Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

The wait is over. The official announcement for the RWA Diamonds are Forever Conference 2012 has been made. Enrico has polished the limo in its honour, especially for today’s edition of Cruisin’. Look out for more news on the RWA Website and in Hearts Talk. Start saving your pennies, shining those diamonds and snare your very own James Bond. The Diamonds are Forever Conference team is promising a ‘glitzy few days’.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

  • Kerri Williams’s second novel, NUDGING CUPID was released by Eternal Press on October 7, 2011
  • Maree Anderson’s YA Paranormal manuscript LIMINAL finaled in the published authors division of From the Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway Contest.
  • The Festival of Romance, a brand new UK event, will take place on 21-22 October at Hunton Park, Hertfordshire, England.  The Festival of Romance has given birth to three new awards , one of which Sue Moorcroft is a finalist in with her entry LOVE AND FREEDOM  in the Total-E-Bound Best Romantic Read Award.
  • Jess Anastasi celebrates the release of her novella SAVIOR which is a spin-off from her ‘Sanctuary’ series featuring Cadmiel, the angel of Destiny.

Congratulations to all our members on their successes this week.


RWA Special Notices:

RWA Diamonds are Forever Conference 2012

When: August 16-19, 2012

Where: QT Gold Coast, Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise


RWA Contests for 2012:

Contest season will be open for entries as follows:

September 9 – October 7, 2011 – STALI – entries now closed

October 28 – November 25, 2011 – Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012Little Gems

January 13 – February 10, 2012First Kiss

TBA – Valerie Parv Award



Dates for 2011 BIAW

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings


Cruisin’ the Blog

Where our Members are Blogging:

Banana Cake with choc chips on Cathryn’s Friday Feast and guest author Rachael Johns with her first book ONE PERFECT NIGHT due for release from Carina Press December 19, 2011.

October 10 –  Magic Monday – special post by Kylie Griffin: Is Your Manuscript Ready?

October  11 – Good News Day

October 13 – Magic Thursday: Magic Thursday -Maree Anderson with giveaway of FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH (YA) and THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR (Adult)

October  15 – Darklight On…Sandra Harris

October 10 –Eleanor, Feisty Queen of England and France

October 8 – “So you want to be an Author?” – How dedicated are you to your passion? What can you do to help yourself, and make others realise you mean business?

October 10 – GUEST AUTHOR: Kerri Williams (Aust.rom.suspense)

October 13 – BOOK REVIEW: Deacon’s Touch by Callie Croix (erotic romance e-book)

October 14 – Kerri Williams giveaway winner announced!

October 10 – Author Spotlight on Stephanie Laurens – Juliet Madison

October 14 – Day in the Writing Life of Rachel Bailey – Suz Hamilton

October 15 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

October 16 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:


Talk Back by JQ

Janet Woods

Jenn J McLeod

Juliet Madison

M J Scott


Blogs of Interest:

  • Bronwen Evans

Great review at RT Book Review Site on which books are selling.

  • Cathryn Hein

A great opportunity to submit to a collection that would normally be by invitation only in the Carina Press science fiction holiday submissions call.




Events to fuel your Learning Journey

Upcoming Events:

  • November 3, December 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 22 – Writing Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10.30 am-4:30 pm

Where: Level 2, QWC, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane

Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 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: (03) 9094 7855 OR

  • November 12 – Slash and Burn: Self-editing for Fiction ~ Patrick Allington

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings:

  • November 13 – We’re Talking Dialogue ~ Gary John Baxter

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings:

  • November 17 – Towards Publication (Fiction) ~ Kate Eltham

When: 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Queensland Writers Centre

Cost: $65 M, $55 MC, $110 NM

FMI + Bookings:

  • November 19 – Master Class ~ Anna Jacobs

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: KSP Writers Centre, WA

Cost: TBA

FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential. Phone (08) 9294 1872 OR email

  • November 26 – The Unpredictable Plotter ~ Toni Jordan

When: 10.00pm–4.00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

FMI + Bookings: (03) 9094 7855 OR

  • November 27 – Manuscript Polishing Kit ~ Sharon Rundle

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

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



Have a wonderful week.


Leave a comment


  1. Juanita,
    Thanks for a great week’s wrap-up of all our member news.
    Lovely to read what’s happening,

  2. Juanita Kees

     /  October 9, 2011

    Thanks Suzi 🙂 Glad you enjoy Cruisin’. I love putting the post together, celebrating the news and reading all the blogs.

  3. Juanita Kees

     /  October 9, 2011

    Thanks, Eleni 🙂 It’s worth every moment.


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