Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News


As announced at Coogee, the Name The Conference Competition has been
extended until 15th September. So you have 4 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 –


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

SAT 11th September – Catch Anna’s monthly blog on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs today.

THURS 16th September – Catch up with Anna when she hosts historical author Nicola Cornick on the Romance Bandits. And there are Giveaways!

Anna Jacobs ~

Watch out for Anna on Novelists, Inc. (Ninc blog) in the coming week to celebrate the publication of Cherry Tree Lane, Anna’s first book with her new publisher, which is also her third publisher.

Annie West ~

Annie posted a great blog during the week on ‘Getting the Blood Pumping’ at Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.

CC Coburn ~

CC has been travelling these last few weeks and blogs about her experience over on Harlequin American Romance Authors ‘East, West Home is Best’.

Christina Phillips ~

WED 15th September – Eleni Konstantine invites Christina into Eleni’s Traverna for a chat.

SUN 19th September – Christina is chatting about why she chose Wales and the Druids for her debut book at Unusual Historicals.

Erica Hayes ~

Erica has been interviewed at Among The Muses, and they’re giving away one of her fantastic novels until 14 September. Don’t miss out on this one.

Kylie Griffin ~

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

FRI 17th September – Check out Kylie’s Work in Progress blurb – a teaser of her next WIP.

Rachel Bailey ~

SAT 11th September – Did you catch Rachel’s blog yesterday on the Silhouette Desire Authors blog about ‘The Power of Three’?

TUES 14th September – Our Rachel is blogging Romcon drop by and say “Hi”.

RWAus Blog ~

FRI 17th September  – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bites – Tracey Townsend

SAT 18th September – Sandie Hudson – August Bestsellers List

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Eleni Konstantine

Elisabeth Rose

Fiona Lowe

Heather Boyd

Heather C Brown

Helene Young

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Nathan Bransford ~

If you are like me and worry about whether you write dialogue sings or sinks you need to read Nathan’s blog from this ‘Seven Keys to Writing Good Dialogue’.

Pub Rants ~

Yes, I know I’m picking all the areas of writing that stress me out to no end. This week from Kristin, ‘Killer Openings’, as in openings that kill your novel.   


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.


Annie West ~

Annie sold her lucky 13th book to Harlequin novel, ‘Prince of Scandal’ this week. So watch out for the released next year. WOOHOO Annie.

Bec Sampson ~

Bec has been busy in the contest arena scoring two final placing in The Molly Awards.

Janet Woods ~

Janet’s novel ‘Paper Doll’ is due for release on October 28th 2010 by Severn House UK. Check out this fantastic cover for ‘Paper Doll’.

Margaret Tanner ~

The Cover of Margaret’s novel, Frontier Wife from TWRP won Cover of the Month at Happily Ever After Reviews.

Plus Frontier Wife, won the historical section of the Readers Favourite Book Review and Awards Contest in the US. Fantastic news Margaret, congratulations.

Natalie Hatch ~

Natalie kicked started our good news this week when she revealed she won the Young Adult category in the CYA Writers Competition. On top of that Nat also received a request for her MS from one of the publishing houses. WOOHOO Nat.

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

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


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

 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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