Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Wow, 350 conference-goers! If that doesn’t convince the sceptics that romance is alive, nothing will 🙂

With record-breaking numbers attending this year’s conference, I can only imagine all the hard work going into the final arrangements. Well done to everyone involved in the organising, advertising, support crew, roll out and all those little areas of encouragement that count. A huge thank you for making RWAus such a wonderful association. We really can display the logo with pride.

Is it really only 10 MORE SLEEPS to go?

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


Member News:

  • Rowena Cory Daniells is thrilled to announce the  March 2012 (approx.) release of her debut Paranormal Crime novel, THE PRICE OF FAME  through Clandestine Press.
  • Jane Beckenham joined the Happy Dancers on ROMAUS with the news that her current Samhain Publishers release, SECRETS & SEDUCTION is # 1 bestseller at Fictionwise and #5 overall in Romance.
  • Shannon Curtis celebrated this week when VIPER’S KISS went on sale on July 25. Read just one of the reviews via the link shared in Blogs of Interest.
  • Shona Husk’s THE SUMMONS: A GOBLIN KING PREQUEL is for sale from August 1 – Every fairy tale has to have some basis in fact, right? That’s what Eliza thought as she made a desperate plea to the legendary Goblin King. If he could grant her wish, she’d finally be safe. He would protect her. But what would he ask in return…?
  • Fiona Lowe also has some good news this week. CAREER GIRL IN THE COUNTRY will be released in the UK/USA in August and in AUS/NZ in September. BOOMERANG BRIDE, published by Carina Press, is out August 8.

Another awesome week filled with success for our members. It looks like the Happy Dance is going to be the new Zumba. Congratulations to all our members on their wonderful news.


RWA Special Notices:

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…—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:

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

August 2 – Good News Day

August 4 – Magic Thursday: Maree Anderson with a SECRETS ANTHOLOGY giveaway

August 6 – Darklight On … Maggie Mundy

August 5 –  Monica McInerney is taking time out from her busy schedule to visit Helene Young’s blog. She’s chatting about AT HOME WITH THE TEMPLETONS – her R*BY entry – as well as giving us a sneak peak at her next book.

Juliet wraps up Global Read in Bed Day. Find out how you can join the group for the next event.

August 1 – “August is conference month – woohoo!” – the countdown to the RWAustralia & RWNZ romance writers conferences is on!

August 4 – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with LaVerne Clark (RWNZ)

August 4 – Shannon Curtis giveaway winner announced – anyone who commented goes into the draw for VIPER’S KISS!

August 6 – WRITING TERMS (Part 1) – Ever attended a writers’ conference and been bamboozled by a host of acronyms or writing terms you’ve heard of but never quite understood? Here’s a few you might hear bandied about…

August 8 – *Mark your diary* – Guest Author coming up – Cheryl Wright

July 31 – Sunday Smooch: Nikki Logan showcase a smooch from her book A KISS TO SEAL THE DEAL and a giveaway

August 1 – Emily posts about Regency slang in relations to sex and brothels

August 3 – Sharon shares Mrs Gadget’s confessions

August 5 – Leah talks about shoes

August 1 – Christina Hollis will appearing at Romance Book Paradise with three signed copies to giveaway.

August 1 – New Releases – Julia Burns

August 3 – Face2Face – featuring the LoveCatsDownunder on-line group – Jane Quick

August 4 – Alison Brideson – Firefighter Fundraiser at this year’s RWA conference

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

August 6 – August Hearts Talk Wrap Up – Eleni Konstantine

August 7 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Whitfield

Annie Seaton

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips

Calling all new members! Would you like to feature at Members Who Blog Regularly? Send me your blog page address and we’ll add you to the list.

Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Bronwen Evans

Shared this link to this beautiful dress made of books.

  • Kylie Griffin

The Kensington Brava 2012 Writing with the Stars contest is now open

Jessica Faust at the BookEnds blog about their agency’s strategy for self-e-publishing with authors

Bronwen Evans has a blog post this morning on her take on self-publishing vs. the traditional print and digital debate in terms every writer can understand.

Fresh market news at Cindi Myers Market News this week with the Spotlight on Bethany House Books from the Romance Writers of American conference in New York City, and a new contest for women’s fiction writers.

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood has posted a HUGE list of online resources for writers on their blog this week.

  • Rachel Johns

Read a review of Shannon Curtis’s VIPER’S KISS at Smitten With Reading

  • Serena Tatti

Tickets are now on sale for the Melbourne Writers Festival for loyal subscribers to their e-bulletin

  • Nas Dean

Nas was a guest at Christina Hollis’ blog this week talking about Virtual Book Promotions



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

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings



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:


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

Julia 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.


Leave a comment


  1. Juanita Kees

     /  July 31, 2011

    Oops! Missed one 😦 I’ve edited Blogs of Interest and Where our Members are blogging with an additional post from Nas Dean.

  2. Hi Juanita,

    Thanks for the mention and the shout-out! I’ve tweeted and FB linked.

  3. Juanita Kees

     /  July 31, 2011

    No problem, Nas. 🙂


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