Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Welcome to this week’s ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’ and Members’ News. Lets kick it all off with a few blogs to visit.

Annie West

18th DEC – You will find Annie on The Romance Dish, this is Annie’s first visit to this new blog.

Bronwyn Parry

You can catch up with Bronwyn’s blog about December on Nobody Writes It Better.

CC Coburn

CC had a post this week on Harlequin American Romance Authors about ‘Christmas Australian Style.

Denise Rossetti

Denise has blogged about her moving her News Letter and has posted a link to the new sign-up if you don’t already receive it. Psss… there are free gifts when you sign up as well.

Kandy Shepherd

Last week Kandy stepped into the blogger’s chair at The Romance Dish for a chat.

Kylie Griffin

This week Kylie is blogging about ‘A Helping Paw’ – a light-hearted post on how her three cats are also silent ghost co-writers of my books.

Maxine Sullivan

Maxine has an interesting post on the Harlequin Community blog about ‘Christmas Down Under’.

Nicola Marsh

Nicola has a give-away running this week on her blog, over the next week she will be picking random commenters who answer her daily question to win books on top of that if you’re Aussie, Nic has double passes to the upcoming movie Bright Star.

Paula Roe

Drop by Paula’s Blog where she is blogging about National Treasure, how I love thee…

Robyn Grady

Robyn has a great post on I (Heart) Presents about Making Books into Movies.

Bootcampers 109

If you drop by now you will find our lovely Jenn McLeod’s post about ‘Bronwyn Parry’, of course I’m sure Jenn only did it to make me want to read Bronwyn’s latest novel NOW!

16th DEC – Sandie Hudson will be ‘Looking Towards 2010’, yes I thought it was about time I pulled my weight over at the Bootcampers’ blog. I may even blog about something on my own blog for a change as well.

RWAus Blog

14th DEC – Natalie Hatch – Craft

18th DEC – Anita Mack – Blog Bite this week Bronwyn Stuart

Sites of Interest

Book Ends

No Simultaneous Submissions – This blog caught my eye this week on Book Ends blog about submitting to more than one agent/editor. There are always great blog posting on here worth reading.

Editor Anonymous

The Subtle Art of Form Rejection, I came across this blog via Nathan Bransford blog (more on Nathan shortly). EA is another one of those blogs that you could spend all day reading through past posts.

Nathan Bransford

Nathan did an interesting thing this week, not only has he had a major revamp of his blog (looks way cool – as my grandson would say) but he has also added a forum for everyone to drop by with a question or two. Have a read of Nathan’s ‘This Week in Publishing’ while you’re on his blog.

Okay here is what Nathan has on his forum:

All Things Writing

The writing process, writing advice, and updates on your work in progress

All Things Books

Recommendations, discussions, and odes to your favourites

All Things Finding An Agent

Query letters, the road to publication, and questions for your resident agent

All Things Publishing

News, trends, and the future of publishing

All Things Procrastination

Because that novel isn’t going to delay itself

Word Wenches

Wenches at Work – Even wondered what other authors workspace is like when they are working? The Wenches have invited you into their working space.

Upcoming Events

In Person Events

(Costings Code: M-member. MC-Member concession. NM-Non-members.)

Sunday 12 December ~ Imagining History ~ Tom Gilling

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales Writers’ Centre

Cost: $99 M, $85 MC, $125 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre OR (02) 9555 9757

Monday 11 January, 2010 ~ Summer School Novel Writing ~ Carmel Bird

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $95 MC, $150 NM

Booking deadline: 21 December

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 14 January, 2010 ~ Summer School To Market, To Market ~ Nadine Davidoff

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $95 MC, $150 NM

Booking deadline: 21 December

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 19 January, 2010 Summer School Editing and Proofreading ~ Penny Johnson

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $95 MC, $150 NM

Booking deadline: 21 December

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

3 x Tuesdays from 19 January, 2010

Marketing your book: Your Best-seller Blueprint ~ Amanda Falconer

When: 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Sydney Writers’ Centre

Cost: $265

FMI + Bookings: Sydney Writers’ Centre

Starting Saturday 6th February, 2010

The Society of Women Writers, WA inc. is conducting creative writing classes in 2010.
Citiplace Community Centre on the concourse.

Saturday morning class

“Writing in the City.”
Stand alone morning sessions cover all aspects of writing.

When: 10-12 am doors open at 9.30.

Saturday afternoon sessions

“Write your novel from start to finish.”

When: 1-3pm. Doors open at 12.30.

Where: Citiplace Community Centre on the concourse.

Register your interest, or for further details, phone SWW, WA on 0415 840 031 or email

Per session is $10 for SWW members -$15.00 for none members. Tutor is Helen Iiles.


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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail to

Thank you to Doreen Sullivan for supplying the Events information to the ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’.

RWAus Contests

The RBY 2010 (Romantic Book of the Year) competition is now open.
You’ll find all the details and entry forms at: RWAus RBY Contest

Entries close February 5th 2010.

Please contact Louise Reynolds RBY Coordinator if you have any questions.

Member’s News

Kicking off Member’s News this week are the Nominations for:

Romantic Times Book Reviews Awards

Reviewers’ Choice Nominees

Best Series Romance Novels 2009

First Series Romance

C.C. CoburnCOLORADO CHRISTMAS Harlequin American Romance (Nov.)

Harlequin Blaze

Sarah Mayberry SHE’S GOT IT BAD  (Apr.)

Harlequin Romance

Nicola MarshA TRIP WITH THE TYCOON  (Sep.)

Harlequin SuperRomance


Best Historical Novels 2009

Historical Romance of the Year

Stephanie LaurensMASTERED BY LOVE Avon (Aug.)

Sensual Historical Romance

Anna CampbellTEMPT THE DEVIL Avon (Jan.)

Christine WellsWICKED LITTLE GAME Berkley Sensation (Jul.)

Best Urban Fantasy Novels 2009

Urban Fantasy Protagonist

Keri Arthur – Riley Jenson BOUND TO SHADOWS Dell (Nov.)

Nalini Singh –  Elena Deveraux ANGELS’ BLOOD Berkley Sensation (Mar.)

Paranormal Action Adventure Romance

Nalini SinghBRANDED BY FIRE Berkley Sensation(Jul.)


In other Member’s news.

Bronwyn Parry

Bronwyn is offering signed copies of Bookplates for both her novels ‘As Darkness Falls’ and ‘Dark Country’ you have until the 15th December to request a copy.

H.C Brown (Heather) won best book of the week on ‘Whipped Cream’ ~ The Long and the Short Reviews last week with Purr-fect Seduction. Plus, she is up for it again this week with Forbidden Love Anthology by Stormy Glenn, H.C. Brown, Anna O’Neill, and Aleksandr Voinov. To vote for Forbidden Love on to Whipped Cream.

Nikki Logan

Nikki’s second book ‘Their Newborn Gift’ comes out in June 2010 as the final of the all-Aussie Outback Baby continuity (with Melissa James & Michelle Douglas). Meanwhile Nikki has just signed a three book contract for books 4-6 with Harlequin Romance.

Rhian Cahill

RC has been offered a contract for her novella Coyote Home by Ellora’s Cave. This is the first in a series of four novellas.

Shona Husk

Shona has sold a short story to The Wild Rose Press.

From Across the Waters

2009 Golden Rose Contest winners:


Wanda Ottewell, Editor Harlequin, final judge.

1st place: *Wanted: Wife/Mother for Christmas by Barbara Geris New
Zealand. Barb received a request for her full manuscript. WOOHOO!!


Final rankings:

From editor Meredith Giordan:
1st: Iona Jones
2nd: Michelle de Rooy
3rd: Sharon Kelly
4th: Susy Rogers
5th: Soraya Nicholas
And from agent Holly Root:
1-Iona Jones
2-Susy Rogers
3-Sharon Kelly
4-Michelle de Rooy
5-Soraya Nicholas

Meredith and Holly have both requested Iona’s full manuscript and Meredith has also asked for Michelle’s.

Our Member’s on eHarlequin Best Seller’s this week:

Harlequin US (Print)

Millionaire Under the Mistletoe – Tessa Radley

Ruthless Boss, Royal Mistress – Natalie Anderson

Claiming His Bought Bride – Rachel Bailey

Harlequin (eBooks)

Claiming His Bought Bride – Rachel Bailey

Ruthless Boss, Royal Mistress – Natalie Anderson

Mills and Boon Aus

Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter

The Billionaire’s Bride of Innocence – Miranda Lee

Da Silia’s Mistress – Tina Duncan

Her Mediterranean Makeover – Claire Baxter

Congratulations Ladies on your Top Ten Placing this week.

Well that’s a wrap for another week.

Happy Reading


Leave a comment


  1. Hey, I get the Golden Adonis again! Come to me, my pretty!

    Wow, Sandie! If all this good news keeps up, you’ll need an assistant. I would have wanted a stiff drink after putting that list together. Perhaps two! What a wonderful list. Congratulations to everyone who had good news and fantastic to see the Aussies taking over the Internet too.

  2. Hi Anna,
    It was great to see all the good news come through this week. You Aussies girls are going strong in the publishing world.

  3. Kylie Griffin

     /  December 13, 2009

    I agree with Anna – it IS great to see the DownUnder writers doing so well. Fantastic well of talent building, and promo’ing it is a great way to get us out there.

    I love checking out the various blogs – there are always some great posts, something for everyone.

    The list just keeps getting bigger and bigger! 🙂 Thanks, Sandie, for continuing to put this together.

  4. Thanks, Sandie! Both for the congrats and for the great job you’re doing.


  5. you have no idea how much time you save me, Sandie. You’re a star.

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