Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Good morning all and welcome to another Cruisin’ the Blog, our members have once again been very busy with good news this week and blogging their little hearts out. Which is good because if they didn’t I’d have nothing to do. First up we have a new release:

A.B Gayle (aka Alison Bailey) had her story Reversal published this week in a new anthology from Noble Romance Publishing:

A.B. GayleECHOES OF THE FUTURE Noble Romance Publishing


Sebastian is bored. He has another five years of lone duty supervising his family’s robots on their space station. The last thing he wants to do is the housework. For Christmas, his mother sends him a Domestic Darling cyborg. True to form, she purchases a factory second and sends one that doesn’t quite fit the bill. Instead of being a pert blond with big tits and a cute ass like in the advertisement, this one is six foot tall and built like a Greek god, a very virile Greek God. In an attempt to improve its functioning, Sebastian uses some of his brilliant programming skills. The resulting changes ensure Sebastian will never be bored again.


Where Our Members Blogging ~

CC Coburn ~

Australia’s own, Harlequin American Romance Author CC Coburn is strapped into the bloggers seat this week with the interesting topic The Top Five Inventions of My Time – How About Yours?  

Fiona Lowe ~

This week Fiona is blogging about one of my new favourite medical shows Royal Pains. The topic There’s Something About Those Eyes

Jenn McLeod ~

This week Jenn posted about her short story selection in this year’s Little Gem Anthology.

Kelly Hunter ~

Kelly has a great post over at iHeartPresentsWhere To Next? by Kelly Hunter

Kylie Griffin ~

15th Mar –  PROMO GUEST AUTHOR: Tracey O’Hara

There’s something incredibly appealing about dark urban fantasy, don’t you think? Is it the tormented alpha hero, or the kick-butt-more-than-a-match-for-him heroine? Perhaps it’s the grey, not-so-clear-cut sides of life that feature prominently in the world building of this genre that draws us. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.

Whatever appeals to you about this genre, Aussie urban fantasy author, Tracey O’Hara, certainly delivers for us DUF fans.

Come and join Tracey on Kylie’s blog on Monday, 15th March and find out more about her and her books plus Tracey is giving awaye-book version of Night’s Cold Kiss from Fictionwise to one lucky commenter.

Mary Hawkins ~

18th Mar – Mary drops into International Christian Fiction Writers at 7pm EST for her regular post. Now if you have dropped by before you know Mary always has an interesting topic.

Paula Roe ~

Week 6 and Paula chats about how we all approach out writing differently. She also shares an interesting fact about plotters the other day:  visualise a 1-10 plotting scale, with 1 being “no plotting ever, just writing” and 10 being “charts, sheets, colour coding, files and plans”.  ‘A Novel in 3 Months’ blog. Yes, I’m still enjoying these blog posts.

Paula is also having some fun over at the Silhouette Desire Authors Blog First Lines – a fun contest, now brush up on your Desire knowledge for this one.

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 8th Mar – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Tue 9th Mar – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer Imelda Evans

Wed 17th Mar – Shona Husk – Guest Blog

Thur 18th Mar – Thu 18 March – Romancing the West

Fri 12th Mar – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Carla Molino

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Angie Peters

Caitlyn Nicholas

Jess Dee

Rachael Johns

Sami Lee

Suzi Love

Blogs of Interest ~

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency ~

The topic this week Pet Peeves, want to know how not to upset an Agent? This may be helpful.

Lady Scribes ~

The wonderful Ladies over at Lady Scribes have another Crit Friday up: With the success of last month they are giving you another chance to submit for critique a scene where the hero first sees or notices the heroine, or the heroine first sees or notices the hero.

LoveCats Downunder ~

Okay I’ve been slack and not promoted LoveCats Downunder for a while. We all know the girls have great posts. Tracie has an interesting post Book Adaptations.


Anna Campbell~

Anna’s contest for March/April 2010 – Win the Proverbial ARC of  My Reckless Surrender.

The contest closes 30th April, 2010.

Annie West ~

Annie has her new contest up on her website for March ‘New Beginnings Book Giveaway

This contest runs till 11th April.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. This month it’s Sunshine by Robin McKinley.

Mel Teshco and Anna Hackett ~

Mel and Anna have joined forces to promote their Nocturne Bites new releases )Mel’s March 1st release of Her Dark Lord, and Anna Hackett’s April release, Hunter Surrender) and are giving away a Nocturne Bites book a week.  


Little Gem Results ~

Anthology Placegetters:

Equal First: Jennifer Kay–The Unfinished Poem

                         Dorothy Martin–If Only

 Second:      Shona Husk–Soul Song

 Third:         Cath Ryan—Madonna of the Gate

In alphabetical order:

Lilian Begelhole–The Fantasy Lover

Helen Ellis–Family Business

Cara Gabriel–Blue Topaz and Smoky Quartz

Fiona Gregory–Seize the Man

Alicia Hope–The Brande Topaz

Sandra Linklater–Time Capsule

Jenn J McLeod–A Penny For Your Thoughts

Maggie Mundy–Sea and Vines

Shayne Sands–Finders Keepers

Bronwyn Stuart–Million Dollar Dreams

5DI Participants Announced ~

Category Romance Writers – Mentored by Lilian Darcy

Anita Mack

Lisa Roderick

Doreen Sullivan

Janet Radevski

Linda Hills

Chris Weston

Terri-Anne Green

Shannean Moncrieff

Historical/Mainstream Writers – Mentored by Sophia James

Akanash Gaddi

Iona Jones

Annelise Balsamo

Maddison Fitzsimmons

Bridget Ransome

Mary-Anne Rome

Gabrielle Wade-Steiner

Catherine Evans

Paranormal/Suspense Writers – Mentored by Fiona Brand

Leisel Leighton

Jo McAlister

Annie Newton

Sue Burgess Thompson

Sharon Phillips

Tina Marie Clark

Amanda Reynolds Smith

Enisa Hasic

Congratulations Ladies.


Anna Campbell ~

Anna’s latest novel Captive Of Sin has finaled in the 2010 Gayle Wilson, Award of Excellence! WOOHOO Anna, congratulations.

Astrid Cooper ~

Astrid found out during the week that her dark fantasy/romance story is one of fourteen stories in the Scary Kiss anthology. Astrid’s story The Hidden One.

Heather Boyd ~

Heather has just signed a contract with Nobel Romance Publishing for her Regency novella ‘One Wicked Night”. WOOHOO Heather.

Heather Brown ~

Pur-Fect Seduction just keeps on getting great reviews. This week it is You Gotta read Reviews. Congratulations Heather.

Lesley Ann Smith ~

Lesley had her short story, The Truly Awful Shirt Shop, published with Australian Women Online. Here are the links: Part 1 and Part 2.

Michelle de Rooy ~

Michelle has had both her Emmy entries requested by Meredith Giordan from Berkley.

WOOHOO Michelle, all the best of luck.

Shona Husk ~

Shona shared with us the cover for Scary Kisses. Scary Kisses is a paranormal romance anthology dues for release in April. Shona’s story is Black Widow.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne received the copy of her cover for her soon to be released novel ‘Heat in the Outback’ to be published by Eternal Press.


Mills & Boon Australia

To Love, Honour And Disobey – Natalie Anderson

Mistress: At What Price? – Anne Oliver

Wedlocked: Banisher Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Doctor On Loan/Bushfire Bride – Marion Lennox

Outback Bachelor – Margaret Way

The Cattleman’s Adopted Family – Barbara Hannay

Desert King, Doctor Daddy – Meredith Webber

A Mother For Matilda – Amy Andrews

Tempting The Negotiator/The Doctor’s Pregnant Bride? – Zana Bell, Susan Crosby

Fugitive Bride/Marriage At A Price – Miranda Lee

Harlequin US

Top Ten Bestsellers

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child – Annie West

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter

His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan

Top Ten eBooks

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child – Annie West

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Bride, Bought and Paid For – Helen Bianchin


The 2010 Romancing The West Conference

Saturday 1st May 2010

Metro Hotel
61 Canning Hwy

See Event Page on blog or RWAus website for more details.

RWAustralia together with SARA present the 2010 Romance Roadshow Event

~ Romancing the Novel ~
Featuring special guest speakers:–

Anna Campbell

Yvonne Lindsay

Claire Baxter

Anne Oliver

Elizabeth Rolls

Christina Carlisle

Trish Morey

Venue: SA Writers’ Centre
Date: Saturday 15th May

Visit SARA website for more details.

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

More details soon.

CONTESTS for 2010:~


Valerie Parv Awards

Opens: 15th February 2010

Closes: 26th March 2010

See website for details.


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.


  • Mar 15th
  • Mar 22nd
  • Mar 29th

Book/ Edit in a Week

  • 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.


Sunday March 21

The Opportunities of Romance Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW 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

Wednesday March 24

The Assessor, the Mentor and the Editor ~ Sydney Smith, Michael Nolan & Melanie Dankel

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, 15 NM

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

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 March

First to Final Draft Masterclass ~ Shelley Kenigsberg and Selena Hanet-Hutchins

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Byron Community & Cultural Centre

Cost: $115 M per day, $145 NM per day

FMI + Bookings: Essential: (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie OR Website  

Sunday March 28

Motivated Action, Motivated Characters ~ Adair Jones

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

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

Saturday April 10

Imagining History ~ Tom Gilling

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $96 M, $84 MC, $146 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (02) 6262 9191 or ACT Writers’ Centre

Saturday April 17

The Kindest Cut ~ Shelley Kenigsberg

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday April 17

Defining, Planning and Achieving Your Writing Goals ~ Chris Ostermann

When: 2:00–5:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

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

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 April

Research for Fiction Writers ~ Arnold Zable

When: 6.30–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $44 M, $36 MC, $55 NM

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

Saturday May 1

Getting Started: Making Stories, a creative writing workshop for beginners ~ Wendy James

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New England Writers’ Centre

Cost: $50 M, $60 NM

FMI + Bookings: New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210 or Email:

Saturday May 8

What Do Women Want? Workshop ~ Dianne Blacklock

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre

Cost: $67.50 M, $80 NM

FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential on (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie or Website


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

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week, don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading


Leave a comment


  1. Sandie – as usual fabulous roundup. Thanks so much for mentioning both the LoveCatsDownunder and the contest on Kylie Griffin’s blog – I am looking foreard to that tomorrow.

    Have a great week everyone.


  2. Oh my goodness, I thought I was too late!
    But here I am grabbing the Adonis again!
    Anna Campbell, I’ll sayit again……la!
    Every week the news just gets better and bigger,
    Thanks so much for keeping us up to date,
    And congratulations to everyone with such fantastic news,

  3. Tracey,
    We must be twins posting at the same time,
    So we can share the Adonis,
    Anna won’t mind,

  4. Nicky

     /  March 14, 2010

    Thank you Sandie for once again reining in all the news to one spot. I know I am only one of many who truly appreciate the effort you put in doing this for the members each week.

  5. Sandie, wow, more and more every week. Thanks for putting this together. It must TAKE nearly a week! And thanks for the congrats for the Gayle Wilson Award final. Very happy about that 😉

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