Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Hello again and welcome to all our new members. I hope you’ll come along and enjoy the ride.

Each week Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News is growing thanks to the commitment of our bloggers and all the good news on ROMAus. So, from this week, you will see three Cruisin’ lanes. Keeps things interesting. 🙂

The Cruisin’ lanes are:

  • What’s in the News?
  • Cruisin’ the Blogs
  • Events to fuel your Learning Journey

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

Kylie’s Fantasy Romance ALLIANCE FORGED (tentative title), the 2nd book in the Light Blade series, is set for a July 2012 release date, Berkley Sensation imprint.

PROMISES was released on August 29 and is now for sale on the shelves.

Is celebrating a two book deal at Eternal Press with FORGOTTEN MEMORIES and EYES OF A STRANGER

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


Join our Scavenger Hunt and win

To help celebrate the launch of our new RWA Forum, we will be running a scavenger hunt across the RWA sites during the month of September. 
There will be 8 answers to collect – two questions (and a clue) on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout September (posted on the RWA Blog, our New Forum, RWA Facebook page and Facebook Group page).  Once you have all 8 answers, email them to by 1 October.

One lucky member will be chosen at random from the entries received and win a gift basket of books, as well as selected e-books to download.  Winner announced on the RWA Forum on Monday 3 October.

Good luck!

Here is your first question:

What craft book does Cathryn Hein recommend on the Forum?

To find the answer visit the RWA forum


RWA 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 – Valerie Parv Award


Other Writing Contests:

  • Diane Curran

Inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award 

$10,000 + $2,000 for a mentor of your choice

The Award, to aid in the development of the next stage of an unpublished manuscript, is for a work of adult literary or genre fiction. It will be granted to the work that shows the greatest promise and likely to benefit most from this opportunity.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and, in consultation with organisers, will be offered a suitable mentor selected from some of Australia’s best authors.

The Judges

Valerie Parv, international best-selling author, is a successful writer of romance and non-fiction. Valerie’s books have sold more than twenty-six million copies internationally, and been translated into over twenty languages from Russian to Japanese and Icelandic.

Mark Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University and well known as a Television and Radio Presenter. Mark was Project Manager of ‘My Favourite Book’ for ABCTV. He published books for young readers and for adults under his own name imprint at Hodder Headline.

Peter Bishop is one of Australia’s most effective writing teachers and mentors. Working with Australia’s leading authors he has enjoyed outstanding success as the Creative Director of Varuna  -The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains – from 1994 to 2010.

Applications close: Thursday October 13, 2011

Entry form:

  • Nicole Flockton

The wonderful Emily Contest is now open for submissions. Closing date for submissions is September 30, 2011.



Dates for 2011 BIAW

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Celebrated Publication Day over at the ANZ Authors Blog with her two new releases CHERRY TREE LANE and ELM TREE ROAD

September 6 – Good News Day

September 7 – Magic Thursday Giveaway Winner announced: Mel Teshco’s GALACTIC BURN 

September – Magic Thursday: Denise Rosetti with GUILTY AS SIN

September   – Darklight On … TBA

August 31 – Writing Buddy Wednesday with Rachel Bailey

September 3 – Stunning Saturday

September 4 – Super Sunday

September 5 – Blogging Tips

September 7 – Writing Buddy Wednesday with Claire Baxter and a giveaway

September 4 – Guest at Mission:Romance

  • Historical Hearts

 September 12-16 – Launch party for new site. Escape to the past with Australian Romance Writers of Castles, Love and Legends. Five full days of fun and prizes

September 1 – RWA 2011 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

September 4 – Sunday Smooch features Natalie Anderson with a copy of her novel NICE GIRLS FINISH LAST to give away

September 5 – Emily May with a post on Regency slang with sex and prostitutes (and keeping it from being x-rated)

September 7 – Sharon Archer blogs about procrastination and is giving away a copy of THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE

September 9 – Robyn Grady is posting about extraordinary heroes

September 4 – Getting to Know Fiona Lowe and the BOOMERANG BRIDE

(US dates)

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

September 5 – Jamaican Author, J L Campbell with a giveaway

September 12 – Featuring Serena Tatti and her editing services

September 3 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

September 5 – New Releases with Julia Burns

September 9 – Blog Bites with Christina Phillips – Kerri Williams

September 11 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Sami Lee

Sandi Hudson

Sara Hantz

Sue Moorcroft

Suzanne Brandyn

Suzi Love


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Keri Arthur

Found an article to counterbalance the “Death of Books” debate.

  • Kylie Griffin

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood have a post on the basics of formatting your MS for
submission, complete with a picture guide.

Savvy Authors have Karen Wiesner showing us all how to write a step by
step synopsis.

  • Serena Tatti

The Kaizen Plan has this blog on excuses for procrastinating. Take a quiz to find out what kind of procrastinator you are, and what underlying emotional need your procrastination is trying to meet.

  • Suzanne Hamilton

Thought this article might be an intriguing omen for the 2012 Diamonds are Forever Conference. It seems Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamonds racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.




Events to fuel your Learning Journey

Upcoming Events:

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:


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:


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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