Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

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 –


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

SAT 10th April – Anna is giving away an advance copy of her June release MY RECKLESS SURRENDER on the Romance Bandits.

Annie West ~

WED 7th April – Annie will be a busy blogger with visits to Pink Heart Society and I(heart)Presents.

THUR 8th April – Sees Annie move to Tote Bags n Blogs for her regular post.

Jenn McLeod ~

Jenn chats Rejection letters – I love a rejection!

Kitty Bucholtz ~

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.

Kylie Griffin ~

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.

Melanie Milburne ~

How do you keep yourself motivated and on track? This is just one question Melanie asks over at Harlequin Medical Author Group Blog in her post Happy Easter and holiday reading!

You can also find Melanie chatting about ‘Mistress at the Italian’s Command’ at I(heart)Presents.

Michelle Douglas ~

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.

Mel Teshco and Anna Hackett ~

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.

Paula Roe ~

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.

50Ks in 30 Days Blog                       

Bootcampers 101

Outback Billionaires & Babies                    

Wink Girls                                        

Word Wenches                                 

Blogs of Interest ~

Historical Tapestry ~

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?

Lady Scribes ~

This week the girls over at Lady Scribes looked at An Emotional Connection.

Nathan Bransford ~

Thinking of pitching your novel at the conference in August? Nathan’s The Importance of the Pitch video may give you a helping hand.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Bending Grammar Rules in Fiction – This was one blog aimed at me, LOL. 


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.  



Congratulations go to the finalists of the First Kiss Contest. Many thanks to First Kiss Manager Cath Evans.
Leah Clapton
Christien Hickey
Bec Sampson x 2
Rebecca Skrabl
Alli Withers

Cheers and thanks

Contest coordinator

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 Coburn ~

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.

Erica Hayes ~

Erica is showing off her new art work for her third novel in the Shadowfae Chronicles POISON KISSED and blurb on her blog here.



Glenda Lock ~

Glenda has been offered a contract with Cobblestone Press. YAY Glenda congratulations.

Heather Brown ~

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.

Kylie Griffin ~

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 Teshco ~

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 Singh ~

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)


Mills & Boon Australia

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

Harlequin US

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


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.

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

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:~


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

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.

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.


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 1st May

Romancing the West Workshop

When: 9 – 5 pm

Where: The Metro Hotel

Cost: $110 M, $120 NM

FMI + Bookings: RWAustralia Perth Conference or RTW Enquiries

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


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  1. Kylie Griffin

     /  April 4, 2010

    Happy Easter to one and all! I hope this weekend has been relaxing and quiet for you – choc-filled for those not watching their sugar content *lol*.

    Sandie, I honestly don’t know how you manage to keep all this news organised – always a wonderful job well done every Sunday! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Sandie,
    Happy Easter to you, and everyone else who hops over here to read all the great news every week,
    Kylie, you definitely deserve the chocolate Adonis after your sensational week of wins and after doing such a great interview with Cathryn on your blog,
    And so much wonderful Easter news that our blog is bursting at the seams again, so big bunny congratulations to everyone,

    • Kylie Griffin

       /  April 4, 2010

      Ohh, a chocolate Adonis, how lickable! 🙂

      And thanks for dropping over to my blog to say hi to Cathryn!

  3. Happy Easter!

    Kylie, after your fabulous run of wins and finals lately, I hope you’re resting on your laurels and demolishing a few chocolate eggs in celebration!

    Sandie, as ever, a sterling job. Wow, what a lot is happening at the moment! Hard to keep track of it all!

    • Kylie Griffin

       /  April 4, 2010

      Hi Anna! No rest for the wicked, I’m afraid! 😉


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