Author Spotlight: Juliet Madison, Sarah Belle, Jacquie Underdown and Robyn Neeley – Magical Realism Romance Novelists…

 

Today on the Author Spotlight, we have four authors who have previously been categorised as multi cross -genre, but now, due to readership interest and a proactive publishing team, finally have a subgenre to call home. The genre formerly known as Fantasy-Magical Elements- Paranormal twist-Contemporary-Time Travelling-Dream Casting, please welcome, Magical Realism Romance and the authors who live it!

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 Firstly, what is Magical Realism Romance?

Not quite paranormal, not quite fantasy, this genre believes that magic is a part of the every day, and that there’s more to our lives than can be explained. If you’re looking for a little mystical, a little miraculous, a little more, this is the romance for you.

As an author, how important is it to fit within a defined sub-genre?

Jacquie– In terms of being able to brand myself as a romance author and explain to readers succinctly what my books are about, I think having a defined sub-genre is incredibly important. It also provides readers with a quick reference that they will fit with my books. However, the fact that I’ve not been able to fit within a defined sub-genre, until now, also has its benefits in that I know I’m creating a new breed of romance, one that will be original and fresh for readers. And that’s the main reason I’ve persevered with the magical realism romance genre.

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Juliet – I think it helps readers the most, letting them know what there going to be getting from a book.

 

Sarah– Like everyone has said, it helps readers to identify what particular elements are in a story and will allow them to seek out other authors in the same genre.

Robyn– It’s definitely important to me. When readers pick up one of my books they are in for fast and funny dialogue, a sweet story, and a heart-warming ending. Magical realism fits in nicely with my brand, and I was more than eager to give it a try with Batter Up, my first book that includes one spell-binding approach to finding true love.

What were the main issues with being ‘subgenre-less’ prior to this new branding? 

Jacquie – Being subgenre-less hasn’t limited by ability to become published (that I know of). But I do think it has had a direct impact on how my books can be marketed and to whom they are marketed to. My books are normally slotted into the fantasy romance or sci-fi romance categories, which, as mentioned earlier, give readers the wrong expectations as magical realism romance is far removed from fantasy or science fiction. Having a sub-genre now, with a name that conjures images and ideas that reflect what my books are about, will make it a lot easier going forward.

Juliet – I didn’t feel so much that I was subgenre-less, but multi-genred! When you story crosses into several different genres it can be tricky to know how to pitch it to publishers, or which types of readers to target. Having a more defined sub-genre to categorise the overall type of story is better than saying ‘my book is a futuristic-romantic comedy-chicklit-fantasy-time travel-romance-scifi-adventure’! 😉

 

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Sarah– It was very difficult to explain what I actually wrote. ‘It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that’…it was confusing to people and difficult to pitch to publishers and readers. Thankfully there are some amazing authors out there who have paved the way: Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahearn, Sophie Kinsella and Melanie Rose. For a person who struggles with marketing anyway, being across too many genres meant that my target market wasn’t clearly identified and pitched at.

Robyn– Putting a touch of magic in Batter Up, I wasn’t quite sure where it would fit. A fellow romance author recommended I submit it to Escape, knowing that they had recently acquired romantic comedies with magical elements. I was beyond thrilled to find Batter Up a home among other awesome magical realism books including Fast Forward by Juliet Madison and Hindsight by Sarah Belle.

Why do you write Magical Realism Romance ?

Jacquie – I’m someone who wants more from life than flesh and bone, and I believe there is more to this existence than what can examined under a microscope — phenomena that isn’t always explainable and is somewhat magical. Because I expect more out of everyday existence, I expect the same from the books I read and write. As an author, and as a reader, I want to be transported away, not so far as to lose sight of reality altogether, but enough to make it leave me questioning if the little magical occurrences could in fact be real.

Also, magical realism romance gives me so much more scope with my imagination and the stories I can weave.

Juliet – Because it allows the ordinary to become extraordinary and explores the possibility that there might be more to our world than we know. Plus, it’s great for interesting plot ideas – anything goes, with magical realism!

Sarah–  I read it, so I write it! A touch of magic can take a story anywhere so it’s always fresh and exciting to write. When we suspend our disbelief, we expand our imaginations in much the same way as children do. It’s nice to be a kid again for a while and to believe in magical things.

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Robyn– Faith, hope and destiny themes tend to influence my books so magical realism became a new tool for me to continue to explore these themes in an entertaining way. Also, the research on creating spells was a lot of fun. I now have a nice collection of spell books and am always tempted to try casting one!

 

What is it about MRR that will attract new readers? 

Jacquie – I sometimes think fantasy and science fiction is too far removed for some readers who like reality-set romances. Magical realism romance is a wonderful happy medium, where a reader can escape the mundane everydayness but still be given something MORE, something the reader wouldn’t encounter, something new, exciting, and magical.

Juliet – It is the perfect combination of realistic storylines and paranormal elements. It’s not completely realistic and not completely paranormal, it puts those magical elements into a world we’re familiar with so readers can more easily immerse themselves in the story and connect with the characters.

Sarah– Magical Realism is fun, engaging and has enough twists and turns in it to keep the plot moving along. There’s never a dull moment with the magical and unexplained! It’s also a break from the every day- nice escapism.

Robyn – These books are a unique and refreshing addition to the contemporary romance genre, offering a unique twist on popular romance tropes.

 

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 Magical Realism Romance is quite a niche genre. What are your hopes for the future in regards to expanding this genre?

Jacquie – Magical realism romance is a niche genre, but then so was sparkly vampire romance, BDSM erotica and rural romance. But just like those other genres, it is limitless in scope for storylines. Even on the shelves of my publisher, the variations between my novels and the other authors’ novels (who write MRR) are immense. My hope is that readers pick up a couple of books in this genre and fall in love with magical realism romance, just as much as I love to write it. Then it will bring more authors and readers out of the woodwork and we will be able to see just where this genre can go.

Juliet– I hope that more readers will discover the fun that can be had by mixing magical elements into real life storylines. I would love to see more movies made with these types of stories too, those with just a touch of the magical. Maybe an increase in books like this will help boost that.

Sarah– I would love to see this genre become more mainstream. It’s such a fresh and exciting genre, and covers from romantic comedy to true romance so there’s something for everyone. If you’ve loved Freaky Friday, Drop Dead Diva, Suddenly 30, Big, then chances are that Magical Realism Romance will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.

Robyn – Magical Realism Romance is exciting because of its potential to reach many readers of romance, chick lit, and women’s fiction. I’ve received some wonderful feedback from chick lit readers who say that they enjoyed the romance element of Batter Up and are excited to read more romances that include magical elements. That’s exciting!

 

If you’d like to explore the world of Magical Realism Romance, you can find a great collection at Escape Publishing.

 Escape Publishing is kindly giving away one copy of any one Magical Realism Romance novel to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in the running is leave a comment below.

This competition will be drawn on the 15th of August, 2014. The winner will be notified by email, so please be sure we can contact you!

 

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Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Juliet Madison…

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Juliet and congratulations on the release of ‘The January Wish ’!  Is this part of a series?

Thank you! I’m so excited for the release of THE JANUARY WISH and yes, it is the first in a new series of small coastal town romances with a women’s fiction bent. The second book, FEBRUARY OR FOREVER will be releasing very soon, on 1st Feb. Despite being linked by the setting and some minor characters, each are stand-alone stories so you can read them in any order you choose.

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You’ve had a huge twelve months with five books published with Escape– what’s been the best part?

2013 has been a HUGE year. Going from being unpublished to multi-published in a short time has been a fun but busy ride! There are so many good parts, but I think just knowing that readers are buying and enjoying my books is a great reward. After years of my work being read by only my Mum and critique partners, it’s fulfilling getting my stories out into the world. Apart from that, seeing my beautiful covers for the first time is always a buzz!

From where do you get your inspiration?

I wish I had an intelligent answer for this, but the truth is the ideas just pop into my head! Often for no apparent reason. Having said that, sometimes I will get an idea from something I’ve read or seen on TV, or a conversation I’ve had with someone. Inspiration is everywhere!

You’re a whizz at marketing yourself and your work – can you give us any tips in regards to social media, please?

Thanks…When it comes to social media (in particular, Facebook and Twitter) the thing to remember is that it’s a conversation. Conversations are two-way, so make sure you aren’t just posting or tweeting but responding and interacting as well. Relationships are the foundation of social media and are what you need to focus on most to make it work for you. When posting stuff online, show your personality and be congruent with your brand and style or genre of writing. Be a little personal, but not too personal, and have a balance of promotional tweets/status updates versus general updates. Also, be innovative and consistent. Don’t be scared to try something new, such as a weekly interactive event or a theme day. Be creative and have fun with it!

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?

Before each writing session, know what it is you want to write about (this works for me as I’m a plotter). Spend a few minutes jotting down in point form the events of the scene you’re working on, so you can then let loose and just write, while having a basic guide to keep you on track and prevent writers block. This advice was in Rachel Aaron’s book, 2k to 10k, and although I often did this anyway, it cemented the benefits of it for me and now I don’t write without a post-it note scene outline in front of me.

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Are you a plotter or panster? (particularly in relation to your series).

Oops, just answered this above. I’m a plotter, as it saves a lot of hassle with rewriting. I do still allow for spontaneity, but I need that basic outline and structure to write a book. And with my series, I’m realising how important it is to plan ahead as much as possible, as things that take place in one book will impact future stories.

You also write YA, Romagic Comedy and Women’s fiction. Which is your favourite genre to write?

Ooh this is a toughie! I love them all. Some of the genres I write in overlap a little, such as my women’s fiction, romance, and romantic comedy. Romantic comedy is super-fun to write, when you’re writing and giggling at the same time there’s nothing quite like it! But I also love the rush of writing a hugely emotional and dramatic scene. And when it comes to YA, I never thought I’d even write it but when a story idea came to me and I did, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how the words flowed. I didn’t really answer the question did I? 😉

Can you tell us a little about your works in progress?

I’m at a bit of a crossroads at the time of writing this interview while I assess my priorities for the year ahead, but I’ve always got something on the go even if I haven’t worked on it for a few months. Soon I’ll be writing the second book in my supernatural YA series, THE DELTA GIRLS, but I’ll tell you about the next book in the Tarrin’s Bay series, tentatively titled MIRACLE IN MARCH… It’s a story about a single father with a special needs son, and a woman from his past who is hiding the secret that broke up their relationship. They are both in need of a miracle, and their lives will converge over a one week holiday at the beach where they are unexpectedly reunited.

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Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘The January Wish’, please?

My favourite parts have big spoilers so I’ll give you another little snippet! 😉 This is from the beginning when Dr Sylvia Greene meets her new colleague, and realises he’s the same guy she met while pigging out on cake at a cafe the night before…

‘Good morning,’ said a bright-eyed Joyce when Sylvia opened the door to the clinic. It always seemed as if Joyce was a permanent fixture behind the reception desk, or at least on her chair, which rolled here and there as she manoeuvred her way around the desks and filing cabinets without needing to stand.

Ironically, Joyce chose that moment to stand. ‘Here’s your mail.’ She placed the envelopes into Sylvia’s unoccupied hand and followed her towards the hallway. ‘And I’d like you to meet our new practitioner, Mark Bastian.’ Joyce gestured towards the spare room where a man was kneeling down, opening a cardboard box on the floor. Sylvia had forgotten the new guy was settling in today.

At Joyce’s introduction, he stood and turned, his blue eyes meeting Sylvia’s, the halogen lights adding a glow to his warm coffee-coloured skin.

Oh God! Sylvia’s face flushed with warmth.

‘We meet again,’ Mark said, holding out his hand and grinning.

All Sylvia could do was nod, tucking the envelopes under her armpit in order to give a limp shake of his hand. If she hadn’t gone out last night in her moment of heartbreak, she wouldn’t have met him, and they would have been introduced today without any fuss. But she’d let her professional guard down and somehow she felt…exposed.

‘You two know each other?’ Joyce glanced from Sylvia’s face to Mark’s and back again, waiting for a response.

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As part of Juliet’s January Blog tour, there’s a  $25 Amazon gift card and a beautiful coastal photographic print of the setting of the Tarrin’s Bay series up for grabs!

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This competition is open worldwide,  and will be drawn on 1st February, 2014.

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THE JANUARY WISH blurb:

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.

A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.

They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.

Buy THE JANUARY WISH from all good ebook retailers:

Amazon – Amazon UK – Amazon Aus – iTunes/iBookstore – Kobo – B&N/Nook – GooglePlay – BigW ebooks – Booktopia – JB HiFi – ebooks.com – All Romance ebooks

 

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. It’s been a busy week out there in the world of publishing with champagne corks popping merrily at the announcement of new contracts and new releases. Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

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

Good News

Juliet has signed with literary agent Joelle Delbourgo.

Phillipa’s third book coming out in January 2014 with Momentum, titled FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Danielle is excited to advise that her first YA paranormal romance manuscript THE ERLANIS CHRONICLES: OF FIRE AND ROSES has been contracted by Evernight Teen with a projected electronic release date of December 2013.

Khloe has signed her ninth contract, the first with Evernight Publishing, for JAGUAR SECRETS set in Ceduna, South Australia and due for release in December 2013.

Who would have thought saving a stray cat could change your whole life? Yet that is exactly what happens when Cammi saves a black kitten from under a jetty.

Suzi is excited to announce brand new covers and edits for THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE and EMBRACING SCANDAL now available on Amazon, Smashwords etc.

Shannon’s third book in her romantic suspense series, the McCormack Security Agency series, FOR HER EYES ONLY was released by Carina Press on November 4.

Sara is thrilled to announce the release of her YA IN THE BLOOD

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

November 12 – Rhyll Biest

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

From Breathless Moment to HEA. This weekend–What moves and inspires those HEAs. Drop by and share your favourite breathless moment.

After a vegetable side dish your family will scoff down? Then Friday Feast is your destination. Australian romance author Dakota Harrison is celebrating the release of her second novel BREATHLESS with a potato recipe everyone will adore. Easy to make so more time for you to read. Yes, we know our priorities on Friday Feast!

November 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

November 6 – A BITE OF… With Nicola E. Sheridan’s WARLORD’S LADY

November 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Mel Teshco on the Magic of Publication

November 9 – Darklight on TBA

November 4 – Musa Monday with Sharon Ledwith on the 6 sales points for authors

November 6 – Writerly Wednesday – short fiction & edits

chats about 50 Books You Can’t Put Down to author Anna Romer (Thornwood House)

November 9 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: Christina Phillips – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

November12 – GUEST AUTHOR: Maggie Munday – one of our newly published authors.

November16 – SATURDAY SEVEN (My Lady Quicksilver) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

November 5 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

November 8 – UP CLOSE with Virginia Taylor

November 3 – Spotlight on Writers – Sandie Hudson writing as Sandie James

November 16 – Spotlight on Writers – all the way from Florida USA, Joanne Tailele

To celebrate the November 1 release of TEARING THE SHROUD, JM is having a month-long blog tour.

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors with your fellow authors? My new interview series gets up close and personal with authors to talk about the place they call home, their pets, what they’d take with them if they had to evacuate, what they’d serve us for dinner and what books and movies they’d like to enjoy. The first author to invite me over for a visit is author of THE YEARNING, Kate Belle.

has S.E Gilchrist visiting her blog.

is having a blog tour and there’s a Kindle up for grabs if you’d like to enter. Aus/NZ are eligible as well as US/UK.

November 1 – Meet Escape Author J M Bray – this is a story you won’t want to miss!

November 4 – Phoenix Johnson with a post on The Lost Art of Wooing

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Kylie Griffin
  2. Life, Luv ‘n Laughs
  3. The Scarlet Quill
  4. Roxanne Knight
  5. Sultry Scribes
  6. Victoria Purman

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. We’ve had a Ripping Start to the week! Congratulations to the finalists in the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 Ripping Start Contest:

  • Sarma Burdeu
  • Jennifer Ensor
  • Jo McAlister
  • Elvina Payet
  • Cassandra Pennington
  • Kerrie Ptolemy
  • Victoria Steele

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Cruisin’ the News

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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

Good News

is celebrating the release of her Emmy Award winning book BREATHLESS from Samhain Publishing.

has a novella CHRISTMAS AT THE GINGERBREAD CAFE due out from Carina Press in time for the festive season.

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

is thrilled to announce the sale of her novella to Escape Publishing.

achieved her dream and signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for another two books in her Seasons Collection planned for release in 2014 and 2015.

has sold her 5th book to Escape Publishing, a small town coastal romance titled FEBRUARY OR FOREVER. It will be released February 1, 2014.

has a brand new coastal romance out called SEDUCING PHOEBE

is very excited to announce her fourth contract with Escape Publishing for a single title sci fi romance, STAR PIRATE’S JUSTICE. Due for release on February 1, 2014.

On October 30, S E will indie publish an Australian, contemporary, rural romance novella, DANCE IN THE OUTBACK.

Three of our members shone brightly like the stars they are in the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards! Congratulations to Rachael Johns (2013 Winner: Best Women’s Fiction), Sasha Cottman and Ebony McKenna.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

November 12 – Rhyll Biest

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

From Breathless Moment to HEA. This weekend–What moves and inspires those HEAs. Drop by and share your favourite breathless moment.

Ever wanted a peek behind the scenes of an Italian restaurant? Then come join award-winning writer and renowned freelance racing journalist Jessica Owers on Friday Feast as she guides you through the workings of her husband’s beloved La Spiaggia in Sydney’s Coogee Beach. Amazing food, colourful diners, cheffy energy, and most of all the Passion. Plus Jessica shares a few lessons she’s learned from her Italians. Buon appetito indeed!

October 26 – ENCHANTED ORB with Eleni Konstantine

October 29 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 31 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Scaringly good HALLOWEEN giveaway!!

November 1 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco and special guest.

October 30 – Writerly Wednesday: The Body in the Garden Writers Festival

A&U author Josephine Moon has a tea-riffic giveaway when she drops into Calingarry Crossing pub for a bar yarn and a beer nut.

November 2 – Signs & Symptoms You Could Be An Author

November 5 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: S.E.Gilchrist – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

November 9 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: Christina Phillips – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 29 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

October 30 – WHAT A CHARACTER – Eleni Konstantine’s Daniel from Gateway to Hell

November 3 – Spotlight on Writers – Sandie Hudson writing as Sandie James

A peek at the characters from Paradise Beach in my current work in progress

Meet Escape Author J M Bray – this is a story you won’t want to miss!

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Susanne Bellamy
  2. Tracey O’Hara
  3. Trish Morey
  4. Write on Track – Diane Curran
  5. The Other Side
  6. Carla Caruso

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RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee – per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
 Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

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Sample score sheets:
First round (short – long)
Second round (short – long)

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

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Cruisin’ the News

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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

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  • Rachael Johns is thrilled to announce the arrival of her friends to lovers story, OUTBACK DREAMS, the first in her Bunyip Bay series.
  • Elisabeth Rose invites you over for a look at the cover of her November release with Escape Publishing. MANGO KISSES is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (shortlong)
Second round (shortlong)

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

Changing genres – how and what is important? Annie Seaton talks about the experience of writing Steampunk, paranormal, suspense, contemporary romance – both sweet and sexy and historical

Looking for simple, healthy way to feed your hungry horde? Then Friday Feast is the place to go! Australian coastal lit author Victoria Purman is sharing her recipe for easy chicken stock and the endless delicious uses you can put it to. One pot, a hundred meals, and lots of time to kick back with Victoria’s debut release NOBODY BUT HIM. Plus reveal your favourite summer past-time and you could win a copy of this beachy bronzed Aussie book!

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

October 1 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

October 3 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Eleni Konstantine

Fantabulous Friday – Besieged Cover shorlisted

October 1 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt: DIRTY

October 2 – Juliet Madison’s release of STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

October 3 – This Week’s Book Choice: Brenda Maxfield SOMEDAY YOU’LL LAUGH

October 10 – May I introduce: Aussie Author Rachael Johns OUTBACK DREAMS

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

October 8 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Rowena May O’Sullivan – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 12 – CAT-URDAY! – Grumpy Cat 2 – More favourite one liners from GC!

Some of our members are sharing their favourite first lines with M A Grant.

October 1 – Jane Godman

October 2 – Elsa Winckler

October 3 – Juanita Kees

October 4 – Magen McMinimy

October 5 – Susanne Matthews

October 6 – Ros Baxter

October 7 – Sarah Daltry

October 8 – Melinda Lane

October 9 – Sofia Gabel

October 10 – Stefanie London

October 11 – J.M. Bray

Australian author Lilian Darcy will featured on Momentum Moonlight  and Romance Book Haven with her  Montana Born Books

Queensland writer Jenny Brigalow will be talking craft on Revisions & Editions

October 7 – Lilian Darcy on Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

October 11 – Jenny Brigalow talking about her latest release from Escape Publishing on Romance Reader

October 13 – Jenny Brigalow on her YA Paranormal on Fresh Fiction

Part 2 of a ‘How to’ post on opening hooks when writing a book. 15 tips on the various elements/aspects to this skill.

Part 1 is also gives a good definition of what a hook is.

TBA – What A Character – with Maggie Mundy

September 29 – Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

October 6 – Spotlight on Writers with Simone Cooper

The Ecstasy Files this week features an eye opening and invaluable resource for writers of sexy and erotic romance. In erotic fiction, as in romance, it’s all about position, position, position (warning: 18+ only, sexual references and content)

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL1013 Dark Oil_1400

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week. Clint and Enrico are off to the AFL Grand Final this weekend. May the best team win! And speaking of winning, there are some awesome giveaways on our members’ blogs this week and a few winning new releases too!

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Cruisin’ the News

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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

Good News

Imogene Nix has 3 pieces of good news. 2 new cover reveals and a new contract.

A BAR IN PARIS releases with Beachwalk Press in November.

A STRANGER’S EMBRACE releases with TotalEBound in January 2014

And lastly, THE ILLUMINATED WITCH, sequel to THE BLOOD BRIDE, is contracted to TotalEBound. Release date to be announced.

Celebrated a five star review of her latest release, DANGEROUS DESIRE.

is celebrating the debut release of her novel DARK OIL from Escape Publishing in October.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

September 25 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Jaye Ford

September 29 – Event Announcements

September 30 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Fiona Palmer

October 3 – Cruisin’ with RWA

All the World’s a Page is back from holiday this Sunday 29th September. My guest is Annie Seaton whose first romantic suspense, DANGEROUS DESIRE has just been released. Annie talks to Susanne Bellamy about changing genres and her newest novel. Call in and comment for your chance to win a free e-book of “Dangerous Desire”. Don’t forget to leave your email addy!

Dreaming of chocolatey goodness? So is this week’s Friday Feast guest Rachael Johns, which is why she’s sharing her delicious recipe for custard and white chocolate cookies. Plus reveal your favourite cookie and you could win a copy of Rachael’s new rural romance OUTBACK DREAMS, the first novel in her Bunyip Bay series. Just imagine, a cuppa, a decadent cookie and your own copy of OUTBACK DREAMS. Bliss!

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

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

September 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Nicola E. Sheridan

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

September 20 – Southern Speak – conference round up with Eleni Konstantine

September 23 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

September 22 – Super Sunday

September 23 – Eleni’s Library progress

Join Jenn at Calingarry Crossing pub for Author Bar Yarns and Beer Nuts with the one and the only – Juanita Kees, who is also giving away a copy of her book, FLY AWAY PETA.

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

October 1 – CONFERENCE: RWNew Zealand – Earthquakes, workshops & All Blacks.

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

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

Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN1013 Words Once Spoken_1400 (1) (670x1024)

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

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:SIScover

  1. Juliet Madison
  2. Mel Teshco
  3. Rhian Cahill
  4. Sandie Hudson
  5. Tamara Gill
  6. Valerie Parv

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com065_butterfly_14

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

TRUST ME? THE TRUST ME? Debut trilogy available on Amazon and Smashwords.

STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

PLAYING BY THE RULES, a sweet contemporary romance, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes

Secret Cravings Publishing are combining the first 3 novellas of the series, THE PROTECTORS and releasing it as a print anthology. Book 4, THE HOSTAGE is also coming out in print this month.

FLIRTING WITH DANGER is now available in eBook from Entangled Bliss. A fun, sweet romance. When a flirtation develops between firefighters, Aaron and Jasmine, it’s not just their jobs that they’re risking. It’s their hearts.

RWA Contests

  • Ripping Start

If you haven’t already entered, there is only one day left! Get your entry in today.

Opens: 23 August 2013, 7pm Sydney time.

Closes: Emailed by midnight Sydney time 6 September 2013.

The contest will be capped at the first 90 entries, after which no more entries can be accepted. So it may close early. Payment alone will not reserve you a place in the contest – you must submit your entry.

Entry Fee: $22.00 per entry (entrants within Australia only. GST incl.). $20.00 per entry for entrants outside Australia

Up to two entries per member are permitted. Email entries only.

Eligibility: all unpublished RWA members.

Page counts: The first 1,500 words (max) of your manuscript, in standard formatting (see link for formatting example) plus mini synopsis.
The mini synopsis is a 300 word (max) overview of your entire story. This is not a teaser or back cover blurb. It should tell judges what your story is about, complete with the resolution.

Prizes: 1st – $250; 2nd – $150; 3rd – $100

Entry form/conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting example

Queries: Contest Manger, Sandra Harris – rwarippingstart@gmail.com

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

Feeling the need for some glamour? Never fear, Annie West’s Friday Feast has it all! There’s a look at her fabulous new romance AN ENTICING DEBT TO PAY, photos of eye-poppingly gorgeous French patisserie, and a drool-worthy recipe for French Fruit Flan. And if that wasn’t enough, share your favourite patisserie treat and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of AN ENTICING DEBT TO PAY. Ooh la la!

September 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Cheryse Durrant

September 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 12 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Maggie Mundy

September 13 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

September 14 – DARKLIGHT ON…Cheryse Durrant

September 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 6 – Up Close with Lilliana Rose

September 10 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

September 11 – Reading Adventures with Eleni Konstantine

Jenn J McLeod’s new Bar Yarns & Beer Nuts blog series – come home to Calingarry Crossing pub for a yarn with Kim Kelly – author of THIS RED EARTH. There is a book giveaway!

September 14 – CAT-URDAY: Lazy is my middle name – Those LOL Cats are back!

September 17 – CONFERENCE: RWAmerica – RITA & Golden Heart finalists, book signings & summer storms – see what was going on in Atlanta this year.

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

September 12 – This Week’s Book Choice: Kelly Martin BIG IS BEAUTIFUL

September 14 – Review: Lee Child THE HARD WAY (Reacher #10)

September 15 – Snippet Sunday

September 16 – New Beginnings

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

September 15 – Spotlight on Writers – Cathleen Ross

September 11- 16 – Cathleen is participating in the Sultry Summer Reads blog hop where writers will be giving way lots of free books and swags. Readers can go to the Safari Heat site to checkout the prizes which include a kindle fire loaded with great ebooks.

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. Jenna Anastasi
  2. Mary Hawkins
  3. Nicole Murphy
  4. Paula Roe
  5. Rhyll Biest
  6. Sami Lee

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

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

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

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

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

SWIFT RUNS THE HEART, an historical, set in the NZ gold rush period was released on September 1 by Escape Publishing.

Juliet’s second book I DREAM OF JOHNNY, a romantic comedy novella with a magical twist, is out this month from Escape Publishing,

Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God into a Geek God.

Anna has two novels available on Amazon.

SEASONS OF LOVE, an Historical romance set in the 1830s and 40s. Helen marries foolishly and suffers the consequences.

MOVING ON , a modern coming of age story. Molly is a doormat and her family uses her accordingly, her two grown children and even her divorced husband still taking advantage of her. Then they go too far…

TAINTED, the fourth book set in the mystical Roman/Druid world, is out now.

Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other.

RWA Contests

  • Ripping Start

If you haven’t already entered, there is only one day left! Get your entry in today.

Opens: 23 August 2013, 7pm Sydney time.

Closes: Emailed by midnight Sydney time 6 September 2013.

The contest will be capped at the first 90 entries, after which no more entries can be accepted. So it may close early. Payment alone will not reserve you a place in the contest – you must submit your entry.

Entry Fee: $22.00 per entry (entrants within Australia only. GST incl.). $20.00 per entry for entrants outside Australia

Up to two entries per member are permitted. Email entries only.

Eligibility: all unpublished RWA members.

Page counts: The first 1,500 words (max) of your manuscript, in standard formatting (see link for formatting example) plus mini synopsis.
The mini synopsis is a 300 word (max) overview of your entire story. This is not a teaser or back cover blurb. It should tell judges what your story is about, complete with the resolution.

Prizes: 1st – $250; 2nd – $150; 3rd – $100

Entry form/conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting example

Queries: Contest Manger, Sandra Harris – rwarippingstart@gmail.com

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

September 7 – Hearts Talk WrapClint

September 8 – Event Announcements

September 12 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Spring has bounced brightly in at Friday Feast and best-selling historical romance author Anna Campbell has the perfect way to celebrate. Join Anna as she shares her latest release, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, and a most excellent chicken and wine recipe that lets you read, cook and relax at the same time. Plus reveal your ideal picnic menu, location or companion, and you’ll go into the draw to win a print copy of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS. Spring bliss!

August 27 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

August 28 – A BITE OF… Nicola E. Sheridan

August 29 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Lilliana Rose ¬ with giveaway

August 31 – DARKLIGHT ON…Cheryse Durrant

September 3 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

September 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY ¬ with Cheryse Durrant ¬ with giveaway

September 6 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL compiled by Mel Tescho

August 28 – What a Character! With Lillana Rose’s Ashley

September 6 – Up Close! With Lillana Rose

LoveCatsDownUnder is a blog run by a group of Aus and NZ category romance authors and we’re having a big party on Monday 2 September to launch our new look website and welcome the lovely Bronwyn Jameson to our group. There will be some stunning prizes given away.

Jenn J McLeod’s new Bar Yarns & Beer Nuts blog series – come home to Calingarry Crossing pub for a yarn with Kim Kelly – author of THIS RED EARTH. There is a book giveaway!

September 3 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: C.T.Green – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

September 7 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Renegade) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

September 10 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Nicole Flockton – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

With giveaways!

September 3 – Brianna’s Bookshelf
September 3 – deal sharing aunt
September 4 – Coffee Beans & Love Scenes
September 5 – Danita Minnis
September 6 – It’s All About the Romance

September 8 – Spotlight on Writers – Kerrie Paterson

September 11- 16 – Catherine is participating in the Sultry Summer Reads blog hop where writers will be giving way lots of free books and swags. Readers can go to the Safari Heat site to checkout the prizes which include a kindle fire loaded with great ebooks.

The fabulous Adrienne DeWolfe is back with the release if book 3 in her Velvet Lies series, SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL. To celebrate the release, Adrienne has launched a fantastic raffle opportunity for romance readers world-wide. The raffle goes live on September 4 and runs through October 10, 2013.

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

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

As Fremantle Western Australia welcomes the arrival of the RWA 2013 conference delegates, Enrico and Clint bring you this week’s Cruisin’.

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Event Announcements

Our usual Sunday post for Event Announcements will give way to breaking news this week with a post from Imelda on the winners announced at the Gala Awards Night.

Keep Up with the Breaking News at RWA 2013

Social Media Tips from Imelda

Twitter: All the contest results (and no doubt other things) will be tweeted live through the official RWA Twitter account (thank you Diane!). If you’re on Twitter and not already following, hie thee hence now and do so. https://twitter.com/RWAusClint

We also have a Twitter hashtag for conference tweets, which is https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/rwaus13 ‪#‎RWAus13. So if you’re tweeting conf stuff, make sure to add it so that the peeps at home can follow!

Did you know that there is an official RWA Facebook page? It’s here: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersofAustralia. Again, if you haven’t already ‘liked’ it, do so now! I’ll be posting whatever I can to that page while at the conference (in between drinks and sessions).

And for those of you who aren’t on the Tweet space, there will be a post on the blog with all the contest winners the day after the awards.

Good News

Magna has made an offer for the large print rights to Janet’s 2002 historical romance FROM THIS DAY FORTH currently available in eBook from Belgrave House. Simon & Schuster UK are talking electronic rights for Janet’s backlisted sagas.

BLOODGIFTED, Book 1 of The Dantonville Legacy series was  released as an eBook on Smashwords.

Contests

The summer is heating up, and so is the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. If you’re an unpublished romance writer looking to change that status you need to get your entry in. We have a hot lineup of final judges, and a track record of getting requests. So, while you’re making those summer plans, make sure to add “enter the Golden Palm Contest” to your calendar! Categories include: Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, New Adult, Young Adult and Short/Long Category.

Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll, Harlequin

Single Title Category: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor Harlequin

Historical Category: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor Sourcebooks

New Adult Category: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary

Young Adult Category: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary

Paranormal Category: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor Harlequin

Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writer members and $30 for nonmembers. All entries are read by at least one published judge and the lowest score is dropped. Contest ends August 15th.  All information to enter is on http://www.frwriters.org/contest/

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

August 18 – RWA Award Winners Announced

August 22 – Cruisin’ with RWA

I’ve just done a blog piece for Severn House for the release of my next modern novel in October. If you want to see how the moors influenced my life and writing, you can read about it at: The moors and Anna Jacobs

A must watch marriage proposal – how to do it right! Still got tears in my eyes. I’m pleased to see romance is alive and well in the world – but us romance authors and readers already knew that!

Pining for summer? Need some tastebud stimulation? Then this week, thanks to a bit of help from a chaotic restaurant in France, I have the perfect summer seafood dish for you – Prawns in Pastis. Come and check out Friday Feast for your foodie fix. It’s good for you!

What’s on the Darkside this week? Click on the link for more…

August 13 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s a picture prompt

August 15 – This Week’s Book Choice – J.F. Jenkins DISPLACED

August 18 – This Week’s Book Choice – Ruth J. Hartman ROMANCE AT THE ROYAL MENAGERIE

Meet Lynne Wilding’s daughter Karen M. Davis and win a copy of her debut, romantic suspense novel: SINISTER INTENT. While you’re there … Last chance to win Fran Cusworth’s latest: THE SPICEFIELD SISTERS

Sarah Belle & I discussed time travel in romance at the Escape blog. Sarah’s character travels to the past, & mine to the future. We talk about the pros & cons of each & how time travel isn’t only for sci-fi.

August 15 – RWAustralia conference – My first trip to Western Australia!

August 17 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Anna Jacobs – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 20 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Peta Crake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Helen is joining me to talk about her new Special Edition release, DATE WITH DESTINY. I love her hero’s Polish family in this book and Helen has a great recipe for Cabbage rolls to get us in the mood. PLUS, she’s giving away a copy of DATE WITH DESTINY to one lucky commenter.

My Guest on Browsing Bookcovers with Maryde this week is Writer Sasha Cottman.

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

August 8 – A Match made in Heaven

August 10 – ON ANGELS WINGS by Heather Adams

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Christina Phillips
  3. Historical Saga Novels
  4. Jane Quick
  5. Lily Malone
  6. M J Scott

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that there will not be a Cruisin post or Events blog for the next two weeks. Enrico and Clint will be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

This week Claire celebrated the release of her Random Romance, ANYBODY BUT HIM.

Rachael is ‘seriously stoked’ to have a bloke on the cover of her upcoming rural romance, OUTBACK DREAMS.

VENGEANCE BORN is a Salt Lake County Library System nominee for their semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award. It’s one of twenty six titles chosen by their readers across 18 libraries. Voting continues until November 1st, 2013.

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

  • RWA Blog

July 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

July 7 – Spotlight on Sarah Belle

July 9 – Conference Spotlight

July 15 – Claytons Post

July 16 – Spotlight on Tea Cooper

July 17 – Conference Spotlight

Heather Garside drops in to  answer 10 teaser questions and talk about her new rural BREAKAWAY CREEK.

July 7 – Dana Mitchell comes to visit and talk about her Venetian Affair this weekend.

July 14 – SE Gilchrist takes a star turn with her LEGENDS.

Then All the World’s a Page will be having a break for a month. Hope you miss us while we’re away! If you would like to visit and share your sources of inspiration or new release between August and December, email me at susannebellamy at gmail dot com.

Not eating enough greens? On the hunt for a natural native health food that’s not only delicious but super easy to grow? Then you need this week’s Friday Feast, featuring Australian author Jennifer Scoullar whose second rural set romance CURRAWONG CREEK just hit the shelves. As Jennifer says, Why eat spinach when you can eat Aussie? We taste better!

July 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

July 5 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

July 6 – DARKLIGHT ON…Sandra Harris

July 9 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – Writing Buddy Wednesday: Carolyn Wren

July 2 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Sun

July 4 – This week’s Book Choice – Amy Mullen A STORMY NIGHT

July 11 – May I introduce – Jeff Salter

Oh by-jingo. Jenn is back! Jenn has the Great HOUSE Giveaway starting at Nicole Alexander’s place. A signed copy to one lucky commenter.

Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest – It’s Jennifer Scoullar and Sheba being ‘baled up’ with a signed copy of CURRAWONG CREEK to give away. Be quick!

Nicole Flockton answers Ten Awkward Questions and is giving away a copy of her romance, RESCUING DAWN

I’m holding a multi-blog event on 2nd September to celebrate my new release and help authors and bloggers get more visitors to their blog and more exposure for their books. It’s going to be lots of fun, with interesting posts under the theme of ‘wishes’ and lots of prizes for everyone. If you have a blog and wish (ha!) to take part, here are all the details and the sign up form. So far, 23 blogs have signed up. Hope to see you there!

Juliet will be a guest at the Harlequin Junkie HEA Book Club on July 25 and 26 to chat with readers about FAST FORWARD.

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

July 9 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Nina Blake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Iron Kin – M.J.Scott) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 16 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Jennifer St.George – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 20 – CAT-URDAY! – Sad Cats…

July 23 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Alison Butler – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Many of you know Leisl as the long-time manager of the Emerald Category contest. Her first book, KILLING ME SOFTLY has hit the e-shelves this month and she’s visiting me at ’Cooking The Books’ to chat. Hope you can drop by and say hello.

has a contest going on over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe where you can win a pre-ordered print copy of the new Bridget Jones book – MAD ABOUT THE BOY. Leave a comment to win  to go in the draw.

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

July 1 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

July 5 – Up Close with Claire Baxter

Seanna Smythe makes her debut in the Edible Delights Anthology Volume 2 from Secret Cravings with NEVER ON A SUNDAE. Join the release party with a nibble from each of the authors in the approach to release day.

July 12FLAVOR OF THE MONTH with Bianca Sarble

July 13 – A Tasty Morsel at THE BANQUET with Kate Belle

July 14 – Bringing it to MY LORD’S TABLE – Alysha Ellis

July 15 – An invitation to THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR with Imogene Nix

July 16 – Delights you’ve dreamed of but NEVER ON A SUNDAE with Seanna Smythe

July 7 – guest post with Tea Cooper

July 14 – guest post with Heather Massey

Flash Fiction over at Sultry Scribes – Another meeting, another quick story. This time, the lucky dip was…a fire truck.

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Hunter Romance Writers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Love Cats Down Under
  6. Madeline Ash

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