Ella Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  With apologies to our regular Thursday column, Cruisin’ (which has been bumped to tomorrow), we are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Ella contest, for novella-length published romances.

Ask Me To Stay                 Elise Ackers

Worth the Risk                  Sarah Mayberry

Christmas at the                Rebecca Raisin
Gingerbread Cafe

Christmas Cinderella        Elizabeth Rolls
(in ‘A Sprinkling of
Christmas Magic’ anthology)

Our thanks, as always to all the volunteers who help to make the Ruby possible, especially Raewyn, contest co-ordinator for this year’s Ella and all the reader judges and judge co-ordinators.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and best of luck with the final round of judging!

The winner of the Ella is announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August and will be on this blog on Sunday the 10th of August 2014.

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A Day in the Writing Life of Elise Ackers: Holiday Edition

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll be familiar with our ‘Day in the Writing Life’ column, where we meet one of our RWA members and learn a little about how they do what they do when it comes to writing.  We normally do it in a question and answer format, but this time, just to mix it up a little, we thought we’d ask Elise Ackers just one question and see what she came up with (it’s possible that I knew that she had something up her sleeve on this topic…).  So, without further ado, here’s Elise, on the subject of inspiration!

Elise K. AckersChasing Inspiration

For writers, inspiration is everywhere: a song lyric, a real-life event, a what-if question born from something ordinary. Sometimes these inspirations lead to a short story, novella or novel, other times they are a fleeting intrigue.

In my experience, inspiration comes to me. Often when I’m driving and I can do nothing about it short of pulling off the freeway. But this year, I’ll be chasing my inspiration.

All the way to the spectacular coastlines and ancient wonders of Turkey.

To give you a bit of context, I recently finished writing my first new adult manuscript, and it was based loosely on my backpacking and tour group experiences through Europe. I spent five weeks on a Contiki coach in 2007, and I knew at the time that I would one day write about it. Almost seven years later, I managed to get out of my own way, and I believe that it is my most diverse, culturally rich and surprising book to date.

In the midst of research about all things international, I became enchanted with the idea of writing a book whilst travelling. Of capturing the nuances and details the internet could not give me, and twisting them into fiction.

One eight page itinerary and a lot of money later, I will be doing just that. Come May, I will be exploring Istanbul, ballooning over the moon-like landscape of Cappadocia, and sailing the coast with a bunch of strangers I’ve already decided will be my new best friends. I will also be writing about John and Kayla, two long-standing friends with benefits who find themselves beginning a relationship in reverse.

Because I understand that travel by its very nature is distracting and exhausting, I’m not challenging myself to write an entire book whilst I’m over there. Instead, I’ve given myself a goal to return home with a story skeleton. This work in progress will be heavy on location and description, light on plot. Plot can come later when I’ve got my feet up at home. As of right now, I have an outline, a cast of characters, and a lot of room to move. Where inspiration leads, I will follow.

I read an article in a recent edition of Heart Talk (RWA’s member newsletter, Ed.) about two RWA ladies who challenged themselves to Tough Mudder, with the view to put their experiences into their books. I thought that was an excellent idea, and the whole point of my blog post today is to reinforce that message.

You are surrounded by inspiration, in almost every imaginable form. And whilst there’s something to be said for sitting your butt in your chair and knocking the words out, don’t forget to leave the house and chase your muse down. Writing a scene at the beach? Get thyself to the sand. Our imaginations are remarkable things, but sometimes reality gives us something we might never have thought of ourselves. Tiny details which make great scenes remarkable, sensations or observations which bring settings alive.

You don’t have to fly to Turkey – I may be crazy, time will tell. But if you want to write a hilarious camping scene, for example, maybe bully your family into embracing the great outdoors and wait for the chaos to present itself. You may return with scenes you might otherwise never have imagined.

Get out there, take something to capture your ideas, and find inspiration in its natural habitat.

(And keep your receipts, because I’m pretty sure stuff like that is tax-deductible!)

For inspiration that came from a little closer to home, you might like to check out the print edition of Elise’s three-novella series, jointly titled Ask Me to Stay.  Here’s a blurb:

Ask Me To Stay 2, Elise K. AckersAsk Me to Stay

In Australian country towns, everyone knows everybody else’s business. Nothing is private, and escaping the past is difficult if not impossible. But how much of the truth does anyone ever really know, even about those closest to them? 

When family tragedy brings Ethan Foster home, he doesn’t expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown reputation is everything – and Ethan’s was ruined long ago. His family and friends don’t want him around, and nor does Sam O’Hara, the girl he left behind.

In this tender and heartwarming romantic trilogy, a funeral, a wedding, and a homecoming spark a series of events that prove that love can find a way, if only given a chance. 

Includes the stories Ask Me to Stay, Ask Me for More and Ask Me for Tomorrow.

About Elise:

Elise K. Ackers is a romantic suspense and contemporary romance author based in Melbourne, Australia. She is print and ebook published with Penguin’s Michael Joseph and Destiny Romance, and ebook published with Harlequin’s Escape Publishing. Elise is a 2013 Romantic Book of the Year finalist, and is known to do some pretty strange stuff in the name of research. Like fly to another country on a whim.

You can find Elise here:

http://www.elisekackers.net

http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/author/elise-k-ackers

http://www.destinyromance.com/contributors/6985/elise-k-ackers

Cruisin’ with RWA

Cruisin’ is back with a bucket load of blogs. Keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au.

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Cruisin’ the News

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

Good News

The first book in her new historical series, HEIR TO GREYLADIES is out in the UK, including Book Depository, and is almost out on Amazon.com.

Barb’s second book with Entangled Indulgence was released this week and it’s getting some lovely reviews.  DISHING UP DESIRE is the story of homely celebrity chef Kirin Hart, and Blake Matthews the ex-international model charged with making her over. And it’s not only Kirin’s image that’s about to be flipped. Blake might be very easy on the eye, but there’s a whole lot more to him than meets it.

THE MAN PLAN is a finalist in the 2013 Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Award

Maree is celebrating the release of her latest YA novel LIMINAL, on Smashwords.

MARRYING THE ENEMY (nominated for a 2013 RBY) won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Contemporary Series novel.

Lisa’s debut novel, SOUL TIES, is available on Amazon.

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Keeping up Appearances

  • Celebrate National Bookshop Day

with The New Romantics. Join four exciting new romance authors for a lively panel discussion and afternoon tea hosted by Fotster’s Little Bookshop(South Gippsland). Margareta Osborne (rural romance), Kate Belle (erotic romance), Jennifer Scoullar (environmental romance), and Kathryn Ledson (romantic suspense) will take you on a light hearted and enjoyable exploration of all things romance.

When: Saturday 10 August

Time: 2.30 – 4pm

Where: Community Health Centre, Station Road, Foster

Cost: $20 includes romantic afternoon tea

Bookings essential – ph: 03 5682 2089 or email: flb@virtual.net.au

  • The Yearning Book Talk with Kate BelleThe Yearning

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library, 03 9439 9266 or via their website.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

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July 27 – New Releases

July 28 – Event Announcements

July 29 – Clayton’s post

July 30 – Conference Spotlight

July 31 – Author Spotlight on Gracie McGregor

August 1 – Cruisin’ with RWA

July 14 – We’re going all starry as S E Gilchrist takes a star turn talking about her LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS.

After this week’s post Susanne will be taking a break for a month. If you have a new release and would like to take a turn in the spotlight, please email me at susannebellamy@gmail.com

July 12 – A comfy chair, a strong cuppa, a few deliciously sticky and moreish Peanut Butter Balls to pop in your mouth, and a copy of Whitney K-E’s charming debut release WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND. Yes, Friday Feast has your winter blues solved. So pop on over and discover more about this new Aussie author who’s bringing the Emerald Isle to the Sunburnt Country.

July 19 – Superfoods and super authors, yes Friday Feast has it all. This week, paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk is treating us to muffins, but not just any muffins. These are muffins containing chocolate, orange and that font of great health, quinoa. Imagine, with all that delicious goodness you’ll be as strong and sexy as one of Shona’s heroes!

July 26 – Love a bit of armchair travelling? Then come join Australian author Fiona McArthur on Friday Feast as she shares all the food and fun of her recent holiday on the Spirit of the Outback, one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys. Champagne in the lounge car in the afternoon sun, barramundi with citrus butter, stunning views and more. In other words, deliciously romantic. Just like Fiona’s new Medical Romance TWO TINY HEARTS!

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

Last Sunday, I hosted the lovely and inspiring Ermisenda Alveraz on my blog. Ermisenda is twenty, has self published two books, designs book covers, speaks two languages fluently and is learning more, and is a full time psychology student.

July 14 – Feel like TAKING A CHANCE? Author Harvest has ‘baled up’ WA author Deborah Burrows who is giving away her latest release (she writes wonderful stories set in wartime Australia – Perth).

July 23 – Author Harvest is giveaway central right now. Last week Deborah Burrows TAKING A CHANCE. This week Dianne Blacklock (self-confessed author with big head *wink*) has her not yet released THE BEST MAN to give a lucky reader. And Fran Cusworth will be ‘baled up’ next week. Winter Harvest is blooming wonderful!

July 27 – SATURDAY SEVEN – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 30 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Juliet Madison – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Harlequin Romance author Jennifer Faye has the perfect recipe this week – Enchiladas! There’s an excerpt from her release RANCHER TO THE RESCUE as well as a giveaway to one commenter.So come on over and see what Jennifer is cooking up!

BANISH, Nicola’s debut with Harlequin Teen Australia, has a blog tour that kicks off this week.

July 21 – Elisabeth Rose is a guest on Spotlight on Writers.

July 29 – Spotlight on Writers with Noelene Jenkinson

July 23 – Emmie Dark talks about Fake it to Make it – Getting to The End on Tuesday 23 July. Emmie’s latest SuperRomance release JUST FOR TODAY came out in June and is available now online.

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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's Holiday Limo

Enrico’s Holiday Limo

  1. Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld
  2. Jenn J McLeod
  3. Maggi Andersen
  4. Nicola Marsh
  5. Pamela Cook
  6. Rachael Johns

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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Cruisin’ the News

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

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

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

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

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

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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

  • RWA Blog

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

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

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

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

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Cruisin’ the News

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

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

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

Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

March 24 – Event Announcements

March 25 – Conference Spotlight

March 26 – Conference Spotlight

March 27 – Author Spotlight on Dana Mitchell

March 28 – Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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

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

March 20 – Release Day for BETRAYED

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

March 20 – Release Day Spotlight at ARRA + Giveaway

March 21 – Thursday 13 at Shelley Munro + Giveaway

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

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

March 25 – Clash of Ancient Cultures Historical Hearts + Giveaway

March 26 – British Romance Fiction

March 27 – Alpha Male Diner  I Smell Sheep + Giveaway

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

March 26 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

March 27 – A BITE OF… with Ellie Moonwater

March 28 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicole Murphy

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

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Anna Campbell with giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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Cruisin’ the News

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

New Releases

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

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Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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

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

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

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

This week on Friday Feast:

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

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

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

December 14 – WHAT WE ARE READING

December 15– ENCHANTED ORB with A.P. Castell

December 16   – Weekly Overview

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

December 18 – GOOD NEWS DAY

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

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

Musa Monday – Ted Mendelssohn

Writing Buddy Wednesday – Jenny Schwartz

Shout out Saturday – Wenches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 11 – In the Armchair with Kerrie Paterson

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

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

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

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

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Other Contests

Thanks to Pat Haggerty for this information:

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

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

For more info, see:
http://www.gccrwa.com/starcontest/

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Riding the Waves

Conference

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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Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Beyond the Literal – New Publishers Light the Flame

The heat is on for Australian authors

Ainslie Paton

The local scene for romance writers is heating up and set to sizzle this summer with the launch of three new direct-to–digital publishers, each acquiring local writers.

First with the factor fifteen was Destiny Romance which launched in August with four titles and is adding two per month.

Destiny authors include:  Jennifer St George, Kelly Hunter, Elsie K Ackers, Peta Crake, Charmaine Ross, Carla Caruso, Bernadette Rowley and Imelda Evans (and coming soon, Louise Reynolds and L.J. Young).

In mid November, Harlequin turns up the heat with the launch of their electronic first line, Escape, also with a line-up of newly discovered and established writers.  More on the Escape launch will follow in a Publisher Interview by Juliet Madison.

But currently upping the burn quotient to scorching is Pan McMillan’s, Momentum with the release of its Hot Down Under series.

Hot Down Under is a series of fourteen erotic short stories by new and established Australian authors being released over a three-month period beginning in November.

According to Momentum it aims to propel Australian erotic romance writing to the top of the bestseller charts.

The series includes straight and gay erotica, plus scenes involving multiple partners and fantasy elements.  Each of the stories has an Australian setting and a ‘flame’ rating out of five on the cover, which indicates how explicit the story is.  None of the stories is lower than a three-flame rating.

Hot Down Under authors include:  Rhyll Biest, Rhian Cahill, Kasey Channing, Cate Ellink, C.T. Green, S.E. Gilchrist, Keziah Hill, Shona Husk, Beverley Oakley, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, Mel Teshco and Marianne Theresa.

Five of the authors are previously unpublished and were mentored by the established authors during the writing process. The resulting stories combine a fresh approach with years of experience.

Announced just ahead of the RWA Conference in August, the project was the brainchild of Tracey O’Hara.

“The Hot Down Under project originally started out as a way to help mentor new writers and soon became much more. We were all extremely thrilled when Momentum came on board,”  said Tracey.

“Erotic fiction has been huge long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along.  It has been selling like hotcakes in the US for many years now. It is great to see an Australian publishing company supporting great genre fiction,” she said.”

‘We always planned to publish extensively in genres like romance and erotic romance when we first launched Momentum. However, we weren’t expecting such a gifted collection of new and established authors to approach us with such an accomplished project,” said Joel Naoum, publisher at Momentum.

“More than anything, this proves that there is a vibrant and talented community of genre writers in this country who are looking for support from their local publishers.”

Due to the nature of digital publishing, Momentum was able to publish the stories within a few months of first receiving the pitch – an amazing turnaround time in today’s publishing environment.

‘Digital publishers are more able to take risks.  It would be impossible to print these short stories individually, the costs would be prohibitive and shelf space in bookshops is extremely competitive,” said Joel.

For more information:

Destiny Romance

Momentum Books

Escape Publishing

Post Conference Spotlight ~ Penguin Group (Australia)

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.

During their Penguin Special Event on Thursday night, our Silver conference sponsor had an exciting announcement.

Now here to to tell us all about it is  – Penguin Group (Australia).


Tell us all about the new Destiny Romance venture?

Destiny Romance is a new digital first, romance imprint – hugely entertaining love stories at the touch of a button. We will publish stories across all the genres – contemporary, historical, paranormal, fantasy, suspense and yes, erotica. They will be compelling reads that will capture hearts and imaginations and provide a great escape from bad TV and the juggle of family, work, pets and (for some, but not all of us), the gym.  Reading Destiny Romance novels will be like enjoying a box of chocolates in front of your favourite DVD – pure and simple pleasure. We will publish two delicious romances every month and have a terrific website that you won’t be able to leave alone. There’ll be lots of conversations with our authors, gossip from the world of romance and writing tips for aspiring romance writers. Destiny Romance will be on Facebook and Twitter – you will be able to follow us everywhere!

Who are your Destiny Authors and tell us a bit about them?

We have signed up a fabulous group of authors, who are all skilled storytellers with wonderful imaginations – all with diverse backgrounds and occupations. Our launch titles and authors are:
The Convenient Bride, a fabulous contemporary romance and debut novel by Jennifer St George of NSW;
Small Town Storm, a thrilling romantic suspence by Elise Ackers of Victoria; Harbinger, a sexy paranormal romance and debut novel by Peta Crake of WA; Wish, a moving rural romance by Kelly Hunter of NSW.
As well as these four, we have signed up Imelda Evans of Victoria for her contemporary romance, Rules Are For Breaking; Carla Caruso of SA for her paranormal romance, Cityglitter; Bernadette Rowley for her fantasy romance, Princess Avenger; and Laird’s Vow, a fabulous Scottish love story, by the brilliant Anne Gracie.


What are your plans for going forward and your vision (e.g. will Destiny remain an e-only venture?)

We have lots of exciting plans for Destiny. Among them is that many of our titles will eventually be turned into physical books as well as ebooks.  Our plans for global domination include turning our authors into stars. We hope to become one of the most popular romance imprints – and one of the biggest. We can see ‘DESTINY ROMANCE’ up on a billboard one day (tee hee).

Are you looking for new authors?  If so, what is the submission process?

We most definitely are! We need lots and lots of new books and authors. We want gorgeous, compelling, romantic stories – page turners with two central characters who are flawed but loveable – with vivid settings, a bit of wickedness and of course, a happy ending. We love humour, we love mystery and we love our heroines to be real women that we can relate to. We love handsome and masculine men. We love unexpected plot developments. We love intense emotions, warmth and charm. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Destiny author, go to http://www.destinyromance.com and see submission guidelines.  Easy-peasy.


 What does Destiny Romance offer that is different to what is already available in the romance marketplace?

Australian voices and some of the best romance writing you’ll find anywhere.  Destiny Romance novels will be fresh and original and have an energy and sense of humour that is unique. The locations will be limited only by the imagination – from red dust/blue sky country, to the glitter of the big city and exotic international locations, like Venice. (Always wanted to go there? Then we recommend you read The Convenient Bride).

Why has Destiny started? What prompted this venture?

It was an idea that was prompted by a mutual interest in romance novels and a friendship between two colleagues at Penguin Books Australia, Carol George and Sarah Fairhall. It grew out of long conversations about movies, books, love affairs, life, writing – and work – over many coffees (and the occasional cocktail). Romance has always been popular and Australian romance writers have always punched well above their weight. We think it’s the right time for an Australian publisher to embrace the romance community and launch an ebook romance imprint entirely devoted to the genre.

How does Destiny tie-in with “mainstream” Penguin?

Destiny Romance is a new digital romance imprint of Penguin Books Australia, which means we’re lucky enough to be an exciting new off-shoot with all the backing and resources of a great publishing company.

Are you looking to work with RWA?

Absolutely. RWA is an exceptional organisation – highly professional, well resourced and very nurturing of emerging writers. Members are passionate about their writing and we are impressed by the fact that while they are looking for individual success, they never fail to celebrate each other’s achievements. We like that.


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Thank you Penguin Group (Australia) and Jennifer St. George.

This was our final conference spotlight. Thank you for staying tuned.  We hope you had a wonderful conference – we know we did.

See you next year at Fremantle!!

 

Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Good morning everyone. Due to needing time to concentrate on my writing this will be my last Cruisin’ the Blog.

We have the delightful Juanita Kees joining the Online Services team and she has kindly offered to take over Cruisin’ and Facebook updates for me. This will also allow me more time to work in other areas to help promote our members both published and unpublished.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last eighteen months and hope you will continue that support with Juanita. Contact details remain the same cruisin@romanceaustralia.com just address all correspondence to Juanita.

RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park

Melbourne

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

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

REGISTRATION

After 31st March 2011

Cost: One-day Seminar $ 140 RWA Members

Cost: One-day Seminar $ 160 RWA Non-Members

ROADSHOW DINNER

(Optional and additional cost for dinner following seminar).

Cost: $44.50

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What’s happening in the world of ‘Who, Where & When’.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 5th April  – Good News Day

WED 6th March – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR 31st March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Tracey O’Hara with giveaway of DEATH”S SWEET EMBRACE.

SAT 2nd April – Darklight On…Emmeline Lock (Q&A)

Julia Burns ~

FRI 1st April – Julia had the pleasure of having author Tansy Rayner visit her blog to chat about all things writing.

Helene Young ~

MON 4th April – Catch up with Helene chatting to Fiona Palmer

TUES 5th April – Helene is interviewing Kate, the heroine in North Star, Karly Lane’s new release novel. It’s a lovely insight into Kate and takes a different look at the story.

April is Aussie Author Month on four blogs and several indie booksellers sites.

Book Thingo

A Writer Goes on a Journey

Fangbooks

Fangtastic

Reading Adventures

The girls from Australian Outback Romances and Mysteries – Bronwyn Parry, Fiona Palmer, Fleur McDonald and me are joining in and you’ll find us at Outback Romance as well as on Their own blogs.

There’ll be heaps of giveaways, interesting blogs and swags of favourite Aussie authors to discover as well as some familiar ones to catch up.

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 4th April – Guest Author: Christina Phillips (she comes bearing gifts for those who leave a comment)

THURS 7th April – Who’s That Girl? interview with Anita Joy (from RWAustralia)

SAT 9th April – “The Tough World of Contest Feedback!” Learn how ‘ADD + DA’ affects you and how to cope with contest feedback.

Mark that date – April 11th !!!– my next guest author is Sara Creasy! For Sci-fi romance addicts, pencil this date in, you do not want to miss out on this interview (and Sara’s generously donated a book as a giveaway).

Paula Roe ~

WED 6th April – Catch up with Paula on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

FRI 8th April – Paula swings by the Silhouette Desire Blog

RWAus Blog ~

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

MON 4th April – Juliet Madison – Author Spotlight – Karly Lane

TUES 5th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Terrie Garey

WED 6th April – Jenn McLeod – Face2Face with … Melbourne Romance Writers Guild

THUR 7th April – Sandie Hudson- Q&A with Dr Debra Holland

FRI 8th April – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Cara Gabri

SUN 9th April – Juanita Kees – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Blogs our Members Regularly Visit ~

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels

Romance Bandits

Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

We Love YA

Wink Girls

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Forbes.com ~

As Kylie Griffin said when she sent this post “Something to aspire to – the Top 10 Highest Earning Authors

Rants & Ramblings ~

This week Rachelle Gardner posted ‘What I’m Looking For’, Update 2011

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great Anna’s Midnight’s Madness!

On Tuesday, 26th April, Anna’s sixth Avon Historical Romance MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION hits the sale stands.

In all her excitement Anna is giving away six signed copies as prizes in her April contest. Visit Anna’s contest page for more information. Contest closes 30th April 2011.

Annie West ~

March 2011 – Curl Up with a Harlequin Presents!

Annie loves discussing favourite stories with other readers and writers. So, for her new contest she’d love to hear about some of your reading favourites.

The winner will receive some great Harlequin Presents/Modern/Sexy reading:

A copy of THE DESERT SHEIKH’S DEFIANT QUEEN, which includes stories by Annie and fellow Presents author Jane Porter.

A signed copy of CARETTI’S FORCED BRIDE by Jennie Lucas, another Presents author, and something sweet to nibble on while enjoying your new books.

Find out more on Annie’s contest page.

Paula Roe ~

March/April 2011 contest

For March/April you have the chance to win:

MAGNATE’S MAKE-BELIEVE MISTRESS by Bronwyn Jameson

and

UNYAMABLE ROGUE by Kelly Hunter

Check out Paula’s contest page for more information

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Congratulations to our First Kiss Finalists:

Elise Ackers

Carol Challis

Carol Hoggart

Fiona Mackenzie Kekic

Bec Sampson x 2

Their entries will be sent  to Debra Dixon ( President of Belle Bridge Books) for final ranking.

Congratulations to all the winner at the ARRA awards:

FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE AUTHOR OF 2010

Anna Campbell

FAVOURITE PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Bonds of Justice – Nalini Singh

FAVOURITE SCI-FI, FANTASY OR FUTURISTIC ROMANCE

Archangel’s Kiss – Nalini Singh

FAVOURITE SHORT CATEGORY ROMANCE

The Billionaire Baby Bombshell – Paula Roe

FAVOURITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE

My Reckless Surrender – Anna Campbell

FAVOURITE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Home is Where the Bark Is – Kandy Shepherd

FAVOURITE EROTIC ROMANCE

Raising the Stakes – Jess Dee

FAVOURITE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Border Watch – Helene Young

FAVOURITE CONTINUING ROMANCE SERIES

Psy/Changeling series – Nalini Singh

Other News

Bronwyn Stuart ~

Bronwyn placed first in the Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Huge congratulations Bronwyn.

Christina Phillips ~

Christina was thrilled during the week when Night Owl Reviews gave CAPTIVE a 41/2 star Top Pick rating. Congratulations Christina.

Erin Grace ~

Erin signed her 5th book contracted, this time with Noble Romance. YAY Erin, very happy for you.

Janet Woods ~

Janet’s novel DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS has been picked up for Portuguese language rights. The sale is to a Brazilian publisher, and Janet’s first to go foreign language. Great news Janet congratulations.

Kaz Delaney ~

Kerri announced during the week that she had been sitting on the news that she had sold her 70k YA novel DEAD, ACTUALLY back in December. Release date March 1212. Congratulations Kaz, that is wonderful news.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie finally has a new name for her Golden Heart/Clendon Award winning/Valerie Parv placing manuscript once known as BLOODBORN: Bk1 of the Light Blade series!

Kylie was informed by her editor, they going with VENGEANCE BORN: A Novel of the Light Blade to be released in February 2012 with Berkley Sensation. Wonderful news Kylie. Congratulations.

Rachael Johns ~

A very excited Rachael announced on Friday the she had received ‘The Call’ for her contemporary Christmas Romance to Carina Press. Racael, this really is wonderful news and so deserved. Congratulations.

Shona Husk ~

Shona has signed her 3rd contact with Samhain. Her new story “Brightwater Blood” is a paranormal novella due for released in 2012. WOOHOO Shona. It’s always great to hear this sort of news.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi looks set for another great contest year placing second behind Bron in Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Fantastic Suzi, looking forward to seeing your name on here a lot more this contest season.

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 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Tuesdays 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLINE Events

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading

Sandie

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