The Australian Romance Readers Conference

This past weekend in Canberra was my first attendance at ARRA’s biennial conference. I was starry-eyed with the joy of being amidst romance readers and writers – ALMOST as starry-eyed as I was attending my first RWA conference in Sydney last August! Congratulations to all the winners, including Kylie Scott who was voted Australia’s favourite romance author. Click here for the complete list of winners.

Event highlights for me included:

  • Listening to the keynote addresses by Helene Young, Victoria Dahl, Sylivia Day and Kerry Armstrong.
  • Attending all the historical romance panels featuring Anne Gracie, Anna Campbell, Christina Brooke, Beverley Eikli, Ann Stuart, Suzi Love and Alyssa James (I confess to an ongoing love affair with all romances historical, but the panels on contemporary romance and rural romance were just as amazing).
  • Viewing the beautiful dresses and bling on display as the Roaring Twenties took over the Awards dinner (as well as those paraded earlier in the day).
  • Discovering and meeting new authors including the opportunity to spend the Gala Awards dinner in the company of Jennie Jones, Alissa Callen and Alison Butler.
  • Catching up with RWA member Eleni Konstantine who held the fort at the RWA stand with grace all weekend, with help from fellow committee members Diane Curran, Leisl Leighton and Imelda Evans.
  • Witnessing the generosity of RWA members including Nikki Logan (who sponsored the real coffee kiosk) and Imogene Nix (who sponsored the Romantic Suspense Award).
  • Hearing Tony Nash, CEO of Booktopia, say that they three sold three million books last year, of which 400,00 were romance titles. Doesn’t that make your heart sing?

However, the play of the weekend goes to Rachael Johns. At the awards dinner, Janette Radevski stabbed the chocolate biscuit casing of her desert with her fork, only to watch in horror as it flew up and off her plate at great speed. No worries if your dining companions include Rachael. She shot out a hand, caught the pudding deftly and placed it gently back down on Janette’s plate. Where, oh where, is a video camera when you need one?! It would seem the winning awards (Sexiest Hero) and saving deserts are all in a night’s work for this multi-tasker 🙂

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Fashion Parade

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RWA stand and Nikki Logan coffee kiosk

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Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that there will not be a Cruisin post or Events blog for the next two weeks. Enrico and Clint will be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

This week Claire celebrated the release of her Random Romance, ANYBODY BUT HIM.

Rachael is ‘seriously stoked’ to have a bloke on the cover of her upcoming rural romance, OUTBACK DREAMS.

VENGEANCE BORN is a Salt Lake County Library System nominee for their semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award. It’s one of twenty six titles chosen by their readers across 18 libraries. Voting continues until November 1st, 2013.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. 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.

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July 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

July 7 – Spotlight on Sarah Belle

July 9 – Conference Spotlight

July 15 – Claytons Post

July 16 – Spotlight on Tea Cooper

July 17 – Conference Spotlight

Heather Garside drops in to  answer 10 teaser questions and talk about her new rural BREAKAWAY CREEK.

July 7 – Dana Mitchell comes to visit and talk about her Venetian Affair this weekend.

July 14 – SE Gilchrist takes a star turn with her LEGENDS.

Then All the World’s a Page will be having a break for a month. Hope you miss us while we’re away! If you would like to visit and share your sources of inspiration or new release between August and December, email me at susannebellamy at gmail dot com.

Not eating enough greens? On the hunt for a natural native health food that’s not only delicious but super easy to grow? Then you need this week’s Friday Feast, featuring Australian author Jennifer Scoullar whose second rural set romance CURRAWONG CREEK just hit the shelves. As Jennifer says, Why eat spinach when you can eat Aussie? We taste better!

July 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

July 5 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

July 6 – DARKLIGHT ON…Sandra Harris

July 9 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – Writing Buddy Wednesday: Carolyn Wren

July 2 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Sun

July 4 – This week’s Book Choice – Amy Mullen A STORMY NIGHT

July 11 – May I introduce – Jeff Salter

Oh by-jingo. Jenn is back! Jenn has the Great HOUSE Giveaway starting at Nicole Alexander’s place. A signed copy to one lucky commenter.

Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest – It’s Jennifer Scoullar and Sheba being ‘baled up’ with a signed copy of CURRAWONG CREEK to give away. Be quick!

Nicole Flockton answers Ten Awkward Questions and is giving away a copy of her romance, RESCUING DAWN

I’m holding a multi-blog event on 2nd September to celebrate my new release and help authors and bloggers get more visitors to their blog and more exposure for their books. It’s going to be lots of fun, with interesting posts under the theme of ‘wishes’ and lots of prizes for everyone. If you have a blog and wish (ha!) to take part, here are all the details and the sign up form. So far, 23 blogs have signed up. Hope to see you there!

Juliet will be a guest at the Harlequin Junkie HEA Book Club on July 25 and 26 to chat with readers about FAST FORWARD.

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

July 9 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Nina Blake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Iron Kin – M.J.Scott) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 16 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Jennifer St.George – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 20 – CAT-URDAY! – Sad Cats…

July 23 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Alison Butler – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Many of you know Leisl as the long-time manager of the Emerald Category contest. Her first book, KILLING ME SOFTLY has hit the e-shelves this month and she’s visiting me at ’Cooking The Books’ to chat. Hope you can drop by and say hello.

has a contest going on over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe where you can win a pre-ordered print copy of the new Bridget Jones book – MAD ABOUT THE BOY. Leave a comment to win  to go in the draw.

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

July 1 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

July 5 – Up Close with Claire Baxter

Seanna Smythe makes her debut in the Edible Delights Anthology Volume 2 from Secret Cravings with NEVER ON A SUNDAE. Join the release party with a nibble from each of the authors in the approach to release day.

July 12FLAVOR OF THE MONTH with Bianca Sarble

July 13 – A Tasty Morsel at THE BANQUET with Kate Belle

July 14 – Bringing it to MY LORD’S TABLE – Alysha Ellis

July 15 – An invitation to THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR with Imogene Nix

July 16 – Delights you’ve dreamed of but NEVER ON A SUNDAE with Seanna Smythe

July 7 – guest post with Tea Cooper

July 14 – guest post with Heather Massey

Flash Fiction over at Sultry Scribes – Another meeting, another quick story. This time, the lucky dip was…a fire truck.

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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:

  1. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Hunter Romance Writers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Love Cats Down Under
  6. Madeline Ash

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Au revoir! from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Blog Bites with Alissa Callen

alissaPlease welcome one of our rural fiction authors,  Alissa Callen.

I write:long and short rural fiction

I’m from: central west NSW

Three words to describe me: wife/mother, dog-walker, introvert

 At home I cook:  anything that I shouldn’t – especially double-chocolate brownies

My worst habit is: Google

It’s a bit daggy but I love: hugging my teenage  kids in public

My first job was: nannying in LondonAC

My day job is:  writing

Saving for: children’s education

Three things people might not know about me are:  Eldest of  7 kids, U2 fan, once lived in a small cottage on the west coast of Scotland

ac book2Favourite author: Louis LÁmour

Current reading: Border Laird’s Bride – Allison Butler

 

When I was young I wanted to be: taller

Why I write: to justify using Google as ‘research’

Latest project: Small town series based in a bush town that holds an annual Elvis festival.

*Thanks so much Blog Bites for having me.

You’re very welcome and thank you Alissa for joining us here today.

If you would like to find out more about Alissa and her life, go to her website http://www.alissacallen.com/

RWA members can take a bite. Contact Kerri Williams to schedule your Blog Bite feature on blogbites@romanceaustralia.com

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Enrico, Clint and I are back to entertain you with good news, great blogs and upcoming events. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA  conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information here on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

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!

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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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

New Releases

  • Bronwen Evans is excited to announce the release of THE RELUCTANT WIFE from Entangled publishing (Indulgence)
  • Susanne Bellamy‘s debut contemporary novel, WHITE GINGER, released through Lyrical Press on January 7
  • Paula Roe and Deborah Tait have a novella out in an anthology published by the author-led co-op, TWC Press. MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS is their debut book.
  • Madeline Ash is thrilled to announce the debut release of UNCOVERED BY LOVE from Destiny Romance
  • Anne E Summers has her first fantasy book THE SINGING MOUNTAIN released by Solstice Publishing
  • Shona Husk’s FOR THE LOVE OF A GOBLIN WARRIOR, the last of the Shadowlands books, is out now
  • Rachael Johns has two new releases in January. MAN DROUGHT released on New Years Day from Harlequin Australia. They currently have a contest going to win a $500 Red Balloon package simply by reading the first chapter and answering a question. STAND-IN STAR released from Carina Press.
  • Alissa Callen’s WHAT LOVE SOUNDS LIKE is out with Escape PublishingBoundByLove3
  • S E Gilchrist has e-published a novella set in Dark Ages Britain called BOUND BY LOVE available from Smashwords and Amazon. S E is running a contest to celebrate the release on her site with a free giveaway to one commenter during the month of January. S E also has LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS scheduled for release from Escape Publishing on January 10

New Contracts

  • Allison Butler is thrilled to announce her Scottish medieval,  is to be published by Destiny Romance and is due for release mid-February 2013.
  • Janet Woods has signed contracts for two more books with Severn House.Magna has offered for large print rights to her Belgrave House ebook BENEDICT’S BRIDE. Audio Rights  to her February hardcover release with Severn House, I’LL GET BY, have been picked up by Soundings
  • Juanita Kees has signed a contract with Escape Publishing for the March release of TAMING THE TIGER

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

For anyone who thinks they know their historical romance heroes, Anne hosted a quiz on Word Wenches

will be back soon!

January 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Shona Husk with giveaway of FOR THE LOVE OF THE GOBLIN WARRIOR

January 11 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Teshco

January 12 – DARKLIGHT ON…with Kathrine Leannan

January 14 – Winner of Shona’s giveaway announced

January 15 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

January 16 – A BITE OF… FISHERPRIEST with CM Simpson

January 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Jenny Schwartz

Super Sunday

Musa Monday – Clarissa Johal

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider, Mel Teshco

While you were snoozin’, missing out on Cruisin’, Author Harvest ‘baled up’ Karly Lane and Rachael Johns

Jenn wrote an open letter to Tony Park – “I am NOT reading this book, Mr Park”

January 10 Author Harvest presents Juanita Kees with a giveaway of a signed copy of FLY AWAY PETA and

Jenn recently baled up the whacky, witty Lisa Walker to talk Sex, Lies & Bonsai.

January 2 – Cat-urday: Funnies – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats
January 8 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…Riverina Romantics – new series on book bloggers!
January 12 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – KISS OF STEEL Bec McMaster
January 15 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…My Book Chatter – New Zealand book blogger

Serena is pleased to announce her special guest blogger, Valerie Parv. This is Valerie’s first stop on her Blog Tour for her wonderful book, BIRTHRIGHT. It continues her series set on the fictional island kingdom of Carramer. Valerie will be blogging about using holidays in your writing and offers suggestions.

January 8 – Review of IN FALLING SNOW  by Mary-Rose MacColl

January 10 – Review of QUEEN OF THE ROAD by Tricia Stringer

January 11 – Celebrating two new releases  with Rachael Johns and a post on titles and how they come to life for her.

In order to give our wonderful home grown and unique rural fiction a global voice a face book page called Books for Country Girls and Guys has been created. Such a page will promote and celebrate rural as well as small town fiction. Would love people to drop by:)

Just a shout-out about my new blog series called Fan Girl Friday, where me and a bunch of author guests will be raving about stuff we love every Friday. I took the first spot, and Keziah Hill will be up on the 11th, so mark Friday in your diary to drop by and check it out. Love to see you there!

To celebrate the release of BOUND BY LOVE I’m posting a blog on January 10 (US time)  and I will be running a giveaway for the remainder of January. Anyone who subscribes to my blog and leaves a comment will go in the draw for a $10 Amazon gift voucher.

Is over at the Book Junkie celebrating the release of WHITE GINGER with a give away and here is the line up for her new blog, ALL THE WORLD’S A PAGE every Sunday:

January 23 – First guest this week is Annie Seaton who offers some insights into what inspires her writing across multiple genres

January 30 – Visit with Efthalia Pegios talking about her paranormal WIP

February 6 – Hosting Jenn J McLeod on the blog

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Enrico’s Pick SixPortrait of a handsome male chauffeur sitting in a car saluting a passanger

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:

  1. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Jenn J McLeod
  4. Magical Gains
  5. Neomi Quinn
  6. Jenna Anastasi

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

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Regards Juanita

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@romanceaustralia.com.

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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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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 Today.download
  • 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.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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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

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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:

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

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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

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Competition

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: http://www.awg.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=490&Itemid=599

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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.

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Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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