Conference Spotlight ~ Diamonds Are Forever conference team (part 1)

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.

Welcome to the first spotlight on the conference team, ‘Team Diamond’. We have our fearless, amazing leader, Fiona Gregory, and our registrar extraordinaire, Jenn J McLeod.


Fiona Gregory

Fiona Gregory’s first love is speculative fiction and she’s busy exploring the universe, one romance at a time. Fiona has had stories published in RWA Little Gems Anthologies and is currently editing her second novel.


Describe yourself in 10 words.
Writer, reader and part-time farmer who loves a challenge.


What role(s) are you doing for the DAF conference?
My role is to oversee the conference preparations and the volunteer team, who are working like trojans to bring you a jam-packed conference in a really funky location. I’m working closely with the hotel as hotel liaison, and celebrating that we chose a hotel with an in-house pastry chef – the macaroons are heavenly.


What are you most looking forward to at the DAF conference-  as an organiser? – as yourself?
As an organiser – seeing what started as chicken scratchings of ideas in my notebook come to fruition as an event.
For myself – I’m really looking forward to seeing our speakers – we’ve got a fabulous line up of Australian and International speakers.


Can you give us a hint of your costume for the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Cocktail party?
Who knew you could buy 1950’s vintage dress patterns on eBay?


What’s the most memorable conference moment for you?
Sitting on a sunny hotel terrace at the Gold Coast Conference in 2006 (my first conference) and plotting out a novel with a group of strangers after hearing a forensics expert talk about DNA.


What advice can you give first timers?
Welcome, don’t be shy. Everyone is really friendly. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to meet other writers, to talk shop and to connect with future friends, all of whom will support you as you follow your dream towards publication. Enjoy! (Oh, and make sure you leave extra room in your luggage, you never know what you might find at the bookstore!)


Jenn J McLeod 

Small town stories. Discover them. Love them

Author and self-proclaimed tree-change expert, Jenn J McLeod (a city girl by birth) discovered an affinity with the country in her early twenties, exploring Australia’s heart while living out of a converted Ford F100 van. For three years she worked where ever she could, doing whatever she could; a can-do approach that kick-started a diverse range of work experiences once back in Sydney. In 2004 she gave up her communications management role, swapping Sydney’s corporate chaos for a little café culture and buying a small café, in a small town, but with big plans to focus on her writing.

It was like coming home.

Hoping to inspire others to embrace country life, Jenn now spends her days writing and running a unique B&B from which she draws inspiration from life’s everyday disruptions while romancing the possibilities of life, love and second chances.

Her debut novel, A House For All Seasons, is due for release in time for Mothers’ Day 2013. Simon and Schuster Australia.
Find Jenn at her website.

Describe yourself in 10 words.
You mean as Conference Registrar? From start to end? Easy.
Eager. Confused. Overwhelmed. Dazed. Nervous. Hysterical. Exhausted. Drinking. Drunk. Asleep.



What role(s) are you doing for the DAF conference? 
 As Conference Registrar my role covers all of the above. I call it my character arc!



What are you most looking forward to at the DAF conference- as an  organiser? – as yourself?
Besides the drinking and the sleeping? The hugs 🙂



Can you give us a hint of your costume for the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Cocktail party?
Vintage/Recycled (a.k.a that outfit I haven’t had the heart to throw away, thinking I might actually be able to wear a blingy blue number and still fit into it. (Don’t believe it’s vintage. Check this out.)



 What’s the most memorable conference moment for you?
2011 – every second! But if I have to pick one: Jane Porter. Her closing speech whipped up all the emotion of the conference, turned me into a pathetic blubbering mess, cemented RWA Conference as an addiction, and made me want to be part of bringing the magic to others.



What advice can you give first timers?
Don’t act like one. In other words: Circulate at meal breaks, sit at different tables in sessions, say hello to everyone and anyone and, most importantly, know the answer to this one question: ‘And what do you write?’

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Thanks, ladies.

Look out for the next conference spotlight on the 18th June.

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Little Gems 2012 Author – Fiona Gregory

Okay, so I’m a little baised in introducing our next Little Gems author. I’m thrilled she has taken time out of her busy RWA Conference Coordination role to tell us about her short story – yes Fiona is becoming a bit of a Little Gems regular.

Fiona’s short story is titled: Hope for the Future

What challenges you most in writing a short romance story?
I love writing short. I did a short-story course many years ago, and my tutor had us writing down to 50 word flash fiction. One of the best pieces of advice I was given is to treat each short as an episode from a TV series, rather than a movie. Start at a point of change, plunge in, and finally, always finish leaving a question in the reader’s mind at the end.
For a romantic short story I recommend focusing almost exclusively on your hero and heroine. All the other characters should be edited down to brief thumbnail sketches. Oh, and I always write to the Little Gem, rather than inserting the Gem into an already written story.

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

City girl, Molly, is spending her first day working in a small country town, where she meets local vet, Blake.
 
“Nope.” He smiled again and held three fingers in the air. “Scouts honour.”
“You were a scout?”
A twinkle of mischief lit up his eyes and the dimple reappeared. “Not exactly, but I know a scout.”
 
What was you inspiration for the story?

I wanted to write about a coloured diamond and I figured the Western Australian writers would have Pink Diamonds in the bag. So I googled Blue Diamond. Somehow or other I ended up with this picture of a tiny grey kitten with big blue eyes, sitting on a person’s open hands. And the story was born.

What are you working on now? and/or What are your writing goals for the future?

Right now, I’m editing my latest futuristic, a marriage of convenience story, written during NaNoWriMo last year. The first draft was very rough and I’m hoping to get it polished enough to enter in the Emerald this year. In the meantime, I rewrote last year’s Little Gem (which didn’t make the cut) into a longer male-male romance and am in the process of submitting. It’s actually much stronger this way and not something I would ever have thought when I wrote it a year ago.
How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?
 A website and blog are on my to do list for 2013. Any spare time I have at the moment is spent trying to improve my writing. (Oh, and trying to keep my New Years Resolution of running a half-marathon in July 2012)

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

You bet. My fabulous team of volunteers and I are organising “Diamonds are Forever” on the Gold Coast, so I’ll be there from start to finish. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).

Cruisin’ with RWA

We have quite a line up for you today with loads of good news and great blogs to follow in the week ahead. Happy blogging from the Cruisin’ Pit Crew. Don’t forget to share your new release, new cover, new blog or good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs
April 20 – Blog Bites with Anna Jacobs – Kerri Williams

April 21 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

April 22 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

April 23 – Conference Spotlight: YA panel – Eleni Konstantine

April 24 – Little Gems 2012 Author – Fiona Gregory – Jenn J McLeod

April 25 – Conference Spotlight: Erotic Romance Panel – Eleni Konstantine

April 26 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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

  • New releases

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

Jess Anastasi‘s HEART OF THE WARLORD from Noble Romance was released on April 16,2012. Jess is happy to report that she has also been lucky enough to have 3 of her books in the Top Ten Bestsellers list on the Noble homepage: SANCTUARY, SEVERANCE and DEAD REALITY.

  • New Contracts

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

Eleni Konstantine is thrilled to announce  a new contract with Musa Publishing for the release of her paranormal romance novella. Look out for details in upcoming editions of Cruisin’.

Caitlyn Nicholas is about to become a published author again after taking a break. DRIVE ME TO DISTRACTION has been contracted to Momentum Publishing, the e-publishing arm of Pan Macmillian Australia.

Bronwen Evans is excited to announce that she has sold her contemporary romance to the Indulgence Line at Entangled Publishing. Release date to be advised.

  • New Cover

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

Alison Stuart, GATHER THE BONES, release date August 2012:

Set in 1923 against a background of the Great War, grieving war widow, Helen Morrow and her husband’s cousin, the wounded and reclusive Paul are haunted not only by the horrors of the Great War but ghosts from another time and another conflict. A coded diary provides the clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great grandmother in 1812. As the desperate voice of the young woman reaches out to them from the pages, Paul and Helen are bound together in their search for answers, not only to the old mystery but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917. As the two stories become entwined, Paul and Helen will not find peace until the mysteries are solved.

  • Book Reviews
Janet Woods’s LADY LIGHTFINGERS received a superb review from the Historical Novels Society. Read the review over at  Janet’s blog
  • Keeping up Appearances

Share the details of your talks, book signings and guest appearances on our Events Page.

April 24Annie West will be talking about Romance Writing: An Insider’s Perspective with time for questions.

Morning tea will be provided and bookings are preferred.
Where: Belmont Library, Lake Macquarie (just south of Newcastle).
When: 11am – 12noon
FMI & Bookings: 02 49210707

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June 24 to July 21 – Valerie Parv is Established Writer-in-Residence at The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre

Valerie has been named Established Writer in Residence for 2012 by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Western Australia. The KSP Writers’ Centre is the oldest of its kind in Australia. It’s located in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australia’s first internationally recognized author, of Coonardoo, Working Bullocks and The Goldfields Trilogy. The Centre conducts readings, workshops, writers in residence programs and other services designed to encourage writers at all levels of the craft.
Each year the centre hosts an established writer in a residency program funded by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts. In her role Valerie will pursue her own writing work while participating in the events of the centre, conducting a workshop Saturday 14 July 2012 and a reading Tuesday 17 July , and sharing her knowledge and experience with the local writing community, June-July 2012.

July 14 – Getting a yes from agent or editor – The Two-Page Test Workshop with Established Writer-in-Residence Valerie Parv
Participants are invited to bring along the first two pages of their work in progress for discussion.

When 1.00 – 4.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $40 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

July 17 – Valerie Parv Literary Dinner
Join KSP to listen to Established Writer-in-Residence, Valerie Parv, read her work. Meet other writers and enjoy a three-course candle-lit dinner. Bring your own favourite drinks.

When: 7.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $30 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

FMI: Shey Marque – Coordinator

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre
11 Old York Road
Greenmount WA 6056
Phone: (08) 9294 1872
http://kspf.iinet.net.au

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

This week on Friday Feast, best-selling NORTH STAR author, Karly Lane, talks about her new release, MORGAN’S LAW and reveals her love of pubs and the simple satisfaction of a great counter meal. There’s a mouth-watering chicken parmiagana recipe plus share your favourite counter meal or most beloved pub and you could win a Karly Lane goodybag.

April 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Astrid Cooper with an ebook giveaway of one of her m/m books

April 22 – Weekly Overview

April 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY

April 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Jess Anastasi with giveaway of ebook, Heart of the Warlord

A weekly feature blog called Life Bites with brief interviews with writers, readers and other interesting people.

April 21 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Trouble in a Pinstripe Suit (Kelly Hunter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!
April 24 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Office Affair (Jess Dee) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!
April 28 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Sister Pact (Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!

April 20 – Focus on All Things Fantastical: Our guest blogger this week is Nicole Murphy. Come along and share Nicole’s magical world.

Monday April 16 – Monday on Writing talks Poetry
Wednesday April  18 –  Wednesday Review takes High Tea
Friday April 20 – Friday Favourites talks about what’s sexy

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

  • S E Gilchrist has a post on naming characters and character driven stories
  • Invitation for submissions for HarperCollins new e-book anthology titled: URL love (Thanks Helen)
  • Maree Anderson has a thought-provoking topic on loss leaders (aka free books) over on the Writers Gone Wild blog. (Thanks Kylie)

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


Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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Cruisin’ for Contests
Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

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

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

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

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Enrico’s quote of the week

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. ~Mark Overby

Regards Juanita

Diamonds Are Forever – Venue Information

First appeared in January Hearts Talk.

Hearts Talk caught up with conference coordinator Fiona Gregory to talk about preparations for the conference.



Firstly, how are preparations for the conference going?

The Diamonds are Forever conference will be held between 16-19 August 2012 at the QT Gold Coast and our preparations are well underway. We’ve got Eloisa James (Keynote Speaker) and Alexandra Sokoloff (Friday Workshop) confirmed and are in final discussions with our remaining speakers. It’s going to be a fabulous line up.

Our recent call for workshops went really well and we’re in the process of reviewing submissions and working out the scheduling. Preparations are well underway for the Cocktail Party and Awards Dinner. Our cocktail party theme is  “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and as usual, we’d love our delegates to come in fancy dress. I, for one, can’t wait to see the costumes everyone comes up with.


Tell me a little bit about the hotel?

QT Gold Coast is on Staghorn Avenue, a block back from the beach, and within an easy 2-3 minute walk of the centre of Surfers Paradise.

The recent refurbishment is almost complete and the Architect Nic Graham describes the project as “Our vision for transforming QT is a mix of nostalgic surfer chic combined with Miami catwalk cool”. The photos on the website don’t do it justice. It has a mix of light woods, retro furniture and fittings and a light airy feel.

The Grand Ballroom and our breakout rooms will all be refurbished prior to the conference (it’s underway now) and I can’t wait to see it finished. On our last visit we saw some of the completed guest rooms and our team fell in love. My personal favourite in everything I’ve seen so far is a sunken lounge off the StringRay Lounge, complete with 1950’s deck chairs and artificial grass. A fabulous outdoor room, but indoors. It brought back memories of beach holidays at the coast from my early teens and I’m already imagining putting my feet up with a long cool drink after a hard day on the conference floor.


What about food options?

The hotel has a couple of different food options. In the foyer, Fixx Café is open till 3pm daily, serving breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee. The conference team always starts our visit to the hotel with a visit to Fixx.

Upstairs one level,  Bazaar – Marketplace, is open for breakfast and dinner daily and Sunday Brunch. I haven’t tried it as yet (I’m still working my way through everything that looks great at Fixx), but the food presentation is spectacular. They’ve done a fabulous job recreating a fresh food marketplace.

And if you’re after some Asian Influence, there’s the Yamagen Restaurant, offering traditional Japanese cuisine, from fresh Sushi to sizzling Teppanyaki, open for dinner every night except Monday.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (with coffee, tea and soft drink) are included in the conference registration. Drinks and pre-dinner nibbles will be served at the cocktail party on Friday night (included in the conference registration), and  of course the fabulous Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday night – a three course meal. The option to purchase tickets to the Awards Dinner will be on the registration form, and we will be organising tables well in advance of the night as  we did in 2011.

Many of our sub-groups and e-lists will also be holding functions in and around the hotel throughout the conference. In Coogee in 2010, I saw someone who had made herself a schedule, like an old-fashioned dance card, and stuck it to her  lanyard so she had all of the details of her meetups on hand. I did think that was a fabulous idea as conference can be really full on.


What about people with food intolerances?

We’ll be asking people to specify any food intolerances on the registration form. I should make it clear, we need to know about food intolerances that may cause harm to our delegate’s health, not dislikes. An allergy to peanuts is very different to a dislike of the taste of peanuts, and the team will do their best to accommodate these medical intolerances, within the scope of the hotel’s available food options. We have members of our team who live with food intolerance, so we’re going to do our best to address these issues.



Anything else the delegates need to know about the conference venue?

Well, it’s not open yet, but on the level above the Grand Ballroom, the hotel is doing the final fit-out on Spa Q, their new spa facility featuring private treatment rooms, a range of therapies and premium products. When I heard they were  building a spa, I pencilled myself in for the Monday after conference. I can’t think of anything better than finishing my conference journey with a massage and a facial, can you?

Delegates will have the choice of an ocean room or a mountain room, and there will be a dedicated booking number provided with the registration form, which will be coming out with Hearts Talk in March. And if you’re extending your stay after the conference, don’t forget to bring your beach-wear. Patrolled beaches are within walking distance. Within the hotel complex, there’s a pool, tennis courts, a gymnasium and mid-August at the Gold Coast has mild days (average 11-21 degrees C). A light jacket is recommended for night.

Limited parking (fee-applicable) will be available for delegates and for those flying in from interstate/ overseas, there is a shuttle bus from Coolangatta Airport. Those flying in to Brisbane would be able to use the AirTrain to get to the Gold Coast.


It sounds like it’s going to be a great conference.

We’ve tried to incorporate the relaxed Queensland lifestyle into our planning for conference and our venue, with its laid-back beach-inspired renovation, reflects this perfectly. We’re really looking forward to August 2012.


Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

SPECIAL NOTICES:

5DI Closes Midnight – MONDAY 31st January 2011

Following the success of the first 5 Day Intensive (5DI), Romance Writers of Australia, (RWA) is running another 5 Day Intensive (5DI) Manuscript Development Workshop in 2011. The aim is to help members to polish their manuscripts and hone their writing craft under the tutelage of a published author mentor. Selection and attendance at this program does not guarantee publication.

Entries are open from January 1, 2001 until midnight January 31, 2011 Please Note: Closing date is Midnight TOMORROW

See the 5DI page on the RWA website for details.

Thank you for joining us again for another week of blogs, events and news. Please take note of the 5DI information above, this is a fantastic opportunity for members.

RWA’s Group Grant Scheme open for applications on February 1st 2011. The closing date is February 28th 2011. Please email: groupgrants@romanceaustralia.com for more info.

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

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

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm

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

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

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

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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

The end of January is here, which means the first month of 2011 is done and dusted (well almost). So let’s get on with the another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Christina Phillips ~

FRI 28th January – Christina is over at Novel Adventurers with Alli Sinclair, chatting about A Roman Romance and the historical background to her Forbidden series. There’s a giveaway of Forbidden or Captive for one lucky commenter.

WED 2nd February – Christina is blog-swapping with Harlequin Mills and Boon author Michelle Styles – where there’s a giveaway of either Forbidden or Captive up for grabs. Michelle, meanwhile, is taking over Christina’s blog, chatting about her Roman Undone A Perfect Concubine, with a copy for one lucky commenter.

THU 3rd February – Christina’s visiting RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk – with a giveaway of Forbidden.

THU 3rd February – Christina is also partying over at the Dark Side DownUnder blog – with yet another giveaway.

FRI 4th February – Christina is being interviewed by Rita at Not Another Romance Blog – with a giveaway of either Forbidden or Captive for one lucky commenter.

SAT 5th February – Christina is taking part in Monica Burns’ Pleasure Me With Romance blog party – where’s there’s a signed copy of Captive for one lucky commenter.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 2nd February  – Good News Day

WED 3rd February – Winner announced for H.C.’s giveaway

–  Part Two of a four-part series on World Building with Kylie Griffin.

THUR 4th February – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Christina Phillips with Captive.

SAT 6th February – Darklight On…Denise Rossetti!

Kylie Griffin ~

SAT 29th January – Sci-fi & Sci-Fi Romance Blogs – the last in the blog-link series.

MON 31st January – GUEST AUTHOR: Amanda Ashby – YA author of Queen of Newbury High. She shares her insights about writing and gives us a sneak peek at her upcoming release, FAIRY BAD DAY.

THURS 3rd February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Julieann Thomas – RWNZ writer who enjoys reading and writing military romances.

SAT 5th February – Which hero turns the pages for you? – a look at hero archetypes.

*There are some give-away goodies in store for readers in Kylie’s February line up of blog posts – KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy from Rowena Cory Daniells, 4 special Valentine’s Day prizes and an e-copy of a SCENT OF A MAN from Maree Anderson up for grabs!

Novel Adventurers ~

Christina Phillips will be visiting the Novel Adventurers this week and blogging about her love of history and how she researched her ancient historical romances. And as a special treat, Christina will give away a copy of FORBIDDEN or CAPTIVE to one lucky commenter. Come on over!

Tracey O’Hara ~

MON 31st January – Tracey starts her blog tour with a visit to  A Great Read

TUE 1st February – Tracey makes her way over Tynga’s Reviews for a chat

TUE 1st February – A busy day for Tracey as she also drops by Book Chick City

WED 2nd February – Tracey spends some time on the Dark Faerie Tales blog.

THU 3rd February – Tracey is visiting Wicked Little Pixie. Gotta love that name.

THU 3rd February – Another big day for Tracey with a visit also to Paperback Dolls

FRI 4th February – Tracey visits the Fantasy and Paranormal review site Literary Escapism for a chat.

SAT 5th February – News, Reviews & Interview site FICTIONALL invite Tracey to join them for a chat. Check out the copy of Tracey’s cover of Death’s Sweet Embrace on their site.

SUN 6th February – Tori from the Book Faery has Tracey as her guest

RWAus Blog ~

Excitement in the blog camp with a new member joining our team. Sandra Harris steps into the new roll as our Hearts Talk Archives blogger. Watch out for Sandra’s Article Archives on the last Monday of each month.

MON 31st January – Sandra Harris – Hearts Talk Archives – Subgenre in Focus with Erica Hayes.

WED 2nd February – Jenn J McLeod – Face 2 Face with … North Queensland Romance Writers

THU 3rd February – Dana Fletcher-Scully – Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar

FRI 4th February  – Suz Hamilton  – A Day in the Writing Life of … Robyn Grady

SAT 5th February – Eleni Konstantine – Feburary HT Wrap-up

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Sara Hantz

Suzanne Brandyn

Suzi Love

Tamara Gill

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Book Ends LLC ~

What’s on Jessica Faust want list? Find out here with her ‘Excited for Something New’ post.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Dani Greer chats about ‘Writer’s Block’ and the tools she used to overcome this problem.

Editorial Anonymous ~

I love this site and find it really hard to pick one or two posts to read, so I suggest you scroll down or check out the EA side bar for great information.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

December/January 2011 – Backlist Bounty for the New Year!

Anna is offering  TEN lucky people a chance to win an Anna Campbell novel of their choice. If you’re unsure, please visit Anna’s books page where you’ll find covers, blurbs, and excerpts to tempt you. Just email Anna and tell her which book you’d like and why and you’re in the draw. Having all Anna’s novels I can assure you, you don’t want to miss this chance.

The contest closes 31st January 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs until 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information, drop by Annie’s, contest page.

Denise Rossetti ~

What to do: Email me (well Denise) with the title of Book #3 of the Four-Sided Pentacle Series. That’s it!
The Prize: Your choice – an electronic copy of any of my Ellora’s Cave books or an autographed copy of one of my Berkley books.
Closes: Sunday 13 Feb 2011

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STALI Results ~

As ranked by Dianne Moggy of Harlequin congratulations go to

1st Place- Suzanne Webb (Manuscript requested)

2nd place- Rachael Blair

3rd place- Natalie Hatch

4th place- Jo McAlister

5th place- Christine Taylor

6th Place- Diane Curran

Congratulations to all our winners and those who placed, you all deserve to be proud of your achivements.

Single Title Emerald 2nd Round Placegetters ~

Janice Bridges

Michelle de Rooy (x2)

Vanessa Garbin

Fiona Gregory

Suzanne Hamilton

Iona Jones

Leisl Leighton

Havva Murat-Maksuti

Rebecca Sampson

Rebecca Skrabl

Christine Taylor

Gabrielle Wade-Steiner

Suzanne Webb

Congratulations everyone and the best of luck with the second round.

Nalini Singh ~

The Book Binge reviewed Nalini’s novel Archangel Consort with Casee giving it a 4.5 out of 5 rating. Fantastic news Nalini.

Rowena Cory Daniells ~

Woohoo!  Rowena Cory Daniells fantasy, THE KING’S BASTARD (Bk 1 in the KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy), has been nominated for a David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy – you can vote for your fave fantasy book here

More to add to Rowena Cory Daniells news – THE KING’S BASTARD has also been nominated for a Ravenheart Award for best fantasy cover (Thanks to Kylie Griffin for sharing this fantastic news)

Congrats & way to go, Rowena!

Susy Rogers ~

Susy won the mainstream with romantic elements category of the Golden Palm Contest. To top it off Lucy Childs of the Aaron Priest agency has requested a partial of Naked Choke. WOOHOO Suzy, congratulations.

Tracey O’Hara ~

DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE Released on 25/01 and is getting rave reviews on the internet. Here are a few –

Preternatural Reviews ~ received an Excellent rating of 3.5 stars out a 4.

Larissa’s Life ~ Larissa says she’s really looking forward to Book 3 and gave Death’s Sweet Embrace 4.5 starts.

Night Owl Paranormal ~ Reviewer Talina says she wants more of Tracey O’Hara and her Dark Brethren Series and give Death’s Sweet Embrace 4.5 stars

Paranormal Romance.Org ~

Reviewed by J.M. Schuler and described as an edge of the seat, suspenseful urban fantasy that any thriller, mystery or romance reader will be happy to add to their library.

A great week Tracey with fantastic reviews. Congratulations and very much deserved.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 20 11 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.

Litt le Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY AT Midnight EDST

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Wednesday 9 February

A Night of Romance with Anna Campbell at Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm, 9th February, 2011

Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: Ph: (07) 5442 4411 or Sunshine Coast Council

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space, as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

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

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

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

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 5 March

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

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

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

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

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

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

ONLINE Events

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Welcome to back to another fun week of news and blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’.

Event Notice:

SUN 14th November – Cathleen Ross and Annie West are presenting at the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival, giving a workshop on Writing Romance Fiction. Annie and Cathleen’s workshop is 10am -12pm. Venue: Gymea community Centre, 39 Gymea Bay Rd. Contact Sutherland Shire Writers’ or email To pre-book workshops call Jodie on 2425840719.

SA Writers’ Centre – 20th November – 10am-1pm

Put Your Blogging Gloves On! with Eleni Konstantine

SA Writers’ Centre or Email or Phone: 08 8223 7662

Is the world of blogging a dark and mysterious place for you? Want to set up a blog but don’t know where to start? Then this introduction session will help you learn the basics of blogging – what it is, who blogs, why to blog, and of course how to set up and maintain your blog. Emphasis will be on Blogger but other platforms will be also be discussed.

If you have any news you would like to share at anytime or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

SUN 10th October – Catch up with Anna and her regular spot on the Romance Bandits.

MON 11th October – Another of Anna’s regular spots is on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.

Anna Jacobs ~

You can catch up with Anna on Historical Saga Novels. Just scroll down a little.

Bootcampers 101 ~

Nikki LoganWhat are You Reading?

Fiona Gregory – More Made Up Terms

Bronwyn Parry ~

It’s Birthday Bonanza time on Bronwyn’s blog this week. Drop by for your chance to win a signed copy of Dark Country of a gift voucher if you already have Bronwyn’s wonderful novel.

Janet Woods ~

Janet has a fascinating blog about killing off characters, ‘Motivated to Kill’. Janet also gives a little insight into her family history.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie Griffin’s October Blog Anniversary party continues. To celebrate, she’s giving away free books all this month! To be in the draws just read the posts, answer her questions or participate in the challenges and leave a comment!

SAT 9th  Oct. – “Sci-Fi Romance” – Is this genre gaining popularity?

TUES 12th  Oct. – “What are you reading and enjoying?” – What do you read to de-stress and refill the creative well inside?

FRI 15th  Oct. – BOOK REVIEW: Katherine Allred’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Sticking with the SFRom. theme, here’s one novel Kylie enjoyed just recently.

Also, the winners from last week’s posts – Erica Hayes’ giveaway of POISON KISSED, & the Paranormal Book Prizes –  have been announced, so don’t forget to check!

Vanessa Barneveld ~

 Vanessa blogged about using book trailers as a promo tool on Friday, October 8 at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.

RWAus Blog ~

TUES 12th – Author Spotlight – Sandie Hudson – Leah Ashton – M&B New Voices

This week we welcome a blogger to our RWA Blog Team Suzanne Hamilton. Suz is taking over the Day in the Writing Life from Monique Wood.

FRI 15th October – Suzanne Hamilton – A Day in the Writing Life of …  – Alicia Hope

SAT 16th October – Sandie Hudson – Bestsellers List for September

New Blogs from Members ~

Dark Side Downunder The girls from the RWA Paranormal loop have banned together to create this blog.

Novel Adventures Alli Winters

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Rants and Ramblings ~

A couple of interesting posts this week from Rachelle Gardner.

The first is a guest post by Richard Mabry ‘What Do Amazon Rankings Mean To Authors?

The second is by Rachelle Gardner, ‘A Must for Writers’ Rachelle says “I think every single writer seeking publication should read this book!” – ‘The Forest for the Trees’

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Elsa Neal moved into The Blood-Red Pencil chair this week with a post I found interesting, (mostly because I’m hopeless with ‘Word’).  ‘Deleting Hard Returns with Find and Replace

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Another great contest from Anna this month, well for October & November.

The question is really easy. Other than English, please name three languages in which Anna’s books are available.

Two  lucky entrants will receive signed copies of:

My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell, Dark And Deadly by Jeanne Adams, Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean, The Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville, Proof By Seduction by Courtney Milan, and either What Happens In London or The Duke And I by Julia Quinn.

The contest closes 30th November, 2010. One entry per person please

Annie West ~

To celebrate the North American release of my contribution to the Dark Hearted Desert Men Series: Scandal: His Majesty’s Love-Child, Annie is running a desert themed contest for the Northern Hemisphere summer. Check out Annie’s contest page for more details. Contest ends 28th October 2010.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog this month’s contest prize is The Perils Of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna arrived home to a wonderful surprise her novel ‘Beyond the Sunset’ is in the Top 10 Romance Fiction in the Sun Herald.

Anna said this was particularly happy news for her, as her novels have so far sold more copies in the UK and she always wished she could do better in Australia. All I can say is it is about time Australia sat up and took notice of our wonderful authors.

If you would like to read the first chapter of ‘Beyond the Sunset’ visit Anna’s website.

Bec Sampson ~

Bec won the San Francisco Area Writers Heart to Heart contest in the Young Adult category. Well done Bec! What wonderful news.

Bronwyn Parry ~

 Bronwyn has a short romantic suspense story in Woman’s Day this coming week

– the issue dated 18 October that will be out on Monday 11th. YAY Bronwyn. Congratulations.

Cathryn Hein ~

Cathryn accepted a two-book deal with Penguin last week for her Australian Rural Romances. Cathryn’s first novel will be released in 2011. WOOHOO Cathryn, fantastic news.

 

Maree Anderson ~

Maree’s next release is ‘From the Ashes’ due out 1st December. For now Maree is showing off her new cover. Paranormals have great covers I think. Congratulations Maree. Read ‘From the Ashes’ blurb here.

Shona Husk ~

Shona received the new cover for ‘How to Breathe Fire’, her January release with Samhain. Very cool Shona. If you would like to read the blurb for ‘How to Breathe Fire’ visit ‘Wick Girls’.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi won the USA Windy City Four Seasons Erotic category with her Historical Erotic Romance and has had a request for a partial from the agent judge Roberta Brown. WOOHOO Suzi. Excellent news.

Plus – M&B London has requested the full of Suzi’s Outback Medical after reading her partial in their 2 week Medical Fast track in August. Suzi that good news just keeps flowing. Congratulations.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

Selling Synopsis ~

CLOSED

Emerald Award ~

Opens: 1st October 2010

Closes: 12th November 2010

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011 : Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

See website for details.

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010

NaNoWriMo

Are you having trouble writing your novel? Have you started your novel but the end is in that far away place you’re sure you’ll never reach.

What you need is NaNoWriMo. Yes, we’re back! November is National Novel Writing Month and for the past 3 years, RWA members have been running their own support group for anyone wanting to take part. You can sign up here.

Monday Challenge

Challenge is for 2,000 words for the day or more. Total of 37 Monday Challenges this year with a potential for 74,000 words plus.

Book/ Edit in a Week

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Wednesdays 13 October – 17 November

Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $225 M, $210 MC, $280 NM

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

Saturday 16 October

Embrace a Global Market: Write Romance ~ Barbara Hannay

When: 9:00am–12:00pm

Where: Marlin room, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Pierpoint Rd, Cairns

Cost: $54.00 (no concessions available)

FMI + Bookings: 1300 855 835 OR Ticket Link OR Tropical Writers

Saturday 23 October

Romance Writing ~ Barbara Hannay

When: 10.00am–4.30pm

Where: QWC, City Libraries Thuringowa Central, 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central, QLD

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

Booking deadline: Friday 8 October

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

Saturday 23 October

Writing Desire – How to Write About Sex ~ Sydney Smith

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $95 MC, $150 NM

Booking deadline: 16 October

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

Saturday 23 October

How History Feels ~ Alan Tucker

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

Thursday 4 November

Writer in the Library Talk ~ Anna Jacobs

When: 2:00 pm

Where: Mandurah Public Library, 331 Pinjarra Road, WA

Cost: Free.

FMI + Bookings: Mandurah Public Library OR Email OR (08) 9550 3650

Mary Hawkins ~

Saturday 6th

Word Writers Fair at Capalaba

Leading a workshop on Romance Writing and chairing a panel on “Reaching out for God through fiction.”

Mary’s two Baragula inspirational fiction books have been short-listed in the fiction category of the CALEB contest and the winner will be announced at the dinner that evening.

Information and registration on the website

Monday 8th – Friday 12th

Omega Writers

Mary will be a tutor at a five day live-in mentorship programme for Christian fiction writers, organised by Omega Writers

Sauturday 13th

Toowoomba Library

When: 10am

Mary is speaking at Toowoomba Library – her home town.

Sunday 14 November

Writing Romance Fiction ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: 2nd Annual Sutherland Shire Writer’s Festival, Gymea Community Centre, 39 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea, NSW

Cost: Main Program + 1 Workshop $90

FMI + Bookings: Sutherland Shire Writer’s or To prebook workshops call Jodie on 2425840719

Sunday 14 November

Melbourne Romance Writers Guild 20th Anniversary Celebrations

The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild 20th Anniversary Celebrations will take place on the afternoon of Sunday the 14th November 2010 in Fitzroy. Ex-members can attend by emailing the Event Coordinator, Dorothy at eventmrwg@gmail.com The cost is $20 per person. Hope to see you there!

Saturday 20th November

SA Writers’ Centre

Put Your Blogging Gloves On! with Eleni Konstantine

When: 10am-1pm

Is the world of blogging a dark and mysterious place for you? Want to set up a blog but don’t know where to start? Then this introduction session will help you learn the basics of blogging – what it is, who blogs, why to blog, and of course how to set up and maintain your blog. Emphasis will be on Blogger but other platforms will be also be discussed.

ONLINE Events

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Welcome to this week’s ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’ as we farewell February and welcome March (autumn YAY!!!) Can you guess I don’t like the hot weather? LOL.

Okay, enough of that let’s have a look at where our members have been, are going to be and what good news they have to share. First I’d like to show you once again the winning entry in the Little A Gem Cover contest.

Helen Katsinis  was announced this week as the winner of the Little Gem Cover contest. When you look at this wonderful cover Helen designed, you can well understand. Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations Helen.

 

Mel Teshco ~

Mel’s Nocturne Bites HER DARK LORD is due for release tomorrow. We missed yesterday’s Bookshelf Saturday. Here’s the blurb:

When dhampir Kia Montana takes a man home, she isn’t looking for names or a relationship–she only wants someone who can satisfy her lust for both sex and blood. But Kia’s new mission is to find Sean Maximillus, Lord Vampire and the lone being capable of curing Kia’s mother. Kia thought she found the key to success with Ronan, a mysterious man who promises to take her to Maximillus…and who shares a carnal passion with Kia even bloodlust couldn’t match.

But Ronan also seems to know too much about Kia…things she never told him. And as she is drawn deeper into Ronan’s world, he reveals secrets that will change Kia’s life forever….

Click on the book cover for purches details.

Now on to Cruisin’ the Blog.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Our Members Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

2nd Mar – Anna is hosting debut author HélèneYoung at Romance Bandits drop in for your chance to with a copy of Helene’s novel Border Watch.

Bronwyn Jameson ~

1st Mar – To celebrate the release of the 2000th Silhouette Desire, eHarlequin is hosting a Desire Blog Bash in March. The party kicks off tomorrow Monday March 1 (US time) with Bronwyn’s fun post about Desire titles of days gone by. A fabulous prize package is up for grabs to one commenter.

Diane Curran ~

Diane interviews Karlene Blakemore-Mowle on the Nambucca Valley Writers Group blog. Karly chats about her journey to publication.

Heather Boyd ~

Heather posted at Lady Scribes this week about plotting v pantsering (is that a word?) Just Write

Hélène Young ~

1st Mar – Hélène’s debut novel Border Watch will be on the shelves TOMORROW! To celebrate Hélène is blogging with Fleur McDonald about what inspired her to write Border Watch. You also have a chance to win a copy of ‘Border Watch.’

2nd Mar – The wonderful Anna Campbell has invited Hélène into the lair at Romance Bandits  Hélène tells me she is really looking forward to this visit saying, “That’s going to be a lot of fun! I love dropping by the lair to read their posts and now I’m a guest!” Plus there is another chance to win a copy of ‘Border Watch’.

5th Mar – For anyone in Cairns, Hélène is having a party at Glaskins Gallery, to celebrate the launch of her debut novel ‘Border Watch’! Best of luck Hélène, I hope the launch is a great success.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie welcomed Erica Hayes to her blog yesterday. Erica shared some little known facts about her childhood and to talk about ‘the best job in the world – imagining’.

Join Kylie and Erica to find out more about Erica’s erotic dark urban fantasy worlds of SHADOWFAE and SHADOWGLASS, and discover what she’s up to next, plus a chance to win a copy of SHADOWFAE.

Paula Roe ~

Week 4 and Paula continues to give us valuable information and resources for plotting a novel with her ‘A Novel in 3 Months’ blog. Can’t wait to see what she dishes up this week.

Shona Husk ~

Shona has shared her first blurb. Yes, over at Musing by Wink, Shona has posted the blurb for her soon to be debut novel Boyfriend in a Bottle.

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 22th Feb – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Tue 23th Feb – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer Erin Grace

Fri 26th Feb – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Deb Bennetto

Member who Blog Regularly ~

To celebrate the fact that it 1 year since the Bootcampers 109 got together, this week I’m giving you the list of the Bootcampers and Presenters who blog regularly or their websites.

Bootcampers                                                The Presenters

Bootcampers 109                                       Anne Gracie

Anita Joy                                                        Christine Wells

Fiona Gregory                                              Dana Fletcher-Scully

Jenn McLeod                                                Elizabeth Rolls

Louise Berry                                                 Karin Tabke

Monique Wood                                           Marion Lennox

Neely Lyon                                                    Nikki Logan

Sandie Hudson                                             Rachel Bailey

Shayne Collier                                              Valerie Parv

Shelley Findlater

Suzanne Hamilton

 Blogs of Interest ~

Blood Red Pencil ~

Linda Lane, fiction writer and editor looks at – Writing as an Art Form — Continuity

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency

Jessica Faust has a guest blogger – Kate Douglas on the Next Step  

Rants & Ramblings ~

This week Kristin talked about – Bonus Clauses—Another Item to Re-evaluate With eBooks?

The Pink Heart Society ~

Lucy Gilmour from eHarlequin London office chats, Medical Romances.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS:~

Anna Campbell ~ This month Anna is giving you the chance to win a signed copy of either Claiming The Courtesan, Untouched, Tempt The Devil or Captive Of Sin. Details HERE. Contest closes 28th Feb 2010.

Annie West ~ Annie has a summer experience contest on her site for your chance to win go to Annie’s contest page for more details. This is what Annie has up for grabs:

One winner will receive a summer tote bag and a copy of Annie’s current Blackmailed Bride, Inexperienced Wife, with its beach-themed cover.

A second winner will receive a lovely tropical beach design mouse mat with Annie’s other beach-covered book: The Greek’s Convenient Mistress.

To top it off, both will also receive signed cover flats of Anna Campbell’s fabulous book Tempt The Devil and Annie’s Desert King’s Pregnant Bride.

Contest ends TODAY 28th Feb 2010.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Emmie Dark ~
Emmie won the Sensual Contemporary category of the Romance Writers Ink “Where The Magic Begins” competition and received a request for the partial. WOOHOO Emmie, good luck with the request.

Erin Grace ~

Erin surprised us all on the RWAus Historical eloop when she told us that she was lost for words. The reason for Erin’s unusual behaviour is that her debut novel ‘Secrets’ is to be made into an audio book. Okay, that would have even the best of us lost for words. Erin congratulations, that is wonderful news.

Heather Boyd ~

Heather has made her first sale, a regency romance titled ‘One Wicked Night’ to Noble Romance Publishing. Congratulations Heather.

H. C Brown ~

Heather received yet another great review for ‘Purr-fect Seduction’, this time from The Pagan & The Pen. Congratulations Heather, not that I’m surprised.

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle ~

Karlene is riding high with good news. Thursday her debut novel ‘Fallout’ released on by The Wild Rose Press, a big event for all debut authors. Then she found out that ‘Operation Summer Storm’ (another romantic suspense), had also been contracted with The Wild Rose Press, and then on Monday she received an email to inform her that ‘The Cattleman’s Runaway Bride’ had been contracted with the Eternal Press. Way to go Karlene, congratulations.

TOP TEN ~

Mills & Boon Australia

Taken by the Pirate – Daphne Clair

His Mistress for a Million – Trish Morey

Australian Boss: Diamond Ring – Jennie Adams

Lights, Camera… Kiss the Boss – Nikki Logan

One Tiny Miracle – Carol Marinelli

The Blackmailed Bride’s Secret Child – Rachel Bailey

Marriage: For Business or Pleasure – Nicola Marsh

Harlequin US

Best Sellers

Print

His Mistress for a Million ~ Trish Morey

eBooks

Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen ~ Carol Marinelli

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child ~ Annie West

Her Mediterranean Playboy ~ Melanie Milburne

Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy ~ Kelly Hunter

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

Valerie Parv Awards

Opens: 15th February 2010

Closes: 26th March 2010

See website for details.

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 Feb – Mar

Monday Challenge

Challenge is for 2,000 words for the day or more. Total of 37 Monday Challenges this year with a potential for 74,000 words plus.

Dates:

  • Mar 8th
  • Mar 15th
  • Mar 22nd
  • Mar 29th

Book/ Edit in a Week

  •   Mar 1st to 7th (BIAW)
  •   April 5th to 11th (EIAW)

Pam Collings is the coordinator for the above challenges. For contact information please refer to January Hearts Talk. Instructions for challenges available on ROMAUS Files.

MARKET NEWS: ~

Australian Women Online now  publishes  quality short fiction on the website. We welcome all  categories of popular  women’s fiction, including: contemporary  romance, historical romance,  mystery, suspense, paranormal, science  fiction, fantasy, chiclit and young  adult romance.  We
are  currently offering AU$50 for each short story  published on the  website. For more information please visit Australian Women Online

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturday March 13

From a whisper to a scream: subtlety, clarity and the writing craft: fiction workshop ~ Lisa Lang

When: 1:00–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM.

FMI + Bookings: Essential. KSP Writers’ Centre, Email OR Call (08) 9294 1872

Sunday March 14

Shameless self promotion ~ Craig Cormick, Marcus Amann & Harry Laing

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $80 M, $70 MC, $130 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR (O2) 6262 9191

Sunday March 21

The Opportunities of Romance Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre OR (02) 9555 9757

 Sunday 21 March

Writing Historical Fiction ~ Nerida Newton

When: 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: Cairns Campus, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Eureka Street

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

Booking deadline: March 8

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers Centre OR (07) 3839 1243

Wednesday March 24

The Assessor, the Mentor and the Editor ~ Sydney Smith, Michael Nolan & Melanie Dankel

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 27 & Sunday 28 March

First to Final Draft Masterclass ~ Shelley Kenigsberg and Selena Hanet-Hutchins

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Byron Community & Cultural Centre

Cost: $115 M per day, $145 NM per day

FMI + Bookings: Essential: (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie OR Website  

Sunday March 28

Motivated Action, Motivated Characters ~ Adair Jones

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

Cost: Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR (07) 3839 1243

 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 to Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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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