September Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The latest edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Our monthly member-only magazine has the latest news and information for writers.

Here is a little peek….


Conference Wrap Up

From Here to Eternity – The Best 20 years

The 20th annual RWA conference was held at Hilton on the Park in Melbourne from Thursday 11th August through to Sunday 14th August, and was a resounding success. Various RWA members and regular HeartsTalk contributors took photos flamboyantly, eavesdropped unabashedly, interviewed brazenly and reported back with candour and panache…

The 2011 conference kicked off on Thursday with the A-Day for published authors, “Staying published in a changing world”. Thursday afternoon saw the first of the bonus workshops, an innovative new addition to the conference program: “Taking the terror out of pitching” with Jaye Ford & Christine Stinson, and “Panic-free pitching” with Anna Sugden.

The Friday workshop this year was Bob Mayer’s “Write it Forward” (formerly known as “Warrior Writer”) followed by more bonus workshops, “An agent reads the slush-pile” with Kristin Nelson, & ‘Now we’re talking” chats with a stellar line-up of authors.

The Friday night cocktail party, sponsored by Harlequin, was themed “Roaring Twenties” and was a spectacular icebreaker.

Saturday and Sunday Conference featured a jam-packed program of workshops, panels and sufficient breaks to grab a coffee and get networking…



Behind the Scenes with Cath Evans (& conference team)

Bronwyn Jameson and Louise Reynolds were appointed in March 2010 and began conference preparations – 18 months before the conference! First job was choosing a venue. Through a series of proposals, quotes and visits, a long-list of nine hotels was whittled to four, then three, before Hilton on the Park was contracted. Then to find Speakers. They drew up a (long) wish-list and 18 invitations were sent to build their “dream-team”. And what a dream team!

For 18 months, Bron and Lou lived and breathed the conference – some days more than others. It was a pleasure to work with such professional people. They had a vision and everything was linked to this vision.


A-Day in Brief

Some points from Stephanie Laurens, Marion Lennox, Susan Wiggs, Bob Mayer, Kelly Armstrong

Friday Workshop with Bob Mayer

“Most bad writing is based on fear” ~Stephen King

This quote from one of the most famous writers on the planet appeared early in Bob Mayer’s Friday workshop, Write it Forward (formerly known as Warrior Writer), and it was a theme Bob returned to often.


Conference Newbies

Bec Sampson talked to first time conference goers Carla Caruso, Raewyn Bright, Rowena Holloway and Heather Davis about their experience.

Tweet About it

#RWAus11 was this year’s hashtag for twitter, and the tweets were flying. As of 19 August, 2739 tweets had been sent using the hashtag. Top tweeters (apart from the official RWA accounts) were @ReadNikkiLogan, @RachaelJohns, @sarazon, @HeleneYoung, @Bookthingo, @kikilon, @NicolaMarsh and @KeziahHill. The second top hashtag was #Mayer.

For full features, go to our website. For members only.

Award Dinner Winners

R*BY Winners

  • Winner of the RBY – Short Sexy
  • Lindsay Armstrong for The Socialite and the Cattle King
  • Winner of the RBY – Short Sweet
  • Melanie Milburne for The Doctor’s Rebel Knight
  • Winner of the RBY – Long Romance
  • Sophia James for One Unashamed Night
  • Winner of the RBY – Romantic Elements
  • Helene Young for Wings of Fear (formerly Border Watch)



For lists of the following awards, see Hearts Talk.

The Emerald Category, The Emerald Single Title, Valerie Parv Award, First Kiss, STALI, High Five, Little Gems, Selling Synopsis


Lynne Wilding Award
Louise Reynolds


20 Years of Covers contests

  • Category – Bronwyn Jameson
  • Contemporary – Christine Stinson
  • Paranormal – Ebony McKenna
  • Historical – (tie) – Christina Phillips & Tamara Gill
  • Most Popular Overall: Ondine by Ebony McKenna



ROMA Award

Winner: ABC South Australia – Simon Royal reporter

The Changing Face of Romance – August 28th 2010

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/08/27/2995930.htm


SPECIAL AWARDS

A Special Award for 20 years of support to romance and romance authors was awarded to Julie Redlich, former Fiction Editor of Woman’s Day.

A 20th Anniversary Appreciation Award was presented to Harlequin.

Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Anne Gracie.

From the Coordinators

Our 20th Anniversary Conference is over and, according to the feedback survey and the many emails from happy delegates, it appears to have been a success. For this we must offer effusive thanks and praise for our fabulous conference team, the larger team of volunteers who pitched in to help when conference week looked overwhelming, the session moderators and MCs, our brilliant presenters, and the sponsors whose contribution allowed us to create many memorable additions.

Thank you to everyone who made “From Here to Eternity” a conference to remember.

The final numbers: A total of 360 writers and industry professionals attended this year’s conference. An additional 54 partners, friends and readers attended the evening events. ADay attracted 71 authors. 176 writers attended Bob Mayer’s Friday workshop and a record 266 at the Awards Dinner.


RWA Noticeboard



Hearts Talk Editor – Job Vacancy

We’re looking for a new editor for our monthly newsletter. If you’re organised, have an eye for detail, can manage a team and have a desire to  lead Hearts Talk forward, then we want to hear from you!

Group Grants Scheme

Congratulations to Writers not Waiters and the Marlborough Romance Writers Group on the success of their grant applications.


Little Gems 2011 Garnet Anthology: Second Print Run

Due to overwhelming demand we have done a second printing of the Little Gems 2011 Garnet Anthology. Don’t miss out on your copy. Go to the Little Gems page on the RWA website for the order form and payment details.


For full notices, go to our website. For members only.


Slam-Dunk that Synopsis by Erica Hayes 

What’s a synopsis, and why do I need one?

A synopsis is a short written summary of your story, and its sole purpose is to convince an editor to buy (or an agent to represent) your work, or at least to request the full manuscript. They can gauge the saleability of your writing from a partial – but they need a full synopsis to gauge the saleability of your story. And make no mistake – it’s saleability, not necessarily quality or talent, that will get you that elusive contract.

So it’s not the same as a pitch or a query letter, then?

No. That’s more like a back cover blurb: a short teaser to hook the reader. The synopsis must contain your full plot, including the ending. The editor wants to know how the romance resolves.


For full article, go to our website. For members only.



Of course don’t forget our regular columns

  • From the Prez with Alison Ahearn. >Alison says bye as president
  • Events with Doreen Sullivan
  • Contest Page with Lis Hoorweg> Info on the The High Five, The Selling Synopsis, and The Single (Title) & Loving it contests. 2010 Valerie Parv Award Report by Erica Hayes
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • Ask Auntie Fi with Fiona Lowe

Dear Auntie Fi, During one of the conference sessions an editor said any of us at the conference workshop could submit to her. Does she really mean this and if yes, how do I know my stuff would be suitable? And how should I send it? ~ Confused from Kew.



For full columns, go to our website. For members only.

Enjoy!


Not a member? Please view our sample issue from January 2011.

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Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Don’t forget the Far North Queensland Roadshow early bird registrations close this Thursday 31 March. This is a must go to event for those living in the top end, or anywhere for that matter. You can find out more information about both below.

RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

11-14 August , 2011

Hilton on the Park

Melbourne

Registrations are now open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information and watch for the conference feature in your March Hearts Talk.

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28 May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

February 14  – March 31,  2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

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We’re back for another week of news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES March 29   – Good News Day

WED March 30  – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR March 31  – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Eleni Konstantine with a copy of anthologies Apartia II and Little Gems 2010 – Topaz

SAT April 2  – Darklight On…Nicole R. Murphy

Kylie Griffin ~

MON March 28 – GUEST AUTHOR: Cathleen Ross – Although she’d had never written a sex scene, Cathleen sent in her first erotic story to a new publisher, the editor bought it and asked for more, and since then she’s been published with Black Lace, Spice Briefs, Ravenous Romance and Passion in Print. Come learn more about Cathleen and her career as an multi-genre author.

THURS  March 31  – “Who’s That Girl? Interview” – featuring Eleni Konstantine (from RWAustralia)

SAT Apri l 2 – April Fools’ Day – what are the origins of this day for practical jokes and mischievous mayhem?

RWAus Blog ~

MON March 28  – Special Post – FNQ Roadshow Girls Talk Dialogue

TUES March 29  – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Joan Kilby

THUR March 31  – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Rhian Cahill, Lexxie Couper & Jess Dee

FRI April 1 – Suz Hamilton – A Day in the Writing Life of … Michelle Diener

SUN April 3– Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

MJ Scott

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Monique Wood

Moyna Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

BookEnd, LLC – A Literary Agency ~

This week Jessica Faust ran another Wednesday Workshop on query letters for anyone wanting to find out what an agent looks is looking for in a query.

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner’s guest blogger this week Mary Demuth listed ‘7 Ways to Be Professional’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information – your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Congratulates to the Little Gems Garnet Anthology placegetters:

1.      Lynne Kokshoorn—Love and All That Jazz

2.      Cara Gabriel—The Real Me

3.      Equal:       Lilian Begelhole—The Sixth Garnet  & Jenn J McLeod —Swept Away

Nea Bovill—Cabin Fever

Linda Brown (writing as Miranda Knight) —The Talisman

Jennifer Hoff—The Spanish Boy

Fiona Kekic—Blue Garnet

Dorothy Martin—Just Imagine

Shauna McConaghy—Keeper Of the Dragon’s Heart

Helena Morrison—Time After Time

Astrid Quiller—Portrait With Wine Stains

Louise Reynolds—The Xianjing Garnet

Pam Swain—It’s All In the Name

Penny Swingler—The Replaying of ‘Worth It’.

Vanda Vadas—A Passionate Love

RITA Finalists:

Contemporary Series Romance
Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox (Harlequin Romance; Sheila Hodgson,
editor)
Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (Mills & Boon Modern Heat; Joanne Grant,
editor)

Romance Novella
“Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe
(Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)

Congratulations Ladies and all the Best of Luck.

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna shared that she received good review for my modern novel LICENCE TO DREAM, from Booklist USA.

Anna was surprised to find herself on page 20 of Western Australia’s big newspaper ‘Weekend West’ this weekend as ‘WA world-beaters walk the streets of home unknown’ crowd!’

Erin Grace ~

Excitement for Erin this week when she received another great review for one of her novels THE LIANHAN SHEE from Romance Book Scene.

Erin was also pretty chuffed that her novel FIRE OF MY HEART was chosen by her publisher to be one of 12 covers to be featured in a full page promotion ad in the US edition of Woman’s Day magazine! Congratulations Erin well done.

Nicole R Murphy ~

Nicole has a mention in Publishers Weekly for an anthology coming out from TiconderogaMORE SCARY KISSES with her story THE PROTECTOR’S LAST MISSION.

Shona Husk ~

Exciting news from Shona during the week when she told us she had sold an untitled fantasy with romantic elements to Carina Press. Congratulations Shona.

Shona also got a mention in Publisher Weekly for an anthology coming out soon from Ticonderoga DEAD RED HEART for her story MUTINY ON THE SCARBOROUGH.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday 25 February, 2011

Closes: Friday 8 April, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28 to April 3

July 25 to 31

October 24 to 30

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au/v1/images/stories/PDFfiles/workshops2011_web.pdf OR email info@nrwc.org.au OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Everything you need to know about publishing ~ Mark MacLeod & Special Guests
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday 4 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Assessor & the Editor ~ Antoinette Eklund & Belinda Byrne
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 14 May
Turn up the heat ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $54 M, $48 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Have you booked your workshops for the RWAus Conference yet? How great does it all look? I’m so excited. Don’t forget to check out the Far Noth Queensland Roadshow if you live in the top end — or anywhere for that matter. You can find out more information about both below.

RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

11th-14th August  2011

Hilton on the Park

Melbourne

Registrations are now open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information and watch for the conference feature in your March Hearts Talk.

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

UPCOMING EVENT

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC 2011 is now under way. For futher information please visit the ARRA website.

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Welcome to another exciting week of news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Do you want to find out more about multi-published Anna Jacobs? Drop by the Romantic Novelists Association Blog and read her in-depth interview.

Anna is also posting on the ANZauthors Blog about ‘Hard Work and Sunshine’. This is a great read for new authors about the hard work and dedication needed to reach your goals.

Actually both of Anna’s blog convey this message.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 22nd March  – Good News Day

WED 23rd March – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR 17th March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Jess Anastasi (TBA)

SAT 19th March – Darklight On…Maree Anderson

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 21st March – GUEST AUTHOR: Paula Roe. One of RWA’s renown contest divas (a lady after my own heart!) is sharing her details about herself and her latest release. She’s also revealing a deep dark secret…

THURS 24th March – “Who’s That Girl? Interview” – featuring Erin Kuhne (from RWAustralia)

SAT 26th March – A Few of My Favourite Things – do you have a top 5 list of books, movies, and other favourite things? Can you narrow it down?

RWAus Blog ~

We have a new member joining our blog team this week. Juliet Madison is taking over the Author Spotlight segment. Welcome to the team Juliet.

MON 21st March – Special Post – Online Seminar Five Weeks with Dr Debra Holland

TUES 22nd March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Lisa Heidke

THUR 24th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Denise Rossetti

FRI 25th March – Jenn J McLeod – Blog Bite with Linda Brown

SAT 26th March – Sandie Hudson – Bookshelf Saturday – April’s New Releases

SUN 27th March – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Heather Boyd

Heather C Brown

Helene Young

Janet Woods

Jenn J McLeod

Jess Anastasi

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Scott Eagan ~

Scott has a couple of interesting posts this week worth reading. (Well I think they are.)

Is the Face of Publishing Changing? – I know we have all talked about this issue but I found Scott’s take on it interesting.

When Your Characters Do Stupid Things – Is it great conflict?

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

A couple of great posts from Blood-Red Pencil as well this week

The Art of Chaptering – how a writer decides where to place chapter breaks.

The Voices in Your Head – Internal editors and critics

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s Wedding of the Season or Madeline Hunter’s Ravishing in Red.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release Midnight’s Wild Passion.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna had the third of her Swan River Saga, Destiny’s Path, published this week, which is also coming out in hardback and (in Australia/NZ) trade paperback. Watch the shelves of BigW, KMart, etc.

Anna also received a contract offer for the third book in my Wiltshire series from Allison & Busby. Book one, Cherry Tree Lane, is out in hardback and coming in August/September in paperback. While book two, Elm Tree Road, comes out in hardback in August.

To top it all off it’s publication day at the end of the month for the trade paperback of Licence to Dream, a modern novel set in York, Western Australia. Well done Anna what a wonder week of exciting news you have had to share.

Kerri Williams ~

Kerri received the Top Pick this week from The Romance Review for her debut novel Taking Back his Widow. Congratulations Kerri.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: http://www.nrwc.org.au/v1/images/stories/PDFfiles/workshops2011_web.pdf OR email info@nrwc.org.au OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Everything you need to know about publishing ~ Mark MacLeod & Special Guests
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday 4 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Assessor & the Editor ~ Antoinette Eklund & Belinda Byrne
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 14 May
Turn up the heat ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $54 M, $48 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

SPECIAL NOTICES:

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm and Intensive workshop Sunday 13 March.

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney http://www.aspirehotel.com/

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only) Sunday Full

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/seminars.html

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is now full.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

UPCOMING EVENT

LOVE A GOOD ROMANCE WITH AMY ANDREWS AND ANNA CAMPBELL

WHEN: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

WHERE: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings essential: (07) 3351 3401 OR Library website

AND

WHEN: 10am, Saturday, 26th February, 2011

WHERE: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 OR Library website

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

THURS 24th February – Anna is reviewing Carola Dunn’s ‘Daisy Dalrymple’ mysteries on the Romance Dish

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 22nd February – Good News Day
WED 23rd February – Winner announced for Shannah’s Envoy.
THUR 24th February – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Keri Arthur with Kelley
Armstrong’s Haunted
SAT 26th February – Darklight On…Fiona Gregory

Eleni Konstantine ~

Eleni’s blog turned three this week and she has a giveaway of Jennifer

Roberson’s Shapechanger’s Song (Omnibus 1 of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli)

Entries close today!!

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 17th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Vanessa Barneveld

SAT 19th February – “Which heroine turns the pages for you?” – a look at heroine archetypes

MON 21st February – GUEST AUTHOR: Rachel Bailey

THURS 24th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Hope Ramsey

SAT 26th February – “Reading for Keeps” – do you have a shelf for ‘keepers’, you know the ones you’ll never given away and will be buried-with-me-when-I-die books? What makes them ‘keepers’? Come and find out.

Paula Roe ~

THU 24th February – Catch up with Paula on the ARRA blog

SAT 26th February – Paula drops by Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for a chat.

RWAus Blog ~

MON 21st February – Sandie Hudson – Author Spotlight – Rhian Cahill

TUES 22th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Nikki Logan

THU 24th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jennifer Kloester

FRI 25th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Daniel de Lorne

SAT 26th February – Sandie Hudson – February New Releases

SUN 27th February – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

S.E Gilchrist

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Sara Hantz

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Thanks to Kylie Griffin for this blog suggestion.

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood ~

Rita Henuber gives a great blog covering all the ‘Writing Industry Acronyms and Definitions’ – a quick handy reference if you need to know something in a hurry.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

The power of the imagination, guest blogger, Darlene Quinn chats about ‘Emerging from the Imagination: Giving Your Characters a Life of their Own’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Emerald Category Second Round ~

Congratulations go to:

Janice Bridges

Jodie Clarkson

Emmie Dark

Michelle de Rooy

Anne-Louise Dubrawski

Louise Groarke

Frances Maslen x 2

Susan Rees

Joanne Robertson

Jennifer St George

Rebecca Sampson

Angela Stein

Dayle White x2

Thanks to Leisl Leighton for all her work thus far in managing the contest.

Little Gems Cover Winner ~

The winning entry of the Little Gems 2011 Garnet Cover Contest is now on the Blog. The beautiful design is by new RWA member Sheridan Kent.

Anna Campbell ~

Anna was a guest on ABC Sunshine Coast – Breakfast with John Stokes and interviewed by Mary-Lou Stephens for Valentine’s Day. Wonderful interview Anna.

Jennifer Brassel ~

Jennifer’s as yet unpublished Time Travel romance ‘Secret Reflection’ won the Best Scene category of the Wallflower (FTHRW) in the US! Plus she got a request for the full from the editor. Fantastic news Jen.

Maggi Andersen ~

Maggi’s Georgian romance, ‘The Reluctant Marquess’ was part of the Valentine’s Day launch of Embrace Books, an offshoot of Salt Publishing. Great news Maggi and congratulatios.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne was all smiles this week when she found an unknown review for ‘Heat In The Outback’, from Panic in the Lingerie receiving 5 stars. Wonderful news Suz and well deserved.

Suzi Love ~

Our Suzi has done it again winning the Wallflower Historical Single Title for ‘From the Heart’ RWUSA Chapter. Suzi also placed second in the finals of the Historical Category of ‘Finally a Bride’ Oklahoma Chapter. Huge Congratulations Suzi.

US Emily Awards Results ~

Anne-Louise Dubrawski tied for 2nd place in the Contemporary Series category.

Michelle de Rooy placed 5th in the Futuristic, Paranormal section.

WOOHOO Ladies well done.

Member’s with revamped websites ~

We had a few members showing off their re-vamped websites over the past couple of weeks, and what wonderful results they all got.

Anna Campbell

Anna Jacobs

Paula Roe

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3351 3401 or Arana Hills Library

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson St, Albany Creek

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 or Albany Creek Library

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller, & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 March
The Essentials of Editing ~ Tony Spencer-Smith
When: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $250 M, $215 MC, $360 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com


SPECIAL NOTICES:


Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm and Intensive workshop Sunday 13 March.

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney http://www.aspirehotel.com/

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/seminars.html

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is only open to a total of 12 RWA members and only a few spots are still available.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

 

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

 

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 7th Februrary – Historical Romance Author Tiffany Clare is Anna Campbell’s guest on the Romance Bandits. Giveaways!

THU 10th February – Catch up with Anna with her regular spot on the Romance Bandits.

FRI 11th February – Anna moves on to her regular spot on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for the day.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 8th – Good News Day

WED 9th – Winner announced for Christina’s giveaway.

–  Part Three of the four-part series on World Building with Kylie Griffin.

THUR 10th – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Eleni Konstantine with a book pack: Sydney Croft’s ARCO series, and Larissa Lone’s Ecstasy (courtesy of Darksider Loretta).

SAT 12th – Darklight On…Nicola E. Sheridan

Dark Side DownUnder are also 3 months old, come and tell us how you think we are going.

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 3rd February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Julieann Thomas – RWNZ writer who enjoys reading and writing military romances.

SAT 5th February – Which hero turns the pages for you? – a look at hero archetypes.

*There’s some give-away goodness in store for readers in my February line up of blog posts – we have KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy from Rowena Cory Daniells, 4 special Valentine’s Day prizes and an e-copy of a SCENT OF A MAN from Maree Anderson up for grabs!

MON 7th February – Guest Author: Rowena Cory Daniells talks about “Resonance” (and she has a copy of KIN ROLEN’S KIN series to give-away!)

THUR 10th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Jess Anastasi

SAT 12th February – “Who has your heart?” – a Valentine’s Day drool-fest featuring your favourite heroes (with special Valentine’s give-aways!)

Mary Hawkins ~

WED 3rd February – Find Mary blogging on International Christian Fiction Writers chatting with Lisa Harris, chatting about novel Blood Ransom.

RWAus Blog ~

More excitement this week on the Blog Team with guest blogger Bronwyn Jameson joining us for the next few weeks sharing information on the RWAus ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference sessions and guest speakers.

MON 7th February – Diane Curran – Author Spotlight – Kerri Williams

TUES 8th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – From Here to Eternity

WED 9th February – Jenn McLeod – all going well (post Yasi) it will be the previously postponed Face 2 Face with … North Queensland Romance Writers. So TBC and fingers crossed.

THU 10th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – Julia Hunter

FRI 12th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Nikki Logan

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Michelle Diener

Monique Wood

Moyna Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh

Paula Roe

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Thanks to Jenny Schwartz for these blog suggestions.

Romance Junkies ~

Writing contest at Romance Junkies sponsored by Carina Press (Harlequin’s digital-first imprint) which has prizes for writers and readers

Patricia Wrede ~

Patricia Wrede has a great series of posts at her blog on her Lego Theory of writing where she discusses the building blocks of effective writing. I’ve linked this to the first post, you can go on to the next six from there.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs until 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information, drop by Annie’s, contest page.

Denise Rossetti ~

What to do: Email me (well Denise) with the title of Book #3 of the Four-Sided Pentacle Series. That’s it!
The Prize: Your choice – an electronic copy of any of my Ellora’s Cave books or an autographed copy of one of my Berkley books.
Closes: Sunday 13 Feb 2011

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna has a swish new website thanks to the talents of Ms Paula Roe. Absolutely love it Anna.

Anne Whitfield ~

Anne was happy during the week when her old Hale out of print book, ‘A Noble Place’, was accepted by MuseIt Up Publishing. Congratulations Anne.

Nikki Logan ~

Nikki spent time over Christmas making her first YouTube trailer ‘A Romance with Nature’.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

February 7th to 13th

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Wednesday 9 February

A Night of Romance with Anna Campbell at Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm, 9th February, 2011

Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: Ph: (07) 5442 4411 or Sunshine Coast Council

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space, as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: email OR (08) 8223 7662 OR SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3351 3401 or Arana Hills Library

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson St, Albany Creek

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 or Albany Creek Library

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller, & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

February Hearts Talk Wrap Up

The latest edition of Hearts Talk is here. This is available only to members, but here is a little peek….

Author Interview: Bronwyn Jameson talks to Bob Mayer 

This month’s interview is with NYT bestselling author, speaker and consultant Bob Mayer, one of the featured speakers at our 2011 conference “From Here to Eternity.” Bob will present the Friday workshop as well as sessions on writing craft and the business of being a writer.

Welcome to Hearts Talk, Bob. Thank you for taking the time to

talk to RWAustralia about your visit “down-under” in 2011. Will

this be your first visit to Australia?

 

Yes. I lived in the Orient for a while, but never made it south. I’m not much of a tourist—most of my travels around the world were with the military. In fact, every time I’ve been to Europe, I entered the continent via parachute drop in the middle of the night and usually exited via helicopter pick up in the middle of the night. It’s going to be quite unusual to have time to play tourist. I won’t know what do with myself without a parachute or helicopter.

I did write a book set in Australia, The Rock, which has Ayers Rock at the centre of the plot. It’s also at the centre of Australia and looking at the map, it’s like four inches from where the conference is, so in Australian inches that’s probably a couple thousand miles so I guess I can’t drive up there in a day.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.

RWA Extra with Wyrdy Smith – Get Connected

Introducing the debut of RWA’s roving under-cover reporter, Wyrdy Smith. And don’t try to discover this writer’s super-hero super-secret identity—those trusted few in the know are sworn never to tell…

The RWA membership is more varied than Forrest Gump’s favourite box of chocolates. Sure, they’re mostly female, although there are some menfolk amongst the membership (and no, you won’t catch Wyrdy putting those two words next to each other; you know very well which ones I mean) but members run the gamut from young to mature, from raw novices to award-winning multipubbed authors and everything in between. RWA members live in all Australian states and there’s a fair contingent overseas, some of whom are relocated Aussies and some who are proud to call other countries home.

But there is something the majority of the membership have in common, besides the burning desire to write. Most of RWA’s members are sufficiently computer savvy to use the internet. They’re connected.

 

For full article, go to our website. For members only.


Our RWA

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

In the first week of our appeal, we’ve reached almost 1000 books! Books have been arriving via the Appeal PO Box, and at in-person drop off points (listed to your right).

Additionally, RWA is thrilled to announce our first corporate donor, Harlequin Enterprises Australia. The books that Harlequin donate, in conjunction with Macphersons Printing Group and Griffin Press, to the RWA Flooded Communities Appeal will go to the communities that have been devastated by the recent flooding. Thank you, Harlequin!

For more details, visit: RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

 

RWA CONFERENCE 2011: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

Organisation for our 201 1 conference is well underway , leading up to the opening of registration on March 1 . For the first time we’ l l be offering online registration—look for details and FAQ’ s on the website later this month. Hard copy forms will also be supplied in the March Hearts Talk.

One big reason for choosing our Melbourne venue, Hilton on the Park, was the spacious events floor : we don’t want to post a ” registration full and closed” notice this year . We hope that all members who want to attend our 20th anniversary event can do so.


Members’ Assistance Fund (MAF) 2011

Last year the RWA executive established a scheme to assist disadvantaged members who would otherwise be unable to participate in our professional development opportunities. In 2010 we assisted four talented writers from four states, partially funding their attendance at 5DI or the Coogee conference. In 2011 we hope another group will benefit from the Members Assistance Fund which is now open for applications.

All members, published and unpublished, are eligible to apply. The only stipulation: you are not in a position to fully fund attendance at the event without assistance.

 

For full articles, go to our website. For members only.

 

RWA Group Grants Scheme

Applications are open during the month of February for the RWA Group Grants Scheme.

Any RWA Associated or RWA Affiliated Group is eligible to apply for a grant to help in advancing the writing careers of their RWA members.

Information and application forms can be found at: www.romanceaustralia.com/members/groupgrants.asp

For more information, please email the Group Grants Coordinator: groupgrants@romanceaustralia.com

Applications close February 28th.

 

RWA Presents the FNQ Roadshow 2011

North Queensland Romance Writers welcome you to a day long seminar in the balmy tropics packed with exciting and professional workshops.

Presenters Anne Gracie, Kelly Hunter, Helénè Young and Barbara Hannay are all multipublished, highly successful romance authors with the added bonus of strong teaching backgrounds.

Cairns Colonial Club

Saturday May 28th

Registration opens on Valentine’s Day, February 14th

Further Enquiries: rwaroadshow2011@gmail.com

Topics to be covered:

* Not Another Sex Scene… (or how to write really great sex scenes that deepen character, plot and conflict)

* The vital importance of a good, strong premise

* World-building (no matter which subgenre) and Subtext

* Ways to ensure a strong and layered conflict

* Emotional punch and tension on every page

* Panel discussions, and much more…



The Best Positions by Terrie Green

A Saturday night, two couples enjoying a few drinks, two bowls of spicy nibbly bits gone. It’s almost time to leave and then… in lobs the question. An occupational hazard-type question. “What should I do about my back?”

This one comes up a lot. If I have time, I usually answer by asking a whole pile of other questions, like, where does it hurt, what treatment or advice have you had, what helps, what makes it worse? Since I’ve been sitting next to this lady chatting for the past two hours I have already noticed that her right shoulder is rounded and higher relative to her left, she has a long neck, she is tight in her upper neck muscles (trapezius and levator scapulae if you really want me to try and impress you) as well as being tight in the pectoral muscles at the front of her chest. She tends to stay in one position and not fidget around a lot like moi. I also know she has two young children and runs her own online business.

For full article, go to our website. For members only.


Confessions of the Third Eye by Marion Lennox

As I write, all hell seems to have broken loose about me. Queensland is in the grip of appalling floods, Perth has bushfires and my friend Andy was knocked off his bike and killed, a lovely, larrikin mate who leaves a gaping hole in the heart of those who loved him.

Battered I’ve retreated to the kitchen and am cooking, which is my fall-back comfort position – this week the combination of overwhelming tragedy has seen me perfect the recipe for gluten free puff pastry. So I’m cooking and grieving and I’m watching the television and I’m thinking of Andy – and without willing it, without wanting it, my third eye is working overtime.

My third eye is the writer part of me that always stays slightly aloof. When I’m crumpling, it stays wide open, watching, taking notes, feeling my emotion and storing it. For use as a writer.


For full article, go to our website. For members only.


“The End”… or is it? by Helénè Young

You’ve just typed THE END in big bold capitals. You stretch your arms above your head, wiggle your cramped, weary fingers and smile at your new baby.

Congratulations! You have just joined the elite club of people who have successfully completed a manuscript. You set out on this journey full of enthusiasm and discipline. You plowed on through all the distractions of life (partners expecting feeding, recalcitrant teenagers expecting chauffeuring, demanding bosses expecting you to not only turn up at work but also to stay awake…)

Full of justifiable pride, you’re now ready to launch your newest offspring into the world. Your work is almost done.

But wait!

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  • From the Prez with Alison Ahearn
  • Member Spotlight with Suzanne Brandyn > This month featuring our webmistress Kerrie Ptolemy
  • Events Calendar with Doreen Sullivan
  • Contest Page with Deb Bennetto > This month featuring the Selling Synopsis 2011 Final Report from Contest Manager, Jenn McLeod
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • The Last Word with Christina Phillips
  • Member Announcements (News & New Releases) with Rachel Bailey
  • The Writer’s Life with Marion Lennox > This month ‘Confessions of the Third Eye’ (see above snippet)
  • Ask Auntie Fi with Fiona Lowe

Dear Auntie Fi, How can I find out how to prepare my manuscript in ARC format for competitions? ~ Confused from Coonabarabran.

Dear Auntie Fi, Have you got any tips on how to decide whose POV a scene should be in? ~Querulous in Queensland



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Author Spotlight ~ Bronwyn Jameson – Rugged Desire

Once a month this year on the RWAus blog we will chat with authors about their writing and their chosen genre.

Today I have the pleasure of chatting to one of my favourite authors, Bronwyn Jameson, whose 3 books in the ‘Princes of the Outback’ trilogy were all 2006 RITA finalists.

Bronwyn, welcome to Author Spotlight and thank you for chatting about writing for Silhouette Desire. (NB: from April, the badging will change to Harlequin Desire.)

Thank you, Sandie.  I was delighted to receive your invitation to participate.  Love the RWAus blog.

Bronwyn, why write Silhouette Desire?

If you write fast-paced, highly sensual romances with traditional themes and a touch of drama, then Desire might be your line.  Especially if you can add a twist to those traditional tropes and you like to focus tightly on the romance.

This month your ‘Princes of the Outback’ series is released as a Special Release. How important is that to you as a writer?

Re-releases are VERY important in category romance.  The original release is only on bookstore shelves for one month at the most, and then in online bookstores for maybe another year.  Digital publishing is, of course, extending availability but many readers either prefer print or don’t have eBook technology.

I’m inordinately proud of my ‘Princes of the Outback’ trilogy and thrilled with the rerelease and the “couple” cover.  The first release books were in an experimental phase of cover design.  Those shadows covers are, shall we say, not my favourites.

What is the reader looking for in the Desire Hero?

Confidence, strength of character, charisma.  But even if he’s a sheikh or a prince of industry, there’s more than a dash of “real man” beneath the trappings of wealth and power.  Personally, I like that dash to include a sense of humour and/or an appreciation of the heroine’s sense of humour.

How do you go about achieving that goal?

Of creating the Desire hero?  Hmm, I’m not sure.  They do take work.   I’m very much a heroine-centric writer and in early drafts my heroine is too in command, driving the action, inclined to get her own way.  I’ve had to recast the hero, or work on his backstory and hot buttons so there’s more conflict in the scenes.

I think that, more than the individual hero and heroine, the key is in the dynamic between them.  It’s that critical combination of chemistry and conflict that I work hardest on.

When you wrote the ‘Princes of the Outback’ series was it always intended as a series or did it evolve after writing the first novel?

Yes, I planned this trilogy from the start.  Earlier I’d written four linked books set in the town of Plenty which weren’t planned as a series.  That lack of planning created many problems in the writing and I vowed to never do that again.

How did you manage to write three individually strong heroes like Tomas, Rafe and Alex?

Because they shared a common external goal which drove each story, I  needed to create a unique personality and internal conflict for each.  That was possible because they’re half-brothers with ramifications caused by their paternity and upbringing.

Is it compulsory to have a sex scene and how sensual do they need to be?

It’s not stated in the guidelines as compulsory, but there’s a reader expectation (I think) of at least one sex scene.  That said, it’s more than a sex scene.  There’s a need for highly sensual writing, for emotional high stakes, and a BIG change due to the scene.  It drives the story forward and/or causes further conflict.

Former senior editor, Melissa Jeglinski, gave good advice: “Desire is more about the chase than the catch.”  IOW, get the foreplay right…and by foreplay, I mean the whole dance from first meeting until first time.

Why are most Desire romances written mainly from the heroine’s POV?

The reader needs to relate to the heroine and I reckon in the most successful Desires she’s walking the miles (or kilometres) in the heroine’s shoes.  Scenes in her point of view are likely to be around 60% of the book, with 40% hero.  He isn’t a distant, shadowy figure; his POV is deep, his thoughts and reactions are as important to the story development as the heroine’s.

What are the best plots for Desire?

Ones which create a strong conflict between hero and heroine; which force them into proximity (e.g. to work together, to live together); which force them to face their (internal) fears and vulnerabilities.  Examples: unplanned pregnancy, marriage of convenience, stranded with the boss, sleeping with the enemy, corporate espionage, shared custody of a baby.  The trick is getting the right dynamic and the right mix of drama and sensuality.

How important is it to keep your voice original?

I think an original voice is a HUGE asset: it’s what makes an editor sit up and take notice when reading a submission, it makes you memorable and your take on a classic storyline fresh.  And when a reader connects strongly with your voice, she’ll add you to her autobuy list and be yours for life.

How do you keep your stories fresh and interesting to your readers?

By keeping the stories fresh and interesting to myself, which is easier for me because I’m far from prolific.  I’m always looking to write about different characters and conflicts rather than sticking with a particular trope or setting or character type.   This might be counter to advice on branding and career-building, but it’s my only answer for keeping my interest.  (Note: I’m a Gemini.)

What are you working on now?

You know how I vowed to never write an unplanned series again?  Well, I’m compelled to write stories for the minor characters from Magnate’s Make-Believe Mistress and its sequel, Billionaire’s Inconvenient Bride.  Specifically the polo-playing Alejandro, trouble-maker Madeleine and the youngest Harrington (Gia.)  And wishing I’d created this as a series from the start!

What would be your Top Five tips for someone wanting to write a Desire romance?

  1. Read widely within the line, not only your favourite authors.
  2. Identify the commonalities; decide if you really are writing *that* kind of book.
  3. Work on GMC, ensuring there’s strong conflict between your characters, both external and internal, and that this isn’t one-dimensional.
  4. What is your point of difference?  How can you make your story stand out from the multitude of submissions?
  5. Read ‘Princes of the Outback’.  No, I’m not being self-serving (well, not entirely. 😉 ) This series was acquired by and edited by Stacy Boyd long before she became the Desire Senior Editor.  I think they’re the kind of books she’s still looking for in terms of the relationship between internal and external conflict, tone, sensuality and character dynamic.

Bronwyn thank you again for agreeing to chat with me and sharing your writing experience and knowledge.

To find out more about Bronwyn’s novels visit her website . To purchase Princes of the Outback you can go to Book Depository or M&B Australia.

While you’re on Bronwyn’s website check out her ‘Behind the Book’ page and get some more insight into Bronwyn’s writing.

Thanks

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

5DI is open

Following the success of the first 5 Day Intensive (5DI), Romance Writers of Australia, (RWA) is running another 5 Day Intensive (5DI) Manuscript Development Workshop in 2011. The aim is to help members to polish their manuscripts and hone their writing craft under the tutelage of a published author mentor. Selection and attendance at this program does not guarantee publication.

Entries are open from January 1, 2001 until midnight January 31, 2011

See the 5DI page on the RWA website for details.

Thank you for joining us again for another week of blogs, events and news. Please take note of the 5DI information above, this is a fantastic opportunity for members.

So ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Special Event Notice –Updated Information

Introduction to Romance Writing Workshop

Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Monday 14 February 2011

2:00 – 3:30pm

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

Cost: $5.00, afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees. Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space as numbers are limited.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 10th January – Historical Romance Author Maggie Robinson is Anna Campbell’s guest on the Romance Bandits. Maggie will be talking about her latest release MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT and there will be prizes!

TUE 11th January – Anna is on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs with her regular monthly post.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

SUN 9th January – What’s On this week post
TUE 11th January – Good News Day
THU 13th – Magic Thursday with giveaway (well so far there have been giveaways) – Shona Husk with ‘How to Breathe Fire’ e-book

FRI 14th January – What We Are Reading
SAT 15th January – Darklight On….  Joanne Vogel

Janet Woods ~

Current blog: Stripping Your Character’s Bare

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 10th January – GUEST AUTHOR: B.A.BINNS – come meet a 2010 Golden Heart® finalist & YA author Barbara Binns!

THUR 13th January – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with Elisabeth Burke (from RWA®)

SAT 15th January – Paranormal Romance Blogs – continuing the “useful links” series, this time a list of blogs in this genre!

*SPECIAL GUEST* – For fans of Joss Ware (aka Colleen Gleason) mark Jan.24th in your diaries! Joss is visiting to talk about her latest release, NIGHT BETRAYED, the 4th book in the Envy Chronicles. Don’t miss it!

Sandie Hudson ~

MON 3rd January ~ Monday’s Male – Do you tailor your Heroes after anyone?

WED 5th January ~ Women on Wednesday – Women who touched my life.

FRI 7th January ~ Frantic Friday – Time to Write

RWAus Blog ~

MON 10rd January – Sandie Hudson – RWA Member’s News in Review Part 2

WED 12th January – Sandie Hudson – Author Spotlight with Bronwyn Jameson – Rugged Desire

FRI 13th January – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bites – Tracey O’Hara

SAT 14th January – Sandie Hudson – December Bestsellers List

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Blogs  our members participate on:

Harlequin Presents Blog

Historical Saga Novels

LoveCats DownUnder

Novel Adventurers

We Love YA

Word Wenches

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner has a few good posts again this week.

Bubbles from Scott Eagan ~

Scott is another one who has kick the New Year off with a selection of interesting posts.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

December/January 2011 – Backlist Bounty for the New Year!

Anna is offering  TEN lucky people a chance to win a Anna Campbell novel of their choice. If you’re unsure, please visit Anna’s Books page where you’ll find covers, blurbs and excerpts to tempt you. Just email Anna and tell her which book you’d like and why and you’re in the draw. Having all Anna’s novels I can assure you, you don’t want to miss out on this chance.

The contest closes 31st January, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs till 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information drop by Annie’s contest page.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna had four historical romances in the top 100 sellers List and five sagas in the Family Saga top 100 list on the Amazon UK site this week. Huge congratulations Anna.

Janet Woods ~

Newly released, an original eBook from Belgrave House: Benedict’s Bride this sounds like a fantastic read.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Monday 10 January to Friday 14 January
Sydney Summer School, Creative Writing Stage One ~ Jeni Mawter
When: 10:00am–12:00pm
Where: Sydney Writers’ Centre
Cost: $395
FMI + Bookings: Sydney Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 9929 0088

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Summer School: Novel Writing – Things I Wish I’d Known ~ Sonia Orchard

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

FMI + Bookings: Email OR SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Saturday 29 January
Blasting Through Writers Block ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Monday 14 February 2011

Introduction to Romance Writing Workshop

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Bookshelf Saturday (Wednesday) for January

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. How exciting is this kicking off our first Bookshelf for 2011. And what a bookshelf of fantastic reading we have for January 2011. 

 

 

Amy Andrews – RESCUED BY THE DREAMY DOC HMB Medical

  

  

 

 

Bronwyn Jameson – PRINCES OF THE OUTBACK HMB Special Releases

  

 

 

Jess Dee – RISKING IT ALL – Samhain Publishing

 

 

 

 

Jess Dee – WINTER FIRE Red Hot Winter Anthology, Samhain Publishing

 

 

Lexxie Couper – TRIPLE DARE Red Hot Winter Anthology, Samhain Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Clark – THE DOCTOR’S SOCIETY SWEETHEART HMB Medical

  

  

  

 

Melanie Milburne – SHOCK: ONE-NIGHT HEIR HMB Medical

  

 

 

 

Meredith Webber – SHEIKH, CHILDREN’S DOCTOR … HUSBAND HMB Medical

  

 

  

 

 

Nicola Marsh – WILD NIGHTS WITH HER WICKED BOSS HMB Sexy

  

  

 

 

Nicole Murphy – POWER UNBOUND Harper Voyager Australia

  

  

  

 

 

 

Nikki Logan – THE SOLDIER’S UNTAMED HEART HMB Sweet

  

  

 

 

Robyn Grady – THE MEDICI’S PREGNANT MISTRESS – Bounes Novella HMB Desire

  

  

  

 

 

Sarah Mayberry – THE BEST LAID PLANS HMB Special Moments

  

  

  

 

 

Shona Husk – HOW TO BREATHE FIRE Samhain Publishing

  

  

  

 

Tamara Gill – TO SIN WITH SCANDAL Noble Romance Publishing

  

  

  

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you find a novel or two to read. Don’t forget to support our authors. Hope you all have a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Welcome to back to another fun week of news and blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

SPECIAL NOTICE:

During the week an email notice with a survey link went out to all our RWA members with an email address recorded on the members’ register. Your participation in this survey will help the conference committees plan the 2011 and future conferences. Closing date for responses is December 6, so you still have a few days to have your say. If you have any questions regarding the survey or the Melbourne conference, please contact conference@romanceaustralia.com.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Bootcampers 101 ~

We turned three this month!!!!

Check out Fi’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom on shopping for Christmas

Dark Side DownUnder ~

Join us Tuesdays for our Good News Day

On Magic Thursday we have Nicole Murphy with copies of Secret Ones and Power Unbound

Saturday’s Darklight On….will feature Michelle de Rooy

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 29th November – “Interview with…Nalini Singh” – – lots of great information about a NYTimes best-selling paranormal romance author

TUES 30th November – FROM THE ASHES winner announced

Tamara Gill ~

MON 29th November – Heather Boyd visits Tamara’s blog to celebrate the upcoming release of her Regency Erotic Romance ‘One Wicked Night’ into print version. One lucky blog guest will win an e-book copy of the novella.

RWAus Blog ~

MON 29th November – Bronwyn Jameson – FAQ for Conference Workshop Proposal

FRI 3rd December – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite with Maree Anderson

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Anita Joy

Anne Whitfield

Bronwyn Parry

Cassandra Cornell

Cathryn Brunet

Charmaine Attalla

Blogs of Interest ~

NOTE: If you come across a blog you think will interest our members drop me a line with the details.

BookEnds, LLC – A Literary Agency ~

With the increased interest in e-Publishing Jessica Faust looks at self-publishing for unpublished authors, ‘Launching Your career Via Kindle, the Unpublished’ and ‘Building Your Career on Kindle, the Published’.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

An interesting post for print published authors ‘An e-Pub Solution for Traditionally Published Authors with One or Two Titles’. Who knew there was this stuff to consider.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Another great contest from Anna this month, well for October & November.

The question is really easy. Other than English, please name three languages in which Anna’s books are available.

Two lucky entrants will receive signed copies of:

My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell, Dark And Deadly by Jeanne Adams, Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean, The Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville, Proof By Seduction by Courtney Milan, and either What Happens In London or The Duke And I by Julia Quinn.

The contest closes 30th November, 2010. One entry per person please

Annie West ~

Annie is joining forces with six other great Australian author for her contest this month. For your chance to win:

BEYOND THE SUNSET by Anna Jacobs – historical single title saga*

CHRISTMAS AT CANDLEBARK FARM by Michelle Douglas – Harlequin Sweet (category) 

TEMPT THE DEVIL by Anna Campbell – historical single title

THE BILLIONAIRE BABY BOMBSHELL by Paula Roe – Silhouette Desire (category)

THE CATTLEMAN’S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Karly Blakemore Mowle – contemporary rural romance single title

THE MOST MAGICAL GIFT OF ALL by Fiona Lowe – Harlequin Medical (category)

Plus 3 Annie West titles not in current or planned release.

This contest runs till 29th December 2010 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information drop by Annie’s contest page.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog this month’s contest prize is Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

 MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

I can’t remeber if I posted these or not, so I’m sorry if I’ve double posted these results. 

Romantic Times Magazine’s 2010 Reviewers’ Choice RWAus Members Nominees

Historical

Historical Romantic Adventure

THE ELUSIVE BRIDE Stephanie Laurens, AVON, (February 2010)

Sensual Historical Romance

MY RECKLESS SURRENDER Anna Campbell, AVON, (June 2010)

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Futuristic Romance

Shapeshifter Romance

PLAY OF PASSION Nalini Singh, BERKLEY SENSATION, (November 2010)

Paranormal Romance

BONDS OF JUSTICE Nalini Singh, BERKLEY SENSATION, (July 2010)

Urban Fantasy Protagonist

ARCHANGEL’S KISS Nalini Singh, BERKLEY SENSATION, (February 2010)

Series

Series First Series Romance

DA SILVA’S MISTRESS Tina Duncan, HARLEQUIN, (January 2010)

Harlequin Presents

MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? Nicola Marsh, HARLEQUIN, (February 2010)

EXPOSED: MISBEHAVING WITH THE MAGNATE Kelly Hunter, HARLEQUIN, (March 2010)

Harlequin Presents Extra 

RICH, RUTHLESS AND SECRETLY ROYAL Robyn Donald, HARLEQUIN, (April 2010)

WEDDING NIGHT WITH A STRANGER Anna Cleary, HARLEQUIN, (August 2010)

Anna Campbell ~

From 1st December, Target in Australia are selling a beautiful boxed set of Anna’s first three novels ‘Claiming the Courtesan’, ‘Untouched’ and ‘Tempt the Devil’ in an elegant slip case for the bargain price of $30. What a great Christmas present for someone you care about.

Helen Lacey ~

Great news for Helen this week when she received THE CALL from Special Edition. WOOHOO Helen fabulous news, congratulations.

Maggi Andersen ~

Maggi has a wonderful new cover for her February 2011 new release ‘The Reluctant Marquess’. Beautiful cover Maggi congratulations.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end. The good news is the RWA 2011 contest season kicked off in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing.

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

CHALLENGES:

Monday Challenge

Challenge is for 2,000 words for the day or more. Total of 37 Monday Challenges this year with a potential for 74,000 words plus.

Book/ Edit in a Week

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 10 December

ASA Building your Online Presence ~ Michael Cairns

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: $100 M, $232 NM

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 December

FMI + Bookings: Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts OR phone Emma on (02) 9318 0877 OR Email

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December

Everything you need to know about Publishing ~ Jude McGee, Nicola O’Shea & Others

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $165 M, $190 MC, $270 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre  

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Summer School: Novel Writing – Things I Wish I’d Known ~ Sonia Orchard

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

FMI + Bookings: Email OR SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

 ONLINE Events

Wednesday December 8 for six weeks

Romance Writing Secrets ~ Lori Wilde

Cost: $195 (AUD)

FMI + Bookings: Romance Writing Secrets

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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