Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Hello again 🙂

Can you believe it’s time to go Cruisin’ again? Where did the week go?

I hope everyone is pounding away at their keyboards whether involved in 50K in 30 days or not! There’s been some encouraging networking going on as we all rise to the challenge.

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


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 throughout the month of June.  Contact the 50/30 coordinator Julia C. Burns for more information today.




Anne Whitfield

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

MON 6th JuneKylie Griffin’s Blog

THURS 9th June – History and Women

THURS 9th JuneHistorical Saga Novels

FRI 10th JuneThe Historical Novel Review

FRI 10th JuneHistorical Belles and Beaus

SAT 11th JuneAussie Authors at Work

Dark Side DownUnder

Tues 7th  June – Good News Day

Wed 8th June – Winner announced for Nicole Murphy’s Rogue Gadda 

Thur 9th June – Magic Thursday – Janni Nell with giveaway, Allegra Fairweather Paranormal Investigator OR South of Salem (Allegra book 2)

Sat 11th June – Darklight On… Rowena Cory Daniells

H C Brown

Drop by Heather’s blog and meet author J.S. Wayne who writes incredible stories about angels

Kylie Griffin

MON 6th June – GUEST AUTHOR: Anne Whitfield (RWAustralia contemporary
romance, short stories, historical women’s fiction author)

THURS 9th June – Who’s That Girl? interview with Nicola Sheridan

SAT 11th June – “To Regret or Not to Regret – that is the question!” –
if you could change something on your journey to being a published
author, what would it be?

MON 13th June – * Mark it in your diaries!* – GUEST AUTHOR: Jane
Beckenham (Kiwi Regency author)

Nicole Murphy

Nicole is featured on Rowena Cory Daniells’ blog talking about her urban fantasy trilogy and about women in fantasy. Nicole also posts on her own blog several times a week.

RWAus Blog

MON 6th June – New Releases with Julia Burns

FRI 10th June – A Day in the  Writing Life of  Annie Seaton – Suz Hamilton

SUN 12th June – Cruisin’ the Blog – Juanita Kees

Sue Moorcroft

WED 1st  June – Lindsay’s Romantics

FRI 3rd  JuneBritish Romance Fiction


Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Gracie

Annie Seaton

Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld

Bronwyn Parry


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’.


Anna Jacobs has some good news happening across the seas in England. Anna has been invited to feature in an hour-long programme on BBC Wiltshire radio on Saturday at 5 pm and is thrilled! She had to produce a list of 10 songs/tunes that were meaningful to her, some of which will be played. Anna says, “Try doing that sometime – talk about reliving your misspent youth and bringing back memories!”

Anna’s modern novels have gone up as ebooks on Amazon and
are selling nicely. These include Kirsty’s Vineyard, about a young woman
who inherits a vineyard in WA – under certain conditions.

Annie Seaton has announced that after submitting her Steampunk manuscript to 4 publishers only a week ago, she has received three positive responses in one day AND a firm offer and contract from Eternal Press.

Lisa Chaplin has finalled in the Published Author section of the Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love contest. The manuscript has gone to Stacy Boyd (HQN editor) for final consideration.

Sue Moorcroft is happy to announce that 1st June was publication day for WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? in Australia and LOVE AND FREEDOM in the UK.

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 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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  1. Congratulations to everyone with great newws this week. Another wonderful round-up Juanita. Thank you.


  2. Juanita @ Kees2Create

     /  June 6, 2011

    Thanks Sandie 🙂


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