Cruisin’ with RWA

Happy Australia Day!

Today our nation celebrates all the wonderful achievements of our people and what we can be proud of as a nation. It’s the day for us to gather together, share a prawn or two on the barbie and enjoy the great outdoors. Clint has been doing some research this week and has found some interesting facts which he has shared in Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane. Stay safe this Australia Day.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

January 27 – Blog Bites: Karly Lane  – Kerri Williams

January 28 – New Releases – Sandie Hudson

January 29 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

January 30 – Author Spotlight on Anne Gracie – Juliet Madison

February 1 – Face 2 Face – Jane Quick

February 2 – 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

Liz Fielding’s LITTLE BOOK OF WRITING ROMANCE has just been released.
This is a straightforward primer for anyone wanting to write romance.

Kylie Griffin’s VENGEANCE BORN due out in Canada and the USA on February 7.

Vonnie Hughes has her regency historical MR. MONFORT’S MARRIAGE being released by e-press, Musa Publishing on January 27.

  • New contract

Share the 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.

  • Top Sellers

Celebrate your top selling novel by sharing rankings, reviews, covers and short blurbs with our blog followers.

  • Book Reviews

A 4/5 review for Rachel John’s ONE PERFECT NIGHT over at the Book Binge blog.

A review of Anna Jacobs’ MISTRESS OF MARYMOOR over at Mission: Romance.

The winners of the 14th Annual Silicon Valley RWA GOTCHA Contest have been announced.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

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

January 26 – Magic Thursday: Nicole Murphy on Australia Day

January 27 – Australia Day Special with Astrid Cooper

January 22 – Weekly Overview

January 24 – Good News Day

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

January 26VENGEANCE BORN countdown …  quote from the novel.

January 27 – Guest blogging: Over at the Romance Bandits – I’m in the hot seat with Anna Campbell and there’s a VENGEANCE BORN giveaway!

January 28 – Cast of characters: Kalan – the hero of VENGEANCE BORN

January 31 – Topic: An Author’s Life…with Amanda Ashby – sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of some well-known authors.

January 31 – Guest blogging: Over at Regency Seductions – Bronwen Evans is my hostess and there’s a VENGEANCE BORN giveaway!

January 24 – Special guest Tracy Sumner, author of TIDES OF PASSION, awarded the National Reader’s Choice for Best Long Historical, talks about ‘Show, don’t tell.’



Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint has had a great time this week researching Australian history and a few legendary facts:


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. Helene Young
  2. Jane Quick
  3. Louise Cusack
  4. M J Scott
  5. Romance Book Paradise
  6. Paula Roe


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: Last call!

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.

  • February 11Paula Roe will be the Australian Romance Readers’ Association’s guest speaker at their 4th 
    Annual Romance Readers awards
  • February 14 – Cathleen Ross and Annie West will run a two hour Romance Writing Workshop.

Where: Willoughby Room at Chatswood Library on the Concourse.

When: 1.30 – 3.30pm and costs $15 (including afternoon tea).

FMI & Bookings: (02)99672917 or contact

Places are limited. The session is aimed as an introductory workshop for romance writing.

  • March 24 – Michael Hauge is presenting an all day seminar entitled ‘Advanced Story Mastery: Create stories that sell’
Where: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT Building 8, Level 2, Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: 9am – 6pm
FMI and Bookings:


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

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.  To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.  To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.  ~ Kahlil Gibran

Until next week.

Regards Juanita

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