Cruisin’ the Blogs and Members News

Hello everyone and welcome to my first Cruisin’ The Blog. Here I am armed with my cup of tea and mint chocolate Tim Tams, two essential writing ingredients! I hope you’ll continue to enjoy sharing your news with me at I’d like to say a very special thank you to Sandie for trusting me to continue in her shoes. We wish you all the best of success with your writing, Sandie.


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

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).

Cost: $44.50

What’s happening in the world of ‘Who, Where & When’?


Where Our Members are Blogging ~



Dark Side DownUnder

SAT 16th April – Gone over to the Dark Side – Eleni K. interviews Kylie Griffin

Helene Young

April is Aussie Author Month on four blogs and several indie booksellers’ sites.

Book Thingo

A Writer Goes on a Journey



Reading Adventures

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.

Blogging at Kees2Create

I hope you’ll stop by and pay me a visit too!

Kylie Griffin

MON 11th April – Guest Author: Sara Creasy (with a give-away) – for any SFR addict who likes techno-jargon, adventure, action and a touch of romance, the SCARABAEUS series is for you!

THURS 14th April – Who’s That Girl? Interview with Gracie O’Neil (from RWNZ)

FRI 15th April – Sara Creasy Giveaway Winner announced!

SAT 16th April – “Do you have any ideas for your book cover?” – Do you know what you want on the front cover of your book? Have some thoughts ready for the day you’re asked by your editor for them.

SAT 16th April – Gone over to the Dark Side – Eleni K. interviews me over at the Dark Side DownUnder blog.

*More Sci-Fi Romance fun – mark your diary April 18th – Marcella Burnard joins me to talk about her books ENEMY WITHIN & ENEMY GAMES


WED 13th April – Guest Blogger Margie Lawson

THUR 14th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Valerie Parv

FRI 15th April – Suz Hamilton – A Day in the Writing Life of … Kristie Jones

SAT 16th April – Sandie Hudson – Bestseller Lists for March

SUN 17th April – Juanita Kees – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News


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

Ward Six ~

Literary Blurb Translation Guide

 Writer Beware Blogs ~

Shared by Kylie Griffin: A good explanation of some things to look out for with fee charging publishers over at Dear Author during the week.  Link


Anna Campbell ~

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.

Annie West

Find out more on Annie’s contest page.

Paula Roe

March/April 2011 contest

For March/April you have the chance to win:




Check out Paula’s contest page for more information




Play of Passion – Nalini Singh


Da Silva’s Mistress – Tina Duncan

Valerie Parv ~

Valerie Parv received a Pioneer of Romance Award from RT Book Reviews at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles yesterday! Woohoo!


Rebecca Sampson ~

Rebecca is a finalist in the YA category for the Winter Rose Competition.

Rebecca Skrabl ~

Bec finalled in the Paranormal of the Winter Rose Competition.

Shona Husk

‘Tasting Thanatos’, the second novella in the Lucinda’s Lover series about a Vampire electric string quartet, has sold to Ellora’s Cave. Congratulations, Shona!

Christina Phillips

FORBIDDEN and CAPTIVE,  the first two books in Christina’s ancient historical romance series Forbidden, are now for sale in Australia as from 7th April – the original release date on the Penguin Australia site was 2nd May. Congratulations, Christina!

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


Challenges ~

Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings


Tuesdays 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

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

Saturday 21 May
Chapter One: Elements of writing, from plot to publication ~ Alison Arnold & Cath Crowley

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, Vic.
Cost: $60 M, $90 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Wednesday 25 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Contract ~ Anne Beilby
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 4 June
Love Writing: An Introduction to Romantic Fiction ~ Bronwyn Parry

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 11 June
The business of being a successful author: what you don’t see but need to know ~ Jeremy Fisher

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: New England Writers’ Centre, Armidale NSW
Cost: $55 M, $65 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 19 June
The Proposal Masterclass ~ Sally Collings
When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers Centre
Booking deadline: Friday 3 June

Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR phone (07) 07 3842 9922


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

Congratulations to everyone on their achievements this week. If you have a blog spot you’d like to share, please email it in to me and of course, keep supporting our bloggers!

Have a great week and happy writing!


Leave a comment


  1. Kylie Griffin

     /  April 10, 2011

    Juanita, welcome, welcome, welcome!

    Here’s to many months of postings and good news for Cruisin’ the Blogs.

    Great start to you new “job”! 😀

  2. kees2create

     /  April 10, 2011

    Thank you Kylie! Whew, the first one is always the toughest assignment 🙂

    PS: My apologies too. That should read ‘UNTAMEABLE ROGUE by Kelly Hunter’

  3. Hi Juanita, great first Cruisin’, sorry I was out all day yesterday with family. It will be so much easier from now.

  4. kees2create

     /  April 11, 2011

    Thanks Sandie and thanks again for all your help getting the first one up in time 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your day out.

  5. Juanita,
    Welcome and thanks for a great job posting all the news as our new Crusin’ the Blog queen.
    Wonderful job for oyur first ime on rounding up so much good news,

  6. kees2create

     /  April 11, 2011

    Thanks Suzi!


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