Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back. The Cruisin Pit Crew hopes you had a wonderful day of rememberance with your families on ANZAC day. Here is our line up for the week. Happy blogging!


RWA Roadshow: Tasmania

Romance: Write it, Love it

When: May 19th 2012

Where: 8 High Street Launceston – LINC Tasmania

Price: $55 members ($66 non-members), GST incl, includes catered lunch


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

April 27 – A Day in the Writing Life of Amanda Ashby – Suzanne Hamilton

April 28 – New Releases – Sandie Hudson

April 29 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

April 30 – Conference Spotlight: Sarah Rose – Eleni Konstantine

May 1 – Author Spotlight on Rhyll Biest – Juliet Madison

May 2 – Little Gems 2012 Author Vanda Vadas – Jenn J McLeod

May 3 – 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 2012 – THE TRADER’S SISTER, book number two in THE TRADER’S series by Anna Jacobs 

(Now available in Australia and New Zealand)

Ismay Deagan has one wish in the world – to leave Ireland and join her brother, Bram, in Australia. But her father has other ideas and orders her to marry their vicious neighbour Rory Flynn. When she meets Adam Tregear on the ship, she finally starts to believe her dreams of future happiness may come true.

April 26 – HEART OF THE VALLEY by Cathryn Hein

When a tragic horse float accident leaves young showjumper Brooke Kingston unable to properly manage her family’s Hunter Valley property, she believes nothing worse can happen. Until she discovers her well-intentioned family have employed a new farm manager for her beloved Kingston Downs.

April 26 – MORGAN’S LAW by Karly Lane

When high flying advertising executive, Sarah Murphy returns to Australia she desperately needs a break from her high-powered London life.  It’s there that she finally has some time to relax and unwind, there that she finds herself drawn to a handsome local farmer, and there that she discovers her enquiries about her grandmother are causing disquiet within the powerful local Morgan family.

  • New Contracts

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

Amanda Clymo (writing as Téa Cooper) has signed her first contract with Breathless Press for her contemporary Australian romance TREE CHANGE. Release date TBA.

Nicole Hurley-Moore has signed with Pink Petal Books for her latest novel UNTIL THE STARS BURN COLD. Release date TBA.

  • Contests

Passionate Ink’s 7th Annual STROKE OF MIDNIGHT CONTEST entry Deadline has been extended to April 30, 2012 (Thanks Kylie)


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 my special guest is…me! I’ll be talking about my new rural romance, Heart of the Valley, and sharing a winter-perfect soup recipe I learned from my mum.

Plus reveal your most winter-perfect meal and you could win a copy of Heart of the Valley complete with a hot-off-the-press bookmark!

April 26 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Jess Anastasi with giveaway of Heart of a Warlord

April 28 – ENCHANTED ORB: Nicole Murphy

April 29 – Weekly Overview

April 30 – Winner of Jess’ giveaway announced.


My Scotland ~ Her Castles ~ A Little History by Allison Butler.
Anita Heiss answers the Ten Awkward Author Questions and is giving away a book to a commentor, so drop by and read Anita’s hilarious answers and be in the running!

This week on Life Bites : Anna Campbell

April 28 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Sister Pact (Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter) – snapshots of books you might be interested in adding to your TBR pile!

May 1 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Ministry of Marriage series (Christina Brookes) – looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 5 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Ondine series (Ebony McKenna)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

April 27 – Focus on All Things Fantastical: Our guest blogger this week is Kylie Griffin featuring ‘Creating Fantasies – It’s not just using your imagination!’

Nicole has had her website updated and is very pleased with its fresh look. Read all about Nicole’s ‘new plan’ and the upcoming Romance Writers of America Conference in Anaheim. Nicole also has a new Facebook page.

This week the special guest blogger is Mills & Boon Medical Author, Louisa George. Louisa has another craft of writing blog: “Lost For Words? Put an end to procrastination.”

Read all about Imelda Evans’s  love/hate relationship with the internet, links for writers, a special ANZAC day post and don’t forget to come by on Friday for Part II of ‘What makes a man sexy?’


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

Thanks Kylie, for sharing these links.


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.

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

80 / 80 entries received. Updated 24 April 0049 EST.


Good luck to all the entrants.


Enrico’s quote of the week

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.  ~William Ewart Gladstone

Regards Juanita

Leave a comment


  1. Keziah Hill

     /  April 26, 2012

    Actually this week on Life Bites it’s Anna Campbell. Last week was KD. 🙂

  2. Thanks Keziah 🙂

  3. Fantastic Quote, Juanita. I love it.

  4. Thanks Suz. Enrico has quite a knack when it comes to choosing quotes 😉


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