Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Good morning all and welcome to another Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News, once again our members have had some exciting news this week and a few have been busy blogging or will be busy this week.

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Where Our Members Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

Wednesday, 24th March – Anna reviews Liz Carlyle’s lovely historical romance, WICKED ALL DAY, at the Romance Dish.

Anna Hackett and Mel Teshco ~

Anna and Mel continued their whirlwind blogging adventure this week with their Vampire heroines posting on Naughty Little Vamp. You will also get to read an excerpt from each of their respective nocturne bites. Hunter’s Surrender by Anna Hackett and Her Dark Lord by Mel Teshco.

Bronwyn Jameson ~

Tuesday, 23th March – Bronwyn is chatting about New Adventures at To Be Read. Drop in for a chat there is a chance to win a book prize from a new-to-you author.

Fiona McArthur ~

Fiona has a great blog on Harlequin Medical Authors about Emotion and Emotion.

Heather Brown ~

Friday, 26th March – Taking the Hot Seat on Heather’s blog is Cherie De Sues. You can expect a great interview with heaps of good advice.

Hélène Young ~

Tuesday 23rd Mar – Hélène is dropping into Phillipa Fioretti’s blog for a chat. There will be a copy of Border Watch up for grabs.

Phillipa’s debut novel The Book of Love is being released by Hachette Australia in April 2010. It sounds like a delightful story and, as Phillipa is a visual artist as well as a writer, Hélène tells me she sure there will be many insights into the world of antiquarian books!

The Book of Love:

“Lily, a queen of style in retro clothes, and Robbie, her boyfriend, run a second-hand bookshop in Sydney. In a shipment of old books from Nairobi, Robbie discovers a rare French book of ancient Roman erotica. With only four copies in existence, and valued at twenty million dollars, he is determined to sell it despite Lily’s suggestion that they return it to the Italian government. Days later, William, a dashing Russian employed by a fine arts firm in London to retrieve stolen art works, arrives at the shop. Robbie refuses to hand over the book, and disappears, taking his and Lily’s life savings with him. What follows is a funny, witty romantic comedy that takes readers from Sydney to Rome, in a whirlwind of pretty dresses (on Lily), daring actions (by William) and clever dialogue… ‘First rule of travel – never walk past a toilet without using it.’

Kylie Griffin ~

On Kylie’s blog this week, she starts a 4 part series on Rejection Letters. As writers, we’re all faced with sending out queries to agents and editors but what can we expect back from them? Can there be hidden meanings in the phrases we see crop up time and again? What do they mean? The first post in the series deals with “The Standard Rejection”, with examples cited from Kylie’s past experiences, accompanied by “translations”. (Opinions stated are wholly her own and open to interpretation. No one was harmed during the writing of this blog series!)

Maxine Sullivan, Paula Roe and Robyn Grady ~

Maxine, Paula, and Robyn have launched a new blog ‘Outback Billionaires and Babies’ to coincide with their Harlequin Desire series Billionaires and Babies.

Maxine Sullivan – His Ring, Her Baby

Paula Roe – The Billionaire Baby Bombshell

Robyn Grady – Bargaining for Baby

Mel Teshco ~

Mel posted her first Nocturne Bites post this week on the Harlequin Nocturne Bite Authors Blog. Mel chats about her debut Nocturne Bite ‘Her Dark Lord.’

Nicola Marsh ~

Nicola stepped into the bloggers chair at iHeartPresents this week. Topic: What Makes a Great Hero? Now isn’t this something we all want to know?

Paula Roe ~

Week 7 ‘Snippets of wisdom as you write’ this week Paula shares some wonderful wisdom from some of the best. ‘A Novel in 3 Months’ blog. If you haven’t dropped by Paula’s blog yet, “What Are You Waiting For?”

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 22nd Mar – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Tue 23rd Mar – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer Janet Woods

Fri 26th Mar – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Tracy Travis

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Bronwyn Parry

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips

Janet Woods

Sandie Hudson – Historical

Shayne Collier

Blogs of Interest ~

Carina Press ~

Angela James has a two-part post on ‘Thinking about query letters. Part 1: Query don’ts and Part 2: Query Do’s. We all know inside information is always good, don’t miss this one.

LoveCats Downunder ~

Zana Bell chats Fabulous Settings. Zana shares her love of New Zealand and asks, what’s your favourite setting?

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner, gives the first of her query critiques – Iron Makeover, she is planning on posting these for the next few weeks. This is a blog worth reading

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Okay this one is for all of you gearing up to pitch at the RWAus Sun-Sizzle-Surf conference in August. Pitching to agents: How to throw a fiction fast ball.

We Love YA  ~

Friday 26th Mar – Vanessa Barneveld is reviewing the historical YA series THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen. One lucky commenter will score the four-book series.


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.

Bronwyn Parry, Fiona Palmer , Fleur McDonald, and Hélène Young ~

Bronwyn, Fiona, Fleur and Hélène are having a combined treasure hunt. Readers will need to log on to all four sites and find the answers to four questions in the first chapter of each of our novels. One lucky reader will win not one, not two, not three, but four signed books!! The books are Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry, Blue Skies by Fleur McDonald (her new release due out in April), The Family Farm by Fiona Palmer and Border Watch by Helene Young. One runner up will be able to choose one of the four books and a second runner up will be able to choose one of the remaining three books! Confused?? Log on to any of our websites for the full details. Competition closes Midnight Friday 26th March, Australia Eastern Standard time.

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.  


Annie West ~

Annie had the cover of her novel ‘Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child’ featured in the display at the top of Miller-McCure article ‘Romance Novels Titles Reveal Reader Desires’.

Bronwyn Stuart ~

Bronwyn finalled in the historical category of the Fire and Ice contest during the week. Her entry now it goes to Amanda Bergeron at Avon. Congratulations Bron.

Christina Phillips ~

Christina received the cover for her September release ‘Forbidden’ during the week.

Dear Author/Smart Bitches and 2010 Tournament of Books

Okay guys, we have five entries in this year’s 2010 Tournament Books.

Abby Gaines, Bronwyn Jameson, Juliet Marillier, Nalini Singh x 2, and Sarah Mayberry are all in with a chance. Designed around the American college basketball March Madness, this novel tournament matches book against book, round by round. Voting commenced Friday and continues until one book is left standing. So get your voting fingers ready, come on let’s get our girls over the line.

Here are the categories our girls are entered with their novel titles. (Obviously I’ve only listed our authors)

Science Fiction Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

  1. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
  2. Angels Blood by Nalini Singh

UF Crossover /Fantasy

  1. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier


  1. Magnate’s Make Believe Mistress by Bronwyn Jameson
  2. Home For The Holidays by Sarah Mayberry
  3. The Groom Came Back by Abby Gaines

 Congratulations on your selection ladies, and all the best of luck in the rounds.

Erin Grace ~

Erin received a 4 Heart review for her Historical Romance ‘Secrets’ from The Romance Studio. Congratulations Erin.

Heather Brown ~

This week Heather received a 4 Diamond review for her historical romance ‘Betrothed to the Enemy’ from Got Erotic Romance. Congratulations Heather, well done again.

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle ~

Karlene received the cover for her soon to be released novel ‘Operation Summer Storm’.

Kylie Griffin ~

Fantastic news from Kylie her entry in the CHASE THE DREAM contest came in 2nd! YAY – WOOHOO – YIPPIE!!!! Kylie would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who headed over to the website and voted – she really, really appreciated your support.

Maggi Anderson ~

Maggi received a 4 Heart review this week for her regency romance ‘Rules of Conduct’ from the Romance Studio. WOOHOO Maggi.

Rowena Cory Daniells ~

The covers for books 2 and 3 of Rowena’s trilogy ‘Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin’ arrived this week and Rowena is proudly showing them off on her blog ‘Ripping Ossie Reads’.


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

Taken by the Private Tycoon – Daphne Clair

Harlequin US

Top Ten Bestsellers

Bride, Bought and Paid For – Helen Bianchin

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child – Annie West

His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan

Top Ten eBooks

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter

Top Ten Sexy Backlist

Millioaire Under the Mistletoe – Tessa Radley

Pretend Mistress, Bona Fide Boss – Yvonne Lindsay

Mistress Under Contract – Natalie Anderson


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 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.


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

 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

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,
    Another simply superb Sunday scrutiny of snippets of news,
    Thanks so much for letting us know all the great news and congratulations to everyone with exciting things to share this week,
    And so many blogs to go and check out…sigh…
    So much to do and so little time for…the shiny and sexy Golden Adonis and I to do…Again!
    Oh, such a chore….but someone must do it…

  2. Sandie,
    great compilation, I don’t know how you keep up to it all!!
    Thanks again for spreading the good news =)

  3. Kylie Griffin

     /  March 21, 2010

    Another great week of round-ups – so much news, and like Sue, so little time to check them all out, but I try! 😉

    Thank you, Sandie, for another fab. job!

  4. Louise Reynolds

     /  March 21, 2010

    Amazing job, Sandie! Thanks.

  5. Hi Sandie,
    Another news packed blog. Thank you so much for all the hard work you do to keep us all up to date with the happenings.


  6. Great edition, Sandie…and thanks for the mention of the review *blush*…I’m really honoured..

  7. Thanks, Sandie, for doing such an amazing job! Fabulous to see so much going on each week!


  8. Ah, late to the party. No Adonis for me! Hope you had fun with him, Sue! Wow, what a great line-up this week. Congratulations to everyone with all the good news! Thanks, Sandie, as ever for doing this.

  9. Woohoo, nice to get a mention! Congrats to everyone with great news and hugs to everyone with not so good =)


  10. Nice one =)) =^_^=


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