Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Have you booked your workshops for the RWAus Conference yet? How great does it all look? I’m so excited. Don’t forget to check out the Far Noth Queensland Roadshow if you live in the top end — or anywhere for that matter. You can find out more information about both below.

RWA SPECIAL NOTICES:

From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

11th-14th August  2011

Hilton on the Park

Melbourne

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)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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

UPCOMING EVENT

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC 2011 is now under way. For futher information please visit the ARRA website.

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Welcome to another exciting week of news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Do you want to find out more about multi-published Anna Jacobs? Drop by the Romantic Novelists Association Blog and read her in-depth interview.

Anna is also posting on the ANZauthors Blog about ‘Hard Work and Sunshine’. This is a great read for new authors about the hard work and dedication needed to reach your goals.

Actually both of Anna’s blog convey this message.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 22nd March  – Good News Day

WED 23rd March – Winner announced for Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains

THUR 17th March – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Jess Anastasi (TBA)

SAT 19th March – Darklight On…Maree Anderson

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 21st March – GUEST AUTHOR: Paula Roe. One of RWA’s renown contest divas (a lady after my own heart!) is sharing her details about herself and her latest release. She’s also revealing a deep dark secret…

THURS 24th March – “Who’s That Girl? Interview” – featuring Erin Kuhne (from RWAustralia)

SAT 26th March – A Few of My Favourite Things – do you have a top 5 list of books, movies, and other favourite things? Can you narrow it down?

RWAus Blog ~

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

MON 21st March – Special Post – Online Seminar Five Weeks with Dr Debra Holland

TUES 22nd March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Lisa Heidke

THUR 24th March – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlight on – Denise Rossetti

FRI 25th March – Jenn J McLeod – Blog Bite with Linda Brown

SAT 26th March – Sandie Hudson – Bookshelf Saturday – April’s New Releases

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

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Heather Boyd

Heather C Brown

Helene Young

Janet Woods

Jenn J McLeod

Jess Anastasi

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Scott Eagan ~

Scott has a couple of interesting posts this week worth reading. (Well I think they are.)

Is the Face of Publishing Changing? – I know we have all talked about this issue but I found Scott’s take on it interesting.

When Your Characters Do Stupid Things – Is it great conflict?

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

A couple of great posts from Blood-Red Pencil as well this week

The Art of Chaptering – how a writer decides where to place chapter breaks.

The Voices in Your Head – Internal editors and critics

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

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

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

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

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna had the third of her Swan River Saga, Destiny’s Path, published this week, which is also coming out in hardback and (in Australia/NZ) trade paperback. Watch the shelves of BigW, KMart, etc.

Anna also received a contract offer for the third book in my Wiltshire series from Allison & Busby. Book one, Cherry Tree Lane, is out in hardback and coming in August/September in paperback. While book two, Elm Tree Road, comes out in hardback in August.

To top it all off it’s publication day at the end of the month for the trade paperback of Licence to Dream, a modern novel set in York, Western Australia. Well done Anna what a wonder week of exciting news you have had to share.

Kerri Williams ~

Kerri received the Top Pick this week from The Romance Review for her debut novel Taking Back his Widow. Congratulations Kerri.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

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

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

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

Saturday 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: http://www.nrwc.org.au/v1/images/stories/PDFfiles/workshops2011_web.pdf OR email info@nrwc.org.au 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 ~ Mark MacLeod & 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

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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Bookshelf Saturday ~ March New Releases

Well to our March 2011 New releases

 

 

 Ally Blake – THE WEDDING WISH/BILLIONAIRE ON HER DOORSTEP HM&B Series Specials

 

 

 

 Anne Cleary – DO NOT DISTURB HM&B Sexy

  

 

 

 

 Anna Hackett – ONE NIGHT WITH THE WOLF Nocturne Bites

  

 

 

 

 Anna Jacobs – DESTINY’S PATH Hodder & Stoughton UK

  

 

  

 

 Bronwen Evans – INVITATION TO RUIN Kensington Brava

  

    

  

Carol Marinelli – THE DEVIL WEARS KOLOVSKY HM&B Sexy

  

  

  

 

 

 Cathleen Ross – LOVE, LUST AND LIES My Passion in Print

  

 

 

 

 Charlie Kramer – DON’T QUOTE ME Smashwords

 

  

 

 

 Ebony McKenna – ONDINE: THE AUTUMN PALACE Egmont Press UK & Hardie Grant Egmont Australia

 

 

 

 

 Helene Young – SHATTERED SKY Hachette Australia

 

  

 

 

 Jaye Ford – BEYOND FEAR Random House Australia

 

 

 

 

 Joan Kilby – HER GREAT EXPECTATIONS HM&B Sexy

 

 

 

 

 Kerri Williams – TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW Eternal Press

 

  

 

 

 

 Liia Ann White – ELORA’S MATCH: THE DIFFERENT SAGA BOOK 1 Silver Publishing

 

  

 

 

 

 Liz Fielding – BECOME THE TYCOON’S BRIDE Harlequin Romance

 

 

  

 

 Margaret Way – OLIVIA’S AWAKENING HM&B Specials A-format

 

  

 

 

 

 Melanie Milburne – THE WEDDING CHARADE HM&B Sexy

 

  

 

 

 Natalie Anderson – WALK ON THE WILD SIDE HM&B Sexy

 

 

 

 

 Nicola E. Sheridan – MAGICAL GAINS Eternal Press

 

  

 

 

 Nikki Logan – FRIENDS TO FOREVER HM&B Sweet

 

 

  

 

 

 Rachel Bailey – MILLION-DOLLAR AMNESIA SCANDAL HM&B Desire

 

  

 

 

 Shona Husk – KISSING PHOENIX Ellora’s Cave

 

 

 

 

 Yvonne Lindsay – ROSSELLINI’S REVENGE AFFAIR/ TYCOON’S VALENTINE VENDETTA HM&B Bestseller Collection

 

What aother great month of reading. Enjoy.

Sandie 

Author Spotlight: Kerri Williams

At the RWA blog, we’re always excited to interview a debut author, and today we have Kerri Williams with her debut novel, Taking Back His Widow.

Tell us about your call (or email) story.  How did you find out you were going to be published?

I remember after I had submitted it and was told it would be a five week turn around- which is amazingly fast in the publishing world- at first I was checking my emails with anticipation twice a day and then slowly once a day to every couple and so on until I put it to the back of my mind. Then one day within I think about three weeks I received an email; my heart raced and I yelled for hubby, crossed my fingers and opened it to find that EP wanted the whole ms.

Well that was huge, my first novel and it wasn’t a straight out knock back. Within the next couple of weeks I had decided not to get my hopes up and when the email came I took a huge breath and this time didn’t yell for hubby because frankly, I thought it would be a polite rejection- instead I was gladly offered a contract.

Lol, didn’t I yell for him then and literally jump out of my chair and bounce around the room. That night I was to face the next major decision- who to call first and share my news. Lol.

How long have you been writing?  Is TBHW your first manuscript?

I’ve been dabbling since I was sixteen after I met my husband. Taking Back His Widow was not my first attempt but was my first completed and fully edited ms.  I wrote Taking Back His Widow in 2008 during the 50k in 30day challenge affiliated with RWA (God Bless their cotton socks).

It’s amazing how much you can write under pressure.  We all say write, write, write and edit later- Taking Back His Widow is evidence that the concept works.

What inspired you to write this story?

I actually aimed Taking Back His Widow for HQN but it didn’t quite fit the ‘recipe’ As for the inspiration: it may come from watching a movie or reading a book but this one was inspired by the many HQN books I read while I lived in QLD in Tin Can Bay- a small fishing town on the coast. It was beautiful and we miss it so much.

When you write do you hear your characters, or do you visualise the scenes like a movie?

More like a movie, I can see it all- the scene, the characters. Hear them and watch their reactions and so on. It helps tell a good story.

Which authors and/or books have influenced your writing?

Ooh, that’s trick for me. I read all genres and have to be careful because I am very easily influenced and that is a rotten habit when you need to be consistent and want your story to flow with your one voice.

I was a HQN junky there for a while. I would read a thriller (Karin Slaughter or Patricia Cornwell) and then need to read a dozen romance novels. Now I read everything and love almost anything that contains a little romance. I’m a true sucker for romance.

What’s next for Kerri Williams, Author?

I dream of the day I can quit my day job in Target. I have just subbed a new ms to EP and am awaiting news (patiently checking my emails, lol) but thankfully I’ve been busy with the launch of this one. I’m also in the middle of a WIP which I love. It’s a romantic suspense.

But right now, I’m enjoying the ride of Taking Back His Widow.

The Blurb:

When Livinia Jacobs grudgingly ran from the love of her life with his child in her womb into the arms of another man, she never thought she’d see Dean Stone again.

Eleven years later, she finds herself widowed in a picturesque little coastal town of Queensland and her past has come back to haunt her.

Livinia was completely aware of her lack of control in Dean’s presence. Heck; that was half the attraction in the first place, but her secret kept her feet firmly on the ground and her heart guarded from the once youthful dream of a future with him.

Dean forgot the most important thing of all about Livinia, she was his addiction. Ten minutes with her and he was craving her touch again, wanting to hold her, to feel her soft naked skin against his, to kiss those supple, pink lips.  Hell, he wanted her period.

But can he forgive her and prove to her he’s no longer the scared boy he once was, but now the man she needed him to be- a man she could trust with her heart- no matter the sacrifice.

Where can we purchase Taking Back His Widow?

It will be available in digital format via www.eternalpress.biz.com , www.amazon.com ,  or my web www.kerri-williams.com ,itunes now have B&N on board for ibooks and there’s loads more for the first couple of weeks and then you can order the print via B&N, Borders, amazon- a further listing will be available on my web. The book is also available on Kindle. Keep an eye out on my website and blog for more information and giveaways.

Thank you for joining us on the RWA blog today, Kerri. We wish you all the best with your debut novel.

To find out more about Kerri, visit her website at www.kerri-williams.com or her blog  http://kerriwilliams-writerofromance.blogspot.com

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com


SPECIAL NOTICES:


Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

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

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

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

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

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

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is only open to a total of 12 RWA members and only a few spots are still available.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

 

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

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

 

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

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

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 7th Februrary – Historical Romance Author Tiffany Clare is Anna Campbell’s guest on the Romance Bandits. Giveaways!

THU 10th February – Catch up with Anna with her regular spot on the Romance Bandits.

FRI 11th February – Anna moves on to her regular spot on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for the day.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 8th – Good News Day

WED 9th – Winner announced for Christina’s giveaway.

–  Part Three of the four-part series on World Building with Kylie Griffin.

THUR 10th – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Eleni Konstantine with a book pack: Sydney Croft’s ARCO series, and Larissa Lone’s Ecstasy (courtesy of Darksider Loretta).

SAT 12th – Darklight On…Nicola E. Sheridan

Dark Side DownUnder are also 3 months old, come and tell us how you think we are going.

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 3rd February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Julieann Thomas – RWNZ writer who enjoys reading and writing military romances.

SAT 5th February – Which hero turns the pages for you? – a look at hero archetypes.

*There’s some give-away goodness in store for readers in my February line up of blog posts – we have KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy from Rowena Cory Daniells, 4 special Valentine’s Day prizes and an e-copy of a SCENT OF A MAN from Maree Anderson up for grabs!

MON 7th February – Guest Author: Rowena Cory Daniells talks about “Resonance” (and she has a copy of KIN ROLEN’S KIN series to give-away!)

THUR 10th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Jess Anastasi

SAT 12th February – “Who has your heart?” – a Valentine’s Day drool-fest featuring your favourite heroes (with special Valentine’s give-aways!)

Mary Hawkins ~

WED 3rd February – Find Mary blogging on International Christian Fiction Writers chatting with Lisa Harris, chatting about novel Blood Ransom.

RWAus Blog ~

More excitement this week on the Blog Team with guest blogger Bronwyn Jameson joining us for the next few weeks sharing information on the RWAus ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference sessions and guest speakers.

MON 7th February – Diane Curran – Author Spotlight – Kerri Williams

TUES 8th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – From Here to Eternity

WED 9th February – Jenn McLeod – all going well (post Yasi) it will be the previously postponed Face 2 Face with … North Queensland Romance Writers. So TBC and fingers crossed.

THU 10th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – Julia Hunter

FRI 12th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Nikki Logan

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Michelle Diener

Monique Wood

Moyna Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh

Paula Roe

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Thanks to Jenny Schwartz for these blog suggestions.

Romance Junkies ~

Writing contest at Romance Junkies sponsored by Carina Press (Harlequin’s digital-first imprint) which has prizes for writers and readers

Patricia Wrede ~

Patricia Wrede has a great series of posts at her blog on her Lego Theory of writing where she discusses the building blocks of effective writing. I’ve linked this to the first post, you can go on to the next six from there.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

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

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

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

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs until 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information, drop by Annie’s, contest page.

Denise Rossetti ~

What to do: Email me (well Denise) with the title of Book #3 of the Four-Sided Pentacle Series. That’s it!
The Prize: Your choice – an electronic copy of any of my Ellora’s Cave books or an autographed copy of one of my Berkley books.
Closes: Sunday 13 Feb 2011

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna has a swish new website thanks to the talents of Ms Paula Roe. Absolutely love it Anna.

Anne Whitfield ~

Anne was happy during the week when her old Hale out of print book, ‘A Noble Place’, was accepted by MuseIt Up Publishing. Congratulations Anne.

Nikki Logan ~

Nikki spent time over Christmas making her first YouTube trailer ‘A Romance with Nature’.

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.

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

February 7th to 13th

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Wednesday 9 February

A Night of Romance with Anna Campbell at Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm, 9th February, 2011

Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: Ph: (07) 5442 4411 or Sunshine Coast Council

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space, as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

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

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

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

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

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

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

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

Saturday 5 March

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

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

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

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

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

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

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

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

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion, other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Bookshelf Saturday ~ February New Releases

WOW almost February and that means New Releases. Check out what our members have coming out this month.

Barbara Hannay – MOLLY COOPER’S DREAM DATE … – M&B Sweet Romance


Carol Marinelli/ Margaret McDonagh – ST PIRAN’S: RESCURING PREGNANT CINDERELLA/ ST PIRAN’S: ITALIAN SURGEON, FORBIDDEN BRIDE – M&B Medical


Cate Ellink – GOTTA HAVE IT: – SHORT STORY PAIN SURFER – Cleis Press

Please Note: Due to the graphic used on the cover of ‘Gotta Have It’ we are unable to post it to the blog. For more information please visit Cleis website


Christina Phillips – CAPTIVE – Berkley



Denise Rossetti – THIEF OF LIGHT – Berkley Sensation


Emily Forbes – NAVY OFFICER TO FAMILY MAN Paperback – M&B Medical



Emma Darcy – HIDDEN MISTRESS, PUBLIC WIFE Paperback – M&B Sexy


H.C Brown – THE VANE BOOK 1: SHIFTERS & DEMONS – Noble Romance Publishing


H.C Brown – LOVE REVISITED – Noble Romance Publishing


Jennie AdamsSURPRISE: OUTBACK PROPOSAL – M&B Sweet Romance


Jess Anastasi – DEAD REALITY – Noble Romance Publishing


Kelly Hunter – WITH THIS FLING… M&B Sexy


Kerri Williams – TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW Eternal Press


 

 

Lucy Clark – THE DOCTOR’S DOUBLE TROUBLE M&B Medical

 

 

Maggi AndersenTHE RELUCTANT MARQUESS Embrace Books


Maree Anderson – SCENT OF A MAN Red Sage Publishing


Margaret Way – WEALTHY AUSTRALIAN, SECRET SON M&B Sweet Romance


Nicola Marsh – DESERTED ISLAND, DREAMY EX! M&B Sweey Romance


Robyn Grady – AMNESIAC EX, UNFORGETTABLE VOWS M&B Desire


Shona Husk – KISSING PHOENIX Ellora’s Cave


Tamara Gill – A CAPTAIN’S ORDER – A DUKE’S COMMAND Noble Romance Publishing

Tracey O’Hara – DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE  Harper Collins

 

 

 

 

I know you will find some great reading this month.

Sandie

F2F with NSW…’4 Points Author Network’

GROUP NAME: 4 Points Author Network

AREA/REGION: NSW Mid-North Coast

MEMBERS: A mix of pubbed and unpubbed writers of women’s fiction/romance (see below)

GENRE: Women’s fiction / romance

ABOUT 4PAN

Our logo says a lot about us as a face-to-face RWA group, most notably the large geographical spread we cover that can mean a four-hour round trip for some members. Our meetings are monthly at a half way location (the quaint, eclectic and culturally significant Bellingen village usually). There is always food involved (we like our food) sometimes coffee, sometimes wine, and always lots of laughs and information sharing.

Our logo also says that as a new group (formed in March 2010) we are starting on a journey together, finding our way and charting a course for that elusive place called ‘success’.

Key to us reaching that destination and achieving our highest potential as authors is helping each other navigate the perilous world of publishing without getting wrecked along the way! Given that, the Smokey Cape Lighthouse B&B at South-West Rocks  is an obvious place for our writers’ retreat, which we are planning next March with the help of a RWA grant. This venue is such a romantic place, conveniently located for our geographically challenged group, and perfect inspiration for romance writers and happy ever afters.

It is a rare thing to have all of us come together. Under the guidance of the Smokey Cape Lighthouse our structured weekend retreat is bound to have a few light bulb moments!!!

 

Our group comprises a mix of long-standing and newer RWA members, each at various stages of writing/success (both published and oh-so-close-to-published):

Karly Blakemore-Mowle

Diane Curran

Fiona McArthur

Bronwyn Parry

Suzanne Brandyn

Jenn J McLeod

Kerri Williams

4PAN is a registered face-to-face RWA group. An online Yahoo group account supports our critiquing and information sharing. We are open to new members. Please email Karly karlybm@gmail.com for information about our meetings.

Additional information about F2F groups is available to RWA members only. Members contact RWA  groupliaison@gmail.com  for information about F2F groups. Non-members – Join!

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

BREAKING NEWS

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

SPECIAL CONFERENCE NOTICE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Denise Rossetti ~

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

Kylie Griffin ~

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

Mary Hawkins ~

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

RWAus Blog ~

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

MON 2nd August – Eleni Konstantine  – Craft Day

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

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

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

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Members who blog on Multi-Author Blogs

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

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

Blogs of Interest ~

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

MacGregor Literary ~

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

Nathan Bransford ~

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

Rants & Ramblings ~

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

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

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

Annie West ~

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

Mel Scott ~

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

Noelene Jenkinson ~

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

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

RWNZ’S Great Beginnings Contest 2010

1st    Diana Holmes

2nd   Sandii Manning

3rd    Diana Holmes

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

And congratulations to the other finalists:

Judith Nolan

Leah Clapton

Suzanne Webb

Rebecca Skrabl

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

Ellie : Contest Manager

Cathryn Brunet ~

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

H.C. Brown ~

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

Jane Beckenham ~

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

Kerri Williams ~

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

Suzi Love ~

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

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

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

High Five

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

Selling Synopsis

Opens: 27th August 2010

Closes: 8th October 2010

Single Title and Loving It

Opens: 13th August 2010

Closes: 24th September 2010

See website for details.

CONFERENCES in 2010~

RWAustralia National Conference 2010

~ Sun, Surf and Sizzle ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Coogee Beach NSW

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

RWAustralia Claytons Conference

~ Believe the Dream ~

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010

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

Latest News:-

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

A little about Jill and Noble Romance Publishing:

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

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

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

Guest Speakers for Claytons:-

Claire Baxter – Harlequin Sweet Author

Heather Brown –Erotic Romance Author

Jill Noble – Noble Romance Publishing Senior Editor

Shona Husk – Paranormal Romance Author

Tracey O’Hara – Urban Fantasy Author

CONTESTS for 2010:~

RWAustralia

The Claytons Conference Awards Contest.

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

Contests to include:

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

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

CHALLENGES: ~

RWAustralia Writing Challenges for 2010

Monday Challenge

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

Book/ Edit in a Week

Next BIAW 2nd to 8th August

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

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 18 September
The Art of Writing Romance ~ Valerie Parv

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

ONLINE Events

Julie Rowe, a 2006 Golden Heart double finalist, moderates the Announce Online Writing Classes list.

The Announce Online Writing Classes list notifies subscribers of around 25 to 35 workshops available each month. Most tutorials are sponsored by Romance Writers of America chapters, but on occasion other reputable teachers are handpicked too.

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week, don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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