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

is part of a Anthology, Tempted by His Touch, Limited Edition, a multi-author boxed set featuring ten full length historical romances from ten bestselling, award-winning authors. Fall in love with fabulous tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion featuring dukes, rogues, alpha heroes…and the women who can’t resist them.

Has created a sprint room for authors who need to hit weekly or daily word counts. Join up, have a chat and hit that WIP!

The brand new trailer for Before Nightfall has just landed on YouTube

Received great feedback on her upcoming Medieval historical Warrior’s Surrender.

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August 24 - Event Announcements

August 27 – Author Spotlight on Alli Sinclair

August 28 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Clint’s Romance Rocks Hit List

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.

What do I write about for my ENGAGING THE ENEMY blog tour? If you’re looking for ideas, Susanne Bellamy considers how to keep fresh content coming for a new release.
Hosts include the following wonderful writers: Noelle Clark, Lily Malone, Annie Seaton and SE Gilchrist between now and Sunday.

August 17 –  SE Gilchrist Who Are You?
August 24Sunday Smooch

Time for some serious flavour fun on Friday Feast thanks to food constructor extraordinaire and multiple award winning author Amy Andrews. Come enjoy her Raspberry, Chocolate Mousse and Brandy Snap Tartlets, plus share your cheats way to partying and you’ll go into the draw to win an ebook copy of Amy’s new urban-family romantic comedy, Risky Business. Happiness for your mouth and heart!

New blog post up today: What do your characters sound like and can Shamanism help?

August 3 – Guest Post with Stacey Nash with rafflecopter giveaway

August 16 – Blog Tour Guest Pippa Jay with rafflecopter giveaway

August 17 – Guest Post with Susanne Bellamy

August 23 – Guest Post /Character Interview with Heather Garside

August 14 – 75 Days Of Phobia: Fiona Marsden is Unlucky

August 15 – 75 Days Of Phobia: Cassandra Samuels wants to wear her Slippers

August 16 – 75 Days Of Phobia:Mel Scott‘s S-word

August 17 – 75 Days Of Phobia: The Head Phobia + A Sneaky Peek

August 18 – 75 Days Of Phobia: Nicole Murphy embraces Teflon

August 19 – 75 Days Of Phobia: Mo Mo Mo And Mo Driving in Neutral!

August 19 – Be an Angel Day: Giveaway for Fresh Beginnings

August 21 – May I introduce: Mae Archer Hollywood Dreams

August 24 – Sunday Snippet

Iris Blobel talks about her latest release, Fresh Beginnings.

July 31 – Review and Guest Post: Yes, Chef! by Lisa Joy (Destiny Romance)Red Dirt Duchess

August 14 – Review of Slush Pile by Ian Shadwell (Satire)

August 21 – Review and Guest Post: Red Dirt Duchess by Louise Reynolds

August 14 – Author Spotlight: Alli Sinclair

August 15 – Cover Reveal: A momentous Triple reveal!

August 18 – WIP Me Inspired: Louise Roberts

August 19 – Author Spotlight: Amy Rose Bennett

August 20 – At My Desk: Louise Reynolds

Contests

The summer is winding down (even if it’s hard to believe) and our thoughts are running to squeezing out the last bit of fun and preparing for return to school and normalcy for some of us, for others it’s the grand adventures autumn bring! Plus cooler weather!. So join us for the Fresh Fiction “Dog Days of August” we’ve got great contests and a chance to tell us what you’ve read this summer! Hurry it all ends August 19th.

 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:Enrico

  1. Ann B Harrison
  2. Daniel deLorne
  3. Alicia Honsa
  4. Bronwen Evans
  5. Cassandra Cornell
  6. Denise Rossetti

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

  • Making it real: research for writers workshop ~ Jessica White
When: Saturday 23 August, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Gold Coast, TBC
Cost: M Free, NM $30; NM C $27
  • Make Your Romance Writing Sizzle – Carla Caruso
When: Sunday 24 August 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: City of Salisbury Council, SA
Cost: Full fee $50, Concession $35 (afternoon tea provided)
  • 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

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

A rocking good time was had by all in Sydney at the 2014 RWA Conference. 320 plus delegates showed Olympic Park a whole new sporting event. Now we’re back, bursting at the seams with news.

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

For a full list of the finalists, nominees and winners, click on the link above

Would like to announce some exciting news

I’ve signed my seventh contract with Decadent Publishing! SLUMBER, my take on Sleeping Beauty and part of Decadent Publishing’s brand new Beyond Fairytales line, will be available in ebook from all good retailers soon.

Two of my pre-published novels, NO BOUNDARIES and DECEMBER HEAT have been accepted by Books We Love. Books should be available soon.

DAMAGED DREAMS (Truly Yours Digital Editions Book 101) released this week.

is proud to announce the release of her book, THE BRIDE, THE GROOM AND ME. San Francisco sales clerk, Sassy Chance, has the worst luck ever. First she falls in love with her best friend’s fiancé, Ben. Then she loses the heirloom, one-of-a-kind wedding ring. Totally not her fault. She was mugged. Now Sassy has to find the ring before the wedding day. Just as well she has the help of marital arts expert and unofficial PI, Devlin Fox. He’s kind of cute in a tough, dark and mysterious way. Too bad Sassy is still in love with Ben.

Noelene’s latest pocket novel WHISPERS ON THE PLAINS came out in the UK last week. It’s the first in an outback duo, this one the brother’s story set in mid western WA, the next one the sister’s story set in Flinders Ranges SA.

is thrilled to announce she has signed a contract with Etopia Press for her medieval romantic adventure WARRIOR’S SURRENDERRed Dirt Duchess

Would like to announce her August 19 release, RED DIRT DUCHESS published by Destiny Romance, e-format only.

Claytons Report

By Lexi Bryant

Last Saturday, while most of the RWA was at the Conference at the weekend, some of us were attending The Claytons 2014.claytons14_sml

On Friday night instead of dressing up, many of us snuggled in (who was the frog onesy? ;)) grabbed a beverage of choice and got to know each other at a lively meet and greet that was enjoyed by one and all.

We were off to an early start with a presentation about the changes in the RWA and how to access all that the RWA can offer its members. The second presentation of the day was by Gwenna Sebastian and she hosted a lively discussion about e-publishing, niche markets and gays in the military. Jamie Meadows followed with a very informative session about marketing and self-publishing that I’m sure answered a lot of the questions we all have.

A break for lunch and we were back with Louise Carter, she gave us a rundown on how to operate in social media as well as sharing a few tips for how to keep our cyber security tight. Zana Bell was next with an amazingly informative session. She gave us a top down, bottom up view of how to create wonderful, living worlds for our characters to inhabit.

Last, but certainly not least was Shona Husk. She pulled out the Tarot cards to show us how to create multi-faceted characters with depth and feeling.

I had a wonderful time co-ordinating the day and I think that it went well for everyone who attended. I would like to thank everyone who attended and made it such a fun, informative day.

RWA Lonely Hearts

By Clare (Group Liaison)065_butterfly_14

If you’re looking for support to help progress your writing, joining a writing group is a great first step. To help, we’ve launched a Lonely Hearts page on the RWA website for members looking for writing groups, and groups looking for new members. It’s easy to add your own advertisement, so head to www.romanceaustralia.com/new/lh_menu.asp and give it a shot. If you’ve got any queries, please get in touch with groupliaison@gmail.com we’ll do our best to help.

RWA Blog

August 8 - Author Spotlight: Juliet Madison, Sarah Belle, Jacquie Underdown and Robyn Neeley – Magical Realism Romance Novelists

August 12 – Blog Bites with Iris Blobel

August 13Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Rural Romance novelist, Lisa Ireland

August 15 – A Day in the Writing Life of JL Addicoat

August 17 – Event Announcements

Clint’s Romance Rocks Hit List

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.

What do I write about for my ENGAGING THE ENEMY blog tour? If you’re looking for ideas, Susanne Bellamy considers how to keep fresh content coming for a new release.
Hosts include the following wonderful writers: Noelle Clark, Lily Malone, Annie Seaton and SE Gilchrist between now and Sunday.

July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson Passions
July 29Sandra Antonelli
July 30JM Bray
August 31 – EE Carter – Purple Couch
August 2Isabella Hargreaves
August 4 – WIP Me Inspired – J’aimee Brooker
August 5Helene Young
August 12Noelle Clark
August 13Lily Malone 
August 14 – Annie Seaton
August 17 –  SE Gilchrist Who Are You?
August 24Sunday Smooch

Please take your seats. The journey to happiness may involve some turbulence…

Put some zing in your mouth and mind with this week’s Friday Feast. Author Melanie Scott will not only tease your tastebuds with her zesty lemon and coconut brownie recipe, she’ll thrill your heart with her sporty new contemporary romance THE DEVIL IN DENIM. Plus share your preference for sweet, salty or sour treats and you could win a signed copy of this sexy page-turner. Don’t miss out. Zip on over now!

August 3 – Guest Post with Stacey Nash with rafflecopter giveaway
August 13 – Guest Post with Iris Blobel
August 16 – Blog Tour Guest Pippa Jay with rafflecopter giveaway
August 17 – Guest Post with Susanne Bellamy

August 7 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 50: Elsa Winckler’s Rain Drops

August 8 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 51: Alexa Bravo Sees The Light

August 9 – Seventy-five days of Phobias Day 52: Anna Cleary Comes Clean

August 10 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 53: Rachel Amphlett Stops Clowning Around

August 11 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias, Day 54: The Aisle Seat With Lily Malone

August 12 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 55: Ros Baxter is a Faker

August 13 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 56: TM Clark Backs Away

August 5 – The idea behind FRESH BEGINNINGS
August 6 – Release Day for FRESH BEGINNINGS
August 7 – May I introduce: Rachel Amphlett BEFORE NIGHTFALL
August 14 – May I introduce: Elizabeth M Darcy HER NORMAN CONQUEST
August 17 – Stop by to read another little “Snippet Sunday” from my current WIP

August 11 – WIP me Inspired on AusRomToday with J’aimee Brooker

Is writing work or just a hobby?

What makes our ‘book boyfriends’ irresistible? Perhaps it is because romance authors have tapped into some elementary qualities and those primal struggles that we find so fascinating in men.

Settle yourself down with a lovely glass of claret – Amy Rose Bennett and I talk Regency Noir on Tuesday Book Club.

Recently did her first interview about AusRom Today. The article went live over at the Books+Publishing news website. Come on over and visit

Book Expo Australia

Needs Aussie Authors to help them reach their goals

  • Support reading
  • Support Indigenous Literacy Foundation – who support Aussie Authors
  • Support Aussie Authors

Do we have 22,000 authors who can help? Do we have 22,000 authors who can doodle?

http://www.bookexpoaustralia.com/uncategorized/support-reading-support-an-author/

Contests

The summer is winding down (even if it’s hard to believe) and our thoughts are running to squeezing out the last bit of fun and preparing for return to school and normalcy for some of us, for others it’s the grand adventures autumn bring! Plus cooler weather!. So join us for the Fresh Fiction “Dog Days of August” we’ve got great contests and a chance to tell us what you’ve read this summer! Hurry it all ends August 19th.

 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:Enrico
1. Nicole Hurley-Moore
2. Cecilia Clark
3. Barbara DeLeo
4. Narelle Harris
5. Naughty Ninjas
6. Antoinette Turner

Have a great week and happy writing!

Romance Rocks Presents…

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On Saturday 9th August on Track E, Session 1, Jenn J McLeod shares Small Town Twists and Secrets.

We’ve heard it said: “There are no new plots, just twists on well-loved tropes.” So, what can a writer do to put their own twist on a tried and true plot to make their small town secrets story a standout? With this in mind, I set out to study what makes the marriage of small towns and secrets so popular with readers (and therefore publishers). In 2010 I built a brand around small towns and finished my first novel about small towns keeping big secrets.

Your Presenter – Jenn J McLeod

Extraordinarily ordinary #countrypubdweller who (somehow) secured a four-book contract with Simon & Schuster!

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? jennjmcleod_fence_web
I delivered a small version of Small Town Secrets at the 2013 Bellingen Writers Festival.
I love sharing what I’ve learned with others and this topic is very close to my heart. For me, stories about small towns and secrets are like wine and crackers – they go down so well together! Add a book and it’s happy hour heaven for me. Like wine, there are ways to infuse your story with secrets and, like your favourite mixer, adding a twist can make the experience just perfect. Developing my “small town secrets” platform was integral to securing my contract.

What will participants take away from this session?
Learn the secret to a good secret, the ways to use secrets in fiction, and what a writer can do to put their own twist on a tried and true plot by exploring:
• What makes small town stories thrive and what makes them die.
• The importance of authenticity.
• The secret to a good secret and ways to use secrets in fiction.

Which members will benefit most from this session?
Primarily focused on aspiring authors who want to avoid small town traps and clichés when plotting/writing, the information will be relevant to other writers. IMPORTANTLY: my use of the term ‘Small town’ is not solely for the remote and dusty setting. This session will be just as relevant for any fictional group dynamic (eg the small community on the coast, the sleepy out of the way town that sits quietly on a lazy river, a city suburb, or a crammed cul-de-sac. Think Wisteria Lane!)

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
The hugs, the buzz, the chaos of catch-ups with old and new online friends (and realising none of us look like our profile pictures!) But this year? Being a ridgy-didge author and attending the book signing alongside my peers.

Any advice for conference first-timers? Simmering-Season-Jenn-J-McLeod-lge-195x300
I know most people are busy preparing for their ‘elevator pitch’. Well, one must also be prepared for the ‘elevator hug’. (That moment you step inside the lift and discover the person you are sharing the space with is someone you’ve been dying to meet.) My first conference, first elevator hug experience, was Melbourne 2011. Right, Helene Young? *wink*

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
Simmering Season – The prefect storm is heading Maggie Lindeman’s way and it will blow the lid off a lifetime of secrets. Visit www.jennjmcleod.com to find out more about my Seasons Collection of four books, to be released by Simon & Schuster.

More Session Info:

  • Beverly Eikli and Bronwyn Parry – A Lady’s Wardrobe Unlocked: Cloth and clothing in Georgian Times

Follow a day in the life of a Lady, exploring the cloth she uses for sleeping, bathing, dining and furnishings, and the layers of clothing and dressing procedures at different stages of her day. Take your historical detail to the next level with authors Beverley Eikli and Bronwyn Parry – also costume and textile historians – as they uncover some little known facts about cloth and clothing in the Georgian era. Dressed in costumes of the period, they’ll explore the Lady’s Wardrobe to reveal the many layers of clothing required by the fashionable lady, and also discuss the Linen Room and other textiles of the townhouse and castle.

  • Rachel Bailey – Conflict: The Key To Your Romance NovelRachelBailey_CounteringHisClaim

The workshop will focus on the creation of strong, believable internal and external conflict between romance heroes and heroines, maintaining that conflict through layering, reinforcing and deepening, then resolving the conflict believably without either character losing or being anti-climactic. Examples will be analyzed from both books and movies and broken down into elements that will be easy to apply in participants’ own work.Create, maintain and resolve the internal and external conflict in your romance novel.

  • Maisey Yates and Jackie Ashenden: It’s Not Just About Ripping Bodices

Learn to write loves scenes that readers just can’t skim. A good love scene should be about more than Tab A into Slot B, or there purely for titillation’s sake. It should be integral to the romance, changing the way the characters interact with each other, complicating the plot and deepening the conflict. It should be a scene that you can’t remove from the book without losing the character’s emotional arc, just as you can’t interchange it with another. Like a support beam in a house, it should hold up the structure and if removed would cause the whole thing to fall down.

  • Christina Brooke – All About Character

Make your characters memorable using techniques every writer should know. Romance novels are all about character and how the hero and heroine interact, grow and change through falling in love. Create wonderful characters and you’re more than half way to writing a fantastic romance that editors and readers want to buy. Join Christina Brooke as she analyzes what makes great romance characters and provides practical exercises to make your characters stronger and more memorable.

  • Professor Karl Roberts – Psychological Warfare

Stalking, psychopathy, domestic violence – learn about the traits and quirks of the darker personalities, and how they can be caught.

Missed any Conference info? Check the RWA Website for more:

http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/183

 

 

Event Announcements

*Ed’s Note: The Cruisin Crew will be taking a break for the week of the Romance Rocks Conference but we’ll be back on August 14 on Cruisin’ with RWA to bring you up to date on all the good news and announcements. In the meanwhile, keep the good news and events coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com*

Claytons Conference 2014

Registration is now open! Registrations close midday 7th August.

The Presentersclaytons14_sml

  • Shona Husk

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.

Shona’s presentation will be about using Tarot Cards for characterisation, plotting and inspiration.  A lot of it will be hands on and interpreting the cards to make sense for a story. By the end the participants should have two characters and an outline. All you need to bring is your imagination, a genre or a spark of an idea to work on and a set of cards.

  • Zana Bell

Zana grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After traveling for several years doing a wide range of jobs, she immigrated to New Zealand where she now lives with her family and cats in a small harbourside community.

She began writing, just for the fun of seeing whether she could actually complete a novel and immediately became hooked. Research is her primary love and writing gives her an excellent excuse to be obsessive or just plain nosy. She enjoys writing in a variety of genre but has a particular fondness for all things historical.

Zana will be exploring World Building at The Claytons.

  • Jamie Meadows

As a child, Jamie Meadows escaped small town life through a vivid imagination. While having actually escaped the small town as an adult, Jamie’s imagination still loves to dream up other lives and other worlds with fabulous adventures.

Jamie’s love of writing and is matched by her love of marketing. Twenty years of marketing experience have made the marketing side of self-publishing a unique challenge that she’s still finding exciting strategies for.

When not off traveling to find new exciting locations for stories, Jamie lives in Washington, DC.  She has just published her first novel, Against All Odds, a gay romance on Amazon.

She will be sharing her marketing and Amazon self-publishing experiences with The Claytons delegates.

  • Gwenna Sebastian

Gwenna lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three cats. She has been writing since she was a teenager and over the last ten years has developed a keen interest in all things related to the Vietnam War.

Gwenna’s true love is creating complicated characters who are active or former military and writing about the relationships they form under the duress of war. More specifically, about military men who are gay, be it back in Vietnam or in the present.

When Gwenna isn’t writing or researching the time period for her next novel, she’s busy helping support our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan by raising awareness and helping to organize both care packages and Christmas card events. She supports both the NY State marriage equality act and gays in the military, including the abolition of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Gwenna writes in a very niche market.  Her historical gay romances are generally set in the Vietnam era, and are also e-published.  She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.

  • Louise Carter

With an imagination that knows no limits, Louise Carter is an emerging writer who spends her days toiling with her other passion, education.  Her visionary tales are romance entwined with mythology that is heavily influenced by her love of nature and travel.  Whilst she is not yet published there is no doubt that she will find her own niche in the published world sooner rather than later.

Louise is a wiz with social media and is eager to share that knowledge with you.

  • Lexi Bryant

Lexie lives in rural Queensland and has always dreamt of being a writer.  After seventeen years in government servitude she’s finally getting her chance.  She’s currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and working diligently on her first manuscript.

She will be giving everyone a refresher on what the RWA can do for you.

We’d love to have you with us.  Please register as soon as you can.

See you there.

The New Romantics @ Mansfield

What makes romance the most popular, best selling genre on the planet?

Romance has evolved from its early bodice ripping beginnings to a sophisticated and diverse genre reflecting our modern experiences of love.iPad pictures 170
The New Romantics are four popular local authors who each write different kinds of love stories, from the comic, to rural and environmental, to the dark and sensual. They will share their experiences of writing and reading in this diverse and popular genre and explore the changing ways women and love are represented in modern romantic storytelling. What makes a good love/sex scene? What defines a happy ever after ending? And where do they draw the inspiration for their diverse work?
During this interactive discussion they will encourage you to explore the important place love holds in our hearts and in the literary landscape.

  • Kath Ledson – suspense/thriller romance; author of the Erica Jewell series Rough Diamond and recently released Monkey Business (Penguin)
  • Margareta Osborn –rural romance; author Bella’s Run, Hope’s Road and Mountain Ash (Random House)
  • Jennifer Scoullar – environmental romance; author Brumby’s Run, Currawong Creek, and Billabong Bend (Penguin)
  • Kate Belle – dark, sensual (even erotic) love stories; author The Yearning and Being Jade (Simon & Schuster)

When: Friday 29th August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Mansfield Library
Cost: FREE
Includes drinks and nibbles, door prizes, and book signing and sales.

Beijing International Book Fair

Take your book to Beijing!Beijing Book Fair

When: 27 – 31 August 2014

The Australian Self-Publishing Group simply shares the costs of the stand with as many authors as possible, making it economical for all authors to send their book along.
The more authors who give us their books, the cheaper will be the cost to individual authors.
At the end of the fair, your book will be given to our Chinese literary agent partner, who will promote it for you if that is what you decide to do.
English books are booming in China. Books that sold last year were novels, romance, historical fiction, kids, business, teaching and self-help.
Contact: William Webster
Phone: 02 62912904
Mobile: 0414467500
Email: publish@publishaspg.com
http://www.australianselfpublishinggroup.com

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)

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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/

Online Events

 

owlRWA 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

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.

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew will be taking break for the week of Romance Rocks 2014, but we will be back Thursday, July 14 with all the good news from the conference. Keep an eye out on Twitter for Awards night updates!

Follow us on Twitter: @RWAus2014

Twitter hashtag: #RWAus14

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

Stacey is excited for the release of her novel, FORGET ME NOT, on August 1.

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.
Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence.

Is proud to reveal her cover for FRESH BEGINNINGS, with the release date August 5.

The new psychological thriller ALREADY DEAD by Jaye Ford is out in September, through Random House (Bantam). Jaye has also signed to write a fifth thriller for Random House. Called DEAD SLEEP, it’s scheduled for release in September 2015.

Heather’s latest release is TRACKS OF THE HEART, a collection of rural romance short stories which will be digital only.

Susanne Bellamy is ENGAGING THE ENEMY from 1 August! With enemies like Matthew Mahoney, who needs friends?

RITA Winner

Congratulations to our RITA Winner Leah Ashton with her Harlequin, KISS Short Contemporary, WHY RESIST A REBEL?

NZ Romance Writers KORU AWARD

The Romance Writers of New Zealand KORU Award 2014 Finalists have been announced. Congratulations to our many members on this list:

SHORT SWEET
Finalists in no particular order:
Isabella Hargreaves- The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody
Barbara DeLeo- Last Chance Proposal
Joanne Graves- Falling for Jack
Julie Mac- A Father at Last

SHORT SEXY
Finalists in no particular order:
Annie West- Imprisoned by a Vow
Yvonne Lindsay- One Secret Night
Louisa George- How to Resist a Heartbreaker
Hayson Manning- Winning the Boss’s Heart

LONG ROMANCE
Finalists in no particular order:
Tracey Alvarez – In too Deep
Frances Housden – The Chieftan’s Curse
Kylie Griffin – Allegiance Sworn
Mary Brock Jones – Swift Runs the Heart

RWA Blog

 July 29 – Romance Rocks Presents…

August 2 – Hearts Talk Wrap

August 3 – Event Announcements

August 4 – New Releases

August 5 – Author Spotlight on JM Bray

August 6 – Final Romance Rocks Present post before conference

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.

July 26 – Serialised novels and collaboration: Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk about what it’s like not only to serialise a novel but to do so collaboratively.

As the release of Engaging the Enemy approaches, Susanne’s blog tour takes off.
July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson and Passions
July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees
July 30JM Bray 

Muster up! This week on Friday Feast we have romance author Barbara Hannay. Barbara’s celebrating the forthcoming release of her new bestseller MOONLIGHT PLAINS with a dish as breathtaking as her books. Plus share the meal that makes your family happiest and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of MOONLIGHT PLAINS. Yeehaa!

Writing Inspiration by Erin Moira O’Hara

Character Interview with the hero from UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees

Character Interview with the heroine from THE SORCERER’S SPELL by Dani Kristoff

Book Blitz Promo for FORGET ME NOT by Stacey Nash

to celebrate the upcoming September release of DRIVING IN NEUTRAL (a love story about claustrophobia), Sandra is running a blog series titled 75 Days of Phobias featuring many RWA members and romance authors.

Over the last 34 days guests included, RWA members Jenny Schwartz, Lisa Barry, Rachael Johns, Ainslie Paton, Rhyll Biest, Cate Ellink. Keziah Hill, Wendy Curtis, Georgina Penney, Anna Campbell, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, JM Bray (a dude!), MA Grant, Sarah Mayberry, Sami Lee, Dana Mitchell, Laura Greaves, Lousie Forster, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Escape Publishing’ s Managing editor Kate Cuthbert.fear1

Coming guests include, Daniel deLorne (dude no. 2!), Roz Groves, Tina Marie Clark, Susanne Bellamy, Kendall Talbot, Ebony McKenna, Rebekah Turner, Elsa Winckler, Alison Stuart, Amy Andrews, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Belle, Fiona Lowe, Scarlett Dawn and Juanita Kees.

Each post focuses on a phobia, real or one that is real to the guest. It runs for 75 Days, right up to the 1 Sept release date for Sandra’s third novel, the rom com DRIVING IN NEUTRAL, a love story about claustrophobia.

July 29 – Tuesday Tales with this week’s prompt being RIGHT
July 31 – “May I introduce” Andy Lewter and her debut novel GIFTED
August 3 – Snippet Sunday – Come on over and check out the start of a new WIP

Come and meet the characters of UNDER COVER OF DARK as we go on tour on the Cyber Highway. Come along and comment because there will be giveaways! Watch this space or join in the fun in the Facebook event:

July 27  – Detective Mark Johnson is interviewed by SE GilchristBlog Tour

July 29Escape Blog with Susanne Bellamy and Engaging the Enemy

July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees

July 30RWA Author Spotlight

July 31 – 75 Days of Phobia with Sandra Antonelli

August 1 – Choose Your Cast with Sarah Belle

August 1 – Interview with Ann B Harrison

August 1Belinda Williams

August 11 – WIP me Inspired on AusRomToday with J’aimee Brooker

 

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:Enrico
1. Kylie Griffin
2. Life, Luv ‘n Laughs
3. The Scarlet Quill
4. Roxanne Knight
5. Sultry Scribes
6. Victoria Purman

Have a great week and happy writing!

Romance Rocks Presents…

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With just one week to go to Romance Rocks 2014, RWA is proud to introduce you to our featured speakers and what they’re offering in their presentations:

Friday Workshop Presenter and Speaker – James Scott Bell

Writing the Knockout Novel

This Knockout Novel Workshop will get you into the deep tissue of your fiction. You’ll learn the tool and techniques of the masters, including:

• What Plot is really all about
• The power of disturbance and doorways
• How to write scenes with no dull parts
• Creating “jump off the page” characters
• The fastest way to improve your manuscript
• The essentials of great dialogue
• The secret of voice

Saturday session 3 ~ Revision & Self-Editing

The bestselling author of Plot & Structure revisits the art and craft of writing with a comprehensive look into how to polish your manuscript into the gem and editor or agent (or reader) can’t resist. With proven techniques, James will walk attendees through revision and self-editing, so that each writer can get the most out of their work, and present it in its best light.

Keynote Speaker – Cherry Adair

Build 3-D Characters So They Leap Off The Page

Compelling characters drive your story. Without rich, 3-D characters the story flat lines, leaving the reader lost, bored, or wondering why they invested their time. Fully developed characters shouldn’t be an afterthought. (even if you prefer writing by the seat of your pants) Crafting captivating characters starts before the first word is written.Desire intrinsically creates conflict, making for memorable characters. You’ll learn how to give your people powerful, driving goals, as well as strong motivation for doing what they do. Cherry will show you how to seamlessly weave together their backstory with their physical descriptions to make them feel like real people instead of cardboard cutouts.

Sunday session 6 – Luminous Dialogue

Dialogue isn’t as boring as, “How would you like your eggs?” the morning after. (Unless they are dinosaur eggs!) Dialogue has to work hard and serve several purposes while at the same time entertaining your readers. Cherry will share her secrets of how to make your dialogue sparkle and sing. Discover ways to insert readable, but still authentic accents or dialects. Learn how to change narrative into fast-paced, page-turning dialogue. Learn about ‘white space’ and how to use it to make your story move faster. Find out how to make your characters sound like themselves and nobody else. Cherry will show you techniques for strengthening dialogue to make it shine on the page.

 Guest Speaker – Marie Force

Rejection Was My Friend – A ‘Rags to Riches’ publishing story

New York Times bestselling author Marie Force will share her “rags to riches” publishing story and how she went from the most rejected author in the history of rejected authors to five appearances on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013 and one more (so far) in 2014. She will share her strategy as a “hybrid” author who is engaging in both self-publishing and traditional publishing and how her innovative use of social media has been a game changer.

Sunday session 4 – Self Publishing 101

New York Times bestselling author Marie Force has self-published more than 20 original titles and sold more than 1.5 million of her self-published titles. She will share her tips and techniques for putting books in front of readers. She will cover everything from cover design to retailer challenges to effective marketing strategies to aid discoverability in an increasingly crowded field.

 Guest Speaker – Jim Azevedo

10 Trends Impacting the Future of Book Publishing

Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords, will examine how the simultaneous rise of ebooks, self-publishing and democratized access to retailers will forever transform the publishing landscape. In this session, Jim will discuss 10 publishing industry trends that will most impact the future for book authors. Learn how the power center in the book publishing industry is shifting from publishers to writers, as self-published authors realize they already have access to the tools to out-sell and out-compete the big publishers. Learn why the former stigma of self-publishing is being replaced with growing pride as self-published authors scale all the international bestseller lists.

 Saturday session 2Secrets of the Best-Selling Self-Published Ebook Authors

Since its launch in 2008, Smashwords has helped more than 80,000 authors release over 285,000 ebook titles. In this session, Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords, will unveil the secrets of the most commercially successful self-published ebook authors. Session attendees will learn from real-life examples of how authors broke out to become bestsellers. Among the many secrets in his presentation, Jim will reveal best practices strategies for cover design (including examples and an intriguing case study), pricing, platform building, distribution, how to unleash word-of-mouth buzz with viral catalysts, and how to partake in the global market for ebooks. This session is relevant for aspiring authors, intermediates and advanced publishing professionals. Novices and intermediates will learn how to think like a professional publisher. Experienced self-published authors and publishers will learn how to emulate the best practices of successful authors who are rewriting the rules of ebook self-publishing.

Guest Speaker – Kate Byrne

How Romance Rocks in the UK – An insight into the international publishing market

What kinds of romance are readers loving in the UK in 2014? What do we have in common with the Australian and US markets? Where do we differ? What are the advantages in having a publisher as your advocate in the UK? How are we working to be part of the romance community? Insight into this and more from a romance editor and passionate fan of the genre in the UK.

 Guest Speaker – Lucienne Diver

Sunday session 5 – The Publishing Process

Ever wondered what happens to your manuscript after that agent or editor accepts it? Lucienne Diver has sold over 700 titles to all the major publishers, and in this workshop she’ll address the mystery of what happens to your manuscript, and answer any questions you have on the process.

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What you need to know before you sign a contract

A rundown of publishing contracts and various publishing rights and protection of an author’s copyright

 

Event Announcements

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

RWA Conference 2014 – Romance Rocks!

Getting To and From RWA 2014

There are a number of options on how to get to the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park hotel. rwa14logoedit-light-300

By Shuttle Service

There are a number of shuttle services operating from Sydney Airport that travel to Sydney Olympic Park, and if travelling in a small group, this can be a feasible option.  We recommend Canon’s Shuttles.

Members can organise their own small groups (13-seater buses); you can book a shuttle and travel for approx. $23 per trip if filling up the vehicle, or otherwise fares will be divided amongst the number of passengers. If you can’t fill a 13-seater bus, don’t worry! Members can book as smaller groups or as individuals directly with Canon’s Shuttles, and the staff at Canon’s will coordinate shuttle groups (cost will depend on flight arrivals/departures and filling up vehicles).

Please note: if you are flying in at a time when no other delegates are, the cost of transport will reflect this until (or if) more passengers are assigned to that shuttle.

To book:

  • Please have your flight times available as you book – flight numbers, arrival and departure times, etc.
  • Call Evan at Canons Shuttles on 02 9522 6868 or enquire via their website. If Evan isn’t available, speak with John.
  • Please mention RWA when booking to ensure coordination with the larger delegate group (either over the phone or in the special requirements field for online bookings).

By Taxi

Taxis operate from both the Sydney Domestic Terminals and from the Sydney International Terminal. Sheltered, supervised taxi ranks operate just outside the main doors of the terminals. On average, a taxi fare from the Sydney Domestic Terminals to Novotel Sydney Olympic park can take 30 minutes or so, and costs approx. $55-$75 one way, depending on weather conditions and traffic. Travelling by road between approx. 5-7pm is the peak period for Sydney traffic in that direction along that arterial, so please bear this in mind when booking your travel arrangements.

If you wish to book your taxi beforehand, you could try here (although many companies operate from the terminal) or call 133 300 for a Taxis Combined service.

By Public Transport

Novotel Sydney Olympic Park is diagonally opposite the Sydney Olympic Park train station. For those wanting to experience the Sydney public transport system:

  • Go to Airport Domestic (or Airport International) Train Stations, Platform 1.
  • Catch the train to Central Station and change to Platform 19 for your train to Homebush (this is the Inner West line). Depending on the train, you may need to change lines at Lidcombe Station.

Single Adult fare: $17.20

Travel time can take approx. 40 minutes.

For further information and maps, please click here.

For more information on Sydney’s transport, and for latest fare and timetable information, click here.

ARRA Book-signing event, Saturday 9 August

The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Sydney this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia ARRA logo_CMYKconference, and will run from 5-6 pm on Saturday 9 August at the Pullman Hotel in Olympic Park. This is the seventh group signing we have hosted, and it is shaping up to be the biggest yet with 88 authors signing.

The list of signing authors is available here: http://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/book-signing-event-in-sydney/

The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of $20 – or pre-purchase your tickets online for just $15. Entry will also include the opportunity to score some free books, plus the chance to win one of several prize baskets.

Remember – if you are an RWA delegate entry to the signing is NOT included in your RWA registration fee.

Buy your ticket here: http://www.trybooking.com/76424

Newbies!

We love Newbies and want to make sure your first conference is welcoming and inclusive. If you are feeling nervous and don’t know what to expect our First Timers Liaison, Donna Gallagher is here to help donnag63@iinet.net.au For everyone else, please make all newbies welcome.

If at any time during the conference you face any issues or queries, please feel free to approach the conference committee or volunteers, and we’ll work to resolve the issue.

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

 

Romancing the Festival

Byron Bay Writers Festival will reveal the realities of writing romance with multi-published and award-winning authors Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George in discussion AmyAndrews_HOFAHwith, and at the mercy of, local celebrity comedian Mandy Nolan, says Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.
Chairing the session Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance, Nolan will explore the world of romance writing and discuss what it’s like to be a contemporary romance author.

Be Still My Beating Heart: Writing Romance will be held on Festival Sunday.
Where: The Festival runs at North Byron Beach Resort from 1- 3 August with workshops commencing on 28 July.JenniferStGeorge_The-Love-Deception-Love

For more Festival information or to purchase tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com or call 1300 368 552.

For further information or interviews contact: Jennifer St George, m: 0418 134 543, e: publicity@nrwc.org.au

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)

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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/

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

The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.

When: July 17–20

Early Bird Tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival are on sale. Workshops commencing on 28 July. The Early Bird tickets are only on sale until the full program is announced on 6 June, so now is the time to pick up a discounted Festival pass. For more Festival information or to purchase Early Bird tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

When: August 1–3

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

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

Susanne is exciting to announce the release of Engaging the Enemy on August 1 from Escape Publishing

is looking forward to a new book coming out in August. MISTRESS OF GREYLADIES is the second in the series, set during and after WWI, in a haunted manor house in Wiltshire. The publisher has done a gorgeous cover. Take a peek.

Has signed a contract with Etopia Press for her next erotic romance called PICTURE PERFECT.
Her hot firefighter novella, ALL FIRED UP, was a runner up in the erotic romance category in the NERFAs – that’s National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards, run by a chapter of the Rom Writers America – First Coast Romance Writers. Her fellow runner up was Aussie author Donna Gallagher.

Loretta’s new novel, THE MAXWELL SISTERS, is set in the vineyards of Margaret River, WA and will be on the shelves in January 2015.

RWA Blog

July 27 – Event Announcements9780857991782

July 28 – Author Group Spotlight on The Naughty Ninjas

July 30 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway on RUBY Finalist and LWA Nominee, Juanita Kees

July 31 – 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.

July 26 – Serialised novels and collaboration: Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk about what it’s like not only to serialise a novel but to do so collaboratively.

As the release of Engaging the Enemy approaches, Susanne’s blog tour takes off.
July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson and Passions
July 29Two Heroes with Susanne Bellamy and Juanita Kees
July 30JM Bray 

After something hot and dishy? You can have both on Friday Feast thanks to romance author Christina Phillips. Not only will she get things sizzling with her latest sexy highlander release, Her Vengeful Scot, she’ll warm you even further with her Hunter Style Chicken recipe. Plus you could win your own super hot Scot by sharing your favourite casserole dish. Steamy!

On the Melbourne Romance Writers’ Build blog we have Jess Langhorne sharing her thoughts on inspiration and creativity.

to celebrate the upcoming September release of DRIVING IN NEUTRAL (a love story about claustrophobia), Sandra is running a blog series titled 75 Days of Phobias featuring many RWA members and romance authors.

Over the last 34 days guests included, RWA members Jenny Schwartz, Lisa Barry, Rachael Johns, Ainslie Paton, Rhyll Biest, Cate Ellink. Keziah Hill, Wendy Curtis, Georgina Penney, Anna Campbell, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, JM Bray (a dude!), MA Grant, Sarah Mayberry, Sami Lee, Dana Mitchell, Laura Greaves, Lousie Forster, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Escape Publishing’ s Managing editor Kate Cuthbert.fear1

Coming guests include, Daniel deLorne (dude no. 2!), Roz Groves, Tina Marie Clark, Susanne Bellamy, Kendall Talbot, Ebony McKenna, Rebekah Turner, Elsa Winckler, Alison Stuart, Amy Andrews, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Belle, Fiona Lowe, Scarlett Dawn and Juanita Kees.

Each post focuses on a phobia, real or one that is real to the guest. It runs for 75 Days, right up to the 1 Sept release date for Sandra’s third novel, the rom com DRIVING IN NEUTRAL, a love story about claustrophobia.

Juliet was a guest on the ARRA blog talking about small town settings, and her Tarrin’s Bay series

Suzi Love was a guest this week and shared her passion for history.

Has a new blog post up – Magical tools for magical writing.

July 13 – Review of BET ON IT by Cheryl AdnamsAlmost_Invincible

July 18 – Review of ALMOST INVINCIBLE by Suzanne Burdon, the biography of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

July 21MENDING THE SHROUD by J M Bray

writing is like consuming chocolate

Blogs on how a recent movie experience had a profound effect on her writing

spent 10 years as a professional critic and reviewer. Find out the lessons she learned.

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:Enrico

Monya Mary Clayton
Suzanne Brandyn
The Roses of Prose
Word Wenches
Writing up a Storm
Suzi Love

Have a great week and happy writing!

Romance Rocks Presents…

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On Professional Development Day, Thursday 7th August on Track B, Session 4, Gemma Ruddick (Rachael Ruddick) will be writing strong in an informative sessions designed to encourage healthy habits as you write.

Write Strong

Run through stretches and exercises (using only your chair) that are useful for writers who spend long hours sitting, as well as learn the considerations for general health, desk set up and furniture. Participants will run through a range of exercises and stretches that really target the areas of most concern for writers. These include exercises that improve posture, as well as flexibility in those muscles that become tight from long periods of sitting (hamstrings, lower back, etcetera). The exercises would be suitable for all age groups and health status. Gemma will also provide a handbook of exercises and stretches for them to take with them.

Your Presenter – Gemma RuddickGemma Ruddick

When I decide to do something I get it done.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
Item number three of my bucket List. It is nestled in amongst some gems like ‘run a 100k ultramarathon’, ‘visit all Disney parks’, ‘get a PhD’ and ‘make my own shampoo’.

What will participants take away from this session?
My session is for everybody, regardless of physical ability. It is about giving participants the practical knowledge to make sure they are fit and ready for all those long hours spent at a desk writing. I will cover exercises and stretches that you can do sitting or standing behind your chair as well as discussing desk set up and general health considerations.
I encourage everyone not to underestimate how important it is for your body, just like your mind, to be prepared to write. We all know that athletes nowadays place considerable importance on sports psychology; well for all of us who spend a considerable amount of time in our heads we can’t neglect our bodies.
Come to my session ready to move!

Which members will benefit most from this session?
Everyone knows that spending hours a day sitting at a desk is bad for your long-term health. As writers it is virtually impossible to get around this but it is important that we all have a toolbox to manage the impacts of this sedentary profession and understand what we can do to mitigate the risks.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
It has been a couple of years since I have been able to make it to the conference and I am looking forward to meeting up with everyone, particularly my fellow contest coordinators. I also am looking forward to pitching and hopefully picking up some great ideas for approaching the editing phase of the writing process.

Any advice for conference first-timers?Cover_RapidHearts
Each conference I have attended has sent me in to a writing funk afterwards. After learning so much I always want to immediately apply it all to my writing which sends me down a ‘if I’m not going to do it properly I won’t to anything at all’ rabbit hole. So my advice is to make some sort of plan about going back through your conference notes each night and after the conference and planning out practical steps to apply what you have learnt to your current work in a manageable way.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
In 2014 I am releasing Climbing Into His Arms (Rachael Ruddick) a contemporary sports romance featuring a rock climbing goddess.

 

 

 

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