Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Ahh the freshness of Autumn, cooler weather and time to think about what session you plan to sign up for at the RWAus Conference. Find out more about that below, as well as information on the Far North Queensland Roadshow.


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park


Registrations are now open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information and watch for the conference feature in your March Hearts Talk.

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)


14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members



Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

Members Events ~

Helene Young ~

Saturday 19th March  in Townsville and the 20th March in Cairns, Helene is presenting Writing Popular Fiction. This one day course is part of the QWC regional programme. QWC have announced this week that these courses will be run free of charge for QWC regional members so check your diaries and see if you are available.


Okay… are we ready for another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’? If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime –


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

WED 9th March – Anna is talking about MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION on the RT Book Reviews blog

THUR 10th March – Anna has her regular spot on Romance Bandits always a great read.

FRI 11th March – Catch up with Anna for her regular spot on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 8th March  – Good News Day

WED 9th March – Winner announced for Maree Anderson’s Scent of a Man.

THUR 10th March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Astrid Cooper with a copy of her book Starlight

SAT 5th March – Darklight On…Christina Phillips

Kylie Griffin ~

SAT 5th March – “Searching for the Holy Grail…umm, Agent!” – Part 1 of how to hunt for an agent

SUN 6th March – “HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS give-away winner” announced!

MON 7th March – GUEST AUTHOR: Darynda Jones – talks about her debut release FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT

THURS 10th March – “Who’s that guy? Interview” – featuring Kenneth Zak (from RWAmerica)

SAT 12th March – “Searching for the Holy Grail…umm, Agent!” – Part 2 of how to hunt for an agent.

Novel Adventurers ~

Australian author Gary Corby will be blogging about whether it’s necessary to travel to a destination in order to write about it (especially if you write historicals). He has some very interesting ideas!

Valerie Parv ~

SAT 5th March – Catch up with Valerie blogging at Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.

RWAus Blog ~

TUES 8th March  – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jaye Ford and Christine Stinson

THU 10th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – 7LoveCats DownUnder Authors

FRI 11th March – Jenn J McLeod – Blog Bites – Shona Husk

SUN 13th March – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Gracie

Anne Whitfield

Bronwyn Parry

Cathryn Brunet

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Nathan Brandsford ~

Nathan chats about the benefits of a Author’s Facebook Page and ‘How to Get Started’.

Rant and Rumblings ~

This week Rachelle Gardner has a great post for unpublished authors ‘The Dreaded Author Bio


Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page.  And don’t forget to check out her great new website at, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.


Leah Ashton ~

Our Harlequin ‘New Voices’ winner Leah Ashton has received a two book offer to Harlequin Romance. Congratulations Leah.

Liia Ann White ~

Liia Ann’s debut novel Elora’s Match was released yesterday. Congratulations Liia Ann.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne’s Heat in the Outback is up in the top ten best sellers on the Eternal Press site and held its position for a week. WOOHOO Suzanne congratulations.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings


Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

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

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

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

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115


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. Members, don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading


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