Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Thanks to Juliet Madison for declaring today Global Read in Bed Day. Join in to raise funds for a literacy charity of your choice. I’ll be there with my cuppa and Stephanie Laurens’s WHAT PRICE IS LOVE? I do love the Cynsters! What are you reading today to raise funds for literacy?

If you’re reading an interesting blog rather than a book in support, please share your links with us in next Sunday’s edition.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


Member News:

  • Noelene Jenkinson’s WOMBAT CREEK, one of the first of (UK) My Weekly’s new longer length Pocket Novels, is now available at Newsagents
  • Kerri Williams’s cover for NUDGING CUPID is now on her blog for viewing
  • Janet Woods’s latest e-book, FROM THIS DAY FORTH, has just been released by Belgrave House in multi-formats, and the cover is now posted on her blog.
  • Also from Janet Woods: LADY LIGHTFINGERS received a mention in an article by Rose Fox, “Damsels who rescue themselves” in the Publishers Weekly, Volume 258, issued 27/06/2011. It also made the PW top 10 romance novels list.
  • Janet’s had a busy week! The Large Print rights to DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS were sold to Magna.
  • Rebecca Skrabl has accepted a three book deal with Sourcebooks.
  • Imogene Nix sent a partial to a publisher and has a request for the full manuscript.

Wow! What an awesome week it’s been. The Happy Dance floor on ROMAus was alive this week 🙂 Congratulations to all our members on their wonderful news.


RWA Special Notices:

Only 17 sleeps to go!—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

Have you registered? Email Anne Whitfield. Don’t miss out.


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

July 23 – Anna guest blogs at Morgen Bailey’s Blog

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

July 26 – Good News Day

July 28 – Magic Thursday: Brought to you by Rebecca Skrabl

July 30 – Darklight On … Keri Arthur

July 25 – Guest Author: Jean Adams

July 28 – Who’s That Girl? interview with Toni Kenyon (from RWNZ)

July 30 – Conference Highlights 5: RWAmerica Photo’s…what an experience!

July 24 – Sunday Smooch from Mel Teshco’s Ellora’s Cave Novella, STONE-COLD LOVER with an e-book to give away.

July 25 – Nikki Logan showcases the best bits from her recent New York trip

July 27 – Inspirational Quotes with Zana Bell

July 29 – Rachel Bailey blogs

July  20 – Hearts Talk Archives – ‘Women’s Fiction’ by Lisa Heidke (April 2010) – Sandra Harris

July 29 – Blog Bite with Maggi Andersen – Kerri Williams

July 31 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees

Aug 5 – A Day in the Writing Life of Catherine Evans – Suz Hamilton

Members Who Blog Regularly:

The Pink Heart Society

Trish Morey

We Love YA

Word Wenches

Write on Track

Yvonne Lindsay


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Alli Sinclair

Thought this article by literary agent Rachelle Gardner might be helpful for those pitching at this year’s conference

Member Give Aways

July, 2011 – M.J. Scott is giving away a signed ARC of her September release, SHADOW KIN, over at her blog


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

Just another reminder that next week is the last BIAW before conference. Pam is taking registrations up until Monday morning, so if you wish to join email Pam at with your desired goal for the week.

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.) 17 days to go!


Upcoming Events:

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 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,

August 13 – Put an End to Procrastination ~ Tracy Crisp

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: or (08) 8223 7662 OR

August 16, 23 & 30; September 6, 13 & 20 – Become Your Own Best Editor and Make Your Manuscript Shine ~ Linda Funnell

When: 6.30pm–9.30pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $380 M, $325 MC, $540 NM

FMI + Bookings:

August 20 & 21 – Story Construction: Plotting Your Novel ~ Greg Bastian

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM

August 30 – Tuesday Chat: How to market your book on social networking sites ~ Dr Irina & William Webster

When: 1.00pm–2:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or

September 4 – Marketing your book ~ Aleesah Darlison

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M, $90 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings on (02) 6262 9191 or online.

September 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Planning Your Career ~ Fran Cusworth & Paul Collins

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $170 M, $160 MC, $215 NM

Booking deadline: 29 August

FMI + Bookings:

OR (03) 9094 7855


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


Have a wonderful week.


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