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Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre





Early Bird Registrations Open Early March and Close Early May

Love Thrills Conference Programme (1.26 MB) (Subject to Change)


CandyPhotoNewCandace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Embrace and Otherworld  lines atEntangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. Candy is our Friday Key Note Speaker and Acquiring Editor for Entangled Publishing

Karen RoseKaren Rose

RITA-winning, #1 internationally best-selling author Karen Rose earned her university degree in engineering. For years she worked as an engineer, earning two patents, but began writing romances when scenes began filling her mind and her characters would not be silenced. Her debut suspense novel, DON’T TELL, was released in 2003. Since then, she has released fifteen more novels and two novellas, her books translated into twenty-four languages. A two-time RITA® winner, five of Karen’s other titles have been RITA® finalists. Her books have hit the NYT, London Sunday Times and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists. Her sixteenth novel, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK, was released in 2014. Karen lives in Florida with her family, their two dogs and two cats.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series, Nalini Singh is passionate about writing.Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. You can find out more about Nalini and her books on her website: Nalini is also on Twitter ( and Facebook (

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USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s 30-plus award-winning novels are cited for warmth, wit, and vivid characterization. In addition to romance and women’s fiction, she adds humor and romance to figuring out whodunit in her “Caught Dead in Wyoming” mystery series. She has taught writing for two decades, including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution. After B.A. and Masters degrees from Northwestern University, Patricia began a journalism career that included more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post. She is a dog-lover and an ever-hopeful gardener. She enjoys visiting with readers … but if you see her on social media too often, tell her to get back to work!

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Amanda Ashby is a published author in adult, young adult and middle grade fiction. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism and when not writing or looking after her children she spends far too much time watching television.




SaraSara Hantz

Sara Hantz is a published author in both adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Sara has a Doctorate in Education and lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing (she also spends far too much time watching television).

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Courtney Miller-Callihan joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005, after several years’ working in Random House’s subsidiary rights and contracts departments. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and The Johns Hopkins University, she specializes in romance, women’s fiction, and young adult novels, and is particularly drawn to fresh and original voices, strong and smart heroines, and new takes on classic tropes. She lives in Southern California and travels frequently for meetings and conferences. Visit her agency website at or find her on Twitter @millercallihan.

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A native Ohioan, Lindsey graduated with a degree in English from the University of Dayton where she worked as an editor, staff writer, and writing consultant. Her passion for reading and writing carried over into her professional career as a Communications Specialist and Electronic Marketing Analyst until she recently packed up her bags and moved to the Golden State. She is now the Marketing and Editorial Manager at Tule Publishing in San Clemente, California. Lindsey enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for reading, travel, and a good cup of coffee!

16071_IMG_0009_PhotographersInc_PortraitYvonne Eve Walus

Yvonne Eve Walus is one of the tutors on, a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and a regular competition judge for the International Writers’ Workshop. Her classes vary from “How to write sentences that rock” to “How to write crime fiction”. In her spare time, Yvonne writes fiction. Her latest thriller, “Operation: Genocide” published by Stairway Press is available in ebook and paper. As Eve Summers, Yvonne has two collections of romance short stories with Splice Publishing: Sweet Somethings and Spicy Somethings.



Lucy Clark

Lucy Clark is an international, multi-published author of over 60 romance novels with almost 20 years industry experience. She holds a Master of Arts (Writing & Literature) and is an Assistant Editor with Entangled Publishing. Lucy has conducted workshops and tutorials at both State and National levels. She has been awarded the Chapter Service award from Romance Writers of America and is a 2014 Romance Writers of Australia R*BY award winner.

New York Times bestselling romance author Mary Jo Putney was born with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure.  Her entire writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.Traditional Regencies were her first love, and she has since expanded into historical and contemporary romance, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals.  She has won numerous awards, including two RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, and in 2013 received RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Maryland, most of her stories include cats, and she loves having the opportunity to return to Middle Earth!
Cassandra Dean is an international, best-selling author in a variety of genres, including historical romance and erotic romance. Cassandra is also an Editor with Decadent Publishing and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies & Professional Writing). She has previously presented workshops at various State based conferences and lectures regularly at the SA Writers’ Centre.

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