We have the delightful Juanita Kees joining the Online Services team and she has kindly offered to take over Cruisin’ and Facebook updates for me. This will also allow me more time to work in other areas to help promote our members both published and unpublished.
I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last eighteen months and hope you will continue that support with Juanita. Contact details remain the same email@example.com just address all correspondence to Juanita.
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)
After 31st March 2011
Cost: One-day Seminar $ 140 RWA Members
Cost: One-day Seminar $ 160 RWA Non-Members
(Optional and additional cost for dinner following seminar).
What’s happening in the world of ‘Who, Where & When’.
Where Our Members are Blogging ~
TUES 5th April – Good News Day
WED 6th March – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains
THUR 31st March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Tracey O’Hara with giveaway of DEATH”S SWEET EMBRACE.
SAT 2nd April – Darklight On…Emmeline Lock (Q&A)
FRI 1st April – Julia had the pleasure of having author Tansy Rayner visit her blog to chat about all things writing.
MON 4th April – Catch up with Helene chatting to Fiona Palmer
TUES 5th April – Helene is interviewing Kate, the heroine in North Star, Karly Lane’s new release novel. It’s a lovely insight into Kate and takes a different look at the story.
April is Aussie Author Month on four blogs and several indie booksellers sites.
The girls from Australian Outback Romances and Mysteries – Bronwyn Parry, Fiona Palmer, Fleur McDonald and me are joining in and you’ll find us at Outback Romance as well as on Their own blogs.
There’ll be heaps of giveaways, interesting blogs and swags of favourite Aussie authors to discover as well as some familiar ones to catch up.
MON 4th April – Guest Author: Christina Phillips (she comes bearing gifts for those who leave a comment)
THURS 7th April – Who’s That Girl? interview with Anita Joy (from RWAustralia)
SAT 9th April – “The Tough World of Contest Feedback!” Learn how ‘ADD + DA’ affects you and how to cope with contest feedback.
Mark that date – April 11th !!!– my next guest author is Sara Creasy! For Sci-fi romance addicts, pencil this date in, you do not want to miss out on this interview (and Sara’s generously donated a book as a giveaway).
WED 6th April – Catch up with Paula on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs
FRI 8th April – Paula swings by the Silhouette Desire Blog
We have a new member joining our blog team this week, Juliet Madison is taking over our Author Spotlight segment. Welcome to the team Juliet.
MON 4th April – Juliet Madison – Author Spotlight – Karly Lane
TUES 5th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Terrie Garey
WED 6th April – Jenn McLeod – Face2Face with … Melbourne Romance Writers Guild
THUR 7th April – Sandie Hudson- Q&A with Dr Debra Holland
FRI 8th April – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Cara Gabri
SUN 9th April – Juanita Kees – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News
Blogs our Members Regularly Visit ~
Blogs of Interest ~
NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.
As Kylie Griffin said when she sent this post “Something to aspire to – the Top 10 Highest Earning Authors”
This week Rachelle Gardner posted ‘What I’m Looking For’, Update 2011
MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~
Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great Anna’s Midnight’s Madness!
On Tuesday, 26th April, Anna’s sixth Avon Historical Romance MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION hits the sale stands.
In all her excitement Anna is giving away six signed copies as prizes in her April contest. Visit Anna’s contest page for more information. Contest closes 30th April 2011.
March 2011 – Curl Up with a Harlequin Presents!
Annie loves discussing favourite stories with other readers and writers. So, for her new contest she’d love to hear about some of your reading favourites.
The winner will receive some great Harlequin Presents/Modern/Sexy reading:
A copy of THE DESERT SHEIKH’S DEFIANT QUEEN, which includes stories by Annie and fellow Presents author Jane Porter.
A signed copy of CARETTI’S FORCED BRIDE by Jennie Lucas, another Presents author, and something sweet to nibble on while enjoying your new books.
Find out more on Annie’s contest page.
March/April 2011 contest
For March/April you have the chance to win:
MAGNATE’S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS by Bronwyn Jameson
UNYAMABLE ROGUE by Kelly Hunter
Check out Paula’s contest page for more information
Congratulations to our First Kiss Finalists:
Fiona Mackenzie Kekic
Bec Sampson x 2
Their entries will be sent to Debra Dixon ( President of Belle Bridge Books) for final ranking.
Congratulations to all the winner at the ARRA awards:
FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE AUTHOR OF 2010
FAVOURITE PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Bonds of Justice – Nalini Singh
FAVOURITE SCI-FI, FANTASY OR FUTURISTIC ROMANCE
Archangel’s Kiss – Nalini Singh
FAVOURITE SHORT CATEGORY ROMANCE
The Billionaire Baby Bombshell – Paula Roe
FAVOURITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
My Reckless Surrender – Anna Campbell
FAVOURITE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Home is Where the Bark Is – Kandy Shepherd
FAVOURITE EROTIC ROMANCE
Raising the Stakes – Jess Dee
FAVOURITE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Border Watch – Helene Young
FAVOURITE CONTINUING ROMANCE SERIES
Psy/Changeling series – Nalini Singh
Bronwyn placed first in the Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Huge congratulations Bronwyn.
Christina was thrilled during the week when Night Owl Reviews gave CAPTIVE a 41/2 star Top Pick rating. Congratulations Christina.
Erin signed her 5th book contracted, this time with Noble Romance. YAY Erin, very happy for you.
Janet’s novel DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS has been picked up for Portuguese language rights. The sale is to a Brazilian publisher, and Janet’s first to go foreign language. Great news Janet congratulations.
Kerri announced during the week that she had been sitting on the news that she had sold her 70k YA novel DEAD, ACTUALLY back in December. Release date March 1212. Congratulations Kaz, that is wonderful news.
Kylie finally has a new name for her Golden Heart/Clendon Award winning/Valerie Parv placing manuscript once known as BLOODBORN: Bk1 of the Light Blade series!
Kylie was informed by her editor, they going with VENGEANCE BORN: A Novel of the Light Blade to be released in February 2012 with Berkley Sensation. Wonderful news Kylie. Congratulations.
A very excited Rachael announced on Friday the she had received ‘The Call’ for her contemporary Christmas Romance to Carina Press. Racael, this really is wonderful news and so deserved. Congratulations.
Shona has signed her 3rd contact with Samhain. Her new story “Brightwater Blood” is a paranormal novella due for released in 2012. WOOHOO Shona. It’s always great to hear this sort of news.
Suzi looks set for another great contest year placing second behind Bron in Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Fantastic Suzi, looking forward to seeing your name on here a lot more this contest season.
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.
Opens: Friday February 25, 2011
Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY
See website for details.
Date for 2011 BIAW
July 25th to 31st
October 24th to 30th
For more information contact Pam Collings firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENTS: ~
Saturday 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website
Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au/v1/images/stories/PDFfiles/workshops2011_web.pdf OR email email@example.com OR phone (02) 6685 5115
Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
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 ~ Linda Funnell & Special Guests
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
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
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.