2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists

Congratulations to the 2017 Valerie Parv Award finalists!

Kali Anthony
Fiona Marsden
Emily Michel
Miranda Morgan
Joanna Nell
Meg Quilty

The finalist entries will now be judged by bestselling Australian romance author and superstar writing coach Valerie Parv AM. The placegetters will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Love Gone Wild Conference.

A big thank you to Jo McAlister for organising the contest, and to all our volunteer judges, who have provided some amazing feedback this year.

Congratulations and well done to all our entrants – the VPA is a tough contest and it’s an achievement even to have entered. Entrants will start receiving their scoresheets via email later this week. We hope your judging feedback helps you improve!


Ripping Start results

Congratulations to our Ripping Start placegetters! As judged by Lucy Bell, Editor, Pantera Press:

1st: Miranda Morgan
2nd: Tamar Sloan
3rd: Tania Holland
4th: Bree Verity
5th: Bernice Greenham
6th: Elizabeth Squire

Thanks to Lucy Bell for providing such generous feedback for our finalists, and for inviting them to submit to Pantera Press. Thanks to Cat Whelan for her time and effort in running an efficient and timely contest. And well done to all who entered!

Ripping Start Finalists!

It’s my great pleasure to announce the finalists in the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 Ripping Start Contest. And they are *drumroll*:

Sarma Burdeu

Jennifer Ensor 

Jo McAlister

Elvina Payet

Cassandra Pennington

Kerrie Ptolemy

Victoria Steele

We had seven make the cut this year as there was a tie for sixth place.

The final round will be judged by Clare Forster of Curtis Brown.

Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists!

Thanks to Sandra Harris, Leisl Leighton, Margaret Midwood and all of our judges for their role in making the contests run.

RWA Member’s News in Review Part 2

Welcome to the second of my now three-part post of 2010 RWA Members News in Review. This week we look back at who received the great reviews and who made the finalist list in contests. I had originally planned to have the Bestsellers List included in this post, but the list was growing too long. So we will be back with Part 3 next week.

If I inadvertently missed your news please add it to the comments as we would love to celebrate all our member’s achievements for 2010.

Sorry I missed this Special Celebration announcement last week.

Special Celebration

Nicola Marsh ~ celebrated her 25th book sale milestone with her May 2011 release ‘Sex, Gossip and Rock & Roll’ for M&B new Riva series.




Anna Campbell ~ received an amazing review in the January Australian Woman’s Weekly.

‘No one writes big, bold, gutsy, historical romance like this Australian author. Campbell’s writing has an engaging darkness and this tale of the handsome, but tortured, Sir Gideon and a suffering waif who is really an heiress, is hugely entertaining.’

Heather Brown ~ ‘Purr-fect Seduction’ – 5 Cups from Coffee Time Romance.

Jane Beckenham ~ a fantastic review ffrom Long and Short Reviews, for ‘Romeo For Hire’.

Jennifer Lynne ~ ‘Seducing Serena’ (part of an anthology from Red Sage) 4 stars from Romantic Times.

Maggie Anderson ~ a great review from Single Titles for  ‘Rules of Conduct’.

Maree Anderson ~ ‘Even Demons Get the Blues’ – fantastic review from Joyfully Reviewed.


Erica Hayes ~ ‘SHADOWGLASS’ – 4 stars, Romantic Times Reviews .

“Take an unbelievably sexy fae heroine who thinks she’s a geek and a blue metalfae, and you have one steamy urban fantasy in the latest Shadowfae Chronicle. The unique characters have few morals and are totally engaging, and a colourful alternate world in contemporary Melbourne is the perfect spot for the magical, fast-paced plot.”

Erica also received a great review from Publisher Weekly for ‘SHADOWGLASS’.

“This engaging sequel to 2009’s Shadowfae weaves rich sensual imagery and dark eroticism into a breathless thriller plot…

…Hayes’s characters have distinct and delightful voices, and she’s developed considerable skill at blending the gritty and the supernatural.”

H. C Brown ~ ‘Purr-fect Seduction’ – another great review from The Pagan & The Pen.


Anna Jacobs ~ ‘In Focus’ – an outstanding review from Booklist, premiere reviewer for US library system.

Erin Grace ~ a 4 Heart review for her Historical Romance ‘Secrets’ from The Romance Studio.

Heather Brown ~ ‘Pur-fect Seduction’ – more great reviews throughout the year. In March it was from You Gotta read Reviews.

Heather Brown ~ 4 Diamond review for her historical romance ‘Betrothed to the Enemy’ from Got Erotic Romance.

Heather Brown ~ You Gotta Read Reviews –  a great review for ‘My Purr-fect Alphas’.

Janet Woods ~ ‘Salting The Wound- a 4.5 star review from Single Titles.

Maggi Anderson ~ a 4 Heart review for her regency romance ‘Rules of Conduct’ from the Romance Studio.

Maggi Andersen ~ ‘Rule of Conduct’ – 4 books rating from Long and Short Reviews.

Maree Anderson ~ ‘Even Demons Get The Blues’ – a 4 Diva review from Blackraven’s Reviews.

Zana Bell ~ a 5 star review from Cataromance for her first Superromance ‘Tempting the Negotiator’.


Cathryn Brunet ~ Pamela Denise reviewed ‘Ritual Passion’ on Romance Junkies.

Jane Beckenham ~ ‘He’s The One’ – 4.5 star review from Single Title Reviews.

H.C Brown ~ ‘Purr-fect Seduction’ – a Blue Ribbon 4.5 rating from Romance Junkies.


Anne Whitfield ~ ‘Hooked On You’  – a 5 Angle rating and Recommended Read from Fallen Angles Reviews.

Erin Grace ~ ‘Serenade’ a 4 Nymphs rating from Literary Nymphs Reviews Only.

Erin Grace ~ ‘Serenade’ – a 5 Cup rating from Coffee Time Romance.

Heather Brown ~ a ‘You Need to Read’ rating from You Gotta Read Reviews for ‘A Savage Love’.

Heather Brown ~ a 4 Heart rating and Top Ten Shape-shifter listing on All Romance eBooks for ‘My Purr-fect Alphas’.

Janet Woods ~ ‘Salting the Wound’ attracted a favourable review from USA Library Review Journal.

Jennie Brumley ~ ‘Revenge and Redemption’ – a 5 Heart review from Romance Book Scene.

Jennie Brumley ~ ‘Revenge and Redemption’ – a 4 Heart review.

Maree Anderson ~ ‘Let Sleeping Demons Lie’ – a fantastic review from Marissa at Romancing-The-Book.

Nicola Marsh ~ a 4.5 rating from Cata Romance for ‘Overtime in the Boss’s Bed’.

Shona Husk ~ debut novel ‘An Elemental Tail’ -4.5 Diamonds from Got Erotic Romance for her first review.


Jennie Brumley ~ a 4 Cups review for ‘Revenge and Redemption’ from Coffee Time Romance.

Maxine Sullivan, Nicola Marsh and Paula Roe ~ June books by Maxine Sullivan, Nicola Marsh and Paula Roe were mentioned on the RT Book Review Blog called Reaching Out to the Millionaires and Billionaires.

Rhian Cahill ~ ‘Coyote Home’ – a Best Book rating from The Long and the Short of it Whipped Cream Reviews.

Shona Husk ~ ‘Boyfriend in a Bottle’ – a five tombstone review from Bitten By Books.

Suzanne Brandyn ~ received her first review for ‘Outback Heat’ from Long and Short Reviews.

Vonnie Hughes ~ a 5 Book rating from the Long and Short Romance her Regency romance Coming Home.


Anna Campbell ~ ‘My Reckless Surrender’ – a Top Pick from Romantic Times.

Heather Boyd ~ a great review for her debt release ‘One Wicked Night’ from Seriously Reviewed.


H.C. Brown ~ a great review for Delicious from Today & Everyday with a 4/5 review mark.

Suzanne Brandyn ~ ‘Heat in the Outback’ – a 4.5 rating from The Long and Short reviews

Tracie Sommers ~ received her first review for ‘Blame It On The Moonlight’.


Christina Phillips ~ ‘FORBIDDEN- 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews:

“Set in the time of the Roman Empire, Phillips’ wonderful story of the romance between a Roman soldier and a Celt is more than entertaining”


Anna Jacobs ~ received her first review for ‘Cherry Lane Tree’. A Spellbinding New Novel by Anna Jacobs by BooksMonthly

Heather Brown ~ ‘Bite Here’ – a Five Lips review from Two Lips Reviews.

Janet Woods ~ ‘Straw in the Wind’ – a 4.5 review from Single Titles.

The Finalists


Linda Howard Award of Excellence Finalists ~

Alison Leake and Suzi Love

West Houston RWA Emily Finalists ~

Alison Leake, Bec Sampson and Kylie Griffin

Nominees in the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards:

Anna Campbell ~ Tempt the Devil

CC Coburn ~ Colorado Christmas

Christine Wells ~ Wicked Little Games

Keri Arthur ~ Bound to Shadows 

Nicola Marsh ~ A Trip With The Tycoon

Sarah Mayberry ~ She’s Got it Bad

Stephanie Lauren ~ Mastered by Love


Emerald Category second round places ~

Rachael  Blair

Jennie  Brumley

Dorothy  Fisher 

Bernice Greenham

Sandii Manning

Michelle de Rooy

Joanne  Robertson

Rebecca Sampson

Deborah Shattock

Jennifer St George

Bronwyn Stuart

Rachael   Thomas

Tracey  Turner

Chris Weston

Coleen  Yan

Emerald ST 2nd round places ~

Vanessa Barneveld

Elizabeth Beckett

Michelle de Rooy

Robyn Enlund

Tamara Jones-Philps

Clare Jude

Leisl Leighton

Jenn J McLeod

Ruth Nichols

Susanna Rogers

Rebecca Skrabl

Nicole Strickland

Pam Swain

Suzanne  Webb

Allison Withers

Australian Book Review Awards ~

Our members nominated for the ABR Favourite novel (any era, any genre)

Anna Campbell ~ UNTOUCHED


Bronwyn Parry ~ DARK COUNTRY

Fleur McDonald ~ RED DUST

Kylie Griffin ~ was selected as a finalist in the Chase the Dream contest.


RWA Golden Heart Award ~

Australian Finalists~

Kylie Griffin

Robyn Enlund

Vanessa Burneveld

Gabrielle Luthy


Our finalists in the 2010 RWA RITA

Bronwyn Parry:~ Dark Country

Kelly Hunter:~ A Prince and a Baby

Elizabeth Rolls:~ Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride

First Kiss Contest ~

Leah Clapton

Christine Hickey

Bec Sampson x 2

Rebecca Skrabl

Alli Withers

Bronwyn Stuart ~ finalled in the historical category of the Fire and Ice contest.


Sandii Manning ~ finalled in the Washington Romance Writers Marlene Awards

Kandy Shepherd’s ~ ‘Love is a Four-Legged Word’ finalled in The Romance Studio’s Cupid & Psyche Awards

Anna Campbell’s ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ finalled in the 2010 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

Kylie Griffin ~ finalled in the Yellow Rose Chapter of RWAmerica 2010 Winter Rose Contest.

Kylie Griffin ~ finalled in the RWA Valley Forge Chapter – Sheila Contest (paranormal section)


Anna Campbell ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ finalled in the Long Historical section of the RomCon Readers Crown Awards.

Cathryn Brunet ~ had three entries in the RWNZ Chapter Short Story Contest make the final round.


Anna Campbell ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ finalled in the Long Historical category of the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best Awards.

Bronwyn Parry ~ ‘Dark Country’ finalled in the Daphne du Maurier contest.

Michelle Wood ~ finalled in the Royal Ascot in the Sweet & Mild Category.

Suzi Love ~ finalled in Regency Historical category of Beaumonde Chapter’s Royal Ascot

Finalists in RWNZ’s Great Beginnings Contest 2010:

Leah Clapton

Diana Holmes x 2

Sandii Manning

Judith Nolan

Rebecca Skrabl

Suzanne Webb

Romantic Book of the Year 2010 Finalists: ~

Short Sweet Category:

Sharon Archer – ‘Marriage Reunited: Baby On The Way’

Sharon Archer – ‘Single Father: Wife And Mother Wanted’

CC Coburn – ‘Colorado Christmas’

Emily Forbes – ‘Wanted: A Father For Her Twins’

Short Sexy Category:

Amy Andrews – ‘A Doctor, A Nurse: A Christmas Baby’

Robyn Grady – ‘Bedded By Blackmail’

Kelly Hunter – ‘Playboy Boss, Live-in Mistress’

Tessa Radley – ‘Billion-Dollar Baby Bargain’

Romantic Elements Category:

Fleur McDonald – ‘Red Dust’

Tracey O’Hara – ‘Night’s Cold Kiss’

Bronwyn Parry – ‘Dark Country’

Katherine Scholes – ‘The Hunter’s Wife’

Long Romance Category:

Sophia James – ‘Mistletoe Magic’

Stephanie Laurens – ‘Mastered By Love’

Stephanie Laurens – ‘Temptation And Surrender’

Christine Wells – ‘Wicked Little Game’

Valerie Parv Award finalists

Anna Cowan

Michelle de Rooy

Jennifer St.George

Rebecca  Scrabl

Chris Weston

Dayle White

US Contest Results –

2010 TARA contest (Tampa Area Romance Authors) Series Contemporary.

Our finalists

‘His Dark Past’ by Rebecca Sampson

‘The Daddy Dilemma ‘by Barb Jeffcott Geris


2010 RWNZ Clendon Award

Our RWA members finalling

Michelle de Rooy – Fantasy

Allison Withers – Historical

Highly Commended

Michelle de Rooy – Romantic Suspense

Kerri Lane – Harlequin Intrigue

Kendra Delugar – Harlequin Superromance

Jennifer St. George – Mills & Boon Sexy Sensation


Bec Sampson ~ finalled in the TARA, series contemporary.

Suzi Love ~ finalled in the Historical section of Beaumonde Chapter’s Royal Ascot contest.

Suzi Love ~ finalled in the Historical category of the Celtic Hearts Golden Claddagh contest.


Anna Campbell ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ finalled in the Historical section of Georgia Romance Writers Maggie contest

Anna Campbell ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ finalled in the Ancient City of Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Contest.

Susanna Rogers ~ reached the finals of the Heart of the Rockies Contest with two entries.


Anna Campbell ~ ‘Tempt The Devil’ finalled in the historical category of the Heart of Denver Romance Writers 2010 Aspen Gold Contest.

Authors After Dark 2011 Bookie Awards

Members who have received nominations are:

Anna Campbell ~ ‘Captive of Sin’ nominated for Historical Romance of the Year Award.

Denise Rossetti ~ ‘Laced with Desire’ nominated for Anthology of the Year.

Erica Hayes ~ nominated for Debut Author of the Year.

Heather Boyd ~ ‘One Wicked Night’ received two nominations E-book Short story and Erotic Short Story.

Nalini Singh ~ ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ for Cross Genre Novel and Fantasy Novel as well as ‘Guild Hunter’ for Series of the year.

Bec Sampson ~ finalled in The Molly Series Contemporary

Bec Sampson ~ finalled in the YA section of The Francisco Heart to Heart.

Iona Jones ~ finalled in the Historical category of The Lone Star contest.

Margaret Tanner ~ ‘Wild Oats’ made it into the finals of the EPPIES.

Suzi Love ~ Finalled in the Oklahoma Finally A Bride Contest.


Anna Campbell ~ ‘Tempt the Devil’ finalled in the Historical category of the Heart of Denver Romance Writers 2010 Aspen Gold Awards.

Anne Whitfield ~ ‘Hooked On You’ finalled in the 2011 EPIC Awards.

Suzi Love ~ finalled the New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Historical Category.

The Annual RT BOOK REVIEW Nominees for Best Books and Authors of 2010

Our Members who have received nominations are:

Anna Campbell ~ ‘My Reckless Surrender’ received nominated Best Sensual Historical.

Anna Cleary ~ Best Harlequin Presents Extra with ‘Wedding Night With a Stranger’.

Kelly Hunter ~ Best Harlequin Presents Extra with ‘Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate’.

Nicola Marsh ~ Best Harlequin Presents category with ‘Marriage: For Business or Pleasure’.

Nalini Singh ~ Best Shapeshifter Romance with ‘Play of Passion’.

Nalini Singh ~ Best Paranormal Romance with ‘Bonds of Justice’.

Nalini Singh ~ Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist with ‘Archangel’s Kiss’.

Robyn Donald ~ ‘Rich, Ruthless and Secretly Royal’ for Best Harlequin Presents Extra category.

Stephanie Laurens ~ ‘The Elusive Bride’ Best Historical Romance Adventure.

Tina Duncan ~ ‘Da Silva’s Mistress’ in the First Series Romance category.


Bec Sampson ~ Finalled in the YA section of the MARA Fiction from the Heartland contest.

Michelle de Rooy ~ finalled in the Paranormal section of the West Houston RWA Emily Contest.

Susanna Rogers ~ finalled with two entries in the Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Contest.

Suzi Love ~ finalist in the 2010 Wallflower for Historical Single Title with her entry ‘Scenting Scandal’.

Congratulations to all our members who found themselves on finalist list and received great reviews for their novels during 2010.



Emerald: Category Results

Congratulations to all the entrants who made the cut for Round 2 of the Emerald Award Category 2010.

The top 3 places go to:
Joanne Robertson
Rebecca Sampson
Coleen Yan

Their full manuscripts will be ranked by Mary Therese Hussey of HM&B and final placings announced at the Conference Awards dinner in August.
A big thank-you to Bev Lewis and assistant Liesl Leighton who managed the Category section.

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