Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to another bumper issue of Cruisin’ with RWA. Follow our members’ good news and blog posts and stay up to date with all the new releases and events in the world of Romance. Sit back and let our chauffeurs, Enrico and Clint, take you Cruisin’…


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

Keeping up Appearances

If you live in or near Melbourne, Anne Gracie is taking a short course in romance writing, to be held over 4 months — a full day workshop on the first Sunday of each month. The course is being run by Writers Victoria at the Wheeler Centre in the heart of Melbourne on 7th July, 4th August, 8th September, 6 October. Bookings and details here:


Good News

ITALIAN AFFAIR is up for pre-order on Amazon. ALL Pre-order royalties going to Breast cancer research.

LOST IN KAKADU will be launched on August 1 via Harlequin Escape.

Is very excited that THE YEARNING is already attracting 4-5 star ratings.

Lily Malone has a busy week! Today is release day for her new novella, The Goodbye Ride. You can get the book FREE for a very limited time exclusively at Amazon.

DEAD ACTUALLY earned the gong for Best YA for 2012 at the Aurealis Awards in a joint win with Margo Lanagan.



Thanks goes to Kylie Griffin for bringing this to our attention – We have some members among the finalists of the Greater Detroit RWA 2013 Booksellers’ Best Award: Michelle Douglas, Melanie Milburne, Alison Stuart & Kylie Griffin.

Fiona Lowe (BOOMERANG BRIDE) – Contemporary section

Nikki Logan (WILD ENCOUNTER) – Series section

Leah Ashton (SECRETS & SPEED DATING) – Series section

Kylie Griffin (VENGEANCE BORN) – Alternate Reality section

Voting now in progress


Cruisin’ Member BlogsClint

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:

  • RWA Blog

May 25 – New Releases with Eleni Konstantine

May 26 – Event Announcements

May 27 – Conference Spotlight with Eleni Konstantine

May 29 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Heather Garside with Sarah Belle

May 30 – Cruisin with RWA and Juanita Kees

On May 22 the Word Wenches (Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Cara Elliot, Susan Fraser King, Pat Rice, Mary Jo Putney, and I) celebrate our 7th anniversary — which is a pretty long time to survive in blog- world. We’re celebrating with a dessert party — historic desserts, of course — and with a lovely giveaway, so next Thursday, it would be lovely if you could drop over and leave a comment. I’ll also be giving a special prize to Australians — just because so many blog competitions exclude us, and allow only americans to enter — so in case I don’t recognize your name, mention australia, or where in Australia you’re from.

Save me from drinking alone! Following in a fine tradition, I’m interviewing myself on All the World’s a Page. Drop by and share a Blue Lagoon or two with me in the warmth of a balmy Hawaiian night.

Meet Jenny Brigalow and discover her wonderful debut novel this Sunday May 26.

On June 2, chat with Helene Young and her latest suspense filled story, HALF MOON BAY.

has some great guests on the blog this week.  Maggie Le Page talks about coping with disasters including the Christchurch earthquakes and is giving away a copy of her debut novel – A HEAT OF THE MOMENT THING.  Robyn Thomas is giving you a chance to build the perfect hero and she’s giving away an Indulgence title in celebration of her latest release –FAMOUSLY ENGAGED

Prepare yourselves for speed! This week on Friday Feast, Australian author Juliet Madison has the perfect meal solution for when you’re on a deadline or just plain flat out with life. Not only is her Deadline Frittata super tasty, it’s super healthy too. A perfect match for Juliet’s super fun new release FAST FORWARD. Vroom!

May 21 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

May 23 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Carlie Simonsen


Come home to the country with Jenn J McLeod: It all started with a box  –  a look at ten weeks as a published author.

An Author Harvest first – Whitney K-E: Re-visited, we re-harvest Whitney on the release of her debut novel.

Jenn’s monthly contribution to Writing Novels in Australia blog is: Appearing At A Writers’ Festival As A Debut Novelist

On Friday, Lily Malone is knocking on Jennie Jones country manor door… I’m amazed Jennie had time to let her in, given THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE is only days away from release!

And, another author all set for a June release with Escape Publishing is Cate Ellink and THE VIRGINITY MISSION. Cate was a guest on Lily’s blog last week… and her cover is so hot, it’s smoking.

Spotlight on Writers with Suzanne Brandyn who has recently released her new novel, OUTBACK FEAR. She is also running a fab contest / giveaway on her blog to celebrate.

May 25 – CAT-URDAY: Coffee & Tea

May 28 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Carla Caruso – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

May 20 – Musa Monday – with RWAus member, Eva Scott

Coming soon from SARA – South Australian Romance Authors, a new blog called ‘SARA – Sassy In the South’. Stay tuned for more details.

Looking for something to keep you warm this winter? Try a little Edible Delight with Jan Graham.


Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alissa Callen
  2. Cathryn Hein
  3. Dy Loveday
  4. Eva Scott
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Imelda Evans


Have a great week,

from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs


RWA and the ARRA Awards

Yesterday the wonderful Australian Romance Readers Association published the list of finalists in their 2012 awards.

We are thrilled to see so many Romance Writers of Australia members among the finalists.  In some categories it’s ALL RWA members!  There are many well-loved authors here and quite a few appearing for the first time with their first book.  We’d like to congratulate all of them.

We’d also like to offer a big fat thank you to ARRA for supporting our Australian writers and readers of Romance.  Long may you flourish!

The list of finalists is below, but if you want to see the full post, including closing dates for voting and the covers in the cover competition, the post is HERE.

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

  • Archangel of Mercy – Christina Ashcroft
  • Archangel’s Storm – Nalini Singh
  • Blind Lust – Annie Seaton
  • Dead, Actually – Kaz Delaney
  • Kiss of the Goblin Prince – Shona Husk
  • Lothaire – Kresley Cole
  • Lover Reborn – JR Ward
  • Tangle of Need – Nalini Singh
  • The Danger with Sinners – Charity Parkerson
  • The Final Wish – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Choc Lit

  • Alliance Forged – Kylie Griffin
  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Chaos Born – Rebekah Turner
  • Dragonfly – Erica Hayes
  • Fair Game – Patricia Briggs
  • Gunmetal Magic – Ilona Andrews
  • Lord’s Fall – Thea Harrison
  • Night Forbidden – Joss Ware
  • Shadow Bound – Rachel Vincent
  • Sin’s Dark Caress – Tracey O’Hara

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • A Precious Inheritance – Paula Roe
  • Bed of Lies – Paula Roe
  • Cracking the Dating Code – Kelly Hunter
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Deserving of Her Diamonds – Melanie Milburne
  • Her Best Worst Mistake – Sarah Mayberry
  • Innocent Til Proven Otherwise – Amy Andrews
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry
  • The Cattleman’s Special Delivery – Barbara Hannay
  • Undone By His Touch – Annie West

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

  • A Duchess to Remember – Christine Brooke
  • A Rogue By Any Other Name – Sarah MacLean
  • Bride By Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Deadly Affair – Lucinda Brant
  • Gather the Bones – Alison Stuart
  • Keeper of the King’s Secrets – Michelle Diener
  • Mad About the Earl – Christina Brooke
  • Rake’s Honour – Beverley Oakley
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • The Ugly Duchess – Eloisa James

Favourite Contemporary Romance

  • Bella’s Run – Margareta Osborn
  • Heart of the Valley – Cathryn Hein
  • Hot for Fireman – Jennifer Bernard
  • Jilted – Rachael Johns
  • Rules are for Breaking – Imelda Evans
  • Sister Pact – Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter
  • Somebody to Love – Kristan Higgins
  • Taming the Outback- Ann B Harrison
  • The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots – Loretta Hill
  • Zoe’s Muster – Barbara Hannay

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Ample Attraction – Melissa Craig
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Chains of Revenge – Keziah Hill
  • Galactic Inferno – Mel Teshco
  • Love’s Rhythm – Lexxie Couper
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Red Hot – Ann B Harrison
  • The Dark Rose – Denise Rossetti
  • The Siren – Tiffany Reisz

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

  • Burning Lies – Helene Young
  • Celebrity in Death – JD Robb
  • Dead Heat – Bronwyn Parry
  • Delusion in Death – JD Robb
  • Drive Me to Distraction – Caitlyn Nicholas
  • Guarding Jess – Shannon Curtis
  • Hell on Wheels – Julie Ann Walker
  • Suspicious Ways – Lexxie Couper
  • The Witness – Nora Roberts
  • Wild Encounter – Nikki Logan

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Affair series – Annie Seaton
  • Black Knights Inc – Julie Ann Walker
  • Guild Hunters – Nalini Singh
  • In Death series – JD Robb
  • London Steampunk – Bec McMaster
  • McCormack Security series – Shannon Curtis
  • Ministry of Marriage – Christina Brooke
  • Party Games – Lexxie Couper and Rhian Cahill
  • Psy-Changelings – Nalini Singh
  • Speed series – Jess Dee

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Bec McMaster
  • Christina Brooke
  • Fiona Lowe
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Lexxi Couper
  • Margaret Osborn
  • Sarah Mayberry
  • Shona Husk

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

  • Bear Meets Girl – Shelly Laurenston
  • Crazy Love – Nicola Marsh
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of A Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Taming the Tycoon – Amy Andrews
  • Undone by His Touch – Annie West

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

  • A Touch of Confidence – Jess Dee
  • Bride by Mistake – Anne Gracie
  • Defying Her Desert Duty – Annie West
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Portrait of a Scandal – Danielle Lisle
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell
  • Suddenly You – Sarah Mayberry

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

  • Blood Kin – MJ Scott
  • Firelight – Kristen Callihan
  • Kiss of Steel – Bec McMaster
  • Lusting the Enemy by Mel Teshco
  • Office Affair – Jess Dee
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell

Bundaberg Writefest

From time to time, our members, being the fabulous writers, presenters and cool types that they are, are invited to be involved in non-RWA writing events (yes, we share them, we’re generous like that).  One such event is the Bundaberg Writefest, the annual festival of the Bundaberg Writers Club, which is on NEXT WEEKEND at CQ University, University Drive, Bundaberg (Queensland, for non-locals!)  RWA Member Kerri Lane (aka Kaz Delaney) is presenting and provided us with this write-up to whet your appetite.  Places are going fast, so if you are interested, you might want to pop over here and check out the booking details.

Writefest or Droolfest?

Bundaberg Writefest   19th-20th May, 2012.

It’s going to be a hot time in old Bundaberg next week and I can hardly wait!

What’s going down?

The famous Writefest!! I was absolutely stoked when organiser Sandy Curtis invited me to share the stage (figuratively speaking) with some amazing people.

Honestly! When I read the names of the other speakers I immediately went into drool mode and started plotting some bizarre sci-fi manipulation that would allow me to be in two or three places at the same time! Holograms anyone?

Yeah, well – considering that my technological proficiency leaves a lot to be desired, maybe that’s not going to happen. I mean – hello? I’ve had my new Smart Phone for a week now and so far I can work the torch and give minute by minute weather reports! You want to shed light on your immediate surrounds or know if it’s going to rain tomorrow? I’m your girl…   Holograms? Cloning? Deep sigh…

I think it’s safe to say that See-Thru, Mini-Me won’t be out front offering writing insights – but thinking, breathing me – will be.

And so what will ‘Thinking-Breathing Me’ be talking about? Well I’m quite excited as I’m going to be offering my thoughts on how to get published in the Education Market – which has been a huge part of my life for sixteen years or more and has resulted in over 60 books – and also in an unrelated session, my alter-ego Kaz Delaney will be offering thoughts on what it takes to be a YA author – which just happens to be my other passion and has resulted in 11 books so far!

I’m also stoked that my amazing editor Rachael Donovan from  Allen & Unwin will be taking pitches as well. It’s kind of our first public date and I’m pretty pumped. What to wear… What to wear…

Just as exciting is that the lovely Lindy Cameron, founder and publisher of Australia’s own Clan Destine Press will also be conducting author/publisher interviews.

And if that doesn’t make you weak at the knees, 😉  – there might just be a couple of other people who’ll do it for you.

  • Marianne de Pierres who writes sci fi and fantasy
  • Dr John Clarke who’ll get inside the criminal mind.
  • Meg Vann manager of the Australian Writers Marketplace – on digital publishing.
  • Marianne Delacourt Humorous-crime writer
  • Lisa Blainey-Lewin Twine Marketing Publicist  – marketer

For more information on all of the presenters, click here.

This year’s WriteFest also includes a a full day Master Class on Sunday with RWAust member and respected workshop presenter Louise Cusack!

Here’s the blurb:

International Award winning fantasy author and RWA member Louise Cusack will be teaching the Sunday Masterclass (sadly, now fully booked – Ed.) on From character to plot: creating page-turning novels from the characters up, a prelude to her workshop at the RWA conference in August.  As well as writing novels, Louise is also a professional manuscript assessor and writing mentor, with four of her clients published by major print publishing houses and many more finaling in competitions and development programs.  Louise will be in attendance on the Saturday of Writefest to speak to writers individually about their manuscript assessment and mentoring needs during the day.

There’s not much time and not many places left – but I truly urge  you to run – not walk (surely you can run in stilettos?) to the Writefest website and check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Hello and welcome back to another line up of great news and interesting blogs. We hope you’re enjoying cruisin’ the blogs with us every week.  Send your good news and blogs to – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.

RWA Roadshow: Tasmania

Romance: Write it, Love it

When: May 19th 2012

Where: 8 High Street Launceston – LINC Tasmania

Price: $55 members ($66 non-members), GST incl, includes catered lunch


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 4 – Blog Bites with Karly Lane – Kerri Williams

May 5 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Kristin Meagher

May 6 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 8 – Author Spotlight on Bronwen Evans – Juliet Madison

May 9 – Little Gems 2012 Author Carol Hoggart – Jenn J McLeod

May 10 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ the News

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

  • New releases

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

  • New Contracts

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

Ann B Harrison has signed her second contract with Breathless Press for MISTRESS FOR MAGNUS and her YA book WITCHLING with Lycaon Press.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

Anna is blogging at two locations this week:
Read her interview over at Word Wenches
and  at Savvy Authors, it’s about writing historical fiction, the basics of how Anna approaches it.

Prepare for jammy fingers because on this week’s Friday Feast, to celebrate the Australian release of her gorgeous (and sexy!) romance, UNDONE BY HIS TOUCH, multi-published author and all-round lovely person Annie West is revealing a favourite childhood comfort food as well as sharing a delicious sticky-sweet recipe that will set your tastebuds dancing.

Plus join in the nostalgia with your favourite childhood comfort food, the one that instantly takes you back and makes you feel good, and you could win a signed copy of UNDONE BY HIS TOUCH. Got to be in that!

May 3 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Special Guest Ju Dimello: Paranormal heroes – and giveaway of Fiery Icicle

May 6 – Weekly Overview

May 7 – Winner of Ju’s giveaway announced.


May 10 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Shona Husk: Top 5 Reasons to go to RT – and giveaway prize pack

The Georgian Chamber Horse by Cheryl Leigh

Read about Janet’s recent experience in revising an old out-of-print book for E publishing, and the main problem she discovered.

All I can say is – thank goodness for hardcover copies!

Juliet Madison’s ‘Mouthwatering May’ blog special event.

Juliet’s blog will be alive with food-themed books, guest author interviews, novel excerpts, recipes, and articles for the month of May. There are some yummy prizes up for grabs too, so head on over to the blog and take part.

A hectic, fun release day with a few photos and a run-down of the official launch for DEAD, ACTUALLY.

May 5 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Ondine series (Ebony McKenna)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 8 – TOPIC: In a galaxy far, far away…with Sharon Lynn Fisher – see how Sharon found herself addicted to science fiction romance and get her take on the industry as a newly published author in this genre.

10 Fun Ways to Put the “Magic” Back in Writing with Adrienne deWolfe

This week, handling conflict in your ms, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and on Friday, Part III of What Makes a Man Sexy?


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane


Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Wink Girls
  2. Annie Seaton
  3. Christina Phillips
  4. Historical Saga Novels
  5. Janet Woods
  6. Mel Teshco


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

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

80 / 80 entries received. Updated 24 April 0049 EST.


Good luck to all the entrants.


Enrico’s quote of the week

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.  ~Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887

Regards Juanita

Conference Spotlight ~ It’s Way More Than Twilight panel

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the

At Diamonds Are Forever,  Kaz Delaney, Vanessa Barneveld, Amanda Ashby, and Sara Hantz are on a panel aimed at ALL writers called



Both basic and specific topics covered via individual presentation with questions/discussion invited from the audience to create a warm, entertaining, informative atmosphere. Topics: language and sexuality levels; differences between YA and traditional adult romance; tone; markets; publishers and agents; Oz vs US; contests; setting; characterisation and what’s hot.

It’s Way More Than Twilight  panelists

Kaz Delaney splits her time between teaching and writing. She also has a split personality, and in cooperation with her alter ego, Kerri Lane, has written over 60 books for children and Young Adults.  As Kaz, she was a lead author for Dorchester’s (NY) Smooch line for young adults. Her latest YA novel is entitled ‘Dead, Actually’ published with Allen & Unwin, March 2012. While speaking of splits it may be noted that while she also suffers the occasional split end, she draws the line at performing the actual splits. She lives and plays at NSW’s gorgeous Lake Macquarie and is represented by Jacinta di Mase of JDM Management.


Vanessa Barneveld is a two-timer. That is, a two-time Emerald Award and two-time Golden Heart® Award YA finalist. By day, she writes and records audio description voiceovers for the blind and writes TV captions for the Deaf. By night, she wrangles two cats, a never-ending house renovation and several YA manuscripts. Despite all the two-timing, she’s totally devoted to her musician husband. She’s represented by Robin Rue of Writers House, NYC

Amanda Ashby writes young adult and mid-grade books for Puffin (US). She also watches far too much television and she never shares the remote control with anyone. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Her latest release, Fairy Bad Day, was selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012.

Sara Hantz writes young adult fiction. She has a PhD in Education and lectured for many years and has two grown-up children who have yet to grasp the fact that the bottomless money pit will soon be closing over. Sara’s debut book The Second Virginity of Suzy Green was listed by the New York Public Library on their Books for the Teen Age. When not writing or working she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d get the gold medal.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

We are all cute, perky and addicted to shoes!

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

Yes! Sara Hantz and Amanda Ashby have presented workshops at both RWA and RWNZ conferences. Vanessa Barneveld presented a workshop RWAustralia’s 2010 conference and was a panelist at last year’s RWAmerica conference in New York. Kaz Delaney (aka Kerri Lane) is an RWAustralia veteran who has done everything from presenting multiple workshops and MCing through to being the tea-lady.

What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Participants will take away a good understanding of the YA market, from ‘what’s hot’ through to how much sex should your YA book have. They will also get the chance to ask whatever questions they want about our experiences in competitions and in the marketplace (or which of the Salvatore brothers we think is hotter!).

Which members will benefit most from this session?

This panel is perfect for all members who are considering writing YA regardless of whether they are published or not. Plus, we are all wildly amusing so if you’re looking for a giggle, then this is the session for you!

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

Talking, catching up with friends and then a bit more talking.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?

We’ve heard that there is a really amazing YA panel on this year so we might have to check that out…


Kaz DelaneyWhat is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Kaz Delaney’s latest book is Dead, Actually and you can find out more information at

Amanda Ashby’s next book is Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic: Wishful Thinking and you can find out more information at

Sara Hantz’s latest book is The Second Virginity of Suzy Green and you can find out more information at

Vanessa Barneveld’s a two-time Golden Heart finalist and you can find more information at


Thank you, ladies.

Our next Conference Spotlight is with Dishing the Dirt panel on 25th April.

Blog Bites…Kaz Delaney

 It’s a pleasure to introduce the lovely, vivacious, Kaz Delaney. 

I write: YA and fiction for children.

I’m from?  Beautiful Lake Macquarie – NSW Central Coast. Specifically I live at Belmont which is basically a strip of land between Australia’s largest salt water lake, and the Pacific Ocean.

Three words to describe me:   Hmmnn  – tricky… I think those looking on would say: Ditzy, Dizzy and a Diva. And they’re half right. What they don’t see is that I’m Determined, Dogged and Diligent. Sort of.

My worst habit is: I can only pick one? Okay – it’s probably that I have to do everything myself, and that I’m always right. Though personally? I can’t see the problem with that…

It’s a bit daggy but I love: Bling. You can never have too much. Shoes. Bag. Person. Bling it on, I say! The other daggy thing? Smarties! No one loves Smarties anymore! They’re all Team M&Ms! Come on Team Smarties! Step Up!

My first job was: Well, speaking of Smarties…  It was a Saturday/school holiday job and it was the lolly counter at Woolies!!!

Three things people may not know about me: That I’m Determined, Dogged and Diligent. Sort of.

Plotter or Panster? Definitely a plotting panster. I used to declare hard and long that I was a total plotter. And to some degree I am, but I also realise that the plotting part is the skeleton. The fleshing out is the pantsing.

When I was young I wanted to be? Older! Can you believe it! Sheesh!

Why I write: You know, I think writing is like having a cat. You don’t own a cat (not like you ‘own’ a dog); a cat chooses to live with you. You don’t really have any control – you just think you do. Writing is like that. You don’t choose it – it chooses you. You can’t NOT do it, because it’s not really your choice to make. It’s in you, it’s inherent… So why do I write? Because I can’t ‘not’ write.

Latest project:  Shameless Plug Alert: Well, with my latest YA novel Dead, Actually just on the shelves, I’m absolutely flat out bribing, blackmailing and bullying every person I know into buying it – as well as trying to polish my next novel in the series – Almost Dead.

To find more about Kaz and her books, go to her website 

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

Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Good morning everyone. Due to needing time to concentrate on my writing this will be my last Cruisin’ the Blog.

We have the delightful Juanita Kees joining the Online Services team and she has kindly offered to take over Cruisin’ and Facebook updates for me. This will also allow me more time to work in other areas to help promote our members both published and unpublished.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last eighteen months and hope you will continue that support with Juanita. Contact details remain the same just address all correspondence to Juanita.


From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park


Registrations are now open for this year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference. Visit the RWA ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference webpage for more information and watch for the conference feature in your March Hearts Talk.

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)


After 31st March 2011

Cost: One-day Seminar $ 140 RWA Members

Cost: One-day Seminar $ 160 RWA Non-Members


(Optional and additional cost for dinner following seminar).

Cost: $44.50


What’s happening in the world of ‘Who, Where & When’.


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 5th April  – Good News Day

WED 6th March – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR 31st March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Tracey O’Hara with giveaway of DEATH”S SWEET EMBRACE.

SAT 2nd April – Darklight On…Emmeline Lock (Q&A)

Julia Burns ~

FRI 1st April – Julia had the pleasure of having author Tansy Rayner visit her blog to chat about all things writing.

Helene Young ~

MON 4th April – Catch up with Helene chatting to Fiona Palmer

TUES 5th April – Helene is interviewing Kate, the heroine in North Star, Karly Lane’s new release novel. It’s a lovely insight into Kate and takes a different look at the story.

April is Aussie Author Month on four blogs and several indie booksellers sites.

Book Thingo

A Writer Goes on a Journey



Reading Adventures

The girls from Australian Outback Romances and Mysteries – Bronwyn Parry, Fiona Palmer, Fleur McDonald and me are joining in and you’ll find us at Outback Romance as well as on Their own blogs.

There’ll be heaps of giveaways, interesting blogs and swags of favourite Aussie authors to discover as well as some familiar ones to catch up.

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 4th April – Guest Author: Christina Phillips (she comes bearing gifts for those who leave a comment)

THURS 7th April – Who’s That Girl? interview with Anita Joy (from RWAustralia)

SAT 9th April – “The Tough World of Contest Feedback!” Learn how ‘ADD + DA’ affects you and how to cope with contest feedback.

Mark that date – April 11th !!!– my next guest author is Sara Creasy! For Sci-fi romance addicts, pencil this date in, you do not want to miss out on this interview (and Sara’s generously donated a book as a giveaway).

Paula Roe ~

WED 6th April – Catch up with Paula on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

FRI 8th April – Paula swings by the Silhouette Desire Blog

RWAus Blog ~

We have a new member joining our blog team this week, Juliet Madison is taking over our Author Spotlight segment. Welcome to the team Juliet.

MON 4th April – Juliet Madison – Author Spotlight – Karly Lane

TUES 5th April – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Terrie Garey

WED 6th April – Jenn McLeod – Face2Face with … Melbourne Romance Writers Guild

THUR 7th April – Sandie Hudson- Q&A with Dr Debra Holland

FRI 8th April – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Cara Gabri

SUN 9th April – Juanita Kees – Cruisin’ the Blog & Members News

Blogs our Members Regularly Visit ~

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels

Romance Bandits

Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

We Love YA

Wink Girls

Blogs of Interest ~

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

As Kylie Griffin said when she sent this post “Something to aspire to – the Top 10 Highest Earning Authors

Rants & Ramblings ~

This week Rachelle Gardner posted ‘What I’m Looking For’, Update 2011


Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great Anna’s Midnight’s Madness!

On Tuesday, 26th April, Anna’s sixth Avon Historical Romance MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION hits the sale stands.

In all her excitement Anna is giving away six signed copies as prizes in her April contest. Visit Anna’s contest page for more information. Contest closes 30th April 2011.

Annie West ~

March 2011 – Curl Up with a Harlequin Presents!

Annie loves discussing favourite stories with other readers and writers. So, for her new contest she’d love to hear about some of your reading favourites.

The winner will receive some great Harlequin Presents/Modern/Sexy reading:

A copy of THE DESERT SHEIKH’S DEFIANT QUEEN, which includes stories by Annie and fellow Presents author Jane Porter.

A signed copy of CARETTI’S FORCED BRIDE by Jennie Lucas, another Presents author, and something sweet to nibble on while enjoying your new books.

Find out more on Annie’s contest page.

Paula Roe ~

March/April 2011 contest

For March/April you have the chance to win:




Check out Paula’s contest page for more information


Congratulations to our First Kiss Finalists:

Elise Ackers

Carol Challis

Carol Hoggart

Fiona Mackenzie Kekic

Bec Sampson x 2

Their entries will be sent  to Debra Dixon ( President of Belle Bridge Books) for final ranking.

Congratulations to all the winner at the ARRA awards:


Anna Campbell


Bonds of Justice – Nalini Singh


Archangel’s Kiss – Nalini Singh


The Billionaire Baby Bombshell – Paula Roe


My Reckless Surrender – Anna Campbell


Home is Where the Bark Is – Kandy Shepherd


Raising the Stakes – Jess Dee


Border Watch – Helene Young


Psy/Changeling series – Nalini Singh

Other News

Bronwyn Stuart ~

Bronwyn placed first in the Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Huge congratulations Bronwyn.

Christina Phillips ~

Christina was thrilled during the week when Night Owl Reviews gave CAPTIVE a 41/2 star Top Pick rating. Congratulations Christina.

Erin Grace ~

Erin signed her 5th book contracted, this time with Noble Romance. YAY Erin, very happy for you.

Janet Woods ~

Janet’s novel DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS has been picked up for Portuguese language rights. The sale is to a Brazilian publisher, and Janet’s first to go foreign language. Great news Janet congratulations.

Kaz Delaney ~

Kerri announced during the week that she had been sitting on the news that she had sold her 70k YA novel DEAD, ACTUALLY back in December. Release date March 1212. Congratulations Kaz, that is wonderful news.

Kylie Griffin ~

Kylie finally has a new name for her Golden Heart/Clendon Award winning/Valerie Parv placing manuscript once known as BLOODBORN: Bk1 of the Light Blade series!

Kylie was informed by her editor, they going with VENGEANCE BORN: A Novel of the Light Blade to be released in February 2012 with Berkley Sensation. Wonderful news Kylie. Congratulations.

Rachael Johns ~

A very excited Rachael announced on Friday the she had received ‘The Call’ for her contemporary Christmas Romance to Carina Press. Racael, this really is wonderful news and so deserved. Congratulations.

Shona Husk ~

Shona has signed her 3rd contact with Samhain. Her new story “Brightwater Blood” is a paranormal novella due for released in 2012. WOOHOO Shona. It’s always great to hear this sort of news.

Suzi Love ~

Suzi looks set for another great contest year placing second behind Bron in Historical category of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Fantastic Suzi, looking forward to seeing your name on here a lot more this contest season.

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 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings


Tuesdays 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

Saturday 9 April
What Every Writer Should Know – And Most Never Do ~ Colin Falconer
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: SA Writers’ Centre
Cost: $55 M, $77 NM
FMI + Bookings: Email or (08) 8223 7662 or SA Writers’ Centre Website

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

Saturday 30 April
Building Suspense into Fiction ~ Katherine Howell
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Northern Rivers Writers Centre, SCU room, Byron Community Centre
Cost: $70 M, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR email OR phone (02) 6685 5115

Saturday 30 April
Plotting, planning and avoiding soggy bits ~ Laurine Croasdale
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Everything you need to know about publishing ~ Linda Funnell & Special Guests
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $205 M, $175 MC, $290 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday 4 May
Massaging the Manuscript: The Assessor & the Editor ~ Antoinette Eklund & Belinda Byrne
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturday 14 May
Turn up the heat ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–1:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $54 M, $48 MC, $85 NM
FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191


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


Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Welcome to back! Yes, I thought it was time I got my act together and once again share with you the news on Who’s Where and When and Who did What.

Because I missed a couple of weeks doing Cruisin’ I’ve left some of the news and blog posts up from Wednesday.

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


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anne Whitfield ~

Anne has a new book review on her blog – The Tenko Club by Elizabeth Noble.

Christina Phillips ~

SAT 28th August – Christina visited Kylie Griffin’s Blog yesterday, you have the chance to win a signed copy of ‘Forbidden’. The contest runs until Friday 3rd September.

 TUES 31st August – Christina visits Helene Young’s blog (see below).

WED 1st September – 

To help celebrate the release of Forbidden, Christina Phillips’s debut Roman/Druid Ancient Historical Romance from Berkley Heat, she’s holding a launch party with lots of amazing authors and fabulous giveaways! In addition, Christina’s giving away a signed copy of Forbidden to one lucky person who helps spread the love. All you have to do is mention the party, being held from 1st to 6th September at You can Tweet about it, blog, Facebook, MySpace or anything! And then drop her an email at ChristinapPh @ gmail dot com (no spaces) to let her know. Please put Forbidden Launch Party (or something similar) in the subject line. The winner will be drawn for that on Monday 6th September.

FRI 3rd September – Christina moves into the Day in the Writing Life of … on the RWA blog.

Check out Christina’s great Launch Trailer.

Helene Young ~

31st August – Helene helps to kick off Christina’s launch party with a visit from Christina on her blog.

Kaz Delaney ~

Kaz has just launched her new blog. What a way to hit the blogging world than with an update on news from the RWAus conference in Coogee, Sydney.

Kylie Griffin ~

Our Kylie has been busy as always. Check out what she has been up to on her blog:

RWAus Conference – pics & news.

Anna Jacobs Interview – Always lots to learn from Anna.

Promo: Christina Phillips – Christina’s release date and blurb for ‘Forbidden’

RWAus Blog ~

FRI 27th August  – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bites with Fiona Lowe sorry I forgot to add this on Wednesday.

TUES 31st August – Jenn McLeod – Claytons Wrap-Up with all the place getters from the Claytons Awards Night.

FRI 4th September – Jenn McLeod – A Day in the Writing Life of … Christina Phillips

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Bronwyn Parry

Cathryn Brunet

Christina Phillips

Denise Rossetti

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Nathan Bransford ~

Nathan chats The Package of Services Publishers Provide Authors and How This Is Changing

Pub Rants ~

Kristin chatted about ‘The Power Of Story—In Any Medium’ this week.

Rants & Ramblings ~

Another interesting post from Rachelle this week. Well it’s a question really, ‘What does and Agent Offer?’ Check out what people are saying.

The Blood Red Pencil ~

This week Kathryn Craft posted an interesting article on plotting ‘The Plot That Swam Away’.


Anna Campbell ~

For August and September Anna has two fabulous reading packs including some backlist titles that are really hard to get now Each pack will include signed copies of: My Reckless Surrender by Anna, Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells, His Mistress for a Million by Trish Morey, The Greek’s Convenient Mistress by Annie West, Dark Deceiver by Pamela Palmer and either – Does She Dare? or Risqué Business by Tawny Weber

See Anna’s website for more information. This contest closes 30th September, 2010.

Annie West ~

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

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog where this months contest prize is Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe for Happiness.


Anna Campbell ~

CAPTIVE OF SIN came in second in the historical category of the First Coast Romance Writers 2010 Beacon Award.

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna received word during the week from her publisher that her novel ‘Beyond the Sunset’ has been released in trade paperback this month (in Australia/NZ only).

Janet Woods ~

Audio rights to Janet Woods’ October 2010 release PAPER DOLL have been bought by ISIS Soundings.

The paperback version of SALTING THE WOUND has just been released and is available from online bookshops.

Jess Anastasi ~

Our Jess received her first offer on a contract during the week with Noble Romance Publishing for her ‘paranormal/sci-fi’ novel. WOOHOO Jess, fantastic news.

RWNZ Conference

The final placings for the RWNZ Clendon Award:

1st – Wendy Vella
2nd – Michelle de Rooy (also awarded Readers’ Choice trophy)

3rd – Soraya Nicholas

Congratulations Ladies.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

High Five

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: 27th August 2010

Closes: 8th October 2010

See website for details.


RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010

Monday Challenge

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

Book/ Edit in a Week

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


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

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

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

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

Wednesday 8th September

Talk and Book Signing ~ Anna Campbell & Christine Wells

When: 5:30pm

Where: Dymocks Brisbane City, Shop D17 177 Albert Street (Cnr Elizabeth &

Albert), Brisbane

Cost: Free (refreshments provided)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3007 2800

Saturday 18 September
The Art of Writing Romance ~ Valerie Parv

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

Thursday 23 September

Friends of Maroochydore Library host an evening with Anna Campbell

When: 5.30pm–7.00pm

Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, QLD

Cost: Free (refreshments provided)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 5475 8900

Saturday 9 October

How to Write Good Sex ~ Belinda Burns

When: 10.00am–4.00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

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

Wednesdays 13 October – 17 November

Popular Fiction ~ Anne Gracie

When: 6.30pm–8.30pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

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

Saturday 23 October

Romance Writing ~ Barbara Hannay

When: 10.00am–4.30pm

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

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

Booking deadline: Friday 8 October

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

 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


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