I had a wonderful surprise while taking the girls camping - The Reluctant Bride was nominated Favourite Historical for 2013 by Australian Romance Readers Association.
Here's the lovely logo they sent me.
Winners will be announced in Sydney on March 22, 2013. I've got some amazing competition and if I make it to Sydney I know I'll have a wonderful time catching up with some of the lovely authors and readers I've met through ARRA dinners and conventions over the years.
It certainly is going to be a busy year what with attending RT Booklovers in New Orleans in May, and before that going to Norway for a month and also to the UK for my book launch at the Australian High Commission.
Here in Australia we're sweltering in 40+ degrees with nearby fires and, right now, an unexpected thunder storm. It's quite beautiful really, though the girls are scared.
Our holidays were great fun and it was the first time I'd gone camping on my own. I knew I could put the tent up by myself but every time I tried people rushed from all over to help me - which was very nice. We stayed in blustery Robe on the South Australian coast, and then in Renmark in the hot Riverland on the way back from visiting my dad and family at our Clare Valley property.
Now I've returned to catching up on all my emails, as well as my reading - not to mention my writing!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that your expectations of 2014 being a really good one are exceeded.