Romance Rocks Presents…


On Sunday 10th August on Track c, Session 6, Patsy Poppenbeek demonstrates to delegates the why and how of getting a grant.

Getting a Grant

Find out how to get a government grant to support your writing/self-publishing and get some money, raise your profile, make contacts and become more professional. Emerging writers and romance writers tend to think they can’t get arts grant, but they can. Learn why and how to get one.

Your Presenter – Patsy PoppenbeekPatsy Poppenbeek

Emerging writer whose group won grant to publish an anthology.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?

The belief that romance writers tend not to think of ourselves as appropriate applicants for grants—and we should. And the knowledge that it’s easier to do than you might think.

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

Knowledge of where and how to apply for grants even when you’re only an emerging writer (i.e. at stage one of your writing career or journey). And why you should.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Probably newbies, but even published writers (you goddesses!) who aren’t yet making enough of a living from your work might benefit, since it’s all part of the Raising of the Profile.

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

I love this conference because I learn so much and it makes me feel professional, so this is a difficult question. Possibly the opportunity to do pitches is the most useful part, as even when/if it doesn’t lead to publication you’re forced to produce a pitch and talk about your book.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?

James Scott Bell’s workshops—structure is a real weakness for me, so I always go to anything on this and he sounds really good.

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

The anthology’s title is ‘Melbourne Subjective’. It should have something for everyone: stories of all kinds (romance, of course, but also fantasy, true crime and, well, weird stuff), creative non-fiction, and some poetry. Some contributing writers are: Kevin Brophy, Antoni Jach, Chris Wheat and Helen Elliot. It will be launched 14 August at the gorgeous Athenaeum Library. I’m on Facebook and my website might be up.


Cruisin’ with RWA

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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!


Cruisin’ the News

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Good News

  • Little Gems Results

First: Jean VersaceLittle Gems Sapphire Cover

Second: Emmeline Lock

Third: Patsy Poppenbeek

And our other successful contributors:

Cheryl Baker
Gabrielle Battistel
Harriet Jarvis
Delwyn Jenkins
Cathryn Jones
C.A. Main
Dorothy Martin
Jennifer Rae
Ute Rozenbilds
Shayne Sands
Jacquie Underdown
Vanda Vadas

Thanks, as always to Lis Hoorweg, our volunteer judges and everyone who
makes our contests possible.

is thrilled to announce the book cover for THE ACTRESS, book 3 in The Protector series. The scheduled release is April 2013.

A famous television actress trying to balance her fictional character and her real life. And an obsessed fan who cannot tell the difference.

Has signed her first contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her debut novel. WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND will release in eBook in April and paperback in October.

THE PROTEA BOYS will be released by Breathless Press on May 3rd

Fun and chaos in rural NSW when Primrose arrives at her brother’s commune hoping to regroup in a peaceful environment, and discovers the communalists are more dysfunctional than she is. TROUBLE IN NIRVANA available from Amazon Kindle Store.

Jupiter Gardens Press has just contracted Nicole’s medieval paranormal novel, RAIN.

is thrilled that her debut novel RIDING ON AIR from Escape Publishing, has been moved forward to an April 1 release.


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 Clintdetails to us at:

  • RWA Blog

March 15 – Day in the Writing Life of Nina D’Angelo

March 16 – Conference Spotlight on Isolde Martyn & Christine Stinson

March 17 – Event Announcements

March 18 – Conference Spotlight

March 19 – Author Spotlight on Jenn J McLeod

March 20 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Great line up of guests on All the World’s a Page. Imogene Nix is my guest this Sunday 17th and on the 24th I’m hosting the effervescent Anna Campbell talking about her newest novella. Don’t miss hearing their latest news!

It would be smashing if some of my fellow Australasian could pop by my blog and meet Angi Morgan, my friend and Harlequin Intrigue author. She’s celebrating the Australasian release of her latest book, DANGEROUS MEMORIES. RT Book Reviews gave her book 4.5 stars and it’s one of my MUST READS for 2013… he’s giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter. Come say hello and give her a fabulous downunder greeting…

We’re getting clever this week on Friday Feast. Kitchen clever. Rules Are For Breaking author Imelda Evans shows us how to save time and energy in the kitchen while still maintaining our kitchen goddess impressiveness. Plus, channel your inner goddess and reveal your favourite flash-meal-in-a-hurry, and you’ll go into the draw to win your own ebook copy of RULES ARE FOR BREAKING. Worshipful!

March 14 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine & giveaway code for Sealed With a Kiss

March 15 – What We Are Reading – compiled by Shona Husk

March 16 – Darklight On with Khloe Wren

March 17 – Weekly Overview

March 19 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

March 21 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Christina Phillips

Musa Monday – Wench and RWAus member, Vonnie Hughes’ Lethal Refuge

Spectrum of Speculative Fiction Blog Hop winner

Writing Buddy Wednesday – SARA buddy, Claire Baxter

Jenn J McLeod’s ‘Meet the Author Moment’ was such a sweet encounter. See why
A cheeky Margareta Osborn shares her fridge contents on Author Harvest.

Whitney K-E interviews Jenn J McLeod

March 16 – CAT-URDAY: Games Cats Play

March 19 – WORLD-BUILDING: Na’Reish territory – the use of maps to show the world of ALLEGIANCE SWORN

March 23 – SATURDAY SEVEN: Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves – ARCHANGEL OF MERCY by Christina Ashcroft

I posted my call story on my web site – its long so thought I’d spare everyone on digest… and I wasn’t sure what day was okay to post good news etc – so thought I’d just pop it off line if you want to read how I sold to Mira, Australia with the worst elevator pitch in the world.

Just a quick drop by to let you know the lovely Yvonne Lindsay is on my blog talking about the joys of anticipation – comment and you could win a book from her backlist


Enrico’s Pick Six

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Enrico’s Pick Six this week:Enrico

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


RWA Contests

Closing dates for the 2012-13 RWA contest season

April 2013 – Valerie Parv Award

Regards Juanita

A New Batch of Little Gems

The results are in for the RWA Little Gems contest, the competition to earn a place in our annual short story anthology.

Once again the Little Gems was a hard fought contest with entries requiring a score of at least 92.7% to gain a place in the Anthology. This year we were able to take 15 stories from the 69 entries with a good mix of historical, contemporary and paranormal. Something for everyone. Congratulations to:

First: Jean Versace

Second: Emmeline Lock

Third: Patsy Poppenbeek

And our other successful contributors:

Cheryl Baker
Gabrielle Battistel
Harriet Jarvis
Delwyn Jenkins
Cathryn Jones
C.A. Main
Dorothy Martin
Jennifer Rae
Ute Rozenbilds
Shayne Sands
Jacquie Underdown
Vanda Vadas

Thanks, as always to Lis Hoorweg, our volunteer judges and everyone who makes our contests possible.

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