Cruisin’ with RWA

Before we head off to celebrate our good news and line up of blogs for this week, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the real-life heroes, our ANZACS and those who served beside them.

The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer, Laurence Binyon, and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921. ~ ANZAC Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;Anzac Day
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Cruisin’ the 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.

Keeping up AppearancesanneMugshotSmall

  • Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.
  • Alison Stuart will be presenting her workshop on an INTRODUCTION TO SCRIVENER on Saturday 31st May, 4.30pm to 6.00pm at the Williamstown Literary Festival in the Library Quiet Room and chairing a panel: The New Romantics – Places in the Heart. The star studded panel comprises Kath Ledson, Margareta Osborn, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle and is scheduled Sunday 1st June at 12.00pm to 1.00pm in the Library Auditorium. For more details and booking see the WLF website.

New Releases

Has a new release due out on May 1. LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR  from Escape Publishing is a Regency Romantic Suspense.
Regency Romantic Suspense (cover attached)

New Cover

J L’s debut Novel SPIRIT OF LOVE, which will be published by Rogue Phoenix Press in early July.

Trending

THE TRADER’S REWARD (final in series) hit the top 100 sagas at Amazon Kindle UK.

Contests

Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggies contest still needs more entries in Erotic Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and
Young Adult. Deadline May 8.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA Blog

April 23 – Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

April 25 – Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…Narelle Atkins

April 27 – Event Announcements

April 29 – Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Kate Belle

April 30 – Author Spotlight on Charmaine Ross with a Giveaway

May 1 – Cruisin’ with RWA

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.

Anna Jacobs takes a star turn on All the World’s a Page this weekend. Her writing journey is an inspiration and a must-read for authors, and she’s got a wonderful GIVEAWAY! A hard copy of THE TRADER’S DREAM, the last book in her wonderful Traders’ series to one lucky commenter on the blog.  Remember to leave your email addy in your comment to be in the running!

Didn’t have enough chocolatey goodness over Easter? Then you need Friday Feast! This week I’m revealing the foodie fun I had with ROCKING HORSE HILL and sharing the heroine Emily’s luscious and seductive recipe for moelleux au chocolat. Plus let us know what you could be seduced with and you’ll go into the draw to win a signed copy of ROCKING HORSE HILL. Sweet!

April 22 – Good News Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb, action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

On April 20, Elizabeth (writing as HC Brown) was hosted on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog. Do drop by if you can and leave a comment. Elizabeth had a copy of DRAGONFAE & THE SOUL CATCHER to give away.

April 24 – Suzi Love is coming for a visit talking about SCENTING SCANDAL

has written a blog post, The Diversity of Romance – What is Romance Fiction, Really? in response to the debates going on at the ABC Drum site about romance & the misconceptions showing themselves in the comments in the hope to enlighten people on how diverse the romance market is.

April 28Imogene Nix stops by on her blog tour to celebrate the release of THE ILLUMINATED WITCH.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alison Stuart
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cassandra Dean
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Elise Ackers
  6. Helene Young

Have a great week and happy writing!

Romance Rocks 2014 presents…

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Welcome to the first Conference Spotlight post of 2014. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing your presenters for the core conference workshops. Pull on your sports shorts, tie your running shoes and get down to warm ups, it’s time to rock romance at Olympic Park. Let the Games begin!

On Track B, Session 2, Saturday 9th August, Valerie Parv seizes the baton with The Inside Story on How to Draw your Readers into your Fictional World.

The Inside Story

On Facebook, we soon learn that the advertising we see on our timelines can be completely different from what our friends see. Depending on our likes VALERIE PARV Art of Romance Book coverand comments, one friend may see anti-aging and diet products while another gets cars and travel. It’s the same with writing – different readers perceive your words differently. So how can we be sure that our writing draws them in and makes them forget they’re reading fiction? Through interaction and fun exercises, this workshop explores five ways to engage your reader with your story world, keeping you on the same page until the end.

Your Presenter – Valerie Parv

Valerie Parv is one of Australia’s most successful authors with more than 29 million copies of her books sold. They have been widely translated and are PARV PHOTOnow available as ebooks. For many years, The State Library of NSW has collected her literary papers and the project is ongoing. She holds a master of arts from Queensland University of Technology, and is the first Australian author to receive a Pioneer of Romance award from RT Book Reviews, New York. Her science fiction/romance Beacons series is her most ambitious yet, starting with Birthright (2012) and Earthbound(2014) with a novella, Starfound bridging the two, followed by the climactic series conclusion, Homeworld. (Corvallis Press, Oregon, USA). Valerie is represented by Linda Tate of The Tate Gallery Pty Ltd in Sydney, and enjoys connecting with readers via www.valerieparv.com, her blog, valerieparv.wordpress.com, @ValerieParv on twitter and on Facebook.Birthright-cover

Valerie’s extends her expertise and generosity by mentoring new writers through the Valerie Parv Award created in her honour by Romance Writers of Australia. She has served as an Australia Day Ambassador for the past six years and loves visiting communities in regional NSW, adding a tractor pull, yabby racing and thong throwing to her list of experiences.

Event Announcements

Don’t miss the start of our Romance Rocks Presents blog campaign on April 22 introducing our Presenters and giving you a little more information on what to expect from their workshops.

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

RWA Conference 2014

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4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014

Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Keeping Up Appearances

Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns

When: Friday 9 May at 10am.

Cost: The event is FREE but tickets are essential.

FMI and Bookings: Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book OUTBACK BLAZE

Where: Parramatta Library, NSW

When: Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night.

Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

  • Romancing the Page ~ Anne GracieanneMugshotSmall

When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday 4 May **NOTE date change**
Where: New South Wales Writers Centre
Cost: NM $180 M $125
FMI + bookings: Ph 02 9555 9757 or http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/romance/romancing-the-page/

  • WestWords Festival – Dubbo, NSW

When: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May

FMI: http://www.dubboartz.org.au

For tickets and program: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/Westwords2014

  • Navigating the Maze: Marketing and Promotion in the Digital World ~ Simon Groth

When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday 17 May
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, Byron Bay
Cost: NM $45 M $35
FMI + bookings: Ph 02 6685 5115 or http://www.nrwc.org.au/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=45&Itemid=62

Sex & Literature Panel – Sydney Writers Festival
Talking about sex can get even the coolest people hot under the collar. John Baxter, Kate Belle and John Purcell reveal their secrets about sex in the written form to Angela Meyer.
When: Thursday 22 May, 1.30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free
More info and bookings: go to SWF2014 Website:

http://www.swf.org.au/component/option,com_events/Itemid,124/agid,3835/task,view_detail/

is running two intensive master classes (19-23 May and 1-5 September) and a NaNoWriMo course that will run on Sundays in October (preparation) and November (weekly writing sessions).
The courses will be at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and include full catering. The courses have been designed to suit writers of all genres.
Find out more:
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=59
www.pdmartin.com.au/menu.aspx?mID=60

  • The New Romantics – Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Why is the romance genre so popular? Join The New Romantics for an enlightening and enlivening discussion on love in words. The panel includes four local published authors of various sub-genres of romantic fiction.
The panel will discuss with the audience the diversity and popularity of writing and reading romance, the changing roles and tropes of women in modern romantic fiction, balance of power and gender, breadth of the genre, the story within the story, what makes a good love scene, what defines a happy-ever-after ending and much more.
With Margareta Osborn, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar and Kate Belle
When: Saturday 7 June, 2pm
Where: Woodend Community Centre
Cost: $20 full / $18 conc
For more info and bookings go to WWAF website:

http://www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au/main/page_side_nav_2014_program_literary.html

Roadshow South Australia

Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember
Presented by SAWC and Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
A weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction. Stop penning those love letters, put down the Mills & Boon, and forget those roses—it’s time for our inaugural genre fair—and it’s romance! RWA and SAWC have come together to bring you two days of whirling workshops, panel sessions, master classes, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings and more. And on the Saturday night it’s the fundraising event of the year: our romance-themed lit quiz night. Full program and speakers announced in April.

When: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June
Cost: 1 Day: $130 members/$170 non-members
Quiz Night: $20 per head
Weekend Package (2 days plus Quiz Night): $240 members /$340 non-members

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only. Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

Jane Austen Society of Australia

For those interested – or if you know of any interested, please pass the message on: The Jane Austen Society of Australia is having their first New Zealand meeting at the Wellesely Boutique Hotel in Wellington on the last Saturday in May. At our first meeting we will discuss Jane Austen’s first published work Sense and Sensibility. All welcome. Membership forms will be available should you wish to join. $30 for high tea (additional costs may apply for special dietary requirements) 2pm, Saturday 31 May, 2014 To book your place please contact Frances Duncan on francesrduncan@gmail.com with your name, email, and any dietary requirements.

Writers Festivals 2014

This is the tenth year Writefest has been held, and every year many come from other states to attend.

When: May 17

Where: Building 5 of the CQUniversity, Bundaberg

Cost: $85.00 for Adults, $35.00 for student 15 years and under. Master Class is $95.00 and is held both Saturday and Sunday or if writers would like to attend the workshops on Saturday and are selected for the Masterclass on Sunday, the cost is $155.00

FMI and Bookings:  http://bundywriters.com/about-writefest/program/

There will be publisher/Writer interviews with Haylee Nash, Commissioning Editor of Pan Macmillan Australia. Interviews will be held for selected writers based on the quality of their submissions. (Please see the website for details) There is also a Masterclass with Editor Jo Butler. Limited participants. Submissions close 5th April. Workshops will be held throughout the day, broken into morning and afternoon session. Workshop available are: The Secret to writing Powerful fiction using Techniques mastered by Pixar Part1 & 2Making Book Trailers that Buzz by Film-maker and Author Scott Baker.Creating pefect picture Books by Jacque Duffy Capturing and keeping Kids’ interest in Chapter books by Jacque Duffy. The Write Tools for Writers (Part 1 Nuts and Bolts) Author Shannon Curtis The Write Tools for Writers (Part 2 Master Builder) Author Shannon Curtis) Words + Pictures – The Golden Opportunity that is the Graphic Novel by Shane Foley Pathways to Publication by Emily Craven. Thanks to member, J.L. Addicoat for bring this event to our attention.

May 19–25

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

August 21–31

September 3–7

RWA Contest Season

Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Selling Synopsis Closed
Emerald Award Closed
Little Gems Closed
First Kiss Closed
Valerie Parv Award Now Open, Closes 2 May 2014

RWA Facebook Group Changes

Did you know that RWA has an official Facebook Page? The link is below. When the ‘page’ was set up, we couldn’t easily allow conversation on that page, which is why we set up a group as well. The ‘anyone can post to the page’ function is now turned on, and thanks to the magic of Facebook linking, there are already posts there. The official news posts appear on the left and all the posts by ‘likers’ in the box on the right. The advantage of this is that you can see the latest official news and a bunch of posts from others at a glance, without having to scroll down. And if you want to see full posts you can click ‘see all’ on the box, and you get a nice, dedicated stream, without the ads down the side. In the lead-up to the 2014 conference, we have a lot more official news posts on Facebook and by using the official page only, we can put all of those up clearly without drowning out the other conversations. The format of the ‘like’ page, allows official posts (promotion of blog appearances and contest winners, for instance) to stay visible for longer. The official page can also ‘like’ the FB pages of RWA writer’s groups and members, which the group can’t. It can also host collections of photos that are posted to it, which the group can’t and seems relevant to promotion, as most of the photos posted to the group are book covers. As part of our new structure, we are actively looking for ways to better support our ‘established’ writers and improving the prominence of our official page will improve our ability to promote our publishing members on Facebook, both to readers on Facebook and to outside media. The upshot of all of these considerations is that we would like to consolidate our two pages into one official RWA Facebook page. You could start by heading over to the RWA page (below) and ‘liking’ it, we would greatly appreciate it. https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia

Happy Easter!

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

The Cruisin’ Crew wish you all a safe and happy Easter. We have a collection of blogs to keep you company this long weekend.

Cruisin’ the Newseaster chick

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.

Keeping up AppearancesanneMugshotSmall

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

A Dorset Girl – Beyond The Plough – A Handful of Ashes (Trilogy)
The Stonecutter’s Daughter – Where Seagulls Soar (Duo)
The Convict’s Woman (single)

New Contracts

SAVING SHELBY SUMMERS, Margaret’s third romance with dogs, was accepted for July release by Secret Cravings Publishers.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA Blog

April 20 – Event Announcements

April 21Author Spotlight on Delwyn JenkinsPARV PHOTO

April 22Conference Spotlight: Romance Rocks 2014 presents…Valerie Parv

April 23Author Spotlight on Cassandra L Shaw

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.

JM Bray’s cover reveal and interview on All the World’s a Page and yes, I have a ‘thing’ about Tuffy! I’m jealous! Pop in and meet one of romantic fantasy’s male writers.

All the World’s a Page is hosting two writers over the next two weeks who showcase what our RWA is about: The Newly Published Author and the International Best-Seller Author.

April 20 (Easter weekend!) – introducing the delightful Amy Rose Bennett and her debut release

April 26 and 27 – Wonderful Anna Jacobs calls in to talk about the last in her “Traders” series.

Easter treats on Friday Feast! Join me for a bit of fun where I talk about my upcoming rural romance ROCKING HORSE HILL, childhood Easter adventures and share an easy-peasy recipe for breadmaker hot-uncrossed buns. So bunny hop on over. There may be books and chocolate…

April 15 – Good New Day

April 19 – On Enchanted Orb we have action & romance writer, Anna Hackett

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Ann B Harrison discussing Beating Writers Block

Lauren McKellar discussing her experience at the recent Indie Authors Down Under Conference

Simone Cooper discussing The Power of the Written Word

April 17 – If you speak German or want to freshen up on it, check out my post this week. I’m featuring Hellen May’s very successful first novel UND WIEDER CARMEL – she’s also my best friend

Also – on my shared blog FourFoxesOneHound, don’t miss Kate Belle’s wonderful guest blog “What is it about small Aussie towns?”

Do you have a fave country pub? Simon & Schuster want to know and you can WIN a copy of SIMMERING SEASON. I may even drop in one day for a beer.

At Home With Jenn J Mcleod on my blog today, where she tells us all about her home life, her pets, and something exciting she’s about to undertake! Plus she’s giving away a copy of either HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS or SIMMERING SEASON to someone who leaves a comment.

EE Carter was on my blog this week talking about her very unusual collection.

Also cool websites and videos from around the web – Birthdays, bad movies and British Accents.

S E Gilchrist is running fun character interviews ‘Who are you?’ on her blog this year. This week we have Hampton Rourke from Nicole Murphy’s fantasy trilogy.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alicia Honsa
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Fiona Lowe

Have a great week and happy writing!

Cruisin’ with RWA

Hop on board, we’re off on a Cruisin’ adventure with Carmelo, Clint and Enrico…

Cruisin’ the 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.

Keeping up Appearances

Anne Gracie will be in Sydney on Sunday 4th May, (please note change of date) conducting a one day workshop on writing romance for the NSW Writers Centre. Further details here, including cost.

New Releases

Delwyn’s book CALLED BY FIRE is due for release on April 22. Kam’s a modern-day Witch and Alex is a warrior from the World Between. Kam knows they have no future together, but it seems her heart has other ideas.

The sequel to TEARING THE SHROUD is coming. MENDING THE SHROUD is scheduled for release on July 1, 2014.

THE TRADER’S REWARD will be released earlier in Australia. If there are any sightings of the hardback or trade paperback, Anna would love to hear about them.

Narelle is thrilled to announce her upcoming new release THE NURSE’S PERFECT MATCH from Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, release date May 2014 in print.

For more New Releases, have a look at this week’s RWA New Releases Blog.

New Contracts

signed a contract with Evernight Teen for her YA Paranormal Romance, HOW I DUMPED MY DEMON.

Cover Reveals

The cover for HER NORMAN CONQUEST by Elizabeth M Darcy,  a sensual-spicy Historical, has arrived.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

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.

Need some zing in your life? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Awesome Australian author Sarah Mayberry has tequila, a super tasty and fast recipe, and fantastic reads to spice up your world even further. Plus share your favourite spicy dish and you’ll go into the draw to not only win Sarah’s two April releases, HER KIND OF TROUBLE and SATISFACTION, but a packet of the world’s best biscuits, Tim-Tams! So don your sombrero and salsa your way to Friday Feast. Arriba!

April 9 – A Bite of…World Change

April 8 – Good News Day

April 5 – Darklight On…Mel Teschco

April 4 – Real Life Paranormal with Cathleen Ross

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

Tuesday Tales – Prompt: lemon

Book Review – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg THE CHASE

Sandy Wolters – When One Door Closes

SIMMERING SEASON deals with a school reunion that brings home more than memories for local publican, Maggie Lindeman. Check out some of our fave authors at school.

April 9 - a whollota sass going on

April 7 – Reading Adventures in April

Sunday Supper – March Menu for 8 People
Stitches on Saturday
Friday’s Fashion – Ackermann 1812
At Your Service 19th Century Valet
Word on Wednesday
Tasty Tuesday – Braised Fillet of Mutton with French Beans
Manners on Monday – Conversation

J M Bray shares his delightful new cover for MENDING THE SHROUD

Murder, Suspense and Romance await you in UNDER COVER OF DARK by Juanita Kees, book 2 in the Tag Raiders Series.

Blogs of Interest

Kristen Lamb writes an awesome post about writing series and torturing your characters.

Randy Ingermanson, also known as ‘The Snowflake Guy’ has included an unintentional shoutout to our 500 Club (rockin’ in the RWA forum, if you decide to join) in his latest newsletter. He also has a useful and succinct craft demonstration where he butchers, then reassembles a short scene from The Hunger Games.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

  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!

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another cruise in the RWA limo. Loads to celebrate this week with the announcement of the Emerald Finalists and a few new releases too.

Cruisin’ the News

with Cousin CarmeloCousin Carmelo

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.

Emerald Finalists

Congratulations to our Emerald Finalists and thank you to Charlotte and Joanne for their judging and to all the RWA volunteers who make our contest season possible.

Keeping up Appearances

Romantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns on Friday 9 May at 10am. The event is FREE but tickets are essential. Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

AND

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book ‘Outback Blaze’ at Parramatta Library, NSW on Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night. Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

New Releases

A PROMISE OF MORE, book #2 in the Disgraced Lords series with Random House Lovewept is out on April 15. A PROMISE OF MORE release contest has started. Check out the Giveaway page tab on this Facebook page…WIN a KAGI Jewel Pop Ring and books! A KISS OF LIES is also on sale until April 13.

Imogene Nix’s latest novel THE ILLUMINATED WITCH was released by Totally Bound in E-book format last week.

Trending

HER DEMON PRINCE is a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Awards. The competition is run by RWAmerica’s Texas chapter.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

RWA News

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only.
Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun.
If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List owl(OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

With Chauffeur ClintClint

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.

I love a great spy story but how do you link SPIES OF MAYFAIR, Maggi Andersen’s wonderful Regency spy series, with the present? All will be revealed when Maggi is my guest this week.

Want a best-dressed meal? Then look no further than Friday Feast. Jenn J McLeod is serving up a beautifully flavoured salad dressing and combining it with seasonal produce to create a dish that sings. And you’ll be singing even louder if you win a copy of her latest release, SIMMERING SEASON. Simply share your favourite seasonal produce and you’ll go into the draw. Tasty!

April 1 – New Releases

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

March 30 – Sunday Snippet

April 1 – Tuesday Tales

Jenn J McLeod has WA fiction author, Natasha Lester, at the bar and she’s shouting – TWO BOOKS UP FOR GRABS

SIMMERING SEASON arrived April 1 and Jenn is giving away a copy of House for all Seasons or Simmering Season (your choice) on her release day dedication and apology blog post.

Jenn talked Second Novel Syndrome on Write Note Reviews.

As most writers know, rejections can be devastating. On the MRWG blog, Josephine Caporetto shares  her own humorous way of putting them into perspective.

March 28 – UP-CLOSE with Mills & Boon writer Anne Oliver!

Sunday Supper – March Menu for 8 People
Stitches on Saturday
Friday’s Fashion – Ackermann 1812
At Your Service 19th Century Valet
Word on Wednesday
Tasty Tuesday – Braised Fillet of Mutton with French Beans
Manners on Monday – Conversation

Roll up, roll up, both published and unpublished writers of any heat levels but over 18 readership, who would be interested in a guest post on my site. This will take the form of a character interview, click here for an example.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:
1. Kylie Griffin
2. Life, Luv ‘n Laughs
3. The Scarlet Quill
4. Roxanne Knight
5. Sultry Scribes
6. Victoria Purman

Have a great week and happy writing!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only.
Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun.
If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

Jane Austen Society of Australia

For those interested – or if you know of any interested, please pass the message on:

The Jane Austen Society of Australia is having their first New Zealand meeting at the Wellesely Boutique Hotel in Wellington on the last Saturday in May.

At our first meeting we will discuss Jane Austen’s first published work Sense and Sensibility.

All welcome. Membership forms will be available should you wish to join.

$30 for high tea (additional costs may apply for special dietary requirements)

2pm, Saturday 31 May, 2014

To book your place please contact Frances Duncan on francesrduncan@gmail.com with your name, email, and any dietary requirements.

Writing Contest

Tomorrowgirl is a short story competition for Indigenous high school girls in or from remote communities.  It was a big success in 2013, and in 2014 it asks girls to tell stories on the theme of “Big Dreams”. The stories can be true or imagined, and the winner will receive a writer’s support package with a laptop, book vouchers and membership to a writer’s association.

The stories may be shared with other remote communities, and across Australia. Click here to find out more.

Writers Festivals 2014

April 4–7

This is the tenth year Writefest has been held, and every year many come from other states to attend.

When: May 17

Where: Building 5 of the CQUniversity, Bundaberg

Cost: $85.00 for Adults, $35.00 for student 15 years and under. Master Class is $95.00 and is held both Saturday and Sunday or if writers would like to attend the workshops on Saturday and are selected for the Masterclass on Sunday, the cost is $155.00

FMI and Bookings:  http://bundywriters.com/about-writefest/program/

There will be publisher/Writer interviews with Haylee Nash, Commisioning Editor of Pan Macmillan Australia.
Interviews will be held for selected writers based on the quality of their submissions. (Please see the website for details)
There is also a Masterclass with Editor Jo Butler. Limited participants Submissions close 5th April.
Workshops will be held throughout the day, broken into morning and afternoon session.

Workshop available are:
The Secret to writing Powerful fiction using Techniques mastered by Pixar Part1 & 2Making Book Trailers that Buzz by Film-maker and Author Scott Baker.Creating pefect picture Books by Jacque Duffy

Capturing and keeping Kids’ interest in Chapter books by Jacque Duffy.

The Write Tools for Writers (Part 1 Nuts and Bolts) Author Shannon Curtis

The Write Tools for Writers (Part 2 Master Builder) Author Shannon Curtis)
Words + Pictures – The Golden Opportunity that is the Graphic Novel by Shane Foley

Pathways to Publication by Emily Craven.

Thanks to member, J.L. Addicoat for bring this event to our attention.

May 19–25

May 29–June 1

June 7–9

July 17–20

August 1–3

August 21–31

September 3–7

RWA Contest Season

Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Selling Synopsis Closed
Emerald Award Closed
Little Gems Closed
First Kiss Closed
Valerie Parv Award Opens 18 April, Closes 2 May 2014

Keeping Up Appearances

April 10 – Author TalkTMClark_MBBO

Where: Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Author Talk starts at 6:30 pm with wine and nibbles to follow

Cost: $8 includes cheese and wine. Pay at the door, lucky door prize.

FMI and Bookings: http://www.libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au/author-visits or call (07) 5329 6555

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

*Ed’s Note: Adult Content Warning*

Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex In Words at The Wheeler Centre

It’s time to reveal what really goes on under and between the covers, as the Wheeler Centre embarks on a week of frank literary bedroom chat, with the focus firmly on female sexuality. Brace yourselves for a series of sweet nothings whispered in your ear as we delve into a cornucopia of pleasures sure to satisfy even the most ardent book lover.

Join the reigning queen of erotic fiction Krissy Kneen, Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and prolific blogger at The Ecstasy Files, with John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker – author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy) and host Kate Holden to discuss erotica, alternative sexualities and how to live your sexual fantasies through the art of fiction.

When: Wednesday April 2

Where: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Bookings via The Wheeler Centre http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/sex-in-words/

RWA Facebook Group Changes

Did you know that RWA has an official Facebook Page? The link is below. When the ‘page’ was set up, we couldn’t easily allow conversation on that page, which is why we set up a group as well.

The ‘anyone can post to the page’ function is now turned on, and thanks to the magic of Facebook linking, there are already posts there. The official news posts appear on the left and all the posts by ‘likers’ in the box on the right. The advantage of this is that you can see the latest official news and a bunch of posts from others at a glance, without having to scroll down. And if you want to see full posts you can click ‘see all’ on the box, and you get a nice, dedicated stream, without the ads down the side.

In the lead-up to the 2014 conference, we have a lot more official news posts on Facebook and by using the official page only, we can put all of those up clearly without drowning out the other conversations.

The format of the ‘like’ page, allows official posts (promotion of blog appearances and contest winners, for instance) to stay visible for longer. The official page can also ‘like’ the FB pages of RWA writer’s groups and members, which the group can’t. It can also host collections of photos that are posted to it, which the group can’t and seems relevant to promotion, as most of the photos posted to the group are book covers. As part of our new structure, we are actively looking for ways to better support our ‘established’ writers and improving the prominence of our official page will improve our ability to promote our publishing members on Facebook, both to readers on Facebook and to outside media.

The upshot of all of these considerations is that we would like to consolidate our two pages into one official RWA Facebook page. You could start by heading over to the RWA page (below) and ‘liking’ it, we would greatly appreciate it.

https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!rwa14logoedit-light-300

4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Writer’s Classes, Groups, Workshops

April 12 – Trent Jamieson – Short Story Writing

Presenter: TRENT JAMIESON

Topic: Short Story Writing

Time: 9.15 am to 4.00 pm

Date: Saturday 12 April 2014

Place: Fradgley Hall, above Burleigh Heads Library, cnr Park Avenue and Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Cost: $95 which will include morning and afternoon tea

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-short-stories-trent-jamieson-tickets-10651909147

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers.

To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Cruisin’ with RWA

The boys had a busy week gathering all the good news. Our members were out and about at the annual ARRA awards and came home smiling. Find out who the winners were below.

Cruisin’ the News

with Cousin CarmeloCousin Carmelo

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.

2013 ARRA Awards

Congratulations to all our wonderful RWA members honoured in the ARRA Awards!

Book Launch

is launching her fifth novel, SAFE HARBOUR, in Brisbane on 3rd April, 2014. The event’s being held at the fabulous independent bookshop, Black Cat Books and Café and commences at 6.00pm.
Meg Vann, CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, will be ‘in conversation’ with Helene from 6.30 pm.
Come and share champagne and laughter to launch Helene’s latest book.

RSVP to heleneyoung01@gmail.com
More details at www.heleneyoung.com

New Releases

Cathryn is delighted to announce that she will have two books out this year. ROCKING HORSE HILL, hits the shelves in less than a month, and come September she’ll have another release in a brand new genre. THE FRENCH PRIZE is the first in what Cathryn hopes will be a long line of romantic adventure novels.

Is pleased to announce that Simon & Schuster is re-releasing her best-selling saga trilogy in ebook. A DORSET GIRL, BEYOND THE PLOUGH and  A HANDFUL OF ASHES will be available in April, and follows the life and loves of Siana Lewis and her struggle to survive after a tragedy leaves her responsible for her two younger siblings. Covers can be viewed on Janet’s blog. Other sagas available from S&S in e format.

Trending

HER DEMON PRINCE is a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Awards. The competition is run by RWAmerica’s Texas chapter.

THE BILLIONAIRE’S PURSUIT OF LOVE  stood at no. 3 on the iTunes Top Paid Romance list this week.

The Valerie Parv Award

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

Writing Contests

Tomorrowgirl is a short story competition for Indigenous high school girls in or from remote communities.  It was a big success in 2013, and in 2014 it asks girls to tell stories on the theme of “Big Dreams”. The stories can be true or imagined, and the winner will receive a writer’s support package with a laptop, book vouchers and membership to a writer’s association.

The stories may be shared with other remote communities, and across Australia. Click here to find out more.

RWA News

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only.
Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun.
If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List owl(OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

With Chauffeur ClintClint

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.

I love a great spy story but how do you link SPIES OF MAYFAIR, Maggi Andersen’s wonderful Regency spy series, with the present? All will be revealed when Maggi is my guest this week.

Tasty treats on Friday Feast! Award-winning historical romance author Anne Gracie is not only having a bit of muffin-fun thanks to her gorgeous new release THE WINTER BRIDE, she’s sharing a delicious blueberry friand recipe that will leave your mouth watering. Morning tea and a heart-warming read? Couldn’t be more perfect!

March 26 – A Bite Of… Mending the Shroud

March 25 – Good News Day

March 22 – Enchanted Orb with Danielle Bellwater

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

MANGO KISSES is Feature Book on the Australian Romance Readers Assoc blog site with a very nice review.

March 27 – My guest this week is V.L. Locey talking about her ice hockey story PINK PUCKS AND POWER PLAYS

This week, Demelza Carlton talks about her passion for underwater photography – including encounters with randy sea lions and irate coconut crabs.

Lily Malone has been struggling with a particularly unwieldy WIP. She had a chat with blogger, Monique Mulligan, in a guest post about the joys of writing when the WIP won’t play ball.

If you haven’t yet heard about the Naughty Ninjas, it’s a great time to get acquainted with them as they’ve taken over J’aimee Brooker’s Creative Conversation blog for two whole weeks. This first post exposes their ninja skills, and their naughty moments.

Annie West blogged about tips for cutting your manuscript to size.

March 26 – Sassy Snippets

has the delightful Suzi Love on her ‘Look Who’s Talking’ blog giving one lucky contributor a copy of her two latest novels SCENTING SCANDAL and
EMBRACING SCANDAL.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

1. Susanne Bellamy
2. Tracey O’Hara
3. Trish Morey
4. Write on Track – Diane Curran
5. The Other Side
6. Carla Caruso

Have a great week and happy writing!

Cruisin with RWA

We have a visitor this week! Meet Carmelo…

Cruisin’ the News

with Cousin CarmeloCousin Carmelo

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.

New Releases

REUNION: WAR’S END released this week – it’s the first of the Reunion Trilogy (Book 2 The Assassin and Book 3 Executing Justice) from Beachwalk Press

On March 28 THE ILLUMINATED WITCH, sequel to THE BLOOD BRIDE, will be released by Totally Bound.

Isabella’s second book, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN PLAINS, a historical rural romance set in 1924, will be released by Steam eReads on 1 May 2014.

Has a new book out through Escape Publishing in May titled FOUR-LEAF CLOVER. This is Charmaine’s 6th published romance novel and is a sexy, sugar-laden David vs Goliath story about a local bakery, a national chain, and what really matters.

New Contract

Iris has signed a contract with Astraea Press for FRESH BEGINNINGS, her third book in the Beginnings series.

Trending

The Neilsen Bookscan people have complied the Top Ten Debut novels for 2013 and Jenn’s HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS sits at #5. See the top ten.

In Print

THE PROTEA BOYS is now available in print from Amazon and Breathless Press

There are also two Giveaways running on Goodreads for a print copy of TREE CHANGE and THE PROTEA BOYS if anyone is feeling lucky! Alternatively sign up for Téa’s newsletter and one lucky person will win a signed print copy of either TREE CHANGE, THE PROTEA BOYS or PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY.

The Valerie Parv AwardVALERIE PARV

The Valerie Parv Award offers the winner a year of mentorship with bestselling Australian romance author Valerie Parv. Enter the first 10,000 words of your romance or romantic elements manuscript (40K+) along with a 1,000 word synopsis.

Opens:  18 April 2014

Closes: 2 May 2014, or when contest fills.

Enter: first 10,000 words (max) + 1000 word (max) synopsis of your unpublished romance/romantic elements novel (any length 40K+) by email only.

Maximum TWO entries per person

Open to RWAustralia members and non-members; unpublished writers only

Final judges: Valerie Parv will rank the 6 finalists

Prizes: 1st – 1 year mentorship with Valerie Parv, plus $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100

Formatting sample

Sample score sheet

Questions to rwa.vpa@gmail.com (Erica Hayes, contest manager)

Writing Contests

Tomorrowgirl is a short story competition for Indigenous high school girls in or from remote communities.  It was a big success in 2013, and in 2014 it asks girls to tell stories on the theme of “Big Dreams”. The stories can be true or imagined, and the winner will receive a writer’s support package with a laptop, book vouchers and membership to a writer’s association.

The stories may be shared with other remote communities, and across Australia. Click here to find out more.

RWA News

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List owl(OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s).

We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar.

Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

March 21 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Leisl Leighton

March 23 – Events Blog

March 26 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: CD Brennan

March 27 – Cruisin with RWA

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

With Chauffeur ClintClint

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.

March 22-23 – Danielle Belwater will be my guest with her new book, OF FIRE AND ROSES.

March 29-30 - Maggi Anderson will be dropping in next weekend. Susanne is loving her latest novel, and hopes you will too!

Erin Grace is spending ten minutes with Ann.

Tingle your tastebuds with something deliciously swish this week on Friday Feast. Romantic Book of the Year award winner Tricia Stringer is celebrating her latest release RIGHT AS RAIN with an old-fashioned pud that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus share your favourite family recipe and you could win yourself a signed copy of RIGHT AS RAIN. Exactly what you’ll be after visiting Friday Feast!

March 12 – A Bite Of… Candy Cane Dancer

March 18 – Good News Day

Blogs from Fantasy and Paranormal Author Eleni Konstantine

An event Gabba’s quietly dreamed about and willed above all things rational to come sooner than later…is now a reality.

March 13 -  Darry Fraser, who’s talking about her latest release ANYTHING FOR LOVE.

March 20 -  I’m chatting with Whitney K.E about Ireland.

Margaret Sutherland SEVEN LITTLE LIES is at the bar and has THE best bar joke ever.

Rural author Margareta Osborn appeared on Juliet’s blog talking about home life on the farm, with a giveaway a copy of her new release with Random House, MOUNTAIN ASH.

Five characters from her novel, FAST FORWARD visited from the future to answer five questions each.

Alli Sinclair had her first interview as a contracted author on Juliet’s blog. She talked about her book deal with MIRA, her travels and writing, and the allure of the tango…

March 14 – Southern Speak – Ergonomics is not a dirty word

Sarah has also recently started a Facebook page which she uses like a daily blog to advertise her writing, her two sons’ illustration work (one of them is with Walker Books Australia) and her daughter’s music.

Why do most heroes have deep, resonant voices? Because it’s scientifically proven that women are more attracted to them.

Quotes to Inspire

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love ~ Mae West

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monya Mary Clayton
  2. Suzanne Brandyn
  3. The Roses of Prose
  4. Word Wenches
  5. Writing up a Storm
  6. Suzi Love

Have a great week and happy writing!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? RWA Members, email your event news to cruisin(at)romanceaustralia.com.

RWA Facebook Group Changes

Did you know that RWA has an official Facebook Page? The link is below. When the ‘page’ was set up, we couldn’t easily allow conversation on that page, which is why we set up a group as well.

The ‘anyone can post to the page’ function is now turned on, and thanks to the magic of Facebook linking, there are already posts there. The official news posts appear on the left and all the posts by ‘likers’ in the box on the right. The advantage of this is that you can see the latest official news and a bunch of posts from others at a glance, without having to scroll down. And if you want to see full posts you can click ‘see all’ on the box, and you get a nice, dedicated stream, without the ads down the side.

In the lead-up to the 2014 conference, we have a lot more official news posts on Facebook and by using the official page only, we can put all of those up clearly without drowning out the other conversations.

The format of the ‘like’ page, allows official posts (promotion of blog appearances and contest winners, for instance) to stay visible for longer. The official page can also ‘like’ the FB pages of RWA writer’s groups and members, which the group can’t. It can also host collections of photos that are posted to it, which the group can’t and seems relevant to promotion, as most of the photos posted to the group are book covers. As part of our new structure, we are actively looking for ways to better support our ‘established’ writers and improving the prominence of our official page will improve our ability to promote our publishing members on Facebook, both to readers on Facebook and to outside media.

The upshot of all of these considerations is that we would like to consolidate our two pages into one official RWA Facebook page. You could start by heading over to the RWA page (below) and ‘liking’ it, we would greatly appreciate it.

https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia

Keeping Up Appearances

Anna will be giving a talk at the Mundijong Library at 6.30pm on Thursday March 27.

April 10 – Author TalkTMClark_MBBO

Where: Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Author Talk starts at 6:30 pm with wine and nibbles to follow

Cost: $8 includes cheese and wine. Pay at the door, lucky door prize.

FMI and Bookings: http://www.libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au/author-visits or call (07) 5329 6555

20 May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

*Ed’s Note: Adult Content Warning*

Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex In Words at The Wheeler Centre

It’s time to reveal what really goes on under and between the covers, as the Wheeler Centre embarks on a week of frank literary bedroom chat, with the focus firmly on female sexuality. Brace yourselves for a series of sweet nothings whispered in your ear as we delve into a cornucopia of pleasures sure to satisfy even the most ardent book lover.

Join the reigning queen of erotic fiction Krissy Kneen, Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and prolific blogger at The Ecstasy Files, with John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker – author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy) and host Kate Holden to discuss erotica, alternative sexualities and how to live your sexual fantasies through the art of fiction.

When: Wednesday 2 April

Where: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cost: FREE

Bookings via The Wheeler Centre http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/sex-in-words/

Writers Festivals 2014

Newcastle Writers Festival
April 4–7

Sydney Writers Festival
May 19–25

Word Storm, Darwin
May 29–June 1

Bellingen Writers Festival
June 7–9

Mildura Writers Festival
July 17–20

Byron Bay Writers Festival
August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival
August 21–31

Brisbane Writers Festival
September 3–7

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