Contract News

S.E Gilchrist has just signed a three book deal with Escape Publishing for the Darkon series. Congratulations S.E.

New Member

On 14th June 2014, we welcomed a new member into our fold…Lee Christine. For further details of Lee and her writing please check out her member page. Lovely to have you here with us Lee.

A Slew of Awesome News from various Members

Okay, I’ve been slack on the updating of our blog and now I’ve got quite a lot of good news to trumpet in relation to our members. So here goes in member first name alphabetical order:

Amanda, writing as Tea Cooper, has re-released her book, Passionfruit & Poetry with a lovely new cover. She’s also received a contract for Lily’s Leap, from Escape Publishing and a July 2014 release has been scheduled.

Ann has several new releases. Taming the Outback and Irish Seduction have been re-released with lovely new covers. Her latest release, Two for One (The Club) was published in March 2014.

Deb has been given an anticipated release date of Nov / Dec for her latest book in her Australian historical series.

Erica has had several new releases: My Bloody Valentine (a short story anthology by various writers), Hunter’s Heart and her latest release, Scorched was released by Harper Collins 22May2014.

Erin is a finalist in the RWA Emerald Single Title Award. She has also received her first contract. Her book, The Knight of Castle Kildare, will be released by Destiny Romance on 16June 2014.

 Mary, writing as Marianne Theresa, has had her erotic short story, Hidden Passions, released as a bundle pack (my short story is also included in the same bundle).

Sarah has received another contract and her book, Deadly Secrets, has been released by Escape Publishing on 1Jun2014.

Stacey has retrieved her rights back on her YA series and has received a new contract with Harper Collins with scheduled release dates of August and October this year.

Congratulations ladies. Actually, I’d like to say congratulations and well done to all of our members for working towards their individual writing goals. We are an awesome bunch.

Covers will be posted on the home page.

New Release

Congratulations to Lauren K McKellar on the re;ease of her new novel, The Problem with Crazy.

RWA 2013  Best Romance Cover

S.E Gilchrist with  Best Sci-Fi Romance Cover with ‘AWAKENING the WARRIORS’

S.E Gilchrist’s First Author Talk

Our member S.E Gilchrist’s first author talk was held on the 13th February 2014 at Signleton Library, in the company of Michelle Douglas and Kaz Delaney. S.E delivered an interesting and entertaining talk on her latest novel  ‘Star Pirate’s Justice’. S.E kept the audience captivated with the excerpt she read from her novel.

A wonderful night was had by all. A big thank you to the staff at Signleton Library for their hospitality.

New Release – Star Pirate’s Justice

S.E Gilchrist has a brand new erotic Si-fi novel due out and the 1st February.

‘Star Pirate’s Justice’ is the fourth novel in her Darkon series, about a dark and delicious alien race on a desperate quest for survival — and the human women who can cure their years-long curse.

RWA Emerald Long – Second Round

Great news again for our HRW members. Both Erin Moira O’Hara and Kerrie Paterson have reached the second round RWA Emerald Long contest. Well done girls and best of luck with the next round

RWA Emerald-Short Contest

Hitting the ground running this year, our member, Erin Moira O’Hara has reached the second round of the RWA Emerald-Short Contest. This is the second contest this year that Erin has found herself in the placing. Good luck Erin with the next round.

New Release – Cold Fear

Another member of our group, the lovely Suzanne Brandyn has indie published a suspense with a touch of romance. Cold Fear is available now on most e-tailors. Congratulations Suz!

4 Book Contract

Our lovely and quiet, Stacey Nash, has signed up with Entranced Publishing for a 4 book deal in a YA Sci Fi series, The Collective. Still smiling for you, Stace.

And The Good News Keeps Coming

Erin Moira O’Hara has finalled in the New Zealand Romance Writers, Strictly Single contest. Woohoo! Erin, you are on a roll. Well done  and all the best for the final round.

Another Awesome Contest Result – RWA 2013 Ripping Start Contest

Another lovely HRW member, Kerrie Ptolemy, has finalled in the RWA 2013 Ripping Start contest and her ms is off to the judges for placement. Congratulations Kerrie and we wish you good luck for the next round.

New Members

Our meeting in October saw two new members join us for our editing workshop run by Annie Seaton. Welcome Lauren McKellar and Sarah Barrie – we hope you’ll stick around.

Contest Results – RWA 2013 Emerald Single Title Award

I’m very proud to announce one of our member’s achievement in this year’s RWA 2013 Emerald Award. Erin has scored 3rd place with her ms, The Italian Connection. Congratulations Erin!

New Member – Ann B Harrison

Our meeting on 20th July 2013, officially saw our latest member, Ann B Harrison, signing on the dotted line. We are very pleased to welcome Ann into our group. Ann is published with Breathless Press and also Indie published. There is more info on Ann on her member page.

1st July 2013 – New Release

Today, Tea Cooper had yet another release. Matilda’s Freedom was released today by Escape Publishing a digital first arm of Harlequin. Congratulations, Tea!

17th June 2013 – New Release

Back again with another release for Tea Cooper. An Australian contemporary romance, Passionfruit and Poetry was published today by Crimson Romance and is available in e-book format. Awesome news, Tea!

14th June 2013 – New Release

Our prolific member, Tea Cooper has another release today. A Winning Streak, is a novella set in Ancient Greece and is published by Breathless Press and is availabe now in e-book format. Congratulations, Tea!

15th May 2013 – New Release

Our member, Suzanne Brandyn indie published her suspense novel with romantic elements, Outback Fear, today. Outback Fear is available through the major e-tailors. Congratulations, Suzanne!

6th May 2013 – Contest News

Fabulous news for our member, Erin Moira O’Hara who has been declared one of the three finalists in RWAust 2013 Emerald Single Title Contest. Congratulations, Erin and good luck with the next round.

3rd May 2013 – New Release

Our member, Tea Cooper’s latest book, The Protea Boys, was published today by Breathless Press. The Protea Boys is a contemporary Australian rural romance and is available from the major e-tailors (Amazon, iTunes, Kobo etc) as well as from the publisher’s web site. Congratulations, Tea!

1st May 2013 – New Release

Our member S E Gilchrist’s latest e-book, Awakening the Warriors was published today by Escape Publishing. Awakening the Warriors is an erotic, sci fi short story and is available from the major e-tailors (Amazon, iTunes, Kobo etc) as well as from the publisher’s web site.

25th April 2013 – Contract News

An awesome announcement today by our member, Stacey Nash for her first / debut writing contract. Stacey has received a contract offer from Entranced Publishing for her YA novel, Forget-me-not. Release date to be advised.  Congratulations, Stacey!

5th to 7th April 2013 – Newcastle Writers Festival

Our member, Deborah Challinor, historian and historical author, will be present as a guest author at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival.

10th March 2013 – Cover Reveal

Our member, Suzanne Brandyn, has revealed the cover for her next release, Outback Fear and its gorgeous.  Suzanne intends to indie e-publish this romantic suspence book with an anticipated release date of 15th May 2013. Please refer to Suzanne’s website for further details.

5th March 2013 – Publishing News

Today is release day for Erica Hayes’ second book in her Seven Signs series, Redemption. Published by Berkley Sensation, this book is available in paperback and as an e-book. Please refer to Erica’s website for further details.

1st March 2013 – Publishing News

Today marks the release day for S E Gilchrist’s short, erotic, sci-fi romance, The Portal, published by Escape Publishing. The Portal is set in the same world as Legend Beyond the Stars and is again, an e-publication available from most e-seller sites.

14th February 2013 – Publishing News

Today, S E Gilchrist indie published her second e-book, Bound by Lies.   It’s the second book in ‘A Bound Erotic Fantasy’ series set in a pre-medieval world and available now from most e-seller sites. Her cover is made by Maryde.

25th January 2013 – Publishing News

Our member, Erin Moira O’Hara, indie e-published her short, love story, An Irish Rose, today. Congratulations Erin on this fabulous achievement.  An Irish Rose is available from most e-book sellers.  Please refer to Erin’s website for further details.

22nd January 2013 – Contest News

Wow, this is going to be a fabulous year for our members, I can feel it. Starting off on the contest circuit we have two members who have made the cut for Round 2 in the RWAustralia Emerald Contest. Congratulations to : Erin Moira O’Hara and Kerrie Paterson. We’re cheering you guys on & wishing you all the best for the next step.

Ist January 2013 – Publishing News

Our member, Marianne Theresa, saw her debut release, Hidden Passions being published by Momentum Publishing on 1st January 2013. Available now from Amazon with other e-sellers to follow. Fabulous news, MT.

28th December 2013 – Publishing News

On 28th December 2012, S E released her first self-published e-book. Bound by Love is an erotic, fantasy novella and is available from Smashwords now. It will be available from most other e-book sellers soon.

1st November 2012 New Zealand & 1st December 2012 Australia

Our very own historian, Deborah Challinor’s next book has been released in New Zealand and will be available in Australia, next month December 2012. Congratulations Deb and what a wonderful cover. Published by Harper Collins, Behind the Sun, is available in any good book stores as well as on Amazon.

28th August 2012 – Publishing News

On 28 August 2012, Erica released her first self-published book, a sexy vampire romance novella, Hunter’s Blood. It is available from Amazon. Revelation, the first book in the Seven Signs series by Erica Hayes, will be released by Berkley Sensation on 2nd October 2012. It is available for pre-ordering now. Congratulations, Erica. 15th August 2012 – Publishing News In November, Momentum, the new digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia will be releasing a series of 13 erotic short stories as part of an anthology by new and established Australian romance writers. We are very pleased to say two of our members, Marianne Theresa and S.E Gilchrist have been signed to be part of this new adventure.

11th August 2012 – Contest News

Congratulations to the following members for their recent contest achievements : *  Erin O’Hara, writing as Erin Moira O’Hara with her single title romantic suspense ms, The Italian Connection. Erin has finalled and received Highly Commended in the Romantic Suspense section of the New Zealand Romance Writers 2012 Clendon Contest. Also, she has finalled and received a Honorary Mention in the East Texas Chapter of RWA 2012 Southern Heat Writing Contest with this same manuscript. Congratulations! Well done, Erin. *  Suzanne Hamilton, writing as S E Gilchrist with her novella ms Bound by Love, has been placed 2nd in the Fantasy/Futuristic/Sci Fi Category of RWA Passionate Ink’s 2012 On the Stroke of Midnight Contest. This ms has also recently finalled in Music City Romance Writers 2012 Minuet of Love contest. Suzanne’s single title ms, Beyond Aquarius, has received a Honorary Mention in the East Texas Chapter of RWA 2012 Southern Heat Writing Contest in the Paranormal category.

30th June 2012

Congratulations to our member, Erica Hayes for her new release, Cherry Kisses which has been published by St Martins Press in a new hot urban anthology, Hex Appeal. Available from 2Jun2012 from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Hope it sells heaps, Erica. My apologies for the late notice. Also a pre-shout out for Erica’s next novel due to be released 2nd October 2012, Revelations. 11th June 2012 Huge Congratulation to S.E Gilchrist who has finalled in the Paranormal Section Stroke of Midnight for her novel Bound by Love.

15th May 2012

Posting this late, my sincere apologies BUT congratulations are in order to our member, Suzanne Brandyn for her new romantic suspense release Eyes of a Stranger. Well done, Suz — hope it sells heaps. Available now, from Eternal Press and most on-line book stores. Visit our member’s blog for further details : or

8th March 2012

Today is release day for : Forgotten Memories a romantic suspense story by Suzanne Brandyn. Available from Eternal Press and most on-line book stores. Visit our member’s blog for further details : or 7th September 2011 Another stop press news : One of our members, Suzanne Brandyn has announced she has been offered a two book deal with Eternal Press for a romantic suspense and a contemporary romance with suspenseful elements. Congratulations, Suz. 31st August 2011 Congratulations to Erica on her new publishing contract for her new paranormal series. Congratulations to Deborah for completion of her next historical book in her new series which has been sent off to her publisher. Congratulations to Heather for the successful self-publishing of her latest Regency novels. For further information, please visit these members’ personal websites.


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