Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News


As announced at Coogee, the Name The Conference Competition has been
extended until 15th September. So you have 10 days to get your entries in.

Prize is either a Friday Workshop (Melbourne 2011) or a $100 bookstore

Please send entries to: conf2011@romanceaus

Welcome to back to another fun week of news and blog spots with ‘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 – PLEASE NOTE: We have a new email address for Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News.


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Bronwyn Parry ~

It is so good to see some people are dedicated to bringing information to their readers. Bronwyn had two posts go up on her blog this week.

Good Times’ – Bronwyn chats about the RWAus conference in Sydney and what a great time she had.

Short Story Sale’ – WOOHOO. Australian Woman’s Day bought another of Bronwyn’s short stories.

 Christina Phillips ~

TUES 7th September – Catch up with Christina over at the Romance Bandits, with the chance to win a copy of ‘Forbidden’.

TUES 7th September – Christina is at Not Another Romance Blog talking a little bit about the world of her Roman warrior and Druid princess, and there is a chance to win a copy of ‘Forbidden’.

THUR 9th September – Christina makes her way over to Magical Musings where she is chatting about that elusive thing, Voice – and how long it took Christina to find hers! There’s also another chance to win a signed copy of ‘Forbidden’.

Christina also tells that Dear Author has a huge Berkley giveaway happening. It runs until Saturday, which I think if you nip over there very early today you may still have a chance to be in the running  to win 3 of  110 novels. Novels include and FORBIDDEN by Christina Phillips, The Accidental Bride by Anne Gracie and Deadly Intent by Nalini Singh.

Denise Rossetti ~

Denise is another who has been busy keeping her readers updates this week.

Bags of Incredible Bags’ – LOL, you have to go have a look at this post. Very cleaver.

Celebration: A Strongman Vignette (free)’ subscribe to Denise’s newsletter to get this great free read. Plus you find out all of Denise’s latest news.

How to find me on the road’ Denise is on a road trip, find out where on her blog, plus how to stay up to date with her travels.

Erica Hayes ~

Erica has a post up about ‘yes, I’m a hopeless blogger…’, Erica fills us in on what she has been up to since June. Will I’m not saying anything. What’s the saying ‘Don’t throw stones at glass houses’?    

Kylie Griffin ~

THUR 2nd September – RWA Conference (part 4) – photos from the conference

FRI 3rd September – Bay of Plenty, NZ – photos

SUN 5th September – Winner of Christina Phillips book FORBIDDEN posted

WED 8th September – 2010 RWNZ Highlights – photos of the conference

SUN 12th September – “Red for Romance” (RWNZ cocktail party photos)

Paula Roe ~

Yes, here is another of those double bloggers this week.

I’m a Sexy Read’, of course you are Paula we all know this, but it is nice to know Harlequin think so as well.

Keeping the Creative Well’, Paula always has something you can take away from her blogs and think, ‘Why the heck didn’t I think of that?’

RWAus Blog ~

MON 6th September – Sandie Hudson – Author Hype with Christina Phillips

TUES 7th September – Diane Curran – A Popular Fiction with Anne Gracie

FRI 10th September  – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bites – Michelle de Rooy

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Bronwyn Parry

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips

Denise Rossetti

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Editorial Ass ~

An interesting post on self-publishing ‘Moonrat’s Rundown of  Publishing Options’.

Pub Rants ~

Okay I’m not picking any one topic this week from Kristin, they are all great. How this girl gets time to blog is beyond me. (Let me live in my fantasy world that she actually does this herself, it impresses me).  


Anna Campbell ~

For August and September Anna has two fabulous reading packs including some backlist titles that are really hard to get now Each pack will include signed copies of: My Reckless Surrender by Anna, Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells, His Mistress for a Million by Trish Morey, The Greek’s Convenient Mistress by Annie West, Dark Deceiver by Pamela Palmer and either – Does She Dare? or Risqué Business by Tawny Weber

See Anna’s website for more information. This contest closes 30th September, 2010.

Annie West ~

To celebrate the North American release of my contribution to the Dark Hearted Desert Men Series: Scandal: His Majesty’s Love-Child, Annie is running a desert themed contest for the Northern Hemisphere summer. Check out Annie’s contest page for more details.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog this months contest prize is The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.


Christina Phillips ~

Christina received a review from September’s RT, here is a little of what they had to say:

Christina Phillips’s debut ancient historical romance, FORBIDDEN, received 4 stars from Romantic Times BOOK Reviews:

Set in the time of the Roman Empire, Phillips’ wonderful story of the romance between a Roman soldier and a Celt is more than entertaining

Fantastic Christina, congratulations.

Fiona McArthur ~

Fiona was on ‘The Circle’ this week, launching her great new book ‘Don’t Panic Guide to Birth’. Great interview Fiona.

Heather Brown ~

Great news for Heather. In October she once again joins Stormy Glenn in an anthology for Noble Romance ‘Bite Here, Too’. Release date 25th October 2010. 

Paula Roe ~

Paula’s ‘The Billionaire Baby Bombshell’ (Desire) was #3 in eHarlequin’s Top 10 Hot Reads in August. WOOHOO Paula. Sorry I missed adding this last week.

Pia Moonglow ~

Pia (aka H.C) received a contract for ‘Don’t Press Enter’, her YA paranormal novel with Noble Romance earlier this week. DPE is due for release in the October lineup for the new Noble YA imprint Noble Gateway Romance. WOOHOO, fabulous news.

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

Single Title and Loving It ~

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Selling Synopsis ~

Opens:  27th August 2010

Closes: 8th October 2010

Emerald Award ~

Opens: 1st October 2010

Closes: 12th  November 2010

See website for details.


RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010

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

EDIW starts tomorrow 6th September and runs until 12th September. If you need that extra little push to get your butt in the seat to do your editing this is a great way to achieve your goals.

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



The Victorian Writers’ Centre is offering a special discount for all Romance Writers of Australia members on ourPopular Fiction course with Anne Gracie.

All RWAustralia members can book for this event and only pay the VWC member price or the eligible concession price.

What’s on at the Victorian Writers’ Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
For more information on 2010 VWC coursesand to book online, please visit
Bookings are essential for all events.

Popular Fiction

Wednesdays 13 October to 17 November, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Course: The international market for romance is huge, hungry and incorporates aspects of fantasy, paranormal, crime, suspense and other genres. This is why romance writers published with large, international publishers can earn a living. Yet in Australia the assumption persists that it’ s a simple genre for simple readers and something that real writers don’ t write. Discover the opportunities for Australian writers in the international market, and learn the crucial features ofgripping, well-written, internationally marketable romantic fiction. Suitable for all levels. Come prepared to write. For more info:

And now on to our normal event’s coverage

Wednesday 8th September

Talk and Book Signing ~ Anna Campbell & Christine Wells

When: 5:30pm

Where: Dymocks Brisbane City, Shop D17 177 Albert Street (Cnr Elizabeth &

Albert), Brisbane

Cost: Free (refreshments provided)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3007 2800

Saturday 18 September
The Art of Writing Romance ~ Valerie Parv

When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Thursday 23 September

Friends of Maroochydore Library host an evening with Anna Campbell

When: 5.30pm–7.00pm

Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, QLD

Cost: Free (refreshments provided)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 5475 8900

Saturday 9 October

How to Write Good Sex ~ Belinda Burns

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $95 MC, $150 NM

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

Wednesdays 13 October – 17 November

Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $225 M, $210 MC, $280 NM

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

Saturday 23 October

Romance Writing ~ Barbara Hannay

When: 10.00am–4.30pm

Where: QWC, City Libraries Thuringowa Central, 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central, QLD

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 8 October

FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922  OR Queensland Writers Centre


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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