Cruisin’ with RWA

We hope you had a wonderful, choc-filled and blessed Easter.  We’re coming out of our chocolate haze to deliver this week’s basket of good news and hot blog spots.  Don’t forget to share your new release, new cover, new blog or good news with us at


RWA Merry Webber Blogs
April 13 – A Day in the Writing Life of Elise McCune – Suzanne Hamilton

April 14 – Conference Spotlight: Rochelle Manners – Eleni Konstantine

April 15 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

April 16 – Conference Spotlight: Helene Young – Eleni Konstantine

April 17 – Conference Spotlight: Erin Grace – Eleni Konstantine

April 18 – Hearts Talk Archives – Sandra Harris

April 19 – 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

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.

USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh’s Young Adult debut SORORITY OF THE SUN, in which a sixteen-year-old supernatural misfit, bound to the Celtic sun god and his Druid-driven Sorority, enters a boarding school for the freakishly gifted, discovers powers she has no idea what to do with, and battles coming-of-age issues while embarking on a quest to recover an icon that may change her family and the world as she knows it.  A three book deal from Month9Books for world publication in November 2013.

  • New Cover

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

  • Contest Finalists

Congratulations goes to Emerald finalists (Category section) Carolyn De Ridder and Jenn St George x 2.

Lucy Gilmour of HM&B will decide the final placings. These are announced at the conference in August.
Many thanks to Leisl Leighton for managing the Emerald Category section.

  • Bestsellers

Annie Seaton was thrilled to discover that her brand new release, HOLIDAY AFFAIR, is listed on the Amazon Bestsellers list. It reached No 2 on Amazon behind NY Times best selling author Jennifer Probst on  romance anthologies and listed as No 2 on Hot new sellers in Romance series.

  • Keeping up Appearances

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

April 24Annie 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 21 – Valerie 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 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:

Read Annie’s success story and how it all started with the RWA Valerie Parv Award Contest

This week, Friday Feast plays host to best-selling rural lit author Fleur McDonald. Come take a peek at Fleur’s fabulous new release, Purple Roads, and discover her love for hearty country cooking. Plus Fleur is sharing a wonderful heirloom recipe that will have you reaching for the nearest baking tray.

April 12 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicola E Sheridan continues the Mythical Creatures series with a look at succubi and incubi

April 14 – DARKLIGHT ON…Denise Rossetti

April 15 – Weekly Overview

April 17 – GOOD NEWS DAY

April 18 – A BITE OF… The Crystal Warrior by Maree Anderson

April 19 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Astrid Cooper with an ebook giveaway of one of her m/m books

How To Use The New Facebook Page Timeline & How To Run A Facebook Chat

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 14 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF… .38 Calibre Cover-Up (by Angi Morgan) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!
April 17 – TOPIC: AN AUTHOR’S LIFE with Erica Hayes – milestones, achievements and lesson learned from a well known Aussie author.
April 21 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Trouble in a Pinstripe Suit (Kelly Hunter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!

April 13 – Focus on All Things Fantastical: This week we’re creating a parallel world with Charlene A Wilson, author of the series CHRONICLES OF SHILO MANOR. As Charlene says: “If your imagination can go there, the other world can be created.”  Are you ready to go there? Come along then…

Monday Workspace: On Monday, it’s all about the work

Wednesday Reviews: Imelda shares her finds

Friday Favourites: Funny videos, gorgeous food, magnificent music, beauty in all its forms… all are up for inclusion here.

First Sunday Salon (or ‘drinkies with Imelda’): In the gracious days of old, charming hostesses would hold salons, where witty and interesting people could come and amuse and enliven each other with conversation. Imelda revives the tradition by inviting witty and interesting people over for interviews and light conversation.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane


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.

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

Do I love you because you’re beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

Until next week,
Regards Juanita

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  1. Kylie Griffin

     /  April 12, 2012

    As usual, I have enjoyed catching up on what everyone has been doing in the past week. Thanks Juanita for collating the info! 🙂

    I also love the new format for the blog! 😀


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