Cruisin’ with RWA

It’s been hectic in the newsroom this week! Enrico and Clint have been running themselves ragged to the inbox and back with exciting titbits for  Cruisin’.  Congratulations to all our members on their wonderful news. Now, let’s curl up next to the fire with chocolate, champagne and our line up of great blogs to read.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.

50K in 30 Days Challenge

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum and in Cruisin’ with RWA from May 15 on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)


RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 11 – A Day in the Writing Life of Sharon Sherry – Suzanne Hamilton

May 13 – Events Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 15 – Little Gems 2012 Author Donna Woodhouse – Jenn J McLeod

May 16 – HT Archives – Sandra Harris

May 17 – 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

July 30 – THE ROSE’S BLOOM is the first installment in Danielle Lisle’s ROGUES OF DECEPTION series by Total E Bound Publishing.

Likened by her family to a carriage horse, Lady Claire knew gentlemen only considered her a possible match due to the rich dowry her father dangled in their faces. She had accepted this, until a mysterious man introduces her to a world of passion and pleasure.

September 2012THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

 Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

November 30 – TREE CHANGE (Breathless Press) by Téa Cooper.

When Cassia’s first sculpture exhibition – Coastal Renaissance – is a runaway success she is forced to leave her idyllic beach side life with Jake and move to Sydney to further her career. What she doesn’t expect is that Jake will immediately replace her with his brother’s wife, Madeleine.

December 2012 – LAST CHANCE PROPOSAL (Entangled Publishing) by Barbara DeLeo

Visit Barbara’s website for more information closer to release day.

  • New Contracts

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

Severn House UK has offered Janet Woods a contract for her ‘work in progress’ I’LL GET BY, the third book in the TALL POPPIES trilogy.
The trilogy covers the first and second world wars, and the depression in between. The second book in the trilogy SECRETS AND LIES has been released early. Severn House has also requested the electronic rights to eleven of Janet’s early books with them.

Erin Grace  has signed a five book contract with Knox Robinson Publishing, UK. Within these five, there is a book and sequel, plus her first ever Trilogy (title yet to be confirmed). They are all historical romance. Erin is cheduled to be published in 2013, however Knox Robinson has requested a sixth book – a Christmas orientated historical for release this Christmas.

Tamara Gill received ‘the call’ this week from Crimson Romance (Adams media) who have accepted her single title Time Travel Regency Romance,  A STOLEN SEASON for publication. 


  • Contest Finalists

Elizabeth Rose’s THE WEDDING PARTY finalled in the Traditional section of the Golden Quill Contest. Results will be announced on June 1. 

Carolyn De Ridder finalled in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in MysterySuspense with her entry THE HOSTAGE.

RWAustralia is  pleased to announce the finalists in the 2012 Romantic Book of The Year Award. In alphabetical order within the individual sections they are:

Short Sweet
Molly Cooper’s Dream Date – Barbara Hannay
How To Save a Marriage In a Million – Leonie Knight
Abby and The Bachelor Cop – Marion Lennox
Single Dad’s Triple Trouble – Fiona Lowe

Short Sexy
The Fearless Maverick – Robyn Grady
The Man She Loves to Hate – Kelly Hunter
The Wedding Charade – Melanie Milburne
Her Not-So-Secret-Diary – Anne Oliver

Long Romance
Midnight’s Wild Passion – Anna Campbell
Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe
The Best Laid Plans – Sarah Mayberry
The Voyagers – Mardi McConnochie

Romantic Elements
The Trader’s Wife – Anna Jacobs
The Shelly Beach Writers’ Group – June Loves
Busted In Bollywood – Nicola Marsh
Shattered Sky – Helene Young

Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at National Conference, Gold Coast, Saturday 18th August 2012.

RWA Emerald Award Single Title finalists:

Michelle De Rooy
CT Green
Christine Taylor

Congratulations! Their entries are heading to Erika Tsang of Avon for placing. Winners are announced at the conference in August. Many thanks to Deb Cox who not only stepped in at the last minute to manage the contest but also struggled with multiple postal delays.

Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012


Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA


When: Wednesday June 6

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA

FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.


When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA


  • Shona Husk and Michelle Diener

Perth-based paranormal romance writer Shona Husk and historical fiction writer Michelle Diener will be doing a joint signing

When: Saturday May 19

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Where: Temptation the Romance Bookstore, Lot 13 Crossways Shopping Centre, 184 Rokeby Rd. Subiaco WA

Contact: (08) 9388 8535 or e-mail


Cruisin’ Member Blogs

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

 Anna was interviewed at Romantic Novelists’ Association Blog this week as she winged her way across the seas into the UK at the end of the coldest April on record.
This week on Friday Feast we’re celebrating Mother’s Day. I’m talking about mums and sharing a gorgeous savoury tart recipe, perfect for Sunday lunch. Much deliciousness to be had!
Drop in to the Darkside for a peek at the usual line up of good news and magic.
Over at Historical Hearts this week Maggi Andersen blogged about 19th Century English Food with a recipe for Pea Soup with Bacon and Herbs from 1811.

Juliet is hosting a special event, Mouthwatering May, where she’ll be combining her love of food and books. Every comment left on the blog goes into the draw for prizes at the end of the month. There will be authors sharing excerpts of their work, guest author interviews, craft articles, food-themed books, and more.

May 12 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Half-Light City series (M.J.Scott)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author?
Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 14 – GUEST AUTHOR: Bronwen Evans – Bronwen’s latest release INVITATION TO SCANDAL is now out! Find out more about her Kensington Brava historical romance.

At Mission Romance this week we are talking Fantastical Creatures with Marsha A. Moore, author of  THE ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE Series.
Erin Grace is guest blogging over at Novel Adventurers and telling us about her escapades in period costume.

On Tuesday Paula was a guest at Tote Bags n Blogs about ‘serial lovers’ – do you love related/links books and if so, why?  This month sees the reissue of the DIAMONDS DOWN UNDER series, with the first three stories in one volume.

Paula has started a brand-new column called Midweek Technique which will be devoted to all things writerly. The first one kicked off with
Nine Points of Trust.

Rachael on the topic of What a Writer does when they’re Not Writing
Vonnie was a guest this week at Jean Drew’s Adventures in Authorland



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. Anne Gracie
  2. Bronwyn Parry
  3. Cathryn Hein
  4. Down Under Desirabelles
  5. Historical Belles and Beaus
  6. Love Cats Down Under


Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.


Enrico’s quote of the week

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

Regards Juanita

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