Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back to Cruisin’ 2012. Enrico, Clint and I look forward to sharing your many successes, great blogs and new releases again this year. Who has a list of 2012 goals up on their blog? Let us know by dropping us an email at We’ll be there to celebrate when you achieve them.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

January 6 – A Day in the Writing Life of Anne Gracie – Suz Hamilton

January 7 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

January 8 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

January 10 – Conference 2012: Venue Information – Eleni Konstantine

January 12 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees


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.

  • RWA Volunteer of the Month

RWA values the services of their volunteers, who form a strong foundation for the organisation. The January Volunteer of the Month was awarded to RWA Judge Coordinator, Margaret Midwood. Margaret will tell you that chasing judges is a full time job. RWA runs seven contests a year and are always on the look out for judges. So whether you’re a reader or a writer or both, why not enquire as to how you can become a judge?

*Please note that all judges are required to be financial members of RWAustralia.*

Members share their new releases with us every week. Keep your TBR list up to date or share a new release with us at

Fiona Palmer’s new release THE ROAD HOME is due for release on March 28, 2012.

  • New contract

With 2011 now a happy memory, we look forward to sharing breaking news on new contracts for 2012.

  • New covers

There’s nothing we like more than a good cover. Share yours with us to advertise your latest release.

Fiona Palmer shares the new cover for THE ROAD HOME with us this week.

  • Top Sellers

Anna Jacobs was thrilled to find that the e-book re-issue of MISTRESS OF MARYMOOR continues to sell well. The historical romance set in the 18th
century has been in the top 100 historical romances at Amazon UK for most of 2011.

Antonia Marlowe’s romantic thriller, BLUE DIAMONDS made it to the top of Authonomy’s tree on January 1.

  • New blog site or web page

If you’ve recently started a blog or designed a new author website, we’d like to share it.

Sci Fi Romance, Fantasy & Time Travel Author, S E Gilchrist has updated her website with new icons on the ‘Books’ page. Photos of artwork done by Ms Gilchrist and her daughter lend an original and personal touch to the web page.

This is a great spot to remind you about RWA’s contests. You’ll find more information on these in the Cruisin’ for Contests section. Submissions open on January 6 for the LITTLE GEMS ANTHOLOGY.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at:

January 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY

January 11 – Changes to Wednesdays

January 16 – Regency Courtship – Danielle Lisle

January 1Welcome 2012 – hello to the New Year!

 January 2Review from Fresh Fiction – 2012 starts off well for VENGEANCE BORN!

 January 2DarkSiders Reading Challenge 2012 – Do you enjoy reading paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, fantasy, and/or steampunk romances? Come find some new or some old favorites among the DarkSide authors during 2012.

 January 3 – TOPIC: In a galaxy far, far away…with Jenna McCormick – the first in a series promoting science-fiction romance and the authors who enjoy writing it! –

 January 5 – GUEST AUTHOR: Vonnie Hughes – come find out more about LETHAL REFUGE, a romantic suspense and Vonnie’s latest release.

 January 7 – TOPIC: An Author’s Life…with Anna Campbell – the first in a series of sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of some well known authors.

 January 10 – GUEST BLOGGER: Lousie Cusack – “New Year’s Resolution – from unpublished to published…”

 January 12 – Gearing up for Release Day… – with VENGEANCE BORN‘s release day just around the corner, here’s the program of events for my blog tour.

Goals for 2012

 Bestselling thriller author Jon Land discusses his first nonfiction book  BETRAYAL released by Forge


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

With January galloping along nicely, it will be February before we know it. I’ve had Clint out and about scouting up some ideas for Valentine’s Day 2012:


Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Alison Stuart
  2. Bronwen Evans
  3. Cassandra Cornell
  4. Denise Rossetti
  5. Eleni’s Tavern
  6. Fiona Lowe


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

RBY 2012 is now open for entries

Little Gems 6 January – 27 January 2012

First Kiss 20 January – 17 February 2012

Valerie Parv Award 23 April – 4 May 2012 (or until contest fills)


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

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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