Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back to another great line-up of good news and great blogs. Clint is looking for some suggestions on romantic places to visit for Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane next week. Can you help him? If so, please leave him a comment when you’re done reading all the news he and Enrico have gathered this week.

Drop us an email at if you have exciting blogs, events or news to share.


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

February 1 – Meeting Point with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Critique Group – Jane Quick

February 3 – A Day in the Writing Life of Margaret Midwood– Suz Hamilton

February 4 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Eleni Konstantine

February 5 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

February 8 – Group Grants Blog – Janette

February 9 – 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

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

  • Book Reviews

A review of Rachael John’s ONE PERFECT NIGHT over at Mission: Romance.

Congratulations to the winners of the RWA STALI contest as judged by Ali Watts of Penguin Australia:

1. Diane Hester

2. Imelda Evans

3. Claire Boston

Thank you to judge Ali Watts, Gayle Ash who coped well with the multitude of technical issues and Lis Hoorweg, our tireless contest co-ordinator.

Congratulations to the Emerald Award 2012 second round placegetters:

  1. Elise Ackers
  2. Charmaine Atalla
  3. Lee Christine
  4. Tina Marie Clark
  5. Carolyn De Ridder
  6. Kew Gibson
  7. Bernice Greenham
  8. Kristie Jones
  9. Jennifer St George x 2

Thank you to Leisl Leighton, Section Manager.

Thanks also goes to judge co-ordinator, Margaret Midwood.


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

“This week on Friday Feast I’m thrilled to host Helen Lacey, whose gorgeous Harlequin Special Edition debut, MADE FOR MARRIAGE, released this month. Helen’s talking about heroes who cook (sigh!) and sharing a delicious dessert. Blog commenters not only have a chance to win a copy of MADE FOR MARRIAGE, they also go into the grand prize draw for a $50 Amazon voucher and silver Pandora bracelet. Not to be missed! Thanks, Cathryn”

February 2 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Shona Husk with giveaway of Brightwater Blood

February 5  – Weekly Overview

February 6 – Winner of Shona Husk’s giveaway announced

February 7 – GOOD NEWS DAY

February 8 – A BITE OF…with Christina Phillips

February 9 – MAGIC THURSDAY ~ Japanese Shape Shifting Animals with Peta Crake

Blogs on interesting facts out of history with the team of Historical writers.

February 1 –  ‘Dear Reader’ letter for VENGEANCE BORN – over at the Berkley Paranormal & UF blog. –

February 1VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet from the book.

February 2VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet 2

February 3VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet 3

February 4  – VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet 4

February 5 – VENGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting the ARRA blog

February 5VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet 5

February 6VENGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at Mel Teshco’s blog

February 6 VENGEANCE BORN countdown … snippet 6

February 6 – GUEST AUTHOR: Lynne Marshall – interview with HMB medical author.

February 7VENGEANCE BORN – Release Day

February 10 VENGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at The Qwillery

 For readers and writers alike – Alli Sinclair blogs about an old theatre in Argentina that has been renovated into one of the world’s most elegant bookstores.

Rachael runs Theory on Thursday with guest authors who share their craft tips, pain, passion and joy on writing.

“For the month of February we’re heading out into the country with some great Aussie authors and amazing giveaways. Swing by each week and tell us what you love most about rural Australia.”
February 4 – In the Back Paddock with Karly Lane, giving away a copy of NORTH STAR to one lucky commenter.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Where would you like Clint to go next week? He’s getting itchy feet, feeling the need to travel. This week he’s been looking at libraries of the world:


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. Rachael Johns
  2. S.E Gilchrist
  3. Tamara Gill
  4. Valerie Parv
  5. We Love YA
  6. Anita Joy


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: Entries now closed.

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.

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 27 – ‘Behind the Scenes with Anna Jacobs’ – talk with books for sale and signing.

Where: Wanneroo Library, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo WA 6065

When: 11am

FMI & Bookings: (08) 9405 5900


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

Ah me! love cannot be cured by herbs.  ~ Ovid

From the Quote Garden


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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