2017 Ruby finalists

Congratulations to our 2017 Romantic Book of the Year finalists!

The official announcement of finalists – with cover art and links! –  is here at the Booktopia blog. Please share with your friends!

The finalists are:

Long Romance

Escaping Mr. Right by Avril Tremayne
Random Romance

The Grazier’s Wife by Barbara Hannay
Penguin/Michael Joseph

The War Bride by Pamela Hart
Hachette Australia

Short Romance

Breaking Good by Madeline Ash
Tule Publishing

The Most Scandalous Ravensdale by Melanie Milburne
Harlequin Mills & Boon Sexy

Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancée by Melanie Milburne
Harlequin Mills & Boon Sexy

Romantic Elements

A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester
Hachette Australia

Legacy of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie
Harlequin MIRA

Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie
Harlequin MIRA

Numbered by Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter
Harlequin MIRA

Romance Novella

Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein
Self-published

Swept Away by Fiona Marsden
Self-published

Unexplored by Anna Hackett
Self-published

Winners will be announced at the Love Gone Wild Conference in Brisbane in August.

In addition to the four Ruby section winners – Long Romance, Short Romance, Romance Novella and Romantic Elements – all finalists are now being read by our final judges to decide one overall Romantic Book of the Year winner.

Ruby Finalists!

Every year at RWA, we invite romance writers with books published in the previous year to enter the Ruby – RWA’s Romantic Book of the Year contest.   The final results are announced at the Gala Dinner at our annual conference in August (which is in Adelaide this year).  But for now, just to whet your appetite, we are delighted to announce the finalists in the five categories.  We are also delighted to point out that this year, we have included the novella category in its rightful place, in the Ruby list.

Today, to spread the love as quickly as possible, we’re just publishing the list, but over the next week, we’ll devote a day to each of the categories and share the covers and more information about these wonderful finalists – so watch this space for additions to your TBR list!

Long Romance

  • Rise by Karina Bliss – self-published
  • The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie – Berkley/Penguin Random House
  • Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton – Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Lethal in Love by Michelle Somers – Random House Australia

Romantic Elements

  • A Dangerous Arrangement by Lee Christine – Escape Publishing
  • The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns – Harlequin MIRA
  • Pay The Piper by Mary Brock Jones – self-published
  • Between the Vines by Tricia Stringer – Harlequin MIRA

Short Sexy

  • Tribal Law by Shannon Curtis – Australian Romance Readers Association
  • The Wedding Bargain by Yvonne Lindsay – Harlequin Desire
  • Pretend It’s Love by Stefanie London – Entangled Lovestruck
  • Never Surrender by Rosie Miles – Entangled Ignite
  • Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter by Annie West – HM&B Sexy

Short Sweet

  • You For Christmas by Madeline Ash – Tule Publishing
  • Still Married To Her Ex! by Lucy Clark – HM&B Medical
  • Home to Bindarra Creek by Juanita Kees – self-published
  • The Secret Son by Joan Kilby – Tule Publishing
  • Reach For The Stars by Kerrie Paterson – self-published

Novella

  • Mistletoe Maverick by Shannon Curtis – self-published
  • Silk & Scars by Cassandra Dean – Decadent Publishing
  • Pursued By The Rogue by Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing
  • What A Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter – Tule Publishing

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: RUBY nominee, Kendall Talbot…

Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kendall, and congratulations on ‘Lost In Kakadu’ making it to the RUBY finals! Can you give us the blurb, please?

An action adventure novel set in the Australian jungle where two unlikely people prove just how attractive opposites can be…

It’s pretentious socialite Abigail Mulholland’s worst nightmare when her plane crashes into an ancient Australian wilderness. Things go from bad to downright hellish when rescuers never come. As she battles to survive in an environment that’s as brutal as it is beautiful, Abigail finds herself also fighting her unlikely attraction to Mackenzie — another survivor, and a much younger man.

Mackenzie Steel is devastated by his partner’s death in the crash, the only person with whom he shared his painful past. Now, as he confronts his own demons, he finds he has a new battle on his hands: his growing feelings for Abigail, a woman who’s as frustratingly naïve as she is funny.

Fate brought them together, but they’ll need more than luck to escape Kakadu alive. Could the letters of a dead man hold the key to their survival?

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You’ve had a big year in regards to nominations for ‘Lost In Kakadu’. How has your first year as a published author impacted your life?

I’m still a bookkeeper by day and book writer at night. But my writing life has become a crazy, thrilling, whirlwind since my debut was published. I’ve learnt to twitter, post on facebook and I designed my author website. I’d never blogged before but now I do them on a regular basis. I’ve been nominated for 5 wonderful awards but haven’t managed to get any of them over the line yet. Maybe the RUBY will have my name on it. I’ve made so many new writing friends it’s a wonder I get any writing done at all. But I do and I’ve polished off 2 new manuscripts this year too.

 

Trying to work out how to promote my book has been the biggest challenge. Now after my morning workout in the gym I spend 45 minutes on social media attempting witty, inspiring and hopefully not annoying posts about my life and my book. My lunchtime is spent doing the same. I’m extremely busy but still so glad I discovered my passion for writing.

 

What was your path to publication like?

Lost In Kakadu was 8 years in the making. The first draft was written during the Year of The Novel course at the Qld Writers Centre. But it wasn’t until I spent 4 days hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand in 2011, that the story really came to life. As I lugged my own clothes, food, bedding and water up and over the Mackinnon Pass, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be lost in the jungle with no luxuries what-so-ever. That’s when my survival story was truly born. My book went through many edits in those 8 years and before I pitched it, I sought the expertise of a professional editor too.

 

At the RWA conference on the Gold Coast in 2012, I pitched my story to Escape Publishing. A few weeks later I received an email stating they were interested if I was willing to make several changes. It required another six months of editing to remove the 15 flashbacks in the manuscript and I’m so pleased I did, as the final story is so much more powerful without them. I received several rejections for Lost In Kakadu before Escape accepted it. Many said it was too controversial, and that Australia wasn’t ready for a story like this. I think my readers may disagree.

 

You live a very adventurous life.  Can you tell us about it?

My father died in a car accident when I was very young. And although I was only 4 years old at the time, it had a profound effect on the way I live my life. I believe in experiencing life, not just living it. Travel and adventure are my drugs of choice. So far I’ve been fortunate to explore 36 countries and I always have a holiday on the horizon. I’m a bit of an adventure junkie, I love hiking, scuba diving, white water rafting, snow skiing, hang gliding and basically anything that makes me scream.

 

I’m lucky I fell in love with a man who supports my passions. I’ve dragged him all over the world and talked him into many experiences he would never have tried without me. I’m proud to say my children have inherited my sense of adventure too. I have 101 things on my bucket list and so far I’ve crossed off 36. So although we may never pay off our mortgage, we will never regret the money we’ve spent on our thrills.

Camel Jockey

 

What has been your favourite, as well as your most nerve wracking experience so far?

In 2010 we spent a week holidaying in the Solomon Islands. This was the first time we scuba-dived as a family. My youngest son, Alex, was 12 and his older brother Jordan was 14. The diving was magic. The water was so warm wetsuits weren’t required and the visibility was simply amazing, you could see at least 25 metres into the deep blue. We dived down to Japanese WWII fighter planes sitting on the bottom of the ocean and one of my favourite dives was to the Kashi Maru wreck that was sunk after being hit by a bouncing bomb on 3rd July 1945. We went inside that wreck and saw things like boots with the laces still done up, an old typewriter and crockery, along with abundant marine life and colourful clams that snapped shut if you touched them.

Whale Shark and Us March 2010

 

During one dive, we ascended down a coral wall and explored all the colourful nooks and caves. By this time Alex had become very confident and comfortable in the water. He would zoom off and explore anything that caught his eye. But the moment that had my heart in my throat was when I saw a blacktip reef shark swimming right toward him. The beast was bigger than Alex and although I knew it was highly unlikely anything would happen, I was worried Alex would shoot to the surface in a panic. I have never been so scared in my life. Fortunately I managed to hang onto Alex and the shark disappeared as if nothing had happened.

 

What would your ideal holiday consist of- supposing that money and time are not a consideration?

I would love to show the Greek Islands to my husband. We’d live on a luxury yacht with our own captain, and a professional chef to prepare us exotic meals. We’d watch the sunset from the upper deck while sipping Italian wine and enjoying local cheeses. Our day’s would be filled with exploring the islands, scuba diving the magical azure waters, and making love to the sound of water lapping at the sides of our multi-million dollar yacht… whoops, sorry I was swept away on the dream.

Camel Jockey

 

Can you tell us about your current Works In Progress?

I have 2 manuscripts that I’m submitting at the moment.

 

Treasured Love is a modern day treasure hunt with a good dash of romance. The story begins in Australia, hightails it over to Tuscany and ends in the Greek Islands. When Rosalina discovers a clue to a 700 year old mystery it re-unites her with Archer, the man who broke her heart. But the clue sets them on the hunt for a secret treasure that Brother Nox and his dedicated followers are willing to kill for. Archer must fight to salvage his relationship with Rosalina but their hunt for ancient treasure also plunges them into a desperate fight for their lives and Archer will stop of nothing to keep Rosalina in his arms forever.

 

My second manuscript is Double Take. It’s a gritty urban crime story with a dash of romance. Jackson Rich is fully aware of the irony in his name, because the only time Jack was rich lasted about 60 seconds and it turned out to be the worst moment of his life. Jack’s constantly reminded of how unlucky he is. But that doesn’t stop him from planning a bank robbery. His hands are tied, as far as he’s concerned anyway. His wife Candice is the only good thing that ever happened to him. And if the cash he nets from robbing a bank will save her life, then he’ll damn well do it.

 

You’ve learnt your craft via courses and workshops. How important do you think it is for writers to continue their learning journey?

My philosophy is the day you stop learning is the day you start dying. Becoming a new author has forced me to master many new computer programs. Our brains are fascinating and I’m always amazed at what I can learn. All the courses I’ve completed have been very helpful, but one of the best advantages of these classes is meeting likeminded people, who are often in similar stages of their writing life to me. I’ve made some lasting friendships and many of us are travelling this writing journey together.

 

What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing?

JUST WRITE. Yep that’s it. Because you cannot publish or edit a story that isn’t written. Our lives are busy, so making a point of writing something every day is a step in the right direction. And it doesn’t have to be a lot of words. They don’t have to be a literary masterpiece. And they don’t even have to be part of your manuscript. As long as you are writing, you are improving and hopefully building a lasting habit.

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Could you give us a peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘Lost In Kakadu’, please?

Abi walked around the plane wreck and her heart jumped to her throat at the sight of Mackenzie. He stood completely naked in front of his construction. His teeth were brilliant white against his thick beard and he looked majestic, like a tribal warrior standing proud and confident alongside his conquest.

“Get your gear off. It’s bath time.” He waved her forward. “Come on, while it’s hot.”

She wiped her hands on her pants—a pair of cargo pants she’d borrowed from Toni’s luggage. As she walked toward him, her heart pounded louder with each step and the moisture in her mouth evaporated. She couldn’t speak. Stopping before him she chewed on her bottom lip and willed herself to look into his honey-coloured eyes, searching for his thoughts and confused by her own.

“Feel it,” he said.

Her mind raced, but then she realised he was talking about the water and she swallowed hard. Control yourself, girl. She dipped her fingers into the bath. “It’s warm.” Abi couldn’t remember the last time she’d felt warm water on her body; it was a slice of heaven.

He reached toward her. “Shirt off then.”

She held her arms above her head, allowing him to remove her top and she proudly stood bare breasted before him. A tantalising shiver covered her body with goose pimples as she watched Mackenzie’s eyes, eager to see if he peeked at her. But he flung her shirt aside as if this was something they did every day, barely even glancing at her. She chided herself, realising her desires were deluded. Mackenzie wouldn’t be interested in a woman ten years older than him.

“I’ll get in first, okay?” Mackenzie held her shoulder as he climbed into the bath then he turned and shuffled to one end. Abi watched, mesmerised, as the muscles beneath his bottom cheeks moved. When he turned, she soaked up every inch of his well-toned body. His skin radiated a healthy tan, his abs rippled and the line of hair below his neatly sculpted navel drew her eyes. Heat burnt within her and it took all her might not to look any lower. He’s not interested, Abi.

 

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Kendall is kindly giving away one Ecopy of her novel, ‘Lost in Kakadu’ on a very spiffy Escape Key USB. She will also include in that prize one signed copy of the first chapter of ‘Lost in Kakadu’ 

To be in the running all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section below:

I’ve told you what my dream holiday would be, I would love to hear about yours.

This competition is open to Australian postal addresses only and will be drawn on July 16, 2014. The winner will be notified by email, so please ensure that we can contact you!

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.

Competitions and Awards

Huge excitement on the blog this week with the announcement of the RUBY Finalists. Congratulations to all.

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2014 Bookseller’s Best Award.

TRADITIONAL
Last Chance Proposal Barbara DeLeo
The Cattleman’s Ready-Made Family Michelle Douglas
First Comes Baby Michelle Douglas

SINGLE TITLE
Home to Whiskey Creek Brenda Novak

PARANORMAL
Allegiance Sworn Kylie Griffin

*Ed’s Note: If I missed any of our Australian members on the list, please add their names in the comments. Thanks 🙂

New Releases and Sales

Has sold LIBERATING CLEMENCY, a short story, to Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly for their upcoming June Issue, due for release on June 15th.

Assassin Clemency is on a mission to find the Herz des Mondes, a moonstone of great and mysterious power, which will help her get her life on track. When she is out-thieved by the appealing mercenary L’Arc, is she beaten, or will they both reap the stone’s rewards of the heart?

LILY’S LEAP is available for pre order now, release date July 1.

Born into the rough, but privileged society of the Australian colonial landowners, Lilibeth Dungarven finds herself married, widowed, and, much to her distress, back under her father’s thumb, all before her twenty-first birthday. Determined not to forgo her dream of breeding the perfect racehorse, Lilibeth ignores propriety and sets out to restore the family’s flagging fortunes.

When Captain Tom and his mismatched band of bushrangers stumble across a mob of the best horses they’ve ever seen, and the daughter of the famed Dungarven horse stud, they know their fortunes have changed. Their catch is worth a king’s ransom. All they have to do is hold her for seven days. How hard can it be to control the pampered daughter of a colonial upstart?

Cover Reveals

Social Media ran hot today with all the new cover reveals. Get out your TBR lists!

Deep DivingOutback GhostHooked on a FeelingEngaging the EnemyBatter UpUnderCover_FinalChieftain by CommandBlood Moon

RWA Blog

Blog Bites is Back

We are reviving the Blog Bites section of the Romance Writers of Australia Blog. For those not familiar with this section of the site it is located here. Have you recently joined RWAus? Do you have a new release you would like the community to know about? Have you been a long time member lurking in the shadows? Come along and take a bite we would love to get to know all about you. Send an email to blogbites@romanceaustralia.com to get started.

June 15 – Event Announcements

June 18 – Romance Rocks Presents…Cathy Campbell

June 19 – Cruisin with RWA

June 20 – A Day in the Writing Life of Laura Greaves

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.

Hungering for a holiday? Then come travelling by taste bud on Friday Feast with A DANGEROUS MADNESS author Michelle Diener. There’s food galore, including a beautiful recipe for almond macaroons. Plus reveal your favourite travel-by-tastebud recipe and you’ll go into the draw to win your choice of either A Dangerous Madness or Banquet of Lies. Feasts for the mind and heart!

June 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Cheryse Durrant

June 12 MAGIC THURSDAY – with Alexis Fleming

June 17 – REAL LIFE PARANORMAL with Mel Tescho

May 30 – Fantabulous Friday: Weekend Romance – A Fair to Remember ~ not just for romance writers

Wrote about how romance fiction kind of saved her life.

Have a slew of awesome good news from their members which have occurred over the past few months.

Deborah Challinor has a post on The Business of Business Cards.

June 10 – Tuesday Tales – Picture Prompt
June 12 – May I introduce: M Kircher DREAM ON
June 15 – Snippet Sunday – EVERY MILE OF THE WAY (WIP)

Escape Authors celebrated their placement in the RUBY finals:

R*BY Finalist Juanita Kees

R*BY Finalist Kendall Talbot

Congratulations Escape Artists

Had author Leisl Leighton on her blog this week, talking about her theatre passion.

June 2 – SARA News including A Fair To Remember! with Eleni Konstantine

June 4 – READING ADVENTURES with Emmeline Lock

SE’s character interviews continue with:
Keith Donnelli from Alexa Bravos’ new release.

Verity Fortune from Erica Hayes’ new release.

Also, there will be a cover reveal for Pippa Jay’s new release on June 13. Pippa writes science fiction romance.

And lastly, SE is taking part in The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads (during the month of June). There are some awesome prizes up for grabs so head on over and join in the fun and games.

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. EnricoEnrico’s Pick Six this week:

1. Jenna Anastasi
2. Mary Hawkins
3. Nicole Murphy
4. Paula Roe
5. Rhyll Biest
6. Sami Lee

Have a great week and happy writing!

Ruby Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  We are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Romantic Book of the Year contest, better known as the Ruby.

 

In the ‘Short Sexy‘ division (and please note the description refers to the stories, not the authors, some of whom are quite tall 😉 ) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

What the Bride Didn’t Know Kelly Hunter
One Secret Night Yvonne Lindsay
Never Say No to a Caffarelli Melanie Milburne
A Price Worth Paying Trish Morey

 

In the ‘Short Sweet‘ division (again, referring to the stories, although the sweet part is, I’m sure, perfectly true of the authors as well) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

One Life Changing Moment Lucy Clark
Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble Fiona Lowe
A Father at Last Julie Mac
Secrets of a Career Girl Carol Marinelli

 

The ‘Stories with Romantic Elements’ finalists are:

Under the Hood Juanita Kees
Nobody But Him Victoria Purman
Currawong Creek Jennifer Scoullar
Lost in Kakadu Kendall Talbot

 

Finally, in the ‘Long Romance’ section of the competition, tied entries resulted in six title and five author finalists.  They are:

Holding Out for a Hero Amy Andrews
A Prior Engagement Karina Bliss
Letter from a Rake Sasha Cottman
The Dissolute Duke Sophia James
Mistress at Midnight Sophia James
Her Favourite Rival Sarah Mayberry

 

Our thanks, as always to all the volunteers who help to make the Ruby possible, especially Annie Lynch, contest co-ordinator for this year’s Ruby and all the reader judges and judge co-ordinators.

It’s wonderful to see a mix of new and established authors in this list and for the blog team, it’s especially exciting to see our own blog editor and Cruisin’ and Events columnist, Juanita Kees, among the finalists!

Congratulations to all of our finalists and best of luck with the final round of judging!

The winners of the Ruby are announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August and will be on this blog on Sunday the 10th of August 2014.

Cruisin’ with RWA

A reminder that Enrico, Clint and I will be taking a break from Cruisin’ between July 6 and 20, but we’ll 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

Novelists Inc. will be releasing their short story collection at the end of the month. The collection is themed as the title suggests – I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN. Details and cover art on Janet’s blog and the anthology has just gone up on Amazon.com for pre-order at a reduced price Janet’s prize winning short story, THE GREEK, THE DOG, SHANGRI-LA AND ME is one of the stories selected.

Elisabeth’s rural romantic comedy TROUBLE IN NIRVANA had its official release on June 21. Available in eBook or paperback from The Wild Rose Press.

Sandra is thrilled to be offered a second contract with Escape Publishing. Her upcoming September e-book release is titled FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

Téa’s latest historical romance, MATILDA’S FREEDOM, releases on July 1 with Harlequin Escape. Pre-order available on iTunes.

Bronwen had a huge week with her second three book contract with Entangled Publishing for 3 Indulgence contemporaries and also finalled twice in this year’s RomCon Readers’ Crown for:

Best Historical –TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD

Best Category/Series –THE RELUCTANT WIFE

Adding to her joy was the exciting news that she won the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 in Category/Series for THE RELUCTANT WIFE.  Bronwen won the RomCon Readers Crown in 2012 for her historical –INVITATION TO RUIN.

This year’s batch is a wonderful microcosm of our membership, including some of our most established and loved author members and some who have entered the finalist list with their first book. Obviously, if you are a romance writer, RWA is the place to be!  So, without further ado, congratulations and best of luck to:

Long Romance:

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Anne Gracie – BRIDE BY MISTAKE

Helen Lacey – MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Sarah Mayberry – MORE THAN ONE NIGHT

Stephanie Laurens – THE LADY RISKS ALL

Romantic Elements: 

Elise K Ackers – SMALL TOWN STORM

Fiona McCallum – WATTLE CREEK

Helene Young – BURNING LIES

Tricia Stringer – QUEEN OF THE ROAD

Short Sexy:

Anne Oliver – THE MORNING AFTER THE WEDDING BEFORE

Melanie Milburne – ENEMIES AT THE ALTAR

Nicola Marsh – MARRYING THE ENEMY

Yvonne Lindsay – A FORBIDDEN AFFAIR

Short Sweet:Helen Lacey - Marriage Under the Misteltoe

Alison Roberts – SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: ZOE’S BABY

Emily Forbes –  SYDNEY HARBOUR HOSPITAL: BELLA’S WISHLIST

Fiona Lowe – NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS

Madeline Ash – UNCOVERED BY LOVE

Thanks go to our new RUBY coordinator, Dorothy Bramich and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile RUBY co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role. We would be helpless without our stalwart volunteers! Thanks too, to our wonderful reader judges. ~ Imelda Evans, Blogmistress

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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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June 29 – June Releases

June 30 – Event Announcements

July 1 – Claytons 2013

July 3 – Conference Spotlight

July 4 – Cruisin’ with RWA

Jennie Jones reveals more about her HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE.

Fiona Georgiou stops by to tread the boards this week on All the World’s a Page.

The promotional tour for the release of ITALIAN AFFAIR has certainly kept me busy and has played havoc with my participation in 50k in 30 days. There is a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card on my blog page. It is drawn by a rafflecopter on July 16 when I am deep in the outback!  If you want to have a virtual holiday over the winter, [visit] our travel blog as we head to crocodile country on the 29th. I am totally a non-camper so our seven weeks camping sojourn may afford you some lighthearted amusement!

I have English romance author Louise Rose-Innes on the blog. She’s a social media guru and a fabulous contemporary romance author. She’s interviewing her latest hero and has a fresh contemporary romance to give away. We’d love you to drop by.

chatted to Jennifer St George about her latest release from Destiny Romance, THE LOVE DECEPTION.

Suffering from the winter woes? Then you need something to warm you up! And on Friday Feast, thanks to Ondine series author and curry pie aficionado, Ebony McKenna, we have just the dish. So come curry it up with Ebony, Ondine and her pet ferret Shambles. It’ll warm your heart and soul!

I’ve also posted an update on my Australian Women Writers Challenge in which I reveal my favourite books and the discovery of a wonderful new Australian author.

For anyone who would like to stop by and say hello, I’m doing a guest blog on the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood on July 26 as a Golden Heart finalist. It would be great to welcome some fellow Aussie authors over there.

June 27 – MAGIC THURSDAY – with C.M. Simpson

July 2 – GOOD NEWS DAY compiled by Kylie Griffin

July 3 – A BITE OF… With Eleanor Maine

June 24 – Musa Monday with Marci Boudreaux

June 25 – Release date for SNOOP

June 29 – Fantabulous Friday: Aussie Author Giveaway

June 27 – the wonderful Lily Malone

Tuesday Tales – every Tuesday when 15-20 authors write to a word prompt. I’ve currently got a nice AFL story going.

She’s days away from a seven week outback adventure without the internet. I’ve ‘baled’ Annie Seaton up on Author Harvest.Gnomes of Australia…? Watch out!

The Long And The Short Of It: Jan Ruth has a country manor and a horse whisperer!

July 4 – In the Armchair with Sandra Harris

June 29 – SATURDAY SEVEN (THE DOM’S DUNGEON – Cheryse Sinclair) – Seven paragraphs of a favourite book off my shelves.

July 1 – AUSSIE AUTHOR GIVEAWAY – 9 paranormal romance authors have books & swag to giveaway! Deets here.

July 2 – NEW AUTHOR SERIES: S.E.Gilchrist – our RWA/NZ newly published authors from Destiny, Escape & Momentum!

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

Musings on the wild weather in Gippsland, Australia’s ‘Riviera’.

June 19 – Writer Wednesday with Mandy Magro

June 25 – Writer Wednesday with Jennifer Scoullar

June 21 – Southern Speak: Emotion in Romance Writing with Khloe Wren

June 24 – SARA News with Emmeline Lock

June 26 – What a Character: Tamara Gill’s Lelantos with Maggie Mundy

June 30 – Spotlight on Writers with Erin Moira O’Hara

This year, the members of the Hunter Romance Writers will post twice monthly on our blog re various topics from the craft of writing to donating blood to time management.

June 25 – The Art of On Line Pitching

June 13 – Branding your Name in the Writing World

May 13 – This Writing Life – Time Management

Comments by other writers are always welcome.

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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. Anne Whitfield
  2. Christine Wells
  3. Hot Authors
  4. Janet Elizabeth Henderson
  5. Kylie Scott
  6. Louise Cusack

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