Cruisin’ with RWA

Santa’s gearing up for the festive season as lights, decorations and trees go up and Christmas stockings begin to overflow with wishlists. We have a collection of new releases to add to your TBR wishlist this week as well as member blogs with great giveaways in time for Christmas.

What are you blogging about in the lead up to the Holiday Season? Share your festive blogs with us by emailing


Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news! Congratulations to all our members on their milestones this week.

TALL POPPIES by Janet Woods has been released a month early in time for Christmas.

The e-book edition of QUEST, the first in the fantasy series by Shannah Jay is now available at Amazon as is Shannah’s thriller/romance ENVOY.

Rachael Johns has sold her single title contemporary to Harlequin. JILTED will be a June 2012 release.

Annie Seaton’s Steampunk book, WINTER OF THE PASSION FLOWER is due for release on March 19, 2012.

  • New contract

Annie Seaton has recently signed a contract with Musa Publishing for her second book BLIND LUST, a paranormal romance novella.

  • New covers

New covers are always exciting news, so share your sneak peek with a link or a jpeg.

  • Re-releases

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

  • New blog site or web page

Louise Forster has given her website a lift for the Christmas Season. Read the new review page as well as the first 2 chapters of FINDING VERONICA now available for download for Kindle.

Congratulations to the winners of the High Five Contest:

1st:  Cornelia (Lia) Kamp
2nd:  Melissa Smith
3rd:  Bernice Greenham

A very big thank you goes to final judge, Charles Griemsman of Harlequin and High Five Contest Manager, Deb Bennetto.

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:

Cathryn’s Friday Feast guest is Harlequin Desire author Paula Roe. Paula shares the gourmet delights of cruise ship dining with a giveaway of a calendar to one lucky commenter. But not just any calendar. This one’s of a real feast for the eyes – NSW firefighters, shirtless and all!

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

December 10 – Darklight On …
Jess Anastasi

December 11 – Weekly Overview

December 13 – Good News Day

December 15 – Magic Thursday – Jenny Schwartz with a giveaway of A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS

December 17 – Darklight On …
Tracey O’Hara

December 12 – The Grinch that Stole Christmas – Alison Stuart

December 19 – A Regency Christmas – Bronwyn Stuart

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

December 11 – Tracy Sumner giveaway winners announced

December 13 – The Carousel Race – another ROFL moment.

December 17 – What are tag-lines? What are they? And how do they impact a book?

Louise Cusack offers tips for writers over at her blog regularly. This week’s blog gives helpful tips on ‘protecting your work’.

The Pocketeers are putting up an Advent Hero on their blog for each day of December until Christmas.

December 5 – An interview with Jennifer Kloester, author of the new Georgette Heyer biography plus a giveaway of Jennifer’s earlier book GEORGETT HEYER’S REGENCY WORLD.

From December 2 – The Roses of Prose is featuring a progressive story for the month December. Every day a new chapter will be posted for A HOLIDAY TO REMEMBER with each chapter written by a blog member.

To celebrate the release of ONE PERFECT NIGHT from Carina Press on December 19, Rachael has a host of Christmas authors talking about their Christmas novels and promises lots of fun and giveaways.

December 5 – Guest Author: Nina Jade Singer stopped by on her blog tour with a giveaway of SECRETS OF THE KNIGHT. Commentors following Nina’s blog tour will also go into the draw to win the grand prize of an Amazon Gift Certificate.

December 18 – Celebrating her latest novel ONE PERFECT NIGHT on the eve of its release on December 19, we are Getting to Know Rachael Johns. Please stop by and say hi to Rachael.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

The merry group of web volunteers blogging for RWA:

December 9 – Day in a Writer’s Life with Cassandra Dean – Suz Hamilton

December 11 – RWA Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

December 12 – Author Spotlight on Rachael Johns – Juliet Madison

December 15 – 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:

Yvonne Lindsay

Alison Stuart

Anita Joy

Anne Whitfield

Annie Seaton

Cathryn Brunet


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

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

When love is not madness, it is not love.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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