Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Have you met Enrico? Every week Enrico patiently stands by as we stop along the blogging highway to collect good news and hot blog spots. When he’s not rattling his car keys and rearing to go, Enrico loves to surf the blog spots we gather here for the good news, interesting interviews and writing hints. And then there’s the Learning Journey and contests too. I do believe he’s hanging out for news of next year’s conference…he wants to tag along.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

  • Juliet Madison achieved a position in the top four finalists for agent, Janet Reid’s contest to create a poem out of book titles.
  • Cathleen Ross received a four star review for LOVE, LUST AND LIES from the Romantic Times magazine
  • You can now read the first chapter of FINDING VERONICA on Louise Forster’s website.
  • Janet Woods’ latest release LADY LIGHTFINGERS has attracted an excellent review from booklist, and also a Top Pick review from RRAH

Congratulations to all our members on their successes this week.


RWA Special Notices:

Diamonds are Forever 2012 Conference

The first ‘dazzling’ announcement this Thursday, October 6, 2011 – RWA Blog


RWA Contests for 2012:

Contest season dates for entries:

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:

  • Kylie Griffin:

Debbie Macomber Inspired Short Romance Fiction Writing Contest: (US) The deadline for this competition has been extended to a closing date of October 15. The winning Entry will be published as part of Avon’s “Family Affair” paperback and e-book in July 2012.

Gemma Ruddick – Long Run Home

Susan Child – Remembering

Sue Rees – Beloved Jailer

Angela Braiden – Dangerous Heart

Annie Seaton (Anne Marie Smith) – A Matter of Trust

Natalie Moress – A Shot at Love

Bronwyn Stuart – Mixing Business with Pleasure

Wendy Curtis – Control Factor Zero

Kasey Rowe – The Architects Inherited Bride

Mary-Anne Rome – Sam’s Future

Juanita Kees – Taming the Tiger



Dates for 2011 BIAW

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Allison blogged over at Novel Adventurers this week and chats about moving to the other side of the world with two kids in tow and how she balances writing with the stress of running out of Vegemite.

Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken on Cathryn’s Friday Feast

October 1 – Darklight on …Dy Loveday

October 4 – Good News Day

October 6 – Magic Thursday: Rebecca Skrabl and Michelle de Rooy  on contests

October 8 – Darklight on … Lilliana Rose

October 3 – The history of the fan with Cassandra Samuel

Read how Juliet turned book titles into a poem

October 1 – Guest Author, Kate Walker (HM&B and Harlequin Presents) talks about her latest release, THE RETURN OF THE STRANGER

October 3 – Guest Author Sue Moorcroft (Choc Lit Publishing)

October 6 – Change of Pace, blog post cut backs as of end of November

October 3 – Wedding Fever! Love amongst the Cherry Blossoms

Theory on Thursday with M&B RIVA author, Aimee Carson

October 4 – Newton’s Third Law and how it pertains to Romance Writing

October 3 – New Releases with Julia Burns

October 4 – Cecilia Ahern Book Giveaway

October 5 – Face2Face with The Coven writing group – Jane Quick

October 6 – Diamonds are Forever 2012 Conference Announcement – Helen Katsinis

October 7 – Blog Bite with Anne Oliver – Kerri Williams

October 9 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Eleni’s Taverna

Elisabeth Rose

Helene Young

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels


Blogs of Interest:

  • Kylie Griffin

Here’s one of the clauses in a boilerplate contract you need to watch out for

A list of points on how to make each scene in your book work harder for you and the reader

Writers’ Beware has posted Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press

Bob Mayer blogs about the common traits of the successful writer this morning – a resonating assessment.

  • Keziah Hill

Diana Gabaldon’s blog post on her editing process.



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:

 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.


Leave a comment


  1. Amanda Clymo

     /  October 3, 2011

    Can I add my New Voices entry to the list please. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  2. Juanita Kees

     /  October 3, 2011

    Good luck with your entry, Amanda 🙂

  3. Tonia

     /  October 11, 2011

    Can you add me too please. Writing as Antonia Marlowe


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