Selling Synopsis Results

The 2014-15 Selling Synopsis contest has wrapped for the year, with great thanks to Anna Valdinger at HarperCollins Australia, the final judge.

The placings are as follows:

1.      Bronwen Evans

2.      Samantha West

3.      Fiona Walker

4.      Louise Wilson

5.      Rebecca Raine

6.      Elizabeth Squire

There were 23 entries in all, with 12 single title and 11 category entries.

Big thanks to the Critters team, and Erica in particular, for all the tips and advice, (and her endless patience)  and a special nod to Leisl, Diane and Margaret who also helped me with questions and, as ever to our wonderful volunteer judges and judge co-ordinator ,Margaret.

 

Jo McAlister

CONTEST MANAGER 2014-15 SELLING SYNOPSIS CONTEST
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AUSTRALIA

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Cruisin’ with RWA

As Fremantle Western Australia welcomes the arrival of the RWA 2013 conference delegates, Enrico and Clint bring you this week’s Cruisin’.

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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.

Event Announcements

Our usual Sunday post for Event Announcements will give way to breaking news this week with a post from Imelda on the winners announced at the Gala Awards Night.

Keep Up with the Breaking News at RWA 2013

Social Media Tips from Imelda

Twitter: All the contest results (and no doubt other things) will be tweeted live through the official RWA Twitter account (thank you Diane!). If you’re on Twitter and not already following, hie thee hence now and do so. https://twitter.com/RWAusClint

We also have a Twitter hashtag for conference tweets, which is https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/rwaus13 ‪#‎RWAus13. So if you’re tweeting conf stuff, make sure to add it so that the peeps at home can follow!

Did you know that there is an official RWA Facebook page? It’s here: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia. Again, if you haven’t already ‘liked’ it, do so now! I’ll be posting whatever I can to that page while at the conference (in between drinks and sessions).

And for those of you who aren’t on the Tweet space, there will be a post on the blog with all the contest winners the day after the awards.

Good News

Magna has made an offer for the large print rights to Janet’s 2002 historical romance FROM THIS DAY FORTH currently available in eBook from Belgrave House. Simon & Schuster UK are talking electronic rights for Janet’s backlisted sagas.

BLOODGIFTED, Book 1 of The Dantonville Legacy series was  released as an eBook on Smashwords.

Contests

The summer is heating up, and so is the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. If you’re an unpublished romance writer looking to change that status you need to get your entry in. We have a hot lineup of final judges, and a track record of getting requests. So, while you’re making those summer plans, make sure to add “enter the Golden Palm Contest” to your calendar! Categories include: Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, New Adult, Young Adult and Short/Long Category.

Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll, Harlequin

Single Title Category: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor Harlequin

Historical Category: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor Sourcebooks

New Adult Category: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary

Young Adult Category: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary

Paranormal Category: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor Harlequin

Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writer members and $30 for nonmembers. All entries are read by at least one published judge and the lowest score is dropped. Contest ends August 15th.  All information to enter is on http://www.frwriters.org/contest/

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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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August 18 – RWA Award Winners Announced

August 22 – Cruisin’ with RWA

I’ve just done a blog piece for Severn House for the release of my next modern novel in October. If you want to see how the moors influenced my life and writing, you can read about it at: The moors and Anna Jacobs

A must watch marriage proposal – how to do it right! Still got tears in my eyes. I’m pleased to see romance is alive and well in the world – but us romance authors and readers already knew that!

Pining for summer? Need some tastebud stimulation? Then this week, thanks to a bit of help from a chaotic restaurant in France, I have the perfect summer seafood dish for you – Prawns in Pastis. Come and check out Friday Feast for your foodie fix. It’s good for you!

What’s on the Darkside this week? Click on the link for more…

August 13 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s a picture prompt

August 15 – This Week’s Book Choice – J.F. Jenkins DISPLACED

August 18 – This Week’s Book Choice – Ruth J. Hartman ROMANCE AT THE ROYAL MENAGERIE

Meet Lynne Wilding’s daughter Karen M. Davis and win a copy of her debut, romantic suspense novel: SINISTER INTENT. While you’re there … Last chance to win Fran Cusworth’s latest: THE SPICEFIELD SISTERS

Sarah Belle & I discussed time travel in romance at the Escape blog. Sarah’s character travels to the past, & mine to the future. We talk about the pros & cons of each & how time travel isn’t only for sci-fi.

August 15 – RWAustralia conference – My first trip to Western Australia!

August 17 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Anna Jacobs – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 20 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Peta Crake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Helen is joining me to talk about her new Special Edition release, DATE WITH DESTINY. I love her hero’s Polish family in this book and Helen has a great recipe for Cabbage rolls to get us in the mood. PLUS, she’s giving away a copy of DATE WITH DESTINY to one lucky commenter.

My Guest on Browsing Bookcovers with Maryde this week is Writer Sasha Cottman.

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

August 8 – A Match made in Heaven

August 10 – ON ANGELS WINGS by Heather Adams

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that Enrico, Clint and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ between July 6 and 20, but we’ll 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

Novelists Inc. will be releasing their short story collection at the end of the month. The collection is themed as the title suggests – I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN. Details and cover art on Janet’s blog and the anthology has just gone up on Amazon.com for pre-order at a reduced price Janet’s prize winning short story, THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA AND ME is one of the stories selected.

Elisabeth’s rural romantic comedy TROUBLE IN NIRVANA had its official release on June 21. Available in eBook or paperback from The Wild Rose Press.

Sandra is thrilled to be offered a second contract with Escape Publishing. Her upcoming September e-book release is titled FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

Téa’s latest historical romance, MATILDA’S FREEDOM, releases on July 1 with Harlequin Escape. Pre-order available on iTunes.

Bronwen had a huge week with her second three book contract with Entangled Publishing for 3 Indulgence contemporaries and also finalled twice in this year’s RomCon Readers’ Crown for:

Best Historical –TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD

Best Category/Series –THE RELUCTANT WIFE

Adding to her joy was the exciting news that she won the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 in Category/Series for THE RELUCTANT WIFE.  Bronwen won the RomCon Readers Crown in 2012 for her historical –INVITATION TO RUIN.

This year’s batch is a wonderful microcosm of our membership, including some of our most established and loved author members and some who have entered the finalist list with their first book. Obviously, if you are a romance writer, RWA is the place to be!  So, without further ado, congratulations and best of luck to:

Long Romance:

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Anne Gracie – BRIDE BY MISTAKE

Helen Lacey – MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Sarah Mayberry – MORE THAN ONE NIGHT

Stephanie Laurens – THE LADY RISKS ALL

Romantic Elements: 

Elise K Ackers – SMALL TOWN STORM

Fiona McCallum – WATTLE CREEK

Helene Young – BURNING LIES

Tricia Stringer – QUEEN OF THE ROAD

Short Sexy:

Anne Oliver – THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE

Melanie Milburne – ENEMIES AT THE ALTAR

Nicola Marsh – MARRYING THE ENEMY

Yvonne Lindsay – A FORBIDDEN AFFAIR

Short Sweet:Helen Lacey - Marriage Under the Misteltoe

Alison Roberts – SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: ZOE’S BABY

Emily Forbes –  SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: BELLA’S WISHLIST

Fiona Lowe – NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS

Madeline Ash – UNCOVERED BY LOVE

Thanks go to our new RUBY coordinator, Dorothy Bramich and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile RUBY co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role. We would be helpless without our stalwart volunteers! Thanks too, to our wonderful reader judges. ~ Imelda Evans, Blogmistress

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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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June 29 – June Releases

June 30 – Event Announcements

July 1 – Claytons 2013

July 3 – Conference Spotlight

July 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.

Fiona Georgiou stops by to tread the boards this week on All the World’s a Page.

The promotional tour for the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR has certainly kept me busy and has played havoc with my participation in 50k in 30 days. There is a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card on my blog page. It is drawn by a rafflecopter on July 16 when I am deep in the outback!  If you want to have a virtual holiday over the winter, [visit] our travel blog as we head to crocodile country on the 29th. I am totally a non-camper so our seven weeks camping sojourn may afford you some lighthearted amusement!

I have English romance author Louise Rose-Innes on the blog. She’s a social media guru and a fabulous contemporary romance author. She’s interviewing her latest hero and has a fresh contemporary romance to give away. We’d love you to drop by.

chatted to Jennifer St George about her latest release from Destiny Romance, THE LOVE DECEPTION.

Suffering from the winter woes? Then you need something to warm you up! And on Friday Feast, thanks to Ondine series author and curry pie aficionado, Ebony McKenna, we have just the dish. So come curry it up with Ebony, Ondine and her pet ferret Shambles. It’ll warm your heart and soul!

I’ve also posted an update on my Australian Women Writers Challenge in which I reveal my favourite books and the discovery of a wonderful new Australian author.

For anyone who would like to stop by and say hello, I’m doing a guest blog on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood on July 26 as a Golden Heart finalist. It would be great to welcome some fellow Aussie authors over there.

June 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.M. Simpson

July 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – A BITE OF… With Eleanor Maine

June 24 – Musa Monday with Marci Boudreaux

June 25 – Release date for SNOOP

June 29 – Fantabulous Friday: Aussie Author Giveaway

June 27 – the wonderful Lily Malone

Tuesday Tales – every Tuesday when 15-20 authors write to a word prompt. I’ve currently got a nice AFL story going.

She’s days away from a seven week outback adventure without the internet. I’ve ‘baled’ Annie Seaton up on Author Harvest.Gnomes of Australia…? Watch out!

The Long And The Short Of It: Jan Ruth has a country manor and a horse whisperer!

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

June 29 – SATURDAY SEVEN (THE DOM’S DUNGEON – Cheryse Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 1 – AUSSIE AUTHOR GIVEAWAY – 9 paranormal romance authors have books & swag to giveaway! Deets here.

July 2 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: S.E.Gilchrist – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

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

Musings on the wild weather in Gippsland, Australia’s ‘Riviera’.

June 19 – Writer Wednesday with Mandy Magro

June 25 – Writer Wednesday with Jennifer Scoullar

June 21 – Southern Speak: Emotion in Romance Writing with Khloe Wren

June 24 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

June 26 – What a Character: Tamara Gill’s Lelantos with Maggie Mundy

June 30 – Spotlight on Writers with Erin Moira O’Hara

This year, the members of the Hunter Romance Writers will post twice monthly on our blog re various topics from the craft of writing to donating blood to time management.

June 25 – The Art of On Line Pitching

June 13 – Branding your Name in the Writing World

May 13 – This Writing Life – Time Management

Comments by other writers are always welcome.

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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. Anne Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…

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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.

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Juliet is having a bumper year having signed yet another contract with Escape Publishing for her novella, STAR STRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance with a magical element. a few weeks ago, Juliet signed a contract for another novella, I DREAM OF JOHNNY, a romantic comedy, which will release in September.

has signed a second contract with Entangled Publishing for three contemporaries.

Elise’s second novella in the Homeland series, ASK ME FOR MORE, is available for pre-order with less than a month until the release.

has a contemporary romance about female mechanic Billie Williams  out now on Amazon and Steam eReads’.

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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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June 15 – Author Spotlight on Liesl Leighton

June 16 – Event Announcements

June 17 – Claytons 2013

June 18 – Conference Spotlight on Ken Milling

June 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Annie Seaton celebrated the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR with Susanne Bellamy.

What do the Daintree and The Virginity Mission have in common? Find out this Sunday, 16th June with Cate Ellink on All the World’s a Page.

Summer or Winter? Night or Day? The questions you can answer to win either an Alissa Callen or an Allison Butler eBook. AND you get to read someone else’s mail.  Just pop over to the lovely Barbara DeLeo’s blog for your chance.

Grab a cuppa and settle down for some serious afternoon delight because this week Friday Feast is laying a spread! BENEATH OUTBACK SKIES author Alissa Callen has dug out the fine china and whipped up an afternoon tea that will have your tastebuds singing. So come join the fun of Friday Feast. But don’t dilly dally. Alissa’s delicious muffins and biscuits are sure to disappear fast!

June 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Christina Phillips

June 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

June 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Shona Husk

 June 6 – UP CLOSE with Sandra O’Grady

June 11 – SARA NEWS with Emmeline Lock

June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

Where have I been?

Jenn J McLeod ‘bales up’ Heather Garside who is giving away a copy of BREAKAWAY CREEK. Check it out here (but be warned, Jenn is having a rant!)

 Venetia Green knocked on the Manor Door to introduce her first full length novel A HAWK ENSLAVED out now from Ellora’s Cave.

kicks off her blog tour for BLOODLUST DENIED at the following stops:

June 7 – I’m over at the Australian Romance Readers Association blog, with a giveaway of a copy of BLOODLUST DENIED (this contest is open to members of ARRA only)

June 9 – Unusual Historicals chatting about my Roman/Druid romance, BETRAYED, and how historical fact forms the backdrop for Tacitus and Nimue’s story. There’s also a giveaway on offer!

June 10 – It’s my turn over at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads. Just answer a question on BLOODLUST DENIED ( the answer can be found by reading the excerpt *on my website) and you’ll be in the draw to win a copy of the book! *Excerpt is for over 18s only*

June 10 – Partying at the fabulous Historical Hearts, my group blog where you can find wonderful historical romances from fellow Down Under authors. Today I’m chatting about Regency vampires and Pride and Prejudice! Come join in the fun and be in the running to win a copy of BLOODLUST DENIED

June 12 – In the hot seat with Sizzling Hot Books where you can discover all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff about me!

June 15 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Chloe’s Double Dare – Fiona Archer) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

June 18 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Juanita Kees – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Sasha decided to embark on the task of cooking some of the recipes in her historical romance writing research in Distasters from the Regency kitchen.

June 10 – Nicole Flockton celebrates the release of RESCUING DAWN

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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. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

Wow, what a ripper week it’s been for good news! We’ve welcomed many new members to the RWA fold this year and the press is running hot with exciting new authors. Enrico and Clint were run off their feet gathering the news this week. At this rate the Cruisin’ Limo will need new tyres soon!

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.

*Breaking News*  – Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival March 22 and 23, 2013

Jenn J McLeod is on two panels – a popular fiction author panel  on Saturday and a panel with her editor, Belinda Castles discussing the role of editors and mentorships  on Sunday. Tickets will be available for individual sessions on the day – as long as the session venues are not full!

Good News

has self-published her romantic suspense RADIANT, now for sale on Amazon.

Has launched a newsletter. Sign up here or click on the link above to visit her website.

is very pleased to announce her first sale to Destiny Romance, a yet to be titled Regency Historical Romance to be released in 2013

BETRAYED, the third book set in Christina Phillips’s Roman/Druid world, was released by Ellora’s Cave on 20th March

WIFE IN NAME ONLY due for release in April 2013 has a  4 star from RT Book Reviews. For more details visit her new website.

Enjoy a bit of rural fun and games? Read about Primrose causing TROUBLE IN NIRVANA 

With less than 2 weeks to go to the release of her debut novel, RIDING ON AIR, from Escape Publishing, Maggie is running a countdown contest to
win a copy. Each comment, like, or follow on Maggie Gilbert’s social media gets an entry in the draw. Win yourself a copy or send it as a gift to any horse-mad teenager you nominate. For more information visit her website.

From Tuesday 18 March, the 2012 Destiny Romance titles will be available in print from over 650 Australia Post locations around Australia! They will be available for approximately three months, and they look mighty attractive. RWA members who attended the ARRA conference would have seen them on the Penguin/Destiny promotion table or received a copy in a showbag – but now everyone can get themselves a 2012 title and support an Australian publisher and a handful of wonderful Australian authors!

Wanted to let everyone know that her new release THE LAST GLADIATRIX, an historical set in Ancient Rome,will be  coming out with Harlequin Escape on the 1st of April.

Her May 2012 Regency romance INVITATION TO SCANDAL has been nominated for BEST HISTORICAL for 2012 at The Romance
Review. TRR members get to vote to select the winner.

Her novel WILD ENCOUNTER is among the five books nominated for best Action-Adventure/Romantic Suspense of 2012 over at The Romance
Reviews website.

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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 24 – Event Announcements

March 25 – Conference Spotlight

March 26 – Conference Spotlight

March 27 – Author Spotlight on Dana Mitchell

March 28 – Cruisin’ with RWA

ANNA CAMPBELL is dropping by to share her new ghostly novella – These Haunted Hearts. Anna has offered a giveaway of her new book so please visit. And next week, my guest will be Jacquie Underdown.

We’re teasing your tastebuds with the most important meal of the day on Friday Feast this week. HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS author and B&B owner (so she knows her stuff) Jenn J McLeod is sharing her recipe for home-made muesli. Easy, healthy and delicious. Bit like the Feast!

Christina Phillips has a blog tour for the release of BETRAYED. There will be lots of fun and giveaways on offer!

March 20 – Release Day for BETRAYED

March 20 – Sexy Excerpt of BETRAYED at Tina Donahue’s blog + Giveaway

March 20 – Release Day Spotlight at ARRA + Giveaway

March 21 – Thursday 13 at Shelley Munro + Giveaway

March 21 – The Legend of Arianrhod at the Dark Side DownUnder blog + Giveaway

March 22 – The Romance Reviews 2nd Anniversary Party + Giveaway

March 25 – Clash of Ancient Cultures Historical Hearts + Giveaway

March 26 – British Romance Fiction

March 27 – Alpha Male Diner  I Smell Sheep + Giveaway

March 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips & giveaway of BETRAYED

March 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

March 27 – A BITE OF… with Ellie Moonwater

March 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

Musa Monday – Wench Dusty Crabtree on her Shadow Eyes blog tour

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Anna Campbell with giveaway

Last day of SEALED WITH A KISS being free on Smashwords. Code: CK98U

Imelda Evans, blogger at Wine, Women & Wordplay has a pertinent post for any reader of books, and any new author, regarding pre-ordering/sales of books.

Juliet Madison and Sandra Antonelli discuss older heroines in romance on the Escape Publishing Blog. Is ‘mature’ a four-letter-word?

Juanita Kees chats to Kerrie about her very first hero and what’s on her TBR pile.

March 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – ARCHANGEL OF MERCY by Christina Ashcroft

March 25 to April 1ALLEGIANCE SWORN Countdown begins with snippets of scenes from the book

March 26 – WORLD-BUILDING: The Characters of the Light Blade world – a run through the characters in the series.

We’ve got a change in pace on ‘Cooking The Books’ this week. No Nigella recipes, no chocolate, not even a whisper from me about gorging on luscious food and drink. Destiny author Madeline Ash is talking about her heroine who has a heartbreaking reason to watch what she eats. It’s a gorgeous book. I hope you can drop by.

This week’s MRWG contribution to the world of blogs is Emmie Dark. She talks bout how long it takes to write a book and the importance of backing yourself by finishing your stories.  A lovely blog to coincide with this week’s release of Emmie’s SPELLBOUND published by Destiny romance.

THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE and EMBRACING SCANDAL will be touring the virtual book world until 29th March. I’d really appreciate it if you would visit some of the stops, support the book bloggers and authors, and leave a comment. There’s a $20 Gift Card up for grabs. Embrace the Pleasure…

An interview with me and a chance to win a copy of HEAVENLY REVENGE is on that amazing new Blog from the U.K. – Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains. 

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott

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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

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

Blog bites with Bronwen Evans

It’s a pleasure to introduce the wonderful regency romance author, Bronwen Evans. 

I write: Regency historical romances but I’m just about to release my first contemporary with Entangled Publishing Indulgence line on 15 December. The Reluctant Wife.

I’m from: Wellington, New Zealand. I’m a Kiwi, born and bred.

Three words to describe me:  Happy, optimistic, and determined.

 At home I cook: A lot of pasta!

My worst habit is: Not doing the ironing (I tend to buy drip dry – who doesn’t?)

My day job is: Author, and for 2 days a week I’m Executive Director of a surgical society.

Saving for: My new house I’m building with my twin sister

I procrastinate by: Playing bridge online – it’s terrible…

Three things people might not know about me are:  1. I love fast, sleek European cars (I own a BMW), 2. I played representative netball in my younger days, 3. I lived in the USA for three years while my Dad was at Cornell University. – upstate New York

Favourite author: I have many! Gaelen Foley, Emma Wildes, Nicola Jordan, Mia Marlowe, Shana Galen and more…

Current reading: I usually have two books on the go – The Navy Seal’s Promise by Soraya Lane, and When you Give a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen.

Favourite movie: Australia (romance). I love Hugh Jackman. Casino Royale (action). Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (comedy).

Plotter or panster: Definitely plotter – I have to sell of a proposal so I need to know the story

I would most like to meet: Stephen Fry – his brain is amazing and his vocabulary spectacular – a modern-day Oscar Wilde.

When I was young I wanted to be: Don’t laugh – an accountant. I love numbers.

Why I write: To ease the stories in my head and to make a living from something I LOVE to do.

Latest project: Invitation to Passion. Book three in my Invitation to – series, due March 2013.

 If you’d like to find out more about Bronwen and her novels, go to her website   http://www.bronwenevans.com/

Thank you Bronwen for sharing.

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

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another edition of Cruisin’. I hope you’re all keeping warm and dry. This is the perfect weather to cuddle up with your Kindle, laptop or a good, old-fashioned paperback and enjoy. We have a great collection of blogs for you today, so sit back and relax, and let Enrico and Clint take you Cruisin’.

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Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons are now open.

We all know the Diamonds Are Forever Conference is going to be brilliant, but not all of us can make it to the sunny Gold Coast. Enter the annual Claytons Conference, the conference you have when you’re not having a conference (to paraphrase an old but famous soft drink slogan).

Claytons 2012 is online, interactive and impossible to ignore. It’s good fun, motivational and informative. It is open to all Romance Writers of Australia members and it’s free.

Please visit the Claytons page on the RWAustralia website for more information (including the program) and to register.

If you have any questions, you can contact Julia and Jenny at ClaytonsConf12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

July 13 – Blog Bites with Monique Mcdonell – Kerri Williams

July 15 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

July 17 – Conference Spotlight – Book Cover Competition voting open – Eleni Konstantine

July 18 – Hearts Talk Archive – Sandra Harris

July 19 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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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

Her debut Regency historical, INVITATION TO RUIN, won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and her debut self-published Regency historical, TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD, is a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance book of the year – winner drawn September 1.

Has sold SECRETS IN TIME, a time travel novella to Lyrical Press. Release date April 2013.

When a seventeenth century cavalier meets a twentieth century doctor, life is going to get interesting.

Rural Romance Writers is a group where authors and readers of rural romance are able to connect and find out anything from our up and coming releases to what our authors have been busy doing through the week.
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Keeping up Appearances

Meet Helene Young:

Book Launch for BURNING LIES
When : 6th July, 6 pm
Where: North Queensland Aero Club, Cairns

Author Chat
When: Friday 13th July, 5.30 pm
Where : Foster’s Little Bookshop, Foster, Victoria

Brisbane Launch for BURNING LIES
When: 27th July, 5.30 pm
Where: Black Cat Books and Cafe, Paddington, Brisbane.

See Helene’s webpage for more details

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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

July 13 – This week on Friday Feast:

This week on Friday Feast things are hotting up with erotic romance author Lexxie Couper. Lexxie’s discussing her efforts to convert non-Aussies to the joys of Vegemite and sharing a never-let-me-down dessert that’s just perfect for winter. Plus leave a comment and you’ll be in the draw to win a copy of one of Lexxie’s sinfully sexy books.

July 12 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Keri Arthur with giveaway of Darkness Devours

July 15 – Weekly Overview

July 16 – Winner of Keri’s giveaway announced

July 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY

July 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY: with Nicole E. Sheridan

July 14 – SERIES: The Paranormal DownUnder – Angela Verdenius – Aussie authors who live the paranormal life and love it!

July 14-20 – GUEST BLOGGING with the Book Club Sisters on my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour!

July 15 – GUEST BLOGGING at The Qwillery on my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour!

July 17 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments…with Melissa Smith – members of RWAustralia & New Zealand fill you on what to look forward to at the annual conferences.

July 19 – GUEST BLOGGING at Riverina Romantics on my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour!

July 10 – Books with BOB – Heart of the Valley by Cathryn Hein
Why the popularity of Rural Romance or ‘Chook Lit’ is growing so fast.
July 13 – Getting to Know Linda Hays-Gibbs
It’s not often I get to meet someone with her feet firmly set in history. I’m thrilled to have Linda Hays-Gibbs at Mission Romance with her latest release MY ANGEL, MY LIGHT AS DARKNESS FALLS.

To celebrate the launch of Romance Writers of the Apocalypse, we’re having a fun~tastic Friday 13th Apocalyptic Party. There will be giveaways and possibly even cookies! Bring your own sexy hunter of choice 🙂

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

If you don’t understand the appeal of the Fifty Shades trilogy…Here are some of the most frustrating things about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon

Joining me today is Australian rural romance author, Jennifer Scoullar. We’re release month buddies with Brumby’s Run hitting the shelve in July. Jenny and I have both been fortunate enough to spend some time at Varuna, The Writers’ House which is a wonderful place to write in the Blue Mountains. If the words won’t flow there then they won’t flow anywhere!

Over the coming weeks I’ll be featuring these as snippets and as you’ll read, you’ll see just how special coming to conference can be.
Thirteen Writing Tips from Chuck Palahniuk
Yes, we are a sporting nation with loads of great race events to keep fans on the edge of their seats. But there is lesser known and solo race that takes place in lounge rooms across Australia each winter.  
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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. Rachael Johns
  2. S.E Gilchrist
  3. Tamara Gill
  4. Valerie Parv
  5. We Love YA
  6. Anita Joy

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Enrico’s quote of the week

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!  ~Charles Schulz

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

We love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success. Send your good news and blogs to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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50K in 30 Days Challenge

2 Days to go! Participants are encouraged to log their final word count over at the Forum on June 30. Participate to motivate – drop in and leave a motivational message for your fellow participants as we head towards that final sprint.

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Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons 2012 open July 1.

We all know the Diamonds Are Forever Conference is going to be brilliant, but not all of us can make it to the sunny Gold Coast. Enter the annual Claytons Conference, the conference you have when you’re not having a conference (to paraphrase an old but famous soft drink slogan).

Claytons 2012 is online, interactive and impossible to ignore. It’s good fun, motivational and informative. It is open to all Romance Writers of Australia members and it’s free.

Please visit the Claytons page on the RWAustralia website for more information (including the program) and to register.

If you have any questions, you can contact Julia and Jenny at ClaytonsConf12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

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The Word Writers Fair

October  12-14, 2012

So you write books? Or would you love to get your ideas onto paper? Gather together with other Aussie and Kiwi writers. Learn. Be inspired.

The Word Writers Getaway will be held at Alexander Headlands on the wonderful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Enjoy two full days of Workshops, Panels, Seminars and Master Classes. You can chose which classes you attend.

Want practical help with a manuscript? An editing room will be open where you can ask an editor questions and get assistance as you write.

Network with published authors over lunch or dinner. Walk the beach before breakfast with a new writer friend. Build your platform.

What will you learn on this amazing weekend?

  • How to write great Point of View
  • Writing Faith in Children’s fiction
  • Novel Structure
  • Educational market
  • Self-Publishing discussions
  • Design your marketing plan

You will find book launches, book awards, bookshops and more. If you register quickly you could be lucky enough to live in. That’s right, all accommodation and meals included at a basic conference venue with bunk beds in group share.
Venue: www.alexpark.com.au (please note bookings to be made by contacting the word writers not the venue.)
Or make it a holiday at the Sunshine Coast. 
You’d like to know more? Visit http://www.thewordwriters.com

You don’t think you can afford it? What would you expect to pay for an event that gives you so much? Here at Word Writers we aim is to help authors so our costs are slashed to a minimum – so low you’ll get change from $300 in group share. Twin share is a little more. That’s all. Food included. (A group shuttle option is available from Brisbane airport for a small extra fee.) No other charges. So bring your change. You’ll be able to buy some great books!

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 29 – Blog Bites – Kerri Williams

June 30 – New Releases – Nicole Flockton

July 1 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

July 2 – Author Spotlight on Helene Young with a giveaway – Juliet Madison

July 5 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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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

  • Contest Wins
Congratulations to Bronwen Evans on receiving the RomCon’s Readers Crown Award for Best Historical Romance forINVITATION TO RUIN.
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The winners of the RWA San Deigo Chapter’s Spring into Romance Contest have been announced. Congratulations to 3rd Place: Halo Book 1: Arras – CT Green aka Cass Green
  • New Blog
Australian Contemporary Writer, Lily Malone, is celebrating a brand new blog site at Lily Malone – Live & Unpublished
  • New Contracts

Christina Phillips has sold the next two books in her Roman/Druid series, BETRAYED and TAINTED to Ellora’s Cave. She has also sold a dark Regency Vampire novella and an exciting new Highland Warrior series to Ellora’s Cave. For more details check out her website.

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Nicole Flockton has signed a contract with Crimson Romance books for her contemporary novel, (title subject to change) – NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE. Release date to be announced.

  • New Releases

ENCHANTED REALMS – published by Musa Publishing
Release date:  June 29, 2012

Eleni Konstantine’s short story duo will be released in the US this Friday. Eleni will  be celebrating on Friday (AEST) with a giveaway on her blog.

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BURNING LIES by Helene Young – published by Penguin Australia

Release Date: July 2, 2012

Kaitlyn Scott is searching for the truth about her husband’s death, even if that means revisiting the most painful day of her life. But what she uncovers is a criminal willing to stop at nothing to keep his secret.

Ryan O’Donnell, an enigmatic undercover cop, is investigating arson attacks when he is drawn into Kaitlyn’s world. He tries to fight his attraction for her, hoping the case might put his own demons to rest, but it only threatens to push him over the edge.

With Kaitlyn and Ryan on a collision course, the arsonist seizes the chance to settle some old scores. As the Atherton Tableland burns, the three of them are caught in a fiery dance of danger and desire, and not everyone will come out alive.

Set in Australia’s tropical far north, this is an explosive story of peril and passion by the author voted by the Romance Writers of Australia as the most popular novelist of the year.

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Keeping up Appearances

Meet Helene Young:

Book Launch for BURNING LIES
When : 6th July, 6 pm
Where: North Queensland Aero Club, Cairns

Author Chat
When: Friday 13th July, 5.30 pm
Where : Foster’s Little Bookshop, Foster, Victoria

Brisbane Launch for BURNING LIES
When: 27th July, 5.30 pm
Where: Black Cat Books and Cafe, Paddington, Brisbane.

See Helene’s webpage for more details

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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

June 29 – This week on Friday Feast:

Grab your battered Akubra and khaki work clothes and channel your inner Bush-Tucker Man because this week on Friday Feast we’re talking bushfood. Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar, whose high-country rural romance BRUMBY’S RUN releases next week, is revealing her love for and knowledge of Australia’s unique bushfoods.

There’s a delicious cake recipe, some fascinating insights and best of all a BRUMBY’S RUN giveaway. Simply share your best Australian bush experience and you could win!

June 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Janni Nell with giveaway of DANCE OF FLAMES ebook

July 1 – Weekly Overview

July 2 – Winner of Janni’s giveaway announced

July 3– GOOD NEWS DAY

July 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Eleni Konstantine with giveaway of short story duo, ENCHANTED REALMS (ebook)

The Rise of the Sisterhood and Me
The Rise of the Sisterhood, Part 2 – with guest newbie conference goer Juanita Kees
Running in Lanes and Me

June 30 – ALLIANCE FORGED Buzz: Countdown to Release Day – snippets from the book, character profiles and more!

July 1 – ALLIANCE FORGED countdown – snippet from Bk#2 in the Light Blade series.

July 2 – ALLIANCE FORGED countdown – snippet from Bk#2 in the Light Blade series.

July 3 – RELEASE DAY for ALLIANCE FORGED!!!

July 3 – GUEST BLOGGING at Tynga’s Reviews for my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour

July 3 – ARRA Release Day feature for ALLIANCE FORGED

July 3 – GUEST BLOGGING at The Reading Cafe for my ALLIANCE FORGED blog tour

July 3 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe shares her latest release! Are you looking for a new-to-you author or revisiting an old favourite?

Coming up on Mission Romance – Tamara Gill and a MARRIAGE MADE IN MAYFAIR

Find out more about my debut release FLY AWAY PETA  Dina’s Write Stuff and Sonnet O’Dell’s Dusty Pages

Is holding a release party blog hop from June 18 to July 16. Visit her site for more information.

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

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. Wendy Leslie
  2. Yvonne Lindsay
  3. Anne Whitfield
  4. Cats, Books & Life
  5. Elisabeth Rose
  6. Historical Hearts

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Enrico’s quote of the week

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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