RWA and the ARRA Awards

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

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

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

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

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

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

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

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

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

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

Favourite Contemporary Romance

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

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

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

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

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

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

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

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

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

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

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

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

Another bumper issue again this week! Blog Chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint were kept very busy out on the road cruisin’ for blogs. I’m pleased to say they came back with a pretty good catch. From what they tell me, there’s some tasty Christmas Fare out there. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to


Cruisin’ the News

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

New Releases

  • Mel Teshco’s shape-shifter novella, LUSTING THE ENEMY will be released on December 19lustingtheenemy_msr
  • Elise Ackers has her second title with Destiny Romance, THE MAN PLAN due for release on December 14 as well as a title called UNFORGETTABLE coming out with Escape Publishing in January. Both are contemporary romance reads. For covers and more information, visit her website.
  • Coleen Kwan’s small town, Australian contemporary sweet romance, REAL MEN DON’T BREAK HEARTS has just been released on Amazon.
  • Caitlyn Nicholas  is pleased to announce that her Escape Publishing novella, THE DANGER GAME is now available on Amazon. Her Momentum novel, DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION was released in early November.


Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint had a 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:

is blogging with Emmie Dark as part of her 12 days of Christmas, with a bit of a food theme. Drop by and join in.

is also taking part in the Entangled Under the Mistletoe blog hop along with fifty other Entangled Publishing authors. Stop by her blog to be in the draw to win a copy of HOLIDAY AFFAIR and her December 21 release SUMMER OF THE MOON FLOWER.

Is taking part in the Entangled Under the Mistletoe blog hop. Stop by her blog to be in the draw to win a copy of CONTRACT FOR MARRIAGE

This week on Friday Feast:

Rich, velvety and oh so sweet. Mmm. Hard to resist those words, isn’t it? Well, don’t. Instead, bustle on over to Friday Feast where best-selling historical fiction author Deborah Challinor is sharing her more-ish recipe for Swiss milk caramel. Just think what a lovely Christmas gift a beautifully wrapped bowl of this fudge would make, even if only for you!

is taking part in the Entangled Under the Mistletoe blog hop. For a chance to win a copy of REAL MEN DON’T BREAK HEARTS and SHORT SOUP, visit her blog and leave a comment.

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


December 15– ENCHANTED ORB with A.P. Castell

December 16   – Weekly Overview

December 17 – Winner of C.T.’s giveaway announced

December 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY

December 19 – A BITE OF with C.T. Green

December 20 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Nicole Murphy with giveaway, specifically with those with Apple products.

Musa Monday – Ted Mendelssohn

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Jenny Schwartz

Shout out Saturday – Wenches

Author of BENEATH THE SHADOWS celebrates her latest release, SHALLOW BREATH on Author Harvest. Find out what Smurfs, Fozzie Bear and Sara Foster have in common.

Fellow Escape Artist and debut author Lee Christine is my guest on Write Bytes this week. IN SAFE HANDS is a romantic suspense set in Sydney. Come over and say hello.

December 4 – TOPIC & GUEST BLOGGER: Character Motivation – Cassandra Shaw visits to talk about layering – a must read for all writers!

December 8 – TOPIC: Everything You Know About Romance is Wrong (part 1) – the debunking of some common myths associated with the romance genre.

is on Lindy Dale’s blog for the 23 days of Christmas series, talking about her upcoming debut novel FAST FORWARD and sharing an excerpt

Serena Tatti, Story Editor welcomes Jenny Schwartz to her blog on Tuesday 18th December. Jenny explains why she believes that “Writing is Not a Solitary Craft”. Jenny is also giving away a kindle download of her current release through Harlequin Escape Publishing, DRAWING CLOSER.

December 7 – Review of AFTER MOONRISE with P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter

December 11 – In the Armchair with Kerrie Paterson

December 12 – In the Armchair with Tricia Stringer in the armchair and her latest release QUEEN OF THE ROAD.


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

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Hot Authors
  2. Alissa Callen
  3. Elise Ackers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Historical Hearts
  6. Cats, Books & Life


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


Other Contests

Thanks to Pat Haggerty for this information:

RWAmerica club has announced the second year of their Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest. If you have something you’ve self-published and would like to enter a contest, come join the fun!

Sponsor: Gulf Coast Chapter RWAmerica
Fee: $20 members, $25 non-members
Deadline: January 6, 2013
Eligibility: Self-published works with a copyright date between January 1and December 31, 2012.
Entry: Ebook in mobi, epub and pdf formats.
Categories: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult, Short Story, Novella.
Judges: Romance Readers
Top Prize: Starfish Award and ad with covers in RWAmerica’s Romance Writer’s Report

For more info, see:


Riding the Waves


Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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

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

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico and I have a great line up for you this week, so grab a cuppa and pull up a chair. Happy reading!

Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to


Cruisin’ the News

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

New Releases

  • BEYOND INNOCENCE  by Joanna Lloyd from Crimson Romance (November 2012)

Electra Shipley lies in a mite-infested bunk, weak from lack of food and seasickness. Imprisoned and sentenced to seven years’ transportation, she sails towards the penal colony of New South Wales, Australia. Despite the odds, she is determined to survive, to clear her name and return to her life of wealth and ease in England.

  • BLACKWATTLE LAKE by Pamela Cook from Hachette (November 2012)

For Eve Nicholls, walking up the driveway of her childhood home brings up many emotions, and not all good. The horses that she loved still dot the paddocks but the house is empty, and the silence inside allows her memories to flood back. She s glad to have her best friend Banjo the kelpie with her . . . and a bottle of bourbon. Her plan is simple: sell the farm, grab the cash and get the hell out.

  • DRAGONFLY by Erica Hayes from Momentum (December 2012)

Carrie Thatcher is a tough Imperial counter-terrorism agent. Her mission: pose as a sexy cyber-thief to entrap the notorious rebel Dragonfly, who’s planning a heist on the space station Casa de Esperanza; a orbital casino on the fringe of Imperial space.

Sometimes life or death decisions are easy. Alex Radford has a choice – borrow the money to treat her mother’s rare and aggressive cancer from sleazy moneylender Hamish MacCameron. Or do nothing and watch her die.

  • I’LL GET BY by Janet Woods from Severn House (February 2013)
Meggie Elliot is a young woman of above average intelligence, and on the brink of adulthood.In a burst of patriotism she joins the WRNS to do her bit for the war and is sent to work in a decoding unit. There she meets the dangerously exciting young aristocrat, Nicholas Cowan, whose own war efforts are definitely on the shady side.  Nick sweeps her off her feet.But Meggie suspects Nick of being the man who burgled her aunt’s home, and to expose him would ruin a lot of lives. Against all reason, Meggie and Nick begin to fall in love . . .

Trouble finds Marina Henry who flees to the anonymous city to escape. She attracts the attention of a serial killer, who picks off her clients one by one. The only man who can help her, gorgeous James Worth, is framed by the killer. Marina is forced to rely on the one gift she wants to deny, her psychic powers. (Adult-content: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages)

New Contracts

  • Madeline Ash is thrilled to announce her first sale to Destiny Romance.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

  • RWA Blog

November 9 – A Day in the Writing Life of Larisa Anderson – Suzanne Hamilton

November 10 – Beyond the Literal – Ainslie Paton

November 11 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

November 12 – Beyond the Literal – New Publishers Light the Flame – Ainslie Paton

November 12 – From Pitch to Publication (Part 4) Diane Hester – Juliet Madison

November 14 Publisher Spotlight – Juliet Madison

November 15 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

November 9 – Cathryn Hein guest blogs

November 2Blog Bites with Caitlyn and DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION

November 8 – 13 – Caitlyn has an Amazon Giftcard giveaway happening on her  blog – easy one click entry

This week on Friday Feast:

This week on Friday Feast we’re going to the dogs! Well, sort of. Australian author Caitlyn Nicholas is showing off her new release, DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION, and sharing a very dangerous recipe. Her chocolate brownies might be delicious for us but as Caitlyn’s cautionary tale reveals, they’re not so good for dogs!

November 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY –with Mel Teshco with giveaway of BENEATH THE LIGHT OF SILVER MOON

November 11 – Weekly Overview

November 12 – Winner of Mel’s giveaway announced

November 13 – GOOD NEWS DAY

Musa Monday – Samantha Combs covers

Tuesday Tunes – Whitesnake

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Fiona Gregory

November 8 – In the Armchair with Ann B Harrison and A MISTRESS FOR MAGNUS

November 9FLY AWAY PETA in the Hot Seat with Jan Graham

November 10 – I’m a guest over at Nicole Hurley-Moore’s blog answering a few tricky questions.


Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Sara Hantz
  2. The Pink Heart Society
  3. Sue Moorcroft
  4. The Roses of Prose
  5. Word Wenches
  6. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld


RWA Contests

HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013


Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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

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

For more information visit the RWA Website.


Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Blog Bites with

Welcome to Blog Bites Caitlyn Nicholas, share a bite.

I write: Romantic Suspense

I’m from: Sydney, Australia

Three words to describe me: Fun, fast, fabulous – okay I was kidding about the fast bit, I don’t go very fast, on principal. But I am fun and definitely fabulous. Okay well mostly fun. Except when I’m on a deadline, then I’m unwashed, foul tempered and brimming with junk food. But I AM fabulous. Really.

 At home I cook: under duress. I used to love cooking. I even wanted to be a chef once. But then I had a child who yells YUCK or SPEW at every single thing I put on the table, and after seven years it’s sucked the joy out of it all.

My worst habit is: Over-sharing on the internet. You should see my blog. I have no secrets.

It’s a bit daggy but I love: Bacardi and coke. Yes I am an 80s girl at heart.

My first job was: A junior secretary at a large insurance company. I spent a lot of my day photocopying things. I think the fumes did permanent damage.

My day job is: Being fabulous, ie Stay At Home Mum

Saving for: A new bathroom. The old one has dry rot and spiders fall out of the ventilation fan onto me when I’m having a shower.

Three things people might not know about me are:  I love fine Embroidery, and am very active in the NSW Embroiderers Guild. I love horses, riding and in particular Dressage. I studied Chinese at University and spent 3 months living in China way back in 1998.

Current reading: Ahem. I must confess that I’m not getting much time to read anything at the moment.  I love my kindle and have a massive, massive to be read list.  Mostly Aussie romance authors too!

Favourite book as a child: The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. It’s a YA, good versus evil story, woven together using a lot of very traditional English legends and folk tales. Sort of Harry Potter meets Famous Five. I cannot describe the influence this book had on me, and I still read it from time to time. Though I’m writing Romantic Suspense at the moment I have a real hankering to write Wiccan / Fantasy type fiction at some point (when I get time!).

Favourite movie: Amelie. I love the quirkiness of it. It’s so funny.

Plotter or panster: Panster now reformed to plotter.  I found when I was pantsing I ended up deleting tens of thousands of words, so now I plot to keep myself on track and it makes the whole writing process so much easier.

Why I write: Well I have to do something with my very vivid imagination!  Just because I love it really

Latest project: Drive Me To Distraction – released on 1 November 2012

Sometimes life or death decisions are easy. Alex Radford has a choice – borrow the money to treat her mother’s rare and aggressive cancer from sleazy moneylender Hamish MacCameron. Or do nothing and watch her die.

Amazon UK
iBookstore (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)


I also have a novella, Dark Moon Rising, being published in December 2012 (check my website / blog for the details about that one – I don’t have them yet!)


You can find me online at:

My blog:



Many thanks for having me

Thanks for sharing Caitlyn and no, not over-sharing 🙂

Cruisin’ with RWA

We have quite a line up for you today with loads of good news and great blogs to follow in the week ahead. Happy blogging from the Cruisin’ Pit Crew. Don’t forget to share your new release, new cover, new blog or good news with us at


RWA Merry Webber Blogs
April 20 – Blog Bites with Anna Jacobs – Kerri Williams

April 21 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

April 22 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

April 23 – Conference Spotlight: YA panel – Eleni Konstantine

April 24 – Little Gems 2012 Author – Fiona Gregory – Jenn J McLeod

April 25 – Conference Spotlight: Erotic Romance Panel – Eleni Konstantine

April 26 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


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.

  • New releases

Members share their new releases with us every week. Keep your TBR list up to date or share a new release with us at

Jess Anastasi‘s HEART OF THE WARLORD from Noble Romance was released on April 16,2012. Jess is happy to report that she has also been lucky enough to have 3 of her books in the Top Ten Bestsellers list on the Noble homepage: SANCTUARY, SEVERANCE and DEAD REALITY.

  • New Contracts

Have you had your manuscript accepted for publishing? Share the details with us and we’ll help you celebrate.

Eleni Konstantine is thrilled to announce  a new contract with Musa Publishing for the release of her paranormal romance novella. Look out for details in upcoming editions of Cruisin’.

Caitlyn Nicholas is about to become a published author again after taking a break. DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION has been contracted to Momentum Publishing, the e-publishing arm of Pan Macmillian Australia.

Bronwen Evans is excited to announce that she has sold her contemporary romance to the Indulgence Line at Entangled Publishing. Release date to be advised.

  • New Cover

Share your new cover here and spread the good news of your upcoming release.

Alison Stuart, GATHER THE BONES, release date August 2012:

Set in 1923 against a background of the Great War, grieving war widow, Helen Morrow and her husband’s cousin, the wounded and reclusive Paul are haunted not only by the horrors of the Great War but ghosts from another time and another conflict. A coded diary provides the clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great grandmother in 1812. As the desperate voice of the young woman reaches out to them from the pages, Paul and Helen are bound together in their search for answers, not only to the old mystery but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917. As the two stories become entwined, Paul and Helen will not find peace until the mysteries are solved.

  • Book Reviews
Janet Woods’s LADY LIGHTFINGERS received a superb review from the Historical Novels Society. Read the review over at  Janet’s blog
  • Keeping up Appearances

Share the details of your talks, book signings and guest appearances on our Events Page.

April 24Annie West will be talking about Romance Writing: An Insider’s Perspective with time for questions.

Morning tea will be provided and bookings are preferred.
Where: Belmont Library, Lake Macquarie (just south of Newcastle).
When: 11am – 12noon
FMI & Bookings: 02 49210707


June 24 to July 21 – Valerie Parv is Established Writer-in-Residence at The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre

Valerie has been named Established Writer in Residence for 2012 by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Western Australia. The KSP Writers’ Centre is the oldest of its kind in Australia. It’s located in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australia’s first internationally recognized author, of Coonardoo, Working Bullocks and The Goldfields Trilogy. The Centre conducts readings, workshops, writers in residence programs and other services designed to encourage writers at all levels of the craft.
Each year the centre hosts an established writer in a residency program funded by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts. In her role Valerie will pursue her own writing work while participating in the events of the centre, conducting a workshop Saturday 14 July 2012 and a reading Tuesday 17 July , and sharing her knowledge and experience with the local writing community, June-July 2012.

July 14 – Getting a yes from agent or editor – The Two-Page Test Workshop with Established Writer-in-Residence Valerie Parv
Participants are invited to bring along the first two pages of their work in progress for discussion.

When 1.00 – 4.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $40 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

July 17 – Valerie Parv Literary Dinner
Join KSP to listen to Established Writer-in-Residence, Valerie Parv, read her work. Meet other writers and enjoy a three-course candle-lit dinner. Bring your own favourite drinks.

When: 7.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $30 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

FMI: Shey Marque – Coordinator

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre
11 Old York Road
Greenmount WA 6056
Phone: (08) 9294 1872


Cruisin’ Member Blogs
Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

This week on Friday Feast, best-selling NORTH STAR author, Karly Lane, talks about her new release, MORGAN’S LAW and reveals her love of pubs and the simple satisfaction of a great counter meal. There’s a mouth-watering chicken parmiagana recipe plus share your favourite counter meal or most beloved pub and you could win a Karly Lane goodybag.

April 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Astrid Cooper with an ebook giveaway of one of her m/m books

April 22 – Weekly Overview

April 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY

April 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Jess Anastasi with giveaway of ebook, Heart of the Warlord

A weekly feature blog called Life Bites with brief interviews with writers, readers and other interesting people.

April 21 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Trouble in a Pinstripe Suit (Kelly Hunter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!
April 24 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Office Affair (Jess Dee) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!
April 28 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Sister Pact (Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!

April 20 – Focus on All Things Fantastical: Our guest blogger this week is Nicole Murphy. Come along and share Nicole’s magical world.

Monday April 16 – Monday on Writing talks Poetry
Wednesday April  18 –  Wednesday Review takes High Tea
Friday April 20 – Friday Favourites talks about what’s sexy


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

  • S E Gilchrist has a post on naming characters and character driven stories
  • Invitation for submissions for HarperCollins new e-book anthology titled: URL love (Thanks Helen)
  • Maree Anderson has a thought-provoking topic on loss leaders (aka free books) over on the Writers Gone Wild blog. (Thanks Kylie)


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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1.  Jane Quick
  2. Mary Hawkins
  3. Trish Morey
  4. Romance Bandits
  5. Sandie Hudson
  6. The Journeyman Writer


Cruisin’ for Contests
Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

April 23 to May 4 (or until contest fills) – Valerie Parv Award


Cruisin’ the Learning Highway
Discover new roads to success with in-person and on-line events announced every Sunday. For venue, date and cost information, please also visit our Events page.


RWA Events and Conferences
Follow the link to the RWA Events and Conference Page for more news on the Gold Coast Conference 2012.


Enrico’s quote of the week

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. ~Mark Overby

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Good morning all and welcome to another Cruisin’ the Blog, our members have once again been very busy with good news this week and blogging their little hearts out. Which is good because if they didn’t I’d have nothing to do. First up we have a new release:

A.B Gayle (aka Alison Bailey) had her story Reversal published this week in a new anthology from Noble Romance Publishing:

A.B. GayleECHOES OF THE FUTURE Noble Romance Publishing


Sebastian is bored. He has another five years of lone duty supervising his family’s robots on their space station. The last thing he wants to do is the housework. For Christmas, his mother sends him a Domestic Darling cyborg. True to form, she purchases a factory second and sends one that doesn’t quite fit the bill. Instead of being a pert blond with big tits and a cute ass like in the advertisement, this one is six foot tall and built like a Greek god, a very virile Greek God. In an attempt to improve its functioning, Sebastian uses some of his brilliant programming skills. The resulting changes ensure Sebastian will never be bored again.


Where Our Members Blogging ~

CC Coburn ~

Australia’s own, Harlequin American Romance Author CC Coburn is strapped into the bloggers seat this week with the interesting topic The Top Five Inventions of My Time – How About Yours?  

Fiona Lowe ~

This week Fiona is blogging about one of my new favourite medical shows Royal Pains. The topic There’s Something About Those Eyes

Jenn McLeod ~

This week Jenn posted about her short story selection in this year’s Little Gem Anthology.

Kelly Hunter ~

Kelly has a great post over at iHeartPresentsWhere To Next? by Kelly Hunter

Kylie Griffin ~

15th Mar –  PROMO GUEST AUTHOR: Tracey O’Hara

There’s something incredibly appealing about dark urban fantasy, don’t you think? Is it the tormented alpha hero, or the kick-butt-more-than-a-match-for-him heroine? Perhaps it’s the grey, not-so-clear-cut sides of life that feature prominently in the world building of this genre that draws us. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.

Whatever appeals to you about this genre, Aussie urban fantasy author, Tracey O’Hara, certainly delivers for us DUF fans.

Come and join Tracey on Kylie’s blog on Monday, 15th March and find out more about her and her books plus Tracey is giving awaye-book version of Night’s Cold Kiss from Fictionwise to one lucky commenter.

Mary Hawkins ~

18th Mar – Mary drops into International Christian Fiction Writers at 7pm EST for her regular post. Now if you have dropped by before you know Mary always has an interesting topic.

Paula Roe ~

Week 6 and Paula chats about how we all approach out writing differently. She also shares an interesting fact about plotters the other day:  visualise a 1-10 plotting scale, with 1 being “no plotting ever, just writing” and 10 being “charts, sheets, colour coding, files and plans”.  ‘A Novel in 3 Months’ blog. Yes, I’m still enjoying these blog posts.

Paula is also having some fun over at the Silhouette Desire Authors Blog First Lines – a fun contest, now brush up on your Desire knowledge for this one.

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 8th Mar – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Tue 9th Mar – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer Imelda Evans

Wed 17th Mar – Shona Husk – Guest Blog

Thur 18th Mar – Thu 18 March – Romancing the West

Fri 12th Mar – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Carla Molino

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Angie Peters

Caitlyn Nicholas

Jess Dee

Rachael Johns

Sami Lee

Suzi Love

Blogs of Interest ~

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency ~

The topic this week Pet Peeves, want to know how not to upset an Agent? This may be helpful.

Lady Scribes ~

The wonderful Ladies over at Lady Scribes have another Crit Friday up: With the success of last month they are giving you another chance to submit for critique a scene where the hero first sees or notices the heroine, or the heroine first sees or notices the hero.

LoveCats Downunder ~

Okay I’ve been slack and not promoted LoveCats Downunder for a while. We all know the girls have great posts. Tracie has an interesting post Book Adaptations.


Anna Campbell~

Anna’s contest for March/April 2010 – Win the Proverbial ARC of  My Reckless Surrender.

The contest closes 30th April, 2010.

Annie West ~

Annie has her new contest up on her website for March ‘New Beginnings Book Giveaway

This contest runs till 11th April.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. This month it’s Sunshine by Robin McKinley.

Mel Teshco and Anna Hackett ~

Mel and Anna have joined forces to promote their Nocturne Bites new releases )Mel’s March 1st release of Her Dark Lord, and Anna Hackett’s April release, Hunter Surrender) and are giving away a Nocturne Bites book a week.  


Little Gem Results ~

Anthology Placegetters:

Equal First: Jennifer Kay–The Unfinished Poem

                         Dorothy Martin–If Only

 Second:      Shona Husk–Soul Song

 Third:         Cath Ryan—Madonna of the Gate

In alphabetical order:

Lilian Begelhole–The Fantasy Lover

Helen Ellis–Family Business

Cara Gabriel–Blue Topaz and Smoky Quartz

Fiona Gregory–Seize the Man

Alicia Hope–The Brande Topaz

Sandra Linklater–Time Capsule

Jenn J McLeod–A Penny For Your Thoughts

Maggie Mundy–Sea and Vines

Shayne Sands–Finders Keepers

Bronwyn Stuart–Million Dollar Dreams

5DI Participants Announced ~

Category Romance Writers – Mentored by Lilian Darcy

Anita Mack

Lisa Roderick

Doreen Sullivan

Janet Radevski

Linda Hills

Chris Weston

Terri-Anne Green

Shannean Moncrieff

Historical/Mainstream Writers – Mentored by Sophia James

Akanash Gaddi

Iona Jones

Annelise Balsamo

Maddison Fitzsimmons

Bridget Ransome

Mary-Anne Rome

Gabrielle Wade-Steiner

Catherine Evans

Paranormal/Suspense Writers – Mentored by Fiona Brand

Leisel Leighton

Jo McAlister

Annie Newton

Sue Burgess Thompson

Sharon Phillips

Tina Marie Clark

Amanda Reynolds Smith

Enisa Hasic

Congratulations Ladies.


Anna Campbell ~

Anna’s latest novel Captive Of Sin has finaled in the 2010 Gayle Wilson, Award of Excellence! WOOHOO Anna, congratulations.

Astrid Cooper ~

Astrid found out during the week that her dark fantasy/romance story is one of fourteen stories in the Scary Kiss anthology. Astrid’s story The Hidden One.

Heather Boyd ~

Heather has just signed a contract with Nobel Romance Publishing for her Regency novella ‘One Wicked Night”. WOOHOO Heather.

Heather Brown ~

Pur-Fect Seduction just keeps on getting great reviews. This week it is You Gotta read Reviews. Congratulations Heather.

Lesley Ann Smith ~

Lesley had her short story, The Truly Awful Shirt Shop, published with Australian Women Online. Here are the links: Part 1 and Part 2.

Michelle de Rooy ~

Michelle has had both her Emmy entries requested by Meredith Giordan from Berkley.

WOOHOO Michelle, all the best of luck.

Shona Husk ~

Shona shared with us the cover for Scary Kisses. Scary Kisses is a paranormal romance anthology dues for release in April. Shona’s story is Black Widow.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne received the copy of her cover for her soon to be released novel ‘Heat in the Outback’ to be published by Eternal Press.


Mills & Boon Australia

To Love, Honour And Disobey – Natalie Anderson

Mistress: At What Price? – Anne Oliver

Wedlocked: Banisher Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Doctor On Loan/Bushfire Bride – Marion Lennox

Outback Bachelor – Margaret Way

The Cattleman’s Adopted Family – Barbara Hannay

Desert King, Doctor Daddy – Meredith Webber

A Mother For Matilda – Amy Andrews

Tempting The Negotiator/The Doctor’s Pregnant Bride? – Zana Bell, Susan Crosby

Fugitive Bride/Marriage At A Price – Miranda Lee

Harlequin US

Top Ten Bestsellers

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child – Annie West

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter

His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan

Top Ten eBooks

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child – Annie West

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen – Carol Marinelli

Bride, Bought and Paid For – Helen Bianchin


The 2010 Romancing The West Conference

Saturday 1st May 2010

Metro Hotel
61 Canning Hwy

See Event Page on blog or RWAus website for more details.

RWAustralia together with SARA present the 2010 Romance Roadshow Event

~ Romancing the Novel ~
Featuring special guest speakers:–

Anna Campbell

Yvonne Lindsay

Claire Baxter

Anne Oliver

Elizabeth Rolls

Christina Carlisle

Trish Morey

Venue: SA Writers’ Centre
Date: Saturday 15th May

Visit SARA website for more details.

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

More details soon.

CONTESTS for 2010:~


Valerie Parv Awards

Opens: 15th February 2010

Closes: 26th March 2010

See website for details.


RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 Feb – Mar

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.


  • Mar 15th
  • Mar 22nd
  • Mar 29th

Book/ Edit in a Week

  • April 5th to 11th (EIAW)

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. For contact information please refer to January Hearts Talk. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.


Sunday March 21

The Opportunities of Romance Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre OR (02) 9555 9757

 Sunday 21 March

Writing Historical Fiction ~ Nerida Newton

When: 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: Cairns Campus, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Eureka Street

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

Booking deadline: March 8

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers Centre OR (07) 3839 1243

Wednesday March 24

The Assessor, the Mentor and the Editor ~ Sydney Smith, Michael Nolan & Melanie Dankel

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 27 & Sunday 28 March

First to Final Draft Masterclass ~ Shelley Kenigsberg and Selena Hanet-Hutchins

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Byron Community & Cultural Centre

Cost: $115 M per day, $145 NM per day

FMI + Bookings: Essential: (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie OR Website  

Sunday March 28

Motivated Action, Motivated Characters ~ Adair Jones

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR (07) 3839 1243

Saturday April 10

Imagining History ~ Tom Gilling

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $96 M, $84 MC, $146 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (02) 6262 9191 or ACT Writers’ Centre

Saturday April 17

The Kindest Cut ~ Shelley Kenigsberg

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday April 17

Defining, Planning and Achieving Your Writing Goals ~ Chris Ostermann

When: 2:00–5:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

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

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 April

Research for Fiction Writers ~ Arnold Zable

When: 6.30–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $44 M, $36 MC, $55 NM

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

Saturday May 1

Getting Started: Making Stories, a creative writing workshop for beginners ~ Wendy James

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New England Writers’ Centre

Cost: $50 M, $60 NM

FMI + Bookings: New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210 or Email:

Saturday May 8

What Do Women Want? Workshop ~ Dianne Blacklock

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre

Cost: $67.50 M, $80 NM

FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential on (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie or Website


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.

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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


Answering Your Questions: Samhain Publishing’s Lucia Carr


RWAustralia Blog welcomes Lucia Carr into the interview seat today. You asked the questions and now we have the answers. Samhain Publishing has quite a few RWAustralia members writing for them. If you’re interested in finding out what our members write for Samhain I’ll post links to the authors Samhain sites at the end of this interview.

Hi Lucia and welcome to the RWAustralia Blog, do you want to tell as a bit about yourself and your role at Samhain Publishing?

INTRO:   Hey, my name is Lucia Carr (pronounced lu-sha) and I am the Public Relations Director for Samhain Publishing. My job includes heading up the Samhain Public Relations team, which is comprised of marketing, advertising, and public events such as panels and other speaking engagements.  I have been with Samhain for 2 months and really enjoy working in the publishing world! After working in PR for several years in the non-profit sector, this changeover has been both exciting and fascinating for me. I live in the deep south in Macon, Georgia (90 miles south of Atlanta) and can sound very Southern!

Q. Lucia, would you like to tell us a little about Samhain Publishing?

A: Hmm… Just a little? The name Samhain—the Celtic New Year—signifies a new beginning, a rebirth. Samhain is also the Irish word for November and this publishing company was launched in November 2005. We are the second largest ePublisher specializing in romantic fiction and erotic romance novels. As a fast-growing digital publisher, Samhain is leading the way in defining what readers consume in the ever-popular genre of romantic fiction.  Primarily a digital publisher, Samhain also publishes print versions for books that are 50,000+ words long.  Samhain is ranked #8 in the top 10 Publishers selling on Amazon and consistently ranks in the top 10 on BGI (Borders Group, Inc.). The printed books are available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, as well as other chains and independent bookstores.  Currently, the company releases, on average, 25 eBook titles and 14 print titles per month. To see the complete catalog of books, please go to the Samhain website.

Q: What genre is Samhain looking for in submissions and heat levels?

A: Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, from historical to contemporary, paranormal to fantasy, futuristic to time travel and sci-fi to suspense. As well, we will look at fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romance elements. We are open to all heat levels, from sweet to red-hot and erotica. Please refer to our Submissions page, for more details.

Q: Do they have any special projects?

A: Yes – I am excited about two special projects we have going on right now…

1. Angels and Demons Anthology — Samhain is seeking submissions for their Spring 2010 Angels-and-Demons-themed anthology. Stories can be of any genre or heat level, but all submissions must feature either an angel or demon theme (or both!) as integral to the story. Submissions should be 20,000 to 30,000 words in length. Chosen manuscripts will be published as separate eBooks under their individual titles in Spring 2010 and will be combined as one print title for a Winter 2010 print release. Submissions are open until November 1st.

2. Red Hot Fairy Tales Anthology — Samhain is looking for your super-hot take on the fairy tales we grew up with. The stories can be of any genre, M/M, M/F, F/F and multiples thereof, but there must be a Happily Ever After. The new, yet-to-be titled Summer 2010 anthology will include novellas from 20,000 to 25,000 words in length and will be released individually as eBooks in August 2010 and in print in Spring 2011. Submissions are open until February 1, 2010.

Submissions for both should be submitted to For more specific details you can go to our Submission Page.

Q: What length submission has the best chance of publication?

A: The preferred word count is 60,000 or longer, but we are quite happy to publish shorter works with words counts of no less than 12,000 and no more than 120,000. We will consider manuscripts up to 130,000 words, but only on the understanding that the book will have to be edited down to 120,000 or less before publication.

Q: What is the best marketing tool authors can use?

A: Actually, the best marketing tool for the author to use is drum rollthemselves! Think about it—readers would rather talk or communicate via a blog, or at a book signing to the author instead of their editor or publisher. Authors are their own best cheerleader. Of course, readers’ reviews are an excellent tool as well. With technological advances truly the sky is the limit in promoting your own book through the high-tech tools now available.

Q: Once you accept a submission, what is your time frame to publication?

A: The time frame depends on several variables, including the editing schedule, the author’s schedule and the company’s publication schedule. Our average turnaround for publication is 9 months. This is considerably shorter than the average turnaround of 18 months for New York and Canadian publication companies. (I couldn’t resist this comparison!).

Q: I’d like to know about the demographic – who’s reading online and are people downloading the books or just reading them online?

A: Okay, but first we need to talk about the phrase reading online.  People don’t actually read books online. Instead, they purchase the book online. Then the purchased book is downloaded to their personal computer/ laptop or handheld reading device, such as an iPhone, Kindle e-reader, Sony Reader, etc. I think this is probably a common misconception among those who aren’t familiar with digital books.

To give you an idea of how easy it is to learn how to use an e-book (electronic book), allow me to share my own personal story. True Confession here (Confessions are good for the soul – I’m Catholic and can get away with saying that :). I had never even seen an e-reader before coming on board with Samhain! Yet, miraculously I was using Bookeen’s e-reader, Cybook, within 2 days. I love the e-book concept. Since I’m an avid reader, the idea of having several books (my own personal library) all stored on one device is both amazing and very convenient. Just visualize this scenario—you’re at the airport and have a two hours delay (what a surprise!). In the past, upon finishing your book, you would have to go through all the trouble of finding and buying another book to read from the airport bookstore. What a hassle that can be, not to mention expensive and cumbersome to carry both around.  Now, with e-readers, you can just select another book that has already been purchased and downloaded to your e-reader library, waiting for you to open and enjoy. 

You would be amazed at the diversity of readers who are found ordering books (digital and print) online now. Our readers range from 18-year-old females to little old ladies (my mother will kill me for using that expression!) We are also seeing a high number of male readers now ordering from Samhain. The combined factors of instant gratification (“I want it now!”), convenience and anonymity have pushed the online sales of books considerably higher in the past few years.

Q: Can the publisher monitor the hits a particular book has, so they know what sells?

A: Yes, the online hits can be individually monitored for every book published through Samhain.

Q: What is Samhain’s relationship with the reader?

A: At Samhain we always welcome and encourage our readers’ feedback. Our goal is to meet and exceed our readers’ desires and expectations.  Our books provide entertainment, an escape from reality, stress relief (I like to call it cheap therapy, but don’t tell my therapist I said that!)  Romance is all about fantasy, so it is an outlet for your imagination and creativity!

Q: What is your bestseller and which genre is it?

A: Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna is our current top seller. It is a contemporary romance, with erotic content.

Q: Can an author make any money from this – what’s the deal?

A: Yes, authors can definitely make money. In the traditional publishing world, the percentage of authors who write full time without another income is only about 5%. I would hazard a guess that it is close to the same in the small press e-world.

Q: When are e-publishers are going to pay as much as non-e publishers? Do you think that will ever happen, given market trends and the current publisher/book seller price wars?

A: Now, I thought you weren’t going to ask any trick questions! There are several different ways of looking at this. First, per sale, Samhain already pays more than traditional publishers who average 5-20% of e-cover price, while we pay 30-40%. Print title rates are about equal. Some of our titles far exceed the income traditional publishers would’ve paid and others fall far below. The more popular genres—erotic romance, paranormal romance—sell better than straight contemporary. Our strength lies in the fact that we take a risk and publish books that are considered different, books that cross genres, while traditional publishers don’t know how to market them.

Q: What is Samhain’s relationship with the author like – how does that work?

A: We are very author-friendly and have an open-door policy, encouraging an exchange of ideas from all sides. We respect the work that goes into being creative.

Q: What are the benefits of e-publishing over print?

A: Specifically for Samhain, there are several benefits of e-publishing over print. These include monthly pay, generous royalty rates, an ever-expanding print program, and open lines of communication, marketing workshops and cover input.

Q: I have just finished writing a story for the erotica eBook market, andnow that I’ve also just finished a margarita and am brave enough to ask this questionI would love to know specifically what terms we can use in our stories. I read recently not to use anatomical words. But, I am running out of ideas to describe her entrance. Can’t I just use the real V word?

A: The terminology comes from the character. A librarian would be more likely to use vagina (and yes, they can use it) while people from other walks of life might use different terminology. We will accept anything that is in character and doesn’t jar the reader from the story.

Q: I’m interested in the whole future of e-publishing. I don’t think that Samhain sells eBooks with the Digital Rights Management (DRM) system, but it seems to me that publishers who continue to use it (like HMB) make the whole future of e-publishing a very marginal proposition. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have bought an eBook only to find I have to jump through a multitude of hoops if I need to transfer it to another computer. DRM means that you don’t really own the book to do with as you will. Does Samhain see that DRM affects the take up of e-reading and therefore affects e-publishers who don’t use it?

A: The public and a large percentage of the publishing world view DRM as the last bastion of lawfulness in a wild-west world of the Internet, and it simply isn’t. The bottom line is this—technology is rapidly evolving and it will become more user-friendly. As for transferring from computer to computer, when you buy a print book, you have one, not one for every room in the house. So if you leave it in the living room and you’re upstairs, you’re out of luck unless you go get it. The benefit of non-DRM eBooks is you can have the book on several devices and move it from PC to PC as you upgrade. However, some people seem to expect that buying an eBook should give them the right to make as many copies as they would like, sending them to friends or uploading them to public file-sharing sites, however that is copyright infringement. The same as if I were to buy a print book and copy it on my scanner. Like any other kind of software, you buy a license to use the software for its intended purpose and that’s it.

Romance Writers’ Australia Samhain Publishing Authors:

Cathryn Brunet

Jess Dee

Kelly Ethan

Alexis Fleming

Sami Lee

Shelley Munro

Caitlyn Nicholas

Anne Whitfield

Interesting Statistics Re: Romance Fiction:

In the first three months of 2009, Nielsen Bookscan tracked a 2.4 percent rise in romance sales compared with a slight decline in sales of general adult fiction for the same period. While sales of adult fiction overall were basically flat last year, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks about 70 percent of retail sales, the romance category was up 7 percent after holding fairly steady for the previous four years.

“Samhain Publishing is All About the Story”

Thank you to Lucia for taking the time to answer our questions and a big thank you to the members who posted the questions for this interview. I hope you find the information helpful.


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