Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

This week has flown by and Conference time is creeping steadily closer. The finalists have been chosen for the Valerie Parv Award :), 50K in 30 days is ticking over nicely and I’m sure those who can’t make it to the conference are lining up for Claytons.  My reading list has grown thanks to all the wonderful new releases and blog posts this week. It’s set to grow even more now that my pre-order is in for my copy of the 2011 Little Gems Anthology.

Enrico is taking a well deserved break from Cruisin’ this week. Our driver today is Clint. He looks like he needs a bit of romancin’. Clint is the strong, silent, broody type. Let’s see if we can cheer him up.

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to Thank you to all who contribute to this post each week. I hope everyone is enjoying Cruisin’.


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park,



When? 9am Friday 12th August to Sunday 14th August, 2011

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons Yahoo Group

If you haven’t already registered, email Anne Whitfield. Don’t miss out.




Anne continues her blog tour this week:

THUR  30th June – Lindsay’s Romantics

Meet Clint, our driver today. He's the strong, silent type.

THUR 30th June – British Romance Fiction

FRI 1st July – Romance Writers of Australia

SUN 3rd July – Emma Lai Writes

MON 27th June – Annie will be discussing her latest Presents story on the Harlequin Presents Blog and giving away a book as a prize

WED 29th June – Question and answer time with Annie on Category Romance at the Romance University

WED 22nd June – Alix Rickloff was a guest on Bronwen’s blog and is giving away a copy of her Regency Paranormal, LORD OF THE SHADOWS

TUES 21st June – Good News Day

WED 23rd June – Winner announced for Pia Moonglows’ DON’T PRESS ENTER

THUR 24th June – Eleni Konstantine talks Paranormal Creatures

SAT 26th June – Darklight On takes a break from featuring individual authors and looks at Darksiders as a whole

MON 27th June – Guest Author: Janet Woods – come over and find out more about this RWA R*BY winner and historical romance author with over 25 books in print

THURS 30th June – Guest Author: Welcome back to frequent-flyer YA author, Amanda Ashby. Amanda has a give-away of her latest release, FAIRY BAD DAY

SAT 2nd July – CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS – 1: What to expect…a run down on what happens at a romance writers conference

MON 11th July – *Mark your diary* – Guest Author: Nicole Murphy

SUN 26th June – This week’s Sunday Smooch giveaway is Nikki Logan’s RAPUNZEL IN NEW YORK

MON 27th June – Nikki Logan’s post is: Start spreading the news … Nikki Logan blogs from the Big Apple

WED 29th June – Sharon Archer continues with her very popular post: Toy Boy – the Sequel. Sharon is giving away another copy of THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE

FRI 1st July – Rachel Bailey’s topic is: Famous Brothers

THUR 30th June – Conference Virgin – Daniel de Lorne

FRI 1st July – Blog Bite with Anne Whitfield – Jenn J McLeod

SUN 3rd July – Crusin the Blog and Member News – Juanita Kees


Jenn J Mcleod

Juanita Kees

Juliet Madison

M J Scott

Mary Hawkins

Mel Tescho


JJ Somerville shared this link on ROMAUS: An interview with Deidre Knight of the Knight agency with some tips for unpublished authors.

Also from ROMAUS this week, Annie Gracie shared a link to an article by Bob Mayer on unpublished authors self-publishing.

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


The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award

Nominations for this award close on June 30th. Every year our wonderful, valued members  share advice, tips, moral support, tears of joy, our successes and our stumbling blocks.  Who do you think has gone the ‘extra mile’ this year? This is our opportunity to recognise and thank all those members who keep extending their hand to help us through the sunlit hills and dark valleys of writing and publishing. Unfortunately, there can only be one recipient of the award but we’re all winners for having such a wonderful and supportive group. Email Diane at  with your nomination and don’t forget to tell them why you think your nominee is deserving of this award.


Rebecca Skrabl has an agent. After making a tough decision between two, Rebecca has gone with Jessica Faust at Bookends.

Kylie Griffin’s first book cover is now up for viewing on her blog. VENGEANCE BORN is also available for pre-order.

The SARA girls would like to congratulate Amy T Matthews who featured on the 7.30 SA report on 24th June on Writers facing tough times. During the interview you will see snippets from the book launch of her debut release, THE END OF THE NIGHT GIRL, which won the Arts SA Premier’s Award for unpublished manuscript in 2010.

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

A huge congratulations to the finalists in the 2011 Valerie Parv Award.

Jennifer St George

Jo McAlister

Lee Christine

LeeAnn Morgan

Michelle de Rooy

Rebecca Skrabl

Well done to all who entered. Thanks goes to the judges for investing their time in reviewing each entry and providing guidance to the entrants.  Last but not least, thank you to Erica Hayes for managing the contest and delivering the judges responses quickly and efficiently.  Good luck to our finalists 🙂

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



Thursdays, 7 July, 4
Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec

Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

Cost: $460 M, $390 MC, $650 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 9 July

Paving Your Path to Publication: getting organised, getting
strategies and getting out there ~ Phillipa Fioretti

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Saturday 16 July

Editorial Expertise and the Publishing Process: What you
need to know ~ Alice Barker

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, Vic.

Cost: $60 M, $90 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Sunday 17 July

Conquering Your Inner Critic ~ Edwina Shaw

When: 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Saturday 23 July

Perfect Pitch: 10 Tips for Selling Your Writing to Agents,
Publishers & Editors ~ Peter McAllister

When: 1:00am–4:00pm

Where: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings:  OR
email OR (08) 9294 1872

Monday 25 July

Digital Publishing Talk: Retool and Remix: Get A Digital
Life! ~ David Reiter

When: 5.30pm

Where: Orange City Library, Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: . Bookings on (02) 6393 8132.



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

Learn the art and business of writing with The Australian Writer’s Marketplace’s Online Learning Centre. Discover inspiring, flexible
online courses and learn at your own pace, wherever you are. Interact with fellow writers and get one-on-one feedback
from our tutors, who are all published authors and industry professionals. Check out the AWM Online Learning Centre website for course
details or give Queensland Writers Centre a call on (07) 3842 9922.

Writing Science Fiction Short Story

Six-week course

Commencing 27 June

Cost $150

Join one of Australia’s most successful authors of science
fiction, fantasy and horror, Lee Battersby, for a journey through the fantastic
art of the science fiction short story. Over six weeks you will learn how to
build worlds, character, voice and mood in this challenging and rewarding form.

Pitching to  Publishers with Tiana Templeman

Four-week courses

Commencing 11 July and 10 October 2011

Cost $150

This four-week course, starting 9 May, will show you how to
push all the right buttons to attract a publisher’s eye. Discover what
commissioning editors love and what they loathe.

From writing a captivating synopsis to deciding where to
send it, learn about all facets of the proposal process for a range of writing
including non-fiction, fiction, and children’s.

Introduction to  Creative Writing

Six-week courses

Commencing 20 June, 18 July, 15 August and 17 October 2011.

Cost $130

There are a lot of us out there who write, scribbling ideas
on bus tickets, boarding passes and coffee shop serviettes, but who never seem
to turn these notes into anything. If you have been scribbling away quietly but
have never taken the leap to finish anything or call yourself a writer, clear a
few hours a week in your schedule to sit down and rediscover the art of
creative writing in this practice-based series of online activities and

Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel

Year-long courses

Commencing June and August 2011

Cost $445

Challenge yourself to complete the ultimate writing journey
in Kim Wilkins’ Year of the Novel under the tutelage of author of Dust,
Christine Bongers. Christine will guide you through this course created by Kim
Wilkins and help you get that manuscript finished in a year!


Have a wonderful week and happy reading and writing. 


Leave a comment


  1. Kylie Griffin

     /  June 26, 2011

    GReat compilation as usual, Juanita! 🙂 I love checking this out on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffe by my elbow.

    And I’m soooo looking forward to conference. Can’t wait.

    Great way to begin the day. 😀

  2. Juanita @ Kees2Create

     /  June 26, 2011

    Thanks, Kylie. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 The conference is going to be awesome. I’m very disappointed that I can’t make it this year. Can’t wait for 2013 in Perth!


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