Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time Out Thursday - A South African Reading Adventure

Pink Heart Society columnist Joss Wood, is talking all about the fantastic writers who make up the South African romance writing community... 

On my short writing journey so far I have learnt so much but two things stand out. The first is that I’ve still have so much to learn— Louis l’Amour said, at the age of ninety, that he might be getting the hang of writing so I have a long way to go—and the other is that I’m am constantly surprised about how nice the romance writing community is.

From editors to agents, reviewers to readers and, especially, the romance authors, published and unpublished. I belong to three author loops and I bet if we put them all in a room they’d be friends in three seconds flat. Of course we talk about writing, the publishing industry and our careers on the loops but we get personal too. Like real friends we know when someone is sick, or feeling down, what is happening in their lives and their children’s lives. We’re friends, and I really believe that no one can have too many friends. And having friends who share your passion? Priceless.

Photo by the lovely Rebecca Crowley
This last weekend I was at the first conference for South African romance writers and while you might be more familiar with my US, Australia and British author friends, you might not have heard of some South African romance writers who rock.   I thought that I’d take a moment to introduce you to some of my home based friends who are brilliant authors as well.

Romy Sommer writes for Harper Impulse; check out her books To Catch A Star and Waking up In Vegas. She’s a marvellous romance writer with a stunning voice. Rae Rivers also writes for Harper Impulse and is the Cape Town author of The Keepers, a series of paranormal romances. She gave me a copy of Archer that I can’t wait to read.

The lovely Elsa Winckler writes for Escape Publishing and Marie Dry is published by Black Opal Books and her debut sci-fi romance, Alien Mine, is doing tremendously well. Rebecca Crowley saw the light and actually moved to South Africa—  smart girl!— and is published by Carina Press and Samhein Publishing.

Two authors who seriously impressed are Carlyle Labuschagne and Rachel Morgan. Carlyle is the author of the urban, sci-fi series Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel "The Broken Destiny" reached top 3 in its YA debut Category. The Sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013 and was nominated for IRC best Indie Novel and Indie cover award 2014.  Rachel Morgan is probably our most successful self published author. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the light hearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

There are others— sorry, I wish I could list you all and I love you as much!—but maybe the authors listed above will be the start of your South African reading adventure. 

What books set in South Africa or written by South African authors would you recommend?  Leave recommendations in the comments below.

Oh, and BTW!, I have a Christmas story out at the moment. I am so lucky to be included in a anthology with Carole Mortimer and Maisey Yates—no pressure to bring my A-game ;-) ! 

The book is called Christmas with a Billionaire and my novella is A Diamond for Christmas. Find it, well…anywhere:

 Headstrong Riley's holiday run-in with hot gemstone tycoon James Moreau is unsettling to say the least. 

But she soon discovers that the only thing better than resisting temptation is finally giving in!

 To find out more about Joss, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. Ack. Somehow, don't ask me how, I forgot to include the lovely Jo Watson who writes new adult. Check out her book Burning Moon on Amazon.

  2. Thank you so much for the shout out, Joss! It was great to meet you, even though it was brief. I'll have to come for the whole conference next time!

  3. You always bring your A-game, Joss! Thanks so much for the shout out.

  4. Thanks, so much for the mention Joss. Loved your blog and also your presentation.

  5. Your photo is THE best author photo I have seen in a while.

  6. OH wow this is such a huge highlight to be mentioned by the fabulous Joss Woods! Thank you so very much!

  7. Looking forward to checking these recommendations out - thanks for sharing Joss!

  8. Lovely post, Joss. It was such an amazing conference and I so enjoyed meeting you and all these beautiful people. Thank you for the shout out and for sharing.