A Happy Easter Everyone.
Welcome to this week’s Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News. I hope you are having a wonderful Easter break and spending some time with your families.
If you have any news you would like to share at anytime or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – firstname.lastname@example.org
CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~
Where Our Members are Blogging ~
SAT 10th April – Anna is giving away an advance copy of her June release MY RECKLESS SURRENDER on the Romance Bandits.
THUR 8th April – Sees Annie move to Tote Bags n Blogs for her regular post.
Jenn chats Rejection letters – I love a rejection!
Kitty and a couple of her friends, have this great site full of writing related information Routines for Writers. This is the link to interesting articles written by Kitty, but while you are there have a look around at Kitty’s friend’s posts as well.
SAT 3rd April – PROMO: Guest Author Cathryn Brunet
Do you read fantasy romance? Erotic romance? What about a combination of the two? This week Kylie has the author for you! Debut author, Cathryn Brunet, writes short stories, novellas and single title romance fiction. In her own words she says, “Sometimes they’re sweet, sometimes they’re very, very spicy but always they’re stories about love.” Drop by and say, “Hi” to the girls.
Michelle tells us that an article she read in The Guardian back in February ‘Ten Rules for Writing Fiction’, got her thinking about what her Ten Golden Rule might be.
Don’t forget Mel and Anna are still doing their blog tour in celebration of their Nocturne Bites releases in March and April. The girls are giving away a different nocturne bites each week to one commentator who visits their blogs: Mel Teshco and Anna Hackett.
Week 9 ‘*this* is why I love writing’, as Paula says, “The ‘ah HA!’ moment. The moment when an idea or words or scene falls into place just so. The moment where you write something down and just know you’re on a winner. Where you instinctively know you can move on to the next difficult area, confident that this bit will need little to no rewriting. The moment where, as Farmer Hoggett in Babe would say, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.” ”
RWAus Blog ~
Mon 5th Apr – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day
Tue 6th Apr – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer – Nicky Strickland
Fri 9th Apr – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Sandii Manning
Member who Blog Regularly ~
Group blogs where our members post.
Blogs of Interest ~
Why I Love Rebellious Women by Nancy Means Wright. Nancy asks the question, “How did they become rebels, these three amazing women: Mary Wollstonecraft in England (1759-1797, Margaret King (1772-1835) in Ireland, and Annette Vallon (1769-1844) in France, all brought up to be members of a proper 18th century society?
This week the girls over at Lady Scribes looked at An Emotional Connection.
Thinking of pitching your novel at the conference in August? Nathan’s The Importance of the Pitch video may give you a helping hand.
Bending Grammar Rules in Fiction – This was one blog aimed at me, LOL.
MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~
Anna’s contest for March/April 2010 – Win the Proverbial ARC of My Reckless Surrender.
The contest closes 30th April, 2010.
Annie has her new contest up on her website for March ‘New Beginnings Book Giveaway’
This contest runs till 11th April.
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 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.
MEMBER’S NEWS: ~
FIRST KISS FINALISTS –
Congratulations go to the finalists of the First Kiss Contest. Many thanks to First Kiss Manager Cath Evans.
Bec Sampson x 2
Cheers and thanks
Alli Withers ~
Alli shared the news during the week, that she signed with agent Emmanuelle Alspaugh on the 25th February. Way to GO Alli, congratulations.
CC woke to a wonderful surprise on Sunday morning with the news she won the Short Contemporary section of the New England Romance Writers Bean Pot award. WOOHOO, CC.
Glenda Lock ~
Glenda has been offered a contract with Cobblestone Press. YAY Glenda congratulations.
In celebration of H. C. Brown’s latest Pride Brother’s Series release ‘A Savage Lust’, we’re having a special sale. Receive 25% off My Purr-fect Alphas and/or Purr-fect Seduction. See details below.
To receive 25% off My Purr-fect Alphas by H. C. Brown, enter promo code RKXRDS when you place your order.
To receive 25% off Purr-fect Seduction by H. C. Brown, enter promo code PRPBTQ when you place your order.
To receive 25% off BOTH Purr-fect Seduction and My Purr-fect Alphas, enter promo code PGQDPP when you place your order.
If you think last week was a big week for Kylie, it only got better as the new week rolled in, Kylie found out her West Houston RWA entry, BLOODBORN, was judged the Best of the Best of all the 1st place manuscripts. To top it off, as the prize, Leis Pederson has offered to critique the first 3 chapters & synopsis for Kylie. As a bonus, one of the judges who is the assistant manager at the Barnes & Noble in Houston was so impressed with the winners she is willing to send all 1st place winners to her contact at Dorchester. Mega congratulations Kylie.
Mel has a short contemporary KALLIE REVEALED – about a stripper living her fantasy – due for release through Ellora’s Cave, April 20th.
Mel also has had ICE COLD LOVER accepted by Ellora’s Cave, and the contract is signed sealed and posted. Congratulations Mel.
Nalini hits it big time with wins and an honourable mention in the PEARL Awards!
Angels’ Blood won Best Fantasy/Magical Romance
Branded By Fire won Best Shapeshifter Romance
Blaze of Memory won Best Futuristic Romance and received an Honourable
Mention in the Favourite Overall Romance category
Must Love Hellhounds won Best Anthology (award shared with the awesome
Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews & Meljean Brook)
TOP TEN ~
Millionaire Dad’s SOS – Ally Blake
One Small Miracle – Melissa James
City Surgeon, Small Town Miracle – Marion Lennox
Baby For The Flying Doctor – Lucy Clark
Bachelor Dad, Girl Next Door – Sharon Archer
Her Best Friend – Sarah Mayberry
His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan
Fired Waitress, Hired Mistress – Robyn Grady
Australian Billionaires – Margaret Way, Amy Andrews, Jennie Adams
Top Ten Passion Picks
Taken by the Pirate Tycoon – Daphne Clair
His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan
Top Ten eBooks
Her Secret, His Love-Child – Tina Duncan
CONFERENCES in 2010~
The 2010 Romancing The West Conference
Saturday 1st May 2010
61 Canning Hwy
RWAustralia together with SARA present the 2010 Romance Roadshow Event
~ Romancing the Novel ~
Featuring special guest speakers:–
Venue: SA Writers’ Centre
Date: Saturday 15th May
Visit SARA website for more details.
From the SA Romancing the Novel seminar committee:
We have managed to get a good accommodation price for the Romancing the Novel seminar for our out-of-state guests, or attendees looking to spend the night in the city. If you are interested, contact Helen for details.
RWAustralia National Conference 2010
~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Coogee Beach NSW
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:~
The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.
Yes, we are having it again! This year the contests open earlier, you will be able to submit your entries anytime between the 1st to the 5th August. Closing date 5pm 5th August 2010. These are all emailed entries more details shortly.
Contests to include:
- Fructured Fairy Tale. ( Max. 5pp double space 12 font)
- 1 page Synopsis of Fractured Fairy tale or another short story. (PLEASE NOTE: That using synopsis for one of your own stories is not recommended as these will be posted on the blog and able to be viewed by the public.)
- Blurb for Most Ludicous Romance Plot. (Max 100 words)
- Is It Hot In Here – First Kiss (Max 3pp or 750 words of a first Kiss scene)
- Best Cover – Design a cover for a Romance Novel
This contest is opened to Claytons Conference members ONLY. That is members NOT attending the National conference.
RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 Feb – Mar
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.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS: ~
Saturday April 10
Imagining History ~ Tom Gilling
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
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
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 April
Research for Fiction Writers ~ Arnold Zable
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $44 M, $36 MC, $55 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre or (03) 9094 7855
Saturday 1st May
Romancing the West Workshop
When: 9 – 5 pm
Where: The Metro Hotel
Cost: $110 M, $120 NM
Saturday May 1
Getting Started: Making Stories, a creative writing workshop for beginners ~ Wendy James
Where: New England Writers’ Centre
Cost: $50 M, $60 NM
Saturday May 8
What Do Women Want? Workshop ~ Dianne Blacklock
Where: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre
Cost: $67.50 M, $80 NM
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 Announceonlinewritingclassesemail@example.com.
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.