Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Hello, welcome and enjoy Cruisin’ with us! Here we are heading for June … half way through the year already! 

Before we know it, it will be CONFERENCE TIME!!! Are your bags packed yet?

And if you are a chocolate fan, make sure you book into the PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR: Chocolate Lovers Serendipity Walk on Thursday 11 August at 2.30 pm.  Haighs, Cacao, Lindt, Koko Black.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Visit the website to book.

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,



Contact Anne Whitfield to discuss joining the Clayton’s Conference, held online from 9 am Friday 12th August and ending Sunday 14th August. Registration opens in July.

50K IN 30 DAYS:

Need to finish your MS to pitch in Melbourne? RWA’s 50K in 30 Days brings together writers interested in getting some volume
writing and/or editing done throughout the month of June. 50K in 30 Days is run via a Google e-loop and supported by a blog. You can be involved as much as your schedule and word-count permits.  Support, soothe, motivate and cheer each other to the finish line. Set a goal and head towards it together.

Contact the 50/30 coordinator Julia C. Burns today for more information.


Our regular Chauffeur is back!



SUN 29th  May – ARRA  and LoveCats Downunder

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

TUES 31st MayThePen and the Spirit

THURS 2nd JuneThisWriters Life

FRI 3rd JuneWorking Writers and Bloggers

MON 6th JuneKylie Griffin’s Blog

TUES 31st  May – Good News Day

WED 1st  June – Winner announced for Amanda Ashby’s Fairy Bad Day

THURS 2nd June – Magic Thursday – Nicole Murphy with giveaway, Rogue Gadda

SAT 4th June – Darklight On… H.C. Brown

MON 30th May – GUEST AUTHOR: Mary Hawkins –  fiction (inspirational) author

WED 1st  June – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with Helen Lacey (RWAustralia)

SAT 4th June – “Day in the Life of a Cat” – what do they get up to when you’re not home? Cat-cam finds out!

MON 6th June – *Mark in your diary* Guest Author, Anne Whitfield visits the blog hot seat!

SUN 29th May – The Sunday Smooch features Annie West and her book, PRINCE OF SCANDAL. She is also offering this as a giveaway to one commentator.

 MON 30th May – Leah will be talking about dream weddings.

 WED 1st  June – Sharon TBA

FRI 3rd June – Rachel TBA

Zana Bell blogged on LoveCatsDownUnder  this week about some of the people and sights that inspired her when travelling around Europe. Leave a comment and be in the draw to win a copy of her latest super romance A RISK WORTH TAKING.

THURS 19th MayKaty Little Lady
MON 23rd MayHelene Young
WED 25th  MayDebs Daydreams in the Plotting Shed

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

WED 1st June – Face-2-Face – 4 Points Author Network (Group Grant recipient) reports back – Jenn J McLeod

FRI 3rd June – Blog Bite – Fiona McKenzie continues our Little Gems feature  – Jenn J McLeod

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



Teen Fiction Cafe

Word Wenches

We Love YA

Writing up a Storm

Yvonne Lindsay



From Kylie Griffin: Anyone going for the first time, the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood has the low down on what to expect over at the RWA (America)conference

From MaryHawkins: An agent’s POV on current publishing trends. What about the readers?

Bec Skrabl: found this page with links for marketing, book review sites, internet design sites etc.

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’.



Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Please 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

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

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
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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