a ridiculous amount of food we’d all bought for the weekend, we settled into drinks and a quick catchup before finding our own little nook within our gorgeous accommodation to start writing, editing and plotting the next best seller.

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Jennifer arrived around five-thirty pm, so that required more drinks and group discussion. Kendall cooked up a storm of a slow cooked chicken dish that was to die for before we all jumped back into the writing.

After a shocking nights’ sleep thanks to the noise of Cavell Avenue and the ideas brewing around inside our heads, we were greeted by a glorious day and sensational sunrise. After omelettes, many were tempted to go walking along the golden beaches while others (me) opted to pump out more word count.

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Copious amounts of coffee and tea kept us going throughout the day, and the wine kicked in at lunch. This year at our retreat, interesting conversations were had around the hot topic of publishing as some of us have ventured into self-publishing after being traditionally published, others remain traditionally published and others are still aspiring to get that first book complete. Those of us published all agree that the lack of control, slow turnaround timeframes on royalty payments and inability to see sale figures is frustrating.  While the learning curves into self-publishing have been steep and some mistakes have been made along the way, the ability to manage our content is wonderful.

Marketing was also a hot topic. Where and what works, the how to’s and the don’ts was enlightening. I think Isabella Austin, our newbie, got information overload from the rest of us.  The retreat was also beneficial to bounce ideas off each other. We had lots of laughs over tongue rings, fantasy men, writing sex scenes and tightening up of plots. All in the name of research.

Lunch was spectacular overlooking the beach from our balcony, dinner was delicious. For breaks, the beach offered a great place to take a break … and the shops, a spot of retail therapy. Someone addicted to shoes (okay me) bought a custom designed pair of UGG boots for winter! They have Swarovski bling on the heels! So cool.

Unknown to us at the time, we were fortunate enough to have booked our retreat on the weekend of an International Fireworks competition, right out the front of Surfers Paradise on the Saturday evening. We had the perfect view of the show. Dinner, wine, fireworks and friends enhanced our weekend away.

By lunchtime Sunday when it was time to venture home, we all managed to achieve our goals. Kendall, Isabella Austin and Tania wrote 10,000words. Jennifer wrote and finished her short story (it’s brilliant), Anthea replotted and wrote two new chapters and Isabella Hargreaves edited her manuscript.

We were all exhausted, brain- drained and overly tired. It was an amazing weekend to spend with like-minded people.

Until next year everyone!

Cheers.

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2015 Writer’s Retreat – O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat

After overcoming car sickness on the long drive up from Brisbane to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland, the six of us checked into our 3x bedroom villa that had the most amazing views over the countryside.  A quick unpack of abundant food and wine for our weekend away, and working out how to turn on the damn gas fireplace … we all settled into finding our cosy spots for two days of writing ahead of us.

 

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

With wine (or tea) in hand, laptops powered up, the words started to flow. Tania Joyce worked on her sequel to Propositions – working title “Acquisitions”. Kendall Talbott worked on Treasure Lies, Isabella Hargreaves edited Journey’s End, Noelle Clark pumped out an impressive word count on Honor’s Promise, Anthea Jones tackled the Sparkleberry Thief, her YA novel, and Matt JX – plotted and planned his next masterpiece.

Kendall Talbot and Anthea Jones

Kendall Talbot and Anthea Jones

Breaks involved a bottle of Moet to celebrate all our successes and a walk through the lovely rainforest boardwalk.

Isabella Hargreaves and Tania Joyce

Isabella Hargreaves and Tania Joyce

The food kept on flowing with chicken curry and lasagne dinners, scrumptious desserts and Noelle’s Limoncillo.

Isabella Hargreaves, Noelle Clark and Matt JX

Isabella Hargreaves, Noelle Clark and Matt JX

Our accommodation was wonderful, complete with 3 x bedroom – all with their own ensuite. With breathtaking scenery and awesome company we all had an amazing time and churned out an incredible amount of work.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

 

Looking forward to next years retreat already.

 

 

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Treasured Secrets released by Kendall Talbot

Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot

Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot

Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot

 From Romantic Book of the Year winner Kendall Talbot comes an adrenaline-fuelled new series introducing sassy sexy characters, exotic locations, and action-packed adventure.

 Some secrets should remain hidden forever…

The last place Rosalina expected the clue to a 700-year-old mystery to lead her was back into the arms of Archer, the man who broke her heart. When neither can solve the puzzle without the other, they set off on a new adventure. They’re forced to ignore the sparks that still fly unhindered between them as their search for the golden riches weaves from Tuscany’s underbelly to Archer’s luxurious yacht in the Greek Islands.

Archer desperately wants to salvage his shattered relationship with Rosalina but fighting for her love soon takes a back seat to fighting for their lives. Ruthless competition is hot on their heels and will do anything to get his hands on the treasure. With evil close on their trail, and Archer wrestling with the remnants of a childhood tragedy, Rosalina begins to wonder if some secrets were never meant to be revealed.

 www.kendalltalbot.com.au

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Kendall Talbot’s Treasured Secrets Book Launch

Kendall Talbot's Treasured Secrets Book Launch

Kendall Talbot’s Treasured Secrets Book Launch

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Tania Joyce’s Book Launch Party

Celebrating Tania’ Joyce’s release of her debut novel – “Propositions”.  The Yon Beyond Team were all there to celebrate!!!

Tania Joyce's Book Launch Party

Tania Joyce’s Book Launch Party

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Propositions by Tania Joyce is released on March 26. Woohoo!!

http://taniajoyce.com/propositions

No strings attached … or so she thought.

Propositions by Tania Joyce

Propositions by Tania Joyce

Following years of sacrifice and struggle, Jessica Mason now co-owns a successful marketing agency in Sydney. All Jessica wants to do is focus on growing her business and maintain the lifestyle she’s worked so hard to achieve. But everything changes when her agency wins a major contract for the opening of the new Somers Hotel and she has to take on the account.

Nate Somers is a workaholic trying to please his retiring father. When he meets captivating, go-getting Jessica, the prospect of a short-term love affair sounds like a proposition he’d be crazy to decline.

But when Jessica spends a weekend away at her favorite vineyard retreat, she runs into Troy Smith, the ex-boyfriend who left her broken and vulnerable years ago. Things don’t go to plan when the well-kept secrets from her past are revealed and Troy starts weaving his way back into her life.

With her business at stake and hearts at risk, Jessica’s future is destined to change. Who will end up making Jessica a proposition she simply cannot refuse?

 

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“A Season to Remember” – A Christmas from four Australian authors

A Season to RememberTitle: A Season to Remember
A Christmas anthology from four Australian authors: Eva Scott, Susanne Bellamy, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Noelle Clark
Release Date: November 17, 2014 – Available now
Free download from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493542

Four short stories on the Christmas theme, spanning time, places. Uplifting, funny, thought-provoking, heart-warming, ‘A Season to Remember’ will make your heart sing.

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Noelle Clark releases Book #1 of Robinhill Farm Series, “Honor’s Debt”

HonorsDebt_SMLOn a quest to make amends for a long-ago indiscretion, Honor unexpectedly discovers the one thing she’s been missing in her life.

Honor Quirk arrives in Ireland excited—and a bit anxious—about meeting up with the estranged family of her late great-grandmother. The welcome from the residents of Robinhill Farm, Dermot and Bryan, is confusing and far from comforting. One is warm, the other aggressive. The outwardly antagonistic Bryan makes it very clear he doesn’t want her there, branding her a gold digger.

Dermot, on the other hand, is delighted to meet her.

But Honor is no pushover and stands up to Bryan, letting him know that his bad attitude and trail of baggage have nothing to do with her. Despite their confrontational and hostile relationship, an undeniable attraction to each other creeps insidiously into the house on Robinhill Farm. They both desperately try to stifle the sparks, but living under the same roof makes it impossible. Unable to cope with the turmoil of living with Bryan, Honor runs away, straight into the arms of a charming newfound friend, Sean, who offers her a home—and love.

Shattered, Bryan finally takes control of his irrational belief that all women are evil, and fights to bring back the woman he loves. But is it too late?

Get your copy now!

Secret Cravings Publishing   http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=978

Amazon     http://www.amazon.com/Honors-Debt-Robinhill-Farm-Book-ebook/dp/B00P9G3QF6/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415219200&sr=1-17&keywords=Honor%27s+Debt

Barnes and Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/honors-debt-noelle-clark/1120690761?ean=2940046390445

Kobo  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/honor-s-debt

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Nikki Dee Houston New Release – Picture Perfect

Nikki Dee’s new novella “Picture Perfect” is now available.

If you like it quick and hot then this is for you.

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Her good friend from the office, Troy, suggests she take up art classes in the hope of meeting a nice guy. He knows what she needs, and he doesn’t want to spoil their friendship by having to do it himself.

Stuart, the male nude model at life drawing classes has the perfect body. Chelsea can barely contain her desire as she studies his smooth, waxed, muscle-toned physique and then attempts to commit it to canvas. She acquaints herself with every gorgeous inch of his body, and although her skills as an artist fall a bit short, the vision of Stuart’s torso is wonderful fodder for her nocturnal fantasies. She feeds sumptuously, sating her ravishing hunger, quelling her desires. But it’s not enough. She needs more. She needs the real thing, not just her fantasies.

 

Get your copy now.

 

 

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Congratulations Isabella Hargreaves – 3rd in NZ Koru Award for Persuasion of Jane Brody

Get your copy now! Click the image below.

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