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Ruby Finalists Announced!

In ConferenceContestsIndie PublishingRWA News by RWA Blog CoordinatorJuly 17, 20207 Comments

It’s that time of year folks! The finalists for Romantic Book of the Year were announced this week! Congratulations to all the finalists, what an amazing effort!

Kudos to our contest team, reader judges, organising committee and contest co-ordinator Sarma Burdeu!

And the finalists are…

Romantic Suspense

Leah Ashton – Out Run the Night (previously ‘Defiant’)

Claire Boston – Nothing to Lose

Claire Boston – Shelter

Emma Lea – Hide and Seek


Amy Andrews – Nothing But Trouble

Ann Penny – Capturing Love

Janet Elizabeth Henderson – Can’t Stop the Feeling

Sarah Williams – The legacies of Brigadier Station

Stella Quinn – Stowaway

Fiona McArthur – The Desert Midwife


Anne-Marie Brear – The Slum Angel

Anne Gracie – Marry in Secret

Bronwyn Parry – The Clothier’s Daughter

Romantic Elements

Rachel Johns – Just One Wish

Jenn J McLeod – House of Wishes

Cindy Williams – The Silk Merchant of Sychar

Speculative Fiction

Anna Hackett – Heart of Eon

Lana Pecherczyk – Envy

Lana Pecherczyk – Sloth


Marianne Bayliss – Unwrapping Her Heart

Monique McDonell – A Christmas Arrangement

Georgia Tingley – Whistler Wonderland

Why not read along with our #rubyreadalong! You can find all the finalists stories at the RWA Virtual Bookstore where all these books (and more) will be available:

Conference News | Virtual Conference Announced!

In ConferenceInterview by RWA Blog CoordinatorJuly 6, 2020Leave a Comment

Love in Isolation 2020 – Registrations Open!

Registrations for RWA’s 2020 Virtual Conference – Love in Isolation are now open! Taking place over five days from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 August, the online conference includes 31 sessions and over 40 hours of content. Tickets cost $150 (plus GST) for members and $250 (plus GST) for non-members.

Covid-19 travel restrictions and border closures meant that the in-person conference, due to be held in Fremantle this year, was unlikely to go ahead so RWA made the decision to move as much of the conference online as possible.

Despite restrictions, many of the sessions due to be held at the in-person conference have been able to go ahead with a mix of live and pre-recorded workshops, streamed through the browser-based Webinar Ninja.

This includes presentations from special guests New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, Tanera Simons (agent for Darley Anderson), Anna Boatman (publisher with PCR Fiction (Piatkus Fiction and Constable Crime)) and Liz Pelletier from Entangled who will present a full-day workshop on Wednesday 12 August with a live Q&A.

Check out the full program on the new conference website at

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 22 August at 7pm.

An online shop selling conference swag and a digital bookstore will also be included. (Look out on social media and your emails for further details.)
We’re also thrilled to have the support of our sponsors including our gold sponsor Draft2Digital, and our silver sponsors Reedsy and Harlequin Australia. Their generous contributions to our conference are greatly appreciated.

For those of you worried you may not be able to catch all of the conference as it happens, have no fear! All sessions will be recorded and available to ticket holders for three months after the conference so you can watch the workshops at your leisure. You must register for the conference before the closing date to access them.

Visit for full details on the conference, including how to purchase your ticket.