Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

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Welcome to this week’s Cruisin’ and Member’s News. A round up of Who’s Where and When and Who did What.

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 ~

Annie West ~

THUR 1st July – Catch up with Annie on Tote Bag ‘n’ Blogs for her regular post.

THUR 1st July – You will also find Annie in the blogger’s seat on I(heart)Presents.

Fiona Lowe ~

SAT 3rd July – Fiona moves into the bloggers seat for Tote Bag ‘n’ Blogs on Saturday.

Heather Boyd ~

TUES 29th June – Catch Heather’s latest blog on Lady Scribes this week about ‘Death and Love Keepsakes’.

Hélène Young ~

 This week Hélène will be interviewing Diane Finlay, a North Queensland writer. Diane is the co-ordinator of the Tropical Writers Festival. One of the headline guest for that festival is Barbara Hannay who’ll be running a course on writing Romance. Diane will be talking about self-publishing as well as what’s in the programme for the festival.

Kylie Griffin ~

‘An Authors POV on World-Building’ is part two in Kylie’s series. This week she asks published authors for their take on how they create their worlds and characters.

FRI 2nd July – For those who live, breathe and love the paranormal romance genre this wonderfully talented author needs no introduction. New Zealand author, Nalini Singh is Kylie’s guest blogger. Mark, underline, highlight and circle the date – there’s even a giveaway up for grabs!

Paula Roe ~

Paula never ceases to amaze me. I struggle with something in my writing, sit and think about it for ages, then I find out Paula has posted a blog about thing darn thing bothering me. This week, it was keeping track of my characters and their backstory. Read Paula’s last wise words Confused about your detailed backstory? Make a timeline!

Rachael Johns ~

If you missed this one on Friday, be sure to drop by for this wonderful post by our Rachael ‘Life after FEEL THE HEAT’.  

RWAus Blog ~

MON 28th June – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

TUE 29th June – Diane Curran – Name the Conference Competition

WED 30th June – Sandie Hudson – Our Golden Girl ~ Kylie Griffin

THU 1st July – Sandie Hudson – RITA Finalist ~ Kelly Hunter

FRI 2nd July – Anita Joy – Blog Bite – Nikki Logan

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Fiona Lowe

Heather Boyd

Heather Brown

Helene Young

J.A Salvage

Jenn McLeod

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Genreality ~

Okay let’s face as aspiring authors we all have our insecurities. I’m sure there are many published authors that do as well, this week Candace Haven blogged about her insecurities with ‘Those Writer Insecurities’, as she heads into a new genre.

Jane Austen’s World ~

This is a great site for Historical Romance authors, it’s probably one of my favourite sites to go if I’m procrastinating, but don’t want to admit it. This week Vic chats about The Regency Bridal Bouquet.

Pub Rants ~

Kristin talks single-book contract versus a multi-book contract with her blog One Book or Two? Maybe Three?


Anna Campbell ~

To celebrate the release of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE, where Anna has a short story called ‘Upon a Midnight Clear’, she’s giving away two signed copies of the book. Go to her website for details: The contest closes on 31st July.

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. June contest giveaway is Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase.


US Contest Results –

2010 TARA contest (Tampa Area Romance Authors) Series Contemporary.

Our finalists

His Dark Past by Rebecca Sampson
The Daddy Dilemma by Barb Jeffcott Geris

WOOHOO Ladies. Congratulations.

Claire Baxter ~

If you are wandering around the shops, keep an eye out for ‘That’s Life Fast Fiction Winter Edition’ Claire has a tear-jerker short story on page 53.

Fiona Lowe ~

Don’t forget about Fiona’s free online read over at Harlequin Romance. ‘Return to Love’ First Chapter started Tuesday June 22th and runs a chapter a day for 20 days.

Jennie Brumley ~

Jennie has good reason to be excited after receiving a 4 cups review for ‘Revenge and Redemption’ from Coffee Time Romance. Congratulations Jennie.

Maxine Sullivan, Nicola Marsh and Paula Roe ~

June books by Nicola Marsh, Paula Roe, and Maxine Sullivan were mentioned on the RT Book Review Blog called Reaching Out to the Millionaires and Billionaires.

Shona Husk ~

Shona received the CALL from Dorchester this week for her first full length novel, a paranormal romance ‘The Goblin King’, as well as the next two books in the series. OH, fantastic Shona, congratulations.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne was one happy author this week with a great first review for ‘Outback Heat’ from Long and Short Reviews.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end, the good news is 2011 contest season kicks off again in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing. Why leave it to the last minute?

High Five

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: 27th August 2010

Closes: 8th October 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

See website 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:

  •   Fractured 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 June

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

Information for Jun.

Monday Challenges

Jun –  21, 28

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.


Sunday June 27
Writing Scenes That Work Masterclass ~ Kim Wilkins
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: Friday June 11
Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday July 3
Come to Your Senses Fiction writing Workshop ~ Linda Jaivin

When: 10:00–4:00pm
Where: New England Writers’ Centre, NSW
Cost: $75 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: Essential. New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210

Saturday July 5
Breaking Through Writing Masterclass ~ Jan Cornall

When: 10:00–5:00pm
Where: Storylines, 2 Sturt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
Booking deadline & draft submission: Friday June 19
Cost: $100 M, $60 MC, $120 NM, $80 NMC
FMI + Bookings: NT Writers  or Email or (08) 8952 3810

Saturday July 17th
A Toe in the Ocean – Festival of creative writing. ~ Janet Woods will be the keynote speaker.
When: 9:00am — 5:00pm
Where: Warnbro Community High School. WA.
Details and registration forms. Teena: – 0438916001
Kate: – 0400210937

 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

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. Thank you for the shout out! One of the audiences that I targeted when I developed my blog was Romance Writers of the Georgian and Regency eras, and the kind of information they would need for background information.

  2. Vic,
    So glad to see you here as your blog is one of my favorites as well,
    Sandie, Once again another wonderful week’s work done by you to keep us informed,
    Congratulations to all the members with such great news,

  3. Sandie, thanks as ever for the sterling job! I love coming here every Sunday morning and seeing what everyone’s been up to. Huge congratulations in particular to Shona for getting the CALL!!!! Way to go!


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