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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Anthology: A Taste of Romance from Australia

Becoming a member of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild (MRWG) in 2012 was a life changing decision. My goal was to improve my writing craft and make new friends, but by the end of that first meeting, writing had transformed from a hobby to a full blown career aspiration. 

MRWG Members—ranging from novice writers to multi-published award-winning authors—were welcoming and extremely generous with their writing and publishing knowledge. I didn't realize at the time, but I'd found 'my tribe'—an amazing group of women who not only support and motivate each other throughout their writing careers, but women who have become true friends. 

In 2015 MRWG celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the release of the Sweet & Spicy short story anthology. Our second anthology, Taste of Romance, was released on Valentine's Day 2017. I’m extremely proud that my story, Love Interrupted, is included in this anthology of wonderful Australian authors.


The heat rating for all 16 stories range from white-chocolate-sweetness to dark-chili-ooh-la-la so there's something for everyone in this delightful collection. All stories are short enough to enjoy whenever you get ten minutes in your busy day, or you may want to stop whatever you're doing to read them all. Or maybe you’d prefer to save your reading for a quiet evening of splendid men, and a glass of wine.

Love is a box of chocolates – treat yourself to a delicious assortment of sixteen romance flavors from new and established authors. 

Firefighter Ryan Harper is a dark chocolate-coated orange cream. His rich, bitter shell hides a sweet and sumptuous center that satisfies long after the final bite. 

Detective Colt Callaghan is chili-cherry swirl in decadent milk chocolate. He hides behind a gruff exterior, but underneath he’s sexy and sweet, with a shock of spice when you least expect it. 

Space Engineer Simon Dubois is a handmade truffle. Decadent and Indulgent. Dark chocolate caressing a ganache infused with earthy, sensuous Armagnac, and sweet succulent smoked pimento. A fusion of flavor, a frisson of pleasure. 

Taste of Romance is a collection of love stories and romance fiction from members of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. The anthology spans many facets of romance, from contemporary to historical, romcom to suspense, with heat levels ranging from sweet to erotic. These works are a celebration of the past 26 years of encouragement and support the Guild has given to romance authors as they journey toward publication and beyond. 

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Lauren James is a country girl at heart. Raised on a small property surrounded by animals, it's no surprise she writes small town romance with lots of love for creatures great and small.

Having failed fabulously at painting, sewing and playing guitar, she finally found her creative outlet in writing strong, quirky heroines, and tough, handsome heroes with gooey animal-loving centers.

Lauren lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, with her beloved rescue greyhound, Daisy.

You can contact Lauren via her websiteFacebook or Twitter.


Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great post, Lauren--love the chocolate motif! :-)

Lauren James said...

Thank you, Lynn. I don't think many of us can go past chocolate :)

Reese Ryan said...

I love the concept of this anthology. Look forward to reading this.

Elaine Fraser said...

Great post, Lauren that shoes the benefit of community and collaboration in building an individual career.

Michelle Somers said...

Great post, Lauren!
Romance and chocolate in one hit! Fabulous!
I love the sound of your story. Can't wait to read more :)
Michelle xx