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Article  •  9 April 2018


In love with romance

Author Fiona McArthur on her unabashed passion for the romance genre.

Do you love to read or write romance? I unabashedly say yes, I do. I love it and I know seven other authors who are just as happy to shout out about it. Which is why we hope you’ll join our Love Between The Pages tours as we celebrate the joy of that strong romantic relationship between our fabulous Aussie characters and the absolute satisfaction of the happily ever after in our books.

Eight Penguin Random House authors are hitting the road in groups of two and three throughout our home states of NSW, WA, and QLD to talk about the Love Between The Pages of our books. With three times as much enthusiasm, we’ll be travelling, laughing, and chatting with readers and writers in libraries and bookstores to share the excitement and delight that comes from a truly satisfying book and a very happy ending. Unapologetically, we love romance and we reckon you might too.

We’re a diverse mob and I’ll be honest, it’s set to be a love fest. We all believe in happy endings, and in our writing we honour our women – as well as the men who deserve them – and the long happy future we hope for them together.

Our NSW tour will be kicking off this Sunday 15 April in Parramatta and I’ll be travelling with Janette Paul and her fab book Amber and Alice, and the lovely Sandie Docker with her new book The Kookaburra Creek Café. I’ll also be talking about my book of the heart, set in a small town in the Riverina of NSW, called Mothers’ Day which has just hit the shelves. I can’t wait!

For those of you who haven’t read any of my books, I love strong women, often in the medical profession, very often midwives. I always champion the underdog, and wonderful, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Then there’s that bit of drama thrown in because who doesn’t love a few tears, a heartfelt sigh of relief and a big happy smile at the end? I always enjoy watching a gorgeous man earn the right to win his beautiful and strong-willed heroine’s heart and I believe that’s something universal for romantic writers and readers.

We’re so lucky to be writers in Australia, we have diverse landscapes from the centre to the sea, and the tamed and untamed land between to set our stories. With that in mind, we hope you’ll love the diversity of the Love Between the Pages authors and the stories and settings you’ll see brought to life in our books.

Following our NSW tour, in June you’ll get to meet wonderful WA authors Anthea Hodgson, and Sasha Wasley. Then in August, QLD authors Barbara Hannay, Christine Wells and Helene Young will be hitting the road. What a star-studded line up!

So starting with Ermington Community Centre on the 15th of April, please come and join us. Find all our dates and itinerary here, book your seat and lean forward to join us for a fabulous, flirty and fun-filled event at your local library or Dymocks. Let’s celebrate Love Between the Pages!

With warmest wishes and much excitement for the coming tour,

Fiona McArthur

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