Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

This is it! Only 4 more sleeps. Here’s wishing all the conference goers the best of luck with their pitches. Good luck to all the awards nominees too. Enjoy the workshops, have a wonderful time and most especially, travel safely. I’m sure ROMAUS will be running hot with news and live updates.

For those attending the Claytons Conference, enjoy your virtual journey.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to

Member News:

  • Kylie Griffin

Has a definite date for Book 2 in the Light Blade series due for release in July 2012!

  • Denise Rosetti

GUILTY AS SIN, #4 in the Phoenix Rising series is now available from Ellora’s Cave

Congratulations to all our members your successes this week.

RWA Special Notices:

The last shout out before it’s over until next year—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


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

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

August 9 – Good News Day

August 10 – Winner of Maree Anderson’s  Secrets Anthology giveaway

Due to the RWA Conference there will be a break from Magic Thursday and Darklight On this week but look out  for new posts when we resume again next week.

See the cover and read the whole of the first chapter of GUILTY AS SIN, #4 in the Phoenix Rising  series

Meet Kate Cuthbert – writer, reviewer and  editor who is not afraid to stand up and speak about her love for the romance genre.

August 8 – Blogging at Manic Readers

August 9 –  Carina Press

August 15 – Romancing the Book  

August 8 – Guest Author: Cheryl Wright

August 11 – Want to read a post-apocalyptic romance?” book review of NIGHTFALL – Ellen Connor

August 13 – Interview with…Anna Campbell (an old article published in the RWA Hearts Talk magazine)

August 7 – Sunday Smooch with Michelle Douglas and THE CATTLEMAN, THE BABY AND ME with a giveaway

August 8 – Michelle Douglas talks about the results of her experiment – Does singing make you happier?

August 10 – Anna Hackett is blogging

August 12 – Robyn Grady promos some of the great events on offer at this year’s RWA Conference in Melbourne

Welcome to Mission:Romance where Juanita will be blogging about all things romantic including books, interviews with guest bloggers and the odd teaser from a ‘work-in-progress’.


August 12 – No Blog Bite this week due to the conference. Back from August 26  for our usual fortnightly feature – and it will be the lovely (and probably still exhausted from conference) Louise Reynolds.

August 14 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Eleni’s Taverna

Elisabeth Rose

H C Brown

Helene Young

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels

Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Alli Sinclair

Has a talented artist friend who wants to branch out into book covers. His dream is to design book covers. He also specialises in branding and logo design, great for those who want to design their own business card or website. Visit his website for more information.

  • Kylie Griffin

Check out this post at the Writer Beware! blog about two companies soliciting work from authors.

A return to the mysterious em/en dashes that we’ve discussed on the loop before – here’s the Blood-Red Pencil’s explanation and examples of when/where and how to use them.

For anyone thinking about entering the RWA Golden Heart contest for 2012, the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood has a Golden Heart checklist and points on how to tell if your ms is ready to enter this competition.

  • Vonnie Hughes

If you are interested in reading or writing for an e-publisher, take a look at Aspen Mountain Press. Take a look their blog and website.

  • JJ Somerville

Shared a couple of Google links from Girls with Pens: Why Writers should be on Google and Writer’s guide to getting the most from Google.

  • Sharon Halasz

Just found out Pan MacMillan have started taking electronic submissions on Manuscript Mondays.



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

Brisbane Writers Festival Workshop

Writing a Romance that Sells with Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell

September 10

When: 10am to 1pm

Where: B.o.Q Heritage Collection Learning Room, State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75


September 11

When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: B.o.Q Heritage Collection Learning Room, State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75



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.


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