May OWLs are hooting good!

It’s nearly the end of the month, so naturally, your thoughts turn to what to do next to further your writing.  May I suggest one of our May OWLs?

This month both OWLs are beckoning you to the dark side: Rachel Bailey will help you wrestle the Black Moment of your story into shape and Ainslie Paton will shed light on the Dark Art of the Blurb.  Pick the darkness that most needs attention – or just do both!

For more info and to register for The Black Moment, click here.

For more info and to register for The Dark Art of the Blurb, click here.



Romance Rocks Presents…


Things get a little hairy (in a good way!) on Sunday when Cate Ellink, Ainslie Paton and Kylie Griffin Skin the Cat on Track E, Session 5.

Skin the Cat – there’s more than one way to get published

You’ve heard of Save the Cat—a storytelling bible—well this is Skin the Cat, a meditation on some of the different ways to get published in the digital era. Three recently published authors (published by self-publishing, electronic and print) will discuss their paths to publication, the time they took, how they continued to learn and write despite setbacks, and what they wished they knew or understood better before being published. There will be lots of time to ask questions. We’re looking for an open, honest chat to help you with your journey.

Your Presenters – Cate Ellink, Ainslie Paton and Kylie Griffin

Three authors with different paths to publication and different careers.

What will participants take away from this session?
After this workshop, you will have a better understanding of:

  • what you may need to learn (craft-wise) to reach a publishable standard
  • what you should learn about the business before being published
  • how you can style your writing career. You can use methods such as, traditionally published (ie with a publisher in print or e), self published,or hybrid publishing. You can use different writing forms like short stories, novellas, novels, part of an anthology, stand alone story, series.
  • what others have learned along the way
  • how to know when your story is ‘ready to submit’ or ‘ready to publish’
  • some pitfalls you may encounter.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
We want the session to be interactive. We’ll talk about our journey, then we’re open to all sorts of questions.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
We’ll give examples from our lives, and if relevant from our books.

Which members will benefit most from this session?
Unpublished authors and ‘almost-published’ authors (ie those finalling in contests or being requested for full submissions, but who haven’t yet got a contract) will benefit most from the session. If you’ve ever felt like the path to publication was too long and you want to give up – come along!

Any advice for conference first-timers?
You only get out what you put in.

Hearts Talk, August 2013, page 12 – had a page of tips. Have a look on the webpage for that. Kylie and Cath contributed to that.

Kylie Griffin’s blog had conference first-timer tips and hints. Have a search for Memorable Moments, and you’ll find more like this one:

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

The Virginity Mission, Escape Publishing
Later this year:
Control, short story in The Big Book of Submission, Cleis Press
Deep Diving, Escape Publishing

Almost Real, Escape Publishing
Later this year:
Floored, Escape Publishing, April
Hooked On A Feeling, Escape Publishing, August

Allegiance Sworn, book 3 of the Light Blade series, Berkeley.


Cruisin’ with RWA

mistletoeHeaps of good news doing the rounds this week. What an exciting time it is in the publishing world at the moment. So many talented new authors, so many exciting new reads. My Christmas list is growing so I hope Santa will remember I’ve been a very good girl this year. What’s on your Christmas list? Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

New Contracts

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  • Alissa Callen – has sold 2 books: a rural fiction novel BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES to Random House as a launch title in February for digital first Random Romance, and a shorter rural story to Escape Publishing WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE out in January.
  • S E Gilchrist is thrilled to announce her sci-fi / futuristic hot single title, LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS has been contracted to Escape Publishing.
  • Janet Woods has received and offer for large print rights from Magna (UK)  for her historical novel, BENEDICT’S BRIDE.

New Releases

  • Tamara Gill has published a Goddess/Druid novella, BANISHED – DAUGHTERS OF THE GODS, BOOK 1 through Amazon’s Digital Services.
  • Shona Husk has re-released her 2010 novella AN ELEMENTAL TAIL on Smashwords.
  • Ainslie Paton’s release GREASE MONKEY JIVE from Escape is rocketing up the charts and now has a mention in USA
  • Suzi Love’s THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE from Crimson Romance launched on December 3.
  • Ann B Harrison is celebrating the release of her erotic romance RED HOT
  • Ari Harper has released her Young Adult book WITCHLING.
  • Keziah Hill has an erotic short BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE out with Momentum in January.

Contest Wins

  • Claire Boston is a finalist in the West Houston Emily competition with her entry WHAT GOES ON TOUR.The final judges are Katherine Pelz of Berkley and agent Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary agency.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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December 7 – A Day in the Writing Life of Peta Crake – Suzanne Hamilton

December 9 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

December 11 – Author Spotlight on Rhian Cahill – Juliet Madison

December 13 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

This week on Friday Feast:

Friday Feast is really getting seasonal this week, and a little bit fruity too! No, lovely Australian author Michelle Douglas isn’t swearing, she’s sharing. Yes, folks, it’s time to get into the spirit with Michelle’s gorgeous new release, THE NANNY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS, and her luscious, brandy-soaked recipe for rich fruit cake. This is a recipe with twenty years experience behind it and a guaranteed winner for even novice cooks. So jolly-on over to Friday Feast and get festive!

December 6  – MAGIC THURSDAY -Anna Hackett with GALACTIC HOLIDAY (using Raffelcopter)

December 7 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with J.L Addicoat

December 9  – Weekly Overview

December 11 – GOOD NEWS DAY

December 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY – C.T. Green  with giveaway of DREAM LOVER

Musa Monday – Cover love with Wench, Lizzie T. Leaf

Tuesday Tunes – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

Wonderfully Wacked Wednesday News – Musa Publishing set to release the next Roger Rabbit novel.

Poster Thursday – movie posters

You’ve read the call story, now meet the author when Jenn’s Author Harvest takes you home to the country to meet Alissa Callen

TOPIC: Reasons Why You Never Want to Make an Author Mad – I’m a regular reader of the Supernatural Underground blog and last year an article written by Karina Cooper caught my eye, and had me giggling uncontrollably because I could so relate to the post.

Just wanted to let you know I’ve done a new Inspirational Writing Quotes calendar for 2013 and it’s available on the Writing Resources section of my website.

The gorgeous Louise Reynolds is my guest on Write Bytes. Come over and say hello.

Many thanks to everyone who congratulated me about my sale, I’ve just posted my Call Story on my blog if anyone wants to read the details about getting my first publishing contract.

November 29 – Review of BRIDIE’S CHOICE by Karly Lane

December 3 – Review of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Victoria Dahl

December 4 – In the Armchair with David C Smith and DARK MUSE

December 6 – In the Armchair with Anna Campbell and THE WINTER WIFE


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Anita Joy
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Down Under Desirabelles
  4. Historical Belles and Beaus
  5. Imogene Nix
  6. Jane Quick


RWA Contests

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



AWG has launched their What’s Love Got To Do With It? 50th Anniversary Scriptwriting Competition. Applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday December 14.

The Australian Writers’ Guild presents an outstanding opportunity for writers of romantic fiction 

Have you tapped into your inner Bronte or Austen? How about a sweeping saga à la Tolstoy? Are you the next Warwick Thornton, Jane Campion or Jan Sardi with a heart-wrenching story of love conquering adversity?
If you have written a script for a feature film, tele-movie or television mini-series with a love story as the central theme, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to receive a free day registration for the National Screenwriters’ Conference, a copy of Final Draft 8 scriptwriting software AND get your work read by industry experts.

Full info here:


Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Choc Lit’s Australian Star Short List

Recently, we shared on this blog UK-based publisher Choc Lit‘s search for a new Australian star.  We are delighted to follow up with this short-list of finalists, all but one of whom are RWA members!  There was, according to Choc Lit, an overwhelming response and a very high standard of entries, so heartiest congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck with your titles!  The short-listed are:

Ainslie Paton  with White Balance
Beverley Eikli with The Reluctant Bride
Jennie Jones with The House of Burra Burra
Juliet Madison with The January Wish
Margaret Tanner with Ruthless Seduction
Tina Brown with Cooking from the Heart

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