Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News

Blog Chauffeur Enrico and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ the Blogs and Member News between the 29th October and 13th of November. We will be back! During the break, we will be giving Cruisin’ an overhaul, so look out for some exciting changes.

Keep your good news and blogs coming to


What’s in the News?

Member News:

  • Anna Jacobs has sold Danish language rights for the first book of her Swan River Saga FAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE. Anna has had a busy week with another two books published: THE TRADER’S WIFE in hardback and e-book format, and SHORT AND SWEET, a collection of short romantic stories all of which have been published in magazines over the years. Read more about these stories and more on Anna’s website.
  • Carla Caruso’s second chapter of MONACO, MONEY AND MAD LOVE is now posted at the Mills & Boon New Voices contest. Carla is one of the top 21 to get through to the second round.
  • Cathryn Hein was delighted to see her rural set romance PROMISES at number 5 behind Nora Roberts and Stephanie Laurens in the Top Ten Romance list in the Sun-Herald.

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 Blogs

Where our Members are Blogging:

Guest blog at the Romantic Novelists’ Association blog chatting about her two new releases

Anne is also author of the month at Severn House blog, publisher of her modern novels.

October 25 – Good News Day

October 26  -Winners of Jess Anastasi’s giveaways, SAVIOR and SINGULARITY.

October 27 – Magic Thursday –C.T. Green on inspiration.

October 29 – Darklight On…Rhyll K

October 31 – Halloween Birthday Party Bash!! We turn one.

November 1 – Good News Day

November 2 – Magic Thursday – Nicola E. Sheridan with giveaway of MAGICAL CREATIONS

November 4 – Darklight On…Shona Husk

November 8 – Good News Day

November 9  -Winners of Nicola E Sheridan’s giveaways MAGICAL CREATIONS

November 10 – Magic Thursday – Astrid Cooper with giveaway of CRYSTAL DREAMS

November 12 – Darklight On…Gemma Kettley

October 24 – Welsh Love Spoons – By Dana Scully

October 31 – Galloway Nags – By Allison Butler

October 18 – GUEST AUTHOR: Phillipa Fioretti (romantic comedy, chic lit & commercial women’s fiction)

October 20 – “Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?” – Kylie is excited to be interviewing the photo-illustrator who designed the cover of her debut release, VENGEANCE BORN.

October 22 – GUEST AUTHOR: Eve Summers (erotica romance)

October 24 – GUEST AUTHOR: Christina Hollis (HM&B Modern)

October 27 – Dark Side DownUnder blog turns 1 – come celebrate our birthday on Oct.31st (Halloween) – books, prizes and spook-tacular fun!

October 29 – “Spooks, Spirits & Spectres!” – How did Halloween come about?

October 31 – “It’s Halloween!” and GUEST AUTHOR: Jenny Schwartz (steampunk & paranormal romance, Carina Press)

Louise posts at least once a week on the topic of psychology of writing and draws on her years spent as a writing mentor.

Nicole has started a series of in-depth articles on writing habits and processes – one author a week. This week it’s historian and fantasy writer Gillian Polack

October 26 – Author Spotlight on Melanie Milburne – Juliet Madison

October 28 – Day in the Writing Life of Noelene Jenkinson – Suz Hamilton

October 29 – November 2011 New Releases – Sandie Hudson


Members Who Blog Regularly:

Novel Adventurers

Paula Roe

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

Romance Bandits

S E Gilchrist


Blogs of Interest:

  • Bronwen Evans

A lovely romance

  • Cathryn Hein

Charlotte Harper’s presentation and social media tips from the Brisbane Emerging Writers Festival


Events to fuel your Learning Journey

Upcoming Events:

October 27-  Girls Night In with Karly Lane, Bronwyn Parry, Suzanne Brandyn and Kerri Williams

When: 2 pm

Where:  Bellingen Library for an afternoon of lust, romance and girly talk.

Cost: Gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council – Girls’ Night In.

Bookings: On 6655 1744 or

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 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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  1. Juanita Kees

     /  October 23, 2011

    Because there’s no Cruisin’ next week to share our members’ good news, here is a little extra hot off the promo press.

    Breaking News just in:

    Sue Moorcroft won the UK’s inaugural Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award for LOVE & FREEDOM, which has been available in Australia since early September.

    Coleen Kwan’s debut contemporary romance, WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME, goes on sale

    Cathleen Ross’s short story THE LOVER is now available on Amazon.

    Congratulations on your good news!

  2. Juanita Kees

     /  October 25, 2011

    Blog Title Change: October 31 – Historical Hearts Blog – Tribute To A Nag – By Allison Butler


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