The Australian Romance Readers Conference

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

Event highlights for me included:

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

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

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Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

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Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

Nicole’s latest novel, DANCING ON AIR is due for release on November 1.

Cinderella meets Swan Lake in this Victorian-era set story about a ballet dancer, an aristocrat, and their class-crossing romance…

Tima Maria Lacoba’s debut novel, BLOODGIFTED has just been released on Amazon. She is celebrating by having a book launch at Ruby’s Cafe and Books in Umina, on the Central Coast, N.S.W. on November 10th, from 12.30-3.00pm. Tima will be giving away bookmarks and mugs to the first twenty people who purchase a copy of her book at the launch.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Rachel Bailey is in the spotlight on October 26 celebrating eight books in four years and the release of COUNTERING HIS CLAIM.

Anna did a guest blog for novelist Kate Lord Brown, talking about how she writes three novels a year.

was invited back to Scarlett’s blog to discuss muses, mentors and plotting.

In need of a delicious dinner? Then look no further than this week’s Friday Feast. ASK ME FOR TOMORROW author Elise K. Ackers is sharing her favourite chicken recipe, a tried and true dish that will delight your tastebuds and stomach as much as her books captivate your heart and mind. You’ll be asking for more tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

October 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Astrid Cooper

October 22 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 23 – A BITE OF… Cheryse Durrant

October 19 – Eleni’s Library Book Review post

October 23 – SNOOP cover revealed

You won’t believe the ‘stapler-Allen and Unwin’ yarn. Brilliant. It’s the all flying, all photographing, all writing Kathy Mexted having a Bar Yarn & Beer Nut with me at the Calingarry Crossing pub.

October 26 – CAT-URDAY! – Crazy Cats – Anyone who knows cats will relate to these…

October 29 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Cheryse Durrant – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

On the Escapades Blog, Maggie talks True Love the Old-Fashioned Way

I drove from Tenterfield to WA and back for Conference and blogged daily when Internet connections were available. Some members may enjoy browsing the record of this ‘adventure’. I also blog on ‘life’ matters and encounters.

Nicole is sharing a real-life love story over at Escape Publishing’s Escapades blog.

The wonderful Joanna Lloyd is visiting my blog and giving away an e-copy of her new release SHADOW BENEATH THE SEA to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment!

October 22 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

October 25 – SOUTHERN SPEAK – Before you hit send with Maggie Mundy

October 27 – Spotlight on Writers with M.A. Grant

Is sharing a short blog post on her experience of GenreCon at Brisbane.

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monya Mary Clayton
  2. Suzanne Brandyn
  3. The Roses of Prose
  4. Word Wenches
  5. Writing up a Storm
  6. Suzi Love

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RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee – per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
 Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

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Sample score sheets:
First round (short – long)
Second round (short – long)

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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

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

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

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

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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June 15 – Author Spotlight on Liesl Leighton

June 16 – Event Announcements

June 17 – Claytons 2013

June 18 – Conference Spotlight on Ken Milling

June 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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

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

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

June 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Christina Phillips

June 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

June 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Shona Husk

 June 6 – UP CLOSE with Sandra O’Grady

June 11 – SARA NEWS with Emmeline Lock

June 12 – READING ADVENTURES compiled by Eleni Konstantine

Where have I been?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 10 – Nicole Flockton celebrates the release of RESCUING DAWN

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

It’s a little over three months to go before we ride the waves of romance at this year’s Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Fremantle WA. While the Couple on beach.early bird may have flown, there is still time to register. So don’t miss out. Not sure if it’s for you? Have a look at our Conference Spotlight Blogs for a peek at what’s in store for delegates this year. I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

Is pleased to announce the release of her latest book THE SHUTTLE. Visit her website for more information.

BREATHE FOR ME is a hot contemporary and the first in an independently published series.

The last thing Chelsea Greene wants is to be rescued, but that’s exactly what happens when she’s caught wearing nothing but her swimsuit during a midnight emergency evacuation drill. Turns out her `hero’ is a former lifeguard who has no hesitation in offering the kiss of life.

Is excited about her June release HER GUARDIAN ANGEL. Click here for a sneak peek at the trailer.

At the same time as her latest release, SECRETS IN TIME came out, GATHER THE BONES was nominated as a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence (Mainstream w/romantic elements category) and also as a Goodreads Book of the Month and for the 2012 InD’tale Magazine’s RONE Awards.

Annie’s long awaited sequel to HOLIDAY AFFAIR, ITALIAN AFFAIR will be published on 10 June. Annie was ecstatic when it received a four star review from RT magazine.

Janelle has a new release – THE ARRIVAL is Book 1 in the Rainbow Falls Series.

Maggie’s Victorian mystery romance THE FOLLY AT FALCONBRIDGE HALL has been nominated for the RONE Award.

A new anthology with Entangled entitled WHEN HONEY GOT MARRIED hitting online stores.  Honey’s an RT Top Pick about the lead-up to a great grand Louisiana wedding as written by Kimberly Lang, Anna Cleary, Kelly Hunter and Ally Blake.

LET ANGELS FLY, a new release from Noelle Clark is a story about how life can be full of surprises the second time around. View the trailer for a sneak peek.

HALF MOON BAY will release on May 22, 2013 with a book launch in Cairns on May 24, 2013 and details are available on Helene’s blog. Helene is also touring Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne during late May early June with Penguin so keep an eye out for the dates coming soon to the blog.

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Keeping Up Appearances

“QUEEN OF HEARTS” PANEL

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Karly Lane, Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin are headed to Taree Library to take part in a “Queen of Hearts” author panel. There’s a Meet & Greet prior to the panel. They’ll be talking about their respective romance genres and fielding questions from the audience on the night. There will be a lucky door prize/raffle – a signed collection of books from Karly, Cathryn and Kylie. Manning Valley Books will have available for purchase copies of their books at the event and there will be ample opportunity to have them signed before/after the event. FMI: Call Taree Library 6592 5390.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – LYNNE WILDING SERVICE AWARD

The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award is a member-nominated award (for our volunteers). If no-one tells us how great they are, they may never be nominated. So if there is someone who you know who is a brilliant ambassador for romance and for RWA and who gives much of their time to the organisation we all love, please take a moment to sing their praises to the official nominations committee this month.

Here’s what you do:

1.  By 1 June 2013

2.  In a letter or email, write your nominee’s full name and why you believe they should be considered for this very special award. Also include your own name and address details (you must be a current, financial member of RWAustralia to make a nomination). Feel free to wax lyrical to communicate exactly what it is that makes their contribution so special.

3.Post your nomination to:

Lynne Wilding Service Award,
PO Box 1236 Neutral Bay NSW
2089 Australia

or

Email:

secretary@romanceaustralia.com

It’s that easy.

NOMINATE SOMEONE NOW!

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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May 4 – Hearts Talk Wrap with Ainslie Paton

May 5 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

May 7 – Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

May 9 – Cruisin’ with RWA with Juanita Kees

May 5 – Self-publishing vs traditional. Join us when Lilliana Anderson explains her choices and shares an excerpt from her new book, A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE.

May 12 – my guest will be Iris Blobel.

This week on Friday Feast I regale the world with tales of my week with Hugh. And what a delicious time we had. There were rich beef casseroles, new potatoes with fresh herbs from the garden, luscious chocolate fondants and more. He had me… at least until a man named Neil came along. Food and drama. Friday Feast has it all!

May 2 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

May 3 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL – with Mel Teshco

May 7 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

May 8– A BITE OF… S.E. Gilchrist

May 9 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Kylie Griffin

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider, Shona Husk

Author Harvest ‘bales up’ Cathryn Hein and HEARTLAND

Alissa Callen came knocking on my country manor door!

May 4 –  I will be hosting, Fiona Greene on Spotlight on Writers.

May 4 – CAT-URDAY: Cats with Attitude

May 7 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Kate Belle – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

May 11 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Skin – Kylie Scott) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

What is the most important thing you learned as a newly published author?  Join my on my blog on and share your experiences, as I share what I’ve learned so far.

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

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Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

Cruisin’ with RWA

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? Lots of exciting news doing the rounds and some really awesome blogs too. But before we get started, today is ANZAC DayAnzac day banner 2Please spare a thought and a prayer for our real life heroes and heroines as we remember them on this special day.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

Tima is embarking on an exciting and interesting new journey with her debut novel, BLOODGIFTED, coming out next month on Amazon and other online retailers.

Jennie is overjoyed with the beautiful new cover for her debut release THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE coming soon from Escape Publishing.

IN BED WITH THE ENEMY from Belgrave House

Darcie Channing arrives back in Australia to find that her  beach house has gone missing. She knows who the culprit is, the businessmanINWTE Leon Price.  When she goes after him, her trusty dog, Wee Georgie, at her side, the result is mayhem.

Is excited to be celebrating two releases in May.
COLLISION WITH DESTINY (Red Rose Publishing – Release date May8)
When Emma knocks a wolf unconscious with her car, she naturally takes it home with her to make sure it’s alright. By the time she gets home, the wolf is awake and as soon as she brings it inside, it transforms into a hot man, Kevin. He spends the night convincing her she is his mate.  The morning after Emma is horrified that Kevin claimed her without her permission… can Kevin convince her he’s the werewolf of her dreams?

Edible Delights Anthology Volume 1: SEALED WITH A HONEYED KISS, Book 1 of the Dragons of Feury (Secret Cravings Publishing – Release date May 17)Cover 400x600
Eilagh and her four best friends are escaping away from their jobs and lives for a few days to go camping. Fate intervenes and while they are hiking they get whipped away through a portal to The Land of Feury. The Land of Feury has a problem. A virus killed off all their females years ago and Dimitri, their leader, has no idea how to solve the issue. Will these five females prove to be the saviours their race has been praying for?

HEARTLAND is here! A powerful, passionate and moving rural love story from the author of PROMISES and HEART OF THE VALLEY, released April 24.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint fueled up the limo and went cruisin’ the Blogging Highway for great blogs to keep you entertained this ANZAC Day. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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April 28 – Event Announcements  – Juanita Kees

April 29 – New Releases – Eleni Konstantine

April 30 – Conference Spotlight – Eleni Konstantine

May 1 – Lynne Wilding Award: Call for Nominations – Imelda Evans

May 2 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

April 28 – Elise Ackers joins me

May 5 – Lilliana Anderson is my guest

We’re cellar-dwelling this week on Friday Feast, but in the nicest possible way! I’m talking about a research trip I did for my new rural romance, HEARTLAND, which just so happened to include a winery tour. And what’s a girl to do when inspired in such a way? Cook, of course! A beautiful wine, paprika and grilled red pepper casserole, perfect for those upcoming winter nights. Plus reveal your favourite wine-y story and you could win a signed copy of HEARTLAND. Bottoms up!

On Cooking the Books this week, Louise Reynolds welcomes Romantic Suspense author, Natalie Charles. Natalie won the Harlequin New Voices competition in 2011 and her debut novel is out now. She’s giving away a copy to one commenter.

April 25 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.T. Green
April 27 –
ENCHANTED ORB – with Nicole Murphy
April 30 –
GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin
May 2 –
MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

Looking After Yourself
Musa Monday – Wench, Holley Trent
Writing Buddy Wednesday – Rural romance author, Jenn J McLeod

Jenn J McLeod – tells how she lost her erotic fiction virginity and she ‘bales up’ the lovely Elise Ackers on Author Harvest. 

Knocking on the Manor Door this week was Jenn J McLeod, sipping tea at the HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS.

April 21 – the Spotlight will be on historical romance writer, Suzi Love.

April 27 – On Spotlight on Writers I will be hosting, Beverley Eikli.

May 4 –  I will be hosting, Fiona Greene on Spotlight on Writers.

Win a copy of THE YEARNING during Aussie Author Month – to celebrate the incredible talent and diversity of Aussie authors, and in support of the important work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Aussie Author Month has been established. There are lots of ways to participate – giveaways, blogs, donations etc. Drop by The Ecstasy Files and answer a simple question to go into the running. Or Google Aussie Author Month and join in.

April 27 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SKIN by Kylie Scott

April 30 – CRAFT: Shifting Goals – guest blogger Paula Roe shares some crafting skills…

April 21 – In the Armchair with Elise Ackers

My guest today is the lovely Elise Ackers, who could very well pass as a heroine straight from the pages of a romance novel.

April 22 – In the Armchair with Natalie Charles

Chocolate, Peanut butter and romantic suspense…sounds like the perfect combination to me!

April 24 – In the Armchair with Jacqui Jacoby

Meet a frustrated French student trapped in the body of a working romance writer – I’m sensing a little mystery…

April 27 – In the Armchair with Whitney K-E

RWA’s youngest member is flying high with the release of her debut novel WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND just a few short breaths away.

UNDER COVER OF DARK’S Lily Bennetti under Interrogation – What does a writer do when a character is being a little evasive?

April 29 – Love Cats Down Under: Sisters and Books

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monique McDonnell
  2. Sarah Belle
  3. The Journeyman Writer
  4. Wendy Leslie
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Sue Moorcroft

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information here on thelogo_yellow_bg

blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

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Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you had a good Easter break. There’s a lot going on out there with new releases, blogs, giveaways and more. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week.

Good News

THE TRADER’S DREAM has been doing very nicely in the Top 100 Family Sagas and Sagas lists on Amazon.

has a new release out on April 15, ASK ME TO STAY: A Homeland Book from Destiny Romance

I’LL GET BY, released Feb 2013 was reviewed by WritingWA, the literary body for the State of western Australia. The review also appeared in the West Newspaper on February 29. This book is the third one in the World Wars’ trilogy and is preceded by book one, TALL POPPIES and book two, SECRETS AND LIES.

A HANDFUL OF ASHES, a paperback saga for Simon and Schuster published in 2004 has attracted a sale of over 7,500 copies to a book club.

SOMETHING SPOOKY. an ebook through Belgrave House.

THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA, and ME is a short story (non-romance) that was a runner up in the Katherine Susannah Prichard Award is to be included in a  an American anthology with the theme I thought I’d never see you again. The anthology will be published and sold by writer’s organisation,  Novelist’s Inc.

Maree Anderson has just released a fantasy trilogy: SEER’S HOPE (Book One), SEER’S PROMISE (Book Two) and SEER’S CHOICE (Book Three).  SEER’S HOPE, a previous RWNZ Clendon Award finalist, is currently free on Smashwords.

Maree’s Clendon Award-winning book, THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR (Book One of The Crystal Warriors series), is currently also free at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel eBooks & All Romance eBooks.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

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April 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

April 7 – Event Announcements

April 9 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Kat Mayo

April 10 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Alison Stuart

April 11 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Kate Belle shares secret YEARNINGS this Sunday 7th on All the World’s a Page.

Annie West will be a guest on Sunday 14th April. Don’t miss out!

This week on Friday Feast we’re offering a double treat: A new voice in Australian rural fiction and blueberry-topped cheesecake! So come on over and meet Pamela Cook, whose debut release BLACKWATTLE LAKE is gathering punnetfuls of rave reviews. Plus you’ll be raving even more when you see her tried n’ true cheesecake. Indeedy, we’re in for a berry good time!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

Anna Campbell was ‘baled up’ on Author Harvest WITH giveaway (and Jenn was run down in the rush!)

Then, for someone completely different. Meet women’s fiction author Lia Weston on Author Harvest.

Oh, and, it’s Jenn’s one-month anniversary and she’s done a rundown of what that has entailed.

Has started a guest blogging segment on my site, called : Spotlight on Writers. Her first guest post was up 31 March 2013 with Sue Moorcroft

April 6 – CAT-URDAY: A Writer’s Cat

April 9 – CRAFT: Nine Points of Trust – guest blogger Paula Roe shares some crafting skills…

April 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SONG OF SCARABAEUS by Sara Creasy

Look out for the Monthly Blog Roundup and an excerpt of a craft article written by Ebony McKenna called Active or Passive Voice.

An electrifying experience! I’m sitting in Annie Seaton’s Chair. What do perfume and musicals have in common? Come join us and find out!

I would like to announce an exciting new Guest-Hosting Page on my Blog site. Browsing Book Covers with Maryde & Guest! What is different with Browsing Book covers is It is not just for Authors – I will be welcoming readers as well…Each Month, Guests will share thoughts about Bookcovers past & new. What better way to connect with readers than invite them into our world? So, I invite you to pass on my contact e-mail to your Mum  your cousin, sister, brother, your 80yr old aunt, (who may be deaf, but still loves to read),and I’ll contact them with a selection of simple and painless questions they just answer and return by email.  Did I mention there will be some Give-a-ways from generous Authors. Looking forward to your company!

I blog about my romance writing journey. I like to think it’s an amusing blog about the journey of an aspiring writer. My latest blog talks about my experience with the RWA Little Gems comp.  I do hope you have some time to take a quick peek.

April 2ROOM SERVICE anyone? In the Armchair with Vanessa Stark
April 6 –  Going UNDER THE HOOD on Elise Ackers’ The Write Frequency
April 7 – Getting a little out-of-water action In the Armchair with Ros Baxter and her new release, FISH OUT OF WATER

March 25 – Life in a Pink Fibro – Allison Tait’s blog: Starting Out: How to make the time to write

April 1 – Australian Romance Readers Association Inc: Release day blog

April 1 – Ros Baxter Ink: Happy launch day – make like a mermaid!

April 2 – Beauty and Lace e-zine (Bookgirl Michelle) – Review

April 3 – Manga Mania Cafe: Interview and review

April 3 – Down Under Divas: Interview

April 3 – Parajunkee: Review

April 4 – The Write Frequency – Elise K Ackers’ blog: Interview

April 4 – Rachael Johns’ blog: My secret life

April 5 – Romance Readers: Blog and giveaway

April 6 – Amy Andrews on Sister Chat: Sister on sister interview

April 7 – Juanita Kees blog: Interview

April 8 – Nomi’s Paranormal Palace: Review and blog

April 9 – Nicola Marsh’s blog: The tail so far…

April 10 – Juliet Madison’s blog: Choreographing a love scene underwater (and other things your craft book never taught you)

April 11 – Kylie Griffin’s blog: Torn between two worlds

April 12 – Sami Lee’s blog:  The story behind the story 

April 15 – Nas Dean’s blog: Blog and giveaway

April 29 – Love Cats Down Under: Sisters and Books

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Susanne Bellamy
  2. Tracey O’Hara
  3. Trish Morey
  4. Write on Track – Diane Curran
  5. The Other Side
  6. Carla Caruso

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Happy Valentine’s Day!Blowing_hearts

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

here on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

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Cruisin’ the News

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

Member Milestones

1. James Patterson
2. Nora Roberts
3. MC Beaton
4. Danielle Steel
5. Clive Cussler
6. Anna Jacobs
7. Lee Child
8. David Baldacci
9. Michael Connelly
10. Harlan Coben
11. Katie Flynn
12. Tess Gerritsen
13. Josephine Cox
14. Alexander McCall Smith
15. John Grisham
16. Jodi Picoult
17. JD Robb
18. Jeffrey Deaver
19. Agatha Christie
20. Ian Rankin

New Contracts

  • Victoria Purman has signed a three-book contract with Harlequin Australia. Her first book, NOBODY BUT HIM  will be out in paperback and e-book in October this year. Victoria pitched to Haylee Nash at the RWA Conference on the Gold Coast last August and got The Call just before Christmas.

Little Gems Cover CompetitionLittle Gems Sapphire Cover

  • The winner of this year’s Little Gems Cover competition is Sheridan Kent, who was also the winning designer for the Little Gems cover in 2011. Congratulations Sheridan and, as always, thanks to all the volunteers who make our competitions possible.

Contests

  • For those who are Indie pubbed, the Indie Book Awards contest closes on February 22. Visit their website for more information.
  • For Inspirational romance or inspirational novel with romantic elements, copyrighted or with 1st print date in 2012. No POD,
    self-published or e-book entries. Need not be RWA member but publisher must be RWA approved. Contest closes March 1.
  • For a 1000 word romantic short story. Prizes are fab – $500 cash, e-reader, $400 worth of Random House books and publication in Take 5 and an e-book with Random Romance

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

February 15 -A Day in the Writing Life of Christina Phillips with Efthalia Pegios

February 16 – Beyond the Literal: There’s No Escape with Ainslie Paton

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Ebony McKenna by Eleni Konstantine

February 17– Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 18 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

February 19 – Author Spotlight on Adina West with Juliet Madison

February 21 – Cruisin with RWA and Juanita Kees

From across the Tasman, my guest will be Shirley Wine.

Wanted to share the news that she was interviewed by a Washington journo, Bill Thompson, of The Bookcast. The interview is live at  if you’d like to have a listen.

is doing a blog tour to promote her new book, THE AUTUMN BRIDE. At each point there’s a giveaway of a copy of her book. The full list is available on Anne’s website.

We’re fudging it on Friday Feast this week. Super squishy deliciously fudging it, and all thanks to FLY AWAY PETA author, Juanita Kees. So if you enjoy your cooking foolproof and sweet, come join in the fun. Your dentist will love you for it!

February 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Nicole Murphy with giveaway

February 15 – WHAT WE ARE READING compiled by Shona Husk

February 16 – DARKLIGHT ON… Keziah Hill

February 17 – Weekly Overview

February 18 – Winner of Tyla’s giveaway announced

February 19 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Imogene Nix

Musa Monday – Wench Rita Monette

Trekking Tuesday

Writing Buddy Wednesday – DarkSider Anna Hackett

Jenn J McLeod is getting up close and personal with the author of ‘Distance’ – Nene Davies

Monday Muse takes a look at Vampire Diaries’ bad boy Damon Salvator
Thespian Tuesday we get to find out about Nicole Flockton and enjoy and excerpt from her book BOUND BY HER RING
Wednesday its a post on Random Romance With Kate Belle
Saturday Sojourn takes us on a wonderful trip to Italy with Susanne Bellamy

February 15 – Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein and a Juanita-proof recipe

February 18 – with Jemi Fraser talking about editing

February 22 – chatting to Juliet Madison 

February 22 – talking to Romance Reader about the RWA Conference

February 16 – Cat-urday: Up to Mischief – more madcap mayhem with LOL cats.

February 19 – TOPIC: World-Building with Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

February 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – RAPTURE Jacqueline Frank

February 26 – TOPIC: World-Building with Pamela Palmer – find out how well known authors create their series/worlds!

On Cooking The Books this week, Harlequin Special Edition author Helen Lacey is sharing a family recipe for Welsh Bake Stones and talking
about the role of cooking in her latest release. Plus there’s a giveaway!

I’m having a bit of a ‘busy’ Sunday. I’m part of the MFRW’s ‘Firsts’ Blog Hop.

I’m also part of the Heartbreaker Blog Hop.

And one of the featured authors for the Coffee Time Romance & More giveaway this month.

Plus Misrule’s Mistress just received a lovely 4 star review

is a guest over on Black Velvet Seductions where she talks about her writing journey and life.

February 10 – In the Armchair with Susanne Bellamy

February 12 – In the Armchair with Carla Caruso

February 15 – In the Armchair with Valerie Parv

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

February 14 – First Kiss
April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Riding the Waves

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

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

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

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Cruisin’ the News

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

New Releases

  •  GALACTIC FLAME by Mel Teshco (Ellora’s Cave)new galactic flame cover

Book 3 in the Alien Hunger series.

Eden isn’t meant to be the alien prince’s intended lifemate, it’s her sister who is the one promised to him. But when Genesis comes to Earth and mistakenly believes Eden is his mate, she knows it’s the perfect opportunity to play the role her sister never wanted.

  • FALLING INTO PARADISE by Kamy Chetty (Red Sage Publishing)

    A woman too afraid to commit. A man too hurt to love again. A passion that refuses to be denied. Can Damon put the past behind him and choose to love again?

  • FIREWORKS by Khloe Wren (Amazon)Fireworks cover 400x600

Louise is down at her beach, going through her annual New Year’s Eve ritual. Cleansing herself from the previous year’s hurt. Once she’s finished, she steps back into the arms of Kosta, her friend and long-time crush. What ensues is a New Year’s Eve neither of them will ever forget.

  • FAITH IN THE GREAT SOUTH LAND by Mary Hawkins (Barbour’s Truly Yours)

Elizabeth Waverly never dreamed that taking a convict transport back to her home in Australia would change her life. But from the moment she lays eyes on John Martin, she cannot resist her growing attraction to him. Yet once the transport ship lands in Australia, their paths are bound to head in very different directions. Is their love destined to become a bittersweet memory of what might have been, or will faith show them another way?

Hot, wealthy, powerful Luciano is determined to hurt his wife Jasmine as badly as she has hurt him–except she doesn’t remember him. The only thing she knows about her marriage since waking up from a devastating car accident is the powerful feelings associated with the rings on her hand.

As the most feared military officer in the Faery Realm, Randor only got out by striking a deal with the late King to become an assassin for hire. Adora was fearless, powerful and intensely unhappy. Until she was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

February 2 – The most romantic read of the year:  February Hearts Talk with Ainslie Paton

February 3 – Event Announcements with Juanita Kees

February 5 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Maisey Yates with Eleni Konstantine

February 7 – Cruisin’ with RWA  and Juanita Kees

February 3 – This Sunday Susanne welcomes Juanita Kees to tread the boards with us. She’ll share the secret of Under the Hood (formerly Taming the Tiger)

February 1o – Imelda Evans will be in the spotlight

If you missed last Sunday with Ann B Harrison (I had infrequent internet access during the storms in Queensland too), you can still drop by and say hi. Come on over and discover things you never knew about this Red Hot author!

talks “Back to the 90’s” in the Next Big Thing and adds a little CITYGLITTER

Friday Feast is baaack! And what a sweet start to the year we’re having. Man Drought author and Booktopia’s 10th favourite Aussie novelist Rachael Johns is not only revealing her latest great pub find, she’s hitting us with her knickerbocker glory. Pubs and knickerbockers? It’s bound to be fun!

January 31 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleanor Maine

February 1 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Teshco

February 2 – ENCHANTED ORB – Adina West

February 3 – Weekly Overview

February 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

February 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Erica Hayes

Musa Monday – Arley Cole/Leigh Daley – Why she writes sex

Love Musa!

Writing Buddy Wednesday – SARA Carla Caruso

You may already be aware of the Aust Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop this weekend. If not, Jenn is taking part and giving away a copy of HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS. Here is Jenn’s link to her Aust Day post and on the bottom you will find a link to Book’d Out’s list of about 52 giveaways/offer.

is kicking off her blog tour with a peek UNDER THE HOOD! Here is the line up for next week:

February 2Fresh Fiction: Who can resist a Paperback Hero?

February 5Serena Tatti: Talking about character building

February 6Romance Book Haven: Romance with FLY AWAY PETA

FAST FORWARD launch & blog tour – Win a $50 Amazon gift card, February 1st to February 28th

February 2 – Cat-urday: Toilet Humour – more madcap mayhem with LOL  cats.
February 5 – INDUSTRY: Interview with…My Bookish Ways – come meet Kristin!
February 9 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SHADOW KIN M.J.Scott

A romantic comedy, women’s fiction group blog started by Carla Caruso

Talks about going through the process of revisions

Susanne is guest on the following blogs this week:

February 8 – Kez Delaney – Blog Bytes

February 9 – Jess Anastasi’s Saturday Sojourn where she’ll be talking about her road less travelled in Italy (not the usual tourist route).

A little Pillow Talk with Kate Belle

Michelle Skidmore is reviewing romance novels across the subgenres. A few entries are already up.

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alissa CallenEnrico
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Dy Loveday
  4. Eva Scott
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Imelda Evans

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

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

The Ellasub_head_ella

RWA is excited to launch a new contest for published novellas. To be known as The Ella, the romantic novella of the year award will be a reader-judged contest, and the winner will be announced at RWA’s national conference in August.

An entry must be a romance and have a word count of between 10,000 and 40,000 words. To be considered for the 2013 award, the original version of the novella, whether digital, hardback or paperback, must have been first published between 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Entries close on 4th February 2013.

The R*BY 2013sub_head_rby

The R*BY Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.For Books Published 1 January 2012 and the 31 December 2012.

Opens on the 7th January and closes on the 8th February 2013.

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Regards Juanita

RWA and the ARRA Awards

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

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

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

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

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

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

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

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

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

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

Favourite Contemporary Romance

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

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

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

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

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

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

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

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

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

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

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

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

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

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

For more information visit the RWA Website.

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Cruisin’ the News

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

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

New Releases and Contracts

Scotland 1308 Sir David McLaird is a prisoner of Sir James Bruce. When healer, Lady Arabel Bruce tends to his wounds he doesn’t expect to fall in love. The trouble is Arabel is from the enemy clan. Lady Arabel loves the wild highlander but won’t betray her clan and marry him, until Sir David abducts and makes her his.

  • Khloe Wren has signed with Rogue Phoenix Press who have picked up her first book HER GUARDIAN ANGEL: Book 1 of the Fire and Snow Series.
  • Imogene Nix has sold her novella, THE PLAN to Beachwalk Press.

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Keeping Up Appearances

  • Anna Jacobs will be conducting three talks for readers. Each time Anna will talking about what it’s like to be a writer, her ways of working, and where she gets her ideas.

Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs

When: October 23 at 2pm

Where:  Seville Grove Library, Armadale WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or JPedroli@armadale.wa.gov.au

When:November 3 at 10am

Where:           Edenvale, Pinjarra, WA

FMI:              Need to book, contact the library or LeighA@murray.wa.gov.au

When:November 7 at 7pm

Where:           Kwinana Library, WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or Stephanie.Mandyezewsky@Kwinana.wa.gov.au

Saturday October 27 – If you’re in Sydney, sign up for and come along to Nicole’s whole day workshop. Lots of activities, examples, workshopping and critiquing of sex scenes to start developing the skills to make your scenes pop and sizzle!

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

This week on Friday Feast:

What better combination is there than romance fiction, food and wine? Thanks to best-selling historical romance author Anna Campbell and George IV you can experience all three on Friday Feast this week. Vicariously anyway.

There are fun tales about ‘Prinny’ and his gastronomic adventures, plus a wonderful pastry recipe for Mirlitons à la Fleur d’Orange, which sounds sexy and delicious just in words. But even more sexy and delicious, Anna’s giving away to one lucky commenter a copy of her hot new release, SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED. So come and join the Friday Feast fun. There’s indulgence to be had!

October 18 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Erica Hayes with giveaway of REVELATION AND HUNTER’S BLOOD

October 20 – DARKLIGHT ON…Anna Hackett

October 21 – Weekly Overview

October 23 – GOOD NEWS DAY

October 25 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Petra Crake with giveaway (TBA)

Guests include:
Musa Monday author, Liz DeJesus
Writing Buddy Wednesday – Alexandra  Sokoloff

October 20 – HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Anna Campbell – do you like historical romance? Want to try the genre? Then check out these Aussie/Kiwi authors.

October 23 – ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AUTHOR: Sandy Curtis – delve into the mysterious world of romantic suspense with this Aussie author.

This Friday and over the weekend, Christina Phillips aka Christina Ashcroft is taking part in the Alpha Male blog hop where we’re discussing what we love about these hot gorgeous heroes! Fantastic prizes on offer, including a Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. To enter, just leave a comment on her blog (and follow the blog hop for more chances to win!)

October 13 -Wow! What a Day

October 14 – In the Armchair with Anna Jacobs

October 19 – Five Tips for Writing Humorous Novels by Karina Fabian

October 23 – In the Armchair with Loretta Hill

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Rachael Johns
  2. S.E Gilchrist
  3. Tamara Gill
  4. Valerie Parv
  5. We Love YA
  6. Anita Joy

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

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