Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Our chauffeur, Clint had so much fun last week, he asked if he could come back for another edition of Cruisin’. When he came up with this quote, how could I say no?

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.  ~Albert Einstein

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to Thank you to all who contribute to this post each week.

RWA Special Notices:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park,


Claytons Conference:

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

Where? On Line

How? Via a Claytons Yahoo Group

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


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Anne wraps up her blog tour this week:

July 18 –   Romance Novelists Assoc

July 11 – Book Boost

August 7 – Anne returns to blog at the Australian Romance Readers Assoc 

July 2 – Weekly Overview including where the Darksiders have been this week

July 5 – Good News Day

July 7 – Eleni Konstantine – more creature talk

July 9 – Darklight On Peta Crake

July 4 – Guest Author: Shannon Curtis

July 7 – Who’s that girl? interview with Rachel Johns

July 9 – Conference Highlights 2: Workshops – How do you choose which ones to attend?

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

July 3 – This week’s Sunday Smooch is Natalie Anderson’s DATING AND OTHER DANGERS. Natalie is offering a give-away.

July 4 – Emily is blogging about word count and if only it were that easy.

July 6 – Blog with Leah

July 8 – Robbie talks about the power of communication

Nicola Marsh is a guest on Nas Dean’s blog from 27th June to promote her upcoming release GIRL IN A VINTAGE DRESS.  Visit  the blog for giveaways.

Shona Husk has a free read up with another Inanu story THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME this week.

July 4 – New Releases with Julia Burns

July 6 – Face2Face – Jenn J McLeod fetures The Saturday Ladies Bridge Club

July 7 – I was a Conference Virgin – Fiona McArthur

July 8 – Day in the Writing Life of Elisabeth Rose – Suz Hamilton

July 10 – Crusin the Blog and Member News – Juanita Kees

Members Who Blog Regularly:

Moyna Mary Clayton

Monique Wood

Nicola Marsh

Nicole Murphy

Novel Adventurers

Paula Roe

Blogs of Interest:

A few of the interesting links shared on ROMAUS this week:


Member Contests and Give Aways:

The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award

Nominations for this award closed on June 30th. Good luck to all the nominees. The judges will have a very difficult decision to make. RWA has an amazing community of members who are always willing to help and share information.

Member News:

  • Nas Dean’s review of GIRL IN A VINTAGE DRESS by Nicola Marsh was taken up by the Fiji Times for their Sunday magazine. With  only two national newspapers and close on two million people, the Fiji Times is the staple daily newspaper providing guaranteed readership.
  • Jane Beckenham’s newest release SECRETS is number 1 on the publisher’s best seller list.
  • Anne Whitfield has signed another contract with Knox Publishing for her House of Women novel TO TAKE HER PRIDE.
  • Heather Brown is now officially the client of the L Perkins Agency.
  • Emmie Dark is about to become a Harlequin Super Romance author with her debut novel due for release in March 2012.

What an awesome week! Lots of happy dancing on ROMAUS 🙂 Congratulations to all our members on their achievements.

Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

August 13 – September 10, 2011 – HM&B High Five

August 27 – September 23, 2011 – Selling Synopsis

September 9 – October 7, 2011 – STALI

October 28 – November 25, 2011 – Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012 – Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012 – First Kiss

TBA – Valeri Parv Award

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Dates for 2011 BIAW

July 25 to 31

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings

5K in 30 days

Join Jenn J McLeod’s challenge to trim off 5k’s in 30 days in time for the Conference (and she’s not talking words. She’s talking kilos.)  Add your *fun* name (Add Record) to the Database in the yahoo files and look out for Friday updates on ROMAUS.  Good luck! 


Upcoming Events:

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

Authoring the Author ~ William Kostakis

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: Surry Hills Library, NSW

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

FMI + Bookings:

July 9:

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:

July 16:

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:

July 17:

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

July 23:

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: email OR (08) 9294 1872,

July 25:

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,


Online Events:

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.


Leave a comment


  1. Nas Dean

     /  July 3, 2011

    Hi, thanks for the shout-out for ROMANCE BOOK PARADISE special guest Australian Author Nicola Marsh.

    And yes, now both the daily newspapers are interested in carrying my reviews!

  2. That’s awesome, Nas! 🙂


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