Ruby Finalists

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the RWA Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) 2015.  Drum roll please for our finalists (in alphabetical order by author within each section):

Short Sweet:

Dr. Perfect On Her Doorstep – Lucy Clark

Waves of Temptation – Marion Lennox

A Little Christmas Magic – Alison Roberts

The Maverick Millionaire – Alison Roberts

The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner – Kandy Shepherd

Short Sexy:

Wanting What She Can’t Have – Yvonne Lindsay

Romance For Cynics – Nicola Marsh

Tycoon’s Temptation – Trish Morey

Damaso Claims His Heir – Annie West

Long Romance:

Risky Business – Amy Andrews

Deadly Secrets – Sarah Barrie

Moonlight Plains – Barbara Hannay

Attraction – KM Golland

Romantic Elements:

Flight to Coorah Creek – Janet Gover

The Trader’s Reward – Anna Jacobs

Outback Ghost – Rachael Johns

The Lace Balcony – Johanna Nicholls

Riverboat Point – Tricia Stringer

As usual, competition was fierce, and all our entrants deserve congratulations. Winners will be announced at the conference in August. Thanks to our reader judges, and the hardworking contest managers, Annie Lynch and Gemma McBride.

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Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Anne Gracie – Ripponlea Writing Workshop (Melbourne)ripponlea

On Saturday, 13 September, Anne Gracie is conducting a writing workshop for the National Trust, as part of the wonderful Love, Desire and Riches exhibition in the beautiful historic house of Ripponlea, in Elsternwick, in Melbourne. 10 am – 12.30
For further details and bookings go here.
http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=88770&bof=1

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Western Australia Tour
    Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

    Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
    Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
    For beginners, early & emerging writers.

    When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
    Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

    For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

    To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

 Queensland Writers Centre

Contracts & Copyright

Contracts & Copyright is a two hour seminar led by agent and contract adviser, Alex Adsett, and dedicated to equipping you with the tools to understand your rights as a writer, no matter the medium. Over the session, Alex will be talking about traditional, hybrid and self-publishing contracts, digital rights, copyright of your work as well as copyright when it comes to quoting or adapting others, and more. For more details, visit our website.

Can’t make it in-person? Delivered proudly in partnership with The Australian Society of Authors, Contracts & Copyright is also available online as a webinar! Check the link below for more details.

When: Thursday 25 September, 6pm – 8pm
Where:   Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane 4101 or online
Cost: QWC members $30 / $27 Non-members $50 / $45
Bookings essential: www.qwc.asn.au or (07)3842 9922

Australian Writers Centre

When: Monday 1 September 2014

What: Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you?
Book now

When: Tuesday 2 September 2014

What: Where a picture is not actually worth 1000 words…

When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014

What: Dragons, spaceships, monsters and quests 101

When: Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks

When: Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks

Podcasts

  • Romancing the Reader – Kate Cuthbert, Sarah Mayberry and Anne Gracie talking about romance writing.
  • So You want to be a Writer – This week’s episode from the Australian Writers Centre looks at self-publishing sensation Unbroken, how One Direction fan fiction can land you a book deal, bizarre niche blogs, and how to deal with an editor when you can’t deliver what you promised.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

See the website for information on the program

When: September 3–7

Cruisin’ with RWA

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to: newreleases@romanceaustralia.com htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Member News

Melanie celebrates the release of Devil in Denim this week.

Life just threw her a curveball!
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

Congratulations to Rachael on the release of Tease Me, Cowboy

Selah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled… but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt just for one night to be a little bit bad?

Brushing off the Boss is out 15 September and is Book 2 in the Half Moon Bay series in the Bliss imprint

The one passion they had in common was the one that would keep them apart.

Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she’s ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack’s not just taking over her workplace, he’s also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Anna Campbell has another daring release out for historical fans, What a Duke Dares

He’s the last man she wants to marry – and he’s the only man she’ll ever love …

A reputation at risk

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

The second book in Anna’s Greyladies series has now been published. It’s a WWI romantic historical with a light dusting of woo-woo, set in an ancient Tudor mansion in Wiltshire.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on her contract for print and e-book for The Highlander in the Mist, historical, medieval, time travel, spicy romance with Luminosity Publishing UK.

Maggi a new release this week. Available in print and ebook. What A Rake WantsThe Spies of Mayfair Series, Book #3. 

RWA Blog

August 31 Event Announcements

September 1 – New Releases

September 2 – Author Spotlight on Sandra Antonelli

September 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Are you an RWA Member? Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

 28 August – Janni Nell and her new release: The Bride, the Groom and Me

Cover reveal and introduction to GW Gibson and Queen of Speed. You think you know motorbikes? GW does!

When writing becomes a pain in the neck

Decadent food, a delicious romance, and a dashing giveaway. It’s all happening on Friday Feast with Anna Campbell. To celebrate the release of her luscious new historical romance, What A Duke Dares, Anna reveals what it was like to attend a glamorous Regency ball and shares a recipe for lobster patties. Plus confess the most deliciously decadent thing you’ve eaten and you’ll go into the draw to win your own copy of What A Duke Dares. Divine!

You don’t need to know anything about rugby league to read Deep Diving even though it features a rugby league playing hero. He’s on holidays, so not a football to be seen! But I love rugby league and here are a few reasons why a little rugby in your romance can be a good thing…

5 Secrets to Successful Stripping by Juliet Madison…or rather her creation, Ty Roxford, quality adult entertainer and dancer, and hero of Juliet’s new novel!

August 21 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 66: Melanie Milburne’s Musophobia is Not Musical or Pretty

August 21 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 64: Phobias That Make You Go Hmmm?

August 22 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 65 Needling Amy Andrews

August 24 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 67: Vassiliki The Flying Librarian

August 25 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 68: These Phobias Are Not Your Friends

August 25 –  Get Your Freak on – Top 10 Phobias on The Escapades

August 26 – Seventy-five Days of Phobias Day 69: Kat Mayo Claustrophobia and Things That Clench

August 27 – Seventy-Five Days of Phobias Day 70: Sarah Belle Gives Us A Wave

August 26  – Cover Reveal for Love Will Find You

August 28  – May I introduce – Sara Donovan “Love by Numbers” – Don’t miss this one!

August 31 – Snippet Sunday

August 21 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Louise Reynolds

August 22 – FINDING MY VOICE: Kat T Masen

August 22 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Cate Ellink

August 25 – WIP ME INSPIRED: Sara Donovan

August 25 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Sandra Antonelli

August 26 – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Lara Morgan

August 27 – AT MY DESK: Amy Rose Bennett

Contests

 AusRomToday is proud to announce the inaugural AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards! With five fabulous categories, including Best New Author, Best Established Author, Cover of the Year, Author of the Year, and the coveted Book of the Year.

Public voting commences on November 1st, so to nominate yourself (go on, you know you deserve a pat on the back!) or your favourite author, click through to our online nomination form now. Don’t forget to get your mailing list and/or street teams involved in nominating and voting for you!

Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Enrico1. Alison Stuart
2. Bronwyn Parry
3. Cassandra Dean
4. Down Under Desirabelles
5. Elise Ackers
6. Helene Young

Have a great week and happy writing!

Event Announcements

Do you have an event or workshop you’d like to share? Email your event news to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

In Person Events

  • Making it real: research for writers workshop ~ Jessica White
When: Saturday 23 August, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Gold Coast, TBC
Cost: M Free, NM $30; NM C $27
  • Make Your Romance Writing Sizzle – Carla Caruso
When: Sunday 24 August 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: City of Salisbury Council, SA
Cost: Full fee $50, Concession $35 (afternoon tea provided)
  • Western Australia Tour
Fiona Palmer and Rachael Johns are having a RuRo tour through WA in September. You can find details and dates at
  • Romancing the Pagebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

Contrary to popular belief, a good romance is not as simple as falling in love. Writing good quality romance requires creativity, innovation, skill and well-formed characters embroiled in believable conflict.
Explore the diversity of the genre, get tips on convincing emotional connection and sex scenes, discover what readers and publishers want, develop a winning story synopsis and killer pitch, and learn about the earning opportunities the romance genre offers.
For beginners, early & emerging writers.

When: Saturdays 6, 13, 30 and 27 September, 10am–1pm
Where: Writers Victoria, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Tutor: Kate Belle (author The Yearning & Being Jade)

For more information and bookings: http://writersvictoria.org.au/what-s-on/event/romancing-the-page/

To send an Event for inclusion in RWA’s Hearts Talk monthly magazine, contact Kate at: htevents@romanceaustralia.com

Aspire On Line

Seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.

Rebecca Timmis is the Creative Manager of a new online education business, ASPIRE Online Courses. We are seeking expressions of interest from established authors in the romance genre to assist with writing course material and tutoring student assessments.
This is real, paid work and a great opportunity to build a profile name and get exposure as an author. We are offering flat fee or royalty-based payments for course material, and a per-assessment fee for tutors.
Our online team is creating a dynamic website and we will be investing heavily in online and offline marketing strategies.
I am a writer for children and young adults and have seen so many aspiring writers try and take on the world of self-publishing without first learning the craft of writing. I am passionate about education and want to establish a team that will bring the best out of our students.
If you would like to apply or wish to share this opportunity with a qualified colleague, please visit ASPIRE online courses and complete an application form at http://aspireonlinecourses.com.au/eoi/course-material.php

Book Expo Australia

Where Books Come Alive – Books for everyone and all genres.

When: 30 – 31 August 2014

Where: Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

FMI: www.bookexpoaustralia.com

Times
From 9:00am for Teachers and librarians
From 10:00am for General Public
Close at 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are Now On Sale!

$5.00 – Teachers and Librarians (proof of employment may be requested)
$20 – Family ticket (2 adults and 2 YA)
$8.50 – Adult
$5.00 – Children(YA) over 12 to 18
Free – Children 12 and under (proof of age may be requested)

 Australian Writer’s Centre

The Australian Writer’s Centre offers a range of Writing Courses as well as informative Podcasts:

  • Podcast: Episode 24 – So You Want to be a WriterIn Episode 24, Valerie and Allison discuss how to contact your fave author, how to find time to write, and what it means to “show don’t tell”. They also try out an app to find names for your characters and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s launches her new book, Unlock Your Style!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

  • Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:

Creative Writing Stage 1 (Online)

Your online course starts:

Monday 18 August 2014

Stories, ideas, fiction… where will your imagination take you? Book now
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques (Online)

Your online course is on:

Monday 18 August 2014

Let your creativity soar! Book now
Blogging for Beginners (Sydney)

Your course is on:

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Because if you’re going to do it, do it right… Book now

The Great Aussie Book Prize

The inaugural Great Aussie Book Prize is being run by Barnardos Australia and as well as supporting children in need, also dangles one mighty fine carrot for novelists. In their words, they’re looking for “inspiring true-life stories from everyday Australians”, with the winner receiving agency representation from Australia’s most renowned literary agent Selwa Anthony, and print, ebook and audio book contracts from a well-known Australian publisher. A great prize! Submissions close 31 August, so check out their website for more details.

Online Events

RWA is looking to offer our members a series of online writers’ workshops in the second half of 2014 through its new Online Workshop List (OWL). OWL events will be hosted, facilitated and promoted by RWA on a 75:25 profit-share arrangement with the presenter (the greater amount being the presenter’s). We would like to invite interested RWA members and non-RWA members to apply to conduct a workshop online through RWA in the inaugural OWL calendar. Please download the proposal form http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/89/OWLs, complete by May 1 2014 and email to owl@romanceaustralia.com

Classes are run from Margie Lawson’s website using on-line teaching software used by universities. Take a cyber tour before you start your class and introduce yourself.

Affordable forum-style writing classes

A double Golden Heart finalist in 2006, Julie Rowe has been writing for over ten years. Julie  teaches a variety of workshops and is the moderator of the Announce Online Classes email loop, which promotes online classes for writers. To subscribe to the Announce online Classes email loop, send an email to: Announceonlinewritingclasses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Writers Festivals 2014

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free. Their highly regarded Schools’ Program attracts more than 15,000 students.

When: August 21–31

Details to be provided as soon as they become available.

When: September 3–7

Event Announcements

Keeping up Appearances

CathrynHein_HeartlandRomantic Morning at Penrith Library, NSW with romance writers Cathryn Hein and Rachael Johns

When: Friday 9 May at 10am.

Cost: The event is FREE but tickets are essential.

FMI and Bookings: Bookings and tickets are available from Penrith City Library Front Desk or call (02) 4732 7891.

Bestselling author, Rachael Johns, will be speaking about her outback romance books including her latest book OUTBACK BLAZE

Where: Parramatta Library, NSW

When: Friday 9 May at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served on the night.

Bookings required: (02) 9806 5159.

May 20 – Author in Action

Where: Capalaba Library

When: 10:30 – 11:30 with refreshments before hand

Cost: Free Event

FMI and Bookings: (07) 3843 8010

In Person event – Cardiff Library (Newcastle)
Meet Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod and Wendy James
Tuesday 27 May, 2014
2 pm to 4pmBe prepared to laugh, gasp and sigh.

What makes romance the most popular, best selling genre on the planet? Romance has evolved from its early bodice ripping beginnings to a sophisticated and diverse genre reflecting our modern experiences of love – love of place, love of profession, love of pets, love of people.
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Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. We’ve had a Ripping Start to the week! Congratulations to the finalists in the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 Ripping Start Contest:

  • Sarma Burdeu
  • Jennifer Ensor
  • Jo McAlister
  • Elvina Payet
  • Cassandra Pennington
  • Kerrie Ptolemy
  • Victoria Steele

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good News

is celebrating the release of her Emmy Award winning book BREATHLESS from Samhain Publishing.

has a novella CHRISTMAS AT THE GINGERBREAD CAFE due out from Carina Press in time for the festive season.

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

is thrilled to announce the sale of her novella to Escape Publishing.

achieved her dream and signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for another two books in her Seasons Collection planned for release in 2014 and 2015.

has sold her 5th book to Escape Publishing, a small town coastal romance titled FEBRUARY OR FOREVER. It will be released February 1, 2014.

has a brand new coastal romance out called SEDUCING PHOEBE

is very excited to announce her fourth contract with Escape Publishing for a single title sci fi romance, STAR PIRATE’S JUSTICE. Due for release on February 1, 2014.

On October 30, S E will indie publish an Australian, contemporary, rural romance novella, DANCE IN THE OUTBACK.

Three of our members shone brightly like the stars they are in the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards! Congratulations to Rachael Johns (2013 Winner: Best Women’s Fiction), Sasha Cottman and Ebony McKenna.

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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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

November 12 – Rhyll Biest

November 19 – Iris Blobel

November 26 – Kim Cleary

From Breathless Moment to HEA. This weekend–What moves and inspires those HEAs. Drop by and share your favourite breathless moment.

Ever wanted a peek behind the scenes of an Italian restaurant? Then come join award-winning writer and renowned freelance racing journalist Jessica Owers on Friday Feast as she guides you through the workings of her husband’s beloved La Spiaggia in Sydney’s Coogee Beach. Amazing food, colourful diners, cheffy energy, and most of all the Passion. Plus Jessica shares a few lessons she’s learned from her Italians. Buon appetito indeed!

October 26 – ENCHANTED ORB with Eleni Konstantine

October 29 – GOOD NEWS DAY with Kylie Griffin

October 31 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Scaringly good HALLOWEEN giveaway!!

November 1 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco and special guest.

October 30 – Writerly Wednesday: The Body in the Garden Writers Festival

A&U author Josephine Moon has a tea-riffic giveaway when she drops into Calingarry Crossing pub for a bar yarn and a beer nut.

November 2 – Signs & Symptoms You Could Be An Author

November 5 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: S.E.Gilchrist – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

November 9 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER: Christina Phillips – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 29 – SARA News with Eleni Konstantine

October 30 – WHAT A CHARACTER – Eleni Konstantine’s Daniel from Gateway to Hell

November 3 – Spotlight on Writers – Sandie Hudson writing as Sandie James

A peek at the characters from Paradise Beach in my current work in progress

Meet Escape Author J M Bray – this is a story you won’t want to miss!

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

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

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RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee – per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
 Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (short – long)
Second round (short – long)

Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back for another edition of Cruisin with RWA. More good news and great blogs for you again this week.

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Cruisin’ the News

We love celebrating success. Our members are encouraged to send in their New Release news for publishing in Hearts Talk and the New Releases blog. Don’t miss the deadline! Send in your new releases by the 8th of every month to:

blogmistress@romanceaustralia.com

newreleases@romanceaustralia.com

htgoodnews@romanceaustralia.com

Of course, the Cruisin’ Crew don’t want to miss out on the celebrations, so drop Clint and Enrico an email with your blogs, new contract, first sale, new cover or release news at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com. Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a list of exciting writing-related events delivered by our members.

Good Newsoutback-dreams-cover

  • Rachael Johns is thrilled to announce the arrival of her friends to lovers story, OUTBACK DREAMS, the first in her Bunyip Bay series.
  • Elisabeth Rose invites you over for a look at the cover of her November release with Escape Publishing. MANGO KISSES is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

RWA Competitions

Selling Synopsis 2014

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: 22 November 2013, midnight Sydney time
 (entries sent outside these dates cannot be accepted)

Enter – via email only
Short manuscript (10K to 65K): maximum 2 pages single spaced
Long manuscript (65K and over): maximum 3 pages single spaced
Check the formatting guidelines on the entry form

Entry fee per entry
$22 (entries within Australia. GST incl.)
$20 (entries outside Australia)

Two entries per member are permitted. RWAustralia members only.

Final judge – Joel Naoum, Publisher, Momentum, Pan Macmillan Australia

Prizes – 1st – $200, 2nd – $100 , 3rd – $ 75 (plus certificates)

Entry form/conditions
Sample scoresheet
Formatting sample

Queries – Selling Synopsis Contest Manager, Leisl Leighton sellingsynopsis@gmail.com

The Emerald Award 2014

The Emerald Award has two major points of difference from the other RWA contests.

Firstly, it is judged by keen romance readers, not writers. This gives an indication of the marketability of your story but won’t necessarily provide the sort of feedback that helps improve your writing technique.

Secondly, you must have a completed manuscript should your story make it to round 2. The turnaround time between rounds 1 and 2 is one week (5 working days) so there is no time to finish your book then.

Opens: 1 November 2013
Closes: Midnight Sydney time, 22 November 2013

Enter: The first 10,000 words of your unpublished romance or romantic elements manuscript (10K+). Entries are by email. Entrants who reach the second round will need to submit their full manuscript.

Entry fee: $38.50 incl GST per entry.

Final judges
Short: 
Joanne Grant, Executive Editor, Harlequin UK
Long: Charlotte Ledger, Editor and Content Developer, Harper Impulse

Prizes: 1st prize in each section – $500, 2nd – $250 3rd prize – $150.

Entry criteria: unpublished RWA members only.

Questions? Contact the applicable contest manager:
Long: Gemma McBride
Short: Marnie McLane

Formatting sample

Sample score sheets:
First round (shortlong)
Second round (shortlong)

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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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Changing genres – how and what is important? Annie Seaton talks about the experience of writing Steampunk, paranormal, suspense, contemporary romance – both sweet and sexy and historical

Looking for simple, healthy way to feed your hungry horde? Then Friday Feast is the place to go! Australian coastal lit author Victoria Purman is sharing her recipe for easy chicken stock and the endless delicious uses you can put it to. One pot, a hundred meals, and lots of time to kick back with Victoria’s debut release NOBODY BUT HIM. Plus reveal your favourite summer past-time and you could win a copy of this beachy bronzed Aussie book!

September 28 – ENCHANTED ORB with C.T. Green

October 1 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

October 3 – MAGIC THURSDAY with Eleni Konstantine

Fantabulous Friday – Besieged Cover shorlisted

October 1 – Tuesday Tales – This week’s prompt: DIRTY

October 2 – Juliet Madison’s release of STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

October 3 – This Week’s Book Choice: Brenda Maxfield SOMEDAY YOU’LL LAUGH

October 10 – May I introduce: Aussie Author Rachael Johns OUTBACK DREAMS

In celebration of the new-improved, stain-free, all-organic, digitally-enhanced, low-carbon, user-friendly, top-rated, whizz-bang, ULTRA-SEXY Ecstasy Files website, I’m having a GIVEAWAY. Everyone who subscribes to The Ecstasy Files by Friday 4th October goes into the draw for a limited edition tote bag prize pack worth $45. Full prize details and entry here

October 5 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Caged Warrior) – Seven paragraphs from a favourite book from my shelves.

October 8 – DARK SIDE DOWNUNDER SERIES: Rowena May O’Sullivan – come meet our Aussie & New Zealander Dark Siders!

October 12 – CAT-URDAY! – Grumpy Cat 2 – More favourite one liners from GC!

Some of our members are sharing their favourite first lines with M A Grant.

October 1 – Jane Godman

October 2 – Elsa Winckler

October 3 – Juanita Kees

October 4 – Magen McMinimy

October 5 – Susanne Matthews

October 6 – Ros Baxter

October 7 – Sarah Daltry

October 8 – Melinda Lane

October 9 – Sofia Gabel

October 10 – Stefanie London

October 11 – J.M. Bray

Australian author Lilian Darcy will featured on Momentum Moonlight  and Romance Book Haven with her  Montana Born Books

Queensland writer Jenny Brigalow will be talking craft on Revisions & Editions

October 7 – Lilian Darcy on Spotlight on Romance Book Paradise

October 11 – Jenny Brigalow talking about her latest release from Escape Publishing on Romance Reader

October 13 – Jenny Brigalow on her YA Paranormal on Fresh Fiction

Part 2 of a ‘How to’ post on opening hooks when writing a book. 15 tips on the various elements/aspects to this skill.

Part 1 is also gives a good definition of what a hook is.

TBA – What A Character – with Maggie Mundy

September 29 – Seanna Smythe talks Harleys and chocolate sundaes. Come and find out why Evie could never say no to Aidan in NEVER ON A SUNDAE, Edible Delights Vol 2 from Secret Cravings Publishing. Win an EDIBLE DELIGHTS VOLUME 2  gift pack.

October 6 – Spotlight on Writers with Simone Cooper

The Ecstasy Files this week features an eye opening and invaluable resource for writers of sexy and erotic romance. In erotic fiction, as in romance, it’s all about position, position, position (warning: 18+ only, sexual references and content)

September 30 – In the Armchair with Nora James, author of DARK OIL1013 Dark Oil_1400

October 1 – In the Armchair with Carly Drake, author of WORDS ONCE SPOKEN

October 2 – Juliet Madison is celebrating the release of her third book with Escape Publishing, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, a contemporary romance novella with a touch of magic (RoMagic) plus bumper giveaway

Enrico’s Pick Six

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Michelle Diener
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. Teen Fiction Cafe
  4. We Love YA
  5. Yvonne Lindsay
  6. Wink Girls

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Have a great week from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs.

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that there will not be a Cruisin post or Events blog for the next two weeks. Enrico and Clint will be back behind the wheel of the limo on July 25. In the meanwhile, please keep all the good news coming to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.au

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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 on their achievements this week. Have you got news or a blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

Good News

This week Claire celebrated the release of her Random Romance, ANYBODY BUT HIM.

Rachael is ‘seriously stoked’ to have a bloke on the cover of her upcoming rural romance, OUTBACK DREAMS.

VENGEANCE BORN is a Salt Lake County Library System nominee for their semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award. It’s one of twenty six titles chosen by their readers across 18 libraries. Voting continues until November 1st, 2013.

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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: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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July 6 – Hearts Talk Wrap

July 7 – Spotlight on Sarah Belle

July 9 – Conference Spotlight

July 15 – Claytons Post

July 16 – Spotlight on Tea Cooper

July 17 – Conference Spotlight

Heather Garside drops in to  answer 10 teaser questions and talk about her new rural BREAKAWAY CREEK.

July 7 – Dana Mitchell comes to visit and talk about her Venetian Affair this weekend.

July 14 – SE Gilchrist takes a star turn with her LEGENDS.

Then All the World’s a Page will be having a break for a month. Hope you miss us while we’re away! If you would like to visit and share your sources of inspiration or new release between August and December, email me at susannebellamy at gmail dot com.

Not eating enough greens? On the hunt for a natural native health food that’s not only delicious but super easy to grow? Then you need this week’s Friday Feast, featuring Australian author Jennifer Scoullar whose second rural set romance CURRAWONG CREEK just hit the shelves. As Jennifer says, Why eat spinach when you can eat Aussie? We taste better!

July 4 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with Eleni Konstantine

July 5 – REAL LIKFE PARANORMAL with Mel Teshco

July 6 – DARKLIGHT ON…Sandra Harris

July 9 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – Writing Buddy Wednesday: Carolyn Wren

July 2 – Tuesday Tales – Authors write a weekly story to a prompt. This week’s prompt: Sun

July 4 – This week’s Book Choice – Amy Mullen A STORMY NIGHT

July 11 – May I introduce – Jeff Salter

Oh by-jingo. Jenn is back! Jenn has the Great HOUSE Giveaway starting at Nicole Alexander’s place. A signed copy to one lucky commenter.

Jenn J McLeod’s Author Harvest – It’s Jennifer Scoullar and Sheba being ‘baled up’ with a signed copy of CURRAWONG CREEK to give away. Be quick!

Nicole Flockton answers Ten Awkward Questions and is giving away a copy of her romance, RESCUING DAWN

I’m holding a multi-blog event on 2nd September to celebrate my new release and help authors and bloggers get more visitors to their blog and more exposure for their books. It’s going to be lots of fun, with interesting posts under the theme of ‘wishes’ and lots of prizes for everyone. If you have a blog and wish (ha!) to take part, here are all the details and the sign up form. So far, 23 blogs have signed up. Hope to see you there!

Juliet will be a guest at the Harlequin Junkie HEA Book Club on July 25 and 26 to chat with readers about FAST FORWARD.

July 6 – CAT-URDAY! – Don’t mess with a cat!

July 9 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Nina Blake – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 13 – SATURDAY SEVEN (Iron Kin – M.J.Scott) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 16 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Jennifer St.George – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

July 20 – CAT-URDAY! – Sad Cats…

July 23 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: Alison Butler – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

Many of you know Leisl as the long-time manager of the Emerald Category contest. Her first book, KILLING ME SOFTLY has hit the e-shelves this month and she’s visiting me at ’Cooking The Books’ to chat. Hope you can drop by and say hello.

has a contest going on over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe where you can win a pre-ordered print copy of the new Bridget Jones book – MAD ABOUT THE BOY. Leave a comment to win  to go in the draw.

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

July 1 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

July 5 – Up Close with Claire Baxter

Seanna Smythe makes her debut in the Edible Delights Anthology Volume 2 from Secret Cravings with NEVER ON A SUNDAE. Join the release party with a nibble from each of the authors in the approach to release day.

July 12FLAVOR OF THE MONTH with Bianca Sarble

July 13 – A Tasty Morsel at THE BANQUET with Kate Belle

July 14 – Bringing it to MY LORD’S TABLE – Alysha Ellis

July 15 – An invitation to THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR with Imogene Nix

July 16 – Delights you’ve dreamed of but NEVER ON A SUNDAE with Seanna Smythe

July 7 – guest post with Tea Cooper

July 14 – guest post with Heather Massey

Flash Fiction over at Sultry Scribes – Another meeting, another quick story. This time, the lucky dip was…a fire truck.

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Enrico’s Pick SixEnrico

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

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Annie Seaton
  2. Coleen Kwan
  3. Hunter Romance Writers
  4. Janet Woods
  5. Love Cats Down Under
  6. Madeline Ash

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Au revoir! from the Cruisin’ Chauffeurs

RWA and the ARRA Awards

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

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

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

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

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

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

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

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

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Carina Press

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

Favourite Contemporary Romance

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

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

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

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Love Books

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

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

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

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

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

And for the Members’ Choice categories …

Best First Meeting Between Couple in a romance published in 2012

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

Best Love Scene from a romance published in 2012

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

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2012

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