Cruisin’ with RWA

I’m excited! Why? Because there is only one week to go until we’re Riding the Waves at this year’s Romance Writers’ of Australia Conference in logo_yellow_bgFremantle, Western Australia.  Imagine all the good news to come!  A Nautical or Nice Cocktail party, the flashy, red carpet Gala Awards night and loads of exciting workshops to attend. We’ll be bringing romance alive in the West. Until then, keep your good news coming to


Cruisin’ the News

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Good News

  • Bec McMaster finalled in the Georgia Romance Writers 2013 Published Maggie Award for Excellence with her entry KISS OF STEEL.BeckysJourney_MED
  • Khloe Wren has a new release BECKY’S JOURNEY, Book 2 in her Dragons of Feury series (Paranormal Erotic Romance)
  • Annie Seaton has accepted a contract with Entangled Publishing for her ninth book.It is the first book in a romantic suspense continuity series with four other authors from: Australia (Sara Hantz) New Zealand (Jane Beckenham) and the US (Patricia Eimer and Ally Broadfield) It is called the EMERALD QUEST and Annie’s begins in 1794. This will Annie’s first historical.BC Ebook Cover_opt
  • Heather Garside’s latest release BREAKAWAY CREEK, a rural romance from Clan Destine Press is now available in print.
  • Iris Blobel’s 4th book NEW BEGINNINGS will be released in late August by Astraea Press and the sequel MORE BEGINNINGS has also been contracted.
  • Jennie Jones reached number one in the top fifty e-books on Kobo with THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE
  • Maree Anderson is thrilled to announce that her July YA release, LIMINAL, has been selected by iBookstore AUS/NZL editors as one of their Best Books of August:

    “Self-published Kiwi author Maree Anderson has already established a loyal following with her Crystal liminal-1600x2400Warriors series. In this novel, she embarks on a new storyline featuring Wren, a sassy 16-year-old who finds she’s starting to disappear from her life–literally! She teams up with mysterious bad boy Kade and learns a thing or two about living between worlds. This is great young-adult fun for fans of paranormal fiction.”

Keeping up Appearances

  • The Yearning Book Talk with Kate BelleThe Yearning

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library, 03 9439 9266 or via their website.


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:

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August 6 – The 2013 ROMA Finalists

August 7 – Author Spotlight on Elisabeth Rose

August 11 – Event Announcements

August 15 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Want to be healthy but can’t give up cake? Never fear! This week on Friday Feast, Australian rural romance author Heather Garside has the answer. Come check out her new release, BREAKAWAY CREEK, and then settle into some Pistachio Orange Cake. Goodness all round!

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

August 6 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Smooth

August 8 – This week’s book choice – Heather Gray TEN MILLION REASONS

August 11 – This week’s book choice: Kelly Martin THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER

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

I’ve got a new ‘Marketing Mondays’ post on my blog, this time about Occasional Marketing, where you use special events or media hype to link to your book and find new readers.

A copy of a new rom com, BABY AND BUMP by Brooke Moss is up for grabs on my blog. It’s about a woman who falls for her OB/GYN – awkward! Good odds of winning too 😉

Riverina Romantics has a huge giveaway going on at the moment, I’ve donated my book and there are heaps of great books on there, lots from Escape Publishing.

August 10 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with Christine Taylor – an idea of what you can expect at conference!

August 13 – GUEST AUTHOR: Dakota Harrison – shares her debut release EXHALE!

August 13 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Lucy Forster – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

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

Destiny author, Bernadette Rowley, has a fascinating post on Medieval food on this week’s ‘Cooking The Books’. So grab your trenchers and tankards and head on over!

August 11 – Spotlight on Writers – Efthalia Pegios

Going FREE and other important things – Indie Publishing with Cathleen Ross

Blog Hops

Love romance? The Romance Reviews are having an all-genre hop for romance. Join the madness from September 13 to 21, 2013.

Everyone dreams of Prince Charming, right? But who is he? Join our authors and meet their Knights in Shining Armor. Want to know what it is about these men that makes them so irresistible?

Prepare to encounter the charms of an Irishman with Whitney K-E’s hero from WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND

Here he is, ladies! Juanita Kees’ Charming Hero, Detective Mark Johnson coming to you soon in UNDER COVER OF DARK

Read about Heather Garside’s Charming Hero of BREAKAWAY CREEK, visit her brand new blog

Not to be forgotten is Jennie Jones’ Charming Rural Hero Dr. Ethan Granger from THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

  1. Anita Joy
  2. Cats, Books & Life
  3. Historical Hearts
  4. Imogene Nix
  5. Jane Quick
  6. Kiki Fu


Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.


Cruisin’ with RWA

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Good News

The first book in her new historical series, HEIR TO GREYLADIES is out in the UK, including Book Depository, and is almost out on

Barb’s second book with Entangled Indulgence was released this week and it’s getting some lovely reviews.  DISHING UP DESIRE is the story of homely celebrity chef Kirin Hart, and Blake Matthews the ex-international model charged with making her over. And it’s not only Kirin’s image that’s about to be flipped. Blake might be very easy on the eye, but there’s a whole lot more to him than meets it.

THE MAN PLAN is a finalist in the 2013 Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Award

Maree is celebrating the release of her latest YA novel LIMINAL, on Smashwords.

MARRYING THE ENEMY (nominated for a 2013 RBY) won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Contemporary Series novel.

Lisa’s debut novel, SOUL TIES, is available on Amazon.


Keeping up Appearances

  • Celebrate National Bookshop Day

with The New Romantics. Join four exciting new romance authors for a lively panel discussion and afternoon tea hosted by Fotster’s Little Bookshop(South Gippsland). Margareta Osborne (rural romance), Kate Belle (erotic romance), Jennifer Scoullar (environmental romance), and Kathryn Ledson (romantic suspense) will take you on a light hearted and enjoyable exploration of all things romance.

When: Saturday 10 August

Time: 2.30 – 4pm

Where: Community Health Centre, Station Road, Foster

Cost: $20 includes romantic afternoon tea

Bookings essential – ph: 03 5682 2089 or email:

  • The Yearning Book Talk with Kate BelleThe Yearning

When: Thursday 29th August

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Cost: Free

Bookings through Eltham Library, 03 9439 9266 or via their website.


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:

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July 27 – New Releases

July 28 – Event Announcements

July 29 – Clayton’s post

July 30 – Conference Spotlight

July 31 – Author Spotlight on Gracie McGregor

August 1 – Cruisin’ with RWA

July 14 – We’re going all starry as S E Gilchrist takes a star turn talking about her LEGEND BEYOND THE STARS.

After this week’s post Susanne will be taking a break for a month. If you have a new release and would like to take a turn in the spotlight, please email me at

July 12 – A comfy chair, a strong cuppa, a few deliciously sticky and moreish Peanut Butter Balls to pop in your mouth, and a copy of Whitney K-E’s charming debut release WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND. Yes, Friday Feast has your winter blues solved. So pop on over and discover more about this new Aussie author who’s bringing the Emerald Isle to the Sunburnt Country.

July 19 – Superfoods and super authors, yes Friday Feast has it all. This week, paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk is treating us to muffins, but not just any muffins. These are muffins containing chocolate, orange and that font of great health, quinoa. Imagine, with all that delicious goodness you’ll be as strong and sexy as one of Shona’s heroes!

July 26 – Love a bit of armchair travelling? Then come join Australian author Fiona McArthur on Friday Feast as she shares all the food and fun of her recent holiday on the Spirit of the Outback, one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys. Champagne in the lounge car in the afternoon sun, barramundi with citrus butter, stunning views and more. In other words, deliciously romantic. Just like Fiona’s new Medical Romance TWO TINY HEARTS!

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

Last Sunday, I hosted the lovely and inspiring Ermisenda Alveraz on my blog. Ermisenda is twenty, has self published two books, designs book covers, speaks two languages fluently and is learning more, and is a full time psychology student.

July 14 – Feel like TAKING A CHANCE? Author Harvest has ‘baled up’ WA author Deborah Burrows who is giving away her latest release (she writes wonderful stories set in wartime Australia – Perth).

July 23 – Author Harvest is giveaway central right now. Last week Deborah Burrows TAKING A CHANCE. This week Dianne Blacklock (self-confessed author with big head *wink*) has her not yet released THE BEST MAN to give a lucky reader. And Fran Cusworth will be ‘baled up’ next week. Winter Harvest is blooming wonderful!

July 27 – SATURDAY SEVEN – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 30 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Juliet Madison – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Harlequin Romance author Jennifer Faye has the perfect recipe this week – Enchiladas! There’s an excerpt from her release RANCHER TO THE RESCUE as well as a giveaway to one commenter.So come on over and see what Jennifer is cooking up!

BANISH, Nicola’s debut with Harlequin Teen Australia, has a blog tour that kicks off this week.

July 21 – Elisabeth Rose is a guest on Spotlight on Writers.

July 29 – Spotlight on Writers with Noelene Jenkinson

July 23 – Emmie Dark talks about Fake it to Make it – Getting to The End on Tuesday 23 July. Emmie’s latest SuperRomance release JUST FOR TODAY came out in June and is available now online.


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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Enrico’s Holiday Limo

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


Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you had a good Easter break. There’s a lot going on out there with new releases, blogs, giveaways and more. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to


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.

Good News

THE TRADER’S DREAM has been doing very nicely in the Top 100 Family Sagas and Sagas lists on Amazon.

has a new release out on April 15, ASK ME TO STAY: A Homeland Book from Destiny Romance

I’LL GET BY, released Feb 2013 was reviewed by WritingWA, the literary body for the State of western Australia. The review also appeared in the West Newspaper on February 29. This book is the third one in the World Wars’ trilogy and is preceded by book one, TALL POPPIES and book two, SECRETS AND LIES.

A HANDFUL OF ASHES, a paperback saga for Simon and Schuster published in 2004 has attracted a sale of over 7,500 copies to a book club.

SOMETHING SPOOKY. an ebook through Belgrave House.

THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA, and ME is a short story (non-romance) that was a runner up in the Katherine Susannah Prichard Award is to be included in a  an American anthology with the theme I thought I’d never see you again. The anthology will be published and sold by writer’s organisation,  Novelist’s Inc.

Maree Anderson has just released a fantasy trilogy: SEER’S HOPE (Book One), SEER’S PROMISE (Book Two) and SEER’S CHOICE (Book Three).  SEER’S HOPE, a previous RWNZ Clendon Award finalist, is currently free on Smashwords.

Maree’s Clendon Award-winning book, THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR (Book One of The Crystal Warriors series), is currently also free at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel eBooks & All Romance eBooks.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

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April 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

April 7 – Event Announcements

April 9 – Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight on Kat Mayo

April 10 – Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Alison Stuart

April 11 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Kate Belle shares secret YEARNINGS this Sunday 7th on All the World’s a Page.

Annie West will be a guest on Sunday 14th April. Don’t miss out!

This week on Friday Feast we’re offering a double treat: A new voice in Australian rural fiction and blueberry-topped cheesecake! So come on over and meet Pamela Cook, whose debut release BLACKWATTLE LAKE is gathering punnetfuls of rave reviews. Plus you’ll be raving even more when you see her tried n’ true cheesecake. Indeedy, we’re in for a berry good time!

All your favourites over at DSDU this week

Visit Eleni Konstantine in the Taverna

Anna Campbell was ‘baled up’ on Author Harvest WITH giveaway (and Jenn was run down in the rush!)

Then, for someone completely different. Meet women’s fiction author Lia Weston on Author Harvest.

Oh, and, it’s Jenn’s one-month anniversary and she’s done a rundown of what that has entailed.

Has started a guest blogging segment on my site, called : Spotlight on Writers. Her first guest post was up 31 March 2013 with Sue Moorcroft

April 6 – CAT-URDAY: A Writer’s Cat

April 9 – CRAFT: Nine Points of Trust – guest blogger Paula Roe shares some crafting skills…

April 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – SONG OF SCARABAEUS by Sara Creasy

Look out for the Monthly Blog Roundup and an excerpt of a craft article written by Ebony McKenna called Active or Passive Voice.

An electrifying experience! I’m sitting in Annie Seaton’s Chair. What do perfume and musicals have in common? Come join us and find out!

I would like to announce an exciting new Guest-Hosting Page on my Blog site. Browsing Book Covers with Maryde & Guest! What is different with Browsing Book covers is It is not just for Authors – I will be welcoming readers as well…Each Month, Guests will share thoughts about Bookcovers past & new. What better way to connect with readers than invite them into our world? So, I invite you to pass on my contact e-mail to your Mum  your cousin, sister, brother, your 80yr old aunt, (who may be deaf, but still loves to read),and I’ll contact them with a selection of simple and painless questions they just answer and return by email.  Did I mention there will be some Give-a-ways from generous Authors. Looking forward to your company!

I blog about my romance writing journey. I like to think it’s an amusing blog about the journey of an aspiring writer. My latest blog talks about my experience with the RWA Little Gems comp.  I do hope you have some time to take a quick peek.

April 2ROOM SERVICE anyone? In the Armchair with Vanessa Stark
April 6 –  Going UNDER THE HOOD on Elise Ackers’ The Write Frequency
April 7 – Getting a little out-of-water action In the Armchair with Ros Baxter and her new release, FISH OUT OF WATER

March 25 – Life in a Pink Fibro – Allison Tait’s blog: Starting Out: How to make the time to write

April 1 – Australian Romance Readers Association Inc: Release day blog

April 1 – Ros Baxter Ink: Happy launch day – make like a mermaid!

April 2 – Beauty and Lace e-zine (Bookgirl Michelle) – Review

April 3 – Manga Mania Cafe: Interview and review

April 3 – Down Under Divas: Interview

April 3 – Parajunkee: Review

April 4 – The Write Frequency – Elise K Ackers’ blog: Interview

April 4 – Rachael Johns’ blog: My secret life

April 5 – Romance Readers: Blog and giveaway

April 6 – Amy Andrews on Sister Chat: Sister on sister interview

April 7 – Juanita Kees blog: Interview

April 8 – Nomi’s Paranormal Palace: Review and blog

April 9 – Nicola Marsh’s blog: The tail so far…

April 10 – Juliet Madison’s blog: Choreographing a love scene underwater (and other things your craft book never taught you)

April 11 – Kylie Griffin’s blog: Torn between two worlds

April 12 – Sami Lee’s blog:  The story behind the story 

April 15 – Nas Dean’s blog: Blog and giveaway

April 29 – Love Cats Down Under: Sisters and Books


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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


Riding the Waves: Writing Romance in Tempestuous Times

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

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

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

Take advantage of the Early Bird Savings and register today!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

We have a huge line-up of blogs for you to enjoy this week. Happy 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 this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

Upcoming Contests

  • The RWA West Houston Chapter’s contest ‘The Emily’ is open for submissions from Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and closes at midnight, September 30, 2012.For more information and to enter: * All Electronic ~ Fee: $30 (WHRWA members $20) * No synopsis ~ maximum of 7,000 words * Three first-round judges ~ lowest score dropped * Open to published authors (not published in category for three years) * Multiple entries allowed * Entries capped at the first 240 entries received

Visit the Contest Website for instructions on how to enter by completing a submission form and uploading one (1) eligible first chapter.

RWA Contests

  • New Logo Contest

RWA has launched a contest to find a new logo.

Opens: September 1st 2012,

Closes: Midnight Sydney time September 30th 2012

  • Closing dates for the 2012-13 contest season
HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

New Releases and Contracts

  • After traditionally publishing 35 books, Nicola Marsh has indie-pubbed a novel, CRAZY LOVE, an 85000 word contemporary romance about those who ‘do’ love and those who don’t!
  • Nikki Logan is very excited that her romantic suspense set amidst African wildlife is now out through Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy line. WILD ENCOUNTER is bloodier, steamier and more dangerous than her Sweets for Harlequin but still saturated in nature.
  • Imelda Evans is ‘coming soon’ to Destiny Romance! Pop over to their website for a peek at her cover and blurb.
  • Bernadette Rowley has a debut novel PRINCESS AVENGER being released by Destiny Romance in October.

Keeping Up Appearances

  • Annie Seaton was delighted to have her first radio interview this week. Tune in at Podomatic
  • Mary Hawkins is presenting a two hour workshop on “Getting the novel structure right” and will be also in the “Editing Room” at The Word Writers Getaway 12-14 October at The Sunshine Coast.FMI:


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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Author Harvest has had a bumper spring crop already.
NZ’s Rae Roadley (memoir)
Jaye Ford (the Davitt Diva) – scary – especially for chickens!
Juliet Madison – do not let her near a stapler!
Also coming up this spring:
Kerri Sackville – non-fiction author and one of the most influential female bloggers (according to the Prime Minister, who discusses PMT with Kerri.) And Kerri discusses all sorts of stuff with us. Feeling anxious? You might want to check this one out.
Author Harvest is just getting started. If you enjoy the posts, there are plenty more in store with a spring, summer, autumn and winter harvest.

This week on Friday Feast:

Giddy up, folks, because this week on Friday Feast we’re expanding our horizons, turning all Spring Carnival-y and entering the fascinating world of non-fiction. Award-winning writer and renowned freelance racing journalist Jessica Owers is sharing her evocatively titled tale, Every So Often, You Just Want One. And, believe me, it’s not what you think!

Plus reveal your adventure of when something very bad has turned out surprisingly good and you’ll go into the draw to win a signed copy of PETER PAN: THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF PHAR LAP’S SUCCESSOR. Just in time for the Melbourne Cup!

Blogs about all things romance and fantasy and conducts interviews with fellow authors and their new releases.

September 13 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Eleni Konstantine with giveaway of novella GATEWAY TO HELL

September 15 – ENCHANTED ORB with Christina Ashcroft

September 16 – Weekly Overview

September 18 – Good News Day

is giving a way a paperback copy of her latest release EVE’S PASSION.

Eden was her father’s dream and now, all she has in the world. Since his death Eve has struggled to keep the orchard going but the bank is threatening foreclosure and Adam, wealthy, determined and far too attractive, won’t take no for an answer. Besieged on all sides how can Eve save Eden? Will Adam convince her the future is more important than the past?

September 18 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Camryn Rhys – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

September 20 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Virginia Cavanaugh – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

September 22 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES: Heat 4 – vote for the hunkiest TV/ movie heroes and see who ends up the HOTTEST one of all.

September 25 – SERIES: Ellora’s Cave author – Kelli Scott – come discover the world of paranormal erotic romance!

September 17 – A Michelan Guide to a Story Idea

I’m pretty passionate about my food – and I can be downright scary where chocolate is involved *g* So I’m stoked that one of my all-time favourite recipes is going to be included in All Romance eBooks free cookbook, Passionate Cooks; free recipes from today’s hottest romance authors! This free cookbook is due out in October. If you’d like to know more about Passionate Cooks, I’ve featured it on my website, along with another one of my favourite recipes.

And because I don’t often get an excuse to experiment *cough* fussy children! *cough*, I’m starting up a Recipe of the Week section on my website. My first contributor is my lovely Aussie author friend Jennie Brumley, with her incredibly decadent sounding Double Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie Cake… which is just in time for me to try for DH’s birthday. YUM!

I have my fabulous American friend author Jen Tucker on my blog today. While she doesn’t write romance – at least that’s not what she’s published in – her post is well worth reading for a Sunday laugh. The topic – old ladies problems. I’d love her to have some Aussie love…

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September 21 – Blog Bites with Erin Grace – Kerri Williams

September 23 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

September 27 –  Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

Eden Summers has been doing a few interviews with fellow bloggers on Riverina Romantics and would love if you could stop by. There is a mixed swag up for grabs…

Come visit and share your favourite Italian escape – or you can cheat and invent one. Why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

September 19 – Cassandra Dean visiting my blog celebrates her latest release, ROUGH DIAMOND, an historical Western erotic novel with a copy to give away.

September 14 – In the Armchair with Erin Grace
September 17 – Review of One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards
September 21 – In the Armchair with Jaime Caruso, hero of  FLY AWAY PETA. Jaime is giving away a print copy signed by his ‘creator’, so please do pop in and leave a comment.
September 25 – Review of The unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D – Nichole Bernier

This weekend I did a blog post inspired by the Rural panel at the conference. Me and eight other rural writers will be sharing our thought on what makes a Rural Romance and what aspects of rural life have inspired us to write. Hope you enjoy it. There are some great authors to discover and some interesting ideas behind the works of some of your favourites

Wednesday Work in Progress: The perils of editing and (squee!) a cover preview


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Tima Maria
  2. Venetia Green
  3. Sandy Curtis
  4. Maggie Andersen
  5. Nicole Murphy
  6. Alison Stuart

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

Enrico, Clint and I had an amazing time at our first RWA Conference. A huge thank you to Team Diamond for organizing this incredible event and to our sponsors for their support. We celebrated with hugs and happy dances with each of our members over four glorious days as they announced competition wins, manuscript submission requests and exciting publishing opportunities.  Perhaps the most exciting announcement of all was the conference coming to the West Coast in 2013!

That’s right,  Fremantle Western Australia will play host to this not-to-be missed RWA event in August 2013, so start saving your pennies for the trip out West. You won’t be disappointed! Look out for more information coming soon on the blog, social media and RWA Website.

We would love to hear more about your 2012 Diamonds are Forever Conference Experience, so if you’ve blogged about it please share the link with us at


Cruisin’ the News

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

Conference News

New Contracts

  • Victoria Black is delighted to tell everyone that her new novella HEAVENLY REVENGE has been contracted to Secret Cravings Publishers. This erotic fantasy will be e-published next February.
  • Sandy Curtis has signed a contract with Clan Destine Press for her seventh romantic suspense novel GRIEVOUS HARM. Release date is planned for late October/early November.

New Releases – August 2012

  • WOMBAT CREEK by Noelene Jenkinson, Linford Romance in large print from Thorpe Publishing
  • TAMING THE TYCOON by Amy Andrews from Entangled Publishing
  • SHIFT INTO PLEASURE by Cathleen Ross from Spice Briefs
  • FREAKS IN THE CITY (sequel to FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH) by Maree Anderson is now available at Smashwords and Amazon

True love isn’t a cake-walk when your girlfriend’s a cyborg!
The timing couldn’t be worse for Jay and Tyler to take the next step. Tyler’s secrets come back to bite him, his destitute ex shows up on his doorstep, and someone is manipulating her behind the scenes. Then Tyler’s family is threatened, forcing Jay to confront a ghost from her past. And this time, the weapon he’s chosen to take her out with really could be the death of her.

To celebrate, Maree is giving away an eBook of FREAKS IN THE CITY as part of two eBook prize packs on her website. Giveaway runs to 31st August 2012 NZ time.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

August 25 – Blog Bites with Sami Lee – Kerri Williams

August 26 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

August 27 – Conference Spotlight on Covers – Eleni Konstantine

August 28 – New Releases with Nicole Flockton

August 29 – Author Spotlight on Annie Seaton – Juliet Madison

August 30 – Cruisin with RWA – Juanita Kees


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

August 24 – This week on Friday Feast:

It’s party time on Friday Feast this week, and I mean pa-a-a-rty. After all, it’s not every day you get to celebrate a first birthday. Yes, it’s been one year since the release of my debut rural romance PROMISES and I plan to whoop it up. There’ll be a bit of Birthday Beefcake, a Goodie Giveaway and more, so come and join the fun. I PROMISE a good time!

We will be on hiatus from August 7th to September 1st. Conferences are a-calling and we are heeding the call!

August 21 – CONFERENCE TIME: Memorable Moments with…Anita Joy – members of RWAustralia & New Zealand fill you on what to look forward to at the annual conferences.

RWA welcomes Sandy Curtis to our member blog roll with her site “Where Crime and Passion Collide”.

August 21 – BETWEEN THE COVERS: Welcome YA reviewer Devin E. to the K2C team with a review of DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen

August 28 – MISSION ROMANCE: What’s the Buzz? What a writer’s conference can do for you. Look out for a competition and a giveaway to celebrate our new look website and blog, The Other Side!


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. Magical Gains
  2. Nicola Marsh
  3. Phillipa Fioretti
  4. Rhian Cahill
  5. Sami Lee
  6. Teen Fiction Cafe


Enrico’s quote of the week

A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
A rosy dot placed on the “i” in
‘Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
~Edmond Rostand

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

There’s a huge buzz in the back room about 50K in 30 Days as preparations go underway. Change the batteries in your wireless keyboard, sharpen your pencils, warm up your red editing pen or turn on Track Changes, and get ready to join the race. Over the next two weeks, look out for posts, invitations and information on where and  how to register. For more information see the 50K in 30 Days Challenge write-up below.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.


50K in 30 Days Challenge

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum, our Facebook Group PageFacebook Page and in Cruisin’ with RWA on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 18 – Blog Bites with Cathryn Hein – Kerri Williams

May 19 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

May 20 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 21 – Author Spotlight on Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter – Juliet Madison

May 22 – Little Gems 2012 Author Juanita Kees – Jenn J McLeod

May 23 – Conference Spotlight – Charity Auction: Heart Foundation – Eleni Konstantine

May 24 – 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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

  • New releases

May 8Eyes of a Stranger by Suzanne Brandyn (Eternal Press)

How can you deny the truth when it looks you in the eyes?

When Tegan Ryan fears her secure world is about to be shattered, her nervous system takes her on a ride of a lifetime. Not only had she babbled office gossip to a stranger, she is hiding with her six-year-old son from her abusive husband.

Embarrassment floors her when she meets the new boss, sexy suited Mathew King. He is the stranger. Now she has to work for a man who chokes up all her breathing space, until she gives in to desire, just once.

Tegan always thought her son Robert had the bluest eyes ever, but Mathew presents a serious rival. As the past hurtles toward the present Tegan tries to overcome inevitable doubts and fears, but will she risk everything for the sake of true love?

  • New Cover
August 1 – Fly Away Peta by Juanita Kees (Eternal Press)

The time has come to face her worst fear…and the clock is ticking. Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter
Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul.
Both would change her life forever.
  • Contest Finalists

There was a familiar face amongst the winners of the Published Division in the Contemporary series section of the Winter Rose contest run by the Yellow Rose RWA (America) chapter

First Place: COWBOY UNDER SIEGE by Gail Barrett
Second Place: FLASHBACK by Gayle Wilson
Third Place: THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE by Sharon Archer

  • Bright Lights and Camera Action
Maree Anderson’s self-published young adult novel, FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH, about a teenage cyborg who’s struggling to cope with human emotions, has been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc.
  • Keeping up Appearances

Rachael Johns
Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012


Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA


When: Wednesday June 6

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA

FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.


When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA


Shona Husk and Michelle Diener
Perth-based paranormal romance writer Shona Husk and historical fiction writer Michelle Diener will be doing a joint signing

When: Saturday May 19

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Where: Temptation the Romance Bookstore, Lot 13 Crossways Shopping Centre, 184 Rokeby Rd. Subiaco WA

Contact: (08) 9388 8535 or e-mail


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

May 18– This week’s Friday Feast features Australian romantic suspense author Bronwyn Parry, who is celebrating the much-anticipated release of DEAD HEAT.

Bronwyn is talking about her characters hasty eating habits and sharing a beautiful fruit sourdough recipe. An easy one too. You can even knead it in your bread machine! Plus share your favourite bread or bread topping, or simply a bready memory and you could win a copy of the book everyone’s raving about, Dead Heat.

May 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy with giveaway of The Right Connection

May 20 – Weekly Overview

May 21 – Winner of Nicole’s giveaway announced.


May 16 – A mouthwatering moment with Alli Sinclair

May 23 – Next week on Life Bites – Debbie Phillips, President of ARRA

May 19 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Aristocrat & the Single Mom (Michelle Douglas)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 22 – GUEST AUTHOR: Natalie Anderson – Natalie shares the low down her on her book, FIRST TIME LUCKY? and a little about herself.

May 18 – This week is about feeling the magic of home in your heart with the release of HEART OF THE VALLEY, a story about the meaning of home:  is it a place or is it where your heart lies? Find out with Cathryn Hein.

May 15 – ‘My Secret Life’ with Cathryn Hein

May 13-18 – This week Imelda tackles Show, Don’t Tell, winter warming soup, accessories for the writing life, a special wish for the Mums and shares a warning to unwary writers.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

A tongue-in-cheek look at how to look after the writer in your home.
Sharp and pointed observations about good writing
Pick up the average book on writing style or editing, and you’ll see that “-ing” phrases have a bad reputation.


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. Juanita Kees
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. The Pink Heart Society
  4. Sue Moorcroft
  5. The Roses of Prose
  6. Word Wenches


Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.


Enrico’s quote of the week

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Regards Juanita

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



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






Maggi AndersenTHE RELUCTANT MARQUESS Embrace Books

Maree Anderson – SCENT OF A MAN Red Sage Publishing


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


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.


BLOG BITE with…Maree Anderson

At home I cook… If I’m forced to! (In other words, if DH doesn’t offer first. Sometimes we sit on opposite couches watching TV and waiting to see who’ll give in first.)

My worst habit is… not getting showered and out of my pjs until just before the kids get home from school.

My first job was… a bank teller.

I procrastinate by… reading.

Three things people might not know about me are… Those who’ve met me are gonna spit their coffee over their monitors when they read this first one: I’m actually quite shy. I angst for weeks over things I’ve said to people that might not have come out the way I meant them to. I cringe at the thought of other people reading the “naughty” scenes in my books – ironic for someone pubbed in erotic romance, right?

 My secret skill that is no longer a secret… I have a reeeally warped imagination.

 Currently reading… MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS by Devon Monk

If I was stranded on a desert island, the three things I would take are… Two biiiig boxes of my favourite books and the hero of From The Ashes, my latest Red Sage Presents release. Why? Well, he’s pretty special 😉

I write…  romance of the paranormal persuasion, and I’m currently pubbed with Red Sage. My first full-length novel, FROM THE ASHES, just released on 1st December…. Woot!

READERS ARE WINNERS!  Maree is giving away an electronic copy of FROM THE ASHES to one Blog Bite commenter who (before 5pm this Saturday) can post, telling her something—anything at all!—about either the hero or the heroine of this story. To help you out, here’s the blurb (and if you’re curious, you can also read an excerpt over at Maree’s Red Sage author page: Winner announced on the post after 5pm Saturday.

FROM THE ASHES: Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She’s been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life…. Until now.

Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if 1) she didn’t abhor slavery and everything it represents, 2) she wasn’t horny as hell, and 3) he wasn’t doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess.

Take one sex-deprived space courier who’ll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae. From the ashes an unexpected hero will emerge…. And he’s full of surprises!

You can find out more about Maree’s books and upcoming releases on her website: She also blogs weekly over at Writers Gone Wild:

Bookshelf Saturday for December

Good Morning All,

Well Christmas is almost upon us again for another year, and what better way to show someone you care than with a great romance novel.

If you miss getting your information to our lovely Rachael for Hearts Talk on time you can email your information to me at

If you would like to have your novel promoted further on the blog you can contact and we will organize a time for you.

So onto December’s new releases.



Anne Oliver – WHEN HE WAS BAD … – M&B Sexy












Fiona Lowe  – THE MOST MAGICAL GIFT OF ALL – M&B Medical






Giulietta Jones – LONESOME BRIDE – The Wild Rose Press



H.C Brown – BITE HERE – Noble Romance Publishing






H.C Brown – NO CHOICE BUT TO LOVE – Ellora’s Cave




Janet Woods – STRAW IN THE WIND – Paperback – Severn House UK




Jess Anastasi – SANCTUARY – Noble Romance Publishing



Jess Dee – RAISING THE STAKES – Samhain Publishing




Maree Anderson – FROM THE ASHES – Red Sage Publishing



Maxine Sullivan – HIGH SOCIETY SEDUCTION – M&B Desire




Michelle Douglas – CHRISTMAS AT CANDLEBARK FARM – M&B Sweet Romance



Nicola Marsh – NOVELLA – Mills and Boon









Various Authors – SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER – Mills & Boon




Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

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

SPECIAL NOTICE: Authors After Dark 2011 Bookie Awards

It’s time folks! Voting starts this weekend. Please drop by the Authors After Dark website for more information on how to place your vote.

Members who have received nominations include:

Anna Campbell ~

Anna’s ‘Captive of Sin’ has received a nominations for Historical Romance of the Year Award.

Denise Rossetti ~

Denise’s novel ‘Laced with Desire’ has been nominated for Anthology of the Year.

Erica Hayes ~

Erica has been nominated for Debut Author of the Year.

Heather Boyd ~

Heather’s novella ‘One Wicked Night’ has received two nominations E-book Short Story and Erotic Short Story.

Nalini Singh ~

Nalini has received nominations for ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ for Cross-Genre Novel and Fantasy Novel as well as ‘Guild Hunter’ for Series of the year.

Congratulations to all our members and the best of luck.


Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Bootcampers 101 ~

This week on the Bootcampers:

Fiona had a peanut butter recipe this week as it’s Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.

The latest Data File is with Selling Synopsis 2011 finalist, Jacqueline Wilson.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

Don’t forget to join the DarkSiders as we continue to celebrate the launch of our blog.

Join us:

Tuesdays  – Good News Day

Wednesday – We have a promo for Jess Anastasi and her debut release.

Magic Thursday – We have Christina Phillips with a giveaway of Forbidden (or Captive)

Saturday’s Darklight On – will feature Tracey O’Hara

Eleni Konstantine ~

Eleni had a serious blog post on White Ribbon Day.

This was followed by a look at a couple of funny ads.

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 22nd November – “Read any good books lately?” – What’s on your to be read pile
TUES 23rd November – PROMO: Maree Anderson
FRI 26th November – Guest Author: Maree Anderson – Maree visits to share some interesting tid-bits about herself and talk about her new Red Sage release, ‘FROM THE ASHES’. Free copy to be won!

Tamara Gill ~

MON 22nd November – Tamara kicks off her  month-long blog party by interviewing new Noble Romance Author, Jess Anastasi. Check out Tamara’s Blog for a chance to win Jess’s debut e-novel, Sanctuary – a paranormal sci-fi sensual romance.

RWAus Blog ~

FRI 26th November – Suz Hamilton presents: A Day in the Writing Life of … Jess Dee

SAT 27th November – Sandie Hudson lists: New Releases for December 2010

MON 29th November – Bronwyn Jameson: FAQ for Conference Workshop Proposal

Members who blog regularly ~

Suzanne Brandyn

Suzi Love

Tamara Gill

Tracey O’Hara

Trish Morey

Yvonne Lindsay

Blogs of Interest ~

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

BookEnds, LLC – A Literary Agency ~

Thank you Kylie Griffin for bringing this one to our attention. Jessica Faust answers an interesting question on an author’s Right of First Refusal Clause ‘Your Option Clause’.

Pub Rants ~

Kristin Nelson had a couple of interesting posts this week, both related to Royalty Statements: ‘Top 3 Culprits’ and ‘When Errors Are Found In Royalty Statements’.


Anna Campbell ~

Another great contest from Anna this month…well for October & November. The question is really easy too.

QUESTION: Other than English, name three languages in which Anna’s books are available.

Two lucky entrants will receive signed copies of:

‘My Reckless Surrender’ by Anna Campbell, ‘Dark And Deadly’ by Jeanne Adams, ‘Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake’ by Sarah MacLean, ‘The Wild Marquis’ by Miranda Neville, ‘Proof By Seduction’ by Courtney Milan, and either ‘What Happens In London’ or ‘The Duke And I’ by Julia Quinn.

The contest closes 30th November, 2010. One entry per person please

Annie West ~

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

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

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

TEMPT THE DEVIL by Anna Campbell – historical single title

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

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

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

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

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

Mel Scott ~

Mel Scott is running a monthly contest on her blog. This month’s prize is ‘Cordelia’s Honor’ by Lois McMaster Bujold


Congratulations to our Selling Synopsis Finalists:

Rachael Blair

Kay Dunne

Fiona McKenzie x 2

Jennifer St George

Jacqueline Wilson

The entries are on their way to agent Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill in NY for ranking.

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2011 High Five Contest.

In alphabetical order:

Angella Whitton

Bernice Greenham

Jackie Coates

Jenny McGregor

Jo Dixon

Melissa Dark (writing as Emmy Dark)

Rachael Blair

As you can see there are seven, not six, finalists as there was a tie for sixth place.

The top seven entries have been sent to Sally Williamson of Harlequin Mills and Boon in England for ranking.

Kerrie Williams ~

Kerrie was very excited this week when she received a copy of the cover for her debut novel ‘Taking Back His Widow’, due for release 7th Feb 2011 through Eternal Press.

Cait Teal ~

Cait has placed in the Top Ten of ‘Tis The Season Writing Contest 2010 with her entry ‘Colorado Christmas Bride’.

Linley Maroney ~

Linley is another of our Aussie girls who reached the Top Ten for ‘Tis The Season with her entry ‘A Life Too Ordinary’.

Congratulations to both our ‘Tis The Season finalist, good luck with the next round.

Maree Anderson ~

Maree was another member excited this week when she received a copy of her February release ‘Scent of a Man’ (Don’t you just love that title?)

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

One contest season has come to an end. The good news is the RWA 2011 contest season kicked off in August. If you are thinking of entering any of our contests for 2011, now is the time to start writing, editing and polishing.

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.


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.


Friday 26th November

Book signing ~ Anne Gracie & Christine Darcas

When: 5:00 pm

Where: Borders, Melbourne Central, 211 LaTrobe Street

FMI: Borders, Melbourne Central

Friday 10 December

ASA Building your Online Presence ~ Michael Cairns

When: 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: $100 M, $232 NM

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 December

FMI + Bookings: Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts OR phone Emma on (02) 9318 0877 OR Email

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December

Everything you need to know about Publishing ~ Jude McGee, Nicola O’Shea & Others

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

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

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

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

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

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

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

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

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

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


Wednesday December 8 for six weeks

Romance Writing Secrets ~ Lori Wilde

Cost: $195 (AUD)

FMI + Bookings: Romance Writing Secrets

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail

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

Happy Reading


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