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.

 

 

 

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!

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, rwa14logoedit-light-300Donna 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.

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

Has been contracted for a three book print series by Pan Macmillan Australia. KAKADU SUNSET, Book 1 of the Porter Sisters series should be available in 2015.
This romantic suspense trilogy is about three sisters from rural Australia who overcome adversity in different circumstances. Set in the outback, in the tropics and on the coastal rain forest fringe.

Invites you to view the cover and storyline of SAVING SHELBY SUMMERS, her latest romance, just published by Secret Cravings Publishing.

The fifth book in the Immortal Rapture Series,  ARIELLE: IMMORTAL JOURNEY, was released on July 15.

RWA Blog

July 20 – Event AnnouncementsClint

July 22 – Author Spotlight: Goldie Alexander…

July 23 – Romance Rocks Presents…Gemma Ruddick

July 24 – 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.

Romance in Exotic Places: The Attraction and Possibilities of Other Lands – Explore the potential of exotic settings this week with Susanne Bellamy.

Wrote a very serious and thoughtful post

Feeling the winter blues? Then cheer yourself up with a romantic wedding or three on Friday Feast. Award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe is celebrating the upcoming release of her Wedding Fever trilogy with even more nuptials. An entire anthology of them! Plus there’s a delicious winter dessert to sweeten things even more. Nice!

Post on our recent workshop, Characterisation and Suspense.
Post by Tea Cooper and the wonders of using Evernote.

July 8 – Tuesday Tales with the prompt “Summer”
July 10 – Maggie Christensen BAND OF GOLD
July 13 – Sunday Snippet FRESH BEGINNINGS … another little teaser of my book which will be released early August.

Curious about a romance author’s writing space? Check out my desk – and our cats – at AusRomToday

Shared a post by writing guru Sydney Smith. What’s wrong with a passive protagonist?

Three Australian authors share their how-we-got-published stories!

Ann B Harrison was Over at Write Bytes with Keziah Hill this week. And yes, she has a messy desk!

Nicole Murphy aka Elizabeth Dunk is on Write Bytes this week. Come along and say hello!

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.

Guest blog / promo for J L Addicoat debut novel, THE SPIRIT OF LOVE.

Guest blog / promo for Anna Hackett‘s next release, IN THE DEVIL’S NEBULA, an action, science fiction romance.

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. Monique Wood
  2. The Pink Heart Society
  3. Whitney K-E
  4. Tima Maria
  5. Dark Side Down Under
  6. The Ecstasy Files

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 3, Susan Donovan will provide a User’s Guide to turning up the self-expressive part of the brain and turning down the impulse control part of the brain when generating ideas. 

A User’s Guide to the Creative Writer’s Brain

Understanding how to get the most out of the 2 types of creative thinking: convergent thinking (intensely focusing on a problem until the answer emerges) and divergent thinking (asking your subconscious mind targeted questions then forgetting you asked them).

Your Presenter – Susan Donovanfacebook picture Susan Donovan aka Sara Donovan (2)

I’m a wife, mother, corporate facilitator and HarperCollins author.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I have written and run workshops on neuroscience, communication and innovation for my corporate clients, including Novartis, Oracle and Telstra.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
I utilised some of the processes I teach in my day job whenever I felt stuck or worried when writing my book (which was quite a lot – especially when writing the first draft!)
The processes were so effective and reduced my stress so much, that I wanted to share them with any of the wonderful romance writers at Romance Rocks who are interested.

What will participants take away from this session?
The take-home message is that the unconscious mind is far more powerful than the conscious mind, but it’s also very easy to block. It’s helpful to know when you’ve accidentally turned it off, how to turn it back on and how to get more out of your brain’s creative capabilities.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?COV_LoveByNumbers_CD2
There will be hands-on exercises and audience participation in this workshop.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
Meeting other romance writers and having a good laugh together.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My debut novel, Love By Numbers, a romantic comedy about love, lust and neuroscience is being published by HarperCollins digital brand, HarperImpulse in July 2014. You can find my website at www.saradonovan.com

 

 

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!

Audition SubmissionSydney conf logo

Do you have the X-Factor? Are you prepared to have your work presented on stage before a panel of judges on a stage, and blind the crowd with your talent?

By submitting your work to AUDITION SUBMISSION, you’ll be putting your story in front of six industry professionals all looking for the next author star, with the talent and perseverance to make it big on the world stage of publishing!

Hone your submission skills and take the challenge to find out if you have the X Factor in AUDITION SUBMISSION.

Panel of Judges

  • Kate Byrne – editor for Hodder Headline UK
  • Narelle Battersby – freelance editor for HarperImpulse
  • Malle Vallik – editor for Harlequin International
  • Lex Hirst – editor for Random Romance
  • Lucienne Diver – Agent, The Knight Agency
  • Alex Adsett – Agent, Alex Adsett Publishing Services

See judge biographies and preferences on the Editors/Agents Preferences page of the conference website.

The Audition Process
An independent reader will read anonymous manuscript pages aloud for the panel and conference delegates. During the reading, the panel will indicate where they would stop reading the submission, and later will explain why. The whole audience will benefit from understanding the submission’s strengths and weaknesses, and how they can further improve their own future submissions.

Offers of Interest
Any requests made during the AUDITION SUBMISSION are REAL. The conference team will get back to you with the contact details of the editor/agent who has requested your work. Any rejections from AUDITION SUBMISSION shouldn’t stop you from submitting in the future, but might help improve your submission through the panel’s feedback.

How to Audition
Send the first two pages of your manuscript to syd14@romanceaustralia.com by Friday, July 25th.

  • Put AUDITION SUBMISSION in the email subject line.
  • Send your first two pages (double-spaced, 1-inch margins).
  • Put your title in the head of each page – but NOT YOUR NAME.
  • Save all documents as [Your Name AUDITION SUBMISSION Title] in .RTF format and attach to email.
  • In the body of your email, please include your name, full contact details (including mobile phone number) and the title of your manuscript.

Express Year of the NovelAnnaCampbell_Rake

Make 2014 the year you finish your novel in Express Year of the Novel! Over six masterclasses, you will explore the elements of novel writing, including character and setting, theme, voice and narrative structure. With the support and feedback of your peers and acclaimed author, Anna Campbell, you’ll be equipped with the tools to complete the first draft of your manuscript by December.

Anna Campbell’s award-winning historical romances are published internationally, including in Australia and North America. For the last four years, the Australian Romance Readers Association have voted Anna favourite romance writer. Her latest release is A RAKES’ MIDNIGHT KISS (HarperCollins). Web: www.annacampbell.info

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 with, 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.
Amy Andrews is the author of over 40 romance novels with five different publishing houses, including Harlequin Mills & Boon, US e-publisher Entangled and HarperCollins, AmyAndrews_HOFAHand has sold over 1.6 million copies of her stories worldwide. ‘There are many myths that surround the genre. Romance, like country music, is a genre which no one admits to listening to/reading but everyone has an opinion about,’ says Andrews. ‘This panel will be able to debunk these and explain the realities of the modern day romance novel.’
Andrews, whose recent novel HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO won Australian Romance Readers Association Best Contemporary Romance award, believes the key to longevity in publishing is diversification. ‘Authors have more choice than ever before. Digital publishing, self publishing, traditional publishing. And you know what? You’d be mad if you didn’t explore all your options.’
Local author Jennifer St George is thrilled to be teaming up with Nolan again. ‘Mandy launched my book SWEET SEDUCTION at Mary Ryan’s last year. I JenniferStGeorge_The-Love-Deception-Lovelaughed so hard, I could barely answer her hilarious questions. She got people so excited, the book sold out that night.’
St George says many people are unaware of the enormous popularity of the genre. ‘Romance fiction generated over $1.3 billion in sales in the US alone in 2013. It was the top-performing category on the best-seller lists in 2012 across the NYT, USA Today, and PW lists.’
Nolan can’t wait to talk heroes, heroines, love and sex. ‘Romance is to love what pasta is to sauce. It’s a delicious combination, but in the end too much makes you fat.’ The author of Boyfriends We’ve All Had (and Shouldn’t Have), Nolan writes about ‘real ordinary’ love. ‘I tell the truth about love. That’s why it’s funny. Most of us never really tell the truth.’
‘People have told me that my book is really honest – that I have been very frank – almost disarmingly so,’ says Nolan. ‘I find that a bit shocking. People were quite comfortable with Fifty Shades of Grey – a book fantasising about bondage and being tied up by a bloke in a suit- it was sold in Coles and read by women as young as 14 and older than my grandmother. I don’t get it. I don’t even mention sex dungeons. I don’t have one. I have a two car garage. It led me to this most astounding conclusion, that writing about pornographised S&M was more easily accepted than writing about ordinary, flawed and often hopeless sexual encounters.’

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.

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

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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

PENELOPE’S GHOST was published by Boroughs Publishing Group and appears on all standard e-book sales sites.

signed her eleventh contract with Entangled Publishing for IN TUSCANY WITH THE ITALIAN BILLIONAIRE out next April as part of a 12 book series with 12 different authors.

THE DOCTOR’S RETURN will be released by Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents in August 2014, in print.

Celebrated the release of her contemporary romance SPIRIT OF LOVE from Rogue Phoenix

was thrilled to announce the release of her debut print book, the RWA Valerie Parv Award winning story, EXHALE.

LADY BEAUCHAMP’S PROPOSAL, a Regency noir style romance, will be published with Secret Cravings Publishing on August 18. Amy has also just signed another contract for vintage historical (1950′s) novella with Steam eReads. LONG GONE GIRL is scheduled for release on September 15.

Was thrilled to receive another great review for LILY’S LEAP

The third book in the Beginnings series FRESH BEGINNINGS will be released early August.

Shared her cover reveal for HAUNTED EVER AFTER

RUBY finalist Kendall was excited to receive a 5 star review of LOST IN KAKADU

Finalized a three book contract with Escape Publishing for her Darkon Warrior science fiction romance series. She also celebrated the cover reveal for her October 1 release of WHEN STARS COLLIDE.

celebrated Release Day for SEIZING HEAVEN, a stand alone story but the follow up to CAPTURING BLISS.
Can the betrothal ring really pick his true bride? Lord Savaric Reynard is about to find out.

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RWA Blog

July 4A Day in the Writing Life of Sara Donovan

July 6Hot new Romance Writing Events on Event Announcements

July 7New title releases July 2014

July 8Author Spotlight and Giveaway: RUBY nominee, Kendall Talbot…

July 8 -Valerie Parv Award Finalists

July 9Romance Rocks Presents… Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd

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.

Wrote a very serious and thoughtful post about her deepest fears over at Sandra Antonelli’s blog.

Meet sparkling debut author Stefanie London in the Romance Bandits lair and win a copy (international) of her ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET!

Has posted some conference tips on her blog if it’s your first time or you’re wondering what you’ve been doing wrong.

Looking to escape the winter chill? Come visit Friday Feast where THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE author Christina Brooke will make you warm and fuzzy not only with her wonderful memories of comfort food, but with her gorgeous Regency romances. Plus you could win a copy of The Wickedest Lord Alive. Believe me, he’s sure to warm you up!

has enjoyed having writers talking food on her blog for the last 5 months, with Lily Malone’s curried sausages a hit, Kate Belle up as of now and Lisa Heidke up at the end of the month.

July 8 – Tuesday Tales with the prompt “Summer”
July 10 – Maggie Christensen BAND OF GOLD
July 13 – Sunday Snippet FRESH BEGINNINGS … another little teaser of my book which will be released early August.

Ruby finalist, Jennifer is talking about the Murray cod character in her latest novel, BILLABONG BEND and has dedicated a post to Guddhu, guardian of the river, charismatic fish of legend.

Visited Sandy Curtis’s blog with her new release BAND OF GOLD

Come and see why Téa Cooper’s passion for history makes her Escape’s Queen of Australian historical romance.

Pop over to Riverina Romantics to check out my new cover art, plus an interview with the cover model (who I was lucky enough to meet in person at RT in May this year).

Shared these links to blogs of interest:

Darkside Down Under Enchanted Orb with Nicole Murphy
Hunter Romance Writers has a great post on Show Not Tell by Linda Charles

 

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:

  1. Monique McDonnell
  2. Sarah Belle
  3. The Journeyman Writer
  4. Wendy Leslie
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Sue Moorcroft

Have a great week and happy writing!

Romance Rocks Presents…

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On Saturday 9th August on Track B, Session 1, Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd present the five main things a new author needs in self-publishing for beginners.

Self Publishing for Beginners

Successful “hybrid” authors can sell to publishers and self publish to gain maximum exposure and income. Learn how to become one of them by reviewing different publishing platforms, assessing the importance of editing, and how to get a great cover. This is a work for writers with limited technical skills.

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Cathleen Ross is a hybrid author who writes for Harlequin and self publishes her Forbidden Fantasy series.

Kandy Shepherd swapped a fast-paced career as a magazine editor for a life writing fun, feel-good fiction.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?

When Cathleen Ross self-published her first Forbidden Fantasy it started selling immediately. In the last two and a half years she’s seen her sales figures double and out earn any publisher advance she’s received. A teacher, mentor and trainer of writers, she’s determined to empower others.

What will participants take away from this session?Kandy Shepherd

Self-publishing will be demystified. Writers will learn the positives and the pitfalls of self publishing.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Audience participation.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

Examples from the Forbidden Fantasy Series.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

All who choose to use it.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

I love catching up with old friends and making new ones. I enjoy hearing what the editors and agents have to say about the business. The Harlequin dinner is always a highlight for me because the publisher has always been such a huge supporter of RWA.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Highland Romances. Self Published.

 

Event Announcements

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

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only. Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

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Professional Development Day Speakers

  • Jim Azevedo, Smashwords
  • Marie Force, Author
  • Jennifer St. George, Author
  • Helene Young, Author
  • Sarah Wendell, Author, Reviewer, Blogger
  • Julian Hewitt, Media Arts Lawyers
  • Susan Donovan, Corporate Facilitator
  • Maya Hall, Maya Hall Pty Ltd (Accountant)
  • Gemma Ruddick, Personal Trainer

Workshop Presenters – please click here

Conference MC – Amy Andrews

Award Dinner MC – Kaz Delaney

Express Year of the NovelAnnaCampbell_Rake

Make 2014 the year you finish your novel in Express Year of the Novel! Over six masterclasses, you will explore the elements of novel writing, including character and setting, theme, voice and narrative structure. With the support and feedback of your peers and acclaimed author, Anna Campbell, you’ll be equipped with the tools to complete the first draft of your manuscript by December.

Anna Campbell’s award-winning historical romances are published internationally, including in Australia and North America. For the last four years, the Australian Romance Readers Association have voted Anna favourite romance writer. Her latest release is A RAKES’ MIDNIGHT KISS (HarperCollins). Web: www.annacampbell.info

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me!

When: Monday July 7, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Tea Tree Gully Library, 571 Montague Road, Modbury SA

FMI and Bookings: 08 83977333

The first day of our Readers Festival will feature a special author panel at 6.30pm on Monday July 7. Come see authors Carla Caruso, Eleni Konstantine, Maggie Mundy, Heather Taylor Johnson and guest MC Bronwyn Stuart as they talk about writing in the romance genre with a South Aussie flavour.

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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

Visible Ink

Visible Ink is accepting submissions of short stories, non-fiction, poetry and visual art for its 26th annual anthology. This year’s theme is ‘Encounters’. Entry $6. Published work receives payment. Submissions close 6 July. Visit visibleinkanthology.com/submissions for more info.

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

  • Hayson Manning has signed a three book contract for a TALKING DIRTY series with Entangled’s Single Title, Select Imprint.
  • Alison Butler is thrilled to announce her Scottish medieval THE HEALER will be published by Escape Publishing and released October 1st 2014.
  • Emma Darcy was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. Emma Darcy is a pseudonym created in 1983 by husband-and-wife team Wendy and Frank Brennan. In the 30
    years since, Emma Darcy has authored over 110 category romance novels (source: Fiction Database)
  • Rebecca Raisin has signed a six-book deal with Carina UK.
  • Fiona Palmer has signed another two-book deal with Penguin and has also signed with Escape Publishing for her next YA ebook THE MISSION.
  • Donna Maree Hanson’s (writing as Dani Kristoff) erotic paranormal romance novel, THE SORCERER’S SPELL, has been acquired by Harper Impulse, due to be released on 1 August.
  • Jennie Jones has a three-book deal with Escape Publishing for her Swallow’s Fall series. A novella, TWELVE DAYS AT SILVER BELLS HOUSE will be released in December. THE HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL will be simultaneously released in January 2015 in digital and trade paperback.
  • ALLEGIANCE SWORN by Kylie Griffin is a paranormal romance finalist in the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best Award. This is a back-to-back KylieGriffin_Allegiance Swornnomination–last year VENGEANCE BORN was a finalist. Michelle Douglas and Barbara DeLeo are also finalists in the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best Award.
  • Rachael Thomas was selected as a finalist in Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” 2013 competition. Her entry for the competition will be her debut novel for Harlequin Presents/Sexy, A DEAL BEFORE THE ALTAR, out in October 2014.
  • Diane Hester’s debut thriller RUN TO ME has made the finals of the US Daphne du Maurier award in the Mainstream category.
  • Helen Ellis has a humorous contemporary romance series, Never A Dull Moment, available on Smashwords and Amazon. Books 1-4 are out, Book 5, MEN AND ALL THAT NONSENSE , is released this month, Book 6 is out soon.
  • Cate Ellink has a short story, CONTROL , in an anthology by Rachel Kramer Bussel, The Big Book of Submission, out 21 July

RWA Blog

July 5 – Hearts Talk Wrap

July 6 – Event Announcements

July 7 – New Releases

July 8 – Author Spotlight – Kendall TalbotKendallTalbot_Lost-In-Kakadu-book

July 9 – Romance Rocks Presents…Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd

July 10 – 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.

What’s in a Name? Finding the Perfect Title for your book baby. Join Susanne Bellamy in the search for the name that says it all.

Want a taste of Australia’s real outback? Then look no further than Friday Feast where this week multi-published author Fiona McArthur is sharing memories of her research trip to Windorah, Queensland. Plus share your favourite thing to add to a picnic basket and you’ll go into a draw to win Fiona’s wonderful new rural romance, Red Sand Sunrise. Now that’s a prize to crow about!

July 1 – Good News Day

June 26 – Magic Thursday

I have Elizabeth M Darcy on my blog today talking about her latest blog. If anyone has time to drop by I’m sure Elizabeth would love to chat.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

1. Michelle Diener
2. Sara Hantz
3. Teen Fiction Cafe
4. We Love YA
5. Yvonne Lindsay
6. Wink Girls

Have a great week and happy writing!

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