Event Announcements

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

Claytons Conference 2014

We’re looking for a team to run the 2014 Claytons Conference (the digital conference that runs on the same weekend as the face-to-face conference for those who can’t attend Sydney). There are various positions to be filled but the primary one is the Claytons Coordinator who will lead a small team of committee volunteers to do specific tasks each. Organisation begins around May/June and the event happens August 9/10. Therefore this role is steady for about 10 weeks of the year only. Claytons is a valuable and enjoyable annual RWA event but we need people to make it happen. It’s a great way to make some new friends and industry contacts while having lots of fun. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, please email volunteers@romanceaustralia.com or contact me (Events Liaison) at alli_sinclair@yahoo.com

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Professional Development Day Speakers

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

Workshop Presenters – please click here

Conference MC – Amy Andrews

Award Dinner MC – Kaz Delaney

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

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

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me!

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

FMI and Bookings: 08 83977333

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

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

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

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

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

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

When: July 17–20

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

When: August 1–3

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

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

Visible Ink

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

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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.

  • RWA Blog

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

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

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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50K in 30 Days Challenge

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

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Claytons Conference 2012

Registrations for Claytons 2012 open July 1.

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

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

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

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

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

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The Word Writers Fair

October  12-14, 2012

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

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

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

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

What will you learn on this amazing weekend?

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

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

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

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 29 – Blog Bites – Kerri Williams

June 30 – New Releases – Nicole Flockton

July 1 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

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

July 5 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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Cruisin’ the News

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

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

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

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

  • New Releases

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

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

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BURNING LIES by Helene Young – published by Penguin Australia

Release Date: July 2, 2012

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

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

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

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

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Keeping up Appearances

Meet Helene Young:

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

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

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

See Helene’s webpage for more details

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

June 29 – This week on Friday Feast:

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

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

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

July 1 – Weekly Overview

July 2 – Winner of Janni’s giveaway announced

July 3– GOOD NEWS DAY

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

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

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

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

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

July 3 – RELEASE DAY for ALLIANCE FORGED!!!

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

July 3 – ARRA Release Day feature for ALLIANCE FORGED

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

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

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

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

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

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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Enrico’s quote of the week

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

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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50K in 30 Days Challenge

The challenge is well under way as we approach the close of our first week. For those registered, we have a chat room on the 50k in 30 Days Forum where we sprint every night to assist us in reaching our goals. While you’re there, take a moment to introduce yourself, post about your goals and achievements or ‘Participate to Motivate’ and post a message of motivation for fellow participants.

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

June 8 -A Day in the Writing Life of Deborah Challinor – Suzanne Hamilton

June 9 -Ink-Stained Groupies workshop promo – Imelda Evans

June 10 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

June 11 – Conference Spotlight on the Conference Team – Eleni Konstantine

June 12 – Little Gems 2012 Author Shayne Sands – Jenn J McLeod

June 14 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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Cruisin’ the News

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

  • New releases

June 7 – THE WIND’S GENTLE CARESS – by Anne Brear

Halifax, 1876. On the death of her mother and sister, Isabelle Gibson is left to fend for herself and her brother in a privately-run workhouse. After the matron’s son attempts to rape her, Isabelle decides to escape him and a life of drudgery by agreeing to marry a moorland farmer she has never met. But this man, Farrell, is a drunkard and a bully in constant feud with his landlord, Ethan Harrington. When Farrell bungles a robbery and deserts her, Isabelle and Ethan are thrown together as she struggles to save the farm. Both are married and must hide their growing love. But despite the secrecy, Isabelle draws strength from Ethan as faces from the past return to haunt her and a tragedy is set to strike that will change all of their lives forever.

  • Good News

Cathleen Ross’ Harlequin Spice Brief Psychic Sex has been translated into German and so has the Harlequin Anthology Naughty Bits.

  • New Cover

See the cover for Eleni Konstantine’s  first short story anthology over at her  blog.

  • Great Reviews
Imogene Nix was thrilled to recieve great reviews on her two novels:
STARLINE – received a 4 star review
STARFIRE  – recieved a 5 star review


  • Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael Johns at:

When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA

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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

Discover a new world of romance, one kiss at a time

June 8 – This week on Friday Feast:

Harlequin Desire author Paula Roe is my guest on Friday Feast this week and what fun she is too! Paula’s celebrating the re-release of book two in the Mills and Boon DIAMONDS DOWN UNDER series with a trip down memory lane to the sugar high that was the 70’s children’s birthday party. Ahh, memories.

Share what you loved or even hated about childhood birthday parties (oh, where to start!) and you could win a signed copy of this fab re-release.

June 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Lilliana Rose with giveaway of Christmas Wings

June 9 – DARKLIGHT ON…Carolyn Wren

June 10 – Weekly Overview

June 11 – Winner of Lilliana’s giveaway announced.

June 12 – GOOD NEWS DAY

June 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Amanda Ashby

Rachael John’s answers Juliet’s Ten Awkward Author Questions

June 9 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Shadowlands Trilogy (Shona Husk) – looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

June 12 – GUEST AUTHOR: Ally Blake – Ally shares more about herself and her latest book, HIRED: THE BOSS’S BRIDE.

June 8 – Getting to Know Mel Teshco with a giveaway of GALACTIC INFERNO

Warning: this one is HOT! To celebrate her June 13 release, we’re getting to know Mel Teshco. Bring the Kevlar…

This week, a rave about the wonders of RWA, more hearty winter recipes and tomorrow, for the first Friday of the month, some of my favourite words…

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Write on Track – Diane Curran
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Jenna Anastasi
  4. Novel Adventurers
  5. Monique Wood
  6. Suzi Love

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint’s been hunting up motivators for our 50K in 30 Days participants. Here are a few gems he uncovered and shared with them this week:

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Enrico’s quote of the week

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Regards Juanita

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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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

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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.

  • 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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

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

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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
http://kspf.iinet.net.au

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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, 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

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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)

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

Conference Spotlight ~ Not Your Normal Paranormal panel

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.


At Diamonds Are Forever,  Eleni Konstantine (moi) is moderating a panel aimed at ALL writers (especially those targetting the paranormal market) called

 NOT YOUR NORMAL PARANORMAL: THE OTHER THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT


WORKSHOP BLURB:

When you hear ‘paranormal fiction’, do you only think of vampires? Or werewolves? Do you think only books about them sell? Thank goodness, that isn’t the case! Other creatures also go bumpity bump in the night – zombies, fae, goblins, djinn, and even angels. This panel will discuss the paranormal genre as a whole and list examples of authors and their less common beasties.


Not Your Normal Paranormal  panelists

Alexandra Sokoloff is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, and BOOK OF SHADOWS, the paranormal romance, THE SHIFTERS, the upcoming paranormal trilogy TWIST OF FATE, and the new original e book THE SPACE BETWEEN, a young adult supernatural thriller. She is a Thriller Award winner and a Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominee. The New York Times Book Review called her novels “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter, Alex has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios, for producers such as Michael Bay, Laura Ziskin, David Heyman, and Neal Moritz. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west, and the board of the Mystery Writers of America.

In non-fiction, Alex is the author of SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS (AND SCREENWRITERS!), and WRITING LOVE, workbooks based on her internationally acclaimed blog and workshops.


Monique Patterson

Monique Patterson began her publishing career at Avon Books in 1998, which then became a part of HarperCollins.  She is currently Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press where she acquires women’s fiction, which includes contemporary, historical, paranormal and erotic romance, paranormal fiction, African American fiction and a selective amount of commercial non-fiction, which includes pop culture and celebrity bios for all parts of the list and for all formats.  Some of her current authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, MaryJanice Davidson, Suzanne Enoch, Christina Brooke, Julianne Maclean, Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan, Alexandra Hawkins, Christine Warren, MaryJanice Davidson, Francis Ray and others.  One of her favorite pastimes. . . is reading.  What a surprise.



Keri ArthurKeri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for Urban Fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.



Cathleen Ross

Cathleen Ross’ first novel, Man Hunt sold to Black Lace/Random House. Man Hunt became the number one, best-selling erotic novel on the Publisher’s website in 2006 and has been translated into German. She has also sold to Harlequin, Lyrical Press and Passion in Print.  She is currently self publishing her Forbidden Fantasies series while her agent is shopping her latest work, a paranormal romance, The Demon Prince around NY. When she is not writing, she runs her editing and critiquing service.



Nicola E. Sheridan is a West Australian author who specialises in the use of magic and mythology in modern romance. Published with Eternal Press, Nicola’s books are a different take on a popular genre. Filled with Genies, Manticores, Harpies and many more, she brings forth creatures previously lost in the mists of time, and weaves them, with startling clarity, back into our modern world.

When not writing Nicola is busy studying, and enjoys painting, four-wheel driving and music.  She lives in Western Australia with her husband, two children, two cats and her very, very, geriatric old dog.


Anna Hackett  is the author of several paranormal short stories from Harlequin Nocturne Bites.  She loves action, adventure, romance and is passionate about ancient history.  In addition to vampires and werewolves, her stories star many other paranormal beasties and beings.

When not writing, Anna is a mining engineer who drinks too much Diet Coke.  For more info on her upcoming releases, check out her website: www.annahackettbooks.com



Eleni Konstantine Eleni Konstantine is Fantasy and Paranormal fiction writer, with a number of shorts published. Her stories range from flash fiction to novels. She blames her mother for her writing bug because as a child she was given many books,including illustrated fairytales. That and a love of Greek mythology, and Eleni was destined to become a writer.



Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Interested in creatures that go bumpity bump in the night.


Questions answered by Eleni Konstantine


What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?

To be honest, Denise Rossetti prompted me to undertake this workshop. In fact, the wonderful title is Denise’s brain child. I thought it was fabulous, and ran with it.



What can participants expect from this session?

A wonderful discussion on the paranormal genre, and the less known creatures that filter throughout it. With such a diverse group on the panel, it’s going to be a great session with lots of information and advice. There will be lists of examples provided.

 


Which members will benefit most from this session?

Those targetting the paranormal genre. 



Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?

Why this panel, of course! Seriously, being a member of the conference team, I’m looking forward to everything going smoothly, and to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.



Any advice for conference first-timers?

Get ready for information overload – but in a good way! You will meet like minded people who understand that characters live in your head – and that who don’t think you’re crazy. I think the most important bit of advice is to enjoy – don’t worry about not catching every little bit of the conference. It’s not a race of trying to cram in everything into the few days of the conference – though it can feel that way. If you need five minutes to yourself, take them.




What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Alexandra – The very dark YA thriller The Space Between and Book of Shadows is available on Kindle –http://alexandrasokoloff.com and http://screenwritingtricks.com

KeriDarkness Devours is due for release in July – http://keriarthur.com

Cathleen – The latest in the Forbidden Fantasy stories, Her Prisoner, is now available from Smashwords and Amazon. To learn more, please visit http://www.cathleenross.com

NicolaMimosa Black is available from Eternal Press, as well as the first two books in the Magic Series, Magical Gains and Magical Creations. Visit Nicola at: http://www.nicolasheridan.com and http://www.magicalgains.blogspot.com

Anna – One Night with the Wolf is available from Harlequin Nocturne Bites. You can visit Anna at: http://annahackettbooks.com

Eleni – The short stories ‘Stormy Divide’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ will be released in the duo, Enchanted Realms, from Musa Publishing in June 2012. You can find Eleni at her website –http://elenikonstantine.com



Thank you, ladies.


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Our next Conference Spotlight is with Anne Gracie on 3rd April.


I was a Conference Virgin – Eleni Konstantine (former librarian, known as Helen Katsinis)

RWA conferences are magic. They are filled with inspiration, gas-bagging, and fun.

My first RWAus conference was the 11th Conference, ‘Falling In Love Again’ in 2002. The back drop was the Chifley on Flemington in Melbourne. I don’t believe it’s there anymore, but it had an old-world charm to it. I had joined RWA years before, but it was only in 2002 that I joined Romaus, and got to know people online. I also became one of Paula Roe’s editorial assistants for Hearts Talk (yes, my affiliation with Hearts Talk goes back a long time), and thought it was a good idea to go to the conference.

But to be honest, while I dreamed of one day being a writer, it was a hobby, and the conference was a way of getting a couple of days to myself- relaxing, and fading into the background.


And because of this, I made a big booboo – I didn’t treat the conference as professional development. I’d been to workshops and seminars in my librarian life, but nothing really on this scale for writing. And it was this RWA conference that made me realise, yes this IS what I want to do.

Let me explain. At the time I was working as a librarian in a law firm. I was in year two of my chronic fatigue syndrome. I had put on a lot of weight so most of my clothes didn’t fit and felt all wrong, my sore knee was killing me, and so when I packed for the trip, I packed comfy clothes, and not my annoying work clothes. So what did I pack? Trackie daks. Yep, you read right.

Trackies!!!! Okay, there were new and they were in great condition, and one pair was a legging style (in again now) so people wouldn’t have noticed what it was – but still, trackies?!!!

Forehead-slap.

I look back at it with horror. But in a sense, I think I went though this experience so I can have a conference virgin story! LOL!

If anyone noticed, they didn’t say a word to me about it. Everyone was friendly and lovely, but I know I felt uncomfortable, and that is when I had my epiphany. This is what I want my job to be – a writer, and as such, I would dress like a professional. I am not talking power suits here, but the casual ‘I’m taking this seriously’ look, not the ‘casual day’ to school look.


The conference itself wasn’t as large as the ones now. But it still had variety, plenty of fantastic authors, and plenty of chance for networking. I put faces to names from the loop, and meet other writers both published and would-be ones like me.

I didn’t attend the Friday session, unfortunately, so on Saturday, the first person I met was fellow Hearts Talk editorial assistant, Joan Gillham. A getting to know you exercise had been that you got a name of one part of a couple, and you had to find the other half. I was Richard Burton. Joan was Elizabeth Taylor. We found it hysterical that we (the two EAs) should be paired up. Joan was fantastic. She knew it was my first conference and looked out for me. She introduced me to Annie West (before she was published), and she too, looked out for me too. I’m not fantastic at networking, but this helped soooo much.  (It’s why I always make an effort to talk to newbies and first time conference goers.)


Then were two days of non-stop talking about writing and the industry. I remember it was more a plenary style conference and speakers included – Stephanie Laurens (who I remember saying that an author’s only duty was to entertain the reader), Marion Lennox (who told us she once wrote a book in 3 weeks), Karin Stoecker from HM&B London office (on the range of imprints), Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee (who both spoke on writing love scenes).

There were author chats on the Saturday. I sat in on Keri Arthur’s first ever author chat, which was fun and informative about the paranormal genre. And there were a couple of tutorials on the Sunday (yes, conference has changed). I remember taking Fiona McArthur’s talk on self promotion; and Keri Lane’s tutorial on writing for the international market. Both fantastic speakers.

I loved it all. As the weekend wore on, I remember being more and more enthusiastic about  my writing. I was even thinking of  pen names. Helen Katsinis was the librarian, not the writer.


But then the AGM hit, and I was in for a shock. RWAus was in trouble. There was a need for more volunteers, or it could well fold. All I could think was ‘No, not when I’m now taking this seriously’. Well, since it’s now the 20th year, you know that didn’t happen. Members banded, and a new online committee came to the rescue (thanks Alison Brideson, Trish Morey, and the others who took up the challenge).


I became inspired that weekend, and continue to be inspired when I attend conferences. I continue to meet new people, and catch up with all my writing buddies, listen to interesting keynote speakers, attend fantastic tutorials, dress up for the cocktail party, and cheer on other members at the Awards Dinner.


And most of all, now I’m definitely, Eleni Konstantine, writer.

All thanks to that first conference, and a booboo in dress sense.

Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

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

SPECIAL NOTICES:

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday and Sunday: $375

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

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

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

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

UPCOMING EVENT

LOVE A GOOD ROMANCE WITH AMY ANDREWS AND ANNA CAMPBELL

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

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

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings essential: (07) 3351 3401 OR Library website

AND

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

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

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 OR Library website

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

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

Dark Side DownUnder ~

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

Eleni Konstantine ~

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

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

Entries close today!!

Kylie Griffin ~

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

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

MON 21st February – GUEST AUTHOR: Rachel Bailey

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

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

Paula Roe ~

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

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

RWAus Blog ~

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

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

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

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

SAT 26th February – Sandie Hudson – February New Releases

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

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

S.E Gilchrist

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Sara Hantz

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Thanks to Kylie Griffin for this blog suggestion.

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood ~

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

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

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

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

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

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

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

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

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Emerald Category Second Round ~

Congratulations go to:

Janice Bridges

Jodie Clarkson

Emmie Dark

Michelle de Rooy

Anne-Louise Dubrawski

Louise Groarke

Frances Maslen x 2

Susan Rees

Joanne Robertson

Jennifer St George

Rebecca Sampson

Angela Stein

Dayle White x2

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

Little Gems Cover Winner ~

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

Anna Campbell ~

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

Jennifer Brassel ~

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

Maggi Andersen ~

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

Suzanne Brandyn ~

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

Suzi Love ~

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

US Emily Awards Results ~

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

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

WOOHOO Ladies well done.

Member’s with revamped websites ~

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

Anna Campbell

Anna Jacobs

Paula Roe

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

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

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 5 March

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

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

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

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

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

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

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

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

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

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

ONLINE Events

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

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

SPECIAL NOTICE:

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

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

SAT 11th December – Catch up with Anna and her regular post on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs next Saturday.

Bootcampers 101 ~

Check out Fi’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom on the Little Black Book

Super Sundays offers a quote and funny cheez picture.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

Join us Tuesdays for our Good News Day

On Magic Thursday we have Tracey O’Hara with an E-ARC copy of Death’s Sweet Embrace

Saturday’s Darklight On….will feature Jess Anastasi – with a giveaway of her debut, Sanctuary

Jenn McLeod ~

Read Jenn’s Ode to Contest Entrants, Managers and Judges

On the RWA Blog there’s a new monthly blog post. F2F will feature registered RWA face-to-face writers’ groups from around the country.

Tamara Gill ~

MON 6th December – Author H.C. Brown is dropping by Tamara’s blog and giving away her latest book, Flogger Holiday Anthology or any of her previously published books with Noble Romance.

RWAus Blog ~

FRI 4th December – Eleni Konstantine – Hearts Talk Wrap Up

WED 8th December – Jenn McLeod – F2F – featuring 4 Points Author Network (NSW, Mid North Coast)

FRI 10th December – Suz Hamilton – A Day in the Writing Life of … Vanessa Barneveld

Members who Blog Regularly ~

Christina Phillips

Dora Braden

Elisabeth Rose

Eleni Konstantine

Fiona Lowe

Jess Anastasi

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management ~

Lauren from DGLM answers questions related to the query process with ‘You’ve got questions, We’ve got answers’.

Rants & Rumblings ~

On Wednesday Rachelle Gardner had an interesting post about ‘Royalty Rates’. On Friday she had a post about what turns her off a blog with ‘Blogs We Don’t Like’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Annie West ~

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

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

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

TEMPT THE DEVIL by Anna Campbell – historical single title

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

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

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

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

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

Mel Scott ~

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

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Selling Synopsis Winners ~

We have the first winners of our 2011 contest season as chosen by Final Judge, agent Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill & Associates. Congratulations to:

First– Fiona McKenzie

Second–Fiona McKenzie

Third–Kay Dunne

Well done ladies.

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna’s first ever novel published regency romance ‘Persons of Rank’ is No 33 on the UK’s top 100 Kindle historical romances. Way to go Anna, congratulations.

Janet Woods ~

Janet has signed contracts for two more novels with Severn House. Congratulations Janet. Awesome news.

Jennie Brumley ~

Jennie has just had her second full length novel accepted by Ravenous Romance. Fantastic Jennie, congratulations.

Jess Anastasi ~

Jess has received her second contract from Noble Romance Publishing this time for her Romantic Suspense ‘Dead Reality’. YAY Jess, congratulations, well done.

Michelle de Rooy ~

Congratulations go out to Michelle de Rooy who has finalled in the Paranormal section of the West Houston RWA Emily Contest.

Tamara Gill ~

Tamara has been offered a contract with Noble Romance Publishing for her Regency Novella. Super congratulations Tam.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

Little Gems ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 10 December

ASA Building your Online Presence ~ Michael Cairns

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

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

Cost: $100 M, $232 NM

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 December

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

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December

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

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

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

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

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

ONLINE Events

Wednesday December 8 for six weeks

Romance Writing Secrets ~ Lori Wilde

Cost: $195 (AUD)

FMI + Bookings: Romance Writing Secrets

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading

Sandie

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