Ella Finalists announced!

We are delighted to announce the finalists in the 2015 Ella, RWA’s reader-judged contest for published novellas.

Drumroll for and congratulations to:

Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell

Home for Christmas by Fiona Greene

Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett

Sympathy for the Devil by Kelly Hunter

The competition for a spot on this list was fierce, with 40 entries in a range of genres.

The winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in Melbourne in August.

Thanks to all who entered, our judges, and contest manager Raewyn McGill.

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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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Cruisin’ with RWA

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

Member News

Melanie celebrates the release of Devil in Denim this week.

Life just threw her a curveball!
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

Congratulations to Rachael on the release of Tease Me, Cowboy

Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled… but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt just for one night to be a little bit bad?

Brushing off the Boss is out 15 September and is Book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series in the Bliss imprint

The one passion they had in common was the one that would keep them apart.

Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she’s ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack’s not just taking over her workplace, he’s also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Anna Campbell has another daring release out for historical fans, What a Duke Dares

He’s the last man she wants to marry – and he’s the only man she’ll ever love …

A reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

The second book in Anna’s Greyladies series has now been published. It’s a WWI romantic historical with a light dusting of woo-woo, set in an ancient Tudor mansion in Wiltshire.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on her contract for print and e-book for The Highlander in the Mist, historical, medieval, time travel, spicy romance with Luminosity Publishing UK.

Maggi a new release this week. Available in print and ebook. What A Rake WantsThe Spies of Mayfair Series, Book #3. 

RWA Blog

August 31 Event Announcements

September 1 – New Releases

September 2 – Author Spotlight on Sandra Antonelli

September 4 – 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.

 28 August – Janni Nell and her new release: The Bride, the Groom and Me

Cover reveal and introduction to GW Gibson and Queen of Speed. You think you know motorbikes? GW does!

When writing becomes a pain in the neck

Decadent food, a delicious romance, and a dashing giveaway. It’s all happening on Friday Feast with Anna Campbell. To celebrate the release of her luscious new historical romance, What A Duke Dares, Anna reveals what it was like to attend a glamorous Regency ball and shares a recipe for lobster patties. Plus confess the most deliciously decadent thing you’ve eaten and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of What A Duke Dares. Divine!

You don’t need to know anything about rugby league to read Deep Diving even though it features a rugby league playing hero. He’s on holidays, so not a football to be seen! But I love rugby league and here are a few reasons why a little rugby in your romance can be a good thing…

5 Secrets to Successful Stripping by Juliet Madison…or rather her creation, Ty Roxford, quality adult entertainer and dancer, and hero of Juliet’s new novel!

August 21 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 66: Melanie Milburne’s Musophobia is Not Musical or Pretty

August 21 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 64: Phobias That Make You Go Hmmm?

August 22 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 65 Needling Amy Andrews

August 24 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 67: Vassiliki The Flying Librarian

August 25 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 68: These Phobias Are Not Your Friends

August 25 –  Get Your Freak on – Top 10 Phobias on The Escapades

August 26 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 69: Kat Mayo Claustrophobia and Things That Clench

August 27 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 70: Sarah Belle Gives Us A Wave

August 26  – Cover Reveal for Love Will Find You

August 28  – May I introduce – Sara Donovan “Love by Numbers” – Don’t miss this one!

August 31 – Snippet Sunday

August 21 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Louise Reynolds

August 22 – FINDING MY VOICE: Kat T Masen

August 22 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Cate Ellink

August 25 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Sara Donovan

August 25 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Sandra Antonelli

August 26 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Lara Morgan

August 27 – AT MY DESK: Amy Rose Bennett

Contests

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

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

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Enrico1. 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!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@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

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Professional Development Day Speakers

  • Jim Azevedo, Smashwords
  • Marie Force, Author
  • Jennifer St. George, Author
  • Helene Young, Author
  • Sarah Wendell, Author, Reviewer, Blogger
  • Julian Hewitt, Media Arts Lawyers
  • Susan Donovan, Corporate Facilitator
  • Maya Hall, Maya Hall Pty Ltd (Accountant)
  • Gemma Ruddick, Personal Trainer

Workshop Presenters – please click here

Conference MC – Amy Andrews

Award Dinner MC – Kaz Delaney

Express Year of the NovelAnnaCampbell_Rake

Make 2014 the year you finish your novel in Express Year of the Novel! Over six masterclasses, you will explore the elements of novel writing, including character and setting, theme, voice and narrative structure. With the support and feedback of your peers and acclaimed author, Anna Campbell, you’ll be equipped with the tools to complete the first draft of your manuscript by December.

Anna Campbell’s award-winning historical romances are published internationally, including in Australia and North America. For the last four years, the Australian Romance Readers Association have voted Anna favourite romance writer. Her latest release is A RAKES’ MIDNIGHT KISS (HarperCollins). Web: www.annacampbell.info

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me!

When: Monday July 7, 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Tea Tree Gully Library, 571 Montague Road, Modbury SA

FMI and Bookings: 08 83977333

The first day of our Readers Festival will feature a special author panel at 6.30pm on Monday July 7. Come see authors Carla Caruso, Eleni Konstantine, Maggie Mundy, Heather Taylor Johnson and guest MC Bronwyn Stuart as they talk about writing in the romance genre with a South Aussie flavour.

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Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

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

Writers Festivals 2014

The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums.

When: July 17–20

Early Bird Tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival are on sale. Workshops commencing on 28 July. The Early Bird tickets are only on sale until the full program is announced on 6 June, so now is the time to pick up a discounted Festival pass. For more Festival information or to purchase Early Bird tickets visit byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

When: August 1–3

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

Visible Ink

Visible Ink is accepting submissions of short stories, non-fiction, poetry and visual art for its 26th annual anthology. This year’s theme is ‘Encounters’. Entry $6. Published work receives payment. Submissions close 6 July. Visit visibleinkanthology.com/submissions for more info.

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Anna Campbell…

Congratulations, Anna on the release of  A Rake’s Midnight Kiss.

Where did the idea for  A Rake’s Midnight Kiss come from?

Usually for my stories, I get a really vivid scene that sets me off on the rest of the book. With luck, it’s the opening scene (that’s what happened with  Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed). In the case of  A Rake’s Midnight Kiss , it was the scene of the first kiss. I had an image of a girl swimming naked in a forest pool by moonlight when a man who arouses both her mistrust and fascination stumbles upon her. That struck me as pretty sexy. What didn’t strike me as nearly so sexy was that I had no idea who these people were or what they were doing tempting scandal in such a way!

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Ultimate hero material? Ultimate heroine material?

Oh, wow, how long have you got? Actually I don’t think there’s that much difference between them in essence (sixpack aside!). Ultimate heroes and heroines should either have or be capable of developing qualities like honesty, honour, humour, intelligence, courage, selflessness. You know, all those cardinal virtues!

You write historical romance, but are there any other styles or genres you’d be interested in exploring down the track?

What an interesting question. I adore writing historical romance, although perhaps one day it might be nice to venture outside the Regency period and UK settings. I’m currently on a mystery series craze and wondering whether maybe I could write something along the lines of a C.S. Harris or a Jacqueline Winspear. I like the way you can pack more historical detail into a mystery series and also that you can do a long romantic arc across several books. That’s definitely way into the future, though, if it ever happens.

You’ve won multiple awards in recent years, what’s it like to be the recipient of so many?

Lovely! Seriously, the thrill never goes away to know someone likes the books enough to give them a gong. I’m particularly proud of the Aussie awards – there’s something wonderful about having people in your own country appreciating your writing.

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Of all things you have accomplished, is there one accomplishment you are most proud of?

Wow, another interesting question. Getting published in the first place after a 27-year apprenticeship was pretty special! Otherwise, I might pick two things. One was winning the final Emma Darcy award in 2006 before I was published. Emma Darcy is such a mainstay of Aussie romance, it was enormously encouraging when she chose my manuscript  The Magnificent Marriage as her winner that year. And I might also choose seeing  Captive of Sin, my fourth book, selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s five best mass market paperbacks published in 2009.

How do you know what to name your books or the characters?

Character names are strange beasts! I find that I have to come up with the right name for my characters very early in the piece or the story won’t fly. Sometimes the name comes straightaway. Sometimes I need to stew long and hard over it. With book titles, I always have a working name for the story. With the six books I published with Avon, only one of my titles was used,  Untouched. The others were mostly variations on the working titles. For example, My Reckless Surrender was originally  Reckless Games. With Grand Central Publishing, so far, they’ve used all my working titles for the published books which makes me very happy – I get very attached to my titles!

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I decided very young I was going to write novels – Enid Blyton was my model as a child! My first attempt at a full-length story was a rip-roaring EB clone about horse-napping called the Rochedale Mystery that I started in grade 3 and never finished.

Of all the individuals you’ve created, do you have a character that is especially close to your heart?

Oh, that’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! I have to say I loved writing Sir Richard Harmsworth from A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. I’ve always had a soft spot for charming men who conceal their wounded souls beneath a careless grin and a witty riposte.

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What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

I remember Robyn Donald saying at an Aussie conference years ago that the only people guaranteed to fail as writers were the people who gave up.

Tell us something about Anna Campbell that might surprise your readers.

I did a lot of research on alpha males using the Aussie Rugby team who went on to win the World Cup under John Eales. Sadly, not in person!

Can you please tell us about ‘A Rake’s Midnight Kiss’ and maybe give us a sneak peek?

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss is the story of a man who becomes a hero despite himself and a scholarly bluestocking who discovers there’s more to life than books. Here’s a short excerpt. Sir Richard Harmsworth has adopted the alias Christopher Evans in his quest to regain a family heirloom. Genevieve Barrett’s instincts tell her not to trust him. She’s just about to discover that he’s moving into her house as her father’s student:

Genevieve shut the door to keep the cat in the parlor. Mr. Evans stopped, blast him, in the flagstoned hall. The space had never felt so small. He turned to her, genuine puzzlement darkening his features. “Why don’t you like me, Miss Barrett?”

She couldn’t help herself. She laughed. “Hasn’t anyone ever disliked you?”

He had the grace to look slightly shamefaced. “If I say no, I’ll sound like a complete ass.”

“Although nobody ever has disliked you, have they?”

He shrugged. “Generally not young ladies.”

Her lips quirked with wry agreement. “I can imagine.”

He stepped closer. With difficulty she held her ground, although every feminine instinct screamed to run. “I’d like us to be friends.”

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Anna is giving away two print copy of A RAKE’S  MIDNIGHT KISS courtesy of HarperCollins Australia (for Australian  addresses only), and one print copy for International entrants.

You can enter by answering Anna’s question: Sarah asked me about my ultimate hero. I’d love to know who your ultimate hero is and why!

The winner will be drawn on September 3, 2013,  and will be notified by email.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico, Clint and I wish you a safe and Happy Easter. Take care on the roads if you’re going away and stay safe. Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with Easter eggchocolate.

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. 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.

Good News

has four of her modern novels for sale as ebooks on Amazon.

MOVING ON – Downtrodden for years, sidelined at her daughter’s wedding in favour of her ex-husband’s new wife, and burdened by a son who lives with
her and isn’t paying his share of expenses, Molly Peel has reached her sticking point: she’s moving on.

IN FOCUS – When a new feature on Pete Newbury’s popular TV programme shows his adult image digitally transformed to that of a young child, Beth is
shocked to realize that he’s her ‘baby’ brother, who vanished without trace thirty-eight years ago.

LICENCE TO DREAM – would winning Lotto make all your dreams come true? What about love?

SHORT AND SWEET – 14 romantic short stories, mostly modern, a couple historical, all previously published in women’s magazines.

is thrilled to announce her third contract with Escape Publishing. This time for another short story, AWAKENING THE WARRIORS, which is set in the same world as LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS. Awakening the Warriors is scheduled for release on 1st May 2013. If you’d like to take a look at the cover, here’s the link.

Fran must have been crazy to leave her ordinary, safe life and volunteer as a colonist to terra-form a new earth. Now she is trapped in a prison cell on an alien planet a zillion miles from home and bound for a hideous death in notorious research chambers. She has one chance of escape: awaken the long dormant sexual urges of the Darkon Warriors shackled in the next cell. It’s a desperate job, but someone has to do it.

MATILDA’S FREEDOM, an Australian historical set in the Hunter Valley during the nineteenth century, will be released on July 1st from Escape Publishing.

Jennifer’s modern gothic SECRET REFLECTION is now up for pre-order on Amazon and live from April 1.

First love. Forbidden love. THE YEARNING will be released as eBook on 1 April 2013, print book on 1 May 2013.

Congratulations to all our members who made the finals of the RITA and Golden Heart Awards

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Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
Belinda Byrne, editor

Historical Romance Finalists

Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
Harlequin, Special Edition
Bryony Green, editor

GOLDEN HEART

Historical Romance Finalists

The Last Light of Dusk by Joanne Lockyer

Romantic Suspense Finalists

The Predator by Chris Taylor

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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 Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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March 29 – A Day in the Writing Life of Bec McMaster

March 30 – New Releases

March 31 – Event Announcements

April 2 – Conference Spotlight on Annie West

April 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Dreams and the Bodhi Tree in India fed into Jacquie Underdown’s novels. Visit with her this Sunday 31st. And next week, Kate Bell will be treading the boards. Make sure you drop by and say hi!

Much ado on Friday Feast this week. Best-selling historical romance author and she of the many ARR Awards, Anna Campbell, is donning her romance queen crown and swanning along for a visit, and bringing a ghost with her! Well, nearly. Anna ‘s latest release is THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE and you could win your very own ebook copy. Simply join Anna in sharing your favourite wedding cake and you’ll go into the draw. Shivering excitement!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

On my blog this week just gone, I have been sharing my love for Les Mis (the movie, weigh in if you hated it! There’s a great flash mob, too). I also have another young reader review from my in-house young reader and I share some of the challenges writers face in staying in print and how you can help them, if you like them. The last one was popular – feel free to share if you think it would be helpful to you or your friends.

Easter 2006, this Author Harvest guest sold her debut novel – CLAIMING THE COURTESAN. So it’s fitting that Easter 2013, she’s a guest on Jenn’s Author Harvest and what a hoot! Plus, you can win a copy of Anna’s latest eBook THESE HAUNTED HEARTS.

Author Kamy Chetty talks about her past, present, & future on my blog today and is giving away an ebook copy of her steamy, emotional romance FALLING INTO PARADISE. Just click on the link and leave a comment and you’ll be in the draw.

March 26 – WORLD-BUILDING: The Lady’s Gifts – a look at the special talents wielded by the characters in ALLEGIANCE SWORN

March 30 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Blog Tour – list of dates of where & when

April 1 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Countdown begins with snippets of scenes from the book

April 2ALLEGIANCE SWORN: Release Day – let the celebrations begin

S E Gilchrist is Cooking the Books this Wednesday.

I’m heading into the final week of my two book world tour. (Just like the Queen on a royal tour!) I’d love it if you’d drop in somewhere and leave a comment. There’s a $20 Gift Card up for grabs.

March 25Total Book Nerd

March 26Romance Bookworm

March 27Tattooed Book Reviews

March 28Lacey Wolfe

March 29Reading Renee

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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:Enrico

  1. Victoria Purman
  2. Belinda Williams
  3. Donna Gallagher
  4. Hayson Manning
  5. Maggie Gilbert
  6. Jennifer Rae

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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 Riding the Waveshere 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!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

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Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. 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

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 Riding the Waveshere 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!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

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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

Good News

Results from the 2013 Australian Romance Readers Association Awards held in Brisbane:

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

DEAD, ACTUALLY– Kaz Delaney

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Choc Lit

ALLIANCE FORGED – Kylie Griffin

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

CRACKING THE DATE CODE – Kelly Hunter

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED – Anna Campbell

Favourite Contemporary Romance

JILTED– Rachael Johns

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

BARED TO YOU – Sylvia Day

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

DEAD HEAT – Bronwyn Parry

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

PSY-CHANGELINGS – Nalini Singh

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Anna Campbell

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED – Anna Campbell

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED – Anna Campbell

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED – Anna Campbell

is celebrating the release of her debut contemporary romance, WATERSHED, out now in eBook. The print edition will be coming along in a couple of
months.

has signed a contract for her rural YA romance RIDING ON AIR for a May release with Escape Publishing

  • Nina Blake

has just signed a contract with Escape Publishing for her romance FORGET ME NOT.

The first in Maggi’s spy series A BARON IN HER BEDTHE SPIES OF MAYFAIR,  was published in the US on Wednesday. It’s available in print & ebook from Amazon, The Book Depository and on-line stores.

TROUBLE IN NIRVANA is available through Amazon’s Kindle store as a pre-release exclusive.

has sold her first Romance novel, MY BROTHER BUT ONE to Mira Australia.

has an erotic  story, THE LOVERS in the literary magazine, Ampersand, March edition.

has signed her second contract with Escape Publishing for her small town contemporary romance, THE JANUARY WISH, which will be released in December. Juliet’s first book, FAST FORWARD was published last month by Escape.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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 Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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March 5 – Riding the Waves conference spotlight on Alex Adsett by Eleni Konstantine

March 8 – Blog Bites with Diane Hester and Kerri Williams

March 9 – Hearts Talk Wrap with Ainslie Paton

March 10 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

March 12 – Conference Spotlight by Eleni Konstantine

March 14 – Cruisin’ with RWA by Juanita Kees

Alissa Callen introduces us to the sounds of love this Sunday on All the World’s a Page. Come on over and say hello. And next week, Susanne’s guest is Imogene Nix.

We’re doing something uniquely Australian this week on Friday Feast. No, it’s not watching AFL players in tight shorts. Thanks to best-selling rural romance author Fiona Palmer we’re going yabbying! Come discover how Fiona prepares these delicious little critters, and while you’re visiting check out her brand new release THE SUNBURNT COUNTRY. If you look closely you may even find a blast from the past Fiona photo to giggle at!

Coleen Kwan is over at Jess Anastasi’s blog talking about Port Stephens, the location for SHORT SOUP, her recent release by Escape Publishing.

All your favourites this week on DSDU.

Join Eleni in the Taverna for more!

To celebrate the release of House for all Seasons (Aust and NZ), Jenn had a magical, musical treat and lucky draws.

Lots of Book Launch Love in Coffs Harbour for House for all Seasons. Coffs Harbour launch pics and some 5-star reviews popped a few extra bottles of bubbly.

Author Harvest ‘bales up’  Greg Barron

March 6 – I’m chatting to Nas Dean at Romance Book Haven about what’s next for Detective Mark Johnson from UNDER THE HOOD

March 3 – Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon with Eliza Muldoon

March 5 – Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

March 8 – Kamy Chetty comes over to The Other Side

March 9 –  SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – FLESH by Kylie Scott

March 12 – CAST OF CHARACTERS: Imhara: the Na’Reish demon leader from ALLEGIANCE SWORN

Jenn J McLeod shares her outback adventures as a 22 yr old touring Australia in a F100. Come on over and see what she got up to!

March 1 – Carla Caruso FanGirl Friday with Paula Roe

March 1 – Carla Caruso Past, Present & Future

March 1 – Kamy Chetty  on Romance Reader

March 4 – Carla Caruso with giveaway at Romance Book Paradise

March 4 – Kamy Chetty -Giveaway- Maria’s Book Blog

March 5 – Kamy Chetty-Giveaway – Serena Tatti

Alissa Callen talks about her current releases.

First Sunday Of The Month – Blog Roundup. Yep, it’s a roundup of some of the Melbourne Romance Writer’s blogs from February.
There’s an introduction to a diverse range of writerly subjects and links to explore.

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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:Enrico

  1. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld
  2. Mary Hawkins
  3. Maggi Andersen
  4. Nicola Marsh
  5. Pamela Cook
  6. Rachael Johns

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

RWA and the ARRA Awards

Yesterday the wonderful Australian Romance Readers Association published the list of finalists in their 2012 awards.

We are thrilled to see so many Romance Writers of Australia members among the finalists.  In some categories it’s ALL RWA members!  There are many well-loved authors here and quite a few appearing for the first time with their first book.  We’d like to congratulate all of them.

We’d also like to offer a big fat thank you to ARRA for supporting our Australian writers and readers of Romance.  Long may you flourish!

The list of finalists is below, but if you want to see the full post, including closing dates for voting and the covers in the cover competition, the post is HERE.

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

  • Archangel of Mercy – Christina Ashcroft
  • Archangel’s Storm – Nalini Singh
  • Blind Lust – Annie Seaton
  • Dead, Actually – Kaz Delaney
  • Kiss of the Goblin Prince – Shona Husk
  • Lothaire – Kresley Cole
  • Lover Reborn – JR Ward
  • Tangle of Need – Nalini Singh
  • The Danger with Sinners – Charity Parkerson
  • The Final Wish – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Choc Lit

  • Alliance Forged – Kylie Griffin
  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Chaos Born – Rebekah Turner
  • Dragonfly – Erica Hayes
  • Fair Game – Patricia Briggs
  • Gunmetal Magic – Ilona Andrews
  • Lord’s Fall – Thea Harrison
  • Night Forbidden – Joss Ware
  • Shadow Bound – Rachel Vincent
  • Sin’s Dark Caress – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • A Precious Inheritance – Paula Roe
  • Bed of Lies – Paula Roe
  • Cracking the Dating Code – Kelly Hunter
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Deserving of Her Diamonds – Melanie Milburne
  • Her Best Worst Mistake – Sarah Mayberry
  • Innocent Til Proven Otherwise – Amy Andrews
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry
  • The Cattleman’s Special Delivery – Barbara Hannay
  • Undone By His Touch – Annie West

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

  • A Duchess to Remember – Christine Brooke
  • A Rogue By Any Other Name – Sarah MacLean
  • Bride By Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Deadly Affair – Lucinda Brant
  • Gather the Bones – Alison Stuart
  • Keeper of the King’s Secrets – Michelle Diener
  • Mad About the Earl – Christina Brooke
  • Rake’s Honour – Beverley Oakley
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • The Ugly Duchess – Eloisa James

Favourite Contemporary Romance

  • Bella’s Run – Margareta Osborn
  • Heart of the Valley – Cathryn Hein
  • Hot for Fireman – Jennifer Bernard
  • Jilted – Rachael Johns
  • Rules are for Breaking – Imelda Evans
  • Sister Pact – Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter
  • Somebody to Love – Kristan Higgins
  • Taming the Outback- Ann B Harrison
  • The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots – Loretta Hill
  • Zoe’s Muster – Barbara Hannay

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Ample Attraction – Melissa Craig
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Chains of Revenge – Keziah Hill
  • Galactic Inferno – Mel Teshco
  • Love’s Rhythm – Lexxie Couper
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Red Hot – Ann B Harrison
  • The Dark Rose – Denise Rossetti
  • The Siren – Tiffany Reisz

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

  • Burning Lies – Helene Young
  • Celebrity in Death – JD Robb
  • Dead Heat – Bronwyn Parry
  • Delusion in Death – JD Robb
  • Drive Me to Distraction – Caitlyn Nicholas
  • Guarding Jess – Shannon Curtis
  • Hell on Wheels – Julie Ann Walker
  • Suspicious Ways – Lexxie Couper
  • The Witness – Nora Roberts
  • Wild Encounter – Nikki Logan

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Affair series – Annie Seaton
  • Black Knights Inc – Julie Ann Walker
  • Guild Hunters – Nalini Singh
  • In Death series – JD Robb
  • London Steampunk – Bec McMaster
  • McCormack Security series – Shannon Curtis
  • Ministry of Marriage – Christina Brooke
  • Party Games – Lexxie Couper and Rhian Cahill
  • Psy-Changelings – Nalini Singh
  • Speed series – Jess Dee

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Bec McMaster
  • Christina Brooke
  • Fiona Lowe
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Lexxi Couper
  • Margaret Osborn
  • Sarah Mayberry
  • Shona Husk

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

  • Bear Meets Girl – Shelly Laurenston
  • Crazy Love – Nicola Marsh
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of A Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Taming the Tycoon – Amy Andrews
  • Undone by His Touch – Annie West

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Bride by Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of a Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Firelight – Kristen Callihan
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Lusting the Enemy by Mel Teshco
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

Have you got a new 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

Keeping up Appearances

Date: Saturday, 8 September 2012

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Venue: The Studio, State Library of Queensland

Topic/s: Fiction   Romance

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

Chair: Tina Marie Clark

Price: Free

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

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

Date: Friday, 7 September 2012

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

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

Topic/s: Awards/Industry  Fiction  Romance

Panellist/s: Anna Campbell

Price: Free

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

Upcoming Contests

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

RWA Contests

  • New Logo Contest

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

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

Contest Finalists

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

New Releases – September 2012

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

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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

 This week on Friday Feast:

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

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

Is back this week with another great line-up.

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

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

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

September and October – Calling all Historical Authors:

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

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

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

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Enrico’s quote of the week

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

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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