Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Welcome back everyone. As the 2011 From Here to Eternity and Claytons conferences become a fond memory, there has been an outpouring of thanks on ROMAUS for the organizers. Congratulations all round to everyone involved in making it such a huge success. The bar has been raised yet again for future conferences. Watch this space …

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


Member News:

  • Janet Woods

When: Monday August 22, 10.30a.m. – 12 noon

Where: Appearing for an Author Talk at the Midland library, Perth, WA

Congratulations to all our members on their successes this week.


RWA Special Notices:

Diamonds are Forever

Romance Writers of Australia Annual Conference

When: August 16-19, 2012

Where: Gold Coast



Cruisin’ the Blogs

Where our Members are Blogging:

August 23 – Good News Day

August 24 – Magic Thursday –Winner of Erica Hayes’s BLOOD CURSED announced

August 25 – Nicole Murphy talks about Conflux

August 20 – Darklight On … S E Glichrist

August 21 – This weekend at Totebag n Blogs: “Talk about the twilight Zone or Life Imitating Art

August 24 – Interview at  Romance Book Paradise

August 25 – Talking about small towns with big hearts over at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.

August 28A Smooch over at the delightful LoveCats DownUnder

Kylie is attending the RWNZ conference this week but will be back again in her usual spot soon!

August 21 – Sunday Smooch with Robyn Grady and her characters from TEXAS CATTLEMAN’S CLUB – with a give-away

August 22 – Nikki Logan is blogging about our furry friends and why they are so hard to lose

August 24 – Zana Bell posts about using neuroscience to find love – really!

August 24 – Mary Britton will be talking about her book CAUSE LOVE, a new approach to finding love. Drop by, leave a comment and be in it to win a book

August 26 – A blog with Natalie

August 23 – What do paint and passion have in common? Find out when Juanita talks to Perth artist, Myra Mitchell.

August 24 – Guest Author Fiona Lowe with a give-away

August 29 – Guest Author Mel Teshco

August 20 – Conference Round Up – Diane Curran

August 26 – Blog Bite with Louise Reynolds (one exhausted conference organiser!) – Jenn J McLeod

August 27 – Author Spot light on Cassandra Dean – Juliet Madison

August 28 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Magical Gains

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Monique Wood

Monya Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Serena Tatti

Scoop! Mills & Boon New Voices 2011!

  • Diane Curran

Pan Macmillan Australia has launched a digital only imprint: Momentum. When asked about submission guidelines the reply from Joel was:

‘No submission guidelines yet, but stay tuned on Twitter and our website and we’ll have something up soon. We’re definitely interested in romance and books with romantic elements – it is one of the biggest selling genres in ebooks, and romance readers are the biggest adopters of digital reading. A very exciting time for romance writers and readers alike!’

  • Natalie Moress

A link for names – check the traits your character possesses – it will generate a list of names, male or female (first names).

  • Annie Seaton

Still Moments Publishing is looking for your best holiday short stories.

  • Juanita Kees

This might be of some assistance to those who struggle with WordPress (like yours truly):

Via LinkedIn: Windows Live has a suite of programs free to install that includes an email client, instant messenger with VOIP and webcam, Photographic program for viewing and editing and Windows Live writer. If you connect to WordPress it downloads your theme and when you’ve finished your blog you just click ‘publish’ and you can set the date and time. You can also preview the blog and switch to source to add HTML. Download the suite from here

(Blog Editor’s note: I tried this a while back and found it did impact on my performance – my laptop, not mine! But you can uninstall program if necessary.)



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:

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 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 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


September 8 – Brisbane Writers Festival: Sex Up Your Writing ~ Linda Jaivin

When: 1.30pm–2:30 pm

Where: State Library of Queensland

Cost: $75

FMI + Bookings:

September 10 – Brisbane Writers Festival: Writing a Romance that Sells with Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell

When: 10am to 1pm

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

Cost: $75



September 11 – Brisbane Writers Festival: Writing a Romance that Sells with Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell

When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

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

Cost: $75



September 18 – Dialogue Masterclass ~ Fiona Wood

When: 10.30am–4:30 pm

Where: Queensland Writers Centre

Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM

Booking deadline: 9 September

FMI + Bookings:

OR (07) 3842 9922.


September 24 – The Art of Story: A Master Class ~ Arnold Zable

When: 10.00am–3:30 pm

Where: ACT Writers Centre

Cost: $100 M only

FMI + Bookings:

Bookings essential on (02) 6262 9191 or in person.


October 23 – Writing Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Corner Derby and East Streets, Rockhampton

Cost: Free M, Free MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: 7 October

FMI + Bookings:


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


October 10 x 4 weeks – Pitching to Publishers ~ Tiana Templeman

Cost: $150.00

FMI + Bookings:


Have a wonderful week.


Leave a comment


  1. There’s a typo in the darkside link – it should be

    Great wrap up as always Juanita!

  2. Good pick up, thanks Kez 🙂

    I’ve fixed it now.


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