Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome to our Easter edition. The pit crew at Cruisin with RWA wish you safe and happy motoring over the long weekend. May your pantry be overflowing with the writer’s essentials: chocolate, wine and words. Don’t forget to share your new release, new cover, new blog or good news with us at


RWA Merry Webber Blogs
April 6 – Blog Bites – Kerri Williams (*Ed’s note: This blog has been postponed – Post date TBA)

April 7 – Hearts Talk Wrap – Kristin Meagher

April 8 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

April 9 – Conference Spotlight: Louise Cusack – Eleni Konstantine

April 10 – Little Gems 2012 Author, Mary Warwick– Jenn J McLeod

April 11 – Conference Spotlight: Romantic Suspense Panel – Eleni Konstantine

April 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.

  • 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

April 3Michelle Diener’s KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS. 

April 5 – Look out for Rhyll Biest’s RUSSIAN HEAT, part of the anthology DANGEROUS MEN, DANGEROUS PLACES, published by Pink Petal Books.

May 23 – Mandy Magro’s second release JACARANDA – view the trailer here

  • New Contracts

Have you had your manuscript accepted for publishing? Share the details with us and we’ll help you celebrate.

Nicola Marsh has sold a contemporary category romance to Indulgence, an Entangled Publishing imprint. NOT THE MARRYING KIND is a marriage of convenience story set in Vegas, to be released in the next 6 months. This is Nicola’s first category romance for Entangled Publishing. She also writes for Harlequin Romance and Presents Extra, and has just sold her 31st book to them!

  • New Cover

Share your new cover here and spread the good news of your upcoming release.

A MARRIAGE MADE IN MAYFAIR by Tamara Gill available mid year from Decadent Publishing.

  • Keeping up Appearances

Share the details of your talks, book signings and guest appearances on our Events Page.

April 24 – Annie West will be talking about Romance Writing: An Insider’s Perspective with time for questions. Morning tea will be provided and bookings are preferred.
Where: Belmont Library, Lake Macquarie (just south of Newcastle).
When: 11am – 12noon
FMI & Bookings: 02 49210707


June 24 to July 21Valerie Parv is Established Writer-in-Residence at The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre

Valerie has been named Established Writer in Residence for 2012 by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Western Australia. The KSP Writers’ Centre is the oldest of its kind in Australia in Perth in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australia’s first internationally recognized author of Coonardoo, Working Bullocks and The Goldfields Trilogy. The Centre conducts readings, workshops, writers in residence programs and other services designed to encourage writers at all levels of the craft.
Each year the centre hosts an established writer in a residency program funded by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts. In her role Valerie will pursue her own writing work while participating in the events of the centre, conducting a workshop Saturday 14 July 2012 and readings Tuesday 17 July , and sharing her knowledge and experience with the local writing community, June-July 2012.

July 14 – Getting a yes from agent or editor – The Two-Page Test Workshop with Established Writer-in-Residence Valerie Parv
Participants are invited to bring along the first two pages of their work in progress for discussion.

When 1.00 – 4.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $40 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

July 17 – Valerie Parv Literary Dinner
Join us at KSP to listen to Established Writer-in-Residence, Valerie Parv, read her work. Meet other writers and enjoy a three-course candle-lit dinner. Bring your own favourite drinks.

When: 7.00pm

Costs: $25 for KSP-members and $30 for non-members. Booking and payment in advance essential. Optional payment by direct deposit – details here.

FMI: Shey Marque – Coordinator

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre
11 Old York Road
Greenmount WA 6056Phone: (08) 9294 1872


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 Harlequin SuperRomance Author Emmie Dark regales us with tales from her recent visit to San Francisco and oh, does it sound and look delicious!
You won’t want to miss this foodie travelogue. Emmie has even provided lots of photos for us drool over. Plus share your favourite dining out dish and you’ll be in the draw to win a copy of Emmie’s gorgeous debut novel, CASSIE’S GRAND PLAN.

April 5 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Eleni Konstantine talks editing

April 8 – Weekly overview

April 10 – GOOD NEWS DAY

April 12 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole E. Sheridan continues the Mythical Creatures series.

April 14 – DARKLIGHT ON… Denise Rossetti

A weekly feature blog called Life Bites with brief interviews with writers, readers and other interesting people. Keziah’s first guest is Annie Seaton.

April 3 – TOPIC: In a galaxy far, far away…with Linnea Sinclair – come find out what a best-selling SFR author has to say about the genre and publishing industry.
April 7 – MONTH OF HOT HEROES (Champion) – who reigns supreme?
April 10 – TOPIC: In a galaxy far, far away…with Sara Creasy – come find out what an Aussie SFR author has to say about the genre and publishing industry.

April 6 – Focus on All Things Fantastical:  Join us on our journey to discover new worlds. Our guide this week is author of DESTINY OF THE LIGHT, Louise Cusack with a give away. Are you ready for all things fantastical? Yes? Then take my hand

April 4 – Wednesday Review starts the AWW2012 Challenge


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane 

  • Serena Tatti has guest Julie D’Arcy blogging about Marketing Your Book and she’ll be doing a lot of that as her novel, WHISPER OF YESTERDAY has just been released by Secret Cravings Publishing. You can win a copy by leaving a comment. Also up for grabs is a pdf copy of Julie’s vampire novel, DARKNESS I WEEP.
  • Michelle Diener is running a pre-release giveaway until Friday, April 6th in celebration of her latest release. There are two copies of KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS up for grabs.


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. Wendy Leslie
2. Yvonne Lindsay
3. Anne Whitfield
4. Cats, Books & Life
5. Elisabeth Rose
6. Historical Hearts


Cruisin’ for Contests
Improve your writing and publishing opportunities by entering the RWA contests.

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


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 12-step chocoholics program:  Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!  ~Terry Moore

Until next week,
Regards Juanita

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