Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Can you believe it is December already? Welcome to back to 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

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PARTY NOTICE:~

You’re invited to:

“Friday Night Chat will hold an online Christmas party on Friday 17th December, starting at 8pm. Bring your reindeer, bring your holly, bring your decorations and don’t forget secret santa.”

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Bootcampers 101

Fiona talked about The Christmas Letter this week in Fiona’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom.

CC Coburn ~

Want to know the truth about teabags? Pop over to the Harlequin American Romance Author’s Blog to read what CC has to say and leave a comment and you could win a copy of Colorado Cowboy. Colorado Cowboy is the third installment in CC’s O’Malley Men series, this time featuring hunky rancher, Luke O’Malley, due for release in the US in January.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

MON 13th December – Promo: Maree Anderson with From the Ashes.

TUE 14th December – Good News Day

WED 15th December – Magic Thursday giveaway winner announced (Tracey O’Hara)

THUR 16th December – Magic Thursday with Erica Hayes. Giveaway of Poison Kissed.

SAT 18th December – Darklight On… Janni Nell, author of Allegra Fairweather, Paranormal Investigator.

Hélène Young ~

WED 15th December – Maree Anderson is visiting Hélène blog this week she is giving away a copy of ‘From the Ashes’ and blogging in her very entertaining style.

Tamara Gill ~

MON 13th Dec – Tamara has Noble Romance author Sarah Ballance visiting her blog to celebrating Sarah’s second release with ‘Run to You’ a suspense novel sure to keep you up at night. Drop by for your chance to win a copy of Sarah’s novel.

RWAus Blog ~

FRI 17th December – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – H.C Brown

SAT 18th December – Sandie Hudson – November Best Sellers List

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Heather Boyd

Kylie Griffin

Mel Teshco

Nicola Marsh

Paula Roe

Rhian Cahill

Blogs of Interest ~

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

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

This was originally posted by Dani Greer on January 12, 2010 ‘Things That Drive an Editor Crazy Revisited’. With it being re-posted to The Blood-Red Pencil Blog, I thought it may be helpful to a few of us, okay well me anyway.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Annie West ~

Annie is joining forces with six other great Australian author for her contest this month. For your chance to win:

BEYOND THE SUNSET by Anna Jacobs – historical single title saga*

CHRISTMAS AT CANDLEBARK FARM by Michelle Douglas – Harlequin Sweet (category) 

TEMPT THE DEVIL by Anna Campbell – historical single title

THE BILLIONAIRE BABY BOMBSHELL by Paula Roe – Silhouette Desire (category)

THE CATTLEMAN’S RUNAWAY BRIDE by Karly Blakemore Mowle – contemporary rural romance single title

THE MOST MAGICAL GIFT OF ALL by Fiona Lowe – Harlequin Medical (category)

Plus 3 Annie West titles not in current or planned release.

This contest runs till 29th December 2010 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information drop by Annie’s contest page.

 Janet Woods ~

This is one worth looking into. Janet is giving away a copy of her novel ‘Paper Doll’.  To enter, visit out giveaways page

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

HIGH FIVE WINNERS:

Our 2011 High Five winners as selected by Sally Williamson of HM&B are:

1st ~ Jackie Coates

2nd ~ Jenny McGregor

3rd ~ Melissa Dark

All three ladies have had partials requested. WOOHOO congratulations girls.

Anne Whitfield ~

Anne sold a contemporary novella, ‘What He Taught Her’ to MuseItUp Publishing last week. Congratulations Anne.

H.C Brown ~

Exciting news for H.C this week when she received the cover of her new anthology ‘Flogger’s Holiday Sale’ taking top billing on the cover. WOOHOO, H.C, congratulations.

Jane Beckenham ~

Jane was one very happy lady this week with the print release of her Samhain novel ‘Romeo For Hire’. YAY congratulation Jane.

 Janet Woods ~

Janet has had a busy week receiving the Runner up Award in the 2010, SWW, WA  Bronze quill comp for short story with: “Bird of Prey.”

Plus the Runner up Award for the 2010 KSP open short story comp with: “The Greek, The Dog, Shangri-la, and me.”

To top it all off Janet signed contracts with Severn House UK for two more novels: “Tall Poppies” and “Untitled.”

Congratulations Janet well done.

Melissa Smith ~

Melissa placed 2nd in The Season contest with her entry ‘Christmas Eve Bride Of Convenience’ during the week. Fantastic news Melissa, congratulations.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi is a finalist in the 2010 Wallflower for Historical Single Title with her entry ‘Scenting Scandal’. WOOHOO Suzi, 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.

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

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Summer School: Novel Writing – Things I Wish I’d Known ~ Sonia Orchard

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

FMI + Bookings: Email OR SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

 ONLINE Events

Wednesday December 8 for six weeks

Romance Writing Secrets ~ Lori Wilde

Cost: $195 (AUD)

FMI + Bookings: Romance Writing Secrets

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

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Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

BREAKING NEWS

Our golden girl Kylie Griffin has won the Golden Heart in the Paranormal Category.  YAY KYLIE!

SPECIAL CONFERENCE NOTICE:

ARRA is hosting a group book-signing of romance authors during the RWA national conference.  The event will be held in the Terrace View Rooms, at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Sydney on Friday 13 August from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm. Forty-five authors are signed up to attend.

The event will be open to everyone. Free entry for ARRA members and RWA conference delegates. Books will be available for sale at the event, and you are welcome to bring your own books to be signed.

Bookings are not essential, but those who book will have the opportunity to order a copy of the souvenir booklet, which will include photos and information about all the attending authors. For booking information visit:  http://www.australianromancereaders.com.au/events.html.

Welcome to this week’s Cruisin’ and Member’s News. A round up of Who’s Where and When and Who did What.

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

NOTE: Spare a thought for our RITA and Golden Girls this morning. All our very best wishes:- Bronwyn Parry, Elizabeth Rolls, Kelly Hunter, Kylie Griffin, Robyn Enlund,and  Vanessa Barneveld.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Denise Rossetti ~

Yes, Denise is back find out what our lovely Denise has been up to with her post I’m Baack!

Kylie Griffin ~

FRI 7th August – Sherrilyn Kenyon joins Kylie on her blog for a chat.

Mary Hawkins ~

This week Mary chatted ‘Writer’s Groups’ and the benefits of face-to-face meetings, or catching up at conferences.

RWAus Blog ~

NOW – Did you miss Pam Collings Blog Bite with Jenn on Friday? Check it out here.

MON 2nd August – Eleni Konstantine  – Craft Day

WEDS 4th August – Diane Curran – Author Spotlight – Natalie Anderson

THU 5th August – Anita Joy – 5DI Wrap-Up

SAT 7th August  – Eleni Konstantine – August Hearts Talk Wrap-Up

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Members who blog on Multi-Author Blogs

Historical Saga Novels ~ Anna Jacobs, Anne Whitfield, Janet Woods.

We Love YA ~ Amanda Ashby, Diane Curran, Kiki Lon, Natalie Hatch, Sara Hantz.

Blogs of Interest ~

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

MacGregor Literary ~

This is a new blog I stumbled across (as in new to me). The post of interest ‘Making a Living at Writing’. Now we all want to know how to do that, right?

Nathan Bransford ~

Nathan has his Page Critique Monday: Critique My Page. This is an interesting post if you want to see how an agent critiques someone’s writing. Nathan also has an added blog explaining how Page Critique Monday works.

Rants & Ramblings ~

This week Rachelle is chatting about ‘What is Writer’s Voice’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

To celebrate the release of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE, where Anna has a short story called ‘Upon a Midnight Clear’, she’s giving away two signed copies of the book. Go to her website for details: http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html The contest closes on 31st July.

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.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. July contest giveaway is The Dragon Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Noelene Jenkinson ~

Noelene is giving away a copy of her recent release ‘Loving Lucy’ from Avalon Books US, a sweet romance set in country Australia. Check out our Giveaway page for more details.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

RWNZ’S Great Beginnings Contest 2010

1st    Diana Holmes

2nd   Sandii Manning

3rd    Diana Holmes

Well done, Diana, on taking two of the top three spots!

And congratulations to the other finalists:

Judith Nolan

Leah Clapton

Suzanne Webb

Rebecca Skrabl

A big thank you to all the judges. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Ellie : Contest Manager

Cathryn Brunet ~

Cathryn’s new novel, ‘Three Over Par was released by Carina Press. WOOHOO Cathryn, mega congratulations.

H.C. Brown ~

Heather received a great review for Delicious from Today & Everyday with a 4/5 review mark. Congratulations Heather.

Jane Beckenham ~

Jane’s novel ‘He’s the One’ hit the No. 2 spot on Fictionwise for romance, during the week.

Kerri Williams ~

Kerri was offered a contract this week with ‘Eternal Press’. Fantastic news Kerri, congratulations.

Suzi Love ~

One of Suzi’s historical Scandal Series novels has made it  into the second round of ‘The Molly’ in the US. YAY Sue, congratulations.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end, the good news is 2011 contest season kicks off again in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing. Why leave it to the last minute?

High Five

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: 27th August 2010

Closes: 8th October 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

See website for details.

CONFERENCES in 2010~

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

Latest News:-

Jill Noble from Noble Romance Publishing has agreed to take online pitches from our Claytons members

A little about Jill and Noble Romance Publishing:

Jill N. Noble has published several erotic romance stories under the pen name Jill Noelle. She was formerly a staff writer for Custom Erotica Source, a Senior Editor with Loose Id, LLC and a Direct Marketing Copywriter with Lending Tree, LLC. She has over 20 years experience in marketing and advertising, and over 7 years experience in the e-publishing industry.

Until recently, Noble Romance published only Erotic Romance in eBook format. That has changed over the last couple of months. Noble Romance has opened their lines to include Sweet and Young Adult (YA to be launch is in October). For more information about Noble’s submission guidelines here is the link: http://www.nobleromance.com/Submissions.ppx

Conditions to enter the online pitch: Your manuscript needs to be completed, edited and as near to ready for submission as possible. If you go to Noble’s website and click on categories or genres, you will find out exactly what Jill is looking for.

Guest Speakers for Claytons:-

Claire Baxter – Harlequin Sweet Author

Heather Brown –Erotic Romance Author

Jill Noble – Noble Romance Publishing Senior Editor

Shona Husk – Paranormal Romance Author

Tracey O’Hara – Urban Fantasy Author

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.

Yes, we are having it again! This year the contests open earlier, you will be able to submit your entries anytime between the 1st to the 5th August. Closing date 5pm 5th August 2010. These are all emailed entries more details shortly.

Contests to include:

  • Fractured Fairy Tale. ( Max. 5pp double space 12 font)
  • 1 page Synopsis of Fractured Fairy tale or another short story. (PLEASE NOTE:   That using synopsis for one of your own stories is not recommended as these will be posted on the blog and able to be viewed by the public.)
  • Blurb for Most Ludicous Romance Plot. (Max 100 words)
  • Is It Hot In Here – First Kiss (Max 3pp or 750 words of a first Kiss scene)
  • Best Cover – Design a cover for a Romance Novel

This contest is opened to Claytons Conference members ONLY. That is members NOT attending the National conference.

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010

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

Next BIAW 2nd to 8th August

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Wednesday 4 August
Finding Your Voice in the First Novel ~ Lisa Heidke

When: 10.00am–11.45am
Where: Society of Women Writers; Dixon Room, State Library of NSW
Cost: $10 all
FMI + Bookings: Society of Women Writers

Saturday 14 August
The Exercise Pen ~ Wendy James
When: 10.00am–4.00 pm
Where: New England Writers’ Centre, NSW
Cost: $50 M, $60 NM
FMI + Bookings: New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210 or newc44@dodo.com.au

Sunday 15 August
How to get published ~ Sabina Hopfer, Emma Schwarcz, Alison Arnold

When: 2.00pm–5.00 pm
Where: Carnegie Library and Community Centre – Boyd Room, Vic.
Cost: $20 all
FMI + Bookings: Carnegie Library and Community Centre

Saturday 28 August
Seminar: The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $140 M, $100 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesdays 1 September to 6 October
Editing Your Own Work ~ Janet Mackenzie

When: 6.30–8.30pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $225 M, $210 MC, $280 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre or (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 18 September
The Art of Writing Romance ~ Valerie Parv

When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

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

Order your copy of the RWA Little Gems 2010 Topaz Anthology. 14 fabulous romantic short stories in a variety of genres guaranteed to suit all tastes. Only $12 per copy. Click here for order form

Welcome to this week’s Cruisin’ and Member’s News. A round up of Who’s Where and When and Who did What.

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

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

TUE 1st June – Catch up with Anna at the Romance Dish. Plus Giveaways!

WED 2nd June – debut author Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe chats with Anna on the Romance Bandits. What? More Giveaways!

THUS 3rd June – Anna makes her way over to Vauxhall Vixens. Yes and there are Giveaways!

THURS 3rd June – Anna calls in for a chat with Julia Smith’s blog, A Piece of My Mind.

FRI 4th June – Anna wanders over to Tawny Weber’s blog for a chat and yes, Giveaways!

FRI 4th June – You can also catch up with Anna at the Romance Round Table. Look even more Giveaways!

What another fun filled week Anna has lined up for us, with plenty of Giveaways again. If you missed last week drop by Anna’s Blog visits this week.

Denise Rossetti ~

This week Denise’s blog title is A Writerly Joke, snort very funny.

Heather Brown ~

FRI 5th June – Heather invites Nichelle Gregory into the Hot Seat for a chat.

Jenn McLeod ~

This week Jenn has a review blog for Victoria Black’s debut novella – Lies and Seduction.

Nicola Marsh ~

I need to drop by Nicola’s blog more. Just one of this week’s posts The Write Whisper: Resilience .

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne chats about her adventure into the crazy world of 50ks in 30 Days.

Tamara Gill ~

Another interesting post on her blog, The Society of Thames Mudlarks, the things we learn when Cruisin’ the Blog.  

Vanessa Barneveld ~

Vanessa has a great interview up on We Love YA with the very talented Allison Rushby.

FRI 2nd May – Catch Vanessa’s interview with YA author Elizabeth Eulberg  at We Love YA. Stephenie Meyer describes Elizabeth’s book, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB,  as a “funny, fantastic debut.”

RWAus Blog ~

MON 31st May – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

WED 2nd June – Sandie Hudson – Claytons Conference Awards

SAT 5th June – Eleni Konstantine – Hearts Talk Wrap Up.

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Many of our members blog on group blogs on a regular bases, here is where you will find just a few of them:

50ks in 30 Days ~

Angie Peters

Anita Joy

Diane Curran

Jenn McLeod

Monique Wood

Natalie Hatch

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

Sandie Hudson

Tracey O’Hara

Bootcamper 101 ~

Alison Leake

Annie Newton

Dana Scully

Eleni Konstantine

Fiona Gregory

Jacqueline Wilson

Janie

Melissa James

Moya Pennell

Neely Lyon

Nikki Logan

Rachel Bailey

Risanne Smiles

Tracey Turner

Blogs of Interest ~

Historical Saga Novels ~

An interesting topic posted by Freda Lightfoot – Is a saga romantic fiction?

Rants and Ramblings ~

Now this one might interest you. This week Rachelle Gardner had Mary DeMuth guest blogging about the Triple T. Now you have to go read the blog to find out more.

Romance Writer’s Revenge ~

Okay this one I can so relate to, if you have trouble with your Muse and plotting read this blog The Undercover Plotter.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

May 2010 – Win a copy of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER!

With the release of her 5th novel My Reckless Surrender, Anna is giving away five signed copies of the American edition with that gorgeous sensual yellow cover. Go to Anna’s website for more details.

The contest closes 31st May, 2010, Anna will draw the winner soon after that.

Annie West ~

May 2010 – Reading Treasure Contest!

It’s contest time for Annie again. The theme of ‘treasure’ two of Annie’s Talented author friends, Anna Campbell and Sharon Archer, each offered a book give away. Go to Annie’s contest page for more details, contest runs till 15th June. 

Maxine Sullivan, Paula Roe and Robyn Grady ~

Three brand-new outback Billionaires and Babies books… FOUR great prizes!

In April, May and June the girls are giving you a chance to score a title from their back-list. Go to the girl’s new blog Outback Billionaires and BabiesContest Page for more details.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. May’s prize is Anne Bishop’s Daughter of the Blood.

 MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Don’t forget to check out our NEW ‘Book Trailer of the Week’ page. To submit your trailer, send Diane with your youtube url – blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com.

NOTE OF INTEREST:

We are coming into the final week of this wonderful fun raiser,

Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research this is a wonderful cause which Brenda works very hard for and the 6th year Brenda has been running this auction.  

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood, a group comprised of 2009 Golden Heart finalists including Vanessa Barneveld, has a jumbo goody basket of books and treats up for grabs at the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Bidding closes May 31.

FIRST KISS WINNERS ~

Okay I’m slack because I forgot to do this last week.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST KISS WINNERS:

1st – Leah Clapton
2nd – Cristien Hickey
3rd – Alli Withers

In Other News!

Jane Beckenham ~

Jane’s  newest release He’s The One debuted in the Top Ten at My Bookstore an More, it’s number 1 as I’m writing this post. She also cracked the top 100 on Amazon for awhile. Congratulations Jane.

Nicola Marsh ~

Nicola was celebrating this week with a 4.5 review from Cata Romance for Overtime in the Boss’s Bed. WOOHOO Nicola.

Shona Husk ~

Shona’s debut novel ‘An Elemental Tail’ received 4.5 diamonds from Got Erotic Romance for her first review. YAY Shona, congratulations.

BESTSELLERS/TOP TEN

The bestsellers/Top Ten list has been moved to its own blog. As of next Saturday Member’s Bestsellers List will feature on the third Saturday of each month. So if your novel hits a Bestseller/Top Ten list let me know webliaison@romanceaustralia.com with your Name – Novel/Book Title –  Bestsellers List name.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end, the good news is 2011 contest season kicks off again in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing. Why leave it to the last minute?

High Five

Opens: August 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: August 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: August 2010

See website for details.

CONFERENCES in 2010~

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

More details soon.

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.

Yes, we are having it again! This year the contests open earlier, you will be able to submit your entries anytime between the 1st to the 5th August. Closing date 5pm 5th August 2010. These are all emailed entries more details shortly.

Contests to include:

  •   Fractured Fairy Tale. ( Max. 5pp double space 12 font)
  •   1 page Synopsis of Fractured Fairy tale or another short story. (PLEASE NOTE: That using synopsis for one of your own stories is not recommended as these will be posted on the blog and able to be viewed by the public.)
  •    Blurb for Most Ludicous Romance Plot. (Max 100 words) 
  •    Is It Hot In Here – First Kiss (Max 3pp or 750 words of a first Kiss scene)
  •    Best Cover – Design a cover for a Romance Novel

This contest is opened to Claytons Conference members ONLY. That is members NOT attending the National conference.

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 May – June

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

Information for Apr, May, Jun.

BIAW

May/Jun – May 31 to Jun 6

Monday Challenges

May –24, 31

Jun – 14, 21, 28

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

June Challenge ~

50K in 30 Days starts on Tuesday if you have never tried this before now is a perfect time. If you think writing 50k is a little out of your reach, don’t despair, we have challengers with goal from 15k to 62k, we even have a few using the month for an editing challenge or both. Yes, there are crazy people out there who think they can do it all. If you would like to join us you can sign up here RWAusNaNoWriMo NOTE: you must be a financial member of RWAustralia.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturday June 5
Writing Between the Sheets: Crafting Sex in Fiction Masterclass ~ Krissy Kneen

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: May 21
Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (02) 9250 1988 OR Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 5
Solving Your Plotting Problems ~ Jenny Hale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 12
Selling That Book Publishing Workshop ~ Dr David Reiter

When: 1:00–4:00pm
Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA
Cost: $25 M, $40 NM
FMI + Bookings: Essential. KSP Writers’ Centre or Email or Call (08) 9294 1872

Saturday June 19
Developing your Writing Practice ~ Adair Jones

When: 10:00am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: Friday June 11
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 OR Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 26
Meet the Publishers: Fiction and Nonfiction ~ Louise Adler, Michael Bollen & Stephen Matthews
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $60 M, $80 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday June 27
Writing Scenes That Work Masterclass ~ Kim Wilkins
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: Friday June 11
Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday July 3
Come to Your Senses Fiction writing Workshop ~ Linda Jaivin

When: 10:00–4:00pm
Where: New England Writers’ Centre, NSW
Cost: $75 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: Essential. New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210

Saturday July 5
Breaking Through Writing Masterclass ~ Jan Cornall

When: 10:00–5:00pm
Where: Storylines, 2 Sturt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
Booking deadline & draft submission: Friday June 19
Cost: $100 M, $60 MC, $120 NM, $80 NMC
FMI + Bookings: NT Writers  or Email or (08) 8952 3810

 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

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO…. by Jane Beckenham

Wouldn’t it be nice if writing was like putting on trousers. You see, every day when I get dressed and put on my jeans (am a jeans girl, not a dress girl, in fact my kids laughed when they saw me in a skirt once, ‘mum you have legs!’) Anyway, I digress… but you see you put on your trousers one leg at a time and it doesn’t matter day it is, the action is always the same

So that’s what I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if writing were like that for each book.

But alas it’s definitely not. As the years passed and I got to figure out this writing craft stuff, I can remember thinking, yep I’ve cracked it, this story came together easy peasy. GMC – got it, POV, got that too, and the character arc.

Then it was onto the next book, with great enthusiasm. Trouble was I came to a grinding halt sometimes. What worked in the earlier book DID NOT WORK in this one.

No amount of plotting, story arcing etc, worked. The characters, blast their smart-as..d hides WOULD NOT talk to me.

I learned a valuable lesson. Just when you think you’ve cracked it, you’re put through the mill again, and again and again.

(Note to self. You thought this was just like that romance book formula everyone talked about – Joke!)

And in fact this has been the only thing that has remained the same in my writing years. That every book is different in its compilation and planning.

WOMAN OF VALOR my first (published) book which I co-authored with Ellen Ben-Sefer was written with 1200 miles of Tasman Sea between us, and said writers having not ever met. Books that followed, seemed to flow easily, little vignettes in my head that wouldn’t let me sleep until I trained myself NOT to have to get up in the middle of the night and write them down, but remember specific words that would remind me the next day.

It is so fun when the book flows, when the characters come alive and lead me without hesitation, when I can smell the setting, feel the emotions. It is not fun, when it doesn’t happen.

But if there is one thing I learned over the last few books and particularly with my coming release is to trust my characters. They know what they want to do, and who am I to argue, I’m just the wordsmith telling their story.

Taylor Sullivan in HE’S THE ONE, (Samhain May 2010) kept telling me she was a virgin. But I kinda didn’t listen for a time. I mean I write contemporary romance, and the woman was 24 or so, and a virgin! I don’t think so.

But she insisted she was, and I was only until I listened, (okay find me the straight jacket) that I really figured out her story. I learned to stop and listen. Let my mind go blank. I often would do this in a 20 minute meditation session I had begun to do once the family had left for work/school and then again in the afternoon before the onrush of chaos and they arrived home again. It was amazing what the enforced silence and breathing gave me. Time to let the voices in. To let my mind run free and listen. Taylor sure was a virgin, and it was because of living a lie.

A month ago I got a rejection. I was devastated. Did the chocolate run, and the tears etc. Also that rejection gave me permission to stop for a while – I have given myself a month off to simply read, relax and just BE. At one point in the last few weeks (okay I admit for quite a few days of those four weeks) I wondered if I would ever write again. Not because of the rejection, but because the voices had gone silent. The characters were not speaking.

Then last night, I changed my writing location. I took my laptop to bed! Sad, but hey what else do you do after 27 years of marriage. Anyways…..an exciting thing happened. They spoke to ME! Oh yay! They’re not dead, they’re still there.

They probably hadn’t gone away, but I had to re-learn the art of listening.

So voices….start chattering, pretty please. I really, really want to write.

Happy reading and writing.

Jane Beckenham

Bio:  In books Jane Beckenham discovered dreams and hope, stories that inspired in her a love of romance and happy ever after.  Years later, after a blind date, Jane found her own true love and married him eleven months later.  

Life has been a series of  ‘dreams’ for Jane.  Dreaming of learning to walk again after spending years in hospital. Dreaming of raising a family and subsequently flying to Russia to bring home her two adopted daughters. And of course, dreaming of writing.

Writing has become Jane’s addiction – and it sure beats housework.

You can contact Jane via her web site www.janebeckenham.com

or email her at neiljane@ihug.co.nz   

He’s the One

by Jane Beckenham

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 978-1-60928-040-6
Length: Category
Price: 4.50
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Virginity is overrated.

Taylor Sullivan doesn’t trust Cupid, but she plays one for a living. As a successful wedding consultant, she creates a couple’s ultimate fantasy—even though she’s never managed to create her own. And when her clients start asking her for wedding night advice, she’s sensible enough to know when to enlist help.

Cade Harper knows two things about women. They either abandon him, or use him as a walking bank. He doesn’t do commitment, and marriage is a dirty word—witness the string of broken hearts he’s left in his wake. Yet Taylor’s business proposition intrigues him. In exchange for one night of no-strings passion, she’ll develop a promotional plan for his business. Who could say no?

Never one to buy anything sight unseen, Taylor tests the waters with a kiss. In an instant she has the only answer she’s ever wanted—that Cade is the one she wants.

As business starts tumbling into pleasure, Cade finds himself falling hard and fast.

It’s a fantasy come true—if they can turn heartache into forever…

Warning: Contains explicit, straight-to-the-heart sex between a hopeless romantic heroine and an abandon-all-hope hero. No need to dress up for this party—just curl up with a glass of bubbly and a box of tissues!

A special thank you to Jane Beckenham for taking time to write this blog. If you what like to take part as a Guest Blogger you can contact blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com or webliaison@romanceaustralia.com

Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News

Order your copy of the RWA Little Gems 2010 Topaz Anthology. 14 fabulous romantic short stories in a variety of genres guaranteed to suit all tastes. Only $12 per copy. Click here for order form

A Special Notice:

Stephanie Laurens will be on stage at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday 6th July, 6:15 – 7:15 – details at Wheeler Centre Events.   It’s to be a moderated discussion on the topic:  A Fine Romance: Beyond the Bodice Ripper. Entry is free but bookings are recommended.

Welcome to this week’s Cruisin’ and Member’s News. Another week of great news and fantastic blogs for you to cruise.

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

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 24th May – Anna is reviewing WHAT REMAINS OF HEAVEN for the Romance Dish.

MON 24th May – Anna is guest blogging about MY RECKLESS SURRENDER on Helene Young’s blog. Plus Giveaways!

MON 24th May – You will find Anna guest blogging on the Romantic Times Book Reviews blog. Plus Giveaways!

MON 24th May – Drop into Love Cats Downunder where Anna is also guest blogging and more Giveaways!

TUE 25th May – Catch Anna guest blogging with Romance Novel Sluts. Plus Giveaways!

TUE 25th May – Anna is guest blogging with Sarah Maclean. And more Giveaways!

TUE 25th May – I’m guest blogging with the Romance Writers Revenge. WOW more Giveaways!

WED 26th May – Anna is guest blogging with Romantic Crush Junkies. Plus Giveaways!

WED 26th May – Check Anna out guest blogging with Romance Reader at Heart Novel Thoughts. Plus Giveaways!

THU 27th May – Do NOT Miss this, Anna is having a Humungous launch party at the Romance Bandits for MY RECKLESS SURRENDER! With more Giveaways!

FRI 28th May – The end of the week and Anna wraps up with a Guest blog on the Lovestruck Novice. WHAT more Giveaways?!

What a week Anna has lined up, with plenty of Giveaways, so don’t miss your chance to win. Drop into the blogs above for your chance.

Anne Whitfield ~

This week Anne talks about Robin Hood and a new blog by a group of historical writers ‘Historical Belles and Beaus’.

Cathleen Ross ~

Cathleen is blogging about how being psychic influenced her writing on Dirty Sexy Murder at Mysteries and Margaritas.

Christina Phillips ~

FRI 28th May – Erin Grace visits Christina’s blog chatting about her two wonderful historical romances from Lyrical Press, Secrets and Serenade. One lucky commenter has the chance to win a copy of Erin’s recent release Serenade to won!

Fiona Lowe ~

This week Fiona chats about the sale of her 14th novel ‘SOLD’. WOOHOO Fiona.

Mary Hawkins ~

WOOHOO Mary has ventured into the land of blogging releasing a new blog site. This week’s post ‘The Learner Needs Help’, do drop by and let Mary know what you would like to see her post about.

 RWAus Blog ~

Mon 24th  May – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Wed 26th May – Sandie Hudson – Guest Blogger – Jane Beckenham

Fri 28th May – Monique Wood – A Day in the Writing Life of … Jenn McLeod

Sat 29th May – Sandie Hudson – Bookshelf Saturday – June New Releases

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Many of our members blog on group blogs on a regular bases, here is where you will find just a few of them:

LoveCats DownUnder ~

Anna Hackett

Emily May

Mel Teshco

Nikki Logan

Rachel Bailey

Sharon Archer

Tracie Sommers

Zana Bell

We Love YA ~

Amanda Ashby

Diane Curran

Kiki Lon

Natalie Hatch

Sara Hantz

Steph Bowe

Vanessa Barneveld

Blogs of Interest ~

Book Ends, LLC ~

This is a must read for any aspiring or published author. ‘Writer Beware’, not all agents are who they seem to be.

Nathan Bransford ~

Nathan chats ‘How to Write a One Sentence Pitch’ this week.

The Blood Red Pencil ~

Here is another interesting post – ‘Brainstorming Your Way to a Complete First Draft

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

May 2010 – Win a copy of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER!

With the release of her 5th novel My Reckless Surrender, Anna is giving away five signed copies of the American edition with that gorgeous sensual yellow cover. Go to Anna’s website for more details.

The contest closes 31st May, 2010, Anna will draw the winner soon after that.

Annie West ~

May 2010 – Reading Treasure Contest!

It’s contest time for Annie again. The theme of ‘treasure’ two of Annie’s Talented author friends, Anna Campbell and Sharon Archer, each offered a book give away. Go to Annie’s contest page for more details, contest runs till 15th June. 

Maxine Sullivan, Paula Roe and Robyn Grady ~

Three brand-new outback Billionaires and Babies books… FOUR great prizes!

In April, May and June the girls are giving you a chance to score a title from their back-list. Go to the girl’s new blog Outback Billionaires and BabiesContest Page for more details.

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. May’s prize is Anne Bishop’s Daughter of the Blood.

 MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Don’t forget to check out our NEW ‘Book Trailer of the Week’ page. To submit your trailer, send Diane with your youtube url – blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com.

NOTE OF INTEREST:

We are coming into the final week of this wonderful fun raiser,

Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research this is a wonderful cause which Brenda works very hard for and the 6th year Brenda has been running this auction.  

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood, a group comprised of 2009 Golden Heart finalists including Vanessa Barneveld, has a jumbo goody basket of books and treats up for grabs at the Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Bidding closes May 31.

ARRA Winners

Anna Campbell ~

Australian Romance Readers Awards FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE AUTHOR OF 2009.

Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Historical Romance of 2009 CAPTIVE OF SIN.

Mega Congratulations Anna.

Bronwyn Parry ~

Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Romantic Suspense of 2009 DARK COUNTRY

WOOHOO Bronwyn, Congratulations.

Kandy Shepherd ~

Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Contemporary Romance LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD. YAY Kandy, Congratulations.

Paula Roe ~

Australian Romance Readers Awards Short Category Romance 2009 THE MAGNATE’S BABY PROMISE. Fantastic, Congratulations Paula.

Nalini Singh ~

Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance of 2009 ANGLES’ BLOOD.

Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Continuing Romance Series PSY/CHANGELING SERIES.

Huge Congratulations Nalini

IN OTHER NEWS ~

Bec Sampson ~

Bec is a finalist in the Young Adult section of ‘Touch of Magic’ contest. Congratulations Bec, all the best.

Cathleen Ross ~

Cathleen has sold ‘French Kiss’ to Ravenous Romance for their Once Upon a Threesome anthology and ‘Love, Lust and Lies’ to Passion in Print. Congratulations Cathleen.

Erin Grace ~

Not only did Erin have a great launch last Saturday night for her last release ‘Serenade’, but she woke Sunday morning to find ‘Serenade’ had received a 5 Cup Review from Coffee Time Romance. Fantastic Erin.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie’s sci-fi romance placed 2nd in the ‘Yellow Rose Chapter of RWA 2010 Winter Rose’ contest. YAY Kylie, congratulations.

Maggi Andersen ~

Maggi recieved a new contract for her Middle Reader/ YA novel ‘Dog Head Code’. Don’t you just love the title? Congratulations Maggi.

Mel Teshco ~

Ice-Cold Lover released May 26th with Ellora’s Cave, the 2nd book of the Winged & Dangerous series.

BESTSELLERS/TOP TEN

The bestsellers/Top Ten list has been moved to its own blog. As of next Saturday Member’s Bestsellers List will feature on the third Saturday of each month. So if your novel hits a Bestseller/Top Ten list let me know webliaison@romanceaustralia.com with your Name – Novel/Book Title –  Bestsellers List name.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end, the good news is 2011 contest season kicks off again in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing. Why leave it to the last minute?

High Five

Opens: August 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: August 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: August 2010

See website for details.

CONFERENCES in 2010~

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

More details soon.

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.

Yes, we are having it again! This year the contests open earlier, you will be able to submit your entries anytime between the 1st to the 5th August. Closing date 5pm 5th August 2010. These are all emailed entries more details shortly.

Contests to include:

  •   Fractured Fairy Tale. ( Max. 5pp double space 12 font)
  •   1 page Synopsis of Fractured Fairy tale or another short story. (PLEASE NOTE: That using synopsis for one of your own stories is not recommended as these will be posted on the blog and able to be viewed by the public.)
  •    Blurb for Most Ludicous Romance Plot. (Max 100 words) 
  •    Is It Hot In Here – First Kiss (Max 3pp or 750 words of a first Kiss scene)
  •    Best Cover – Design a cover for a Romance Novel

This contest is opened to Claytons Conference members ONLY. That is members NOT attending the National conference.

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010 May – June

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

Information for Apr, May, Jun.

BIAW

May/Jun – May 31 to Jun 6

Monday Challenges

May –24, 31

Jun – 14, 21, 28

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

Coming Up in June ~

50K in 30 Days – Yes I am giving you fair warning, the 50/30 challenge will be running again in June, so get your manuscripts in order. Start plotting, researching, get those meals cooked and in the freezer because June will be here before you know it.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturday June 5
Writing Between the Sheets: Crafting Sex in Fiction Masterclass ~ Krissy Kneen

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: May 21
Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (02) 9250 1988 OR Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 5
Solving Your Plotting Problems ~ Jenny Hale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 12
Selling That Book Publishing Workshop ~ Dr David Reiter

When: 1:00–4:00pm
Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA
Cost: $25 M, $40 NM
FMI + Bookings: Essential. KSP Writers’ Centre or Email or Call (08) 9294 1872

Saturday June 19
Developing your Writing Practice ~ Adair Jones

When: 10:00am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: Friday June 11
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 OR Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday June 26
Meet the Publishers: Fiction and Nonfiction ~ Louise Adler, Michael Bollen & Stephen Matthews
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $60 M, $80 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday June 27
Writing Scenes That Work Masterclass ~ Kim Wilkins
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Booking deadline: Friday June 11
Cost: $160 M, $150 MC, $210 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3839 1243 or Queensland Writers’ Centre

Saturday July 3
Come to Your Senses Fiction writing Workshop ~ Linda Jaivin

When: 10:00–4:00pm
Where: New England Writers’ Centre, NSW
Cost: $75 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: Essential. New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210

Saturday July 5
Breaking Through Writing Masterclass ~ Jan Cornall

When: 10:00–5:00pm
Where: Storylines, 2 Sturt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
Booking deadline & draft submission: Friday June 19
Cost: $100 M, $60 MC, $120 NM, $80 NMC
FMI + Bookings: NT Writers  or Email or (08) 8952 3810

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

Happy Sunday Morning everyone. Here we are back with yet another information packed Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News for you.

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

First up, we bid a sad farewell to Anita Mack from the web team as she steps into another position within RWA family. We wish you every success Anita and know you will be a great benefit to your new team.

To carry on with the Blog Bites, we welcome Jenn McLeod to the team. I know Jenn is going to be a great asset to our team.

Here is some event news, if you are in Melbourne do not miss the Williamstown Literary Festival.

Saturday May 1

Williamstown Literary Festival ~ Joan Kilby and Sarah Mayberry look at the continuing appeal of romance novels, examining market shares and the various sub-genres before discussing the elements editors look for in a successful manuscript. They will cover character development, plot, conflict, emotion and internal versus external goals, as well as how to submit to publishers, find an agent and deal with rejection without losing your enthusiasm.

When: 3.00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Williamstown Town Hall – Foyer

104 Ferguson St

            Williamstown

The foyer is located opposite The Ballroom at the Williamstown Town Hall Ground Floor

Cost: $5 – $7

FMI + Bookings: Williamstown Literary Festival or Tickets

Who is Cruisin’ the Blog this week?

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell

MON, 12th April – Anna blogs on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs drop by and say hi when you get a chance.

FRI, 16th April – Annie West is Anna’s guest on Romance Bandits where she will be talking about her new American release Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child and giving away some books.

Anna Hackett ~

Anna dropped into VampChiX this week to chat about Vampires, Chakras and Tantric Sex.

Anne Oliver ~

Anne asks the question ‘Does this happen to you?’ with her post on I(heart)Presents, Sometimes It’s All About Timing.

Annie West ~

Annie chatted about Memories and her new release ‘Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child’ on I(Heart)Presents this week. Don’t forget Annie’s contest ends today, so for your chance to win click here.

Don’t forget to catch up with Annie on Friday at the Romance Bandits, where she is a guest of oour own Anna Campbell.

Kelly Hunter ~

Kelly Hunter, RWA Rita finalist, with her novel is featuring on the Harlequin Blog, ‘Kelly Hunter’s Hot Bed of Scandal Duet Makes Headlines!

Lucy Clark ~

School camp Daze’, yes that is one post Lucy chatted about on the Harlequin Medical Author blog this week. Do you remember your school camp? Somehow I don’t think Lucy did before signing on to help out. LOL.

Lucy also blog about ‘Things I Hate’, as an added blog this week for the Medical Writers.

Mary Hawkins ~

Mary chatted with Jo-Anne Berthelsen, her guest author on International Christian Fiction Writers’ blog on her Friday slot for this month.

Paula Roe ~

Paula introduced us to some of her locals on the Silhouette Desire Author Blog this week titled ‘The Local’, and no, Paula was not talking about her neighbours nor her local bar. You will just have to go and read her post to find out.

Sarah Mayberry ~

Sarah chats about her enduring obsessions, the art, architecture and fashion of the Art Deco era, with a blog post titled; Fetishes and Obsessions over at Harlequin Blaze Authors Blog.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne takes us on an aerial tour of mountains, land, and ocean around Port Macquarie as she researches for her novel. Pssss, if you scroll down you will be able to read an excerpt of June release novel ‘Heat in the Outback’.

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 12th Apr – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Tue 13th Apr – Monique Wood – A Day in the Life of Writer – H.C. Brown

Fri 16th Apr – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Amy Andrews + Giveaway

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Anita Joy

Anne Gracie

Bronwyn Parry

Cassandra Cornell

Cathryn Brunet

Denise Rossetti

Blogs of Interest ~

Historical Romance UK ~

If you are like me, you love finding out about interesting buildings? Nicola Cornick chats about her great discovery ‘The Inspiration for the Royal Pavilion?

Lady Scribes ~

It is Critique Friday again this week for the Lady Scribes, on top of that the Ladies have an interview with award winning author Leigh Michaels.

LoveCats Downunder ~

Have you been over to visit our LoveCats lately? I f not, time to wander over for another visit. You know the girls always have something interesting to post.

Nathan Bransford ~

Nathan tackled the much-debated issue of downloading free eBooks, A Matter of Ethics, well worth reading.    

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Ask the Editor: And then?, (and so I see the light) Have wondered why you should write ‘and then’ instead of just ‘then’, well I have and now I know why. (Yes, I suck at grammar).

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna’s contest for March/April 2010 – Win the Proverbial ARC of My Reckless Surrender.

The contest closes 30th April, 2010.

Annie West ~

Annie has her new contest up on her website for March ‘New Beginnings Book Giveaway

This contest runs till 11th April. ENDS TODAY!

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where she is giving away one of her favourite book each month until her novel ‘Shadow Kin’ is released. April’s prize is Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.

Mel Teshco and Anna Hackett ~

Mel and Anna have joined forces to promote their Nocturne Bites new releases )Mel’s March 1st release of Her Dark Lord, and Anna Hackett’s April release, Hunter Surrender) and are giving away a Nocturne Bites book a week.  

CONTEST RESULTS:~

STALI RESULTS:~

After a lengthy stretch of nail biting by our finalists we have the winners of the 2010 STALI contest as chosen by Rose Hilliard of St Martin’s Press.

1st Robyn Enlund (full manuscript requested)

2nd Rebecca Skrabl

3rd Sarah Mayberry

Congratulations to our winners and all the finalists. Many thanks to Erica Hayes, STALI Contest Manager.

Lis Hoorweg

Contest Co-ordinator

EMERALD AWARD CATEGORY 2010 FINALISTS.

Congratulations to all the entrants who made the cut for Round 2.

The top 3 places go to:

Joanne Robertson

Rebecca Sampson

Coleen Yan

Their full manuscripts will be ranked by Mary Therese Hussey of HM&B and final placings announced at the Conference Awards dinner in August.

A big thank-you to Bev Lewis and assistant Liesl Leighton who managed the Category section.

Single Title section results won’t be available for a few more weeks.

Lis Hoorweg

Contest Co-ordinator

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna’s latest novel ‘Captive on Sin’ is a finalist in the historical section of Winsconsin Romance Writers ‘Write Touch Readers Awards’. Congratulations Anna, good luck with the final round.

Cathryn Brunet ~

Cathryn got a dose of the warm and fuzzies (as she says on her blog) with a review from Romance Junkies reviewer Pamela Denise for her novel ‘Ritual Passion’.

Erin Grace ~

Erin received her third contract in fourteen months this week for her novel ‘Fire of My Heart’ with Lyrical Press. Great going Erin, congratulations.

Jane Beckenham ~

Jane received a fantastic review 4.5 stars for ‘He’s The One’ from Single Title Reviews. Congratulations Jane.

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle ~

Karlene received the cover for her Eternal Press release ‘The Cattleman’s Runaway Bride’. Great cover Karlene.

Kylie Griffin ~

Our Kylie has done it again, this time she has finalled in the Yellow Rose Chapter of
RWAmerica 2010 Winter Rose Contest in the paranormal category with her VPA winning MS ‘Dark Shadows’. Final judge is agent Emmanuelle Alspaugh from the Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency. All the best of luck Kylie.

Margaret Tanner ~

Margaret is Author of the Year for Aussie Author, you can read Margaret’s interview here. WOOHOO Margaret well done.

Maggie Andersen ~

Maggie’s young adult novel, ‘Waving at the Moon’, has been accepted by Eternal Press. Set in outback Australia, ‘Waving at the Moon’ is a post-nuclear fantasy. Fantastic news Maggie, congratulations.

Maree Andersen ~

Maree received an offer from Red Sage Publishing for her Futuristic/Space Opera, ‘From The Ashes’. WOOHOO Maree.

Rhian Cahill ~

Rhian is a Featured Author on The Romance Studio for April. Drop by and find out what RC has coming out soon.

Rowena Cory Daniells ~

Rowena has a new trailer out for her new series ‘The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin’.

Shona Husk ~

Being an insomniac has it’s advantages at times. I could have missed out on letting you know the delightful Shona has her novel cover for her June release ‘Boyfriend in a Bottle‘. Now that is a great cover, congratulations Shona.
WHO HIT THE TOP TEN THIS WEEK ~

Mills & Boon Australia

Millionaire Dad’s SOS – Ally Blake

One Small Miracle – Melissa James

City Surgeon, Small Town Miracle – Marion Lennox

Baby For The Flying Doctor – Lucy Clark

Bachelor Dad, Girl Next Door – Sharon Archer

Her Best Friend – Sarah Mayberry

His Ring, Her Baby – Maxine Sullivan

Fired Waitress, Hired Mistress – Robyn Grady

Australian Billionaires – Margaret Way, Amy Andrews, Jennie Adams

Harlequin US

Top Ten Passion Picks

Valente’s Baby – Maxine Sullivan

Her Secret, His Love-Child – Tina Duncan

Top Ten eBooks

Her Secret, His Love-Child – Tina Duncan

Hot Boss, Boardroom Mistress – Natalie Anderson

CONFERENCES in 2010~

The 2010 Romancing The West Conference

Saturday 1st May 2010

Metro Hotel
61 Canning Hwy
Perth

See Event Page on blog or RWAus website for more details.

RWAustralia together with SARA present the 2010 Romance Roadshow Event

~ Romancing the Novel ~
Featuring special guest speakers:–

Anna Campbell

Yvonne Lindsay

Claire Baxter

Anne Oliver

Elizabeth Rolls

Christina Carlisle

Trish Morey

Venue: SA Writers’ Centre
Date: Saturday 15th May

Visit SARA website for more details.

From the SA Romancing the Novel seminar committee:

We have managed to get a good accommodation  price for the Romancing the Novel seminar for our out-of-state guests, or attendees looking to spend the night in the city. If you are interested, contact Helen for details.

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

For more details visit the RWAus website or Conference page on the blog.

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Online conference – The conference you can attend when you can’t attend the National Conference.

More details soon.

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.

Yes, we are having it again! This year the contests open earlier, you will be able to submit your entries anytime between the 1st to the 5th August. Closing date 5pm 5th August 2010. These are all emailed entries more details shortly.

Contests to include:

©      Fructured Fairy Tale. ( Max. 5pp double space 12 font)

©      1 page Synopsis of Fractured Fairy tale or another short story. (PLEASE NOTE: That using synopsis for one of your own stories is not recommended as these will be posted on the blog and able to be viewed by the public.)

©      Blurb for Most Ludicous Romance Plot. (Max 100 words) 

©      Is It Hot In Here – First Kiss (Max 3pp or 750 words of a first Kiss scene)

©      Best Cover – Design a cover for a Romance Novel

This contest is opened to Claytons Conference members ONLY. That is members NOT attending the National conference.

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.

Book/ Edit in a Week

  • 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturday April 17

The Kindest Cut ~ Shelley Kenigsberg

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre

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

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

Saturday April 17

Defining, Planning and Achieving Your Writing Goals ~ Chris Ostermann

When: 2:00–5:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: sawriters@sawc.org.au or (08) 8223 7662  SA Writers’ Centre

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 April

Research for Fiction Writers ~ Arnold Zable

When: 6.30–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $44 M, $36 MC, $55 NM

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

Saturday 1st May

Romancing the West Workshop

When: 9 – 5 pm

Where: The Metro Hotel

Cost: $110 M, $120 NM

FMI + Bookings: RWAustralia Perth Conference or RTW Enquiries

Saturday May 1

Williamstown Literary Festival ~ Joan Kilby and Sarah Mayberry look at the continuing appeal of romance novels, examining market shares and the various sub-genres before discussing the elements editors look for in a successful manuscript. They’ll cover character development, plot, conflict, emotion and internal versus external goals, as well as how to submit to publishers, find an agent and deal with rejection without losing your enthusiasm.

When: 3.00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Williamstown Town Hall – Foyer

104 Ferguson St

            Williamstown

The foyer is located opposite The Ballroom at the Williamstown Town Hall Ground Floor

Cost: $5 – $7

FMI + Bookings: Williamstown Literary Festival or Tickets

Saturday May 1

Getting Started: Making Stories, a creative writing workshop for beginners ~ Wendy James

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New England Writers’ Centre

Cost: $50 M, $60 NM

FMI + Bookings: New England Writers’ Centre or (02) 6772 7210 or Email: newc44@dodo.com.au

Saturday May 8

What Do Women Want? Workshop ~ Dianne Blacklock

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre

Cost: $67.50 M, $80 NM

FMI + Bookings: Bookings essential on (02) 6685 5115 or Email Susie or Website

 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

Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News

Yes, it’s that time of the week where we catch up on the news and events of the members of RWAus. The who’s who in the blogging world and who received good news this week. Umm, I may have to stop using tags or they are going to be just as long as the post. LOL.

Cruisin’ The Blog ~

Anna Campbell ~

24th Jan – Anna has a review of THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT by Laura Kinsale going up on the Romance Dish

Bronwyn Jameson ~

You will find our Bronwyn at To Be Read this week where she spends a little time reminiscing. On top of a good read, you also have the chance to win a book prize for a random commenter, so stop by and share a happy memory from 10 years ago.

Cathryn Brunet ~

This week Cathryn was interview by H C Brown as part of Heather’s ‘In the Hot Seat with Heather’ series. Now that sounds interesting. If you haven’t been to visit yet, drop by and say “Hi.” To the girls.

Hélène Young ~

 24th Jan – Hélène guest is Phillipa Fioretti. Phillipa’s debut novel ‘The Book of Love‘ due for released in April 2010 by Hachette Australia. ‘The Book of Love’ is a seductive mystery that will steal your heart! 

Phillipa writes fiction full time. When she’s not writing or reading she’s invariably doing something to do with food, watching movies or enjoying time with friends.

To celebrate having a fellow Hachette Author on her blog Hélène is giving away a copy of ‘Border Watch’ – this is Hélène’s first ever giveaway!! Don’t forget to drop by to join in the fun.

Kylie Griffin ~

This week Kylie is blogging about A Bloody Good Read. She shares her impressions on two of Lora Leigh’s books – Marly’s Choice and Forbidden Pleasure – and how gripping emotions in a character makes a book worth keeping. Oh don’t we all want to write those sorts of novels. Kylie has revamped her blog, very swish Miss Kylie.

Here is a sneak peak at some upcoming guests due to visit Kylie’s blog over the next few months – Helene Young, Erica Hayes, Tracey O’Hara, Cathryn Brunet, Nalini Singh, Christine Phillips, and Bronwen Evans.

Margaret Tanner ~

Margaret was a guest recently of ‘Slip Into Something Victorian’, where she dicussed the ‘FELON’S APPREHENSION ACT 1878’, and shares an excerpt from her novel ‘Stolen Birthright’, published by Whiskey Creek.

Nicola Marsh ~

Nicola got tagged ‘Kreativ Blogger’  during the week nip over to her Harlequin Community Blog to learn seven things you didn’t know about Nicola.

Paula Roe ~

26th Jan – Paula moves into the spotlight at Silhouette Desire Author Blog this week.

Sharon Archer ~

On Harlequin Medical Authors blog, Sharon, chats about ‘Family History’. I love finding out about others Family History.  

RWAus Blog ~

25th Jan – Natalie Hatch – Monday Craft

26th Jan – Monique Wood – The Day in the Writing Life of Anna Jacobs

29th Jan – Anita Mack – Blog Bites – Monique Wood

30th Jan – Sandie Hudson – Bookshelf Saturday – February New releases

Our Member’s Blogs ~

Anne Whitfield

Bronwyn Parry

Christina Phillips

Denise Rossetti

Mel Teshco

Sami Lee

Blogs of Interest ~

The Blood Red Pencil ~

An interesting post on Great Book Discussion Questions. If you think about these questions, they may even help you with your writing.

Romance Writers Revenge ~

These guys always have something interesting on their blog, this week they had: Bobbleheaditis by Hal and Sometimes I Forget To Vomit with Terri

Fallen Angel Reviews ~

Writing What You Know with Paisley Smith. Now it’s that something we are told often.

The Romance Dish ~

Now if you didn’t get over to The Romance Dish this past week, you missed a great week with the Romance Bandits in the house the place was hopping. Drop over and read a few of the week’s entries and replies. Very entertaining. Thanks Bandits and Dishes. WARNING: Don’t drink anything hot while reading this blog.

Member’s News ~

Allison Rushby ~

This week the wonderful Allison celebrated 10 years as a published author, congratulations Allison.

Anna Campbell ~

Tempt the Devil has made the finals in The Season – Readers’ Top Pick 2009. Do drop by and give Anna your support. Voting closes 31st January 2010.

Elisabeth Rose ~

Elisabeth received a copy of the cover for her June release ‘The Tangled Web’. What a great cover Elisabeth.

Erin Grace ~

Erin received word this week that her second book ‘Serenade’ is due for release 5th March 2010. YAY Erin.

Heather Brown ~

Heather has once again scored a top rating review for her novel Purr-fect Seduction, this time from Coffee Time Romance with 5 Cups.

Here’s a snippet:  Once again H.C. Brown tells a story with a voice that will captivate you from beginning to end! Both Jill and Dare are characters you can sink your teeth into. The sexual tension between them is taut throughout the novel and yet there is a certain compatibility between them that shows the love they will come to know.

Jane Beckenham ~

Jane received a fantastic review form Long and Short Reviews, for Romeo For Hire.

Janet Woods ~

Janet showed us all the cover for her new novel, ‘Straw in the Wind’, due for release in March.

Then, just to top Janet’s week off, she received the art work for her large print release of ‘Edge of Regret’. Congratulations Janet.

Maggie Anderson ~

Maggie received a great review from Single Titles this week for her novel ‘Rules of Conduct’. Congratulations Maggie.

Maree Anderson ~

‘Even Demons Get the Blues’ gets a fantastic review from Joyfully Reviewed. Congratulations Maree

Rachel Bailey

Excellent news for Rachel. Her debut novel ‘Claiming His Bought Bride’ hit the US Today’s 150 Bestseller list at #94. Congratulations Rachel.

Top Ten Best Sellers ~

Mills & Boon Australia

Marriage: For Business or Pleasure – Nicola Marsh

The Virgin and His Majesty – Robyn Donald

Innocent Secretary… Accidentally Pregnant – Carol Marinelli

Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love Child – Annie West

New Boss, New Year Bride – Lucy Clark

The Doctor’s Rebel Knight – Melanie Milburne

Zane: The Wild One & Quade: The Irresistible one – Bronwyn Jameson

The Magnate’s Pregnancy Proposal – Sandra Hyatt

Claiming His Bought Bride – Rachel Bailey

Outback Marriages – Margaret Way

Harlequin US

Print –

The Desert King’s Housekeeper Bride – Carol Marinelli

eBooks –

The Rich Man’s Blackmailed Mistress – Robyn Donald

The Desert King’s Housekeeper Bride – Carol Marinelli

Steamy Stories –

Getting Red-Hot with the Rogue – Ally Blake

Her Boss, Wicked Nights – Anne Oliver

NOTE OF INTEREST:

A reminder that the 5DI Applications open on 1st Jan, close at end of month. Visit the RWAus Website for more information.  

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:

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

Book/ Edit in a Week

  •       Feb 1st to 7th (BIAW)
  •       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.

CONTESTS for 2010:

RWAustralia

The Little Gem Contest

Theme Gem: Topaz

Opens: 18th December 2009

Closes: 29th January 2010

First Kiss 2010

Opens: Friday 1st January 2010

Closes: Friday 12th February 2010

Valerie Parv Awards

Opens: 15th February 2010

Closes: 26th March 2010

See website for details.

RWANZ

The Clendon Award, an annual writing contest in which aspiring romance authors submit an entire manuscript to be judged by devoted romance readers, is now open for submissions for the 2010 award.

The 2010 Clendon Award closes 26 February. Manuscripts must be between

40,000 and 110,000 words. Full details, including the entry form, can be found on the Romance Writers of New Zealand website.

Upcoming Events

In Person Events

(Costings Code: M-member. MC-Member concession. NM-Non-members.)

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 January

Write a Page Turner ~ Amanda Hampson

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales Writers’ Centre

Cost: $190 M, $165 MC, $270 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

OR (02) 9555 9757

Thursday 11 February

Capitalise on creativity: making money from your writing ~ Angelo Loukakis, Angela Tolley & Justin Chadwick

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: South Australian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $100 ASA M, $232 ASA NM

Registration deadline: 4 February

FMI + Bookings: South Australian Writers’ Centre

Friday 12th February

Valentine’s Day at the Library ~ Valerie Parv

When: 5:00–9:00pm

Where: National Library of Australia, ACT

Cost: $10

FMI + Bookings: (02) 6262 127 or bookings at  National Library of Australia

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February

Inside Publishing and Editing: a Head Start ~ Christine Nagel

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $210 M, $190 MC, $270 NM

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

 Tuesday 16 February

Morning Tea with Historical Romance Author Anna Campbell

When: 10.00am

Where: Caloundra Library, Omra Avenue, Caloundra QLD 4551

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Essential. (07) 5491 1255

Tuesday 16 February

Romance is in the Air Talk & Morning Tea ~ Amy Andrews

When: 9:30–11:30am

Where: Redcliffe Library, 470-476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe, QLD 4020

Cost: Free

Bookings: Essential. (07) 3283 0311

FMI: Morton Bay Regional Council   

Saturday 20 February

Slash and Burn: Self-editing for Fiction Writers ~ Patrick Allington

When: 2:00–5:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55M, $77NM

FMI + Bookings: SA Writers’ Centre OR (08) 8223 7662 OR sawriters@sawc.org.au

Saturday 27 February

Show me the Story! ~ Deonie Fiford

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales 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

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.

Well that’s a wrap for yet another big week in the lives of the RWAus members. See you next week.

Sandie

Bookshelf Saturday ~ January Releases

Welcome to this month’s new releases.  We have a great selection of novels for you this month. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Australian Releases

Alison RobertsA CHANCE IN A MILLION/MUM’S THE WORD HM&B Bestseller Collection – Medical

A Chance In A Million

Fiona can’t believe it when Jonathan Fletcher walks back into her life. She thought he was living on the other side of the world and about to marry someone else!

Jon is a consultant of worldwide acclaim, apparently minus a wife. Fiona is now a beautiful and successful young woman, but much as she tries to fight it, she knows her feelings for Jon haven’t changed. And it looks like his feelings haven’t changed either!

Mum’s The Word

Dr Sarah Kendall’s first meeting with hospital manager Paul Henderson was not auspicious, but the result of their fracas was a happy one for Sarah’s small patient, and in her relief she was willing to have dinner with him. To her astonishment it was love at first sight for both of them, until she found that Paul had an eight-year-old son, Daniel.

Positive he was married, Sarah almost gave Paul up, until he explained and proposed. Sarah joyfully accepted, ready to love Daniel too, sure they’d be a happy family — but Daniel had other ideas…

Anna CampbellCAPTIVE OF SIN Avon

He pledged his honor to keep her safe…

Returning home to Cornwall after unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger, and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He’s dismayed to discover that she’s none other than Lady Charis Weston, England’s wealthiest heiress-and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himself! Now Gideon must hide the dark secrets of his life from the bride he desires more with every heartbeat.

She promised to show him how to love – and desire – again…

Charis has heard all about Gideon, the dangerously handsome hero with the mysterious past. She’s grateful for his help, but utterly unwilling to endure a marriage of convenience-especially to a man whose touch leaves her breathless. Desperate to drive him mad with passion, she would do anything to make Gideon lose control-and fall captive to irresistible, undeniable sin.

Anna JacobsFAREWELL TO LANCASHIRE Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Cassandra Blake has raised her three motherless sisters. The four are the pride of their book-loving, impractical father Zachariah, and not in a hurry to marry.

Then the American Civil War cuts off supplies of cotton to Lancashire, the mills fall silent and there is no work. Cassandra has fallen in love with Reece Gregory, but he can’t support a wife. When he’s offered a chance to start a new life in Australia, he takes it and promises to send for her. Her father’s health is failing so she can’t leave him.

Their uncle’s childless wife loathes them. She has Cassandra kidnapped to force the other sisters to sail with a group of starving cotton lasses to Australia. When Cassandra escapes, she follows them. Reece is in Australia too. Surely now she’ll find happiness? But the voyage brings its own difficulties and the past still casts a long shadow.

Cathryn BrunetRITUAL PASSION Samhain Publishing

The jungle-wrapped city of Challas is dying, crumbling under the weight of its corrupt priesthood and degenerate new gods. But an even greater threat looms on the horizon. Outside the city walls, a pestilence breeds. Unless stopped, it will crawl through the city’s decaying streets and destroy everyone.

Phalandria wants to see her magnificent city reborn and freed from the perversion of the priests who murdered her father. And she wants Massilis, the man who has stood by her side since childhood. The man who’s developed into a magnificent, jungle-hardened warrior…and ignites her unquenchable desire. Although Massilis has always protected her, only once has he allowed his hunger for her to show.

Now the water oracle has called for Phalandria and Massilis to perform the Concubitia, a sexual rite to propitiate the gods. But the priests suspect a conspiracy and will do anything to protect themselves. And Phalandria realises that the priests are not the only ones sabotaging the ritual.

The man she loves has an agenda of his own.

Claire BaxterHER MEDITERRANEAN MAKEOVER HM&B Sweet

I’m forty, in France, on a first date: HELP!

I can’t believe I’m on the Côte D’Azur and being taught French… by an amazing man!

Jacques is making me feel young, sexy and special again — taking me all over the coast from Nice to Monaco. I feel like a superstar, not a tired old mum, and I wouldn’t swap this feeling for the world. Now I just have to decide what to wear on our first proper date! Wow — maybe life can begin at forty!

Elisabeth RoseOUTBACK HERO Avalon Publishing

Jonathan Knight can’t believe his eyes when singer Stella Starr appears in tiny outback town Koologong. Stranded when her car breaks down, she is the answer to his prayers. If he can convince Stella to model the cotton clothing his company Koolwear produces, the struggling local industry will be saved. One problem. Stella is in disguise, calling herself Sue Starkey.

After a humiliating divorce, Stella flees the media spotlight. A celebrity since fifteen, she is desperate to be liked for who she is not what she is. Convinced no-one in Koologong recognises her, she enjoys the attention of local hero, Jonathan. What could he want from ordinary Sue? Nothing.

Emily MayTHE EARL’S DILEMMA HM&B Quills

THE EARL’S DILEMMA by Emily May

James Hargrave, Earl of Arden, urgently needed a wife — and who better than his best friend’s sister?

He wasn’t looking for passion in this marriage of convenience, and plain Kate Honeycourt had been on the shelf for years.

Why, then, should she so firmly turn him down? Surely she couldn’t be holding out for a love match? Although, curiously, the more he saw of Kate, the more aware he became of her attractions. Maybe love wasn’t as impossible as he’d once thought…

Jane BeckenhamROMEO FOR HIRE Samhian Publishing

Scorching sex: definitely on the menu. Hold the love, please… Workaholic Carly Mason is caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock: an invitation for four days of sun and sand with her friends and their men. The hard place: “Mr. Invisible”, who lusts after her with delicious abandon, doesn’t exist—Carly invented him to keep her friends off her back about her lack of a love life. Then she encounters a motorbike-riding Adonis whose image taunts her during the wee small hours. When fate drops him in her sights the next day, she grabs the opportunity to offer him a job. Pretend to be her Romeo, just for the duration of her getaway. Exhausted from months negotiating his multi-million-dollar company’s expansion, Marco Valente is more than tempted by Carly’s outrageous proposal. If nothing else, it’ll give him a temporary escape from his high-profile life—and his mother’s serial-bride attitude. Once on the island, Carly realizes her well-meaning friends have tricked her into a “relaxing” vacation. For the next four days and nights, it’s just her and her hired Romeo. And a growing connection that definitely wasn’t part of the contract… This book has been previously published. Warning: Contains two unbelievably stubborn people undergoing serious cell phone withdrawal, and seriously scorching sex on the beach. Not responsible for reader’s failure to apply sunblock before reading.

Jess DeeGOING ALL IN Samhian Publishing

The higher the stakes, the harder they fall—in love.

Julia Savage’s weekly poker games are tearing her apart. She’s in love with two of her fellow card players, and much as she’d like to pick and confess her true feelings to one man, she won’t. Not if it means risking the love of the other.

Hunter Miles has wanted Julia for four months, and he’s about to deal a hand she couldn’t see coming. He’s determined to give her a New Year’s Eve celebration she never expected. He’s going to seduce her—in front of his friend and rival for her affections, Jay Baxter. But Jay’s not willing to lay down his cards. He’s going after Julia too, and he’s not above bluffing to get what he wants. Either way, one of them is going to win her over.

Unless they change the rules of the game. If they double up, there’s a chance they can split the pot…

Warning:  This book contains two hunky heroes, a heroine worth betting on, sizzling hot three way action (m/f/m and m/m/f), a whole lot of unexpected fireworks, and a New Years Eve to remember.

Kelly HunterREVEALED: A PRINCE AND A PREGNANCY HM&B Sexy Sensation

From dark-hearted rebel to ruthless Royal!

When heiress Simone Duvalier sashays back into Rafael Alexander’s life, Rafe can’t wait for her to head back home and leave him to his empire-building in Australia. They once shared so much, but all that remains are memories and the desire to bed her…

Simone has never forgotten fiercely ambitious, achingly sexy Rafael — and neither has her traitorous body! But when a princely secret and an unplanned pregnancy threaten to change everything… Can this dark-hearted bad boy become a prince and a father?

Lisa HeidkeWHAT KATE DID NEXT Allen and Unwin

Meet Kate Cavendish – housewife and mother of two – as she dips her toes back into the workforce while trying to juggle kids, a work-obsessed husband, lust for her son’s soccer coach, and much, much more …

Her husband’s a workaholic, her kids are growing up – now it’s time for Kate to follow some of her own dreams …

This is the often comical but also wry account of the life of mother of two, Kate Cavendish. It seems like only yesterday that Kate was one of the most well-regarded photographers in town. So how, she wonders, did her life come to consist of so much drudgery, not to mention dealing with a recalcitrant, eye-rolling teenage daughter and an often-absentee husband. And why oh why did her young son have to score such a distractingly gorgeous soccer coach?

We follow Kate’s journey as she dips her toes back into the workforce and starts to fantasise about getting her life back, including some of the glamour and fun.

Miranda Lee – THE BILLIONAIRE’S BRIDE OF INNOCENCE HM&B Sexy

Wanted: Her body… to make a baby.

James Logan knew it was time to take a wife and produce an heir. Megan was perfect for his plans: Shy, unworldly, and quickly seduced by the Sydney advertising tycoon’s devilish charm. She was pregnant on their wedding day.

The honeymoon was barely over when Megan had a miscarriage and the scales fell from her eyes: She was trapped in a convenient marriage, and James expected her to conceive again soon. She should have demanded a divorce, but Megan was facing the uncomfortable truth: She’d fallen in love with her ruthless husband…

Robyn DonaldTHE PATERNITY AFFAIR/THE DEVIL’S BARGAIN HM&B Bestseller Collection – Sexy

The Paternity Affair

The only man Kate had ever loved was standing right beside her. Her heart leapt, yet she had dreaded such a reunion, and the thought of Patric meeting her six-year-old son. While Kate had dreamed of them together as a family she knew too well that one excruciating untold truth, a truth she could never tell Patric, would always keep them apart.

Yet here he was, after seven years, and despite everything, in some small part of her, hope — foolish hope — sprang eternal!

The Devil’s Bargain

As Hope Sanderson struggles to fend off her attraction for Keir Carmichael, the man who tried to bargain with her future, Robyn Donald offers another intricate conflict filled with captivating characters, provocative scenes and dark secrets.

As ever, her story mixes the grit and glamour of life Down Under with breathless tension.

Tessa RadleyMILLIONAIRE UNDER THE MISTLETOE HM&B Desire

More than a holiday affair?

Callum Ironstone didn’t do guilt. Even so, the millionaire did feel responsible enough for struggling chef Miranda Owen to offer her a job. She could cater his holiday dinner party… an important affair where he planned to propose to the appropriate woman. Except somehow he’d ended up with Miranda in his bed.

He tried to blame it on the mistletoe. But Callum knew Miranda’s transformation from dowdy wallflower to sensual beauty had hit him right where it counted. Perhaps she could be made into the hostess his position demanded… provided Miranda forgave him for destroying her family.

Tina DuncanDA SILVA’S MISTRESS HM&B Sexy

Hired for revenge — as his mistress!

Merciless Luca da Silva makes it his business to keep his friends close — and his enemies closer. And the next item on the tycoon’s agenda is revenge!

Believing the da Silva family name is under threat, the powerful Italian goes straight for the source — beautiful Morgan Mashall. Luca doesn’t trust innocent Morgan, but her delectable curves have his body working overtime! So what better way to keep an eye on her than make her his mistress? And where better to seek vengeance than between this billionaire’s very own silk sheets…?

Yvonne LindsayDEFIANT MISTRESS, RUTHLESS MILLIONAIRE HM&B Desire

Sleeping with the enemy.

Payback had fueled him for more than a decade. Yet now that his goal was within reach, Josh Tremont found himself wanting something even more. His new assistant, Callie Lee, was beautiful, sensual… and appeared to be totally innocent. He’d won her away from the enemy, but dare he trust her completely?

Being bedded by a millionaire had not been on Callie’s agenda… Josh Tremont was simply too impossible to resist. But she had to stop him from seeking vengeance. She’d gone into this knowing she’d betray her boss; she hadn’t expected to deceive the man she’d come to love.

US Releases

Abby GainesHER SURPRISE HERO Harlequin Super Romance

With scandal hot on her heels, acting attorney general Cynthia Merritt has to get as far out of Atlanta—as fast as she can. Except now she’s sentenced to obscurity in Stonewall Hollow for as long as it takes to get her game back. And everyone in the small town acts like Ethan Granger’s the law, not her!

Sure, Ethan’s outreach program for troubled teens is admirable. But she’s not about to sentence the rancher’s own son to Ethan’s care. She won’t bend the rules, not even for this sexy single dad. Damn him for making her wish she could stay in his small town forever….

Natalie AndersonRUTHLESS BOSS, ROYAL MISTRESS Harlequin Presents

Princess Lissa Karedes, renowned posh party girl, has been packed off to Australia to learn the meaning of hard work! But billionaire James Black, her wickedly sexy boss, has different ideas.

He won’t be treating her any differently just because she’s royal. But he is tempted to break his golden rule and bed his assistant! Lissa is dreadful at business and when she nearly costs him his reputation, he issues her an ultimatum: she’s banned from the boardroom, but welcome to take a promotion…to his bedroom!

Rachel Bailey CLAIMING HIS BOUGHT BRIDE Silhouette Desire

Tycoon Damon Blakely had one year to produce a legitimate heir. Luckily he had a bride candidate in mind. Lily Grayson had been the perfect mistress…until she’d left him. And when he proposed his plan, Damon learned why. Lily was already expecting his baby.

The millionaire’s shock and anger was quickly trounced by Lily’s counteroffer. She would give their child his name…but theirs would be a paper marriage. Lily claimed Damon had no room in his heart for anything beyond business. The terms of his proposal left him little room to argue…until he could get Lily back into his bed.

Sarah MayberryHER SECRET FLING Harlequin Blaze

Talk about office politics!

Jake Stevens—star reporter and celebrated literary genius—is a snake. How else to explain the way he turns Poppy Birmingham’s hero worship into loathing with a single conversation? So what if she’s got a lot to learn about journalism? Aren’t they coworkers now? On the same team? Jake can take his attitude and…

Then during a job-related road trip, their relationship goes from antagonistic to hedonistic in no time flat. And suddenly Poppy can’t think of anything more delicious than having a secret fling with Jake. But with all this intensity, can she really keep it no-strings-attached?

Tina DuncanDA SILVA’S MISTRESS Harlequin Presents

Hired for revenge — as his mistress!

Merciless Luca da Silva makes it his business to keep his friends close — and his enemies closer. And the next item on the tycoon’s agenda is revenge!

Believing the da Silva family name is under threat, the powerful Italian goes straight for the source — beautiful Morgan Mashall. Luca doesn’t trust innocent Morgan, but her delectable curves have his body working overtime! So what better way to keep an eye on her than make her his mistress? And where better to seek vengeance than between this billionaire’s very own silk sheets…?

UK Releases

Annie WestFORGOTTEN MISTRESS, SECRET LOVE CHILD M&B Modern

He’s forgotten their past, but not
her body…

A lavish masquerade ball is no place for plain-Jane receptionist Carys Wells. Used to being unnoticed by the glitterati, Carys feels vulnerable and exposed by the searing gaze of a dark masked man. Little does she know he’s the man she ran from two years ago, whose wicked touch is about to become her undoing once more…

Alessandro Mattani cannot remember Carys, but his body does – intimately. And the red-blooded Italian is determined to claim all that he believes is his…

Carol MarinelliINNOCENT SECRETERY ACCIDENTALLY PREGNANT M&B Modern

Sexy Sicilian boss – handle with care!
Plain Emma Stephenson might not look like a tycoon’s glamorous assistant, but for Luca D’Amato – a playboy who likes to play – breaking through her no-nonsense attitude is his favourite new game.

Sensible Emma thought all they’d be sharing was an office – not a bed! But she’s learning fast what being Luca’s personal assistant really means!

Now he’s standing there offering her a promotion, and she’s trying to find the words to tell him…she’s pregnant!

Melanie MilburneTHE DOCTOR’S REBEL KNIGHT M&B Medical

Her rebel with a heart of gold.

Emotionally and physically scarred, Dr Frances Nin has come to Pelican Bay in search of tranquillity…but motorbike-riding local rebel Sergeant Jacob Hawke gets her pulse-rate spiking! One glimpse of the heat in Jacob’s icy blue eyes and Fran’s fragile heart starts to bloom…

Jacob knows that Fran questions her own medical ability, but the residents of Pelican Bay are in desperate need of a doctor and she would be perfect. This gorgeous cop must convince Fran that it’s not only the locals who want her to stay – he wants her by his side, to love, cherish and protect forever!

Robyn DonaldTHE VIRGIN AND HIS MAJESTY M&B Modern

Married for royal revenge
Prince Gerd Crysander-Gillan has long held a torch for beautiful Rosie Matthews. But three years ago that need turned to rage when he discovered that Rosie’s affections were apparently for his brother.

Now Gerd has taken the crown, and His Majesty needs a princess. The obvious candidate for marriage is Rosie – a chance to take sweet revenge for the wound that has never healed. Only once he has his royal bride, he is astounded to find that she’s still a virgin…

Robyn GradyBEDDED BY BLACKMAIL M&B Desire

Tristan Barkley had sworn off romance. Until a sizzling night with Ella Jacobs, his secretive housekeeper turned blonde bombshell, made the millionaire rethink his decision. When he learned she was carrying his child, he proposed the only solution: marriage!

All the best for the New Year and may we have many new dedut autors in 2010.

Happy reading

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Welcome to another ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’ and Member’s news update.

Anna Campbell

Anna continues the month as Featured Author at the Love of Romance Novels FaceBook Group.

14th NOV – This was posted late last night our time so I thought I’d remind you all about Anna’s blog visit to Borders True Romance, an interesting read as always with Anna’s blog posts/visits.

19th NOV – You will find Anna at Blog Talk Radio. Here’s what Blog Talk have to say about our Anna. ‘Anna Campbell’s books have reaped critical and reader praise alike for “big, bold gutsy” historical romances that are “assonate and compelling from the first page to the last.” Her latest, CAPTIVE OF SIN, is filled with passion and drama galore as it throws together two tortured souls who, despite the odds, found a once-in-a-lifetime love. So – join us, and let’s talk about love against all obstacles; alpha male issues, and the merits of good old-fashioned romance with one of everyone’s favourite authors!’

20th NOV –  Anna wanders over to Tawny Weber’s blog for a chat.

Annie West

16th NOV – Annie pulls up a chair on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blog, you just know this is a blog you want to visit.

Helen Bianchin

Helen has an interesting blog on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blog titled ‘The Romance Gene’ Drop by for an interesting read.

Jenn McLeod

Jenn has an interesting blogs on the RWAus NaNo blog site titled ‘The Great Race’. Jenn also took some time to blog at the Bootcamp 109 Blog with a piece ‘Nano Cruelty’, I know I shouldn’t laugh, but it did give me a giggle. Lastly but by no means the least, if fact I think this is my favourite blog post by Jenn, ‘Remembering a time’, you’ll find this one on Jenn’s blog. I have to also add that Jenn is going great guns with her NaNoWriMo challenge.

Kylie Griffin

Kylie has a post on her blog about the RWAus Emerald Award. Well worth a read if you are thinking of entering the Emerald Award contest.

RWAus NaNo Blog

This week Natalie Hatch gives us as run down on her NaNo Editing month. Yes, our talented Nat has been spending this month editing.

RWAus Blog

16th NOV – Natalie Hatch’s Craft Day

20th NOV – Anita Mack’s Blog Bite – this week Anita’s victim, guest is our own Kelly Ethan.

That a wrap for this weeks, ‘Cruisin the Blog’. Let’s see what is happening in the world on courses.

Upcoming Events

In Person Events

 (Costings Code: M-member. MC-Member concession. NM-Non-members.)

 Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 December ~ Masterclass: Fiction Writing Workshop ~ Jean Bedford

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales Writers’ Centre

Cost: $195 M, $165 MC, $250 NM

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

 Sunday 12 December ~ Imagining History ~ Tom Gilling

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: New South Wales Writers’ Centre

Cost: $99 M, $85 MC, $125 NM

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

  Monday 11 January, 2010 ~ Summer School Novel Writing ~ Carmel Bird

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: 21 December

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

 Tuesday 14 January, 2010 ~ Summer School To Market, To Market ~ Nadine Davidoff

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: 21 December

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

 Tuesday 19 January, 2010 Summer School Editing and Proofreading ~ Penny Johnson

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: 21 December

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

 3 x Tuesdays from 19 January, 2010

Marketing your book: Your Best-seller Blueprint ~ Amanda Falconer

When: 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Sydney Writers’ Centre

Cost: $265

FMI + Bookings: Sydney Writers’ Centre

 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.

Thank you to Doreen Sullivan for supplying the Events information to the ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’

Member’s News

A double book-signing featuring:

TRACEY O’HARA  ~ Night’s Cold Kiss

&

ERICA HAYES ~ Shadowfae

Saturday 28th November 11am to 3pm

Intrigue: The Romance Bookstore

Level 1, Garema Centre

70-86 Bunda St, Canberra City

SE Qld Xmas Party – Sue Webb is hosting this year’s Christmas Party. The lunch is being held at 11am, Sunday 29th November, at Carindale (just off the Gateway Motorway). Please bring a plate of food (sweet or savoury), drinks and a chair. Contact Sue Webb for more information. All welcome.

Contest News.

Maree Anderson has secured a finalist position in the Oklahoma Romance Writers ‘Finally A Bride’ contest with her paranormal YA, ‘Freaks of Greenfield High’ congratulations Maree.

Bec Sampson is a finalist in the Launching a STAR contest. WOOHOO Bec, congratulations.

New contract signings.

Jane Beckenham has signed a contract with Red Rose Publishing for her novel ‘A Traitor’s Heart’ this will be Jane’s 13th novel.

The lovely Mel Teshco has sold to Nocturne Bites with a release date March 2010.

Maggi Anderson has signed a contract with Eternal Press for her novella ‘An Improper Lover’.

Congratulations ladies.

New Covers

rachels bailey coverRachel Bailey has the cover for her second novel ‘The Blackmailed Bride’s Secret Child’ due for release in February 2010.

 

LSDL-cover-final

 

Maree Anderson received the final cover copy of her Red Sage novella ‘Let Sleeping Demon’s Lie’.

Well that’s it for another week.

Happy Reading.

Sandie

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