Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico and Clint have packed their bags, handed in the limo keys and are off on an adventure. Thank you for joining us on Cruisin’ with RWA. We’ve had a great time over the last few years following your blogs, sharing and celebrating with you. I’m sure our new ‘driver’ will have fun entertaining you with our member news and blogs. So don’t go away because Cruisin’ will be back!

Member News

Stay up to date daily on our Facebook Page

Keziah Hill’s good news is a two book romantic suspense deal with Momentum. Both books are part of a new series set in the Blue Mountains. They are her first novel-length books and will be published under the pen name DB Tait. The first book is called Cold Deception.

Blood Oath, Book 2 in The Seeker Chronicles released this week. Blood Oath is a sequel to Blood Scent.

Cover reveal for Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe

Launched the video trailer for Warrior’s Surrender

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 18 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Anna Romer

September 19 – FINDING MY VOICE: Mae Archer

September 19 – AusRomToday Weekly Wrap Up

September 22 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Sasha Cottman

September 23 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Rachel Amphlett

September 24 – AT MY DESK: Amanda Canham

The merits and perils of the Internet

Thanks to much-loved Australian rural romance author Fiona Palmer, this week Friday Feast is living la dolce vita. Fiona reveals the pizza making tips she learned while researching her latest release, The Sunnyvale Girls. Plus you could win a copy of this bellissimo book by sharing your favourite Italian dish. Mama mia, now that’s a prize!

Enchanted Orb with Leisl Leighton

Researching for your Genre with Sandie James

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

Social media swamping you? Be a social media heretic: five tips to take back control.
An awful lot of nonsense is talked about social media. How you have to be always on. If you don’t you’ll miss out. How you need to be on all platforms at once. All the time. That’s ridiculous. And completely not possible. Anyone who tries risks ulcers and a nervous collapse. This blog post shows you five simple ways to take back control. So that social media becomes what it should be: a means to an end. Not an occupation in its own right.

When Good Characters Behave Badly

Excavating your Emotions in your Writing

6 Reasons why Science Fiction is the new Paranormal

September 20 – Review of An Unsuitable Match by Sasha Cottman

September 21 – Review of Lesbian for a Year by Brooke Hemphill

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

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers.

Enrico 1. Anne Whitfield
2. Christine Wells
3. Hot Authors
4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
5. Kylie Scott
6. Louise Cusack

Have a great week and happy writing!

Thank you to all who followed and supported me on my Cruisin’ journey. I made many friends here and look forward to sharing your news and posts from the other side of the blog. :)

Hugs, Juanita

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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23 September – Author chat in the camp kitchen! Corindi Caravan Park, Pacific Hwy (NSW) Just drop in. BYO chair, happy hour/coffee and campfire stories.
25 September – Author Q&A – The Nambucca Heads Library, 21 Ridge Street (next to the Entertainment Centre) 10.30 morning tea, followed by author chat and question time.

  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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/

  • ARRA Event – Happy Hour with Karen Rose

When: 23 October

Where: Dymocks Sydney

Time: 5pm

Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/103720

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: 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: 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 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

Stay up to date daily on our Facebook Page

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

  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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!

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
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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

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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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

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!

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
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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?
Book now

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Member News

Melanie celebrates the release of Devil in Denim this week.

Life just threw her a curveball!
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

Congratulations to Rachael on the release of Tease Me, Cowboy

Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled… but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt just for one night to be a little bit bad?

Brushing off the Boss is out 15 September and is Book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series in the Bliss imprint

The one passion they had in common was the one that would keep them apart.

Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she’s ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack’s not just taking over her workplace, he’s also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Anna Campbell has another daring release out for historical fans, What a Duke Dares

He’s the last man she wants to marry – and he’s the only man she’ll ever love …

A reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

The second book in Anna’s Greyladies series has now been published. It’s a WWI romantic historical with a light dusting of woo-woo, set in an ancient Tudor mansion in Wiltshire.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on her contract for print and e-book for The Highlander in the Mist, historical, medieval, time travel, spicy romance with Luminosity Publishing UK.

Maggi a new release this week. Available in print and ebook. What A Rake WantsThe Spies of Mayfair Series, Book #3. 

RWA Blog

August 31 - Event Announcements

September 1 – New Releases

September 2 – Author Spotlight on Sandra Antonelli

September 4 – 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.

 28 August – Janni Nell and her new release: The Bride, the Groom and Me

Cover reveal and introduction to GW Gibson and Queen of Speed. You think you know motorbikes? GW does!

When writing becomes a pain in the neck

Decadent food, a delicious romance, and a dashing giveaway. It’s all happening on Friday Feast with Anna Campbell. To celebrate the release of her luscious new historical romance, What A Duke Dares, Anna reveals what it was like to attend a glamorous Regency ball and shares a recipe for lobster patties. Plus confess the most deliciously decadent thing you’ve eaten and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of What A Duke Dares. Divine!

You don’t need to know anything about rugby league to read Deep Diving even though it features a rugby league playing hero. He’s on holidays, so not a football to be seen! But I love rugby league and here are a few reasons why a little rugby in your romance can be a good thing…

5 Secrets to Successful Stripping by Juliet Madison…or rather her creation, Ty Roxford, quality adult entertainer and dancer, and hero of Juliet’s new novel!

August 21 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 66: Melanie Milburne’s Musophobia is Not Musical or Pretty

August 21 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 64: Phobias That Make You Go Hmmm?

August 22 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 65 Needling Amy Andrews

August 24 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 67: Vassiliki The Flying Librarian

August 25 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 68: These Phobias Are Not Your Friends

August 25 –  Get Your Freak on – Top 10 Phobias on The Escapades

August 26 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 69: Kat Mayo Claustrophobia and Things That Clench

August 27 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 70: Sarah Belle Gives Us A Wave

August 26  – Cover Reveal for Love Will Find You

August 28  – May I introduce – Sara Donovan “Love by Numbers” – Don’t miss this one!

August 31 – Snippet Sunday

August 21 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Louise Reynolds

August 22 – FINDING MY VOICE: Kat T Masen

August 22 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Cate Ellink

August 25 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Sara Donovan

August 25 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Sandra Antonelli

August 26 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Lara Morgan

August 27 – AT MY DESK: Amy Rose Bennett

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. Alison Stuart
2. Bronwyn Parry
3. Cassandra Dean
4. Down Under Desirabelles
5. Elise Ackers
6. Helene Young

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

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    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

  • Anne Gracie

Are you in or near Melbourne? Interested in the National Trust’s “Love, Desire and Riches” exhibition at beautiful Ripponlea in Elsternwick? Anne Gracie is conducting a writing workshop there on Saturday morning. Only $25 Further info & bookings here: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=88770&bof=1

Aspire On Line

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.

Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form at http://aspireonlinecourses.com.au/eoi/course-material.php

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

Times
From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

 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

Writers Festivals 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

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