Monday, April 09, 2012

It's Easter Monday 'DownUnder' which is a public holiday. Many people get five days off over Easter..that's a big break and the retailers know it. For a month before Easter the junk mail is FULL of camping equipment sales and DIY sales. In the past we've done both of those things. We've often painted bedrooms, completed a big garden project. We've also gone camping. This year we took a road trip to visit my cousins in South Australia...the state next door. 

We also used it as an opportunity to visit Adelaide University. My eldest son will be off to uni/college next year and he's keeping his options open and we've been visiting quite a few places! It was also a chance for him to get more kilometres/miles under his belt driving because where we live he has to have driven 120 hours before he can sit his driver's test.

It was great catching up with family and seeing the cousins playing together.  I was able to share my exciting news with them and I want to share it here with you too!  Two weeks ago, I woke up to hear my iPad going ping, ping, ping. I stumbled out into the kitchen and read, 'Congratulations on your #Rita12 nomination.' My heart almost stopped and I automatically looked toward the phone to see if the message bank was blinking. Had I missed a phone call in the middle of the night telling me this news? 

Somehow I managed to get my fingers to work and I found the RWA list and yes, there under Single Title Contemporary Romance was my name and next to it was Boomerang Bride. I rang Angela James, the Chief Executive Editor of Carina Press and she told me I was the first Carina Press author to be nominated for a RITA®  SQUEE!! For those of you who don't know about the RITA®,  it is the Romance Writers of Amercia's award for published authors. My peers had read this book and deemed it worthy of being nominated.

This is a really special nomination for so many reasons, including the fact this book took a long time to find a home. It shares my love tor Australia and my love for the USA. It combines all the wonderful things about small towns in both countries and I just loved writing it. To read more about it including the song that inspired it, click here.

To celebrate my nomination, I'd love to give away an eBook version of Boomerang Bride.  To be in with a chance to win, tell me how you celebrated Easter this year. Remember to leave your email address in the comment in case you win!  

If you'd like to buy your own copy of Boomerang Bride it is available as a physical book and and an eBook

Fiona Lowe is an award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequinand Carina Press. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes and often found collapsed on the couch. A current RT Book Reviwers' Choice Award nominee, you  can find her at her website, facebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Boomerang Bride is available now from Carina Press,Amazon Kindle, Nook and all other online book stores


ev said...

Congratulations on the nomination!! I wonder if they didn't call because they didn't want to wake you in the middle of your night? Although, I think it's a great reason to wake someone up!!

Easter was quiet- late brunch with friends then napping and tv the rest of the day. Very relaxing!!

Shelley B said...

I'm retire, but my husband is not. We try to go camping one weekend a month. Since he got Good Friday off, we took off Thursdat night. So on Easter we were sitting by the fire with an awesome view of the lake. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway!

*yadkny* said...

I hosted an Easter egg hunt at my mom's house for the kiddies. My mom cooked and the weather was excellent, so we had a great day!

pamerd said...


Congratulations on the nomination for a RITA.

For Easter we went to my In-Laws and had an early dinner. My mother-in-law is a great cook so I always eat more than I should.

Thanks for the giveaway - I have been looking at this book since I saw the list. I am excited to read it.


Barbara E. said...

Congrats on your Rita nomination! I didn't do much at Easter, just stayed home and relaxed. My son was working and didn't get home until late, so I didn't plan any kind of dinner or anything.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

host said...

Congrats on your Rita nomination!!!
I spent the Easter day at my father's uncle's 90th birthday :) It was fun to celebrate his long life and to hear about all the world chances from a person who lived through them. This is going to be one of Easters I will remember for a long time.

franalokas (at) yahoo (dot) com

erin said...


I've read such awesome reviews/posts about your book and so I know that this nom is well deserved ;)

Easter was meh for me. Had to work and the extended fam is fueding so no dinners anywhere... lol... which is for the better let me tell ya!

Fiona Lowe said...

I've just come out from under a massive pile of holiday laundry! Thank you so much for all your lovely congratulations and your Easter stories. My son put all your names in a hat and pulled out HOST! Congratulations. I'll email you!