Cruisin’ with RWA

A rocking good time was had by all in Sydney at the 2014 RWA Conference. 320 plus delegates showed Olympic Park a whole new sporting event. Now we’re back, bursting at the seams with news.

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Member News

For a full list of the finalists, nominees and winners, click on the link above

Would like to announce some exciting news

I’ve signed my seventh contract with Decadent Publishing! SLUMBER, my take on Sleeping Beauty and part of Decadent Publishing’s brand new Beyond Fairytales line, will be available in ebook from all good retailers soon.

Two of my pre-published novels, NO BOUNDARIES and DECEMBER HEAT have been accepted by Books We Love. Books should be available soon.

DAMAGED DREAMS (Truly Yours Digital Editions Book 101) released this week.

is proud to announce the release of her book, THE BRIDE, THE GROOM AND ME. San Francisco sales clerk, Sassy Chance, has the worst luck ever. First she falls in love with her best friend’s fiancé, Ben. Then she loses the heirloom, one-of-a-kind wedding ring. Totally not her fault. She was mugged. Now Sassy has to find the ring before the wedding day. Just as well she has the help of marital arts expert and unofficial PI, Devlin Fox. He’s kind of cute in a tough, dark and mysterious way. Too bad Sassy is still in love with Ben.

Noelene’s latest pocket novel WHISPERS ON THE PLAINS came out in the UK last week. It’s the first in an outback duo, this one the brother’s story set in mid western WA, the next one the sister’s story set in Flinders Ranges SA.

is thrilled to announce she has signed a contract with Etopia Press for her medieval romantic adventure WARRIOR’S SURRENDERRed Dirt Duchess

Would like to announce her August 19 release, RED DIRT DUCHESS published by Destiny Romance, e-format only.

Claytons Report

By Lexi Bryant

Last Saturday, while most of the RWA was at the Conference at the weekend, some of us were attending The Claytons 2014.claytons14_sml

On Friday night instead of dressing up, many of us snuggled in (who was the frog onesy? ;)) grabbed a beverage of choice and got to know each other at a lively meet and greet that was enjoyed by one and all.

We were off to an early start with a presentation about the changes in the RWA and how to access all that the RWA can offer its members. The second presentation of the day was by Gwenna Sebastian and she hosted a lively discussion about e-publishing, niche markets and gays in the military. Jamie Meadows followed with a very informative session about marketing and self-publishing that I’m sure answered a lot of the questions we all have.

A break for lunch and we were back with Louise Carter, she gave us a rundown on how to operate in social media as well as sharing a few tips for how to keep our cyber security tight. Zana Bell was next with an amazingly informative session. She gave us a top down, bottom up view of how to create wonderful, living worlds for our characters to inhabit.

Last, but certainly not least was Shona Husk. She pulled out the Tarot cards to show us how to create multi-faceted characters with depth and feeling.

I had a wonderful time co-ordinating the day and I think that it went well for everyone who attended. I would like to thank everyone who attended and made it such a fun, informative day.

RWA Lonely Hearts

By Clare (Group Liaison)065_butterfly_14

If you’re looking for support to help progress your writing, joining a writing group is a great first step. To help, we’ve launched a Lonely Hearts page on the RWA website for members looking for writing groups, and groups looking for new members. It’s easy to add your own advertisement, so head to www.romanceaustralia.com/new/lh_menu.asp and give it a shot. If you’ve got any queries, please get in touch with groupliaison@gmail.com we’ll do our best to help.

RWA Blog

August 8 Author Spotlight: Juliet Madison, Sarah Belle, Jacquie Underdown and Robyn Neeley – Magical Realism Romance Novelists

August 12 – Blog Bites with Iris Blobel

August 13Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Rural Romance novelist, Lisa Ireland

August 15 – A Day in the Writing Life of JL Addicoat

August 17 – Event Announcements

Clint’s Romance Rocks Hit List

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

What do I write about for my ENGAGING THE ENEMY blog tour? If you’re looking for ideas, Susanne Bellamy considers how to keep fresh content coming for a new release.
Hosts include the following wonderful writers: Noelle Clark, Lily Malone, Annie Seaton and SE Gilchrist between now and Sunday.

July 26Alexa Bravo
July 29Kerrie Paterson Passions
July 29Sandra Antonelli
July 30JM Bray
August 31 – EE Carter – Purple Couch
August 2Isabella Hargreaves
August 4 – WIP Me Inspired – J’aimee Brooker
August 5Helene Young
August 12Noelle Clark
August 13Lily Malone 
August 14 – Annie Seaton
August 17 –  SE Gilchrist Who Are You?
August 24Sunday Smooch

Please take your seats. The journey to happiness may involve some turbulence…

Put some zing in your mouth and mind with this week’s Friday Feast. Author Melanie Scott will not only tease your tastebuds with her zesty lemon and coconut brownie recipe, she’ll thrill your heart with her sporty new contemporary romance THE DEVIL IN DENIM. Plus share your preference for sweet, salty or sour treats and you could win a signed copy of this sexy page-turner. Don’t miss out. Zip on over now!

August 3 – Guest Post with Stacey Nash with rafflecopter giveaway
August 13 – Guest Post with Iris Blobel
August 16 – Blog Tour Guest Pippa Jay with rafflecopter giveaway
August 17 – Guest Post with Susanne Bellamy

August 7 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 50: Elsa Winckler’s Rain Drops

August 8 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 51: Alexa Bravo Sees The Light

August 9 – Seventy-five days of Phobias Day 52: Anna Cleary Comes Clean

August 10 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 53: Rachel Amphlett Stops Clowning Around

August 11 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias, Day 54: The Aisle Seat With Lily Malone

August 12 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 55: Ros Baxter is a Faker

August 13 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 56: TM Clark Backs Away

August 5 – The idea behind FRESH BEGINNINGS
August 6 – Release Day for FRESH BEGINNINGS
August 7 – May I introduce: Rachel Amphlett BEFORE NIGHTFALL
August 14 – May I introduce: Elizabeth M Darcy HER NORMAN CONQUEST
August 17 – Stop by to read another little “Snippet Sunday” from my current WIP

August 11 – WIP me Inspired on AusRomToday with J’aimee Brooker

Is writing work or just a hobby?

What makes our ‘book boyfriends’ irresistible? Perhaps it is because romance authors have tapped into some elementary qualities and those primal struggles that we find so fascinating in men.

Settle yourself down with a lovely glass of claret – Amy Rose Bennett and I talk Regency Noir on Tuesday Book Club.

Recently did her first interview about AusRom Today. The article went live over at the Books+Publishing news website. Come on over and visit

Book Expo Australia

Needs Aussie Authors to help them reach their goals

  • Support reading
  • Support Indigenous Literacy Foundation – who support Aussie Authors
  • Support Aussie Authors

Do we have 22,000 authors who can help? Do we have 22,000 authors who can doodle?

http://www.bookexpoaustralia.com/uncategorized/support-reading-support-an-author/

Contests

The summer is winding down (even if it’s hard to believe) and our thoughts are running to squeezing out the last bit of fun and preparing for return to school and normalcy for some of us, for others it’s the grand adventures autumn bring! Plus cooler weather!. So join us for the Fresh Fiction “Dog Days of August” we’ve got great contests and a chance to tell us what you’ve read this summer! Hurry it all ends August 19th.

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico
1. Nicole Hurley-Moore
2. Cecilia Clark
3. Barbara DeLeo
4. Narelle Harris
5. Naughty Ninjas
6. Antoinette Turner

Have a great week and happy writing!

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