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 email@example.com – 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 2012 – THE 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.
- Contest Finalists
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
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
Midnight’s Wild Passion – Anna Campbell
Boomerang Bride – Fiona Lowe
The Best Laid Plans – Sarah Mayberry
The Voyagers – Mardi McConnochie
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.
Michelle De Rooy
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
When: Saturday May 26, 2012
Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA
When: Wednesday June 6
Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA
FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.
When: Saturday June 23
Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA
- Shona Husk and Michelle Diener
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruisin’ Member Blogs
Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: email@example.com
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!
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.
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.
- How settings affect your book with Vonnie Hughes and Kathleen Kaska (Thanks Vonnie)
- At Adventures in Writing, Marilynn Byerlytalks about finding your writing voice. (Thanks Serena)
Enrico’s Pick Six
Submit your blog site link to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.
Enrico’s Pick Six this week:
- Anne Gracie
- Bronwyn Parry
- Cathryn Hein
- Down Under Desirabelles
- Historical Belles and Beaus
- 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.
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