July Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The latest edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Our monthly member-only magazine has the latest news and information for writers.

Here is a little peek….

RBY Finalists!

Romantic Book of the Year 2011


The Cattleman, The Baby And Me – Michelle Douglas

Michelle’s fifth book has earned her first R♥BY nomination.

Cinderella: Hired By The Prince – Marion Lennox

This year Marion has her 20th RBY nomination.

The Doctor’s Rebel Knight – Melanie Milburne 

Melanie has finalled twice this year, in both the Short Sweet and Short Sexy sections.

Outback Bachelor – Margaret Way

Author of over 110 books for Mills and Boon, this is Margaret’s 3rd RBY nomination.


Hot Boss, Boardroom Mistress – Natalie Anderson

New Zealand author Natalie has her first RBY nomination.

The Socialite and The Cattle King – Lindsay Armstrong

Author of over 65 books for Harlequin Mills and Boon, this is Lindsay’s 3rd RBY nomination.

The Billionaire’s Housekeeper Mistress – Emma Darcy

Author of over 100 novels for Harlequin Mills and Boon, this is Emma’s 5th nomination.

Scandal: Unclaimed Love Child – Melanie Milburne

Melanie has finalled twice this year, in both the Short Sweet and Short Sexy sections.


The Accidental Wedding – Anne Gracie

Anne gains her 5th RBY nomination this year and has previously won the award twice.

One Unashamed Night – Sophia James

Winner of last year’s Long Romance Award, this is Sophia’s third RBY nomination.

The Unmasking Of A Lady – Emily May

Emily receives her first RBY pin with her 3rd regency novel.

Instant Family – Elisabeth Rose

Author of eight books, Elisabeth has earned her first RBY pin.


The Right Time – Dianne Blacklock

A previous RBY winner, Dianne receives her 4th nomination.

At Home With The Templetons – Monica McInerney

Author of 7 books, this is Monica’s first RBY final.

Wings of Fear (formerly Border Watch) – Helene Young

Helene’s debut novel has yielded her first RBY nomination.

Read what they have to say about their nominations in the full article, located on our website. For members only.

Even Superman has a day-job with Doreen Sullivan

In between his saving-the-world gigs, Superman has a day job. He works as a reporter at the Daily Planet newspaper, in his Clark Kent guise. Funnily enough he often manages to get exclusives about Superman’s achievements. So his day job and his super-hero sessions feed into each other. Like Superman, there’s a breed of writers that have developed professions in other fields, such as crime novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who even though they’ve had great success as writers, continue to work in dual careers.

But how do joint jobs work when the day position is seemingly quite disparate from writing romance? How does a day job affect a writing career?

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Conference Comfort with Terri Green

Conferences are great. Fabulous. All those inspiring speakers, fun and interesting fellow writers, networking, socialising, eating, drinking and more eating. But conferences have their dark side and I’m not talking paranormal demons or the undead here. The true dark side of the conference experience is more about the backside and the unfortunate side effects that can result from being glued to a chair for two whole days and nights.

But seriously, marathon sitting is a problem, particularly in your standard mass-purchased conference chair. They tend to be lacking in back support and if they do have anything helpful in the lumbar region it is not a case of one-size-fits-all. As well as the seat design and comfort factor, there’s also the issue of seat placement.

Conference venues often favour the use of round tables to make the best use of space, which can pose some positional problems. You can:

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

Memoirs of a virgin pioneer in LA with Valerie Parv

I don’t get to call myself a virgin much nowadays, but as a first timer at RT (Romantic Times) Book Lovers’ Convention, I qualified for the title. They even gave me a badge to prove it, although it fell off midway through the week. I’ve attended many Romance Writers of America conferences, but this was my first RT and if I’d known how much fun it would be, I’d have given up my virginity, so to speak, a lot sooner.

The main difference between the two is the focus. Where RWA caters to writers almost exclusively, RT includes programs for readers, booksellers, librarians and publishers.

2011 Conference Countdown: Six Weeks to go! 

20th Anniversary Conference, 11th -14th August 2011, Melbourne


Bronwyn Jameson: conference@romanceaustralia.com

 Louise Reynolds: conf2011@romanceaustralia.com

 REGISTRAR: Melinda Seed conference_registrar@romanceaustralia.com

 PITCHES: Alli Sinclair (see HT for these addresses)

BOOKSTORE: Cath Evans 

 GIVEAWAYS: Linda Jones 


For the full conference update, go to our website. For members only.

For news and updates, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RWAusConf2011 and the RWA group page on Facebook.

NQ Roadshow Report by Barbara Hannay

What do you get when, for one packed day, you combine glorious North Queensland winter weather with brilliant and inspiring speakers and forty-three eager romance writers?

Surely, the Roadshow has to be one of the best of the many innovations that Romance Writers of Australia has introduced in recent years. It’s certainly been a blessing for those of us in regional Australia, who face the added cost of big airfares whenever we attend the annual conferences.

This year, our worthy executive chose North Queensland as the Roadshow venue because of its vast distance from Melbourne. I think I calculated once that it’s further from Melbourne to Cairns than it is from London to Moscow

RWA Noticeboard

Members’ Assistance Fund (MAF) 2011

The Members’ Assistance Fund was created to help members disadvantaged by location and circumstances to attend RWA events they would otherwise be unable to attend. Applications for assistance in 2011 closed in March, with three members successful in obtaining assistance to attend the Melbourne conference. Each applicant demonstrated individual goals for attending the 2011 conference: whether to pitch to a specific agent or editor or to attend specific workshops to develop their writing craft.

2011 Claytons Conference: Registrations opening soon

Guests include:

  • Samhain editor, Sasha Knight
  • Harlequin historical author, Diane Gaston
  • Historical author, Michelle Diener
  • SuperRomance author, Darlene Gardner
  • Eleni Konstantine – Blogging workshop
  • Sami Lee – Writing hot scenes workshop
  • Tracey O’Hara – Worldbuilding workshop
  • Erica Hayes – Synopsis workshop
  •  Ellora’s Cave editor, Meghan Conrad
  • Anna Hackett – Writing short stories workshop
  • Natalie Anderson – Plot/Structure workshop

There will also be writing challenges brought to you by the Claytons conference team – Anne Whitfield, Neely Lyon, Mel Teshco, and Helen Katsinis, as well as fun and games, and live chats on Friday and Saturday nights.

Interested in signing up for the 2011 Clayton’s Conference? Full details of the program and a registration form will be appearing in your email inbox soon.

If you think your email address may have changed, get in touch with the member secretary to update your information.

20 Years of Romance Covers

Our authors have done their part by entering their favorite cover in our 20 Years of  Romance Covers. Now it’s the members’ turn to vote.

Group Grants Scheme: Applications closing soon!

The Group Grants Scheme is a fund that any RWA Affiliated or RWA Associated Group can apply to in support of the wonderful work they do in advancing the careers of their RWA members.

What can my group apply for?

Applications may include (but are not limited to) contributions for: a visiting speaker/author; fees for group members to attend conferences/online classes; texts for a group library; venue and equipment hire for workshops/retreats.

Password please?

In July, Romance Writers of Australia will launch the new log in system for the website. Designed by our fabulous web mistress, Kerrie Ptolemy, the new system will allow you to change your password to one of your own choice, update your contact details, switch to electronic Hearts Talk or switch to paper Hearts Talk. The new system will also advise you when your membership is set to expire, and once it has expired, you will not be able to log in until you have renewed.

For full notices, go to our website. For members only.

Of course don’t forget our regular columns:

  • From the Prez with Alison Ahearn
  • Events Calendar with Doreen Sullivan
  • Contest Page with Elisabeth Rose > Emerald Single Title 2011 Report by Felicity Roger, and First Kiss Report 2011 by Cath Evans
  • Member Spotlight with Suzanne Brandyn > This month’s member is Emmeline Lock
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • The Last Word with Jo McAlister
  • Member Announcements (News & New Releases) with Bronwyn Stuart
  • The Writer’s Life  > This month with Valerie Parv (see above)
  • Ask Auntie Fi with Fiona Lowe

Dear Auntie Fi, Is it OK if my heroine steals something from the hero if she really desperately needs it, like to save someone’s life? ~ Uncertain in Ulladulla

Dear Auntie Fi, I’ve booked for my first conference and I’m so excited but I’m kind of nervous too. Do you have any tips for how I can make the most of it? ~Nervous from Naracoorte

For full columns, go to our website. For members only.


Not a member? Please view our sample issue from February 2010.

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