Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Hello everyone,

I’ve been happily reading my Little Gems Anthology this week, savouring each story. It’s been my little treat every night after I’ve worked my fingers to the bone at the keyboard.

While I patiently await the release of the logo for the 2012 Diamonds are Forever Conference, I’ve located a clipart that seemed to fit the bill. It has diamonds for the conference theme and gold for the Gold Coast. Keep an eye out for the real thing coming soon 🙂

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


Member News:

  • Anna Jacobs

This week CHERRY TREE LANE,  novel one in The Wiltshire Girls series, comes out in paperback and novel two, ELM TREE ROAD, in hard cover published by Allison and Busby, UK. Both are also available in eBook. Visit Anna’s website for covers, information and to read the first chapters.

  • Kerri Williams

NUDGING CUPID is due for release in October. View the trailer, available now, on YouTube.

  • Leonie Knight

Leonie’s debut M&B Medical Romance, SUDDENLY SINGLE SOPHIE, is now available on the shelves until mid-September.

  • Keziah Hill

FRIENDS AND LOVERS is now available on Smashwords

  • Rhian Cahill

COYOTE WHISPERS ,  the third book in the Coyote Hunger series from Ellora’s Cave was released on Friday.

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: QT Hotel, Gold Coast



Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

August 30 – Good News Day

August 31 – Magic Thursday –Winner of Nicole Murphy’s post announced

September 1 – Magic Thursday: Mel Teshco with a copy of GALACTIC BURN to giveaway

September 3  – Darklight On … Cassandra Shaw

August 28 – Guest at LoveCats DownUnder with a giveaway

September 4 – Guest at Mission:Romance

Has a short story THE BIG FOUR-O up at the Mum’s Lounge website.

August 29 – Guest Author, MJ Scott with SHADOW KIN due for release shortly

September 1 – RWA From Here to Eternity conference (P1) a photo exposé of some of the highlights

September 3 – RWA 2011 From Here to Eternity conference (P2) – more photos of the memorable bits

September 5 – *Mark your diary* Guest Author Vonnie Hughes

August 28 – Sunday Smooch with Fiona Lowe and her characters from BOOMERANG BRIDE scorching the pages with a give-away

August 29 – Blogging with Rachel Bailey

August 31 – Special LoveCats Guest Leonie Knight

September 2 – Leah Ashton’s blog

September 4 – BOOMERANG BRIDE comes around with Fiona Lowe.

(US dates)

August 29 – Interview on Kylie Griffin’s Blog

September 2 – Interview and giveaway at Romance Bandits

September 5 – Interview at My Bookish Ways

September 7 – Tote Bags ‘n Blogs

September 8 – Interview and giveaway at Deadline Dames

September 14 – Interview at The Qwillery

Phillipa blogs regularly every Sunday. Visit her site to see why good business is the best art.

August 29 – Guest Author Mel Teshco

August 24 – Claytons Wrap Up

August 29 – Perfect Pitch – Annette Kendall

September 2 – Day in the Writing Life of Patricia Bernard – Suz Hamilton

September 3 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

September 4 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees

Has written an inspirational blog Hope: the takeaway from Romance Writers Australia Conference


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Novel Adventurers

Paula Roe

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

Romance Bandits

S E Gilchrist


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Keziah Hill

Shared a link for those looking to use the Scrivener writing software and wanting to learn more on how to use it.

  • Kylie Griffin

Shared a contest alert Gateway to the Best 2011 a Missouri Romance Writers of America (MORWA) annual contest. Visit the site for more information on dates and guidelines

Visit Bob Mayer’s blog on the reactions from the RWAus and RWNZ conferences

Strictly Single Contest 2011 now open to single title and young adult writers

A writer’s view on independent pubbing a year on in her life at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood

  • Diane Curran & Kylie Griffin

Writing Australia has an Unpublished Manuscript Award, and Valerie Parv is one of the judges. Let’s make her proud by submitting lots of romance! Closes October 13, 2011.

  • Maggie Nash

Shared some interesting stats from the Annual Romance Readers Survey.



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, 2012Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012First Kiss

TBA – Valeri Parv Award



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 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.


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