Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

SPECIAL NOTICES:

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm and Intensive workshop Sunday 13 March.

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney http://www.aspirehotel.com/

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only) Sunday Full

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/seminars.html

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is now full.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

UPCOMING EVENT

LOVE A GOOD ROMANCE WITH AMY ANDREWS AND ANNA CAMPBELL

WHEN: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

WHERE: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings essential: (07) 3351 3401 OR Library website

AND

WHEN: 10am, Saturday, 26th February, 2011

WHERE: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 OR Library website

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

THURS 24th February – Anna is reviewing Carola Dunn’s ‘Daisy Dalrymple’ mysteries on the Romance Dish

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 22nd February – Good News Day
WED 23rd February – Winner announced for Shannah’s Envoy.
THUR 24th February – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Keri Arthur with Kelley
Armstrong’s Haunted
SAT 26th February – Darklight On…Fiona Gregory

Eleni Konstantine ~

Eleni’s blog turned three this week and she has a giveaway of Jennifer

Roberson’s Shapechanger’s Song (Omnibus 1 of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli)

Entries close today!!

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 17th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Vanessa Barneveld

SAT 19th February – “Which heroine turns the pages for you?” – a look at heroine archetypes

MON 21st February – GUEST AUTHOR: Rachel Bailey

THURS 24th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Hope Ramsey

SAT 26th February – “Reading for Keeps” – do you have a shelf for ‘keepers’, you know the ones you’ll never given away and will be buried-with-me-when-I-die books? What makes them ‘keepers’? Come and find out.

Paula Roe ~

THU 24th February – Catch up with Paula on the ARRA blog

SAT 26th February – Paula drops by Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for a chat.

RWAus Blog ~

MON 21st February – Sandie Hudson – Author Spotlight – Rhian Cahill

TUES 22th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Nikki Logan

THU 24th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jennifer Kloester

FRI 25th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Daniel de Lorne

SAT 26th February – Sandie Hudson – February New Releases

SUN 27th February – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

S.E Gilchrist

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Sara Hantz

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Thanks to Kylie Griffin for this blog suggestion.

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood ~

Rita Henuber gives a great blog covering all the ‘Writing Industry Acronyms and Definitions’ – a quick handy reference if you need to know something in a hurry.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

The power of the imagination, guest blogger, Darlene Quinn chats about ‘Emerging from the Imagination: Giving Your Characters a Life of their Own’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Emerald Category Second Round ~

Congratulations go to:

Janice Bridges

Jodie Clarkson

Emmie Dark

Michelle de Rooy

Anne-Louise Dubrawski

Louise Groarke

Frances Maslen x 2

Susan Rees

Joanne Robertson

Jennifer St George

Rebecca Sampson

Angela Stein

Dayle White x2

Thanks to Leisl Leighton for all her work thus far in managing the contest.

Little Gems Cover Winner ~

The winning entry of the Little Gems 2011 Garnet Cover Contest is now on the Blog. The beautiful design is by new RWA member Sheridan Kent.

Anna Campbell ~

Anna was a guest on ABC Sunshine Coast – Breakfast with John Stokes and interviewed by Mary-Lou Stephens for Valentine’s Day. Wonderful interview Anna.

Jennifer Brassel ~

Jennifer’s as yet unpublished Time Travel romance ‘Secret Reflection’ won the Best Scene category of the Wallflower (FTHRW) in the US! Plus she got a request for the full from the editor. Fantastic news Jen.

Maggi Andersen ~

Maggi’s Georgian romance, ‘The Reluctant Marquess’ was part of the Valentine’s Day launch of Embrace Books, an offshoot of Salt Publishing. Great news Maggi and congratulatios.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne was all smiles this week when she found an unknown review for ‘Heat In The Outback’, from Panic in the Lingerie receiving 5 stars. Wonderful news Suz and well deserved.

Suzi Love ~

Our Suzi has done it again winning the Wallflower Historical Single Title for ‘From the Heart’ RWUSA Chapter. Suzi also placed second in the finals of the Historical Category of ‘Finally a Bride’ Oklahoma Chapter. Huge Congratulations Suzi.

US Emily Awards Results ~

Anne-Louise Dubrawski tied for 2nd place in the Contemporary Series category.

Michelle de Rooy placed 5th in the Futuristic, Paranormal section.

WOOHOO Ladies well done.

Member’s with revamped websites ~

We had a few members showing off their re-vamped websites over the past couple of weeks, and what wonderful results they all got.

Anna Campbell

Anna Jacobs

Paula Roe

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3351 3401 or Arana Hills Library

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson St, Albany Creek

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 or Albany Creek Library

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller, & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 March
The Essentials of Editing ~ Tony Spencer-Smith
When: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $250 M, $215 MC, $360 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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  1. Sandie,
    Such a sensational collection of super news from RWA’s bunch of talented authors,
    Thanks so much to you, our knowledgeable queen, for collecting and coordinating our conjunctive achievements,
    Congratulations to everyone,
    Suzi

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