Cruisin’ the Blogs and Members News

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  ~Sylvia Plath

I thought I’d share my favourite web page, The Quote Garden with you this week. There’s nothing quite like a garden for inspiration and this is one I find myself in regularly. I hope you’ll find inspiration there too!

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.


Dying to go to the conference this year, but simply can’t make it? All is not lost! Contact Anne Whitfield  to discuss joining the Clayton’s Conference, held online the same weekend from 9 am Friday 12th August and ending Sunday 14th August . Registration opens in July, so look out for timely reminders in Hearts Talk and on the loop.

Diane Curran is calling all former ‘Claytons Virgins’ (to coin Nicola’s term!) out there who would like to do a guest blog on their  first Claytons experience, or any former RWA Conference virgins who would like  to do a guest post on their first conference experience for the RWA blog. If you haven’t read it already, don’t miss Diane’s first conference experience on the RWA Blog: I was a Conference Virgin




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

TUES 31st MayThe Pen and the Spirit

THURS 2nd June  –  This Writers Life  

FRI 3rd JuneWorking Writers and Bloggers

MON 6th JuneKylie Griffin’s Blog 

TUES 24th May – Good News Day

WED 25th May – Winner announced for Jenny Schwartz’s THREE WISHES

THUR 26th May – Magic Thursday – Amanda Ashby with giveaway FAIRY BAD DAY

SAT 28th May – Darklight On…Wendy Godding

Jess Dee has posted a blog written by Angela Verdenius who has recently delved into the scary world of self-publishing. Follow the link for an in-depth look at Angela’s journey.

MON 23rd May – GUEST AUTHOR: Janni Nell – sci-fi romance author with a giveaway!

THUR 26th May – Who’s that girl? Interview with Jane Beckenham (from RWNZ)

SAT 28th May – A Few More Good Books? – more recommendations for your TBR pile

MON 30th May – *Mark in your diary*  as Guest Author, Mary Hawkins makes an appearance.

SUN 29th May – Sunday Smooch with Sharon Archer with Man Behind the Badge, she’s also offering a book

MON 30th May – Nikki Logan talks about synchronicity in Writing: How life sometimes delivers pleasing coincidences.

WED 1st June – Zana Bell’s topic is Breaking Out.  She will be giving away a copy of her latest book A RISK WORTH TAKING.

FRI 3rd June – Natalie Anderson TBA

THURS 11th  May – Romance Writers of Australia

THURS 19 May – Katy Little Lady

MON 23 May – Helene Young

MON 30th May – Author Spotlight on Mandy Magro – Juliet Madison

WED 1st June  – Face2Face with Jenn J McLeod

FRI 3rd June – Blog Bites – Fiona McKenzie – Jenn McLeod

SUN 5th June – Cruisin’ the Blog – Juanita Kees



Novel Adventurers

Rhian Cahill

Sara Hantz

Suzanne Brandyn

The Pink Heart Society 

Wink Girls


Kylie Griffin shares a few posts:

This came through my newsfeed this week:

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


Running a contest or giving away a prize on your favourite Blog Spot? Share it here at Cruisin’.


Nicola Marsh has sold her mainstream women’s fiction novel, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD to Entangled Publishing. Pitched as ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, the book will be released in December 2011.

Suzi Love is one of 6 finalists in the Royal Ascot Contest for the Beau Monde, the Regency Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Revised entries are being judged by a panel of editors and agents with placements announced at the conference in New York in June.

Rebecca Sampson AND Rebecca Skrabl have won their sections – YA & Pararnormal – in the Yellow Rose “Winter Rose” 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

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


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!


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