RWNZ Conference… or… Romance Writing Ladies meet the All Blacks????

Hello all,
Just back from a fantastic conference with the positive, encouraging ladies of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. Wellington was lovely for the whole weekend, with only light doses of earthquake aftershocks.

Welly silver fern globe                                      Lovely eve in wellington

The All Blacks stayed in our hotel… If that wasn’t inspiring for us, I’m not sure what would be!

All Blacks leaving for the game against Aussie, which they won, of course!

Fantastic speakers and friends, great venue at the Intercontinental Hotel.


Over the weekend, I pitched my newly completed novel Express Desire (Changing it to Express Desired) to several editors and an agent…  and several asked for submissions, including:

Sue Brockhoff of Harlequin Australia, Margaret Marbury of Harlequin USA/Canada and Stacy Abrams of Entangled (USA), for their Single Title classed novels, as a Historical Fictional Suspense with Romantic Elements…  Nalini Akolekar,agent, of Spencerhill Associates also asked for the MS. Along with Jessica Faust of Bookends (NJ, USA), who requested it long ago, it looks like we’re in for a look!


The awards dinner this year was “Red Carpet”… so we dressed accordingly!  I was pleased to go across the stage that evening with Express Desire as a finalist in the HQN Great Beginnings contest, taking fifth place!

Awards dinner 1 Receiving award Great Beginnings Awards dinner 3

We had some fantastic speakers!  Sessions I attended included talks by Kiwi and international award-winning (some NY Times bestselling ) writers, editors and agents: Stacy Cantor Abrams, Nalini Akolekar, Zana Bell, Allison Brennan, Sue Brockhoff, Megan Crane (Alias Caitlin Crews), Sarah Fairhall, Louise George, Kylie Griffin, Shirley Jump, Lilia Kanna Margaret Marbury, Sheila Hodgson, Nalini Singh and Yvonne Lindsay.

Great engaging speakers, great friends, old and new…  Thank you to all the speakers, organizers and helpers!

With new friends

More new friends at great Belgian restaurant Leuven

More new friends at great Belgian restaurant Leuven

Friends old and new

Friends old and new


Doesn’t get much better than this!

6 comments on “RWNZ Conference… or… Romance Writing Ladies meet the All Blacks????

  1. Pretty impressive! Your dress is not really as low cut as it looks???Good luck Lizzie!


  2. Kirsten Petersen says:

    Wow, I think you have yourself a best seller, especially with horse lovers! I had a bit of trouble with her circus manoeuvres, but REALLY awesome girl! Hard to put down. I am marking as I go too. Love, your proud MOM   Kirsten


  3. Way to go Lizzie! Fantastic news. All those people wanting to read your Ms. I’ll have to take pitch lessons from you for next year!


  4. The conference was great…but meeting new friends like Lizzi was the best!


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