Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to yet another edition of Cruisin’ with RWA. We have loads of exciting news this week and some great reasons to celebrate.

Clint has taken off into the sunset in search of blogs that might interest our writers and followers. He needs your help otherwise he’s going to be wandering around aimlessly for days! If you have any Blogs of Interest to share, please drop us an email at Don’t forget to check out Keeping up Appearances section for some exciting in-person events. And now to the good stuff:


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

February 10 – Blog Bites with Nicole Hurley-Moore – Kerrie Williams

February 12 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

February 14 – 2012 Conference Announcement – Eleni Konstantine

February 15 – Hearts Talk Archives – Kristin Meagher

February 16 – 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


Kylie Griffin’s VENGEANCE BORN has arrived on the US & UK markets!


Elise McCune’s new release THE MIRROR IN THE GARDEN is now available on Amazon.


On February 15 Louise Cusack’s romantic fantasy trilogy SHADOW THROUGH TIME will be released digitally by Macmillan and will be available wherever eBooks are sold:

Destiny of the Light: Shadow Through Time 1

Daughter of the Dark: Shadow Through Time 2

Glimmer in the Maelstrom: Shadow Through Time 3

  • New contract

Share the breaking news on new contracts for 2012.

Mary Hawkins has accepted a contract from Barbour for the release of eight out of print titles as e-books.

**This just in:** Tamara Gill has  signed a contract for her Regency Romance Novella A MARRIAGE MADE IN MAYFAIR with Decadent Publishing.

  • 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.

The library listings for the UK are out and Anna Jacobs is thrilled to be No 8 in Most Borrowed Authors of Adult Fiction (up from No 11 last year) and No 19 in Most Borrowed Fiction Authors, adult and children combined.

And . . . BEYOND THE SUNSET is in the top 100 books borrowed.


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 Loretta Hill. Loretta’s red dust and romance novel, The Girl In Steel-Capped Boots, released in January and is being raved about. Also to rave about is her Friday Feast post featuring the gourmet delights of the Pilbara. So click along on Friday and learn about Loretta, her new release and this great Australian region.”

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

February 11 –

February 12 – Weekly Overview

February 13 –GOOD NEWS DAY

February 6 – Spies during the English Civil War by Alison Stuart

February 13 – The Grand Tour by Cassandra Samuels

February 20 – My love affair with England – Leeds Castle by Tamara Gill

February 10 VENGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at The Qwillery

February 11VENGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at Paranormal Haven

February 11 – CAST OF CHARACTERS: RISSA – the young child healer in VENEGEANCE BORN.

February 13VENEGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at Romance Book Paradise

February 14 – AN AUTHOR’S LIFE … with Valerie Parv.

February 16 VENEGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at Get Lost in a Story blog

February 16 VENEGEANCE BORN blog tour – visiting at Dark Side DownUnder Magic Thursday

WHAT THIS WRITER DOES BESIDES WRITING – including brief information about the Tasmanian Roadshow. Mary would be very interested in comments from writers sharing what else they do besides actually writing their manuscripts.

Louise is blogging about her romantic fantasy trilogy SHADOW THROUGH TIME soon to be released digitally by Macmillan.

 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 of 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 7 – Winner of Karly Lane’s give-away in the ‘February Focus on Rural Australia’ announced.

February 11 – In the Back Paddock with Mandy Magro, giving away a copy of ROSALEE STATION to one lucky commenter.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Clint’s away on sabbatical this week. He’s searching for new blogs of interest to entertain you. Any ideas? Send Clint an email at


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.

Little Gems 6 January – 27 January 2012: Entries now closed.

First Kiss 20 January – 17 February 2012 – the clock is ticking!

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.

Paula will be the Australian Romance Readers’ Association’s guest speaker at the awards this year.

  • 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.

  • February 18 – How to Write a Romance workshop with Paula Roe

Where: Burwood Library (NSW)

When: 12.30-1.30pm

FMI and bookings:

  •  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

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown

From the Quote Garden


Until next week,

Regards Juanita

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  1. Juanita, may I make a suggestion? Please discard if not applicable…

    Listing Members Blogs in advance (ie. without links) isn’t really of much use, IMO. We can’t click the links to visit the posts, and by next week when the posts are live, we’re not going to remember what they were.
    What would be great is a list of what members blogged about *last* week, with links, so we can revisit the posts if we missed them.
    Just a thought. You’re doing a great job 🙂 thanks for all your work!


  2. Hi Erica,

    Thank you for your suggestion. I’m always looking at ways to keep the blog fresh and appealing, so will definitely take what you’ve suggested on board. Thanks for commenting and I hope you continue to find the information useful.

  3. It certainly is! It’s great to have Cruising posts each week. And maybe it’s just me who’s forgetful 🙂


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