Cruisin’ with RWA

There’s a huge buzz in the back room about 50K in 30 Days as preparations go underway. Change the batteries in your wireless keyboard, sharpen your pencils, warm up your red editing pen or turn on Track Changes, and get ready to join the race. Over the next two weeks, look out for posts, invitations and information on where and  how to register. For more information see the 50K in 30 Days Challenge write-up below.

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, our Facebook Group PageFacebook Page and in Cruisin’ with RWA 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 18 – Blog Bites with Cathryn Hein – Kerri Williams

May 19 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

May 20 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 21 – Author Spotlight on Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter – Juliet Madison

May 22 – Little Gems 2012 Author Juanita Kees – Jenn J McLeod

May 23 – Conference Spotlight – Charity Auction: Heart Foundation – Eleni Konstantine

May 24 – 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. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at

  • New releases

May 8Eyes of a Stranger by Suzanne Brandyn (Eternal Press)

How can you deny the truth when it looks you in the eyes?

When Tegan Ryan fears her secure world is about to be shattered, her nervous system takes her on a ride of a lifetime. Not only had she babbled office gossip to a stranger, she is hiding with her six-year-old son from her abusive husband.

Embarrassment floors her when she meets the new boss, sexy suited Mathew King. He is the stranger. Now she has to work for a man who chokes up all her breathing space, until she gives in to desire, just once.

Tegan always thought her son Robert had the bluest eyes ever, but Mathew presents a serious rival. As the past hurtles toward the present Tegan tries to overcome inevitable doubts and fears, but will she risk everything for the sake of true love?

  • New Cover
August 1 – Fly Away Peta by Juanita Kees (Eternal Press)

The time has come to face her worst fear…and the clock is ticking. Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter
Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul.
Both would change her life forever.
  • Contest Finalists

There was a familiar face amongst the winners of the Published Division in the Contemporary series section of the Winter Rose contest run by the Yellow Rose RWA (America) chapter

First Place: COWBOY UNDER SIEGE by Gail Barrett
Second Place: FLASHBACK by Gayle Wilson
Third Place: THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE by Sharon Archer

  • Bright Lights and Camera Action
Maree Anderson’s self-published young adult novel, FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH, about a teenage cyborg who’s struggling to cope with human emotions, has been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc.
  • Keeping up Appearances

Rachael Johns
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:

May 18– This week’s Friday Feast features Australian romantic suspense author Bronwyn Parry, who is celebrating the much-anticipated release of DEAD HEAT.

Bronwyn is talking about her characters hasty eating habits and sharing a beautiful fruit sourdough recipe. An easy one too. You can even knead it in your bread machine! Plus share your favourite bread or bread topping, or simply a bready memory and you could win a copy of the book everyone’s raving about, Dead Heat.

May 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy with giveaway of The Right Connection

May 20 – Weekly Overview

May 21 – Winner of Nicole’s giveaway announced.


May 16 – A mouthwatering moment with Alli Sinclair

May 23 – Next week on Life Bites – Debbie Phillips, President of ARRA

May 19 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Aristocrat & the Single Mom (Michelle Douglas)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 22 – GUEST AUTHOR: Natalie Anderson – Natalie shares the low down her on her book, FIRST TIME LUCKY? and a little about herself.

May 18 – This week is about feeling the magic of home in your heart with the release of HEART OF THE VALLEY, a story about the meaning of home:  is it a place or is it where your heart lies? Find out with Cathryn Hein.

May 15 – ‘My Secret Life’ with Cathryn Hein

May 13-18 – This week Imelda tackles Show, Don’t Tell, winter warming soup, accessories for the writing life, a special wish for the Mums and shares a warning to unwary writers.


Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

A tongue-in-cheek look at how to look after the writer in your home.
Sharp and pointed observations about good writing
Pick up the average book on writing style or editing, and you’ll see that “-ing” phrases have a bad reputation.


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. Juanita Kees
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. The Pink Heart Society
  4. Sue Moorcroft
  5. The Roses of Prose
  6. Word Wenches


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

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Regards Juanita

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