Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had a productive week. I have some wise words to share today:

‘You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.’  ~Ray Bradbury.

I’m sure we can all relate to that one! Keep your news coming to



From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Registrations are still open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference but sessions are filling fast. 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



Message from Anne Whitfield:

For those members who aren’t attending the Melbourne conference, do consider joining us at the Clayton’s Conference, held online the same weekend.
The Clayton’s team for 2011 is currently organizing a mini program, but we’d like to know from those attending what you’d like us to consider. Please email me privately with your suggestions at



Anna Jacobs

Anna Jacobs is blogging for ARRA on Reading and Writing

Bronwen Evans

Exciting news for Bronwen! Mary Jo Putney is visiting her blog at Regency Seductions
giving away her TWO latest releases THE BARGAIN and NOWHERE NEAR PERFECT to one lucky reader who answers a question and leaves a comment.

Dark Side DownUnder

TUES 19th April – Good News Day

WED 20th April – Magic Thursday Giveaway winner announced (2012 Calendar of A Song of Ice and Fire)

THUR 21st April – Magic Thursday – Tracey O’Hara with Death’s Sweet Embrace

SAT 23rd April – Darklight On…Eleni Konstantine

Kendall Grey

Kendall has been an RWA member for a couple years and blogs anywhere between 2-5 times a week!

Kerri Williams

Read all about her first novel TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW on Kerri’s blog. Kerri also has some exciting news further on!

Kylie Griffin

MON 18th April – Guest Author: Marcella Burnard – Futuristic Romance RT Award winner joins me to talk about her books ENEMY WITHIN & ENEMY GAMES – more sci-fi romance goodness!

THUR 21st April – Who’s That Girl? Interview with Nicky Strickland (from RWAustralia)

SAT 23rd April – “A Few Good Books” – looking for something to read?

Mark your diary! Anna Campbell is my next guest author on April 25th

Nikki Logan

Nikki has sent a reminder that every Sunday is ‘Sunday Smooch’ at LOVECATS DOWNUNDER featuring a kiss from one of the LoveCats’ or invited guests’ books. Last Sunday’s feature was a simmering, moonlit-beach smooch from Nikki’s April (UK) June (ANZ) release SHIPWRECKED WITH MR WRONG. If you missed it on Sunday, visit the site and scroll down to find the post. 

Noelene Jenkinson

Some interesting reading about Noelene and her books. Noelene also has some exciting sales news further on!

Vanessa Barneveld

 MON 18th April – Anna Campbell slips under the covers and tells us how to handle those delicate love scenes. Win an autographed copy of her latest historical romance, MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

FRI 6th May – Two-time Golden Heart finalist Amanda Brice talks about her debut YA novel, CODENAME: DANCER and the practicalities of going “indie”. One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of Amanda’s book.

RWAus Blog

MON 18th April – Guest Blogger – Rachel Bailey – SEQ Book Appeal Drive

TUES 19th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Spotlight on – Keri Arthur

WED 15th April – Sandy Harris – HT Archives – Christina Phillips

THUR 16th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jane Porter

FRI 15th April[updated] Suzanne Hamilton – A day in the writing life of…Kristie Jones [catch Vanda Vadas on Blog Bite next Friday 22nd]

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




Over at the Galaxy Express, Heather poses a valid question: ‘Are Sci-Fi romance heroines too sexually submissive on covers?’ Thanks for sharing, Kylie.

This is an interesting article in ‘The Age’ about Jean Auel and the completion
of her The Clan of The Cave Bear series. It’s all about persistence, research and the
big sale at the end. Thanks, Louise.

Toni Lendich has shared a link to the Text Publishing website for a fantastic competition to win a $10,000 advance on royalties plus publication for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. According to the site it’s an annual prize awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript and aims to discover new books for young readers by Australian and New Zealand writers. Thanks, Toni.

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



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.

Anna Jacobs

Anna Jacobs is giving away a copy of the first book in her Swan River Saga – FAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE via her blog for ARRA. 

Nikki Logan

This may be a little late (sorry!) but Nikki is giving away a copy of SHIPWRECKED WITH MR WRONG at LOVECATS DOWNUNDER  to a lucky person leaving a comment on her Sunday 10th feature. Winners will be chosen at the end of this week. 

Paula Roe

March/April 2011 contest

For March/April you have the chance to win:




Check out Paula’s contest page for more information

RWA Blog Bite winner:

Margaret Midwood wins a copy of the 2011 Little Gems Anthology simply by posting a comment with Cara Gabriel on Blog Bite.



Heather Boyd

Heather has a new novella out this month LOVE ME TENDER a Historical Erotic Romance released through Noble Romance Publishing.

H.C Brown

H.C has yet another of her Pride Brother’s Series out this month HAMKE’S PURR-FECT MATE.

Kerri Williams

Kerri is very excited to have been offered a contract for her second novel NUDGING CUPID.

Noelene Jenkinson

Noelene Jenkinson has recently sold two books:

BARRATT’S RUN – (Whiskey Creek Press) an Australian Historical romance/saga

WOMBAT CREEK – (My Weekly Pocket Novels – UK)  which will be the lead title in the new longer 50,000 word length as opposed to the usual 30,000 word length.

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Please feel free to email me if you have exciting news to share.


CONTESTS for 2011

All contests are now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries. Watch this space for more competition news for 2012.


Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings



 Understanding Menan RWA Online Course

In this five-week online class by Dr Debra Holland, you will learn how the male brain and hormones make a man think, feel, and behave, especially in relationships. We will also discuss how men are portrayed in romance novels versus how men are in real life. Dr. Holland has also added a segment covering the anatomy and physiology of male sexuality, as well as male sexual responses, attitudes, and behaviour.

Costs: RWA Members US$25, Non-members US$35
Timing: Monday 2 May – Friday 3 June

To register, visit

Registration closes this Friday 22 April 2011



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 ~ Linda Funnell & 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



Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

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.

Thanks again to everyone for their guidance and submissions this week. Have a great week and happy writing!


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