Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico, Clint and I wish you a safe and Happy Easter. Take care on the roads if you’re going away and stay safe. Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with Easter eggchocolate.

We hope you enjoy our line up this week. Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

has four of her modern novels for sale as ebooks on Amazon.

MOVING ON – Downtrodden for years, sidelined at her daughter’s wedding in favour of her ex-husband’s new wife, and burdened by a son who lives with
her and isn’t paying his share of expenses, Molly Peel has reached her sticking point: she’s moving on.

IN FOCUS – When a new feature on Pete Newbury’s popular TV programme shows his adult image digitally transformed to that of a young child, Beth is
shocked to realize that he’s her ‘baby’ brother, who vanished without trace thirty-eight years ago.

LICENCE TO DREAM – would winning Lotto make all your dreams come true? What about love?

SHORT AND SWEET – 14 romantic short stories, mostly modern, a couple historical, all previously published in women’s magazines.

is thrilled to announce her third contract with Escape Publishing. This time for another short story, AWAKENING THE WARRIORS, which is set in the same world as LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS. Awakening the Warriors is scheduled for release on 1st May 2013. If you’d like to take a look at the cover, here’s the link.

Fran must have been crazy to leave her ordinary, safe life and volunteer as a colonist to terra-form a new earth. Now she is trapped in a prison cell on an alien planet a zillion miles from home and bound for a hideous death in notorious research chambers. She has one chance of escape: awaken the long dormant sexual urges of the Darkon Warriors shackled in the next cell. It’s a desperate job, but someone has to do it.

MATILDA’S FREEDOM, an Australian historical set in the Hunter Valley during the nineteenth century, will be released on July 1st from Escape Publishing.

Jennifer’s modern gothic SECRET REFLECTION is now up for pre-order on Amazon and live from April 1.

First love. Forbidden love. THE YEARNING will be released as eBook on 1 April 2013, print book on 1 May 2013.

Congratulations to all our members who made the finals of the RITA and Golden Heart Awards

RITA

Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
Belinda Byrne, editor

Historical Romance Finalists

Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
Harlequin, Special Edition
Bryony Green, editor

GOLDEN HEART

Historical Romance Finalists

The Last Light of Dusk by Joanne Lockyer

Romantic Suspense Finalists

The Predator by Chris Taylor

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Clint had another busy week cruisin’ the web and inbox. Hope you enjoy his scoop. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the Clintdetails to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

  • RWA Blog

March 29 – A Day in the Writing Life of Bec McMaster

March 30 – New Releases

March 31 – Event Announcements

April 2 – Conference Spotlight on Annie West

April 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Dreams and the Bodhi Tree in India fed into Jacquie Underdown’s novels. Visit with her this Sunday 31st. And next week, Kate Bell will be treading the boards. Make sure you drop by and say hi!

Much ado on Friday Feast this week. Best-selling historical romance author and she of the many ARR Awards, Anna Campbell, is donning her romance queen crown and swanning along for a visit, and bringing a ghost with her! Well, nearly. Anna ‘s latest release is THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE and you could win your very own ebook copy. Simply join Anna in sharing your favourite wedding cake and you’ll go into the draw. Shivering excitement!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

On my blog this week just gone, I have been sharing my love for Les Mis (the movie, weigh in if you hated it! There’s a great flash mob, too). I also have another young reader review from my in-house young reader and I share some of the challenges writers face in staying in print and how you can help them, if you like them. The last one was popular – feel free to share if you think it would be helpful to you or your friends.

Easter 2006, this Author Harvest guest sold her debut novel – CLAIMING THE COURTESAN. So it’s fitting that Easter 2013, she’s a guest on Jenn’s Author Harvest and what a hoot! Plus, you can win a copy of Anna’s latest eBook THESE HAUNTED HEARTS.

Author Kamy Chetty talks about her past, present, & future on my blog today and is giving away an ebook copy of her steamy, emotional romance FALLING INTO PARADISE. Just click on the link and leave a comment and you’ll be in the draw.

March 26 – WORLD-BUILDING: The Lady’s Gifts – a look at the special talents wielded by the characters in ALLEGIANCE SWORN

March 30 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Blog Tour – list of dates of where & when

April 1 – ALLEGIANCE SWORN Countdown begins with snippets of scenes from the book

April 2ALLEGIANCE SWORN: Release Day – let the celebrations begin

S E Gilchrist is Cooking the Books this Wednesday.

I’m heading into the final week of my two book world tour. (Just like the Queen on a royal tour!) I’d love it if you’d drop in somewhere and leave a comment. There’s a $20 Gift Card up for grabs.

March 25Total Book Nerd

March 26Romance Bookworm

March 27Tattooed Book Reviews

March 28Lacey Wolfe

March 29Reading Renee

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Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Victoria Purman
  2. Belinda Williams
  3. Donna Gallagher
  4. Hayson Manning
  5. Maggie Gilbert
  6. Jennifer Rae

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Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

Things are heating up here in the west with the 22nd annual RWA conference approaching fast. So do keep an eye out for blogs and information Riding the Waveshere on the blog, on Facebook and on the Romance Writers of Australia website. If you’re planning on Riding the Waves in Freo this year, why not keep up to date and subscribe to the newsletter via email.

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

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

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Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

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 NOTICES:

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

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

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm and Intensive workshop Sunday 13 March.

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

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only) Sunday Full

Saturday and Sunday: $375

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

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is now full.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

UPCOMING EVENT

LOVE A GOOD ROMANCE WITH AMY ANDREWS AND ANNA CAMPBELL

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

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

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings essential: (07) 3351 3401 OR Library website

AND

WHEN: 10am, Saturday, 26th February, 2011

WHERE: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek

FYI: Free (refreshments will be served)

Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 OR Library website

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

THURS 24th February – Anna is reviewing Carola Dunn’s ‘Daisy Dalrymple’ mysteries on the Romance Dish

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 22nd February – Good News Day
WED 23rd February – Winner announced for Shannah’s Envoy.
THUR 24th February – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Keri Arthur with Kelley
Armstrong’s Haunted
SAT 26th February – Darklight On…Fiona Gregory

Eleni Konstantine ~

Eleni’s blog turned three this week and she has a giveaway of Jennifer

Roberson’s Shapechanger’s Song (Omnibus 1 of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli)

Entries close today!!

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 17th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Vanessa Barneveld

SAT 19th February – “Which heroine turns the pages for you?” – a look at heroine archetypes

MON 21st February – GUEST AUTHOR: Rachel Bailey

THURS 24th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Hope Ramsey

SAT 26th February – “Reading for Keeps” – do you have a shelf for ‘keepers’, you know the ones you’ll never given away and will be buried-with-me-when-I-die books? What makes them ‘keepers’? Come and find out.

Paula Roe ~

THU 24th February – Catch up with Paula on the ARRA blog

SAT 26th February – Paula drops by Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for a chat.

RWAus Blog ~

MON 21st February – Sandie Hudson – Author Spotlight – Rhian Cahill

TUES 22th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Nikki Logan

THU 24th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Jennifer Kloester

FRI 25th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Daniel de Lorne

SAT 26th February – Sandie Hudson – February New Releases

SUN 27th February – Sandie Hudson – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Rachael Johns

Rhian Cahill

S.E Gilchrist

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

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.

Thanks to Kylie Griffin for this blog suggestion.

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood ~

Rita Henuber gives a great blog covering all the ‘Writing Industry Acronyms and Definitions’ – a quick handy reference if you need to know something in a hurry.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

The power of the imagination, guest blogger, Darlene Quinn chats about ‘Emerging from the Imagination: Giving Your Characters a Life of their Own’.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Emerald Category Second Round ~

Congratulations go to:

Janice Bridges

Jodie Clarkson

Emmie Dark

Michelle de Rooy

Anne-Louise Dubrawski

Louise Groarke

Frances Maslen x 2

Susan Rees

Joanne Robertson

Jennifer St George

Rebecca Sampson

Angela Stein

Dayle White x2

Thanks to Leisl Leighton for all her work thus far in managing the contest.

Little Gems Cover Winner ~

The winning entry of the Little Gems 2011 Garnet Cover Contest is now on the Blog. The beautiful design is by new RWA member Sheridan Kent.

Anna Campbell ~

Anna was a guest on ABC Sunshine Coast – Breakfast with John Stokes and interviewed by Mary-Lou Stephens for Valentine’s Day. Wonderful interview Anna.

Jennifer Brassel ~

Jennifer’s as yet unpublished Time Travel romance ‘Secret Reflection’ won the Best Scene category of the Wallflower (FTHRW) in the US! Plus she got a request for the full from the editor. Fantastic news Jen.

Maggi Andersen ~

Maggi’s Georgian romance, ‘The Reluctant Marquess’ was part of the Valentine’s Day launch of Embrace Books, an offshoot of Salt Publishing. Great news Maggi and congratulatios.

Suzanne Brandyn ~

Suzanne was all smiles this week when she found an unknown review for ‘Heat In The Outback’, from Panic in the Lingerie receiving 5 stars. Wonderful news Suz and well deserved.

Suzi Love ~

Our Suzi has done it again winning the Wallflower Historical Single Title for ‘From the Heart’ RWUSA Chapter. Suzi also placed second in the finals of the Historical Category of ‘Finally a Bride’ Oklahoma Chapter. Huge Congratulations Suzi.

US Emily Awards Results ~

Anne-Louise Dubrawski tied for 2nd place in the Contemporary Series category.

Michelle de Rooy placed 5th in the Futuristic, Paranormal section.

WOOHOO Ladies well done.

Member’s with revamped websites ~

We had a few members showing off their re-vamped websites over the past couple of weeks, and what wonderful results they all got.

Anna Campbell

Anna Jacobs

Paula Roe

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

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

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 5 March

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

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 March
The Essentials of Editing ~ Tony Spencer-Smith
When: 6:30pm–9:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $250 M, $215 MC, $360 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

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

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

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

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

Tuesdays 22 & 29 March, 5 & 12 April
Creative Writing 101 ~ Siboney Duff
When: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $95 M, $125 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Sunday 27 March
Writing the Fantastical ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Thursday 31 March
Publishing Perspectives: A Novel Relationship ~ Jo Butler, Jenny Darling & Sonia Orchard
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 16 April
Story Structure Workshop ~ Kathryn Heyman
When: 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $65 M, $78 NM
FMI + Bookings: NRWC OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

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 another wonderful Sunday morning and a Cruisin’ the Blog and Member’s News. Sorry guys, I haven’t been crusin’ much this week due to migraines. I think I have everyone’s news, if I have missed anyone please let me know and I will add it to next week’s blog.

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.

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 ~

SAT 24th April – Anna is reviewing COMMITTED by Elizabeth Gilbert on the Romance Dish.

Anne Gracie ~

Our Anne says, “I’ve been Manga’d!” Read all about how two of Anne’s Harlequin novels being turned into Mangas, ‘An Honorable Thief’, and ‘The Virtuous Widow’ over at Word Wenches.

Denise Rossetti ~

Sad times and a Happy Ever After over at Denise’s Blog this week. Yes, Denise has written the last installment of Rackety Kate and the Pirates, This journey has taken Denise just over two years, 55,000 words and 29 Chapters to complete, and her reader enjoyed it all for free.

Jenn McLeod ~

Jenn has posted a review for Fiona Palmers’ debut novel, ‘The Family Farm’.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie continues her series on Rejection Letters (Part 3), this time looking at examples of personalised responses from editors and agents.

Paula Roe ~

Paula continues with her ‘A Novel in Three Months (Week 10) Getting Stuck’. Paula says “Writers can be a bunch of pessimists. For some, all that doubt, all those thoughts of “this story sucks,” and “what the hell am I thinking?” can be debilitating.  But the trick is knowing what to do or think when those doubt demons come calling.”

Okay I can so relate to this.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi has a series of posts on Wedding Customs and their historical beginnings, I love posts like this, it means there are others out there like me who enjoy research.

RWAus Blog ~

Mon 19th Apr – Natalie Hatch – Craft Day

Wed 21st Apr – Eleni Konstantine – SA Roadshow Feature

Thur 22nd – Diane Curran – The first of our Conference blogs.  This week we features a reprint from HT of an interview with Vicki Lewis Thompson

Fri 23rd Apr – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Tamara Gills

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Christina Phillips

Elisabeth Rose

Eleni Konstantine

Fiona Lowe

JA Savage

Jess Anastasi

Blogs of Interest ~

1st Turning Point ~

Ann Charles shares An Interview with Mary Buckham. This interview was originally published in the Guppies’ First Draft, May 2008. But still worth reading.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Author Platforms: Author Website A step by step guide to building your Author Platform even before you are published.

We Love YA ~

Vanessa Barneveld interviews award-winning author Gabrielle Wang

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.

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. 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.

 MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Cathryn Brunet ~

Cathryn received good news again this week with the sale to Carina Press for her contemporary erotic romance, Three Over Par. WOOHOO Cathryn.

Cathleen Ross ~

Cathleen sold German translation rights of her first book ‘Man Hunt’ this week. Congratulations Cathleen excellent news.

Jennifer Brassel ~

Jennifer sold the first of three Young Adults to Parker Publishing’s Moxie Imprint this week. Fantastic news Jennifer congratulations.

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle ~

Karlene has a great trailer for her July Eternal Press release ‘The Cattleman’s Runaway Bride’. Wonderful Karlene.

TOP TEN ~

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

Her Secret, His Love-Child – Tina Duncan

Top Ten eBooks

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 Apr – May

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 and May will be up next week for you.

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 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

Saturday May 8
Talking About Dialogue ~ Astrid Cooper

When: 2:00–5:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 OR SA Writers’ Centre

Saturdays May 8 & 15
Writing Narrative Fiction Advanced Class ~ John Harman

When: 10:00–4:30pm
Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA
Cost: $150 M, $175 NM. Booking and payment in advance essential.
FMI + Bookings: Essential. KSP Writers’ Centre OR Email OR (08) 9294 1872

Sunday May 9
Writing Imaginary Worlds ~ Richard Harland

When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $100 M, $85 MC, $140 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday May 22
Sex Up Your Writing ~ Linda Jaivin
When: 10:00am–12:00pm
Where: State Library of NSW / Sydney Writers’ Festival
$70,  C $60
FMI + Bookings: (02) 9250 1988 OR Email

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

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 & Member’s News

Welcome to another ‘Cruisin’ the Blog’ and Member’s News. This week we have blog events & posts, events to mark in your diary and of course all the news from our members.

First, with Christmas just around the corner yesterday, Diane posted a great blog full with fantastic gifts for the writer if you missed it yesterday click here.

Okay on to other Blog Events.

Anna Campbell

7th DEC – Annie West is Anna’s guest on Romance Bandits where Annie is talking about her new U.S. release BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INEXPERIENCED WIFE.

10th DEC – It is Anna Campbell’s regular spot on Romance Bandits. Do drop by for a great read.

11th DEC – Anna wanders over to Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs.

Anna Cleary

Anna has a blog on I(Heart) Presents – Why Anna Cleary Love Venice…and her scintillating new Venetian hero.

Annie West

7th DEC – Annie chats with Anna Campbell on Romance Bandits for a fun interview.

7th DEC – Annie can also be found at CataRomance chatting on setting stories.

10th DEC – You will find Annie at Tote Bags n Blogs talking about double delights. Now that sounds interesting.

10th DEC – Annie is discussing deadlines at We Write Romance.

Kylie Griffin

This week Kylie is blogging about kick-ass heroines and featuring Tracey O’Hara’s debut book, NIGHT’S COLD KISS.

Margaret Tanner

Last week Margaret was in the Author Spotlight at American author Pam Thibodeaux’s blog.

Mary Hawkins

Mary stepped into the blogger seat for a second time at International Christian Fiction Writers this week drop by and say ‘Hi’ to our Mary.

Rachel Bailey

Rachel blogged on Silhouette Desire Author Blog about ‘The Scent of Romance’.

RWAus Blog

7th DEC – Natalie Hatch – Craft

9th DEC – Guest Blog: Stephanie Mayne: In Paris

11th DEC – Anita Mack – Blog Bite – Astrid Cooper

Sites of Interest:

Scott Egan – Understanding Writing for Harlequin. Scott has many interesting posts if you want to scroll through his list.

Karin Tabke – Why? Why Not? Here is what Karin is offering ~ Every Wednesday (most anyhow, there will be days where I am just overwhelmed and y’all will have to give me a break) will be dubbed Why or Why Not day. I will post a first page of some brave soul’s work on the blog (if you prefer anonymity that’s fine.). It will not be more than 250 words. As a community, we will critique the page. Read the post to get a clearer picture.

Book Ends – Likeable Characters – Jessica answers a question from one of her readers.

The Blood-Red Pencil – Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Fine-Tuning Sentence Structure. Because I’m in editing mode this jumped out at me.

Romance Writer’s Revenge – Fitting Characters into a Plot or Fitting Plot with the Characters.

That’s it for this week. I hope you find something of interest to read.

Upcoming Events

BOOK SIGNINGS

NIGHT’S COLD KISS BOOKSIGNING TRACEY O’HARA

When: Thursday 10 Dec 2009, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: The Galaxy Bookshop, Sydney – if you are in the area drop in and show Tracey your support, I know she will appreciate it.

143 York Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9267 7222
Fax: +61 2 9261 3691
Or Email

In Person Events

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

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

Starting Saturday 6th February, 2010

The Society of Women Writers, WA inc. is conducting creative writing classes in 2010.
Citiplace Community Centre on the concourse.


Saturday morning class

“Writing in the City.”
Stand alone morning sessions cover all aspects of writing.

When: 10-12 am doors open at 9.30.

Saturday afternoon sessions

“Write your novel from start to finish.”

When: 1-3pm. Doors open at 12.30.

Where: Citiplace Community Centre on the concourse.

Register your interest, or for further details, phone SWW, WA on 0415 840 031 or email

Per session is $10 for SWW members -$15.00 for none members. Tutor is Helen Iiles.

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’

Irene Goodman (she of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency in New York) is running a charity auction, offering 25 critiques of partial manuscript and synopsis.

Auction closes December 10. Proceeds go to deafness and blindness research.

Thanks Erica for sharing this information.

Now onto the Our Member’s Good News:

Anne Gracie’s TO CATCH A BRIDE featured on the best of 2009 list for Library Journal.com.

LJ Best Books 2009: 31 Titles, Plus Best Genres & How-To

In Egypt searching for the missing granddaughter of a family friend, a footloose nobleman falls in love with a spirited young woman who is not quite what she seems. Appealing characters, a multilayered plot, class issues, and vivid, realistic descriptions of early 19th-century Cairo and England result in an uncommonly compelling tale.

Congratulations Anne.

Annie West’s DESERT KING’S PREGNANT BRIDE was chosen as one of The Barnes and Noble blog two best category romances of 2009! WOOHOO Annie!!!

Cate Ellink (our Cath E) story has been chosen as one of the ten for December in the mainstream erotica magazine. www.mainstreameroti ca.com. Fantastic news C.

How to vote:

NOTE: You have to log on (subscribe; although it’s free) to cast a vote. Click on erotica contest. Cate’s story is called ‘Pain Surfer’. You MUST be over 18 to register.

Jennifer Brassel’s ancient Egyptian historical ‘Warrior King’ has just won the ST category of the MORWA comp judged by Katherine Pelz of Berkley. Congratulations Jennifer.

NIGHT’S COLD KISS by Tracey O’Hara is a 2009 Aurealis Award finalist for Best Horror Novel. Winners will be announced Sat 23 January 2010. All the best of luck Tracey.

Mel Teshco

Mel launched her new website this week drop by for a look.

Maggi Anderson has a new trailer for her novel ‘Rules of Conduct’ which is a Regency novel with Awe Struck Publishing.

H.C. Brown received 5 cherries for her erotic romance ‘Purr-fect Seduction’ from Whipped Cream Reviews. WOOHOO Heather.

Purr-fect Seduction is up Best Book honor this weekend voting runs from Saturday, 5th Dec  through Sunday, 6th Dec. You can vote for Heather’s novel here.

Our Member’s on eHarlequin Best Seller’s this week:

Claiming His Bought Bride by Rachel Bailey ~ This is Rachel’s debut novel. Congratulations Rachel.

Ruthless Boss, Royal Mistress by Natalie Anderson

Well that is the end of another Cruisin’ and Member’s News. Until next week.

Happy reading.

Sandie

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