Cruisin’ with RWA

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? 2011 has flown by and here we are compiling our Christmas lists. Enrico hasn’t started his Christmas shopping yet, so please help him out. He would like to know which of our members have new releases coming out before Christmas. Drop us an email at and spread the festive cheer.


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.

Paula Roe’s 7th Harlequin Desire will be book #6 in Desire’s new series, THE HIGHEST BIDDER – a continuity set in a high-end auction house with fame, celebrity and secrets as the backdrop.  Release dates for the series: July-December 2012.

  • New contract

Nikki Logan has sold her 11th romance to Harlequin Romance and has contracts for three more.

  • New covers

The cover for Annie Seaton’s Steampunk book, WINTER OF THE PASSION FLOWER has arrived for the March 19, 2012 release date.

  • Book Reviews

Read the review for MJ Scott’s debut release, SHADOW KIN.

  • Re-releases

Let us know if you have a book being re-released by emailing us at

  • New blog site or web page

Noelene Jenkinson has updated her website and blog. She is also contributing to the Pocketeers blog for those who write for the People’s Friend and My Weekly Pocket Novels.

Congratulations to STALI Finalists:

Claire Boston

Tina Clark

Imelda Evans

Diane Hester

Leisl Leighton

Jennifer McGregor


 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.


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:

Has been guest blogging in various locations this week:

Getting to Know Anna Jacobs at Mission: Romance

A Writer’s Habits  and A Writer’s Processes as told to Nicole Murphy

Why Anna is addicted to stories at Australian Romance Readers

Cathleen is blogging at Michelle Stegman’s site about Writer’s Block and her latest release, HIGHLANDER, from the FORBIDDEN FANTASY series.

December 1 – Magic Thursday – Kitty Bucholtz with giveaway, LITTLE MISS LOVESICK.

December 3 – Darklight On … Michelle de Rooy

December 6 – Good News Day

December 7 – Winner of Kitty’s LITTLE MISS LOVESICK announced.

December 8 – Magic Thursday – Mythical Creatures: Angels by C.T. Green

December 10 – Darklight On … Jess Anastasi

November 28 – Pregnancy and Birth through History – Tamara Gill

December 5 – A Georgian Christmas – Suzi Love

Ten Marketing tips for authors

December 3 – Blog Highlights for 2011 – being a stat-girl, Kylie found it was a hoot checking out what blog posts – Craft, Guest Authors, special visitors etc. – ranked up there at the top during 2011. Come find out what you liked!

December 5 – GUEST AUTHOR: Wendy Marcus (contemporary & medical romance) on her blog tour to promote her latest book

December 6 – GUEST AUTHOR: Tracy Sumner (Kensington historical romance) shares her latest release, TIDES OF PASSION, and she has a giveaway up for grabs

December 8 – Cat vs. Washing Machine – another ROFL moment in the manic lead up to Christmas!

December 10 – CRAFT: Weaving character descriptions into narrative – ever wonder how to do this without making it read like a laundry list?

Noelene blogs about settings in novels this week at The Pocketeers.

December 5 – Guest Author: Nina Jade Singer stops by on her blog tour with a giveaway of  SECRETS OF THE KNIGHT.

December 6 – “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law: Apostrophe’s, Its and It’s”. Come in and say hi to Serena.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

The merry group of web volunteers blogging for RWA:

December 1 – Author Spotlight on Nicola Marsh – Juliet Madison

December 2 – Blog Bites with Bronwyn Stuart – Kerri Williams

December 3 – Hearts Talk Wrap Up – Eleni Konstantine

December 4 – RWA Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

December 7 – Meeting Point with…The Erotic E-Loop – Jane Quick

December 8 – 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:

Valerie Parv

We Love YA

Wink Girls

Word Wenches

Write on Track – Diane Curran

Writing up a Storm


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

 October 28 – November 25, 2011     Emerald Award (Contest submissions closed)

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.



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

“Infatuation is when you think he’s as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners.  Love is when you realize that he’s as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford – but you’ll take him anyway.”  ~Judith Viorst, Redbook, 1975

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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