Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Can you believe it is the end of January already? I’m sure time is moving faster now I’m older. Anyway welcome to another Cruisin’ the Blog, we have some great blogs for you to visit and fantastic member’s news to report. First off, I have a couple of novels that missed out on yesterday’s Bookshelf Saturday, they are both by the talented Maggie Andersen. Now don’t they add some colour to the blog?

Maggi Andersen NIGHT GARDEN New Concepts Publishing

Laura Palmer marries the mysterious baron, Lord Nathaniel Lanyon, and goes to live in his ancient home in Cornwall. A dark cloud hovers over Wolfram. The death of Nathaniel’s first wife has never been solved, and some of the villagers believe him responsible. Struggling to understand the distant man she married, Laura tries to uncover the truth. With each stone unturned, she comes closer to danger.

Maggi Andersen IF YOU DARE Enternal Press

A race against the clock. Does love conquer all?

Lucy Reed and Steve Fleming seem to have it all: a beautiful home they’re in the process of restoring, a loving relationship, and quite a sating sex life. Sure, mortgage payments and a few arguments are always around the corner, but no life can be perfect, right?

Lucy discovers exactly how tricky life can be when she wakes up one morning to find that Steve seems to have vanished into thin air. When the police refuses to do anything until seventy-two hours have passed, Lucy is forced to take matters in her own hands. Her frantic search brings her to the doorstep of her unsettling Italian neighbors, the Martone’s.

Just like that, Lucy finds herself sucked into a race against time that might force her to choose between remaining faithful to the man she loves, or save his life.

Now it’s on to this week’s blog events.


Anna Campbell ~

4th Feb – Anna is interviewing romance-writing legend Laura Kinsale on the Romance Dish, and there are giveaways.

Anne Gracie ~

Anne has yet another interesting post on Word Wenches, Inscriptions – an extra story…

Denise Rossetti ~

1st Feb – (late 31st Jan Oz time) Denise along with her three co-author Jaci Burton, Jasmine Haynes and Joey W. Hill, of their latest anthology ‘Laced with Desire’ are running a cross-post tour. Here’s the information Denise provided:

Since the stories in the anthology are once again connected by a corset theme, we decided to answer four “clothing related” questions. We’ll let you know what’s

1) Our most sexy/naughty feeling outfit,

2) Our most comfortable outfit,

3) Our most appalling shopping weakness and

4) The outfit that gives us the most confidence.

We’ll each take a question and post the four answers to it on each of our blogs. If you visit our blogs and answer the question as well, or leave a comment, you’ll be eligible for the giveaway on the blog – and yes, we’ll each be having a giveaway, so comment at each one and you’ll have four chances to win!

Okay now this is one you can’t miss, visit Denise’s blog first and you’ll find links to the other author’s blogs.

5th Feb (US time) – Denise, Jaci, Jasmine and Joey are being interview at ‘I Do Not Want to Wait, I Want the Book Now’ drop by to be in the draw for a giveaway to one lucky commenter.

 Heather Brown ~

In Heather’s Hot Seat this weekend, author Megan Hussey of Midnight Showcase Publishing.

Kylie Griffin ~

2nd Feb – Debut Aussie author, Helene Young, is dropping by Kylie’s blog to chat about her exciting career as the captain of a Dash-8 for Qantaslink and her first release BORDER WATCH, which is due for release, in March 2010 and published by Hachette Australia. 

Helene’s giving away a copy of her debut book. So, in the interest of broadening Helene’s horizons tell us about your favourite place in Australia and why she should visit it!

Comments close 3pm, Sunday 7th Feb. The lucky person will be announced on my blog by Tuesday, 9th Feb.
Paula is doing weekly posts over the next few months titled: ‘A Novel in 3 Months‘, this is a great chance to get some help from one of our popular HM&B authors. Come and join Paula, nut out those tough bits in your wip and keep motivated and encouraged.  You could also win a few prizes as we all write our books 🙂 This one is going on my must to list.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi has a series of blog posts with photos on Chinese settlements and dispensaries in early Victorian times on the gold fields and the South Pacific islands.  

RWAus Blog ~

1st Feb – Natalie Hatch – Craft Talk

2nd Feb – Monique Wood – The Day in the Writing Life of

5th Feb – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Anna Jacobs

Our Member’s Blogs ~

Ally Blake

Jess Dee

Michelle Diener

Rhian Cahill

Suzanne Brandyn

Vanessa Barneveld

Blogs of Interest ~

Cata University ~

Is e-Publishing right for your genre? by Piper Denna, this one is well worth a read.

Shelly Munro ~

Shelly has a very interesting post ‘Pros and Cons of Writing for Different Publishers’ Part one and Part two by Brenna Lyons.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Editor Interview: Barbara Warren, Blue Mountain Editorial Service, an interesting read.


Anna Campbell is understandably excited; she received a fantastic review in this month’s Australian Woman’s Weekly.

No one writes big, bold, gutsy, historical romance like this Australian author. Campbell’s writing has an engaging darkness and this tale of the handsome, but tortured, Sir Gideon and a suffering waif who is really an heiress, is hugely entertaining.’

Fantastic Anna, congratulations.

Astrid Cooper and Shona Husk both received contracts for fantasy romance short stories to be published by Ticonderoga in their ‘Scary Kisses’ anthology. Congratulations ladies.

Bronwyn Parry had a short story published in Woman’s Day this past week titles ‘Letters to Ruth’. Congratulations Bronwyn. By the way have tissues handy.

Heather Boyd place 3rd in the historical category of the Silicon Valley Gotcha! Contest. Fantastic news Heather.

Maggie Andersen has a couple of great you tube  clips for her two new releases: NIGHT GARDEN and IF YOU DARE, well worth a look.

Michelle Diener received a write up in Publisher Weekly for her novel ‘Illuminations’ due for release in 2011. Congratulations Michelle.

Suzanne Brandyn has reason to celebrate her novel ‘Heat in the Outback’ has just been contracted to Eternal Press. WOOHOO Suz, huge congratulations.

Top Ten Bestsellers

Mills & Boon Australia

Marriage: For Business or Pleasure – Nicola Marsh

The Virgin and His Majesty – Robyn Donald

Innocent Secretary… Accidentally Pregnant – Carol Marinelli

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love Child – Annie West

New Boss, New Year Bride – Lucy Clark

The Doctor’s Rebel Knight – Melanie Milburne

Zane: The Wild One & Quade: The Irresistible one – Bronwyn Jameson

The Magnate’s Pregnancy Proposal – Sandra Hyatt

Claiming His Bought Bride – Rachel Bailey

Outback Marriages – Margaret Way

Harlequin US

Print –

The Desert King’s Housekeeper Bride – Carol Marinelli

The Blackmailed Brides Secret Child – Rachel Bailey

eBook –

The Rich Man’s Blackmailed Mistress – Robyn Donald

The Desert King’s Housekeeper Bride – Carol Marinelli

CONTESTS for 2010:


First Kiss 2010

Opens: Friday 1st January 2010

Closes: Friday 12th February 2010

Valerie Parv Awards

Opens: 15th February 2010

Closes: 26th March 2010

See website for details.


The Clendon Award, an annual writing contest in which aspiring romance authors submit an entire manuscript to be judged by devoted romance readers, is now open for submissions for the 2010 award.

The 2010 Clendon Award closes 26 February. Manuscripts must be between

40,000 and 110,000 words. Full details, including the entry form, can be found on the Romance Writers of New Zealand website.


RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 Feb – Mar

Monday Challenge

Challenge is for 2,000 words for the day or more. Total of 37 Monday Challenges this year with a potential for 74,000 words plus.


  •     Feb 8th
  •     Feb 15th
  •     Feb 22nd
  •     Mar 8th
  •    Mar 15th
  •    Mar 22nd
  •   Mar 29th

Book/ Edit in a Week

  •     Feb 1st to 7th (BIAW)
  •     Mar 1st to 7th (BIAW)
  •   April 5th to 11th (EIAW)

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. For contact information please refer to January Hearts Talk. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.


In Person Events:

Thursday 11 February

Capitalise on creativity: making money from your writing ~ Angelo Loukakis, Angela Tolley & Justin Chadwick

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: South Australian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $100 ASA M, $232 ASA NM

Registration deadline: 4 February

FMI + Bookings: South Australian Writers’ Centre

Friday 12th February

Valentine’s Day at the Library ~ Valerie Parv

When: 5:00–9:00pm

Where: National Library of Australia, ACT

Cost: $10

FMI + Bookings: (02) 6262 127 or bookings at  National Library of Australia

Saturday 13 February

Presentation/Workshop – Romance Writing with Harlequin Author Nikki Logan

When: 10.00am – 11.30am

Where: Spearwood Public Library, in the City of Cockburn centre, Coleville Cres, Spearwood WA.

Openings: 44 people (don’t miss this chance)

FMI + Bookings: Luba Kambourakis OR (08) 94113811

Description: Meet WA’s only Harlequin Mills & Boon author, Nikki Logan, and pick up some tips to writing for the world’s largest publisher of series romance.
Nikki’s first novel “Lights, Camera…Kiss the Boss” debuts in February. Signed copies will be available for $7.95 (cash only). Free refreshments after the event at Spearwood Library.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February

Inside Publishing and Editing: a Head Start ~ Christine Nagel

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $210 M, $190 MC, $270 NM

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

 Tuesday 16 February

Morning Tea with Historical Romance Author Anna Campbell

When: 10.00am

Where: Caloundra Library, Omra Avenue, Caloundra QLD 4551

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Essential. (07) 5491 1255

Tuesday 16 February

Romance is in the Air Talk & Morning Tea ~ Amy Andrews

When: 9:30–11:30am

Where: Redcliffe Library, 470-476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe, QLD 4020

Cost: Free

Bookings: Essential. (07) 3283 0311

FMI: Morton Bay Regional Council  

Saturday 20 February

Slash and Burn: Self-editing for Fiction Writers ~ Patrick Allington

When: 2:00–5:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55M, $77NM

FMI + Bookings: SA Writers’ Centre OR (08) 8223 7662 OR

Saturday 27 February

Show me the Story! ~ Deonie Fiford

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales Writers’ Centre

Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM

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

 Sunday 21 March

Writing Historical Fiction ~ Nerida Newton

When: 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: Cairns Campus, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Eureka Street

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: March 8

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers Centre OR (07) 3839 1243

 ONLINE Events

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

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a productive week reading and writing.


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  1. Wow, stuff happening everywhere! I love catching up with everyone’s news on a Sunday morning. Thanks, Sandie! Yes, you’re right, I was terrifically excited by that review – thanks for mentioning it!

  2. Oh no, not you again, Anna, beating me here. I swear you never sleep.
    Sandie, another fantastic Sunday mornign round up of all the exciting RWA news,
    Well done to everyone with their great news!

  3. So much buzz happening within RWA, it is fantastic. I can’t keep up with everyone, let alone what I’m doing. 🙂

    Hi Suzi, Anna doesn’t sleep. Don’t forget she’s addicted. 🙂

    Congratulations everyone. It’s fantastic!

    Suzanne 🙂

  4. Oweee, I tried to stop that reptitiveness. lol… too late. 🙂


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