Love Gone Wild – Know your characters through astrology.

It’s written in the stars…come to Love Gone Wild to find out more.

Ever hit the halfway mark and feel like the story drags? Often it is because we don’t know our characters well enough. If you don’t understand what drives them, it’s difficult to come up with the right type of crisis to throw their way. Star signs will help you write more believable protagonists; understand their motivation; create conflicts that really matter; and take your characters on the journey they need to go on in order to find their happy ending.

Join Joanne Tracey and find out about this interesting topic to help strengthen your characters.

Registrations for Love Gone Wild close soon – register now at:  



Love Gone Wild – Registrations open March 29, 2017

We are excited to let you know that registrations for RWA’s 26th Annual Conference open this Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 12.00pm AEST (midday QLD Time). Full program and session details will be available online on Wednesday and in next month’s Hearts Talk.  See you in Brisbane for Love Gone Wild.

Who’s excited?


Love Gone Wild – Author round tables

At the Love Gone Wild conference, come along and meet an author. These intimate round table sessions will enable you to ask an author about their work, processes, their publisher and publishing experience, their genre, and more.

We have twenty successful and sought-after authors, covering a broad range of genres for you to select from during registration. Participating authors will be listed on our website when registrations open.

Come and spend time with an author who specialises in rural, historical, suspense or contemporary romance; or maybe choose to spend time with an author who publishes with Penguin, Mills&Boon, Hachette or Harlequin; or you could spend time with an author who’s had self-publishing success, written series after series or has over 100 books published. Your choices are broad and exciting.

You will also have the option to be added to a waitlist if you miss out on your first choice. We will let you know if a place becomes available closer to conference.

 Author round tables – where knowledge and experience is shared.  Don’t miss out!

Love Gone Wild – They’re back!

Another exciting Love Gone Wild conference announcement.

So are you ready to duel? Duelling in the ages of romance was a hit last year in Adelaide and we are lucky enough to bring them again to this year’s conference.

Get to know the differences between a Longsword and a Side-sword, or the Rapier and the Sabre. When violence in your story is necessary, come and find out what your best options are.

Shay McAulay, founder of the Brisbane Duellist Society, and Nic Harrison will have you step back in time and demonstrate historical combat.

This interactive session is not to be missed.


FINAL CALL – #RWAus17 Workshop Submissions Closing



Submission for #RWAus17 close on December 31, 2016.

We have been mustering a diverse herd of talented professionals for the 26th RWA Annual Conference – Love Gone Wild.

But are you the stray runaway we’re waiting on to join the pack?

We are cracking the whip one last time.

Our team is planning #RWAus17 to be the best conference ever and want to utilise our community of talented authors and professionals. Stop grazing out in the pastures, frolicking in the ocean or flitting about in the skies – get your workshop, panel or roundtable submissions to us now.

This is the final call for submissions before we dust off our boots, shut the gate and finalise our tremendous program.

Jump in – hooves, feathers, scales and all … Don’t miss out. Because come December 31st the opportunity to submit will be GOING, GOING, GONE!

Submit Now at

Submissions close on Dec 31st, 2016.

LoveGoneWild #RWAus17

August 11-13, 2017



Or, for the acronym-challenged, Romance Writers of Australia at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival!

This year, RWA is presenting two events at BWF.

The first is the official Little Gems launch:

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.

Time: 10-11AM.

Date: Sunday, 8 September.

Venue: Red Box, State Library of QLD. Tickets:



The second sounds fabulous and will doubtless be doubly popular with those who couldn’t make it to Perth or Melbourne to see Sarah, or NZ to see Nalini.

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.


Hope you can make it!

Event Announcements

If you have a writing class, book-signing, competition, blog hop, library talk or any other exciting event coming up, please share it with us at


Grand prize $10000 & publication with Quirk Books, full novel-length ms featuring fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional love stories (no vampires, sorry). For official rules & full contest details see the downloadable entry form. Contest deadline October 1, 2013

Turn up the heat on your writing career. This contest is open to any unpublished/uncontracted romance manuscript by all authors.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript reviewed by two professional editors at The Author’s Red Room. For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at . For questions please email

Keeping up Appearances

  • Writing Romance with Anne Gracie – Sunday August 4, September 8, October 6

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:

  • 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:

  • 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.


New Releases August 2013

Looking for something to read? Check out these great NEW releases from our members

ARRA Book Signing Event

BSE3 I'll be signing 400

The Australian Romance Readers Association will be hosting a book-signing event in Fremantle, WA this August. It will be held in conjunction with the Romance Writers of Australia conference, and will run from 5.00–6.30 pm on Saturday 17 August at the Esplanade Hotel. The event will be open to the public, with an entry fee of just $7 ($5 for ARRA members). Entry will also include a ticket in our lucky door prize draw for the chance to win one of several prize baskets.

Registration for readers is now open – registration information is available here.

Claytons Conference 2013image

Registrations are now open for RWA’s 2013 The Claytons BE THE BOOK Online Conference!

This year’s amazing line-up includes:

  • Alexandra Sokoloff-Keynote Speaker on the 3 Act 8 Scene Story Structure
  • Sue Grimshaw-of Random House’s Loveswept & Flirt lines on The Quick Pitch
  • Mel Tescho-ARRA Nominee on Sensual Tension Regardless of Genre
  • Zana Bell-on the Grommet’s Guide to Publishing
  • And Australia’s own Queen of Romance Valerie Parv-on The Revision Maze

Don’t miss out! Register now at

Writer’s Classes, Groups and Library Events


August 2013

  • Sunday August 11 – Love and Landscapes: Writing Rural Romance

When: 10:30am-4:30pm

Where: QWC Offices, Level 2, State Library of QLD (QLD Writers Centre)

Cost: M $110 NM $160 C $144

FMI + bookings: OR call 07 3842 9922

  • Saturday August 17 –How to Wow them with Your Pitch

When: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Auditorium 2, State Library of QLD

Cost: $65

FMI + bookings:!-them-with-your-pitch/ OR call 07 3842 9922

  • Thursday 8 August –Introduction to Scrivener

When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: South Australian Writers Centre

Cost: M $55 NM $80

FMI + bookings:

  • Thursday August 1 –Nuts & Bolts: The Mechanics of Becoming a Writer & Establishing a Sustainable Career (Byron Bay Writers Festival)

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: SCU Room, Byron Community Centre

Cost: M $60 NM $75

FMI + bookings:

RWA Conference

Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

Riding the Waves

Riding the Waves

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

For prices, conference details and the online registration form, please head to our web site:

Featuring Julia Quinn, Kim Hudson, Nina Bruhns, Sarah Wendell, Laura Bradford and Abby Zidle – and an amazing workshop program – Riding the Waves promises to be an unmissable event.

Early Bird registration is now closed.

Want to keep up to date? Join our email list

Special Events

  • Brisbane Writers Festival: 4-8 September 2013

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

  • Byron Bay Writers Festival:  2-4 August 2013

Indications are that 2013 will be the first year the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival sells  its entire quota of Early Bird discounted 3 Day Passes! If you haven’t already secured yours, move fast.

  • 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 May – July 2013

Foodies are in for a treat in May with Julie Goodwin and Curtis Stone on the menu, not to mention Kate Forsyth talking about her latest book THE WILD GIRL. Featured in June is Jaye Ford and her novel SCARED YET? And in July, Michael Pryor (The Extraordinaires 2: The Subterranean Stratagem) has a number of workshop activities to help ensure your characters, location and plotting can last the distance of a longer story.

  • 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:

Cruisin’ with RWA

Can you believe it’s Thursday again? It won’t be long before we’ll all be rolling in chocolate as Easter swings by. Share your Easter Holiday blogs by dropping us an email at


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

March 23  – Blog Bites with Suzanne Brandyn – Kerri Williams

March 24 – A Blog Post from Sandie Hudson

March 25  – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees 

March 26 – Conference Spotlight: Dr John BarlettaEleni Konstantine

March 27– Conference Spotlight: Kate Cuthbert – Eleni Konstantine

March 28 – Author Spotlight on Fiona Palmer – Juliet Madison

March 29 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ the News

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

  • New releases

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

March 15 – Annie Seaton  celebrated the release of two of her novels: Holiday Affair and Winter of the Passion Flower.

  • New Contracts

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

Susanne Bellamy signed a contract with Lyrical Press last week for her debut release White Ginger, a third prize winner in the 2011 Emerald Contest.

  • New Cover

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

  • Guest Appearances

Share the details of your talks, book signings and guest appearances in our Keeping Up Appearances section of this blog and on our Events Page.

  • First Kiss Contest Finalists

Congratulations to:

Angela Bissell

Marilyn Forsyth

Natalie Moress

Ainslie Paton

Kerrie Starbuck

Anita Weeks

Congratulations and thanks to Kasey Rowe for successfully managing her first contest. Agent Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds LLC will decide final placings.
The First Kiss Contest is generously sponsored by Michael and Desley Ahern. Thanks goes to Lis Hoorweg, RWA Contest Co-ordinator for another job well done.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

“Start channelling your inner Italian because this week on Friday Feast, RWA President and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Bailey is talking the snack food that every loves, pizza. Rachel is also giving one lucky commenter the chance to win a copy of her new Harlequin Desire release, WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON, which hits the shelves Downunder this month. So grab an espresso or latte and come join the that’s amore fun!”

March 22 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Annie Seaton with giveaway of Winter of the Passion Flower

March 25 – Weekly overview

March 26 – Winner of Annie’s giveaway

March 27 – GOOD NEWS DAY

March 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Astrid Cooper with one of her m/m ebooks

March 24 – Month of Hot Heroes (Heat 4)

March 27 – TOPIC: AN AUTHOR’S LIFE…with Bec McMaster (Sourcebooks Aussie steampunk author)

March 31 – Month of Hot Heroes (Final)

Theory on Thursday


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane


Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Monique Wood
  2. Monya Mary Clayton
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Writing up a Storm
  5. Imelda Evans
  6. Whitney K-E


Cruisin’ for Contests

Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

Valerie Parv Award 23 April – 4 May 2012 (or until contest fills)


Cruisin’ the Learning Highway

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


 Keeping up Appearances

Do you have a guest appearance, launch or blog tour coming up? We’d like to share your celebration here. Simply email us the details and we’ll help you keep up appearances.

  • March 27 – Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs – talk with books for sale and signing.

Where: Wanneroo Library, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo WA 6065

When: 11am

FMI & Bookings: (08) 9405 5900


RWA Events and Conferences

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


Enrico’s quote of the week

Passion makes the world go round.  Love just makes it a safer place.  ~Ice T, The Ice Opinion, quoted in Reader’s Digest, “Quotable Quotes,” February 2002


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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