Cruisin’ the Blog and Members News

Hello again, everyone. I hope you all enjoyed your Easter Break. Good news! The Easter Bunny very kindly brought some much needed rain to Perth over the break as well as rivers of chocolate! It put a smile or two on the faces of the WA gardening community, I’m sure. 🙂

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to



From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Early Bird Registration for the Conference closed at midnight on 30th April. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information if you would still like to attend.


For those members who aren’t attending the Melbourne conference, do consider joining us at the Clayton’s Conference, held online the same weekend. Email Anne Whitfield with your suggestions.

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




Annie West

MON 2nd May –  at the Harlequin Presents Blog

THURS 5th May –  at Tote Bags n Blogs

MON 9th May –  at the Pink Heart Society talking about heroes.

Dark Side DownUnder

TUES 3rd  May Good News Day

WED 4th May – Winner announced for Nicole Murphy’s SECRET ONES

THURS 5th May – Magic Thursday – Shona Husk (e-copy from a title from her backlist)

SAT 7th May – Darklight On…Shannah Jay

Eleni Konstantine

Eleni visited Strange Candy Reviews this week. Cruise in for a read.

Helene Young

MON 2nd May – ‘Did you enjoy THE BOOK OF LOVE? If so you’ll love THE FRAGMENT OF DREAMS which has just been released by Hachette Australia. Phillipa Fioretti’s second book takes Lily and William on a journey from Sydney to Italy and into some murky family business. Despite being very busy Lily kindly found time to be interviewed by me. Find out more about Lily and her love of vintage dresses.’ ~ Helene

Kylie Griffin

MON 2nd May – GUEST AUTHOR: Jess Granger – lots of sci-fi romance
goodness, folks! Come discover this newly published Berkley author.

THURS 5th May – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with Shea Berkley
(RWAmerica) – 2010 Golden Heart finalist

SAT 7th May – Editing Your Manuscript – looking at the technique of
layering an adding depth to your work.

MON 9th May – *Mark your diary* -my special guest author is Robyn Donald!

LoveCats Down Under

SUN 1st May – The Sunday smooch is by guest author Bronwyn Jameson, which features a kissing scene from her reissued novel THE BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR WIFE. She is offering one lucky commentator a free book.

MON 2nd May – Emily May is talking about Regency weddings.

WED 4th May – Sharon Archer has a special guest Anna Campbell, who is offering a book giveaway of her latest release: MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

FRI 6th May –  with Rachel Bailey (TBA)

Sue Moorcroft

Read all about STARTING OVER and ALL THAT MULLARKEY on the ARRA blog. Sue is ‘dipping her toes” into the Australian Romantic Fiction market. If anyone has a blog they’d like her to guest on, please contact Sue direct.

RWAus Blog

TUES 3rd May – Author Spotlight on Phillipa Fioretti   – Juliet Maddison

WED 4th May – Face-2-Face – 4 Point Author Network (an RWA Group Grant recipient) says thanks – Jenn J McLeod

THUR 5th May – Friday Conference Tour – Bronwyn Jameson

FRI 6th May – Blog Bites – Lilian Begelhole – Jenn J McLeod

SAT 7th May – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

SUN 8th May  – Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News – Juanita Kees



Christine Wells

Fiona Lowe 

Heather Boyd

Helene Young

Jenn J McLeod

M J Scott


 Kylie Griffin

Here’s something to look out for if you sign with an agency – the interminable agency clause


some advice from the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood on what to consider when constructing or designing your own author’s website.

Here’s one I found interesting while I was doing research on how to ‘murder’ my characters.

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


Annie West

Annie is starting a new contest on her website from May 1st  with 2 other RWA members – Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell. They will be giving away copies of their new releases: Christina’s HEIRESS IN LOVE, Anna’s MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION and Annie’s PRINCE OF SCANDAL.


Sue Moorcroft

Sue is excited to announce that STARTING OVER was published in Australia on 1st April and ALL THAT MULLARKEY will follow on 1st May.

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


Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings

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


Melita Prince has shared this Brisbane book signing:

Are you a paranormal fiction lover or know someone who is? We have the author event for you … To coincide with the release of the Morganville Vampires in Australia & the new release of the tenth book in the series, BITE CLUB, author Rachel Caine is touring Australia, and will appear at Dymocks North Lakes for a talk and Q&A session, and of course, a book signing for her fans! This will be the only place in Brisbane to hear Rachel talk and ask questions.

Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 4.00pm
In store Dymocks North Lakes
FREE but bookings essential.
RSVP & Enquiries: (07) 3491 7888 or


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


Have a wonderful week!


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