Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Anne Gracie – Ripponlea Writing Workshop (Melbourne)ripponlea

On Saturday, 13 September, Anne Gracie is conducting a writing workshop for the National Trust, as part of the wonderful Love, Desire and Riches exhibition in the beautiful historic house of Ripponlea, in Elsternwick, in Melbourne. 10 am – 12.30
For further details and bookings go here.
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=88770&bof=1

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
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    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Making it real: research for writers workshop ~ Jessica White
When: Saturday 23 August, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Gold Coast, TBC
Cost: M Free, NM $30; NM C $27
  • Make Your Romance Writing Sizzle – Carla Caruso
When: Sunday 24 August 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: City of Salisbury Council, SA
Cost: Full fee $50, Concession $35 (afternoon tea provided)
  • Western Australia Tour
Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
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Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

Aspire On Line

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.

Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form at http://aspireonlinecourses.com.au/eoi/course-material.php

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

Times
From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

Cruisin with RWA

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

New Releases

is excited to announce another two book deal (book 7 and 8) with Penguin, and her next YA ebook THE MISSION with Escape Publishing.

Fiona will be participating in a RuRo tour through WA with Rachael Johns. For more information, visit Fiona’s website. They will be visiting Albany, Kojonup, Capel, Bunbury, Kalamunda, Dongara, Kalannie, Toodyay, Gosnells, Merredin and Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre towards the end of September.

FROM THIS DAY FORTH from Ulverscroft Large Print was released on June 1. The eBook available from Belgrave House.

In order to prevent the loss of his estate in a wager, Remy St Cyres agrees to abduct and wed the next woman to come through the inn door.
Fleur Russell is that woman. Her abduction compromises her reputation. Her three brother’s insist she must must marry the man who abducted her, and they use whips on Remy to enforce it. Meanwhile, England is at war with Spain. The son of a Spaniard, Remy is recruited as a spy . . . but his recruiter has an old score to settle. What follows, is a passionate tale of betrayal, untimely love as Remy and Fleur fight to keep hold of everything they hold dear.

Tima is thrilled to announce the release of BLOODPLEDGE, the second book in the Dantonville Legacy series, available as both eBook and paperback on Amazon, and soon to be released on other online retailers.

RWA Blog

June 6 – A Day in the Writing Life of Alexa Bravo

June 8 – Event Announcements

June 9 – Author Spotlight on Maggie Christiansen with a giveaway

June 10 – Valerie Parv’s Outstanding Contribution to Writing Recognised

June 11 – Romance Rocks Presents…Rowena Beresford

June 12 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Want a super-easy slice recipe with an exotic twist? Then track on over to Friday Feast. Rural romance author Jennifer Scoullar is celebrating the release of BILLABONG BEND with a mint and chocolate slice with a native bush tucker twist, and giving away a copy of this raved about book. Rural romance ‘n sweet things. A match made in heaven!

June 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Cheryse Durrant

June 16 MAGIC THURSDAY – with Alexis Fleming

June 17 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Tescho

May 30 – Fantabulous Friday: Weekend Romance – A Fair to Remember ~ not just for romance writers

It’s a Burra Burra Birthday Giveaway Blitz. Jennie is celebrating with a host of guests and giveaways in the Swallows Fall Town Hall.

June 1 – Jenny Schwartz with IT’S LOVE, DUDE

June 4 – Juanita Kees with UNDER THE HOOD

June 2 – SARA News including A Fair To Remember! with Eleni Konstantine

June 4 – READING ADVENTURES with Emmeline Lock

Posted about a sexy collection of short stories.

Guest blogged on the ARRA blog site discussing Mary, Lady Stewart, the mother of romantic suspense.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

Have a great week and happy writing!

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Fiona Palmer…

This week’s Author Spotlighter went from being a third generation speedway race car driver to a best selling Rural Romance novelist! Hello Fiona Palmer, and welcome to the Author Spotlight! Can you tell us how a woman makes such a transition?

LOL I’m not sure I even know the answer to that. Driving was just something we did as kids and with my dad’s family all involved in Speedway it was a natural progression. Writing was the one that came out of left field. Not even I could have predicted that career. But I so glad I stumbled into it.

What was the best part about speedway racing? Do you still do it?

I loved racing, especially being the only girl with all the guys. The adrenaline after a race, the smells and the sounds. I loved it. I gave up racing when I got pregnant with my daughter but when my son is old enough to race we will probably get back involved. My dad still races.

You’ve had a variety of jobs in your life, how have these inspired in regards to your writing?

They have given me experiences I can write about in all my books. It’s easier to describe the sounds and smells when you have plunged your own hands deep into wool or had to stop the tractor because hydraulic oil is spurting out during seeding. And it’s also these moments that I appreciate and realised just how much I love my life. Like crisp foggy mornings when the smell of fresh turned earth can invigorate your senses.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favourite and why?

Jonelle, because I would love to be a mechanic. I’d love to be able to restore an old car, like a Mustang or an old Torana. And she still races Speedway!

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Just start writing. It’s the best advice because I find sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do.

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What’s the best thing about being an Author?

I’m at home. I’m here for the kids. I can go to their school events and help out at canteen. I can help out with our community and be on committee’s. I have flexible time. I have time to myself.

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When you’re not writing, what do you do in your spare time (if you have any!).

Read and watch movies. That’s how I relax or unwind. But there is always something I should be doing instead.

How long does it take you for each stage of the writing process – first draft, editing and polishing?

First draft is usually three to four months. Editing another month or more. This also depends on how busy the publishers are and then the last proofreading stage could be another month.  I usually set myself a high weekly word rate. It used to be 5000 words a week, but then I did 10,000 words in a week and realised I could handle that. So that’s my new weekly target.

Do you have any works in progress you can share with us?

I am yet to start my next book. I’m waiting until I get back from Italy and then I’ll dive in head first.  But I’m writing a Young Adult/New Adult series I can share with you.

Here is the beginning of ‘The New Recruit’

‘Bloody Hell, I knew I shouldn’t have come,’ mumbled Jaz as the sweaty, skimpy clothed bodies danced around her.

For one, she was under aged and wasn’t technically allowed in the nightclub. Two, she’d lost her best friend, Taylor, he’d gone to get drinks and vanished in the smoky, strobe-lit room. Three, she’d noticed a very drunk girl, one she knew but didn’t like, getting carted off towards the exit door by two creepy- looking blokes.  And four, she could have been back at Anna’s house in her pjs eating popcorn, watching a movie and minding her own business.

If only she could mind her own business now! But Jasmine Thomas had the problem of smelling foul play. How she had the ability to sniff out trouble, she wasn’t sure. Her best friend Anna would say it was because she created most of it herself. Sadly she was probably right? 

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Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

New releases all with Entangled publishing: DD

September 23 – DANGEROUS DESIRE

October 10 – OUTBACK AFFAIR, Book 3 in the Affairs Series

November – TANGLING WITH THE CEO

New historical/supernatural/steampunk romance, DARKE LONDON, is out now

I’LL GET BY has received an excellent review.

A beguiling 1940s saga about unexpected blessings, the perils of wartime and falling in love, I’ll Get By is first-class tale from Janet Woods’ talented pen. A fantastic historical novel that is intriguing, exciting and wonderfully romantic, I’ll Get By is an outstanding tale of love, loss and hope in wartime Britain that will enchant, enrapture and delight! – Reviewed by Julie Bonello SINGLE TITLES September 12, 2013

THE OUTBACK HEART is due for release on September 25, but can be pre-ordered from Booktopia now.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

Anna had fun at Booktopia picking the 5 books every man should read.

Alison looks at what makes writers critique groups work

In need of a delicious thrill? Then Friday Feast is the place for you! Best-selling Australian crime writer Jaye Ford is not only sharing a much-loved family recipe, she’s giving away a copy of her exciting new release BLOOD SECRET. Simply reveal what food you’d miss from home if you were on the other side of the world and you could win. Oh, the suspense!

The Sunset on Summer Blog Hop has begun! There are lots of fab prizes up for grabs.

September 13 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

September 14 – DARKLIGHT ON…Cheryse Durrant

September 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips – and giveaway

September 20 – WHAT WE ARE READING – compiled by Shona Husk

September 11 – Reading Adventures with Eleni Konstantine

September 16 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

September 20 – Southern Speak – conference round up

September 15 – Super Sunday: Where have I been?

September 21– SATURDAY SEVEN (Masters of Shadowlands series) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

September 24 – CONFERENCE: RWAustralia – Pirates, ferris wheels and Fremantle.

September 28 – CAT-URDAY: Grumpy Cat 1 – My favourite one liners from GC!

The Calypso Bar‘s been taken over by a champagne-loving cricket tragic! BYO bubbles and join Lily Malone with her desert island essentials!

An ongoing blog series titled, My Scotland ~ Her Castles ~ A Little History, by Allison Butler, will go live on Monday September 23 on the Historical Hearts blog.

September 17 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt is: GLASS

September 19 – Review: Kathy Reichs GRAVE SECRETS (Brennan #5)

September 22 – Snippet Sunday 15/09/13 – New Beginnings

September 26 – This Week’s Book Choice: Wendy Knight FEUDLINGS IN FLAMES

Melanie Milburne is being interviewed on Maria’s Book Blog and there’s a giveaway too!

Ice cream parties, sexy editing jargon, format wrestling, double drafting underpants. Legislative editors have all the fun.

is over on the new Momentum Moonlight’s blog site talking about the importance of Romance in our lives.

Tamsin Baker, author of BLOND TRUTH visits Suzi Love to talk hot romance.

September 20 – Karina Fabian returns with book two of the Mind Over trilogy, MIND OVER PSYCHE.

Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic. Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle. But freedom comes at a price.

Kate Barrow – Feisty heroine, victim of the Irish charm and closet Romance Junkie! Meet the leading lady in Whitney’s Irish romance, WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND.

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Juanita Kees
  2. Magical Gains
  3. Novel Adventurers
  4. Phillipa Fioretti
  5. Romance Bandits
  6. S.E Gilchrist

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Fiona Palmer

Today I’d like to welcome rural fiction author, Fiona Palmer to the blog! Fiona has kindly agreed to give away a copy of her book, The Road Home to one lucky person, anywhere in the WORLD!… see the end of the interview for how to enter.

1.      Welcome Fiona, please tell us about your new release, THE ROAD HOME:

It’s centred around Lara and her brother Noah and his best friend Jack. Noah, being the son, got to go to Ag School and stay on the family farm while Lara was sent away to boarding school in the city (and never came back). Then Noah has to sell Erindale and Lara ends up being the solution to keeping the farm in their family, swapping her business heels for work boots.  While she’s trying to learn how to run the farm, as well as solving a few inconsistencies, she’s also trying to figure out why Jack dislikes her, even though they hit it off in their first meeting. But Jack has his own issues to deal with after running away from New Zealand. Can these two come together over the land they both love? Well you’ll just have wait and see as I can’t give away too much. 😉

2.      What do you love most about being an author?

I love creating. I love writing stories set in the bush that are as believable/real/relatable as possible. I’m very passionate about where I live, the characters I meet and our way of life and just really want to share that with everyone. (Oh, and did I mention I can create/invent the nicest blokes…all modelled off my husband of course!) And no, he didn’t pay me to say that.

3.      How do you keep coming up with new ideas and storylines?

You know, I really don’t know!! I’ll think ‘Crap! What am I going to write about next?’, but before I can stress an idea has popped into my head. Sometimes a news story can trigger it or something I do or hear. At the moment I’m about to finish my fourth book and I already have another two books that are starting to take shape in my head.  So far, so good. 🙂

4.      Rural fiction is a popular genre, can you name three characteristics you think make a successful rural fiction book?

Great settings- What’s a rural book without wonderful landscapes (and wildlife). You need the dirt, the sky and the air in detail.

Characters- Some of the kooky old battlers can make a book. Sometimes it’s the hard physical struggle that can make a man…or so I’m told.

Mother Nature or the weather.-  Rural life revolves around this, and she’s unpredictable which makes for great, believable storylines.

 

5.      Do you write detailed character profiles before starting a new book, or do you find the characters come to life as you write?

I like to find some pictures of my characters so I’ve got something to physically look at. In my mind I’ve already started to detail them a bit and the rest comes as I write. So it’s a bit of both really.

 I had one character who I’d thought would be outgoing and fun but as I wrote this new section all of a sudden he’d decided to do something hilariously out there. Almost pushing it too far. But that really showed me the person he really was. If any of that makes sense. Sometimes I only seem to make sense to myself. (Too much talking to my characters. They totally understand me.)

6.      Describe yourself in three words:

Easygoing, punctual, tomboy. (I can wear a dress. I wore one on my wedding day. I just don’t like to as I feel funny. 🙂 )

7.      How long does it usually take you to write the first draft of a novel?

Around five to six months, if the research is easy enough (and there are not too many family/life distractions).

8.      Now that your latest book is released, what are you working on next?

I’m working on a story set in the town of Bundara, about the local mechanic Jonelle and the new banker, Daniel who comes to the drought stricken town. I’ve really enjoyed writing this one as it’s a bit close to my heart with a speedway scene and the references to cars. And the town characters are just wonderful. I’ll be finished in the next month and then it will be shipped off to the publishers…fingers crossed they like it too.

Thanks for joining us, Fiona!

Visit Fiona at her website, or on Facebook or Twitter (@fiona_palmer)

To be in the draw to WIN a copy of THE ROAD HOME, simply leave a comment for Fiona below  (open internationally) 🙂

Winner will be drawn on Monday 2nd April and notified via email, and the winner must respond within one week. Good luck!

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 cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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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

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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

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.

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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

“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

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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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)

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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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 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

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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

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

Conference Spotlight ~ Diamonds in Dust: Rural Romance panel

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.


At Diamonds Are Forever,  Rachael Treasure is moderating a panel aimed at ALL writers called  PENGUIN PANEL: DIAMONDS IN THE DUST: RURAL ROMANCE. 


WORKSHOP BLURB:

A lively discussion on the popularity of rural romance with a panel of Penguin’s finest.



Rural Romance  panelists

photo by Helen Quinn

Rachael Treasure (Australia’s leading rural writer) lives on a heavenly hill in rural Tasmania with her two children, Rosie and Charlie and an extended family of Kelpies, chooks, horses, sheep and a time-share Jack Russell. When not at her desk she is trialling the latest sustainable farming methods using no-till cropping, holistic grazing management and native pasture rejuvenation.

She has worked as a jillaroo, rural journalist for ABC radio, wool classer, part-time vet nurse, drover and stock-camp cook.

Rachael Treasure is the author of the bestselling novels, The Cattleman’s Daughter, Jillaroo, The Stockmen, and The Rouseabout and The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare a collection of short stories. Her first novel Jillaroo, published in 2002, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction. They have all been bestsellers in Australia selling more than 100,000 combined copies. Two of her novels, The Stockmen and The Rouseabout, have been translated and published in German.


Belinda Byrne – Commissioning Editor at Penguin Australia

Belinda Byrne is a commissioning editor at Penguin Australia specialising in women’s commercial fiction. She can’t imagine another job as creative and rewarding as working with talented authors as they build their writing careers. Belinda has had the privilege and pleasure of working closely with bestselling authors such as Rachael Treasure, Katherine Scholes, Kerry McGinnis, Andrea Mayes, Lee Tulloch, and Kate Veitch, Mandy Magro and Cathryn Hein.


And now announcing more panelists….


Cathryn Hein was born in South Australia’s rural south-east. With three generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse mad, finally obtaining her first horse at age 10. So began years of pony club, eventing, dressage and showjumping until university beckoned.

Armed with a shiny Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Her short fiction has been recognised in numerous contests, and published in Woman’s Day.

Now living in Melbourne, Cathryn writes full-time. She is the author of Promises and Heart of the Valley.

 


Fiona Palmer lives in the tiny rural town of Pingaring in south-east Western Australia.

She discovered Danielle Steele at the age of eleven, and now writes her own brand of bestselling rural romance. She received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her first novel, The Family Farm. Fiona is the author of Heart of Gold and The Road Home. She has extensive farming experience, does the local mail run, and was a speedway-racing driver for seven years.

She currently works at the local shop in between writing her next book and looking after her two small children.





Thank you, Rachael, Belinda, Cathryn, and Fiona.


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Our next Conference Spotlight is with Nikki Logan on 19th March.


Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back to Cruisin’ 2012. Enrico, Clint and I look forward to sharing your many successes, great blogs and new releases again this year. Who has a list of 2012 goals up on their blog? Let us know by dropping us an email at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. We’ll be there to celebrate when you achieve them.

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

January 6 – A Day in the Writing Life of Anne Gracie – Suz Hamilton

January 7 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

January 8 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

January 10 – Conference 2012: Venue Information – Eleni Konstantine

January 12 – 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.

  • RWA Volunteer of the Month

RWA values the services of their volunteers, who form a strong foundation for the organisation. The January Volunteer of the Month was awarded to RWA Judge Coordinator, Margaret Midwood. Margaret will tell you that chasing judges is a full time job. RWA runs seven contests a year and are always on the look out for judges. So whether you’re a reader or a writer or both, why not enquire as to how you can become a judge?

*Please note that all judges are required to be financial members of RWAustralia.*

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

Fiona Palmer’s new release THE ROAD HOME is due for release on March 28, 2012.

  • New contract

With 2011 now a happy memory, we look forward to sharing breaking news on new contracts for 2012.

  • New covers

There’s nothing we like more than a good cover. Share yours with us to advertise your latest release.

Fiona Palmer shares the new cover for THE ROAD HOME with us this week.

  • Top Sellers

Anna Jacobs was thrilled to find that the e-book re-issue of MISTRESS OF MARYMOOR continues to sell well. The historical romance set in the 18th
century has been in the top 100 historical romances at Amazon UK for most of 2011.

Antonia Marlowe’s romantic thriller, BLUE DIAMONDS made it to the top of Authonomy’s tree on January 1.

  • New blog site or web page

If you’ve recently started a blog or designed a new author website, we’d like to share it.

Sci Fi Romance, Fantasy & Time Travel Author, S E Gilchrist has updated her website with new icons on the ‘Books’ page. Photos of artwork done by Ms Gilchrist and her daughter lend an original and personal touch to the web page.

This is a great spot to remind you about RWA’s contests. You’ll find more information on these in the Cruisin’ for Contests section. Submissions open on January 6 for the LITTLE GEMS ANTHOLOGY.

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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

January 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY

January 11 – Changes to Wednesdays

January 16 – Regency Courtship – Danielle Lisle

January 1Welcome 2012 – hello to the New Year!

 January 2Review from Fresh Fiction – 2012 starts off well for VENGEANCE BORN!

 January 2DarkSiders Reading Challenge 2012 – Do you enjoy reading paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy, and/or steampunk romances? Come find some new or some old favorites among the DarkSide authors during 2012.

 January 3 – TOPIC: In a galaxy far, far away…with Jenna McCormick – the first in a series promoting science-fiction romance and the authors who enjoy writing it! –

 January 5 – GUEST AUTHOR: Vonnie Hughes – come find out more about LETHAL REFUGE, a romantic suspense and Vonnie’s latest release.

 January 7 – TOPIC: An Author’s Life…with Anna Campbell – the first in a series of sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of some well known authors.

 January 10 – GUEST BLOGGER: Lousie Cusack – “New Year’s Resolution – from unpublished to published…”

 January 12 – Gearing up for Release Day… – with VENGEANCE BORN‘s release day just around the corner, here’s the program of events for my blog tour.

Goals for 2012

 Bestselling thriller author Jon Land discusses his first nonfiction book  BETRAYAL released by Forge

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

With January galloping along nicely, it will be February before we know it. I’ve had Clint out and about scouting up some ideas for Valentine’s Day 2012:

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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. Alison Stuart
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Fiona Lowe

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Cruisin’ for Contests

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

RBY 2012 is now open for entries

Little Gems 6 January – 27 January 2012

First Kiss 20 January – 17 February 2012

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

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Other Contests

If you know of another writing contest for aspiring authors, please share it with us here.

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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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 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.

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RWA Notices /Events

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

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Enrico’s quote of the week

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

 

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

Blog Bites…Fiona Palmer


She can drive trucks, race cars and writes compelling, rural romance-her name is Fiona Palmer.

 

I write: Rural Romance. (and trying YA, when I find the time)

I’m from: A tiny town in Western Australia called Pingaring. My house is one of five and we are 3.5hrs south east from Perth.

Three words to describe me: Gullible, fun, tomboy

It’s a bit daggy but I love: Sitting with my 8yr old daughter and watching Hannah Montana.

My day job is:  Mum duties, housework, community commitments and two days a week working at the local shop. (Was I supposed to put author here too?!?!)

Saving for: A trip to the Gold Coast for the RWA Conference next year, for the whole family.

I procrastinate by: Oh the usual. Facebook, twitter, housework, TV, movies, more housework and more facebook.

Three things people might not know about me are:  I have my MR truck licence, I love watching the Vampire Diaries and I’d rather clean anything than cook.

Favorite author: Now, I’m going against my genre here, but if I had to pick one it’d have to be Richelle Mead for her VA series. It’s always easier to pick a favourite author who has 6 books out in a series I loved against someone who has stand alone books, as each one you can feel differently towards. But I have so many favourite authors, most of them are members of the RWA!!

Plotter or panster: I like to plot as much as I can.  I will piece together my story from start to end loosely. When I have enough right in my head I will type it out like a synopsis, about 3 to 4 pages, and then I begin from Chapter one. I try to follow my plan but sometimes changes pop up.

I would most like to meet: I’d love to say an author but really it would be someone like Craig Lowndes or the Kelly boys…with a bit of luck I could get a ride in one of their V8’s

When I was young I wanted to be: Besides being a race car driver, I wanted to join the Air Force. (I think that was Top Gun inspired)

Why I write: Because I love showing our rural lifestyle, touching on things that affect our communities and creating characters that I can control and making that ‘happy ever after’ ending.

Latest project: My third book The Road Home is with the publishers on its final edit, which should be back to me in three or four weeks. In the mean time I’ve started on book four, Bundara Skies (don’t get used to the title…I’ve learnt it will change).  This one is about a female mechanic and her town of Bundara. (she’s also a speedway driver)

Thank you Fiona, you were a blast to interview and a girl after my own heart and congratulations on your success. 

 GIVEAWAY:  Fiona is giving away one of her books and a stubby holder to two people who leave a comment here before (EDST) 8.30pm Saturday 22nd of October. Two winners will be randomly drawn and announced on this blog.

To find out more about Fiona Palmer and her books go to http://www.fionapalmer.com/ 

RWA members can take a bite. Contact Kerri Williams to schedule your Blog Bite feature on blogbites@romanceaustralia.com

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