Cruisin’ the Blog and Members News

Wow, what a week! Thank you all for sharing your blog hotspots and good news.

With winter on the way, I’ve written up my list of ‘winter warmers’ to keep on hand. I’m looking forward to spending many a cold night in front of the fire with a book, hot chocolate, my fluffy slippers and my totally unromantic PJ’s.

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 30 April. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information if you would still like to attend.

*An important message to all Conference Goers from the Conference Coordinators Louise Reynolds and Bronwyn Jameson:*

Our reserved accommodation with the Hilton is close to sold out. If
you wish to secure a room for the conference and have not yet booked,
please do so this weekend.

Once our few remaining rooms are sold, there will be no more available
at these rates.



Clayton’s Conference:

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 if you would like to sign up.


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


Orders now open – Little Gems 2011 Anthology – Garnet Edition

Whether you are after a great gift or the essential study guide (for those wanting to try a short story in Little Gems 2012 (Diamond), here’s a Big Tip about Little Gems or see RWA website to order.





Anne Whitfield

Follow Anne’s blog tour in May. Anne will be touring blogs until July, so keep an eye out every week for upcoming blog spots and dates.

SUN 8th MayAll Things Historical Fiction
SUN 15th MayErin O’Riordan
TUES 17th MaySlip Into Something Victorian
TUES 31st MayThe Pen and the Spirit

Dark Side DownUnder


Kylie Griffin

MON 16th May – Guest Author: Maggie Andersen – historical romance, romantic suspense and young adult author

THUR 19th May – “Who’s that girl? Interview” – featuring RWA Emmy ST finalist, Michelle de Rooy (RWAustralia) 

SAT 21st May – “How deep can you go? – looking at deep POV

MON 23rd May – *Mark in your diary* – as Guest Author, Janni Nell makes an appearance!

LoveCats DownUnder

MON 16th May: Sue Mackay is talking flowers and the part they play in romance.

 WED 18th May: Soraya Lane TBA

 FRI 20th May: Mel Teshco talks about her love of horses and their roles in books.

Novel Adventurers

FRI 13th May – Phillipa Fioretti blogged at Novel Adventurers. She’ll be blogging about Naples and why it’s the perfect setting for her new book FRAGMENT OF DREAMS.

RWAus Blog

 WED 18th May – HT Archives on blog – Sandie  Hudson

FRI 20th May – Blog Bite – features another Little Gems 2011 Author: Lynne Kokshoor – Jenn J McLeod

SAT 21st May – Bestsellers List – Sandie Hudson

SUN 22nd May – Cruisin’ the Blog – Juanita Kees



 Historical Saga Novels

Monya Mary

Rachael Johns

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

The Journeyman Writer



Diane Curran – Angela James has several posts on her blog this week regarding conferences: Step outside your comfort zone at conference…, How to start a conversation with an editor at conference and Something you may not know about editors   – all worth a read.

Kerri Lane shared this link to What Every Author Should Know about Facebook.

Kylie Griffin has a “really, really good post over at the FFP blog on How To Write Fight
– Worth checking out if this is one of your weaker craft skills.”

Neely Lyon found an interesting discussion between Jennie Crusie and Barbara Neal (aka Barbara Samuel and Ruth Wind) about the pros and cons of Self-Publishing at which Barbara is succeeding.

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 is giving away four books over at the RWA Blog’s  Author Spotlight interview, and the competition closes on Wed 18th May.



Liia Ann White

Has signed a contract with Decadent Publishing for a short story for their 1 NIGHT STAND series! This short story is the second thing Liia has ever completed. Liia loves the fact that the two things she’s ever completed have been published or contracted!

Nicola Sheridan

Notified RWA of her latest sale to Eternal Press. Nicola’s second novel MAGICAL CREATIONS is due for release in October.

Vonnie Hughes

Just had another Regency accepted by Aurora. It is titled MR MONFORT’S MARRIAGE and comes out in January 2012.

Bec Sampson  

Rachael Johns has shared the good news that Bec is a finalist in the Short Contemporary section of the Virginia Romance Writers (USA) FOOL FOR LOVE Contest.

 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

The 2011 contest season is 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



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

 Wednesday 1 June
Get into Genre: Romance ~ Haylee Kerans, Matthew Lang & Stephanie Laurens
When: 6:00pm
Where: Emerging Writers’ Festival, The Wheeler Centre
Cost: $20 Full, $12 Conc.
FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 4 June
Love Writing: An Introduction to Writing Romantic Fiction ~ Bronwyn Parry
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings:

Wednesday 8 June
Law and Order: The Business of Writing ~ with Robyn Ayres, Nic Pullen, Colin Golvan SC & Nicolas Brasch
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: Free
FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855

Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June
Bridgetown Words in the Valley Writers’ Festival
When: 5.30pm Friday to noon Sunday
Where: Various locations in Bridgetown, WA.
Cost: Various, some free. Workshops around $20 each
FMI: Bookings through Bridgetown Visitors Centre on (08) 97611740 OR

Thursday 16 June
Anna Campbell Talks about Midnight’s Wild Passion
When: 5:30pm
Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, Qld
Cost: $6 (includes refreshments)
FMI + Bookings: Essential on (07) 5475 8900

Saturday 25 June
Creating Colourful Characters ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $90 M, $80 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Saturday 25 June
On Hearing Voices: An Introduction to Capturing Voice in Your Writing with Lee McGowan ~ Lee McGowan
When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Thursday 30 June
Publishing Perspectives: Facts about Fiction Publishing ~ with host Melanie Dankel
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855



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!

Juanita 🙂

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