Emerald and Emerald Pro second round

Congratulations to our Emerald and Emerald Pro second round entrants!

Emerald

Rose Celeste
Karina Coldrick
Frances dall’Alba
Wendy Lee Davies
Leanne Francis
Lexi Greene
Georgia Henry
Jillian Jones
Janis Linford
Stella Quinn
Jennifer Raines
Joanne Robertson
Deborah Shattuck
Laura Simpson

Emerald Pro

P.A. Crake
Louise Cusack
Diane Demetre
Darry Fraser
JC Harroway

These second round entrants are submitting their full manuscripts to be judged by our reader judges.

Well done to all who entered – as usual, competition for second round places was tough and the 85% score required to proceed was not easily achieved.

A special mention to the following entrants, who made the cut for the second round but were unable to proceed:
Tanya Kean
Pamela Hancock
Lauren James
Sonia Stanizzo
Sarma Burdeau (Emerald Pro)

All entrants will receive their first round scoresheets shortly. Thanks to our volunteer judges and to the contest manager, Marnie St Clair.

Contest News! Changes to the Emerald…

Emerald Award

The next big contest of the year for our Aspiring and Emerging members is the Emerald, which is open 31 October – 21 November. This special reader-judged contest offers the chance to have your full manuscript evaluated by your target audience.

Our judges are keen romance readers, found in libraries, bookstores, reader organisations like ARRA, trains, offices, couches and bedrooms all over the country—and we’d all love to know what they think of our books!

The first round of the Emerald is for the first 10,000 words (increased from 5,000 for last year) of your unpublished romantic manuscript (10K+). The top 15 entries will progress to the second round, where the full manuscript is judged by our readers.

Three well-deserving finalists will win a reading by our final judge: Rebecca Saunders, Fiction Publisher, Hachette Australia. So get your entries ready!

You’ll be able to enter via a link on the temporary RWA website.

FAQ: Does your manuscript need to be finished to enter the Emerald? Well, we recommend that it is finished, or very close to – because if you make the second round (which is typically announced early in the new year) you’ll be asked to submit the full with only a few days notice.

 

CHANGES TO THE EMERALD PRO for published authors

The Emerald Pro is also open 31 October – 21 November. This is our “Emerald for published authors”, available to our Emerging and Established members who already have works commercially available.

In response to feedback from members, we’re making a few changes for this year.

Originally the Pro was designed to give entrants reader feedback without the stress and risk of publishing – but members also want publishing pathways, as well as prize money, along with the kudos of winning a hard-fought contest. So for this year:

  •  We’re having a third round of judging, by an editor/agent final judge, just like the ‘unpublished’ Emerald. So in addition to getting valuable anonymous feedback from readers, our three finalists will have their full manuscript read by our final judge – Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books.
  • To that end, we’ve removed the requirement that your entry be in a subgenre that you’re not published in. We know you’ll want to put your best work in front of the final judge. So enter whatever subgenre you like – as long as your entry remains unpublished and uncontracted for the duration of the contest.
  • Prize money! We’ve included prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, the same as for the ‘unpublished’ Emerald.

Your first round entry is the first 10,000 words of your unpublished/uncontracted manuscript. The top 15 who make the second round will submit their full manuscript.

As for the Emerald, you’ll be able to enter the Pro via a link on the temporary RWA website.

Awards Night Results 2016

Once again, our conference organisers hosted a wonderful conference dinner and glorious award presentation.

Thank you to our conference committee for organising and managing such a great event.  We must also thank our lovely president, Leisl Leighton, who MC’d the evening for us.

We started by congratulating the winners of the Cover Contest, the Ripping Start, Selling Synopsis, First Kiss, Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Awards, all of which were decided and announced during the year.  (If you would like to revisit the winners and finalists, there are links at the end of this post.)  Thank you to Michael Hauge, Erica Hayes, Joanne Grant, Pauline Johnston, Sarah E Younger, Tricia Sargant and Lis Hoorweg for presenting those awards.

Then we moved onto the awards that are saved for the big reveal at the conference, which this year included the ROMA, The Valerie Parv Award, The Emerald, The Emerald Pro, The Ruby (in all its various categories), the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award and a Life Member Award. We also announced the covers from our members’ books that we voted as our favourites in several categories.  Thank you to Leisl Leighton, Valerie Parv, Jo McAllister, Esi Sogah, Erica Hayes, Kerri Lane, Michael Hauge, Annie Lynch, Nikoo McGoldrick, Jim McGoldrick, Amy Andrews and Anita Joy for presenting these awards.  Thanks too, to Anne Gracie for the famous and much-loved ‘stand ups’!

I must also take this opportunity to thank Erica Hayes and all the volunteer members of the contest team of RWA, without whom, our contest season could not happen.

And now, for the results, drumroll please…

The Cover Contest competition, judged by our members.  As authors, we often have very little control over our covers, so we are always grateful when the cover fairies (otherwise known as the artists and publishers who create the art) bless us.  This year, our most blessed books, as judged by our members, were: (if you’d like to see the covers in question, you can find them here.

Favourite Contemporary Romance Cover:

Operation White Christmas – Nicki Edwards – Pan MacMillan

Favourite Erotic/Sexy Romance Cover:

The Veiled Heart – Elsa Holland – Self Published: Artist, Hang Le

Favourite Historical Romance Cover:

The King’s Man – Alison Stuart – Escape Publishing

Favourite NA/YA Romance Cover:

The Finn Factor – Rachel Bailey – Entangled Embrace

Favourite Paranormal Romance Cover:

The Shattered Court – M J Scott – Penguin/ROC

Favourite Romantic Elements Cover:

Pretty Famous – Carla Caruso – Harper Impulse

Favourite Romantic Suspense Cover:

Storm Clouds – Bronwyn Parry – Hachette Australia

Favourite Rural Romance Cover:

Summer and the Groomsman – Cathryn Hein – Self-published. Artist Kellie Dennis, Book Cover by Design.

Congratulations to all these members for having great luck with the cover fairies and to the publishers who commissioned and artists who created these gorgeous covers.

 

The Roma Award for Media

The finalists for the ROMA Award 2016 were:

Danielle Binks; 

It takes a village to write a romance: the surprising rise of collaborative fiction.”

and

By any other name: the secret lives of romance authors.

 The Wheeler Centre

“The F word: A live podcast, featuring Kate Bell, Kat Mayo and Beth Driscoll”

The ROMA is an award to recognise professional, positive media coverage of the romance industry. It was launched by Romance Writers of Australia (Inc) (RWA) to help recognise and acknowledge those members of the media who reach beyond the cliché in their reporting on romance writers, releases or industry. In determining the winner, the award selection panel look at the angle of the article, the quality of research, the representation of romance and the ‘reach’ of the piece.  Any RWA member can nominate a media piece that they feel stands out as particularly worthy.

And the ROMA was awarded to:

Danielle Binks, for BOTH her pieces – they tied!

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The Valerie Parv Award (VPA) 

Highly Commended:

Bloodlines – Jess Langhorne

By Love Undone – Samara Kelly

His Bargained-for Bride – Jodie Morphett

3rd Place: Starborn – Samantha Wicks

2nd Place: Demon Curse – Raewyn Bright

And the winner and the new minion is…

1st Place, VPA – Fighting Spirit – Chris Weston

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The Emerald Award

3rd Place: The Shooting Star – Frances Dall’Alba

2nd Place: Alpine Kisses – Laura Boon

1st Place: Island Redemption – Suzanne Cass

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Emerald Pro

1st Place: A Suitcase, a Smile and a Lie – Katy Scott

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The Lyn Wilding Meritorious Service Award.

The LWA is named in honour of RWA’s first president, Lyn Wilding, and honours our wonderful volunteers.  In this sense, it is not won, but awarded, as all our volunteers and all the nominees are winners in our eyes.  This year, those nominated included Linda Brown, Daniel DeLorne, Imelda Evans, Erica Hayes, Delwyn Jenkins, Jillian Jones and Vicki Vuat.  We would like to thank all of them for their service, and the members who took to the trouble to nominate them.  We appreciate all your efforts.  But the award can only go to one and this year the recipient is:

Daniel DeLorne

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New Life Member

In honour of her long history of sharing her expertise and experience with RWA, we are delighted to announce our newest Life Member:

Valerie Parv

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Ruby Award for Romantic Book of the Year

Ruby Novella Finalists:

Misletoe Maverick – Shannon Curtis – self-published

Silk and Scars – Cassandra Dean – Decadent Publishing

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

Pursued by a Rogue – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

And the Ruby goes to:

What a Bachelor Needs – Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sweet Finalists:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

You for Christmas – Madeline Ash – Tule Publishing

Still Married to her Ex – Lucy Clark – HM&B Medical

Home to Bindara Creek – Juanita Kees – Self Published

Reach for the Stars – Kerrie Patterson – Self Published

And the Ruby goes to:

The Secret Son (Retitled as The Montana Son) – Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing

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Ruby Short Sexy finalists:

Tribal Law – Shannon Curtis – Australian Romance Readers Association

The Wedding Bargain – Yvonne Lindsay – Harlequin Desire

Pretend It’s Love – Stephanie London – Entangled Lovestruck

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter – Annie West – HM&B Sexy

And the Ruby goes to:

Never Surrender – Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite

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Ruby Long Romance finalists:

Rise – Karina Bliss – Self Published

The Spring Bride – Anne Gracie – Berkley/Penguin Random House

Kakadu Sunset – Annie Seaton – Pan MacMillan Australia

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

And the Ruby goes to:

Lethal in Love – Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

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Ruby Romantic Elements finalists:

A Dangerous Arrangement – Lee Christine – Escape Publishing

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

Pay the Piper – Mary Brock Jones – Self Published

Between the Vines – Tricia Stringer – Harlequin MIRA

And the Ruby goes to:

The Patterson Girls – Rachel Johns – Harlequin MIRA

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Finally, here are the links for the previously announced competitions:

Ripping Start Results 2016

Selling Synopsis Results 2016

First Kiss Results 2016

Little Gems and Little Gems Cover Results 2016

 

And then we all boogied our celebrations at the Escape after-party till they kicked us out!

Congratulations to all the winners and recipients and to all those admiring them from afar, make sure you enter next year.  You have to be in it to win it!

 

 

Emerald Finalists

We are delighted to announce the finalists in this year’s Emerald Award.

The Emerald is our annual award for RWA members who are unpublished in fiction over 10k words.  It is unique among our contests in that it requires the submission of a full manuscript (for those who make it to the second round).  So these three people have made it through two rounds and a lot of volunteer reading by dedicated romance readers to get to this stage.

So without further ado, let us congratulate (in alphabetical order):

Laura Boon

Suzanne Cass

Frances dall’Alba

The finalists’ entries will now go to the final judge, Sue Brockhoff, Head of Publishing, Harlequin Australia.  The placings will be announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August.

Thanks to our contest manager, judges co-ordinator, volunteer judges and all the fabulous RWA volunteers who make our contest season happen.

Emerald Finalists

We are delighted to announce the finalists in this year’s Emerald Award.  Their manuscripts are now winging their way to our final judge, Malle Vallik, Director, Harlequin Digital (Toronto).

Congratulations and best of luck to:

Kerrie Paterson
Joanne Robertson
PJ Vye

and thanks, as always, to the army of volunteers without whom our contest season could not run.

 

Emerald Second Round

It’s busy contest time here at RWA!

The latest results we have to share are those clever writers who have made it to the second round in the Emerald and our brand-spanking new Emerald Pro contests.  Both of these are for complete manuscripts, but as a first step, the entrants submit a partial manuscript.  If their partial makes it past the eagle eyes of our judges, they then have five days to submit the full manuscript, which are in turn whittled down to a list of finalists.  All of these people below have made it over the first hurdle, so we need to congratulate them and wish them all the best for the next round!  And here they are:

Emerald:
Josephine Allen
JP Combe
Frances Dall’Alba
Lexi Greene
Georgia Henry
Jo Kelsey
Dianna Lennox
Kerrie Paterson
Sue Price
Joanne Robertson (x2)
Annabelle Rose
Lisa Stanbridge
PJ Vye
Emerald Pro:
Heidi Catherine
Morgan Cole
Tess LeSue
Well done to everyone who entered, and thanks as always to the contest manager, Marnie MacLean, and all our judges.

Event Announcements

Hello and welcome back! With the excitement of RWA 2013 now a happy memory, it’s time to start planning for next year. A huge congratulations and thank you to the 2013 Conference team, volunteers, sponsors, presenters and delegates who made it possible to ride the waves of romance in the beautiful town of Fremantle. I hope you enjoyed the delights Western Australia has to offer.

RWA Conference 2014

Romance Rocks!

4 days. 30+ workshops. Over 300 writers, editors, agents and publishing industry professionals. One epic conference.  Join us in Sydney with guest speakers; thriller writer and writing craft author, James Scott Bell, along with award-winning, best-selling romantic adventure author, Cherry Adair.

When: August 7-10 2014
Where: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog and website for more information.

Contests

RWAus contest season is now open and we have a ripping new contest for our unpublished writers. Closing dates for the 2013-14 contest season:

Ripping Start 6 September 2013
Selling Synopsis 22 November 2013
Emerald Award 22 November 2013
Little Gems 31 January 2014
First Kiss 14 February 2014
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2014

Awards

The EllaPrint

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

The RUBYPrint

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

Keeping up Appearances

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne.

When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Writers VictoriaCost: M $325 NM $390

FMI + bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/writing-romance/

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.

In September, and again in November, CAE is running Beverly Eikli’s Short Course, Write Romance and Sell it:

Do you want to write a romance novel? Do you have a manuscript or two gathering dust? Multi-published and award-winning romance author Beverley Eikli will help you develop that kernel of an idea that sells a romance. Learn practical devices to improve plot, pacing and presentation, as well as how to pitch to traditional publishers, e-publishers, independents and small press. Beverley will also discuss self-publishing, changing markets and what editors are looking for.

When: 10.00am-1.00pm

Cost: 4 sessions Full Fee: $320.00 | Concession: $310.00 Find out more on their website.

AUGUST 2013

Friday 30 August – SYDNEY

Throbbing Hearts Trivia Night – 6.30 to 11.00 pm

Cost: $8.50

To book: website

WORKSHOP EVENT – with Jenn J McLeod & others incl. Kate Cuthbert – Escape Publishing. A one-day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

When: 10am – 4pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: Full Price: $90; Member (NSW WC): $65; Conc Member: $55

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains. Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses.

FMI + Bookings: http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/courses/open-access-selling-your-book-in-the-digital-age/

Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events

Workshops

Fiction Fundamentals – a one-day writing intensive workshop. Inform. Excite. Ignite. Register for Fiction Fundamentals

Are you committed to writing, but not sure how to get started? You have a story idea, and are overwhelmed by the complexity of the header narrowtask? Or you’ve started, maybe even published, and you want to explore and improve your craft? Perhaps you’re considering the path of self-publishing?

The Write Chicks are multi-published romance fiction authors, Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe. Together, they have over 12 years’ writing experience. They will be joined by Jennifer Brassel, published author and creative writing instructor and for one day these professional authors will share their experience and techniques for writing and publishing in an intensive seminar designed to boost your own skills and knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or wanting to hone your craft, this writing boot camp will deliver value for money. Three authors. Intense, comprehensive sessions. One event.

Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

Brisbane Writers Festival brings a page-turning experience to Brisbane from 4-8 September.

Romance Writers of Australia will launch the 2013 Little Gems Sapphire Anthology at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Enjoy readings from this annual publication that celebrates the best romantic short stories.

When: 10-11AM.Print

Date: Sunday, 8 September.

Venue: Red Box, State Library of QLD.

Tickets: Free.

Romance Writers of Australia will present popular romance blogger and critic Sarah Wendell in discussion with New York Times best-selling author, Nalini Singh at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Time: 1-2pm, Date: Sunday, 8 September.

Venue: Auditorium 1, State Library of QLD.

Tickets: $12-$16.

  • Melbourne Writers Festival 22 August – 1 September 2013

The Melbourne Writers Festival is the City of Literature’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival runs from Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 1 September 2013. Our Schools’ Program takes place from Monday 26 August 2013 to Thursday 29 August 2013.

  • Random House Events

Keep up to date with Random House Australia’s calendar of events including upcoming author appearances, tour dates and special events.

  • Penguin House Events May – October 2013

Penguin have a list of author appearances up on their website – including Cathryn Hein and Kylie Griffin.

  • Literary Festivals and Events May 2013

For more festival and writing fun, Literary Festivals has a calender packed full of workshops and events.

Online Events

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

A Day in the Writing Life of… Maggie Gilbert

Welcome to another Day in the Writing Life of one of our RWA members. Today we welcome Maggie Gilbert.

Maggie Gilbert In one or two sentences, please tell us what genre you write in and what made you decide that particular one is your calling.

I write YA, NA and Adult contemporary romances set in Australia, mainly rural and small town/suburbs. This is a place and time I live in, so I feel comfortable writing about it. I love a good pop culture reference and finding familiar things in stories (big Stephen King fan) so that’s probably got a bit to do with it.

What time of the day do you write? Are you a morning, night-owl or anytime writer?

I tend to write at night, because I have a day job. On weekends, though, I will write as much as I can, at any time of day.

Where do you write? Do you have your own special place? Does the location vary?

I have a desk in our bedroom, next to my side of the bed, which is base camp – see photo. I also write at cafes, libraries, the food court at the mall etc, depending on family weekend plans.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser? Do you edit as you go or prefer to edit after completion of the ms?

I’m a bitzer. 🙂  I do a lot of planning and thinking but I don’t mind letting it rip here and there to see what happens. I write a mini synopsis and blurb fairly early in the process to make sure my story actually works and isn’t just an idea that won’t stay the distance. I usually read over at least the last part of the previous day’s words and then keep writing from there, but I only fix anything super ugly at this stage. After I finish the manuscript I let it sit for a bit then go back and revise, before sending it to my Critique Partners.

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?

I am always on the lookout for evocative photos of people and places and I stick any I like around my desk. I sometimes use a mind map/brainstorming technique with coloured pens and flow charts and scribble. I scribble stuff down a lot.

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?

Laptop, notebook, giraffe, pens, RWA mug

Is your writing space messy, organized or somewhere in between? Are you prepared to show evidence of your claim with a desk photo?

Maggie's DeskThe photo is pretty accurate for when I’m writing. It’s the messy end of the spectrum I guess – when I’m writing I don’t notice much else. (Just quietly, I’m not sure Maggie understands the meaning of messy… Ed.)

What’s the last thing you do before you finish your daily writing session?

Usually I’ll make a short note about what’s next. Then I save and back up. Always.

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Maggie Gilbert has won the RWAustralia Single Title Emerald Award in 2009 and  the RWAmerica’s Connecticut Chapter The Write Stuff Contest YA Section 2011

Riding On AirHer latest release is a YA rural horsey romance out now with Escape Publishing called Riding on Air.

Horses, best friends and a gorgeous boy – every 16 year old girl’s dream. But will all Melissa’s dreams come true or is heartbreak on the horizon?

You can find Riding on Air at the Escape website.

You can find Maggie on the web at  www.maggiegilbert.com

Emerald Finalists, Single Title Section

Congratulations to our Emerald Award Single Title finalists!

 

Michelle De Rooy

CT Green

Christine Taylor

 

Their entries are heading to Erika Tsang of Avon for placing. Winners are announced at the conference in August.

Many thanks to Deb Cox who not only stepped in at the last minute to manage the contest but also struggled with multiple postal delays.

 

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

It’s been hectic in the newsroom this week! Enrico and Clint have been running themselves ragged to the inbox and back with exciting titbits for  Cruisin’.  Congratulations to all our members on their wonderful news. Now, let’s curl up next to the fire with chocolate, champagne and our line up of great blogs to read.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.


50K in 30 Days Challenge

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum and in Cruisin’ with RWA from May 15 on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 11 – A Day in the Writing Life of Sharon Sherry – Suzanne Hamilton

May 13 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 15 – Little Gems 2012 Author Donna Woodhouse – Jenn J McLeod

May 16 – HT Archives – Sandra Harris

May 17 – 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

July 30 – THE ROSE’S BLOOM is the first installment in Danielle Lisle’s ROGUES OF DECEPTION series by Total E Bound Publishing.

Likened by her family to a carriage horse, Lady Claire knew gentlemen only considered her a possible match due to the rich dowry her father dangled in their faces. She had accepted this, until a mysterious man introduces her to a world of passion and pleasure.

September 2012THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

 Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

November 30 – TREE CHANGE (Breathless Press) by Téa Cooper.

When Cassia’s first sculpture exhibition – Coastal Renaissance – is a runaway success she is forced to leave her idyllic beach side life with Jake and move to Sydney to further her career. What she doesn’t expect is that Jake will immediately replace her with his brother’s wife, Madeleine.

December 2012 – LAST CHANCE PROPOSAL (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

  • New Contracts

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

Severn House UK has offered Janet Woods a contract for her ‘work in progress’ I’LL GET BY, the third book in the TALL POPPIES trilogy.
The trilogy covers the first and second world wars, and the depression in between. The second book in the trilogy SECRETS AND LIES has been released early. Severn House has also requested the electronic rights to eleven of Janet’s early books with them.

Erin Grace  has signed a five book contract with Knox Robinson Publishing, UK. Within these five, there is a book and sequel, plus her first ever Trilogy (title yet to be confirmed). They are all historical romance. Erin is cheduled to be published in 2013, however Knox Robinson has requested a sixth book – a Christmas orientated historical for release this Christmas.

Tamara Gill received ‘the call’ this week from Crimson Romance (Adams media) who have accepted her single title Time Travel Regency Romance,  A STOLEN SEASON for publication. 

 

  • Contest Finalists

Elizabeth Rose’s THE WEDDING PARTY finalled in the Traditional section of the Golden Quill Contest. Results will be announced on June 1. 

Carolyn De Ridder finalled in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in MysterySuspense with her entry THE HOSTAGE.

RWAustralia is  pleased to announce the finalists in the 2012 Romantic Book of The Year Award. In alphabetical order within the individual sections they are:

Short Sweet
Molly Cooper’s Dream Date – Barbara Hannay
How To Save a Marriage In a Million – Leonie Knight
Abby and The Bachelor Cop – Marion Lennox
Single Dad’s Triple Trouble – Fiona Lowe

Short Sexy
The Fearless Maverick – Robyn Grady
The Man She Loves to Hate – Kelly Hunter
The Wedding Charade – Melanie Milburne
Her Not-So-Secret-Diary – Anne Oliver

Long Romance
Midnight’s Wild Passion – Anna Campbell
Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe
The Best Laid Plans – Sarah Mayberry
The Voyagers – Mardi McConnochie

Romantic Elements
The Trader’s Wife – Anna Jacobs
The Shelly Beach Writers’ Group – June Loves
Busted In Bollywood – Nicola Marsh
Shattered Sky – Helene Young

Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at National Conference, Gold Coast, Saturday 18th August 2012.

RWA Emerald Award Single Title finalists:

Michelle De Rooy
CT Green
Christine Taylor

Congratulations! Their entries are heading to Erika Tsang of Avon for placing. Winners are announced at the conference in August. Many thanks to Deb Cox who not only stepped in at the last minute to manage the contest but also struggled with multiple postal delays.

Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012

Time:11am

Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA

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When: Wednesday June 6

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA

FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.

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When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA

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  • Shona Husk and Michelle Diener

Perth-based paranormal romance writer Shona Husk and historical fiction writer Michelle Diener will be doing a joint signing

When: Saturday May 19

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Where: Temptation the Romance Bookstore, Lot 13 Crossways Shopping Centre, 184 Rokeby Rd. Subiaco WA

Contact: (08) 9388 8535 or e-mail temptationbooks@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

 Anna was interviewed at Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog this week as she winged her way across the seas into the UK at the end of the coldest April on record.
This week on Friday Feast we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. I’m talking about mums and sharing a gorgeous savoury tart recipe, perfect for Sunday lunch. Much deliciousness to be had!
Drop in to the Darkside for a peek at the usual line up of good news and magic.
Over at Historical Hearts this week Maggi Andersen blogged about 19th Century English Food with a recipe for Pea Soup with Bacon and Herbs from 1811.

Juliet is hosting a special event, Mouthwatering May, where she’ll be combining her love of food and books. Every comment left on the blog goes into the draw for prizes at the end of the month. There will be authors sharing excerpts of their work, guest author interviews, craft articles, food-themed books, and more.

May 12 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Half-Light City series (M.J.Scott)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author?
Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 14 – GUEST AUTHOR: Bronwen Evans – Bronwen’s latest release INVITATION TO SCANDAL is now out! Find out more about her Kensington Brava historical romance.

At Mission Romance this week we are talking Fantastical Creatures with Marsha A. Moore, author of  THE ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE Series.
Erin Grace is guest blogging over at Novel Adventurers and telling us about her escapades in period costume.

On Tuesday Paula was a guest at Tote Bags n Blogs about ‘serial lovers’ – do you love related/links books and if so, why?  This month sees the reissue of the DIAMONDS DOWN UNDER series, with the first three stories in one volume.

Paula has started a brand-new column called Midweek Technique which will be devoted to all things writerly. The first one kicked off with
Nine Points of Trust.

Rachael on the topic of What a Writer does when they’re Not Writing
Vonnie was a guest this week at Jean Drew’s Adventures in Authorland

 

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cathryn Hein
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Love Cats Down Under

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Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.

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Enrico’s quote of the week

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

Regards Juanita

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