Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…

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Our presenters are warming up for their sessions, ready to take you on a marathon run into the world of romance writing. Need a little inspiration? On Track D, Session 3, Saturday 9th August, Narelle Atkins joins Mary Hawkins in a tag team race to show you How to Write and Sell Inspirational Romance. Today, we ask Narelle a few questions under the Conference Spotlight.

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In this session, writers will learn the essential elements in an inspirational/Christian romance, and how to sell an inspirational romance in the Australian and USA markets. The workshop will benefit unpublished writers, and those who are looking to write in the inspirational genre or are curious to learn more about inspirational romance.

Your Presenter – Narelle AtkinsNarelle Atkins

Narelle Atkins writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line in a six-book contract. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, Omega Writers Inc., American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and a past co-president of the Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Narelle’s debut book, FALLING FOR THE FARMER, is a February 2014 release in North America, followed by THE NURSE’S PERFECT MATCH in May 2014 and THE DOCTOR’S RETURN in August 2014.

  1. What prompted you to put together this workshop for Romance Rocks?Mary Hawkins
    My mentor, Mary Hawkins, and I participated on a romance writing panel at the CALEB Conference in Brisbane last year. We talked about how we could put together a workshop that covered both the writing craft and business aspects of the inspirational romance genre. Mary has an upcoming book release in the Australian market and I have a six-book contract with Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents in the USA.
  2. What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
    The best aspect of conference is the people. I love catching up with old friends and meeting new friends. A weekend of talking romance writing with people who understand your crazy writing life and know how to have fun. Everything else is a bonus.
  3. Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
    I’m really looking forward to attending James Scott Bell’s Friday workshop. Plot & Structure is one of my favourite writing craft books and my American author friends rave about his workshops.

 

 

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

Before we head off to celebrate our good news and line up of blogs for this week, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the real-life heroes, our ANZACS and those who served beside them.

The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer, Laurence Binyon, and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921. ~ ANZAC Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;Anzac Day
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Cruisin’ the 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.

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  • Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.
  • Alison Stuart will be presenting her workshop on an INTRODUCTION TO SCRIVENER on Saturday 31st May, 4.30pm to 6.00pm at the Williamstown Literary Festival in the Library Quiet Room and chairing a panel: The New Romantics – Places in the Heart. The star studded panel comprises Kath Ledson, Margareta Osborn, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle and is scheduled Sunday 1st June at 12.00pm to 1.00pm in the Library Auditorium. For more details and booking see the WLF website.

New Releases

Has a new release due out on May 1. LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR  from Escape Publishing is a Regency Romantic Suspense.
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New Cover

J L’s debut Novel SPIRIT OF LOVE, which will be published by Rogue Phoenix Press in early July.

Trending

THE TRADER’S REWARD (final in series) hit the top 100 sagas at Amazon Kindle UK.

Contests

Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggies contest still needs more entries in Erotic Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and
Young Adult. Deadline May 8.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

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Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA Blog

April 23 – Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

April 25 – Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…Narelle Atkins

April 27 – Event Announcements

April 29 – Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Kate Belle

April 30 – Author Spotlight on Charmaine Ross with a Giveaway

May 1 – 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.

Anna Jacobs takes a star turn on All the World’s a Page this weekend. Her writing journey is an inspiration and a must-read for authors, and she’s got a wonderful GIVEAWAY! A hard copy of THE TRADER’S DREAM, the last book in her wonderful Traders’ series to one lucky commenter on the blog.  Remember to leave your email addy in your comment to be in the running!

Didn’t have enough chocolatey goodness over Easter? Then you need Friday Feast! This week I’m revealing the foodie fun I had with ROCKING HORSE HILL and sharing the heroine Emily’s luscious and seductive recipe for moelleux au chocolat. Plus let us know what you could be seduced with and you’ll go into the draw to win a signed copy of ROCKING HORSE HILL. Sweet!

April 22 – Good News Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb, action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

On April 20, Elizabeth (writing as HC Brown) was hosted on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog. Do drop by if you can and leave a comment. Elizabeth had a copy of DRAGONFAE & THE SOUL CATCHER to give away.

April 24 – Suzi Love is coming for a visit talking about SCENTING SCANDAL

has written a blog post, The Diversity of Romance – What is Romance Fiction, Really? in response to the debates going on at the ABC Drum site about romance & the misconceptions showing themselves in the comments in the hope to enlighten people on how diverse the romance market is.

April 28Imogene Nix stops by on her blog tour to celebrate the release of THE ILLUMINATED WITCH.

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

Have a great week and happy writing!

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance author, Cassandra L Shaw…

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Cassandra, and congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Grave Robber for Hire .

Thankyou for having me Sarah, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Can you tell us a little about it, please?

Grave Robber for Hire is a mixed genre story, that sits mostly in the paranormal/fantasy side since the main character Angel is a psychic who mentally time travels by touching handwriting.

The story has a lightly humorous bent even though it also has a couple of evil characters, few horror scenes, a mystery that has to be solved and a bit of heat.

The story’s about Angel Meyers who uses her psychic gift to hunt for lost family treasures. Angel’s hired to find a long lost Rembrandt and she’s ecstatic as her fee for finding an object is twenty percent of the items value. Such a vast reward would buy her her dream—a much larger animal rescue farm.

But on the first touch of the handwriting of the last person to see the Rembrandt she realises the man was pure evil. Determined to get the Rembrandt and buy that farm, no matter what, she, along with her guardian angel and a private investigator she decides is too hot not to hire, faces supernatural beings who also want the Rembrandt.

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Are there plans to build it into a series?

Yes. Grave Robber for Hire has one thread answered by the end of the book but several are left open to continue through the series. I plan on making the Grave Robber series five books long and I plan to have number two out in August.

How would you describe your style of writing?

Well I’m essentially a pantser, but after I write my first draft I then go over it many times to add layers, tighten the plot, add emotions, tweak the humor to suit the characters more. I write in both first and third person but have to admit I find first the most fun as I can really crawl into my main characters skin. I think my style depends on what I’m writing. In Grave Robber for Hire my style is fun and quirky with a dark twist whereas the paranormal romantic suspense I’m working on at the moment is written in third and has a more dramatic nature. So I’d say I adapt to the story as needed.

Your characters have a quirky sense of fashion. From where do you get your fashion inspiration?

Ahh, well that’s a bit of my own time travel. When I was in my mid to late twenties I studied fashion design, so I love dressing my characters. I think it adds to their personalities.

I first saw Angel in goth but I thought that was a bit cliché in this genre so I gave her a taste of dressing in themes. Goth one day, fifties pin up, seventies hippy chick, forties etc.—although, since I had to live through it, there is no eighties power shoulder pads. Shudder shudder.

What comes first: character, world, scenario? Plotter or pantster?

Pantser that uses plotting only when I hit a block. When that happens I plot the next two or three chapters and pantz from there.

Generally I dream of my main character when I’m half asleep and my mind is just cruising. Sometimes a small scene is played out and I go from there. I often play with this idea by writing three or four chapters to see if I really feel the story the characters etc. I have a lot of partially started stories and some I will revisit one day, others I lost interest in after those initial chapters.

Often this initial start-up morphs as I write so I have to go back and rewrite the beginning to suit the new middle. But it’s my way of getting to know the story and characters.

What would we find on your book shelf/e-reader? Which of these books in particular has inspired you?

I have an eclectic mix of genres. Paranormal, romance, fantasy, sci-fi (but not a lot), thrillers, mystery etc. Obviously it’s more on the heavy side with the Paranormal and fantasy which means my shelves are drowning in black covers.

Twilight inspired me to write – It was so simply written I thought surely I can do that and since I’d always wanted to write I gave it a go.

I think for Grave Robber for Hire the writing style inspiration came from Darynda Jones and her Charley Davidson series and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. These series break the rules (the ones I’d been told I must never never do) and told me I could tell my story my ways. Both of these authors/series have characters with big personalities, leave the reader guessing as the end of each book, and have a romance that takes several books to get to resolved.

Realising I could break some rules gave me a chance to explore my story the way I envisaged.

When Grave Robber for Hire is made into a movie, who will be your dream cast?

Fresh new actors who fit the description (I hate when they cast people who look nothing like it is described in a book) have the right acting traits to carry off my characters. Hate poor acting more. LOL.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Write what you’d like to read. Then revise it, revise it, revise it – get a critique partner.

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Is there anything you’ve learnt along the path of your writing journey that you wish you’d known at the beginning?

You don’t have to follow all the rules. Some yes, but not all.

Thank you for joining us today, and congratulations again. Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of Grave Robber for Hire, please?

This is the beginning of Chapter 3. – Angel’s seen a frail old lady crossing a busy road who’s going to get hit by a car.

Crap. My stomach jittered and jived as I ran toward the old lady. My metal heels impacting on the hard asphalt of Frederick Street sent shock waves up my legs. Tension ratcheted my nerves tight then tighter.

And that voice, that grating voice, the one I only hear when someone’s in danger, kept goading me, “Save her, save her, save her,” at a more and more frenzied pace. Christ, I heard. My inner self needed to back off. It wasn’t as if I’d want to see the woman run over and get smashed into old lady chunks. Old or not, she had more to live for. Like afternoon bingo.

The roar of an engine and the screech of rubber burning gave a forewarning. A white car fishtailed around a close-by corner. The doof-doof-doof of god awful music blared out of illegally-tinted windows.

I launched into the air Super-Angel-style, grabbed Granny’s arm, and together we flew.

Feeling super-human, I yelled, “I can flyyyyyyyyy—”

Shoulder down, but holding granny aloft, I smashed into the ground and skidded across cheese grater pavement. “Bullshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii,” I screamed and thanked God I’d worn leatherette. Too bad the vest was sleeveless.

Mid slide I slammed my arm into something hard. The crack of bone preceded my throat tearing squeal capable of shaking Brisbane. The thunderous growl of the engine and the doof-doof-doof continued up the road.

Someone yelled for help. I forced down a wave of stomach churning pain and checked the woman I’d saved. Mouth gaping, she didn’t move. Eyes, half open looked vacant.

Holy snapping-duck-shit, I’d killed her.

I pulled my elbow away from the dead lady’s head and rolled her onto the grassy verge of the footpath. My body exploded into a ball of agony, and my skin became slick with cold shocky sweat. My arm—someone must have shoved a red hot brand into my arm.

I looked at my victim’s pasty skin and lifeless eyes, then inwardly cringed. I’d never murdered anyone before. I could hear her relatives now. “You killed my Gran. You attacked my mother. We want the death sentence brought back just for you.”

Murdering someone who looked so sweet would really screw up my next life karma. I’d return as a dung beetle and spend my life rolling shit into balls.

Hang on, did her chest move? Yes, yes it did.

My body fluids started to flow again and luckily not down my leg. I pumped my good arm, sobbed from the pain the movement caused, and woo-hoo-ed. No shit balls. I owed the great who-ever-what-ever who saved the woman, one.

Car doors slammed. People rushed to help or gawk.

Biting back self-indulgent groans of agony, I touched the old lady’s cool damp face with the hand that could move. Unconscious? Probably a result of my elbow bouncing on her elderly head. This old woman wasn’t the first person I’d tried to help and caused injury to, not by a sniper shot. It was all that horrid save her voice’s fault.

Through the well-meaning onlookers, a man, too drop-dead hunky to be anything except a gym junkie, and probably married to a hot Barbie wife, appeared. He crouched and checked the old lady’s pulse, palmed a cell phone and dialed.

I hoped he had a medical degree, and he’d feel me up—er—over to check for breaks.

“You okay?” Gym junkie asked as I shifted and scored a head spin. Holding my arm still, I fervently wished someone would turn up with a syringe full of morphine.

Lefty’s my dud arm. I’d broken it three times before today. I knew the pain, knew the routine. I shifted my legs, and the movement shot a spike of fiery heat through my arm.

I gritted my teeth, so I didn’t sound like a baby and looked at gym junkie who seemed to be staring at something just behind my back. Probably the blood oozing out of my grazes. “You got any morphine? My arm’s broken.” Nope, gritting my teeth didn’t help. I still sounded whiney, ready to pass out.

Actually, passing out appealed.

A crooked twist of his mouth caught my interest. I looked into gym junkie’s eyes. Molasses black with gold and soft mahogany flecks. Oh yum, yum with chocolate. You read in novels where the person fell into someone’s gaze. I didn’t fall. I felt absorbed, as if he’d wrapped me in liquid warmth. I wanted to float in their shadowy depths for eternity.

“Sorry, Angel, ran out when I helped my last hero.”

Great a smart-ass and one without pain relief. Why didn’t people carry morphine? It should be a legal humanitarian act. Carry pain killing drugs in case Angel Meyers needed a shot. If someone else needed them, I guess I’d share, seemed fair.

The old lady’s eyelids fluttered. She moaned and focused her faded gray gaze on me. Her cheeks pale, her eyes appeared to bulge. In a voice reedy and breathless, “You’re an angel.” Her hand fluttered and sweat beaded her upper lip. “Oooo, my head.”

A lady in the crowd walked over, kneeled down and took the old lady’s hand and patted it. The old lady’s other hand hit and jarred my wrist—my broken-freaking one.

My mouth shot open, “Ahhhhhhh.” Would it look bad if I decked her?

“I’m sorry,” the old lady said, her voice wavering as if in pain.

I hissed and tucked my arm into my body while the grazes on my back dripped blood and stung. My arm started burning inside. Oh lucky me. I shut my eyes and tried hard to black out. All comas welcome.

Brain cramping pain told me something moved my frigging arm. I opened my eyes and cut my death-ray glare to the idiot. Good looking gym guy grinned at me, and my heart and girly bits spasmed in total lust. My lust almost bypassed the agony of the jerk moron touching my arm. Instead, all my lust channeled to wanting to dig out his pretty black eyeballs.

He grabbed my good arm as it swung, all of its own accord of course, toward his head. “Whoa, Angel, I have paramedical training, I’m trying to see how bad it is.”

If you’d like to contact Cassandra, you’ll find her:

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Cassandra is kindly giving away one e-copy of her debut novel, Grave Robber for Hire to one lucky reader. To be in the draw to win, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section:

Who has written your favourite paranormal / fantasy book (not series – book) It can a book from a series.

This competition is open worldwide and will be drawn on May 1, 2014. The winner will be notified by email.

Romance Rocks 2014 presents…

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Welcome to the first Conference Spotlight post of 2014. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing your presenters for the core conference workshops. Pull on your sports shorts, tie your running shoes and get down to warm ups, it’s time to rock romance at Olympic Park. Let the Games begin!

On Track B, Session 2, Saturday 9th August, Valerie Parv seizes the baton with The Inside Story on How to Draw your Readers into your Fictional World.

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On Facebook, we soon learn that the advertising we see on our timelines can be completely different from what our friends see. Depending on our likes VALERIE PARV Art of Romance Book coverand comments, one friend may see anti-aging and diet products while another gets cars and travel. It’s the same with writing – different readers perceive your words differently. So how can we be sure that our writing draws them in and makes them forget they’re reading fiction? Through interaction and fun exercises, this workshop explores five ways to engage your reader with your story world, keeping you on the same page until the end.

Your Presenter – Valerie Parv

Valerie Parv is one of Australia’s most successful authors with more than 29 million copies of her books sold. They have been widely translated and are PARV PHOTOnow available as ebooks. For many years, The State Library of NSW has collected her literary papers and the project is ongoing. She holds a master of arts from Queensland University of Technology, and is the first Australian author to receive a Pioneer of Romance award from RT Book Reviews, New York. Her science fiction/romance Beacons series is her most ambitious yet, starting with Birthright (2012) and Earthbound(2014) with a novella, Starfound bridging the two, followed by the climactic series conclusion, Homeworld. (Corvallis Press, Oregon, USA). Valerie is represented by Linda Tate of The Tate Gallery Pty Ltd in Sydney, and enjoys connecting with readers via www.valerieparv.com, her blog, valerieparv.wordpress.com, @ValerieParv on twitter and on Facebook.Birthright-cover

Valerie’s extends her expertise and generosity by mentoring new writers through the Valerie Parv Award created in her honour by Romance Writers of Australia. She has served as an Australia Day Ambassador for the past six years and loves visiting communities in regional NSW, adding a tractor pull, yabby racing and thong throwing to her list of experiences.

Author Spotlight: Delwyn Jenkins…

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Delwyn and congratulations on the release of ‘Called by Fire ’! Could you tell us a bit about it please?

‘Called By Fire’ is a story about Kamryn, a modern-day Witch who must go to the World Between to complete her training at the Collegium. At the Collegium magic is manditory and technology is forbidden, so to Kam it’s a kind of purgatory. But then one of her friends is murdered and another goes missing, and Kam’s small irritations are put into terrifying context.

As a direct result of the murder and abduction the Knights of the Watchtower are called back into service after two hundred years of exile. Alex and his fellow Knights understand their recall could be the first step in the Watchtower returning to the fold. All they have to do is not screw up.

Kam wants to help with the investigation, but she’s worried about her attraction to Alex and how it will affect her magic. Alex can’t afford to make any mistakes, but he wants Kam with a single-mindedness that could put them all at risk.

 

Did you originally intend for ‘Called by Fire’ to be a series, or did it evolve into one?

The way magic works best in the World Between is for four Witches (a Quatre) to work together. Earth, air, fire and water. When we meet Kam we also meet her three best friends and they all play a role in Kam’s story. I always envisaged a four book series, but there are six Knights – so there’s room to grow if the series takes off.

Can you tell us a bit about your road to publication?

Like most authors my apprenticeship was LONG. But once I joined RWA things stared moving forward. My first year in RWA I totally loitered, the second year I went to conference in Melbourne where I didn’t know a soul. The following January I got myself a critique partners (who is utterly fabulous) and at the Brisbane conference we roomed together and I met all her friends and made some of my own.

2013 was my year of not lurking. I entered Little Gems and came sixth, I entered First Kiss and came third, and I got my ms ready to pitch at conference in Fremantle last year.

In between all that (and after much lobbying from my CP) I wrote an erotic romance novella and sent it off to Ellora’s Cave.

In October last year Ellora’s Cave came back with an offer to contract me for all six books in my erotic romance series, and in December I got an offer for a two book deal with Momentum (as a direct result of my conference pitch).

So that’s my road, lots of long, hard slog – and a terrifying leap over the edge.

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You have formal editing qualifications, how has that made a difference to your writing? Do you edit yourself or have a fresh pair of eyes to look over your work?

The editing certainly makes me conscious of technical hitches like word repetition and grammar errors. But I also taught units of a Professional Writing and Editing Course, and I learned a lot about writing from marking my students’ work. Plot holes, world building, emotional context and story flow are all things I’m more conscious of now, because I had to watch for it in someone else’s work.

I edit my own work as much as I’m able – I consider it part of my job as an author to produce the best ms I can – but nobody can properly edit their own work. I need a fresh pair of eyes and my ideal is my CP (for the technical stuff) and a beta reader (for the layman stuff). Now I’m published (woohoo) I’ve had the joy of working with professional editors and I enjoyed the process immensely. I feel much more relaxed knowing that someone with a professional eye is looking at my story and trying to find ways to improve it.

Wearing your editor hat, what is the most common error emerging writers make?

Sound or word repetition is a big one for me.

If you have three or more sentences starting with he/she you need to have a look at it.

The regular complaints of telling not showing.

Get someone who you trust to read your work – someone with the skills to pick up spelling or grammar errors or whose mind is sharp enough to pick up plot holes or scenes/conflicts that don’t make sense. And when you get the feedback, don’t slavishly follow it no matter what – take the information, think about it, and only use it if it’s in the best service of your story.

And here’s a tip I didn’t listen to but should have when I started out – just write the damn thing. Get the words on the page until you get to ‘the end’ THEN go back and edit it. You will save yourself years of pointless word shuffling.

You were in the Navy and travelled a lot. How has that helped to shape your writing?

I pretty much write fantasy and sci-fi so the travel doesn’t have much direct influence. But all my male protagonists are warriors of one kind or another. There is just something about the strength and honour of a military man that calls to me – although my hero’s tend to have swords and bows rather than guns and warships.

What would we find on your bookshelf or e-reader?

Nothing but romance – I don’t read outside my genre because if I’m going to spend four or five hours with a book, it’s got to be something I love.

My shelf/e-reader has: Not much contemporary and very little urban fantasy. Lots of paranormal, some historical, lots of erotic romance and a healthy smattering of sexy cowboys. Mostly MF, some MFM, not many MM. But really, if the writing is good the sub-genre doesn’t matter.

Which writers have been your greatest inspiration?

There are plenty of authors I admire (and lots that I think ‘I wish I could write like that’) but at the end of the day you have to be true to your own stories and your own voice. What inspires me is authors and their achievements. Meeting a New York Times best selling author, or talking to an extremely successful multi-published author always gives me a buzz. But so does talking to an unpublished author with a great personal story, or an RWA member who’s struggled through personal hardship and just put onefoot in front of the other. I think inspiration comes when you look at someone else and think ‘yeah, I could do that too’.

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You’ve got a busy year coming up, can you tell us what’s in store for you?

‘Called By Fire’ is released on 22 April, so I’ll be promoting that. I have to deliver book two to the publisher by July (although I’m hoping to get it in earlier because my Ellora’s Cave commitments are looming)

I don’t have a release date yet for my Ellora’s Cave series, but I have completed three and a half of the six books I’m contracted to deliver. So my busy year will be taken up with lots of writing, attending the Roadshow in Adelaide (where my CP lives) and going to conference in Sydney. In March next year I’ll be attending the Romance Readers Convention. I’ve been to the last three but this will be my first one as an author and I’m really looking forward to it.

Can you tell us a little about your belly dancing?

I’ve been Bellydancing for fifteen years, and I’ve been teaching it at my local community centre for the last seven. I love the movement and music, but what I love best is the transformation women undergo when they dance. It taps into something so beautiful and feminine that a woman’s shape, size, age or ability cease to matter. When a woman bellydances she always looks beautiful and sensual. I highly recommend it.

Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Called by Fire’, please?

Here’s the set-up: Alex bargain Kam in to owing him a kiss, which he’s about to claim. They’re sitting together, face to face, and Alex is making his pitch…

“I’m a Watchtower Knight, sweetheart, a warrior to the bone. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in this life is to take happiness where I can get it, for as long or as short as it lasts. And being here with you right now makes me happy.”

He didn’t move closer, he didn’t crowd her, he did nothing more than circle his thumb just below the nape of her neck. And that small touch was so erotic, so provocative, her nipples hardened and her thighs clenched. Gods, this had disaster written all over it.

Then Alex moved, gripping her hands and pressing them against his chest in a move so sexy her knees liquefied in a submissive tremble. “Trust me,” he whispered, “just for the next few minutes. Close your eyes Kam.”

“What?”

“Just close them.”

Feeling slightly stupid, she did as he asked.

“Now breathe for me.” His voice was as soft as a touch. “Nice and deep, in and out.”

Somehow it just seemed easier to do as he asked, so she focused on her breathing, matching it to the stroke of his fingers against the backs of her hands. With every inhale she took his scent into her body – warm male, leather, and something else, something darker. Her body relaxed, her world narrowed, and when Alex quietly commanded she open her eyes she had to fight a little to lift her eyelids.

He gave her a lazy smile. “You owe me a kiss.”

            Kam swallowed against a sudden case of dry mouth. “Are you sure this is the right time?”

            “It’s the perfect time, and if you remember the terms of the heart vow, you don’t get to choose the where or when.” Without letting go of her hands he turned them so her palms were pressed flat against his chest – his warm, hard, broad chest – and then he covered her hands with one of his own. The other he bought up to cup the back of her neck and heat shot down her spine to pool low in her belly. It felt really, really good, and so very, very bad.

            Despite everything, Kam did want to kiss him – no kidding – but she had a sinking feeling that if she did he would ruin her for any other man, and she had enough difficulty with the opposite sex as it was. She knew instinctively Alex was different, she felt it deep down, right to the marrow of her bones, and her survival instincts were urging her to run as far and as fast as she could. But the rest of her, including her demanding hormones, were begging her to stay. Then all debate ceased when Alex tilted her chin so he could capture her gaze. Everything crumbled inside her when those long, thick lashes lifted to reveal the blazing green of his eyes.

            “Time to pay up, my lady.”

            “Uh-huh.”

            “Are you ready?”

            Kam fought the quiver of anticipation – or was it terror? – that roiled inside her.   “I somehow doubt it,” she replied.

            Alex smiled and leaned closer. Kamryn braced herself for the onslaught, but for the longest time he just breathed her in. His full, sculptured lips were less than an inch away and he did nothing but let her feel the heat of his energy rather than the press of his mouth. The quiver inside her grew in intensity, and then it started to burn, surging up inside her until the air squeezed out of her lungs. She should have been embarrassed by how quickly she cracked, and she would have been if she hadn’t been so desperate to feel his lips on hers.

“Alex?”

            “Mmmmm?”

            “Are you going to kiss me or not?”

            “Oh, I’m most certainly going to kiss you, sweetheart. Long, slow, wet, hot, juicy kisses that will curl your toes and make you forget your name.”

            Kam’s heart skipped a beat and then did a little tap dance to catch up. Swallowing around the lump in her throat she closed her eyes and prayed for strength. “Gods, I’m really not going to survive this, am I?”

            “Of course you are.” He leaned in a little more, close enough for Kam to feel the feather-light brush of his lips. “You have to survive, because I have a second kiss to claim.”

 

Web links

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Facebook

Twitter: Delwyn@authorDJ

Amazon US

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Event Announcements

Don’t miss the start of our Romance Rocks Presents blog campaign on April 22 introducing our Presenters and giving you a little more information on what to expect from their workshops.

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

RWA Conference 2014

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4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014

Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Keeping Up Appearances

Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns

When: Friday 9 May at 10am.

Cost: The event is FREE but tickets are essential.

FMI and Bookings: Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book OUTBACK BLAZE

Where: Parramatta Library, NSW

When: Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night.

Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

  • Romancing the Page ~ Anne GracieanneMugshotSmall

When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday 4 May **NOTE date change**
Where: New South Wales Writers Centre
Cost: NM $180 M $125
FMI + bookings: Ph 02 9555 9757 or http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/romance/romancing-the-page/

  • WestWords Festival – Dubbo, NSW

When: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May

FMI: http://www.dubboartz.org.au

For tickets and program: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/Westwords2014

  • Navigating the Maze: Marketing and Promotion in the Digital World ~ Simon Groth

When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday 17 May
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, Byron Bay
Cost: NM $45 M $35
FMI + bookings: Ph 02 6685 5115 or http://www.nrwc.org.au/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=45&Itemid=62

Sex & Literature Panel – Sydney Writers Festival
Talking about sex can get even the coolest people hot under the collar. John Baxter, Kate Belle and John Purcell reveal their secrets about sex in the written form to Angela Meyer.
When: Thursday 22 May, 1.30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free
More info and bookings: go to SWF2014 Website:

http://www.swf.org.au/component/option,com_events/Itemid,124/agid,3835/task,view_detail/

is running two intensive master classes (19-23 May and 1-5 September) and a NaNoWriMo course that will run on Sundays in October (preparation) and November (weekly writing sessions).
The courses will be at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and include full catering. The courses have been designed to suit writers of all genres.
Find out more:
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=59
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=60

  • The New Romantics – Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Why is the romance genre so popular? Join The New Romantics for an enlightening and enlivening discussion on love in words. The panel includes four local published authors of various sub-genres of romantic fiction.
The panel will discuss with the audience the diversity and popularity of writing and reading romance, the changing roles and tropes of women in modern romantic fiction, balance of power and gender, breadth of the genre, the story within the story, what makes a good love scene, what defines a happy-ever-after ending and much more.
With Margareta Osborn, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle
When: Saturday 7 June, 2pm
Where: Woodend Community Centre
Cost: $20 full / $18 conc
For more info and bookings go to WWAF website:

http://www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au/main/page_side_nav_2014_program_literary.html

Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember
Presented by SAWC and Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
A weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction. Stop penning those love letters, put down the Mills & Boon, and forget those roses—it’s time for our inaugural genre fair—and it’s romance! RWA and SAWC have come together to bring you two days of whirling workshops, panel sessions, master classes, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings and more. And on the Saturday night it’s the fundraising event of the year: our romance-themed lit quiz night. Full program and speakers announced in April.

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June
Cost: 1 Day: $130 members/$170 non-members
Quiz Night: $20 per head
Weekend Package (2 days plus Quiz Night): $240 members /$340 non-members

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

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

Jane Austen Society of Australia

For those interested – or if you know of any interested, please pass the message on: The Jane Austen Society of Australia is having their first New Zealand meeting at the Wellesely Boutique Hotel in Wellington on the last Saturday in May. At our first meeting we will discuss Jane Austen’s first published work Sense and Sensibility. All welcome. Membership forms will be available should you wish to join. $30 for high tea (additional costs may apply for special dietary requirements) 2pm, Saturday 31 May, 2014 To book your place please contact Frances Duncan on francesrduncan@gmail.com with your name, email, and any dietary requirements.

Writers Festivals 2014

This is the tenth year Writefest has been held, and every year many come from other states to attend.

When: May 17

Where: Building 5 of the CQUniversity, Bundaberg

Cost: $85.00 for Adults, $35.00 for student 15 years and under. Master Class is $95.00 and is held both Saturday and Sunday or if writers would like to attend the workshops on Saturday and are selected for the Masterclass on Sunday, the cost is $155.00

FMI and Bookings:  http://bundywriters.com/about-writefest/program/

There will be publisher/Writer interviews with Haylee Nash, Commissioning Editor of Pan Macmillan Australia. Interviews will be held for selected writers based on the quality of their submissions. (Please see the website for details) There is also a Masterclass with Editor Jo Butler. Limited participants. Submissions close 5th April. Workshops will be held throughout the day, broken into morning and afternoon session. Workshop available are: The Secret to writing Powerful fiction using Techniques mastered by Pixar Part1 & 2Making Book Trailers that Buzz by Film-maker and Author Scott Baker.Creating pefect picture Books by Jacque Duffy Capturing and keeping Kids’ interest in Chapter books by Jacque Duffy. The Write Tools for Writers (Part 1 Nuts and Bolts) Author Shannon Curtis The Write Tools for Writers (Part 2 Master Builder) Author Shannon Curtis) Words + Pictures – The Golden Opportunity that is the Graphic Novel by Shane Foley Pathways to Publication by Emily Craven. Thanks to member, J.L. Addicoat for bring this event to our attention.

May 19–25

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

August 21–31

September 3–7

RWA Contest Season

Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Selling Synopsis Closed
Emerald Award Closed
Little Gems Closed
First Kiss Closed
Valerie Parv Award Now Open, Closes 2 May 2014

RWA Facebook Group Changes

Did you know that RWA has an official Facebook Page? The link is below. When the ‘page’ was set up, we couldn’t easily allow conversation on that page, which is why we set up a group as well. The ‘anyone can post to the page’ function is now turned on, and thanks to the magic of Facebook linking, there are already posts there. The official news posts appear on the left and all the posts by ‘likers’ in the box on the right. The advantage of this is that you can see the latest official news and a bunch of posts from others at a glance, without having to scroll down. And if you want to see full posts you can click ‘see all’ on the box, and you get a nice, dedicated stream, without the ads down the side. In the lead-up to the 2014 conference, we have a lot more official news posts on Facebook and by using the official page only, we can put all of those up clearly without drowning out the other conversations. The format of the ‘like’ page, allows official posts (promotion of blog appearances and contest winners, for instance) to stay visible for longer. The official page can also ‘like’ the FB pages of RWA writer’s groups and members, which the group can’t. It can also host collections of photos that are posted to it, which the group can’t and seems relevant to promotion, as most of the photos posted to the group are book covers. As part of our new structure, we are actively looking for ways to better support our ‘established’ writers and improving the prominence of our official page will improve our ability to promote our publishing members on Facebook, both to readers on Facebook and to outside media. The upshot of all of these considerations is that we would like to consolidate our two pages into one official RWA Facebook page. You could start by heading over to the RWA page (below) and ‘liking’ it, we would greatly appreciate it. https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia

Happy Easter!

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew wish you all a safe and happy Easter. We have a collection of blogs to keep you company this long weekend.

Cruisin’ the Newseaster chick

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.

Keeping up AppearancesanneMugshotSmall

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

A Dorset Girl – Beyond The Plough – A Handful of Ashes (Trilogy)
The Stonecutter’s Daughter – Where Seagulls Soar (Duo)
The Convict’s Woman (single)

New Contracts

SAVING SHELBY SUMMERS, Margaret’s third romance with dogs, was accepted for July release by Secret Cravings Publishers.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA Blog

April 20 – Event Announcements

April 21Author Spotlight on Delwyn JenkinsPARV PHOTO

April 22Conference Spotlight: Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Valerie Parv

April 23Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

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.

JM Bray’s cover reveal and interview on All the World’s a Page and yes, I have a ‘thing’ about Tuffy! I’m jealous! Pop in and meet one of romantic fantasy’s male writers.

All the World’s a Page is hosting two writers over the next two weeks who showcase what our RWA is about: The Newly Published Author and the International Best-Seller Author.

April 20 (Easter weekend!) – introducing the delightful Amy Rose Bennett and her debut release

April 26 and 27 – Wonderful Anna Jacobs calls in to talk about the last in her “Traders” series.

Easter treats on Friday Feast! Join me for a bit of fun where I talk about my upcoming rural romance ROCKING HORSE HILL, childhood Easter adventures and share an easy-peasy recipe for breadmaker hot-uncrossed buns. So bunny hop on over. There may be books and chocolate…

April 15 – Good New Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb we have action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Ann B Harrison discussing Beating Writers Block

Lauren McKellar discussing her experience at the recent Indie Authors Down Under Conference

Simone Cooper discussing The Power of the Written Word

April 17 – If you speak German or want to freshen up on it, check out my post this week. I’m featuring Hellen May’s very successful first novel UND WIEDER CARMEL – she’s also my best friend

Also – on my shared blog FourFoxesOneHound, don’t miss Kate Belle’s wonderful guest blog “What is it about small Aussie towns?”

Do you have a fave country pub? Simon & Schuster want to know and you can WIN a copy of SIMMERING SEASON. I may even drop in one day for a beer.

At Home With Jenn J Mcleod on my blog today, where she tells us all about her home life, her pets, and something exciting she’s about to undertake! Plus she’s giving away a copy of either HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS or SIMMERING SEASON to someone who leaves a comment.

EE Carter was on my blog this week talking about her very unusual collection.

Also cool websites and videos from around the web – Birthdays, bad movies and British Accents.

S E Gilchrist is running fun character interviews ‘Who are you?’ on her blog this year. This week we have Hampton Rourke from Nicole Murphy’s fantasy trilogy.

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. Alicia Honsa
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Fiona Lowe

Have a great week and happy writing!

Cruisin’ with RWA

Hop on board, we’re off on a Cruisin’ adventure with Carmelo, Clint and Enrico…

Cruisin’ the 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.

Keeping up Appearances

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

Delwyn’s book CALLED BY FIRE is due for release on April 22. Kam’s a modern-day Witch and Alex is a warrior from the World Between. Kam knows they have no future together, but it seems her heart has other ideas.

The sequel to TEARING THE SHROUD is coming. MENDING THE SHROUD is scheduled for release on July 1, 2014.

THE TRADER’S REWARD will be released earlier in Australia. If there are any sightings of the hardback or trade paperback, Anna would love to hear about them.

Narelle is thrilled to announce her upcoming new release THE NURSE’S PERFECT MATCH from Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, release date May 2014 in print.

For more New Releases, have a look at this week’s RWA New Releases Blog.

New Contracts

signed a contract with Evernight Teen for her YA Paranormal Romance, HOW I DUMPED MY DEMON.

Cover Reveals

The cover for HER NORMAN CONQUEST by Elizabeth M Darcy,  a sensual-spicy Historical, has arrived.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

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.

Need some zing in your life? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Awesome Australian author Sarah Mayberry has tequila, a super tasty and fast recipe, and fantastic reads to spice up your world even further. Plus share your favourite spicy dish and you’ll go into the draw to not only win Sarah’s two April releases, HER KIND OF TROUBLE and SATISFACTION, but a packet of the world’s best biscuits, Tim-Tams! So don your sombrero and salsa your way to Friday Feast. Arriba!

April 9 – A Bite of…World Change

April 8 – Good News Day

April 5 – Darklight On…Mel Teschco

April 4 – Real Life Paranormal with Cathleen Ross

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Tuesday Tales – Prompt: lemon

Book Review – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg THE CHASE

Sandy Wolters – When One Door Closes

SIMMERING SEASON deals with a school reunion that brings home more than memories for local publican, Maggie Lindeman. Check out some of our fave authors at school.

April 9 - a whollota sass going on

April 7 – Reading Adventures in April

Sunday Supper – March Menu for 8 People
Stitches on Saturday
Friday’s Fashion – Ackermann 1812
At Your Service 19th Century Valet
Word on Wednesday
Tasty Tuesday – Braised Fillet of Mutton with French Beans
Manners on Monday – Conversation

J M Bray shares his delightful new cover for MENDING THE SHROUD

Murder, Suspense and Romance await you in UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees, book 2 in the Tag Raiders Series.

Blogs of Interest

Kristen Lamb writes an awesome post about writing series and torturing your characters.

Randy Ingermanson, also known as ‘The Snowflake Guy’ has included an unintentional shoutout to our 500 Club (rockin’ in the RWA forum, if you decide to join) in his latest newsletter. He also has a useful and succinct craft demonstration where he butchers, then reassembles a short scene from The Hunger Games.

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. 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!

New Releases April 2014

With all the holidays, April  is a lovely month to catch up on some quality reading time – and the April releases from our  members offer something for everyone’ from sweet to sexy and  contemporary medical to historical Regency. Congratulations to all RWA members with a new book out this month.

New romances from RWA members (April 2014)

April 2014 new releases from RWA members

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another cruise in the RWA limo. Loads to celebrate this week with the announcement of the Emerald Finalists and a few new releases too.

Cruisin’ the News

with Cousin CarmeloCousin Carmelo

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.

Emerald Finalists

Congratulations to our Emerald Finalists and thank you to Charlotte and Joanne for their judging and to all the RWA volunteers who make our contest season possible.

Keeping up Appearances

Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns on Friday 9 May at 10am. The event is FREE but tickets are essential. Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

AND

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book ‘Outback Blaze’ at Parramatta Library, NSW on Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night. Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

New Releases

A PROMISE OF MORE, book #2 in the Disgraced Lords series with Random House Lovewept is out on April 15. A PROMISE OF MORE release contest has started. Check out the Giveaway page tab on this Facebook page…WIN a KAGI Jewel Pop Ring and books! A KISS OF LIES is also on sale until April 13.

Imogene Nix’s latest novel THE ILLUMINATED WITCH was released by Totally Bound in E-book format last week.

Trending

HER DEMON PRINCE is a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Awards. The competition is run by RWAmerica’s Texas chapter.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA News

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

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). 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

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

With Chauffeur ClintClint

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.

I love a great spy story but how do you link SPIES OF MAYFAIR, Maggi Andersen’s wonderful Regency spy series, with the present? All will be revealed when Maggi is my guest this week.

Want a best-dressed meal? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Jenn J McLeod is serving up a beautifully flavoured salad dressing and combining it with seasonal produce to create a dish that sings. And you’ll be singing even louder if you win a copy of her latest release, SIMMERING SEASON. Simply share your favourite seasonal produce and you’ll go into the draw. Tasty!

April 1 – New Releases

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

March 30 – Sunday Snippet

April 1 – Tuesday Tales

Jenn J McLeod has WA fiction author, Natasha Lester, at the bar and she’s shouting – TWO BOOKS UP FOR GRABS

SIMMERING SEASON arrived April 1 and Jenn is giving away a copy of House for all Seasons or Simmering Season (your choice) on her release day dedication and apology blog post.

Jenn talked Second Novel Syndrome on Write Note Reviews.

As most writers know, rejections can be devastating. On the MRWG blog, Josephine Caporetto shares  her own humorous way of putting them into perspective.

March 28 – UP-CLOSE with Mills & Boon writer Anne Oliver!

Sunday Supper – March Menu for 8 People
Stitches on Saturday
Friday’s Fashion – Ackermann 1812
At Your Service 19th Century Valet
Word on Wednesday
Tasty Tuesday – Braised Fillet of Mutton with French Beans
Manners on Monday – Conversation

Roll up, roll up, both published and unpublished writers of any heat levels but over 18 readership, who would be interested in a guest post on my site. This will take the form of a character interview, click here for an example.

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. 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!

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