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Keeping up Appearances

Date: Saturday, 8 September 2012

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Venue: The Studio, State Library of Queensland

Topic/s: Fiction   Romance

Panellist/s: Toni Jordan, Deborah Robertson, Bronwyn Parry

Chair: Tina Marie Clark

Price: Free

Description: Toni Jordan, Deborah Robertson and Bronwyn Parry write about the most popular topics in fiction: romance, love and sex. They let us in on the secret to keeping ideas fresh and readers interested.

Anna Campbell has written six historical romances and her work is published internationally, including in the United States, Germany and Japan. The Australian Romance Readers Association voted Anna their favourite Australian romance author of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Date: Friday, 7 September 2012

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Level 2 Lounge (adjacent to QWC), State Library of Queensland

Topic/s: Awards/Industry  Fiction  Romance

Panellist/s: Anna Campbell

Price: Free

Description: Sometimes a cosy chat is just the thing. Join an intimate group for an hour of casual conversation (a confab no less!) with Queensland author Anna Campbell. (Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival in collaboration with Queensland Writers Centre)

Upcoming Contests

  • The RWA West Houston Chapter’s contest ‘The Emily’ is open for submissions from Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and closes at midnight, September 30, 2012.For more information and to enter:
    * All Electronic ~ Fee: $30 (WHRWA members $20)
    * No synopsis ~ maximum of 7,000 words
    * Three first-round judges ~ lowest score dropped
    * Open to published authors (not published in category for three years)
    * Multiple entries allowed
    * Entries capped at the first 240 entries received

RWA Contests

  • New Logo Contest

RWA has launched a contest to find a new logo. Opens: September 1st 2012, Closes: Midnight Sydney time September 30th 2012

  • Closing dates for the 2012-13 contest season
HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

Contest Finalists

  • Bronwen Evans is a TOP-5 FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Best Indie Romance Book Contest  for her self-published novella, TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD. The winner will be announced on October 1.

New Releases – September 2012

  • September 4 is Release Day for Alison Stuart and GATHER THE BONES.
  • Erica Hayes has a new short story out on Kindle. HUNTER’S BLOOD is a hot and tasty vampire romance.
  • Elizabeth Rose is happy to announce that EVE’S PASSION is now Available at Amazon or The Whiskey Creek Press website for download. Visit her website for more information.
  • Janet Woods is celebrating the release of the audiobook version of TALL POPPIES, narrated by Patricia Gallimore by Soundings.
  • SAVING TIM by Janelle Lee is now available at Amazon, B&N, All Romance ebooks & Bookstrand. Her HEAT WAVE (anthology) is now available at Amazon and coming soon THE LIE SHE TOLD.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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 This week on Friday Feast:

My guest this week on Friday Feast is GATHER THE BONES author Alison Stuart. Not only is Alison sharing a great curry recipe, she’s delighting us with tales from her days growing up in Africa, including snippets from THE KENYA SETTLERS COOKERY BOOK AND HOUSEHOLD GUIDE. All guaranteed to make you smile, or your toes curl!

Plus leave a comment about your favourite childhood food memory and you’ll go into the draw to win a GATHER THE BONES notebook and pen.

Is back this week with another great line-up.

September 10 – Come on over to see which castle we stop at next on our Scottish adventure.

August 28 – MISSION ROMANCE: What’s the Buzz? What a writer’s conference can do for you. Name the Bee on the Homepage to win a copy of the LITTLE GEMS 2012 DIAMONDS edition. Winner drawn September 7.

September 3 – BETWEEN THE COVERS: A review of Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman (Harlequin Teen)

September and October – Calling all Historical Authors:

Would you like to do a craft type post or interview? Craft-wise, I’m looking for anything with a little history to it that adds to the story, even if it’s about where you do your research. The blog category title is “In the Armchair with…” so pick your favourite reading or writing chair and attach a photo of yourself with the blog. Contact me for more information if you’d like to be a guest.

  • Lily Malone is celebrating finishing her first novel HIS BRAND OF BEAUTIFUL in time for the deadline for the Choc-Lit competition, Search For An Australian Star. She’s posted the opening scene on her blog.


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Write on Track – Diane Curran
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Jenna Anastasi
  4. Juliet Madison
  5. Mission: Romance
  6. Suzi Love


Enrico’s quote of the week

We are more inclined to regret our virtues than our vices; but only the very honest will admit this.  ~Holbrook Jackson

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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  1. Love seeing what everyone’s up to! Thanks again for putting this together for us, Juanita.


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