Cruisin’ with RWA

What a great week it’s been. 2012 has started off with loads of good news and new contracts to celebrate. Drop us an email at to share your good news.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

January 20 – A Day in the Writer’s Life of Rhian Cahill – Suz Hamilton

January 21 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

January 22 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

January 24 – Guest Blog with Anne Gracie

January 26 – 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.

  • New releases

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

  • New contract

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

Iris Leach has signed with Musa Publishing for the first book in the Sebastian Hawk Mysteries Series IF I SHOULD DIE.

Alison Stuart is thrilled to announce that GATHER THE BONES has been accepted by Lyrical Press. The release date will be announced soon.

  • New covers

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

Suzanne Brandyn is sharing her new cover with us this week. FORGOTTEN MEMORIES, a Romantic Suspense, is due for release on March 7 through Eternal Press.

  • Reviews

Kylie Griffin’s VENGEANCE BORN received a 5 star Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews.

  • 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.

  •  Contest Finalists

The finalists have been announced in the annual Australian Romance Readers Award.


 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.

  • January 24 – Loretta Hill is scheduled to do a book signing of her second book THE GIRL IN STEEL-CAPPED BOOTS at Dymocks in Hay Street, Perth at 12.30pm
  • February 11 – Paula Roe will be the Australian Romance Readers’ Association’s guest speaker at their 4th Annual Romance Readers awards. 

Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

January 20 – Paranormal and fantasy romance author Shona Husk celebrates the January 31 release of her paranormal romance novella BRIGHTWATERBLOOD in style on this week’s Friday Feast with a brownie recipe to die for.

January 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY – Mel Teshco with SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES giveaway

January 20 – What We Are Reading compiled by Shona Husk

January 21 – New column: Enchanted Orb ~ Rowena Cory Daniells

January 22 – Weekly Overview

January 23 – Winner of Mel’s giveaway announced

January 24 – GOOD NEWS DAY

January 25 – New column: A Bite of…The Ice Princess by Cathleen Ross

January 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy on Australia Day

January 23 – Everyday Life in the Georgian Era – Maggi Andersen

January 30 – Wool Crafts from Eras Gone By – Mary deHaas

January 19 – VENGEANCE BORN Countdown … a quote from the novel.

January 21 – Cast of characters: Annika – the heroine of VENGEANCE BORN

January 24 – Topic: An Author’s Life…with Maree Anderson – sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of some well-known authors.

January 24 – Guest blogging over at Helene Young’s blog – VENGEANCE BORN blog tour begins and there’s a copy of the book up for grabs

January 26 – VENGEANCE BORN Countdown … a quote from the novel.



Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint’s been looking at romantic movies to watch this week in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Here’s what he found:

What was your favourite romantic movie of all time? Leave Clint a comment below.


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. Wink Girls
  2. Annie Seaton
  3. Christina Phillips
  4. Historical Saga Novels
  5. Janet Woods
  6. Mel Teshco


Cruisin’ for Contests

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

RBY 2012 is now open for entries. Entries close February 3.

Little Gems 6 January – 27 January 2012 now open for entries. Less than a week left for submissions, so hurry!

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.

  • Fantasy Faction is launching a fantasy writing contest on February 1, 2012.
  • The First Annual Lyrical Press How Lyrical is Your Romance? Entries will be accepted from January 16 through February 5, 2012. This contest is open to both published and unpublished authors. (Forwarding permission granted)


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 Events and Conferences

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


Enrico’s quote of the week

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.  ~Mother Teresa

Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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