Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Spring is in the air! Well, Down Under anyway. Along with the expectations of daffodils and tulips, it seems we have some budding romances springing up in the RWA garden according to this week’s Member News.

So grab the antihistamine, mozzie repellent, a garden chair and a good book (or the e-reader!) We have plenty here to add to the ever-growing TBR lists.

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

PAPER DOLL has now been released in paperback and is available from Amazon.

TALL POPPIES due for release in December, is now available for pre-order in hardcover at Book Depository.

Historical romance FROM THIS DAY FORTH has been re-released in eBook and is available from Belgrave House and Fictionwise, amongst others.

Maggie has been offered a contract to republish her crime/romantic suspense
novel, MURDER IN DEVON, with Black Opal Books.

LOVING LUCY has just been released in large print. To view the cover and details visit Thorndike.

Congratulations to all our members on their successes this week.


Member Contests:

This weekend is your last chance to win a copy of Cathryn Hein’s debut novel, PROMISES. The competition on Helene Young’s site closes midnight 12th September. To enter, swing past and tell us the name of Cathryn’s first pet along with the name of your first pet.


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

Wednesday’s question and clue will be posted on the RWA Facebook Group page.

Good luck!

This week’s question:

‘Who is the moderator for the Paranormal room on the forum?

Clue: log in into the RWA Forum and search under Genres. Also the list of questions for each week will be posted on the forum in the ‘Scavenger Hunt Room’.


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Inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award 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:

September 15 – Anne is interviewing Jennifer Kloester about her biography of Georgette Heyer, being launched in London next month over at Word Wenches. Leave a comment and win a copy of this excellent book.

September 13 – Good News Day

September 14 – Magic Thursday Giveaway Winner announced: Denise Rosetti’s GUILTY AS SIN 

September 15 – Magic Thursday: Mythical Creatures: Baba Yaga with Eleni Konstantine

September   17 – Darklight On … Imogene Nix

Read an excerpt from GUILTY AS SIN

Ebony recently attended the Ballarat Writers’ & Illustrators’ festival and has blogged some of the highlights. The festival focus was on children’s and YA readers

September 5 – Vonnie Hughes and “What to do first?”

September 8 – National Literacy Day: The joy of reading books. Have you infected anyone lately?

September 10 – Book Cover contest: Can you name the book and author? Giveaways to win!

September 12 – *Mark your Diary* – Guest Author Cathryn Hein

September 11 – Sunday Smooch with Rachel Bailey and AT THE BILLIONAIRE’S BECK AND CALL with a giveaway.

September 12 – Blog with Anna Hackett

September 14 – Michelle Douglas talks about Mascots

September 16 – Mel Teshco is posting about movies that inspire

(US dates)

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

Rachael has started a regular spot on her blog called Theory on Thursday where an author shares their favourite craft book and why! The first segment kicked off last Thursday with Helene Young.

September 12 – Featuring Serena Tatti

September 10 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

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


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Tamara Gill

Teen Fiction Cafe

The Journeyman Writer

The Pink Heart Society

Tracey O’Hara

Trish Morey


Blogs of Interest:

Shared on ROMAUS this week:

  • Kylie Griffin

Dr Charley Ferrer, author of “BDSM for Writers” and “BDSM: The Naked
Truth” is going to be blogging with at on
September 6th.

Rowena Corey Daniells has some interesting info over on her blog about
Allen & Unwin & Pan Macmillan

From the Cindi Myers Market News blog – Spotlight On: Sourcebooks , Kensington (win a trip to New York), Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, & New Spec Fic Magazine, Pocket Books, Musa Publishing

  • Suzi Love

For anyone considering entering the upcoming RWAmerica contests, the ladies
at ‘Her Story Calls‘ are doing a contest review on The Susannah, followed by
The Emily.



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 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 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 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:


October 16 & 23 – Write a Page Turner ~ Amanda Hampson

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM

FMI + Bookings:


October 21 – Six Lies and One Truth about Getting Published ~ Julie Beveridge
When: 6.00am–8:00 pm
Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld
Cost: Free
FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential. Phone (07) 3842 9922.

October 22 – The Proposal Masterclass ~ Sally Collings

When: 10.30am–4:30 pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings:

October 27 – Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship Too ~ Daniel Ducrou, Penny Hueston & Cora Kipling

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM

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


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

Cost: $150.00

FMI + Bookings:


Have a wonderful week.


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