LOVE GONE WILD – Early Bird Closing

The Early Bird discount rate for tickets to the Love Gone Wild conference closes tomorrow Sunday 4th June at 12.00am (midnight).  So register now!

Don’t forget you need your Core Conference ticket to register and participate in Pitching and Manuscript Assessments. Getting your work in front of an Agent, Editor and Publisher can be life changing…so don’t miss out.

To register for the Love Gone Wild conference, visit:




RWA – A Day in the Writing Life of … Larisa Anderson

Warning : Some content not suitable for under 18.

Hello everyone. Well summer is well and truly on its way this week with some hot temperatures. Today we welcome Jacinta Anderson who writes under the name of Larisa Anderson and is sharing a day in her writing life.

In one or two sentences, please tell us what genre you write in and what made you decide that particular one is your calling.     I write paranormal erotic romance. I love the freedom building your own world allows. I used to write just romance but a friend turned me on to the fun of creating truly steamy scenes and I haven’t gone back.

What time of the day do you write?     Unfortunately I do have a full time day job working as a librarian for the government. When I don’t sneak in a few minutes of writing at work, you can usually find me curled up on the lounge after dinner typing out a few chapters. I am in no way a morning person!

Where do you write?     I am about to get my own apartment and will be setting up a designated writing area but for now my lap top on the lounge is where I do all of my writing much to the protest of my poor knees.

Are there any particular rituals you do to set the mood / harness your muse?     I love writing with a good show on in the back ground. Castle, NCIS and Avatar: Last air bender, are my favourites at the moment. I have to have noise to keep me awake and the pretty flickering images for inspiration.

What’s the first thing you do before you begin to write?     Check my email and blogs. Reading about others writing is great inspiration to stop looking at blogs and start writing!

Do you spend much time reading over the previous day’s work?     Not really I’m sorry to say. I read maybe a paragraph at the most just to remember where I’m at then I go with the flow.

Are you a plotter / planner or a pantser?     I tried to plot one time and got maybe one chapter in before the plot went out the window. I find that plotting restricts my flow, my characters dictate where the story goes so it can’t be planned before they get there. I also prefer to edit at the very end. That way I can go back and check for plot holes and tense issues.

Do you have a schedule that you follow for your writing time?     I don’t have a set word count for my writing. Some days I get more out than others. My biggest goal motivation is submissions. If I find a good publisher or submission call then I get motivated to get it done.

Do you give yourself any writing rewards for achieving goals?     Sending a story in for submission is reward enough.

Do you use whiteboards, posters, visual aids to help in your creativity?     Not really. As I don’t have a writing space as I live in a share house, I can’t really put up posters although I love looking up images of people or locations to give me inspiration.

Do you take time out to stretch, rest your eyes etc and if so do you do any exercises at your desk or between sessions?     I tend to get very distracted so rarely sit for more than half an hour at a time anyway. Having said that I do have RSI so have to make sure that if my wrist starts getting tired that I close the laptop and leave it for another day.

Can you name five objects that are always on or near your work desk while you write?     TV remote control, coke zero, my phone, usually a magazine like House & Garden so that I can look at images of what I wish my writing area looked like.

What is your favourite form of procrastination?     The TV is my friend and enemy. Turn off the Internet! If you get stuck start a new story or make your characters do something really odd: like getting chased by a rhino is my fave. It gets me interested again even though I know I will delete it later.

What’s the last thing do you do before you finish your daily writing session?     Realise I have been watching TV for the last ten minutes and give up. Hit SAVE.

Her new website will be up & running very soon :

Larisa’s books are available from the following sites :

Egyptian Secrets

Siren’s Captor
Scholar’s Forbidden Lesson

Thanks you Larisa for sharing your writing life with us and we wish you all the best in your writing career.

Cruisin’ with RWA

Cruisin’ with RWA

 Welcome back to Cruisin’. We hope you’ve enjoyed the break. Blog chauffeurs Enrico and Clint have been working hard to polish the limo while we overhaul the blog. Drop us an email at or comment below and let us know what you think.


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance.

  • New releases

Maree Anderson has released the second book in the CRYSTAL WARRIORS series, RUBY’S DREAM.

  • Debut Novels
  • New contract
  • New covers
  • Re-releases
  • New blog site or web page


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Race along the blogging highway – we love reading our members’ blogs. Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

 A light-hearted look at gardening – Cats, Books and Life

 November 17 – Magic Thursday: Cathleen Ross with a giveaway of a copy of one of her titles

 November 19 – Darklight On … Angela Castle   

 November 21 – Magic Monday – Kylie Griffin with Are You A Paranormal Groupie?

November 22 – Good News Day 

November 23 – Winner of Cathleen’s ebook

November 24 – Magic Thursday – Nicky Strickland talks Joss

November 26 – Darklight On…Eleni Konstantine

 November 14  – GUEST AUTHOR: Bronwen Evans (historical romance)

November 17 – ROFL Moment – for all Star Wars fans!

November 22 – “The Year of Publishing a Book” (part 1) – a year in and what does a new author have to contend with once she gets that elusive publishing contract? Well, here are some answers…

November 26 – “The Year of Publishing a Book” (part 2) – one author’s experience of the publishing process.

November 29 – “For the first time…” – a first kiss, a first date, a first story, a first milestone and other achievements…

 Escape to the past – Australian Romance writers of castles, love and legends…

November 21 – Getting to Know Anne Oliver and THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT A REBEL

Andrew McKiernan’s writing habits

Nas Dean plays host to inspiring authors every week. This week Michelle Fayard is under Nas’s spotlight.

November 22 – Special guest blogger: multi-published Mills & Boon author, Kate Hardy. Kate is blogging about Prologues and Epilogues, and there’s a giveaway for one lucky commenter.

A look at craving time at the Teen Fiction Café

Wendy is relatively new to the blogosphere, writing romance in Paradise. Her recent blog ‘Moving along but slowly’ is a delightful take on being a ‘teenager’ in the creative writing field.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

The merry group of web volunteers blogging for RWA:

November 18 – Blog Bite with Barbara Hannay – Kerri Williams

November 19 – Bestsellers List – Tamara Gill

November 20 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

November 24 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint has a lot of spare time on his hands as substitute driver in Enrico’s absence. Share your blogs of interest with him here to keep him out of mischief.

Enrico’s Pick Six

Every week Enrico chooses six of our members’ blog sites from the list on the right so that all our regular bloggers have their moment in the headlights (or should that be spotlight?) Members are welcome to email us the link to their sites and we will add it to the list. Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

Sami Lee

Sandi Hudson

Sara Hantz

Sue Moorcroft

Suzanne Brandyn

Suzi Love


Cruisin’ for Contests

Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

 October 28 – November 25, 2011     Emerald Award

January 6 – January 27, 2012          Little Gems

January 20 – February 17, 2012      First Kiss

March/April 2012 (TBA)                  Valerie Parv Award


Other Contests

If you know of another writing contest for aspiring authors, please share it with us here

Cruisin’ the Learning Highway

Discover new roads to success with in-person and on-line events announced every Sunday. For venue, date and cost information, please also visit our Events page.


 Keeping up Appearances

Do you have a guest appearance, launch or blog tour coming up? We’d like to share your celebration here. Simply email us the details and we’ll help you keep up appearances.


RWA Notices /Events

Follow the link to our Events Page for more news on the Gold Coast Conference 2012.

Enrico’s quote of the week

Enrico is such a romantic! He’ll be sharing words of wisdom with us here each week. I think he’s hoping for an invite to chauffeur at the Gold Coast conference in 2012!

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.  ~Eric Fromm (Quote Garden)

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ the Blog and Member News

Hello again 🙂

Can you believe it’s time to go Cruisin’ again? Where did the week go?

I hope everyone is pounding away at their keyboards whether involved in 50K in 30 days or not! There’s been some encouraging networking going on as we all rise to the challenge.

Keep your good news and hot blog spots coming to



From Here To Eternity

Romance Writers of Australia’s 20th Annual Conference

August 11-14, 2011

Hilton on the Park, Melbourne


Contact Anne Whitfield to discuss joining the Clayton’s Conference, held online from 9 am Friday 12th August and ending Sunday 14th August. Registration opens in July.

50K IN 30 DAYS:

Need to finish your MS to pitch in Melbourne?

RWA’s 50K in 30 Days brings together writers interested in getting some volume writing and/or editing throughout the month of June.  Contact the 50/30 coordinator Julia C. Burns for more information today.




Anne Whitfield

Anne will be touring blogs until July, so keep an eye out every week for upcoming blog spots and dates.

MON 6th JuneKylie Griffin’s Blog

THURS 9th June – History and Women

THURS 9th JuneHistorical Saga Novels

FRI 10th JuneThe Historical Novel Review

FRI 10th JuneHistorical Belles and Beaus

SAT 11th JuneAussie Authors at Work

Dark Side DownUnder

Tues 7th  June – Good News Day

Wed 8th June – Winner announced for Nicole Murphy’s Rogue Gadda 

Thur 9th June – Magic Thursday – Janni Nell with giveaway, Allegra Fairweather Paranormal Investigator OR South of Salem (Allegra book 2)

Sat 11th June – Darklight On… Rowena Cory Daniells

H C Brown

Drop by Heather’s blog and meet author J.S. Wayne who writes incredible stories about angels

Kylie Griffin

MON 6th June – GUEST AUTHOR: Anne Whitfield (RWAustralia contemporary
romance, short stories, historical women’s fiction author)

THURS 9th June – Who’s That Girl? interview with Nicola Sheridan

SAT 11th June – “To Regret or Not to Regret – that is the question!” –
if you could change something on your journey to being a published
author, what would it be?

MON 13th June – * Mark it in your diaries!* – GUEST AUTHOR: Jane
Beckenham (Kiwi Regency author)

Nicole Murphy

Nicole is featured on Rowena Cory Daniells’ blog talking about her urban fantasy trilogy and about women in fantasy. Nicole also posts on her own blog several times a week.

RWAus Blog

MON 6th June – New Releases with Julia Burns

FRI 10th June – A Day in the  Writing Life of  Annie Seaton – Suz Hamilton

SUN 12th June – Cruisin’ the Blog – Juanita Kees

Sue Moorcroft

WED 1st  June – Lindsay’s Romantics

FRI 3rd  JuneBritish Romance Fiction


Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Gracie

Annie Seaton

Authorness – Vanessa Barneveld

Bronwyn Parry


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


Running a contest or giving away a prize on your favourite Blog Spot? Share it here at Cruisin’.


Anna Jacobs has some good news happening across the seas in England. Anna has been invited to feature in an hour-long programme on BBC Wiltshire radio on Saturday at 5 pm and is thrilled! She had to produce a list of 10 songs/tunes that were meaningful to her, some of which will be played. Anna says, “Try doing that sometime – talk about reliving your misspent youth and bringing back memories!”

Anna’s modern novels have gone up as ebooks on Amazon and
are selling nicely. These include Kirsty’s Vineyard, about a young woman
who inherits a vineyard in WA – under certain conditions.

Annie Seaton has announced that after submitting her Steampunk manuscript to 4 publishers only a week ago, she has received three positive responses in one day AND a firm offer and contract from Eternal Press.

Lisa Chaplin has finalled in the Published Author section of the Virginia Romance Writers Fool for Love contest. The manuscript has gone to Stacy Boyd (HQN editor) for final consideration.

Sue Moorcroft is happy to announce that 1st June was publication day for WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? in Australia and LOVE AND FREEDOM in the UK.

Congratulations to all our members on their achievements this week. Please  email me if you have exciting news to share.


CONTESTS for 2011

All contests are now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries. Watch this space for more competition news for 2012.


Date for 2011 BIAW

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings


Wednesday 8 June
Law and Order: The Business of Writing ~ with Robyn Ayres, Nic Pullen, Colin Golvan SC & Nicolas Brasch
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: Free
FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855

Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June
Bridgetown Words in the Valley Writers’ Festival
When: 5.30pm Friday to noon Sunday
Where: Various locations in Bridgetown, WA.
Cost: Various, some free. Workshops around $20 each
FMI: Bookings through Bridgetown Visitors Centre on (08) 97611740 OR

Thursday 16 June
Anna Campbell Talks about Midnight’s Wild Passion
When: 5:30pm
Where: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree, Qld
Cost: $6 (includes refreshments)
FMI + Bookings: Essential on (07) 5475 8900

Saturday 25 June
Creating Colourful Characters ~ Nicole Murphy
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: ACT Writers’ Centre
Cost: $90 M, $80 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Saturday 25 June
On Hearing Voices: An Introduction to Capturing Voice in Your Writing with Lee McGowan ~ Lee McGowan
When: 10:30am–4:30pm
Where: Queensland Writers’ Centre
Cost: $110 M, $100 MC, $160 NM
FMI + Bookings: Phone (07) 3842 9922 OR

Thursday 30 June
Publishing Perspectives: Facts about Fiction Publishing ~ with host Melanie Dankel
When: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $12 M, $10 MC, $15 NM
FMI + Bookings: OR (03) 9094 7855


Announce Online Writing Classes with Julia Rowe

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

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

Interested? Subscribe by sending an e-mail


Have a wonderful week!



Author Spotlight: Jess Dee

Jess lives in Sydney, where she strolls along the gorgeous, seaside cliff tops and watches the waves crashing against the rocks below. In a place like that, it’s hard not to think of romance and passion. There’s always inspiration for another love story. It doesn’t take much to make Jess happy: Yummy food, her husband and her two sons will do it. Add a good book to the picture and you have one content writer!OnlyTyler_COF72LG

I’m really excited about interviewing Jess Dee today. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Jess’ Circle of Friends series: Only Tyler and Steve’s Story, and let me tell you, this lady knows how to keep you captivated. Jess thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me for RWAustralia blog.



Thanx for inviting me over, Sandie.



Q: First off Jess, can you tell us how you got into writing hot romance novels?

I had just finished the 15th or so draft of a book I was tarAskAdam72smgeting at HM&B when I attended a romance writer’s workshop at the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. There was a talk/workshop being held there about erotic romance writing. That night I said to my mother (My mother? Of all people?) that I would LOVE to heat up my books just a little. Soon after that, I closed my study door, and blushing like mad, opened up my heroine’s bedroom door. I haven’t closed it since.

Q: Do you outline your stories or do you just write as you go?

I’m a pantser through and through. If I outline my stories, I get bored before I’ve finished the first chapter, because I know what’s going to happen next. I prefer to just sit down, and let my characters lead me where they want to go.

Q: How has being published changed your life, if at all?

It hasn’t really. In fact most days I have to pinch myself to believe I do have books published—and more than that, books that are selling. Still can’t quite get over the fact that there are readers out there who want to read my work.

Q: What would we find on your bookshelf?

Lots and lots of romances. All kinds and all genres. Especially Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning. But I confess. My bookshelf has been looking somewhat barren since I got my eReader. If you look on that, you’ll notice I’m trying tons of new-to-me authors, like JR Ward, Mary Janice Davidson, Kresley Cole and loads of Samhain authors.

Q: After all the drafts and redrafts how do you know when you finally have the writing right?

Honestly? I never think my writing is right. I cannot read through my work without tweaking a sentence here or a word there. Even after I know I have captured the basic book (after 157 rewrites) I still read it through several times and change a ton of stuff. I’ll send it to my editor when I realize I cannot bear to reread or rewrite it one more time.

I guess I know the book is finally right when my editor stops requesting rewrites or edits.

Q: Do the characters take on a life of their own? Or, do you direct where they go and what they do?

I swear, I have tried to tell my characters what to do. I steer them in a certain direction and tell them how to behave, and you know what? They don’t listen. Or if they do, I find I have to delete whole scenes and rewrite them — this time giving the hero and heroine free reign over their story. When the characters take on a life of their own, the books finally start to work.

Q: You have a novel coming out later this month, can you tell us a bit about A Question of Love? How did the story come about?

A Question of Love

A Question of Love is the sequel to A Question of Trust, from the EPPIE winning Menage and More/Three’s Company Anthology. A Question of Love is Gabe Carter’s story. (He is one of the main characters from A Question of Trust.) It is a highly erotic and terribly romantic love story. The book releases at Samhain Publishing on the 10th of November.

(If you’re interested in the blurb, there’s a copy at the end of the interview.)

Q: What has been the hardest novel for you to write so far?

It’s funny. I’ve been asked this question before, and my answer always seems to be “the last book I’ve written.” I have just completed a novella called Going All In, which releases at Samhain on the 29th of December. The first draft was easy, and I got it written in a few weeks. It was the two sets of requested rewrites that almost killed me. Honestly, I rewrote that book from start to finish 4 times. I’m not just talking tweaks here and there, I’m talking deleting several whole chapters, rewriting them and then and adding in several new ones.  I’m blanching at the thought of doing edits.

Q: What do you do to relax?

Read, read and read some more. Oh, and I’m a bit of a TV addict. Then there’s my absolute favorite: the pedicure or massage — what a very, very rare treat! But truthfully? With two sons and a dog who thinks he’s a third son, relaxation is not something I get to indulge in too often.

Q: I noticed on your website: Samhain have just contracted you for another novel to be released 29th December, how did that come about and what can you tell us about Going All In?


This was a book I began to write as a short story, targeted at HM&B Spice Briefs. When it hit the16k word count with no sign of finishing any time soon, I knew it wouldn’t fit the bill for a Brief (which has a word limit of 5—15k). Besides, the two heroes (yes, it’s a ménage) started to act in ways I never expected, and the next thing I knew, the book was too hot even for a Spice Brief. It has thus turned into a Samhain Novella, and is definitely age restricted. No one under 18 should even look at the cover, never mind open the book.

Q: Last question Jess, what is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you about writing?

Write the book of your heart, not the book you think you should write!

As soon as I took that advice on board, I wrote a novel that sold. Or should I say…rewrote a novel that sold.

Jess thank you for your time. If your other novels are anything to go by you will have both A Question of Love and Going All In flying of the shelves. Good luck with both books Jess.

Thank you Sandie, and I sure hope you’re right about the books flying off the shelves.


Jess is very excited about the release of Three’s Company (the print version of the Menage and More Anthology) on 5th August 2009. The book features three steamy ménage novellas by Jess Dee (A Question of Trust), Lorelei James (Wicked Garden)and Jayne Rylon (Nice and Naughty). And even more exciting: The sequel to A Question of Trust has just been contracted by Samhain. A Question of Love is due for release as an ebook in November 2009.

A Question Of Love

Releasing 10 November, 2009

(The sequel to A Question of Trust from the Ménage and More/Three’s Company Anthology)

A past with three, a future for two

Gabe Carter has loved Tina Jenkins for four years. He may have given her up as a matter of honor, but his feelings for her were never in question. Now times have changed and previously made promises have been discarded. Gabe is going after what he wants—and there is nothing he desires more than Tina.

When Gabe left Tina four years ago, he tore apart the most special of bonds, destroying not only their liaison, but her relationship with his best friend as well. Instead of two lovers, Tina was left with none. Putting the pieces of her broken heart and her shattered life back together was a struggle she never wishes to repeat.

But Gabe’s back and he’s determined to pick up where they left off—only this time without his best friend. He wants Tina all to himself, and she can’t help but respond to his seduction. The only problem is she wants the whole package deal. She wants Gabe—and his friend.

It’s up to Gabe to prove to Tina that he’s more than enough man for her.

Warning: If piping hot sex, ménage scenes, adult toys, anal play, short blonde heroines and stacked, muscular heroes are not your cup of tea, then don’t read this book. You won’t enjoy it.

HOT NEWS: Only Tyler (Circle of Friends, Book 1) was released in print on the 1st of November. Congratulations Jess.


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