Cruisin’ with RWA

Three more sleeps!! Share your romantic Christmas stories and New Year Resolution blog sites with us next week by dropping us an email at We have a festive roundup for you this week with a sleigh full of new releases and good news.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

A Christmas message from our group of Merry Webbers:

Blogmistress: Diane Curran

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the RWA blog this year as part of the blog team, in an author spotlight, bitten by blog bites or as a guest blogger. Merry Christmas to all our members and readers.

Blog Editor: Jenn J McLeod

The RWA Blog is going from strength to strength thanks to all those who posted, commented or shared. (Many of you gave something away too, from books to a little secret about themselves or their success.)

Thank you for your support.

While as writers we are into words, I thought you might be interested in a few numbers.

To date, over 43 wonderful writerly topics, the RWA Blog has:
698 fabulous posts published (699 including this one) attracting some 1,500 comments.

So here’s to 2012. May it be the best blogging year!

Author Spotlight with Juliet Madison:

A huge thank you to all the authors who participated in RWA’s Author Spotlight in 2011, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and sharing in your successes. Thanks also to everyone who takes the time to read the interviews and leave comments, your participation is much appreciated.
Author Spotlight will be back on January 16, and many great authors are already lining up to take part.
I wish all of you a happy and healthy Christmas and hope your writing dreams come true in the new year!

A Day in the Writing Life of… Suz Hamilton

To everyone who so kindly participated and shared a Day in their Writing Life on our blog this year, thank you from the web team. DWL will return on Friday, 6th January 2012. A Merry Xmas and safe holiday season to all.

Bestsellers List: Tamara Gill

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year.

Cruisin’ with RWA: Juanita Kees

Enrico, Clint and I would like to thank all those who have shared their blog calendars, blogs of interest and good news. We enjoy celebrating and sharing the successes and great reads with you. A special thank you goes to all the RWA Members and volunteers who make every post special and whose ongoing support and encouragement continues to inspire us all. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas. We’ll be back on December 29 with more news, so please keep sending us your links.

New Releases: Sandie Hudson

Thank you to all our RWAustralia members who gave of their time and experience on the blog during the year via A Writer’s Life, Author Spotlight and Blog Bites. To our members who generously allowed us to use their articles from past Hearts Talk for our Hearts Talk Archive section, thank you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to share their news for Cruisin’. To our readers a big thank you for your continued support and comments.

I’d like to give a Special Thanks to my Blog Angels who, without their hard work, none of this would be achieved.

From my family to yours, may you all have a very Merry Christmas. May 2012 bring you oodles of words to start or finish your dream manuscript.

Season Greetings to you all, Sandie.

Hearts Talk Archives: Sandra Harris

To all our members, have a wonderful time with family and friends this Christmas and New Year. Thank you to our numerous and talented members for permitting the insightful articles they penned for Hearts Talk magazine to be refreshed on the Hearts Talk Archives. Thank you to our blog readers for their support and comments during the year.

Don’t forget the ‘orphans’ out there who might be spending Christmas alone. Round ’em up, rope them in and wrap them in good will.

Merry Christmas,  Sandy.

HT Liaison: Eleni Konstantine

 Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? And what a year it has been in RWA. Lots of great news, new faces, and wonderful blogs here. I wanted to thank everyone for supporting RWAus. Please have a safe and fantabulous Christmas and New Year period. Happy Writing!

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.

Janet Woods has recently released a collection of short stories as an e-book. ROMANTIC INTERLUDES published by Belgrave House contains 14 previously published short stories, and includes a novella.

Vonnie Hughes’s  latest traditional regency, THE SECOND SON is now available on Amazon.

  • New contract

Danielle Lisle has accepted a contract with Total-E-Bound for THE ROSES BLOOM.

Maggi Andersen has two new contracts for next year A BARON IN HER BED (Regency-set historical romance) and THE FOLLY AT FALCONBRIDGE HALL (Victorian mystery romance) with Knox Robinson Publishing.

  • New covers

View the cover of Janet Woods’s ROMANTIC INTERLUDES at Belgrave House.

  • Re-releases

THE RELUCTANT MARQUESS, a Georgian romance by Maggi Andersen, has been re-issued. An Amazon bestseller for several months, it is due for release on March 8, 2012.

  • Reviews

Kylie Griffin received a huge grin-inducing review from Publishers Weekly on VENGEANCE BORN.

  • New blog site or web page

Louise Forster has revamped her website.  Read the opening two chapters of FINDING VERONICA and keep up to date with news and release dates for FINDING KATHERINE.

Janine Rowe has revamped her website where she blogs monthly on psychic phenomena. Janine writes Fantasy Romance novels and Happiness books.

Danielle Lisle is a runner-up in the Erotic section of the HeRA ‘Show me the Spark’ contest with her entry MS, THE VIRGIN AT GOODRICH HALL.


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:

December 19 – The Affair de Coeur blog     

December 22 – At the Ballroom Blog

Anne Gracie will be blogging about her new book, BRIDE BY MISTAKE at the following places.

Drop in to leave a comment and you’ll be in the draw for a copy of BRIDE BY MISTAKE.

December 27The Season for Romance

December 29The Romance Dish

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

The characters of THE CREATOR GODS have varying degrees of psychic abilities so Janine blogs monthly on each one. Her December blog is about ‘Intuition’.

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!


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint’s Christmas message:

Wishing all our readers a joyous festive season. Please come back next year with some interesting blog links to keep me entertained. I hope you’ve enjoyed Cruisin’ with us in 2011.

  • What Writers Say About Christmas & Santa Claus – Quotes


Enrico’s Pick Six

Enrico’s Christmas message:

Hola! I hope you have enjoyed my Pick Six choices every week. I’ll be back in 2012 to chauffeur the Cruisin’ blog. Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Wishing you safe and happy motoring this festive season. Feliz Navidad!

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

If You Must Write

Talk Back by JQ

Janet Woods

Jenn J McLeod

Juliet Madison

M J Scott


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

RBY 2012 is now open for entries

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

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,

for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away

like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.

The good you do for others is good you do yourself…

~Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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1 Comment

  1. Huge thanks to all the RWA team for their hard work all year.
    And best wishes to everyone for the holiday season.
    Looking forward to reading more in 2012.


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