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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Beyond the Literal – New Publishers Light the Flame

The heat is on for Australian authors

Ainslie Paton

The local scene for romance writers is heating up and set to sizzle this summer with the launch of three new direct-to–digital publishers, each acquiring local writers.

First with the factor fifteen was Destiny Romance which launched in August with four titles and is adding two per month.

Destiny authors include:  Jennifer St George, Kelly Hunter, Elsie K Ackers, Peta Crake, Charmaine Ross, Carla Caruso, Bernadette Rowley and Imelda Evans (and coming soon, Louise Reynolds and L.J. Young).

In mid November, Harlequin turns up the heat with the launch of their electronic first line, Escape, also with a line-up of newly discovered and established writers.  More on the Escape launch will follow in a Publisher Interview by Juliet Madison.

But currently upping the burn quotient to scorching is Pan McMillan’s, Momentum with the release of its Hot Down Under series.

Hot Down Under is a series of fourteen erotic short stories by new and established Australian authors being released over a three-month period beginning in November.

According to Momentum it aims to propel Australian erotic romance writing to the top of the bestseller charts.

The series includes straight and gay erotica, plus scenes involving multiple partners and fantasy elements.  Each of the stories has an Australian setting and a ‘flame’ rating out of five on the cover, which indicates how explicit the story is.  None of the stories is lower than a three-flame rating.

Hot Down Under authors include:  Rhyll Biest, Rhian Cahill, Kasey Channing, Cate Ellink, C.T. Green, S.E. Gilchrist, Keziah Hill, Shona Husk, Beverley Oakley, Kylie Scott, Tracey O’Hara, Mel Teshco and Marianne Theresa.

Five of the authors are previously unpublished and were mentored by the established authors during the writing process. The resulting stories combine a fresh approach with years of experience.

Announced just ahead of the RWA Conference in August, the project was the brainchild of Tracey O’Hara.

“The Hot Down Under project originally started out as a way to help mentor new writers and soon became much more. We were all extremely thrilled when Momentum came on board,”  said Tracey.

“Erotic fiction has been huge long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along.  It has been selling like hotcakes in the US for many years now. It is great to see an Australian publishing company supporting great genre fiction,” she said.”

‘We always planned to publish extensively in genres like romance and erotic romance when we first launched Momentum. However, we weren’t expecting such a gifted collection of new and established authors to approach us with such an accomplished project,” said Joel Naoum, publisher at Momentum.

“More than anything, this proves that there is a vibrant and talented community of genre writers in this country who are looking for support from their local publishers.”

Due to the nature of digital publishing, Momentum was able to publish the stories within a few months of first receiving the pitch – an amazing turnaround time in today’s publishing environment.

‘Digital publishers are more able to take risks.  It would be impossible to print these short stories individually, the costs would be prohibitive and shelf space in bookshops is extremely competitive,” said Joel.

For more information:

Destiny Romance

Momentum Books

Escape Publishing

Cruisin’ with RWA

Have you got a new release, cover, contract, website or blog to share? Send us the link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com.

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Riding the waves: Writing romance in tempestuous times

August 16 – 18 2013 –The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

In August 2013, for the first time, our annual national conference is heading to Western Australia. With a gorgeous heritage hotel, sunshine, sea-breezes, alfresco dining and history – Fremantle has it all. And now it has romance!

For more information visit the RWA Website.

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

RWA Contests

HM&B High Five 14 September 2012
STALI 5 October 2012
Selling Synopsis 23 November 2012
Emerald Award 23 November 2012
Little Gems 1 February 2013
First Kiss 15 February 2013
Valerie Parv Award TBA April 2013

New Releases and Contracts

  • Imelda Evans’ new release RULES ARE FOR BREAKING is out now from Destiny Romance.
  • Carolyn Wren is thrilled to announce that her debut novel DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER released in eBook on October 31. Secret Cravings Publishing has contracted the whole of The Protectors series,  7 books in total including DIPLOMAT’S DAUGHTER. Books 2-7 will be released from February 2013. Book 4, THE HOSTAGE won the 2012 Category division of The Emerald and will also be available in print.
  • Mel Teshco shared good news this week:Momentum, a new digital line of Australia’s Pan Macmillan, is releasing it’s first first five short erotic stories on November 1, followed by nine more over the coming months:

BENEATH THE LIGHT OF A SILVER MOON by Mel Teshco

THE FINAL WISH by Tracey O’hara

A REAL ONLINE FANTASY by Cate Ellink,

ROOM WITH A VIEW by Kylie Scott

A SPORTING CHANCE by Rhyll Biest

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Keeping Up Appearances

  • Anna Jacobs will be conducting three talks for readers. Each time Anna will talking about what it’s like to be a writer, her ways of working, and where she gets her ideas.

Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs

When:           November 3 at 10am

Where:          Edenvale, Pinjarra, WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or LeighA@murray.wa.gov.au

When:           November 7 at 7pm

Where:         Kwinana Library, WA

FMI:               Need to book, contact the library or Stephanie.Mandyezewsky@Kwinana.wa.gov.au

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • RWA Blog

November 2 – Blog Bites – Kerri Williams

November 3 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Ainslie Paton

November 4 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

November 8 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kylie Griffin on her blog, celebrating the publication of my third Traders book, The Trader’s Dream. (There are two more in the series to come.)

This week on Friday Feast:

Warm that teapot because this week on Friday Feast we’re getting all buttery biscuity with lovely Australian author Annie West. Annie is celebrating the release of her sexy new romance, DEFYING HER DESERT DUTY, with tales of baking and pantry crises, and a lemon shortbread biscuit recipe that will set your mouth a-watering.

Plus share your favourite biscuit or the most unusual you’ve come across and you could win a copy of DEFYING HER DESERT DUTY!

October 31 – SPECIAL HALLOWEEN POST: The 2nd Anniversary Halloween Blog Hop!

November 4 – Weekly Overview

November 5 – Winner of the Blog Hop announced

November 5 – GOOD NEWS DAY

November 6 – A BITE OF… With Nicola Sheridan and Magical Redemption

November 7 – MAGIC THURSDAY –with Mel Teshco

Musa Monday with SS Hampton, Sr

Tuesday Tunes – Sarah Blasko

2nd Anniversary Halloween Blog Hop with the DarkSiders

Kylie will be taking a break from regular blogging but will still be doing occasional posts. Stay tuned!

  • Jenn J McLeod – asks the question…

    “Have you met Chester Lewis yet?”  (Helene Young knows him VERY well indeed.) Seeing the different authors’ interpretations of a character is both entertaining and educational . Fascinating – and a cheap read!

  • The Other Side at Kees2Create

November 1 – In the Armchair with Julie Kagawa and THE LOST PRINCE.

November 4 – In the Armchair with Linda Hays-Gibbs and her latest release ANGEL IN MY HEART, DEVIL IN MY SOUL, how love can triumph over evil.

November 6 – In the Armchair with Imogene Nix and Questions That Irk an Erotic Romance Author

November 8 – In the Armchair with Ann B Harrison and A MISTRESS FOR MAGNUS

How does your special one do “it”? Lower those eyebrows and come on over to my blog  to find out which “it” and share yours!

  • Wine, Women and Wordplay

    October 31 – Talking self-publishing with Monique McDonell

    October 29 – Fighting The Fear (or writer’s block) with the power of NaNoWriMo

    October 26 – Exploring the dark side with Kylie Scott’s Flesh: http://wp.me/p2hmss-pH

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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. Anne Gracie
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cathryn Brunet
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Love Cats Down Under

Have a great week!

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

Another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com


SPECIAL NOTICES:


Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm and Intensive workshop Sunday 13 March.

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney http://www.aspirehotel.com/

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/seminars.html

Please note:  Places are limited for this seminar and filling fast.  RWA members need to book quickly as registration will soon open to non-members.  The Sunday hands-on workshop is only open to a total of 12 RWA members and only a few spots are still available.  If you want to do this seminar, book without delay!

 

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

 

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS CONVENTION

Registration for ARRC2011 is now under way: for futher information please visit the ARRA website.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 7th Februrary – Historical Romance Author Tiffany Clare is Anna Campbell’s guest on the Romance Bandits. Giveaways!

THU 10th February – Catch up with Anna with her regular spot on the Romance Bandits.

FRI 11th February – Anna moves on to her regular spot on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs for the day.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 8th – Good News Day

WED 9th – Winner announced for Christina’s giveaway.

–  Part Three of the four-part series on World Building with Kylie Griffin.

THUR 10th – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Eleni Konstantine with a book pack: Sydney Croft’s ARCO series, and Larissa Lone’s Ecstasy (courtesy of Darksider Loretta).

SAT 12th – Darklight On…Nicola E. Sheridan

Dark Side DownUnder are also 3 months old, come and tell us how you think we are going.

Kylie Griffin ~

THURS 3rd February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Julieann Thomas – RWNZ writer who enjoys reading and writing military romances.

SAT 5th February – Which hero turns the pages for you? – a look at hero archetypes.

*There’s some give-away goodness in store for readers in my February line up of blog posts – we have KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy from Rowena Cory Daniells, 4 special Valentine’s Day prizes and an e-copy of a SCENT OF A MAN from Maree Anderson up for grabs!

MON 7th February – Guest Author: Rowena Cory Daniells talks about “Resonance” (and she has a copy of KIN ROLEN’S KIN series to give-away!)

THUR 10th February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Jess Anastasi

SAT 12th February – “Who has your heart?” – a Valentine’s Day drool-fest featuring your favourite heroes (with special Valentine’s give-aways!)

Mary Hawkins ~

WED 3rd February – Find Mary blogging on International Christian Fiction Writers chatting with Lisa Harris, chatting about novel Blood Ransom.

RWAus Blog ~

More excitement this week on the Blog Team with guest blogger Bronwyn Jameson joining us for the next few weeks sharing information on the RWAus ‘From Here to Eternity’ Conference sessions and guest speakers.

MON 7th February – Diane Curran – Author Spotlight – Kerri Williams

TUES 8th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – From Here to Eternity

WED 9th February – Jenn McLeod – all going well (post Yasi) it will be the previously postponed Face 2 Face with … North Queensland Romance Writers. So TBC and fingers crossed.

THU 10th February – Bronwyn Jameson – Conference Session Spotlights – Julia Hunter

FRI 12th February – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bite – Nikki Logan

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Mary Hawkins

Mel Teshco

Michelle Diener

Monique Wood

Moyna Mary Clayton

Nicola Marsh

Paula Roe

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Thanks to Jenny Schwartz for these blog suggestions.

Romance Junkies ~

Writing contest at Romance Junkies sponsored by Carina Press (Harlequin’s digital-first imprint) which has prizes for writers and readers

Patricia Wrede ~

Patricia Wrede has a great series of posts at her blog on her Lego Theory of writing where she discusses the building blocks of effective writing. I’ve linked this to the first post, you can go on to the next six from there.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna Campbell is celebrating the launch of her brand-new website by sharing some great prizes!

SIX lucky readers will receive a luscious reading double!  First up, your choice from Anna’s backlist (please check out her Books page http://www.annacampbell.info/books.html if you need help choosing). Each winner will also win a gorgeous hardcover Rhapsody Book Club edition of either Laura Lee Guhrke’s WEDDING OF THE SEASON or Madeline Hunter’s RAVISHING IN RED.

To be in the draw, just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info with two pieces of information –your favourite romance read from 2010 and which book from her backlist you’d like to win. Good luck! For more information, please visit Anna’s contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html And don’t forget to check out her great new website at http://www.annacampbell.info, including the excerpt from her forthcoming release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION.

The contest closes 31st March, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs until 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information, drop by Annie’s, contest page.

Denise Rossetti ~

What to do: Email me (well Denise) with the title of Book #3 of the Four-Sided Pentacle Series. That’s it!
The Prize: Your choice – an electronic copy of any of my Ellora’s Cave books or an autographed copy of one of my Berkley books.
Closes: Sunday 13 Feb 2011

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

Anna has a swish new website thanks to the talents of Ms Paula Roe. Absolutely love it Anna.

Anne Whitfield ~

Anne was happy during the week when her old Hale out of print book, ‘A Noble Place’, was accepted by MuseIt Up Publishing. Congratulations Anne.

Nikki Logan ~

Nikki spent time over Christmas making her first YouTube trailer ‘A Romance with Nature’.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

Challenges ~

Date for  2011 BIAW

February 7th to 13th

March 28th to April 3rd

July 25th to 31st

October 24th to 30th

For more information contact Pam Collings pam@collings.id.au

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Wednesday 9 February

A Night of Romance with Anna Campbell at Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm, 9th February, 2011

Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: Ph: (07) 5442 4411 or Sunshine Coast Council

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space, as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: email OR (08) 8223 7662 OR SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3351 3401 or Arana Hills Library

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson St, Albany Creek

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 or Albany Creek Library

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller, & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

ONLINE Events

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

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Hearts Talk Archive – Erica Hayes

Please Note: This article first appeared in RWA’s official monthly newsletter, Hearts Talk, in August, 2009. Due to the passage of time, some information in the article may no longer be relevant. Please ensure you research your chosen genre thoroughly before submitting.

 

 

 

It’s no secret that the paranormal genre is huge. From sexy vampires and werewolves to immortal Highlanders to fairy princesses, from Sherrilyn Kenyon to JK Rowling to Charlaine Harris, readers can’t get enough. The monster under the bed is no longer just the villain or a vile creature to be feared—he or she is the love interest, the heroine, the sexy but deadly hero.

Doomsayers have been predicting the death of paranormal for years, ever since the genre first became popular in the late nineties. But, as a glance at the overflowing paranormal and fantasy shelves in any bookstore shows, readers’ enthusiasm hasn’t waned. The recent paranormal upsurge in television and movies—the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, Supernatural’s monster hunters, Moonlight’s vampire detective, the gritty Southern bloodsuckers of True Blood—has only increased demand.

Which means that editors are still buying. But to stand out in such a crowded market, authors have to present new and exciting ideas that transcend a well-worn genre.

This means reinventions—original characters, new and intriguing creatures, fresh combinations of genres. Paranormal has been crossed with just about every genre you can imagine—comedy, chick lit, horror, science fiction, mystery—and one of the most popular hybrids to emerge in the last decade or so is paranormal’s dark fantasy cousin: urban fantasy.

So what’s this ‘urban fantasy’ thing?

‘Urban fantasy’ (UF) has been used to describe many genre elements, from the subtle, disturbing weirdness of Charles De Lint to the near-future apocalyptic suspense of I Am Legend. But as it’s generally used today, UF describes a specific genre of paranormal fiction that probably had its mainstream origins in Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, which began in 1993 with Guilty Pleasures.

Common characteristics of UF:

  • ‘kick-ass’ protagonist, usually young and female. She’ll often be a law-enforcement or warrior character, skilled with weapons, or at the very least a strong, take-no-nonsense girl.
  • the protag has magical/paranormal powers or is a paranormal creature (vampire, werewolf, faery etc. or a combination).
  • contemporary big-city setting, recognisable as our own world but with paranormal elements added.
  • mystery or suspense plot combined with fantasy, or with horror to create ‘dark UF’
  • romantic subplots, often with more than one potential love interest.

Recent examples include: Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, where the heroine is a werewolf motor mechanic; the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning, involving faeries; and the Riley Jenson Guardian series by Australian author Keri Arthur, where the heroine is half-vampire, half-werewolf.

Duh… isn’t that just paranormal romance?

Yes, and no. The two markets often cross over, meaning that the books can appeal to readers of both genres—so publishers will market the books to both. This can confuse writers and readers alike, but it’s a great opportunity for authors to increase their readership.

Key differences:

  • In a paranormal romance (PR), the reader is guaranteed a ‘happy ever after’ (HEA) ending. In UF, the romance is often unresolved, or continuing throughout the series, and the heroine can be involved with more than one hot guy—lucky her!
  • UF is fantasy, and PR is romance. So UF readers can expect less focus on the relationship, and more on the paranormal world-building. In a PR, the two lead characters might get equal emphasis, whereas in UF the focus is on a single main character’s journey.

UF also crosses over into the young adult market, with series such as Holly Black’s grimy Modern Faery Tales and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. “The [UF] young adult market is huge,” said Rose Hilliard, editor at St Martin’s Press, “but it’s likely to be glutted in the near future.”

Sounds cool. So, do I have to follow the rules? Hasn’t everything already been done?

Using your imagination is the key to selling in such a crowded market. And with paranormal worlds, you can make up your own rules. You want vampires that sunbake? Go ahead. Reinvent. Just because Edward Cullen sparkles doesn’t mean your vamps have to. So long as you keep the rules consistent, anything goes. So do your research, find out what’s already out there, and let your imagination run wild…

Because the market is so full, the genre must continually reinvent itself to stay alive. After nearly twenty years, even established tropes are open to attack. UF has appeared with:

  • male protagonists (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, Rob Thurman’s Nightlife, Anton Strout’s Dead to Me)
  • non-urban settings (e.g. the small-town Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris)
  • non-contemporary settings (Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles are set in Victorian times. Why not a far-futuristic UF?)

And you can write about any paranormal creatures or powers you like. Witches, fairies, psychics, telekinetics, werecats, gods and goddesses, valkyries, banshees, selkies, dhampirs, angels and demons, and even zombies feature in UF. “Vampires and werewolves are still the most popular, but publishers are very picky since the competition is so stiff,” said Rose Hilliard. “I think there’s a lot of room for new authors writing about something besides vampires and werewolves, or who want to take the urban fantasy formula and add a new twist, like a male main character or connecting the [series] in some way other than just following the same female character the whole time.”

So the more heavily explored themes are still wildly popular, especially if you can give them that fresh, high-concept twist. But anything is fair game. And don’t forget about mythologies other than Judeo-Christian. Eastern, Native American, Australian Aboriginal… the choices are endless.

But… vampire romances. Ugh! Do I have to write alpha heroes?

No! A lot of UF does feature the traditional tortured immortal hero, and he’s as sexy—and as popular with readers!—as ever. But the dominant character in UF is usually the heroine, and she’s a determined, self-reliant girl who doesn’t need a man, even if she wants him pretty bad…

UF readers want strong, motivated female characters, but that doesn’t mean every UF heroine has to be a knife-wielding, martial-arts-expert vampire hunter. So if you’re writing a brawny alpha hero who can overpower her, that’s okay—but you’d better make sure your heroine is more than his match in her own way.

How long is an urban fantasy?

In romance terms, UF is a single title market. So anything between 80-100K fits. Publishers tend to prefer series — based around the same paranormal world, usually with an ongoing main character, but sometimes with new characters in each book.

But I’m not an erotica writer —do I have to write explicit sex scenes?

Lately, paranormal subjects have lent themselves to higher levels of sexual content. But as with PR, heat levels in UF range from full-on erotic (such as Laurell K Hamilton’s Merry Gentry books) through to mild. In UF, there’s no need to fully resolve the romance in every manuscript—but in general, readers prefer some kind of closure. If the series isn’t over, some hints that the romantic relationship will reappear in future books will keep readers wanting more, and will help the story cross over into the romance market.

Do I have to write fight scenes? How graphic should the violence be?

Again, no fast rules apply. But a common UF theme is the necessity and desirability of solving problems with violence, and the heroines are often trained killers. UF is as much about the heroine’s character as it is about the fantasy world. Give her realistic problems in the context of the world you’ve created, and her actions will speak for themselves.

How can I get this stuff published? Do I need an agent? How about e-books?

Despite the doomsayers, a glance at Publishers Marketplace will tell you that New York is still buying UF. “[The UF market] is still going strong,” Rose Hilliard said. “It’s a little more crowded than it was a year or two ago, [but] there’s still room for new authors to break in—as long as they’re doing something special. The mass movement [of authors] into young adult thins the herd a bit, and opens the window for new UF authors.”

The financial crisis might be making publishers more cautious, but there’s always room for that special project, and plenty of agents are willing to take on UF.

E-publishers like Cerridwen Press and Samhain are also looking for UF in their favoured sub-genres, usually with strong romantic elements. Many e-pubs are romance-only, so check to make sure your story fits their lines—UF doesn’t always have a HEA, so it’s not always right for a romance publisher.

As usual, do your research, and check submission guidelines first.

Book number 3 of Erica’s Shadowfae Chronicles ‘Poisoned Kissed’ is out now and number 4 ‘Blood Cursed’ will be available in e-book from August this year.

Visit her at

www.ericahayes.net and

http://faerylite.livejournal.com/


Cruisin’ the Blog & Member News

SPECIAL NOTICES:

5DI Closes Midnight – MONDAY 31st January 2011

Following the success of the first 5 Day Intensive (5DI), Romance Writers of Australia, (RWA) is running another 5 Day Intensive (5DI) Manuscript Development Workshop in 2011. The aim is to help members to polish their manuscripts and hone their writing craft under the tutelage of a published author mentor. Selection and attendance at this program does not guarantee publication.

Entries are open from January 1, 2001 until midnight January 31, 2011 Please Note: Closing date is Midnight TOMORROW

See the 5DI page on the RWA website for details.

Thank you for joining us again for another week of blogs, events and news. Please take note of the 5DI information above, this is a fantastic opportunity for members.

RWA’s Group Grant Scheme open for applications on February 1st 2011. The closing date is February 28th 2011. Please email: groupgrants@romanceaustralia.com for more info.

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

Are you looking for that one seminar or workshop that will put it all together for you and get your writing noticed?  Well 2011 is your lucky year and March is the month it will happen for you!

When: Saturday, 12th March 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney http://www.aspirehotel.com/

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/seminars.html

The North Queensland Writers Roadshow 28th May 2011

COSTS: (Including lunch, morning and afternoon teas)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

14th February – 31st March 2011

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 130  RWA Members

Cost:    One-day Seminar        $ 150  RWA Non-Members

The end of January is here, which means the first month of 2011 is done and dusted (well almost). So let’s get on with the another week of exciting news and fun blog spots with ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Christina Phillips ~

FRI 28th January – Christina is over at Novel Adventurers with Alli Sinclair, chatting about A Roman Romance and the historical background to her Forbidden series. There’s a giveaway of Forbidden or Captive for one lucky commenter.

WED 2nd February – Christina is blog-swapping with Harlequin Mills and Boon author Michelle Styles – where there’s a giveaway of either Forbidden or Captive up for grabs. Michelle, meanwhile, is taking over Christina’s blog, chatting about her Roman Undone A Perfect Concubine, with a copy for one lucky commenter.

THU 3rd February – Christina’s visiting RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk – with a giveaway of Forbidden.

THU 3rd February – Christina is also partying over at the Dark Side DownUnder blog – with yet another giveaway.

FRI 4th February – Christina is being interviewed by Rita at Not Another Romance Blog – with a giveaway of either Forbidden or Captive for one lucky commenter.

SAT 5th February – Christina is taking part in Monica Burns’ Pleasure Me With Romance blog party – where’s there’s a signed copy of Captive for one lucky commenter.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

TUES 2nd February  – Good News Day

WED 3rd February – Winner announced for H.C.’s giveaway

–  Part Two of a four-part series on World Building with Kylie Griffin.

THUR 4th February – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Christina Phillips with Captive.

SAT 6th February – Darklight On…Denise Rossetti!

Kylie Griffin ~

SAT 29th January – Sci-fi & Sci-Fi Romance Blogs – the last in the blog-link series.

MON 31st January – GUEST AUTHOR: Amanda Ashby – YA author of Queen of Newbury High. She shares her insights about writing and gives us a sneak peek at her upcoming release, FAIRY BAD DAY.

THURS 3rd February – Who’s That Girl? interview with Julieann Thomas – RWNZ writer who enjoys reading and writing military romances.

SAT 5th February – Which hero turns the pages for you? – a look at hero archetypes.

*There are some give-away goodies in store for readers in Kylie’s February line up of blog posts – KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy from Rowena Cory Daniells, 4 special Valentine’s Day prizes and an e-copy of a SCENT OF A MAN from Maree Anderson up for grabs!

Novel Adventurers ~

Christina Phillips will be visiting the Novel Adventurers this week and blogging about her love of history and how she researched her ancient historical romances. And as a special treat, Christina will give away a copy of FORBIDDEN or CAPTIVE to one lucky commenter. Come on over!

Tracey O’Hara ~

MON 31st January – Tracey starts her blog tour with a visit to  A Great Read

TUE 1st February – Tracey makes her way over Tynga’s Reviews for a chat

TUE 1st February – A busy day for Tracey as she also drops by Book Chick City

WED 2nd February – Tracey spends some time on the Dark Faerie Tales blog.

THU 3rd February – Tracey is visiting Wicked Little Pixie. Gotta love that name.

THU 3rd February – Another big day for Tracey with a visit also to Paperback Dolls

FRI 4th February – Tracey visits the Fantasy and Paranormal review site Literary Escapism for a chat.

SAT 5th February – News, Reviews & Interview site FICTIONALL invite Tracey to join them for a chat. Check out the copy of Tracey’s cover of Death’s Sweet Embrace on their site.

SUN 6th February – Tori from the Book Faery has Tracey as her guest

RWAus Blog ~

Excitement in the blog camp with a new member joining our team. Sandra Harris steps into the new roll as our Hearts Talk Archives blogger. Watch out for Sandra’s Article Archives on the last Monday of each month.

MON 31st January – Sandra Harris – Hearts Talk Archives – Subgenre in Focus with Erica Hayes.

WED 2nd February – Jenn J McLeod – Face 2 Face with … North Queensland Romance Writers

THU 3rd February – Dana Fletcher-Scully – Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar

FRI 4th February  – Suz Hamilton  – A Day in the Writing Life of … Robyn Grady

SAT 5th February – Eleni Konstantine – Feburary HT Wrap-up

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Sami Lee

Sandie Hudson

Sara Hantz

Suzanne Brandyn

Suzi Love

Tamara Gill

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Book Ends LLC ~

What’s on Jessica Faust want list? Find out here with her ‘Excited for Something New’ post.

The Blood-Red Pencil ~

Dani Greer chats about ‘Writer’s Block’ and the tools she used to overcome this problem.

Editorial Anonymous ~

I love this site and find it really hard to pick one or two posts to read, so I suggest you scroll down or check out the EA side bar for great information.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

December/January 2011 – Backlist Bounty for the New Year!

Anna is offering  TEN lucky people a chance to win an Anna Campbell novel of their choice. If you’re unsure, please visit Anna’s books page where you’ll find covers, blurbs, and excerpts to tempt you. Just email Anna and tell her which book you’d like and why and you’re in the draw. Having all Anna’s novels I can assure you, you don’t want to miss this chance.

The contest closes 31st January 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs until 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information, drop by Annie’s, contest page.

Denise Rossetti ~

What to do: Email me (well Denise) with the title of Book #3 of the Four-Sided Pentacle Series. That’s it!
The Prize: Your choice – an electronic copy of any of my Ellora’s Cave books or an autographed copy of one of my Berkley books.
Closes: Sunday 13 Feb 2011

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

STALI Results ~

As ranked by Dianne Moggy of Harlequin congratulations go to

1st Place- Suzanne Webb (Manuscript requested)

2nd place- Rachael Blair

3rd place- Natalie Hatch

4th place- Jo McAlister

5th place- Christine Taylor

6th Place- Diane Curran

Congratulations to all our winners and those who placed, you all deserve to be proud of your achivements.

Single Title Emerald 2nd Round Placegetters ~

Janice Bridges

Michelle de Rooy (x2)

Vanessa Garbin

Fiona Gregory

Suzanne Hamilton

Iona Jones

Leisl Leighton

Havva Murat-Maksuti

Rebecca Sampson

Rebecca Skrabl

Christine Taylor

Gabrielle Wade-Steiner

Suzanne Webb

Congratulations everyone and the best of luck with the second round.

Nalini Singh ~

The Book Binge reviewed Nalini’s novel Archangel Consort with Casee giving it a 4.5 out of 5 rating. Fantastic news Nalini.

Rowena Cory Daniells ~

Woohoo!  Rowena Cory Daniells fantasy, THE KING’S BASTARD (Bk 1 in the KING ROLEN’S KIN trilogy), has been nominated for a David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy – you can vote for your fave fantasy book here

More to add to Rowena Cory Daniells news – THE KING’S BASTARD has also been nominated for a Ravenheart Award for best fantasy cover (Thanks to Kylie Griffin for sharing this fantastic news)

Congrats & way to go, Rowena!

Susy Rogers ~

Susy won the mainstream with romantic elements category of the Golden Palm Contest. To top it off Lucy Childs of the Aaron Priest agency has requested a partial of Naked Choke. WOOHOO Suzy, congratulations.

Tracey O’Hara ~

DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE Released on 25/01 and is getting rave reviews on the internet. Here are a few –

Preternatural Reviews ~ received an Excellent rating of 3.5 stars out a 4.

Larissa’s Life ~ Larissa says she’s really looking forward to Book 3 and gave Death’s Sweet Embrace 4.5 starts.

Night Owl Paranormal ~ Reviewer Talina says she wants more of Tracey O’Hara and her Dark Brethren Series and give Death’s Sweet Embrace 4.5 stars

Paranormal Romance.Org ~

Reviewed by J.M. Schuler and described as an edge of the seat, suspenseful urban fantasy that any thriller, mystery or romance reader will be happy to add to their library.

A great week Tracey with fantastic reviews. Congratulations and very much deserved.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 20 11 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Litt le Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011 CLOSES THIS FRIDAY AT Midnight EDST

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Wednesday 9 February

A Night of Romance with Anna Campbell at Noosa Library

When: 6:30pm, 9th February, 2011

Where: Noosa Library, Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: Ph: (07) 5442 4411 or Sunshine Coast Council

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space, as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: email OR (08) 8223 7662 OR SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Friday 25 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 6:30pm, Friday, 25th February, 2011

Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3351 3401 or Arana Hills Library

Saturday 26 February

Love a Good Romance with Anna Campbell and Amy Andrews

When: 10.00am, Saturday, 26th February 2011

Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson St, Albany Creek

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

FMI + Bookings: (07) 3264 5267 or Albany Creek Library

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller, & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 12 March

Michael Hauge – The Story Mastery Seminar.

When: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: Aspire Hotel Ultimo Sydney

Costs: Saturday only:  RWA Members $150; Non-members $200

Sunday only:  $250 (RWA Members only)

Saturday and Sunday: $375

Book online at: RWAustralia/Seminars

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

ONLINE Events

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

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

Bookshelf Saturday ~ February New Releases

WOW almost February and that means New Releases. Check out what our members have coming out this month.

Barbara Hannay – MOLLY COOPER’S DREAM DATE … – M&B Sweet Romance


Carol Marinelli/ Margaret McDonagh – ST PIRAN’S: RESCURING PREGNANT CINDERELLA/ ST PIRAN’S: ITALIAN SURGEON, FORBIDDEN BRIDE – M&B Medical


Cate Ellink – GOTTA HAVE IT: – SHORT STORY PAIN SURFER – Cleis Press

Please Note: Due to the graphic used on the cover of ‘Gotta Have It’ we are unable to post it to the blog. For more information please visit Cleis website


Christina Phillips – CAPTIVE – Berkley



Denise Rossetti – THIEF OF LIGHT – Berkley Sensation


Emily Forbes – NAVY OFFICER TO FAMILY MAN Paperback – M&B Medical



Emma Darcy – HIDDEN MISTRESS, PUBLIC WIFE Paperback – M&B Sexy


H.C Brown – THE VANE BOOK 1: SHIFTERS & DEMONS – Noble Romance Publishing


H.C Brown – LOVE REVISITED – Noble Romance Publishing


Jennie AdamsSURPRISE: OUTBACK PROPOSAL – M&B Sweet Romance


Jess Anastasi – DEAD REALITY – Noble Romance Publishing


Kelly Hunter – WITH THIS FLING… M&B Sexy


Kerri Williams – TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW Eternal Press


 

 

Lucy Clark – THE DOCTOR’S DOUBLE TROUBLE M&B Medical

 

 

Maggi AndersenTHE RELUCTANT MARQUESS Embrace Books


Maree Anderson – SCENT OF A MAN Red Sage Publishing


Margaret Way – WEALTHY AUSTRALIAN, SECRET SON M&B Sweet Romance


Nicola Marsh – DESERTED ISLAND, DREAMY EX! M&B Sweey Romance


Robyn Grady – AMNESIAC EX, UNFORGETTABLE VOWS M&B Desire


Shona Husk – KISSING PHOENIX Ellora’s Cave


Tamara Gill – A CAPTAIN’S ORDER – A DUKE’S COMMAND Noble Romance Publishing

Tracey O’Hara – DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE  Harper Collins

 

 

 

 

I know you will find some great reading this month.

Sandie

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

Do you have books that you’ve read and loved but don’t want to keep?  Are you an author with a bunch of author copies looking for a new home?  The RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal is seeking books of all genres in new condition.  Visit the special blog page for all the details.

So ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Dark Side DownUnder ~

Sundays – What’s On this week post

Tuesdays – Good News Day

Thursday – Magic Thursday (with giveaway) – Denise Rossetti with ‘Thief of Light’

Saturdays – Darklight On…Joanne Vogel (with Joanne living in Brisbane, we changed things around and Keri Arthur had the spotlight Thursday instead).

Come and join us on the Dark Side!

Kylie Griffin ~

WED 12th January – FLOODING IN AUSTRALIA – an article about the flooding in Australia, with links to the Flood Relief Appeal, the SES flood assistance hotline and, for
international readers, some maps to show the extent of the devastation.
THURS 13th January – AUSSIE HUMOUR – King Wally lives!
MON 17th January. – GUEST AUTHOR: First Aid with Sharon Archer – 2010 R*BY winner & medical category author with HMB. She shares her passion for old books, but in particular her knowledge about First Aid in days gone by. Sharon’s also giving away her latest release, just be sure to leave an answer to her question by midnight, Jan.24th!
THURS 20th January – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with Jennifer Jakes (from RWAR).
SAT 22nd January – BOOK REVIEW SITES – a list of blogs that offer reviews.
*SPECIAL GUEST* – For fans of Joss Ware (aka Colleen Gleason) mark 24th January in your diaries! Joss is visiting to talk about her latest release, NIGHT BETRAYED, the 4th book in the Envy Chronicles. Don’t miss it!

Novel Adventurers ~

The Girls on Novel Adventure have interviews with a few great award-winning romance and suspense writers from around the world. Those in the spotlight will be Jessica Andersen, Sandy Parshall, SJ Rozan and Cara Black. Pop by, learn what inspires them, and ask your own questions. See you there!

RWAus Blog ~

MON 17rd January – Sandie Hudson – RWA Member’s News in Review Part 3 ~ Bestsellers

FRI 13th January – Suz Hamilton – Day in the Writing Life of … Juliet Madison

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Blogs Members participate on:

Harlequin Presents Blog

Historical Saga Novels

LoveCats DownUnder

Novel Adventurers

We Love YA

Word Wenches

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner has a few good posts again this week.

Bubbles from Scott Eagan ~

Scott is another one who has kick the New Year off with a selection of interesting posts.

·         I Want My Oompa Loompa and Contemporary Romances Nooowwww!

·          I Really Don’t Care About Your “Beta-Readers”

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

December/January 2011 – Backlist Bounty for the New Year!

Anna is offering  TEN lucky people a chance to win an Anna Campbell novel of their choice. If you’re unsure, please visit Anna’s Books page where you’ll find covers, blurbs and excerpts to tempt you. Just email Anna and tell her which book you’d like and why you’re in the draw. I can assure you, having all Anna’s novels, that you don’t want to miss out on this chance.

The contest closes 31st January, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs till 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information drop by Annie’s contest page.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna had four historical romances in the Top 100 Sellers List and five sagas in the Family Saga Top 100 List on the Amazon UK site this week.

Shona Husk ~

‘Mutiny on the Scarborough’ , about a Vampire convict surviving transportation is in  ‘Dead Red Heart’ – and anthology about Australian Vampires.

Tracey O’Hara ~

NIGHT’S COLD KISS and DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE were sold to Germany by HarperCollins.

DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE was reviewed in the February edition of the Romantic Times magazine RT Book Review and received a 4 ½ star Top Pick

Tracey also has a new trailer for DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE

RWNZ STRICTLY SINGLE RESULTS

Strictly Single contest.

Editor – Meredith Giordan from Berkley.

1. Tyree Connor (request for full manuscript)

2. Michelle De Rooy

3. Christine Taylor

4. Nicola Davidson

5. Karen Browning

6. Mary Jones

Emmanuelle Morgen from The Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency.

1. Nicola Davidson

2. Tyree Connor

3. Mary Jones

4. Michelle De Rooy

5. Christine Taylor

6. Karen Browning

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t entered any of the contests yet we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Summer School: Novel Writing – Things I Wish I’d Known ~ Sonia Orchard

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

FMI + Bookings: Email OR SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Saturday 29 January
Blasting Through Writers Block ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Thursday 10 February

Writing Romance ~ Anne Gracie

When: 10:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Dandenong Library Meeting Room, Vic.

Cost: Free

FMI + Bookings: Event Brite OR phone 1300 630 920

Monday 14 February

Library Lovers Day: Introduction to Romance Writing ~ Annie West & Cathleen Ross

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Sunday 19 February

Make Your Novel a Page Turner ~ Paula Vince

When: 10:00am–1:00pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre

Cost: $55 M, $77 NM

FMI + Bookings: email OR (08) 8223 7662 OR SA Writers’ Centre

Sunday 19 February

Writing an Effective Synopsis ~ Sarah Rosetti

When: 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA

Cost: $25 M, $40 NM

FMI + Bookings: KSP Writers’ Centre, WA OR email OR phone (08) 9294 1872

Saturday 19 February

Activate your passivity: the uses and abuses of the passive voice ~ Charlotte Clutterbuck

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ACT Writers’ Centre

Cost: $108 M, $90 MC, $168 NM

FMI + Bookings: ACT Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 6262 9191

Saturday 5 March

The Business of Being a Writer ~ Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Steven Miller & Guests

When: 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre

Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturday 19 March

Writing Popular Fiction ~ Helene Young

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Thuringowa Library, 86 Thuringowa Drive (corner of Hinchinbrook Drive), Thuringowa Central, Qld

Cost: $85 M, $75 MC, $115 NM

Booking deadline: Friday 4 March

FMI + Bookings: Queensland Writers’ Centre OR phone (07) 3842 9922

ONLINE Events

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

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

BLOG BITE with… Tracey O’Hara

At home I cook… as little as possible, I’m not very domestic. My boys are old enough to take care of themselves.

My day job is… an Analyst Programmer for a government department.

I procrastinate by … watching movies and TV series on DVD. Though it does tend to feed my muse at the same time.

Currently reading… I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore – a 10,000 year old alien apparently. It’s the first YA book I’ve read since Harry Potter.

I write… an Urban Fantasy series called the Dark Brethren. My second book DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE comes out January 25 2011 in the US and April 1 in Australia.

Anyone leaving a comment (up until 5pm tomorrow – Saturday) will go into the draw to win a copy of Tracey’s new release Death’s Sweet Embrace.

 About Death’s Sweet Embrace

After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.

Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.

A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.

 For more about Tracey and her brillaint award-winning Dark Brethren Novels (HARPER Voyager) see her website http://www.traceyohara.com

Cruisin’ the Blog & Member’s News

5DI is open

Following the success of the first 5 Day Intensive (5DI), Romance Writers of Australia, (RWA) is running another 5 Day Intensive (5DI) Manuscript Development Workshop in 2011. The aim is to help members to polish their manuscripts and hone their writing craft under the tutelage of a published author mentor. Selection and attendance at this program does not guarantee publication.

Entries are open from January 1, 2001 until midnight January 31, 2011

See the 5DI page on the RWA website for details.

Thank you for joining us again for another week of blogs, events and news. Please take note of the 5DI information above, this is a fantastic opportunity for members.

So ‘Who’s Where and When and Who did What’. If you have any news you would like to share or have a blog event coming up you can email me anytime – cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

Special Event Notice –Updated Information

Introduction to Romance Writing Workshop

Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Monday 14 February 2011

2:00 – 3:30pm

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

Cost: $5.00, afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees. Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space as numbers are limited.

CRUISIN’ THE BLOG: ~

Where Our Members are Blogging ~

Anna Campbell ~

MON 10th January – Historical Romance Author Maggie Robinson is Anna Campbell’s guest on the Romance Bandits. Maggie will be talking about her latest release MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT and there will be prizes!

TUE 11th January – Anna is on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs with her regular monthly post.

Dark Side DownUnder ~

SUN 9th January – What’s On this week post
TUE 11th January – Good News Day
THU 13th – Magic Thursday with giveaway (well so far there have been giveaways) – Shona Husk with ‘How to Breathe Fire’ e-book

FRI 14th January – What We Are Reading
SAT 15th January – Darklight On….  Joanne Vogel

Janet Woods ~

Current blog: Stripping Your Character’s Bare

Kylie Griffin ~

MON 10th January – GUEST AUTHOR: B.A.BINNS – come meet a 2010 Golden Heart® finalist & YA author Barbara Binns!

THUR 13th January – WHO’S THAT GIRL? interview with Elisabeth Burke (from RWA®)

SAT 15th January – Paranormal Romance Blogs – continuing the “useful links” series, this time a list of blogs in this genre!

*SPECIAL GUEST* – For fans of Joss Ware (aka Colleen Gleason) mark Jan.24th in your diaries! Joss is visiting to talk about her latest release, NIGHT BETRAYED, the 4th book in the Envy Chronicles. Don’t miss it!

Sandie Hudson ~

MON 3rd January ~ Monday’s Male – Do you tailor your Heroes after anyone?

WED 5th January ~ Women on Wednesday – Women who touched my life.

FRI 7th January ~ Frantic Friday – Time to Write

RWAus Blog ~

MON 10rd January – Sandie Hudson – RWA Member’s News in Review Part 2

WED 12th January – Sandie Hudson – Author Spotlight with Bronwyn Jameson – Rugged Desire

FRI 13th January – Jenn McLeod – Blog Bites – Tracey O’Hara

SAT 14th January – Sandie Hudson – December Bestsellers List

Member who Blog Regularly ~

Blogs  our members participate on:

Harlequin Presents Blog

Historical Saga Novels

LoveCats DownUnder

Novel Adventurers

We Love YA

Word Wenches

Blogs of Interest ~

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

Rants & Ramblings ~

Rachelle Gardner has a few good posts again this week.

Bubbles from Scott Eagan ~

Scott is another one who has kick the New Year off with a selection of interesting posts.

MEMBER’S CONTESTS and GIVEAWAYS: ~

Anna Campbell ~

December/January 2011 – Backlist Bounty for the New Year!

Anna is offering  TEN lucky people a chance to win a Anna Campbell novel of their choice. If you’re unsure, please visit Anna’s Books page where you’ll find covers, blurbs and excerpts to tempt you. Just email Anna and tell her which book you’d like and why and you’re in the draw. Having all Anna’s novels I can assure you, you don’t want to miss out on this chance.

The contest closes 31st January, 2011.

Annie West ~

Annie is starting 2011 off with a Royal-Theme to her contest. Annie says whether you’re a fan of Cinderella stories or just a lover of romance, you’ll find something in her Royal Seduction Contest to tempt you.

The winner will receive:

A signed copy of Annie’s new release ‘Protected By The Prince’, plus

‘Seduced by the Prince’, an anthology of three royal stories:

‘The Prince’s Pleasure’ by Robyn Donald

‘Charming The Prince’ by Laura Wright

‘Royally Pregnant’ by Barbara McCauley

This contest runs till 9th February 2011 Australian Eastern Standard time. For more information drop by Annie’s contest page.

MEMBER’S NEWS: ~

Anna Jacobs ~

Anna had four historical romances in the top 100 sellers List and five sagas in the Family Saga top 100 list on the Amazon UK site this week. Huge congratulations Anna.

Janet Woods ~

Newly released, an original eBook from Belgrave House: Benedict’s Bride this sounds like a fantastic read.

CONTESTS for 2011 ~

Our RWA 2011 contest season is quickly coming to an end if you haven’t entered any of the contests so far we have only three left. Check the closing dates below.

Little Gem ~

Theme Gem for 2011: Garnet

Opens: 25th Dec 2010

Closes: 4th Feb 2011

First Kiss ~

Opens: Friday 31st December 2010

Closes: Friday 11th February 2011

Valerie Parv Award

Opens:  Friday February 25, 2011

Closes: Friday April 8th, 2011

See website for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ~

Monday 10 January to Friday 14 January
Sydney Summer School, Creative Writing Stage One ~ Jeni Mawter
When: 10:00am–12:00pm
Where: Sydney Writers’ Centre
Cost: $395
FMI + Bookings: Sydney Writers’ Centre OR phone (02) 9929 0088

Monday 17 January, 2011

Summer School: Summer Seduction ~ Marion Lennox

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Summer School: Novel Writing – Things I Wish I’d Known ~ Sonia Orchard

When: 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre

Cost: $120 M, $110 MC, $170 NM

Booking deadline: Monday 3 January, 2011

FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

Saturdays 22 January to 26 February, 2011

Writers Café ~ Carol Lefevre

When: 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Cost: $330

FMI + Bookings: Email OR SA Writers’ Centre & Cafes

Saturday 29 January
Blasting Through Writers Block ~ Kate Forsyth
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $105 M, $90 MC, $150 NM
FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre

Saturdays 5 February to 17 April
A Year of Novel Writing Phase One: Novelist’s Boot Camp ~ Alan Mills
When: 9:30am–12:30pm
Where: NSW Writers’ Centre
Cost: $640 M, $545 MC, $900 NM

FMI + Bookings: NSW Writers’ Centre
Sunday 6 February
Writing Dramatic Dialogue ~ John Harman
When: 9:30am–4:30pm
Where: Grevillea Room, University of WA
Cost: $169
FMI + Bookings: University of WA

Monday 14 February 2011

Introduction to Romance Writing Workshop

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: Miranda Library 31 Wandella Rd

Cost: $5.00 afternoon tea will be provided to all attendees.

Unleash your inner Romeo and Juliet with the help of talented romance authors Annie West & Cathleen Ross. Bring along a pen, notepad and amorous imagination!

FMI: Please call Miranda Library on 9524 8217 to book a space as numbers are limited.

Saturdays 19 February to 25 June
Popular Fiction ~ PD Martin
When: 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre
Cost: $600 M, $560 MC, $670 NM
Booking deadline: 2 February, 2011
FMI + Bookings: Victorian Writers’ Centre OR (03) 9094 7855

ONLINE Events

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

That rounds it up for another week. Congratulations to everyone who had good news to share this week. Don’t forget to support our bloggers.

Happy Reading

Sandie

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