Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Hello again from the blogging highway. Cruisin’ will be taking a break between 29th October and 13th November.

We will be back! During the break, we will be giving Cruisin’ an overhaul, so look out for some exciting changes.

While you’re here, don’t forget to have a look at Events to fuel your Learning Journey for some exciting member events.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

  • Anna Campbell won the Historical section of the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest with MY RECKLESS SURRENDER
  • Bronwyn Stuart finaled in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest in the Historical category
  • Anna Jacobs sold Danish language rights for the first book of her Swan River Saga FAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE
  • Janni Nell sold the third ALLEGRA FAIRWEATHER mystery to Carina Press
  • Louise Cusack sold her fantasy trilogy SHADOW THROUGH TIME to Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum Books
  • Noelene Jenkinson’s WOMBAT CREEK, her most recent modern romance, has just been accepted by Thorpe as a large print title. Release date TBA. This story was originally published this year as a My Weekly Pocket Novel and will be released in 2012 as an ebook available on Kindle and Smashwords.
  • Carla Caruso made it into the Top 21 of the Mills & Boon New Voices contest with her entry MONACO, MONEY AND MAD LOVE

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:

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:

October 18 – Good News Day

October 19 – Winners of Maree Anderson’s giveaways, FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH and THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR.

October 20 – Magic Thursday – Jess Anastasi with giveaway of SAVIOR and SINGULARITY.

October 21 – What We Are Reading post compiled by Shona Husk

October 22 – Darklight On … Janni Nell

October 17 – What do night watchmen and Richard Armitage have in common? – Cheryl Leigh

October 10 – GUEST AUTHOR: Kerri Williams (Aust.rom.suspense) with a copy of NUDGING CUPID to give away

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

October 14 – Kerri Williams giveaway winner announced!

October15 – GUEST AUTHOR: Annie West (HM&B) – we’re talking about Annie’s latest release, GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT, and she’s offering two special giveaways!

October 19 – HT Archives – Paula Roe Document Map – Sandra Harris

October 21 – Blog Bites – Fiona Palmer give-away – Kerri Williams

October 23 – Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News – Juanita Kees


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Magical Gains

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Monique Wood

Monya Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh


Blogs of Interest:

  • Bronwen Evans

A look at what defines a bestseller.

PD James writes Pride and Prejudice sequel

  • Anita Joy

USA Today launched a blog to celebrate romance novels

  • Keziah Hill

The complete list of the winners of the Davitt award from Sisters in Crime



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 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 12, The Night of Writing Dangerously ~ Anna Jacobs

Short talk, Q & A, writing, writing, writing.

When: 5-10 pm,

Where: City of Rockingham, Western Australia

Contact: Lee Battersby,

or (08) 9528 0386

 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

Rare event: Anna’s rather special ‘master class’. Participants must have finished at least one novel, first chapter critiqued as part of workshop.

When: 10.00am–4:00 pm

Where: KSP Writers Centre, Greenmount, 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.


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