Cruisin’ with RWA

The turkey’s trussed, the ham’s ordered and the Christmas cake is fermenting nicely in preparation for baking day. Time to sit back and relax in the lead in to Christmas with a few good reads. Drop us an email to share your Christmas news and blog spots at


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.

Cathleen Ross has recently published ICE PRINCESS, a short story now available on Amazon. (Warning: mature content)

Margareta Osborn celebrates the release of BELLA’S RUN by Random House, Australia on March 1, 2012.

  • New contract

We’ll help you celebrate! Email us the good news and share it with our readers.

  • New covers

View the cover of Margareta Osborn’s BELLA’S RUN on her Fan Page.

  • Re-releases

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

  • New blog site or web page

Have you given your website a makeover or designed a new one? Share your link with us.

Elize K. Ackers celebrated this week with her manuscript SMALL TOWN STORM, a second place winner of the 2010 RWA First Kiss Competition, receiving the following awards:

First Place in Romantic Suspense category – First Coast Romance Writers “2011 Unpublished Beacon Award“.

First Place in Mystery/Suspense category – ChickLit Writers of the World “Stiletto Contest”.  

First Place in Romantic Suspense category – Heartland Romance Authors “Show Me The Spark!” contest.

Elize is eagerly awaiting the results of the Florida Romance Writers, Inc “Golden Palm” contest in which the manuscript is a finalist in the Single Title category.

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:

The JUST ROMANCE ME Jingle Bell blog hop has started. Go into the draw to win a Kindle Fire and other prizes.

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

December 17 – Darklight On … Tracey O’Hara

December 18 – Weekly Overview

December 20 – Good News Day

December 21 – Winner announced of  A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS

December 22 –  Magic Thursday – Nicola E. Sheridan with a giveaway of MIMOSA BLACK

December 23 – What We Are Reading – compiled by Shona Husk

There will be no Darklight On…  on Christmas Eve and DSDU will be having a break (other than a couple of posts) between December 24 and January 7.

December 19 – A Regency Christmas – Bronwyn Stuart

January 9 – Laws of Old England – Sheridan Kent

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

December 13 – The Carousel Race – another light-hearted moment of insanity.

December 17 – CRAFT: What are tag lines? – what are they and how important are they really on the front cover of a book?

December 20 – The Christmas Shopping List – my recommendations for book purchases this Christmas.

December 24 – It’s Christmas Eve! Keep safe & have a great Christmas!!!

December 25 – Merry Christmas – a message to one and all.

December 26 – It’s Boxing Day! – Aussie traditions & childhood memories for this time of year.

December 29 – My Holiday Reading List – Maybe you’ll find a couple from mine to add to yours!

December 31 – ROFL Moment – For fans of the movie, Ghostbusters!

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.

From December 2 – The Roses of Prose is featuring a progressive story for the month December. Each 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 18 – On the eve of the release of ONE PERFECT NIGHT we are Getting to Know Rachael Johns


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

The merry group of web volunteers blogging for RWA:

December 16 – Blog Bites with Liz Fielding – Kerri Williams

December 17 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

December 18 – RWA Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

December 21 – Hearts Talk Archives: Karina Bliss (Superromance) – Sandra Harris

December 22 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

To keep Clint out of mischief this week, I sent him Christmas shopping. Here’s what he came back with:


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:

Christina Phillips

Eleni’s Taverna

Elisabeth Rose

Helene Young

Historical Belles and Beaus

Historical Saga Novels


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.


 Keeping up Appearances

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


RWA Notices /Events

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


Enrico’s quote of the week

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don’t clean it up too quickly.  ~Andy Rooney

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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