Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico and Clint will be hanging up their chauffeur hats at the end of September and handing over the wheel of the Cruisin’ limo to a new volunteer. Would you like to be the one who drives this blog into the future? If you’re an RWA member and you’re interested in compiling Cruisin’ with RWA and/or  Sunday’s Event Announcements, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Renee Hammond at volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or our blogmistress, Imelda Evans blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

Member News

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The release date has been announced for Téa’s next Australian historical romance, Jazz Baby. It’s available now for pre-order and reviews

Announced the release of The Bouquet List from Entangled Publishing

is thrilled to be sharing the cover of The Boyfriend Sessions

Long Gone Girl - a 1950’s novella officially released with Steam eReads

Annie’s new book Damaso Claims His Heir is on sale now

Darry’s new book, Will of the Heart, is winging its way to a launch date coming soon

Hazel as a new release, Armageddon Mates Book 4, Arden’s Mate

Highlander in the Mist is due for release in November from Luminosity Publishing

Theresa has an upcoming October release, In The Arms of Sleep.

RWA Blog

September 21 – Event Announcements41.CharmingtheOutback_cover

September 22 – Author Spotlight on Leesa Bow

September 25 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

September 15 – Maggie Christensen drops in to talk about the ties that bind – Band of Gold.

September 11 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Denise Rossetti

September 11 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Helen Lacey

September 12 – FINDING MY VOICE: Mel Teshco

September 15 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Louise Forster

September 15 – RELEASE DAY ALERT: Amy Rose Bennett’s Long Gone Girl

September 16 – RELEASE DAY ALERT: Lisa Swallow’s Unplugged

September 16 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Charlotte McConaghy

September 17 – COVER REVEAL: Belinda William’s The Boyfriend Sessions

September 17 – AT MY DESK: Nora James

Success: what does it mean for you?

This week on Friday Feast we’re celebrating Spargelzeit. Or, for those non-German speakers, asparagus time. Thriller author Jaye Ford reveals her love for white asparagus and all the beautiful ways Europeans enjoy this most royal of vegetables. Plus reveal what holiday food has sent you into a spin and you’ll go into the draw to win Jaye’s brilliant new heart-stopper Already Dead. Spargelous!

Heather Garside on my blog this week, talking about her passion for travel and a near-disastrous canoeing trip

My guest this week on Write Bytes is Mel Tescho who doesn’t know the meaning of the word exercise, a word that I think many writers have trouble with

In an ideal world we’d be on all the social media platforms all the time. But this isn’t an ideal world. So we need to make some pragmatic decisions. And the first is to give yourself permission not to feel guilty!

When Good Characters Behave Badly

3 ways to unleash your inner Jazz Baby

The Perils of the First Person

RWA Contests

 Dates for the 2014-15 contest season

Ripping Start Opens 1 September 2014 Closes 26 September 2014
Selling Synopsis Opens 1 October 2014 Closes 24 October 2014
Emerald Award Opens 1 November 2014 Closes 21 November 2014
Little Gems Opens 1 January 2015 Closes 23 January 2015
First Kiss Opens 24 January 2015 Closes 14 February 2015
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2015

Contests

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

UK publisher Choc Lit are running another search for a star contest to win a book deal and also audio deal.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Enrico1. Anne Gracie
2. Christina Phillips
3. Historical Saga Novels
4. Jane Quick
5. Lily Malone
6. M J Scott

Have a great week and happy writing!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

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    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

KSP Writers Centre

Free Author Talk

Wednesday 22 October, 7.00pm-9.00pmFionaPalmer_TheSunburntCountry

WINE AND CHEESE NIGHT! Come along to KSP for a fantastic evening with best-selling Australian rural romance authors Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns. Enjoy a glass or two of wine and selection of delicious cheese and nibbles. Books will be on sale and available for personal signing by the authors.

Costs: Free, but RSVP is essential. Phone or email KSP to book your place.

Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

Val and Al discuss stunning writing studios, a ridiculously priced comic book, extreme reading, and how to keep track of your ideas. They also talk to doctor-turned-bestselling author Nick Earls about how to write “funny”, persistence in publishing, and writing what you know!

Want to be a part of the most prolific genre on the planet? Keen to discover how to create suspense, plot twists and characters that readers will care about (even after you’ve killed them off)?

This course shows you how, tapping into what makes this genre unique and exploring the successful methods to crafting gripping and memorable storytelling where no seat edges are safe!

“No matter how well progressed you think you are with your writing, there is always something valuable to learn, and the thriller course really lays it all out for you in both a practical and inspiring way. My ideas really developed on this course.”
– Kerry Rogerson

Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014
Time: 10am–4pm

Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy
Wednesday 17 September 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra Spring
Starting Tuesday 7 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy – NEW DATE
Starting Wednesday 8 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 9 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Jeni Mawter
Starting Thursday 9 October 2014 for five weeks

Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
Saturday 11 October and Sunday 12 October 2014

Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
Starting Monday 13 October 2014 for six weeks

Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Maguire
Monday 13 October 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
Tuesday 14 October 2014 (one-day course)

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – NEW DATE
Tuesday 14 October 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 16 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
Tuesday 21 October 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Starting Tuesday 28 October 2014 for five weeks

Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Weekend course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
Starting Wednesday 5 November 2014 for two weeks

Course: PR and Media Releases That Get Results with Catriona
Pollard
Thursday 6 November 2014 (one-day course)

Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Writing Australian History with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 8 November 2014

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 Tim Gooding
Starting Monday 10 November 2014 for five weeks

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
Starting Wednesday 12 November 2014 for five weeks

Seminar: Self-publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 13 November 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: What Publishers Want with Bernadette Foley
Saturday 15 November (half-day course)

2015
Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
Starting Friday 16 January 2015 for six weeks

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – NEW DATE
Saturday 17 January and Sunday 18 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
Starts Monday 2 February 2015 (6 month program)

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 Sunday March 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
Starting Tuesday 17 March 2015 for five weeks

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 21 March 2015 (one-day course)

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November 2014

Overseas writing tours – 2015
Writing in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff – NEW DATE
When: Friday 11 September to Saturday 19 September 2015

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 22 October to Saturday 8 November 2015

Online Events

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Travel Writing with Julietta Jameson
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Julietta Jameson – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 22 September 2014 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico and Clint will be hanging up their chauffeur hats at the end of September and handing over the wheel of the Cruisin’ limo to a new volunteer. Would 3D man giving keys to his sonyou like to be the one who drives this blog into the future? If you’re an RWA member and you’re interested in compiling Cruisin’ with RWA and/or  Sunday’s Event Announcements, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Renee Hammond at volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or our blogmistress, Imelda Evans blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

Member News

is super-excited to announce the cover for her next book!! Montana Actually, book one in the Medicine River series, is set in Montana and features sexy doctors, hunky cowboys, glorious mountain scenery, and a rather clueless city doctor who thought driving six blocks to his favourite Chicago deli, was a long way. Fortunately, there’s a Montana gal who knows exactly how to educate him.

RWA Blog

September 8 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Erotic Romance Author, Cate Ellink… http://wp.me/pyUHN-5iw

September 7 – Anne Gracie, Rachael Johns, Fiona Palmer and Kate Belle on Event Announcements http://wp.me/pyUHN-5rk

September 5 - Blog Bites with Sarah Belle http://wp.me/pyUHN-5qF

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

September 15 – Maggie Christensen drops in to talk about the ties that bind – Band of Gold.

September 4 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Juliet Madison

September 5 – COVER REVEAL: S.A Gordon’s The Prince

September 5 – FINDING MY VOICE: Alissa Callen

September 5 – RELEASE DAY ALERT: Nikki Dee Houston’s Picture Perfect

September 8 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Cathryn Hein

September 8 – NEW RELEASE ALERT: Leigh Bennett’s Flirting with Magick

September 9 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Fiona Lowe

September 10 – AT MY DESK: Virginia Taylor

Christmas Extravaganza – Only a few spots remaining in the AusRom Today Christmas Extravaganza. If you’ve got a Christmas/Festive-themed romance novel (new or existing) that you’d like to promote, email me on jaimee (at) ausromtoday.com

Editing psychosis: recognize the signs

Cassandra Samuels is blogging about Inspiration and where you get it on the Breathless in the Bush blog. Come come say hi and let her know where you get your inspiration from.

Friday Feast features some serious zing this week. Annie West is celebrating the release of her new romance, Damaso Claims His Heir, with a mouth-watering tarte au citron. And if that’s not zesty enough, you could score your own sexy Brazillian billionaire by entering the Damaso giveaway. Just the thing to get your mind, mouth and heart samba-ing!

Let’s Talk Books With Juliet Madison, Author Of Haunted Ever After

This week on my blog I’m talking about Rebellious Women of the English Aristocracy. They are some of my favourite writers and were huge influences when writing Red Dirt Duchess. Hope you can drop by.

Entertaining & informative interview podcast with Shannon Curtis, coordinator of the recent Sydney Conference.

September 9 Susanne Bellamy visits Alison Stuart’s Fun Facts

September 11 – Maggie Christensen and Susanne Bellamy chat over coffee at Cafe Cala

My release date has been announced for my next sci fi-adventure romance, When Stars Collide. AND its available for pre-order and reviews. Details here.

Also, have a guest promo on my blog – Mel Teshco and a character interview of the heroine in her book, Carnal Moon – available now.

On Darksiders on September 13, we have Enchanted Orb post with Leisl Leighton.

RWA Contests

 Dates for the 2014-15 contest season

Ripping Start Opens 1 September 2014 Closes 26 September 2014
Selling Synopsis Opens 1 October 2014 Closes 24 October 2014
Emerald Award Opens 1 November 2014 Closes 21 November 2014
Little Gems Opens 1 January 2015 Closes 23 January 2015
First Kiss Opens 24 January 2015 Closes 14 February 2015
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2015

Contests

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

UK publisher Choc Lit are running another search for a star contest to win a book deal and also audio deal.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Enrico1. Anita Joy
2. Cats, Books & Life
3. Historical Hearts
4. Imogene Nix
5. Jane Quick
6. Kiki Fu

Have a great week and happy writing!

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Erotic Romance Author, Cate Ellink…

*Ed’s Note: This post contains adult content and is only suitable for readers over the age of 18.

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Cate, and congratulations on the release of ‘Deep Diving’! Can you give us the blurb, please?

Thanks heaps, Sarah. This is my blurb, the official one may be different.

Two competitive athletes and a sex-filled holiday fling. No strings, right?

Samantha Caine, newly-retired Olympic triathlete, meets Cooper Sterling, high-profile rugby league player, on tropical paradise, Lord Howe Island when they’re paired as dive buddies.

Soon they become more than undersea partners and things get seriously sexy, but Sam’s disinclined to be another football groupie, and for Cooper it’s about more than good looks.

Is a holiday fling the finish line or can Sam and Cooper turn friendly competition into more than sizzling sex?

Deep Diving

 

What was the inspiration behind ‘Deep Diving’?

I was at the NRL Grand Final in 2012. I’m a footy fan, so this was no hardship. One of the players caught my attention – no idea why in this game, when I’d seen him play before – and I began to wonder how you’d ever meet someone like him, and if you did, what would it be like?

I figured you’d meet him on holidays. I’ve been to Lord Howe Island a few times and it’s one of my favourite places. So, my imagination went crazy. I’d meet him scuba diving at Lord Howe. I’d have to be really sporty to attract him, but I wouldn’t want to make myself too easy, so our holiday would have to be full-on and competitive.

And being a new erotic author, I wanted to see if I could write a lot of sex without getting bored (I know, please don’t think too deeply about my mind. It scares me too!). So Cooper and Sam have a competition to always use a different form of the sex act on their 11 day holiday. I hope you won’t get bored reading, because I certainly didn’t!

The world of erotic literature has certainly expanded in recent years. Was there a catalyst for this, do you think, or has society’s attitudes relaxed to the point that readers no longer need to hide their books in brown paper bags?

Sarah, you ask some great questions. I think e-publishing has been the major catalyst because no one sees what you’re reading, and e-publishing has allowed erotic literature to be readily available. When I first started reading erotic stories (in the 1990s), it was difficult to buy (or borrow) these books. They just weren’t easily available in Australia. Now it’s a click of a button and the book is yours!

I think there’s been some relaxation of society’s attitudes, brought about by the popularity of some erotic titles, but I think this has a long way to go. Most people I know (who aren’t writers) struggle to cope with the fact that I ‘write sex…for people to read’.

Do you see the popularity of erotic novels as sexually liberating for readers?

Hmmm…yes, I suppose so. I want to write it for that reason, so I hope people read for that reason. I don’t write for it to be titillating, I write because I think sex and intimacy is an integral part of a relationship and we (as a society) have hidden (or belittled) that part of ourselves for a long time. I want to open the doors to the bedroom, or wherever people have sex. I want sex (in whatever form) to be seen as a normal part of a healthy relationship.

You’ve written a number of stories for anthologies as well, the most recent being ‘Control’. How do you go about making the characters as deep in a short story as in a novel?

I started by writing short stories, and most of my short stories are ‘scenes’ rather than what you’d call stories (eg Control is <1200 words, so it’s really short). Mostly, my short stories are erotica, not erotic romance, so I don’t need too much character development because I’m not showing the emotion of people falling in love. Erotica is more about describing the sex act itself. Erotic romance is focussed on the romance, the emotions, including the sex act.

I write in first person (unless I have to change) and giving only one character’s thoughts and emotions makes it easier to write short. Sometimes I think maybe that’s cheating, but I really can’t handle two people!

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What would we find on your bookshelf and e-reader? Which authors have influenced you the most?

I am a most eclectic reader, so you’d find all sorts on my bookshelves/e-reader. In the erotic line, I have most of the Marquis deSade’s books. I think of him as the forefather of erotica and his books were an eye-opener to me when I was first introduced to them. I have quite a few of the ‘older’ erotic books, like Fanny Hill and The Story of O. I went through a phase were I made quite a collection of ‘sex books’ (eg The Art of Sexual Ecstasy, Sex for One, Sex Q&A, Our Bodies, Ourselves) and I use these a lot for ‘research’.

In recent years I guess the Wonkomance (www.wonkomance.com) girls are those who have influenced me the most. They’re smart women, who write clever stories of relationships that aren’t quite the norm (wonk). Charlotte Stein is my favourite and I try to channel her in my writing (I think her first person is so incredible, I’d like to be that good one day).

What do you do when not writing? How do you relax?

I live on the south coast of NSW only a short stroll to the river and the beach, so I’m often at one of those places if I’m relaxing. I love swimming so look for me in the water. We’re quite close to Jervis Bay for unbelievable snorkelling and diving. I’m a voracious reader. I love eating, and I’m pretty partial to a long lunch. I love sleeping in, and a long soak in the bath, reading, is pure joy.

How important is it for erotic novelists to research? How do they do this – reading, visiting BDSM venues?

I think it’s really important to research and to be clear in your stories the exact nature of people’s relationships (especially with BDSM stories). But I’m a scientist by training, so I’m a bit nerdy about things being right.

I know this is awful, but sometimes I can be pulled right out of a story when something happens that I know isn’t correct. And when this happens in a sex scene, it makes me wonder why on earth the author wrote a scene they know nothing about. I also find there’s a lot of clichés in erotic writing – like foil covered condoms. Maybe they’re foil in the USA, but here, the ones I’ve seen are in plastic. Do we just use the term ‘foil’ without thinking, or do people not go and check out what a condom is like?

I’m a big fan of reading text books for help. I have a few friends who I can ask lots of sex questions to and have discussions that are real and normal (not silly and embarrassing). Online is a great way to learn things too. There are a heap of online things now that weren’t available years ago (eg Q & A, forums, virtual tours of places).

You are known for being very sciencey. Do many creatures in the animal world have sex for fun, or just for procreation?

I have some awesome books about wildlife and sex. There seems to be a large part of the science world that believes animals have sex only for procreation, however there are some who have more liberal views about sex being also for fun. There’s also the huge homosexuality amongst animals debate. I guess no one knows for sure how animals are feeling during sex, but I hope they have sex for fun and not just for routine/procreation.

Do I sound terrible if I say, when I watch animals having sex, I always think there’s some degree of enjoyment had by both parties…but maybe I’m anthropomorphising!

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Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Deep Diving’, please?

This is one of my favourite scenes, although I did have a tough time deciding!

Mango is sweet and soft with a texture of debauchery. Eating it from Cooper makes it so much more sinful, so much more delicious and so incredibly decadent. My lips touch firm skin, taste Cooper, then close over soft squelching fruit. My tongue licks over warm, tightly packed muscle that’s sweet, salty and male. It confuses my head. Not just sensory overload but my senses are mixed. Soft and hard. Sweet and salty. Solid male and sexy squelch-like female. My head buzzes, my mouth zings.

I feed the last slices to Cooper. Easing the fruit between his lips and licking any escaping juice. When there are no mango pieces left, I lap each mound of abdominal muscle, each dip, until I can no longer taste the sweet dribbles of juice.

If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful Cate Ellink, here’s where you’ll find her:

Website

Facebook person

Facebook author page

Twitter

Buy link

Cate is kindly gifting one ecopy of Deep Diving to one lucky reader. To be in the running to win, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section:

Question: Have your reading habits changed with the introduction of e-readers?

This competition is open worldwide and will be drawn on August 13th, 2014. The winner will be notified via email, so please ensure that your contact details are easily found!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Anne Gracie – Ripponlea Writing Workshop (Melbourne)ripponlea

On Saturday, 13 September, Anne Gracie is conducting a writing workshop for the National Trust, as part of the wonderful Love, Desire and Riches exhibition in the beautiful historic house of Ripponlea, in Elsternwick, in Melbourne. 10 am – 12.30
For further details and bookings go here.
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=88770&bof=1

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
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    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 - So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Blog Bites with Sarah Belle

It’s a pleasure to introduce Sarah Belle today.

Sarah BelleI write: Magic Realism Romance – romantic comedy with a twist of magic (Romagic Comedy).

I’m from: Melbourne originally but now on the Queensland coast where it is much, much warmer.

Three words to describe me: Calm, friendly, organised.

At home I cook:   Everything from scratch – one son has an onion intolerance and every store bought item contains onion.

My worst habit is: Falling asleep on the couch and missing my favourite shows. However, my husband will tell you that the consequences of eating pea and ham soup or dahl are far worse (for him).

It’s a bit daggy but I love: My flannel pj’s and slippers. I figure if the kids can get into theirs prior to dinner, then so can I.

My day job is: A mum of 4 young boys and payroll chick for my hubby.

Saving for: A family holiday to somewhere other than the Gold Coast or Hervey Bay!

I procrastinate by: Checking social media

Three things people might not know about me are: I was a Signaller in the Army Reserves, I taught myself to swim at the age of 19, and I love Rocky Road so much that I don’t make it otherwise I will eat it all.

Favourite author: Just one? Ummmm….Shari Low. She’s hilarious.

Favourite book as a child: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. I hadn’t read it for many years but when I bought a copy and read it to Master 5, I cried.

Favourite movie: The Long Kiss Goodnight. I love Samuel L Jackson in that movie.

Current reading: Haunted Ever After by my buddy, Juliet Madison!

When I was young I wanted to be: A nurse. I called myself ‘Sister Mary Sarah’ and raced to put on my nurse costume each time someone was hurt. They had to stop bleeding until I was ready to administer first aid.

Plotter or Panster: Thorough plotter for the bones and then a bit of pants for the flesh.

Why I write: Because I can’t imagine not writing. My head would be too full of people if I didn’t write.

I would most like to meet: Sir Richard Branson. His energy and drive inspires me to reach further. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and he’s got a megawatt smile.

Latest project: My latest release (out this month) is a contemporary magical romance, Miss Spelled; in which my heroine Lou Mercer buys a spell off the internet to hide a secret from her fiancée – what could possibly go wrong? I am currently working on Insight – a romantic comedy set in the 1980’s. Love that big hair and blue eye shadow!

Learn more about Sarah Belle via the following links:

Blog: http://www.sarahbelle.me/Miss Spelled

Website: http://www.lovesarahbelle.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Belle-Author/181235018692696?ref=hl

Twitter: @SarahBelle44

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Sarah-Belle44

Escape Publishing Author Page: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/author/sarah-belle

Thank you Sarah for having fun with us today. RWA members can take a bite. Contact Thea George to schedule your Blog Bite feature on blogbites@romanceaustralia.com

Cruisin’ with RWA

We love celebrating news, views and interviews with our members, so drop us an email at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events.

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Member News

Congratulations Leesa on the release of Charming the Outback - the next passionate New Adult novel from the author of Winning the Player.

When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it’s not only a chance at a fresh start. Six months ago, the first guy she’d ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she’s one temptation he can’t resist.

Two new e-releases from Joanie – December Heat and No Boundaries

Congratulation to Cathryn on the release of her first romance adventure novel, The French Prize.

An ancient riddle, a broken vow – a modern-day quest for a medieval treasure.

Australian-born Dr. Olivia Walker is an Oxford academic with a reputation as one of the world’s leading Crusade historians and she’s risked everything on finding one of the most famous swords in history – Durendal. Shrouded in myth and mystery, the sword is fabled to have belonged to the warrior Roland, a champion of Charlemagne’s court, and Olivia is determined to prove to her detractors that the legend is real. Her dream is almost within reach when she discovers the long-lost key to its location in Provence, but her benefactor – Raimund Blancard – has other ideas.

Congratulations to Khloe Wren on the release of Claiming Carina.

 When Carina goes camping with her friends she hopes her friends can help her heal from the horrific attack she suffered ten months ago. The day after she confesses everything to her friends around a campfire, all five of them are blown through a portal to The Land of Feury.

RWA Blog

September 2 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Contemporary Romance Novelist, Sandra Antonelli…

September 1 – September New Releases

August 31 – Event Announcements

August 29A Day in the Writing Life of JM Bray

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

August 28 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Elsa Winckler

August 29 – FINDING MY VOICE: Cheryl Adnams

September 1 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Cate Ellink

September 2 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Mel Teshco

September 3 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Anna Campbell

September 3 – AT MY DESK: Charlotte McConaghy

Former cop turned romantic suspense writer, Karen M. Davis is blogging on the finer points of balancing writing ‘real to life’ and fiction.

Has a blog up about writing, dreaming and shamanism

It’s Gallic gastronomy on Friday Feast this week with Cathryn Hein. There’s a tempting foodie snippet from Cathryn’s new romantic adventure and a delicious recipe that will entice the fussiest of eaters. Plus share your favourite freezer meal and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of The French Prize. C’est magnifique!

September 1 – Music Monday

September 2 – Excerpt Fresh Beginnings and Giveaway

September 4- May I introduce: Zanna Mackenzie The Love Programme

September 7 – Snippet Sunday

Bernadette Rowley attempts to convert non-sporting types to cricket lovers.

10 Things Not to Buy Off the Internet

August 28 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 71: Michele Harvey Sends a Message

August 29 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 72 Fiona Lowe and Collocophobia

August 30 - Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 73: Euphobia and Peanut Butter

August 31 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 74: Fear is My Success

September 1 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 75: Exit Exitus Phobia & Giveaway

Sandi Wallace, reveals why she wrote her debut novel, Tell Me Why, on Sandy’s guest blog.

Top 10 (give or take) Cafés in Melbourne

It’s a great month for new releases – and a great month to dip your toe into our Magic Realism sub-genre, with three titles being released under that banner.

RWA Contests

 Dates for the 2014-15 contest season

Ripping Start Opens 1 September 2014 Closes 26 September 2014
Selling Synopsis Opens 1 October 2014 Closes 24 October 2014
Emerald Award Opens 1 November 2014 Closes 21 November 2014
Little Gems Opens 1 January 2015 Closes 23 January 2015
First Kiss Opens 24 January 2015 Closes 14 February 2015
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2015

Contests

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Enrico1. Alissa Callen
2. Cathryn Hein
3. Dy Loveday
4. Eva Scott
5. Historical Belles and Beaus
6. Imelda Evans

Have a great week and happy writing!

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Contemporary Romance Novelist, Sandra Antonelli…

 

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Sandra Antonelli, and congratulations on the release of ‘Driving In Neutral ’!  Can you give us the blurb, please?

Level headed Olivia Regen walks away from her car-racing career and the wreckage of a bad marriage to take on new work that’s far removed from the twists of racetrack. Her new life is about control, calm and the good friends that she adores. But her first task on her very first day involves getting up close and too personal with her claustrophobic boss, alone in a broken elevator. Her unconventional solution for restoring his equilibrium shocks them both and leaves Olivia shaken. Determined to stick to her plan, Olivia drives headlong into work and planning her best friend’s wedding, leaving no room for kissing, elevators, or workplace relationships. But Emerson is not one to be out-manoeuvred. Can he convince Olivia that her fear of falling in love again is just another kind of claustrophobia – one that is destined to leave them both lonely?

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You write more mature protagonists than the average romance novel. What is it about older women that inspires you to write?

Inspired? I wouldn’t say I was inspired as much as I was irritated. Older women are fascinating and have amazing stories, but I noticed that there are so few lead female characters over 40 in fiction, and even fewer in romance. The mature woman shows up, but typically as a secondary character or—and here’s where I get a bee in my bonnet—as  a stereotype. There’s the pervasive idea that once a woman passes 40 she becomes one of several things, a mother, grandmother, comic relief, or invisible. Thanks, Hollywood and fashion magazines. This is, however, beginning to change. We’re beginning to see more mature women in a larger variety of roles, especially in television, which seems to be a little bit more open to experimentation with expectations than film. There have been a few movies that stretch the boundaries as well, most of them rom coms, most of them starring Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton, but it would be great if other actresses over 40 were given the chance to do the same. I’d love to see Holly Hunter and Helen Mirren as the leads in a Rom Com. Personally, I’ve always liked reading about people with more life experience, even when I was a kid. For me, older people had and have a more interesting history, more expansive baggage, and a longer ride on the emotional rollercoaster—and they’re still trying to get life and love right.

‘Driving In Neutral’ is set in Chicago. How important is setting in your stories?

Setting can be another character in a story. I wrote Driving in Neutral before I began my Los Alamos series (A Basic Renovation & For Your Eyes Only) and I chose Chicago because it’s one of my favourites cities (next to Melbourne and Los Alamos, New Mexico), but essentially the town serves more as a backdrop in Driving in Neutral, whereas in the Los Alamos books the town and its history, as the birthplace of the atom bomb, play a part in characters’ lives and in the storyline.

Your first two novels, ‘A Basic Renovation’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only’ are part of your Los Alamos series. What was the inspiration about that particular location?

I’ve been there a number of times. It’s startlingly beautiful and set on a series of mesas below the Jemez Mountains. It’s such a pretty little town with such a bizarre history. First it was the location of a Boys’ Ranch School, then it became the secret location for the development of the first atomic bombs. These days it’s the home of a nuclear research facility. I liked that the town a secret past and a present-day link to science. It fit well with the secrets kept by the characters in A Basic Renovation and For Your Eyes Only.

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Plotter or Panster?

Plotter? What’s that? Oh that idea makes me cringe. I’m a puzzler. I have bits and pieces of stories, usually dialogue and simple scenes, that I have to find a way to fit together. I don’t plot and find trying to do so kills my mojo dead.

You recently attained your PhD, so congratulations Dr Antonelli! How on earth did you manage to complete your doctorate, work and write a novel at the same time? What are your tips for time management?

Aww, thank you! Part of the doctorate included writing a novel. So I had built-in time for writing the creative piece, which was For Your Eyes Only (my PhD is in Creative writing: romance fiction). As for time management… I’m ridiculously organised. I like neat and tidy and order. I had set working times, sometimes scheduled by my supervisors, but mostly everything was fixed around business hours. I seldom did work at home. My husband is a psychologist who does a lot of work-life-balance consultations. I’m not saying he’s rubbed off because, I am ridiculously organised, but I think I’d be a model to hold up for how to get the balance right. Or I’d be a great example of a compulsive control freak. So my tips for time management? Get 8 hours of sleep, always eat a good breakfast, spend a set number of hours writing (I write from 9am to 1pm), get some exercise, and spend the rest of the day and weekends doing other things. For good health and creativity, you have to have another part to your life beyond bottom in seat, fingers on keyboard.

You’ve recently completed a ‘75 Days of Phobia blog-athon’. What sort of phobias do you discuss? Are there certain phobias that seem to be common amongst writers?

The series ran the gamut from spiders and clowns (the 2 most commonly mentioned phobias) to Louise Forster’s egg phobia and a deeply rooted fear of antique jewellery. I now have a phobia of doing another 75 Days of Anything Blog series.

Which authors have inspired you and your writing the most? Why?

I really love Elmore Leonard, James Thurber, Daphne DuMauirer, as well as songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbook, and Jenny Crusie. Leonard’s work is sharp, witty, taut, and has killer dialogue. Thurber’s work wry, snarky, insightful and appreciates the need for daydreaming. DuMaurier is amazing at setting a mood though characterisation of protagonists and locations. Difford & Tilbrook (you’d know them as UK Squeeze, I know them as Squeeze) craft stories into little powerpop gems; everything, from character, setting, and plot, fits into a three and a half-minute song (go listen to Goodbye Girl for proof). Jenny Crusie’s influence was her advice to “write the story I wanted to read.”

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Are there any other genres you would like to try?

Mystery. Maybe. Yeah. Mystery.

Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Driving In Neutral’, please?

“Does knowing those details make me a little more respectable now?”

“I didn’t think you were unrespectable.”

“Then what was with the surprised look on your face?”

“What surprised look?”

As she planted her hands on her hips she made a face, her mouth hanging open in a round O. “Your jaw made a pretty big clunk when it hit the pavement after I said I was married twice. In fact, it made more noise that time than when you found out I used to race.”

“You just don’t look the type,”

“For what, racing and test driving?”

“No, for being married twice.”

“There’s a type?”

“Sure.”

“And that is…”

“Las Vegas strippers and gold-digging girls in their twenties.” His eyes wandered over her, dipping low to glance at her breasts before returning to her face. “You don’t look like a girl to me.”

“I don’t?”

“No. And I don’t like girls.”

“I guess I’m not your type then.”

“Why would you think that?”

“You don’t like girls.”

“I don’t like girls. I like women.”

“How old are you, Maxwell?”

“Almost forty-eight.”

“Then you’re old enough to know better than to play this kind of game.”

“I’m not into playing games.”

She moved to the car’s open door, leaving one hand on the frame and the other on the low roof before she swung inside. “You’re my boss, so how about we just keep this a strictly business, employer-employee relationship and handle it with good taste?”

“I know exactly how good you taste.”

Olivia maintained a blank façade. There was no way she’d let on she’d thought about how he tasted too…

 

Sandra is kindly gifting not one but two of her books! There will be one e-copy of For Your Eyes Only and one e-copy of Driving in Neutral up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment below. The lucky winners will be notified by email, so please ensure that we can contact you!

This prize is open world wide and will be drawn one week after posting date.

 

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September New Releases

Congratulations to all our members who are publishing new releases this month.  If you enjoy reading a fellow member’s book this month, share  the love and post a review  on your blog, Good Reads, Amazon, ARRA, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else that you interact with other readers. Happy Spring Day everyone and happy reading.

RWA September new releases

New releases published in September 2014 by RWA member

 

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
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    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Queensland Writers Centre

Contracts & Copyright

Contracts & Copyright is a two hour seminar led by agent and contract adviser, Alex Adsett, and dedicated to equipping you with the tools to understand your rights as a writer, no matter the medium. Over the session, Alex will be talking about traditional, hybrid and self-publishing contracts, digital rights, copyright of your work as well as copyright when it comes to quoting or adapting others, and more. For more details, visit our website.

Can’t make it in-person? Delivered proudly in partnership with The Australian Society of Authors, Contracts & Copyright is also available online as a webinar! Check the link below for more details.

When: Thursday 25 September, 6pm – 8pm
Where:   Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane 4101 or online
Cost: QWC members $30 / $27 Non-members $50 / $45
Bookings essential: www.qwc.asn.au or (07)3842 9922

Australian Writers Centre

When: Monday 1 September 2014

What: Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you?
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When: Tuesday 2 September 2014

What: Where a picture is not actually worth 1000 words…

When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014

What: Dragons, spaceships, monsters and quests 101

When: Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

When: Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks

Podcasts

  • Romancing the Reader – Kate Cuthbert, Sarah Mayberry and Anne Gracie talking about romance writing.
  • So You want to be a Writer – This week’s episode from the Australian Writers Centre looks at self-publishing sensation Unbroken, how One Direction fan fiction can land you a book deal, bizarre niche blogs, and how to deal with an editor when you can’t deliver what you promised.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

See the website for information on the program

When: September 3–7

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