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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.

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


FACE-2-FACE with…Melbourne Romance Writers Guild


GROUP NAME: The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild

AREA/REGION: The MRWG covers all of Greater Melbourne.  We have members from everywhere from Ocean Grove and Geelong to Bairnsdale, from Yallourn to Glenhuntly, from Greensborough to Lynbrook. Some of our regional members don’t make every meeting, but they try!

MEMBERS: We are a mixture of published and unpublished writers, mostly focused on the romance genre, but we encourage writers of other genres to join. We have authors published by Mills & Boon, Egmont Press, The Wild Rose Press, Whiskey Creek Press and others. The MRWG currently has over thirty  members, and is proudly affiliated with the Romance Writers of Australia. More than 80% of our members are also RWA members and while it’s not a requirement, we strongly encourage it.

Our authors come from all walks of life and are involved in journalism, accounting, science, administration, food industry, stair design/construction and full-time parenting – yet still find time to write wonderful stories.

GENRE: While many of our members are focused on the romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal), some of our authors write other genres/types of writing including Young Adult and magazine articles.
ABOUT The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild:

The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild is the largest face to face romance writing/critique group in Australia and in November 2010 celebrated its 20th anniversary.


L to R: Anniversary fun with Anne Gracie, Dorothy Fisher, Melissa Dark, Rose Mercer (Sisters in Crime)

The MRWG’s mission is to inform, educate and support romance writers from the moment when the urge to write romance first emerges through to being an established, published author and beyond. This includes learning about the industry, developing craft and skill, providing moral support through the rejections as well as the acceptances and motivating our members to write and submit.

In order to achieve this, we hold a monthly meeting during which we have workshops both in-house and external speakers, critiquing, networking and chocolate rewards! We exchange information about market news, competitions and anything of interest. We also have a closed email loop to keep members up to date with news and motivational tips. We hold an annual writers retreat where we work hard and party harder. Last year’s Bollywood Theme night was a huge success as was the karaoke fun. And we’re very lucky to have our very own Cordon Bleu-trained chef extraordinaire, Marylou Phillips who happily creates our Saturday night retreat dinners when she’s not gallivanting across the globe instead.
 The MRWG is renowned for many things including having many successful placings or wins in romance writing competitions (e.g. we boast three winners of the Valerie Parv Award, including the current 2010 winner). Our support and camaraderie is also well known. We are also famous for our chocolate reward system and our love of partying to celebrate book sales, book releases and other author achievements.

Some of our members are:

Fiona Lowe, HM&B Medical Author, Carina Press

Nicola Marsh, HM&B Sexy Sensation, Sexy, Sweet Romance, and Riva Author

Ebony McKenna, published in Young Adult Romance, Egmont Press

Cheryl Wright, multi-published including The Wild Rose Press, MRWG Secretary

Margaret Tanner, multi-published with The Wild Rose Press and Whiskey Creek Press

Gail Symmonds, The Wild Rose Press

Jennifer Bachmann (writing as Angel Castle) Cobblestone Press, Whiskey Press Creek, Rogue Phoenix Press

Elvina Payet, published in short stories, MRWG Coordinator, Valerie Parv Award finalist

Clare Jude (writing as Cara Gabriel), RWA Little Gems winner

Melissa Dark (writing as Emmie Dark), RWA Competition Finalist

Louise Reynolds, RWA Vice-President

Serena Tatti, RWA Judge Coordinator, Hearts Talk proofreader & MRWG Treasurer

Anna Cowan, 2010 Valerie Parv Award winner

Margaret Midwood, RWA Assistant Judge Coordinator and MRWG Librarian

As the group is large and the meeting venue limited, we ask that writers wanting to join The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild refer to our website and contact Elvina Payet on

Retreat time. L to R Back: Cheryl Wright, Margaret Midwood, Serena Tatti, Sara Hood, Dorothy Fisher | Middle: Gail Symmonds, Ebony McKenna, Margaret Tanner, Josie Caporetto, Charlie Anderson, Lia Kamp, Sarma Burdeu. | Front: Elvina Payet, Kim-Louise Hoppe.

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