Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Don’t forget the Far North Queensland Roadshow early bird registrations close this Thursday 31 March. This is a must go to event for those living in the top end, or anywhere for that matter. You can find out more information about both below.


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

11-14 August , 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 28 May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)


February 14  – March 31,  2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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


We’re back for another week of 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 ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES March 29   – Good News Day

WED March 30  – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR March 31  – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Eleni Konstantine with a copy of anthologies Apartia II and Little Gems 2010 – Topaz

SAT April 2  – Darklight On…Nicole R. Murphy

Kylie Griffin ~

MON March 28 – GUEST AUTHOR: Cathleen Ross – Although she’d had never written a sex scene, Cathleen sent in her first erotic story to a new publisher, the editor bought it and asked for more, and since then she’s been published with Black Lace, Spice Briefs, Ravenous Romance and Passion in Print. Come learn more about Cathleen and her career as an multi-genre author.

THURS  March 31  – “Who’s That Girl? Interview” – featuring Eleni Konstantine (from RWAustralia)

SAT Apri l 2 – April Fools’ Day – what are the origins of this day for practical jokes and mischievous mayhem?

RWAus Blog ~

MON March 28  – Special Post – FNQ Roadshow Girls Talk Dialogue

TUES March 29  – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Joan Kilby

THUR March 31  – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Rhian Cahill, Lexxie Couper & Jess Dee

FRI April 1 – Suz Hamilton – A Day in the Writing Life of … Michelle Diener

SUN April 3– Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

MJ Scott

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Monique Wood

Moyna Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh

Blogs of Interest ~

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

BookEnd, LLC – A Literary Agency ~

This week Jessica Faust ran another Wednesday Workshop on query letters for anyone wanting to find out what an agent looks is looking for in a query.

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner’s guest blogger this week Mary Demuth listed ‘7 Ways to Be Professional’.


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.


Congratulates to the Little Gems Garnet Anthology placegetters:

1.      Lynne Kokshoorn—Love and All That Jazz

2.      Cara Gabriel—The Real Me

3.      Equal:       Lilian Begelhole—The Sixth Garnet  & Jenn J McLeod —Swept Away

Nea Bovill—Cabin Fever

Linda Brown (writing as Miranda Knight) —The Talisman

Jennifer Hoff—The Spanish Boy

Fiona Kekic—Blue Garnet

Dorothy Martin—Just Imagine

Shauna McConaghy—Keeper Of the Dragon’s Heart

Helena Morrison—Time After Time

Astrid Quiller—Portrait With Wine Stains

Louise Reynolds—The Xianjing Garnet

Pam Swain—It’s All In the Name

Penny Swingler—The Replaying of ‘Worth It’.

Vanda Vadas—A Passionate Love

RITA Finalists:

Contemporary Series Romance
Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox (Harlequin Romance; Sheila Hodgson,
Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (Mills & Boon Modern Heat; Joanne Grant,

Romance Novella
“Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe
(Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)

Congratulations Ladies and all the Best of Luck.

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna shared that she received good review for my modern novel LICENCE TO DREAM, from Booklist USA.

Anna was surprised to find herself on page 20 of Western Australia’s big newspaper ‘Weekend West’ this weekend as ‘WA world-beaters walk the streets of home unknown’ crowd!’

Erin Grace ~

Excitement for Erin this week when she received another great review for one of her novels THE LIANHAN SHEE from Romance Book Scene.

Erin was also pretty chuffed that her novel FIRE OF MY HEART was chosen by her publisher to be one of 12 covers to be featured in a full page promotion ad in the US edition of Woman’s Day magazine! Congratulations Erin well done.

Nicole R Murphy ~

Nicole has a mention in Publishers Weekly for an anthology coming out from TiconderogaMORE SCARY KISSES with her story THE PROTECTOR’S LAST MISSION.

Shona Husk ~

Exciting news from Shona during the week when she told us she had sold an untitled fantasy with romantic elements to Carina Press. Congratulations Shona.

Shona also got a mention in Publisher Weekly for an anthology coming out soon from Ticonderoga DEAD RED HEART for her story MUTINY ON THE SCARBOROUGH.

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 25 February, 2011

Closes: Friday 8 April, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28 to April 3

July 25 to 31

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


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 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website

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

Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Everything you need to know about publishing ~ Mark MacLeod & Special Guests
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday 4 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Assessor & the Editor ~ Antoinette Eklund & Belinda Byrne
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 14 May
Turn up the heat ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $54 M, $48 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191


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 Comment

  1. Sandie,
    Our news room heroine!
    You’ve done it again, given us an amazing round-up of member good news for the week,
    Lots of reasons to celebrate, most espeically our Rita finalists,
    Congratulations to everyone,


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